IUGR

At my 28 week appointment we had some concern with how the baby was growing when my fundal measurement first started being a little behind.  My doctor sent me for a growth ultrasound and the baby looked good.  She was a little small, but still within the normal range.  My fundal measurements were still behind at all of my next OB appointments, but I was following my own curve and with the good ultrasound results we weren’t too worried.  But at my 34 week appointment my fundal measurements actually decreased (they should increase by 1 cm every week), so I was sent for another growth ultrasound.  This time the results weren’t within the normal range and baby was diagnosed with asymmetrical IUGR.

Her head is still measuring in the normal range, but her limbs and abdomen are all lagging behind.  This means that for whatever reason (most likely a problem with the placenta) that baby girl isn’t growing like she should.  The good news is that since her head measurements are still within the normal range her body knows there is a problem and is protecting her most important parts (like her brain).

So from here on out my pregnancy will be monitored very closely to ensure that she stays happy and healthy, despite not growing like she should be.  I will have twice weekly NSTs (non-stress tests) to keep an eye on her neurological status.  I had my second NST today and she passed with flying colors!  Also I will have weekly ultrasounds to check on her amniotic fluid levels.  My first ultrasound to check her fluid is tomorrow morning.  In a couple more weeks I’ll get another growth ultrasound and hopefully she will show that she’s gaining weight slowly.  As long as the NSTs and ultrasounds keep showing that she’s not in any distress she’ll get to keep baking.  If at any time she appears to be struggling we’ll deliver early.  Hopefully we can make it to term and she’ll be born healthy and just a little small.

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Magnetic Pumpkin Matching Game

It’s October!  We love Fall at our house.  And with Halloween approaching we’re starting to do more Halloween and Fall-themed activities around here.

Trevor loves to match objects and group like things together so I thought our first Halloween activity should revolve around that love.  Using the all-knowing Google I found some pumpkin faces to print off.  I found a printable I liked here and printed off 2 copies.  I cut out the pumpkin faces from one of the sheets and then used clear contact paper to laminate them.  Next I glued magnets to the back of each pumpkin (I just cut up one of those free advertising magnets you get in the mail).  I put the pumpkin magnets on one side of Trevor’s magnet board and hung up the full pumpkin face sheet on the other.  Then it was his turn to match them!

 

 

 

Trevor never ceases to amaze me with how good his visual skills are.  The pumpkin faces look pretty similar so I thought this might be a little too difficult for him.  But I only had to tell him once to look again.  He matched 8 out of the 9 all on his own.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised anymore with how great of a matcher he is.  After all he doesn’t miss a thing visually and notices when the smallest thing is out of place.  It’s a blessing and a curse 😉