Thursday, October 29, 2009

Overdue 33 Weeks Blog

Hey everyone!

Yes - I'm late in posting the 33 week blog - Sorry. Our 34th week actually started yesterday, but Jonathan will be posting that blog later this week.

We have had quite an eventful week in our pregnancy!

On Saturday, we went to a Halloween party of a friend of ours out in Little Elm. Winning the funniest costume, we won as Juno and Paulie Bleeker from the movie Juno.

As many of you know, on Monday, we went to the OB for our regular weekly checkup and through a sonogram found out that our amniotic fluid levels were nearing "dangerously low" levels. What can this mean? Without the fluid, he is not so buoyant, which can cause him to prolapse onto his umbilical cord - not good. I was sent home for two days and told to drink massive amounts of water and take it easy.

In addition, we continue to struggle that he has yet to turn. He is in what they call a Frank Breech presentation. This means that his butt is aimed down, towards the birth canal, and his legs stick straight up in front of his body - his feet are right by his head - this is what he looks like right now in my belly:

With that said, though, we did get some great sonogram pictures -

FACE - Can you see his eye?

Boy Parts

Foot - Can you see the toe bones? (Hint: Top left)

Arm and Hand - He has his hand in a fist

In the 33rd week - here is where we are:

I am 40" around!

The baby is about the size of a Honeydew Melon:

Or a Pineapple:

Or even a medium pumpkin - so proper since its Halloween!

He weighs in at about 4.5 - 5.0 pounds - and I am definitely feeling that now!

We will have our followup OB appointment today and will keep everyone up to date!

Have a great week!

Melanie & Jonathan

Monday, October 19, 2009

32 Weeks

Well, we are now closing in on our 33rd week of pregnancy. It is truly amazing how fast time has flown! We both still feel as if there is so much left to do! The good thing, I suppose, is that I only have 3 weeks left of work, which allows me the time to stay home and make final preparations :)

We had two baby showers this week - one at my mom's house and one at the Fed Ex Offices! Yeah! They were both so much fun!

At my mom's, it was a small and quaint group, but I swear that we couldn't stop laughing the whole time! The cake was awesome as you can see here :)

The games were a blast too! We played "Don't say Baby" with paci necklaces and we had a tie between Valerie and Angela. Then we played "Play Doh Babies" - I had to be the judge......

We had a conception baby (the round ball with the toothpick) - Valerie, the Buddha baby - Kate, the anatomically correct baby - Leslie, and the steamrolled baby - Angela! LOL. In the end, Kate won :)

At the Fed Ex baby shower we had about 30 people in attendance! It was great fun! I even took the liberty of sneaking a very small bite of the cake, which was incredible!

Here is the cake:

Here was the enjoyment of the cake (Yes - That is the godfather!):

The gifts were great - the conversation and laughs were even better! Thank you to each of you that showed up to congratulate us - It was great to see everyone.

We played a couple of games:

* Name the baby - (This was more for fun - the name was not announced :) )

* Guess the Due Date - Which Jonathan now has pinned to the outside of his cubicle

* Name the kids from the following TV families, which included the Cosby Family, The Waltons, Family Ties and more.

We are both so blessed to have friends and family that love us so much to do so much for us!

Let's see.....Next......

I had an OB appointment on Friday and found out that my blood sugar levels were not being maintained well enough with diet, so we added a prescription medicine that regulates blood sugar, to my pill regimen. Man! I'm up to 8 pills every night (Vitamins included.) Also at that visit, I found out that we are now starting our weekly OB visits, rather than every other week. Due to the diabetes, I will be receiving an ultrasound on a weekly basis as well as a fetal stress test, in which they put two monitors on my belly for 20 minutes and they record his heartbeat as well as his movement. So far so good!

We are excited since we get to meet our midwife for the first time next Monday! :)

Otherwise, we're great! Just working away, little by little, on organizing the nursery, kitchen and bathroom for our little man.

We did go and purchase our crib mattress :) I was soooo excited!!!

So - Here is what is going on at 32 weeks:

* The baby weighs about 4 pounds and is about 16" inches long
* His fingernails and toenails are completely formed.
* He can turn his head from side to side.
* His sucking reflex is completely developed.
* He has begun to dream - Having complete REM and non-REM sleep cycles :) I wonder what he dreams about?

