Sunday, August 30, 2009

Visiting Downtown DC

My grandmother has never been to Washington DC before and since I was feeling good today, we decided to take her downtown to see some of the monuments. We didn't even see close to half of the attractions but we got to see enough for her to get a feel of the city.

The White House


Matt and Aiden in front of the Washington Monument

World War II Memorial




Vietnam Memorial



Reflection Pool


Lincoln Memorial


I'm sure I'm going to take tons of repetitive pictures, but I just can't get over how beautiful the city is. I hope that Aiden will be able to enjoy DC as much as I do before we move again. Not sure when that will be... He wasn't very interested in visiting the monuments today. He was way more interested in the ducks, geese, and seagulls in the reflection pools! I can't wait to take him to the National Museum of Natural History to see the dinosaur bones. I think he will really enjoy that.

Friday, August 28, 2009

37 Weeks: Anytime Now...

I had my 37 week appointment today as well as the prenatal assessment. I was really surprised when they made me do my own group b strep test! LOL Things have changed quite a bit already since I had Aiden! They also didn't bother to check my cervix to see if I was dilated since I'm scheduled for a repeat c-section. I did get some good news though. I don't actually have pre-eclampsia, I have PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension). Not a wonderful diagnosis, but not as serious as pre-e.

After that appointment I went up to Labor and Delivery for my prenatal assessment. They got me all hooked up to the machines and the baby's heartbeat sounded great. My blood pressure was elevated, but not too bad. Then the doctor asked me about my contractions. I told her that I was having pretty bad cramps and she told me that my contractions were mild but were coming 5 minutes apart. When I went for the ultrasound to check the level of amniotic fluid, the tech said that the baby's head was super low and asked if I was feeling a lot of pressure.

I have appointments scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of next week but when I left, the nurse said that she wouldn't be surprised if she saw me again this weekend. Eeek!! I'm really nervous! I don't want to have an emergency c-section. They told me not to be concerned because it's a really large and prestigious hospital and there are tons of doctors around at all hours and even more on call. Still.... I hope I can make it until September 8!





The National Zoo

I know I'm supposed to be taking it easy and resting on my left side as much as possible, but that's not too much fun! Well, I was feeling really good this past Wednesday and it was a really nice day so I decided that I would take Aiden to the zoo! And I am so glad we went because we had a wonderful day!





I have to admit that I've wanted to go to the National Zoo since I found out Matt was accepted into med school here! I really wanted to see the Giant Pandas!



Anyway, the zoo was HUGE (from what I'm used to at least) and although we were there for over 5 hours we didn't get to see everything! I can't wait to take Aiden back and spend more time looking at the animals. His favorite part was the reptile house. Unfortunately!


I didn't take very many pictures, but we had quite an eventful day! The next time we go, I will try to take more pictures, and I will also pack a lunch! Admission to the zoo is free. Parking is not so cheap (ride the metro) and food is crazy! A soda from a drink machine was $3! And Aiden and I ate lunch for $10 each. He got a hotdog and applesauce and I had a cheeseburger and fries. He dropped the hotdog out of its bun onto the ground and then proceeded to spill his applesauce everywhere when he was startled by a bee. Oh my! Yup. Definitely packing our lunch next time!







We rode the metro to the zoo~ another first for Aiden. (I really wish I had a picture of that!) He loved riding the "choo choo train." On our way home, we got stuck on the metro between stops because there was a fire on the track! Luckily, no one was hurt. DC is unbelievably different than east TN. What an adventure!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Day at the Pool

I'm really loving our new apartment! We now have two outdoor pools and an indoor pool. The best part is that we live right across the street from our favorite one. Aiden has been having a blast going swimming everyday.

Matt used to be a lifeguard (He was actually the head lifeguard when we met my freshman year of college. LOL) and he's been trying to teach Aiden how to swim. Aiden has already learned how to hold his breath and jump into the pool. He's also learned to kick his feet and paddle with his hands, but not always at the same time. We have a way to go to still, but I'm proud of him. Matt thinks it would be best to get him swim lessons because he seems to be less afraid to attempt new things with other people.
Yesterday when we were at the pool, Aiden kept wanting to get out and jump in to me. It was fine at first, but after lifting him out for the fifth time, I was getting a little tired. The lifeguard came over to us and told me to take it easy. He then tried to take Aiden from me so he could continue jumping in. But Aiden had an absolute fit! He was terrified of the lifeguard! For the next hour, he stared at the lifeguard and grabbed onto my shoulders anytime he thought he might be looking at him. Not sure how swim lessons will go...

Friday, August 21, 2009

36 Weeks and Counting...

I had my first doctor's appointment in DC yesterday. And it didn't go quite as planned. Matt's school was having a meet and greet with the students and their families all day and I scheduled my doctor's appointment for first thing that morning. I figured I would be back right after they finished breakfast. Wrong!

