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Introducing Jonathan Paul


Our newest member to the Cool Family arrived a week ago.

Jonathan Paul was born on Wednesday February 08, 2012 at 11:59am via unmedicated VBAC. He weighed 9 lbs 6 oz was 22 inches long and had a head circumference of 36.5 cm (14.37 inches). Birth story to follow when I have some time.



Things are going to be pretty slow around here blogwise. As you can imagine I have my hands full with a newborn and a toddler and I’m pretty much exhausted. There’s not much time or motivation for blogging right now, but I wanted to be sure to introduce the little man to the blogosphere.

Thanks for following along during the pregnancy.

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1 Week Left! (3rd Trimester Recap)


Today I am 39 weeks which means only one more week to go (maybe)! Here’s what I’ve been up to (pregnancy-wise) during this trimester since my last update.

(2011-11-16 28w3d)

At 28 weeks I had an appointment. I found out that I passed my glucose test, baby’s heart-rate, and my blood pressure and fundus measurement were good. This was my first appointment with “Dr. Motormouth”…called such because of his tendency to say a lot quickly and not give you much opportunity for questions. He didn’t seem concerned about the VBAC either way but was sure to let me know that I can (and should probably) schedule a c-section anyway because I can always cancel it and the schedule fills up quickly. I declined. He also gave me a VBAC consent form to sign.

(2011-11-17 28w4d) Total Weight Gain: 19.2 lbs

Signing the VBAC consent form.

(2011-11-20 29wks)

Thanksgiving Day.
It looks like I smuggled the turkey under my shirt!
(2011-11-24 29w4d)

Around this time I stopped the prenatal workouts that I’d started the month prior. Mostly just from being busy and tired.

(2011-11-27 30wks)


(2011-12-04 31wks)

At 31 weeks I had another appointment with “Dr. Sunshine” (see this post for more info). My sister had to take me to this appointment since Cool Daddy had to work. I gave her my signed VBAC consent form and she started right away with the negativity. Without getting into much detail about our exact conversation she just kept repeating to me that I might need another c-section, that I was “making it harder on myself” for attempting a natural birth, and then nearly yelled at me about needing to understand that they might just have to take this baby by c-section. Golly-gee, that appointment was a lot of fun. I was infuriated, however, instead of arguing with her I just nodded and said, “I understand.”. I called my husband on the way home and I was in tears for fear that I would end up with this same OB again for delivery. My husband calmly told me not to worry and that when I’m in labor we’ll simply call and find out who the doctor is and if she’s there…we’ll go to a different hospital. I was so proud of him for understanding how important this is to me 🙂
All of that aside, that day once again baby’s heart rate and my blood pressure were good (she didn’t measure my fundus). And thankfully I haven’t had to see Dr. Sunshine at an appointment since then and shouldn’t have to.

(2011-12-09 31w5d) Total Weight Gain: 21 lbs
Don’t let my smiley face fool you…I was furious!

Here is where I tell you that on 12/13 I came down with a stomach flu and was sick all day. Worse than that my husband came down with it 3 days later…the very day we were supposed to go for our 3D/4D ultrasound. I called everybody that I knew to try to get a ride up there for the appointment, but nobody could take me. We couldn’t reschedule because they were booked up clear through January. So disappointing 😦
On the plus side after I had that stomach bug the little guy started moving around like crazy. I really hadn’t been feeling him too much before that. Maybe it was just coincidence but after being sick he became much more active…particularly in the evenings. I love baby wiggles 🙂

(2011-12-18 33wks)

At 33 weeks I had another appointment. This one was with “Dr. Tiny” (she’s seriously little and thin). I asked her all of the same questions I’d asked Dr. Sunshine at my previous appointment. Somehow she managed to answer everything without raising her voice, being negative, or raining gloom and doom down upon me. Fancy that.

(2011-12-23 33w5d) Total Weight Gain: 22.2 lbs

On Christmas Eve my nephew became very interested in my bump and it quickly became the favored source of entertainment among the toddlers.

Which then led to this…

For our 2nd annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition I decided to deck the bump out in style.
I know…that sweater vest is awesome-sauce!
(2011-12-24 33w6d)

New matching jammies for the whole family is another Christmas Eve tradition of ours. This year I went with the grand-daddy of all Christmas pjs…red footed long johns with a drop seat! Don’t be jealous.

