Monthly Archives: August 2011

35 week update

Today was my 35 week doctor visit. We are in the final stretch now!

My doc did the weekly NST and the results were not as good as last week but weren’t necessarily non-reassuring. The baby didn’t move at all during the testing. Her heart rate was fine but she didn’t give us the accelerations we were looking for (she was probably asleep during the test). He doesn’t think the results are related to placental functioning, but rather dehydration and fatigue. We had a really stressful and exhausting weekend and I’ve been paying for it with an upset stomach since. I definitely agree because she’s normally a good mover and has moved since the testing this morning. But to be on the safe side, he’s moving my 37 week ultrasound with biophysical profile up to my 36 week appointment instead. If everything looks good with the ultrasound and NST we will continue onward. If not, maybe a baby next week… of course she could come at any time really. In the meantime I of course keep track of her movements daily.

My doctor also did a cervical exam since I was contracting during the NST. No dilatation yet and she’s still very high up in my pelvis, which is quite obvious from looking at me. This is probably also why I’m still experiencing intense heartburn every morning at 4 am haha! From my experience as a L&D nurse, it’s not uncommon for 2nd and subsequent babies to stay high in the pelvis until labor. Around this point with Cameron I can remember that feeling like I was walking around with a bowling ball between my legs.

My plans are to stay pregnant as long as possible, so long as the baby is healthy inside. I’m hoping for a “first week of October” baby. I currently don’t have any plans for an induction, though Brian is begging me to reconsider. I want my body, the baby and God to determine when this little one will arrive.

Some good news is I finally decided to get the baby’s room into shape. (It took realizing I was 35 weeks pregnant to do so). I got Cameron’s old newborn and 0-3 month size clothing out of the boxes, cleaned and ready for her. Only about 1/3 of them survived Cameron’s awful reflux but there are still plenty for this little one to wear. We also got the car seat ready and cleaned up for her. Now she will at least have something to wear and ride home from the hospital in! haha

I’ve also almost finished painting the letters of her name for her room. So far, I’m really pleased with the way they turned out. I will put up pictures as soon as they are up on her wall. My plan is to post pictures of both girls rooms in one post so stay tuned.

Cameron is doing great. Still as sweet and smart as ever. My heart does break for her that we haven’t been going outside or on walks nearly as much as we used to. Thankfully we’re supposed to get some rain and cooler (as in 90s) temps this week so maybe we can at least go outside for more than 5 minutes. We cannot wait until we start getting fall temperatures! Today our neighborhood hosted a little event for kids under age 5 that involved music and motion. I decided to take Cameron (in truth I thought I read they would have barnyard animals on the flyer) but I’m sorta glad I went anyway. There were tons of little kids there and it was good for her to experience it. She was pretty shy but did well. She was noticeably more interested in the babies (and carseats) there than the big kids. This was really cute and sweet I thought. I think she’s going to do just fine when she gets to meet her baby sister. This Thursday we get to meet her teacher at school and then next Wednesday is her first day! Still mixed feelings coming from this mom and dad but we know it’s probably best for her. We’ll let you know how she does!

 

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Gosh it’s hot! And a baby update!

I don’t want to be one to complain, but….

This heat has to go!!!!

I heard today on the news that this is our 25th day in a row of 100+ degree temperatures. And they don’t seem to be going down anytime soon.

In fact, this is what my iphone tells me about Fulshear (our town) over the next 10 days.

 

 

No, your eyes are not fooling you. That does indeed say that our temps will be 105 degrees even with “rain” which has yet to be seen. And over the weekend 108?? I can’t ever remember a summer when it was so awfully hot and with so little rain. And what a summer to be in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy! The sad part of this is that the Houston area doesn’t even have the worst of it. I think Dallas and other parts of Texas are even hotter! Who’s ready for a tropical storm with lots of good rain?

 

Ok Ok enough complaining. Here’s an update from our 34 week appointment.

We are down to weekly appointments. Every week, my doctor is doing a non-stress test (NST) on her in the office.

At our 32 visit and ultrasound we learned that the baby’s placenta is aging faster than it should and was considered a grade 3 at that time. Normally, placentas turn grade 3 when a baby is full term. It’s normal for them to age as they are only meant to last just over 40 weeks. Problems can arise if they age too early, however, and a baby could be compromised and require delivery sooner than later. By doing weekly testing, we are ensuring that the placenta is providing enough oxygen and nutrients for her to continue to stay healthy in her current environment. If there’s ever any doubt, he will just deliver her that day. Because I have no other risk factors or medical complications, I feel that our baby will be just fine and we will be able to carry till nearly 40 weeks. Most of the time when a woman has placental insufficiency, it is coupled with other complications such as increased blood pressure. My BP is and has always been perfectly normal.

