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My new schedule

17 Jul

2 weeks ago, I noticed that my blood pressure was getting higher than at the beginning of my pregnancy. After calling the OB, she said if it gets any higher to call back in, especially if either number hit 160/80. Thursday night my diastolic reading was 86, so when I called the next day they wanted to see me immediately.

After going in and seeing the on call doctor, she was planning on putting me in the hospital if my protein came back high. After a few minutes of panicking, she said she would send me home to do a 24 hour urine test and see if there was protein there.

Monday I got a phone call that indeed, I do have protein in my urine, accompanied by high blood pressure, and that means that I have preeclampsia. I feel extremely blessed that it is both a mild case, and that it was caught almost instantly. I know that no amount of doctors, medicine, or anything else can shorten or lengthen Katherine’s life by even a heartbeat, but it is a difficult task trying to maintain no anxiety when faced with a serious condition that might pose a danger to the sweet baby you have prayed for for years.

As of right now, I’m on modified bed rest. No more than an hour on my feet, limit lifting things, spend as little time outside as possible, and check my blood pressure at least twice a day. Thankfully I’ve been able to spend a lot of time in prayer, rereading Harry Potter, snuggling with Snickers, and looking at all the cute girl’s clothes and hair bows.

Praying for submission to both my doctor and to Jason (who is often tasked with the role of being the bad guy when I’d like to do something, go somewhere, or eat something), health and safety for Katherine, and wisdom and patience for me would be most welcomed.

Moving is about to get real interesting…

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Katherine Grace

6 Jul

How far along: 23 weeks! (Only 16 weeks until my due date!!)

The baby is as big as a: Pomegranate…I need to find one of these at HEB.

What’s happening to baby: she weighs around a pound and a half now!! Her face is almost fully formed, though her skin is still missing the fat underneath that fills her out. Kat is able to hear loud sounds, and recognize voices. She is also drinking large amounts of amniotic fluid each day. In the next few weeks she’ll double in size (woah!!!).

Gender: Precious girl!

Movement: So much. Especially on my bladder. Her schedule is also developing, which is fun to feel.

Food/Drink: Everything. I find I’m hungry almost all the time, but nothing ever sounds good.

Sleep: I fall asleep pretty easily, but wake up around 1 and 3 for a bathroom break, then I’m awake from 3 to around 6.

Symptoms: HEARTBURN!!!!M Oh, it’s so bad!!!

Getting ready: our house has a roof!!! We’ve also acquired some bigger baby things from friends of ours who are moving soon.

20 weeks…and our big news!

17 Jun

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How far along: 20 weeks, 3 days

The baby is as big as a: banana

What’s happening to baby: Baby is 7in long, and weighs almost 11oz! The baby is practing swallowing by taking in several oz of amniotic fluid each day. There is still plenty of space for flipping and flopping, in between sleeping 12-14 hours a day. 2 layers of skin are beginning to form, as well as hair and nails growing.

Gender: Precious baby GIRL, Katherine Grace! (Her name means “pure grace of God”)

Movement: lots and lots! I’m starting to be able to tell when she’s awake/asleep, as well as what excites her!

Food/Drink: still dislike chicken, but it’s getting a little better, as long as someone else cooks it. Red meat.

Sleep: better bathroom wise, but Kat likes to wake me up kicking around 3, and goes back to sleep/tires herself out around 6. This is making getting up in the mornings really hard, but I’m hoping to be able to get back on schedule soon!

Symptoms: Lots of low pressure, and terrible back pain. At our anatomy scan, little lady was facing my spine and laying very close, as well as sitting on my bladder.

Getting ready: Now that we know she IS a she, let the bow/pink/purple/sparkle buying begin!!

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Katherine Grace’s face. Look at those chubby cheeks!!

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First outfit I bought her!!

Next blog post will be about our amazing gender reveal! Stay tuned!

16 weeks…and a promise

18 May

How far along: 16 weeks!

The baby is as big as a: turnip (5in, 5oz)…around the size of an open hand

What’s happening to Baby: Baby fat is now starting to accumulate. The baby’s hearing is now developed, and s/he can now hear loud noises (which I’m sure means Olsen is a very confusing place), eyes are able to make side to side movements, even though still fused shot. Individual fingerprints are now starting to form!

