Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Follow Up Appointment

We had our regular doctor appointment today and everything is looking great! Apparently last week there was a misunderstanding and the fluid level was never even at 33. So they checked it again today and it was at 21.6! (High normal is 25). So that is great news and makes me feel so much better. Her heart rate is a strong 156 and she is currently breech. But last week she was head down, she sure is an active little girl! All the kicks and punches are an amazing feeling. I could sit and feel these forever. But I am also so excited that she will be here in 8 1/2 more weeks. Everything is ready in her room as well. We have her crib all set up with cute pink bedding, a stocked changing table and a closet full of clothes!
I'm having my baby shower December 18th and couldn't be more excited. I will have to post some pictures afterwards.

Next doctor appointment in 2 more weeks! Can't believe we're already at 31 weeks!

Monday, November 29, 2010

A day in history

November 29th is an important day in the history of Congenital Heart Defects. On November 29, 1944, the Blalock-Taussig Shunt was born. The BT Shunt (as it is now commonly known) gave many CHD infants like Hailey a fighting chance at life. There is a great movie out there called Something The Lord Made. It's a movie on the pioneering of open heart surgery. I highly recommend it!

Today is also a sad day in the heart community. Steve Catoe one of the most vocal, active, inspiring people in the CHD world lost his battle to Tricuspid Atresia. He was 44 years old. You can check out his blog here. And here is a link to the blog talking about his passing. You will be greatly missed, Steve.

And last of all, Hailey's 1st Angelversarry is coming up on Thursday. This is going to be a very hard day for us, I know I don't write many post about how I am personally feeling throughout this year of firsts without our daughter, but I will try my best to write something on Wednesday. There's a lot I want to say but I have never been a great blogger and getting my feelings out there. But I want to do it for all my followers, especially the one's who have recently been through their own loss.
On a good note, our blanket colletion for Doernbecher Childrens Hospital is going great! We have about 70 blankets so far that we will be bringing in on Hailey's Angelversarry this Thursday. Just going to try and keep ourselves busy that day and making children smile, is a great way to do so!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Doctor Appointment and Amniotic fluid

So we had our monthly appointment on Friday. I also had to drink that lovely orange soda (glucose test). I passed the glucose test at 114 (need to be under 140). The doctor said that Leyna is measuring a little big, being at 3 pounds already. He also said that my amniotic fluid level is at 33. Apparently 25 is the high end of normal. So now that has me a bit concerned after reading up on it on the internet. I just got off the phone with my doctor's office a few minutes ago and the nurse said yes, my fluid level is high but to not be concerned about it. She said the doctor is not worried, so I also should not be worried.  Well I'll tell you something.....I'm worried!!! How can I not be? We lost our first daughter, I really don't want anything to happen to this one either. I'm already always checking to make sure she's moving and worrying about her, and now I have this to add on top of all the worry. Just great.
We have another appointment on the 30th, so I am going to try and not make a big deal of it and find out where the fluid level is at our next appt. Hopefully it went down. If you're at all into praying, please pray for this!! And if you have experienced this of have any info, please let me know!

On another note, we did get some great pictures of Leyna!

A great profile shot

Look at those chubby cheeks!

I think she looks a lot like Hailey in this picture.