Appt #7 and #8

I need to play a little catch up with our doctor appointments so you all get a 2-for today!

Appointment #7 – September 23
Per the usual at every appointment, Keri, OB nurse, took my weight (+1lb), blood pressure (normal), asked for urine sample (normal) and then we waited for Dr. Chong. We talked about my GD food journal and she told me me NO MORE JAPANESE FOOD b/c there was one day that I just really wanted some rice, chow mein, tempura and teriyaki chicken and my blood sugar was 175!! I’m suppose to be <130. Oops. After the "lecture" she swabbed my hooha for Group B Strep. It wasn’t anything worse than a PAP. I’ll find out at the next appointment if it’s positive or negative. If it’s positive, all they have to do is give me antibiotics before labor so that Baby Boy doesn’t contract it when he is being delivered. No biggie. As always she checked my fundal height (on schedule) and Baby Boy’s heart beat (135 bpm). I love hearing his heart beat…

Appointment #8 – September 30
We drove to Kaiser Anaheim Kraemer instead of Kaiser Lakewood (where we see Dr. Chong) for a growth scan to see how big Baby Boy is. Since I have GD I guess it’s pretty standard. For these ultrasounds they want you to have a full bladder so I drank 24oz of water 1 hr before coming in and I had to pee REALLY bad. Our tech, Debbie, was very nice and took a few cervical measurements via ultrasound and then said I could pee since she didn’t need a full bladder for the other parts. Aaawwwww…! We found out Baby Boy is measuring 3 days early (new EDD 10/25) and weighs about 6lbs 6oz +- 15oz so I guess he could be 5lbs or 7lbs with that margin of error. Then Debbie let us see him on the screen for a few minutes towards the end. He’s curled up in a ball and I can see why I keep getting jabbed on the right side b/c that’s where his foot is. He’s running outta room in there but Debbie said my fluid levels still look good so I hope he will keep cooking for a few more weeks. I would really like to get to 39+ weeks before delivering.

36 week Ultrasound

36 week Ultrasound

Next appointment:  Oct 8 @ 3:50pm

Appt #7

Actually I’ve been kinda slacking on blogging about my OBGYN appointments.
It’s probably more like Appt #10.
Since I have gestional diabetes (GD), I have OB appointments every 2 weeks now.

Yesterday…

My OB nurse, Keri, did her usual routine – check urine, weighed me, took my blood pressure, confirmed my known allergies etc. This time she also asked me if I wanted to flu shot. I get it every year so I said sure. Todd also got one too. That was nice of them to ask him so he could get it done at the same time.

Dr. Chong also did her usual routine. Checked my GD journal and told me sugars look good and I can continue on with diet control vs being on insulin (whew!), weight gain looks good, fundal height measuring on schedule at 33 weeks, Baby Boy’s heart rate is 145 BPM (normal) etc. We also talked a little about testing for Group B Strep at my next appointment. She kinda compared it to getting a PAP smear. That test does not sound fun. Then I asked her if it was normal that my hands and fingers are kinda numb and achy lately. At first I thought it was b/c I had the pertussis shot (left arm) but it wasn’t just my left hand. She said it might be some fluid retention/swelling so I guess no more rings until after Baby Boy is born. Since I have GD, she ordered a growth scan for 36 weeks to see how big Baby Boy is b/c a C-Section is a potential option if he’s bigger than average which can happen if you have GD. We talked a little about labor and delivery too. I have to admit I’m kinda scared! I did tell her that I am not against an epidural…

Next appointment: September 23rd @ 320pm

Appt #6

I saw Dr. Chong yesterday. She cut her hair. It’s very cute.

Nothing too crazy.
– Pee on a stick (negative negative)
– Blood pressure (normal)
– Weighed me and talked about weight gain (she was happy with my weight gain this time! Yay!)
– Gave me instructions for glucose test (testing for anemia and gestational diabetes)
– Talked about getting pertussis booster
– Used doppler to hear Baby Boy’s heart rate (151 bpm!)
– Explained a “kick book” to keep track of Baby Boy’s kicking patterns (will start that at 28 weeks)
– Help us set up pediatrician consult

1011490_10151484269031770_1699982071_nI also asked her about cramping when I run (usually around Mile 1.5-2) and she said I’m probably putting some strain on my round ligament which connects the front part of the womb to groin (the area where legs attach to your pelvis) from the “up and down” motion of running. She suggested getting a maternity band (way ahead of you doc! See picture.), slowing down, run less walk more or doing something lower impact like elliptical. Since I have a 5K this weekend and a 10K at the end of August, I don’t see myself stopping my runs but I’m definitely slowing down and totally ok with walking more than before.

