Huck Inlow | 3 Months


Stats: 

  • Birth – 3035 grams | 6 lbs 11 oz
  • 1 Month – 3950 grams | 8 lbs 11 oz
  • 2 Months – 4420 grams | 9 lbs 11 oz
  • 3 Months – 5620 grams | 12 lbs 6 oz | 62 cm

He is wearing size 2 diapers and mostly 3 month clothes, but a few of those are starting to get snug length wise. He basically just blew right through that size. 

Eating: Huck is currently eating 85-100 mls of breastmilk (roughly about 3 ounces, five or take a few mls) about every 3-4 hours. He was made NPO (nothing by mouth) for a week due to a bloody poopy diaper and that hindered his volume capacity a little but he’s finally doing a lot better.

Sleep: His daytime sleep is still fairly consistent. He’s normally sleeps until about 8 AM, gets a bottle, then meds, and lovenox about 9 AM, takes a shortish nap, gets his weight done, a bath, and lead sticker change, followed by another bottle and meds, then a really long nap from about 12-2/3. He’s usually awake and happy around 3 PM where he will eat/play/cat nap until around 5:30. He’s been eating less and sleeping more at night which the doctors and I are both good with. He’ll normally eat again about 9 PM, sleep a good stretch, eat again around 2-3 AM and sleep another good stretch. 

He still sleeps a lot in the mamaroo which helps his reflux a lot, but will also sleep pretty decent in his bed, in his “nest” that they make for him. 

Milestones:
He rolled belly to back for the first time and has had a few little laughs! He also sits up assisted and can control his head and body really well. 

Medical Milestones: Thankfully, nothing has changed majorly since 2 months. Currently still inpatient on the CVICU heart failure unit while we wait on our Glenn surgery. We will be here until then. He is on milrinone and clonidine + reflux medications + a twice daily diuretic. He is not on any respiratory support at the moment and taking all feeds by mouth. He is finally off tpn and lipids, but still getting therapeutic doses of lovenox for a blood clot in his picc line. The Glenn should be happening in the next few weeks! 

Likes:

  • Being held / rocked
  • The mamaroo
  • His playmat 
  • Anything with lights and sound
  • The bumbo chair 
  • Warm milk
  • Listening to Elvis (it seriously calms him down immediately)

Dislikes:

  • Diaper changes
  • Picc line dressing changes
  • Baths
  • Lovenox shots 
  • People messing with his feet

I can’t believe this little guy is already a quarter of a year old. It seems like it’s both flown by and crawled by. I love getting to know him and spending time with him and seeing him with his daddy and his sister. His next surgery should be very soon and if everything goes as planned, we should be home not too long after that. For the first time, all four of us will be together under one roof. I can’t hardly wait! ❤️



Whitlee Alyzabeth | My Big Girl

I haven’t posted much about our firstborn little love lately so I wanted to take some time to make a special post about our girl. Whitlee is 2 years and 8 months, and I am more in love with her than ever. She has truly handled our chaos with Huck so well and I couldn’t be more proud. Don’t get me wrong, she’s testing her limits with each and every person these days but I’m not 100% sure that’s not just her age in general. She has become such a social little girl and speaks to (almost) everyone she comes in contact with. I can’t help but think she’s making some of these people’s days.. there are so many that seem so sad where we’re at. 

She does something almost every day that either amazes me or has me in tears from laughing or usually both. Her perception and ability to retain information seriously blows. my. mind. I mentioned the bat colony here in Houston a couple of weeks ago and said something about going on a date. Then this past Saturday I asked if she wanted to go on a date with mama and daddy (said nothing about bats) and she said, “Yea! To go see the bats??” I was so shocked that she even remembered that. Nolan didn’t even know what she was talking about until I reminded him about the bat colony I’d mentioned. 

She absolutely loves her baby brother. She talks about him all the time and likes to pretend she’s his doctor when she visits him at the hospital. She listens to him with a stethoscope and then says, “okay, doing great!” It’s going to be such a change for her when he finally comes home because she doesn’t know that he doesn’t actually belong at the hospital forever. I think it’s going to be the sweetest / most trying / most rewarding thing ever to have both kiddos under one roof finally. 

I honestly can’t believe how independent she’s become over the last 4 months or so. It was like Huck was born and she suddenly became a little girl and not a baby at all anymore. And she’ll tell you real quick “I not a baby! I a big girl!” She sleeps all by herself in a big girl bed both at home and in the travel trailer we’re living in temporarily. She’s fully potty trained except for bedtime and does so good at telling us when she needs to go. 

