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31 weeks + a baby shower

Somedays I can’t believe I’m 31 weeks already and other days I can’t wait to meet baby boy and it seems like time is going so slow!  I think once we have the nursery done I’ll be full on ready to meet this baby.   I’m so far along that I’m currently doing bi-weekly appointments.

My latest appointment was on Thursday.  It was just a quick check and everything is looking good.  My uterus is measuring right on for 31 weeks, baby boy’s heartrate was in between 135-140 which was perfect, and he is currently head down.  This surprised me because when I feel him it’s usually on either side near my hips so I figured he was laying sideways.  Apparently that is not the case.

A few weeks ago I had a ton of bloodwork done and had to do my 1 hour glucose test.  My numbers apparently came back just fine on the glucose test which is great!  I was a little worried about that.  All of my other bloodwork came back good as well.  The midwife said it looked good and it should make things easier for me when I’m in labor.

We also took our birthing classes this past week.  It was supposed to be a 3 day class but ended up being 2 days because there were only 4 couples in our class.   The first day wasn’t very informative as it was a lot of information about being pregnant which we already knew.  The second day was a lot about labor, the actual hospital where we are delivering, breathing techniques, and relaxation techniques so it was pretty good.

As for progress on the nursery, we have everything moved out of the room and I’ve taped it off so it is ready to be painted.   We also have the paint so I’m hoping that gets done this week.  Then we just need to build the crib so I can put everything away and assess what we still need to buy.

Speaking of what we still need to buy, last week was my shower at home.   I had 15 people come and thought it would be super fast but it actually ended up being about 2 and a half hours long and it was so nice to see my childhood friends and my family.   My mom, cousin, and sister-in-law did a great job on the decor.

Our nursery theme is space and they went all out on the decor.   There was a diaper cake with a baby bottle rocket, clothing hanging from the ceiling was all space themed, there were pictures that were space themed, etc.   The cake was from a little bakery and it was delicious.  I’m not big on store bought cakes but it was really good.  Then there were adorable cookies as well.

We played a few games and basically just chatted.   I opened up a ton of presents for only having 15 people there!   We got our 3 in 1 carseat, the carseat base for our infant carrier, a Boppi, a Moby wrap, an Exer-Saucer, a Pack-N-Play, lots of diapers, lots of clothes, and lots of books.  Pretty much we’ve gotten all of our big items which is a big relief!

I think now I just need to get our bedding, some smaller sized clothes, some pacifiers, bottles, and other small things.  We also need the crib conversion kit so we can transition into a toddler bed.   We received a bunch of gift cards as well so that should really help us out!   Oh, the only big thing we need is our stroller which I found on Amazon for $50 cheaper then anywhere else and it qualifies for the 15% off completion discount so that should really help with the price.  Otherwise, we are almost ready to go!

Anatomy Scan + Registry

Where has the time gone?  In some ways it’s totally crawling slowly by and we can’t wait to meet this baby!  On the other hand it’s going super fast and we so aren’t prepared for this!   We’ve been dreaming of this for years and suddenly it’s like we can’t get anything done.

I’m currently 22+ weeks.   I can’t believe I’m here!  We had an anatomy scan 2 weeks ago and baby looked good.  In the 50th percentile for most measurements and weighed about 12 oz.  We got to watch on the ultrasound screen for about 45 minutes.  Unfortunately they weren’t able to get a good spine measurement so we have to get another anatomy scan in 2 more weeks.  Not that I mind, seeing the baby is amazing.

We did find out the sex and we’re having a boy!  Cue all the feels.   We are very excited but have no clue on a name.  We had a girl name already picked out but so far nothing has grabbed our attention boy wise.  We’ve got 5 names we think are ok but nothing great.   I’m hoping one of them grows on us or we hear a name that we love.

We started our registry last week and that was an eye opener.  I had a notebook with what we needed, what brands we wanted and such but once in the store we were shell shocked.  We ended up picking out a crib and some diapers and that was about it.  I came back home and did some hard core researching.

We then went to another store several days later and I felt better with our choices.   We still need to pick a stroller and carseat.   I’ve changed my mind several times on those.   I also need to compare checklists and make sure we’re registered for everything.   I’ve hardly bought anything myself because I still can’t believe this is happening.  So far I have a sling for me, a carrier for my husband, a few things of wipes and diapers, and 1 outfit.  That’s it.  We need a lot more stuff!

Anything you love or hate in the way of baby stuff?  Especially stroller and carseat wise?  We also need to get moving on the baby’s room.   I’ve got two tubs in there and I’m slowly moving stuff out but it’s taking forever.  My goal is to have it painted by the end of May and then to have it finished by the end of June.  That’ll give us a 2 month buffer and will be after both of my showers.

I’m very excited about my showers.   My work one will be in May and my family/friends one will be in June.   It’s getting so close!  I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready!

