Bump Update. 33.3

33 weeks and 3 days down.  33 days to go.

That’s a lot of threes.  And not a lot of time.  Here’s my gigantic body for your viewing pleasure:


You gotta love a full length mirror in your office bathroom.

Two weeks from Friday I’ll be done with work. Four weeks from Monday I’ll be having a sweet baby girl.

Bring it on!

Feeling Really Huge. 32.3

So we had our latest (and, I think, final) ultrasound this morning.  Sweet P was hiding her face…pretty much IN my butt.

She also measured HUGE, but the doctor thinks her measurements might have been off due to her position.  As of right now, and those measurements, Dr. Taylor estimates our baby girl is around 5lb 9oz.  If this is the case and she keeps growing at a normal rate, that will put her at around 8 1/2 pounds when she’s delivered in just under six weeks.  EEP!

Everything else is great, though.  Kidneys look the way they’re supposed to, heart is “beautiful” and beating at 150 bpm as usual.  The section is scheduled now, officially, for December 8th at 1:00pm.  That is 5 weeks and just under 5 days from now.

I’m. So. Ready.

I’m so uncomfortable most of the time now and I know it’s for a wonderful cause…but even the mere six weeks I have left with this baby girl residing in my body feels like an eternity.   But it’s not.  The time will go by faster than I think and before I know it, I’ll be holding her.

So.  Ready.

Feeling Extra Good. 30.4

There’s a slight chill in the air.  Isa is moving around like nobody’s business.  Her heart rate is just where it ought to be (doc said she was thumping away at 150 bpm today).  And, as an added bonus, my blood pressure hasn’t shot up yet!

So it looks, so far, like we’re on track for a December 8th delivery.  I’m counting down the days (54) until I meet her and also the days until I leave work (36) and can focus my energy on preparing our apartment for her arrival.  Here’s me yesterday:


The fat ball of hair in the picture who seems to be mesmerized by the size of my belly is Rico, one of two cats who will be extremely excited to meet a little baby in a couple months.  At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Even though today marks 10 months since we lost Malcolm, staying positive about bringing his sister into the world has been pretty easy as of late.  I thought I would be a lot more stressed out about the possibility of something going wrong, but I think I’ve managed to shut down that part of my brain.  Mostly out of self-preservation, I think.  I’m picturing everything going smoothly and our little girl at home with us in just a few short weeks.  I’m picturing her in her “baby’s first Christmas” pajamas (a hand-me-down from her brother who never got to wear them).  I’m picturing everything that is good and happy and calm.

All is well.

Happy Fall! 27.3

It is finally the season my daughter will be born in.  If all goes according to plan, we will have our daughter in two months and two weeks.  That’s no time at all!  The same amount of time has passed since I first felt her move when I was on that plane.  It’ll be gone in a flash.

Meanwhile, I get to enjoy my favorite season of the year.  The air cooled off almost like someone hit a switch yesterday.  It’s a sunny 70 degrees out right now!

I just can’t wait for her to get here and share it with us.

It IS a Girl!! 24.3

We have confirmation!  It’s definitely a girl!  Here is an ultrasound picture to prove it (though you can’t really tell what anything is)!


Well at least she put the words there.  

I am so unbelievably excited.  She also said that, in all likelihood (since all is going well), we’d have our c-section scheduled at around 38 weeks.  Since I know her surgery day is Monday, I’m thinking our little lady will be born December 8th.  That’s just three months away!  Less than 14 weeks!

Here’s hoping it gets here fast.  I’m dying to meet her!

Belly Time. 22.3

Last year, the first picture of my baby bump I took was at 22 weeks, 3 days. So, I thought it’d be fun to have a picture on the same day this time.  Here it is:


It’s so funny to think that there are two completely different babies in there in each of those pictures. 

I feel Sweet P moving all the time now.  She (I’m just going with she until we know otherwise) is so active and it keeps me from fretting too much about anything bad that could happen.  I’m just happy to have her with me now.  She makes every moment of every day better.  That’s just all there is to it.

Two more weeks until our next trip to the doctor and (hopefully) a confirmation of our little lady’s gender.  Here’s hoping they go by fast!

It’s a…Girl? 21.5

Last week we had our 20 week anatomy scan and everything went great!  Sweet P’s little tiny heart, lungs, stomach, arms, legs, umbilical cord, placenta, and many other things looked awesome and s/he is growing at just the right rate!

So what gives?  Well, the only part we couldn’t get a really great look at was the genitalia.  Sweet P was being extremely modest, at one point holding his/her foot and at another completely crossing his/her legs.  From what the doctor could see, she said she was about 75% sure it was a girl, but not to “buy anything, yet.”  She said she’d scan me again when I came in for my 24 week appointment and then we’d know for sure (hopefully?).

Of course I’m totally impatient so this totally bummed me out, but, of course, the most important thing is that s/he is totally healthy and everything is moving along just as it is supposed to.  Just like last year with Malcolm, we got a wobbly 3D photo to share as well:

05_20 weeksS/he looks pretty bummed, too, don’t you think?  Sigh.  Until next time!