(Left: cousin Aunia Center: Jenn and her big belly Right: sister Jess)

After Christmas I had maternity photos taken.
Here are a few of my favorites.
(2011-12-26 34w1d)




Another OB appointment with Dr. Tiny. Everything went well.
(2012-01-04 35w3d) Total Weight Gain: 24.6lbs
Apparently if you take photos with a crappy cell phone it will result in you looking like a squashed mushroom from Super Mario Brothers.

So…a hippo gets dressed up for a wedding…
(2012-01-07 35w6d)

My sister-in-law got married. She looked beautiful and thin therefore I will not be posting her picture here 😉 Seriously, though, I do hope to write a post in the future about Adaline’s experience as a flower girl. Anyway, there was a wedding and I went to it and I was all big and I totally shook my pregnant groove thang on the dance floor. Coincidentally this causes complete strangers to fear that your water will break before their very eyes.

By the way…a few days after this I caught a head cold (which I got from Adaline) and the stuffy/runny nose continued for several weeks. Nice.

OB appointment with “Dr. Favorite” (She’s been my favorite since before I got pregnant with Adaline. She’s that doctor that I saw for preconception/infertility treatments as well.). My blood pressure and fundus measurements were good and baby’s heartrate was good in the 150s. I had to be swabbed for the Group B Strep test and had to do a clean catch sample so they could check for a UTI.
(2012-01-11 36w3d) Total Weight Gain: 26.4 lbs

This OB appointment was with “Dr. Lurch” (he’s quiet and kinda creepy with a mortician vibe to him). Everything was good and baby’s heartrate was 137. I didn’t have an internal exam (yay!).
(2012-01-19 37w4d) Total Weight Gain: 28.4 lbs

(2012-01-22 38wks)

Another appointment with “Dr. Tiny” went well. Blood pressure, fundus, and heartrate were all good. Internal exam, bleh, but showed I’m making some progress. I experienced some pain and difficulty walking the rest of the day.
(2012-01-25 38w3d) Total Weight Gain: 28.4 lbs

(2012-01-29 39wks)


And here are the weekly belly shots from my 3rd trimester.
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As far as pregnancy symptoms go…

My heartburn has been on and off. It’s unpredictable.
For the most part I don’t ever seem to get back or rib pain anymore.

Around 37 weeks my belly started to get super itchy and within a week I developed a rash. I asked the doctor and she didn’t think it was PUPPP rash and said it just seems to be irritated, dry, stretched skin. The itching has lessened over the past few days and the rash hasn’t spread.

I’ve been having hip pain during the night for most of the third trimester. This past weekend it’s getting worse and sometimes I can barely walk even during the day as they pain has also spread to my pelvis.

This weekend I’ve experienced an increase in Braxton Hicks contractions.

Since it’s unlikely that I’ll post again before baby boy gets here I suggest keeping an eye on my Facebook page for baby updates. I’ll probably post the birth announcement there long before I get a chance to blog about it.

Make your predictions now…
When do you think baby boy will get here?
How big do you think he will be?

(If this helps…Adaline was 5 days late and she was 8lb6oz 21.5”.)

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Third trimester already?


I hit the 28 week mark on Sunday, so I’m now officially in my 3rd trimester! Here’s what I’ve been up to (pregnancy-wise) during the past 8 weeks since my last update.

I was 20 weeks on 09/18/2011 and the following day we found out that our little one is a boy! 🙂 A few days later I had a prenatal appointment. Everything looked good and baby’s heart rate was in the 150s.
This is how Cool Mama rocks an OB appointment…
(09/22/2011 20 weeks 4 days)

On 9/30 I turned 32. That has nothing to do with the pregnancy, I just never bothered to blog about it and thought I’d mention it.
(09/30/2011 21 weeks 4 days)

(10/02/2011 22 weeks)

(10/09/2011 23 weeks)

My sister was taking these photos and she said, “You’re boring just standing there…do something.”
This is what I came up with…

It’s also a cruel joke that my wedding photo is visible in the background when I was 8 years younger and 40ish pounds lighter.

Around 23-24 weeks the rib and back pain started. It’s only the right rib (mostly when I sit working at the computer desk for hours) and my back pain is on the upper right side. I had the same pains only on the same side while pregnant with Adaline, however the pain with her was more constant.

(10/15/2011 23 weeks 6 days)
Click here for more photos of me in the pumpkin shirt. You know you want to.

