Today I had another Midwife appointment. Since I am reaching 36 weeks, I will start weekly appointments now! Yay!
I had my thyroid tested again today, and we will see what it is at now after a while on the medicine. But the most exciting part... I am almost dilated to a 3! Yeah! She said "Some people would call it a 3, I''m going to call it almost a 3." Holy cow that is not what I expected!!!
The past couple of days my blood pressure has been high and I have started to swell a little. A "visual disturbance" today made me contact my midwife and prompted her to have my blood pressure checked, and they determined that it it running too high, so I have been put on half days of work from this point forward to help manage my blood pressure. So starting next Monday I will be working 1-5pm and on modified bedrest while not at work. This includes relaxing, putting my feet up, and trying to lie on my side to keep my blood pressure down. She wants me to eat peanut butter and celery, but I HATE celery, it is the One food that I despise. We will see about that. But I do like peanut butter! She said "no shopping!" gasp!!
So today was our appointment at maternal/fetal in Peoria. I have to admit, it was totally lame. We were supposed to see Dr. Leonardi and instead we saw Dr. Gross. I have never in my entire life met a Dr. that was as uncaring and boring. Luckily we aren''t scheduled to go back there, because I wouldn''t pay that Dr. any more money if it were up to me. Evan thought the same.
We waited for quite a while and then went back and had an entire history taken. That frustrates me because I know they got my entire chart from my regular OB and all those questions were already answered. Argh. The ultrasound was neat, but it was not 3-D as we were expecting. And really the pictures weren''t better than the ones we get at Princeton, in fact, they were probably worse because she is bigger and harder to see. They explain it that her bones are calcified and they cast shadows on the ultrasound. We saw legs and feet, but not clearly. We saw the heart and the chambers/septum of the heart, and the stomach and kidneys and all that.
We did get an okay glimpse of the side of her face, and immediately I thought she looks like Evan. I think she has his nose, and Evan agreed that the shape of her cheek and the brow bone looked like him. I couldn''t tell her mouth, at first I thought like me, but it was shadowy and I wasn''t sure. I think she looks just like Evan when he sleeps. She had LOTS of hair, enough that you could see it on the ultrasound and they printed out pictures. I will need to scan them, because they just printed a few, but the quality of them isn''t the best, and they are shadowy.
So on the health side of things, not only is everything good with her, she weighs 5 pounds 5 ounces and measures 1 week ahead of the 34 weeks 1 day that she is. They said "big baby but not anything out of the ordinary or to worry about."
As far as I go, they pretty much didn''t tell me anything I didn''t already know, that they will have me stop taking the thyroid meds when she is born and will check my thyroid a while afterwards to see if it''s normalized. Besides that I don''t ever have to go back there and I go on with prenatal care as usual.
I have an appointment next week. Tomorrow night is our waterbirth class, Thursday is an NST and Thursday night is breastfeeding class. This weekend I am getting a prenatal massage with a local massage therapist and Doula... so I look forward to that.
We bought a few cute outfits in Peoria, including a pink bikini for next summer that was on clearance... and bought some suction bottom feeding bowls, crib sheet savers, and a few waterproof lap pads for use on the changing table and in the bassinet. We also bought more baby food. So far we have used 60 Target coupons, getting us 120 jars and plastic 2-packs of stage 1 and 2 Gerber baby foods for as little as 2 cents per jar and 34 cents per two pack of plastic containers. So we have three totes of babyfood with expiration dates far far away... and have saved $60 so far. YAY!!
Well, that''s all for now. Ultrasound pictures to come...
It''s been a pretty good week, but as usual I am ecstatic that it''s Friday!!! I think the thyroid medicine must be starting to work, because I am feeling much better and much less tired now.
Thursday I had my second non-stress test of the week. Tuesday I had my regular appointment with my midwife, and she measured my fundal height at 37 cm, which "means" that the baby is measuring about 4 weeks ahead "size" wise. The midwife said that she wants me to call her after our appointment on Tuesday because she wants to "know how big our monster is." LOL. I think it''s mostly because I am tall and have a long torso that I measure ahead.
