Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Week 31

Baby Mussetter is still about the size of a squash.  He is going through major brain and nerve development these days.  His irises now react to light, and all five senses are in working order (according to
Our week has been pretty uneventful.  I got a phone call from the doctor's office on Monday letting me know that I passed my second glucose tolerance test!  I was so thankful!!!  I also started getting a cold Friday and I have felt pretty sick all week.  The worst part about having a cold and being pregnant is that you can't take any 'good' medicine.  So, you pretty much have to let the cold run its course.  Hopefully I will start feeling a lot better soon!  I have a regular doctor's appointment next Friday.  I am anxious to see how Brayden is doing!

I hope that everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.  We spent Thanksgiving at my mom's and ate a lot of yummy food!  I had been CRAVING turkey, dressing, and other Thanksgiving foods!!  I just wish I would have felt better because I would have probably eaten A LOT more!!!  But then again, maybe that was a good thing! :)

Here are this week's baby bump pictures:

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Brayden Paul's 3D/4D Ultrasound

On Friday afternoon, we went back to Watch Me Grow Ultrasound for our second ultrasound of Brayden.  I was SO excited to get to see our little boy again!  We got a DVD of our entire ultrasound session and a CD of all of the pictures from the ultrasound.  I think that Brayden looks just like his Daddy!!

Here are some pictures from the ultrasound:

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Week 30

Baby Mussetter is still about the size of a squash.  His grip is now strong enough to grasp a finger.  His skin is also beginning to smooth out (according to
On Tuesday, we had our infant care class.  We learned all about feeding, burping, bathing, and changing the baby's diaper.  We also learned not to flush the baby's diaper down the toliet.  HaHa!

On Wednesday, we had our last childbirth class.  We went over some different things to try to cope with labor and contractions.  I just hope my epidural works!  We also got to take a tour of the hospital.  Lake Norman Regional Medical Center is currently in the process of renovating The Stork's Landing - labor and delivery rooms and post-partum rooms, so we could only see the unrenovated rooms.  But, everything should be ready by the time we deliver!

After childbirth class, I got an up close and personal tour of the hospital when I had to be admitted because I was having contractions.  I started having contractions after lunch (around 1pm), but I wasn't for sure what they were and I figured I was just 'imagining' things.  When we were in childbirth class the contractions got closer together.  After class I asked my instructor what I should do and she recommended that I call the doctor since I was already at the hospital.  So, when I called the doctor she recommended that I go ahead and go to the hospital so that they could monitor me. 

My nurse in the hospital, Danni, was so nice and helpful!  She got me all hooked up to the monitors and asked me a million questions, including whether or not our house had indoor plumbing and how I learned best.  By this time, my contractions were between 2 and 3 minutes apart.  So, she did the fetal fibronectin test that shows if you will have the baby within 2 weeks and she checked my cervix.  My cervix had not dilated, so that was good.  It took an hour for the results of the fetal fibronectin test to come back, but the results were negative.  So, Brayden will continue to bake for at least 2 more weeks!  Once the results came back, the doctor said that I could go home.  So, we were discharged from the hospital at about 1am.  The doctor said that I probably "over-did it" and I should rest and drink A LOT of water.
Unfortunately, my contractions didn't stop, so I went to the doctor on Thursday morning.  Dr. Miller put me on an antibiotic for a urinary tract infection, which was probably the cause of my contractions.  Dr. Miller checked to make sure my cervix still hadn't dilated, and luckily it hadn't!  So, even though I am having contractions they aren't causing me to dilate.  Brayden's heartrate was in the 140's and I am measuring right where I am supposed to be.  Dr. Miller also prescribed some iron pills since my iron was low at my last appointment.  I go back to the doctor in 2 weeks for another appointment.

I had to go back to the doctor this morning (Friday) for my 3 hour glucose tolerance test.  I couldn't eat anything after midnight last night and when I got to the doctor this morning they took my blood.  Then I got to drink the glucola drink like I had to drink last time, but this time the glucola had twice the sugar in it.  It was SUPER sweet!  I had to stay at the doctor's office for the next 3 hours.  Every hour they would take another vial of blood.  The drink gave me a bad headache and I felt really nauseous!  I am thankful that I didn't throw up because if I would have, I would have to do the test over again on a different day!  I will get the results from the test by Tuesday or Wednesday next week. 

Here are this week's baby bump pictures:

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Monday, November 15, 2010

3D/4D Ultrasound

Unfortunately, the lady who is doing our 3D/4D ultrasound was not feeling well on Saturday and was not able to do our ultrasound.  We have rescheduled for this Friday (November 19th) at 5:00 pm.  I am SO excited to "see" our sweet baby boy!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Week 29

Baby Mussetter is about the size of a squash!  His energy is surging, thanks to white fat depositing beneath his skin.  And since he's growing so fast (his weight will triple by birth), things are getting kind of cramped in the womb, which means more kicks and jabs to the ribs (according to
We went to our second childbirth class on Wednesday.  We talked about "medical interventions."  I was surprised at the number of people who want a "natural" childbirth experience.  We go back on Tuesday night for our infant care class and then Wednesday night is our last childbirth class.

On Thursday, I got a phone call from the doctor's office informing me that I failed my glucose tolerance test.  The normal score is between 110 and 139.  I scored a 140, which means that I will be going back to the doctor and doing the three hour fasting glucose tolerance test.  I am NOT looking forward to that!  But, hopefully I will pass it this next time, since I was on the borderline with the first test.

We go on Saturday morning for our 3D/4D ultrasound.  I am so excited to see Brayden!!!  The last ultrasound that we had was at 20 weeks at the doctor's office and it was just a 2D ultrasound.  We had a 3D/4D ultrasound at 16 weeks when we found out we were having a boy.  Brayden will have definitely changed since the last time we "saw" him!

Here are this week's baby bump pictures:

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hospital Gown

I decided that I didn't want to wear the plain, boring hospital gown that they give you at the hospital.  You can buy these "trendy designer" gowns on Etsy for about $50.00 - $70.00.  But I really wanted to make my own.  I actually figured it would cost less to make it myself.  I found a free pattern for a hospital gown on the internet (Lazy Girl Designs).  I bought the fabric from Jo-Ann's Fabric and Craft Store, but of course the fabric that I ended up getting was over $6.00 a yard, so the fabric alone cost me about $30.00.  I should also mention that I barely know how to sew on a button, more less use a sewing machine!  So, I enlisted my mom to help!

It took us quite some time to cut out and assemble the pattern.  We still haven't sewn the gown together because my mom's sewing machine wasn't working correctly.  We will also put snaps on the top of the sleeves and down the back of the gown, instead of sewing them.

I will be sure to post an update once we get the gown finished!

For now, here are some pictures of us as we started working on the hospital gown:

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