Tuesday, May 20, 2008

So per my last update, we had to go back to the Dr. this week for another ultrasound to check my fluids and BT's growth as my fluids have been on the lower side of normal, and the Dr. I saw last week had cause for concern with a few of the numbers. I was told not to workout this past week so it could give my body a chance to keep some of my fluids up, so I obliged and was interested to see if it made any difference. Back I go to the OB. 

By now this is quite a routine. The U/S tech is familiar with us, knows our baby boy has a big head and knows what to look for every time. Unfortunately for us, BT doesn't like to cooperate when he's on "stage" with the ultrasound, and tends to hang out in his quiet place, not moving, not doing his breathing exercises, and hiding his cute face behind the placenta. There's not much any of us can do to get him to budge...which is so comical because he is such an active baby. Oh well, all it means is no great pictures and some time consuming hunting work for the tech. 

Everything looked the same. He's still growing fine. Everything is in proportion to how it was last week (still a bigger head than body...I just keep telling myself, "It's normal!") and he's gaining weight. She said he's more than like right around 4 lbs, 9 oz give or take a half a pound.  My doctor doesn't think I'll have an exceptionally large baby due to my small tummy size, but I don't know that he'll be a preemie either. Only time will tell. All I know is that I feel like I'm getting much bigger and I guess that means he is too. 

Apparently, to put him in perspective, BT is about the size of a pineapple you'd see at the grocery store....and weighs about the same. It's hard to believe this thing that was smaller than a bean a few months ago is now the size of a pineapple. And a pineapple that kicks, and hiccups, and jabs, and jumps...and more. Getting up in the middle of the night is a regular occurrence for me now. Leg cramps in my calf muscles are fairly common most mornings (around 6 a.m.). And I haven't tried it lately, but I'm sure that if I ran any distance more than a mile, it would not be a fun experience. I might try a mile just to see what it feels like, but I'm okay with not trying it. Other than those few things, I am feeling good and keeping up with my normal activity level. I haven't been as hungry lately, and my weight has kind of reached a plateau, which is fine with me. Most of the weight I gain now will be from him....so let's pray he doesn't get much bigger. :) 

The anxiety is still there in spurts, so I do have my moments. But I'm not as moody as everyone says I should be, which I'm grateful for. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact I work at home and don't have an insane amount of pressure on me to get up and go to work every day, do a job, come home and clean house, make dinner, take care of things, etc. It's so much easier to do a bit at a time and to be able to walk of the stress from my job - almost literally - or take it out to the pool and just relax for a few hours to get away from it all. I feel really blessed about that and having a partner who makes sure I'm doing okay and encourages me to do things that will alleviate any pressure or hardship I do seem to exude. 

Only 7 more weeks. Kind of crazy to think we'll have a little one in that time or less. Eek! How much life will change. I kind of wish I could see into the future for just an instant. But I'm sure I'll know soon enough. 


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