Last night Evan and I clipped coupons, we found that Target has big savings on Gerber baby food and that it will amount to paying only 2cents a jar! Holy COW! So we will be working on stocking up on baby food in the next couple of weeks. We have enlisted the help of family and friends making trips to Target.
We have enough coupons to get 100-200 jars at only 2 cents each! WOW!
Next Monday I have an NST and my first official hypnobirthing session. Tuesday we have our appointment at maternal/fetal specialists in Peoria with a 3D ultrasound. Wednesday we have our waterbirth class. Thursday I will have another NST and Thursday night we have our Intro to Breastfeeding Class. So next week will be baby filled! And amongst all that, I will still work each day.
Today I had my second "scheduled" NST Test. (Non-Stress Test) These are done in the OB unit while on fetal monitoring. They take my blood pressure and temperature when I arrive and when I leave, and in between they monitor the baby''s heartbeat, looking for a specific number of accelerations in 10 minutes. I will have these NST Tests twice a week and eventually three times a week up until delivery.
Sunday I felt pretty constant movement, starting at about 8am and not stopping until somewhere around midnight. I was also awake for a few hours this morning (3-5am) not feeling very well. Today I feel better, and the baby has been moving around plenty. I think she wants out, since she has been moving more in the past two days than she has in the past month or so. Sometimes I get a side ache feeling from all the movement. She also gets the hiccups several times a day.
Saturday my mom and dad came over and we all worked in the baby''s nursery, hanging up things on the walls. It took a long time and lots of brainpower, but it looks really nice now (see the photos in the album!)
We have another appointment Wednesday of this week and I also have another NST on Thursday, and then NEXT Tuesday is our big appt with Maternal Fetal in Peoria and our 3D Ultrasound.
This morning Ardyn''s car seat arrived via UPS, a gift from "Uncle Kyle." It comes with a neat "infant" insert that you can use when the baby is really little, to provide extra support for the baby. It really puts into perspective how "tiny" she will be.... just like looking at the newborn size sleepers... of which we have about 4, until she stretches out a bit into 0-3 months size. I already have two drawers of 0-3 months clothes, and I had a co-worker call me last week whose daughter has just grown out of all her 9 month clothes, and she wants to give me all the sizes that her daughter has grown out of. Whoo-Hoo! So when I say we don''t need clothes, I really MEAN it!
Just thought I would give everyone a little update after our appointment with the midwife today.
Upon re-testing my thyroid yesterday, they have discovered that it is still low, although a teeny bit higher than last Tuesday. Angie (my midwife) has had a phone consultation with Dr Leonardi of OSF Maternal Fetal Specialists in Peoria. They have started me on some prescription Synthroid (synthetic thyroid), a very low dose of 0.1mg per day.
I will see the midwife in one week (not two per usual) and will go to Peoria to see Dr. Leonardi on the 24th, in two weeks. When we go there, we will get a "routine" 3D Ultrasound that they do for all their patients, which will be fun because most people have to pay for a 3D ultrasound out of pocket. It will be neat to see the baby again (I haven''t seen her since 28 weeks and Evan hasn''t seen her since 19 weeks) and it will be in 3D.
They will also be able to give us a pretty good guess of how big she is. At 28 weeks she was measuring big, at 3 pounds 4 ounces... and measuring "long" and by 30 weeks my uterus was measuring 4 weeks ahead length wise. We are 100% sure of our conception and due dates, so she is a big baby.
Today at our appointment, when Angie was checking out my belly, I told her that I felt that the baby had really grown in the last two weeks, and that my belly was getting much harder. She agreed that she was larger and her measurements agreed, but I didn''t ask her what I was actually measuring. She said that she is a big and active baby and that we will get a better idea of just how big when we have the ultrasound in Peoria.
