Hiccups

For a few months I’ve been feeling some rhythmic movement in my lower abdomen and never quite knew what it was, I guess I assumed that baby Frisco already had his coordination down and was practicing some kind of tap dance routine for his big debut???  Until a while back someone asked me if I started feeling hiccups yet? Ah ha! It dawned on me, that’s what it is. There are some times when there is no movement except for the hiccups and other times he is squirming the entire time he has the hiccups, I don’t blame him I squirm when I have the hiccups too, it is kind of annoying.

Last night I was wide awake as usual and when I finally lied down to go to sleep, the hiccups started.  Really…the entire time we were watching a movie earlier he was still, while I was getting ready for bed, he was napping, while I sat in bed talking to Justin watching TV and waiting for sleep to take over he didn’t move at all.  Once I turned out the light and snuggled under the sheets, he woke up…with the hiccups.  Guess it wasn’t time for me to go to bed yet.  So I started thinking, there are so many remedies for getting rid of hiccups like holding your breath, scaring them out of you, drinking water from the opposite side of the cup while bending over, etc…which led me to thinking, how do you get rid of hiccups while the baby is in the womb?  I am sure if you asked Google they would give you all kinds of suggestions, but I actually think it is cute and don’t mind it (even if it keeps me up at night).  It gives me reassurance that all is well.  Even Justin gets a kick out of feeling the rhythmic movements and seeing my belly jump every few seconds.  It’s a whole new world we are exploring these days!

I had an OB appointment today and all is well. She measured my belly and we listened to his heartbeat and everything measures/sounds great!  We chatted for a few minutes and she sent me on my way. I go back in 2 weeks.  It’s kind of crazy that I wait 30-45 minutes to see the doctor for a quick 5-10 minute visit.  But I guess when you are a normal boring pregnant patient that is the norm, and I’ll take normal and boring over complicated and interesting when it comes to this pregnancy!

And here’s a 32 week 5 day belly shot from my point of view!

Dog Thanksgiving

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone…I love the fall season and time spent with family, all the yummy food and laughter around the dinner table.  We are very blessed in many ways and I have so much to be thankful for.  Most importantly, I am so thankful for my husband, there is no such thing as a perfect marriage, or a perfect person, but I do think we are perfect for each other.  Yes, there are times when he frustrates me and I know I frustrate him…but what trumps those times are all the wonderful things that he does.  The supportive man that he is.  The way he makes me laugh and always tries to make me smile when I am in a bad mood.  He takes care of me.  He listens (sometimes).  He understands my stubbornness (or maybe he just tolerates it). He is compassionate and caring and I know he will be a fantastic role model for our son.  Of course I am so thankful for our baby boy growing inside of me, I am thankful for an easy pregnancy, and I can’t wait to meet him!

We headed to Palm Desert for Thanksgiving.  The warm holiday (it was 85 degrees) was spread out over 3 days of celebrating with friends and family and…our dogs.  We are a dog loving family.  I didn’t get a single picture of people over the 3 days, but I did take pictures of the dogs.  We were trying to get them all together for one picture, but that didn’t really happen, so here they are in a few pictures.

First up we have Joyce feeding her grand dogs – Callie, Pichu & Apollo

Then there is little Leo who is blind, so he stayed safely away from the chaos.
The star of the day was 11 week old Molly.  She played, and played and played…
She even fell in the pool, we now know that she can swim…
After all the excitement she takes a nap in the comfortable hose coil
Here is one of the group attempts that includes Bogey
It appears that we have a black/white and tan/white theme with our dogs.  Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

It moved!

Last week I made my first after hours call to my OB.  I was having lots of pain on my ‘outer’ belly.  It started while I was at work shortly after lunchtime, I tried standing, sitting, walking around and nothing was helping.  I wasn’t too worried because I know general aches and pains are normal and I wanted to give it some time to see if it went away before I started to worry.  When I got home I took the dog for a walk and I started getting some cramps, shooting pains and my belly got really hard.  So I started wondering if this was Braxton Hicks?  I Googled the symptoms and Google told me that my symptoms could have been a wide variety of things.  Plus I’ve never been pregnant before so how am I supposed to know if I am having “upper uterine pain,” what does that feel like?? I decided to just sit down and relax for a bit and see if it stopped.  I called Justin and he was stuck in traffic on the way home, so we talked while he inched his way on the freeway.  After about 5 hours of the pain, I finally called my OB.  She said that if I continued to have the cramps and 4-6 of them in an hour timeframe then I should go to triage to get checked out.  And the pain on my outer belly was most likely just intense growing pains and the outer layer of my belly was just stretching.  Great…Justin’s response to that was, “well if you wake up in the morning with stretch marks you know why”…thanks babe.  By the time I went to bed that night the pain was subsiding and I was able to fall asleep.  The next day I woke up and all the pain was gone, and I haven’t felt it again since.  It was just weird because I haven’t had any kind of pain like that all this time, then all of a sudden this intense pain came and then it was gone the next day like it was never there.  Weird.  Anyway, other than that day, I’m still feeling good!  The only frustrating thing is not being able to get comfortable sleeping.  It’s not so much that I am not getting a full nights sleep anymore (I’ve pretty much given up on that for the next 18 years) it is just when I am ‘sleeping’ it is uncomfortable and I am constantly shifting and moving to try and get comfortable, not to mention getting up to go to the bathroom.  Oh well…it’s all worth it.

