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Seriously Beckett?

Aka, another whiny pregnancy post with a semi informative update in the first paragraph.

Had another sonogram appointment at the specialist today. Mr. Beckett’s numbers were higher than they should be with a few super high spikes. Everything else looks good, and there really shouldn’t be any problems from the parvo this long after exposure, so the doctor didn’t seem too worried. Because of the spikes, though, I get to go back on Thursday for another sono to make sure he still looks okay and see what the numbers look like then.

While I’m glad to be able to keep an eye on things, these appointments are never exactly fun for me. Today I had a few new things added for extra excitement. One, the nausea and hot flashes from the first trimester have returned for round two.  So, most of the time, anything that isn’t eating (but only greasy carb and protein laden junk with an occasional piece of fruit), sleeping, or sticking my head in the freezer isn’t on my “favorite things to do” list. Two, today Beckett decided to have his head turned with the part they needed to see pointing at my tailbone. This led to having me completely flat on my back for a while (not fun), then poking, prodding and jiggling him around to try to get him to move a little (less fun for both of us, I think) and finally tilting the table I was on down at my head so I had all my blood and thankfully not what little breakfast I managed rushing to my head (yuck). And the little stinker still had his hands over his face so I didn’t even get a good look at him after all that. 

So, to Mr. Beckett: While I am very glad that you are more or less in the “ready” position, if you could please, turn your head slightly at our future appointments so that the nice sono lady can get accurate measurements without torturing us, I would really appreciate it.

And on a slightly different note, I had a total stranger comment on my being pregnant. That actually made me happy, because I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone comment in either pregnancy before today that I didn’t have to say something first. So I must look obviously pregnant, which is better than maybe pregnant or “gee, someone’s putting on weight.” So, yay for that, and yay for a probably healthy if a little bit uncooperative baby.

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Yes, I’m still here.

No I haven’t fallen off a cliff since my last real post months ago. Life just got really crazy sometime shortly after Halloween. If you’re a Facebook friend, you can probably just skip this update because you’ve probably heard it all already. Also, if you’re expecting and would rather not hear about any pregnancy complications you should probably skip this entry.

Sometime around the end of October I caught the Parvo B19 virus, aka Fifth disease. I won’t bore you with tons of details about the disease, but this site has a lot of info if you are interested:

In a nutshell, it is something you do not want to get while you are pregnant because it can be very bad for the baby. Otherwise it is  pretty common, especially among children, and usually so mild that you might not even know you have it. In my case, I wouldn’t have even known that anything was wrong, except that my son developed a lacy rash about a week after being sick for two days with what I attributed to a bad cold. The same day he had the rash I noticed a similar rash on myself that I had first attributed to wearing a shirt washed in a different laundry detergent. At that point I thought it might be worth it to mention it to my Doctor and have the blood test done to check for Fifth, just in case.

Luckily for baby Beckett and I, we were just past the twenty week mark when I was exposed, which makes for a better prognosis. Even so, the weekly Doppler studies I’ve had since have shown signs of fetal anemia, ranging from severe in the beginning to mild the rest of the time. At around 23-24 weeks, there was concern that he would need a transfusion, so I was given steroid shots to help develop his lungs just in case a transfusion was necessary and something went wrong during the procedure resulting in him being a very preemie baby. The numbers stabilized before a transfusion became necessary, though. 🙂

Normally, he would only be monitored for about eight weeks because the disease has usually resolved by then. Last week, though, his numbers randomly spiked, so we will continue our weekly visits with the specialist indefinitely. Well, I guess, not indefinitely, since he will be born at some point and then weekly sonograms would just be silly. So far, though he appears to be an otherwise healthy, large baby.

I’m so glad that we have the technology to monitor him and to do fetal transfusions if that had been necessary. The extra weekly visits are stressful for me, though. I think he’s getting sick of them, too. I calculated that between the normal sonos I had with my regular OB and the sonos for the Doppler study, I’ve had 17 sonograms done with more to come. All that poking and prodding might explain why Beckett actually turned his head and put his hands up over his face at the last sono when my awesome sono technician tried to get a cute shot of his face. It also might explain why he’s so eager to, um, flash his goods anytime she looks near that general area. I always thought it was just a little boy thing, but I’m beginning to think Beckett is trying to send us a message to leave him alone. If he hates having his picture taken later on, I’m totally blaming it on this.

One thing that is becoming a bit of a concern is his size. With seven or eight weeks to go, depending on who you ask, Beckett appears to be about 5lbs and 5oz. I’m not really surprised or worried, because Finnian was an 8lb 7.5oz baby. What concerns me is that the doctors might start worrying over his size and want to jump to an induction or c-section. I love my doctors, and I do trust them, but it will take more than “he’s measuring big” to make me comfortable with either intervention, especially since I’ve already had one big baby with very few complications.

