Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My 33 weeks doctor appointmnet

I have my doctor appointment today, I am 32 weeks 6 days as of today. It went ok, no ultrasound, which I am not too happy about. My belly measures 43 weeks !!!!!!!! How bigger can it get?? Chandler's heart bit is 150-155, which is good. My blood pressure is 100 to 60. So it looks like he is going to stay with me for awhile! :) unless my water brakes and than they said to be ready for a mess because of all fluid I got. i actually gained only 3 points for last 2 weeks, which I am very proud of. I guess drinking a lot of water and swimming really helps! I would recommend it everyone who has fluid excess like I do. (more trips to the restroom lol:) They said if I will have hard time of breathing , they can take some fluid out, but it will help for 2-3 days, so waht is the point..

My hospice counselor and genetic counselor were with me during my appointment today, so i am very grateful for that. Plus I met the Director of maternal medicine and asked her a lot of questions about the delivery and what I should do and where to call. She was very nice too.

I wish I could see my little Chandler swimming in my belly today, but I guess insurance company has its own rules .

Monday, August 10, 2009

Maternity Pictures

Just wanted to share nice experience I had with taken maternity pictures this Saturday. Tom was not sure if he likes this idea but for me it was an opportunity to take more pictures with Chandler, even while he is still in my belly. Unfortunately, we are not going to have too many pictures with him, so I thought this is going to be a family documentary of the part of life while he is still with us.

Our photographer Amy was so nice and thoughtful. I had no idea what to wear or what to do (now I wish I took more clothes for Tom and me to change). Amy made whole session going so smooth and pleasant that Tom and I were really impressed. I cannot wait to see pictures!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Baby Breath Memorials..

I found this website with wonderful poems I wanted to share


Monday, August 3, 2009

People are so wonderful!

As we go thru the pregnancy, knowing that we will have to say good-bye to our son Chandler as soon as he is born, we are meeting so many wonderful people!

Let me start from the beginning.

We have a great Children's hospital in Akron. This is the place where I go for all my appointments as a High Risk Pregnancy patient. As soon as I transferred there, we got introduced to so many people offering their help and support. We have a wonderful genetic counselor, who helps us with all arrangements and meeting right people. We work with nurses and doctors who are specializing on cases when babies are not going to survive after the birth, we have a hospice care people helping us. Actually hospice nurse is going to join me during my future doctor's appointments. They helped us to find a funeral home. My husband went there and the owner told him that they do not charge any money for services for children (how nice and thoughtful).

We were looking at different memorial stones to be prepared, but our nurse recommended us to meet with Memorials of Angels group. They are located here in Akron and serve Summit county only , but I am sure you can find somebody like this in your locations. What they do is they make Memorials for Children under 18 year old free of charge. Can you believe that? They understand how difficult it is to loose a child and how many expenses parents have to cover before they even can think about making a memorial stone. These people are great! My husband and I joined a walk they organized this Saturday. I was so surprised to see so many people, kids, few pregnant ladies just like me. There were no open discussion but I am sure everyone had a story why they came here. There were no tears, no sad faces, people came to celebrate the memories about their loved once. It was a great experience, and we are planning to support this charity for many, many years as much as we can, because here are the people who really care.

Tom and I were debating about taking professional pictures at the hospital. Thank you again to our support group at the hospital for introducing us to Now I lay me down to Sleep. They are doing a beautiful job taking pictures before and after the birth again as a donation. These people are available 24/7 and ready to help parents. Please check their website: http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/

I just wanted to share with everyone who needs that there are people who are willing and will help!