She also could feel the Braxton Hicks (falso labor) contractions in my belly while I was lying there, which I totally can not feel. At all. So I guess I am having Braxton Hicks after all. Everyone is always asking me, but I can''t feel them, so I always said No. But I guess they are there.
Feeling a little less tired today, but I didn''t get a good night''s sleep. The dogs woke me up a lot in the night and by 4am I was wide awake. By about 5:30 I finally got back to sleep, but this time on the couch, where I slept on and off till about 9 this morning.
My midwife called this morning and said that she isn''t terribly concerned about the thyroid problem, and that I can probably be seen by Dr. Faber here at work, which is wonderful, and especially nice that at lunchtime Dr. Faber called me himself, as I had called his nurse Tara before work this morning. Dr. assures me that he can treat me here if necessary and no need to worry about maternal/fetal specialists in Peoria.
So with my midwife, and myself, and Dr. Faber all on the same page, I feel much more comfortable.
If I REALLY had a thyroid problem, my TSH would have gone up as my Free T4 went down, but that didn''t happen, so it seems like something just pregnancy related that is minor, which is good.
Looking forward to the weekend as we have Jacksonfest with fireworks on Saturday and Shakespeare outdoors by Festival 56 on Sunday. Plus plenty of time to relax in between. This weekend is also Sheffield Homecoming but I am not sure that we will make it over there, although mom and dad are planning on seeing American English (Beatles Tribute Band) tonight.
Well, my tiredness got worse. And worse. On Tuesday I mentioned it to my midwife and she gave me the once over in her office. She tells me I need to slow down, and I appreciate her advice, but wonder how I can get much slower than sleeping or lying down every minute I am not at work.
She sent me to OB Tuesday afternoon for a non-stress test (fetal monitoring) and some bloodwork, all of which came back normal. My blood pressure wasn''t really "high" but it was on the high side, and after an hour of resting in OB it went down nicely. The midwife said she was still waiting for my Thyroid Test results, But she will let me leave OB if I promise to go HOME (not back to work) and be on bedrest. So Tuesday afternoon/evening I did go home and spent the afternoon sleeping or reading while lying on the couch. Wednesday I slept till 11:30am and then lay around all afternoon after just taking a bath. at about 4pm we went to Peru for dinner, and decided to stop at Target. By the time we were halfway through the store, I was so exhausted that I could hardly keep going, and I just wanted to go home. So about two hours after we left, we were back home, and I took a nap AGAIN and then at 8:30 we drove out to the country and watched Buda''s fireworks from the car, along a country road.
This morning it was back to work and back to TIRED. Then Dr. got my Thyroid test results back and discovered that my Free T4 is LOW and that perhaps my issue is a thyroid problem. Of course when they tried to get me in to the Maternal/Fetal Specialists in Peoria, they can''t see me for almost 3 weeks. So that means I would be almost 35 weeks pregnant and at the end of July/Beginning of August... Ugh. How can I be this tired until then?
So I tried to call my specialist (endocrinologist) that I saw in the beginning of my pregnancy, but insurance reasons won''t allow him to see me past early pregnancy, so now it''s like back to the beginning. So I am investigating if I should go to my family Dr (who I haven''t seen in almost 2 years) or if I should be making an appointment to go see the maternal/fetal specialists and wait 3 weeks. The endocrinologist''s nurse is also looking into options of the place for me to go, and I am waiting to hear back from her on her ideas as well as from the nurse at my Family Dr''s Office.
I am so TIRED! I swear that without 12 hours of sleep each night and a nap every day I need toothpicks to prop my eyes open. Welcome to the Third Trimester. Being exhausted doesn''t mesh well with nesting, nor with WORKING full time. If I had my way and it wouldn''t effect my FMLA pay (which it would, drastically) I would be down to part time now so that I could take a nap. Having Wednesday this week off for the 4th will make a huge difference I hope. I am not into traveling. Although the heat still isn''t really bothering me, I still am not running any marathons or pulling any weeds. Running the Dishwasher and doing laundry are plenty taxing when you can''t bend well at the waist anymore! I guess today I just need a NAP!