Tuesday, September 4th 2007
Still pregnant! It still hasn't sunk in yet. I wasn't sick until 6 weeks with Will and Joseph, so I'm still waiting for the m/s to kick in. With both pregnancies, I struggled to eat during pregnancy and then gain a ton of weight AFTER I deliver. I'm still 50 lbs up (YES FIFTY) from Joseph's birth. But I reserve the right to still have baby weight, it was 7 months ago and a very difficult situation, so eating was my coping mechanism. I'm sad though that I'll be ashamed of my belly, and not want to take pictures. After the huge fluid issues I had with Joseph, my stomach is a mess. Tons and tons of stretch marks. Saggy baggy skin. It's just gross. I want a cute pregnant stomach I can show off. Now I'll just have to have another another baby, just so I can do that. It's really vain, isn't it?
Friday, September 14, 2007
Woah! Fall has arrived. It's 44 degrees right now. We planned a camping trip for this weekend. It's going to be cold! Thank goodness we are car camping and can bring 100 blankets. (ok, not 100, but I'll be glad for extras). This is Will's first camping trip, he's been talking about it for weeks! I'm 6 weeks, 4 days pregnant. I feel okay -- a bit tired, and food doesn't appeal. Much better than with Will and Joseph.
Monday, September 17, 2007
7 weeks pregnant. I have 1 more week until my first midwife appointment. At that time, I'm sure I'll get a dating ultrasound and be scheduled for the 12 week NT test. I keep thinking that I can't be that unlucky twice, then it just happened to Sarah (uropachild). I wonder if it happens again, what will we do? I was just thinking that if there is a cystic hygroma again, I will know it's not from the medicine I was on with Joseph, since I'm off it now. So part of me will be glad to know it wasn't something I did. But then I would rather never know what Joseph had and never face it again that know what it is. What if Will is the only child we get to keep? He is the center of my life but I would like another child too. I know I can't worry about this all the time, there are no guarantees, even if you make it to term. I just wish I could snap my fingers and end up on May 5th. Who ever decided 40 weeks was a good length for humans to be pregnant obviously didn't ask the pregnant ladies.
Appointment today! I've nervous and excited. We haven't told Will yet, but he's coming to the appointment. It's early to tell him, but he might figure it out at the appointment.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2008
My appointment went fine, but boring. I'm scheduled for a dating ultrasound on October 1st, and my NT Screening on October 16. I had to argue for a later date for the Nuchal Screening. I know you have to be between 11w1d and 13w6d for it to be accurate. She tried to schedule me for October 10th, where I'll will only be 10w2d. She said we go by last LMP for this. I said my LMP was not accurate. I think she though I was saying that I wanted to count it from when I was acually pregnant (you know how they add 2 weeks to your actual pregnancy because they date from your last period). So she said I could pick a day, but it couldn't be any later than whatever day was 13w6d past LMP. So she gave me October 16th, when I'll be exactly 11w1d. If my dating ultrasound give me a due date later than May 5th, I'll call and reschedule. I know if I don't, I'll be coming in again. That would make another copay and more time off for work. No thanks.
Thursday, October 4th, 2007
Had an ultrasound on Monday. Measuring right when I thought I would. Therefore the Nuchal Screening is moved to Tuesday, October 22nd. I hate to wait another week, but if I were too early, they'd make me come in again, which is more nerve-racking. I'm trying to get out of the genetic counseling, since we just did that a year ago. Nothings changed except Joseph, and we have no clue what that was. Hopefully we get the same genetic counselor so we don't have to rehash it.
October 15, 2007
Ugh. I thought morning sickness was suppose to get better close to the 2nd trimester. I'm 11 weeks today and sicker than ever. I don't want to go on Zofran this pregnancy if I can help it. The side effects were not my favorite.
We had Will's 3rd birthday party this weekend. It was fun. Luckily my mom paid for the pizza, so we didn't have to prepare any food. 15 adults and 12 kids, 8 which were 3 years old, 2 older than 3, and 2 infants. It was a lot less crazy than it sounds. We had beautiful weather for it, so the kids were able to be outside most of the time. We announced our pregnancy so now everyone knows, it's no longer a secret. One sister (the one with kids) was happy for me. The other (no kids) didn't even mention it. Whatever.
October 22, 2007 11w5d (new due date of 5/7/2008 )
I went in for my 12 week appointment today. (Actually it was 11w5d, as I got the final results from my dating ultrasound).
So my midwife tries to find the heartbeat with the first doppler, no luck. He went to go get another one, thinking the battery was low, since it wasn't even picking up my heart sounds/placenta sounds.
He brings in the high tech doppler, no luck. So of course, I'm getting scared.
He went and got the portable u/s machine. He asks if I was ever told I had a tipped uterus (No). Finally the machine boots up. He found the baby right away, but couldn't find the hb. (Crappy quality machine). Then the baby spun in a circle. The midwife said "He's moving, so that's good, I can't make him move like that". Then he was able to zero in on the heartbeat. We saw it flickering away. Thank goodness! I was just going crazing thinking about what I would do if there were no hb. I got two "alien baby" photos. I was so happy that my midwife grabbed the u/s machine. I was afraid he would make me wait until tomorrow, when I have my nuchal screening.
Tomorrow is my nuchal screening, so I should have some good quality ultrasound pictures to share tomorrow. The ones today are fuzzy blobs!
First things first: Our nuchal scan went fine. Our measurement was 1.6. Anything 3 or under is considered in the normal range.
Everything looks fine, heartbeat 150-160 (I can't remember, was too interested in the neck measurment). We saw the bladder (too soon for kidneys), the brain looked symmetrical. We saw the legs and it didn't look like there were club feet, saw the fingers. The baby is measuring ahead of my due date, but the u/s tech wasn't concerned. Due date by dating ultrasound, with iffy tech was 5/7, I estimated 5/5 by OPK. The u/s today said 4/30. All close enough for me. I'm sure if there is something to worry about, they will tell us.
We have a guess for gender, but it's so early to tell. Her guess (Sarah, the u/s tech) was boy, since at this stage, the way they tell is by which way the phallus (either develop into penis or clitoris) is pointing. It will point up for boys, and down for girls. We're happy with either. Will on the other hand wants a sister. As soon as we find out for sure, at our 20 week ultrasound, we'll tell him so he can get used to the idea. A boy is great -- we have all the clothes and only 2 bedrooms so we don't have to worry about it. A girl would be fun to have though. And I know, if we have a girl, we are done for sure. A boy leaves doubt in my mind if we want to try again.
Somebody posted this from a baby name book
"The New Baby Name Survey" by Bruce Lansky
It's a way I'd like to think of our son.Joseph: (Hebrew) God will add, God will increase
Joseph has strong character. People picture him as a dependable, honest, and hard-working man. He's thought to be caring and handsome with a warm smile, and he enjoys a good book.