As soon as my doc saw my how badly my feet were swelling (we're talking elephant feet here. I have ONE pair of flip-flops that fit me now) and saw that my blood pressure was elevated, she sent me right on over to Labor and Delivery. I spent the next three hours strapped to monitors and have to do another 24 hour urine collection. UGH!! I really thought I was going to make it through this pregnancy without any complications. But now I have pre-eclampsia again....

I have to go to Labor and Delivery for prenatal assessment two to three times a week now in addition to my other weekly appointments. And I have to wear these super attractive bright white support hose. (Did I mention that the only shoes that fit me are flip flops?!) At this point, my blood pressure isn't enough concern for them to do a c-section immediately. They have changed the date to September 8 though! But they warned me that they could do my c-section at any time if my blood pressure continues to increase. Luckily, my grandmother is here to help take care of Aiden.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Finally Settled!

36 weeks pregnant with a 3 year old in tow, I drove the 8 hours by myself to DC this past Saturday. My grandma actually came with us and although she can't drive, it helped with the stress. I knew that if I went into labor, she would at least be able to watch Aiden! But we made it! Matt had everything settled in our new apartment and I absolutely LOVE our new place. I will try to post some pictures sometime soon.

My grandma had never been to DC, so last night we took her downtown to see some of the monuments lit up. It is such a beautiful city and I can't wait to show everything to Aiden!


Saturday, August 8, 2009

A Night in the ER...

Let me start by saying, I overreacted and everyone is fine.

My grandmother asked me earlier this week if she and my aunt could take Aiden to South Carolina to see my fifteen year old cousin on her birthday. At first I agreed, but as the week went on, I started getting a really bad feeling about the trip. I know it's silly and statistically you are more likely to get into an accident close to home. But like I said, I just did not want him to spend 6 hours in a car (3 there, 3 back) especially since we have the drive to DC next weekend. My grandma was really upset with me, but I felt right about my decision.

Then as soon as we get to my parents' house yesterday evening, Aiden rushes to play with my little sister who has a friend over. Mandy plays with him for about five minutes before throwing a blanket over his head and sneaking upstairs. Aiden thinks it's all a game and jumps off the couch and runs after her. The next thing I hear is pounding on wood and a scream. (Aiden NEVER cries unless he's really hurt.) Apparently, he slipped on the blanket and fell on the stairs. He runs to me and his right temple already has a huge blue knot on it and the corner of his eye is bleeding. My first reaction was, it looks bad, but he's fine. When my mom saw it she said, "You have to take him to the emergency room!" With all of the head injury headlines in the news recently, I thought it would be better to be safe than sorry. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if something happened to him because I wouldn't take him to the hospital.

We went to the children's ER and he seemed fine. He played with all of the toys and made a friend in the waiting area. We had to wait for three hours before they even took him to triage and by that time he was looking a lot better. When we finally saw the doctor, she looked at his pupils and checked for fractures around his eye. She then gave us a sheet of things to watch out for and sent us on our way. Thank goodness he was OK! I am going to watch him like a hawk around the stairs for the rest of the week!

I don't think you can really tell how bad it was from this picture, but I was so surprised (and happy) to see how much better his face looked this morning.


So the fall and trip to the ER could explain my bad feeling... Maybe I should let him go on that trip to South Carolina after all?

Friday, August 7, 2009

"Just like Daddy!"

Aiden was upstairs playing with my little sister and her friend and they were being awfully quiet so I decided to go check on them. What I saw cracked me up! They were playing dress up with him. When he saw me he said, "Look, Mommy! I'm a doctor just like Daddy!" (Matt starts his first year of med school next week and I am so, so proud of him! He worked extremely hard for this.)


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

34 Week Update with Pictures!

Matt finished up officer training last Friday and was able to come home for the weekend on his way to DC. I can't believe how quickly those 5 weeks went. Being busy with the move made it fly by! Aiden was so excited to see his daddy! He climbed up in his lap, gave him a huge hug, and said, "I'll never let you go." We had such a fun family weekend. Unfortunately, the batteries in my camera will no longer hold a charge and I didn't realize that until the weekend was over...
But Aiden and I have less than two weeks now until we join Matt in DC. I can't wait!

Matt hates having pictures taken, but he had some made for me anyway. Here are a few that my dad took. (He's trying to get into photography so I've been his guinea pig. He told me he would have it down by the time we were on our fourth baby! LOL I think two is it for us.)

I haven't really had any problems with this pregnancy, but Sunday morning I woke up and my face was a bit swollen. (I'm not sure if you can tell from these pictures). So my doctor is making me do a 24 hour protein check to see if I'm developing pre-e again... I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I just had too much salt over the weekend. Hopefully everything will be OK, I only have five more weeks.