Wednesday, November 9, 2011

{30 weeks}

This post has no pictures....I've taken my bump picture for the week and have the ultrasound pictures all ready to show you but I've been an overachiever in the packing department (surprising, I know!) and I already packed my camera cord to upload the pictures onto my you all are just gonna have to be patient and wait to see my bump and pictures of baby brother until sometime next week when I (hopefully!) find it amongst our mess of unpacking and settling into our new house!

So here is an update so you all aren't left hangin' for the week.....(parents and siblings) :)

I'm so excited to be at 30 weeks!  It almost seems unreal that I'm this far along already.  3/4 of the way done!!  Less than 10 weeks now until we will for sure meet our little guy!  
Here's a quick update from my doc appointment on Monday and our ultrasound Tuesday:

BP is LOW....wait did I just type that right, yep I sure did! My blood pressure was 106/62 at the office and I was even seeing some stars when I would move too fast.  I was super surprised to see it that low.  Super great though!  There is always still that risk that it could spike up really high and I could get pre-e again but  since it was creeping up way before 30 weeks with Lincoln, it usually presents itself earlier in your next pregnancy so I'm never in the clear but that makes me feel good that we're this far along and it's still normal.  Anything to keep me away from that horrible Mag.  Oh man I have NO desire to have that EVER again.  4 days was enough.  Anyways, moving right along....

I had to see my dr's colleague for my appointment because he was at the hospital at a delivery all day.  Which was good just in case she ends up being the one that delivers baby brother.  She was really nice.  Said I'm measuring perfectly for 30 weeks and baby brother's heart rate was 145 bpm.  

They think I have more group b so they sent it off to be tested and I'll hear by the end of the week if I need another antibiotic or not.  Either way it's already decided that I'll have an antibiotic during delivery so baby brother doesn't get it.  

I asked about traveling back for Thanksgiving (just to KC) and she said if we travel we must fly.  No driving because of the risk of blood clots.  Oh yeah, duh didn't think about that.  Well guess what our plans were?  To drive.  Guess that decides our plans for us.  :(  It's going to be so weird not being around family for both Thanksgiving AND Christmas this year.  Hopefully a lot of them are able to come out and meet baby brother in January though! 

At the ultrasound today we got to see the little guy in 3D again.  It was hard to get a good picture because of where he was and apparently he was squishing his face up against the top of my belly so his nose looks smooshed.  I think he actually looks kinda chubby!  

He is doing great.  Lots of fluid to swim around in!  Everything on him looks great and the blood flow between him and me through the umbilical cord looked normal as well.  He's measuring +/- 3lb 6 oz.  Which is exactly what Lincoln weighed when he was born at 31 weeks 5 days.  Baby brother must be a chunk because I'm only 30 weeks 2 days!  

The perinatologist wasn't in the office yet so we didn't talk to him about everything or if he wants me to come in again or not.  I go back to my doc in 2 weeks (every 2 weeks now!) and I'll find out then.

I wanted another doc's opinion on a VBAC so I asked Dr. C and she was almost too over the top with recommending that I try a VBAC.  She compared the risks for both and said the risk of a VBAC is less than risks for a repeat c-section.  It's a major surgery, people.  So I have a lot of research to continue to do.  I've not made a solid decision yet....I kinda just want the decision made for me.  Like say if baby brother was breech like Lincoln was then there would be no question....c-section.  But so far he's head down and ready to go, boy do I feel it on my bladder! (I know that could still change).  But I just want to know of more moms out there who have had a VBAC after having a premature delivery with your first.  If there are any of you out there leave a comment and tell me how it went!  Please!

Weight gain is up to 22lbs now.....wowzers.
Thank the Lord my doc "okayed" me to start Jazzercise!  Trying it out with another preggo friend of mine this afternoon.  Just have to keep one foot on the ground at all times.   I'm hoping it goes well cause I'm really excited to start it up again!  If you have never tried Jazzercise you totally should, it's SO fun and a fabulous workout!

Well off to pack more boxes....our closing date is getting pushed back one day.....I'm a little ircked with our lender and the fact that they waited until the last minute to ask for some documents etc.  Oh well.  It'll happen.  Patience, Marie, patience :)  Hope you all have a great Wednesday! 


  1. For what its worth my dad is a big fan of VBACS. And from everything I have read, I am too! You will make the right decision. So happy to hear things are going so well for you guys!

  2. Just out of curiousity why would driving make the risk of blood clots higher? But yay about all the rest!

  3. My niece had 2 VBAC's with her last two but Jackson wasn't a preemie so I can't be much help there. She loved it though! Also Quinn and Luke were 2.5 lbs bigger than Jack and she did just fine! So I guess don't worry about the weight thing.

  4. didn't have a preemie, but i am *hoping* for a VBAC as well!!!!!!

  5. I'm trying for a vbac. First one wasn't a premie, but her heart rate kept dropping while I was pushing. I'm nervous but I don't want a c-section if I can help it. Whatever is best for baby sister though :) Hope the decision comes easily for you!

  6. I tried for a VBAC with Jake. Things were going great until I hit 6cm...I stalled out and Jake's heart rate was really irregular. They would've normally started petocin, but didn't because of his heart rate. We ended in a c-section. I was disappointed, but had prepared myself for it. When we first went into the hospital my nurses and doctors really recommended starting an epidural early on in case I needed a quick c-section. My guess is if you go for a VBAC, they will do the same with you. Even though my attempt wasn't "successful" I have several friends who have done VBACs just fine. I know you are probably already in this mindset for this whole pregnancy, but just try to decide in your heart and mind that you're "okay" with whatever happens. Keeping my heart and mind "in check" helped me be okay with another c-section. Love you, friend...and I'll be praying for you. I know it's a tricky decision.

  7. Hi!
    I found you through the blog Learning to Be, and I have to say I am so excited I did! Your blog is inspiring through your adoption stories and I'm already in love with Lincoln and Baby Brother!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. don't worry...i can easily imagine your cute 30 week belly :-) i'd love to see you have a VBAC...praying that the decision will be very clear. love love love you!! (ps--if you wanted to check out Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, she has a really good chapter on the topic!)