Corinne had her two month check-up today! She is growing like a champ! She weighed 11 pounds and 9 ounces, measured 23.5 inches long, and her head circumference is 40 centimeters. She is in the 60% for weight, 81% for height, and 74% for head circumference. She is still exclusively breastfed, so these growth stats are wonderful! Today Corinne got an oral rotavirus vaccine, which must have tasted good because she loved it. She also got three shots, which she did not love, but who would? Her next appointment is not until January, when she will be FOUR MONTHS OLD!!!
Yesterday Jennifer went to see a lactation consultant regarding Corinne''s weight gain and milk intake. It was a very valuable experience! Corinne now weighs 9 lb. 3.3 oz when her tummy is empty, and she weighed 9 lb. 6.2 oz after eating! She is taking in just slightly less that she probably needs, so Jen is using a hospital grade breast pump to help make a little extra. For now Corinne will receive that milk in bottles after she nurses, but hopefully the pump, combined with some herbal supplements, will boost Jen''s milk supply enough that Corinne is able to take in all she needs just from nursing.
By the way, Corinne''s weight gain indicates that she gained over 12 oz in 12 days, which is right on target!
Today Corinne was weighed again, and she had gained just enough (.5 oz per day) to satisfy the pediatrician! Her weight is now 8 lbs. 7 oz. Hopefully she will be at least back to her birth weight at her one month check-up on October 24.
Today is Corinne''s due date! It is so unbelievable that she has already been with us for two weeks and one day. Life is crazy, not much sleep, and she is pretty much the focus of our days and nights. Things are better than they''ve ever been! After waiting so long for a child, and going through times when we weren''t sure we''d ever have one, waking up at 3:00 a.m. to such a sweet little face is more than we could have ever hoped for.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
Today Corinne went to the pediatrician for her two week visit. Corinne lost quite a bit of weight after birth; while some weight loss is normal, she lost more than average. Her discharge weight on September 22nd was 8 lbs 10 oz, and on September 24th she was at her lowest weight of 7 lbs 15 oz. She appeared to be gaining ground accordingly with subsequent weighings, as they showed she was gaining .5 oz to 1 oz per day, but at today''s appointment she had only gained 1.5 oz in one week, putting her at 8 lbs 4.5 oz.
Corinne is now on a strict two hour feeding schedule, and Jen is also pumping after every feeding in an effort to establish a large stored supply in case Corinne ends up needing supplementary feedings after nursing, to ensure that those feedings will consist of breast milk rather than formula. Her next weight check is on Wednesday, October 10th. She needs to have gained at least 2.5 oz for the pediatrician to be satisfied, although we would really like to see her gain 6 oz to be back at her discharge weight.
Corinne Eleanor White entered the world on September 21, 2007 (her great-grandmother Clare''s birthday) at 2:17 a.m. She weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz. and measured 21.25 inches long. Jen''s labor was hard from the beginning, probably due to induction, but progressed quickly and smoothly, and thankfully Corinne was able to be born vaginally, as we had hoped. Praise the Lord for the gifts He gives us!
Tomorrow morning Jennifer will be heading to the hospital to have a cervical ripening agent administered. This is an outpatient procedure. At today''s appointment Jen''s OB told her she didn''t really need it, but that it could cause her to go into labor without the need for pitocin. Therefore, we''ve decided to give it a try! Jen and the baby will be monitored for an hour after the drug is administered, and if all looks well, we will head back home. If she does not go into active labor by Friday morning, we will return to the hospital for Jen to be admitted and start pitocin via IV. Then it will only be a matter of time before Corinne is here! We can hardly believe we are finally at this end of this long journey.
Please join us in praying for a smooth, complication-free vaginal delivery.
The induction date has been set! If Jen does not go into labor before, she will be induced on Friday, September 21. This is very special as it is the birthday of Jen''s late grandmother, Clare. Jen will be 37 weeks 6 days at this point, and a pregnancy from 37 weeks 0 days is considered full term. The baby is still measuring in the 97th percentile, and her weight is estimated to be right at 8.5 lbs!!! She also appears to have a good amount of hair on her head, based on the ultrasound. Today Jen also found out that she is 1 centimeter dialated and 50% effaced, and the baby''s head is engaged in her pelvis. The OB did say it is possible that Jen will go into labor before the induction date, but there is no way to predict these things, of course. For now we are anticipating meeting Cupcake next Friday!
Cupcake''s arrival will most likely be sometime between September 19 and September 26. Today our OB told us that because Jen''s blood pressure remains in the high-normal range, albeit stable, allowing the pregnancy to progress past 38 weeks only carries increased risk, not increased benefit. Therefore, at Jen''s 37.5 week appointment on September 19, her doctor will decide what method(s) to employ in order to start the induction process! It is very exciting to think that in just three weeks we will very likely be holding our little girl!
Today''s ultrasound and OB appointment were pretty uneventful. Cupcake is still measuring big, in the 95th percentile. We didn''t get a weight estimate today. We also didn''t get any pictures, because she''s so squished in there that it was impossible to see more than just a tiny part of her face! The technician had a hard time just getting the images she needed for measurements.
