In Fall of 1997 I meet a wonderful man and became just friends with him for years. New Years Eve 1999 we finally went out on a formal date and it was the begining of the greatest relationship. He is the best husband I could ever ask for. This is DH & I on our magical wedding day 1/31/2004. A few years later we adopted our pride and joy Grissom and he became our "1st child". We pulled the goalie and TTC in April of 2007. After a year of TTC we decided it was time to see why we hadn't concieved. What we found out made the road ahead of us much more difficult. DH has a severly low sperm count and that we would have to do IVF to be able to convieve. We found the best Doctor in the area and made an appointment. After months of poking and proding and tons of shots I am officially pregnant with our 1st child. We couldn't be happier. However I'm not sure it has truely hit me yet.
A few Belly Pics
20 weeks ~ 35 weeks ~ 37 weks
On June 12th 2009 at 1am my water broke and 18 hours later my beautiful son entered this world. Introducing John Joseph B********* IV
Here is Joey's Birth Story link if your interested!
Joey look so little coming home for the 1st time ~ Joey in NICU ~ After his 1st bath at home
Our 1st Family Photo!!
Joey's 1st Christmas!!
January 2010 - I entered this picture in Live's Beautiful Baby search.
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Here's my TTC story: http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboa...d.php?t=417630
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10/30 1st u/s scan- we have a baby and a heart beat of 120bpm!
11/5 1st regular OB prenatal visit
11/17 2nd OB visit, baby's heart beat at 179bpm
12/1 Ultrasound for early risk assessment, baby's heart beat at 163 bpm
12/15 3rd OB visit, baby's heart beat at 157 bpm, baby in lower center
1/7 4th OB visit, baby's heart beat in the 150's bpm range, baby in the lower left side
1/22 Full fetal survey- heart beat 157 bpm, it's a GIRL!!!!
1/29 U/S follow-up visit- everything normal- heartbeat in the 150's range
2/26 5th OB visit- baby's heart beat at 160's
3/27 6th OB visit- baby's heart beat at 140's, failed 1hr GTT but passed 3hr GTT
4/20 7th OB visit- fundus height 31cm, baby lying oblique head to lower left, legs to upper right
5/4 8th OB visit- fundus height 32cm, baby heads down
5/18 9th OB visit- fundus height 31 cm, baby heads down
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BFP: 10/12/08 - 10dpo (3 weeks, 4 days) - - - Digital: 11dpo (3 weeks, 5 days)
Getting darker - 14dpo
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November 7th @ 8:45am - First prenatal appointment! Met with the nurse for blood/urine tests, prenatal vitamins, and got lots of freebies!
November 24th @ 2:00pm - First OB appointment. Dr Pfeiffer was an hour late due to being in surgery, did the quickest pap ever, and left for surgery again. But I got my 2nd ultrasound! The first one was a week prior in the ER, but I don't really count it because I didn't get to see it. Got to see baby moving around and see the heartbeat. Fell in love...
December 22 - Second OB appointment. Got to hear the heart beat!!
January 20 - BIG u/s. It's a BOY!!!
November 24, 2008 - 9wk5d
January 20, 2009 - 17wk6d
My "firstborn" Peanut - Born on November 27th, 2006:
The Birth Story
To be added...
June 30, 2009 @ 7:17PM
8lb 8oz, 19 inches (20.5 inches at his 6-day appointment...)
DH Aaron and I were married on August 14, 1999, and have been married almost 11 years now. I am 33 and he is 39.
Together, we are raising our two wonderful boys, Jonathan and Nicholas, and our beautiful baby girl, Victoria.
Jonathan was born January 15, 2004 (surprising us by being 5 weeks early)
Nicholas was born August 27, 2005
The following is the story of our baby girl...
Originally, we had talked about having 4 kids. But, as the boys got older, we both started to think that maybe we were done. DH was pretty adament that he didn't want anymore children. I was starting to come around to his way of thinking, but wasn't ready to do anything permanent yet.
Then, someone made the decision for us...
Surprise BFP on October 15, 2008
This came as a big surprise b/c I was on bcp (mini-pill), but now we both feel that this was meant to be. Crossing our fingers for a girl this time, but whoever we get will be loved with all our hearts. Whoever it is really wanted to be here and will be welcomed with open arms.
First u/s: Nov. 6th @ 7w
- measuring 6w6d; right on target
- saw the heartbeat!
Second u/s: Dec. 3rd @ 10w5d
- measuring 4.5 cm
- heartbeat: 167 bpm
Third u/s: Dec. 10 @ 11w5d
- NT scan: baby looks healthy
- heartbeat: 157 bpm
- measuring 12w4d (almost 1 week ahead!)
