Friday, September 5, 2008


That is me, in a word! I had my follow-up to the follow-up growth ultrasound on Tuesday. As indicated in the post below, Baby Charlotte is a chunk! 5 lbs, 6 oz!! The actual weight could be off a lb up or down, either way, she’s huge. The textbook weight at 31 weeks is 3 ½ lbs. So, I’m definitely having an enormous baby!

Last week at my 31 week appointment, it was noticed that my feet were swollen (a lot more than usual, and so were my hands, arms and face), so they checked the protein in my urine and it came back positive for protein. SO, I had the lovely project of a 24 hour catch on Monday to take to the Doctor so they could test it and decide if I had pre-eclampsia. I got lucky after the ultrasound that the midwife was in the lab while I was getting my blood drawn, so we were able to have a conversation. She asked me how often I was seeing the specialist and I told her I wasn’t, I only had to go the one time. She told me I do not have pre-eclampsia, but that I do have gestational hypertension. She wants me to start seeing the specialist weekly so they can monitor me and check BC’s growth. I told her, well, she’s huge! She asked if the ultrasound tech got a weight on her and I told her yes and gave it to her and her jaw hit the ground. She said that it was good though, because with hypertension, the concern is that the baby isn’t big enough. We certainly don’t have that problem! She said she would probably be 10 lbs or more at term! I KNOW! I’M SCARED!!! Lol She said they will either induce early or do a primary c-section, they wouldn’t be that mean! Comforting. I know I have to do one or the other, why can’t the stork myth be true?? Hopefully after our Birth Class on Monday and Tuesday, my anxiety about giving birth will be minimal. You just don’t think about that part of it!

Unfortunately, because BC is so big, she will probably not fit in any of her newborn clothes! I'm so sad!! I have two outfits for her first picture, I think one will work because it ties in the back, so even if she is as large as they say, we can fake it! I also have the cutest going home outfit...the bonnet definitely won't fit her noggin! Grandmama bought her a newborn ladybug Halloween is so cute, I will stuff her in there like a sausage if I have to!

Due to the hypertension, I will start a reduced work schedule on September 15th. 6 hours a day, this will be nice. It is getting harder and harder to lug myself around.

My first Specialist appointment is Thursday, 9/11 and then my regular prenatal immediately follows. My hope is that I will know a direction they are going with the revelation of how big BC is.

The nursery is finished! We have a few more things to purchase, but it is finally done! Dad put in a lot of hard work! The room is perfect!! He did an incredible job.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Charley is a CHUNK at 32 Weeks!!