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As the end draws closer I thought I would update you all with a couple of pictures taken today. Here I am at exactly 38 weeks.

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And this is the stupid grin I can’t wipe off my face…

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Does it look huge? It feels huge…

My weight gain has been 11.5kg (25 lbs) which is OK I guess – the doctors are happy with it. Add on another 5kg (11lbs) courtesy of IVF treatments.

I will post the nursery tomorrow.

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Had my last OB appointment today with Dr H at his rooms. The next time we meet will be at the hospital for the c/section. He is pleased with my progress, my fundus measures 38cm which is good, the baby is sitting up very high under my ribs – no where near engaging yet (he strongly doubts that this will change between now and the 6th), BP is unremarkable and diabetes is reasonably well controlled.

I am tired and uncomfortable – my hat goes off to the women who work up until this far. I am just waiting now. Waiting to meet my daughter. I think her name is Paige.

I will try to keep my self distracted this week, will organise to catch up with a few friends, have a beautician’s appointment for some waxing. Will have a few naps. Will pack my bag. Will just keep waiting.

I am ready.

And all is well. I feel good, I am getting excited.

I am not worried about the c/section anymore. Whatever will be will be.

Had an appointment with Dr H and he’s happy, so I’m happy. Blood sugars still aren’t fabulous but I am doing the best I can. I saw my little girls face on the screen today – so beautiful – I can’t wait to meet her.

Looking forward to Christmas, my sister arrives tomorrow, we will celebrate with our Mum (at my house) – all good.

Christmas in Northern Australia is ridiculously hot – we will swim, aircon and drink plenty (no wine for me – boo hoo).

Merry Christmas to everyone.

I am feeling a bit better about the whole c/section now that I have gotten used to the idea. My baby might have to go to special care for observations because of the diabetes and to be honest I am more worried about that.

Went to lunch with a couple of girlfriends today – nice to get out of the house but it is sooooo hot here at the moment. Summer in the tropics and final stages of pregnancy do not go well together.

Sleep is beginning to evade me and I don’t have alot of energy to do the many things that I have on my list. I spend most of my time in the the airconditioning, playing scrabble on Facebook and just fluffing around. It seems so bizarre to be counting down in days to when I meet my little girl.

This is the date that I am booked in to deliver my baby via caesarian section. I am a bit stunned at the moment.

After having another scan and a long discussion with Dr H we have decided that a section is the least risky option for my baby and myself. Baby girl is measuring as fairly average but she seems to have a big head!!! Because of the diabetes she is expected to grow a lot in the next 3 weeks.

My specialist for the diabetes is reasonably happy with my progess so far but he warns that it gets worse as the pregnancy progresses and I am to maintain my diet and insulin regime. I am now having to wake up at 1.30am for an extra shot of insulin – that makes a total of 5 times a day. Dr H thinks the dose is massive but this guy seems to think it is what I need. I feel fine – just very tired.

If I go into labour early I still have the option of a VB but I will make that decision if/when it happens. My mother and sister will be around to help out when I get out of hospital. As someone who has seen a few sections the operation itself does not really worry me, the recovery – well thats another story.

I know, I know, it has been forvever. I still read blogs I just haven’t had any motivation to do my own.

All is well with me. I am big, fat and happy!! The baby is doing very well. I have finally finished work and am so glad about that. It was getting to be too much, I am good for a few hours of activity but not 8 hour shifts.

Since I last logged in I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes which was a real shock. It has not been controlled by diet so I now inject insulin 4 times a day. My obstetrician is having me managed by an endocrinologist – boy, is he tough!! My diet is much improved which is a good thing. Altogether I have put on about 10kgs since getting pregnant. The diabetes diet has reined in the free-for-all chocolate eating etc… My specialist has me under strict instructions to only put on about 1kg/month, with the way the baby is growing this is a weightloss off me, and a weightgain for baby. Hopefully the GD will all go away when the baby is born.

I am having regular scans again now to keep an eye on her growth. These babes are at risk of getting too big which can cause a heap of issues for mum and bub. Mine has grown from 43rd percentile at 22 weeks to 68th percentile at 32 weeks (this is actually only 4 days growth bigger than her age). They estimate baby’s weight at 2kgs at the time of the scan. Dr H is hinting around that a caesar might be in my future due to the baby’s weight gain (apparently they also carry it around their middles which can make it hard to get them out).

I will put in some photos to show my beautiful bump:

 

 Here it is at the beginning – 4 weeks.4-weeks-080508-21

 

Here it is at 32.5 weeks. Hard to imagine it can get much bigger…

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I promise I will post MUCH more regularly.