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April 1st, 2010

Pregnancy Update, Week 37

I have been going to the doctor for prenatal check-up weekly now. At 37-weeks, all figures are perfect but I have not dilated at all and so far, no signs of labor. Our latest ultrasound cleared placenta previa, the blocking of placenta on the cervical opening. This means that we don’t have any reason to have planned C-section for now. I still have random contractions, and worse – leg cramps in the mornings! My due date at April 17. It’s not too long a wait, but it’s not near enough as well. I really am getting so anxious!

I think in my anxiety, my mind is flooded with so many concerns. When the time comes, the hospital at Montgomery where we are having the baby is almost an hour away, and we have to drop Matthew too to a friend’s place about 30-minutes aways but in the opposite direction. It will be very challenging! Plus the fact that I can’t seem to keep a clean, straightened house right now. It’s very frustrating! A few days back, I vacuum the floor and straightened a few things out, but when I asked hubby, if it looked like I cleaned at all, he said ‘No’. So frustrating. However, it’s not exactly a new thing! I have always felt defeated everytime I clean the house. It just doesn’t seem to get done … sigh!

So I have been amusing myself with taking photo’s of myself in my full term pregnancy. I am so happy it’s already Springtime. The weather allows me to put on clothing that are not too bulky and allows me to flaunt my full belly.

Me, Pregnant at Week-37. Photo taken March 30, 2010.

Pregnant at Week-37

Me, Pregnant at Week-37. Photo taken on March 31, 2010.

Me, Pregnant at Week-37

Me, Pregnant at Week-37. Photo taken on April 1, 2010.

Pregnant at Week-37

March 26th, 2010

Preparing for the D-Day

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For someone like me, in the late term of pregnancy and preparing for the delivery day, what tips and advices can you give to have the most positive experience during labor and in welcoming a new born?

We went to see the doctor yesterday, which starts the weekly appointment until the D-day (delivery date). I am in my over-36 weeks in pregnancy and he told me that I haven’t dilated at all and still haven’t shown any signs of labor. Somehow I am too anxious already, because of feeling heavy, uncomfortable, legs cramps, feet hurting all the tme and the random contractions – it really hurts!

But then – should I go into labor today, I will panic and I’d feel terrified. The panic comes from basically not being totally prepared yet. I have my hospital bag somewhat packed already. However, I am still not sure I got everything I need. I’ve gone thru all the checklist I can find online and in books. I have sorted out the items that I may need and want but I still feel like I’m missing some things.

This is not my first time but it feels that way. I still need tips, advices …

March 23rd, 2010

Spring Break, Pregnancy Update

So our spring break is over and hubby’s back to work. Matthew and I are back to our old routine, which includes – watching TV, blogging, more TV and doing house chores. The weather looks like it’s going to improve for the weeks to come so we’d probably include more running around the school campus in the next few days!

Preparing for the BabyI’m still pregnant … so very pregnant, actually that I’m finding it harder to find comfortable position. Whether I’m sitting, standing, or lying down, my big belly seems to find ways to strain other parts of my body. Oh well, just a 4 or less weeks to go … sigh!

Anyway, our spring break turned out laid back and relaxing. Although, we weren’t able to go to places to have fun, our trips to Walmart, Sears, Best Buy and PX at Fort Benning Georgia have been productive. We now have a carseat for the baby and more baby outfits. We just bought a really nice video camera to capture the baby’s birth. Also, the crib is set up. I have started packing for myself, the baby and including Matthew, who will be staying with a friend when the day comes. I really hope we are not missing anything, … or hubby will have a hard time driving around to accomplish whatever I’ve missed. Think, think, think … I don’t want to miss a thing.

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January 27th, 2010

Pregnancy Update, Week 28 and the 4D Ultrasound

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So I saw the doctor and had our 4D ultrasound!

I don’t know if I have gestational diabetes yet. I will find out if the doctors calls in a few days. In the meantime, I will eat whatever I want! But I am measuring well. The baby is about 3-pounds now, and his heartbeat is strong.

The 4D ultrasound is exciting. Just don’t think how much it cost, but oh well, it’s so worth it. We didn’t have a hard time finding the baby’s little winky. I’ve been saying, he’s a flasher! But he kept covering his face with both hands and a foot! His hand would cover his mouth and nose, and one foot would cover his forehead or nose. I had to twist and turn a few times hoping that he’ll move a little bit and show his face but, no! We got lucky though when he partially shows his face.

Of course, hubby and Matthew didn’t miss it! Matthew was identifying the parts of the baby’s face. We saw him pout his lips, open his eyes and curl his forehead like he’s showing an attitude. We saw his little nose, which we kept saying that, just like Matthew, the baby too, got mommy’s nose! :(But he’ll still be cute, just like Matthew. (LOL)

December 30th, 2009

Pregnancy Update, Week 24

A few concerns has been brought up about the baby during his last ultrasound. My OB found a choroid plexus cyst at the baby’s brain. This cyst is not at all fatal nor could cause any developmental problems. I was assured by my OB that a lot of babies are born with this cyst, have no problems whatsoever, and they lived to be normal adults. However, the concern has been that this condition has an association to a particular kind of chromosomal defect.

A few weeks back, we went to Birmingham, Alabama for a specialized targeted ultrasound. Our prayers have been answered when the specialist could not find that cyst anymore at that particular location! We were told that it could have been not a cyst in the first place but just an accumulation of fluid, or if it was a cyst, it is normal and more common to disappear a few weeks further into the pregnancy. Furthermore, everything else was checked and there has been no signs of any problems with the baby. He appears to be developing well and all vital organs look good and measure well. And yes, he is still a boy.

Yesterday was 24th week routine visit to the doctor. My doctor too assured us that everything about the baby looks good – still measuring well, heartbeat great, etc.! As for the mommy, except for the going-to-the-bathroom and getting-hungry all the time problems. Everything is well and fabulous!

Both of  us got by through the Christmas holidays with no problems – except of course when I over-ate salad and was puking during the night when the baby was kicking so hard to my stomach, or that, during the trips between Alabama and Florida, we had to stop a lot of times for potty break not for Matthew but for me; Or also during the trips, I had to endure all the kickings in all direction while I am staple to the seat and couldn’t change position to get comfortable…

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