Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Colton Todd Gibbs

Baby Boy Gibbs has a name! Bret and I chose the name Colton. His middle name, Todd, is in honor of Bret's brother Sgt. 1st Class Todd Clayton Gibbs who was KIA on December 7, 2004 in Khalidiyah, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Colton was seen for an ultrasound again today and things are looking great. He weighs in at about 1 lb and 6 oz. In the picture above, he is facing forward and has his hands in his face. The ultrasound facility was running about 2 hours behind schedule today which made for a very long day for Bret and I at Texas Women's. We had a lot to accomplish today. We had to visit the financial office, pre-register at the hospital, have the ultrasound, have a glucose tolerance test (GTT) and see the doctor. We were down there for 4.5 hours today! You can't eat during the GTT, so needless to say I got really cranky and impatient since I had not eaten since breakfast around 6am and it was already after 12:30 by the time we got to the lab station. If you don't know what a GTT is like, you have to drink a nasty sugar syrup in less than 5 minutes and then wait one hour for a blood draw. That was even worse than visiting the financial office! Dr. Smith confirmed things continue to look great. I have orders to decrease my lifting at work and give myself weekly progesterone injections. There are evidently studies that demonstrate giving extra progesterone may help prevent pre-term labor in women who have had a pre-term labor and delivery.

All in all, things are going very well. I am feeling just fine and getting very excited about the little man's arrival. Tracey and Lisa have passed on some great clothes and baby items to me and I am very thankful! Many friends and family have given some great gifts, thank you! I am 22 weeks and 3 days today. If the little guy tries to make an appearance at the same time his sister did, he would arrive just after Valentines Day. I feel very confident we are taking every measure to ensure he stays put longer. I am fine with him showing up Mid-March or later. Below is a video of him from today's ultrasound. He is a very active little guy in there! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's a BOY!

We found out via ultrasound this morning that the baby is a boy! The picture above shows his legs and the arrow points to the proof he is a boy. He is growing well and looks great from everything they could see today. He measures 17 weeks and 5 days. He has been measuring about 1 week ahead at every ultrasound. Sydney was so excited! She loved watching the ultrasound and quickly learned to "read" the baby's position. The tech and the radiologist got a kick out of her and her excitement. They whispered to her that it was a boy and then she got to tell her Dad and I that we are expecting a boy. She also announced that she wants to do ultrasounds on babies when she grows up now. We have come a long way from the days when she wanted to be the person to hold the sign for the digger when it crossed the road! The video is a 3D video image of the baby. His head is at the top, his arm and leg look like they are coming out of some blankets. We are scheduled to have another US in about 6 weeks and they tech said the images would be even better at that time for the 3-D ultrasound. He is still a little guy at around 5 inches and weighing just a few ounces. Enjoy his first video below!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Heart Beat

We went for a check up on Tuesday afternoon and I got to hear the heart beat! The rate was 151 bpm, which is in the middle of normals. Non-scientific data suggest lower heart rates are associated with boys while higher ones are associated with girls. Sydney's heart rate was usually in the 160's. I have no clue what to make of 151 since it is essentially right in the middle of the 130's to 170 range.

I am getting very anxious to find out if this baby is a boy or a girl. I have had 3 dreams the baby is a boy and one dream the baby is a girl. Sydney says she has had a dream the baby was a boy. Sydney is really wanting a sister. She is worried about a little boy peeing in her face. The Chinese age-gender prediction calendar says I am having a girl. It said I was having a girl with Sydney. Bret and I are truly OK with either, I just want to know so I can finalize the bedding and decorating for the nursery! I want to get things ready early with the upcoming Holidays. If I was computer and blogging savvy, I would insert a poll so everyone could vote if they think it is a girl or a boy. My talents lie elsewhere, so just e-mail me if you have a guess or opinion as to the gender of this baby. And don't forget....my new e-mail address is wendygibbs914@gmail.com . The old one will remain in service until November 1st.

There is a good chance that we will find out late next week if the baby is a boy or a girl at an ultrasound. The ultrasound was originally scheduled for Friday morning but the doctor has a parent teacher conference so she is supposed to be having her office contact me about rescheduling. Hopefully, they will move it up and not out.

I have been feeling great, most days I am so busy I forget I am pregnant until I finally lay down to relax and go to sleep. Heartburn is about the only symptom I have other than frequent trips to the bathroom.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Second Trimester!

We have reached the second trimester today! I have completed 13 weeks and have started in on week number 14. Baby measures a little over 3 inches now and has completed development of most major organ systems at this point. We had a little bit of a scare this week with some spotting and bleeding. The physician referred to it as a threatened abortion and stated that it was probably due to a subchorionic bleed. Dr. Smith visualized the baby on the ultrasound again and baby was kicking and moving around like crazy as well as showing excellent growth from the week before. Dr. Smith says this baby must be a boy because he has already started trying to cause trouble! I got to take a few days off from work and relax around the house. We will have another check up in a few weeks and go for an amniocentesis during week 16. After that, we will know if this baby is a girl or a boy so I can at least refer to it as "he" or "she" while we work on names.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Baby v. Hurricane Ike

Baby has completed 12 weeks today! This next week is the last of the first trimester and what a roller coaster ride this has been. Hurricane Ike has dominated our lives since September 11, 2008 right through this week but the baby has been blissfully unaware and thriving in utero. We saw Dr. Smith earlier this week and baby is measuring perfectly on target for dates. We got to take another peak at baby with the ultrasound and you can see for yourself the explosion of growth that takes place in only 4 weeks. Baby measured 15 mm crown to rump at the first ultrasound and baby measured 53 mm this week! I forgot to ask what the heart rate was so I can try and guess if baby is a boy or girl. I was just so glad to see baby moving and see the heart pumping away after all the stress of the past couple of weeks.

