James and I began this blog at the very beginning of our pregnancy with Wyatt to share and update our new adventures as we became pregnant and start the new season of parenthood. Sixteen weeks into pregnancy, I had to go into surgery to ensure our son would not come too early and shortly after, we found out Wyatt has Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). This is our humble attempt at being transparent and hopefully sharing the joys and love of Christ through this roller coaster ride we're on. And now to share even more with the new miracle on the way.

Friday, June 8, 2012

31 Weeks & Doctor Updates

How far along? 31 Weeks

Total weight:  I'm about 165 lbs.  

Maternity clothes?  Oh yes.  I don't have much of a choice when it comes to my pants but most tops I can squeeze into maternity or not.  T-shirts come from James' side of the closet though.  :-)   

Stretch marks?  Still none to date that I've seen.  :-) 

Sleep:  It's been hit or miss here.  A couple of nights ago, I laid in bed until 2:30am but last night I fell asleep pretty quickly.  This sweet little man of mine likes to stretch out about the time I lay down to sleep though.  

Best moment this week:  Getting to meet our new doctor, Dr. Julie Lo.  She will actually be the one to deliver Wyatt.  She is very nice.  I was nervous and as James puts it, she "charmed" me and calmed my nerves.  

Miss Anything?  Normal swimsuits  

Movement:  ALL the stinkin' time.  He's reaching places he's never stretched to before.  

Food cravings:  I've been wanting a slice of pizza since Tuesday.  I passed a local italian place that serves by the slice... Hmm... to give in or to not give in. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.  All is well!

Gender: A BOY!!!  Mr. Wyatt James Davis

Symptoms:  I'm trying really hard to stay off anything with too much salt because I DO NOT like being swollen.   That sucks.  

Belly Button in or out? It's still in.  I don't think it'll pop out.  If it does I will be surprised.  I've got a really deep belly button.

Wedding rings on or off? I've had a couple of "swollen" days so I've just taken my rings off and put them on my necklace. 

Happy or Moody most of the time:  I'm pretty happy.

Looking forward to:  Getting our induce date!!!  We've scheduled all appointments leading up to his DUE WEEK but we don't have a due date!  AHHHH!!!


On Monday, James and I trucked it on down to the medical district in Dallas to meet our delivering OB, Dr. Julie Lo.  Her office is at St. Paul, right next to Parkland.  The office takes the entire floor, so in other words- it's gigantic! :-)  Craziness!!!  We walked in, were welcomed with a smile and waited a little bit.  It's a different feel than what I am used to- the population definitely more diverse and there are a lot more people. 

 We get called back and taken to the sono room.  The lady was nice but I wouldn't use the word friendly.  She asked if we knew what sex the baby is and I quickly answered with excitement that we're having a boy.  But throughout the sono she'd use the word "it" instead of him or the baby.  A little discouraging.  She also wasn't willing even try to get a good look at his face.  And when she measured the heartbeat she didn't turn on the sound!  Our 2 (yes, only 2) pictures included one where I really can't even see anything but a blurry blob and the other one is the stinkin' heart beat monitor.  I know most people get 3 sonos and 3 only- if that, so I should be grateful and I am but I will say we are paying for each and every one of these stinking things and I want my moneys worth.  Not to mention, I've been spoiled by Dr. Hickman's office with these fantastic 3D images of our son!  I'm thinking I'll be more comfortable next time and willing to voice what I want some more, in a very polite and nice way of course.  :-) 

Next they took us back out to the waiting room to do some more waiting.  Shocker, right?!?  Then a medical assistant came to get us to take my urine sample, weight and blood pressure.  All was great.  Then she escorted us back to yet another room to wait on Dr. Lo.  This gave me just enough time to sit and dwell on how unfamiliar I am with this office, their staff and how little they know me.  Dr. Lo walked in and could see it in my face.  She offered me a tissue but I declined because if I had picked one up, I actually would have tears.  She was very comforting.  She sat down and took as much time as it took us to answer all the questions we had.  James said she "charmed" me and I needed to be charmed.  It was nice.  

Here are updates and some of the questions we asked with Dr. Lo's answers for us.  :-) 

Blood Pressure:  110 over 70
Weight:  164.4
Measuring 31 Weeks and 1 Day
Wyatt is measuring 31 weeks = 27th percentile. 

Natural delivery vs. C-section?  She's all for natural.  She eased some questions I had about not having an epidural.  She said the point of no return for requesting the dreaded needle is when she sees the head.  That was nice to know.  Recovery time, longest to shortest, goes c-section, natural with epidural and then natural with no epidural.  I really would like to try to go at it naturally with no epidural so that I can be with Wyatt as soon as possible and recover as quickly as possible.  We will have a complete open mind though and the second the doctor says something different is best for our son, we are on board.  

NST's:  She feels that with 3 great results and the baby measuring where he is I can stop coming in for those.  I think this is awesome.  

Do we still need to see Dr. Watkins or Dr. Hickman?  (In my head I'm secretly hoping the answer is "yes") but the answer is no.  

Who all will be in our "Family Meeting"?  
Dr. Twickler, radiologist- MRI results
Parkland's NICU Doctor & Charge Nurse
Children's NICU Doctor & Charge Nurse
Pediatric NICU Team 
Surgery Team

How long will we have with Wyatt following his birth?  A very short amount of time.  If we end up with a C-section, I probably won't be able hold him at all until later.  

Visitors?  2 people are allowed to be in the room with me.  James is obviously #1 and we probably won't have anyone else in there with us.  

Information Received:
NICU has a small couch to lay on.

Doc says anyone planning on being around the baby needs to get a Tdap shot for whooping cough.  (I got one in the arm and James will go in for a physical soon and get one then.)  And we ARE asking family and friends to get one if they haven't already.  A BIG thanks to everyone we've already mentioned this to for looking into it and being patient with us but this is Wyatt's lungs we are talking about and they could be very weak.

All upcoming appointments we have scheduled:

9th- Prepared Childbirth Class (all stinking day long!)

14th- 8:00am MRI with Dr. Twickler
3:00pm Echocardiograph with Dr. Gibbin

16th- Baby Shower

19th - 10:00am Dr. Lo, sono
1:00 "Family Meeting"

27th- Dr. Lo, sono

3rd- 10:00am Dr. Lo, sono

11th- Dr. Lo, sono

18th- Dr. Lo, sono

25th- Dr. Lo, sono

Week of July 30th:  WYATT'S DELIVERY WEEK ...if he doesn't come early.  :-)  We don't have a date and time just yet but I am working on getting that information!  :-) 

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