Interesting News

On November 18th, we went to the Dr. to go over our birth plan for Baby Miller. I was 36 weeks pregnant and he was getting so big. After chatting with the Dr for a bit, she began her normal exam. As she was feeling for the baby’s positioning a strange look crossed her face. She said she wasn’t sure, but it felt as if the baby’s head was in my rib cage and his bottom along my pelvis…breech. She left the room and grabbed the ultrasound machine to see for sure. Sure enough, we could see clearly on the ultrasound that baby Miller was indeed breech. This presented a problem because of how far along I was, there was little room for him to turn around in utero. The problem with a breech baby, especially if it is your first, is that it is hard to tell if the head will be able to make it through the pelvis. In a normal birth, baby will come out head first and the Dr. can tell if the head will fit through or not right away. Also the skull isn’t fused together tightly in order to help with the journey through the birth canal. With a breech baby, they come out feet or butt first and the head comes out chin first. If for any reason the head isn’t going to fit through the birth canal you find yourself with a bunch of issues or a baby who dies during delivery.

All this being told to us, we were given two options. The first option was to get a version. This is when you go in and the Drs. try to turn the baby around. It has been said it is very painful on the mother and only about 50% successful. In many cases where the version works successfully, the baby turns back around before delivery. The second option is to schedule a C-section, which is also what would happen if the version didn’t work.

Kevin and I wanted a natural birth so we choose to schedule a version for the following Monday. Over the weekend, I spoke with a few people, family and friends, and felt in my gut that a version wasn’t really the best choice for me or baby. If Baby Miller wanted to be upside down, then we would have him cut out via C-section. The version no longer sounded like a good idea. Also, his due date was Dec. 16 and we wanted him out as far from Christmas as possible. We canceled the version and scheduled the C-section. Now, we had a date for baby to come and the planning for it became so much easier. We were going to meet our baby boy on Dec. 10, 2010; a day after my 39 week of pregnancy.

Halfway There…

I am quickly entering into my 5th month, which means I am halfway there and thank goodness for that. Its all downhill from here. I have been feeling so much better and finally have almost all my energy back. Its been really great for the past month that I have almost forgotten how awful my first trimester was. I have spent the last month or so catching up on all the things I let go to the wasteside while lacking any energy to get up off the couch. Hopefully, in the next week or so I will be able to get back to my writing, which I am really behind on.

June and July have been very busy months for Kevin and I and it seems things are finally slowing down a bit. We seemed to have had a lot going on almost every night. We started taking a Spanish class two nights a week at the community college near us. In 2014, we plan on taking a trip down to South America…actually we plan on driving all the way down and around South America to be exact. Another thing that took up our time was driving out to Port Orchard every weekend for some family gatherings and to visit Trenton. In July, we also had a Peterson Family camping trip out to La Push (but we’ll save that for another blog). It seems now, things are slowing back down to our regular laid back pace. We are putting off continuing our Spanish classes until the fall when things are more stabilized and we have less going on.

The baby’s room is coming along nicely. We have already purchased a crib with a mattress and an infant carseat with two bases (one for each car) and a stroller that the carseat clicks right into…did i mention we have only spent $140 on all that? I love craigslist!! I think we are getting a few items as well from family and friends, so looking forward to that.

Our next big event takes place on Tuesday, July 27th, when we get our ultrasound to find out the baby’s gender. We can’t wait and are praying that baby will cooperate and show us the money. It will be so much fun when we can start buying some clothes and gender specifc things like sheets and blankets and all that fun stuff.

13 Weeks and Counting

So I’m at the end of my 13th week being pregnant and what a ride it has been so far.  Kudos to all the women out there who choose to have more than one child, because the havoc it reeks on our bodies is not for the weak.

I started my week on the couch and stayed there until Friday, feeling ill and having no motivation what so ever to move. I wake up most mornings needing some food; my food of choice is cereal such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Then, I have to lie on the couch and wait for the food to settle before I can even attempt to do anything else. Some days my stomach hurts all day and other days it only hurts for the morning.

