Monday, June 30, 2008

34 Week Visit

We had another great visit with our OB today. I am still progressing normally with no signs of any complications...thankfully!! We have tentatively set the date of our C-section for August 1, which will make me 39 weeks. I am excited to have a date in mind, but it also makes me kind of nervous...that is only 4 1/2 weeks away! This pregnancy seems to have just flown by!

During our BPP, the Sonographer took measurements of Colby and has estimated his weight at about 6 pounds (5 lb 13 oz). This made Jason and I very happy!! This should put him on track to be a good size when he is born. The bigger, the better!!!! Colby seems to be happy and doing well, which is such a blessing!!!

After what seems like the longest wait ever, we return to Dr. Liske, our Cardiologist, on Thursday. He will do another echo cardiogram to check on Colby's heart. I am very anxious for this appointment. Part of me wants to believe that his heart will have miraculously gotten better, but the other part of me is in reality and knows there is not a very good chance of that....we just have to trust in God's plan for little Colby and for our family. I just pray that nothing has changed for the worse! Dr. Liske should be able to give us a better idea of what to expect after delivery (based on the echo). Jason and I are both eager to have some sort of plan in mind for what is to all know me, I'm a planner!

We will keep you posted on what we find out from Dr. Liske on Thursday. We will also let you know for sure about our delivery date once that is finalized. I think we are looking good for August 1, though.

Thanks for your continued prayers and support!!

Hitchcock Family

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

32 Week Visit

We are very happy to report that yesterday's visit was very quick and uneventful...almost like a "normal" prenatal visit. We spoke with the doctor for a few minutes and then had our first BPP. Colby was so cooperative that the BPP was over in about 10 minutes! As soon as the Sonographer got Colby on the screen, he showed his breathing exercise, which is one of the things she has to look for each time. She then quickly recorded the other "tricks" she needed, and we were done. He was so well behaved!!

Jason, on the other hand, was apparently not well behaved. On the way to our appointment, we got pulled over by a police officer on West End. We weren't speeding, didn't run a red light or stop sign, didn't have expired, we were pulled over because Jason didn't have his seat belt on!!!! The police officer stopped us, took Jason's license, and then went back to his car for 5-10 minutes (it felt like forever...probably because we were running a little late!). When he finally came back to our car, he simply told Jason that this was normally a $10 non-moving violation. He was going to let us go with a warning, though. If you know Jason, you can imagine the response that he wanted to come back with. Luckily for me, though, he held his tongue and we were able to make it to our appointment only 5 minutes late.

I'm just glad that our excitement for this day was before the appointment and not during the appointment!! We've had enough unexpected "excitement" with this pregnancy!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Scuba Steve (Brody)

Check out Brody in his new "warm belly" wetsuit.... Apparently he was getting cold at swim lessons and Becca thought he needed this "Scuba Steve" outfit to make him feel warm and fuzzy during his lessons.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Good News!

The nurse just called from our doctors' office to let me know that my 3 hour glucose test results were gestational diabetes!!! This is of course a big relief! One less thing to worry about is a blessing!

What a Morning!

I went back to the doctor today for my 3 hour glucose test. I have been dreading it all week...the thought of having 3 hours all alone in a waiting room did not appeal to me. Sure, I guess it would have been some "me" time, but that is not exactly the type of "me" time I would want. I am still not doing well with having lots of quiet time to think...I tend to think way too much about little Colby and the challenges he will face and just make myself crazy. Again, the unknown is what is so hard for me right now. My imagination runs a little too wild sometimes!

Luckily, my dad surprised me and went with me while my mom stayed at our house to watch Brody (thanks again mom for watching the wild man). I don't think this is the type of "fun" my dad envisioned for his first week of retirement- sitting outside a lab for 3 hours- but being the amazing dad that he is, he did it for me!! Thank you again daddy!!! Your company was very much appreciated!!!! I would have been a basket case by the end of that 3 hours without you!

I am hoping to hear the results of my test later this afternoon, but if not, I guess we should definitely find out Monday. The sooner, the better!! If I do have diabetes, I would like to do everything I can to get it under control quickly so it doesn't affect Colby in any way. Hopefully, I do not have it, though!!! So, for now, I will just have to sit and wait and try not to think about it!

Monday, June 2, 2008

30 week visit

Jason and I went back to Vanderbilt today for our 30 week visit. Apparently there was a problem with my glucose test that I did at my last visit. The doctor said that there is a chance that I have gestational diabetes. To determine this for sure, I will have to return sometime this week for the extended 3 hour glucose test…this is where they draw my blood once an hour for 3 hours with no food on my stomach. I’m sure that this will be lots of fun! We are just continuing to pray that this 3 hour test will show no signs of gestational diabetes.

We also had another ultrasound today to check on the baby’s weight. The baby continues to grow very well! He now weighs 3 pounds 10 oz, which means he has grown a little over a pound in the last 3 weeks. He is getting so big…thankfully! As she was measuring his head and his leg bone length, I couldn’t help but laugh! His head is in the 97th percentile and his leg length is around the 30th percentile for his gestational age…sounds very familiar doesn’t it?!?!

We return for our next office visit in 2 weeks. We will also start having a Biophysical Profile (BPP) done each week until delivery at this point. As I understand it, the BPP will just measure baby’s overall health…heart rate, muscle tone, movement, breathing, and amount of amniotic fluid. In addition to office visits and weekly BPPs, they will be doing ultrasounds to check his weight every 3 weeks. We feel like this group of doctors is being very thorough, which makes us feel very good!

Thanks again for your continued prayers and support!

Please remember to check our website often…we will continue to post updates on the baby as well as big brother Brody!!!

By the way, we have finally decided on a name for this precious baby boy...Colby Chance Hitchcock!! I know, I's about time!!

Jason and Becca