28 Week Bump Picture

  • How far along? 29 weeks
  • Total weight gain/loss: 21 lbs
  • Maternity clothes? Definitely!
  • Stretch marks? None so far!
  • Sleep: Pretty consistent. Up very early in the mornings.  Usually just one trip a night to the bathroom.
  • Best moment last week: Hearing the Doctor say everything looks fine and Carter is healthy and measuring big!
  • Movement: Still lots. He’s an active little tyke! I now feel hiccups daily.  Chris puts his ear to my tummy and can’t believe that Carter can hiccup for so long!!  He’s most active around midnight.
  • Food cravings: No real cravings.  Thanksgiving dinner was amazing.  Nothing beats my Mom’s cooking.
  • Gender/Name: BOY! Carter Austin Weigand
  • What I miss: Being able to shop Neiman’s new cocktail dresses!  I also miss preparing for our annual Christmas party.  We had to cancel it this year and I’m still in denial!
  • What I am looking forward to: Seeing all my friends at my baby shower this weekend!!  My Grandma is also flying in, so I’m excited to get to spend more time with her!
  • Labor Signs: They monitored me in the hospital and I had one contraction.  No big deal, they said it’s normal for my body to start practicing and getting ready for the big event.
  • Belly Button in or out? Still in!
  • Weekly Wisdom: Let the small things go!
  • Milestones: Gestational diabetes test this week.  You have to drink this crappy drink and sit there for an hour, before they test your blood.  My prego girlfriend, Ginna, has scheduled to take hers at the same place and same time.  It’s so fun to have another prego friend!

Update from Specialist, 11-23-10

We went to the specialist early this morning and left with wonderful news!!  The doctor was not able to find any placental tears!!  I had prepared myself for the worst, so this was heaven on my ears!!!

Baby Carter is measuring big and seems very healthy.  We were able to see all organs and body parts with the high definition ultrasound performed this morning.  We were even given a DVD of the entire ultrasound!

I have a doctor’s appointment in 2 weeks and another appointment with the specialist in 3 weeks, to make sure everything has remained healthy and tear-free.

I am still on bed rest and I’ve continued to experience some bleeding.  The doctor thinks my placenta was closer to my cervix earlier in the gestational period, and that could have been the culprit to the bleeding.  It was not a placenta previa, for those wondering.

If the doctor is right, my bleeding should subside by next week.  Only rest and time will tell, but it’s all looking positive!!!

I took a couple of bump pictures before my appointment, but I left my camera in Mom’s car.  I’ll try and post them tomorrow. 🙂

P.S.  I still feel like doing cartwheels and jumping for joy!!! 🙂 We were ALL SMILES when leaving the doctor’s office this morning!!

Bed Rest for 3 months :(

This last week has been pretty stressful.  I’ve continued to have bleeding and major headaches since I was released from the hospital, exactly one week ago. I would classify yesterday’s headache as my first migraine.

I started experiencing abdominal pain this morning, so I called my doctor and she asked me to come in immediately.  I have to give a quick shout out to my girlfriend, Lauren Keller, for picking me up in less than 10 minutes and getting me to my doctor’s office!!  THANK YOU LAUREN!!  (Lauren is having her first little girl in only 6 weeks!!)

Chris met me at my doctor’s office and after exams, monitoring the baby and lots of questions; we were assured that Baby Carter is doing just fine. 🙂

I have a 7:30am appointment tomorrow morning with a specialist.  He will take hi-def scans of the placenta to try and find out what is causing the bleeding.   He will also be the one to determine my sanity for the next 3 months.  Translation, he will decide if I can do bed rest out of my house, or if they will have to keep me in the hospital for the remaining 3 months.

After we get results back from the specialist, I will go back into the hospital to receive 2 shots of steroids, to help the baby’s lungs mature.

I just read this online, Injections of corticosteroids for fetal lung development has been praised as one of the best advances in fetal medicine in the 90s. Since 1994 the National Institutes for Health and other professional organizations has encouraged their use in promoting the development of fetal lung development in moms who were at risk for preterm labor or birth.”

That’s about all we have for now.  I promise to post an update tomorrow, hopefully from my bed and not the hospital’s bed!!

Thank you for all the phone calls and emails.  It really does help to know that we have such loving friends and family.  🙂

P.S.  Have I mentioned that my husband is a Saint?!! He has taken care of everything, and has done it all with a warm smile.  Also, thank you Mom, for the caldillo and cookies, and thank you Ginna, for the cupcake and magazines!!

Hospital Scare

We had our first trip to the hospital this past weekend.  I have bled a couple of times in the last month, but I woke up on Sunday morning with more than normal bleeding.  I called my doctor and she said to come into the hospital immediately.  I already had appointments and showings set up with 3 different sets of Clients.  I was not anticipating her to tell me to drop everything IMMEDIATELY.  A quick shout out to all my Clients, for being so understanding and caring this past weekend.

