Thursday, September 10, 2009
I totally forgot to mention that I had my ultrasound on tuesday. I also had an appointment with my midwife, Cheri. Here's the scoop.
According to my dates of my last periods - May 6 and June 17 - I figured right now I am either 11 weeks or 16 weeks. I only questioned the dates because I had bleeding AFTER finding out I was preggo with both kids, so I thought it might be possible that I actually got pregnant in May. Anyway, the ultrasound was to confirm that for me.
I went in there BANKING on 11 weeks with a due date of March 24th. Then the tech, Heather, says, "Aw, there's your cute little peanut. 9 weeks and 1 day." Huh? Can you say dumbstruck? The baby was moving around quite a bit and had a fast heartbeat of 176 and was about an inch long. Wow. So tiny..
Talking to Cheri later on, the only thing that we can think of is that for some reason my body was working on a 6 week ovulation schedule instead of 4, thus the extra two weeks. Oh, man! They just prolonged my pregnancy... So, due date is April 12th. I was really hoping for March. We have SO MUCH going on in April already. Birthdays - Seth's, my sister, my FIL, my anniversary, sometimes Easter, yada yada yada... Ah, maybe the baby will decide it likes March better! I can always hope!
So, in addition to that shock, Cheri pulled my old records from in storage. I was hoping she wouldn't cuz I knew what she'd find. That I was high risk, on Lovenox shots every day (blood thinners), seizures, gallbladder attacks and a few other health issues. Sure enough, she hit me with, "You know, you're going to have to go back on the Lovenox." I DON'T WANT TO SHOOT MYSELF IN THE LEG WITH A SYRINGE EVERY DAY!!!! And I looked her straight in the eyes and said, "Cheri, I don't want to. I really, really don't want to go back on it." She's having me see a specialist that deals with blood clotting disorders (my blood condition basically means that mine is too thick and I'm at risk for clots). I am going to do my research before talking to this doctor and see what natural methods there are to thin the blood. I believe Vitamin E is one of them... there might be others - herbs and such. I want to walk into that appointment ready to battle if that guy says I need to become a junkie again... In other news... Cheri also wanted me to drink that nasty glucose drink and take the diabetes testing. Well, I've had hypoglycemia all my life and I can tell you that my blood sugar levels are very erratic. But I know how to take care of myself. I can almost guarantee that if one level was off they would keep making me take that stupid test time and time again. So when Cheri told me she wanted me to I said, "No thanks. I'm fine without it." She just stared at me and I laughed. I said, "I am not trying to cause problems for you Cheri - but that test will only tell me what I already know - I have erratic blood sugar. I know how to take care of it - I've been dealing with it my whole life." She said she was concerned about gestational diabetes because Seth weighed 9lbs 4oz and was almost 22 inches long when he was born. I told her, "Let's be honest here. Seth was huge because I gained 65 pounds and was 8 days overdue with him. Skyler was on time and I only gained 20 pounds and she weighed 7lbs 4oz. This baby WILL NOT be like Seth. I've learned my lesson." So, she agreed to let me skip the test if they can just do a regular blood sugar level test next time I come in - 2 hours after a meal. Believe you me... I'm eating no sugar, lots of protein and hardly no carbs that day - gotta keep those levels nice and balanced!
So, it didn't all turn out like planned, but overall the appointment was okay. The best part was seeing the baby move and hearing that it had a nice strong heartbeat (which was only told to me by the tech - we forgot to listen for the heartbeat in the appointment - oh well! Next time!).
So, that's the news... No gender yet... still workin on names....
Still in the running... Norah Kathleen or Jovie Christine (middle names debatable but want to use one or the other - Kathleen my mom and Christine my SIL) and Conner Jacob or Liam Jacob (Jacob after my brother). I also like the girls names Natalia and Karissa, but even though hubby likes them he seems stuck on Norah... And I love Aidan for a boy, but we know someone who named their baby Aidan so he's shying away from that too...We got another almost 7 months to debate over it so send suggestions this way if you have some!