Wednesday, December 29, 2010

24 and 25 weeks

This is just a quick update. I will post pictures and give more detail next week!

I have been on Christmas break from work and can I say I have felt so much better these last 2 weeks. I have had no preterm labor and my body has been pretty good to me. I did catch a small cold, but I have not needed to take anything for it. Baby girl has been a little quieter than I would like, but she is good at letting me know she is OK when I start to worry. I have both a MFM and OB appt this next week. I will get to see my sweet little girl again on ultrasound. I am so thankful for that! Other than that I have just been in survival mode with Christmas and Juanito's Birthday. I am sure he is enjoying the time he has to spend with his little sister until she gets here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

We set up a plan

I had my regular OB appt. yesterday and I voiced all my concerns to him. He helped to answer all my questions and he gave me dates to reach for certain things to happen. I talked him into giving me Procardia for the contractions. I just do not want to be running to L&D every time I start contracting. I am well aware that the Procardia will not stop real labor and I do not intend to use it for that reason, but it will help me to know if it is real or not. He also said he would do steroid shots between 26 and 28 weeks. I see him again at 26 weeks, so I am assuming that he will evaluate how my contractions were and if I have started dilating and then set a date for the shots. I told him I just have this feeling that she will deliver early and I can't seem to shake it. I know I can't predict anything, but it is almost like mother's intuition. I have had several dreams about it too. I know that doesn't mean anything, but the feeling is there. I feel better knowing that he is taking me seriously and not just brushing me off. We then talked about the inconclusive FFN test and he said he has never had an inconclusive test before. His only reasoning is that I wasn't exactly 24 weeks when they did the test. So we will just see how the next few days go and possibly re-do the test in a week or so. I am keeping my fingers crossed that labor holds off for at least another 6 weeks and then we are able to stop it until I hit 35 weeks. I have managed to hold out to 36 and 37 with the others, so we shall see!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

23 weeks, MFM appointment and Labor & Delivery

Her very first profile pictures!!!

So I have officially hit 23 weeks and it feels so good to be at this point. I have renewed hope and expectations for this pregnancy. I feel "free" to a certain extent now that I can only compare this pregnancy to my other living children and I can already see that this little girl is following in her big sister's footsteps! She is going to be a trouble maker!!!

I have been seeing Perinatologists about every 4 weeks because of my past history and it feels nice to know I am being watched very carefully. I went in for another level 2 ultrasound on Friday. All I can say is it was the best visit I have had so far! Baby girl had caught up (she measured about 4 days behind last time.) and she weighed a whopping 1lb 5 oz! My baby is now considered VIABLE!!! She even had a pocket of fluid that measured over 5cm. According to the peri. my fluid issues are no more! She even gave the tech a run for her money today. She was so active and squirmy that it was hard to get all the measurements she needed. She was breech and the tech told me that her head is oval and that is typical of breech babies. I giggled and told her that oval heads are a trait of my family and that Noodle would fit right in with her brothers and sister. I left that appt. feeling like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

Then the weekend came and all hell broke loose. I started contracting like crazy and had to visit L&D. When I first arrived they did all the standard tests... Pee in a cup, Fetal Fibronectin (This test shows if FFN has been released into the cervix. If it has it is likely that delivery of the baby will take place within the next few weeks), checking my cervix and hooking me up to the monitors. My cervix was thick and closed so I figured I would get Brethine, the contractions would stop and I would be sent home with no reason as to why. Well that sort of happened with a small glitch. My FFN test came back inconclusive and I am extremely worried about that. The nurse tried to reassure me that because my cervix is thick and closed that they were not to worried about delivery any time soon. I on the other hand know that my body does not play around when it comes time to deliver. My longest delivery has been 7 hours and with Juanito my labor only lasted 4 hours. I was 21 weeks and it should have taken much longer.
I almost feel like the nurse didn't take me as seriously as she probably should have given my history. When I first arrived she tried to tell me that I wasn't having contractions and it was probably bladder spasms or my bowls. I kept telling her that it didn't feel like either, but I couldn't convince her. I was so thankful that the monitors were able to pick up the contractions after I settled in or I honestly do not know what she would have done.

I do have a doctor's appt today at 4:10 and I plan on discussing everything with my doc. I want to make a plan!!! I am going to ask to be put on Procardia for preterm labor and I am going to discuss steroid shots with him. Now that Noodle is viable I am going to fight until I am blue in the face. I want and need this little girl to come home safe and sound with me and I will not take no or inadequate care for an answer!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Juanito's Birthday Giveaway!