Anyway, with all the doctor visits, stress and holiday craziness, blogging hasn’t exactly been at the top of my to do list. Sorry about that. Hopefully I’ll be back full steam sharing more than you’d ever want to know soon. 😉

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Go, Go, Power Rangers!

Finn has been fighting a cold since Friday night. Luckily he was feeling much better by last night. I planned to be home to pass out candy, but we ended up going to the city’s rec center for their Halloween party. It was way better than last year, and Finn got to hang out with a friend from school, so it worked out well.

Giant bouncy obstacle course at the rec center.

I do, however have a giant bowl of candy that did not get handed out sitting in the pantry. There are also cupcakes. My next Dr.’s appointment is about two weeks away. That’s probably when the GD test will come up. I’m hoping to a. not have gained 10+ pounds by that appointment and b. not do anything to sabotage my GD test. Based on the scale this morning, it’s not looking good. I’m hoping the 2+ gallons of water the baby seems to require me to drink helps to counteract the candy. Maybe. Please.

Red Ranger with Dracula from next door after the rec center.
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This baby really needs a name.

I’ll admit, I’m picky when it comes to names. I’ll spend days trying to come up with the perfect name for a dog that has a lifespan of 12-16years and doesn’t really care what you call it, so naming a human child is a huge ordeal for me.

In case you need proof, here are my general naming guidelines 1-5 are musts, the rest are a little more flexible:

1. No common names or names that are likely to be common in the next year or two. I don’t want my kid to have to have “S.” tacked on the end of his name for the rest of his life just so everyone knows they’re talking to/about him. My guess is that “Bella” and “Edward” fall in this category.

2. No weird or easy to make fun of names. Unusual is okay, but nothing that requires having to spell it fifty times and still have people get it wrong.

3. No Biblical names, because they all seem to fall into category 1 or 2.

4. No names with negative connotations. For example, I will not be chasing around after little Caligula or Adolf.

5. No ancestor names (unless the name is really, really cool and the ancestor is long deceased). I don’t want my son to feel he has to live up to a name or otherwise be influenced by his namesake.

6. Ideally the name should be three syllables. I recently realized that Finn, Chris and I all have three syllable first names, so it would be fun to continue the trend. If that fails, the name must be at least 2 syllables to fit nicely with our last name.

7. It would be nice if the name has a nickname that I don’t hate. Certain nicknames will get the name eliminated.

8. Ancestry wise, the biggest contributors to this child in no particular order are French, Irish, German, Native American, English and, of course, U. S. American. I’m comfortable being a little more adventurous in those categories of names. I would prefer something other than an Irish name, though, because “Finnian” is Irish, and it might be nice to have a little variety. Plus, Irish names are trendy now, and two of the Irish boy names I like are already taken by friends’ kids. But, if we like it and it meets the other requirements, I’ll take it.

Whew! I think that’s it. And, assuming this baby waits the whole nine months like his big brother, we only have about four months to find the perfect name. In the meantime, I’ve been referring to the baby by phrases such as “the unnamed baby.”

This didn’t bother me that much until Sunday morning when Finn woke up extra early. I managed to get him to go back to bed, but as soon as I tried to go back to sleep the baby decided it was time to have a dance party. I turned to Chris and said, “I got Finn back to bed, but the one who shall not be named seems to be wide awake.” As soon as I said it, the full meaning of what I said hit me and I started laughing like crazy. I had to explain that was what Lord Voldemort was called in Harry Potter.

Chris’s response? “Well, Voldemort has three syllables…”

So, as you can see, we really need to find a suitable name for this child, because I do not really want to be the mother of the Dark Lord.

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It’s a……

Boy! or a little blobby alien thing, I can’t really tell from this picture.
There. That’s a little more cute and a little less blobby.

The sono was at about 9:30. I had a cup of OJ at about 7:30 just because I felt like it, and a cup of decaf after that. I don’t know if it was still the sugar from the OJ or the tiiiiiiny amount of caffeine in the decaf or if he’s just another super active little boy like his big brother, but it took the poor sono tech forever to get clear pictures of everything. Well, everything except for what we needed to see to know he’s a little boy. Apparently he wanted to make sure we knew he is in fact a boy. He’s definitely not shy.

I am concerned about how active he is, though. Finn was never that wiggly before he was born. Now he never stops. He gave up naps sometime around age two, and, except for the first few months, he never took more than one nap a day unless I just happened to get lucky. And that was not because he slept through the night, either. If little bro ends up more energetic than Finn, I should probably start stocking up on coffee now, otherwise I might die.