He is about the size of a jicama

Or a bag of Potatoes

And I am at 38" in circumference - I keep going up and down due to the 1900 calorie diet that I've been put on! Fortunately, I have stopped losing weight and gained 4 pounds between my last two visits - only 7 days apart! Crazy!

Here is my prego 32 week belly:

Have a great week!

Jonathan & Melanie

Monday, October 12, 2009

31 Weeks

We are completing our 31st week of pregnancy! YEAH.

I must say that the third trimester has been the hardest, with a ton of physical maladies to worry about and deal with, including lots of pain and being put on bedrest for a few days - YUK! Oh well, I guess I can say that there is now a light at the end of the tunnel!

I have noticed that our little man is hiccuping a LOT more than normal. I guess he is just filling out the final development of his lungs :)

With the gestational diabetes, we had to go see a perinatologist (high risk OB) to get a level 2 sono of the baby. In this sono, they were to determine that the baby is not getting too big, which is a huge cause for concern with diabetes. They also check his heart, the amniotic fluid and other small things that can be complications of my gestational diabetes.

As of last Tuesday, he weighed appx. 3 lbs 12 oz. and is in the 48th percentile for overall growth, which is good at this point! He is still dating ahead of schedule by about 5 days, but only he (and God) know when he will want to come into this world. The only thing that we saw, was that he is in a completely breech position at this time. We are not worried, yet, though, as we still have a few weeks until delivery.

The ultrasound was amazing! Without it being a 4D ultrasound, you could actually see his face! Wow!

Well, I am getting excited. I only have 4 weeks left of work, before I stay home for good awaiting this little guy! I'm hoping that those last weeks will give me time to straighten the nursery up before he comes!

At 31 weeks, here is where we stand:

I am 38.5" around. I was at 39", then dropped to 38" (and lost a pound), and finally am picking up a little weight again. This - mind you - is all due to the 1900 calorie diabetic diet that we have been put on.....yuk!

The baby, on the other hand, IS gaining weight (pushing nearly 4 pounds) and is about 17-18" long. About the size of a soccer ball:

Talk to everyone soon! Hope you're having a great week!


Jonathan & Melanie

Saturday, October 3, 2009

30 Weeks and Counting

Hello everyone!

OK - Posted a little late, but we just finished our 30th week of pregnancy on Tuesday.


If you read the last blog, you will remember that we had maternity pictures taken at the Dallas Arboretum. The pictures are up online now, for a limited time, so make sure to go and check them out: JAMIE COUPAUD PHOTOGRAPHY

I can't believe how fast its gone ~ the anticipation is really starting , but I am also realizing how much we still have left to do and buy! Who knew that babies needed so much!

The Gestational Diabetes is .... well.... its going. The diet really is the worst part! I was having ketones in my urine and they have deduced that it is probably "starvation ketones" meaning that I am not taking in enough calories (even though they are the ones to reduce my caloric intake to 1800 calories a day! Well, the upped the calories to 1900 to see how I do.

I will also have another ultrasound this coming up Tuesday - a Level 2 Technical Sono - to determine the health of the baby, including size and amount of amniotic fluid. What we are trying to avoid is the HUGE baby that GD can cause. The only bummer of this whole thing (outside of the crappy diet) is the fact that I become at increased risk for a "scheduled birth" or C-Section :( Throwing our natural birth plan out the window. The good news is, though, is that my doctor is doing everything she can to avoid straying away from our birth plan, as long as the baby continues to do well.

This was actually a pretty quiet week around the Melugin household, so not a whole lot else to report.

Jonathan did get to go to Holly Lake with his buddy David to go golfing for the weekend, but unfortunately the rain got to them after playing two rounds and they had to come home.

In his absence, I attended the baby shower of our good friends Kim & Clint Kerley. For those of you that remember - Clint was the pastor (and friend) that married us :) It is very cool to be expecting around the same time! We'll have playmates!

OK - So here is what is happening at 30 weeks:

The 30 week belly has remained the same, if not gotten a tad bit smaller, probably due to the restricted diet. This are a couple of artsy 30 week pics that I took :)

And as far as our little man - I am starting to see him move a lot more through my clothes! It is very cool.... except when he kicks the bladder!

* All of his senses are fully developed, including taste, touch, hearing, seeing and even smelling!
* His grip is strong enough, now, to grab and hold onto a finger
* He is about 15.7 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds
* He is starting to shed the lanugo from his skin

* He is about the size of a squash

Or a head of cabbage

Or a Yorkshire Terrier

Or a Thick Wool Sweater (Folded)