Baby boy has a name! We decided on a family name – Timothy John. Timothy is Luke’s dad’s name and John is my dad’s middle name (also my brother’s middle name and it was my papa’s name). It was an easy decision. I actually left it up to Luke since I named our daughter. If it had been a girl we were undecided. Neither of us liked the other’s choices. Luckily we didn’t have to keep thinking about it! Now we just need to decide on a nickname. I’ll probably just call him Timothy but everyone else has an opinion on nicknames. I’m so against Timmy. Luke jokingly calls him Tim Tim and I cringe every time! I don’t hate TJ but there’s someone else sorta in the family with that name. So, Timothy it is! I also call him baby boy or baby brother a lot. Hopefully when we actually meet something will stick.
I’m obviously not having any trouble shopping for a boy! There are a lot more options when it comes to girl’s clothes but baby boy clothes are just as cute. I’ve been stock piling onesies in navy and black, white and gray. I really dig the modern look for boy’s. I also had to order his baby book right away! Remember this post where I talked about how it was never too late to start their baby book? Well I wanted to get a jump start on Timothy’s since I’ll be a mother of two and time will be of the essence!
Polka Dot Print Shop is my go-to for baby books. They have the cutest designs and the covers are fully customizable! Parker has the floral book and I went with navy plaid for baby brother. I love how the inside has easy writing prompts and modern designs. No silly cartoon characters or baby animals, those just aren’t our style. Use code XOKERRY for 15% off any purchase at Polka Dot Print Shop. They make awesome baby shower gifts! On top of baby books they have toddler books, bump books, and school year books.
On to my pregnancy update! Sorry if I freaked you out on Instagram or Facebook on Wednesday asking for prayers. I was very vague. At our ultrasound a few weeks ago they spotted a white spot on his heart, called an echogenic cardiac focus. I also had elevated fluid issues. My doctor set me up with a specialist at Maternal Fetal Medicine to get both checked out and to learn about options, control, etc.
The echogenic cardiac focus was still there on Wednesday. I was really hoping it was going to be gone! In a nutshell it could be nothing, just a calcium spot, that goes away in the 3rd trimester. Or it could be a marker for a chromosome defect like Downs or Trisomy. This is worst case scenario, I’m talking less than 1%. They offered me further testing, either via blood work or amniocentesis. I declined both because the outcome won’t affect our decision to have him either way. The spot itself isn’t harming him in any way. He’s perfectly healthy and growing like normal! I will go back every 4 weeks for follow-up ultrasounds to see if the spot has gone away.
I mentioned in last week’s pregnancy update about my elevated fluid level. Well that hasn’t gotten any better either! It’s actually gotten worse. The condition is called polyhydramnios. You have polyhydramnios if your amniotic fluid index (AFI) is 25 centimeters or more. Mine was at 30 on Wednesday. The specialist is fairly certain that I have gestational diabetes. I will get tested again on Monday for that. Basically she described it as the baby is in there swimming in a pool of sugar, making him pee constantly. Crazy huh? Again, it’s not hurting him in any way. I’m just giant for only being 24 weeks. Also, I’m very uncomfortable! Rolling or getting out of bed is the worst. If the extra fluid is caused by GD, I should be able to get it under control with diet and my doctor is hoping my fluid levels even out by 28 weeks. Let’s hope that is the case!
Has anyone dealt with either of these complications in pregnancy?