Thursday, July 17, 2014

Checkups and a Name

The four of us went to Bertram July 3rd to hang out with my family for the holiday weekend.

We went bowling

Watched the fireworks

Looked precious sleeping

Made cookies for Captain

Then the girls stayed with my parents the following week because I had several doctor appointments over the past week. Also, I wanted to try to get a few things done around the house since I hadn't started working on the nursery yet.  I repeated the three hour glucose test last Monday and failed it this time, so I've been adjusting to checking my glucose levels four times a day and modifying my diet.  It hasn't been as hard as I first imagined.  

My sister-in-law, Sarah, asked me in December to make the baby bedding for our new niece...only seven months later, I finally got it done!  With finishing school, being pregnant, and finding out right after I graduated that the baby has CHDs, I had been a little swamped.  I'm so happy to have it finished and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

I got that done and started cleaning out the playroom and the girls' room while binge watching How I Met Your Mother to finally start getting the nursery ready!  Can I just say how thankful I am that instant streaming Netflix and smart phones didn't exist while I was in school?  I would have never studied.  

Stephen went to North Carolina for some training last Thursday through Saturday, so I had the house completely to myself which was WEIRD AND LONELY.  I realized my time limit away from the girls hovers around three days before I miss them painfully.  Stephen flew back into Dallas on Sunday, and I met him at the airport.  We had a mini-vacation in Dallas over the weekend, and I had doctor appointments Monday and Tuesday.  We went to the Rangers games Saturday and Sunday.  We sat between right and center field Saturday, so we had a great shot of the bullpen. 

And Friday we sat on the face of the sun eight rows up behind home plate for twenty minutes before I had to retreat to the shade. 
The seats were so hot that I couldn't put my arms on the arm rests because it was seering my flesh off.  Once we moved to the shade, we were fine.

I had an appointment with the cardiologist Monday afternoon.  Dr. Kao said everything looks the same as it did last time and the time before that, and she expects he won't need surgery immediately after birth.  I don't have to go back to see her for six weeks!  Tuesday morning we had an appointment with the perinatologist to do a growth ultrasound.  He's still growing great and tolerating the CHDs well, and his head is still huge.

Here's his sweet little profile:

His legs were stretched completely straight during part of the ultrasound and his feet were in my ribs, which sounds about right.

And this is a close-up of his heart:

The figure eight shaped part is the left side, which is fully formed.  The white line immediately above that is the septum, which separates the left and ride sides.  The triangle shaped dark spot right above that is the right side, which you can tell pretty clearly now is smaller than the left side.  Starting next week, I'll be getting biophysical profiles done on the baby every week--alternating between my OB's office here in Tyler and the perinatologist in Dallas.

During our little vacation we decided on a name!  Baby boy will be Samuel Stephen.  During the second time we visited the cardiologist about a month ago, Stephen looked up names with "heart" in their meanings.  Samuel means God's heart or asked of God, so it immediately went to the top of our list.  Emory asks me at least once a day, "Do you have a baby in your belly?  Is it my brudda?  What's him name?" and I'm SO happy to have an answer for her now!  I googled "Samuel Bryan" just to make sure there wasn't a serial killer out there with that name, and all I found was this guy:

so I think we're good.




  1. haha the face of the sun--that's an awesome way to describe baseball game heat!

  2. I had no idea you were even pregnant again! Will be praying for you and your little one, as well as the girls in the months to come.