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Just a Soft, Slow Murmur

12 Jun

That’s what the cardiologist said he heard when he listened to my heart today. A “soft, slow murmur.”  They didn’t do an EKG, but I’m going in next week to get a 24 hour holter monitor.  Did you know that you can’t use a cell phone while you have the holter on?  Seriously??? A whole 24 hours without my cell phone???  What in the world are they thinking?  I don’t even think my parents go 24 hours without touching their cell phones anymore.  Maybe not even my grandma.

But I will say this, the holter monitor is a lot smaller than I expected – maybe the size of one of the first ipods – you know the classics.  The ones no one has anymore.  Our friend Jason had one that was the fancy U2 version.  Black and red or something “edgy” looking like that.  It gave him the ipod-sad-face one time.  That’s the kiss of death for an ipod – the happy little message from Apple saying “Sorry, no more music for you :)”  Then it revived.  But, I digress.

That means that I will be out of commission from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday afternoon.  You won’t be able to talk to me unless you can find me in person.  Good luck.  I am very sneaky.

They’re also going to do an ultrasound of my heart to check for heart disease and any defects or valve problems.  I’m really interested to see that, actually.  It should be a really cool thing to see your own heart pumping.

Anyway, the cardiologist didn’t seem concerned – actually I asked him if he was worried about it, or if I should be.  He said that he wasn’t, and that he’d know more after the other tests.

Thanks for all the comments, encouragement, and prayers.  I’m definitely a lot more calm about it now, and just knowing that the doctor actually heard something as well makes me feel less crazy.  Well, kinda. 😉

Heartbeats and Pedicures

3 Jun

Today has been an interesting day.

We had a doctor’s appointment this morning.  I never really know how long these things will take.  Sometimes it’s 30 minutes, sometimes it’s 3 hours.  Today’s was of the shorter variety.  Measurements, bloodwork, and listening to the baby’s heartbeat.  Everything looked good – I’m measuring at 24 weeks, which is about what I would expect.  Baby’s heartbeat sounded good – the doctor had no trouble finding it and baby girl even kicked the doppler machine pretty hard while we were listening.  They took blood to check my thyroid levels.  Then the question that you’re asked every time:

“Do you have any questions?”

Well, yes, actually I do.  Given that this is my first baby, I don’t really know what’s normal and what’s not.  So I asked the doctor about what I thought was the baby kicking me in the diaphragm.  The kicking isn’t what bothers me – it’s that my heart feels like it’s beating out of my chest, and I feel short of breath for a while afterward.

The doctor, though, doesn’t think it can be the baby.  She’s apparently not up that high yet, and since it’s been going on for several weeks, she is very doubtful that it could be from kicking.  Instead, she thinks that it’s probably hormones causing my heart to beat irregularly.  Nothing serious, she says – but I’m just saying, it’s your heart – hearts are pretty serious things.  So she’s sending me to the cardiologist for an EKG, and it’s likely that they’ll send me home with a holter monitor to wear for 24 hours.

So far, I’m doing ok.  I’m trying hard not to freak out about it, but it seems just kind of crazy.  What I thought was just a little baby kicking me, turns out might be my heart doing something funky.  I don’t know what it is… but it’s just a strange thing to think about.  They might wait to give me a referral until my thyroid labs come back, so it could be next week before I know when the EKG will be.

Have any of you ever had this happen?  What did it end up being?  I’ve been researching on the internet, but that’s starting to freak me out a bit, so I’m closing it down.

In other news, I’m pretty excited for tomorrow.  I’m planning to go out to the quilt store to look at some of the fabrics I like in person, and maybe even take a few minutes and a gift certificate to go get a mani-pedi.  Anyone want to join me?  A pedicure is always more fun with a friend. 🙂

We also went with Kelli, Brandon, and Maddie to Maddie’s first movie in the theater – the latest installment in the Shrek series.  Walking into the theater, she turned the corner and saw the darkness, the big screen, and she just froze.  Joel had to pick her up and carry her in.  But after she got in there, she seemed to really love the whole thing.  She ate a ton of popcorn, candy, and drank from everyone’s sodas.  Seriously, does a 3rd birthday get much better than that??  I think it was the most fun I’ve ever had in a movie too – just watching her have so much fun.

