Thursday, February 24, 2011

Week 38

Today was quite the informative day. We learned a lot about our little baby after spending 3 1/2 hours at the hospital! It all started with our normal 38 week appointment where the doctor listened to the heartbeat (152 bpm), did a pelvic exam (1cm dilated & 80% effaced), and measured the fundus (34cm). She was a bit concerned because the fundal height should match how far along you are. So 34cm is about 4 cm off from the 38 weeks that we are at right now. She said that it could be due to a small baby, or low amniotic fluid. She then wheeled the basic ultrasound machine in and did some measurements of the amnionic fluid pockets. A measurement of 5 or lower means that there isn't enough fluid and they would induce. A measurement of 8 or more is desired. We were at 7. This was enough of a concern to her to order a real ultrasound in the Imaging department and a Non-Stress Test in Labor and Delivery. So down to Imaging we went. I really wasn't worried about the baby being too small, but I was concerned about there being enough amnionic fluid. The ultasound showed that having a small baby is not in the cards for us! The measurements of the baby indicated that little Baby Brinker is already 7lb 13oz! The margin of error is about 14 oz, so BB could be as small as 6lbs 15oz or as big as 8lbs 11oz!!! Because of the measurements she put our delivery date to be around March 4th - almost a whole week before the original due date! Baby's feet are big (just like mom's) they are over 3 inches long, baby's head is large (ouch!) and baby has long legs (those Fraley genes!). Oh, and the amount of amnionic fluid is competely fine!

Then we got to go up Labor and Deliver for the Non-Stress Test. I actually had to get admitted into the hospital first! It was pretty crazy to be hanging out in an actual delivery room wearing a hospital gown, sipping juice, eating string cheese, watching Ellen, with monitors on my belly. Of course the test showed that they baby's movements and heartbeat are perfectly normal!

Even though I was a little worried there for a minute, deep inside I knew everything was fine, and it totally is! I'm glad we know a lot more about our baby though! So much fun to already see family traits, and know that I could possibly be pregnant for only another week!

Here is a picture of our baby! This is a straight on look at the face, as baby is laying on their side. Can you see those chubby cheeks!?!?

Baby's room is finally coming along! And just in time apparently! Here is the cute co-sleeper all ready with baby's swaddle/sleep sack! Now we just need the baby!

Baby's crib with bedding. Still gotta get a mattress though...

The wonderful changing table/dresser that matches the crib! So thankful to the Landry family for such a wonderful hand-me-down!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Week 37

Full Term!!!!

This week marks the big milestone of carrying this baby to full term. So pretty much we're in the "window" and could have the baby any day! Although my gut feeling is still that BB will be born after March 10th, so we could still have a month left... but we shall see!

As of right now, I would LOVE BB to be born any day before the due date. The pregnancy has been blissful so far, but within the last week I've had A LOT more aches and pains. Just last night, my hips hurt so bad I could hardly walk! I hope my chiropractor can patch me up so that I can teach for a few more weeks. My official last day at school is March 4th. Only 10 more instructional days left! At our last doctor's appointment we got confirmation that BB's head is indeed down. All the extra aches around my pelvis are due to the pressure of there being a head down there! That is awesome news, and I'm trying to focus on that each time I grimace when getting out of the car, getting up from sitting down, or trying to roll over in bed! The simple things, aren't so simple anymore!

This week we are finally putting the baby's room together, packing our hospital bags and getting the car seat installed. By this time next week, we should be set and ready to go! Each passing day brings us closer to holding this baby in our arms. I honestly can't wait to go through labor and just get this baby out into the world and out of my belly! :-) The excitement makes all the uncomfortableness sooooo worth it!

Week 37 belly

The bulge!

Our Valentine's Day dessert! Daddy knows what momma likes!