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I am the Momma of 8 children. Seven here on earth and 1 precious little Angel in Heaven. My children range in age from 2 months to 25 years. My 6 year old was born with a laundry list of complex medical conditions. He has Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), a rare brain malformation, which resulted from a mutation of the PAX-6 gene, bilateral anophthalmia, which means that he was born without any eyes, so he is totally blind. At the age of 2 1/2 months old he had to have a tracheostomy to help aid in his breathing. He is hearing impaired, with normal hearing in his left ear and has profound deafness in his right. At 3 1/2 years he had surgery to have a Mic-Key button placed in his stomach (feeding Tube), which is mainly used to give him his medications. He also has insulin dependant diabetes and wears an insulin pump, which gives him a continuous dose of insulin. Even with his many dis"abilities," including being globally developmentally delayed, he has accomplished more than anyone would have ever believed that he could. Join us in our journey living with a Dis"Abled" child....

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

24.4 weeks pregnant

    I had another full anatomic ultrasound on Monday, April 19th. Our little guy measured right on target for 24 weeks. His estimated weight is 1lb. 10oz. The amniotic fluid level was great. And our little guy looks great. The echogenic cardio foci that was seen at 17 weeks wasn't seen during this ultrasound. My next ultrasound is scheduled for May 24th.
I had an OB>GYN appointments today. I have gained approximately 10lbs so far. Boy do I feel like it is more like 30lbs. I feel huge! Nathaniel's heart rate was in the 130's range. Being that my blood glucose levels have been creaping up the past few weeks, my OB>GYN raised my insulin dose. I now have to take 20u of Humilin-N along with 12u of Humilin-R in the morning and 10u of Humilin-N along with 7u of Humilin-R in the evening. I'm so proud of my self. With ALL of my other pregnancies my insulin dose would have been raised twice by this stage in my pregnancy. I have an appointment in 2 weeks with my OB>GYN to review my blood glucose levels following the increase of my insulin dose.
I guess my cravings in this pregnancy has played a very big part in my ability of being able to control my glucose levels. During this pregnancy I have absolutely no desire for meat of any form. Just the thought of meats makes me feel nauseous. It isn't the smell of the meats cooking. Honestly, I'm not sure why I'm turned off to the thought of meats. Before I got pregnant I could eat chicken 3 times a day. But even chicken is a turn off. All I want is Fresh Baby Spinach topped with a lot of black pepper and lite Cesar dressing. Any other fruits and veggies are a must as well. Also a baked potato with chaddar cheese, butter, sour cream, salt and pepper. Like the saying goes; Each pregnancy is totally different.
Here is a list of my cravings with my previous pregnancies....
1st. pregnancy:  Pickles>cucumbers and peanuts
2nd. pregnancy:  Apple Pies and French Fries. These HAD to be bought from Hardee's
3rd. pregnancy:  Cottage Cheese and any food with Tomato Sauce
4th. pregnancy: Hawaiian Pizza topped with Ranch Dressing
5th. pregnancy: White rice. Sometimes I would add spinach and tuna to the rice.
6th pregnancy: Chex Mix tons and tons of the stuff
7th pregnancy: Icee's especially cola flavor. Now this one was strange as well being I hadn't had an Icee in many, many, many years.
We are really starting to get excited about this pregnancy. Especially now that we have been reassured with 2 ultrasounds that everything looks good. And I have now reached the point in my pregnancy that if something should go wrong our little guy has a fighting chance at survival.
We are thinking about nursery themes. And planning a day out in the near future to buy baby clothes, a car seat, stroller and other necessary essentials.
Also we are still trying to agree on a middle name for Nathaniel. Why does it seem so much simplier to choose a girls name verses a boys name?

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