I wish I could write down everything she does and says and convey the hilariousness of this child because whether it’s dancing in her extra big tshirt saying “I’m a princess!” or doing pretend voices or telling me her own bedtime stories, she is so full of life! Her latest special thing is hugging me and saying, “I really like you, mama.” Lord, help me remember that when she’s 13 and thinks she hates me because I permed her hair after she begged me to and ends up with “worm hair”… 😉

All of this being said, I hate that our family is so split up and I miss her with everything I have when I’m away from her. I think that’s been my biggest struggle so far; truly wanting to be in two places at one time. I try to make sure I take Saturday afternoons off from the hospital and spend quality time with her and Nolan, just the three of us – we go on Whitlee dates. Sometimes it’s just swimming at the RV park and sometimes it’s dinner out and watching thousands of bats fly out from under a bridge at sunset. 

One day I hope she reads this and knows how much her daddy and I love her with all of our hearts. That her brother wasn’t ever a replacement or that he was more important than her, but we wanted her to have a best friend for life in him and unfortunately he just ended up needing a little extra help and attention in his first few months. I hope she knows how absolutely proud of her we are and that we think she’s the bravest and smartest little girl ever. And that one hug from her makes everything okay again for me. I hope she knows I cry for her sometimes when she’s away from me because I wish I could have both my babies with me 24/7. But I hope she knows she’s made all of this just a tiny bit easier for me with the fact that she’s been so flexible. I like not having to worry if she’s having fun or being taken care of. And that every time she tells me she loves me, I know she was sent here by God to take extra special care of her mama. 

Whitlee Alyzabeth, you are loved in a way that no words will ever explain and I hope you never forget it. You will always be my baby girl. 

Huck Inlow | Two Months


Stats: Well Huck was born at 3035 grams which converts to 6 lbs 11 oz and was 3950 grams at one month which converts to 8 lbs 11 oz and now we’re sitting at 4420 grams which converts to 9 lbs 11 oz. So he gained two pounds exactly in his first month and one pound exactly in his second month. This is great because he needs to be at least a certain weight before his next surgery. Hoping he gains at least a pound a month! (But since it has taken me a few days to post this, he’s already crossed over 10 lbs!)

He is wearing size 1 diapers and just outgrew the last of his newborn clothes. Which caught me a little off guard and I realized all of the clothes we brought with us are newborn! Had to go buy a few new outfits because they want him wearing clothes now. 

Eating: Huck is currently eating 50-60 ml of regular breastmilk at each feed, typically about every 3 hours. This amount is down a bit from 1 month due to some significant reflux issues. He’s slowly working his way back up though. In the past few days he has taken his old normal of 75-80 a couple of times. 

I’m still exclusively pumping for him, still hating it, still sticking it out. 10 months to go. 😝

Sleep: His daytime sleep has gotten pretty consistent. He’s normally awake for an hour and is happy and playing, then naps for two hours. We’re still working on a night time schedule but last night he was awake and upset on and off from pretty much 6 pm to 11 pm and then he slept from midnight to 4 am, ate a bottle and got a picc line dressing change, then slept again from about 5 to 9 before he was ready to eat again. He sleeps mostly in the mamaroo now which helps his reflux a lot. 

Milestones: We started tummy time! He got the all clear at 6 weeks post op and we started giving it a go. He doesn’t love it but he at least tolerates it for a short bit before he’s over it. He actually prefers to do it more on my chest than on the bed. 

We’ve gotten lots of real smiles! And he’s been cooing at me a lot lately. 



Medical Milestones: Currently still inpatient on the CVICU heart failure unit while we wait on our Glenn surgery. We will be here until then. He is on milrinone and clonidine + reflux medications + a couple of diuretics. He is not on any respiratory support at the moment and taking all feeds by mouth. He is still getting a little background nutrition help from tpn and lipids, and getting therapeutic doses of lovenox for a blood clot in his picc line. The Glenn is tentatively scheduled for 4 months old on September 13 but they will start discussing options at 3 months and 5kg weight. 

