My name is Mary (26 at time of conception) and DH is Tom (27 at time of conception). We met in college in 2001, started dating in 2002, and got married on September 27, 2008. We were lucky enough to conceive our first child while on our honeymoon and on June 30, 2009, I gave birth to our DS Sean Thomas. We fell so deeply in love with him that we couldn't wait to start trying for more children. My DH is now a SAHD and I work full-time. I get a little jealous at times because DH gets to be with DS all the time and I feel like I miss out on so much, but I just consider us very fortunate that my job pays well enough that DH can stay home with him. We also have one dog, a Boston Terrier named Peanut, who was born November 27th, 2006.
We wanted to begin TTC in January 2010, but due to BFing (actually EPing) DS, I didn't get my first AF until mid-February. We TTC after that, but my cycles were still out of whack. That cycle lasted 6 weeks and was a BFN. We did conceive the following cycle in April, but it was not meant to be and ended with a miscarriage on May 26th, 2010. I was devastated, but not surprised. I had been bleeding off and on since two days after the BFP. After 4 betas and 2 ultrasounds, the doctor thought everything was okay, but I knew in my heart that I should not be bleeding like that. I hoped and prayed for my bean to survive, but in the end, it simply was not meant to be.
I took some time to grieve the loss of my little bean, but DH and I talked and quickly decided that we just wanted to jump back in and try again. We decided not to even wait for my AF following the m/c and just started it all over again. It was a long, frustrating cycle... I didn't ovulate until the 28th day after my m/c. But I was amazed to see a faint (but definitely there!) line on an IC HPT at 10dpo. I didn't want DH to know I had tested until we had a BOLD positive, so I made a secret trip to the store after work that day and bought a FRER. I brought it home and tested and the line was BEAUTIFUL!! So I went ahead and used a digital that I already had. I knew it was less sensitive than the FRER, so I wasn't sure if it would be positive, but after a few moments (that seemed like forever), the word "Pregnant" popped up!! I took the tests to DH who seemed unsurprised and gave all the credit to his super-sperm. :rolleyes: Our EDD is March 15th, 2011 (later changed by u/s dating to March 16th). DH's birthday is March 7th, so it would be cool for the baby to be born on his birthday... Or on St. Patty's Day!! :D
A picture of us when DS was about 2 months old:
July 2, 2010 - 10 DPO
July 8, 2010 - 16 DPO
July 11, 2010 - 19 DPO
July 27th @ 9:30am
Appointment with OB Coordinator. Initial education and blood/urine tests. This turned out to be an AMAZING appointment! We were surprised when she ordered us a dating u/s because I didn't have an LMP date due to not having AF after the m/c in May. The bean had a beautiful little heartbeat of 146 beats per minute. (S)he measured one day behind my estimate (6w6d instead of 7 weeks), changing my EDD from March 15th to March 16th. Hoping for a St. Patty's Day baby!
August 25th @ 12:15pm
First OB Appointment. Nothing exciting... Still considering switching to a new practice. Did get a mini-ultrasound today at 11 weeks.
September 17th @ 3:10pm
Elective early gender scan. Ultrasound tech said it's a "definite" boy. But I'm not 100% convinced and only 14w2d, so I'll be awaiting confirmation at my big u/s at the OB's office. But tentatively, Sean might have a little brother!!
September 20th @ 9am
OB Appointment - 14w5d. Heard the heartbeat, but I've been listening to it at home for weeks. ;)
October 18th @ 8:30am
Big ultrasound! It's a BOY!! We are thrilled to have another little boy joining our family. I can't wait to watch the relationship develop between Sean and this new little boy. I hope they are the best of friends. :)
The doctor said everything looked normal on the u/s, but I was a little nervous when the tech lingered over the baby's spine area for a little longer than she spent on any other parts. I hope they're not keeping anything from me. It could have just been that baby's angle made it difficult for her to get the right shot.
I also had blood drawn for my quad screen. Since I was there first thing Monday morning, the doc said the results should be back by the end of the week, and he would only call me if the results were abnormal. The week has since ended and I didn't receive a call, so I'm hoping that's a good sign. I'll give them a few days next week too, just in case they were being slow. I really hope my results showed low risk of all those birth defects!
November 17th @ 2:30pm
23 Week Appointment.
11 Weeks 5 Days
14 Weeks 2 Days - Boy??
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August 11, 2010 - 9 Weeks - Heard the heartbeat on the home doppler for the first time!! :D ...But also started some light bleeding. :( Praying this little bean will stick.
September 3, 2010 - 12 Weeks 2 Days - Bleeding has become heavy and bright red with clots and tissue passing. Scared to death of another m/c.
September 6, 2010 (Labor Day) - 12 Weeks 5 Days - After a grueling weekend of heavy bleeding (thank goodness I was off work), I finally get in to see the doc. He checked my cervix which was very much closed and he couldn't spot any active bleeding. He did an ultrasound to find a bean with a heartbeat!! I am astounded that anything could have survived the bleeding that I had. It has tapered off now, and I hope it doesn't return. The doc's best guess was that I had a subchorionic hematoma that finally worked its way out. I hope he's correct.
October 24th, 2010 - 19 Weeks 4 Days - The bleeding that stopped on Labor Day has never returned, and we are so grateful for that. The last several weeks from them have really been a blur. I spent so long not bonding with this pregnancy because I was scared of losing it, and now suddenly I'm halfway to the finish line. I felt this little boy start moving inside of me at around 16 weeks, the same as with Sean. His movements are slowly starting to get stronger, despite an anterior placenta. I can't wait until I feel big rolling movements and knees/elbows/etc in my ribs and bladder. I just want this baby to thrive and be healthy!