Saturday, October 17, 2009

32 Weeks Pregnant!

I am 32 weeks pregnant! Officially starting my 8th month of pregnancy. Right now I have only 6 or 7 weeks left...crazy to think! AND if they induce at 37 weeks that means only 5 weeks left. I can't wait! I just want this baby girl here safe and sound. She is constantly moving which is very reassuring to me.

Monday is my first Nonstress Test. I am looking forward to the monitoring. I will go twice weekly for the NST's. Here is a little blurb about what exactly a NST is:

What is a nonstress test? This simple, painless procedure is done during pregnancy to evaluate your baby's condition. During the test, your healthcare practitioner or a technician monitors the baby's heartbeat, first while the baby is resting and then while he's moving. Just as your heart beats fast when you're active, the baby's heart rate should go up when she's moving or kicking.

What's the procedure like? You may be advised to eat a meal just before the test in the hope that eating will stimulate your baby to move around more. Although there's no hard evidence that this works, it can't hurt. It's also a good idea to use the bathroom before the test, because you'll be lying strapped to a monitor for up to an hour. During the procedure, you lie on your left side, possibly with a wedge under your back that allows you to lean back. A technician straps two devices to your belly: One that monitors your baby's heartbeat and movement, the other records contractions in your uterus. The technician listens to and watches your baby's heartbeat on an electronic screen while your contractions are recorded on paper. If your baby's not moving, she could be asleep. You might be asked to drink some water, juice, or soda to get her going, or the technician might nudge him gently through your abdomen or try to wake him with a buzzer. In some cases, you'll be asked to press a button when you feel the baby move. The test usually takes 20 to 60 minutes.

What do the results mean? If your baby's heart beats faster (at least 15 beats per minute over his resting rate) while he's moving for at least 15 seconds on two seperate occasions during a 20-minute span, the result is normal, or "reactive." A normal result means that your baby is probably doing fine for now. Your practitioner may want to repeat the test every week (or more often) until your baby's born. If you baby's heart doesn't beat faster while he's moving or your baby doesn't move after about 90 minutes, the result is "nonreactive." A nonreactive result doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong. It just means that the test didn't provide enough information and you may need to take it again in an hour or take other tests such as a biophysical profile or contraction stress test. However, a nonreactive result could indicate that your baby isn't getting enough oxygen or that there are problems with the placenta. If your practioner thinks that your baby's no longer doing well in the womb, she'll probably decide to induce labor.

So that is a nonstress test in a nutshell according to I will update again tomorrow after the test to let you all know how it went. I also have an OB appointment on Wednesday and I am going to discuss my options of inducing earlier than 39 weeks. I just feel that after 37 weeks this baby is no longer safe inside of me. I am hoping to get a lot of information from my OB about my options.

And as always, What's going on at 32 weeks according to
By now, she weights around 3.75 lbs and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

31 Weeks Pregnant!!!!

Wow...31 weeks pregnant...I feel like just yesterday I was freaking out because I was pregnant again. I am really looking forward to December and bringing home baby! Reality is starting to hit that really I only have 7 or 8 weeks left. Thankfully I am pretty much ready. The only things I need are all materialistic and not necessarily needed...just big wants!

Tuesday I had an ultrasound to check how Tessa was doing. She weighed 3 lbs 11 oz and was very uncooperative. The ultrasound tech was trying to get me some good pictures of her but she kept moving or putting her hands in front of her face. The awesome thing is the tech said everything looks great and her weight is in the 61st percentile for her gestational age so that was good to hear. I was very nervous that because of my gestational diabetes I would be having a 19 lb baby or something! Okay...yes I know, not possible, but I just was worried she would be a little bigger. Thankfully I am doing a great job with my diet and haven't cheated at all! I just want whats best for Tessa...BUT let me tell you know. Once she is out of me I am definately going to have a nice cold can of Pepsi!

Anyway, Below is the normal weekly update on my Tessa!

31 Weeks According to

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 pounds (UMM...YEAH SHE IS ATLEAST 3 LBS 11 OZ!!!) and is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up (Me again...YES SHE KEEPS ME UP! haha). Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy (YES!!!!WHICH IS WHY I DON'T MIND THE 3AM DANCE PARTY'S IN MY BELLY!).

Until Next Week!!!!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

30 Weeks & Nursery Pics!

30 Weeks!!!! SOOOOO EXCITING!!!! I can't believe in no more than 9 weeks my little Tessa will be here! I can't wait for the sleepless nights and the hours of a screaming baby. People keep warning me...but honestly, I just can't wait! Bring on the dirty diapers - bring on the spit ups! I am ready!

I have just been so tired lately. I never sleep well at night, always tossing and turning...which in pregnancy world means getting up and lifting my self over to my other side...its just not so easy to just roll over anymore! Just getting out of bed is full on exercise!

As always: Here is whats up with my Little Tessa according to

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds. A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20

Nursery Pics!

So these pics are NOT of the best quality as they are taken with my phone but they give you a general idea of what it looks like so far:

Walking into the room this is what you see:
(still looking for the perfect curtains)

Here is her crib with her name above it!

Another View of the Crib!

Another view of the room!


(Thanks to my parents!)

A couple pictures of the Bedding

And again...
(Once Tessa gets here we will be ofcourse removing the blanket and I think the bumper too...I have read that they can be dangerous once baby starts moving around)

So those are my pics for now! :-) We still have some stuff to do in there but all the basic and important stuff is done and ready!

Here is my 30 Week Belly Pic!

Until Next Week!!!!