Saturday, February 17, 2007

Orion is growing!

Orion weighs in at 5 pounds 12 ounces. There is not much growth from now until delivery. Hopefully he will break 6 pounds??? Since my last appointment two weeks ago, I gained 4 pounds, totaling exactly 30 pounds since my pre-pregnancy weight. We scheduled our induction date on March 7 @ 730am. Doctors say they give it about 24 hours for labor, so hopefully Orion will be born on March 8, the day we have chosen as his birthday.

The non-stress test was another meek one. Orion was asleep most of the time, like he was last week. Last time, they had to wake him up with a buzzer - it causes a vibration and also has a buzzing sound. He immediately kicked at the touch of it. This time around, we did not want to use that buzzing tool, so the doctor tried to jiggle the belly and clap her hands, but no such luck. We waited it out for a few minutes, and I decided to jiggle my belly myself. He was up in no time! Heart rates flying to 160, which is exactly what they look for. Poor guy, I know he will not remember getting his sleep disturbed.

The ultrasound was uncomfortable. Orion was turned in a direction where they could not see him clearly, and he was buried way down in there. Doctors seem to think the harder they push the instrument down into your belly, the better view you'll get. I don't believe in this theory, but maybe it's true? All I can say is it's very, very uncomfortable. Anyway, after all that, they were still able to see his heart and note his right ventricle is still small. As for the picture they always send us home with, all they could get was a foot. Pictures to be posted later, they still need to be scanned in.

We went to Target yesterday to get the baby essentials we needed - baby wash, baby lotion, freezer bags (for pumping), diaper rash ointment, and baby clothes. Since walking is such a feat for me, Bo suggested I take the little electronic wheelchair thingy for a spin. That thing actually moves faster than you'd think! Bo liked it because he could walk at a regular pace now instead of really slow so my walking could keep up with him. We liked this :)

Now that pregnancy is almost over, it's time to prepare for the first years. Since I will be home, I want to make the best of my time and provide the best I can for our family. Though it is months away, I plan to make homemade baby food - healthier and saves money! We scored a brand-new Cuisinart SmartPower Duet Blender/Food Processor on Craigslist for cheap! Now I can start puree-ing away!

This weekend is Tet so we are heading to the city this afternoon to spend it with my family. Will update when we get back!

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