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I can't believe I am already almost to the 36th week. This pregnancy has gone so fast for me, might be because I have 4 children to take care of :) I am so very excited to have my baby girl! My husband and I have been married since 1999 and we have been blessed with 3 boys and 1 girl and one angel baby. I always thought I would only have 4 children but when my #4 came out a boy I decided that we needed to try one more time for a sister for my little girl. I have 2 sisters myself and they are 2 of my very best friends. I wanted that for my daughter as well. I got pregnant in 2009 and lost the baby by missed miscarriage at 13 weeks. We decided to wait awhile after my miscarriage to try again so that I could be better prepared emotionally after such a difficult loss. I found out I was pregnant again in July 2010 after trying for just 2 months. Here are some entries from my journal that I thought would be interesting to introduce my pregnancy up until this point:
Thursday July 29, 2010
Took a pregnancy test that came out positive today. I am very nervous to be pregnant again after my miscarriage. I don't want to get my hopes up and have them dashed again. For now we are not telling anyone. I am not even going to think about names or anything until I make it past the point when I miscarried last time. Feeling pretty good pregnancy wise. I think I might be going through a little bit of depression though, I don't feel like doing anything. I am very tired and need a nap in the afternoon even if I have slept 9 or mores hours at night.
Monday August 30, 2010
Had my first Dr appointment today with Dr. Ferguson. I am now 9 weeks along. He said everything looks great. The baby is actually measuring a couple of days bigger than my LMP dates show. My due date is April 6th which is Jesus actual birthday. Maybe that is a good sign? Dr. Ferguson says that this baby is already measuring bigger than Jordan did when I miscarried and that there is less than a 5% chance that I will miscarry again. Possibly even less than a 1% chance. Still not telling anyone though, just in case. I was able to see the baby on ultrasound and hear the heartbeat. I am making Dave go to all of my appointments with me this time, it was nice to have him there. After losing my weight I am not showing as early, I just look like I have put a few pounds back on so that makes it easier to not tell. My sister asked me a couple of weeks ago if I was pregnant and I just told her, "haha, I wish" Don't like being dishonest but I just can't get everyone excited (myself included) for now.
Thursday September 2, 2010
I had a dream last night that I had a beautiful healthy baby girl...the beautiful, healthy part is important. I would like to have another girl but I'm not as picky this time as long as the baby is healthy. We named the baby Chleo in my dream. If I have a girl I don't think I can use that name, not my favorite. Plus we already have a cousin named Chloe and that would be too close and confusing, plus I am not supposed to be thinking about names yet. It's getting harder to not be excited even though I am still nervous. I will let myself get excited after my next appointment and then we will tell everyone.
Monday September 27, 2010
I had my 2nd OB appointment today. I have been really nervous lately especially having this appointment on this day. It was one year ago tomorrow that I went in for my 2nd appointment and the baby had died. Todays appointment thankfully went very well. Everything still looks great and Dr. Ferguson said we might be able to tell the gender at my next appointment. We are getting pizza tonight and having a little family pizza party in order to tell the kids the exciting news.
Tuesday September 28, 2010
We told the kids last night as planned. I started by asking the kids what we should be celebrating since we were having a pizza party. They looked at me like I was crazy but came up with a few ideas. They thought it was just because of family home evening. Finally I asked Dave what we should celebrate and he said, "How about if we celebrate the baby that is in Mom's tummy?" The kids all had really surprised looks on their faces and were very excited. While Elaina was saying the family prayer last night she said, "please bless our baby to be safe". I know they are all a little worried but I am pretty sure everything will be fine.
Monday October 25, 2010
I had my 17 week appointment today and we found out it is a GIRL!!! I am so excited. I had to go to ShopKo right after I left to get a prescription filled and I had to buy something pink while I was there. We have been writing down some boy names since those are usually the hardest for us to come up with but I guess now that list might not be necessary. I also found out in the last month that not only am I due on Christ's birthday, I am also due on my Grandma Carter's 90th birthday. I want to give my baby her name as a middle name, I think that would mean a lot to her. Now I have to come up with a name that goes with Fern. Pretty sure we will not be using any other plant names so everyone doesn't think we are hippies!
Tuesday November 9, 2010
Wow! Picking a name is hard business. I have a couple of favorites but I can't get my hubby to agree. He likes them, he just isn't sure that should be her name. He has been trying to come up with some funny names to go with Fern. The best one is Ima Fern. I don't think we will use that. My favorite is Adalyn. I also really like Amarah but Dave says that sounds like an African American name. He isn't sure it would fit with our other kids names. I disagree, I think it is adorable. Some of the other names we have on the list are: Mia, Hannah, Grace, Morgan, Aniyah, Lorraine and Miri. Who knows maybe she will be named something that isn't even on the list. Luke has been so funny lately. He suggested on Sunday that we name the baby Circlebutt (notice that is NOT on the list). He was snuggling with me after he woke up this morning and put his head on my stomach and said, "good morning baby!" He then proceeded to talk to her, poke at her and then insisted I read a story to both of them. It was very sweet. I just hope he likes her as much outside of my belly as he does inside. I have felt the baby move quite a few times already but the kids haven't been able to feel her yet. I am very excited to share that with them, it is a real comfort to feel her and have that assurance that everything is fine. We are going to get some lumber on Thursday so that we can finish a couple of bedrooms in our basement and get a room ready upstairs for the baby. That is exciting to get started, I just hope it is done in time. If not I guess we might have to have a crib in our walk-in closet for a couple of months.
