Saturday, September 25, 2010

Last Bite Mosquitos?

First I want to say thank you for all the encouraging stories on baby's weight guessed in utero versus actuality! I must say, this is one time when Google helped ease my concerns. The majority of the stories I came across were all the same, baby measured smaller than told. I like this... I have decided that {unless it becomes medically necessary for other reasons} I am going to labor and push this baby out! If I didn't at least try, I would always wonder and I'm sure regret not trying... Especially since we want to start trying for baby number 2 pretty soon after birth {breastfeeding isn't 100% birth control so hoping for an "oops"!} and we will have to post pone that if I have a csection as I'd want to try for a VBAC. So thank you again for adding more encouraging stories for me to be reminded of when I start to wonder! ;-)

And now my rant...

I have officially been attacked, and eaten, by some sort of small colony! I seriously have like 15 bug bites on me and not a single one on Charles! What's up with that? Is this a last attempt for mosquitoes to suck up the blood they need to last the winter or something? Heck, I'm not even sure it was mosquitoes! I let the dogs outside in the evening and came back in about 15 minutes later. Several hours later began the itching. Not taking Benedryl {hate not feeling baby move!} but boy has it tempted me as it's hard enough getting to sleep the last couple of days without fighting scratching my skin off!

But on the positive side, fall is here!!!!!!!!!! Oh, it feels oh so amazing outside currently. I love to walk in every store now as the aromas of fall are everywhere! Cinnamon brooms, Pumpkin candles, and not to mention all the colors and decorations... Oh, Fall, how I love you! I was even suckered in at the grocery store yesterday and purchased Libby's Pumpkin Bread mix! The cashier said they had just got them in! Yay!!! ;-)

And that is my rambling for today... I have more thoughts but will wait to post those after my Dr appt on Monday for further input. :-) Happy Weekend!

Monday, September 13, 2010

*B*I*G* Baby!!!!

It's been a fun couple of weeks with getting things ready for Charles to head to Florida for a week the end of September to {hopefully} find us a house and my mom just left after a weekend here for a nice visit. :-)

She came to go to the Dr appointment with us we had this afternoon... Dr was to do a growth/weight check and boy did we get a shocker!

It was my 32 week (err, 32 week 5/7 day) appointment. My Blood Pressure is fantastic. I've remained the same weight for three weeks now with my total weight gain at 14 pounds. Baby's head down still which is great! And then Dr did the measurements and weight check...

Baby's head is measuring 37w4d
Baby's heart measuring 36w 1d
Baby's tummy measuring 34w 5d
Baby's femur bone measuring 36w 1d

Weight guess..... 5 pounds 15 ounces!

Dr guesses baby will weigh in at 9-10 pounds at birth if I went to 40 weeks. He mentioned with such a big baby, it does increase my chance for csection. I'm holding onto hope that baby is measuring like this but will really come out like one of my younger brothers who weighed a lot via scale but was really long so my mom was able to deliver vaginally. Oh i really do not want a csection unless absolutely 100% necessary! Major surgery. Not volunteering for that one!

So needless to say, 36 weeks DH and I will begin "evict baby" process... Sex. Spicy foods. Evening Primrose Oil. Eggplant Parmesan. Walking non stop. WHATEVER I can come across via google (minus Castor oil!) as realistic suggestions!!!!

I'm a bit freaked out to be honest......... I expected a big baby but was more thinking 8 pounds as the biggest! And to think we were originally concerned about IUGR due to MTHFR. That's almost funny now. I am thankful that it's a bigger baby than a smaller one. I'm thankful baby is looking healthy. I'm thankful we, obviously, are not concerned with IUGR anymore...

Dr is sending me to the hospital to have another growth scan at 36 weeks to guesstimate baby's weight then too.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Worries, without reason.

Pregnancy thoughts...

I'm now 32 weeks 2 days pregnant. Other than the pre term labor scare at 22 weeks, thanks to braxton hicks contractions, all has been wonderful! I am just following in my mother's footsteps of having BH like crazy. I just keep telling myself it's my body getting ready. :-)

I have found myself increasingly worried about baby though... I have no reason for these worries other than self inflicted concerns. Maybe it's due to the unfortunate friends stories and fellow blogs I've come across that had late term losses or health concerns come up. {and for that, I am no longer venturing to new blogs for fear of coming across another story to add fuel to my worry fire until after baby arrives} I am so excited to meet this baby and feel as though it was "easy" for us to get pregnant {it was a natural cycle after all even though it was 4+ years later} and I really cannot complain about pregnancy as it's been fantastic, free of complications so far. I am counting my blessings while waiting for the "bad news" report to be given...

I have this concern that baby will try to come too early. The BH certainly do not help alleviate that thought! I guess neither does the dream I had that baby came at 32 weeks... I am comforted to know that despite a NICU stay, baby would have a fantastic chance of thriving any day from here on out if it did come too early... I do not fall into any of the categories of putting me at a higher risk of this happening so again, it's without a real justified reason to worry and I know this logically.

