Friday, February 26, 2010

Updates and Such

This has been a very busy, fun week for us. Last Sunday our wonderful friend, Meg, took some awesome pics of us at my Grandparents house. They turned out so great and I can't wait to print them out and put them in the house! We went back to Dr. Stradtman Wednesday for our, now weekly, non-stress test. Anna is fine. Moving around like a crazy woman as always. I had another big jump in weight- she says because of fluid and I'm believing her! :) My weight had pretty much stabalized a few weeks ago, but the past 2 weeks I had big gains. She looked at my hooves, I mean my ankles, and saw how swollen I've gotten lately. It's odd because I didn't have any issues with this until the past 3 weeks. Which is when Anna started getting so big so fast. I guess it's all connected. She's giving me until my next Wednesday appointment and if I have another gain and still look this bad, she's asking me to quit work. It's a huge sacrifice...I can't even joke about that. I don't care at all!! Luckily, we have that short-term disability policy that will cover some of my income while I have to be out. I know I will go completely stir crazy but if it will help me to be less swollen, I'm in. It's gotten to a point where I can't feel my feet and they hurt, like the skin is stretching. Everyone keeps telling me that when she's born, all-at least most- of this fluid will be gone! I'm so looking forward to that.

Well, hope everyone has a great weekend. I'll be at our Bethel Women's Event this weekend so I'm excited about that.


Thursday, February 18, 2010


We had our appointment with the neonatalogist yesterday. Anna is perfectly healthy and normal. She's just HUGE! She already weighs 5 lbs 9 oz, and her due date is 8 weeks away! The doctor is predicting a 10-12 lb baby!!!!! He said some babies are supposed to weigh 5 lbs and some are supposed to weigh 12. Somebody has to have the 12 lb babies. We talked to Dr. Stradtman after this and she said she wouldn't induce before 39 weeks. She also said that since Anna is still very breech, I'll probably have a C section. That doesn't really bother me too bad. It's not my first choice, but there are definite advantages I guess.

I was a little frustrated and even a little mad when we found all of this out. I don't want to always hear, "look at that big girl", etc. I think if we were having a boy I'd feel differently. Also, from personal experience, it's no fun being the very tall, pale, freckled, red-headed freak! It's not fun to get attention for things like that. I was upset when we left the office because I don't want Anna to have to always be the "big girl" or that "red-headed girl".

Later that night I realized how silly it was for me to be upset about these things. We have a perfect, healthy baby. So what if she's a little porker! God didn't have to give us a healthy baby, or a baby at all, but He did. There are so many people, friends of ours, who are dealing with major medical problems with their children and I'm worried about her standing out too much. Silliness! At least if she gets teased for being different (if she even is different in these ways), she'll have a mommy that can relate. At least her differences will be silly things and not developmental, etc.

So I'm over my original shock and dealing with the fact that the next few weeks are going to be very rough for me. They told me I won't be able to breath good at all and the little sleep I'm getting is over. But that's ok. I haven't had ANY complications at all, so I won't complain.

The doctor told us again yesterday that she has "tons of hair"! I hope she keeps it all! I can't wait to see what color it is. Just one more thing to look forward to.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Little Miss Priss

Anna has decided that this pregnancy has been too easy for me. So she's shaking things up now! Nothing too major. We went to the doctor last Friday ( I was supposed to be there Wednesday and got the days confused) for a quick, standard appointment. We were seeing Dr. Favor that day since Dr. Stradtman likes for you to see a few different doctors in the practice. She measured my belly and said it was a little big and ordered an ultra sound. The ultra sound showed that she weighs 5.5 lbs and is measuring about 4 weeks ahead of schedule! Also, I have too much amniotic fluid. I don't know anyone whose had this problem since most of my friends had the opposite problem. Did I mention that she's alos breech! Just to be safe they hooked us up to a fetal monitor for a while. The snow started about then. Everything looked fine. They booked me to come in Monday to see Dr. Stradtman.
Dr. Stradtman isn't very concerened with ultra sound results. They can 'be off a little' and aren't 100% accurate. She said that the fluid usually causes pre-term birth. However, it may allow her to turn before I go into labor so that I won't have to have a C section. I read today that turning isn't usually an option. Even if the baby turns, they usually turn again since they're just floating around in there. So I may have a C section, which doesn't really bother me much. They hooked me up to the fetal monitor again and everything looks good. She HATES the fetal monitor. Both times she gets right up under that ultra sound paddle and starts punching/kicking the crap out of it. The nurses laugh because she's sooooo mobile all the time. She acted up the whole time and I told Matt that she has to be a red-head! Oh yeah, the ultra sound showed that she has a good bit of hair! Now we just wait to see what color! Dr. Stradtman acted like the fluid thing isn't too big a deal. She said I'll just be completely miserable from here on. Since she's big and I'm completely full of fluid, breathing will be even more difficult. I already sound, and look, like an old lady when I climb stairs and get out of a car! :)
The nursery is finished!!!!! Well, I need some decorative things, but she could come home today and have a fun room. That makes me feel so much better. Stuart and Teresa got our glider for us and brought it over Sunday! It's beautiful! It's a recliner/glider and looks like something that should be in the living room. I can't wait to use it.
We had a good Valentine's day. We didn't really do anything special. Went to church, got our chair, went back to church for our Valentine's banquet, etc. We had nursery last night and I discovered that I have new respect for pregnant moms of small children! It was so hard to give Easton his bottle and hold Will! The belly is getting VERY big now and it definitely made things difficult.
Sorry this is so long. A lot has happened and I haven't had much time to write about it. We're getting very excited and can't wait for our baby showers!