Thursday, September 24, 2009

13 Weeks and Counting.....

Today we had our 27 week appointment. Everything went pretty well, except for the fact that I had to give blood (checking my gluecose level) and get 2 shots (which I hate)! The fun part today was that we had another ultrasound, but this time it was 3D. Adam and I were so amazed that we were able to see our baby so vividly. At this early stage, we think the baby resembles Adam, at least as far as the profile pix could show us! Baby B did not want to cooperate today and kept putting his/her hand over his/her face(no we are still not finding out...). Today we are thinking Baby B may be a boy, but give us a day and we'll change our mind to a girl. We really don't have a preference, we are just excited to meet our little bundle. They still are not sure when Baby B will be born, but for now, the doctors are thinking about 2 weeks early, but they have to wait to line up all the doctors before setting an offical date.

For those of you who are wondering about Fifths Disease (which I mentioned in my previous blog) I am in the clear, already been exposed, so all is well! I guess being a teacher for 11 years exposes you to things you didn't even know!

I also just got my camera back this week (whohoo) so paparazzi will be back in action! Expect some pix posted after this weekend!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

First Kick.....

It's been a another busy week here with the Burns' Bunch. Adam officially finished the painting and putting up the chair rail in the baby's room and with the help of his bro, Justin, put the crib together! I promise pix will come as soon as I get my camera back and paparazzi will be back in action:)

School is going well for me, but busy as ever! On Friday, a little boy was letting everyone at recess know he was alergic to me because I was preganant, I shrugged it off as a typical 2nd grade boy comment. Come to find out, he had 5th's Disease. This basically is a rash on your skin that usually isn't a big deal at all...that is unless you are preganant! From what I understand, it is more of a concern if you are in your first trimester, so now that I am well into my second trimester and surely have been exposed to it before ( being a teacher and all) I thought no big deal, but better to be safe than sorry! So Friday afternoon I went in for a blood test ( my veins are getting good at these) just to double check that everything is ok, I will keep you all posted, but like I said I'm sure it's no biggy, just another adventure to add to our list:)

This weekend, Justin and Sue came to visit and we had a great time catching up. We went to Octoberfest and ate some yummy food and beers(well no beer for me). As Justin put it
"Pretzels and beer the size of your head, what more could you want"!

On an exciting note....Baby B had some powerful kicks while Adam and I were at church tonight. I've been waiting for Adam to be able to feel our baby and tonight he did! Such a cool and special moment to experience.

All in all, we've had a great week! I am heading to North Carolina for my cousins' wedding next weekend and Adam is looking forward to a guys weekend here. We'll continue to keep everyone posted on the Burns' Bunch and I will post some pix asap!

As always, thank you for all your postive thoughts and prayers!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

24 weeks and counting...

We had our 24 week appt. on Monday(yikes 6 months already) and left the appt. knowing a little more about Baby B. Adam and I both went in extra prepared with matching notebooks full of questions(of course the journals were Adam's idea, he tries to keep me organized). Our specialist Dr. G ( I can't spell his last name it's crazy long) even noted he was impressed with our organization:)

We had another ultra sound ( I guess one perk of all of this is we see our baby every month) and Dr. G was able to locate that Baby B's lesion is L4. I'm sure many of you are thinking L4 what is that, so I'll fill you in as best as I can. The lower part of your spine is called the lumbar and it has 5 vertebrates. L1 would be the highest and L5 would be the lowest. The lower the lesion the better the mobility is for our baby. Therefore, Adam and I were somewhat relieved to to know that the lesion is lower rather than higher, we marked that down on our list of good news. We also learned that our baby has a healthy heart, lungs, kidney, etc. All good news.

We also learned that both of Baby B's feet are clubbed, which often accompanies babies with spina bifida. We are not exactly sure how our baby's feet will be treated, but from what I have read, most likely braces. As I mentioned before Baby B does have hydrocephalus and the Chari II malformation. We are not sure of the severity of either of these at this time, the hydrocephalus will be treated with a shunt, but we will not know more until we meet with our neurosurgeon on October 9th. Of course, nothing is for sure until we see our little bundle of joy, but we are thankful that we have this time to prepare ourselves for Baby B by reading, learning and talking to others.

Speaking of talking with others, I feel blessed to have been in contact with 3 other amazing parents of children with spina bifida. I've always felt that God puts people in our lives for a reason, but my thoughts were confirmed this month. Several years ago I taught a young man in 4th grade who has spina bifida, he is now in high school and is a truly amazing kid. I have been able to reconnect with his mom, which has been wonderful for me! My sister, Jill, has also connected me to another parent of a child with spina bifida who attends the Early Childhood Center where Jill works, another amazing and positive parent. It doesn't stop there, I also learned that I teach with a lady who has a 17 year old son with spina bifida. She has also been an awesome resource and friend! This has all happened within the last month, overwhelming, yes, but also confirmation that God works in mysterious ways!

On another note,many of you have been asking me to post updated photos of my pregnancy. Well I hate to disappoint, but papparazzi (as many of you call me) is out of commission for a couple weeks. I broke our camera last month and it has been sent away to be fixed. Once I have it back in my hands I will make sure to update photos!

That's about all for now, Adam has been busy this weekend painting the house and preparing the nursery for the arrival of Baby B! I will continue to post updates on our "Bunch" each weekend, thank you all for your positive notes, thoughts and prayers!