Yesterday was Sammy’s one month doctor check up, even though it was a few days before his official one month but there’s a reason for that. Annie and I were getting stressed and concerned with Sammy because the previous few days he was straining a lot. It was like he was trying to make something happen but couldn’t…his face would turn all red and he would cry or scream at times because of this. Read more >>
This post is Matt’s viewpoint on the procedure that Annie wrote about yesterday.
I wrote this on 10-2-12, immediately following the procedure. I put in “BLEEPS” where I had originally used profanity, thought it best to clean it up a bit.
Today we came in to the hospital to have the doctor try and turn the baby because he is breech, head up and butt down versus butt up and head down. The experience went fantastic until the doctor, who was simply living up to her current reputation, was an hour late…I understand emergency surgery and this and that but what about communication? Why not have the staff keep us informed as to what’s happening rather than leave us stranded in a hospital room waiting for an hour?? Read more >>
Based on the fact that our baby is breech (facing up, not head down), and that we were in the 37th week of pregnancy, I decided that the best route to take was to try the turning procedure that our doctor recommended called the External Cephalic Version (ECV). She told me that it might be uncomfortable, or even painful, but the goal was to get the baby to flip so that his head was engaged in my pelvis; the optimal positioning for a natural birth. The consensus between our doctor, a good friend of ours that’s in the medical field, and my own wishes was that it was worth trying to get the baby to turn in order to avoid a Cesarean section in the event that the baby doesn’t turn on his own. Read more >>
It’s hard to believe how much my belly has grown…since it’s been a gradual process, it’s been creeping up on me. Now, when I go back and look at some of the belly shot pics that we’ve been taking along the way I’m blown away! So, here’s a quick tour of the belly…enjoy!!!
Okay, now that you’ve watched my belly growing…do you notice anything else that’s been changing along the way???
At today’s doctor appointment Annie found out that she has gained a total of 12 pounds so far in the pregnancy and that the glucose test she took a couple weeks back came in with good results. The only other information was that she measured about 30 weeks pregnant but is 29 weeks along, which simply means the due date may be earlier…who knows? Little Browne will come when he’s good and ready to come. Read more >>
We love to socialize, and since we’ve been pregnant, that hasn’t changed much! Well, except the part where I can’t drink, but other than that we still get out and about quite a bit. As you might expect, the topic of conversation is often anything to do with pregnancy/baby/birth, etc. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the input, but it just seems like some people lose their sense of social boundaries when it comes to pregnant chicks. I wanted to share some of the comments, questions, and behavior that we’ve come across…we love it, so keep it comin! Read more >>
It’s so surreal, this pregnant/baby thing. You do the right stuff at the right time of the month, wait a couple of weeks, pee on a stick and BAM! You’re pregnant! Then what? I’ll tell you then what…you wait! That’s right, you sit tight and wait. Well, all the other stuff too, no more drinking or other debaucherous behavior, exercise and eat right…you know the routine. And then you’re left to your own devices, those thoughts inside your head, wondering about everything from miscarriages to Down syndrome to which colleges to look at, to how you’ll discipline the kid when he finds your lipstick and writes all over the walls. As wonderful as it can be, it’s sort of torturous at the same time. The Doctors tell you what you already knew; they have you pee on another stick and then go into all the technical risks and statistics and make you sign things and ask you questions about your genetic history that you really don’t know anything about then they send you home with the same thing; not much. Read more >>
I’ve come to arrive at a bit of a dilemma; pregnant and wanting to exercise. Why is this a dilemma, you ask? Well, there seem to be a lot of variables at work here…
- I like to get my exercise by doing what’s called “Crossfit“. It’s a combination of Olympic weight lifting, “metcon” (metabolic conditioning, or aerobic training), and mobility exercises.
- While the doctors encourage pregnant women to workout, continuing the exercise routine they practiced pre-prego, the types of exercise discussed are things like walking, swimming, and yoga. (Don’t get me wrong, these are awesome ways to get exercise, but a wee bit different than the Crossfit stuff).
- Current research talks about how pregnant women shouldn’t lift over 20 pounds or let their heart rates get over 140. I’m not sure about you, but this doesn’t allow for much, if any exercise in my book! Read more >>
…well, before I answer I have to say that originally we were hoping for a boy but then we quickly focused on health and the importance of that. We’ve had our reasons for wanting a boy but at the end of the day none of those reasons matter. The single most important thing is love and health, and we would absolutely love a boy or a girl no matter what!
As you’ll see in the video we went to the doctor and while doing the ultrasound he asked if we wanted to know the sex, we of course said yes even though 50% of the people out there told us we should…evidently we roll with the other 50%. The doctor said that it was 80% to 90% “this” and then raised that to 98%…watch the short video to hear it from Annie. This video was taken right outside after we got the news.