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Here we go again...

Hello everyone...
I'm 21 years old and have been married since 2 days before my 20th birthday (June 2005). My husband and I decided we wanted to start a family this past summer...so, we started trying in July. And I think I must be the queen of fertility because we found out in early august that I was el prego! We were so excited. My husband honestly couldn't contain himself, he decided we had to drive to our parents house and tell them THAT NIGHT. I was only five weeks.
I had no sickness at all, only my boobs hurt like crazy and I had to pee like every five minutes. And I was exhausted. But I was really anxious because I was reading in a pregnancy book and it said those who don't have morning sickness are more likely to miscarry. And I felt fine. So here I am stressing and stressing...then my boobs don't hurt anymore....and then at seven weeks I started bleeding. I was nervous because I ddin't really know what the difference between spotting and just plain old bleeding was....so I went into the clinic the next day...still bleeding...even heavier...and the doctor said I had a miscarriage. The next three days were just a nightmare...in and out of the hospital, ultrasounds, numerous internal examinations....I was spent, emotionally and physically.
So that was the end of our first attempt. We were very sad. I didn't think it would be so bad, I mean, we'd only known for two weeks...but it was like you have this precious little secret inside of you...and then it's gone.
So. We gave it a rest for a while. My doctor said to wait three months (but a doctor at the hospital said to start trying again when ever the heck I wanted) so we met them halfways and started trying again in October. This time I knew before I even took a preg test. My boobs hurt, I had to pee all the time....hooray! The queen of fertility strikes again! I just found out two days ago for sure, and here I am five weeks again!
I don't want to stress myself out again. I think the mistake I made last time was reading too many books and freaking myself out. All I did was think about all the things that could go wrong....and then they did. This time I am determined to play it cool. Because I really want to keep this one.
I have such an overwhelming desire for a child. Everytime I see someone with a baby, or a see a woman with a big beautiful belly, I just want to grab it and keep it for myself (without somehow depriving this other woman of her child...ha) I know it will be hard, and I will have to grow up immensely...but I want it. I feel like praying "God, please let me keep this one. I know it's only in between the size of a grain of sand and a grain of rice, but I love it. Could I please keep it?"
I think I will just make my first appointment at 8 weeks be my goal. If I can make it til then, that will be an improvement. Last time I made it to seven. Here we go! Wish me luck!

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Hello again...
So here we are seven weeks! I am excited because this is when things went wrong last time, but I am almost at that wonderful 8 week mark when I will go to see my doctor for my first appointment this time around. My husband and I are finding ourselves not willing to get too excited...we're a little jaded now. I just can't wait to make sure eveything is ok when I see my doctor, and then I think I will feel better. The only symptom I am having is sore boobs. Oh, and one day I put a hersheys kiss in my mouth and I wanted to puke. Felt REALLY nauseous. But I spit it out and had a drink of water and all was well.
So far we have just told my mom and his mom (and I'm assuming they've told their spouses). My dad does not live close like my mom and stepdad do, I'm thinking we will wait to tell him and my grandparents when we go to see them for New Years. Oh, and I also told a girl at work. She had a miscarriage too, about a year ago, so we talk a lot about it. She thinks I'm going to be fine this time. I'm just trying not to think of it at all. Last time we were so excited it was all we thought about....this time I am just trying to let it be, and hopefully my little treasure inside of me will grow and be healthy.
Anyways, I will hold on for another week, and let you know how my doctor's appt goes!

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Little peanut

Hello again...
I guess I was crazy to assume that I would find time to write in here over Christmas holidays, so here I am finally, the end of January and 14 weeks!
My Dr's appt in December went fine. What was the most exciting was having my first ultrasound on January 10th. My husband and I went in there expecting to see some little peanut shaped blob....it had fingers and toes!!! And little arms and legs, and it gave us some nice little stretches...it was so awesome...it made the fact that I had a little person growing inside of me very real. We got to listen to it's heartbeat, and it was at 150/min. The technician said that was good, they are usually in between 100-180. She gave us a due date of July 20th. Something that also makes this seem more real is the fact that we're in the new year now. Before it was like, Oh, we're going to have a baby next summer...December to July seems so far away. But January to July? That's up close and personal! That's this year! We're having a baby THIS summer!
We sent our little ultrasound picture to all our family with the heading "Our Little Peanut" so now everyone is emailing and calling to check up and see how our little peanut is doing. My husband and I like to joke around alot...we're pretty silly people....he asked me what kind of peanut I would like it to be (probably expecting a 'boy' or 'girl' peanut kind of answer) and I said "honey roasted". So now we talk to our little honey roasted peanut every day! I'm very excited.
Lots of my clothes have stopped fitting. For work I have to wear dress pants...The ones I have have two buttons, and I can only do up the bottom one. The top one that goes across my belly just will NOT reach. So I have to pull my shirt down over top extra low so no one can see that my pants won't do up! Heading in to my fourth month, I think it's time I did a wee bit of shopping. I'm a fairly slender person to start with, so you can tell that my belly is expanding quite easily. We haven't told the general public yet....only family and a few friends know...but I don't think I will be able to hide it much longer!
Anyways, I am doing well. I go to see my Dr. this Wednesday for another monthly checkup. I feel good that I have nothing much bad to report. Things are going very well. Hooray! I am one third done! This time is going to work out.

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Hello again...
So tonight at my choir concert I told all my friends. It was exciting to tell people. The only people who don't know now are the company I work for and all our church friends. I am anxious to tell everyone! It was fun tonight to let everyone know.
I went to the Dr. this past Tuesday for a quick check up. He took my blood pressure and measured my tummy, and we booked my next ultrasound for Feb. 26th. I am excited for that! I can't wait to see all those fingers and toes again! I can't remember if I said this, but we have decided not to find out the sex, s I hope the U/S tech doesn't blurt it out or something!
I picked a really cute color for painting the nursery (tentatively). It's a really fun bright mango-ey orange. Very summery. And very unisex!
Anyways, it was a LONG day today.
But hooray for being in my second trimester!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Goodnight.