He estimates her growth to be average right now and that she probably weighs just under 5 lbs. (I feel like she’s bigger).

So the NST yesterday was perfect. Since performing and analyzing NSTs on pregnant people is a routine part of my job, I was able to watch the NST and was very reassured by what I saw. I usually do one on myself at work every Friday night as well. That’s just one of the many perks to being an L&D nurse! My doctor was also very reassured by her tracing and plans on taking it just a week at a time.

So, she’s doing fantastic! Yay!

 

 

20 months old!

Hard to believe our sweet little Cameron is just 4 months shy of 2 years old now. I know I say this every month, but she is getting to be such a big girl. She is a very sweet and kind little girl and we are so thankful. But… we are getting more and more glimpses at what I can only guess people are referring to when they say the “terrible two’s”. Thankfully, we still see a lot more of our sweet little innocent angel than this budding head strong toddler.

Innocent, right?

New things this month:

Words: backpack, shine, hi, candy, jamba, tractor, again, “wanna go” (At least that’s what we think she’s saying), shapes, green, sun, and lots more that I can’t think of right now.

She’s doing a lot more singing lately too. Usually while she’s running around in circles.

Counting!!! Now she doesn’t do it routinely for me, but according to other people, Cameron counts to 8! For me she says, “One, two, six, eight, ten!!”

She’s starting to learn some colors, shapes and letters too!

Weight: around 23 lbs

Height: around 33 or 34 inches

Every day her communication skills are improving. She’s doing really great at using words to tell us what she wants/needs. Most of the time we have no problem understanding what she needs but not always. It’s a bit frustrating for her and us when we have no idea what she’s saying. For example, a few days ago she was saying “Juju juju juju” over and over again and pointing to our freezer. We didn’t know if she was hungry or what. “Do you want juice? Do you want chicken?” With every wrong guess we’d get a big shake of her head, whine and an even louder “jujujujujuju”. Finally, we figured out she was talking about wanting baby teething rings (which were not in the freezer at the time). Now she asks for one every day, several times a day, and you can bet our freezer is stocked with them. She’s getting her canine teeth in and I’m pretty sure this is our worst experience with teething yet.

And that brings me to another new thing for us this month… Cameron can now be classified as a picky eater. Her diet consists of milk, fruit (any kind), yogurt and cheese. I’m hoping this is temporary and due to the teething. She is consistently refusing proteins, breads (except occasionally a bite of cereal) and vegetables. I know it’s normal for kids to go through phases like this but it kills me to see her eat hardly anything in a day. Thank goodness she loves to drink milk because I swear that’s the only thing keeping her going. I hope I have a better report regarding her appetite next month.

This is not the greatest picture but this is the smile we get when she gets a “Jamba” aka smoothie from Jamba Juice. She LOVES them! It’s typically a treat for her on Saturdays with Daddy.

Have I mentioned how hot it is here? Day after day above 100 degrees and hardly any rain. Ick! We are ready for some better weather so we can go outside and play!

If we ever do go outside this is what we have to do. Poor baby, can’t you tell she just hates getting all wet? (wink wink)

Her new love? Barney the dinosaur. Wow, how in the world does that hideous purple dinosaur do it? Kids all over the planet have been captivated by him for what, 20 years now? And my kid is now one of those kids. Barney has replaced her love of Baby Signing Time (sad face). I guess Barney’s not that bad but I know it doesn’t have near the educational value of other shows. I really feel guilty having her watch TV to begin with but sometimes this pregnant mama just needs a break from wild running and playing all day to sit on the couch and snuggle with my Cam Cam while she’s still my only child. She’s so hard to snuggle with unless she’s watching TV or going to sleep. I know I’m not the only one that misses our snuggle bunny. I often catch Brian using Barney for snuggles too.

Relaxing. And no she’s not typically a pacifier user. I think it goes along with the teething thing she’s going through right now.

Only a few weeks till Cameron’s school starts! We have been talking about it a lot and trying to get her excited. Brian & I keep telling ourselves that it’s good for her and she will love it. There’s no denying that this is going to be very hard for us to do. We don’t trust her with many people. To help get things ready, Brian took her to Toys R Us to pick out a backpack and lunch kit. She picked out a Hello Kitty backpack and Elmo lunchbox. This is a video of the day that she got it and was showing it off for her Uncle Bor.