Thursday Jan 20, 2011
Went in for my 29 week appointment today. Got to see the baby on ultrasound (my doctor is awesome and does one for me on every appointment!) She has felt to me like she is sitting sideways but the ultrasound shows her head down and ready to go. This was my last monthly appointment so we go to every 2 weeks and then weekly. Usually that makes it go pretty fast for me so I am glad to be at that point. She is so wiggly lately which is a good thing but I notice she really perks up about 10:30- 11:00 when I am just about ready to turn in for the night. We might have a night owl on our hands. I think we have finally picked a name for her. I think I was holding out on naming her Adalyn just so I could nickname her Ada. I still love that nickname but decided if we went with Dave's current favorite then I could still call her Ada. So her name (most likely) will be Alexandria Fern. I like it because there are endless possibilities for nicknames and if she just doesn't end up being Ada to me then maybe she will be Alex, Alexa, Andi, Ally, Addie or Dave's favorite little Al (makes me think of the weird next door neighbor on Tool Time so I don't think that will be what I call her!) or we will just call her all of them and really confuse her. Elaina has about 20 nicknames, very few of which contain her name and she is fine so I am sure Ada will be too! Luke has been so cute with this pregnancy, I know he is going to be such a good big brother to her. He has to have cuddle time with me every morning when he wakes up and also after his nap every afternoon. After he cuddles with me he tells me he wants to see the baby (meaning he wants to see my bare belly). He then proceeds to kiss and hug my belly saying, "I love you, Ada" and then sometimes sings to her. His favorite song to sing to her from the start has been Scooby, Scooby Doo, Where are you, but he also sings I am a Child of God to her. It is so sweet :) I love that little boy so much I don't know what I would do without him. It will be interesting to see if her favorite future cartoon is Scooby Doo! All of the kids have had a chance to feel her kick and all rush to me when I tell them she is kicking so that they can feel her. I think I will miss not having that feeling again if she does end up being my last. I will enjoy it for the next couple of months just in case :)
Friday January 21, 2011
Went in today for my yucky glucose test (I am a little late doing this since I am already 29 weeks) . I have been worried lately that I might have it this time since I wasn't showing for so long and then suddenly got huge. Suddenly people who didn't know I was pregnant are asking when I am due. I really hope I don't have it since I am really having a hard time talking myself into eating salad even though that is what I had every day for lunch before I got pregnant. Crossing fingers hoping everything is fine.
Wednesday January 26, 2011
Got a call from Dr. Ferguson's office telling me my glucose was a little on the high side and giving me the option of taking the 3 hour test. I decided I better be on the safe side and do it so I headed there this morning. The test consists of having your blood checked after fasting, drinking a super sweet, gross drink (on an empty stomach) and then having your blood retested ever hour for 3 hours. My arm is very bruised to say the least but I don't think I have gestational diabetes. A little update on the basement situation: I think we will have at least one bedroom done by the time Ada comes. Dave was able to finish the heating, insulation and sheetrocked Luke and Jared's room all last week. It really impressed me that he got all of that done so quickly. I went a couple of weeks ago and got fabric for the baby's bedding but can't seem to motivate myself to work on it. It will be really cute when I am done. I think it would be more motivating if there were a crib set up waiting for cute bedding :) at least that is my excuse for now!
Well, that is probably enough for this post...I will do another one with some more up-to-date information.
Sorry that last post was WAY too long! Don't blame you if you didn't get through it :) I thought I would put a little more up-to-date information in this post. I had my 35 week appointment this last Wednesday and my doctor checked me to see if I am dilating. He said I am a 3 on the outside narrowing to a 1 on the inside and 25% effaced. I don't think this will mean that I will deliver early by any means. I have had all of my kids around the 39 week mark so that is what I expect with this one as well but we shall see.
I had my first 2 children vaginally (with epidural) and then had an emergency c-section with my 3rd. My 4th I had a scheduled c-section because my doctor pushed me into it. I had planned a VBAC all along but then ended up moving across the country at 37 weeks. The doctor in Utah that had delivered my previous children told me he would not deliver me VBAC since my insurance paid for a hospital 5 miles away from his office at the other hospital. He said that was too much liability and he wouldn't give up seeing other patients to be with me during the whole labor. At that point I had been through enough emotionally and gave into the scheduled c-section. I have found an amazing VBAC supportive doctor this time around and am going to attempt a natural VBA2C with this pregnancy so it should be completely different than all of my other births. I am excited yet very nervous at the same time. I am still looking for a doula to help me through so hopefully I will be able to get one set this next week. Wish me luck!
Kate, it was great reading your intro. Quite the journey you've been on with the loss (I'm so sorry!) and your first tri. Hugs! SOOO glad your baby *girl* is healthy and happy!!! Isn't that just the best feeling in the world! :)
Anyway, looking forward to seeing your story unfold more as we move closer and closer to our EDDs. :D Hope you find a doula soon. Best wishes with that search!
welcome to your lodge. You've had quite a journey