Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My amazing pants

I know it's not quite time for another belly shot since I'm only at 25 weeks, but I just have to share this with everyone. No one warned me about the amazing maternity pants before I got pregnant so I've been learning as I go. Just in case there are a few of you out there who, like me, are still unaware of how incredibly flattering these pants are, here is something for you to look forward to:

I mean, really--who wouldn't want a pair of these?? I might just hang onto them after I've had the baby and pull them out for important events like Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner! Go on... you know you want to go out and get some just like them. :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Baby checkup: Part 2

Well, I went back to the doctor today to finish our 24 week check up, and everything is fine. We heard Abby's heartbeat (strong as ever), and I let him reassure me (again) that these pain meds will not be harmful to her. I'm sure he's getting sick of me asking things like, "She won't be addicted to pain killers or anything, will she??" over and over again. Thank you, Dr. Thompson, for being patient with the paranoid mommies like me. :) They also gave me the bottle of glucose nastiness that I will have to drink right before my next appointment in 4 weeks for the gestational diabetes test. Ah, something to look forward to. Then 2 weeks after that appointment, we'll get another ultrasound! I'm very excited to see what she looks like at 30 weeks! It seems so far away right now, but the weeks seem to be flying lately.

The semi-down side of today's appointment was the discussion about whether or not I'll need to have a c-section. Between breaking my tail bone a year ago and then having this neck surgery, I think we are going to have to schedule a c-section. I'm not exactly in a position to be pushing much of anything out of my body in the next few months. I'm a little nervous about another surgery, but I know moms do it all the time (my mom did it twice!) so I'm trying to see the bright side. At least I'll know when she's coming! :) Other than that, this pregnancy is going really well. Thank you, Lord, for continuing to take care of this baby!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

24 weeks and counting

I'm trying to get belly pictures taken once every 4 weeks, so here are the most recent. Today makes 24 weeks, and I am still trying to rest and heal from the surgery. I haven't gotten a whole lot bigger because the surgery kept me from gaining too much weight (only about 4 lbs in the last 4 weeks), but she is definitely still growing. We were supposed to have a check-up with my OBGYN this morning, but he had to run off for an emergency delivery so we're going back tomorrow morning. In the mean time, here are the most recent pics of me and Abby:

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Post-surgery update

I know I'm a little behind on blogging. We've had a lot going on, and then getting ready for neck surgery just kind of took over my life. There was a lot to do at work since I won't be going back for a few weeks. I had the surgery on Wednesday morning, and everything went very well. Dr. Tullis said he was able to remove the bad disc, and there were also several disc fragments that he had to go in and clean out which could have been causing quite a bit of my pain. They replaced the disc with bone and fused it together with a metal plate. The surgery itself only took about an hour. He said he was very pleased with the results, and the baby is doing great. I made sure they checked for her heartbeat all the time and that the meds were all safe for her, too. Casey made fun of me and said I was being paranoid, but I think it's better to be safe than sorry. We were able to come home Thursday afternoon, and mom will probably stay til Sunday and then head back to Memphis.

OH! For those who haven't heard, we have a name for the baby: Abigail Elizabeth Cochran. :) We'll call her Abby, and I'm so excited to finally have a name picked out. It took Casey a while to settle on it, but we're both happy with it.

They just gave me a prescription for Lortab to take for pain at home, but I'm trying to only take it at night when I sleep. The pain isn't terrible, and I want to get by on Tylenol (or nothing) as much as I can. The fewer drugs I take, the better off Abby will be. She is still kicking and moving so I'm not nearly as worried for her as I was. I think she'll be a strong little girl.

I do get tired pretty easily, so I think the blogging will have to end there. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and words of encouragement!