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Cam’s still doing great about going to bed and staying in her bed. Brian even has her napping in her bed by herself on the weekends. I still nap with Cameron in our bed every day. I just can’t resist the opportunity to sleep and the snuggling is nice of course too.

We don’t have any major news to report regarding potty training this month. Cameron’s still doing great. She definitely knows she has a choice to tell us to go on the potty or to go in her diaper. Her mood varies as to what she chooses. Occasionally she will take all of her clothing and diaper off and run around the house that way. We’ve noticed that when she does this she will go to her potty by herself and is much less likely to have an accident. I just don’t like her to run around in the nude all the time, especially downstairs where the dogs are. I’ve tried to put her panties on her but I guess they feel somewhat like a diaper because she will have an accident in them. She’s definitely better about going #2 in the potty. Very rarely do we ever get a dirty diaper. We’ve had maybe 3 in the last month. I’ve heard people say that you can do a 3 day “boot camp” for  potty training and the concept is letting them run around naked all the time. I asked her pediatrician about this method and he said it’s more necessary for older children who are having issues with potty training and that we should continue to let Cameron familiarize herself with the idea and not worry about being 100% potty trained right now. That’s fine with me.

So I guess that’s about it for this month. Or at least all I can think of. Hopefully more pictures and updates in the coming weeks! Thanks for reading!

 

32 week check up

We went to the doctor today for our 32 week checkup. Everything is going well with the baby.

We had an ultrasound and they measured her to be approximately 4.6 lbs which is in 56th percentile. Based on this, my doctor is estimating she will weigh around 7.5-8 lbs at birth. We had a biophysical profile done and she scored 8/8 which is perfect. It looks at fluid level, breathing movements, fetal tone and fetal movements. Everything is going great. She’s made her way to the vertex position and was facing posterior (my back) which meant we didn’t get any cute pictures, but she’s in the perfect delivery position.

The ultrasound tech did make the comment that she has lots of hair!

At this gestation with Cameron, our ultrasound estimated her to weigh 3 lbs. She was 7lbs 6 oz at birth (38 wks).

Now this little one just needs to hold off for another 6-8 weeks so she can be fully developed.  If work keeps me as busy as it has the last few weeks, running around like crazy and on my feet for 12 hrs straight, she may decide to make her appearance early. At least I’m in a good place if something happens at work!

 

Time flies when you’re having fun.

We have definitely been having a busy summer. I can’t say we’ve done a bunch of big things but we’ve been doing lots of little things here and there. Miss Cameron has been a busy girl that’s for sure. In early July we had her 18 month portraits taken by our favorite photographer, who also did her newborn photos, Kelli Saunders. You can see her website here, www.kellinicolephotography.com . And in case you missed Cam’s newborn pics, this is a link to a few of them. Click here.

Kelli is so busy with her work and does such a great job that we just received our proofs back. We’re going to be purchasing the digital rights to all of the pictures but this is just a screen shot from her site so you can see a preview. She did a great job and I can’t wait to share the rest on here.

Happy 87th Birthday to my grandpa, Pappy!

We celebrated his birthday at my parents house last weekend and had such a great time seeing all of our family. Pappy is such a blessing to have in our lives. Cameron loves to play games with him.

Here’s the family on his birthday. Doesn’t he look great for his age? He still gardens, walks every day, mows his own grass and he and my grandmother have a full house cleaning every single Wednesday. They make the rest of us look like slackers :).

My dad cooked burgers and dogs and after eating, we all went out to hang out by the pool. Cam of course loved the opportunity to swim. She wouldn’t stop saying “water” once her swim suit was on until she was in it and splashing around.

We tried to keep her shaded from this awful Texas sun as much as we could. This float did the trick for a while.

But soon she was ready to get out and splash with Tay Tay. Taylor had just come back from touring Europe with friends and was more than eager to spend time with Cameron. Cam adores her and wants to be held by her whenever she’s around. We’re sure going to miss her when she goes to college at Texas A&M in less than a month. We’re so proud of her though.

After the party that day we went to visit Grandma, Grandpa and Nana. Cameron looks forward to this and starts saying “Baba” (grandpa) as soon as we enter their neighborhood. She’s very observant. She knows there is lots of love at Grandma and Grandpa’s house and lots of fun things to do.

During this visit, while outside playing with their dog Angel, Cameron discovered a nice step which is just her size in front of Grandma’s rose garden.

A very rare photo of Mommy and Cam in front of Grandma’s roses. (baby sister too) As you can see, Cam wasn’t too excited about being picked up from her little step.

Grandma gave Cameron a flower. She carried it with her until she fell asleep in the car on the way home (probably 2 hrs later).

