Thursday, January 5, 2012

Eventful Day

Today is my husband's 37th birthday. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing husband and father of our children. Unfortunately his day has not been all about him, as it should have been. Let me back up a bit...yesterday we had our 20 week anatomy scan. Our son looks so adorable and so much bigger! Everything they looked at looks good and is measuring appropriately. He is close to 1 pound now (15 ounces) and measuring 2 days ahead. The ultrasound tech said his heart looks "pretty," and she saw all 4 chambers, checked the blood flow and several arteries. She also took a good look at his brain, spine, nose, mouth, head, stomach, diaphragm, kidneys, bladder, legs, arms, hands, and feet, placenta, cord and where it attaches, and my cervix and ovaries. I think that about covers it. Everything aside from the 2 vessel umbilical cord looked good. We were free to go with our 7 pictures of our little guy, no need to wait to talk to a doctor, what a relief! Here are photos from yesterday:

My favorite - I just loooove this one <3 His profile looks similar to his sister's, I wonder if they will look alike:

Profile with his hand by his face:

Looking at us:

Yep, looks like he's still a boy:

One of his cute little feet (can't wait to hear the pitter patter):

His little hand:

His legs crossed at the ankle:

So, we are beyond thrilled that he looks so good! We have even started buying things for him, which is a major step in confidence for us! Last night I started getting some stomach/menstrual type cramps, lower back ache, and some painless contractions. There goes the excited, good, worry free (or rather worry a little bit less in my case) mood. This morning it was still happening, so I called my perinatologist's office. The nurse I talked to thought it was most likely constipation mixed with Braxton Hick contractions, which is kind of what I was thinking too, but of course I am worried about preterm labor. Yesterday my cervix was closed and looked good on the abdominal ultrasound, so that helped calm me down a bit. The nurse talked to the doctor and called me back at 3 PM and told me the doctor ordered an ultrasound of my cervix. I set that up for tomorrow morning before the fetal echo we have scheduled. I think it will likely be okay, but I'm a little nervous still. The contractions have stopped and the cramping is a bit less tonight, so hopefully those are good signs. I was told to rest and drink plenty of fluids today, so that's what I've been trying to do as best I can with a very active 3 year old. My husband's birthday dinner out was put on hold and we just ordered pizza in, then had cake and ice cream. Hopefully I'll get a clean bill of health tomorrow and we can celebrate this weekend. To top off the day, my very rambunctious 3 year old accidentally head butted me in the nose so hard it made me sob immediately. I think it's fractured. It's swollen, red, bruised a bit already, a little hard to breathe, and hurts pretty bad. Poor thing felt so bad and was so worried about Mommy, but I just couldn't stop crying. So, my husband has not had a day for himself at all today, now he's picking up toys and getting me ice packets. I will certainly have some making up to do!

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