Jennifer saw a doctor in the practice other than her primary OB, as her primary was out of town this week. The doctor explained the induction process in a little bit more detail, but ultimately the method used will depend on the condition of the baby and Jen''s body when the time comes. The doctor also checked Jen and discovered that she is just starting to dialate! This is good news, as hopefully Jen will respond well to induction and all will go smoothly. Please be praying for that!
Time is winding down! At Jen''s OB appointment today everything looked good; the full ultrasound report from last week showed a big, healthy baby, as well as a normal amniotic fluid level and umbilical cord. Jen''s blood pressure is still slightly high but under the pre-eclamptic threshold, and seems to be stable. Today she repeated some blood tests for pre-eclampsia and will do so again next week (8/29). She will have another ultrasound next week, and in two weeks (9/5) another measurement of protein concentration will be taken. It is that protein measurement upon which the decision of when to induce will be based. It will either be during the week of September 10th, when Jen is 36.5 weeks, or the week of September 17th, when Jen is 37.5 weeks. While Jen is growing increasingly uncomfortable, we are hoping to be able to hold out as long as possible so the baby will be strong and healthy and ready to be born!
Today Jen had an ultrasound to check on the baby''s growth and development, which was scheduled due to the recent borderline hypertension and presence of protein. It turns out that our "little" Cupcake is not so little! She is measuring in the 97th percentile for her age at an estimated weight of 5 lbs. 14 oz.!!! Jen''s blood pressure is still borderline, and the concentration of protein over a 24-hour period was 262 mg, which is also borderline pre-eclamptic. The obstetrician told Jen today that she will be induced between weeks 37 and 38; if her blood pressure and protein levels rise, she will be induced between weeks 36 and 37. This means we could meet our little one in as early as 3 to 4 weeks!
While we are so excited that we are so close to meeting our daughter, the health of both Jen and Corinne are paramount. Please join us in praying that both Jen''s blood pressure and protein levels will stay below the pre-eclamptic thresholds of 140/90 and 300 mg, respectively, and that Corinne will continue to grow and thrive. While it appears that we will not be able to avoid induction, please also pray that the delivery will require as little intervention as possible and that Jen will be able to deliver vaginally, not by cesarean. We will keep you updated!
It''s official! Jen is now a full-time stay at home wife, soon to be stay at home mom! Her last day of work was originally slated as August 22nd, but after some symptoms of high blood pressure sent her back to the doctor yesterday, it was agreed that it would be best for her to stay home starting immediately. It is hard to believe there are only eight short weeks left until little Corinne will be joining our family! We can''t wait!
Jen went to the obstetrician''s office today for her 30 week appointment. It turns out that Jen tested positive for traces of protein and her blood pressure was elevated at 130/80 . . . Jen''s baseline blood pressure is around 102/70. Our doctor told us that if Jen''s blood pressure rises to 140/90, she will be required to stop working. Her last day is August 22nd as it is, and she is going for a follow-up appointment on August 8th. Please be praying that everything will return to normal and Jen and Corinne will stay healthy for the remainder of the pregnancy!
In passing, we also found out that our little girl has flipped back into a vertex (head down) position. While it is possible she could still finagle her way back into a breech position, it is highly unlikely. Please be praying that she stays in her current position for delivery!
Check out our newest photo album to view Corinne''s room. No, that wasn''t a slip of the "fingers" . . . we''ve decided to give it up and reveal our little girl''s name ahead of schedule. Her name will be Corinne (pronounced ka-RYN) Eleanor White.
Today Jen experienced some mild cramping, so her OB''s office asked her to come in to make sure everything was okay. After an ultrasound and some testing, it was determined that little Cupcake is just fine. It turns out that she changed position and her strong kicks against Mommy''s lower abdominal muscles were to blame for the discomfort. A nice bonus was that we were given some wonderful 3D ultrasound photos of her sweet little face! You can see them in the 3D photo album.
It is hard to believe that the pregnancy is more than half over! At this afternoon''s general check-up, the doctor measured Jennifer''s belly for the first time. Her uterus measured 22 centimeters, which is perfect considering that she is 22 weeks along at this point. Next month''s appointment will include the dreaded glucose tolerance test . . . there''s nothing like chugging flat orange soda in five minutes!
The Cupcake is kicking! Well, she''s probably been kicking for several weeks, but today Jen felt a real, honest-to-goodness kick from our little one. Topher can''t yet it feel it from the outside, but we''re sure it''s only a matter of time before this kid gets too big for her cozy little house.
Today Jennifer had her anatomy ultrasound, otherwise known as the "big" ultrasound. A technician and a physician both took several images of Cupcake''s heart, brain, kidneys, stomach, bladder, and various bones and other structures. The verdict? She''s perfect! The negative penta screen combined with the clear ultrasound puts Cupcake''s risk of having the previously mentioned genetic anomalies at less than 1 in 10,000.
