Gyno visit

14 Feb

Had my gyno visit today. Everything is by the textbook – weight gain, belly growth, blood pressure, baby’s heartbeat…

Once again, since according to my LMP my due date is March 2 – and the c-section is scheduled for March 4th, she went over my history to make sure we’re not planning my c-section after my edd 🙂 I assured her I am certain March 10 is the right actual edd, she looked at my anatomy ultrasound results – which stated my edd as March 9th.

She asked if my son was early and late –  I told her it was 2 days late and could have been even later if it was her scraping my membranes. I also mentioned that at my 38 week ultrasound with Timothy, my cervix was 5 centimeters long.

So shr relaxed about the date and now it’s all systems go for march 4.

I am to drink a LOT the day before the c-section – apparently, the anesthesia for c-section is very different from epidural. It’s a thin needle that I will barely feel and that will be in and out. It won’t stay in my spine like epidural. However, the medication makes your blood pressure drop dramatically which may cause nausea and vomiting. And getting well hydrated the day before should help me tolerate this blood pressure drop.

Oh yes, I remember with my first c-section when they injected the anesthesia, I felt extremely cold, light headed and sort of suffocating. I felt like uf I don’t force my lungs to breathe – they would just stop. I guess that’s how I experienced the blood pressure drop…

Other than that, no prep. I am not supposed to eat or drink past midnight. I am not supposed to shave down there as it increases risk of infection. I am to arrive about 1.5 prior to the scheduled c-section time so that they havr the time to do some blood work.

We arrive, fill out the consent forms, run the blood tests, go into the op room, have c-section, they give the baby to hubby, sew me and wheel us into the postpartum room.

The surgery will be a bit longer than the first time since they will be going over tge existing scars and will have to make sure there’s no adhesions and such. My sister also told me the scar will be a bit longer as they sort if cut the old scar out.

The healing is supposed to be faster since they will not be cutting tissues all bruised by contractions. It will be a clean cut and is supposed to heal better (not that it was that bad last time).

My friends warned me they experienced weird postnatal contractions, which were pretty bad. Well, at least I am prepared …

Friends also told me with second child milk usually comes faster. Based on the fact that I already have colostrum, I believe them 🙂

So… the bag is 3/4 packed, the bedroom is almost ready, I need to finish some more laundry and hubby needs to install the carseat… and that’s pretty much it.

Looks like we’re ready.

36 weeks

13 Feb

Timothy turned two. When did all the time go? Two already!

At the same time, I think of how small and dependent and uncivilized he still is – and I think it will take full two years to get to this point with baby #2… it’s a long road, what can I say.

On the positive side, it looks like I finally found peace with the imminent plunge back into milk-soaked bras, night wakings and house arrest. Next Thursday is my last day at work and I am happy about it. Which means I am ready to exit the work force for now and become a full-time mom again (although Timothy will continue in daycare).

This weekend we will move around some furniture and install the infant carseat into my car.

I did most of the baby laundry this past week. While my stuff was making rounds through my friends’ houses, the baby stuff multiplied, it seems. The amount of clothes for 0-3 months is baffling! I probably have two dozens of sleepers alone. And then there are some onesies and pants and whatnot…

I should pack that l&d bag. I bought everything, I washed everything – I just need to pack!

2.5 weeks to go.

Ouch. Baby’s kicking!

We watched Timothy interact with a 4-month old this past weekend. It bodes well! At least for the first little while. Timothy watched the baby with such adoration, he stroked it and kissed it, he made faces to make baby laugh. He wasn’t jealous when I held the baby – on the opposite, he joined in with me singing to the baby! So adorable 🙂

Oh, I’m sure once our new baby starts crawling and grabbing Timothy’s toys, the dynamic will change. Still – I’ll take the short term peace over jealous tantrums with pleasure!

I am seeing my gyno tomorrow morning.

Heartburn, after being absent for about 10 days is back with vengeance.

If Timothy wakes me up in the middle of the night, I am having really hard time falling back to sleep. Sometimes it takes a full hour.

Overall, the sleepiness and tiredness have disappeared. I am once again ok to go to bed after 11 and get up at 7 am.

Belly is very heavy, walking is extremely uncomfortable, I am waddling like an overweight penguin, although my weight gain is low. Baby often resides on my bladder which makes walking very uncomfortable.

Nipples are still itchy, despite the lanolin cream.

Feet started to swollen, my shoes get tight around noon.

Linea negra didn’t appear this time around.

