Friday, February 25, 2011

16 weeks

Before we get to the latest pregnancy update I thought I would update you about Sawyer's eyes. This week we went back to the optometrist after 3 nights of eye dilation. The Dr. determined Sawyer is farsighted with a prescription of +2 in both eyes. The good news is at this time the prescription is not strong enough to warrant glasses. However, the Dr. said his farsightedness will probably continue to worsen until about the age of 4, so Sawyer will be returning to the optometrist every 6 months. More than likely he will require glasses at some point, but right now he will remain glasses free!

16 weeks, sorry for the shadow

How far along: 16 weeks 3 days
Total weight gain/loss: 10 lbs. (more on this in a moment)
Maternity clothes: not yet, but I'm going to pull out the box very soon, the pants are getting tight
Sleep: only side sleeping with a pillow b/w my legs
Best moment this week: having Kyle home for a few extra days
Movement: A little, but not much
Food cravings: anything I see someone else eating on TV
What I am missing: Working out, just going outside in general, I know it's strange it's just been a long time. I was doing well working out regularly running at the beginning of the pregnancy (before I even knew I was pregnant) and then Kyle's work schedule changed and now it's impossible to go to the gym (the gym would have to open at 4 am) and the ice-packed sidewalks are way too dangerous.
What I am looking forward to: Finding out the gender at the next appointment
Milestones: Officially popping out :)

Fair Warning: this is not to meant to be a complaining post, but I just received this news and I'm a bit taken aback. After I have time to process the information I'm sure I'll be back to my normal self.

I had my 16 week appointment today. For the most part it was very routine. The baby's heart rate was 142. Which is very low for any heartbeat checks I have ever had, but it was strong and consistent.

This week I've putting together Sawyer's "baby book." I say that loosely because I'm just creating a book of his 1st year online. Anyway, I was looking at old blog posts about his pregnancy and I did not wear my 1st piece of maternity clothing or gain any weight until 20 weeks with Sawyer. I know they say you get bigger with each pregnancy, but seriously I'm already 1 month ahead of the timeframe I was with Sawyer's pregnancy add to the fact w/ Sawyer I was running all the time and now I'm not...this could get interesting I mean I gained 10 lbs. in a month! Granted w/ Sawyer the first month I gained weight (5 months) I gained 8 lbs. and then it leveled off. That's what I was hoping for until the dr. entered the room.

I was required to have more lab work due to a low thyroid level on my initial labs. The Dr. said this is very common during early pregnancy and should return to normal levels. Unfortunately, the second test revealed almost zero thyroid levels. Say what!? I've never had an issue w/ my thyroid or anything else during pregnancy for that matter. So, as soon as possible I must visit an endocrinologist to get my thyroid levels in check. I have no idea if this will go away once the baby is born. This may explain the issue of the sudden weight gain though. I've never had thyroid issues, so the sudden lack of thyroid production may have wreaked havoc on my body. At this point I don't have many answers to my questions. At the doctor's office I was too shocked to ask many questions, but I did ask what it means for my body to have low thyroid levels (what are the effects). Her exact answer, "The baby also has low thyroid levels." Okay, well what does that mean!?

So, the plan...I must have a plan in order to stop obsessing:
1. Visit the endocrinologist
2. Only buy healthy foods from here on out :( Sad, I've never really had to worry about weight during pregnancy, and honestly the Dr. isn't concerned about my weight, but it's always better to eat healthy right.
3. Rearrange Kyle's work schedule so I can once again go to the gym. The alone time will do me some good anyway.
4. Remember the most important thing about this pregnancy, the baby, is doing well and seems healthy!

And to end on a funny note. Kyle's 1st reaction when I told him everything about the not-so-great Dr.'s visit: "It must be a girl."


  1. hey, they discovered thyroid issues w/me when I was pregnant with Elijah. If you have questions I'm happy to try to answer them. If it helps, the thyroid meds helped me drop weight like crazy after each boy was born! :)

  2. dear, you hardly look pregnant at all & lovely as always! i've been on thyroid meds since the end of college (turns out thats why i took all those naps!). let me know if you have any questions about the medication!

  3. Yeah, the low thyroid could explain gaining weight too easily, among other things. I'm sorry to hear you're having to deal with that, but I'm glad they are gonna be thorough with you and get it in check. I had a friend who needed thyroid meds while pregnant and then went back to ok afterwards, hopefully that will happen to you too! Other people develop low thyroid right after a pregnancy, these changes in hormones are usually when these things show up. It's very common, there are lots of great books and info out there, I know it's overwhelming news at first but you'll get it figured out in time (I have experience with it because my mom has it, and mine has bounced around a bit too but not to the point of needing medication... yet). Take care!