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So now the whole world knows. I am getting a little too chubby for people not to notice. I told all my church friends and the company knows now too. I am just fretfully awaiting the day when the owner of the company will call me up and take me to lunch and try to convince me that I HAVE to come back to work.....HA! As if. I am so so so ready to be done working. I was not cut out for the working world. On the other hand, I am excited to go to work tomorrow because I bought some new maternity work pants!!! Hooray! I think if I wore my pre-preg pants for one more day the buttons would have fallen off. I am so ready to be comfy. Mmmm....baggy clothes.

So I am having some trouble with names. There are lots of names I like, but I am having trouble piecing them together nicely. Girls I am doing pretty good with.
Emma Leigh
Ella Madison
Heather Esther
Hubby and me were really set on Emma Leigh even before we got pregnant, but now I am second thinking it, because Emma is the most popular girls name of 2006. I don't want her to be a kindergarten and have ten other Emma's in her class. So I'm leaning towards Ella. I like it just as much and it's only like, the 80th most popular or something.
Boys is more difficult.
Liam Jacob
That's the only one we have pieced together nicely, but then again....Liam is the most popular boys name of 2006. BLAH! So then I just have a lot of random names that I'm not sure what to do with.
Liam
Jacob
Micah
Lucas
Spencer
Who knows. I'll have to work on that.
Anwyays, things are going well, I feel fine. I had a day or two when it ws a little less than fine, but not so much that I can't function. I am anxiously awaiting the chance to feel my little peanut move inside of me...only a few more weeks I hope. I am 16 weeks 4 days today! Hooray!

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Well, not much to update in 2 days. I just thought I'd post a link here to my MSN Space because I posted some belly pics and my 12 week U/S pic on there. (Couldn't figure out how to do it on here, we have a Mac and it wasn't working). But for anyone who's interested, here is the link so you can see pics.
http://erstwhilepensetonian.spaces.live.com/

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My house is falling apart. Ok, maybe just my bathroom. Seriously though, I cannot wait to do renovations in May. We are going to renovate the bathroom and the office (which is turning in to the nursery). The bathroom literally has tiles falling off of the walls in the shower/tub. It's supremely gross....new shower/tub, new flooring, new sink, new mirror....ahhh....that sounds so nice. The office should be exciting as well. Right now we live in a house that was built in the 40's and I think this must be the original wallpaper....or one of these layers must be original....yuck. We are going to tear out the walls and just re drywall and everything.
I decided I'm going to paint the room a really fun and bright mango-ey orange, and I found the cutest bedding to go along. We aren't going to find out the sex, so I wanted something neutral, and I think this is perfect!
http://www.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=23873
I am going to get it sent to a friend of my stepmom's in Florida and she will pick it up for me when she goes down there next month (Gap doesn't ship to Canada)
Hooray for a room for the baby!

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17 weeks, 4 days.
Isn't that nuts that I'm almost half done? I'm feeling very....excited! Chris keeps getting scared every time he sees my bare belly...lol, I have to remind him it's only going to get bigger!
My next U/S is on the 26th, and I go to see my Dr. again on March 7th. That means I get to hear baby heart beat twice in the next couple weeks! I am glad for that because I am anxious to make sure there is still a little peanut in there. I'm kind of in a phase where I don't really feel any movement at all yet, and I'm just anxious. I can't wait to see it inside there moving around...it'll seem real all over again, just like last time. When you can't see it and I still can't feel it, it just seems pretend. So I'm excited for that.
I went into a baby store today that's in the strip mall where I work (I've been staying out of there faithfully because I didn't want to start looking at things too early) but today at work it wasn't busy so I just nipped out to have a peek. BLAH! There is so much stuff to get hey? Crib, change table, dresser, car seat, stroller, mattress, bedding, eventually a high chair....phew. And we have nothing at all right now, because this is our first and it's not like we have any extra furniture lying around, we've only been married a year and a half, and this is our first house. Well, it'll come. I'm sure our families will want to help out a great deal, since it is the first grandchild on both sides. I'll stop stressing. But it will be time to think seriously about those things very soon.
I decided I like Jacob Micah for a boy's name. I'll have to run it by Chris tonight and see what he thinks. Last night he mentioned he really likes Heather Esther for a girl....I'm not sold on it though. I like Ella Madison better. Lots of time for that too though!
Anyways, time to go do laundry.....I've only got one pair of maternity pants, and I wear them every day to work, and I haven't had a day off in over a week....they need to be washed...lol.

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Took some more belly pictures last night when I was feeling particularly fat......(of course I had just eaten an entire package of Sidekicks, so it's part baby, part noodles...lol) Seriously, check them out at the link below....my hubby is calling me a porker now....lol. But that's ok, he bought me 6 pounds of gummy worms and 12 pounds of my favourite cereal today for Valentines day.....lol....mmmm....18 pounds of sugar....I love sugar...I mean, my husband. lol.

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19 weeks!
Just got a call from the Ultrasound tech confirming my U/S next Monday (only 4 days!!!!) I am excited....all the ladies on the July 07 board have been sharing all their beautiful liuttle peanut pictures and I want some of my own!
So, we went away for the weekend to Alberta for a wedding, and since I had Chris in the car with me and he couldn't run away, we had a baby name brainstorm!! Heather is still his number one for girls, and mine is Ella, but he likes Ella least of all. Anyways, now I'm leaning towards Lena Heather. I always liked the name Lena, but I could never fit it in anywhere....anyways, then I was telling MIL about it, and she was SO enthralled, because Lena was her grandmothers name (short for Magdalena) and again, Heather is the name of my dads sister who died when she was 16. So I'm liking the family connections there. Of course, Chris would rather have Heather Lena. Lots of time to decide though.
And for boys, we made a lot of progress. Well, we at least found some more names we like to choose from. My favourite is Jacob Micah. Chris decided he likes Carson, and for middle names: Kimball, Lincoln....Ok, so maybe we haven't made as much progress as I thought, but at least I got him to TALK to me about it!
I have been feeling really good, I am just anxious to start feeling the baby move, or at least see it moving at the U/S....that must be a worry every pregnant lady has....I just want to make sure the little peanut is ok, and is growing big enough. I don't think I've gained much weight, I am eager to go to the doctor and see just how much. Well, one more week and I'm halfway there!