Fourth u/s: Feb. 3 @ 19w4
- Baby was moving around a lot
- We got a quick look at her (maybe him), but the technician was rushed
- Baby weighs approximately 12 oz
- No obvious signs indicating boy, so it looks like a girl!
Fifth u/s: Feb. 14 @ 21w1d
- Baby is 16 cm CRL
- Hearbeat 151 bpm
- Confirmed that it's a girl!
Sixth u/s: April 18 @ 30w1d
- Heartbeat 135 bpm
- She's still a girl!
- She's head down!
12 weeks 16 weeks
Victoria Dorothy Irene is here!!
She was born on June 20th at 6:58 am (at 39w 1d). She weighed 9lbs 4oz and was 20.1" long.
My water broke at 5:45 in the morning. Thankfully, my MIL was staying with us this weekend, so she was able to stay with the boys. DH and I took off to the hospital. I was feeling pains in right around my mid-section that came and went like contractions. Didn't feel like full contractions though, just really intense menstrual cramps. They intensified when we got to triage. I got undressed and put the gown on. Right away, I felt the urge to push. I was so scared, thinking there was no way I could be fully dilated yet. I yelled out that I felt the urge to push, they came running to check me, and confirmed that I was fully dilated! We were whisked into a delivery room, and I pushed for about 20 minutes, and she was born at 6:58 am! We never had a minute to spare!
:sunny: Birth Buddies with Erin (ekcanada) and Jenn (Shopaholic_Mommy) :sunny:
William "Liam" Alan's Space!
Bryn & McKenzie's Space
Got my BFP on 9-27-08 at 10DPO, thought it was way too early...I was so wrong!
Check-up and U/S went great. Baby measured a few days small, but doc said that is very temporary! Heartbeat was perfect!!! Next appointment, December 3rd!
12/3 appointment went great, did another U/S to find HB. Baby was perfect!
Next appointment 12/31/08!!! This appointment was great! Found the heartbeat right away, and everything was just right. Next appointment will be big U/S with perinatologist for 20 week scan...still waiting to get appt...!!!
20 week scan at perinatologist: It's a girl!!! She is perfect in every way, measuring to match our due date, and weighing in at 11 ounces. I hope to scan the pictures...they are amazing!!!
Next appointment...February 4th!
This is scary..4 weeks, 5 days...can you say bloated???
6 weeks, 2 days...uh... bloat is not going away...???
18 weeks, pathetic...my 6 week belly looks bigger!!! But Tyler loves it none the less!!!
Kapow!!!20 weeks and now she pops out!!!
25 weeks with Tyler & Spongebob!
30 weeks, 3 days
30 weeks, 3 days, looking down...bye bye toes!
38 weeks, 1 day
DH (Ben) and I at our wedding, June 13, 2004
Ethan Benjamin O______
born June 21, 2009 at 38weeks, 4 days
19 1/2 inches long
Went to dinner with friends on Saturday June 20th, but called it an early night and went to bed around 10:00ish. At 11:30 I woke up when my water broke. At first it was just a trickle, but by the time I got to the bathroom it was small gushes. Then the contractions started. Ben helped me set-up the Hypnobabies CDs and I started listening to them in the living room. Much to my surprise, I hated being on the birth ball, and I quickly discovered either hands and knees, or leaning against the wall felt best. I was feeling the contractions pretty strongly, and mostly in my back, as the baby was sunny-side up. Ben started to get the birth bag ready to go to the hospital. I was feeling the contractions stronger and stronger, so we started timing them. We both questioned whether we were timing correctly when we discovered they were a minute long coming every one to two minutes apart. This went on for over an hour. Then we called the midwives and checked in with them. At this point, I decided that we needed to go to the hospital to get checked out at least. The ride to the hospital was very uncomfortable and felt like it took forever. We arrived to the hospital around 2:30am on Sunday, June 21, 2009. When we got to the hospital we went into triage. They checked my blood pressure and pulse and I answered general questions. Then we had to wait for a space in triage to get an internal check. At this point, Ben thought we’d probably be going home and wouldn’t be admitted still. I think he felt this way because I was doing so well with the contractions just breathing through them. After a little bit a space opened up and I got checked by Lucie, one of the midwives. Much to everyone’s surprise I was 8cm dilated and our baby was coming that day – a Father’s Day gift for Ben! Also the first day of summer! We were taken up to the Alternative Birth Center room where we got settled. At that point, I probably should have told Ben to get the birth bag from the car, but I really needed him by my side and didn’t want him to leave. The contractions kept coming and I found the best position was leaning face first against the wall. Ben was rubbing my back most of the time and I just kept trying to breathe through what was now pain, not just strong pressure. This went on for awhile. Eventually I tried the ‘birthing