Friday, December 23, 2011

A Negative

Yes that is my blood type as I had learned during the early stages of my pregnancy (remember the "A minus" story), it is also known as "Rh Factor in Pregnancy".

What does that means?
A woman is at risk when she has a negative Rh factor and her partner has a positive Rh factor. This combination can produce a child who is Rh positive. While the mother's and baby's blood systems are separate there are times when the blood from the baby can enter into the mother's system. This can cause the mother to create antibodies against the Rh factor, thus treating an Rh positive baby like an intruder in her body. If this happens the mother is said to be sensitized.

A sensitized mother's body will make antibodies. These antibodies will then attack an Rh positive baby's blood, causing it to breaking down the red blood cells of the baby and anemia will develop...

I do want to say that I have NO concerns or stress, we live in a time where this can all be prevented, hence the shot I received at 28 wk., and the steps that can be taken proceeding the birth. While it is important to have the knowledge, it is also just as important to not over react.

With that said, I wanted to share with you the story of receiving "The Shot".

First I had to pick up the shot at St. Michaels Hospital, where they handed me a plastic Biohazard bag that made be feel like I was a walking contamination to society.
Two days later I went into the Midwifery Clinic for my regular appointment where I met our back-up mid wife Linda and for her to administer this said shot. For those that are or have been pregnant, you are all quite familiar with the amount of blood work that goes along with it. So I just assumed that she would give me the shot in my arm, but on her recommendation she advised the ass muscle as the prime real estate for both comfort and pain. Well, didn't I proceed to turn on all fours on a bed, where she then offered I might be comfortable lying on my side. And here is my reply "Oh, I just automatically assumed it would be done doggy style position". Didn't all 3 of us burst into the hardest laughter ever. Thank god she wasn't mortified and said I was a funny girl. I don't think she will look at Tony and I quite the same.

I can only imagine what else will come out of my mouth at this point, but at least it results in laughter.

Lots of Love,

Sunday, December 18, 2011

We are making progress

We are officially in our 3rd trimester and there has been a lot of progress both with the baby's room/necessities and with my growing belly. (See for yourself below ;)

We start seeing our midwife every 2 weeks now, which is both exciting and frustrating. Exciting because we are closing in on the end and frustrating because it is so time consuming. We have picked our names which I think are locked in at this point, for a girl we have decided on Lucy Lynn Nguyen and for a boy we have chosen Benjamin Robert Nguyen.

I have started looking for a photographer for maternity and newborn shots, I think we have it narrowed down to 2 potentials. I just have to make the final decision now. I was going to try to do them myself but I just don't have the energy to set up a spot and I would much rather sit on the couch and watch absolutely nothing on TV. (Ain't that the truth)

As for a baby shower that most of you might be wondering about, I have decided that I would much prefer an open house "Meet and Greet" / "Sip & See" after the baby is born. The biggest reason for this is I am hoping to alleviate the overwhelming individual visits. My worry is that I have no idea how I will feel, how fast I will adapt to being a new mother or even it I want to get out of my robe or brush my teeth. This is a whole new world I am about to enter and I have to idea what I am doing.

With that said, I will leave you to peruse our progress photos.

Lots of Love
Christy Lynn