38 week appointment

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Today was an exciting appointment….we now know that we will offically be parents no later than July 7th!  Unless Paige comes on her own, we will begin an induction on the night of July 6th! 

We had an ultrasound today and she is measuring 8 pounds 2 ounces, which is the 85.6th percentile (and the equivalant to 39 weeks).  Her fluid is still good and her head is still down.  So, everything is on track!

35 week appointment

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Today I went for the 35 week appointment.  Paige was not really moving yesterday evening (usually when she is most active), so they wanted to do another ultrasound to check for fluid levels and a non-stress test.  The ultrasound went well (plenty of fluid) but little Paige was lazy as always again.  But, the tech did say that she has hair!  Maybe that old wives tale about heartburn and hair is true!

On the non-stress test, she did not move at all the first 15 minutes, so I had to drink a Pepsi and eat some peanut butter and crackers.  After that, she did finally have some movement.  The doctor was pleased with her heart rate during the whole 30 minutes and said her movement looked good.  So that was a relief!

I did lose 3 pounds this week, which I thought seemed bad, but is apparantly totally normal this late in pregnancy!  So, overall, it was a good check-up!  Only 5 more weeks to go!

34 week appointment

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Today we went for the 34 week appointment.  First, we had an ultrasound to see how big Paige is now.  She was not cooperating during the ultrasound, so we did not get any good pictures of her face this time.  She is still measuring big, but not as big as we thought at the last appointment.   She is measuring 1 week and 2 days ahead of her actual gestational age, which puts her in the 77th percentile and 5 pounds 12 ounces.  So, if she gains the average 1/2 pound per week from here on out, she will be around 9 pounds.    Also, she is head down, which is obviously good.

For the next 6 weeks I have to start going to the doctor once per week!  Now we know the end is REALLY getting close!!!

4d Ultrasound Videos

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30 week appointment

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Today we went to our 30 week appointment and had the 4D ultrasound.

On the ultrasound, little Paige was unfortunately sleeply soundly the whole time, even though I just drank the first caffeine of my whole pregnancy to make sure she would be awake and moving!!  She does move her arms a little, opens her mouth a few times, and opens her eyes, but that is about it!  We got some cute pictures of her face though (but, with the anterior placenta, the images are not as clear as they could be).  Check out the You Tube videos, but brace yourself for 30 minutes of not very much excitement.  Hopefully she will be born as mellow a baby as she has been in the womb!

During the ultrasound we did find out that she is a hefty 3 pounds 14 ounces.  During the doctor’s appointment, we also found out that my tummy is measuring a little above the normal as well, so she is going to be a big one!  (just hopefully not too big….I am starting to worry about how she is actually going to be coming out 🙂  But, everything else is on track.  I gained another 4 pounds, but my weight gain is still below average.  Blood pressure is good, no swelling, and the doctor has no concerns.  She did say that I will likely have more ultrasounds so they can closely monitor her growth, so that is exciting!

Now I start going to the doctor every TWO weeks!  I can’t believe there are only 2 1/2 months left to go!  We still have so much to do!!!!

Surprise 4d ultrasound!

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I had my 27 week appointment today, which ended up being very exciting!

  • I did the glucose test and it was determined that I do NOT have gestational diabetes
  • The doctor measured my tummy and said there is still good growth happening
  • Paige’s heart rate is still good:  around 150 beats a minute
  • I gained 5 pounds since my last check-up 🙁
  • I got a surprise ultrasound!  I was talking to my doctor about the fact that Paige does not seem to move as much as some of co-workers have been describing.  And, I had just had that orange sugar drink and she really was not moving much.  So, Dr. Davis wanted to check on the level of amniotic fluid.  As luck would have it, the ultrasound technician that I had was the one that has the 4D machine, so she flipped the switch for a few great face shots!   It sure looks like she has inherited Eric’s lips (thank goodness) and his curly hair (I hope!).  She also confirmed that we are still having a girl, so there shouldn’t be any surprises on delivery day!
  • After the ultrasound, the doctor told me that I have an anterior placenta (I think that’s right) and typically women with the placenta in that location report less movement than others  🙁 

The next appointment is in 3 weeks.  Eric will be with me that time because we are going to get the full 4D ultrasound and be able to take home a 15 minute DVD of her moving, along with still frames!  Can’t wait for that!  Then, I will have to start going to the doctor every 2 weeks…that means the end is coming near!

Third ultrasound

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Today Susan and I, along with my mom and the Carroll’s, went for the 19 week ultrasound.  We found out that it is going to be a girl!

Second ultrasound- 12 weeks

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The baby was flipping and somersaulting all over the place!  Can’t wait until I can actually feel all that movement!