I almost forgot! Our baby is going to be a MOOSE! I had mentioned that at my last regular checkup my Dr said my uterus is measuring larger than how far I was. Well at last weeks ultrasound the Dr measured the baby and said its measurements are much larger than for where I'm at. According to the measurements I'm 8 days bigger than how far I am. Of course, right?? Little chunker! Jake was 10 lbs...wonder what this one will be! eeek!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I love the holidays!
Holiday eating has taken on new meaning being pregnant! Absolutely UH-MAZING! Yum!!!! I think the only other person that ate more than I did was Tom! HA! He loooooves pumpkin pie! :-)
So I'm a little over 19 weeks now, the baby's about 6 inches & weighs around 8 1/2 ounces. We met with our genetic counselor last week to discuss the AFP test results & had another ultrasound. Its always fun to see our little poppy! But once again, little stinker was being stubborn and refusing to cooperate. They discovered about a month ago that I have fibroid tumors growing on my uterus, there's now 3 of them, decent sized but all benign & fairly common. Typically they just continue to monitor them to make sure they don't grow too large & don't block the birthing process (the increase in hormones causes them to grow during pregnancy) and on occasion they can cause pain as they outgrow their blood supply - a process called degenerative. One of mine became degenerative (oh boy!) & about 3 weeks ago I was in the most agonizing pain you could possibly imagine. I thought for sure I was losing the baby! It was so scary and painful, lasted about 8 days but thank God it passed & everything is okay now. Hopefully it doesn't happen again, no guarantees though! Anyway...the baby has taken a fond liking to my tumors & has chosen to nestle itself waaaay down in between them...like they're little tumor pillows! So during the ultrasound, they couldn't take all the measurements of the head like they wanted because the little guy was too busy burrowing itself & hiding. They tried all the same tricks as before- lay on your side, jiggling my stomach, go to the bathroom - the best though was when the Dr came in & tilted the table back as far as it could possibly go to try to get the baby to come out! I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride as I was suspended in the air almost upside down! hahaha!
Our stubborn little stinker has gotten us another ultrasound appointment scheduled for tomorrow. I'm not going to complain - another visit where we can see the munchkin & get more pictures is always awesome! At last weeks appointment they didn't detect any soft markers or indicators for down syndrome but they're not always detected via ultrasound. Tomorrow they'll take the head measurements & re-count the nuchal folds. We've also decided to go ahead and get the amnio done tomorrow. At this point there has been so many appointments, discussions, ultrasounds, etc that we're just pretty done with it all & would rather just know what's going on. The amnio will give us an accurate result of what we can expect - either everything will be okay OR everything will still be okay and we can become better prepared. All in God's hands now. Keep us in your prayers!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Yesterday I had my routine monthly check up and all is well! I've gained a total of 5 lbs now, right on track & feeling good! The baby's heartbeat sounded strong & healthy. The Dr did mention that my uterus was larger than normal for how far along I am which is fine and can mean a variety of things...a large baby, extra amniotic fluid, baby is further along in pregnancy, baby could be in an unusual position or simply the baby decided to have a growth spurt this month. Tom & I both think BIG baby! Jake was 10 lbs and I've heard rumors that your 2nd is bigger. I don't know how true that is but if it is man oh man I'm in trouble! Besides, its a fact that small babies don't exist in my family, guaranteed to be a little chunker!
We also got our test results back for our 2nd trimester screening, the AFP test. They combine this with the 1st trimester screening to have a more precise integrated result. Our new test result for down syndrome has increased to a 1 in 99 chance. Not the direction we wanted the number to go but still not necessarily something that's throwing us into a frenzy or state of panic. We've been given the option to have an amnio done which would give us a 100% conclusive answer but we're still not sure how we feel about having that done. We have an appointment with our genetic counselor next Wednesday along with our big ultrasound where they can find out the sex...but we aren't! We're keeping it a surprise! Sorry everyone, you have to wait another 4 1/2 months to find out what we're having! Tom's been referring to it more recently as a boy but who knows! Every week I flip flop and think girl? noooo...boy? We just have to wait and see....
Friday, November 12, 2010
Oh my gosh last night I felt the baby move!!!!! Awwww it was so exciting and completely caught me off guard! Late last night, Jake & I were cuddled on the chair together watching TV and Elvis came over & was making us laugh hysterically. Elvis was trying to cram himself in between the two of us & cuddle with us. He was licking us and pushing between us and we were laughing SO hard! It was like "Attack from the cling on!" As soon as Jake & I calmed down and stopped laughing I felt this little kick - like popcorn popping! It was just once but it was so noticeable and distinct. I think all of the laughing and excitement got the baby excited and reacting, it heard its little family having so much fun & wanted to join in. As soon as I felt it I told Tom & Jake and we were all so excited. I told Jake that the baby could hear our voices now & that it's really important to talk to it all the time. So then Jacob sang it a song! He sang to my belly Sublime's song "Santeria!" Too cute! Such a special moment!