I checked into Methodist Hospital and thus began the poking and prodding.  I have floating veins and nurses and doctors have ALWAYS had a hard time getting blood samples. Nothing was different about this trip!  After 45 minutes, they finally got their blood samples and successfully connected me to an IV drip.  Wheeling an IV machine around is not the easiest thing, especially when you are pregnant and making frequent dashes to the bathroom!

We were in the emergency section of Labor and Delivery for most of Sunday.   My doctor came to meet me at the hospital and after examining me, she uttered my two most dreaded words; bed rest.

WHATTTTTTTTT????!!!!

Hormones immediately kicked in and I’ll admit, I started to tear up.  I have never enjoyed hospitals and my doctor was telling me she MIGHT have to keep me on bed rest, IN THE HOSPITAL, for the next couple of days.  It hadn’t even crossed my mind that I would have to stay overnight, much less multiple nights!  She then went on to tell me that if the bleeding continues, they would have to monitor me AT THE HOSPITAL for the next 3 months.  Without my loving husband there, insisting I hold his hand and breathe, I’m not sure how I would have reacted to that news!

Long story short, my doctor thinks I have a placental tear.   The problem lies in the fact that no one is sure about what is causing the bleeding.  If it’s a placental tear, and it tears more, it could be fatal for both Baby Carter and me.  My doctor’s worst fear is that I might tear more and it would then cause a placental abruption.  If that were to happen, they would need to do surgery immediately, thus the reason for my remaining in the hospital.

The good news is that the bleeding has stopped.  I’m now at home, but on bed rest for a week.  I’m hoping we won’t have to see that hospital for the next 3 months!  I’ll keep you all updated!

P.S.  Husband was so sweet and brought me my favorite Thai food, along with every meal and snack imaginable.  He knew there was no way I was touching hospital food!  He went home to grab my overnight bag and came back with a movie.  Sunday night was our first “date night,” in a hospital!  We snuggled in the tiniest of beds, watched our movie and he didn’t leave until I was fast asleep.  Love him, love him!!

First 2 days of Babymoon!

Dinner at Steelhead Cafe

For our babymoon, we wanted to spend one week eating our way through the best restaurants in Seattle and Portland.  Mission accomplished!  I’ll fill you in on the details of Seattle in this post, and save the details on Portland for the next post!

Chris and I had the time of our lives meandering the streets of downtown Seattle, but the food was what we will remember the most.  We were there during Restaurant Week, which allows the city’s top 100 restaurants to showcase their best dishes on a fixed, 3 course menu.  We asked 2 chefs to narrow the top 100 list to their top 10.  We then studied the menus and booked our reservations for lunch and dinner, every day we were there. Lark, Blueacre, Etta’s, Lola, The Palace and La Panier were our favorites!

Seattle has a very walk-able downtown, so we were able to walk to all but one of the restaurants.  (Lark is located on Capitol Hill, but well worth the taxi fare.)  Our hotel was only a couple of blocks from the fabulous Pike’s Place Market, so we began each day with a leisurely stroll to the market.  We asked the locals for the best French Bakery and found our favorite spot in all of Seattle; La Panier.  We visited the bakery everyday, ordering a chocolate croissant, an almandine croissant and 2 lattes.  The ambiance, the pastries, the location, the coffee, the smell; everything about this place was heavenly.

We would then stroll through the market, discovering new mushrooms and vendors, every time.  It is mushroom season in Seattle and I was fascinated with the different varieties, all offered in one market.  Porcini and Chanterelle mushrooms are two of my favorites, and since they are in season, they were in almost all the dishes we ordered!!

The flower section of the market is breathtaking.  My sweet husband insisted that we take some back to our hotel, so I had a gorgeous bouquet on my nightstand, every night. 😉

We bought lots of fresh fruit for the room and even found Carter some cute onesies.  I love my hot tea, so when we stumbled upon a local tea shop, I was ecstatic.  I bought the cutest rubber ducky tea infuser and lots of loose-leaf tea.  After walking the streets around the market, we also stumbled upon a couple of spice markets and super cute clothing boutiques.  It seemed as if Seattle was built just for me!!  😉

The weather was great and the food was amazing.  We were able to stroll the city, hand in hand, our agendas completely empty!  We talked a lot about Carter and our dreams for our little man.  It was such a wonderful and romantic vacation; you simply must visit Seattle with your significant other at some time in your life.  Our time in Seattle helped us to create some of our best memories yet.

Details on Portland to come….

P.S. I almost forgot.  Our very first morning in Seattle, Obama was having breakfast in a doughnut shop, right by our hotel.  We walked outside, saw the commotion, and 2 minutes later, I was snapping shots of the President and then shook his hand.  Crazy, random start to our first morning in Seattle!

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