Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

More fall fun!

Monday, October 24, 2011

28 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along
: 28 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby is the size of a Small Cabbage! 17 in, 2.9 lbs estimate
Maternity Clothes: Oh of course. I'm a little peeved that when I wasn't pregnant stores were coming out with all sorts of cute maternity clothes and now--not so much. I really only wear maternity jeans with regular, long shirts.
Gender: It's a BOY! Bennett Robert
Movement: He's getting stronger! (Must be my new Iron supplements I've been prescribed!) His movements are starting to get painful. Bennett is located a lot higher up in my belly than Dominic ever was so I never really got to experience rib roundhouse kicks like I do with B.
Sleep: Not sleeping too well--if I lay in one position too long it really hurts my back and hips so I toss and turn all night.
What I miss: Being able to bend over!!! With Bennett so high up, it's getting really hard to bend over and do simple things like put socks on hah!
Cravings: I reallllllllly want Nachos with cheese and jalapenos but I the thought of the heartburn that would give me is enough to kill the craving.
Symptoms: heartburn
Best Moment this week: Dominic told me that he "loves baby Bennett" and he wants to "share his toys" with him. I get emotional excited when I think of the two boys playing and growing up together! :)
Next Appointment: October 26th

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Greatest Show on Earth

Tonight we went to the circus for the first time. We are super grateful to have gotten to sit in the Medical Mutual suite at Quicken loans Arena aka a pregnant woman's paradise!! The suite was filled with yummy food complete with a dessert cart! Dominic had a great time clapping along and yelling to the performers. I love seeing and experiencing things like this with him-just genuinely excited and seeing "magic". I'm sure this was just the first of many circus trips we take!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's corny!

This weekend we went to a local greenhouse to play at their fall festival. Dominic loved this corn pit and looking at all the pumpkins. They were already setting up all the Christmas trees and decor in the midst of the festival. I'm so so excited for the holidays-it's my favorite time of year and usually goes by super fast! Which is kinda scary because Bennett will be here RIGHT after the New Year!!! Eek!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

26 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along
: 26 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby is the size of a Eggplant! My uterus is the size of a basketball supossedly
Maternity Clothes: Yes! Although I squeezed into my shorts today that aren't maternity but luckilly have a drawstring.
Gender: It's a BOY! Bennett Robert
Movement: A lot of strong movement. I'm pretty sure this baby is nocturnal because he kicks and rolls from 12-2 each morning.
Sleep: I wake up at least 5 times a night. Needless to say I'm exhausted!
What I miss: Being able to bend over
Cravings: Honeycrisp apples!
Symptoms: heartburn is still kicking my butt-it seems like everything I eat/drink does me in
Best Moment this week: Not pregnancy related but I'm sure I'll take pictures with it--we preordered our iPhone 4S's!! :)
Next Appointment: October 26th

Sunday, October 2, 2011

MS & baby appt updates

  MS doctor appointment: I went in August to my neurologist to discuss the pregnancy and multiple sclerosis and more importantly, what will be my plan for after I deliver. Originally I was told that it was in my best interest to not nurse at all, or only for about 2 weeks. They wanted me to continue with my treatment as soon as Bennett was born as most mothers experience a rough relapse after delivery.
   I was checked out for mobility and symptoms by the nurse and everything looked good. I was scheduled to have my annual MRI scan but due to the pregnancy, we couldn't do that. My doctor spoke with Lou and I about what to expect after delivery. He also proposed that I switch from Copaxone injections to the new MS pill form of treatment--Gilenya. This pill has been on the market for over a year with great results within the trial groups. I am still not sure what we are going to do. I have a couple more months to decide which treatment I want to continue with and weigh the pros and cons.
   Then I was able to sweet talk my way into nursing the baby for 6 weeks!!! I have to see the neurologist RIGHT after I deliver Ben to see how I am doing. I do not want to push my health or go against the doctor who obviously knows more than I do--so I am not going to attempt to get more than they have allowed. I still consider it a small victory (and money saved!!). 

OB appointment: We went in last week for our monthly appointment and the glucose test. Everything looked, measured and sounded perfect. I was given some surprising news though--starting at 32 weeks pregnant, I will have to go to see the doctor twice a week until I deliver. Because MS is such an unpredictable disease and other underlying factors--they want to monitor me closely. I'm crossing my fingers that this doesn't involve the stress testing. I swear concentrating on baby movements and pressing buttons causes ME more stress! lol I guess I'll find out more as the weeks go on. I also discussed scheduling the C-section and it looks like we will deliver sometime the week of January 8th.
   We had an ultrasound as well and Bennett was bouncing all over the place! It was neat to see how much he has changed in two months. We could see him yawning, waving, and "drinking" water. Very cute! It's hard to believe that in about 3 months we are going to have another little boy! :)

So that's it for updates! My next OB appointment is at the end of October. It's my last monthly appointment! I'll only have one 2 week appt then move on to twice weeklys! Thank goodness for great insurance haha! :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy October!

I found this picture while browsing my iPhone pictures. This was
Dominic's first October. I can hardly remember him this small and
chubby!! Too cute!

It's freeeezing here today-a perfect excuse for a pumpkin spice latte
don't ya think! ;-)