Today I'm 17 weeks & the baby is definitely popping out now!
This weeks update: The baby is the size of a turnip now (see the size below!) and is about 5 inches long. The baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone & the umbilical cord is growing stronger & thicker. The baby weighs about 5 ounces & can now move its joints and is developing sweat glands! So exciting!! Our little turnip is growing bigger & bigger. In last weeks update it said to get ready for a big growth spurt, that the baby will be doubling in size over the next few weeks. Eeeeeek! Going to get much bigger!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
In the blood test and an ultrasound where they count the on the baby's neck. The test determines whether or not your baby is at risk for Down Syndrome or Trisonomy 18. I was about 13 weeks along when we had this done so it was amazing to see how developed the baby was! And what a little stinker it was during the ultrasound! The ultrasound tech wanted to get a few side shots but the baby was completely refusing to cooperate. The tech even jiggled my stomach a few times and had me coughing really hard to try & get it to move but to no avail! At first all it wanted to do was lay on its tummy, then it finally moved but this time into a kneeling position. After 15 minutes of this, the tech allowed me to use the restroom, hoping that maybe this would get the baby into a better position to finish the test. Well....let's just say we've got a defiant one on our hands because when I came back the baby was doing a handstand!!!! So funny! we opted to have the test done, something I was totally unfamiliar with as it was not offered when I was pregnant with Jake 12 years ago. It's a newer test that consists of a
The next part of our appointment was a little bit scary though. Some of our test #'s with our results weren't quite what we thought they were going to be. For someone around my age a typical # you would expect to see would be a 1 in 600 chance of your baby having Down Syndrome. To test positive your # would have to fall below 100. Our test score was 1 in 130...not quite testing positive but right outside of that scope and what the genetic counselor called a "high, low risk" chance. We got to spend a lot of time talking to the genetic counselor (she was so great!) about what all of this means, other options to confirm things...Amnio, CVS, or we could simply wait until the for the next batch of blood work and ultrasound. We discussed it at length and decided that we didn't really want to have any invasive procedures done at that point and that we would just wait until the next test in the .
Tom & I really haven't let this rattle us too much. Of course the first couple of days after the appointment we spent trying to absorb everything & process and of course were a bit shocked and scared at first but after talking things out & praying we've been able to keep a pretty good perspective. I mean, when we look at it this way...our baby has over a 99% chance of being perfectly healthy & fine! Sounds good to us! We just get to let go now and let God take care of us and our little bambino. Everything will be fine, it always is!
And here I am at about 12 weeks...already starting to pop out!
Finally! Here's our blog, the Bowman Baby blogspot. I had every desire to start this earlier in our pregnancy but due to morning sickness, vomiting, nausea and fatigue it was a far off, distant dream that plain and simply was not happening. Now however at 4 months along I'm feeling much much better! Thank goodness! The first trimester was quite a doozey...I wasn't expecting to be as sick as I was but that's how pregancy works - you just never know what to expect. Morning sickness aside, we're so excited to meet our sweet little muffin face and to share all of the exciting things that are happening and taking place in our lives.
We found out that we were pregnant SUPER early. We were only 4 weeks along when I took the test! (We were just a little excited! hahaha) The lady at the Dr's office even giggled when I told her how far along I was. She thought it was so cute that we were so anxious and excited. That sure made for a long wait though until our first appointment, they don't want to see you until your atleast 8 weeks so we had 4 agonizing weeks to go. Once the initial appointment was out of the way and Baby B was confirmed it all started to become so much more real. "We're having a baby!!!!" Then the morning sickness....ugh. Then it was definitely all too real. The morning sickness kicked in at about 6 weeks and didn't let up until 12 weeks. Tom has been an amazing help though and has stepped up 100% to help take care of me, clean the house, run to the store, help with Jake, cook dinner (which is very cute because Tom's culinary skills are limited to taquito's, quesadilla's, grilled cheese and pancakes...although in the process of becoming Mr. Mom he's now added burrito's to his list of homecooked meals!) whatever was needed though Tom was willingly there for me. Thank goodness for helpful loving hubbie's like mine!
Tom is going to be the most terrific dad ever, I think this pregnancy has already been a great preparation for what's in store! Tom loves reading the weekly updates on how the baby has grown & changed, he's so amazed at the process. Jacob is so excited to have a little brother (yes, brother - he refuses to acknowledge the possibility that it could be a girl.) And our sweet little pup pup Elvis...well he has no idea how much our lives are going to change. My hours have recently been cut back at work so I've had a lot more time to spend with Elvis and he's become quite the little cling on. Things might be hard at first when he realizes he's not the center of attention and we'll have to make sure to give him lots of extra love. We know he's going to love the baby though and I'm already planning little photo op's in my head of the dog, Jake and the baby together! hahaha!
We'll be posting more updates soon to fill in the blanks of everything that's been happening. God has been so good to us though and has really blessed our little family. We're so excited for this journey and can't wait to meet our little Baby B!