It's unusual…

..what started out as an IVF journey and ended up being about life

33 weeks and 4 days!! June 28, 2009

Filed under: Pregnancy — gertyrae @ 12:34 pm

We are almost there!!! A few more days and we will be at the magical 34 week mark. I was at the Peri on 6/22 and my cervix had lengthened again to 1.2 cm. Good times!!! I truly do have a magical cervix that just does whatever it wants to do. I’m like some freak of nature.

I also am diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes so I have to watch what I eat and  monitor after every meal. I’m taking an insulin shot each night since the insulin apparently doesn’t affect the baby, whereas the oral medication could. Since I’ve done soooo many cycles of IVF the injections don’t bother me at all….the black and blues are a little disconcerting but I’m just going to tell people Dan beats me in my legs. 🙂

We are going for a growth sono this week on Tuesday and I guess I’ll find out about being released from bedrest then. Although, in strictest confidence – I’ve been doing a little more here and there anyway. I had a horrible night on Thursday night – couldn’t sleep at all because my back was in so much pain from lying in this position all the time and I was literally crying from the pain. I decided on Friday that the writhing in pain all night wasn’t doing me any good either (or Colin for that matter), so I sat up a little here and there during the day and it made a world of difference. Saturday, I sat outside with Dan and helped him (with directions) on cleaning the garden beds and planting some annuals. Again, I slept well last night so I think it’s worth it at this point. Besides, I am so easily winded and tired these days from doing nothing for 14 weeks that I need to start building up my strength anyway. Hopefully, the Dr. gives me the okay to get up a little more here and there so I don’t feel like I’m cheating or doing something really bad.

His room is getting there….crib is together, bookshelf is in, glider is in…Dan is just waiting for someone to help him move the dresser. Then we have to get all the clothing together and wash it so I can put it away. The crib is huge!!! It takes up so much of the room that I think we have to rearrange it so it’s not so overwhelming. I will post pics once it’s done.

OH…….and we got pics at the last sono that are decent!! Looks like Colin is going to look a LOT like his daddy!!!!

Colin @ 32 weeks small


I can’t believe it’s been almost a month… June 15, 2009

Filed under: Parenting — gertyrae @ 3:38 pm

…since my last post.

I’m really such a slacker – what will I do when this baby gets here?!

Anyway, I really haven’t had a whole lot to report. I went back to the Perinatalogist a week after my last post and things were looking good. Cervix was at 3.0 cm and 2.2 with pressure. A big improvement.

So, we got a couple weeks off and I went back this past Thursday for another, supposedly my last, cervical check. Lo and Behold, I am funneled down to the stitch and BabyMack’s head is RIGHT there! She did an internal and found that I am fully effaced. 😦

So far, the good thing is there have been no contractions. I do feel something going on down there, but who knows what exactly it is. Just some weird twinges here and there. I’m sure it’s my cervix trying to dilate. They put me on Procardia and I am still waiting and hoping he stays put for a few more weeks. At this point, he just has to stay put for 2 weeks and 1 day….which feels like a lifetime to me.

You would think after having done the last 12 weeks of bedrest, I wouldn’t think twice…but it seems like these last two weeks are going to last forever. There is so much riding on 14 days….NICU, Lung development, Suckling instinct, etc. etc.

The upside is that they did give me steroid shots for his lungs and he was weighing in at 4 lbs. 6 ounces for Thursdays sono, so he’s on the big side.  I only worry that he’s on the big side cuz I may or may not have gestational diabetes. I failed the 1 hour and am now taking blood after every meal cuz I can’t go in for the 3 hour………although, my levels seem to be okay so I may be overreacting a little. He’s probably just a big boy, since both sides of our family seem to have big babies..


And as Looney Tunes say – That’s all Folks …………more to come later!!!


PS – No pics this time as the little man has decided to cover his face at all times the sono tech is doing her work!