I'm starting to get a bit more worried about delivery... I really do not want a csection!!! That petrifies me more than going thru labor without pain medications does! I'm worried I'll go into labor the week Charles is in Florida [hopefully] finding us a house... I'm worried something will be wrong with baby... I'm worried we're not ready just yet... I'm worried we'll get hit by a massive snow storm early this year and that will cause problems... I'm worried as I do not even know how to get to the hospital if I had to drive myself or give directions to someone else! {Yes, I'm that horrible with directions!}

It's been soooo difficult for me to just give it all to God. Am I hitting the usual parenting worries and making up unjustified worries already??? Don't even get me started on once baby is actually here... I'm worried about moving with a newborn and PPD and SIDS and breastfeeding and vaccinations and cloth diapers and developmental milestones and discipline and sleep and the dogs and yeah the list just continues on!

...Maybe their is such a thing as too much knowledge??

Okay, I admit. Reading back over this post I can't help but chuckle at my insane thoughts right now! Oh goodness me, pray for this child as it has me as it's mother! haha! I think I just needed a moment to get it all out and move on... Is it normal to have such moments of worry???

Saturday, September 4, 2010

"Infertility" shows

Earlier this week I happened to have the TV on the channel 'Tyra Banks Show' comes on. Guess the topic... Infertility. I stopped packing to watch, more so out of curiosity as to how it would be addressed. Am I the only one watching Infertility addressing shows???

Let me say this right here- If you are newly facing a struggle to get pregnant, watching a TV program is NOT the way to get answers or lead you in the right direction! Infertility is so much more than a one hour program can cover with all the commercials and lack of information out there!

One couple had been trying for five years and were sent {all that was shared of their testing anyways} for him to have a semen analysis and her to have her FSH tested. That was it! Oh, I was screaming at the TV for being SOOOO misleading as after their results were shared and the couple cried from relief that he had normal semen count and her FSH was 7, Tyra said something along the lines of "isn't it nice to know nothing is medically wrong with you in getting pregnant?" I was so frustrated!!!! So very misleading!!

For them to have tried to conceive for 5 years, the book of tests should have been thrown at them {and may have been behind the scenes which is again why the show was very frustrating as it is very misleading what they did share for someone newly walking the journey and looking for answers}!

It also frustrated me when the explanation given for being "Infertile" was that you had to have unprotected sex for 12 months not resulting in pregnancy. Um, let's clarify. 12 cycles {not everyone has a 28 day cycle} of intercourse timed appropriately to ovulation without pregnancy resulting. BIG difference!!! So many people assume they ovulate on day 14 of their cycle like the textbooks all say and thus they could stop having sex on day 15 only to have their body ovulate on day 22 without sperm hanging out waiting on that egg! More education needs to be put on learning ones body by charting cervical mucus and charting ones basal body temperature. Heck, even Ovulation Predictor Kits are more reliable than going by the textbook day 14 ovulation theory!

And then the news that evening had a spotlight on Infertility... This was not quite as frustrating but still very misleading. This was after all only like a 20 second segment so it's more understandable that lots of points were left out.

I know I am not a Dr and do not know everything... I admit this. I have learned over 4 years of constant googling to get answers and going to Drs and reading books to know that a one hour TV show cannot answer all Infertility related questions. When something is happening to you, when your world comes to a halt because of it, you learn everything you can about it. You become your own advocate no matter how many Drs find your self advocacy irritating by questioning their jobs. Heck, had I had my own ultrasound machine and the ability to write prescriptions myself I would have gotten rid of Drs a long time ago!!! hahahaha!

Anyways, what do you think of these types of shows?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Recipe Sharing!

Update- I have made this recipe {several times now} and find it to be delicious!!! Instead of the cocoa, I put in dark chocolate pieces and find it even more delicious! :-) We eat a couple at breakfast or great for a snack or even to satisfy a sweet tooth craving. I just wish Almond Meal was not so expensive... Looking at buying it in bulk to save some money. :-)

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Hello friends! I hope everyone has a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!!!! I'll be packing but that's for another blog post.

I'm not one to really share recipes but I am so in love with this newest find that I couldn't resist sharing it! :-) Btw- It is South Beach Diet Phase 1 friendly. Although Charles insists next time I add dark chocolate chips to it... haha! That's my sweet tooth husband for ya! :-)

Almond Flaxseed Muffins

2 cups Almond Meal {pricey but worth it}
1/4 cup Flaxseed Meal
1/2 cup Splenda {I used another zero calorie sweetener and it was fine}
4 Eggs
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3/4 cup Canola Oil

Mix all ingredients and divide evenly into well greased 12 muffin pan. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Serves 12.

26.4 g Fat
8.6 g Carbohydrates
277.8 Calories
7.5g Protein

If you try it, let me know what you think! And of course, if you altered it any! :-)