Next appointment: August 26 @ 3:30pm

Appt #5

Just got home from seeing Dr. Chong.

It was a pretty routine appointment. No ultrasound (boo!). Just pee stick test (they said I had elevated sugar which we deduced was probably from the danish I ate in the morning. Oops!), going over all the prenatal screening test results and anatomy scan results (I have an anterior placenta and Baby Boy weighs 1lb 10oz!) and using doppler to hear heart rate (168 bpm!)

Dr. Chong also talked with me about weight gain (waaahhh!), choosing and making appointment with pediatrician and taking some birthing classes. BIRTHING CLASSES?? ALREADY??! o_O

Next appointment: July 22 @ 4pm

Appt #4

Yesterday we had our much anticipated anatomy (gender) ultrasound.

Boy or girl? Girl or boy? Boy or girl? Girl or boy? <– that's what kept scrolling across my brain the night before! Needless to say I couldn't sleep.

lemonade Since Dr. Chong and La Palma Kaiser didn't have the necessary equipment, we drove down to Sand Canyon Kaiser Medical Building 2 to get it done. My appointment was at 10:15am and I was instructed to drink 24oz of liquid an hour before the appointment. Since I'm addicted to Minute Maid Light lemonade, Todd bought me a 32oz cup from the gas station around the corner from our house before the appointment and I happily "chugged" during the drive to the hospital.

By the time our ultrasound tech, Laura, called us in, my appt was half an hour late and by that time I REALLLLLLLY had to pee! I didn’t realize that an “anatomy scan” was more than just finding out the gender. She had to take 80+ pictures measuring everything from Candy Corn’s brain, arms, face, weight, height, spine, legs, face etc. Finally after about 40 minutes (you have no idea how much I had to pee by then!!) she asked us “Do you guys wanna know the gender?”

YES YES YES YESSSSSSSSSS!

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The first thing I said was “I KNEW IT!!” and started crying.

Todd asked “Are you sure?” Laura said, looking at picture on the screen, “Oh… I’m sure!” I guess she was impressed. lol

Then Laura asked if we had any other questions. I said, “Pul-eeeeze can I use the bathroom now!??”

Here are a few more ultrasound pics for your viewing pleasure.

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Isn’t his hand so precious? I can’t wait to hold it and kiss it.
See that baby foot? Don’t let it’s small size fool ya! Candy Corn is a kicker!

Next appointment: June 19th @ 2pm

Appt #3

First I just wanna say…

Happy_Birthday!

… to my little brother who turns 32 today! Man, now *I* feel old!

Ok now onto the appointment recap:

Yesterday me, Todd and Candy Corn saw Dr. Chong for our monthly check up.

Nothing too exciting to report. No ultrasound this time (Boo!). Keri, OBGYN nurse, checked my urine sample, weighed me (+1 lb since last month), took my blood pressure and temperature. All normal. Dr. Chong also went over our NT scan with us a little more and let me know that I’ll need to go to the lab and get the last blood draw to complete the pre-natal screening test. I asked her about the rash on my breasts and she said it wasn’t yeast/fungal, possibly heat rash and prescribed hydrocortizone cream (and buying new bras). Hopefully it works quick b/c I’m tired of scratching!

Saving the best for last… Dr Chong used a doppler to measure Candy Corn’s heart rate. It didn’t take her long to find it. Strong and steady at 160bpm. Sweetest sound in the whole world. Almost makes me want to buy my own doppler. I know some pregnant friends that have one. But Todd thinks it’s a waste of money… What a party pooper!

On our way out, Keri, gave us the number to call and schedule our gender ultrasound! *squeal*

Todd and I are SO impatient about finding out! He’s Team Pink. I’m Team Blue!

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Next appointment: May 29th @ 10:15am (gender ultrasound!)

Nuchal translucency screening

Today was Baby Osborn’s much anticipated Nuchal Translucency (NT) ultrasound. It is the second part of the prenatal screening testing that provides pregnant women with a risk assessment for open neural tube defects (NTD), abdominal wall defects (AWD), down syndrome (trisomy 21), trisomy 18 and SLOS (Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome). Pretty scary stuff!