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19 weeks 4 days....
U/S in 4 hours!!!! Hooray! I am hoping that little peanut keeps it's legs closed so it doesn't show off anything distinguishable to us by accident.
New thoughts on names.... GIRL - Madison (Maddie) Boy - Elliott

Been having some kind of uncomfortable cramping this morn, hope it goes away.
Anyways, I'll update on U/S later!

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19 weeks 6 days
Soooo.....Monday we went for my second ultrasound, to say hello to the little peanut inside of me again (and for the last time, no more ultrasounds) It was so great! The technician gave us three pictures to take home, they are posted on the link below, take a peek! I am really thinking it is going to be a boy, just during the ultrasound looking at the screen I kept thinking "yeah, that looks like a boy face" and Chris was thinking the same thing.
Then, we emailed the pics to all our family, and my mom, his mom, his sister, my stepmom and my granny all think it's a boy as well. But unfortunately, we could all be completely wrong, and have a baby girl! So I still have to buy everything in unisex. Lol. But that's what we wanted, to have a surprise.
Now I am just waiting to go to the doctor again next week and hear the heartbeat. I wish I could tell him that I have felt the little one moving around inside, but I really haven't (then again, it was very lazy during the ultrasound, just hanging out in there, wanting to go back to sleep I think!) Oh, well, I've still got 20 more weeks to feel kicking, and I'm sure I'll be sick of it by the end! Anyways, hooray for a healthy little peanut!

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21 weeks 5 days
Well, I feel like I haven't written anything here for a long time since everything is going so well....I just don't have anything to report! I saw my Dr. last week, and everything was perfect. He told me he unfortunately doesn't do deliveries anymore, but he is going to refer me to this awesome lady doctor, who he says is very good. He will continue to see me every month, and I will see her once around 30 weeks, and then every week during my last month. When the baby is born she will let him know and we will take the little peanut back to see him and continue on there with him. So that's ok. I go for my blood glucose test in a week or so as well.
But things are going so well, I haven't had any nausea or bleeding, it just seems like I'm getting fatter for no reason! Ok, not true, I have been having some problems with my leg this past week. I have kind of weak hips to start off, and sometimes they get a little out of joint. So one of my hips was causing me some trouble, and now the pain is shooting down my one whole leg.....oh dear, thank you sciatia. My shin is killing me. But it is feeling better today.
OOOH, so I have a new favourite boys name. I am totally sold on Robin. Something like Robin Micah. (Just think how cute it will be, my DH's name is Christopher, and we will have a little baby Robin....lol....Christopher Robin!!! I love it!). Chris says it is not bad....maybe I can convince him. He is still stuck on Carson, which I'm not 100% for. Oh well. Plenty of time left....but actually, it's getting kind of scary with how fast time is going lately....We are halfway through March, and then I have only 3 more months of work, and then it July!!!! Holy smokes. I saw a friend of mine from high school who is living in Calgary and she is due in 6 weeks....she looks so awesome! I hope I look like that at 8 months! She was just her regular skinny minnie, and she had this adorable little basketball on her tummy....it was so cute!
Anyways, things are going really well.....we are starting to think about the renovations we are doing in May, and that is exciting....we will have a baby room instead of an office! I can't wait.

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Here is a pic from last week, at 20 weeks 4 days. And also, here is the bedding set I bought today!

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22 weeks!
Wow, only 18 more weeks to go! Piece of cake right? I've already done 22.
I forgot to mantion in my last post how ACTIVE this little one is! I was waiting so anxiously for movement and now it's like "STOP IT! I WANT TO SLEEP!" Lol, no but really, the peanut is on the complete opposite schedule than it's mommy.....It starts kicking and squirming just after supper and continues to play at being a champion boxer until just after breakfast....then it leaves me alone all day...lol. You can even feel it from the outside now, which is really neat. Anyways, I found a pic from when I was 16 weeks four days, and holy smokes, compare it to the 20 week 4 days one!

Amazing what four weeks can do hey?

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OOOH, and I forgot to share my U/S pics! (I am catching up on sharing pics since before I couldn't figure out how to do it)

Look at that little one! Isn't that just amazing!

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23 weeks and 2 days....

Hooray! Only 17 more days until I have 100 days to go! Time is just flying by....only 17 more weeks! I am loving this belly of mine. I had a customer say to me yesterday "Are you loving your belly? Make sure you rub it lots, cause you will miss it when it's gone...." I was like....."I will?" But then I thought about it....it is pretty fun having this nice round belly to rub....it's a cute little part of me....
I am getting SOOO psyched for the renovations....we have been walking around stores picking out all the things we will need....I have been bringing home paint chips and tacking them on to walls....so fun. I am so excited for this room to be a room for baby!
Anyways, I will take a new belly pic tomorrow when I get dressed (too lazy right now and post it here....I am getting fat....lol...I love it!

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Here are my 24 weeks belly pics from a few days ago.
Today is 24 weeks 2 days!
DH is wondering if we can go away for our anniversary this year....I am a little tentative, since that would mean flying at 35 weeks.....which might be a little close for comfort! I guess I will check with my doctor. The airline said they will never prohibit you flying, but if you are past 8 months you need to have a doctors note...we will see. We would be leaving on June 14th, and I am due July 19th.....lol....that's a little scary! Anyways, take a peek at my ever growing belly!