NT Scan

It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve written.   Things have been busy and it’s becoming hard keeping this secret of being pregnant.   I’m currently over 13 weeks and we had our NT scan on Wednesday.  The woman that did it was awesome.

She spent about 25 minutes with us and we got to see the baby for a long time.   The baby didn’t want to cooperate so we got to see it for a long time.  It was kicking a little and when the tech tried to get it to roll over it lifted its fist up and was almost shaking it at her!  Too cute!

We got to count the fingers and toes and they are all there.   She said that the NT scan looked perfect and that they would send my bloodwork out to get the full results.  We got a bunch of photos including an adorable one of the foot!   The woman also gave us a gender guess but said there was no way she could be sure, it was just a guess.

We also told my parents last weekend.  My mother’s reaction was priceless.  We gave them a grandparents Valentine’s Day card.  They read the outside and didn’t say anything but once they got to the insane my mom went nuts.  She had her hands over her mouth, her feet started going, she screamed, and immediately started crying.  It was great!  Too bad we didn’t get it on film.   My dad got a little teary eyed too.  It was great.

We also told my brother.  He seemed very excited for us and was excited to be an uncle.   I can’t wait to start telling other people as well.  I know I’m far enough along but I’m still just nervous.   I had planned on telling people at work this week but I think I’ll be waiting until next week when I’m almost 15 weeks.  It’s crazy how fast the time is going!

First OB Appointment

Well, nothing is easy.  Our first OB appointment was scheduled for Monday.  I woke up Monday morning to 3 inches of snow and a 2 hour delay at work.  Upon looking, every district between here and the 60 miles away where my appointment was had a 2 hour delay as well.   We made the decision to cancel which really upset me but turned out to be for the best as all schools closed for the weather.

When I called to reschedule they told me the next available appointment was…FEBRUARY 27!  WHAT?   I was really upset.   The woman asked if it had to be that office and I said it could be the other office if the appointment was sooner.  Turns out he was available on Thursday at the further office (about 70 miles away instead of 60) but I went with it.

We got to the office right on time.  It’s brand new and was super nice.  There was no wait to check in and they came for me right away.  I filled out paperwork, got my weight and my blood pressure.  They asked for a urine sample but I told them I already went since I didn’t know.

I was led back into a room and the doctor came in. He’s around 70 and totally hilarious.  He put my husband and I at ease immediately.  He jokes, told stories, and answered questions.  Then we had the exam.

He did a breast exam and a pelvic exam.  He also did a swab for some test.  He said that he could feel my uterus which it was a little early for but it was ok.   They weren’t doing an ultrasound since I’ve already had 3 which made me sad.  I think he knew it because he hooked me up to the doppler instead and we were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat which was reassuring.   He said I looked good, my uterus was fine, and he’d see me in 2 weeks for my NT scan and 4 weeks for another check up.

He spent about an hour with us.  He was funny, pleasant, and we were happy we chose him.  Unfortunately on the way out the door they told us he’s leaving in May.  We were so sad!   I thought this would have been the perfect person to delivery my baby because I’m a spaz and he’s so calm.  So we’ll have to switch to someone else in the practice later on in my pregnancy.

After that we went down to get bloodwork.  I also had to give my urine sample.  I got my results from the bloodwork already and everything looked good so that makes me feel better.   So now I just need to wait for 2 weeks to have the NT scan and I’ll be feeling somewhat better.   I can’t believe that this might really be happening!

We’ve done nothing to prepare because I’m to scared too.  I’ve gained 4 pounds in 11 weeks and 1 inch on my waist.  So pants are beginning to get tight.  I guess I’m going to have to buy some maternity clothes sooner then later.  We will be telling my family next week and I can’t wait!   It’ll be like a huge weight has been lifted that I can tell them. Then we’ll tell friends shortly after that.

It’s a Christmas Miracle!

I can’t believe it but I’m pregnant!   I never, ever test before my beta but I just had this feeling so I took a test.   Imagine my shock when it was positive.  The next day I took a digital and it said yes!   I was in complete shock and was really worried for my beta.

yes

On Thursday I had my first beta.  My nurse was off from work with an emergency but she wrote me at 8:25 to call her.  At 8:35 she couldn’t contain herself and e-mailed me with my number-221!  It was positive.  She then wrote an hour later and told me she called in to their weekly meeting, screamed my name and number, and they all did a group hug for me.  I love my clinic.

I went back on Saturday for a second beta and it went up to 541.   My husband and I are in disbelief.  I’m also scared to death and keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.   I have to call my nurse tomorrow to schedule our first ultrasound but it’s looking like it will be January 2nd.

I’m cautiously excited but I need to see the ultrasound before I really start jumping for joy.  Of course, I know that the first ultrasound doesn’t mean everything as I had a miscarriage right after seeing the heartbeat of our first pregnancy.  But for now it’s a Christmas miracle.

