Friday, October 30, 2009

Our Baby Girl

Adelaide, 33 Weeks

Here is our little girl. She is growing and growing! The last couple of months have been hard on me, but Adelaide is certainly doing well! For those of you who have been wondering, here's the scoop on all things baby.

I had an ultrasound and OB appointment last week. The first question the ultrasound technician asked once she started the exam was, "How big was your son when he was born?" We told her that he was 9 1/2 pounds. Her next question was, "Are you diabetic?" I said that I am not. At this point Will asks, "Just how big is this child?!"

The weight estimate was 5 lbs 10 oz, which is fairly big since I was just over 32 weeks. Adelaide has been putting on more than 1/2 a pound a week! The night before the ultrasound I was lying in bed feeling my tummy and trying to guess how big Adelaide was. I told Will, "It feels like she's about 5 1/2 pounds." Later on I thought, "No way. She can't be that big yet. I'm only 32 weeks along." But, sure enough, the ultrasound said the same thing!

I praise the Lord that Adelaide is growing so well. I have had more trouble than normal with my gastroparesis lately. It has been hard to eat enough food because my stomach cannot digest as much food as I need. There have been many days that I have been on a liquid/soft foods diet. Despite not always being able to consume enough calories at this point in pregnancy, God is growing a very strong and healthy baby inside of me.

Adelaide is growing even faster than William did, and he was well over 9 pounds. The only "complication" now is that Adelaide may come early. My doctor said that because she is getting so big so fast my uterus may reach a certain size and then think it is time for labor. I am supposed to pay close attention to contractions and not just assume that I'm having Braxton Hicks.

I am feeling crunched for time and energy knowing that Adelaide could come so soon. My due date is still 6 weeks away, but I want to be prepared early just in case. I think we do finally have everything we have to have for her arrival. We just got formula and baby wipes this week, and those were the last "must have before she comes" items on the list. I found a pediatrician for Adelaide, and we have finally figured out insurance for her. Now I just need to pack my bag for the hospital, and we'll be all set.

There are a lot of things I still want to do, or that would be helpful to have done, before Adelaide comes. Maybe I'll get my to-do list done, maybe not. If my energy holds out, if Will has time between studies to help me, and if Adelaide waits another 3 or 4 weeks, I think I can get it all done. :)

Today I'm going to see an anesthesiologist at the hospital to get a plan together for labor and delivery. With someone like me, you don't want to show up at the hospital already in labor and freak out every nurse and anesthesiologist on the floor. It's best to talk to them ahead of time so that they know what problems may arise, and to let them know not to worry when my blood pressure goes from 80/50 to 120/80 in a matter of seconds.

I will be starting weekly ultrasounds and weekly doctors appointments just to make sure that both Adelaide and I are doing well. Lord willing, in a month or so we'll have a happy, healthy baby to bring home.

6 comments:

CCW said...

Aww! God bless you and your sweet girl — hang in there — Adelaide's a beauty already!

Jesslikesstuff said...

Ooooh nothing makes me happier than a good pregnancy update :). Can you tell I wish I could have another?! haha. We're waiting to put a good 4ish year age gap between our daughter and the next one though!

I'm very happy to hear that Adelaide is doing so great. I hope you are able to get the few weeks you need to get stuff done!

given your medical conditions, will you have a planned c-section? How will you handle night time feedings? I don't mean to ask intrusive questions, I just remember how fatigued I was when Juliet was born and I imagine it would be 1000000000 (enough zeros?) times harder for you!

Keep growing that gorgeous little girl and keep us posted on your progress!

glen22 said...

Rachel- enjoyed your update and the in utero pic of little Adelaide. I got teary-eyed seeing the awesomeness of God's creation. Maybe she will be patient and wait until close to the due date to make her entrance to this world.

I would love to send a little something for her. Maybe you could e-mail me with your mailing address and a couple things you still need for her. :) glen7297@gmail.com

Good luck. Praying for all to go well. :) Glenda

S.E. Sward said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

My daughter was born almost five weeks early. I had gestational diabetes and she weighed 7 pounds, three ounces at birth, so what you're doctor says about your uterus deciding the baby is big enough is certainly possible.

Good luck with everything!

Adina Caskey said...

Praise the Lord, Rachel! You look amazing, BUT I can definitely see that God is protecting your little girl and sending the nutrients to her! Seeing you yesterday, you look not a day over 4 months pregnant! God is so good, and we can hardly wait to meet the little Lundy beauty!

Lisa said...

Rach,

Have you tried getting some of your nutrition through smoothies? We have a Planet Smoothie around here that sells all-natural fruit smoothies - as well as chocolate and coffee ones! But they're made with frozen yogurt instead of ice cream and are really good. If you get a regular sized one they can have between 300-500 each depending on which one your order. Or I'm sure you could make something like this at home, too. Just a thought. Congratulations on your sweet baby girl! What a blessing from God. May He give you the strength to raise these 2 little ones for His glory.

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