Monday, May 30, 2016

Baby #2 Overview: Weeks Twenty-Two, Twenty-Three, and Twenty-Four

Week 22: This week I had to take the glucose blood test. Tommy went to work late on Saturday so he could watch Gavin while I went to get the blood work done. It wasn't as bad as the first time I had to take it. At this lab there is a separate room with a comfy recliner chair and flat screen T.V. I drank my sugary drink and relaxed for an hour without any disruption! It was like a mini vacation! After the hour was up they took the tube of blood right away and then I was on my way. I'm sure my sugar levels are normal, I didn't have gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with Gavin.

The Baby: is the size of a grapefruit! Levi's senses are really developing this week. Taste buds are forming and nerve endings are developed enough for him to experience the sensation of touch.

Mommy's Health: I have been feeling a lot of pressure in the lower part of my uterus. I have been on my feet a lot lately, so I probably just need to relax more. With Gavin's pregnancy, I didn't get the pressure feeling until a couple weeks before he was born. Everything happens so much sooner the second time around.

This week, my baby app said stretch marks might begin to appear this week. I didn't get one stretch mark from my first pregnancy,(YAY!!) but I used to put cocoa butter on my belly religiously. This time, I probably put lotion on my belly twice. My belly is a little bigger this pregnancy, but not much. Hopefully I'll get lucky and not get stretch marks again!


Week 23: Last pregnancy I was working out on the elliptical and lifting weights at week 23, then replaced it with prenatal yoga because I kept getting dizzy. Go first-time-pregnancy me! This pregnancy, I don't have the time or energy to workout. I have no room at my mom's for my elliptical and by the time I come home from working all day I'm so tired. Then I feed Gavin, eat dinner, play with him, give him a bath, and take a shower myself, by Gavin's bedtime, I'm exhausted. Life is so busy with a toddler, and it's going to be busier with a toddler AND a baby!!

The Baby: is the size of a spaghetti squash! Levi is now more proportioned from the head size to the rest of his body and is looking more and more like a sweet baby newborn. 

Mommy's Health: I still feel the pressure in my uterus, even though I tried relaxing more this week. My uterus is also sore because Levi swims, squirms,and kicks all day and night. I love feeling every motion, but he does not rest for more than ten minutes! The world better be ready for this one!


Week 24: This week I had my monthly doctor's appointment. One more monthly appointment after this one, then I see the doctor every two weeks! Levi's arrival is getting so close! 

I was supposed to see Dr. B this time, but she is going to be out until July for something medical. Because she is out, Dr. V needed help, so she had the head nurse practitioner from the hospital I delivered/will deliver at help her out. I never met her before, but she was nice. I told her I delivered my first child at her hospital and what happened to me after Gavin was born. If you don't know or remember, instead of my uterus contracting back to normal size right after Gavin was born, it started to come out after my placenta. This is called uterine atony. I also hemorrhaged and lost so much blood I almost needed a blood transfusion. This was two years ago, and the nurse practitioner remembered hearing about me. She named one of my nurses that was there during Gavin's delivery and she knew the story. She even knew the nickname the nurses came up for me,which was "Hallway Hero." I didn't feel like a hero, but they called me that because even though I could barley move, (I couldn't even stand up to use the bathroom) I still nursed Gavin every hour to two hours and took care of him. That's not a hero, that's being a mommy! But now that I think of it, mommies are heroes! 

Anyway, the nurse heard Levi's heartbeat and felt around my belly. Of course, Levi was squirming the whole time. Everything checked out great. 

My blood pressure was a little low, but nothing to worry about. 

I asked the nurse about the pressure I was feeling and she said I need to stay off my feet more (shocker) and to drink more water. The pressure could be a sign of dehydration. I drink sooo much water, I doubt the pressure is from dehydration. I'll have to try to relax even more. 

The nurse also looked at my glucose blood work. She looked shocked and said my glucose level was 85, which is better than most women who aren't pregnant. Another Yay!

The Baby:is the size of an ear of corn! Levi is rapidly developing his senses and can sense whether he is upside down or right side up. His respiratory system is also rapidly growing. His lungs are developing in preparation for breathing and he is even practicing for his first breath! Levi and my uterus are right above my belly button. 