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OOOOHHHH, I have been so bad at updating this! Here I am 26 weeks 3 days......
I had a great appointment this past week with my Dr. I passed my glucose tolerance test with flying colours, I am measuring right on size AND.....you will never guess how much weight I have gained!!!!!! Lol, I am not too worried about it because the Dr. didn't say anything about it at all, and I still look very healthy.....but I started out at in between 125 and 130, and I am now 150! For the past two months I have been gaining 7 pounds a month! I have gained almost 25 pounds and I still have 3 months to go!!! I have a feeling I will be quite large....
But I feel good. Other than my ribs and back hurting, and I had a cold for about a week, I am doing really well. Here is a 26 weeks belly pic!

This Thursday marks 3 months exactly until baby is due! Woohoo!

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So....
Our plane tickets are booked for our anniversary trip! We are leaving on June 15th, and returning home on the 18th. We are flying to Toronto, staying at the Holiday Inn downtown, going to a Blue Jays game, going to the Hockey Hall of Fame, we will probably rent a car one day and go see Niagara Falls.....it should be fun. A nice little babymoon.
I asked my Dr. about flying at 35 weeks and he says he sees no problems with it, since i have had a perfectly normal pregnancy so far, and no complications. He said just to check with the OB he referred me to and ger her to OK it. I see her on the 3rd of May.
So, I'm kind of excited! I have never been farther East in Canada than Kenora....lol....which is about halfway through the country, so I am excited to go to Toronto.
I had a choir rehearsal last Sunday with a bunch of friends that I haven't seen for months....it was really fun, everybody wanted to rub the belly!
I am so excited for 2 days from now......it will be exactly 3 months until baby is due and I will be exactly 27 weeks....so I have decided that means I will be third trimester! Hooray!

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Today I am exactly 27 weeks pregnant, and it is April the 19th, exactly 3 months before my July 19th due date! Woohoo! I have decided that this means I am in my third trimester.....only 91 days to go! AND I only have less than 50 working days left before I finish work FOREVER! TA DA! I am so excited. Coming down the home stretch now, hey? I am celebrating many things at once today!
I have been having such fun feeling my little one lately. This morning in bed, I could feel numerous different body parts popping up, little bumps of proof that there is a person inside of me! There was quite a large bump that reached at least 2 inches above my belly button....yep, it's still there! I wonder what it is? Head? Shoulder? Bum? Knee? This is so awesome!

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Here are some 27 week 3 days belly pics!

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Ahh, I am so neglectful! Well, here is an update.
Today I am 29 weeks. Two days ago I had a little scare, I woke up in the morning and my bed was wet, and my underwear as well. It didn't have any scent to it an it definitely wasn't urine....so I called the nurses hotline and they told me to go to the ER. So I went to the ER and they sent me up to L&D to be examined. They did an internal swab and found no sign of any amnio or any other fluid, so hooray! Whatever it was, it stopped, and everything is fine.
Kindof exciting though, when we were at the hospital, we got to hear the baby's heartbeat, which I haven't heard since 12 weeks, and the nurse also said the baby was head down (which is good, cause it was transverse last month) AND the Dr. on call was the new OB that I was going to meet 2 days later (today), so i got to meet her at the hospital! She was really awesome, I saw her again today and I really like her. Also, yesterday I went and got my RH shot at the hospital, and did my 28 weeks bloodwork at the lab. I was poked and prodded a lot this week! But all is well.
Today at my appointment, she said I was measuring exactly on size, my blood pressure was excellent, and I am now on 2 weeks appointments! She and my family Dr are going to share me for the next little while (I see him in 2 weeks, then her 2 weeks after, etc) until I start seeing her every week in my last month. Time is flying!
Renovations on our house are starting in 2 weeks...hooray!
AND I went shopping tonight after work and bought some new shorts and 3 tops.....I spent a little too much, but I have been living for 3 months wearing only 3 bottoms and 6 tops! How did I do it? I have no idea....I am glad to have some more options now.
Anyways, I will take a picture probably in a day or two and let you see my big buddha belly!

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Here I am again, Mrs. Neglectful....
Here is a 30 week 2 days belly pic!

And I changed my mind about the bedding.....I found a new set that I totally love! Here it is....

I will post more later when I have time.....
30 weeks and 3 days today!

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Well, you know how your surroundings can influence the way you feel? So my house is in a state of disarray, and so is my brain......

AHHHHHHHH!!!!!

I am 34 weeks and 3 days preganant and I'm totally pooped. DH and I lived in a hotel for 2 weeks while the renovations on our house took place.....but much to my dismay, we have become those kind of people who live in a constant state of renovation.....it's killing me! We are back in the house, but nothing is where it should be, we are leaving for Toronto in 5 days, and when we get back, there will be ONE MONTH until my due date.....

The renovations aren't quite done.....we kind of ran out of time and helpers (and funds). I guess it's not as bad as all that, most of it is done, it's just the little things, you know, like.....baseboards.....outlet covers.......touch ups on caulking........paint touch ups.........doors not on their frames..........general CLEANUP.........I guess we'll get there eventually.

I only have 13 more working days! After I am done, I need to do some serious organizing (I'm hoping I have the energy!)

On the bright side, pregnancy is going well. My feet and legs have started to swell a bit with the heat, and with long days at work, and my back and ribs ache more, but I'm getting through it. I now weigh 155 pounds.......from my starting weight of around 128......and over 5 weeks to go!!!!! Here is a belly pic from 34 weeks (my dog makes an appearance too - note the paint on her tail.....she got in the way of some renovators!)

Well......I hope I have more time later to update more, but with all the other things I have to do........I doubt it........
So long for now!