Likes:

  • Being held
  • Mamaroo
  • Laying on his back and looking around
  • Anything with lights and sound (I’ve been letting him watch newborn stimulation videos on YouTube and he loves it)
  • Warm milk

Dislikes:

  • Diaper changes
  • Picc line dressing changes
  • Taking his medicine
  • Baths
  • Lovenox shots

We are so in love with this little guy and can’t wait to get him home. He is developing such a cute little personality and I’m so amazed at how well he’s handling being in the hospital. I guess he doesn’t know any different, but with as much stuff is hooked up to him, he really doesn’t seem to mind it much. I spend my days just hanging out with him all day, trying to have as close to a normal experience as I can with him. His doctors tells us all the time that life after the Glenn will be so much better and I’m starting to get anxious for that. Almost there!

Happy two months, sweet baby Huck! Mama, daddy, and Whitlee love you so much!! 

Huck Inlow | One Month

Our sweet little Huck was one month old on June 13 but as usual I’m a bit behind. When comparing to Whitlee’s one month update, this one will be a little different since he’s in the hospital still but I want to document his milestones, nonetheless. 

Stats: Hospitals go by grams, but I’ll translate. Huck was born at 3035 grams which converts to 6 lbs 11 oz and is now up to 3950 grams which converts to 8 lbs 11 oz. So he’s up two whole pounds! This is amazing for a heart baby and the fact that he didn’t get to eat anything until he was several days old, and has been intubated twice more inside his first month and was held on feeds during those times. (Has technically been intubated 4 times now – once for surgery, twice afterwards, one more inside the second month.)

Eating: Huck is currently eating 80 to 100 ml (2.7 to 3.3 oz) of regular breastmilk at each feed, typically about every 3 hours. Sometimes a little sooner, sometimes a little later. His doctors have him listed as “ad lib” which means he can eat whenever he is hungry as opposed to scheduled feeds. 

[Side Note – I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but Huck actually participated in a research study when they first started feeding him. I’ll try to sum it up quickly but basically a company called Prolacta created a human milk based fortifier from pasteurized donor milk and by using that fortifier instead of a milk based or amino acid based formula fortifier, they have been able to reduce the percentage of NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis) in NICUs around the country from 10-12% down to 2%. Fortifiers are used in babies that have low birth weight or have had delayed feeds for some reason, so someone had the idea of using the same fortifier in heart babies as well, since they have delayed feeds or decreased volume due to surgery and/or the overload on their hearts. They’re currently in the study phase of that idea, comparing babies that have the human milk fortifier vs a formula fortifier to see if they tolerate feeds better, have reduced NEC, and have improved growth or development. Here’s a link if you’re interested in reading more.]

Anyway, so how this worked for us is that when they started feeds, we knew Huck would get a fortified version of my breastmilk. By participating in the study, we did not know if he would get the human milk fortifier or the amino acid based formula fortifier that TCH uses as their standard care, it’s all a secret to protect the integrity of the study. We will eventually know which arm of the study he was on when the study concludes in 18 months. When we were supposed to go home, they had to transition him off of whichever secret “study milk” he was on, to be solely on my breastmilk with a known amino acid based formula fortifier. Well he rejected every single bottle that was not labeled “study milk”. I have no proof, but you can probably guess where I’m going with this. So we tried a different amino acid based fortifier and he did a tiny bit better, but it was still a struggle. Then he coded, was intubated again, and when he was extubated, he would barely eat at all. Like we fought to get him to take 20-25 mls. There was talk of putting an ng tube back in, there was suspicion that he was having major reflux issues, maybe tube irritation from intubation, we just weren’t sure. All we knew was he wouldn’t eat and it was so important for him to eat and gain weight. One day, while I was pumping, his intensivist and a cardiology fellow were in the room and we were discussing the feeding issue and they suggested that whatever I just pumped, let’s give him that and see what happens, so just straight breastmilk. We started slow with half a bottle but he downed 30 mls in about 5 minutes, then took another 30 without batting an eye. The next feed, he took about 70. And the next, I think was 77. And he’s ate wonderfully ever since then. They decided as long as he gained weight, he didn’t need the fortifier. So far, so good! 

I’m exclusively pumping for him like I did for Whitlee, but with Whitlee I had an oversupply which led to 3 rounds of mastitis. I purposely decreased my supply this time to hopefully match more of what he would eat at his max point. I loathe pumping but since he apparently wont eat anything else, I have to stick it out. 

Sleep: He sleeps pretty well for the most part. When we were on the inpatient cardiac floor, I could stay every night with him and he would eat and usually go right back to sleep. He normally has one or two periods where he’s awake for about an hour and looks around a lot but he still snoozes quite a bit. 

Milestones: Because of his surgery, tummy time is delayed until 6 weeks but when he lays on my chest, he picks his head up and looks around. 