Mommy's Health: This week I had a headache almost everyday after work. I don't know if it's school or pregnancy related. Probably a little of both. The headaches aren't as intense as my first trimester headaches, but just enough to be annoying. I forget about them once Gavin is up and ready to start his afternoon!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Baby #2 Overview: Weeks Nineteen, Twenty, Twenty-One

Week 19: This week was my spring break! Ten glorious days off from school, which meant time to get a lot done. I was able to get blood work done (everything came back great!) and I, along with Tommy and Gavin, had to get the level 2 sonogram. This is the sonogram where the tech checks for all parts of the baby's body. The baby was lying on his belly, so we had a clear shot of his spine, but he wouldn't roll onto his back right away. He was moving and kicking the whole time. Every time the tech tried to roll him over, he would poke/kick her back. It was hysterical! Then I moved onto my side for a few minutes to try and get him to turn around. He eventually turned around and we saw the baby's spine, four heart chambers, stomach, bladder, liver, legs, arms, feet, hands, fingers, toes, brain, nose, eyes, ears, chin, head,  face... basically everything, even the part that makes him a boy! I remember the same thing happening with Gavin's level 2 sonogram. Only it was Gavin's foot the tech couldn't find because he also wouldn't stop kicking. Two very active boys! My belly was sore afterwards because of all the pushing and moving, but everything is documented and the baby couldn't be healthier! Two very healthy boys! 

So without further ado, meet Levi Jonathan:


Levi means "joined together in harmony" and Jonathan is the name my mom picked out for her son that ended up being a miscarriage.  I love the name Levi and how well the name goes with Gavin. I can't wait to meet my baby and for Gavin to meet him too!

The Baby: is the size of a mango! His senses are developing as specialized areas in the brain and are being designated for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. 

Mommy's Health: It's spring break so I feel rested and happy to have some extra time with my Gavin. Soon I will have to share myself with another baby. I can't picture not spending every moment with just Gavin, but ready or not it's going to happen!


Week 20: This week I had a doctor's appointment. I love hearing Levi's strong heartbeat. My weight and blood pressure are great. I now weigh as much as I did before getting pregnant with Gavin. I lost all of my baby weight and more because of breastfeeding and now (halfway through my pregnancy) I am back to my pre-Gavin-pregnancy weight of 125lbs. Yay! 

Around this time last pregnancy, Tommy and I already started the nursery. Currently, we haven't even started Levi's nursery yet. We are looking to move during the summer, once I am out of school. We will get the nursery ready before Levi's arrival in August! 

This week my student's found out I was pregnant. While bringing my class out to the bus at the end of the day, one of the teacher's asked how I was feeling and we were talking about my pregnancy. One of my student's overheard, and came up to me. She rubbed my belly and asked, "Are you pregnant?" I told her yes and she quickly ran over to her friends to spill the beans. Luckily, it was at the end of a Friday, so they didn't have time to ask questions. That following Monday, my student's asked me if what they heard was true. After I confirmed I was pregnant, they asked simple questions: Is it a boy or girl? Boy. When are you having the baby? August. Are you going to be here the rest of the year? Yes. What is his name going to be? Levi. They were all very excited. My desk is already filled with pictures for Levi =)

 The Baby: is the size of a small cantaloupe! Levi's skin is now covered with a waxy-like substance called vernix. This protects his skin from becoming chapped or scratched. He is also starting to produce meconium. This has to do with digestion and will accumulate in his bowels and will eventually pass during delivery or in his first diaper. Amazing! The uterus is now level with my bellybutton.

Mommy's Health: I feel wonderful! My uterus is sore here and there because Levi is so active. He seriously doesn't rest. He moves all day long! I hope he sleeps after he is born, haha. 


Week 21: This was an uneventful week. I work, take care of the baby, and rest as much as I can.

The Baby: is the size of a banana! His digestive system is developing and he can begin to swallow amniotic fluid and absorb small amounts of sugar. Levi still moves around constantly, I'm beginning to worry about his sleeping patterns one he is born! 

Mommy's Health:  I am still feeling great and hoping it lasts!