Questions Answered. 19.2

Last Friday, I emailed my OB (Dr. Taylor) and asked her some questions about the C-Section process.  My biggest concern about the birth, this time, is being separated from the baby for too long.  I’ve often read stories of C-Sections where the moms are left in the recovery room for hours alone while Dad and the baby are in the nursery somewhere else.  Though, of course, my first priority is the safety and health of myself and the baby, I wanted to see if she could clarify some things and address some requests I had regarding the c-section process.  Here is my email to her and her response:


To: Dr. Taylor
From: Me
Subject: C-Section Questions

Dr. Taylor,

I’ve been doing a lot of reading on Family-Centered or “natural” C-Sections. I’m not sure what your office’s or Northside’s rules are regarding some of these things, but a lot of them are really appealing especially considering this baby will be my first after such a huge loss. I wrote down a few questions and I was wondering if you could give me your take on them with your knowledge of what NSH allows.

(Keep in mind all of these questions assume that the baby and myself are completely healthy, that I am not rendered useless by nausea or grogginess, and that there are no complications with the operation — obviously if there were any complications, I would want to completely defer to routine without question)

1. Can my right arm be left free so that I can use it to hold and/or touch the baby following delivery? (IV drip in left hand)
2. Can the baby be brought to my chest for early skin-to-skin contact in the OR? (ECG monitors away from the front of the chest.)
3. Can most tests/checks the baby needs be performed on my chest?
4. Is it possible to not be separated from the baby (in a different room) at any time?
5. Can the baby stay with me and Adam in recovery?
6. Can I try to nurse in recovery?

I’ve seen a few videos and read several stories of C-Sections that went like this, and it seems like it would be a great experience and greatly reduce my anxiety if any or all of these things were possible.

Talk to you soon!


To: Me
From: Dr. Taylor
Subject: Re: C-Section Questions


We will certainly do our best to accommodate  all of your requests. In general, the sets during a c-section are as such:
Once the baby is delivered, the team transports the baby to the warmer to do the initial assessment – depending on which room we are in, sometimes Adam will be able to go over there to watch & take pictures.
Once they are done with their initial assessment, the baby will be wrapped and brought to you. There will be a chance for pictures and for you to touch / hold the baby. Typically at this point the baby & Adam will head to the recovery room while I finish up the surgery. Once we’re done (there usually is less than 10 mins between when they leave and when we will be finished) you will go straight to the recovery room to join Adam and the baby. Once in the recovery room, they will do the initial post surgery assessment and as soon as you are given the thumbs up, they will work with you on skin-to-skin and breastfeeding if you would like. You guys will typically be downstairs in recovery for about 1 to 1 1/2 hrs after the surgery.

In general, the baby is with you the entire time. They will do some testing the next morning that they take the baby to the nursery but if you guys want the baby in the room with you, and everything is okay, that’s what we will do! We can talk a little more about the specifics the next time I see you in the office. Hope this helps!

Dr. Taylor


I don’t know exactly why, but I have read and relished this email at least 10 times since I received it.  I think it’s a combination of things.  It relieves me that this is the default process at Northside for c-sections.  I would have no issue with this exactly procedure happening with us.  It also gives me something to daydream about.  Up until now, I’ve sort of thought “Oh and then the baby will be born…and then….then…well, I don’t really know exactly…” — it kind of ruins the picture in my head.  Now that I have this to go on, I can’t stop myself from getting really excited and thinking about how happy we will be down there in that recovery room this time.

I just can’t wait.  I just want to be this excited and this positive the rest of this pregnancy.  I want everything to go well and for there to be no complications at all.

Can I have that, universe?

Feeling Good. 18.0

That night (Thursday, my last post), I felt a ton of movement all at once and then more and more throughout the evening until I went to sleep.  It was the most wonderful feeling.  Since then, I have resolved myself to just be patient and be thankful for everything I have so far.

I have this really amazing gift to be able to spend so much time with my child before he or she is born.  It’s something I took for granted with Malcolm that I refuse to do again.  Malcolm spent his entire life in my body and, though I know I was thankful then, nothing can compare to the feeling I have now.  I try to stop every day at least once to reflect on how this time, though it feels like only preparation, is so precious.  Every time I feel a movement or a kick or a wobble, I have to remind myself that this is the best.

Of course, thinking this way definitely sets me up for a gigantic let down if anything bad happens, but I think I’m beyond any hope of protecting myself at this point.  Might as well love every minute and completely submit to my hope for the future.  I am so excited for our 20 week appointment (just 17 days to go!).  I can’t wait for this child to have a name.

More Waiting. 17.4

Appointment was great last week – heartbeat was normal, I measured fine, and my blood pressure was normal!

So now I’m just hanging around waiting for that big ol’ 20 week appointment.  That’s been sort of my milestone for feeling like everything will be ok.  Once we see the whole body and the heart and all the bones and everything is good, I will be able to let go of some of the rest of this stress I’ve been holding on to.  Not all of it, obviously, but some.  Maybe a lot.

I started feeling the baby move pretty definitively a week ago.  I sat down on a plane on my way to do some work in Ohio and just about as soon as I buckled my seat belt, I felt the little jabs.  I remember feeling Malcolm’s little jabs for the first time. It was the same exact feeling – I almost started crying in front of an old man who had ordered a Bloody Mary with two tiny bottles of vodka.  Something tells me that would have ended badly.

So I’ve pretty much felt a good amount of little jabs every day since then.  Until today.  I don’t know if I just haven’t noticed them or maybe I’ve been paying too much attention in the last few hours…probably a little of both.  I’m just not going to feel ok until I have consistent movement at most or all times of the day.  And it’s still a little early for that.

And so I wait.