20 Weeks and Counting Down
Hello my name is Melanie. I am fairly new to the boards and just found the pregnancy journals today, so I figured what the heck, I will start one. Well I guess I can start off by explaining my journey in becoming a mommy to be. My husband (Mike) and I have been married for 2 yrs (March). We have been together for almost 4 yrs. We never tried to prevent conceiving during the time we have been together. During the 4 yrs we have been together, we have had several fertility issues arise. We have suffered one m/c since we have been together. However, I suffered from 4 m/c before we met. So needless to say I am no stranger to the pain and agony of loss. I have not been able to carry past 12 wks until this pregnancy. After we were together for a year, we became concerned that I was not pregnant, so I scheduled a fertility work-up with my OBGYN. We started basic testing. They performed a complete lipid panel, TSH, hcg, progesterone, etc. My husband went through the ordeal of having a semen analysis. All turned out fine on his end. Except for he had an average motility. So she put him on a 10 day round of antibiotics just to make sure he wasn't suffering from a prostate infection. he went back after the 10 days and had another semen analysis done, and all looked good so they ruled out an infection. So he was in the clear. I on the other hand wasn't quite so lucky. My thyroid was only functioning at 0.91, which is low for the range in which it should be. Plus, my progesterone was low. Well, we were told to start charting and see where that took us for at least 3 months and then to come back. Well, I charted...NO SUCH LUCK! I was not ovulating on a regular basis and my periods were far from normal. Granted I had one every month, they varied from being early, to being on time, to being up to as far as 2 wks late. So we were highly frustrated.
Well after three more months of agony, we went back. This time I came away with Clomid. It did nothing for me other than make me moody and cause headaches and hot flashes. So after 5 cycles, my OBGYN took me off the Clomid. Plus during this time, I left my former OBGYN and started with another who monitored me much better. Well come to find out I was insulin resistant and that could have been why my cycles were so messed up, so I started dieting. Well after the Clomid we were approached by the state of Florida in reference to if we would like to adopt my husband's now 5 year old nephew, who has been in state custody that we didn't know anything about until that point. We discussed it in great length and decided that since trying to conceive was not going well that we would proceed and adopt him. At least we could raise him, if we weren't blessed to have one of our own. Well, the adoption took over two years due to Tennessee (where we live) and Florida bickering over who was going to handle what. Well, we completed and passed out home study in the fall of 2005, and were awarded Jonathan in December 2005. No kidding, we went to pick him up from Tampa, FL on Dec. 21, 2005. We come home and start living life like a normal family without having trying to conceive on the brain 24/7. Well, February comes and I am 2 wks late. I had taken a home pregnancy test when I was just a week late and it was negative. Well I waited another week and took another one. And guess what? It was faint positive. So hubby darts out the door (no kiss, hug, or explanation of where he was going) and picked up a pack of two digital Clear Blue Easy tests. He returns home and I take both of them. Here we see the huge words PREGNANT on both! WOOHOO, we had finally done it! Two months after adopting a 5 year old and we are pregnant. Life couldn't get any better than this. This is PARADISE!
Well, after taking the tests that weekend (we found out on 2-018-06). I scheduled my HCG for the 20th. Went in and had it done and it was 151. Well she had me come back on the 22, and it was 449. So it went up! Well, they screened my progesterone and found that it was on the low side of normal, so I went on Prometrium 200 mg twice daily. I stayed on it until the end of my 1st trimester at which time she did a prenatal blood panel and my progesterone had went up on its on and was now naturally being produced at an adequate level. So then came the next battle. Fighting my blood pressure. It was in the low to mid 90s during my prenatal visits so after she took me off the Prometrium, I went on Labetalol 200 mgs twice daily to control it. Believe it or not, it has worked wonders for me! I feel ten times more relaxed and I do not have the frequent headaches from my blood pressure being up.
I just hit my 20th week last Wednesday and we are awaiting our ultrasound on June 14th to find out what the baby is. We had one done on May 3rd when I had my quad screen (which came back normal) and the baby's legs were tight together and he/she was laying on its side. The tech said she couldn't see a little wee wee up front, but that didn't guarantee anything because of how tight the legs were squeezed together. So we are one big happy family now. We already have names picked out: Trinity Faith or McKenna Faith Johnson for a girl, Cameron Macklin Johnson for a boy. So we are looking forward to having our little one. My EDD is 10-18-2006.
One more day until I am 21 weeks
Well, another week is coming to an end. Tomorrow I will be 21 weeks. WOOHOO! I am starting to settle in to being pregnant, even though there is one thing I am having difficulty coping with, and that is the heat!! I was born and raised in Tennessee and up until now I have always enjoyed the spring and summer seasons. However, this year is a bit different. Even though I am not far along enough to feel completely miserable yet, even 80 degree weather puts me in a funk. It's hard to breath with the humidity, etc. in the air. Plus, carrying extra baby weight, doesn't help! But I will cope as I always do. I just really dread July and August! YUCK! I wish now I had decided to have my shower/cookout in June instead of July! I am looking forward to this weekend. We have 75 % of our nursery done and we intend to work on it this weekend. Hubby is going to put up the Winnie the Pooh border that we bought, and do some minor work to the room, then next weekend we are going to Babies R Us with my parents and grandparents and have a "gone mad shopping day". My birthday is June 26th, so the whole family is going to band together the weekend before that and take me shopping for baby stuff! So I am looking forward to that. We already have our crib, but they are going to buy an armoire and changing table that matches our crib. So we will have some storage space other than the closet in the room. Plus, I intend on stocking up on baby clothes. So far it's been hard to find stuff because I am due in October and the fall and winter clothing hasn't come out in a lot of the stores yet. Granted there are some light weight fall clothing but nothing heavy to make sure the baby is warm. So I may not be buying too much until later in the summer. It just depends on what they have in stock.
Well, I just figured I would update. I hope this update finds everyone well. Have a good day and a safe week.
22 Wks Today and Having an Ultrasound at 1:30 p.m.
Well I have officially hit the 22 wk mark. I am going for my ultrasound today 1:30 p.m.. so I am hoping the little one will definitely let it's gender be known today! Crossing my fingers!