(10/16/2011 24 weeks)

Around 24 weeks I had another OB appointment. Baby’s heart rate was good again although they didn’t tell us a number. Adaline came with us to this appointment and the OB I was meeting this time was the one that delivered Adaline in 2009. Adaline was a very good girl during the appointment.

This OB (who I’ve taken to calling Dr. Sunshine…sarcastically) spoke to me briefly about my desire for a VBAC. To make it short she basically said that I can try for a VBAC but that my daughter was a big baby and chances are this baby will be big too and I may end up with another c-section. Mmm-kay.

After the appointment they let Adaline choose a toy to take home. She chose a small yellow Frisbee with a dinosaur sticker on it. In the car on the way home she says, “Thank you for the…what is this?” 🙂

At my 24 week appointment I wasn’t thrilled with my 7 pound weight gain, although no one seemed concerned with it. I started doing some prenatal exercise dvds. In the past four weeks I’ve done 8 days of prenatal aerobic, 5 days of prenatal sculpting/strength, and 5 days of prenatal yoga. I can only work out once Adaline is in bed so I don’t have a real schedule going yet, but my goal is to do aerobics 5 days a week and strength and sculpting 3 days a week. For weeks now my weight has stayed the same (although my belly is definitely growing) but all of the sudden yesterday I weighed in 5 pounds heavier than the rest of the month! Seriously, 5 pounds in one day? I hope my scale’s just wonky.

(10/30/2011 26 weeks)

Last Tuesday I had my 1 hour glucose tolerance test. The stuff that they gave me to drink was a bright red fruit punch flavor. I decided to check the ingredients while I was drinking and sure enough there was the artificial color Red #40 in it. That kinda really irritated me. I’m a grown woman who could care less about the color of the nasty stuff you’re making me drink. Is it really necessary to put fake junk in my body so that we can all pretend that it’s red? I don’t get it. Anywho, I’ll get my results at my OB appointment tomorrow.

This month I interviewed a couple of doulas and I made a decision over the weekend. I’m so excited about having doula for this birth. It makes me feel much more confident that I can achieve a successful VBAC. Yay for me!

Now I shall leave you with the lovely weekly belly shots from my entire 2nd trimester. I’m sure you’ll want to set this as your computer wallpaper (um, please don’t…creepy stalker!)
(Click photos to enlarge)

Proof that my belly is really that big…

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It’s a…


BOY!

This morning I had my 20 week ultrasound. There’s no doubt about it…there’s definitely a tiny little man in there! 🙂 Today he weighed 13 ounces and his heart rate was 145. Everything looked good, he’s perfect!

We brought Adaline with us and at first she was very excited to see the baby on the “tv”. After awhile she got bored with it and my mom took her out into the waiting room. I’m glad that we brought her, though. It seemed like she understood what was going on a little better being able to see the baby moving on the screen.

(Click on photo to enlarge)

Once again he was much more docile than Adaline was during her ultrasounds. I’d really like to feel him move more, but I hope the “laziness” is a sign of a nice, calm, laid back personality. That will make it nice and easy on mommy in the future 🙂

We tried to get a family photo in the lobby. Didn’t turn out too good. Oh well.

Now we’re going to be busy preparing the nursery and picking out a name. We pretty much had the girl’s name pinned down already, but boy’s names are harder for us for some reason.

Well, I’m off to the baby name books!

(The internet hasn’t been working at my house all day. So even though I got home from the ultrasound at 10am, I wasn’t able to post anything about the baby until I decided to walk over to my mom’s house and use her internet at 5pm!)

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Half Way There! 20wks


I’m 20 weeks pregnant today. I can’t believe I’m already halfway through the pregnancy! This pregnancy is going by so fast compared to Adaline’s…probably because I’m chasing a toddler around now, I’m too busy to think about it.


(Ignore the grumpy looking face. I thought I was smiling, but I’m just too tired to tell anymore ;))

The baby’s given me a few really good kicks over the past few weeks, but they’re limited to maybe one a day and at first only one every few days. The past couple of days I’ve been feeling a lot of squirms and flutters, but they’re all very small and very low and not strong enough to see or feel on the outside yet. I’m hoping the movement really picks up soon because that’s my favorite part of pregnancy and it’ll be so great to see Adaline’s reaction once she’s able to see and feel the baby move 🙂

Tomorrow (Monday) morning we’re going bright and early to have the 20 week ultrasound. We’ll get to find out the baby’s gender (hopefully)! We’re bringing Adaline with us so that should be interesting.

