Thursday, 17 May 2018

100 Days of Pregnancy: Days 74-62

This morning I had another OB appointment and it went well. Baby's heartbeat was good and my uterus is measuring on track. My OB is happy with how I am doing and if things stay the way they are, c-section can be done at 38 weeks instead of 37. I have one more ultrasound in 2 weeks to do a growth scan and check on the placenta. If the placenta has moved a bit, I will have one more to see if it moves enough to have a vaginal delivery. If the placenta hasn't moved than it will be a c-section for sure. I'm still not supposed to get my hopes up based on my last ultrasound but miracles do happen!

I have my pre-admit appointment tomorrow and hubby will be tagging along for that one. I plan on asking a few questions about how the process works for a c-section (not the surgery aspect but just afterwards and where baby goes and how long I have to be separated from baby).

Next week I have an appointment with my surgeon who will be in the OR with my OB. I am anxious for this appointment now because when I did my last ostomy bag change, I noticed 3 white spots on my stoma and I am really worried that they are ulcers. I am hoping she can tell me what it is and if something is going on, I am hoping she can refer me to a doctor on the adult side that she trusts and recommends. I have been so worried since that bag change. My mind has just been going crazy with different possibilities of what the white spots could be.

Hubby and I have been keeping busy. The beautiful weather is here so we have been busy outside. The boys love it because they aren't cooped up inside and they have quite a few outdoor doors, including a playground. Chris has been working on my front gardens, making them bigger for me and he has also started building our shed. He takes on so many projects that it stresses me out. I don't know how he does it. The other day when him and co-worker were digging up the spot for the shed and pouring the concrete, I sat back on the patio with my feet up and crocheted. I felt like a real housewife. Doctor's orders, I need to take it easy. This weekend the plan is to buy some veggies for my back garden and plants for my front garden. We were hoping to finish the front garden this weekend but the weather isn't looking so great for Saturday.


How far along? 31 weeks and 2 days

Total weight gain: Around 24 lbs

Maternity clothes: Yes, every day, all day!

Stretch marks: Only around my ostomy and a couple of tiny ones around where my belly button ring is.

Sleep: I really can't complain about sleep. I'm back to feeling tired again by 9pm and am so ready for bed. Sometimes I stay up with Chris while he watches the Stanley Cup (and by stay up I mean fall asleep on the couch).

Miss anything? Having energy like being able to walk without getting winded. Small price to pay though. And I miss having a medium rare steak. Can't wait for summer days when hubby can BBQ me the perfect steak.

Food cravings/aversions: I've been wanting sushi for a while now so today for lunch I am having California rolls. I've never really ventured with sushi and have only ever stuck to fully cooked, even before I was pregnant. I also love mac and cheese, the homemade gooey cheesy kind. I could eat it all the time and anytime we go out for dinner, I search it out on the menu.

Showing: Yes. Everyone keeps telling me I look great which is really nice to hear.

Gender: We are still team green. And now that we are in the final stretch, I cannot wait to find out what baby is.

Labour signs: No, and I hope not for a while!!

Symptoms: Growing bump, large breasts, my ankles are beginning to swell along with my feet a bit, heartburn, leg cramps, pain in my pelvic area.

Belly button in or out? It's half and half right now. Part of it is out and the other part is in. I may have a full outtie this time by the end of the pregnancy.

Wedding ring on or off? On...my rings still swing around so I still have plenty of room for them.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: The long weekend. I have the day off tomorrow and then Monday is a holiday, so I have a super long weekend.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

100 days of Pregnancy: Days 88-75

Just realized I forgot to post this! Oops! Better later than never :)

I can't believe I lost track of blogging my days! I guess with the warmer weather coming I got busy. It's getting more and more real that this baby will be here very soon (2 months and counting).

I had another ultrasound the beginning of this week and my placenta still has not moved. So we are going with plan b. I'll have another ultrasound at 33 weeks and that will be the one to set the c-section in stone. My OB also confirmed that my pediatric surgeon will be in the OR with us! As long as everything goes according to plan and they don't need to do an emergency c-section. I was so happy about this bit of news. So I'm doing my best to have ym body co-operate, but you just never know what will happen. Praying everything goes according to plan because I really don't want to be admitted to hospital beforehand. My OB said the standard procedure is to be admitted a week before the c-section as a precaution but she said as long as I continue to have no bleeding that she will consider me just doing what I've been doing.

I'm still scared for the c-section. Stressed out and scared I should say. Stressed out about being away from the boys and what we will do with them while I am in hospital because I hate changing their routine. And I want Chris to spend as much time as he can with the baby and I when we are in hospital. But hopefully we can come up with more of a plan once I actually get a date.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

100 Days of Pregnancy: Days 91-89

I received a great phone call today! My OB sent the referral consultation to my pediatric surgeon to ask who she would recommend on the adult side for me. I had all of my surgeries with my pedatric surgeon, even after I had crossed the threshold of 18...she was wonderful. Well, my peds surgeon is going to do the consult! I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping she will also be the one who will be present in the OR for the c-section. I'm not only worried about the c-section in general, but I am also worried that with things moving around in there that something could happen to my ileostomy. Since my surgeon is the one who did all of my surgeries, I would feel much more comfortable with her in the OR as well. So my fingers and toes are crossed! I get to meet with her on May 22nd, so just over a month from now. 