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Well, 34 weeks and 5 days today, and it's my 22nd birthday as well......
A rather lonely birthday though......DH got up and went to work at 5 in the morning, I woke up later and had a Dr's appt, cleaned the house, did some laundry.....DH came home and went to bed and is still sleeping.......I did go to Walmart though and put some things on my registry. I haven't had a shower yet, and I'm hoping that SOMEONE will throw one for me, so I've registered. Never too late, right? So here I am, and for my birthday supper I'm having some minute rice and some creamed corn with a glass of milk......how exciting. No candles....no cake......no singing......oh well.
DH did give me my present yesterday, which I'm pretty excited about, it's a portable DVD player....so that's fun. I'm just a little bit down today. Hopefully I'll perk up for this weekend, since we're going on a "babymoon" to Toronto for 4 days to celebrate our anniversary (which was 2 days ago). I just need someone to pay attention to me...lol.....what a pity party I'm having here! Anyways, I'll go and finish my delectable birthday dinner......lol.

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So my birthday turned out a little nicer towards the end....DH woke up and wished me a happy birthday, then my MIL called to wish me the same, then my dad, then my cousin, and I got an email from my stepmom as well!
I had to go out to the church youth activity (I'm a youth leader), and on our way home DH and I bought some creamsicle icecream....mmmmm.....and watched a movie, which is basically an ideal evening for me! Movie and icecream? Absolutely! So I'm done with the pity party now....lol....I DID have a good birthday. And baby said "happy birthday mom" by kicking my bladder early this morning and making me get up and go pee!

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36 weeks and 1 day!
Only 4 more weeks! Things are going well. DH and I went to Toronto for a babymoon last weekend for 4 days and had a great time. I was REALLY tired by the end of every day, and my ankles started to swell really bad (and are keeping that up, every day now) but I made it through! Here are some pics!

Here is DH and I at a Blue Jays game

Here we are at the Hockey Hall of Fame with the Stanley Cup

Hahaha, this is a guy we saw busking in the street; he was playing the guitar (very beautifully I might add) and he had a paper bag on his head!!!! I went up to take a picture of him and he said "I AM smiling!" LOL

Here's me at the Revolving Restaurant in the CN Tower gettign excited about the bread basket (I'm addicted to bread....lol)

And the two of us after dinner (which was DELICIOUS)

Now on to Niagara Falls, we took the Via Rail train there for a day. Here I am...

And here we are

And here we are again (baby makes an appearance too)

Here are my poor ankles after walking around Niagara Falls for the afternoon.....my ankles are normally pretty bony!

And here we are on our last day in a park by our hotel in downtown Toronto

Well, I'm sure that was quite enough pictures for you, but I have to show you the cute baby clothes I bought at an outlet mall in Niagara Falls!
Here are some little onsies and rompers I picked up at baby Gap and baby Mexx

and a close up of the baby gap onsies...lol...so cute!

And this is the quilt my grandma made for baby, it's all handquilted, and isn't it just so fun!

Ok, I'm done sharing pics now!
I made a little trip to the hospital this week, I thought my water may have broken, but everything is ok, and my cervix is closed, no amniotic fluid leaking. My next Dr's appt. is on Monday, and I'll be getting my group B strep test (eeeww).
Also, my stepmom is coming this weekend to bring me a bunch of baby stuff she has, and to take me shopping for some baby things, and help me get the nursery ready! My MIL and stole me away from work today for a bit and we went and ordered the crib and dresser/changetable that I want....I'm so excited to actually have FURNITURE picked out! And ordered! I feel so behind, there's only 4 weeks left, but I'm getting there! Anyways, that's all for now, will update later after appt on Monday.

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37 weeks and 5 days!

Can you believe that? Just over two weeks and we could have a little one around the house!
So, here's an update.....My stepmom Debbie arrived on Sunday afternoon. That night we went out to my parent's house for dinner (poor Chris was in a houseful of girls - Mom, me, stepmom, my two sisters....my stepdad was out of town). Then I had Monday off, so Debbie and I had a busy day...we went shopping and bought the cutest piece of furniture to go beside my dresser to hold all the diapering needs, we bought an area rug and this awesome giant stuffed monkey for decoration, and she bought me all of the basic diapering needs 'just incase'. So I was all set up with diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, shampoo, baby wash, etc. It felt so good to have things ready and waiting in the nursery finally! I had a Dr's appt that day too, and had my Group B Strep test. My tummy was measuring about a week behind, but she said it was nothing to worry about. So Monday was a good day....then Tuesday I had to work, but we went out for lunch, and then after work, I got home and Chris said his grandma was in town over at his sisters house so we were going over to visit......WELL.....
It was a SURPRISE SHOWER for ME! WOOHOO! I have been wondering if someone was going to throw one, and there it was! My mom, MIL, stepmom, SIL, lots of church friends and friends of my parents as well were there. So then I got HOARDED with gifts! (Oh, I forgot to mention that on Monday we ran in to my mom buying my stroller!) So I got to take home my stroller/carseat, lots of clothes, diapers, a diaper bag, a jumperoo......it was a good night. I felt SO much better, after feeling so unprepared for so long!
So the rest of my week went well, I worked 4 more days and last Saturday was my last day of work. EVER! So now I am home all day, trying to get things organized! BIL should be coming this weeks to finish up the minor details of the renos, my furniture arrives this week, and as soon as I am done the laundry for Chris and I, I am going to start washing baby things!
I had another Dr's appt today for 38 weeks. This week I am measuring right back on size, my GBS came back negative, and all we do now is wait!!!!
I am starting to get really excited! Baby is so active in my belly the Dr always laughs when she listens to the HB because baby keeps doing somersaults in there and pushing her out of the way. Just imagine what it'll be like when it's born.... :?
Anyways, that's all for now! Heres to 2 more weeks!

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38 weeks and 2 days....only 12 days to go!