He loves to look at faces. He has an intense stare and can track really well with his eyes. He’s been tracking since just a few days old. 

He also furrows his eyebrows a lot and is very strong. A lot of his nurses call him “the hulk” instead of Huck. 

We’ve gotten lots of smiles. Still questionable if they’re real smiles or not, but they’re appropriate for when he seems happy, so I’ll take it. 

Medical Milestones: He had his first open heart surgery on May 16 at 3 days old, a double barrel DKS Norwood with BT shunt. Also taking full feeds by mouth and normally isn’t on any respiratory support. (He’s currently intubated while I’m typing this post.)

Likes:

  • Being held
  • Rocking and bouncing
  • Watching the mobile
  • When we talk to him 
  • His pacifier 
  • Holding hands with his nurses when they do his EKG’s
  • Having one arm next to his face
  • Oral care

Dislikes:

  • Diaper changes
  • Waiting on a bottle
  • Getting an echo done
  • When they hold his arm still during blood draws. He doesn’t cry when they stick him, only when they restrain his arm. 
  • Being swaddled with both arms in

I posted his one month picture on my instagram and the Huck’s Heart Facebook and said that I never expected when we decided to have a second baby that this is what our life would look like, that I’d be taking his monthly pictures in a hospital room but here we are. I’ve been asked quite a few times how I’m holding it together and if I’m being honest, everyone sees the public version of me. I’m not perfect and I have fallen apart a few times in private, but then I’m reminded that our baby boy is alive. No matter how scary it gets, or how hard this is, or what curveball we get thrown each day, he’s alive. And we will continue to fight right alongside our little guy for every day that he continues to fight too. ❤️ 

Baby Hillin #2 | 27 Weeks 



How Far Along: 27 Weeks – hello 3rd trimester! 

Baby is the size of a(n):  cauliflower 

Gender: It’s a Boy!

Weight Gain: I had planned to weigh at home but apparently my scale’s batteries died… so I’ll guess around 30ish? I’ll update next week when I go for my glucose test. 

*Update, I was dead on. Up 30 lbs at 27 weeks, 5 days. 

Belly Button In or Out: Flatter by the day, still not out. With Whitlee I think one corner popped out but never the whole thing. 

Wedding Rings On or Off: On 

Sleep: Around 25 weeks I started sleeping really poorly, so I stopped napping when Whitlee naps and I started sleeping better again. But then I started getting so tired during the day and gave in to a few naps and still managed to sleep super hard at night. I think I’m just finally sleeping decent and I’m super thankful for that. 

Best Moment The Last Few Weeks: Finally starting to figure out a bit more on doctors and surgeons and hospitals. We have a lot of things to consider and it’s a tough call to make when your baby’s life is at stake but we’re trusting things will come together as they should. 

Anndd a friend of my dads donated the lumber for my dad to build Huck’s changing table. I can’t wait to see it done and we are (again) so thankful for how generous everyone is being. 

Miss Anything: being able to bend over.. whew!

Movement: Starting to feel him up high a lot more often and a few times have felt something pushing out in my upper right belly. Growth scan at 26 weeks showed that was his little booty. His feet are up high on my left and he’s head down right now. Getting more and more active by the day. It’s still my most favorite part.

Cravings/Aversions: I’ve been craving carb-y sweets like pop tarts, Sonic cinnasnacks, Little Debbie cakes. 

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks are a bit more calm these days but the SPD pain is for sure sticking around, some days worse than others. Starting to notice just a slight feeling of swelling in my ankles when my feet dangle for a long period of time, like driving or sitting on the swing outside, but nothing major. Elevating them helps immediately. Blood pressure is doing really well, still on the lowest dose of my BP meds. Slight bit of heartburn starting to pop up now and then. And does anyone else’s voice get hoarse during pregnancy? I’ve been sounding like I’m getting over a cold for a long time now. 

Additional Notes: Like I mentioned before, we’ve been trying to get a lot of details ironed out for delivery and his surgeries and I plan to do a HLHS update post soon but for now, I’ll leave it that the main thing is still to just stay pregnant as close to full term as possible and to take it easy. So I’ve tried to focus on getting everything at home ready for when he does get to come home. Nolan and I are even planning to deep clean the house soon. My sister in law says she thinks I’m nesting already… very possible. 

Which leads me to – Huck’s nursery is almost ready! Even though he won’t be using it for a long while, it makes me feel a sense of normalcy to be working on his room. When he does come home, we’ll have him set up in our room until after his second surgery, at the least. He’ll most likely need certain care throughout the night so to keep Miss Whitlee as close to her normal schedule as possible, we’ll be trying to make sure we keep her asleep in her room while tending to Huck in our room. 

