Thursday, September 23, 2010

NT scan went great!

So I was in a bit of a rush this morning, with one hour to spare for the appointment before I had to go catch my train, and it was a close call.  First, we waited for about 20 minutes.  Then, the baby refused to cooperate.  It seemed sound asleep, lying on its back flat against the uterine wall - not so easy to get a look at the back of the neck that way!  The tech had me cough, then pushed against my belly to jostle it a bit - nothing.  I said that the baby was taking after me, as a ridiculously sound sleeper.  Steve said it was taking after him, and does not like being told what to do.

See the arms to the left, covering the face?  You can also see the spine pretty well.

Finally the tech gave up and gave me a piece of candy to give the baby a sugar rush.  She came back after about 10 minutes and the baby had flipped completely over!  She was finally able to get the measurements but the whole process took close to 30 minutes.  Luckily we got the results fairly quickly and I was on my way.  The risk for Down Syndrome was 1 in 617, better than average for my age, and the risk of Trisomy 13/18 was 1 in 10,000 which sounded pretty good to me!  I still have to go back at 16 weeks for bloodwork for the Spina Bifida risk.

Overall, a good appointment - I'm guessing this is not the last time the baby will come close to making me late for work...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Heartbeat (and, I heart my midwife)

So my first official midwife appointment (aside from the interview) was last night and we had a great time.  Chatted, took vitals and checked my urine for protein, sugar, and other bad things, and then for the grand finale we got to listen to the heartbeat on the doppler.  The assistant needed to practice on women not that far along, and she found it pretty quickly, kind of over on the left.  I have to say it was pretty cool.  And the fact that I was lying back on my own couch and could go watch Glee immediately after the appointment made it that much better!

NT scan is tomorrow, and I feel less nervous after having heard the heartbeat.  My first inquiry about Bradley classes went out today.  Looks like we are really going to do this thing!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Huge major, score yesterday!

So my former co-worker is done having kids, and hates clutter.  She gave me a call in a panic about a week ago because she HAD to get this dresser with a changing table top out of her apartment and the building would only store it for two weeks.  I said we would be right out.  We loaded the car full and  This is what it looked liked when we got home:

Our haul included:

-Crib mattress
-Full bedding set (jungle animals, our theme!)
-Ergo carrier
-Babyhawk carrier
-Pregnancy pillow
-Bundle Me
-Car seat neck wings
-Sleep positioner
-Maternity coat
-Aden & Anais swaddling blankets (new)
-Bibs, burp cloths, and receiving blankets
-Swim diapers and disposable bibs
-Avent bottles and breast milk storage bottles
-A few toys and books

And this was just round one...apparently round two includes a stroller, higher chair, activity mat, and exersaucer.  What a generous friend!  We are so thankful!