About a month has passed since we dropped the big baby news and it has flooowwwn by. I don't even really remember November. Some stuff happened? I ate my weight in turkey and sweet potatoes? Sure, that sounds right. I've been taking belly pics when and where I get the chance (aka when my memory starts to work during approximately 2 hours of the day), which means that sometimes I'm not even at home to document them. I give you, the traveling bump pics:
Week 22: I was at my parents house here, on one of my many trips to the bathroom. This little bugger likes to tap dance on the ol' bladder a lot more than Emmett ever did.
Week 23: Back home again and enjoying some great fall weather.
Week 24: I was leaving a hair appointment that took TWO HOURS for just a trim. I went to one of those Aveda training salons (which I've been to before in Ann Arbor and was fine) and the girl took FOR-EV-ER. I was not happy, hence the angry face.
Week 25: Gearing up for Thanksgiving! I think it was at the end of this day, after I had changed into comfy black pants, that Eric told me I looked like a stagehand. So, that was awesome.
And now this week (number 26) wherein I look totally festive with my holiday decorations plus my Santa-esque round cheeks that I am not super pumped about but whatever. Holidays are hard on a pregnant lady, ok? So much foooood.
Lastly, some news about the baby inside the belly. I went in for a routine checkup last Monday and my doc noticed an irregular heartbeat while doing the doppler thing on my belly. I could hear it, too. It sounded like a pause every 15-20 beats. She said that she wasn't too worried, but she wanted to get more info, so I went to the perinatal clinic (in the building) and saw a doctor within the hour.
The good news is that this is a very common thing and it resolves itself on its own 99% of the time. The doc referred to it as a premature atrial contraction. Basically, the two atria valves are slowing blood pumped to the two ventricles so that they don't pump too fast. It is essentially a pause in the beat attempting to regulate blood flow. Thankfully, it is not serious though I'll be monitored once a week until it goes away.
I've been told to stay away from caffeine and sugar. While caffeine has been a breeze since I don't drink coffee or soda, the sugar thing has been damn near impossible. Last week was Thanksgiving, if you don't recall, and I did an OK job of refraining. All right, I did a terrible job. There was so much sugar in everything I made that even if I'd stayed away from all the desserts (didn't do that) I'd still have consumed a TON of sugar.
My second visit to the doc showed the same premature atrial contraction, no worse than last time. Since that visit (on Monday) I have stayed away from chocolate and sugar and it's been extremely difficult but I'm hanging in there! Truthfully, it's nice to have a legitimate reason to avoid the sweet stuff because I am all about it this time of year. Although I might have to stockpile my mom's toffee come Christmas time because I look forward to it all year long. It'll keep til March, right?
And oh yeah, this does give me the added benefit of getting to listen and look at the baby each week. Can't complain about that! Baby's been pretty difficult to get on camera, but this last visit we got a good shot. Whattya think? Looks like Em's profile a little bit, huh? Maybe? I will say that we're sure tempting fate going in for all these ultrasounds when we are trying to keep the sex a surprise! I have to interrupt everyone in the very beginning to let them know.
So keep baby in your thoughts and prayers. And if you see me eating something I shouldn't, just slap it out of my hands and walk away. I'll be sure and update here if anything changes!