The Truth

On Monday I had an appointment with my doctor. Just a regular pregnancy check-up, but the truth is, I was really nervous. I didn’t mention it to anyone, but there was a lot of anxiety in my heart leading up to the doctor coming in. First of all, at my last appointment I had done my glucose screen. (Test for gestational diabetes) They had told me before that I had had some sugar in my urine in previous appointments and asked if I was diabetic with the twins. That started my initial worry. I desperately hoped to have a normal, healthy, full-term pregnancy this time around and diabetes was just not in my plans. Secondly, this is exactly how far along I was when they started talking about pre-eclampsia with the twins. My doctor told me I was barely at risk for it from the beginning, and my blood pressures at home have been totally normal, but I worry still. (Me, worry… can you believe it?!) They never tell me my BP at my appointments, so I am not entirely sure what they have looked like there. But they have been telling me “everything is o.k.”

Anyways, I went to my appointment and the nurse weighed me, took my BP and listened for the baby’s heartbeat. She asked if I had been feeling much movement. Yes is the answer, very much so. She wasn’t very warm but told me she thinks I look very good for 31 weeks (size wise). Thank you! It was hard to tell if she thought everything was o.k. so I just sat and waited for the doctor, tapping my fingers on the table. Then finally the doctor came  in.

And the truth is… everything is totally normal. I passed my glucose screen with no signs of diabetes, and my BP was 120/60, which is great. He said everything is measuring right on and things are going perfectly! No reason to worry at all. Whew! It looks like I might get that healthy, normal, full-term pregnancy after all.

Side note: Vacation this weekend! Check out where we will be come Saturday.

Published in: on January 11, 2012 at 9:23 am  Comments (2)  
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Smart and Silly Girl

The girls know they don’t go outside without shoes and a hat. Apparently Lissie couldn’t wait for Mommy to help her with her shoes. Or even to get out of her jammies.

In other news, Alyssa started saying Kylie’s name recently. Except she can’t get it quite right and says “Ky-ya”. But if you were wondering, it is about the cutest thing ever.

I also want to thank everyone for all the great feedback on yesterday’s post. Both Russell and I appreciate all your thoughts.

Published in: on January 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm  Comments (2)  

To Cut, Or Not To Cut

As the weeks of pregnancy begin to wind down, there remain some things to be decided. Not the names, we have those picked out. The nursery has a theme and the car seat has been installed. But one big thing topping our list of things to decide now is whether to circumcise. That is, if we have a boy.

I honestly have no idea where we are going to land on the issue. I know there is no real medical reason to do it, and only about 20% of the men of the world are circumcised, but we do live in that 20% population. On the one hand, I feel like we tend to be more “natural” parents are therefore why mess with something unless it is a problem? Why would we choose to put our baby through a painful and unnecessary procedure? Did you know circumcision is the only surgery in America routinely performed without anesthesia? On the other hand though, I feel like it is a “now or never” type situation. If there does end up being one of those small percentage problems (such as frequent infections and penile cancer) then somewhere down the road it would need to be done. OR he might feel embarrassed about it and choose to have it done later. Both cases make me cringe to think about. And, the procedure becomes more complicated as the child/boy/man ages.

In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrcis formed a task force on circumcision that decided the procedure shouldn’t be routinely recommended. The task force based this policy on 40 years of studies of both circumcised and uncircumcised boys, and it concluded the following:

  • Problems with the penis, such as irritation, can occur with or without circumcision.
  • With proper care, there is no difference in hygiene.
  • There may or may not be differences in sexual sensation in adult men.
  • There is an increased risk for a UTI in uncircumcised males, especially babies under 1 year. However, the risk for a UTI is still less than 1 percent.
  • Newborn circumcision provides some protection from penile cancer, which only occurs in the foreskin. However, the risk of this cancer is very low in developed countries such as the United States.

If you want to read up a little on the issue click here for a helpful article.

So PLEASE help me out and share your opinions! If you have a son or sons, did you choose to circumcise? Why or why not? Even if you don’t have sons, please share your thoughts on the subject! Women- how would you feel dating or marrying an uncircumcised man? Men- would you be thankful to your parents for taking care of it before you could remember, or feel like something was taken from you without your consent? Would you want a son to have an opportunity to have something you never did, or would you want him to look like you in the shower? All thoughts and opinions are welcomed!

The Stash

Many of you have figured out by now that I enjoy playing around with my sewing machine. You might have also realized that I am passionate about cloth diapering our kids. So you can imagine my joy when I recently discovered a company called Babyville Boutique that makes PUL (polyurethane laminate) fabric, coordinating snaps, hook and loop tape, and FOE (fold over elastic) for creating cloth diapers, covers and other baby essentials.

So, needless to say, my little mama hands have been hard at work creating a few new covers for both the girls, and for our little Sprout on the way. Check out what I made the girls first.

modeling... the best I can get

 

And for my little owl lovers…

And here is what Sprout has waiting for him/her (so far!):

Frogs and Turtles

Ducks

Monkeys

And for Daddy’s little Baylor Bear Cub…

The line up

I am having so much fun! And now I can’t wait to see if Sprout will be needing blue or pink covers to go with the ones I have made already.

Published in: on January 3, 2012 at 8:26 am  Comments (3)  
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