3.25.2010

Prego Mego - Week 28

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So, I'm 28 weeks pregnant with Cohen. I CANNOT believe I'm in my third trimester! Time has gone by so fast.

I'm feeling pretty good. My body is starting to ache quite a bit. We are packing and trying to sell our house, so I'm staying pretty busy. Do not worry, I take breaks to rest and put my feet up. The GOOD part about this is I'm sleeping a bit better because I'm SO tired! I've finally got myself propped up on all sorts of pillows so I've figured something out..for the time being. The recliner I posted in my previous Prego Mego post did not work for me.

I've been wondering a lot what baby Cohen is going to look like. I know I keep saying I'm going to post baby pics of the hubs and I but I still haven't done it. I will though, I will.

We had an appointment with our OB here in town today. The second round of the amnio results were completely normal! God definitely answered many prayers with the amnio. Cohen is one of those special heart babies.

Cohen is doing good. My normal OB now focuses on Cohen's heart and me, as much as possible, during our appointments. He has to keep an eye on his heart because if there are any major changes, things overall could change. He did say it was getting quite hard to see as well because of the ribs. We start going to him every 2 weeks now.

I didn't get the pictures with measurements today so that was kind of stinky. So hopefully next week, I will get some pics and stats from the high risk OB in Dallas. We leave Monday for Houston and head to Dallas Monday night. LOTS of appointments.

I feel like Cohen is big. He is growing and kicking I can for sure tell that! I still don't know how much weight I've gained overall. I do think the scale today said more than I actually felt like I weighed...so I thought that was interesting...and scary. The average 28 week baby is just over 2 pounds. I bet Cohen is bigger. I hope so :)

Here I am...


I thought it would be interesting to post my 13 week picture, haha.

I'm loving the Horizon Organic vanilla milk....


I'm not a huge milk person but my nieces were drinking this one day and I had to have a sip. It is yum!

No weird cravings. I'm definitely getting hungry more often. I don't think I'm drinking as much water as I can. I'm kind of just sick of it and TIRED of having to potty.

Cohen was back down VERY LOW (and on my bladder) this past week. Just today he has seemed to come up a bit more.

While we are in Dallas next week (if of course we decide Dallas over Houston), hopefully we find a place to stay/live. For those of you have asked, at our first appointment in Dallas we only met with a cardiologist. She said she wanted me to be living there a month before my due date. I think ultimately the high risk OB will decide. Me being there before is a precaution of going into early labor. If I were to go into labor, they would need me there to get their healing hands on baby Cohen. I will have a scheduled c-section God willing. Hubs will be back and forth up until Cohen arrives and then he will be with us for a while (hopefully). We also hope to figure out some dates next week. We have had offers for some living arrangements. We just have to make sure they are compatible with our situation and finances. No decision is easy.

I've honestly stopped reading so many internet articles lately. It's not that I'm not "coming to terms" with our situation; I just think we need to take one step at a time. I don't think there is really any way to be totally prepared. I have certainly browsed many blogs and sites but just not TONS. I thought this fact sheet on the American Heart Association was good information. I will also post it below at the end of this post. We aren't the only family, young couple, expecting parents out there going through this. I think we may be in the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to expecting parents who have a baby that has already been diagnosed with so many heart defects that seem to be pretty bad.

We are praying for mending and healing of baby Cohen's heart. We are most important praying that those pulmonary veins are there. We are praying that God will do what he is going to do and we hope and pray that consists of baby Cohen doing good with his surgeries and becoming well enough to be at his home with his family.

It is still a lot to think about. I don't think it's going to stop being a lot. We are coming to terms with it more so and just accepting it for what it is. We will/would/and are going to love our baby no matter what.

I just hate the not knowing what is and what will be. That is the hardest part.

Oh, if you are lost, you can check out "Cohen's Story" on my right sidebar.

Yesterday, baby Cohen received something in the mail from my sweet friend, Katheryn!

