Coming Soon to a Family Close to You; On or About December 15, 2001:
Pictures We Have So Far from OUR Baby:
Little Hands Reaching to Face
Little Feet Prints (look to top 1/3 of triangle)
Frances picking berries at our house over Labor Day.
Frances, Scott, Tiffany and Mark
31 Week Ultra Sounds taken October 17th, 2001:
December 4. (caution - long) Well, here it is less than two weeks from the
baby's due date. So the baby could come at any time. It does seem
like time has flown by. All in all, things are going smoothly.
Physically, I'm feeling fairly well. I'm finding it harder to get around
and quite a bit more exhausted, but I guess that is to be expected. Scott
says I'm HUGE. I've spent the last few weeks fighting allergies (it is
that time of year), but it hasn't been too bad. Sleeping is getting much more
difficult and Scott is suffering, too. I think God is preparing us for the
sleepless nights with a newborn.
The doctor continues to be somewhat concerned about the baby's size. The ultrasound we had just before Thanksgiving showed the baby just a little large for his/her age. A total of about 1/2 a week too big - not a big deal. So we should be in good shape. We still need to keep in mind that a cesarean may be necessary, but I'm not as concerned about it as I had been.
I'm still working full time. I am trying to get as much done as possible, before the baby finally arrives. I have heard some threats of co-workers coming to the maternity ward with laptop in tow, so that I can finish things up. Could be interesting! By the time I get home from work, I'm pretty much useless around the house. I might get a few things done in the evening, but certainly not much. Scott is doing real well at keeping things up around the house.
Yesterday, I had another appointment with the doctor. It is a weekly occurrence now. I'm a little more dialated now than last week - I'm at 2cm now. Baby could come at any time, but it doesn't look like baby is trying to get out quite yet. There are a number of small signs that baby is getting ready. Baby has dropped, but is not yet fixed in position for birth. My blood sugar levels have dropped, which is a sign that the placenta is not creating as many hormones as it had been - again another sign that baby is getting ready. We talked about scheduling an induction either Wednesday, December 12th or Monday, December 17th. Unless things change dramatically this week, I am leaning towards the 17th (to give baby a little more chance to come on his/her own).
November 26. The Ultrasound last week went well. The technician indicated that the baby is about half a week large for his/her age (which is not bad at all). She would estimate a 7 1/2 lb baby at term. This is good news. We got a few new pictures, but they are much the same as old ones, so I don't think we'll put any new ones up. We'll have to see what the official report says. It is getting more and more difficult to sleep. We spent a few nights waking every hour or so and visiting the bathroom 3 or 4 times during the night. That seems to have gotten better (able to sleep 2-3 hours and only 1 or 2 trips to the bathroom). I guess we're being prepared for the sleepless nights ahead. Doctor visits are a weekly occurrence now.
November 19. Frances went to the Doctor today and will be going for another ultra sound tomorrow. They are still worried about the size of the baby and still keep 'reminding' us that a C-Section might be in store for us. She is starting to dilate (1 cm.) and efface so we are getting excited! She is getting tired by the end of the day and some of the nausea has come back but not too bad. Hopefully I will get another picture up soon. She is looking great!!!!!!
October 18. Frances has been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. It
is a form of diabetes that occurs in pregnant women, because the hormones
created by the placenta interfere with the insulin absorption. The good
news is that it should go away after the baby is born and that the doctor will
not want to let baby remain unborn after the due date. Frances has been
put on a strict diet to keep the glucose levels low and needs to check her
glucose levels 4 times a day at least 3 days each week. So far (it has
been 4 weeks), it seems to be working. There are a number of concerns with
Gestational Diabetes which can include an overweight and underdeveloped
(especially lungs) baby and excess amniotic fluid. We want the baby to
make it to term, not gain too much weight and be fully developed. We had
another ultrasound yesterday to check on baby's size and we have some more
pictures. The technician indicated that it appeared that baby might be on the
high side of normal for weight and there might be some extra fluid but it didn't
look extreme. We will know more next week when we visit the doctor.
September 4, 2001 We have pretty much decided we are not going to find out the gender of the baby, even if it comes up as a possibility again. Frances is doing real well, a bit tired at times but she IS a trooper! I put up a picture of her picking blackberries on our property yesterday as I think it shows how great she is looking.
August 2, 2001 As you can see above, we had the first ultrasound done today. No, we did not find out what the gender of the baby is. We want to be surprised on "her" birthday. If you talk to me you will hear me call the baby "her" on even days and "him" on odd days. The ultrasound took about an hour and 15 minutes and was pure joy. I almost cried several times! We got to see parts of the brain, each organ functioning, 10 fingers and 10 toes, counted the vertebrae in "her" back, watched the heart pump and all its valves work, etc. etc. etc. Too Cool! We are still looking for names so please submit your choices at the bottom of this page!
June 26, 2001 Frances went to the doctor for a regular appointment yesterday. They had previously told her they would be doing an ultrasound but then said she doesn't need it until August. UGH! She is doing much better with the Nausea and feeling a lot better overall. We have started planning out the 'baby room' and where things will go. We would be interested in any input you might have about whether or not we should find out the baby's gender prior to birth. Thanks for your interest!
June 7, 2001 Frances is doing okay, though migraines and Nausea seem to be par for the course. Her last doctor's appointment was last week and all the blood work came back fine. Her next appointment (and ultrasound) is scheduled for the end of this month.
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