Now’s your chance make your guess before the announcement after the ultrasound…

Do you think it’s a girl or a boy?!
Let me know in the comments!

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Nuchal Transluncency Ultrasound 12 weeks 4 Days


Nearly 3 weeks ago I had my 2nd OB appointment and my Nuchal Translucency ultrasound, but never got around to blogging about it because I was so busy planning Adaline’s birthday party.

On 07/27 I had my 2nd OB appointment. I had an internal exam and PAP smear (Insert sarcastic “Yay” here) and we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat. The doctor actually had a hard time finding the heartbeat. He looked around for awhile and couldn’t hear anything. Then he went lower on my stomach and said that he needed to push my uterus up above my pelvis (*Remember this for later.). Then he found the heartbeat but the baby immediately moved away and he had to try to find it again. Once he did he said that it was good in the 150s.

So, this is a picture of me at my OB appointment at just 12 weeks and 3 days.

Yeah, check out that bump that I’m rocking. And that bump? Apparently not my uterus since the doc had to push it up past my pelvic bone and whathaveyou. What that means, boys and girls, is that the adorable baby bump that I’m rocking is actually my stomach…my big, fat, stomach, that looks like it’s a uterus full of baby. Don’t let it deceive you since my uterus and baby are both hiding discreetly behind my pelvic bone. Dude, why am I so fat?! Well, at least my fat stomach had the presence of mind to disguise itself as a baby bump rather than what it actually is…an oddly shaped muffin top. This way people think I’m a cute little pregnant lady instead of an uber-fatty. Ahem.

Moving on, after getting the news that my baby bump is actually a cellulite bump I took the next logical step and went immediately to the nearest ice cream stand for a chocolate cone. I had it almost entirely demolished before getting back to the car when my hubby took this picture.

When we arrived home and were preparing Adaline for bed she wanted to put on my maternity shirt.

The following day we had my Nuchal Translucency scan. It’s a test that can only be done between 11 and 13 weeks where they measure the back of the baby’s neck to see if it’s thickened which is common in babies with Down Syndrome. They also do a blood test and these two tests together will tell you the risk factor for your baby. We just like to get an extra peek at the baby and 12 weeks is such a great time for an ultrasound because the little ones are moving like crazy even though you can’t feel it and they have tons of space to bounce around it.

I was 12 weeks 4 days at this scan (I was 12w1d at Adaline’s scan) and this baby was completely different from Adaline. Adaline moved like crazy…so much so that it took them the longest time to get her calm enough to measure her neck. She literally bounced off of the walls of my uterus and did flips and everything. This baby was very laid back. The movements were all small wiggles and hand movements, nothing big. It was so interesting to see how different this baby was compared to my daughter. Even though this baby stayed pretty still (s)he was still in the wrong position for the test and we had the opposite problem. The tech had me coughing and smacking my belly to try to get the baby to move into a different position and each time it would just fidget every so slightly as if to say, “Leave me alone! 5 more minutes, mom!”

(Click on photos to enlarge.)



We asked the tech if she could give us and educated guess on gender. She said that if she had to guess she’d say that it’s a…boy! But she also said that it’s much too early to tell (I knew that already) and that she’s been wrong before at this point. At Adaline’s nt ultrasound they “guessed” girl and obviously they were right, but at my nephew’s nt ultrasound they also “guessed” girl and obviously they were wrong…so a nt gender guess is still 50/50. We’ll be able to find out pink or blue in mid-September.

Right after the scan they let me know that the neck looked normal but to remember that the blood test is important and then I went upstairs to have blood drawn. I’ve read online that many women get a finger prick for this test but both times I’ve had blood drawn from my arm. The hospital called a few days later to let me know that all of the test results looked normal and to give me the risk factor, which I don’t remember the exact number, but it was very low.

Here I am after the ultrasound and blood test. You can see my hubby’s reflection in the window taking the picture.

I’m now 15 weeks and officially out of my first trimester. This seems to be going much faster than my last two pregnancies which I assume is probably because Adaline takes up so much of my time the days go by pretty fast.

Here’s my growing baby bump from the first trimester. You can see that it only took me a few weeks to start growing (although again, it’s just fat ;)).
(Click on photos to enlarge.)

And just in case you think I’m one of those weirdos that’s stuffing my shirt…here are the bare belly shots.
(Click on photos to enlarge.)

I have another OB appointment next week and as long as there are no problems my next ultrasound won’t be until mid-September.
Now you’re all caught up on the baby business.

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