Thursday, June 19, 2014

34 Weeks

I'm aware that sleeveless shirts should
be banned from my wardrobe but it's
June and I'm hot.  And yes, that is an
amazing farmer's tan I have on my arms
but the fact that there's a tan at all is
sort of a win for red heads everywhere.

How far along:  34 weeks

Size of baby:  Butternut squash (which is apparently very different from the plain squash that represented two weeks ago)
Average size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lb.

Clothes:  Pretty much just maternity clothes now.  I can get into my workout pants still but I usually regret it after a couple of hours.  I just hate anything snug on my belly, I'm guessing you aren't really a fan either.  

Gender/Names:  Boy - Knox Haddon (names from John Knox and Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

Sleep:  Still sleeping pretty well.  I am finding that I probably turn over a lot more as my hips start to hurt from laying on one side too long.  The best news is that we just bought a portable air conditioner for our bedroom.  This is  DREAM come true for me!  I turn into a furnace at night.  I'm serious.  I'm pretty sure the temperature of our bedroom goes up at least 10 degrees just because I'm in there.   

Movement:  You still depend on the day quite a bit but I feel you the most right after your brothers go to bed.  This is probably a sign of things to come as I'm guessing you'll decide that's party time when you're here too.  So much for relaxing after bedtime!  I'm feeling much bigger movements on occasion now, which I love!  

Cravings:  Still nothing weird in the craving department.  Make for such lame pregnancy stories!     

Update:  Blood pressure is still good and you are still small.  We had another ultrasound and while everything to do with your anatomy looks totally normal, you are just small.  This is only a red flag because you're brothers were a pretty average size, Case at 7 lbs 11 oz and Ty at 8 lbs 1.5 oz.  Typically each baby gets bigger.  You are on track to be about a 6 pound baby.  I have no idea what to think about this but it scares me.  I'm afraid we're missing something.  I know God's got all of this under control regardless of the outcome but it's a battle with my controlling side to let go.  We are going to have one more ultrasound about a week before you're born just to be sure everything about you still looks great and to make sure there's no reason we need to move the delivery to St. Vincent's to have a higher rated NICU available.  I'm not going to lie.  I'm scared.  In the back of my head I keep thinking tiny babies are sickly babies.  I know this isn't always true but the unknown is scary.  I am just going to continue praying that you are perfectly healthy and for God to give me peace no matter what scenario plays out.  This is a new situation for us.  We've always either gotten bad news or good news, this in between stuff messes with me!  No matter what, I'm grateful for everyday I have with you still inside my belly.  I'm grateful for every time I feel your little feet curling up under my rib cage.  I'm grateful that God chose you for me!  I love you today and always!  No matter what!

You were cooperative for about .5 seconds during this ultrasound and luckily Brandi was on it because she was able to give us the tiniest glimpse of your face.  It's sure not going to make her board of amazingly cooperative babies but it's about as good as anything we got with your brothers.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

32 Weeks

How far along:  32 weeks

Size of baby:  squash
Average size: 15.2- 16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 lb

Clothes:  Maternity jeans, workout pants (not because I've been busy working out), regular and maternity shirts.  Let's face it... my wardrobe consists of about 10 things when I'm not pregnant and when I am things are even more limited.  Odds are if anyone has seen me in person 5 times I've had the same outfit on 4 of those times.  

Gender/Names:  Boy - Knox Haddon (names from John Knox and Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

Sleep:  Still sleeping well!  Yay!  

Movement:  You definitely vary depending on the day.  You never let me worry long as I can always feel you squirming if I sit still and pay attention but some days you don't move much and others you move a lot.  

Cravings:  Nothing weird in the craving department the last couple weeks.   

Update:  My blood pressure was "perfect" today according to our nurse.  We're definitely getting into the real heat of the summer so hopefully it will stay "perfect".

I am sitting here a little worried about you today though.  Maybe worried isn't the right word.  Conscience of possibilities might be a better way to explain it.  We had your 3-D ultrasound today.  I've felt you were small all along.  Fat or not I should look more pregnant than I do.
Ty                                              Knox
Your measurements today confirmed some of my thinking, or at least I think it did.  You're measuring about 1.5 weeks behind.  This has definitely never been something I've heard with any of your brothers, even Johsua and Caleb always measured ahead.  It sounds like the part that raises flags is your head size.  You're head is small.  Like 21 percentile small. I don't really understand what that means as far as intrauterine measurements go because Dr. Fenoughty explained that these can't be perfect measurements.  She seems convinced this is nothing to worry about but has ordered another ultrasound in 2 weeks so as not to miss anything if there's anything to miss and probably to just put my mind at ease.  In order for insurance to cover it, there has to be a reason so I guess the real reason is to rule out microcephaly.  Apparently your head size being off even the tiniest bit can throw off all your measurements so here's to accurate measurements and you being perfectly healthy at our next peek at you.  I know God already knows everything about you and that's why I'm not worried.  My trust is completely in Him.  I just have to be patient.  Oh and hey, if you could maybe put your hands down for a few seconds next time, Mommy would really like to get a look at your sweet face!  Here's a look at what we got this week...

...not much other than confirmation that you are still in fact a boy.  Behind your hands at all times was your face, which is why we couldn't see it.  You just kept opening and closing your hands but never moving them.  Of course you had no problem putting your boy parts on display... seems pretty typical around here!  Love you sweet baby Knox!