November 2008


Today I had another routine appointment with my OB.  I’ve gained more weight and the doctor said I am more on track for “normal” pregnancy weight gain.  He said that everything else looks good, but I am still measuring big.  In fact, I am measuring at 30 cm, but I am only 26 weeks!  Dr. Visci rechecked my fluid levels and said that they looked good.  He said he usually isn’t concerned if a patient measures 1-2 centimeters larger than the corresponding week, but I have consistently been measuring very large without significant weight gain.

So we scheduled a third ultrasound to make sure that everything is still on schedule and our baby girl is healthy.  The doctor doesn’t suspect anything wrong with the baby or the pregnancy, but he just wants more concrete confirmation via ultrasound.  Let’s hope that everything turns out okay!

(Her heartbeat was 160 bpm today–“nice and strong!”)

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Poor Austin is sick….yet again.  I had a health fair for work today, but day care called and said that I needed to pick up my sick baby.  I left all of the information at the booth and picked him up as soon as I could.

He has a temperature of 101.5 and was very irritable at day care.  I picked him up a little while ago, he fell asleep in the car and is still sleeping now.  I think he just wanted to be home and wanted special love and care from his mommy. 🙂  I just feel so badly for him, as I understand how badly he is feeling.  Hopefully his fever goes down and he’s feeling better by tomorrow.  Pray for a quick recovery! 🙂

Well, it’s after 3 am and I’m awake…again.  In between frequent bathroom trips, constantly blowing my nose and having intense dreams, I haven’t been able to sleep lately.  I think the worst part is having such intense dreams, and I feel as though I’m not sleeping.  I wake up in the morning more tired than when I went to bed.  Some people attribute strange dreams to pregnancy, so hopefully they will subside in the next few months!

I haven’t blogged in a while, so I’ll try to catch up on a few things.  Last Thursday, Austin got his 18 month shots at the Health Department.  It is always an adventure to go there, but this visit wasn’t too bad.  The clinic is open late the first Thursday of the month, so we made an appointment at 6 pm and there was only one family ahead of us.  Initially, Austin got the DTaP and a flu shot.  He only cried for a few seconds, then Brittan held him and he was fine.  We went back to the waiting room to check out and I was looking at his shot record.  It turns out that the last installment of his Hep B shot was given too early, so we had to take Austin back into the exam room and hold him down for another shot!  The poor baby!  (well, toddler…)

On Friday, all three of us went to Austin’s 18 month check up at the Sandusky Peds.  Austin weighed in at 28 pounds, 6.5 ounces and was 32.25 inches long. Needless to say, he’s still over the 50 percentile for height and weight!  Dr. Wiseman said that everything looks good and he’s very happy with Austin’s progress and also commented on a few things.  He commented that Austin has flat feet and he’ll “never be a marathon runner-he’ll probably be a lineman!”.  I couldn’t help but laugh, as we love our chubby little boy, even if running won’t be his strong suit. 🙂  Dr. Wiseman was also very pleased with Austin’s speech progression.  He said that 18 month old toddlers should know around 10-20 words, but Austin is well above that.  I started to make a list of the words that he knows (for his baby book) and I could think of 50.  To be honest, I knew there were plenty more words that he knows, but I would be writing the list forever.  Dr. Wiseman said Austin is “an accelerated speaker” and he couldn’t be more right. Austin LOVES to “talk” and can even say a few sentences like “Daddy, I want more.” or “Mommy, what’s this?”.  It’s so fun to see him grow up and learn new things and new words every day, but I have been seeing less and less of my baby and more and more of my toddler!

As a result of Austin’s shots on Thursday, we had an interesting weekend. Apparently one of the shots didn’t quite agree with him, as he had AWFUL diarrhea on Saturday and Sunday.  On both days, he had ummm…very sticky episodes and I had to do two emergency loads of laundry.  I felt so bad for him, but thankfully he wasn’t fussy and he wasn’t running a fever.  At least he got it all out of his system and he was much better on Monday.

Besides the poop dilemma,  the weekend was pretty tame.  On Friday night, we just hung out as a family after his doctor’s appointment and went to dinner with Jeff and Libby at Chili’s.  On Saturday, Brittan and Austin went over to Jeff’s house and watched football while I got my hair cut in the morning and went Christmas shopping in the afternoon.  As difficult as it is to not just look at girl clothing (how can I resist!?), I was actually very successful in finding gifts for our family and friends. Sunday was another relaxing, football watching day.  I had also rented a couple movies from the library, so we watched “Leatherheads” and “The Bucket List”.  I love weekend days just hanging out with our family of three-and the fun will only get better when we finally get to meet our baby girl in February!