tub’. This felt good on my back, but I couldn’t stay in for very long as I was feeling restless and just couldn’t. Around this time I just felt like I couldn’t handle things anymore and Ben had to coax me through the contractions. After some time, around 4:00am, I felt like it was time to push. Lucie checked me and I was almost fully dilated with only the rim of the cervix present. At that point, I was told I could push so that’s what I started to do. I know some women say the pushing feels good because you are finally doing something with the pain and pressure, but to me it felt awful. My back was killing me and the pressure just felt enormous. I was having a really hard time pushing and it felt like the baby wasn’t coming out. Lucie, the nurse and Ben kept telling me I was making progress and to keep going, but after awhile I felt like they were lying to me! I was getting very tired at this point. Lucie and our nurse both commented to Ben that I must have been an athlete as my legs were so strong. After what felt like forever, we could finally touch our baby’s head and he really was getting closer. Unfortunately, he just wasn’t coming out – he’d come out a bit, then go back in. For a while, we just kept doing this as his heart rate was extremely stable. I could tell the nurse and Lucie were a little surprised he was handling the contractions and the pushing so well. Eventually, this wasn’t the case. The baby’s heart rate started to drop and was at 80bpm and Lucie and I decided that an episiotomy was necessary to get him out of the birth canal. So the episiotomy was cut and I kept pushing. Finally, at 6:48am, after 2 ½ hours of pushing, our baby was born! I turns out that he had his hand up next to his head, so I had been trying to push both his head and hand through at the same time! Not to mention he was sunny-side up.
Our baby was born with a full head of black hair, blue eyes, Ben’s nose, and a mixture of other features we haven’t figured out yet! I held him on my chest for a little while, but he wasn’t interested in breastfeeding. At that point, my placenta detached and I started gushing blood, in fact a little too much blood. So I was given a shot of pitocin to stop the bleeding. It didn’t stop for a bit, so Lucie asked the nurse to start putting an IV together as I might need one. Thank goodness, it stopped right after she had the IV ready! Ben was holding his son at this point. Then the nurse took the baby and weighed him at 7lb, 7oz. and gave him a bath in our room with daddy watching. I was cleaned up and stitched.
Then finally, we were left as a family of three to get to know each other. We marveled over our son’s features and mulled over a name for him, finally deciding on Ethan Benjamin O______. Life was good! We spent over four hours in the ABC room. The nurse was so surprised that I went to the bathroom so many times during those hours. I felt a little dizzy from the blood loss, but otherwise good. After this time, I got into a wheel chair and we were wheeled up to our postpartum room. We kept Ethan with us the whole time and I just didn’t want to let him out of our sight!
Overall, the birth went fairly well. I was very glad to have done the Hypnobabies classes as they really helped with the pain tolerance. I have a really low pain threshold and I think I would have been a mess without Hypnobabies. I was very pleased to get the natural birth I wanted without any drugs. The only interventions I had were the episiotomy and the pitocin shot after Ethan was born. Both seemed necessary at the time, and afterwards as well. I think we made the right decisions throughout our birthing time. Most of all, I was thrilled that our son was healthy and happy and that we had created our own little miracle! I’m still amazed at how much happiness and joy he brings into my life.
August - relaxing outside
Ethan's First Christmas
BFP on Oct 3/08 at 9DPO
October 26/08 (6w6d) - 35938
October 28/08(7w1d) - 73085
1st Prenatal Appt ~ Nov 13/08: All went well. Pretty boring, actually.
Nov 24/08 ~ My blood pressure was seriously low in the morning so I went to the doctor. He scheduled me for an u/s that afternoon and we saw our little one jumping around. The h/b looked great and the baby even put up its hand and 'waved' at us. We didn't even get a chance to ask for pics. The tech was in a serious hurry and just pushed us out of the room.
1st Trimester Screen ~ Dec 10/08: What an awesome appointment! Baby is measuring right on track (a couple days ahead actually), h/b was 168 and the nuchal/bloodwork came back nice and negative. The baby was quite cooperative, but started getting annoyed at the end and was flipping onto its tummy. I also have an anterior placenta, but hopefully it will move to the back.
2nd Prenatal Appt ~ Dec 18/08: Everything was fine. Baby's hearbeat was nice and strong. I was shocked to learn I've only gained 0.6 pounds since my last appointment.
1st Ob/gyn Appt ~ Jan 9/09
Anatomy u/s ~ Jan 15/09
Claire's birth story: