Well we've made it past the first trimester and even on the days when I was exhausted and feeling sick never once did I not give thanks for the precious baby growing inside of me. This pregnancy has already felt much different that Beckett’s. I was much sicker this time and while I never threw up it was a never ending cycle of getting hungry and feeling sick, eating something and then feeling more sick! I was also really grossed out by the smell of food in our house which unfortunately resulted in eating out a lot over the past few weeks as I couldn't stomach cooking food at home. I've also had many more headaches with this pregnancy and since they've now released some research report minimizing the use of Tylenol during pregnancy it’s made things interesting. Regardless, I’m hoping all this means that maybe this baby is putting down some deep roots and plans to stay put for 40-weeks!
|Last weeks bump picture (14-weeks) with my helper of course. We couldn't put down the Thomas the Train whistle for the picture!|
Friday I had my first appointment with the high risk pregnancy perinatologist group. This is the same group which actually ended up delivering Beckett when he arrived at 26-weeks. I've been seeing my usual OB since about 6-weeks, but the high risk group was finally able to get me in this week. I was anxious to be seen by them as I had about a million questions nagging me and really just wanted to know WHAT the plan was going to be. So here it is:
Since I am a carrier of Factor V Leiden (Blot Clotting Disorder) I will soon start daily shots of Lovenox along with baby aspirin. I will continue this regiment until 36-weeks at which point I will switch over to Heparin shots twice a day. The Factor V would not have caused the preterm labor with Beckett, but given that my risk for clots is already slightly increased and pregnancy increases that risk 10x's - it's a precaution we are taking to mitigate any clotting risks.
I will also start weekly Progesterone shots. Progesterone is a hormone that women's bodies make while pregnant. In full-term pregnancies, Progesterone remains high in the women's system until later in pregnancy and returns to it's normal levels post delivery. As pregnancy progresses in length and the baby grows the uterus grows and expands. As it does this there are isolated contractions in specific areas of the uterus. Progesterone effectiveness is in that it basically decreases contractability of the muscle of the uterus. So when one of the isolated normal growth contractions occur it keeps the muscles from communicated with each other and all start contracting. In speaking with the perinatologist right now given my history of a previous preterm delivery my chances of another preterm delivery are 25-30%. Studies have shown that the use of Progesterone shots decreases these odds by 50% in most, but not all cases. I sure hope the 50% odds are in my favor!
Also, in a couple of weeks I will head back to the perinatologist for an ultrasound. They will not only check the health of the baby but also take a detailed look and measurement of my cervix. If the cervix shows any shortening or thinning we will have a couple of different proactive options to implement then. If all looks good I will have another ultrasounds at 22-23 weeks to check on measurements again. And of course depending on what we see then or how I am feeling along the way will determine what actions are taken.
So in essence I have lots of shots and appointments in my future, but I will do anything and everything to ensure that this baby stays put as long as possible. And I feel like with all these precautions, the watchful eyes of doctors and my personal experience in what labor is, things feel promising.
In other updates, I joked with Ryan about having this babies room ready by week 20 since with Beckett his furniture wasn’t delivered until 1-week after he was born. Well needless to say last weekend we bought some new furniture and it was delivered on Wednesday of this week. So I’d say we are on track for the room being ready by 20-weeks J I also booked a photographer to capture the birth of this baby. No crotch shots people! But she will be at the hospital and in the delivery room to capture the moments leading up to the arrival of baby as well as those precious moments afterwards. This means SO much to me. I can remember after Beckett was born I’d walk back and forth from my room to the NICU and when I would see other mother’s rooms with the sign saying “pictures in process” my heart ached longing so much to be in their situation and not mine. In addition, we have no pictures form Beckett’s birth, so I’m really looking forward to making sure we don’t miss it this time. And many people want to know – YES we will be finding out the sex of this baby. And seeing that I’m celebrating each pregnancy milestone with this baby we will probably do some kind of gender reveal party to go along with it!
Of course no update would be complete without talking about Beckett. We are continuing to work on potty training. He does really good if you proactively take him to the bathroom, but it seems if we wait for him to tell us he needs to go he can’t quite hold it long enough to make it to the potty. Pooping is a whole other mess that we are struggling to master, and I’m hoping it comes sooner than later cause it’s not helping with my nausea situation!!! Nevertheless, some days are really good and others are well, crappy…literally!
Beckett continues to go to Marcie’s house down the street 2-days per week. We were struggling for months with drop off drama, but in the past few weeks he seem to be over that. He loves playing with his gal pal Tatum and now that the weather is nice they've been outside a lot which he enjoys as well. Beckett will continue to go to Marcie’s until April/May and then starting June 2nd we enrolled him in a 3-day summer school program at OakHill Day School. This is also where Beckett will start preschool (3-days/week as well) in the fall, so we are hoping summer will be a good transition to fall. I’m excited to get him into a structured setting with more educational and social interaction and see how he does.
Health wise, Beckett continues to be healthy and thankfully we made it through cold and flu season without major incident. Beckett continues to have one-on-one with a speech pathologist for an hour each week and we’ve really seen him progress. His sentence length is past the goal we set for him and our main focus now is on pronunciation of letters and words. Personality wise, I think it’s safe to say that Beckett’s third year of life is definitely his “testing” year. He’s learning how to push my buttons and now that he is able, tells me exactly what he thinks of my request. I wouldn't trade it for the world, but it’s sure exhausting at times!!!
|Theses two! Always driving each other crazy, but can never seem to get enough of each other.|
|Feeding the geese at the pond by our house. Beckett always seems to eat more at the pond then the dinner table!!|
|Checking out the BIG turtle after shopping for baby furniture.|
|This picture makes me laugh every time! This was actually at a Dick's sporting good store and when Beckett saw this "unta-scunta" he climbed right in and gave us his cheesy smile. I think someone is ready for the lake this summer!!!|
|At a local pizza place we love to eat...Beckett is an awful driver as we've witness on multiple fronts, but loves to drive nonetheless.|
|Finally enjoying some nice weather!!|
Beckett's new favorite things to say...."YEAH BUDDY!!!"