Monday, March 9, 2009

Sonogram? Who? Me?

First, thank you for your sweet words on my last post. They are appreciated so very much! I did some soul-searching and I have you all to thank for helping me remember why it is that I should just be myself and not worry so much. So I will. Be myself, that is. By the way, Mom? Your comment made me cry. I love you!

On to greener pastures...

Why yes, we did have a sonogram yesterday. They only allow three people in besides the mother, no exceptions. We didn't want to pick and choose between the kids, so my brother-in-law Scott watched them and let Karen come with me. It was so nice to have both James and her there. It was special for the kids to hear about it later all together and not have to be divided up. It felt more right that way.

What are we having? Well, to be honest although the sonographer told me it was one of these:











It looked more like one of these:













The little bean didn't want to stay in the same spot, so the pictures were kind of weird. They're always weird, but these were weirder. I usually can see them pretty well, but the profile picture was almost like one of those cool drawings that you have to stare at to see an image appear--except this one didn't appear without the nurse's help. My favorite way of seeing it looked like a cute little baby wearing sunglasses, but the nurse's view was different. I liked mine better.

We found out that I have a somewhat low-lying placenta, so no strenuous activities for the next eight weeks until we have another sonogram. Yep, no heavy lifting. Gee, I wonder what I can come up with? "Sorry, Mommy can't cook anymore because I can't do heavy lifting." I'd be able to fool Princess and Lion, but Professor would cock his head and ask "Mom? Is a spatula really 'heavy lifting'?" Then I'd be forced to admit my deception or lie. He respects me too much for me to be able to lie to him, except about Christmas presents. Darn. (Ok, I admit that I enjoy cooking--when I have a clean kitchen. Which at this moment means I don't enjoy it. Heavy lifting. Ouch.)


Let's see, what else can I tell you...everything looked good. I told my doctor about the contractions and-other-stuff-that's-too-much-information and she said everything looks fine according to the sonogram, but to make sure I keep her informed. Because of the diabetes I have to have a special heart sonogram for the baby, but it's routine. I guess there's more risk of developmental problems with the heart in diabetic mothers. I'm not very concerned since I've been on top of things, but if there was something I'd rather know asap.

What else...oh, she's a wonderful doctor, very gentle-seeming. She even did the unthinkable that no one else would do, SHE CHANGED MY DUE DATE. I was so ecstatic! I knew all of my dates, and no one else would change the due date, and it frustrated me to no end. When I say all the dates I do mean all the dates. She was pretty impressed I knew down to the hour. It was a four day difference from what their estimated date was, and even though they say it's no big deal, at the end it can be.

My babies aren't fully done gestating until nearer their due date, so a few days could be a big deal. If they hadn't changed it and I went the full time they would have said that I was overdue and caused me a lot of grief. They don't like you to go the full time because diabetes tends to help the placenta deteriorate faster even if you're careful, etc. So it's a balance between when it's safe for the baby to be delivered and waiting too long. With Princess I felt very strongly to wait and not let them induce me very early. I was induced with Princess on my due date or the day before, and was told that it was a good thing I waited (instead of being induced 3 weeks early because it was "standard" for gestational diabetes) because she was barely "done" developmentally, and 9 lbs 1 oz. That was even after me having uncontrolled GD for several weeks before being diagnosed. Lion was well over 10 pounds (undiagnosed GD) so there's no issue of me being unable to birth a larger baby. This one should be smaller since I've known I have diabetes from the beginning.

The point of all this is that my doctor trusts me, HOORAY! I like a doctor who treats me as a partner in my own pregnancy.

Oh yeah, I forgot. In case you're wondering, that picture was Princess when she was about three days old. The top picture. Not the other one. Can you see how I fell so completely in love? She got kissed so much I'm surprised her little cheeks didn't disappear. All my kids were adorable babies. I won't say I'm biased, because I have it on good authority that they were.

Well, that's it. I'll keep you updated on anything else that happens.

Oh, and by the way? It's a boy. Princess cried for a while when she found out, but was excited by bedtime. Both she and Lion kissed the baby (ok, my tummy) goodnight. I asked Professor if he wanted to and of course he looked embarrassed. I ruffled his hair and hugged him instead.

