Some pics from the greatest day of my life so far... the day I married my best friend!!
July 26, 2008
Our pregnancy timeline so far:
11.29.08 - BFP!
12.3 - My 26th bday
12.4 - Trip to ER for spotting and cramping... told we would miscarry.
First U/S @ ER showed heartbeat of 74. We left devastated.
12.8 - Follow up Dr. appt. with OB. Blood showed a rise in hormones!
Most likely diagnosis of bicornuate uterus. Continued spotting.
12.11 - Second U/S showed heartbeat of 127! Continued spotting.
1.2.09 - 3-D U/S w/perinatologist. Heartbeat 170!
Confirmed bicornuate uterus. Continued spotting/bleeding.
1.13.09 - Met new OB and heard hb - 150-160 bpm! (Happy birthday DH!) Still spotting.
1.28 - SECOND TRIMESTER BEGINS!!
1.30 - Follow up appointment with peri. to monitor cervix and baby - AMAZING! Baby is growing on schedule, cervix is holding strong, and spotting is GONE!!! Couldn't be better!!!
2.2 - OB appointment - fine. not too exciting.
2.13 - Peri appt. to check cervix... Looking STRONG, LONG, and CLOSED! Dr. predicts baby GIRL!
2.27 - Peri appt. to check cervix and baby's anatomy check @ 18 weeks - Went SO well! Baby GIRL is happy, healthy, and growing beautifully! Doc called her beautiful multiple times! Cervix is doing just fine as well. Get to see peri at least two more times. Couldn't be happier!
3.3. - OB appt. First time being fundus is measured... measuring at 16. 3 lbs gained in last month. Not bad!
3.12 - HALF WAY THERE!!! 20 weeks!!!
3.13 - Peri appt to check cervix - still looking good! Went through preterm labor with nurse. Will probably only have one more peri appt. bittersweet.
3.20 - Daddy feels our little girl kick for the first time!!!
3.24 - We decide Grace Elizabeth is her name!
3.27 - Peri appt to check cervix and baby growth... everything checks out beautifully! Doc calls our baby "a million bucks!" We no longer need to see him. So bittersweet - no more peeks at Gracie, no more time with Dr. Pircon, BUT no longer in the "high risk" zone either!! WOO HOO!
3.31 - Monthly OB appt. @ 22 weeks - went OK. Discouraged she wasn't as optimistic as Dr. P. Told to relax and not do as much since I have had some BH contractions already. Total weight gain 10 lbs.
4.21 - OB appt. @ 25 weeks. Things are looking "normal" says Dr. M.
5.5 - Time for every two week appt with OB! 28 weeks. Drank the fun orange drink for GTT, got a shot in my bum for the RhoGAM, and I've gained 18 lbs so far. Not too bad all and all.
5.19 - OB appt. @ 30 weeks. Nothing special. All things are going well and looking good!
5.31 - Move to new condo in West Allis!
6.2 - OB appt @ 32 weeks. Dr. M checked her position and she is head down! Such a great surprise to get a peak at Grace too. All things are going well! 24 lbs gained total (I think).
Also our first Baby Class! LOVED it! Talked about different positions and laboring things. It was great!
6.4 - Last Day of Work for the school year!!!
6.9 - Second Baby Class: toured L&D... very nice to get a peak in there. Excited to go back in July and have my baby girl! Then practiced different positions with birth ball and Brock. Very fun!
6.15 - Call dr. because of lower back pain and cramping. 1st vag exam by Dr. P (new doc to me) says I am dilated, she can feel Grace's head engaged in pelvis, and thought she could feel membranes. Get to PNAC immediately. Get a nice scan... Grace is about 4 1/2 lbs and measuring beautifully! Cervix checks out OK as well. Go to L&D for monitoring. Ctx every 2 to 5 minutes. Get hooked up to IV. They slow down. New doc there says I'm 1 - 1.5 cm dilated. But there was no change while I was there. So they sent me home after a few hours. Crazy!
6.16 - OB appt @ 34 weeks: Dr. M not surprised my visit to hospital but is pushing for 36w. If we make it that far, she won't try to stop labor. Says I need to "take it extremely easy" for the next few weeks...
Baby Class 3: Went over basic newborn care. B changed a diaper of a crabby baby doll.
6.21 - Baby Shower in Michigan! Decide to go, even with excitement of last week. So glad we did because it was great to get away and see the in-laws. Lots of fun things came our way too! So blessed.
6.23 - Baby Class 4: Go over pain management choices. Learn a lot and still excited/determined to do a natural birth.
6.25 - OB appt @ 35 weeks: Nothing new. Weight gain total 19 lbs. Went down a few lbs from last week (I think I stayed the same since I was pumped with fluids @ hos. night before)
6.28 - Baby Shower in Racine! Mom, Aunt Leslie, Ashley, and Maddy came for a few days to help with the nursery and throw a baby shower. Saw Bon Jovi too! We are so blessed and pretty much ready for Grace to arrive!!
7.3 - OB appt @ 36 weeks: We made it! Yay! Measuring a little behind but will wait to see how it looks next go around.
7. - OB appt @ 37 weeks: Full Term! Went over birth plan. Heard HB and it sounds great. BP and weight is fine too. Another week down...
7.15 - OB appt @ 38 weeks: Not much progress, but some. Measuring 35/36 weeks. BP 100/70. Weight is fine. 2-3 cm dilated. Head down in 0 station! Things are lining up to be a routine and problem-free delivery! Come on, baby girl!
Things coming up:
7.24 - OB appt @ 39 weeks
Anytime now: Grace's arrival
12.11.08 U/S @ 7 weeks . . . . . . . . . . . 1.2.09 3D U/S @ 10 weeks, 1 day
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1.30.09 U/S @ 14 weeks, 1 day. . . . . . Doctor says "Think Pink!"
2.27.09 U/S @ 18 weeks... She is right on target - happy and healthy!
Some fun pics to share:
Hanging out with my hubby:
At the airport with my little sister and brother (and my very mature DH!)
My darling little brother tickling Gracie at the airport!