How far along? 27 weeks 2 days

Total weight gain: Around 22 lbs

Maternity clothes: Yes, every day, all day!

Stretch marks: Only around my ostomy

Sleep: Sleep has been great this week. As hubby says to me in the morning "when you wake me up from snoring, I know you are having a good sleep." He knows better than to wake his pregnant wife. He's great that way!

Miss anything? Walking without a waddle, lol

Food cravings/aversions: I was craving shawarma last week and the beginning of this week so we made it at home for dinner the other night and my craving was satisfied.

Showing: Yes.

Gender: Team green. This week I all of a sudden wanted to start referring to baby as a she which is strange because this whole time I've thought it was a boy.

Labour signs: No, and I hope not for a while!!

Symptoms: Growing bump, large breasts, my ankles are beginning to swell along with my feet a bit, heartburn, leg cramps, pain in my pelvis area, sciatic nerve pain on my left side.

Belly button in or out? In and I still have my belly button ring in.

Wedding ring on or off? On!

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: sunshine this weekend! Looks like our spring is finally on the way!

Monday, 16 April 2018

100 Days of Pregnancy: Days 94 - 92

This past weekend we had quite the storm. Luckily, hubby made it home safe and sound before the rain/ice hit. Saturday we were able to get out and create our baby registry. We had fun doing it and are happy with the items on it. When we finished and they wrote down our final number of items on the list, I thought we had done well with 29 items...until I saw the other lists that were all 80+. I guess that's what happens when you saved everything from your first two. We added items like a new pack and play that comes with a changing pad and bassinet, bottles, bedding, toys, bath time items, monitor, changing pad, some sleep sacs. We added lots of things we knew that we needed.

Sunday was a nice lazy day for us. Being surrounded by ice, you can't do too much. I was able to finish the quilt I was working on for baby and I love how it turned out. Photos to come of both the quilt and the crocheted blanket I made. I have to spoil all of my babes with handmade goodies!

And today, well today we woke up with no power and it doesn't look like it will be restored until tomorrow evening. So this evening will be interesting. I'm not sure what I'm going to do without everything that we are accustomed to. Thank goodness for gas fireplaces though to heat the house a bit because I can only imagine how cold it is!

Friday, 13 April 2018

100 Days of Pregnancy: Day 95

Today is the day! Hubby comes home this evening and I can't wait to see him. The boys and I had a great week though. They were both well behaved and we had quite a bit of fun. But they do miss him. G was so upset last night at bedtime. He just started to cry because he missed daddy and wanted him to be home. It broke my heart but at the same time, it was just the sweetest.

Last night was a rough night for me. As the baby gets bigger, it causes more problems for my ilesotomy. With less room for my intestines, it seems to create blockages more easily. A few weeks ago I had a terrible blockage that ended up in a visit to the hospital. Last night I had another blockage. It lasted around 5 hours; 5 hours of awful pain. I am calling myself lucky last night in that it only lasted 5 hours. The blockage passed slowly but once it did, I was able to get comfortable and get some rest. Fingers crossed I don't have anymore blockages.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

100 Days of Pregnancy: Days 97 and 96

It's been a bit of a lonely week for me with my husband being away on a work trip (1 more sleep until he's home, but who's counting?). The boys keep me busy, but once they are in bed, it's quiet. It's made me really aware that even though Chris and I don't do too much once the boys are in bed, it's his company and his presence that are so comforting. Being able to have someone to talk to about my day and anything else that is on my mind (and believe me, sometimes there are a lot of small things). Luckily he will be home tomorrow. I'm grateful for technology in that the boys and I can video call him and we still get to see him and he gets to see us. G just loves it and thinks it's the coolest thing. 

To keep myself busy and occupied while Chris is away I've been finishing up some projects I had started (in case you don't know, I am a huge crocheter/knitter and I enjoy sewing as well). I finished the crochet blanket I was making for baby last night and added the minky to the back of the quilt I am making for baby. It kept me rather busy. I'm also making a sun pillow for the nursery that is in the works. But I'm about to get sidetracked with a beautiful crochet blanket that I plan to make for myself. I can't wait to get started and plan on diving into the pattern this evening! I'll have to remember to take some photos to share! 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

100 Days of Pregnancy: Day 98 - 26 Week Update

How far along? 26 weeks

Total weight gain: Around 22 lbs

Maternity clothes: Yes, every day, all day!

Stretch marks: Only around my ostomy

Sleep: I am waking up more through the night because I am uncomfortable. The most comfortable sleep position is on my back, but I know that's no good. Next comfiest is my right side and least comfiest is my left side (which is what is recommended).

Miss anything? Sunshine

Food cravings/aversions: Nothing extreme at the moment.

Showing: Yes.

Gender: Team green. I seem to be the only one who thinks it's a boy.

Labour signs: No, and I hope not for a while!!

Symptoms: Growing bump, large breasts, my ankles are beginning to swell along with my feet a bit, heartburn, leg cramps, pain in my pelvis area.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding ring on or off? On!

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: Chris being home again from his business trip. The boys and I miss him!