Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Return to good news, this munchkin moves! I had a non-stress test to see how he was handling giving me a kidney stone (it's where they hook you up to fetal monitors and at my OB's office, you get to sit in a fluffy recliner and watch tv!). Well, he must be pleased with himself because the nurse and doctor both commented on never having seen a baby at 24 weeks be so active (no caffeine needed). Such a little show off!
In other good news we've reached the first of my big high-risk milestones, today I'm 24 weeks and my cervix looks wonderful. That means I only have to go bi-weekly for the next eight weeks (what will I do without going every week!). Once I reach 32 weeks, I'll be back to an appointment every week until he is born.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Even though we felt rushed through our entire time home together, we made the best of it and got a lot done! Here are a few pictures of what we've started in the nursery! The paint color is apple, and Alan got the crib and changer put together! (You can see our infant car seat and infant stroller that we've already acquired too!).
Here is the crib and car seat. The crib has the curtain hanging out on it until I get it ironed!
We also went to Jacksonville when Alan was home and he picked this up at BabiesRUs (I think it's more for him that the baby!)
Sandy napping in bed
Lily claiming my Snoogle (I think not, I love that pillow!)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Alan has 18 more trips/days before they can leave Mexico to come home and hopefully they will be filled with sailfish and groupers. We're also praying for some extremely perfect weather the second week of March so that they can come straight home!
While he was home we both worked non-stop both at the house and for our jobs! We did get the nursery painted (well, mostly, we've got a few surprises to add to the walls that won't arrive for another few weeks) and the crib and changer put together. We made a trip to BabiesRUs and picked up a few things for the munchkin! We also made it to Sam's and picked up our first super-sized box of diapers. The plan is to try and stay ahead on the whole diaper thing with trips to Sam's, but we'll see how that really works out! I'll have to post pictures this afternoon when I get home from the dentist because I don't have the camera with me.
Things here have been super busy and show no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Once Alan returns he'll officially begin his job as captain (though he's really been doing this since they left for Mexico) and two weeks after he gets home, our birthing classes begin! Oh, and tournaments start up soon too! I can't wait to see everyone at my shower next weekend in Hickory. I'll only get to be in town Friday night because I have to come back and work but it will be worth the trip. After March 3rd I won't be allowed to travel more than two hours from home so this will be my last trip of any kind until after the baby is here (and been here for a while :)!)
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Alan, Carole, & Baby Boy
Monday, February 9, 2009
All of his anatomy scan looks wonderful, you can see both kidneys, stomach, all four chambers of his heart, both lungs, all of his bones (all fingers and toes accounted for!). I could also see blood flow to important areas (brain, heart, umbilical cord) and see him yanking on the umbilical cord and sucking his thumb (my ultrasounds last about 20 minutes, we get a lot of face time). I've thought there has been a foot where what's left of my belly button is and I was right, he even stuck his foot up so we could see it on the outside. He was very full of himself and wouldn't stay still at all, the ultra sound tech said it looked like he would be keeping me very busy!
Though a bit TMI, my cervix is still holding strong and measuring pretty well too (another of our high-risk concerns). I do seem to also have trouble gaining weight, but he explained all the why of that being thanks to a funky placenta and said the baby is taking it all and growing, so that is what matters most! After 25 weeks we will begin the watch for Inter-Uterine Growth Retardation (IUGR) which is partly to make sure that I can stretch out for him to grow big enough! The doctor told us that high-risk or not, he is a beautiful healthy baby and really that's all Alan and I could want.
In other good news, Alan is finally getting to come home tomorrow!!! This means we'll be painting the nursery and putting baby furniture together next week. And by we, I mean Alan and whatever poor fool he can con into helping! But I'll update with some pictures of the room once we get it going!
Alan, Carole, & Baby Boy
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
We will not be announcing sweet Baby Boy's name until after his birth, not to anyone. End of Story!
We think we may have a name but what if we see him and think nope, that's not for him or we just plain change our minds. I also do not want the odd people commenting to me on how to improve my child's name or offer their suggestions for a better name since people think that they can say anything the like to a pregnant woman (yes, jerk at Dunkin Dounuts who felt is necessary to tell me I shouldn't be drinking decaf). So please, save yourself the disappointment and don't ask. Though you can confidently know that he will not be called any form of Junior, Jr., etc. all of which highly irritate me! Though if he is born during the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, Alan's dockmates have assured me that he can not escape a tournament related nickname and that I can deal with.
There are so few things we have been able to cherish and keep to ourselves thus far between being high-risk and weekly ultrasounds and the barrage of questions and concern (though very appreciated) that we want to savor this and enjoy this time as much as we can. Thanks for understanding, monograming can be done later!
Carole, Alan, & Baby Boy