Tuesday, October 20, 2009

She's An Angel!

Chubby cheeks, eyes sorta opened. :)

Side view,

Happy, HAPPY, soon to be parents!

Yesterday I had an appointment to have a routine ultrasound done at a nearby hospital. I am having ultrasounds every 4-6 weeks to monitor her growth, and yesterday was the exciting day to peek in at her. I LOVE going in for ultrasounds, as it never ceases to amaze me how much she has grown and changed since the last time. Speaking of last time, (4 weeks ago) we had an ultrasound and I was 25 weeks along, and Jason and I were noticing her large nose! Jason lovingly said she was going to have the "Runyan nose", and I was laying there thinking we were going to have to buy some really big hair bows to off-set that snout! Even piercing her ears crossed my mind (Remember that "Friends" episode). But I am happy to say that she has grown into her nose as of yesterday! Whew!
Jason didn't get to go with me to the ultrasound because he had surgery's all morning, so I decided to have them make a video. At the first sight of her face, you could see that her eyes were open, and she was blinking. It was so so precious. A minute later, she yawned and it was so sweet to see. I was so happy to have gotten the DVD to take home and show her Daddy! As the ultrasound went on, everything looked great. She was measuring right on track, until we came to her abdomen area. She was measuring only 26 weeks along there. Very weird to me, and a bit concerning. Has anyone else had this issue or know someone who has? She measured again, checked the blood flow in the umbilical cord, then took the numbers out to be approved by the doctor. Then, the doctor came back in with her and said he was going to suggest to my doctor that we be monitored more closely. (I go to have my ultrasounds to a hospital were I think there is a high-risk doc). He said there was no reason to think she was in danger right now, but he wants to watch her growth even more closely. SOOOO, I will be going in again in 2 weeks for another ultrasound, and having weekly non-stress tests until 32 weeks, then they will start me on 2 times per week tests. I was freaked out at first, but I have calmed down quiet a bit as I know she is doing fine because I feel her moving most of the day. The Dr. really wasn't too concerned, and the ultrasound tech seemed un-alarmed, too, so I guess everything is a precaution. SO I will be having my first (of many it seems) non-stress test on Thursday, then heading home to Tennessee right after for a long weekend. I am so excited to be spending the day Friday with my Mom doing some baby-stuff shopping in Chattanooga, having lunch, etc,(we NEVER get to do things like that since Jason and I live away) and then having our first baby shower on Saturday, along with a 4-D ultrasound. It's going to be a great weekend! The bad part is the drive home, alone, with swelling feet, but hey it will be so worth it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Two for One!

I haven't updated our blog in over a month now but today is yucky and cold, and I'm feeling really bloggy, so you are getting 2 in 1 day! Sorry for the overload! :) I just posted the long overdue pictures of our house, and I felt guilty not mentioning our little girl!
She is doing wonderful and kicking and punching most of the time now. I will be 29 weeks along on Sunday. I haven't felt the hiccups yet, but I am so looking forward to that feeling. Being pregnant is such an amazing miracle. My favorite thing right now is being able to look down at my larger than life belly and SEE her kicking, or rolling, or whatever she is doing! I love that Jason can see it too. I have tried to catch these what I call "escape attempts" on video, but I haven't had any luck yet. A friend told me to put a plate on my belly and watch it move around, and I can't wait to do that one night while Jason and I are relaxing on the couch. Oh the entertainment! I am going to the doctor every 2 weeks, and have been for a month now. I guess he wanted to start seeing me more often a little early because of the clotting issue. The shots are going good, by the way. I did indeed learn to give them to myself, even though I thought I could never do it. It's just a part of my day now. Get up. brush my teeth, get my shot. It takes about 5 seconds, and it's the most important 5 seconds of my day. At my last doctor's appointment, he said my blood pressure was great, her heart rate was perfect, and my belly is measuring right on the dot. We are still doing ultrasounds every 4-6 weeks to monitor her growth, and I have my next on on Monday, I love being able to check in on her and see what she's up to. He said we are really doing fantastic. Great news! I guess we already make a good team. :) We are still looking at going in on December 27th or 28th to have a c-section or be induced. It has to be planned because I have to be taken off the blood thinner for a day before delivering.
We have a name for our sweet baby girl! After MUCH thought and going through the girls section of 3 baby name books, we decided to name her "Paisley Lane Spangler". We will be calling her Paisley. It's so great to be able to call her by name now. Here is a picture of us at 26 weeks, and one at 27 weeks. I think it's the most we have ever grown in a week. BIG difference, even though I only gained 2 pounds in that 2 week span. I can't even imagine what's coming in the next two months. I hope I am made of at least 10% stretchy elastic...

26 weeks

27 weeks

Our humble home :)

Better late than never! We have finally got pictures to show of our humble abode! Hey, it only took me 4 months, but we got there. If you are a facebook person, you have already seen these, but for all of you who don't facebook, sorry for the delay! You will still be missing a living room picture, and a nursery picture, because we are still working on a few things in those rooms, (a lot in the nursery) but hopefully soon I will post a picture of the living room at least. Sorry for the overload of pictures! Have a great weekend!