Gender: Betting tables are open!! 4 weeks until our ultrasound to find out!!

Movement: Little jerks here and there (or maybe gas bubbles), but I’m waiting for my first good kick!

Food/Drink: root beer!! I can only eat around 5-10 bites of food before I start feeling uncomfortably full. And my new love language is the Dixie Chicken’s French fries.

Sleep: sleeping through the night!! Amazing!

Symptoms: cramping and stretching has greatly increased, and I’ve had a lot of congestion lately.

Getting ready: Baby’s heartbeat today at our appointment was 156!!! They broke ground on our house this week, and I am very excited for it to get going! I am also going to start posting bump pics soon, I promise!!

Hello 2nd trimester!

26 Apr

How far along: 13 weeks…whoo hoo!!!

The baby is as big as a: lemon

What’s happening to the baby: baby is moving almost all the time now, but instead of being jerky, they are now smooth and fluid. Baby’s neck is starting to straighten, and hair and eyebrows are filling in. Eyes and ears are moving into their permanent position, and teeth buds are forming under the skin.

Gender: don’t know!

Movement: nothing. I’m so excited to start feeling them soon!

Food/Drink cravings: Pizza! Pizza! Sonic water with lime. Anything sweet.

Sleep: much better now. I’m waking up around 5am for a bathroom trip, but other than that I’m sleeping through the night now.

Symptoms: pains/stretching in my tummy (especially when I move quickly), and changes in my chest.

Getting ready: This week I’ve gotten lots of baby clothes, and we’re starting to think about nursery colors and designs. This week we also bought a house, so baby will have lots of room to play and run around!!!

12 weeks…it’s going so fast!

19 Apr

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How far along: 12weeks….nearing the end of my first trimester!!!!

The baby is as big as a: peach! How sweet!

What’s happening to baby: baby is about 3 inches long, but from here on out all babies will start growing at different rates! The baby’s head is half the size of his/her body. The intestines (which have been growing in the umbilical cord), will begin moving into baby’s belly. Vocal chords are also developing this week!

Gender: 8 more weeks…if we chose to find out. 😉

Movement: I thought earlier this week I might have felt a little quickening while I was laying on my back, but nothing for sure.

Food/Drink cravings: sonic water (with lemons and limes…so good!). Root beer.

Sleep: I’m only getting up once or twice a night now! Sleeping on my belly has become too uncomfortable, and I’m trying to train myself to stay off my back, which is hard, since I’m a belly/back sleeper.

Symptoms: I can only eat 3 or 4 bites of food at a time, or else I start to gag. It makes meal time take forever, but it’s ok, since my sweet husband is a slow eater, too!! I’ve had a lot more stretchy, crampy pains in my lower belly, also.

Getting ready: I’ve been hitting up lots of garage sales for unisex clothes, and I also found an adorable excersaucer. My wonderful mother in law also bought us our nursery furniture! I CANNOT wait together it all set up, it’s amazing!

11 week update

12 Apr

Welp, it only took a couple of weeks to get behind. Go figure! I’m planning on starting belly pics soon, since I have a little bit of a roundness showing.

How far along: 11 weeks today!

The baby is as big as a: large plum

What’s happening to the baby: developing new body structures is nearing an end, as much of them are fully formed. They will continue to mature for the next 28 weeks and the organs will start practicing their jobs. The digestive system is starting to practice, as is the pituitary gland. Teeth, finger and toe nails, and hair follicles are forming.

Gender: 9 more weeks until we can find out.

Movement: none yet! Getting closer.

Food/Drink cravings: oranges, TexMex food, bean dip

Sleep: thankfully I found out a lot of the tiredness I’ve been having is due to a less than fully functional thyroid. At night, I am still having some wild and crazy dreams. I am only getting up twice a night now, and am looking forward to those trip going away in my second trimester!!!!

Symptoms: tired, bloody noses, and some heartburn. Other than that, this pregnancy has pretty much been a breeze.

Getting ready: we get to hear baby’s heartbeat at our appointment Monday! So excited.