How cute is this monogrammed shortall? I love it! The colors are great together. Cohen is going to look pretty stinking cute in it.
I like his monogram :) The one above has his last name in center and this precious number from Jill has his middle name in the center. Cohen is actually his middle name :) Michael is his first. Our last name also begins with an M. So, Michael Cohen M........ :) loves.



Here is the fact sheet I mentioned above..

Congenital Heart Defects in Children Fact Sheet

What is a congenital heart defect?
Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth. They result when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception and often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant. Defects range in severity from simple problems, such as "holes" between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves.

Is all heart disease in children congenital?
No, but most is. These defects are usually but not always diagnosed early in life. Rarely, heart disease is not congenital but may occur during childhood such as heart damage due to infection. This type of heart disease is called acquired; examples include Kawasaki disease and rheumatic fever. Children also can be born with or develop heart rate problems such as slow, fast, or irregular heart beats, known as "arrhythmias".

Who is at risk to have a child with a congenital heart defect?
Anyone can have a child with a congenital heart defect. Out of 1,000 births, nine babies will have some form of congenital heart disorder, most of which are mild. If you or other family members have already had a baby with a heart defect, your risk of having a baby with heart disease may be higher.

How many people in the United States have a congenital heart defect?
About 650,000 to 1.3 million Americans have a congenital heart defect. Approximately 36,000 babies are born with a defect each year.

Why do congenital heart defects occur?
Most of the time we do not know. Although the reason defects occur is presumed to be genetic, only a few genes have been discovered that have been linked to the presence of heart defects. Rarely the ingestion of some drugs and the occurrence of some infections during pregnancy can cause defects.

How can I tell if my baby or child has a congenital heart defect?
Severe heart disease generally becomes evident during the first few months after birth. Some babies are blue or have very low blood pressure shortly after birth. Other defects cause breathing difficulties, feeding problems, or poor weight gain. Minor defects are most often diagnosed on a routine medical check up. Minor defects rarely cause symptoms. While most heart murmurs in children are normal, some may be due to defects.

How serious is the problem?
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect and are the number one cause of death from birth defects during the first year of life. Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart disease in the United States each year as die from all forms of childhood cancers combined. In 2005, 192,000 life-years were lost before age 55 in the United States due to congenital heart disease. In 2004, hospital costs totaled $2.6 billion.

Are things improving?
Definitely. Overall mortality has significantly declined over the past few decades. For example, in the 1960s and 1970s the risk of dying following congenital heart surgery was about 30 percent and today it is around 5 percent.

How well can people with congenital heart defects function?
Virtually all children with simple defects survive into adulthood. Although exercise capacity may be limited, most people lead normal or nearly normal lives. For more complex lesions, limitations are common. Some children with congenital heart disease have developmental delay or other learning difficulties.

What is the social/financial impact of congenital heart defects?
Successful treatment requires highly specialized care. Severe congenital heart disease requires extensive financial resources both in and out of the hospital. Children with developmental delay also require community and school-based resources to achieve optimum functioning.

What is the impact of congenital heart disease on families?
The presence of a serious congenital heart defect often results in an enormous emotional and financial strain on young families at a very vulnerable time. Patient/family education is an important part of successful coping.

Where can I get additional information?
You can get additional information from the American Heart Association. You can reach them by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721) or at www.americanheart.org/children.


We really have so many friends and family that are stepping in to try and help us or come up with ways to help us. Not only friends and family, but people we have never even met. It really is a blessing to have so many people out there who care. We appreciate all of you!!

Brent's grandma is doing good and gets to come home from the hospital tomorrow. That is good news!

happy almost weekend :)

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43 comments :

  1. LOVE that little monogrammed shortall. So cute! And you look just wonderful!

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  2. I just wanted to let you know that I'm praying constantly for your family and little Cohen. My 14 year old brother was diagnosed with a CHD in 2008 and was put on the list for a new heart in 2009. He was blessed with heart in November of last year and is now back on the baseball field, less than four months later. I know that this situation is obviously quite different than yours, but I wanted you to see that miracles definitely happen with CHD, especially when you've got a great big group praying hard for you. Thinking lots of good thoughts!

