Saturday, June 25, 2011


This is what is going on right now..

what are you baby?
Things have been going well so far. 
Which I would say is a blessing, 
because each week I make it farther,
to me, means another great week of baby growing. 

I've been definitely working more than I probably should be. 
I've pretty much came home
every day these past 2 weeks
completely exhausted. 
I'm trying to get stuff done around the house, 
even attempting to stay on top of laundry (HA)

but the feeling in my gut, has been the 
anticipation of the big date(s)

for this..

We have decided, well, pretty much in the beginning 
that we want to know what we are having. 

I know some people can handle the wait,
I however, 
am no where close to patient
and would like to prepare with gender like

I had another OBGYN appointment this past 
with another Doctor. 
This one however has a history. 

Both my husband and his sister were delivered by this man,
who my mother in law 
has less than great 
reviews from. 

Hearing her story made it more clear to me, 
that I really want to make sure I am making the right decision
as this is something I will remember forever. 
For me, I really want to know
that in case of any emergency,
I need to have someone there that really
understands diabetes, and what all can happen
when things go wrong with those complications. 
I'm not worrying about that now, 
I just need to feel comfortable that this
single person, 
is confident in saving my life and our babies' life. 

This Thursday though, I met the other male in the group
that despite my mother in law's experience, 
maybe with the 25 years under his belt he is 
better with beside manner. 
I actually appreciated him and his education. 
He praised me for my diabetes work so far 
and really took the time to 
listen to me and give me feedback. 
That I can appreciate. 

But after meeting with him, he decided that since I was having a level 2 
ultrasound on Monday, June 27
that they would give me better information and if I can't find out what it is, 
that I can call anytime to have another one done. 
I thanked him for his time and for listening to me. 

Let's back up a minute. 
The day before this appointment I called the office to make sure
 I was not having an ultrasound so that Austin could be there if
we were finding out. 
Let's just say this nurse was a little too ballsy..
why you ask?
Well she told me I wasn't sick enough with Type 1 to even have had ultrasounds, 
that they wouldn't be able to do a screening, as I would take too long
and she's not about to schedule one for me,
also that because of the waivering timeline of when they think i'm due
because of the size, 
that I'm not where I say I am am and she's the one that's right. 
Not to mention, that while doing this, 
I had to explain over and over 
why I was calling, that she didn't need to be rude, 
and that everyone is wrong
or tells me different things. 
I then told her I was getting off the phone and no longer talking. 

After that appointment, but I then called
Dr. J's office to schedule 
a consultation with him. 
At least to see what he is about, and how I feel about him. 
He's been referred to me by more than 1 mother 
and it is worth a try to find someone I feel comfortable with. 

I also got a call from nurses from Iowa City who are 
performing my Level 2 Ultrasound
on Monday. 
She was a blessing. 
How sweet to hear someone treating me
nicely, and with respect. 
She explained everything to me, 
what would be happening 
and what I could expect. 
She also talked to me about a blood test known at 
Quad Screen.

This blood test checks the hcg levels to determine if further
testing is needed to see if there is a chance
our child has problems which would also determine
how I will be delivering our child. 

Here is the information I found from the American Pregnency Organization

The quad screen measures high and low levels of AFP, abnormal levels of hCG and estriol, and high levels of Inhibin-A. The results are combined with the mother's age and ethnicity in order to assess probabilities of potential genetic disorders.
High levels of AFP may suggest that the developing baby has a neural tube defect such as spina bifida or anencephaly. However, the most common reason for elevated AFP levels is inaccurate dating of the pregnancy.
Low levels of AFP and abnormal levels of hCG and estriol may indicate that the developing baby has Trisomy 21(Down syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) or another type of chromosome abnormality.

This test is also known at Multiple Marker Screening
and is recommended that I have it because of the risk factors which include:
  • Have a history of birth defects
  • over the age of 35
  • Used possible harmful medications or drugs during pregnancy
  • Have diabetes and use insulin
  • had a viral infection during pregnancy
  • been exposed to high levels of radiation.
So because I have diabetes and been taking insulin, this is why I am having it done. 
No harm to the baby, 
just another needle sucking my blood. 

So, we are one day out from 
hopefully finding out what we are having. 
I am so excited, and nervous at the same time. 
It's like knowing your giving a big presentation
and it's just impending..


knowing you are marrying your best friend
but you have to wait for the rehearsal to be over
before you can go to bed and wake up for the day. 

We are trilled to find out, 
to make sure things look okay
and healthy. 

So.. what will it be?
Blue or Pink?
Or Orange or Purple?