So, I can now say that renovations are as done as they're going to be...I have carpet on my stairs, I have baseboards in my bathroom and nursery, I have a window frame in my nursery, and I have AIR CONDITIONING in the bedroom upstairs! BIL and grandpa came 2 days ago and got as much done as they could. AND my furniture came in at the store this week too (crib and dresser) but I haven't been able to pick it up yet!!! We need a truck to get it home, and MIL was out of town, and it's her truck, so we have to wait until Monday (2 MORE DAYS!) Yesterday I washed all the baby things (clothes, bedding, blankets, etc) and now I am just waiting to have somewhere to put them! Today I am going out to buy some foam to make a mattress for the cradle that we will be using for the first 6 weeks or so, and then next week I can get the whole nursery organized!
I am really anxious to get it done, not only because I'm due in 12 days, but I want to get my hospital bag packed (AHHHH, so behind!) I'm also going to be buying some nightgowns and underwear and such today for the hospital (just some cheapies from Walmart). Here is my list so far of what to pack....

Mom's Bag

Nightgown (2)
Socks (3)
Underwear (3)
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Hand Towels
Hairbrush/elastics
Makeup
Lip balm
Overnight pads
Breast Pads
Nipple Cream
Pillow (coloured case)
Nursing bra
Notepad and pen
Kleenex
Books/Magazines
Snacks
Water
Cell Phone
Quarters
Camera
Maternity t-shirt
Yoga pants

Baby's Bag

Onsies (3)
Hat
Scratch mittens
Receiving blanket (2)
Diapers (5)
Nail clippers

I am kind of unsure as to what the hospital provides (diapers, blankets, etc) so I wanted to bring a few of each, and we only live 5 minutes from the hospital if we need anything else anyways.

I've been having a lot of pressure on my cervix from bebe, and lots of BH, but nothing regular or really painful (which I'm ok with! I'm not ready yet!) It's crazy, all the women on my birth board are going nuts trying to induce labour with all these crazy remedies.....some of them aren't due for 3 or 4 more weeks and they're freaking out because they're not having contractions or because they're not dilated at all. HOLD YOUR HORSES LADIES! You've got time to spare! Maybe I'm just not as uncomfortable as some of them are, I mean, it would be nice to have my body back, but I'm not freaking out about it....I'm not so sick of being pregnant that I want this baby out of there ASAP. I would love to see my little one, and I'm so excited to be a mom, but it'll come out when it's ready, you know? Anyways, that's all for now....I'll put pictures up next week once I get my nursery ready!

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38 weeks and 5 days

Tada! 9 days to go! (But probably more!)

I had my 39 week appointment today, and everything is going well. I gained 2 more pounds, putting me at a total of 166 pounds, or 38 pounds gained. BUT baby had a huge growth spurt this week. Last week at 37 weeks 5 days it was measuring 37 and a half. This week at 38/5, I was measuring 40 WEEKS! So maybe baby gained 2 pounds and not me! Wink

Also, she checked my cervix and it is closed still but she could reach it without too much difficulty, so it's not too too high. But no signs of early labour yet. That's ok by me because....

We just got the crib and dresser yesterday!!!! But they are here, and put together and the bed is made and the drawers are full! I just have some more organizing to do, and we will be ready! I started packing the hospital bags too.

Now on the negative side.....here is a post from my birth board 3 days ago....

"Awwwww, what a crappy morning.....
I went out to buy a piece of foam for the mattress of our cradle. I was turning left at an intersection with no lights.....and got rammed in to by another car that I didn't see coming. MY FAULT. I felt ok, didn't get hurt or anything, but all I could think about was how pissed DH was going to be. I'm not the best driver....I already have a few rear-enders under my belt.....not only that but DH was working all night long, and was supposed to be sleeping all day to get some rest.....I had to call him on my cell and wake him up and tell him that I wrecked our car.......
My MIL and FIL came and picked DH up and brought him to the accident. They decided to bring me home to rest so DH is still at the accident waiting for the police to come. Our car is not really driveable, the other one will get written off because it's so old and not worth fixing. Ours is probably on the edge of being not worth fixing as well. And we don't have a package policy, so there's at least a 700 dollar deductible.
At least DH was nice enough about it, he just wanted to make sure I was ok, said he was sorry it happened to me. I think I'll go lie down now and have a good cry. (another one)
I'll let you know what happens with the car....

UPDATE
Well, here were are a good 6 hours later, and things seem to be fine. I didn't go in and get checked (SORRY!) because I have been feeling really good and I didn't get much of an impact anywhere on my body. I did some kick counts and baby has been moving normally all day long. I had to go back to the scene to see the police once they finally got there (when the cop got there he was freaking out because I wasn't there and I was the one driving - until my MIL tore a strip off him and told him I was 9 months pregnant and couldn't be expected to wait around in 90 degree weather for 2 hours for him to show up, or he'd be calling me an ambulance too!) So I had to go back and tell him what happened, and he wrote me a ticket (jerk) for $220 dollars for "Failing to yield to oncoming traffic while turning left" So now there's $220 plus the $700 deductible. Sheesh. Our car got towed to the insurance compound, and we have to wait until Monday when they are open to call and make an appointment to go down there and discuss the damage. We drive a 98 Saturn and it's book value right now is probably about 4000 or so, so it might be pretty close depending on how much damage there is - they could just write it off. For now we are driving a rental and we'll just have to hold on until Monday to see what comes next. BLAH! What a day.
Funny part is, I got in a car accident 2 days before my wedding in 2005....MIL is wondering if I'll have the baby in 2 days since I seem to get into accidents 2 days before important events....lol.
Well, maybe this way, we can actually get a 4 door car like I've been wanting!!!!! Sorry so long girls, that's my rant of the day."

SOOOOO.....now as of today we are still waiting to hear back about the status of our car, although I have been charged another $200 dollars for my safety rating on my license which is now down to a minus 8.

But, I am off to get a pedicure! Maybe that will make me feel better!

