I had another ultrasound yesterday. My amniotic fluid is still right smack at the very low-end of normal. Part of me thinks (as Bethany helped point out last time) “At least it’s still in the normal range.” However, the ultrasound tech acted like it was very concerning.
Sometimes when there is low amniotic fluid, the baby has one really underdeveloped kidney as a result. She said that the baby has two strong-looking kidneys though.
She said that sometimes it comes from the placenta aging too fast, but apparently I have a “beautiful placenta” (It’s going to be on the cover of Glamour Placenta magazine!) so that’s most likely not the reason. Who knows? She was going to pass the results along to my midwife and if there are concerns/treatments to be done, she would be in touch… else I just go back in two weeks for another appointment and another ultrasound.
Oh, and I learned I have an anterior placenta… meaning my placenta is at the front so that’s probably part of the reason I haven’t felt any movement yet. The kid is hiding behind that extra layer of protection.
How did the human race survive without all of this information?! (total sarcasm there, by the way)
Last week I explained how I was half way(ish) through my pregnancy due to the weird way a pregnancy is counted. This week I want to discuss a slightly different look at counting… the way counting causes me stress.
I have a lot of friends on Pinterest who are mothers. And the things they pin scare the crap out of me. Things like:
- 8 Birthday Traditions to Start
- 15 Self-Directed Activities for a Toddler
- 20 Ways to “Reset” Your Kids When They have a Bad Day
- 40 Ways to do Sensory Play
- 40 Ways to Distract a Toddler
- 293 creative ways to punish your child
- 495 rainy day activities
- 6721 braid hairstyles for little girls
- 28930 ways to make fingerpainting more educational
(Okay, maybe some of those are made up. But just some of them…)
Honestly, how are you supposed to keep these lists of 9 billion ways to deal with any given situation in your mind for when that moment of need arises? When the kid is having a meltdown and you tell them, “Hang on… I’ve got a pin for this!” And do I really have to do all that… well, CRAP? Honestly it just seems like overkill. And how do people have time to actually put all of these things into practice when they’re pinning these lists on Pinterest all day?
Right now I’m feeling more like I’ll follow the parenting-by-the-seat-of-my-pants method… whatever works will be done. Megan at On The Road Again had a great post last week about this kind of idea: An Open Letter to New Parents (Including Myself)
Another thing that’s weird is counting trimesters… why is there so much conflicting information published about when you are actually in a new trimester? Some of them vary by as much as three weeks!
And since we’re speaking of numbers… I had lunch with a friend who just had a baby and I said that our kids would probably be in the same grade in school. She said, “Yep, they’ll graduate in 2030.”
So here’s the breakdown on some of those things:
– The kid will start kindergarten in 2017
– The kid will be old enough to drive a car in 2028
– The kid will finish high school in 2030
– The kid will graduate from college with the class of 2034, give or take
(Both of us graduated from college early, but I might encourage my kid to play more!)