12 weeks to go! (12! That seems so soon) My personal goal is 34 weeks (April 12th) and then after that, I’ll be celebrating each week that we keep this baby boy baking. 

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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month

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As some of you may know, I developed preeclampsia somewhere in the neighborhood of 33-34 weeks with Whitlee and we were required to delivery early, via c-section at 34 weeks 2 days. (Read Whitlee’s birth story here) Since May is Preeclampsia awareness month, I wanted to make a post about the disease itself and how it affected our pregnancy, as well as how it will affect any future pregnancies.

In a nutshell, preeclampsia is a condition that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Researchers do not yet know the exact cause, but it has been associated with reduced blood flow to the placenta. The placenta can react violently to this situation, and will begin dumping chemical proteins into your system, causing high blood pressure, presence of protein in the urine, swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches, and changes in vision. Severe preeclampsia can be life threatening to both mother and baby and currently the only treatment is delivery. Occasionally the symptoms can be managed to get the baby to a safer gestational point; in our case 34 weeks.

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Common Misconceptions About Preeclampsia

Bed rest can delay the onset of preeclampsia, or make your case progress more slowly.

False. Trials have shown no strong evidence of bed rest benefit. Actually, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, “For women with gestational hypertension or preeclampsia without severe features, it is suggested that strict bed rest *not* be prescribed.”

Only overweight women get preeclampsia.

False, however obesity and excessive weight gain during pregnancy does raise your individual risk, as well as sudden weight gain being a primary symptom. I gained about 12 lbs in two weeks at the end with Whitlee, completely not normal.

If you had preeclampsia once, you’ll always have it with subsequent pregnancies.

Preeclampsia happens mostly in first pregnancies, but not only. If you’ve had it once, you are considered high risk to get it again, but additional factors play into your overall risk.

  • Side note – I recently realized that there is a shaky understanding of our pregnancy and birth with Whitlee. There has been a lot of second hand information, even third hand information, and most people simply know that we had a high risk pregnancy for whatever reason, she was delivered early (most don’t even know how early and assume the worst), and that she was required to stay in the NICU for a while (additionally, most don’t know for how long). They also assume that Whitlee will subsequently be an only child. While I did experience preeclampsia and she was delivered 6 weeks early, we were blessed that her NICU stay was pretty uneventful and comparatively short (20 days). We have discussed future pregnancies at length with our doctor and he has absolutely encouraged us to have more children, with confidence that my own individual risk is considerably lower than it was the first time.

Pregnant women shouldn’t be informed about the risk of getting preeclampsia, because it will just stress them out.

Pregnant women deserve knowledge of and resources related to this condition. Knowledge is power.

Preeclampsia is rare.

Try “as common as breast cancer,” even if you’ve never heard of preeclampsia. Worldwide, preeclampsia strikes as many as one in every 12 pregnancies (or 8%).

Tips for pregnant moms or if you’re thinking of having a baby in regard to preeclampsia:

Find a doctor that you trust. Our new doctor is fully aware of the situation at hand, and I feel like he’ll be quick to get a handle on anything that comes up. He’s also very communicative and explains things so that you understand them really well.

Know the symptoms and be aware of the changes in your own body. You can read more about the disease itself here and here. My own personal symptoms were sudden swelling in my feet and ankles, that later spread up my legs, and in my face. I also experienced some dizziness and nausea at a point when my blood pressure spiked, and sudden weight gain. I really just felt off there at the end. You should alert your doctor of anything you think might not be normal.

Know your own current and future risk factors and discuss them with your provider. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia.

Happy May, guys! I can’t believe 2016 is almost halfway over. Whitlee’s 18 month blog post coming soon! Here’s an adorable picture from Whitlee’s NICU stay a year and a half ago!

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Baby Hillin | 31 Weeks

31 Weeks

How Far Along: 31 Weeks

Baby is the size of a(n): Pineapple. Getting into some larger fruits! Random note, I’ve heard fresh pineapple can induce labor?? And even more randomly, I’m not allowed to have grapefruit while on Procardia.. and I love grapefruit!

Gender: baby girl

Weight Gain: Whew.. I’m pretty sure I’ve hit 40 at home. 31 lbs at the doctor’s office.

Maternity Clothes: Nothing new here, but it got colder here over the weekend and I had to wear a size up in hoodies because mine don’t cover my belly anymore!