And I think that’s it for now…

35 weeks and gyno appointment

4 Feb

4 weeks to go. In 4 weeks, on Tuesday March 4, my second baby will be born.

Saw my gyno yesterday. Itchy cracking nipples – normal. Lovely.

Belly growth right on schedule. Total weight gain so far – 10 kilo. She thinks this baby won’t be quite as big as Timothy was (4.5 kilo or 10 pounds), and not simply because he’ll be born a full week earlier (Timothy was born at 40w2d). But then she says that now is when most of the growth is happening, so we’ll see.

I am indulging in whatever I want in terms of food and barely am gaining weight.

Baby obviously hasn’t read the books where they say it’s supposed to move much less due to lack of space. He MAKES space for himself to move. Oftentimes, it hurts. And he often presses in my bladder.

The heartburn is a little bit better – but then I go to bed much later now, leaving a bigger gap between meals and bedtime.

I am not sure why I am less sleepy. I typically go to bed after 11 pm now – like I used to before getting preggo.

2.5 weeks at work left.

Timothy is turning two this Friday.

Baby arriving in 4 weeks.

my boobs are already producing colostrum – I squeezed lightly and there it was. Apparently, that’s the reason ny nipples are drying and cracking.

Bottom line – I am ready for this next chapter to begin!

34 weeks. I’m soooo tired…

28 Jan

34w2d – baby to arrive 5 weeks from today.

I am exhausted. Heartburn is killing me, especially at bedtime. I’ve been sleeping on 3 pillows for some time now.

Sleeping is worsening. Sometimes I can’t fall asleep for ages – because of heartburn or Timothy or no reason at all. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. This is the time to sleep! In 5 weeks I won’t be able to any longer! Grrrr.

Baby is hurting me with his karate practices. It’s even a bit scary sometimes, some of his sudden moves. His knees and elbows are too sharp.

I am feeling heavy. The baby feels too big for the size if my belly. Often when I stand up, a need to wobble and shift the baby inside, or else it’s too uncomfortable or even painful.

The bones between my legs hurt when I walk.

I an clumsy and it’s icy and scary.

My nipples itch so badly I almost wanna cry. The skin on them dried up and cracked and started peeling. Just lovely.

All of this is making me rather unfriendly. I just want to be left alone. To get some peace and quiet. I easily lose my patience with Timothy. Abd invariably feel guilty.

I also feel guilty when I think how much I was excited when I was pregnant with Timothy, how I expected his arrival. While now I feel guilty, again – because mostly I dread the repeat of the cycle. The sleepless nights, the being stuck at home, the inability to go out and have some fun…

I am getting a bit… nit depressed, no – but bogged diwn and tired and sad… and guilty.

Gyno Appointment

21 Jan

Had another gyno appointment today. Got very frustrated. I understand (kind of) how if you come on late in the day, you have to wait for 1.5 hours past your appointment time. But today I had an appointment at 9:40 am. Forty minutes after they open. And yet I still had to wait for 1.5 hours. How can it possibly be?!

Anyhow…

Gyno was concerned as according to her track, I lost weight since the last appointment. I assured her that according to my scale, the previous measurement was whacky (I definitely did NOT gain 3.5 kilo in on month!) She was kind of worried and was asking me if I am drinking milk (no) and eating yogurt (yes). I assured her that I eat a lot and after she measured my belly, he said that the belly is growing right by the textbook and calmed down.

My blood pressure is perfect, as always.

Baby is head down – as suspected. I noticed about 1-2 weeks ago that he seems to be head down now.

Baby’s heart beat is perfect.

They’ll do the swab test next time – which I was surprised to hear since mine will be a c-section. Turns out if there is an infection and my water breaks – even though the baby will be delivered via c-section, there’s still a risk to the baby.

Oh, and another surprise: they changed my c-section date and forgot to tell me. Haha. I discovered it by chance. No big deal – just 2 days earlier. I will 39w2d, so I am satisfied. Just needed to make sure that my friend is still available to babysit Timothy for those 3 days. She is 🙂

Oh, and the extremely itchy nipples (like wake up in the middle of the night to scratch itchy) – not much to do. Put vitamin E cream… Sigh.

Anyway. 6 weeks to go. Another Tuesday baby. I am heavy, I am waddling, at times I feel pressure down there. Baby feels too big for my belly, some of the postures he assumes really hurt me.

I am looking forward to starting this new chapter.

