Friday, October 24, 2008

Nothing yet

I'm 35 weeks and 3 days along today. I'm getting anxious to see my little girl...and the pain I'm in to stop! I wish someone would've told me that the last couple months were painful and that I would hurt every day no matter what I did (except when I sleep!)

Yesterday I had an appointment. The dr. wasn't too happy that I decided to stop taking my blood on my own. I am fine, but he wants me to take my levels this week and I see him again on the 29th to make sure my levels really are fine. more week of blood taking and eating extra good so I can stop this hassle.

He also checked for dilation since I have been feeling like she's trying to push down a little. There is nothing. The cervix is still pretty high up, but it is softening. He also told me to get out of bed a little more and push myself since that's what gives me contractions and that will help the process along a little faster.

I asked if I could have Josh take me to the pool and walk laps. He said yes! YAY! So I get to go "swimming" which really means I get to walk around in the shallow end so I can get some of this weight lifted off of me for a few minutes at a time! I'm excited about this!

I also now weigh 196 lbs. I only gained 1.2 lbs since my last visit which was on the 15th (so 8 days ago...not too bad I don't think).

My Aunt Margie and cousin Meghan are in town (I think Tim might be too!)...not exactly MY town, but Sequim, which is only 45 minutes from me. They're visiting my Uncle Chuck, Aunt Boots, Uncle Guy, Aunt Lynn and cousins Jenn and Jess. Josh has yet to meet any of them (except Tim and Aunt Margie) and I have yet to meet Meghan. I can't wait to meet her and see the rest of my family! We're going up since Josh has leave and I'm assuming it's okay since I'm not dilated at all yet.

Anyway...that's the update. I have another appointment on the 29th with this Dr. to check my blood levels. Since all I'm going to eat is healthy stuff (like salad with grilled chicken) I should be good. I'm glad I like salad and have been in the mood for it!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Two weeks less...

I had a check up on Wednesday the 15th. It went well. I saw Commander Larson, who is the one I've seen most (and like most for the most part) through my whole pregnancy. She hasn't seen me in 2 months since last month she was on leave during my appointment.

She walks in and automatically comments on my belly "Where did that come from? It's so cute!" So I guess my belly is cute. I have to agree actually! I mean...look at it!

Is that not the cutest baby belly you've seen in a long time? I think so! I love it! Of course, she's back a little farther than usual in this picture, but that's okay...I still think it's cute.

Then we start talking about all the medical stuff. She asked me about birth control and she gave me a sheet with some notes to look up (she knows I'm an internet freak and I look up information online about everything...which is why I've never really had questions about the pregnancy, she has said she loves how informed I am for my age.) I keep forgetting to grab the paper, but it'll get done before my next appointment...I'm guessing I'm not getting on real birth control until after breastfeeding since that's what Josh wants and he doesn't ask much of me.

After all the medical crap is put behind us (we did talk about my blood glucose levels since I had 2 above the levels they were supposed to be...I've changed things so I can avoid this in the future) we talked a little about Harry Potter because of my shirt (see above...that was taken the day of my appointment...I was 34 Weeks and 1 Day).

I started talking about how I can't believe there's only a few more weeks until I'm giving birth to little Caralyn. I was talking between 37 and 40 weeks, so I said 3 and 6 weeks. And she corrected me saying 2-5. I was like "37-40 is 3-6 weeks." Which she then tells me "Oh we'll let you deliver at 36 weeks but not before. Also, because you have gestational diabetes, we usually induce a week early, which means November 18. I was sort of freaking out, but that's what happens I's just a perk.

I still need to order some things from and I want to get a little onsie made for Thanksgiving that has the "Butterball" logo on it, since she's our little Butterball Turkey...or at least she was supposed to be.

I go in on October 23 to get checked for dilation and stuff like that. I can't believe it's already coming to that! It's crazy! But if it's the Dr. I'm thinking of (the Dr. from L&D when I was pre-term labor/contraction) I'll be okay with it...he was nice and he is my favorite so far that I've had to see. But...I could be wrong about who I saw at Labor and Delivery that night.

Speaking of pre-term contractions...I've been contracting like CRAZY the past few nights/days. I have actually been kept awake from 3-4AM the past 2 nights because of Braxton-Hicks contractions because there were so many of them. Last night wasn't as bad as the night before...last night I think I fell asleep again within 15-20 minutes, but I had 9 in a row. It was crazy. I know I'm a pre-term contractor, but that's a lot of contractions! By the time I would've gotten to the hospital, they would've been done, that's why I just went to bed. At least I know it's not labor.

Anyway...I'll update after my appointment on the 23rd to let everyone know what's going on and if I'm dilated yet. Starting October 28 I'm allowed to deliver anytime. Keep your fingers crossed for early November...or for them to let me go past the 18th so I can just go naturally for everything!

Oh and for those experienced moms....please give me some pointers on some extra stuff they might ask during the labor process and afterwards. I already know I'm going for a non-medicated labor and delivery (yes, I'm crazy...if you know me and my family, you'll know that's a no brainer that I'm crazy or weird!). I hadn't thought of vaccinations until my friend Dana had brought it up. Of course we're giving her vaccinations that are necessary, but Josh and I aren't in total agreement with ones like the Flu shot and stuff. Those were really the only please please PLEASE ask questions and stuff!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Medical is full of crap!

