Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Coming Soon...

Today we had our 31 week ultrasound of Sweet Pea. We are closer to 31 1/2 weeks and Sweet Pea is measuring a bit on the smaller size... closer to a 30 week baby. Everything else checks out fine... the water pocket on her brain seen at 19 weeks is gone, brain and heart appear normal. Heart rate was 134 bpm... also normal. Blood flow to the umbilical cord was good and amount of amniotic fluid was good. I may get a more full report at my doctors appointment next week but the tech was pretty good at explaining everything to us so I think that is about it. We didn't see any boy parts or girl parts for that matter but she did do a brief 3D ultrasound so that we could see Sweet Pea's face (above picture, you should be able to make out the eyes, nose and mouth). We also have a side profile of the face with nose and mouth touching her arm (below). The top picture is the best one and the easiest to make out but I thought I would post them both anyway.
I have been quite uncomfortable lately and not sleeping the greatest so seeing Sweet Pea today renewed my energy a bit. I enjoy feeling her move everyday and I actually feel her the "strongest" out of the 3... the tech thought that may be because my placenta is in the back so there is not much between baby and my belly. She actually manages to wake me up with her movements in the middle of the night. But seeing her today reminded me of the end result.... a new addition to our family.... coming soon!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

31 Weeks

Next week begins our 8th month of pregnancy and Sweet Pea is really starting to get big. I read yesterday that he is almost 3 1/2 lbs and 18 inches tall... no wonder I am tired and uncomfortable! From this point on he gains about 1/2 lb a week.
Last week I had a dream that Sweet Pea was born here at home and he was a HE. Last night I dreamt again that we had a baby boy... this time we made it to the hospital. So I am not sure what I think but my subconscious seems to think that we have our 3rd son on the way.

Friday, January 23, 2009

A much needed sunny day...

Today David and I were both very thankful for a beautiful sunny day. It would have been nice if it was a bit warmer but since it is January we will take what we can get. Actually it was cute when we would get a gust of cold wind he would hug my legs and say "cuddle mommy." Don't worry Grandma's... we had his ears covered. We did go for a walk the other day and will be doing that more often. Today we walked and then played in the backyard which we haven't done in a long time. It's been hard having him inside because he is starting to get bored and I am running out of energy. When David is bored he gets into so much trouble. When Jonathan gets home from work we are going to try moving the DVD player and hopefully the computer tower onto the top of the shelves.
The search continues for a house. We did put an offer on a place early this week but it didn't work out. Lots to consider. Before Jonathan and I started dating we each had plans for the future. When we got together those plans merged and expanded. We planned to wait 2 years before having children so that we could pay off his student loan, save up for a house, travel Europe May 2006, and have some alone time before the craziness began. We got married and "the plan" was under way. We went on our honeymoon and my period liked it so much she decided to take a permanent vacation. Okay, maybe not permanent but I didn't see her again until David was 11 months old. Plans change.
We never thought Jonathan would be working in the city. We certainly didn't expect our second son to leave us so soon. And now I am finding it very difficult to know what I want or to come up with a new plan from this point on. Life continues. Sweet Pea is getting ready to be born. And we have no idea where we might end up by the end of 2009. You can sum that up as my 1/4 life crisis if you think I might live to be 100.

Friday, January 16, 2009

A day in the life...

Yesterday was quite the day. Jonathan was home sick from work which NEVER happens and I spent the morning at the hospital making sure Sweet Pea wasn't getting ready to make an early appearance.
Jonathan is feeling better today and was able to go to work. And everything checked out for me at the hospital so I was able to continue with my auquafit class last night and life as usual. I wasn't really concerned but I had been having some pre-labour symptoms for 3 consecutive days which can also just be part of a normal pregnancy but I wanted to make sure I was doing everything I could do to keep Sweet Pea safe until she is more developed. As is she is almost 3 pounds so we are getting there.
Okay, today I say SHE because my HE (David) has been pushing buttons all day long and driving me crazy. I am ready to pack up our computer and DVD/VCR which would make blogging and checking my e-mail quite difficult. We are also using the internet a lot right now as we continue the search for our first home.
Sunday begins the 30th week of my pregnancy... my 106.5th week of being pregnant in the last 3 and a bit years... so if I am getting antsy a bit early you can try to imagine why. Usually when pregnant my day dreams consist of meeting and holding my precious new bundle of joy (and don't get me wrong... I am super excited for Sweet Pea's arrival) but I find lately my dreams consist more of fitting back into my blue jeans and staying that way for a while!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

28 1/2 Weeks

This morning I went to the doctor for another pregnancy appointment. Everything continues to look great and we have an ultrasound scheduled for the end of the month. My next doctors appointment is the first week in February and then I start going every 2 weeks so time is going fast. Sweet Pea seems to be a real keener, he is already upside down... head low. The doctor says he will probably stay that way until birth. I speculated he was upside down from the movements I was feeling. Low feels more like arms then legs. I also went to the chiropractor but my back has not been as sore this time as it was last. I will probably go once more closer to when Sweet Pea arrives just so that everything is aligned for an easier birth. It is possible that the reason I ended up with a c-section with David was that my back was out and he could not move down properly so now I make sure as best I can that is not the case. Having done both I would definitely say that a natural birth is way easier to recover from then a c-section. Pre-Natal Aquafit starts back up again tonight after a 3 week break for Christmas. I will probably do another 6-7 weeks depending on how things continue to go. Especially with the sidewalks being covered in snow it is important for me to get some exercise, though it does look like we should see sidewalk soon. As we speak the pole shows one more vote for boy then girl which is why I've said "he" this post. The realestate agent at the showing we went to yesterday guessed that it is a boy as well. Not too much longer now before Sweet Pea arrives and we all find out. If you have not voted yet please do. I am posting an updated belly shot taken today as well.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Surprise Visit

Saturday night we got a surprise visit from my cousin Marie and her son Joseph. They were on the way to the Island and their flight to Nanaimo was cancelled because of the snow. Not a nice thing to have your flight cancelled but we were very glad that they could come spend the night with us. Originally we planned to visit while we were on the Island just after Christmas but with plans changing we didn't think we would get to see them so we were so thankful that we did. It was our first time meeting baby Joseph. Another first was David's first time holding a baby. Good training for when Sweet Pea arrives in March.