On a different note, it appears that State Farm has agreed to pay enough to cover the repairs for my car, so yay! I have no idea how long it will be before I get my baby back, though. I’m getting used to the HHR, but I really miss my car. Compared to my car, HHR is underpowered and it has three times as many blind spots. If you’re from my area and see a red HHR on the road, I recommend staying back a bit, if possible. 😉 I am glad to have it though, especially since I’ve thought they might be nice because they have tons of cargo space and a decent amount of seating. After driving one, though, I think I’d pass. I could get used to the power, but I have trouble getting the seat adjusted so my legs aren’t cramped while driving and it would be nice to see out of the vehicle clearly while driving.

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Catching up, muffins, car and baby

Over the past few days I’ve been busy with car repair and insurance stuff from the accident, so everything from blogging to laundry has been neglected. In case you’re wondering, I’ve decided to start my catch-up day with a totally random blog post before moving on to laundry. You’re welcome.

First up,  I did manage to try out a new recipe Saturday night for Bran Muffins made with bran flakes, or in my case, the Raisin Bran that I bought on sale but nobody eats because, well, it’s Raisin Bran. Eww. It does taste much better in muffins, and they are easy to eat on the run. You can find the recipe here. I got 15 muffins from the recipe. After the first day, I put the rest in the freezer to pull out and warm up for a fast morning breakfast.

I did make a few changes since I was feeling adventurous. I added 1/3 cup of whole flaxseed (because I need to use some up), a tablespoonish splash of vanilla (because I put vanilla in everything) and a dash of cinnamon and a squirt of honey (just because). I might add a little more sugar or honey the next time I make them, but they’re really yummy as-is with just a little butter or honey. I’m also curious to try them using vanilla almond Special K in place of part of the Bran Flakes.

Next on the list is my car. My beautiful, injured car. I had an appointment on Monday to take it to Service King (SK) to get the repairs started and finally get a rental so I can quit driving with a broken taillight. We went with SK because they are part of State Farm’s (the at-fault party’s insurance company, SF) select service centers, meaning we wouldn’t have to wait for an adjustor from SF, because they have on-site Enterprise car rental, and because they weren’t quite as backed up as other shops. The guy at SK looked at the damage and saw previous repairs from before we had purchased the car and refused to work on our car. We left, obviously not happy and called State Farm to find out what to do now and to get them to okay a rental immediately since driving without a taillight is both dangerous and illegal.

At first we were told that SK should not have turned us away and they would call SK to find out why that happened. A little later SF called us back and said no, SK couldn’t do the repairs, and none of their select service centers would either. Okay, so we find our own shop, but in the meantime we need a rental NOW and could they please send the adjustor to our house to asses the damages and get that rolling. SF refused to send an adjustor to our home, they will only send someone to a body shop once we find the one we want to use. They also refused to cover a rental until our car is at a body shop, even though it is our only car and it is currently unsafe and illegal to drive.

At that point we headed home in the car we shouldn’t be driving trying to figure out what to do next. On the way, we passed a nice looking shop, so we pulled in and talked with them about the repairs. They have no problem working on our car and have experience dealing with SF, so we called SF to let them know we have a shop, our car is there waiting for an adjustor and we need a rental.

So far, we do have a rental but as far as I know the adjustor hasn’t made it out to look at the car. If I don’t hear from someone today I’ll probably be spending a good chunk of tomorrow on the phone with SF trying to figure out what is going on. I’m also trying to be optimistic, but for the way things are going, I fully expect to have to fight them tooth and nail to get the repairs covered even though everyone is in agreement that it was their customer who was at fault and my car was in good condition prior to the accident.

Finally, on a much happier note, tomorrow is my sonogram. Hopefully all is well and the baby will cooperate so I can quit referring to the baby as an “it”. I’ve heard that drinking orange juice beforehand will make the baby more active and more likely to show everything. I’ve also heard that the o.j. can make the baby too active to get a clear picture. So I have no idea whether I’ll try it. I’d be interested in hearing your experiences if you tried it.

Also, your chance to vote in the boy/girl poll ends tomorrow morning, so don’t miss your chance to vote and win bragging rights if you guess correctly. 

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Slightly random things.

I thought I’d have the day “off” and get to sleep in since Finn is out of school today. Instead he desperately wanted to go to storytime at the library, so we had to get up early anyway to take Chris to work so we could have the car. I suppose I should be happy that he is that interested in storytime. Real coffee would probably improve my mood a bit, except for the part where my heart tries to leap out of my chest. Thank you pregnancy hormones.

We’ve been enjoying Central Market‘s free live music concerts on their patio lately. They even have a pretty nice playground for the kiddos so Finn can play if he gets bored with the music. Last night was Poo Live Crew, a cheesy but really fun cover band. Tonight it’s a Beetles cover band, so we may have to make a trip back there to check it out.

Poo Live Crew
Finn at the Central Market playground

This last picture is probably just a little mean. I talked with my mom yesterday and found out that their “good” price for gas was about $3.24/ gallon. Here’s ours:

Ha ha!