Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hungry Belly

It's official.  My belly has now swallowed my hand when I take the sitting down belly shot.  Not only have I lost my toes, but now my hand as well :)

Baby Z seems to be growing about on schedule. I had an appointment last week where we were back to measuring roughly right on track (30 cm at 29 weeks) and heartbeat was good as well, between 146-148.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that means no giant baby!  Other than the typical aches and pains and "fun" of pregnancy (swollen ankles, fatigue, etc.), things are going quite well and I really can't complain!

It's hard to believe that 30 weeks have passed already!  It's going to be time for his arrival before we know it.  I had my last real travel trip last week, when I attended a conference in Texas.  I'm glad I went, and it was a great few days, but wow do I tire quickly.  I have to say I'm glad that I'll be sticking closer to home these next few months and not dealing with airports and airplanes and all that fun for a while.

Friday, October 14, 2011

What's Missing In This Photo...

Here's a picture I took just now at work, me standing up and looking down.  Something seems missing though...oh what could it be?!  Oh, I know, MY FEET!  I have to admit, I gave up seeing those on a regular basis a while ago now. If I look down as I walk, I can sometimes catch a glimpse.  Now I just need to hope I can actually put on socks and shoes that match without being able to check!  If you see me and I don't match, you'll know why.

Last weekend I thought I'd be good and paint my toenails since it was sandal weather and I was trying to look good for my shower...that was just a comedy of errors.  I've never had so much nail polish all over my toes!  For the next few months, I do believe that a pedicure or two is going to need to happen.  In the meantime, I'll just be glad that it's starting to cool down a bit and the sandals can maybe be put away until next year... 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sugar High

Happy Third Trimester!  No matter which book I read, 28 weeks is officially within that last third of the pregnancy range.  I posted a few pictures from last week in the album...if I can get decent pictures I may try to take one or two each week from here on out just to see how much things change so quickly.

Last week I had the last of my monthly appointments...for the next few weeks I go every two weeks, then weekly.  Baby Z's heartbeat was good at 140 and my vitals were good...and then it came time to measure. Using a good old tapemeasure, the doctor measures "the bump"  - actually the fundal height, which is the distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus.  On average, you measure about the same number of centimeters as the number of weeks you are.  I was first measured at 23 weeks and was at 24 cm...so pretty close.  This month, however, at 27 weeks I measured 31 cm!  There's a host of reasons for measuring big...it could be a big baby, he could be in some weird position, there could be a lot of fluid, hard to say.  BabyCenter says one potential cause is "You have looser abdominal muscles than most women."  While depressing to think about, that has potential, as I wasn't exactly rocking the 6-pack-abs prior to April!  Odds are if I measure that much ahead at my appointment on the 17th they'll check things out with another ultrasound.

The "fun" part of the week was the glucose screening and testing.  Oh joy.  I had the screening on Monday, which was not a great day for me to have my blood sugar tested as we celebrated a birthday that morning at work with cupcakes :)  Needless to say, Jennie did NOT pass the screening (scored 150 and needed to be below 140).  That meant I got to spend 3 hours in the lab on Wednesday doing the full glucose test.  This involved 12 hours of fasting, with only sips of water, followed by arriving at the lab and getting a fasting blood test, drinking the fabulously horrible sugar solution and then having blood drawn once an hour for three hours.  By the time the whole thing was done I took down a bottle of water in about 2 minutes flat...16 hours of fasting is not my idea of a good time.  And I learned that you see quite the interesting assortment of people who come in and out of the lab over that long a period of time!  Other than some lovely bruises from the blood draws, the testing seems to have gone well and the nurse said Thursday that as far as she could tell, the numbers looked within the normal range.  That was excellent news, as I do love to at least have the option to eat whatever sounds good (including cake from the fabulous baby showers last week!).  To celebrate, I ate a Starburst :)