On to the point of this post, I had my follow up appointment today and all looks well! My blood pressure is good, baby’s heartbeat was 145, I asked about the decrease in the heart rate since it is usually around 150 and she said it is perfectly normal, they do want the baby’s heartbeat to start slowing down as he gets bigger.  She also said she could hear some fluctuation in his heartbeat which is also good since it is a sign of activity. She confirmed again that my glucose test was well within the normal range.  She did mention that I gained 6 pounds this last month instead of 4 (they recommend you gain 1 pound a week)…she said it is fine, I am still within the healthy range, she just doesn’t want the baby to get too big. I have a feeling he is going to be big anyway since my IVF doctor told me we had a big healthy embryo to start with.  So how am I supposed to get through this holiday season and only gain 1 pound a week?? Hmmm I don’t think this is going to work out well.  And the big news that we have been waiting for….my placenta moved!!  So no C-Section for me!! Yay!!  Now I can start worrying about my water breaking in public and the whole labor and delivery process 🙂

My OB visits will now be every 2 weeks until I get to 36 weeks then I start going every week. These weeks are going to fly by faster and faster!  My baby project these days have been finding a pediatrician, with input from my friends and my boss (who is a doctor himself) I think I have a plan figured out, but still need to call my insurance company to make sure everything is covered. Thanks for checking in!

Here’s my 30 week 5 day belly.

Talk to your girls

Remember the post I did about my Girlfriends back in July…it’s hard to believe that the 3 of us are in our 3rd trimesters now!  The other girls only have 4 weeks to go, and we’ve already had their baby showers.  I feel like time is flying by!  I had a great time at their showers.  It was so nice to get together with friends and family and share stories, play games and celebrate their upcoming arrivals.  I am so excited to meet their little girls in 4 weeks 🙂

First up was Jaime, here’s our preggo picture at her shower.
Next it was Julia’s turn. At her shower there was a photo booth set up where we added a second line to the nursery rhyme “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…” and take a picture with our rhyme.  It was a creative, fun idea! Our rhyme says “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star look how big our bellies are”
On the subject of women getting together, enjoying each others company, sharing stories and celebrating babies…I wanted to share a post from one of my favorite bloggers Karen Russell you can read it here.  As important as it is to have a strong relationship with your spouse, it is also important to have girlfriends to share life with.  There are many different kinds of friends, some are closer than others, some you can pick up right where you left off if you haven’t seen each other for a while, some are casual, some friends you talk to every day, some know more about you than others, some are just like you or complete opposites.  No matter what kind of friendship you have I think the most important thing is that we support each other, encourage each other, lift each other up and take care of each other.  Unfortunately there are other kinds of women who are very gossipy, degrading, competitive and frankly are not really all that fun to be around.   After a night out with some girlfriends Karen had a conversation with her little girls about what kind of women they wanted to grow up to be and I just love how kids are so perceptive and observant of their surroundings, and how Karen took this opportunity to talk to them and encourage them to be those special kinds of women.  Although I am having a boy…I plan to teach him to be compassionate and caring and supportive of his friends.  And he will have a wonderful example from his father on how to treat women! As important as it is to talk to your kids about these things, I think it is also important to evaluate what kind of friend you are to the people who surround you.

I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again.  I am so thankful for all my girlfriends, near/far, no matter how close we are, how often we see each other or talk, or if we are complete opposites. God places people in your lives for a reason and I am so blessed to have my girls.

Halloween

I know it has been a while since I’ve posted anything and I guess I don’t really have any major news to share.  So I’ll tell you all about our Halloween!  We celebrated lots of different ways.  First, was the Saturday before Halloween, we went to a costume party at a friends house.  The hostesses birthday is on Halloween, so this is obviously her favorite holiday and she pulls out all the stops when it comes to decorating, food, drinks and of course candy.  We were so busy the month before we didn’t really have time to put much thought or effort into a cool costume.  So, Justin decided to go as James Bond in honor of the new Skyfall movie coming out, but he said he was the Sean Connery James Bond not Daniel Craig.  He put on his tuxedo that he got his freshman year of college (it was pretty impressive that he still fit into it, or maybe he finally grew into it 🙂 ) He bought a bow tie and completed the look with a Martini Glass.  He tried to convince me to go as a Bond girl.  I told him they have yet to cast a pregnant woman as a Bond girl and I was not going to put on a skimpy outfit with 4 inch heels and my belly hanging out, sorry.  So I went the easy route and ordered a pregnancy Halloween shirt.  I did take my camera to the party but did not really feel like taking pictures, so all I have is this iPhone shot of the 3 preggos at the party.
On the actual day of Halloween we both went to work.  Our work environments are so different when it comes to this holiday.  At Justin’s office no one dresses up or even does anything to celebrate the occasion.  My office however…well let’s put it this way, we have a lot of kids for patients so it’s really fun for them to come to their doctors office and everyone is dressed up.  But in reality, the doctors I work for are just big kids at heart and love to dress up, sing, dance and do anything that involves large amounts of fun and Halloween is just one of the ways they can do that.  It makes for a fun day at the office!  My co-workers bring in their kids and grandkids so we can all ohhh and ahhh over their costumes as they trick or treat from office to office.  All of us girls in the research department tend to do group theme costumes.  One year we were all Disney Princesses, one year we were doing a cat study so everyone dressed up as a cat.  This year we were scrabble (or Words with Friends) tiles.  We spelled out many little words, but altogether we were AWESOME!
Here’s our group
My shirt was a hit
When we first bought our house and Halloween came around I got a Costco sized bag of candy, carved some pumpkins, put some scary movies on TV and I was ready for the trick and treaters.  We didn’t get a single one. Not.a.single.one. I was so bummed!  I asked around my neighbors who had lived here for a while and they said that the kids go to the shopping centers or to the bigger houses for the candy.  So I learned my lesson.  Since then we’ve always gone to friends houses who live in trick or treating neighborhoods for the evening.  This year was especially fun, because I was thinking that this time next year I was going to have a 9 month old.  He wont be walking yet, but I’m sure he’ll be crawling and I get to dress him up and parade him around, I can’t wait!

Hope your Halloween was fun!