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  3. As always, great Prego Mego post.

    Praying for a good week for "ya'll" down in Texas next week! {hugs!}

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  4. You look beautiful. I love that outfit, so cute. Praying for you constantly and for baby Cohen to be healed. I have faith that if it is the Lord's will He will be born healthy with no heart problems. I think of you often and say a prayer everytime!!!

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  5. I love monogrammed baby things! So cute.

    You are doing so well. Positivity can only be a good thing for Cohen and his momma.


    come see me at secretwifelife.blogspot.com

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  6. You are looking good Megan! I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  7. You look great!! And I love a monogram of any kind on any thing! Thanks for sharing. Still praying for your MMC!!

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  8. You are looking great girl!! Such a cute belly!!

    Still praying for you and Baby Cohen!!! God will work things out:)

    Love that shortall, too cute!!

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  9. such a cute little preggers! Great news from the amnio! I know that must offer you and brent a lot of comfort! miss you and love you! Can't wait to hear how your dallas and houston visits go!

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  10. What a difference between 13 weeks and now! Cohen is becoming such a big boy and you look so pretty!

    I know this has been so trying on you, your husband and you family and I just want you to know that I pray for each of you (and baby Cohen!) every day. Putting your trust in the Lord and his plan for you and your family will get you through this.

    Love the monogrammed shortall! What a sweet gift!

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  11. I love that little outfit!! And you are looking so good Mama!! You, Cohen, and Brent are constantly in our prayers. Keep your head up and keep that beautiful attitude =)

    Glad to hear Brent's grandmother is doing better..

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  12. Let me know if you want to grab lunch or dinner while you are in Dallas!!!

    We are definitely praying for baby Cohen :)

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  13. That shortall is darling! You look great! Hope you have a great weekend, don't work too hard!

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  14. I love the monogram, so cute! & you look fabulous lady!! (:

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  15. You all are staying in my prayers. I cannot even begin to imagine how much your mind is racing. Glad to hear that baby Cohen is getting good test results so far. Hugs and prayers.

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  16. Hey love.. Loving "prego mego" posts! :) Girlie, in case I havent said it (sometimes comments work at the office and sometimes they dont so I dont recall) I am so sorry about everything going on with baby Cohen.. I'm praying for your family and admiring your strength through this. My father actually was born with a pretty severe heart defect (before they had the technology to detect it) so I while I cant totally understand what you're going through, I relate a little...

    And btw you look gorgeous and glowing.. :)Please continue to keep us updated! Even if I'm not commenting (thanks to work filters), I'm reading!

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  17. While I was carrying Aiden this is a prayer that I would say every night. I changed the name and sending it to you.

    Father, you created Cohen. You formed him. you knit him inward parts in the womb. You alone know how to make what is right in his body. You alone know how to heal Cohen. As him creator, I pray that you would grant healing to Cohen. Let your power envelop him and bring the healing that is needed (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 139)

    Sending you hugs and prayers!

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  18. I absolutely love your Prego Mego posts. What an adorable little momogrammed shortall!

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  19. Hang in there Meg, I'm wearing my knees out for Cohen!

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  20. Such a sweet little outfit from your friend. You look wonderful! I am thinking about you and your family.

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  21. I love that little outfit. I want one for Rowan!!!!

    You are so stinkin adorable!!

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  22. HIII!

    I love that jumper! The colors are fab! I have some things to send you but I will have to message you for a temp address. :)

    I'm always thinking about you and Cohen along with 500000000 million other people all over the world :)
    It's friday!!!! :) That's something to party about!

    xoxo
    K

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  23. Still praying for cutie Cohen...he is very loved all around! :)

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  24. Still praying for cutie Cohen...he is very loved all around! :)

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  25. you look great! I am praying for you and Cohen...

