Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Visit to Perinatal Doctor

On February 25th John, LeAnne and I headed to Tri-Cities to see a doctor about one very special little boy still on on the inside.  At my last regular OB appointment my doctor told me he would like to me to see a specialist for an ultrasound.  He said that during my last ultrasound the tech was unable to see the ventricular blood flow in and out of Christian's heart and even though he didn't think it was anything he would feel more comfortable if we could get a better look.  I've been quite nervous and doing all I could do to convince myself it was just because our little man had himself all crunched up in a ball and the tech couldn't get the picture.  The ultrasound tech at the perinatal office was amazing and the equipment was first rate.  The first thing we saw was little man is head down.  We saw him breathing, opening his mouth, and she was able to counter that he has all his fingers and toes. :-)  Part way through the ultrasound she had me lie on my side and walked out for a few minutes.  I later learned she was trying to get him into a better position so she could get the views she needed of his heart and see his fingers that he was lying on.  To my relief she was able to see the blood flow my doctor was concerned about right away.  I was a tad bit nervous when the actual doctor came in and they started talking in code. Once she had all the pictures she needed, she walked us down to the doctors office.  This guy may be good at what he does but he seriously lacks in bedside manner. One of his first statements were well no way to say this but just say it. My heart skipped a few beats and I was like huh, what are you talking about.  He started by asking me if I had had any surgeries or medical conditions. Then asked if either John or I had any family history of birth defections or genetic preconditions. We were like um no. Then he stated due to my age I was probably aware I was at a higher risk of our son having Down Syndrome. I was like yes.  Then he brought up a picture of a heart on his computer screen and went on to tell us that he was able to see the blood flow in and out of the heart that was the concern, he saw the four chambers, a few other things (I don't recall the terms he used) but that their was one thing they couldn't see.  So I am sitting there thinking okay so what's next, another specialist, another ultrasound at a later date? Then John asked if he had concerns.  He said no I am pleased with what we saw and believe everything will be fine and its nearly impossible to see everything on an ultrasound.  I left the office with rather mixed emotions.  I am thankful they saw the blood flow that they were concerned about but don't like the fact that they're is an unknown.  I've been concerned this whole pregnancy about something going wrong or being wrong with our little one but God is on control.  God has a plan for our son and I have faith it's a wonderful plan.  Its comforting to know our son is being wonderfully made inside my womb and the plan for his life is already set by God.  As I type this blog entry little mister is rolling around and kicking me which is so COOL!  I can't wait to listen to his heart beating tomorrow while I have my Non Stress Test.  Tomorrow I begin weekly NST's and doctor appointments.  Oh I forgot to mention the tech told us he is measuring at 4 pounds 4ounces.  I think I read somewhere that he will gain half a pound a week until delivery so if I go to term he could weight 8 pounds or so.  I have this gut feeling he will be born early because LeAnne was born 2 weeks early but nothing about this pregnancy has been like it was with LeAnne so I could be all wrong.  

I am excited his room is now painted, the wall border is up and I've washed what clothes I do have for him.  Invitations for my baby shower went out last Saturday.  John and I will be bringing up baby gear and buying his bedding set and curtains this weekend.  I so look forward to all preparations being completed so all their is left to do is wait for his arrival.

31 weeks in Christian's room ! :-)

Here are some pictures of our little boy on the inside.  31 weeks 6 days gestation  

3D of his face 

3D of his face

Friday, February 15, 2013

LeAnne's First Ski Trip

On February 14, 2013 LeAnne's elementary school went to Bluewood in Dayton, WA to ski for the day. LeAnne was very excited to ski but that excitement soon turned to tears and a major meltdown after she didn't like the helmet and she had a rough time walking in the snow. She refused to participate in the ski lesson and instead cried at Daddy's feet.  We tried to coax her but knowing our girl we knew it would not work until it was her idea.  So we all headed back to the lodge to get something to eat and rest.  A while later her friends came into the lodge from their lesson and LeAnne told daddy she wanted to Ski with her friend Mylie.  :-)  She we all headed back outside and she did it! She was very proud of herself and kept wanting to try.  She would try a few times, then take a break to play in the snow and then try again.  Poor daddy was quite sore from putting skis on and off of her and her friend Mylie.  He was very proud of his little girl though!!  Her school will be going once more this year and she can't wait!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

LeAnne's New Room

John & his little helper (LeAnne) did an excellent job painting this weekend!! LeAnne's room turned out AWESOME!! LeAnne was a big help to daddy and had a blast. While painting she told daddy she knew what she was doing because she had,had dreams about painting her room. :-)  John said she really was a big help and it was a lot of fun having company.  He said they would be painting and she would stop to tell him how well he was doing and then say how much fun she was having.  :-)  She is so excited about her new room she is sleeping there tonight.  Her and I will continue to move her things to her new room this week.   I LOVE how it turned out and I am so thankful to my amazing husband for his hard work.  

28 week Ultrasound

On January 30th I got another glimpse of our boy. I had a 28 week ultrasound to check on little man's growth.  He was all bunched up which made it very difficult for the tech to get the pictures of his heart she wanted.  His growth looks great. Heart rate was 151, which Dr V said was great.  My blood pressure was 140/75, I am measuring right on track and the nurse asked how I liked my weight loss program so I am thinking that meas I lost more weight. LOL!!!  I also had my glucose test which I hope comes back negative.

My next Dr appointment will be February 13th. Then two weeks later, at 32 weeks I will start having once a week non-stress tests and Doctor appointments. Dr. V wants to keep a close eye on us since I am high risk due to my blood pressure and age.  I can't believe how quickly my pregnancy is starting to go.  I am feeling like its crunch time and I need to get everything ready just in case I need to be on bed rest.  I am so looking forward to meeting my baby boy!

So these are the feet kicking me at night. :-)
Precious little face