Let’s see what else; oh I had to buy some new, bigger bras due to my enlarging and hardened breasts. They aren’t as tender as they were the first few months, but they are hard as rocks.  I had to go up an entire cup and band size and I think I will need an even bigger one before this pregnancy is over.

This week we went in for all the genetic testing to make sure we were having a healthy baby. They test for all kinds of genetic diseases including down syndrome. It was a little nerve racking because no one wants to hear their baby could have serious problems and then you are faced with a dilemma on what to do. Anyway, no worries are baby is perfectly healthy so far and we continue to pray it will stay that way. 

Here is a picture of our baby at 13 weeks:

 

It has the infamous Peterson chin… 

We will find out the gender on July 27th and I can’t wait. We are hoping for a girl, but of course we will take a boy too.

Here’s to week 14, I hope I feel better and that my energy level and motivation level starts to improve. I guess I can just pretend I feel great and maybe I will for a change. Until next week!!

One Trimester Down, Two to Go

So, I will officially hit 13 weeks in a few days marking the end of the first trimester and the beginning of the second one. I’ve been told things get much better, but so far I have not been seeing it.

Here are some great things I experienced during my first 3 months: 

1)      Fatigue: I have never been so tired and it’s all the time. I can lie on the couch and be out in less than 2 minutes, which is rare for me. There are some days when I need more than 1 nap.

 2)      Morning Sickness: Now, I was not throwing up every day but feeling sick to your stomach and nausea is no walk in the park.

 3)      Non-stop Hunger, yet nothing sounds good at all.

 4)      Aversion to all meats and eggs…which have always been a staple in my diet.

5)      Constant urination: it seems I always have to go especially in the middle of the night and wee hours of the morning.

6)      Waking up at 4 or 5am starving and needing some food.

7)      TMI alert!!! Constantly having to poo, and most of the time it comes on all the sudden and I have to go right then.

Those are the main things going on in my body for the last few months and I’m waiting for those symptoms to stop, of course who knows what is in store for the next 6 months.

I have decided this will probably be my only baby. I am too old for all this body crap and I don’t have the patience to wait for a baby. 6 more months? Are you serious? I just want to be done being pregnant and have a scary baby. Simply meaning having a baby scares me, but we will do okay, I have a good man who will help me out.

I will try to blog more about my experiences of being pregnant since this all new to me and it’s kind of interesting. For now, I must nap.

Preggers?!?

I wrote this post back on April 10, 2010, before any knew we were pregnant.

Kevin and I have talked about having a child for a while now. We have actually been trying to make a baby for about six months now. This was by no means an “accident”, this was totally, completely on purpose. However, talking about having a baby and actually knowing you are going to have a baby are two different things.

For the past week, I have been having pains similar to cramps and right around my normal time. I hadn’t started to bleed though, and last month I had the same issues. I would have cramps for almost a week before I actually started my period. Sorry, TMI, I know but it’s my blog and I’ll write what I want. Anyway, this month, April, I had the same thing again. Cramps and pains but no bleeding.

There was on small difference though. These cramps were in a different spot. When you are a woman, you know your body. After twenty years of periods, you know your body even more and you know your cramps. These ones were definitely different; it hurt more up toward my cervix.

After a week of nothing but cramps, I did some research online. I have never been pregnant before so I have no idea what to expect. I read a lot of discussion threads where women had strange cramps but no blood, around the time they expected their period. So, what the heck I decided to take a home pregnancy test. I didn’t really expect anything of it, but when I looked down and saw a pale, double blue line I gasped to myself. I ran out and grabbed Kevin, who was lying on the couch with no idea as to what I was doing. I told him I needed his opinion on something. I showed him the test and he said “Does this mean?” and I shrugged and said “I think so.”

A week later I went to the Doctor to get things confirmed and sure enough I have a baby growing inside of me. I’m not sure what to think about the whole thing. I’m excited, nervous, and bursting with news I can’t tell anyone quite yet. Of course, by this time everyone knows, however we aren’t telling anyone until the end of the first trimester. Month and a half to go.

Notes: Yeah, we didn’t make it to the end of the first trimester before we spilled the beans. Information like that is sure hard to keep to yourself.