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  26. When you're in Dallas you should treat yourself to a Sprinkles cupcake!! Yummy!! Pretty soon your baby will be with you!!

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  27. So happy to hear all is well with Cohen right now!!

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  28. Hello, I was referred to your blog by a friend, we have a relative that was born yesterday with same issues as Cohen, his cousin (my niece) was also born 6 years ago CHD and had open heart surgery and is a vibrant young girl these days. Hope you can find time to pray for Stratton as we will do the same for Cohen.

    You can see his prayer page here. http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=105391986161865&ref=ts

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  29. Megan, you look wonderful - so very beautiful!!

    I'm continuing to keep you, your family & especially Cohen in my prayers.

    Travel safely!

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  30. still praying for him!

    That Cohen's gonna be a big boy :)

    ps: are you getting stretchmarks? Didn't know if that why you arent bareing the belling or if its for modesty reasons (obviously, I have none of that, lol...my bump is out there for the world to see it seems).

    You look beautiful!

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  31. You look fab! Pregnancy NEVER ceases to amaze me.

    Praying for Cohen! All the time.

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  32. Thanks for commenting on my blog...

    I am praying for you, your husband and your little man, Cohen. I actually came across your blog a few weeks ago, so I was so happy to get to read about the results of your amnio...

    Grace and Peace

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  33. Lookin good mama!!! Good luck with the move, we are in the process too and it's hard!

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  34. Hi! My name is Melissa and I came across your blog from Kelly's Korner. It caught my attention because I, too, have a son with CHD. He has hypoplastic right heart so the right side of his heart did not form correctly. His is very complex, also, and yet was not caught until he was three days old. We moved here to Houston and LOVE IT! We are getting awesome care here. He's had the first two surgeries and we are awaiting the third. He is 2 1/2 and doing GREAT! So, I just wanted to encourage you and let you know that you are in my prayers. It is not an easy road at all, but I feel so blessed that God has chosen us to raise our special son. I know you feel the same way. There is a wonderful group here called It's My Heart. I have met many heart moms and it's a wonderful support. If you come to Houston, you'll have to check us out! Feel free to contact me at melbhoehl@msn.com if I can help in any way. Hugs, Melissa

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  35. You looks SO adorable!! I hope I look as cute as you one day!! I have such a fear that I am just going to BLOW up!! ha ha!

    Still praying for you and baby Cohen!!! Have a great weekend cutie!

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  36. I am continuing to keep you, your family and baby Cohen in my thoughts and prayers... Everything will work out, I just know it :)

    Oh, and you are probably the cutest pregnant woman I have ever seen! I just cannot believe that you're already in third trimester! Wow, time sure is flying!

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  37. Thanks for the update on baby Cohen and you. I'm so glad you're sleeping better. I'm continuing to pray for y'all.

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  38. i loved reading your post & hearing that your heart is remaining positive. you look adorable! im glad you stopped reading as many website stories. god is going to do something amazing here! i guess i missed the post about yall moving to texas? did your hubby get a new job? anyhoo, hope you had a good weekend :))

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  39. aw Megan you are such a beautiful prego! You're really glowing. I'm sorry Baby Cohen is dealing with so much already. I'll be keeping all of you in my thoughts! That little outfit for him is SO adorable too :)

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  40. What a cute little outfit! I will be praying for you guys while you are in TX this week. Miss you!

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  41. Sending lots of prayers your way!You're strength is inspriring!!! I love following your blog!

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  42. You look SOOOOO cute. Love the belly :) And I love that little outfit for baby Cohen.

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  43. Glad you are doing well and you are just glowing in your picture. Thanks for the info on the heart situation, I am learning a lot through your blog. Praying for you sweetie.

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