Thursday, June 24, 2010

19 Weeks

19 Weeks
Taken 6/24/10

We had our doctor appointment this morning. So basically things are looking good. I'm only having light red blood spotting at night and the rest of the time it's the clots dissolving and passing during the day. We got to hear the heartbeat, which is always reassuring and since I was in there last week, I've gained 2 lbs, so no worries there. We got the ultrasound scheduled for July 7th at 1pm and then a doctor appointment for the day after that. I haven't really been feeling much movement from Nola, but I think that would be normal having the placenta anterior and right over her. I'm hoping to feel more in the coming weeks.

I got a letter from my OB saying that starting in Dec (which luckily is after I'll have Nola), she will be taking off a semester of work to attend the U of A to study. She said to get further OB care she would recommend 1 of 3 doctors that she listed. I thought it was particularly funny because the first 2 doctors were doctors that I'm somewhat familiar with mostly because my friend Kim had the first one for her first child and the second one for her second. I thought it was funny because the first doctor is not someone she would ever recommend and the second, she highly recommends, yet my doctor thinks they're both good...just goes to show, people act differently in different settings. So when I was in there I asked her about it to see what she'd be studying...yep, large format photography. Let's just say I'm a little jealous.

Friday, June 18, 2010


So let's not comment on how I look without makeup...but here's my 18 week belly shot from last night. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Update #2 (18 weeks)

Went in for my OB appt this morning. Tony came home from work and picked me up. The dr measured my uterus and listened for the heartbeat with the Doppler. She found the heartbeat pretty quickly after Nola kicked the monitor a couple times. Tony breathed a sigh of relief.

I asked the dr a bunch of questions. Here's what we found out. The bright red bleeding was most likely the edge of the placenta separating from the cervix as the uterus grew or could have been caused by some trauma. She didn't seem very concerned about the blood clots because now I'm having dark brown spotting which would indicate that the clots are slowly dissolving. She said I could gradually increase my activity too. Swimming, walking, picking up Embry are all ok as long as there's no more bright red blood. If there is, then it's back on bed rest. Basically I shouldn't do anything to jar, jiggle, or disturb my placenta as the uterus continues to grow.

I asked her if she could give me a percentage of people who have this same issue and have a good outcome. She said that knowing what we know now and having the time passed that has, she'd estimate I have a 99% chance of a good outcome. So hallelujah! That is such a relief!

I'm going in again in a week to hear the heartbeat and just check in with the dr. It didn't take much convincing for her to push up my ultrasound because she wants me to have peace of mind. So we should be going in for another one around July 6 which will be 3 weeks after the last one. Basically it will be to check if the clots are shrinking and mostly to see if the placenta has moved away from the cervix.

She also said my lack of weight gain is fine since the uterus and baby Nola are measuring right on target. She asked if I was eating a lot and I reassured her that, yes, I am eating a TON of food. Tony also agreed, haha. He knows I can really pack it away if I want to!

So all in all, things are going really well and we couldn't be happier. I feel so blessed.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

update #1

I go to see the OB tomorrow, so I will get a lot of answers then. In the meantime I'll give a brief update of what's going on.

Basically I tend to only spot very lightly in the daytime and at night I'll get up to go to the bathroom and bleed probably enough to soak 1 pad. I told the dr and she said that was fine. She also said I am allowed to take a bath or a shower although if she knew how long my showers are, I bet she wouldn't ok that I get to take a bath tonight! Woohoo! No more smellytrice!

She said I wouldn't have an ultrasound till about 24 weeks, which seems like an extremely long time to me! So tomorrow when I talk to her I'm going to try and convince her that I'll be needing one sooner. If I could consistently feel Nola move then I think I'd be more content to wait, but for my peace of mind, I think 4 weeks is the max I could wait.

People have been extremely nice and helpful since finding out what's going on. Tons of friends have offered to bring over food, pick up groceries, watch Embry, clean, etc. It's a wonderful blessing to have so many amazing friends.

My mom has been over during the daytime to watch Embry and to get me whatever I need. She's extremely helpful and I think Embry couldn't care less if I was here or not, haha.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

17w 4d Ultrasound Pics

Nola's photos from yesterday morning. First is a 3D shot, but not a lot of fat on her yet, so not very good. Then arms. Then profile. In that one you can see the placenta above her face and one of the clots is that mass underneath her shoulder.

These are girl parts first, then feet, then another profile. She's so cute!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Baby Bean is...




So last night was interesting to say the least.

Side note: this is probably going to be pretty graphic, so reader beware.

It started out fine. Went to bed around 10pm and then woke up around 1am to roll over and felt that I was very wet. Immediately I thought 'oh no!' and check down there with my hand and didn't see any blood, so I wasn't really sure what was going on. I thought maybe I had peed myself. Went to the bathroom and saw that bright red blood had soaked through my underwear and pajama bottoms. So I went and woke up Tony, luckily he woke up right away, and told him I was bleeding while I took off my bottoms and then felt more and said 'um, I guess it's still coming.' I sat on the toilet and a bunch more blood came out. It was quite scary and I was almost sure that Baby Bean was in desperate trouble.

Then when I stood up, I saw something white and squishy looking in the toilet water. Tony grabbed me a fork, so I could see what it was (you can imagine what I was thinking) and thank heaven's it was only a piece of toilet paper. It scared the crud out of me and I swear, I was on the verge of throwing up.