On Thursday September 11, it became very clear that Ike's path was going to impact the Houston area. The frenzy that over took the city was impressive. We felt fairly prepared to ride out the storm and we had no interest in getting in the car with a family of 3.5, 3 dogs and 2 g. pigs and risking stand still traffic on the freeways as had occurred with Rita. In addition, we felt we lived far enough inland that we had little to worry about and wanted to be at our home to mitigate any damage that did happen. (We live in Tomball, which is Northwest of Houston.) The evening the storm was supposed to come in we had finished all our preparations early as had our neighbors. We had drinks and desserts with some neighbors and enjoyed the cool, breezy evening. Everyone went home to catch up on the weather channel and "hunker down". Bret and I went ahead and went to sleep with the TV on and Sydney sleeping in our bed with us. Around 1:00 in the am, we woke up as the power was flickering. On TV, the meteorologist on the scene, either Mike Sidael or Mike Bettes I think, was rolling on the ground. I guess he had fallen and they continued to film him as he tried to get up. I thought to myself, "that can't be good".

Bret and I decided to get up and check things out. We could hear the wind whipping about outside. Occasionally our windows rattled and when the wind caught the exhaust pipe on the roof just right it made a noise like a kazoo. We watched the two tallest pine trees a block over bend over and over again at right angles. At approximately 2:20 am, September 13, 2008, the power flickered out and did not return. Our power did not return until after 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2008. (Essentially 12 days without power!) That is what has been the absolute worst thing about this whole experience for us. And I know we are very fortunate. We have neighbors with trees in pools, trees on fences, trees on houses and trees on cars. Our home sustained no damage and the biggest thing we had to clean up was a cabinet door that flew from somewhere and landed in our front yard. Remember the 2 big pine trees from a block over? We saw them the next day across the driveways and yards of the neighbors. Luckily for them, they damaged nothing when they fell. A cool front then moved through on Saturday night after Ike, bringing thunderstorm and dumping huge amounts of rain the increased the flooding over the areas and caused the ceilings to collapse in several homes that had roof damage. It also brought cooler temperatures that made for better sleeping without power.

Riding out the storm was not that bad for us. Surviving the aftermath was pure hell. Getting ice for the cooler was a 2 hour ordeal. Gas lines formed that were over 2 hours long. Stations sold 2 weeks supplies of gas in under 8 hours. Traffic was horrific, it was difficult to move about just in our area. You have probably seen more pictures and video footage on the storm than I have from TV. On the Wednesday after the storm, we decided we had had enough and packed up and went to stay with my sister and her husband in Keller, Texas. They were more than gracious host to allow the pile of refugees that descended upon them. Nothing like 3.5 people and 3 big dogs invading your home. The G. pigs stayed with my neighbor's son who was staying with friends who had power. We stayed with Sandy and Josh for 5 nights and then had to return to Houston. We had to get back to work and get our lives in order even without power. We purchased a small generator that was good practice for Bret for the new baby as you had to tend to it every three hours and put gas in it. It would run a couple of fans, a light, the coffee maker.

We have been working to try to get life back to normal over the past couple of days, however constant reminders and inconveniences of Ike are everywhere. I went to get groceries yesterday to fill our fridge...we ended up loosing everything in our fridge and second freezer. The grocery store was barren. I was only able to get a few things, and most of them were not my usual brand or type. I will go scavenge at another one later today after Sydney's first volleyball game today. The brick fence on the neighborhood adjacent to mine remains in shambles. It looks like Sydney's Legos scattered about. A few of my patients have had to move out of their homes and are currently working on obtaining temporary apartments until their homes can be repaired.

I will go see Dr. Smith again in 4 weeks for a regular OB appointment and will do an amniocentesis in 5 weeks. After the Amnio, we will know in a few days to weeks if baby is a boy or girl! I get the amnio because I am "of advanced maternal age" according to my doctor. I turned 37 in the wake of Ike on September 14. Definitely not my best birthday, but certainly could have been a LOT worse! I'm looking forward to getting started on the nursery and getting some tangible outside proof that there really is a baby in there! My brother Nick and his wife Katie sent an adorable sleeper a couple of weeks ago. It is the first gift for my baby! I love to look at it as it reminds me that the baby is coming. It actually arrived on the day we were leaving for Keller which was probably the lowest day for me mentally during the whole ordeal. It really brightened my spirits and focused my attention on something more positive and exciting. Which is exactly where I want to be!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Baby on the way!

Bret, Sydney and I are so excited to announce that we are expecting a new baby! We saw Dr. Smith for the confirmation of pregnancy visit on Monday August 25, 2008. Dr. Smith set the EDD for April 12, 2009. This happens to be Easter Sunday! But no worries, Dr. Smith plans to schedule a C-section for two weeks prior to the due date to deliver this one.