With Juanito's birthday fast approaching (Dec. 29th) I thought I should get a post up about it. As all of you know we have started Juanito's Wish in honor of our son. We make and fill memory boxes to donate to rural hospitals for grieving parents. When I had Juanito I had no idea what to expect after his birth. Other than my cousin who lost a baby boy 1 month prior to myself nobody in my family had ever lost a baby to stillbirth. Here in Utah in the larger hospitals there is a program set in place for parents who lose a child. A representative from this organization comes in and takes care of all the parent's needs. Not to mention send them home with tons of things to remember their baby by. This organization took such good care of us and they eased the pain we were feeling at that time. My cousin was not given those opportunities and I never want to have that happen to another grieving mother again, so Juanito's Wish makes and fills the memory boxes to donate to those hospitals who do not have an organization in place.
Here are a few pictures of 2 of the boxes that have been donated so far.

In hopes to raise more money for the cause I have decided to hold several giveaways. I have been given gift cards (Cold Stone Ice Cream, Target, Jamba Juice, Walmart and a few others that are still pending their arival) crafting supplies/scrapbooking supplies and figurines to give away and I can't wait to do so!!! I will keep the giveaway open until January 10th. With all the upcoming holidays I figured that I needed to give a little extra time. One big prize will be given away on Juanito's Birthday for anyone who has entered and the remaining will be done the evening of January 10th.

There are 2 ways to enter for these giveaways.
1. Post about Juanito's upcoming birthday and giveaway on your blog for 1 entry.
2. Make a donation. Every dollar donated equals 1 entry. So $5=5 entries.
There is a Chip In button in the upper right hand column of Juanito's Blog. It will direct you to Paypal where your donation can be made securely.
Once you have made your donation or blogged about the giveaway please leave me a comment telling me how much you donated or a link to your blog and I will put you in for the entries.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Weeks 21 and 22

These past couple of weeks have gone pretty easy and quickly. I can't believe I am just days away from viability. Wow! What an accomplishment!!! I had my first L&D visit to check for an UTI. It was negative, but I do have a very painful cyst on my right ovary. I have also started having charley horses in my stomach again, so my muscle are very sore. I walk like I just ran a marathon...LOL! Baby girl has been extremely active and I just love to feel her moving around in there. She had her first bout of hiccups yesterday and it was such a different feeling to have her bouncing around in there. I had forgotten how they feel. It has been awhile since I was far enough along in my pregnancy to feel hiccups. Mitch got them tons towards the end of his pregnancy and feeling this little one brought back tons of memories. I have another level 2 ultrasound on Friday. I am praying that they get all the measurements that they need and that her fluid levels are NORMAL!!! I am really nervous for this appt.

We have been shopping around for a car seat and thus far the one below is the one we like the best. I am not a big fan of straight handles, but that is the least of my worries. I am hoping to find one to buy for her for Christmas.

Monday, December 6, 2010

A New Rainbow!!!

Those of you who follow Juanito's blog have heard me post about a wonderful cousin of mine who lost a baby boy just a month prior to me losing Juanito. Although we have never been ones to talk everyday on the phone we have kept each other very close to our hearts. We share a bond that no 2 cousins should ever have to share. We both have sweet angel boys looking down on us! Well I just received a text from my mom stating that Megan delivered her sweet rainbow baby girl Makenna 3 weeks early weighing in at a nice 7lbs 10oz. Both mom and baby are doing great!!! My heart is so full right now that I can't even explain what I am feeling for Megan and her little family. Hearing about this little rainbow being born brings me hope! Hope that I too will get to bring little Brisa home, hope that many more rainbows will be born healthy and happy over these next few months and hope that my little family too will be filled with some much needed happiness that was lost when Juanito returned to Heaven.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My 1st 20 weeks in pictures

Here are my first 20 weeks in Ultrasound pictures. Unfortunately I do not have a scanner, so the quality of the pictures are not great and to make it worse I developed low fluid around week 15, so some of the pictures are harder to distinguish the features. I still cherish these pictures very much and I wouldn't trade them for anything! You can tell she has grown and developed into a sweet little baby and I can't wait to see her again in 8 days!!!

5 weeks 3 days
6 weeks 4 days
7 weeks 4 days
10 weeks 2 days
13 weeks 3 days baby waving!
13 weeks 3 days Baby sucking thumb!
15 weeks 3 days This when I was diagnosed with low fluid =( but you can still see her profile.
16 weeks 6 days. The day we found out for she was a girl!!! Just as the tech was going to snap the picture she crossed her legs... LOL
16 weeks 6 days Profile with her little hand by her face.
18 weeks 3 days This is a vaginal US she has her legs positioned in a froggie style. Her spine is at the bottom of the picture if that helps.
18 weeks 3 days This one is another froggies style vag US. She is for sure a girl!!!
19 weeks a picture of her lips. She did not want to show off her whole face.
19 weeks Yet another picture showing she is in fact a girl. See the 3 lines???
19 weeks This is a picture of her right arm and hand.

My intentions were to get all of my belly pictures on here as well, but I forgot to upload my pictures from my camera (pregnancy Brain BIG TIME!!!), so I will get that done this weekend. So for now I will put what I do have up and then fill in the "gaps" with the ones on my camera.

16 weeks
18.6 weeks
20 weeks
21.5 weeks