Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Baby Jenks Update Week 25

Things around the Jenks household have been pretty busy with getting the nursery ready and being out of town. I've been out of town 3 of the last 3 weekends, and every time Jeremy sees me after one of these trips he comments on how big my belly has gotten. I must say, it really has grown over the past two weeks (I'll try to get pics)!

According to here's what baby Jenks' is up to (now the size of an eggplant):

Your Baby: Month 6
Let your spouse put an ear to your belly -- he might be able to pick up baby's heartbeat (no stethoscope required). Inside the womb, the formation of tiny capillaries is giving baby a healthy pink glow. Baby's also soaking up your antibodies, getting the immune system ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and baby will soon perfect the blink -- perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.

Expectant Parenting Classes
Jeremy and I attended our second Expectant Parenting Class this week. And although I won't say that they are the most beneficial class int he whole world for preparing you for labor, delivery and infant care, they do offer a lot of general information. Plus, the woman teaching the course is very nice and friendly. This past week we covered C-Sections. And, yet again, they showed us an actual graphic video of a C-Section Surgery. After last week, I had learned my lesson and chose to put my head down and finish my crossword puzzle. But, for some reason, Jeremy insisted on watching. I think it's the whole car crash theory- you can't help but look. He said it actually wasn't as bad as watching the vaginal delivery from last week.
But, after hearing about C-Sections and talking about the pros and cons of them, I've decided they really aren't my cup of tea. At one point, I thought that a scheduled C-Section was the best idea I'd ever heard of (I mean, that's what Sarah Jessica Parker did.). But now, I'm hoping Baby Jenks wants to do this thing as naturally as possible. I'd like for my abdominal wall to stay exactly where it is, thank you very much! But, I do realize that I need to be prepared in unforeseen circumstances, soo , now I am.
Doctor's Appointment
Yesterday was my 25 week appointment. It was pretty routine, except for the whole glucose tolerance test. While sitting in the waiting room they brought me an orange drink about the size of a half of a plastic soda bottle. I had heard horror stories about this drink and was preparing myself for the worst. But really, it wasn't that bad. It mostly tasted like flat orange soda. Not great, but not horrible either. Maybe I'm not the best judge of bad tastes seeing as my mother has made me take the most putrid tasting and smelling vitamins (straight liquid iron, I do NOT recommend). So in comparison, this was nothing to me. It was very sweet, so towards the end, I kind of got sick of drinking it.
Then I went back for the routine things Blood Pressure 70/112 (I think, anywho, it was good)
Weight- 3 lbs. Now, this was a shocker because I felt like I was just packing on the pounds. I couldn't believe it when she told me only 3 lbs in 5 weeks. That's not what my scale at home says! So of course, the doctor told me to eat, eat eat. He wants me to increase my daily allotment of Protein in any form. Now, don't go and get worried on me, I am eating plenty and don't tolerate the hungry feeling. (you see the pics, right???)
Doctor listened to the baby's heartbeat. I didn't hear it??? Not sure why it just sounded like a lot of white noise and two kicks (I could feel 'em!) But he did it so fast I didn't hear a heart beat. But, according to the Doc, heart beat is around 140.
Anywho, the doc said that it was a little early for the glucose test (so why did they schedule it???) but because I had already drunk the whole drink, they might as well check. I guess if you do it to early it could be a false positive. So they send me to the waiting room for another 30 min. to read and wait. Then a nurse came out and pricked my finger and checked my levels. It seemed like it was just like the device a diabetic would use to check their insulin levels. And the results came back immediately, I passed! Woo hoo! Now that that's behind us, it should be smooth sailing.
So, that's everything for right now. I realized that I haven't been including all of the gorry details of pregnancy like I promised I would, but I have to say that the second trimester has been pretty great (especially month 5). Energy levels are good and I've been really healthy and nausea free. The third trimester is nearing, but I'm hoping this good feeling lasts a while longer.

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