So they told me I had gestational diabetes. Today I did the testing as I should. I'm still waiting on dinner to do my last test just before bed. Well...they wanted me no more than 120 after big meals and no more than 90 before breakfast.

This morning I was 82. Two hours after breakfast I was like 94. Two hours after lunch I was 81. I don't think I'm diabetic. I think they're full of crap.

Oh and lunch was a Smart Ones Pasta with Alfredo, Chicken and Broccoli. Pasta raises blood sugar levels like crazy...and mine was lower than my morning reading. what's up with that, huh?

I'm going to get a big mac or something for dinner to test that out too. I might continue to test tomorrow, but it depends on how I feel. We'll see. I'll update you more later when I figure it out even more.

Oh and I didn't change a single thing about my diet today. I am eating normally.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Why are they doing this to me?

Okay honestly...I've had some real problems during this pregnancy.

First being I was so tired all the time in my first trimester..and then just after Josh left for a month to sea I started having problems with my heart rate.

Then they need me to be tested for Neural Tube Defects since that part of my Quad Marker Screen came back as a slight positive. So a friend takes me down to Tacoma to get the ultrasound...there's nothing, except Caralyn has a hole in her heart they need to check once a month to make sure it's nothing too serious...and I had Complete Placenta I was put on bed rest and pelvic rest. Okay. The day I found that out, Josh was getting home so I'm not too worried. At least I had someone there with me to deal with it.

So I go back once a month. Then we find out she's "small" and I also need to have her growth checked once a month until she starts growing like an average baby. No problem since I was already going there for my echo every month.

Then my 1 hour glucose test came back slightly elevated (I found out only by about 2 points, which is like nothing), so I have to do the 3 hour glucose test. No problem...except they waited a month before they told one ever got ahold of me!

In my wait for the results, at 29 weeks, I go into pre-term labor. Luckily I didn't start dilating at all I was just having the contractions...the real thing, not the Braxton-Hicks kind! So I'm put on bed rest...again.

So I take my 3 hour glucose test and wait for the results. They never came so I figured I was good. Then just 2 nights ago I get a call from the hospital stating that they "must have slipped through their fingers" because I should've been called a couple weeks ago (I took the test Sept, 19!) to let me know my results were slightly elevated again. I need to go in to learn how to check my blood sugar level 4 times a day and learn how to eat properly.

This is complete bullshit! They're LOOKING for things wrong with me and I'm SICK OF IT! I got over my hypochondria awhile ago and now they're trying to make me worry about every little thing. NOT going to happen! Let me enjoy the last 6 1/2 weeks of my pregnancy for goodness sake!

So I called the lady back yesterday around 1:30PM since that's when I heard from Josh that he couldn't get off to take me to an appointment until today. She NEVER CALLED ME BACK! So he called me before he went to bed last night and I called the other Dr. I had heard from about this and left a message with her. It was after hours so hopefully this morning I'll hear from her and get an appointment to be taken care of.

It's not like I can take the car and drive just anytime. I have to work around Josh's schedule. My belly usually hits the steering wheel now because I'm so short and have to be so close to the wheel anyway. So what am I supposed to do? Work is super busy with pre-deployment stuff (he leaves in early December for 3 months) and he's one of the only ones in his section qualified to stand watches and stuff. It's not his fault his fellow crew members are mess ups!

Josh is also now worried about not being able to get off duty for the Childbirth Education Class we're registered for. He's trying and trying to get someone to stand in for him, but it's also Family Day on the boat (the families tour the's really fun actually, but I wouldn't ever be able to make it this year...I did it last year not a big deal). I will be PISSED if they don't let him out since 2 weeks ago when I scheduled it, they had already given the okay for him to go do it.

GAH! Why is all of this happening NOW? I hate the Navy sometimes, but mainly only during Pre-Deployment!

Oh yeah...Josh is still amazing and I love him more and more every day.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

He is still the best hubby!

Yesterday Josh comes home from a 34 1/2 hour shift at work and asks me "What do I need to do?" I told him to hop into bed next to me and chill until 5PM then he could work on the wireless computer stuff along with unloading and reloading the dishwasher for me (I try to take turns with this now that I've been feeling a little better). He wanted to jump right into work at home for some reason...but I got him to chill until almost 5PM (which was only 20 minutes).

He then asks me (as we were unloading the dishwasher) what I wanted him to do tomorrow. I just told him he would be taking the items for the nursery up to the nursery. I would really like to have the nursery finished this weekend since there's only 4- 7 weeks until little Caralyn will be joining us in this world. I'm hoping for a November 1 birthday so she can share it with my dad. Or even a November 2 birthday so I could have a wonderful half birthday present!

I can not wait for October 23 to arrive. It can not come soon enough. He starts leave that day and has a whole week off! YAY! He wants to finish the house in that week, which is very possible I think. Well...maybe not the whole garage being done, but close to it..I'll still have "donate" and "freecycle" stuff in there until I can organize it to what everything is so I can post it. I have decided that all my old clothes are going to Goodwill though...instead of going onto

Anyway...that's all.

Oh wait...not it's not!

Heather....THANK YOU SO MUCH for the Nuk starter kit!

Okay...that's all now...

Later alligators!