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Monday, June 11, 2012

Update... weeks 32-34

Thusday, May 31... 32w 5d
We had our 32 week visit with maternal fetal medicine on Thursday, May 31 (as well as a midwife check and NST that day).  All continues to look well with our little bug.  She was estimated to be 4 lbs, 14 oz, which put her in the 63rd percentile for overall growth.  Placenta health looking good, and blood flow through the umbilical cord still looking good.  Our little bug, however, continues to persist with her frank breech positioning, with her but down and her head and feet up.  I was very disappointed to hear this, as I was certain that she had turned based on the intensity and amount of movement earlier in the week.  At this point there is still plenty of time for her to turn, and the plan was to employ any method necessary to achieve such.  Tactics on the list included ice on my belly, playing music by my pubic bone, increasing the amount of child's pose and downward dog during yoga, bridging exercises, etc.  The possibility of visiting the chiropractor (gasp!) for the Webster technique has not been ruled out.  Moxibustion has also not been ruled out, but I cannot find anyone around here to does it... so it's either wing it and do it myself without the acupuncture component or skip it all together.  In the event that all of this is unsuccessful, we will try an external version with the OB doc.

Monday, June 4... 33w 2d
Biophysical profile (including non-stress test) day with a midwife check.  Too lazy over the weekend to implement much in the way of extra tactics to get bug to turn, so I was quite surprised to find that she was in a vertex position with her head down where it belonged.  YAY!!!  Everything else looking good.  Scored a 10/10 on the combined biophysical profile.  Hopefully she stays this way.

Thursday, June 7... 33w 5d
Non-stress test.  In and out quickly with a very reactive test.  Lots of movement in the lower part of my belly...hoping that Bug has not changed her mind and turned again.

Monday, June 11... 34w 2d
Biophysical profile day again, with another midwife check.  Still vertex (head down)!  Scored 10/10 on the biophysical profile again, and all looks well. I'd be lying if I said that any of this gave me any substantial amount of comfort at this point, though...

On a slightly different, non-medical note, we may have finally decided on a name.  Well, at least a first name.  Hubby is still up in the air about the middle name at this point, but a first name is a HUGE step.  With Gracie and Jenna, I had my hospital bag packed by 30 weeks.  I am 4 weeks behind that pace...and counting.  I had planned to do it two weekends ago, and then again this weekend, and then again tonight after work.  And...still not packed.  I am woefully behind on listening to my Hypnobabies tracks.  I have finally brought all of the newborn through 3 month supplies from the attic...clothing, swing, bassinet, baby tub, etc. Perhaps we will be ready by the time she makes her appearance...

The best part... we have come to the realization that we live in a 3200 sq. ft. house and have nowhere to put a second crib.  This is primarily due to the fact that our house was hit by a car 16 months ago.  At the time, we were in the process of renovating the entire second floor, with the expectation of having all bedrooms and upstairs bathrooms finished by the time Jenna's younger sibling arrived (she was only 5 months old at the time and I was not even close to being pregnant).  Our house is safe to live in, but our renovations can not continue until the damage caused by the impact is fixed.  Sadly, not a single repair has been made and our insurance claim remains unsettled and has now entered into litigation.  Consequently, our second floor remains torn apart and completely unlivable; we are situated on the first floor with no major problems...except the fact that there is not an appropriate place for a second crib.  The bassinet will get us through until about Thanksgiving, and then who knows what we will do.....

Being sure to not overshadow Jenna and her pure delight...  She is almost 21 months old.  She refuses to talk, but uses her signs pretty independently.  She has verbal approximations of mom, dad, Izzy, up, off, cat, Aflac (ha!), and a few other words, but for the most part there is nothing doing on the verbalization front.  She is climbing everything.  Yesterday she found a dime on the floor and climbed up onto the dining room table to get her piggy bank that was temporarily parked there.  She has figured out that she can use the dog as a step stool to climb up on our bed, although I'm not sure the dog appreciates this.  Luckily, she is not yet climbing out of her crib.  She loves to brush her teeth and retrieve her own food and drinks from the fridge.  She is loving her swimming time and demands to go outside every time she hears a train or fire truck.  I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that she is just pure joy...


Big Love, Big Acceptance - or so I say said...

Glad to hear bug turned!

The house situation sounds like a mess and a nightmare. I'm sorry you all are dealing with that one!

And Jenna sounds delightful! :)

Keeping you and yours in my thoughts as we anxiously await the arrival of your third daughter!


Maggie said...

If it makes you feel any better, Adam is almost 3 months old and his room idn't even close to being done. :/