I called the Dr and she called me back within minutes (which I'm very thankful for) and said that if I continued to bleed so heavily, I should go to the ER. Tony and I prayed and I laid down. I wasn't bleeding for about an hour, then it started up again, so I went to the ER. They got me in right away and I can tell you, I was expecting the absolute worst but praying for a less grim outcome. I couldn't imagine with that much blood that there was anything possible except something very bad. They took blood, started IV fluids, and did a pelvic exam. The nurse in there was really nice and said that they see a LOT worse than what I was having and the dr said that my cervix is closed (yay) but kind of just oozing blood. That sounds really gross, but hey, this isn't a pretty experience. Actually that's close to what I said to the dr and nurse as they had me scoot down for the pelvic exam, 'I feel sorry for you guys, this isn't going to be pretty!' and the nurse responded it wasn't the first and certainly not the last time they'd be doing the exact same thing.

After that, I felt somewhat optimistic because I had thought maybe my cervix was becoming incompetent or something which was not the case. Then it seemed to take quite a while to get wheeled over to the ultrasound tech station, but luckily I thought to grab 'The Poisonwood Bible' before I left the house because I knew there was no way I could sleep when I was so nervous. Finally, I got over there and the ultrasound tech was less than helpful, but I saw what I had been praying for...a live and healthy little beating heart. Bean even did a little wave for me! I exclaimed almost immediately, 'it's alive!' and the tech goes, 'yep.' Like I said, not helpful. So I breathed a sigh of relief and watched the rest of the ultrasound asking questions as the tech measured different areas. The heartbeat was 141 and based on measurements, the tech put me at 17w6d. I asked if he could see the gender, I figured since he was there, he might as well look. Unfortunately Bean is breech and kind of in a squatting position, so he couldn't get a good look and I don't think he really cared much either. Then he started measuring some stuff next to the baby's head and adjacent to the placenta. 2 squishy looking masses and I said, 'what are those?' and he goes, 'I don't know.' Kind of ominous. He said he couldn't tell me anything regarding the bleeding and that the radiologist people would have to look at it first and then the dr would tell me what they find.

Basically that was that and then I was wheeled back to my room. Since I had seen Bean and felt much more at ease, I was able to sleep for a bit. It took a very long time for the dr to come in and give me the ultrasound results, but in the meantime the nurse came in and said 'So they told you about the miscarriage?' and I was just flabbergasted. I mean, what, I just saw my kid living and moving 2 hours ago, what the heck?! So say very calmly, 'did they say why it's a miscarriage?' and she goes, 'I don't know. Well the paper says threatened miscarriage. You'll have to ask the dr.' Um, thanks, that was really what I wanted to hear from someone who apparently has no idea what they're talking about!

The dr came in a while later, said some stuff about hematomas, which I didn't really understand and then I was discharged. I talked to my OB on the phone. She said these clots are not uncommon and sometimes just dissolve on their own and everything is fine. Other times it ends in miscarriage. She said I was on bed rest until further notice and to call if I bled a lot more. She sent me over to the perinatal assessment dept to get another ultrasound to be read by the high risk ob on staff. That took a while, but the tech was very helpful and explained everything to me.

The tech said the baby is extremely healthy and measured all the important parts. She showed me in detail the clots. There are 2 that are towards the bottom of my uterus, one is directly over my cervix, and it may or may not be connected to the other one. They're pretty large, if you combined them, they'd be about the size of the baby's head. She said it would be very scary if I passed either or both of the clots just because of their size. The placenta is very low lying but they're not sure if it's actually over the cervix because the one clot is in the way of seeing it clearly. She checked the gender for me and got a very clear shot of the area, definitely a little girl! Nola Madison is on her way!

I'm going to remain positive. I'm tough and I know God works miracles all the time, so I am going to carry Nola to full term and deliver a healthy, happy, and safe baby girl come November. I will keep everyone updated in the meantime. Please pray that this all turns out well. If there's one thing we need, it's to be covered in prayer.

Friday, June 11, 2010

17 weeks, 1 day

17 Weeks
taken 6/10/10
I feel like I'm showing more, but I have yet to gain any weight. With Embry I started out overweight which is why I lost about 15lbs in the first trimester. This time I started out normal weight (around 135) and still haven't gained any. I figured over our vacation, with eating a ton of junk and fast food, I would have certainly gained at least 5 lbs...not the case. I know it's most likely 'normal' but it still concerns me. I'm excited to see baby bean and find out whether it's a he or a she, but more so excited to just make sure Bean is still alive and kickin.

Our ultrasound is on the 17, so less than a week away! Yay! I feel like with Embry it took forever to get to this point, but chasing a toddler around really makes time fly! Sometimes I think, 2 kids is going to be so hard, it might actually kill me. Then other times I see pictures of friend's kids who are a little older giving each other hugs and playing together and I'm reminded of the whole reason I wanted Embry to have a sibling. I just pray that these two get along...if not, I've got a long road ahead of me. :/

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

16 Weeks, 6 Days

Well, we were on vacation in Maryland for the past 2 weeks which is my excuse for not posting in a timely manner. Here is my:
16 week belly shot
taken on 6/3/10

Ok, I can't get the picture to go under the text, so whatever.

Baby News: I do believe I felt baby Bean move last night. I'm pretty positive that's what it was. There were a couple times in Maryland where I would turn over and I would think I felt something, but never could be quite sure. Last night it felt like Bean poked me about 5 times in the lower belly region. Tony tried to feel, but of course it was too soft to be felt from the outside.