Since Dr. Chong and Kaiser La Palma doesn’t have the advanced equipment needed for this ultrasound at their location, we went to the new Kaiser Kraemer Anaheim (which ironically is not located on Kraemer Ave but rather La Palma Ave. lol). There Dr. Leo and his tech, Shirley, performed the ultrasound. We were hoping that Shirley would give us a gender guess but she politely said that “Sorry this is not an anatomy scan.” After getting shot down by Shirley, we wussed out on asking Dr. Leo. Darn!! I wanna know already. I’m so impatient!

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Dr. Leo explained, after looking at the NT scan and comparing it with my first blood test, that my risk factor for Downs was 1/4000 and my risk factor for Trisomy 18 is 1/70,000. *sigh of relief* Todd and I like those odds. At this time, we have decided against amniocentesis. I’m really happy about that b/c the idea of a HUGE needle in my uterus did not sound fun.

In the mean time, Candy Corn is doing great (as you can see from ultrasound picture). Doesn’t it look like s/he has it’s hands behind the head, just chilling out in my uterus? I love that Shirley was able to get this full body shot. The change is so amazing. From this tiny little jelly bean to this little mini person. Todd and I love him/her so much already.

Next appointment: May 6th @ 430pm

Appt #2

Today was Baby Osborn’s 2nd OBGYN appt.

Since I’m a first time mom (FTM) I wasn’t sure what to expect at a 2nd appointment. A few friends told me I’d be peeing in a cup (✓), get blood drawn (✓), weigh in (✓) etc. But it depended on the doctor if they would do an ultrasound. I guess it doesn’t happen at every appointment. So I was a little bummed at the thought of not being able to see my Candy Corn again.

The OBGYN nurse, Keri, weighed me (+10lbs!!), took my blood pressure (normal) and then Todd and I waited for Dr. Chong.

She came in and talked to us about my previous appt’s blood tests. All normal. No syphilis! Whew! lol

We also talked about scheduling pre-natal screening to screen for Downs and Trisomy 18. Since my cousin has Downs, Todd and I ultimately decided it would be a good idea to have the test and be prepared.

Then, Keri wheeled in the abdominal ultrasound machine! Yay!!

Todd took a video of it for your viewing pleasure.

Active much?? Looks like we might have to change “Candy Corn” to “Jumping Bean”!!

In Dr. Chong’s words. We’re in trouble! O_o

Next appointment: April 23 @ 3pm (NT scan)

Meet Baby Osborn

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Today was our first OB appt.

I really didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t even know if I would get an ultrasound since a few women on my pregnancy discussion board said it depends on the doctor.

First we talked with the OB nurse, Keri, who weighed me (+5lbs already!), took my blood pressure and asked me a few preliminary questions. Then we watched a 5 minute video about optional prenatal screening for birth defects. That was a little scary. Down syndrome runs in my family. I guess Todd and I will have to talk about it before our next visit.

Next we met Dr. Chong. She’s lovely. She has a great bed side mannered and answered all my questions about safe medications, food restrictions, prenatal vitamins, lack of morning sickness, exercise etc. She performed a breast exam, PAP and transvaginal ultrasound. Uncomfortable but not painful.

I will never forget Todd’s face when he saw Baby Osborn’s heart beat for the first time. He kinda gasped, stroked my head and held my hand. I don’t even think he was aware he was doing it either. I was so amazed at how fast that little heart was beating. Dr. Chong estimates it was about 140-160 beats per minute. Perfectly normal in her words. Considering my resting heart rate is 79, that’s double! Wow. Then she turned up the volume so we could hear it. I couldn’t stop staring at the little flicker on the screen.

I knew my little candy corn (our nickname for Baby Osborn) was there but seeing an image on the screen makes it so much MORE real.

Dr. Chong confirms that Baby Osborn’s estimated due date (EDD) is 10/28/2013, measures about 1.04 centimeters and is 7 weeks 1 day.

Next appointment: April 3 @ 11:10am

Meet my OBGYN

I scheduled my first OBGYN appointment. March 12 @ 4pm.

*deep breath*

Shit just got real.

My sister-in-law loved her doctor so I was disappointed when the OBGYN nurse, Liz, told me Dr. Tajalli doesn’t accept appointments after 3pm anymore. BOO! Both my husband and I are teachers so we would need appointments after 4pm. Liz recommended Dr. Chong as the earliest available OBGYN appt.

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Her profile on Kaiser’s website (here)

Her dog’s name is Dora. My dog’s name is Dorra!

It was meant to be. We are totally kindred spirits already.