Boys and Girls

10 May

A couple weeks ago we had an appointment. You know the one.  THE appointment.  The one where they do the Level 2 ultrasound and make sure all the arms and legs and fingers and toes and eyes and ears are present and accounted for and in the correct places.  Oh, and there’s this other little thing about finding out whether your baby is a boy or a girl.

Joel and I went into this appointment praying for just a healthy baby, but completely convinced that we were having a boy.  I had asked several of my mommy friends what they did to make sure that their baby was awake for this big appointment, because our last ultrasound, Gummy Bear slept right through the whole thing!  I was given a TON of suggestions, most of them involving sugar in one form or another.  I decided I wasn’t going to take any chances.  Since I had felt Gummy Bear move after eating Bojangles before, that definitely had to be a part of the morning’s activities.  A cajun filet biscuit, fries, and a sweet tea were breakfast that morning.  And just for good measure, I had a big glass of orange soda on the way to the doctor’s office.  Someone had also suggested orange wedges – you know, the candy kind that you loved as a kid – I ate one and they were WAAAAY too sweet for me.

Well, it worked, and Gummy Bear was doing somersalts, and punching and kicking so much that the poor ultrasound tech had a hard time seeing what she needed to see.  She was chasing it all over, moving the ultrasound wand all over my stomach.  Eventually she was able to find all the arms, hands, legs, feet, fingers, and toes, and everything looks good.  We saw the baby’s brain, all four chambers of the heart just pumping away, and even the face while Gummy Bear opened and closed its mouth.  We have the thing we were the most hopeful for – a healthy baby – at least so far.

And then came the moment for the big reveal.  Gummy Bear certainly isn’t shy or bashful and gave us a full view of what we were hoping to see.  There was no hesitation at all from the tech as she said, “It’s a GIRL!”  We were shocked.  I don’t know why we were so convinced it was a boy… but for some reason we were.  It seemed easier to decide on names for a boy, for one.  I am just drawn to the little boy clothes at Target and especially Baby Gap.  Something about the graphic nature of them intrigues me.  The girls’ clothes are just so ruffly and… oh, yeah.. pink.  Not that I have anything against pink, but I don’t want my child dressing in it every day.

Joel was mostly silent after the news.  From the ultrasound, we went into another room to talk to the doctor.  While we were waiting for her, I just started bawling.  I still have no idea why.  Maybe it’s because it became so much more real when we saw her this time.  Maybe I was just so shocked about the news that we were having a girl.  I wasn’t upset.  I wasn’t mad, or even sad.  But I was crying.  And, of course, right as I was trying to get myself together, the doctor walked in.  She seemed really concerned about my tears, and barely asked me about anything else at all.  I think she was convinced that I’m depressed.  I don’t really think that’s the case.

One more thing about the OB’s office… do the nurses really have to tell you how much you weigh at every single appointment??  I would rather not know that I gained 10 pounds in the past month, thanks.  They didn’t seem concerned, since I didn’t gain anything at all the month before, but still.  That seems like a lot.  They could just not tell me next time.  K? K.

Joel is still a bit freaked out about having a girl.  He says, “I just don’t know anything about girls!”  To which I like to respond, “You don’t know anything about raising a boy either.”  He’s getting better though, and seems pretty excited about our baby girl these days.

I’ve been feeling baby girl kick a TON lately.  She kicks me all over – sometimes it feels like she’s kicking the breath out of me or like my heart is beating in some weird rhythm for a second.  I think she must be kicking me in the diaphragm or something, but it’s the weirdest feeling ever.  I’m 21 weeks along, and Joel can already feel her kicking when he puts his hand on my stomach.  I think that’s not supposed to be felt for a while yet, but I have a kickboxer for a baby.  I think she might hurt me before it’s all over…