I have to admit a planned c-section is starting to feel a bit scary. Like, it’s a real surgery, you know? Last time I was exhausted and couldn’t care less about what was to happen. I barely remember the needle in my spine. I don’t remember any of the prep in the OR, I was so groggy. This time it will probably be much more different. I am glad my c-section is first thing in the morning. Hopefully, I will sleep the night before – and won’t have to bite my nails in anticipation…

We’re getting there!

33 Weeks: shopping for the L&D bag contents and housing thoughts

19 Jan

33 weeks today. Less than 7 weeks to go until c-section!

Went shopping today. I uncovered my “L&D Bag” list and went to buy things missing (although I might not need them all). Bought size 1 diapers, nursing pads, 0-6 mos pacifiers, hemorrhoids suppositories (although hoping I won’t need them!), huge pads, etc.

Even bought some snacks to take with us to the hospital – the canned fruits and mousses, the ones that do not require refrigeration and are fairly liquid (I remember how scary the first poop postpartum seemed!)

Then I went home and purchased 2 more items online: the nipple cream (which I could buy online but that’s quite a trip as only a few stores carry the one I like) and – to make shipping free – a nursing cover. Last time around I bought a cheap one from Toys-r-Us and it barely covered anything at all. It was too short and too narrow.

So there. I think I have everything now. Just need to pack the L&D bag, just in case – the prenatal classes lady (from before Timothy) always insisted it should be packed by week 32. And I am 33 now 🙂

We gave a bit more thought to who should sleep where. We have only 2 bedrooms (well… there is another room on the first floor which is a home office – but who wants to live on the 1st floor with the bedrooms on the 3rd when there are sleepless nights involved???)

At first, the plan was for me to take the new baby into the master bedroom and for hubby to move in with Timothy. However, the more I thought about it, the less sense it made. Yes, it will keep things familiar for Timothy – but you know what… He’s very easy-going and has no issues sleeping wherever.

On the other hand, EVERYTHING I need is in Timothy’s room: glider, changing table, baby monitor camera, etc. And moving all of it into the master bedroom is impossible, our king size bed takes too much space 🙂

So we’re probably going to bring Timothy into our bedroom maybe a week before the new baby arrives (so that Timothy doesn’t think the baby kicked him out of there), and then I will occupy the nursery with the baby until further notice… whenever the new baby starts sleeping more or less through the night (ahhh… with Timothy that was at about 6 weeks old…)

We also went double stroller shopping today. We don’t want to spend too much as we don’t foresee using it too long or too often – but we feel we might need it for a year max. There’s a stroller for $330 plus taxes – which is better than $800-1000 like most double strollers and better than the cheap ones for $130-200 (Timothy looked extremely uncomfortable in those). We didn’t buy it yet, but I think we will.

I picked up a carseat from a friend last weekend (her son outgrew it and they’re only starting TTC for baby #2, so we can use it for now).

Ahhh, we’re starting to get ready… Now I need to go through the boxes of clothes returned by my friend whose baby is a year younger than Timothy and make sure everything’s there (like winter sack for stroller outings and such).

32 Weeks – Name!

12 Jan

I think we finally decided on the name. We had 3 variants and we felt rather ambivalent about all three. It was like “well, I like this one, but I can live with this one, too…” Yesterday we went through all three names again.

Just a bit of a story: we try and choose names that exist in both Russian and English. Like Timothy – it’s Timofei in Russian. Tima, Timoshka – are the cute names for this name in Russian (like Timmy in English).

So we looked at the three contenders from all angles and decided that one name we didn’t particularly like in full form in English, even though we liked the cute Russian form the most, probably. Living in Canada, it’s rather important that the English name works, eh? 🙂

For another one, on the opposite, we liked the full form in both English and Russian, but couldn’t come up with a cute Russian form. And it’s important, cause that’s what we use the most at home!

As for the third one, we like the full English form, the short English form, the cute Russian form… I am not a big fan of the full Russian form – but hey, we most probably will NEVER use it… so – I think we got a name! Yay!

In other news…

I am finally getting over this ridiculous cold. It’s been over 2 weeks now, but I still have this thick mucus plug in my throat 😦 Well, at least my nose is breathing, finally!

Less than 6 weeks left to work.

Appetite is picking up a bit.

I think baby is head down now, or so it feels. MUCH more comfortable for me.

Got the bucket car seat from a friend yesterday – they don’t need it for now. Savings!!!

Okay… I need to find that list I made for the L&D bag and the list for newborn necessities and get on with that…

The clock is a-ticking!!!