Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Golden Nugget

I've been calling Bryan "nugget" since before we had a name for him.  I am not really certain of when or how I came up with it, but it stuck.  For me anyway.  I don't think Chris calls him nugget.  Nor anyone else.  But I like it and for as long as he's on the inside, he can't be embarrassed about his mom calling him "nugget" in public.

I had a sonogram yesterday to take a better look at our little nugget in that my OB thought I might have to give birth to a toddler.  The good news is that she was wrong!  He's a perfect, right-on-track with an estimated weight of 5 lbs, 10 oz.  So, if he gains an average amount of weight and I carry him to exactly 40 weeks, he'll be about 8 lbs!  Doesn't get much better than that...or does it?

It does.  It really does.  There seems to be some consensus that my "blip on the radar" with regard to the whole preeclampsia/bed rest thing was really just that.  It was a hiccup most likely caused by all of the traveling I was doing in January and February.  For most women, it's not a huge issue, but I was having to re-acclimate to the altitude change every time left and came home.   Which was A LOT in those six weeks!  Once I got home and stayed put, my blood pressure stabilized and the regular contractions subsided.  I still have a lot of contractions, but not more than 4 in an hour.  And when I have 3 in an hour, I can avoid the 4th with a big glass of water and resting on my left side for an hour.  It's  like magic.

The even better news:  There's ABSOLUTELY NO REASON to believe that I will have or will need to have this baby one day or one minute before he's full term.  There will be no induction scheduled and any labor before 36 1/2 weeks will be stopped.  Apparently, babies born at this altitude (and higher) before the 36 1/2 week mark have difficulty breathing because of the lack of oxygen.  I hadn't really thought about it, but it makes total sense.  Babies born at 34 weeks in MI have few complications.  Babies born at 34 weeks in Denver have more breathing/oxygenation complications.  But I am 35 weeks today, so that's a good thing.  Only 2 weeks before there's nothing to even think about.  I can say with 100% confidence that I will have an April baby.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you.  No more drama for this pregnant lady!!  Oh, and some pictures of Nugget for you...the 3-d machine makes him glow orange-ish gold.  Hence the Golden Nugget! I think he has Chris' nose.

He loves to have his little hand over his eyes.  And he's sort of smiling in this picture!

With a little assistance from the technician, our little golden nugget moved his hand.  And he already has chubby cheeks! I love it!! 


  1. Oh Jenna, I am soooo elated to hear that things are going well.

    The whole "nugget" story makes me giggle. Wyatt has been a "peanut" since about Prego week 12, and still is to this day. :)

    Can't wait for your "nugget" to meet all of us in cyber-world.

    Much Love to you!!

  2. Jenna-Super excited that things are going so well! Didn't think about the lack of O2 but it makes sense! Won't be long now!!! I cannot wait! Thanks for the updates and love the blog!

  3. awww!! Isnt it amazing to see his little face!! Already so cute ;) SO excited for you!!!

  4. Best news:) Enjoy the next few weeks.