Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy 11 Months Emma!!

Yesterday, Emma turned 11 months!! Unfortunately, she had a 103.5 fever and took a visit to the pediatrician. Her ears and throat were clear so since this is the 3rd 103 fever in the last 3 months she is being referred to Reese's hematologist for further testing. It is highly unlikely she has IgA deficiency since it isn't genetic. The pediatrician is thinking she may have Periodic Fever Syndrome and kept asking me about our family history. The hematologist is booked until January for new patients so they squeezed her into Reese's appointment in November. 

I was able to take a few pictures this morning but she does not feel well at all.

Monday, August 29, 2011

San Antonio Children Museum

This past weekend was the HOTTEST weekend we have had (110 degrees) so we desperately needed indoor activities. The San Antonio Children's Museum was the perfect option for the girls! Both of them had so much fun!!!

 Children's HEB

...and let's just say the children's HEB was a HUGE hit with Reese

Saturday, August 27, 2011

22 Weeks!!

22 weeks already! I feel like its really starting to speed by now. I feel great!! I am starting to get heartburn at night...guess it's all the salsa I love to eat ;) I've already gained quite a bit of weight so I'm trying to be a bit more conscience of what I eat (trying to eat more salads and fruit). I go back to my OB on Friday, which will my 1st appt with him since I found out about the 2 vessel cord. 

She's now the size of a papaya!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

21 Weeks!!

Another week down! 
I'm finally starting to feel Scarlett's kicks...I can't believe how much an anterior placenta really delays feeling movement. I feel perfectly fine and can still chase after two little girls ;)

She's now the size of a banana

Saturday, August 13, 2011

20 Weeks/Scarlett's Nursery

20 weeks...the halfway point!!!

She is now the size of a cantaloupe!

Good news: I got the call yesterday that the AFP blood results were perfectly normal!! I asked again about my previous trisomy screening and she reassured me they were well within the normal range. As long as she continues to grow I truly feel she will be just perfect :)

I've been asked for pictures of Scarlett's nursery theme. Here is some of the inspiration for her room:
Her custom crib bedding will be with this red/cream damask with matching cream fabrics

We ordered these furniture pieces (will be here in 4-6 weeks)

Today we began painting her room a warm, taupe color (Valspar Warm Buff) that I think will just make the room look so elegant!! Both girls had a blast helping paint their sister's room :)

Emma was our cheerleader

Reese was so excited to help

It is very hard to photograph a wall color but I think this shows the color pretty well. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


We had our level 2 sonogram (anatomy scan) today, which was part of the follow up to our genetics testing. We were actually shocked to find out that she only has a 2 vessel cord aka: Single Umbilical Artery (SUA). The cord usually has 3 vessels: 2 arteries and a vein. She is missing an umbilical artery. This happens less than 1% of the time. 

This is associated with chromosomal abnormalities (typically Trisomy 18), kidney issues, GI issues, and cardiac issues, preterm labor, low birth weight and even fetal demise. The good news so far is that: she has 2 kidneys, a 4 chamber heart, brain looks great, she measures 11oz which is right on target, and that my Trisomy 18 & 21 results were great a month ago. We did the AFP (alpha fetal protein) blood work today for spina bifida risk. The perinatologist said everything else looked great but the only way to "know" if there is a chromosome problem is to do an amniocentesis. She said at this point since there doesn't seem to be anything else wrong that the risk of going through the amniocentesis is higher than the risk that something could be wrong due to the 2 vessel cord. We did not decide to do an amniocentesis at this time. I will have sonograms monthly now to monitor her and if something else shows up at the next sono we will talk about the amniocentesis but we are hoping that is a bridge we won't have to cross.

On a happier note, she was head down (for today at least) and kicking :) I still can't feel her b/c of the anterior placenta. We did order her bedroom furniture today and are finalizing the details of her custom made crib bedding. Next step is to pick the paint color and start assembling her room!!

Please pray that baby Scarlett will be wonderfully healthy and strong!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

19 Weeks!

Today I am 19 weeks! I saw my OB yesterday for a routine appointment and everything is going great. Her heart rate is strong :) I feel great!! The abdominal soreness has gone away since she has turned positions again (she's back to being breech).

 Here are some comparison photos of all 3 pregnancies at 19 weeks:

19 Weeks

19 Weeks with Emma (more stretched out)

19 Weeks with Reese (barely showing)

And here are some sono pics from 18.3 weeks:

That's the placenta above her

You can see her ear!

Right hand

You can count her fingers!


She's now the size of a mango!