We’ve come so far and have done so much to have this baby.  My husband is already being cute and monitoring me.  He bought lunch meat today and then got mad at himself because he told me I couldn’t eat it and he forgot.   He’s been saying a lot of little things that make me think he’s done some research on his on.

So, please keep me in your thoughts that this is our rainbow baby.  That this is the baby we’ve been hoping and praying for for years.  That this is our take home baby.

A Punch to the Gut

So last weekend I went home to my parents for a few family birthday parties.  My husband and I stayed in a hotel Friday night and had a really nice time.  We invited my brother and sister-in-law to play games and one of my husbands friends showed up as well.  It was fun.

The next day we went to my parents house for the party.  As usual I was the first one there.  The next one in was my cousin, who is more like a sister then a cousin.   She and my mom go upstairs and they call me up.  I go up and my little cousin (who is 14) is wearing a shirt to tell me his mom, my cousin, is pregnant.

Cue the gut punch.   She had told me years ago she wanted a second child but her husband said no.  About 4 years ago she said they weren’t going to try because he didn’t want one.  SO I had no reason to believe they would have another one.  Plus my little cousin is 14!  He’ll be almost 15 when the baby arrives.  I couldn’t believe it.  I smiled, I hugged her, I congratulated her, then I ran downstairs to my husband.

I smiled as they told him as well.  He began rubbing my leg as he heard the news.  We both smiled and pretended it was such happy news.  I truly am happy for her, she’s been wanting another one for years.  But it was such a gut punch and no one warned me.  Yes, no one in my family actually knows what we are going through but my parents know I want kids and that I’m getting old.  They should have known.

So after about 10 minutes I grabbed my phone and ran for the bathroom.  As I cried I typed a message to a board of friends who have the same struggles as I did.  I needed support and I needed it ASAP.  Thankfully they all came through.  I cleaned up, took a deep breath, and went back to the party.  The next 4 hours were tough for me.  It was hard sitting there while everyone talked about the baby.

I went home that night really sad.  I cried some more.  The next 4 nights I had horrible dreams and barely slept.   I figured out she was only 6 weeks pregnant and telling everyone.  She hadn’t even had an ultrasound yet!   SHe also announced on Facebook.  I personally think that is crazy that early on, but I also lost my baby at 7 weeks so that might be why.

After a week I texted her and asked her some questions.   It looked weird that I didn’t initially.  I spent 10 minutes texting with her about it.  It’s much easier to text then anything else.  I’ll tell you what, I slept soundly that night so maybe my subconscious knew I needed to talk to her about it and try to give her some support.  She’s so happy and I’m going to try to be.  It’s easier because I live 3 hours away but it’s going to be a rough 7 months for me.

IVF #1 First Ultrasound after BFP

The two weeks after getting my BFP were a whirlwind.   I was happy and scared at the same time.  My husband and I kept touching my stomach and smiling at each other.

I tried to take it easy.   I have a job where I stand up a lot but I tried to sit as much as possible.  I took my Estrogen twice a day and my Progesterone suppository twice a day as well.   I didn’t mind either one nearly as much now that I knew I was pregnant.   Life was good.

I wasn’t sick at all.  The first few days after my BFP I had a few days where I was a bit queasy but nothing major.  I never threw up.  I had some pressure in my stomach area but that was it.   I was anxiously waiting for our first ultrasound.

I took the day off from work on the day of our ultrasound.  We drove the two hours to the RE’s office.  Sitting in the room waiting for the nurse practitioner to come in I started gripping my husband’s hand.   I knew I wouldn’t be able to relax until I saw the heartbeat.  It wouldn’t be real until then.

The nurse practitioner came in with a tech.  The tech put the wand in and started looking around.  They pointed out the sac, the fetal pole, and then….the heartbeat.   My baby had a heartbeat!   Cue the tears.   I looked at my husband smiling through my tears.   He was staring in awe at the monitor.  The nurse told me that the baby had a heartbeat of 122 beats per minute.

My miracle baby was here.   It was in my stomach and according to everything the baby looked perfect.  It measured right at 6 weeks 2 days.   I turned and asked if I had a due date.   The nurse practitioner smiled, consulted a table, and told me I was due May 4th.   I just grinned.

6 week embryo

No one in my family had a May birthday.   My grandma and my pap were both born in May but both had passed away.  What a wonderful joy and surprise to have another May birthday in our family.   Not to mention May is perfect for my job.  I teach and only get 6 weeks off.   6 weeks from May 4th would take me through the end of the year so I could stay home with my baby for 3 1/2 or 4 months instead of 6 weeks.

We left the RE’s office on cloud 9.   We stopped at the local grocery store we love and had a slice of gourmet pizza and bought a few bagels from home.  Today may have been the happiest day of my life.

 

Disclaimer:   The above took place in September 2014.