Stretch Marks: Nope. Finger still crossed.

Belly Button In or Out: Flat

Wedding Rings On or Off: Off. I actually tried to put it back on this weekend when it was cold and it was not happening. Sad face!

Sleep: Pitiful attempts.. still getting up to pee a million times and then have trouble getting comfortable again. Also when I first lay down, I feel like I’m suffocating and I have to take extremely deep breaths before I can relax.

Best Moment This Week: Nolan finally moved the gun safe from Whitlee’s room!! And he added some wind blockers on the bottom of the north side of our house. Last winter we noticed the north wind blows under and makes our house extremely cold, which is fine for us, but we needed to do something different keep the house warmer when she gets here! Nolan had to crawl under the house a million times and I told him he was such a good daddy for doing that for her. He was like “Yea, I know. If it was just us, I definitely wouldn’t be doing this!” 😉

Miss Anything: being able to walk without hurting. Holy back and hip pain!

Movement: Still moving around in there like crazy. Possibly moving into the full belly movements that will be neat to catch on video. It’s a lot less thumps and bumps, and more like she’s stretching, rolling around, and dancing in there!

Cravings: Nothing new or crazy this week. Still digging the flaming hot lime cheetos and Mexican food.

Symptoms: My back and hips are seriously. killing. me. Also have squished lungs, increased PVC’s (premature ventricular contractions that I had pre-pregnancy, but have noticed they’re more frequent. Not dangerous, just sort of annoying), and I noticed that I think I have that “pregnancy mask” people talk about (chloasma). My skin just looks kind of dirty sometimes or like I did my makeup splotchy. I’m also having Braxton Hicks occasionally and it’s kinda neat to know that’s what they are, like the uterus tightening without the pain, as opposed to the real contractions a few weeks ago.

Noteworthy Moments:

Still on the Procardia and everything seems to be okay there. 3 more weeks of that left. I’ll be stopping at 34 weeks and then basically they wont do anything to prevent labor at that time! (Insane to think about!!)

I finally finished the lamp shade for her room.. it was seriously about to kill me. But I love how it turned out!

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My first baby shower is this weekend and I’m so so excited! Then I have another one next weekend and Nolan’s friends are throwing him a diaper party! We and our baby are so loved!

So, great news!! My last ultrasound showed my placenta at 7cm and she wanted it above 4cm, so I officially get to attempt to birth this girl naturally. I’m 100% okay with needing a c section later if there’s something wrong or if I have trouble pushing her out (my mother has a narrow pelvic opening and I’m worried I might run into the same thing), but I at least want the opportunity to try. I have an open mind about the whole thing and a very basic birth plan. I’m determined not set myself up for disappointment and just go with the flow. We talked about my birth plan today, which again is very simple, but I may still do a post talking about it specifically. The only concerning thing about my appointment today was they learned in my last ultrasound she has a nuchal cord, which means they saw her umbilical cord is wrapped around her neck. So scary! But they said that because they know about it, we’re in much better care. We’ll continue the weekly Biophysical Profile ultrasounds to check on her and make sure she’s not in any distress, and they’ll even be able to see if the cord unwraps itself. I also have to keep a very close eye on her movement and get to the doctor or hospital if I notice anything off. So encouraging for a first time mom! Ha!

I don’t think I mentioned it last week but I went to the first class in a 3 series at my hospital and it was so informative! This first one was Labor and Delivery, but it was less about actually birthing a baby and more along the lines of what to expect during delivery at our specific hospital. They showed us an epidural up close, a foley catheter, and the vacuum thing they use to help guide a baby out of the birth canal. They told us they are BIG on skin to skin and breastfeeding so that we can expect a lot of support there. They also have wireless monitoring so if you want to labor freely about your room or walk the halls, you can and still be monitored. They have whirlpool tubs in each room so you can labor in the tub if you don’t have an epidural or other issues going on. There were so many thing that our hospital just does by their standard policies and it made me feel so at ease. It’s also playing large part in my birth plan ending up being more basic because I don’t have to specify as many things. Oh and they did door prizes – there were only 3 of us that showed up (they were expecting 6) and they had 3 prizes so we all got one! I ended up with a pack of diapers and a set of washcloths and hooded towels. I’m really looking forward to the next two – Postpartum/Breastfeeding and Newborn Care. It’s put on by Labor and Delivery nurses, so it’s really neat that we get to meet some of them and basically hang out with them for a couple of hours learning some new things.