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Well, I think I've finally done it!!!!! Here are some pictures of the baby room (and for contrast, I'll show you what it looked like 2 months ago before we renovated). I just finished shoving furniture around about a half hour ago, and I am SO PROUD! We have a BABY ROOM! And someone can LIVE in there! Hooray! Ok, here we go......

Here are 2 pictures of what the room looked like in May. It was an office. A very very messy office.

Here it comes......baby's room today!

The crib :


The totally cool monkey!

Change table/dresser and other nifty piece of furniture we found to keep things like diapers in, and the diaper genie:

View of closet:

And now here are some pics of our bedroom across the hall. Here is what it looked like before renos....(blah)

And here are some after pics. Notice also the cradle in the room (for baby during the first 6 weeks or so)



This is the cradle that my great-grandad built for my grandma to sleep in when she was born. All of her siblings slept in it, my mom and all of her siblings slept in it, me and all my siblings slept in it, and now we move on to another generation!
I am SO PROUD to have this all done! Just needs some finishing touches, and we are all set! Hooray again!

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Well, 39 weeks and 2 days pregnant.....5 days to go!!!!

And we are the proud owners of a new car! Our car ended up being totalled and written off, so we started our search for a new one. We ended up going with a 2008 Chevrolet Aveo. It's a nice car, it's quite small but a good start for a new family! It's got 4 doors at least! (I have no idea how we ever thought we could get away with our 2 door Saturn sports coupe....lol)
It's got power locks, windows, mirrors, sunroof, A/C, cruise, aux input for an IPOD, etc........so fully loaded. And we got a really good deal on it. Plus, it's a 2008 and the dealer just got them in last week....I think we're the only people in the city to be driving one! Here is a picture:

I had really wanted to get a Dodge Caliber, it's my absolute favourite, but it came down to......you know, an extra 7000 dollars. So. We got this little guy to start, and eventually we will probably need to be a 2 car family, so we can keep this guy for Chris to drive aorund, and I can get a bigger family car.
Now all I have to do is get the car seat installed! There is a clinic next week (the day before my due date) so i think I will go to that and get it put in properly. Tada!
Just have to finish packing my hospital bags today and I should be all set! I have been having MAJOR pain in my cervix every night before I go to bed and some intense Braxton Hicks, so maybe next week will hold the key for me! It's almost time for baby!

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Well, hello!

2 days after my last post, I went into labour, and Ella Marie Goetz was born July 17, 2007 at 12:20 pm! (39 weeks and 5 days pregnant) She weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces, and was 19 and a half inches long!

We are doing pretty well so far. Ella will be 2 weeks old tomorrow, and has her first Dr.'s appointment as well. She is pooping and peeing like a champ, and doing pretty well at breastfeeding too.

I will hopefully get around to writing out a birth story sometime soon, and you can hear all about how much havoc this little one wreaked on her mommy......(over 60 stitches)

But that's all I have time for right now, there's a picture of our little princess in my siggy....isn't she beautiful?

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Birth Story

Monday, July 16, 2007
39 weeks and 4 days pregnant

I spend the morning doing some organizing in the nursery, and installing the carseat in our new car. By lunchtime I am ready to relax. I decide to lie down in bed and put on a movie. I wish I could say I was watching something classic from my collection like “Breakfast at Tiffany's” or “Singing in the Rain” or one of my favourites lke “Lord of the Rings” or “The Count of Monte Cristo”, but I can't. I was watching “Save the Last Dance”, the kind of light fluffy movie you feel like watching to put you to sleep. At 1:30 pm, as I lie in bed, grooving to Julia Stiles getting jiggy to some hip hop, my water breaks. I felt some wetness, so I get up to go to the bathroom. By the time I get downstairs to the toilet, my pants are soaked down to my knees and I am dripping everywhere. Over the next 5 minutes I soak 3 pads as I hobble around the bathroom trying to decide what to do. I grab the phone to call Chris at work.

“Thank you for calling the Quality Hotel, Claire speaking”
“Extention 235 please”
“One moment”
.........Ring........Ring..........Ring.............Ring............
“Thank you for calling the Quality Hotel. You've reached the office of Chris Goetz. I'm not -
CLICK

An answering machine? There was no way I was going to the hospital by myself! I called again.

“Thank you for calling the Quality Hotel, Claire speaking”
“Hi, this is Chris' wife, I just tried his office but there was no answer, but I think I'm in labour....”
“Oh! Ummm.....wait, he's just on his way out the door, hang on!”

And finally, I get Chris on the phone. I tell him my water broke and I need to go to the hospital. Problem being......I have the car. He rode his bike to work. So now I have to drive over to his work and pick him up on the way to the hospital. With my soaking wet pants. I go to change my pants and head out the door.......phone rings. Chris is calling to say his boss will drive him to the house. Thank goodness his work is only a 3 minute drive from our house and the hospital is 2 blocks from his work.

Chris arrives home, grabs me a towel to sit on and my hospital bags (which I had finished packing the night before) and we speed off to the hospital. He drops me off at the doors to admissions and goes to park the car. Within the 10 steps that it takes me to get inside, I've soaked through my pad, underwear, and another pair of pants. There is a huge puddle underneath me on the floor. And now they want me to take a number, and wait until they call it? HA! Thankfully everyone in th lobby saw that I was a big fat pregnant woman leaking all over the tiles, so they let me up to the admissions desk right away. Some nice lady got me a wheelchair, so I could sit in my mess instead of stand in it. I get my bracelet and Chris arrives to push me up to labour and delivery.

At 2:00 pm I have my cervix checked. I am 2 cm dilated but not effaced at all. By 2:10 pm, I begin to experience some mild contractions. They are uncomfortable, but not very strong, and about 5 minutes apart. Over the next few hours I am attached to the fetal monitor. Baby is doing fine. By 5:00 pm, I am still only 2 cm dilated. They decide to send me home. The hospital has 17 inductions scheduled for the next 24 hours and they don't have room for me to labour when I am only 2 cm, and the contractions aren't painful. So home we go.

