Baby Ticker

July, 2005

Mystery Person Has Baby Boy

Bernard @ July 31, 2005, 5:55 pm -- [Week 37, Day 6]

Back when we had pictures at 24 and 33 weeks, we posted a picture of a friend of ours who was due a couple weeks ahead of us and labeled her “Mystery Person”. That was Anne who delivered a baby boy this past Friday. Jack was 19 inches at birth and weighed 6.25 pounds. Mom […]

Laying in Supplies

Bernard @ July 31, 2005, 2:03 am -- [Week 37, Day 6]

We talked to Suephy this weekend. She asked if we were all ready for the babies to arrive. We thought we were doing fairly well. We have the Pack n Play set up and our Diaper Champ unpacked. We have our car seats installed. We have diapers and wipes. We have a little basket for […]

Our Last Non-Stress Test

Bernard @ July 30, 2005, 10:43 pm -- [Week 37, Day 5]

Since July 6th, we’ve been going to the hospital twice a week for a non-stress test (NST) to verify that the babies are still doing okay. Combined with our weekly appointment with the OB, we’ve had three visits per week. The non-stress test is based on the fact that a healthy baby naturally moves around […]

Baby Shower 3

Agnes @ July 28, 2005, 5:52 pm -- [Week 37, Day 3]

Yes, today I had my third baby shower. The first one was thrown by the Department of Pediatrics; the second one was hosted by Brigitte, one of my fellow neurology residents, and today’s was done by the faculty and staff of the Department of Neurology. I am just overwhelmed by how generous everyone has been. […]

Thirty-Seven Week Appointment

Agnes @ July 28, 2005, 4:48 pm -- [Week 37, Day 3]

Yesterday was our last OB appointment. It was probably the least eventful of all of our appointments. I mean, the obstetrician didn’t have to check my cervix–basically, if I’m not in labor, it doesn’t really matter if I’m a few centimeters dilated. On ultrasound, there was still enough fluid in both sacs. Twin A is […]

Breastfeeding Class-Second Attempt

Agnes @ July 24, 2005, 3:31 pm -- [Week 36, Day 6]

Yesterday we went to our last pregnancy/baby-related class, and it was on breastfeeding. This was the make-up class for last week, where the instructor didn’t show up. As a pediatrician, I reinforce to many parents that breastfeeding is far superior to formula feeding, although, I have to admit, the prospect of breastfeeding twins, and going […]

Thirty-Six Week Appointment

Agnes @ July 20, 2005, 10:12 pm -- [Week 36, Day 2]

Today was our second to the last OB appointment before our scheduled C-section! Just one more visit next week. Last week, our doctor said that if I were to go into labor, she would probably give me some terbutaline to stop the contractions. This week, she said that they would just go ahead with an […]

Baby Care Basics Part 2

Bernard @ July 20, 2005, 8:58 pm -- [Week 36, Day 2]

We really enjoyed the first part of the Baby Care Basics class. The nurse who taught the session was both informative and funny. We had the second part of the Baby Care Basics class this week. A pediatrician came in to answer any questions people had, but no one in the class seemed to have […]

Baby Shower 2 and Shopping

Bernard @ July 18, 2005, 12:08 am -- [Week 36, Day 0]

One of Agnes’ co-residents at the Neurology program threw a baby shower for Agnes Saturday afternoon. Brigitte invited us, along with all of the other Neurology residents, to her place in Manhattan Beach for an afternoon party. She cooked up a storm, serving first some cocktail shrimp and bruschetta on small slices of toast. After […]

Breastfeeding Class

Bernard @ July 17, 2005, 11:57 pm -- [Week 35, Day 6]

We had our breastfeeding class scheduled for Saturday morning after our biweekly (twice a week) non-stress test. Since our non-stress test ended a little early, we were the first ones at the class. We recognized some of the other people who came in for the class from our Lamaze class, which was nice. Anyway, we […]

Thirty-Five Week Appointment

Bernard @ July 17, 2005, 11:53 pm -- [Week 35, Day 6]

Last Wednesday we had our thirty-five week appointment with the OB. In this appointment, the doctor used the ultrasound to see how the twins were doing. Twin A was still in breech position, which means we’re still aiming for our scheduled C-section on August 2nd. This means that our countdown to August 15th is a […]

Baby Care Basics

Bernard @ July 12, 2005, 6:33 pm -- [Week 35, Day 1]

Yesterday we took part one of a two part class called “Baby Care Basics.” Agnes has a lot of experience in dealing with newborns and infants, but I have next to none. I’m the youngest in my family and most of my cousins are close to my age. I’ve never babysat in my life. The […]

Interview with the Pediatrician

Agnes @ July 9, 2005, 10:41 pm -- [Week 34, Day 5]

Yesterday, we met the babies’ pediatrician. She’s part of a four-person practice that has been in the area for quite some time. The group was recommended by some of my colleagues at work. She was quite pleased to learn that I am a pediatric neurology fellow, since there is a shortage of pediatric neurologists, and […]

Lamaze, Part 6

Agnes @ July 9, 2005, 10:13 pm -- [Week 34, Day 5]

July 6th was our last Lamaze class. We missed last week’s class because Bernard was out of town and I didn’t want to go by myself; also, I was post-call and had a presentation to give the next day. It doesn’t seem like we missed much, except for some more graphic videos. Those might have […]

Thirty-Four Week Appointment

Bernard @ July 7, 2005, 11:33 pm -- [Week 34, Day 3]

Yesterday was also when we had our thirty four week appointment with our doctor. She had the results of the non-stress test we took earlier in the day, and she said everything looked fine. She also said that the Group B Strep test from last week’s appointment came back negative. Group B Strep is a […]

Non-Stress Test

Bernard @ July 7, 2005, 11:17 pm -- [Week 34, Day 3]

Yesterday we had our first “non-stress test.” A non-stress test measures how the fetuses’ heart rates change in time to their own movement. Heart monitors are strapped to Agnes’ abdomen, and she presses a button every time she feels a movement. The heart rates are printed on a strip of paper with little arrows marking […]

Packing for the Hospital

Agnes @ July 3, 2005, 7:28 am -- [Week 33, Day 6]

Yesterday, I put together a duffel bag full of the things we’ll need when I go into labor. I used a recommended list of things from our Lamaze workbook: robe and slippers toiletries and cosmetics extra pillows socks nursing bras nursing pads going home outfit and blanket for baby going home outfit for mom–early pregnancy […]

Thirty-Three Week Appointment

Agnes @ July 2, 2005, 3:24 pm -- [Week 33, Day 5]

June 28th was our thirty-three week appointment. Because the appointment was on a different day than usual, I saw the other obstetrician who shares the office with my doctor. If I have a spontaneous vaginal delivery, then it’s possible that he could be doing the delivery. Scheduled or emergency Caesarean-section means that my doctor comes […]