And speaking of baby sister, she’s 32 weeks tomorrow! Next week is her ultrasound yay! I’m feeling pretty good though experiencing back pain for the first time in my life. I don’t know how people with chronic back troubles (or any pain) do it.

31 weeks

31 weeks again.

Cameron got to play with her friends Kennedy, Kaitlyn & Jillian last week. They came over for a visit and pizza. Cam hasn’t had that many play dates with other children and was more than thrilled to have 3 girls (the twins are 5 and Jillian is 2) over. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen the look of excitement on her face like it was when she was playing ring around the rosie with them. She wanted them to pick her up, hug her and run around with her. It was so nice to watch her have so much fun. And reassuring as the school countdown has begun and mommy & daddy are getting quite nervous. I’m pretty sure the transition will be harder on us than it is on her.

This week, Forrest is over visiting us. Cam calls him “Bor” and loves him like crazy. Today, we went shopping to find some new school shoes for Forrest. He’s going to be a senior at Bellaire High School this fall. First stop was at Academy. Lately, shopping with Cameron has proved to be quite a task. She’s learned that she can have way more fun in a store when she is down and not strapped into a buggy. Sometimes we can keep her distracted enough to make it through the trip but not today. She spotted the bikes in Academy and we agreed to let her look at them if she was cooperative while Forrest looked at the shoes. When we went near the bikes, we saw some little kid bikes and I figured there was no harm in letting her ride on one. Hard to resist those big brown puppy dog eyes that I love so much. This was a mistake.

Not quite big enough for this big girl bike but one day she will be. She thought it was still the coolest thing in the world to ride on though.

She pointed at the helmets and said “hat” so we figured why not.

The problem came, however, when it was time for her to get off the bike. I got my very first glimpse at what it might be like to have a 2 year old. Holy smokes. I swear the entire store could hear her and was staring at us as we quickly exited the store while she screamed “biiiiikkke!!!” “my biiiiike”! She continued to scream and cry as we drove all the way to the next store, a shoe store.

If there are two things that Cameron is absolutely crazy about in the recent weeks it’s bikes and shoes. You can see where this is headed.

The shoe store started out relatively peaceful. There were no buggies so she got to walk around like a big girl. She spotted some familiar shoes while we browsed…

She picked this one up and said, “shoes DeeDee”. She calls my dad “DeeDee” and yes he wears shoes nearly identical to this all the time. I was shocked that she ever even noticed that about him.

And then she picked up this one and said “Shoes Nana”. Yep, Nana wears shoes very similar to this a lot. I guess the girl is more obsessed with shoes than we even thought. She’s got it all figured out. And you can see her new big girl shoes in those pictures. She is such a big girl now that she can put them on and “tie” them all by herself. She found the little girls shoes and was immediately drawn to the crocs and light up plastic flip flops. So cute.

Anyway, as you can imagine, a little girl in a world of shoes having the time of her life… and now it’s time to go. Yep, another tantrum. “Shooooooes Shoooooes!” Yikes, what do I even do? I can’t just give in and let her get her way by turning around and letting her play with more shoes. I felt so bad but we can’t stay in the store forever. Time for me to start reading some parenting books.

Ok now I’m going to brag on her a bit. I feel bad for talking about her little tantrums.

I mentioned in a previous post that Cameron got her new big girl bed and we would let you know how the transition went from our bedroom to her bedroom in her bed. She was not a fan of sleeping in her crib and began sleeping in our room exclusively at 15 months. First she was in our bed and then in a pack n play next to our bed. We dreaded the “transition” out of our room for several reasons. 1) her room is upstairs and away from us 2) she could technically get out of bed at any time and 3) we figured she would kick and scream at the thought of being left alone in her room at night. We were totally wrong about #3. Cameron has proved to us that she’s an awesome kid yet again. She goes to bed in her big girl bed all by herself. We say our prayers, give kisses and then tell her night night. She says “night night” and rolls over to go to sleep. We can walk out of the room while she’s awake and she puts herself to sleep. She sleeps all night long and then around 7:30 am we hear a sweet voice over the baby monitor “dada” or “mama”. She waits IN HER BED for us to get upstairs and then greets us with a huge smile. Lately she’s even been wanting to go sit on the potty as soon as she gets ups. What in the world did we do to deserve this? She’s so good! I am so proud of her and love her so much. Brian and I missed her a lot the first few nights but are so happy she’s getting good sleep on a nice mattress now. Plus it’s darker and quieter in her room as we don’t go to bed at 8pm like she does. She seems more well rested since she’s started sleeping in there. And yes, pics will be coming soon. 🙂

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