I love my kids.

19 comments:

Annette Lyon said...

Your doctor sounds like the perfect partner. Yay!

Congrats on the boy!

Karen said...

I'm glad that Princess was happy about it last night. I will refrain from posting the video of her falling apart after she learned she wasn't getting a sister. Poor girl!

Kizzie said...

Congrats Becca! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

Jeni said...

Oh, I think we should see Karen's video! Poor girl. I'm glad she's taking it better.

Millie said...

Yayyyyy! Amen on babies' kissable cheeks.

You can see my private blog if you want to. I post on the public blog more often. I had to stop posting the more personal stuff (family, pictures of kids, etc) on the public blog because I have a STALKER!! Isn't that nice? She's been leaving all kinds of nasty comments on several of my blogs! What a wonderful world it is. ;)

Just kidding - it really is wonderful, with just enough nutjobs to keep it interesting.

Kimberly said...

So excited for you! As much about having an awesome doctor as knowing the gender, funnily enough.

Double yay!

gramee said...

just be good and do what the dr says..
you don't want to get into ANY trouble!!

happy boy!

Aubrey said...

congrats on the little boy!

Rebecca said...

gramee, thanks! I do what the doctor says as long as I also listen to that inner voice. There have been occasions where I listened to the doctor and I wished later that I hadn't!

That's why I like a doctor who's more of a "partner" in my health care, who respects me as an individual. Doctors who have a "god complex" turn me off royally. One size doesn't fit all when it comes to medical care. My babies are proof of that! And with Princess, I was so super careful that she wasn't growing too big. There was no reason to induce her three weeks early except that that's what that particular doctor always did, regardless of how on top of the situation the mother was. If a mother watches her diet and insulin like a hawk, the baby shouldn't be abnormally big.

So, I wouldn't listen to him then, but three weeks later when he wanted to induce I felt it was right. I think my current doctor is pretty tuned in.

mindyluwho said...

Ok, I had to keep myself from scrolling down to the end to find out what it was!

Tell Princess that I was the only girl for 10 years and then I got two sisters. Being the only girl has it's perks, for one thing, she will always get her own room!

LexiconLuvr said...

Congratulations! Little boys are little angels except when they're little devils. =P

And that doctor really IS a reason to celebrate! I'd move out of state for a good doctor. A crap doctor...I'd move HIM out of state. That's almost as good of news as the baby! Almost!

I laughed my head off at the pictures. So true...so true. And I agree with Jeni--I'd love to see Karen's video of the lil' princess.(But I know mommy precaution/paranoia. Keep that lil' girl safe too! We'll imagine if we have to. =] )

Michal said...

yay for a boy! yay for a healthy baby! yay for a doctor who listens to you. i'm so happy for you. i've checked out of blogging for the last week or more (been out of town and then recovering) so i haven't read your last couple of posts yet. i had to skip ahead to the sonogram!:)

no heavy lifting? i'm pretty sure that vacuuming uses those same muscles even though it doesn't feel heavy. after my c-sections, i'm not allowed to vacuum for weeks. maybe you can milk that one if the cooking thing doesn't work.:)

InTheFastLane said...

How Fun!!! And no heavy lifting sounds like a lot of people are going to need to do a lot of things, wink, wink.

Abra said...

YAY! BABIES! Wishing you well sounds like you need to take a few precautions :) And I prayed for a boy after Piper, because I only ever wanted one girl :)

Kelline said...

Congrats on the baby boy! Hope you can actually take it easy until the sonogram.

An Ordinary Mom said...

Congrats on a healthy looking baby boy! And I am so thrilled you and your doctor have such a great patient relationship. That makes such a difference.

Heidi said...

Congratulations! Can't believe this is kid #4 for you. Take it easy. Hopefully I'll see you at stake conference in a few weeks...

Nancy Face said...

Yay, they could tell it's a boy! How exciting! :)

Heidi Ashworth said...

How did I miss this post! Your little princess is just adorable (or was--though I'm sure she still is!) BTW, I hate it when the doctor never listened to me about my babies--I was always right. So frustrating!