For the next several hours at home, I try my best to time my contractions. I sit on the couch (protected with layers of towels, since I am still leaking amniotic fluid) with a clock and a paper and pen. They range from 7 to 2 minutes apart and last anywhere from 30 to 75 seconds. Every few hours I post my progress on Pg.org for all my July 2007 ladies to see! By 11:30 pm, the contractions are too strong to bear without some kind of pain relief. I decide it's time to go back to the hospital. Hopefully the last few hours of labour will have had some progress on my cervix.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
39 weeks and 5 days pregnant

We arrive at the hospital around midnight. Unfortunately, I am still only 2 cm dilated. I am so discouraged. I've been sitting at home in agonizing pain for 7 hours, and I haven't progressed at all? They attach the fetal monitors to see how baby does during my contractions. Baby is doing fine. Mom is not so fine....the contractions are 4 minutes apart and getting harder to breathe my way through them. Thankfully, I have a wonderful nurse helping me. She turns out to be the wife of my GP, Dr. Lok.

At 12:30 am, I get a shot of morphine. Your bottom has to be the worst place to get a shot. It hurts more than the contractions! By 1:00 am, the morphine still hasn't kicked in; it's not helping my pain at all. They tell me that unless I've progressed at all, they're going to send me home again. Thankfully, the nurse checks me at 1:30 and I'm now almost 3 cm dilated. She says they'll keep me there. I am SO glad I don't have to go labour at home again!

At 2:00 am, we decided to try out the tub. For an hour, I labour in the hot water, spraying the shower nozzle on my belly during contractions. I feel much more comfortable, though still in a lot of pain. We are trying to get to 4 cm so that I can get an epidural. At 3:00 am, I get out of the tub, and I am 4 cm dilated! Sweet relief is on the way! Chris falls asleep in the armchair in my hospital room as I get ready for the anesthetist. By 3:30 am, the anesthetist arrives and I receive the epidural. It doesn't hurt nearly as much as the morphine did! Now that I have some relief, I try to get some sleep. For the next few hours, I doze in and out of sleep, but, still attched to the fetal monitor, keep getting woken up by my blood pressure being taken every 10 minutes. Also, the epidural seems only to be working on my left side, and I have pain still on my right.

At 7:30 am, the nurse comes in to check my progress. I am now 7 cm dilated! Chris wakes up, and is excited to hear our progress. I let the nurse know about the epidural, and she can see that I am still in a fair amount of pain during contractions. They decide to back the epidural out of my spine a little (apparantly they may have gone in too far) and up the dose. I can tell the difference within 15 minutes; my right side is now going numb, and the pain is much less. Over the next hour or so, the whole bottom half of my body goes numb. I have no control over my legs, and cannot even wiggle my toes properly!

Our parents arrive around 9:00 am. They come into the room and stay with me for a while.

At 10:00 am, my cervix is checked again. The nurse reaches down to check my progress and a look of shock comes over her face. Apparantly, I am a full 10 cm, and the baby's head is “right there”! She jokes that they could literally just reach in with forceps and pull it out! We decide it is time to start pushing, even though I cannot feel anything at all. They turn down the drugs in my epidural, and at 10:15 am I start to push. At first I can't really tell what I'm doing...it's hard to distinguish which muscle I should be using! But after a while I can tell when I'm making progress. The nurses tell me they see dark hair on the head!

I am getting tired from all the pushing. I'm not sore 'down there' but my face hurts from holding my breath while pushing! Finally, the head comes out and the rest of the baby follows closely behind. Baby is born at 12:20 pm after 2 hours of pushing. It was an amazing sight to see the little body coming in to the world. I couldn't believe that I was responsible, that I had made something that small and real, something so human. The doctor says “It's a girl!” and I can hardly believe her. It takes a while for it to register what she has said...a girl? We had been almost sure it was a boy. But a girl was a lovely surprise!

They put baby on my chest and let me hold her while they clean me up a little. Then baby goes to get cleaned up. She is so quiet....not crying at all, just content to be in the world with her new family. The nurses poke and prod her a bit to get her crying so they can clear out her lungs. She is healthy as can be! She weighs 7 pounds 8 ounces and is 19 and a half inches long.

The next few hours are a bit of a blur. I deliver the placenta, and then the doctor takes a look to see what the damage is. She was going to have the resident stitch me up, but after seeing what had happened, decided she'd better do it herself. There was one tear down the perineum, and what she called “a blowout” above. I had torn in nine different directions. It took over 2 hours and over 60 stitches to fix me up. Thankfully they turned my epidural way back up so I couldn't feel any of the stitching.

Once I was put back together, they sat me up and brought me back the baby, who had been out with her daddy saying hello to her grandparents in the waiting room. We tried our breastfeeding for the first time, and she did very well! The nurse also brought me a meal (sweet and sour chicken on rice) since I hadn't eaten since breakfast the day before (aside from a bowl of iceceram during labour at home). Everyone laughed at how fast I ate it......I was hungry! After we had eaten, our baby girl was taken to the nursery, and they let me sleep for a few hours until my epidural wore off so I could actually move my legs!

By 4:00 pm, I was ready to get up and have a bath. Unfortunately, I had had a catheter put in after I was stitched up, so walking was very difficult, as was bathing. By 5:00 pm I was up in the Mother/Baby Unit and I got to see my little angel again. We visited with family until 8:00 pm and then spent our first night alone together.

After 3 days in the hospital spent recovering, learning how to breastfeed, and learning the real meaning of “lack of sleep” we were ready to go home. We decided on the name of Ella Marie 2 days after she was born; Ella after a song I sang in choir in high school called “Ella Sunlight” which was about a little girl, and Marie because we thought it sounded perfect....a name fit for a princess.

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