Unfortunately, Cupcake was being very modest. Also, neither the technician or the physician was especially friendly, so they weren''t willing to take the time to allow Cupcake to overcome her shyness so that they could verify her gender as female. While both stated that they "suspected" she was a girl, they couldn''t get a clear enough picture to be sure. But we know she''s a girl!
Today we received the results of Jen''s penta screen blood test . . . screen negative for Down syndrome, Trisomy 18, and neural tube defects. YAY! On Friday, May 4th, we will be having our medical ultrasound to confirm the screen results, and to confirm our little one''s female gender. An update will follow!
It''s a girl!!! Today we had a 2D/3D/4D ultrasound done while visiting relatives in Tampa, FL. Although Jennifer is only 15 weeks and 3 days along, the sonographer was able to definitively tell us that we are expecting a daughter! She is already a big girl; according to measurements such as femur length, abdominal circumference, head circumference, and biparietal diameter, she is the size of a baby at 16 weeks 1 day gestation! That''s nearly a week ahead of schedule. Her femur length alone puts her in the 82nd percentile! She must take after Mommy. We have our medical ultrasound on May 4th, at which time we will learn more specifics about the health and size of the baby. As of now everything appears to be perfect. We will also be able to reconfirm that she is, in fact, a she!
We''re in the second trimester! Today was our 14 week appointment! All was well, as expected. The heart beat at this visit was 143 BPM. When Jennifer asked the doctor if it was normal that the heart beat was so much slower than at our visit 4 weeks ago, the doctor said it was a sign that the baby was developing at a normal rate. So much for the old wives'' tale of heart beat predicting gender!
Speaking of gender, we should know whether our little one has need of a tiara or a baseball cap in just eight short (or long, depending on how you look at it) days! We are having a 3D/4D ultrasound done during our Florida vacation. Not to worry, we will post all pertinent information upon our return to the frigid north!
Today our new nephew, and our little one''s cousin, was born! Dawson William White entered the world at 1:31 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. He joins big brother Haden who is almost 15 months old! We are super excited to be going to see the White clan in Tampa, Florida, in two weeks!
Today was our 10 week appointment, our first OB appointment! There are four doctors in the practice who deliver babies. All are women and all have similar philosophies on childbirth. Jennifer will meet with her doctor for the majority of the appointments, but the doctor on call the day she goes into labor will be the doctor who delivers our baby. So, we will get the opportunity to meet all the doctors in the practice before our little one arrives.
In other news, we heard the heart beat for the first time at our appointment! It was loud and strong at 167 beats per minute!
Our 14 week appointment is scheduled for April 5, and our 18 week appointment is scheduled for May 4. On May 4 we will also have our full fetal scan, which will tell us many things, one of which is the gender of the baby! That is, if the baby cooperates and doesn''t cross his/her legs.
Today we had our second ultrasound, and we were able to see our baby''s heart beating! It was truly unbelievable! The heart was beating 180 times per minute, which is normal for this stage of pregnancy. You can see a photo in the ultrasound album, but the quality is not so good as the first ultrasound photo. If you look closely you will see two yellow arrow points. The arrow on the far right is pointing at the baby''s head, and the arrow and the far left is pointing at the baby''s bottom. You can also see one foot sticking up in the air.
Based on the last ultrasound the gestational age is 8.4 weeks. However, the size of the baby suggested 8.7 weeks. This is a very small discrepancy, but if the trend continues, the baby will be a big one! However, this is to be expected, since big babies run in the family.
Jennifer has her nursing consult on March 2nd and her first OB appointment is on March 7th. We will let you know how the appointments go!
Morning sickness has officially arrived! This morning Jennifer threw up for the first time. Ah, a momentous occasion. In all seriousness, Jennifer has been feeling nauseated pretty much all day, although it is definitely worse in the morning. Hopefully the first trimester will pass quickly and smoothly, and this will soon be a distant memory.
We had our first ultrasound today! Jennifer is 5 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and the baby is officially due on October 6th! The ultrasound showed a gestational sac, and within that a yolk sac. The yolk sac is what nourishes the baby until the placenta develops. Our next ultrasound will be on February 27th, and at that point we should expect to see a fetus and a heart beat. You can see the ultrasound picture in the album titled "Ultrasounds." Appropriate, no?
The second hCG measure was done today, and the number was (drumroll, please) . . . 1361!!! That is a great number! The number more than doubled since Monday, though not quite tripled. This is a very reassuring increase. Our first ultrasound is scheduled for one week from today, on February 7th. This ultrasound is simply to confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus, and we will not be able to see an embryo or a heart beat.
Today Jennifer went for a pregnancy blood test. This was to quantitatively measure the level of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). The number was 492, which is VERY positive! Jennifer will go back on Wednesday morning for another test. The level of hCG should increase by at least 66% within 48 hours if the pregnancy is normal and viable. In reality we would really like to see the level double within that time frame. Keep us in your prayers!