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Miracle on 115th Street

The start of my pregnancy journal for my beautiful baby due on Christmas 2004!

5 weeks 2 days - Well, it's been a week since Dave came home from a photo shoot on location in Miami. I tested in the early morning hours of last Sunday 4/17. The Clearblue Easy digital test showed "Pregnant" in the window in about a 1/2 minute. On Monday, I called the doctor's office and asked to set an appointment. When I gave her my name and she looked me up, the receptionist asked me to hold. Next thing, Kathy, Dr. O'Reilly's medical assistant, came on the phone and said, "What's up?" I told her I'm pregnant. She said "YAY!" She told me to come in that day to confirm the pregnancy. I went and did a urine test. She said, "We have a positive!" She weighed me, set my first ultrasound and appointment with the doctor for May 6th, and gave me orders to take to the lab for a blood draw. The nice lady at the lab remembered me from the blood draw I had after the Vegas ectopic disaster in January.

On Wednesday, Kathy left me a voice mail to say the test came back "great." Curiosity got the best of me and I had to call back to find out what the hormone levels were. The HCG level taken at 18 days post conception was 3142 and the progesterone level was 84.8! It seems extremely high to me. I've had thoughts of twins running through my head ever since. When I told Dave what the numbers were and that those numbers seem really high for that early, he said "What does that mean?" I told him twins and being a twin himself, he said, "That would be great!"

Since then, I've just been waiting and praying. My last 2 pregnacies ended with heavy bleeding and cramping at 6 weeks pregnant. Whenever I go to the bathroom, I closely check the toilet paper. I am praying so hard that this third time will be the charm. This Friday, 4/30, is the 6 week mark this time around.

As for pregnancy symptoms, I've had little bouts of nausea. It usually happens if I don't eat when I'm hungry. Eventually the hunger pain passes and then I feel nauseous. It usually happens during the night. I've also been lactose intolerance. I can't drink milk at all or I get really bad diarrhea. I had that when I was pregnant with Amanda but it didn't happen until well into the pregnancy. I don't think I had it at all with Aaron. Other than that, I've been tired but it's not too extreme.

That's it for now. As I said, all I can do is wait and pray.

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6 wks - Not much new to report except that I'm a few hours away from making out of the month of April and still pg! That is a huge milestone for me. I have been looking at today as the critical point based on my last 2 pgcys turning into heavy bleeding and cramping right at 6 wks. I had very small amounts of very light brown spotting off and on for about a day earlier this week but nothing to worry about. Brown spotting is old blood and beside, it was so light. As for other symptoms, I've still been having occasional nausea but not a lot and it doesn't last long. I've been really sleepy, especially yesterday. I had to take DH to the ER because he cut up his thumb with his table saw. We were there til after midnight the night before last. Today I couldn't stop yawning in the afternoon. Susan and Sue were laughing at me. It was funny though.... I was yawning just about every 10 seconds for a while! I have also had some sharp abdomenal cramps for the last couple hours. It just gas though, def not uterine cramps. I can tell I'm constipated today so hopefully things will start moving down there soon because I'm going to take a stool softener.

Well, I'm exhausted. Time to get the contacts out and get to bed.

BE STRONG MY LITTLE ONE AND HOLD ON TIGHT IN THERE!!!

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6 wks 3 days - Well, I have made it this far, farther than my last 2 pgcies so I am hoping that this might be the one. I have my U/S on Thursday morning. Less than 3 days away now. It can't come soon enough for me! I just want to know if this is a viable pgcy. If it is, I can start preparing myself mentally for starting my family over again. If it's not, well, I'll cross that bridge when/if it comes.

I have had some nausea and headaches. I rarely ever get headaches normally. The nausea has been sort of an undercurrent. It's not really pronounced but it's there for most of the morning. Also, on Mondays, I normally have a split shift. I don't eat at the normal time because it's just before I take off from work. If it run any errands or anything holds me up from getting to eat lunch, my blood sugar really bottoms out.

I actually feel surprised when I go to the bathroom and there is no spotting or bleeding. Maybe when I get a good result from the ultrasound, I'll believe this is really going to happen. Hang on baby!

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My U/S results were the BEST I could hope for! We saw a perfect little 1cm baby with a wonderful heartbeat! Just making it to the appointment without bleeding and cramping first was a huge milestone for me!

Colleen the U/S tech called me back and as soon as she closed the door to her room, she asked me about the ectopic. She had done an U/S on me the day before we left for Vegas. She couldn't find anything but she didn't think she would because the hormone level was only 300. Usually they can't see anything unless the hormone gets above 1000-1500 she said. Apparently she's been upset ever since that I had the rupture less than 2 days later while in Vegas. I told her not to worry, she didn't miss it. It was only 3mm they said. So she did the scan and right away there was my baby on the screen! She said, "Well, this ones in your uterus!" I said "I can see that. I'm going to cry." She said, "Me too!" LOL We could see the hb plain as day and she said the heart rate looked perfect. She checked it with the U/S machine but I was so emotional, I forgot to ask what the heart rate was. Afterward, Kathy showed me where Colleen put a Smile on her report to the dr. hehehe

I met with Dr O. and she gave me the whole rundown of diet (protien, fruit or veggie, and a dairy product at each meal), what is medicines are safe during pgcy, etc. Then she told me that starting in Aug, they are hiring another doc and she won't be doing any after hours on call. She offered to let me switch and since I saw Dr. Carlson for the ectopic (she was out of town that week) perhaps I'd want to switch to him. I decided to do that. Tracy at work told me she has him and she loves him. He's really nice. She has had a couple very high risk pgcys and Dr. C specializes in H-R pgcys. At my age, that's a good thing. I thought he was very straightforward with me when he suspected the ectopic. Well, while I was talking to Dr. O my cell rang. I didn't even look; I told her "That's my husband." She said "ANSWER IT AND GIVE HIM THE GOOD NEWS!" I told him "It's good news Dear." He asked if it's twins. I said "No only 1." Dr. O kind of giggled at that. Afterward she said something like... those hormone levels def make you wonder if it's twins.

After my appt, Dave and I met for lunch. He couldn't be at the U/S because he had to see a specialist for his thumb. Good news...the stitches came out but only because he'll be in Miami for 2 weeks starting tomorrow though. The dr. said it's healed enough, plus he gave Dave a metal guard to wear on there. I'm glad because I'd hate to have him get the stitches out too late. I've heard that's bad. So when I pick Dave up for lunch I said, "Here's our baby!" and handed him the U/S picture. He said, "It looks like a monkey!" Lol I told him, "Well it is the year of the monkey for Chinese Zodiac."

So I'm so happy. I feel like I'm grinning from ear to ear! My stomach was so in knots on Thursday morning. My nervous stomach really started to kick into gear and I was starting to get sick from the stress. Thursday afternoon, I still felt so nervous. I guess it took a while to sink in. I still have little doubts creeping in but I feel so much better for seeing my perfect little "monkey" on my U/S picture!

I saw you baby! You look MARVELOUS! Stay strong! Mommy and Daddy love you! Wink

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7 wks 4 dys

YUMMMM! Pickles! Smile
I went to Sam's Club yesterday and bought strawberries, which the kids and I devoured almost all of as soon as we got home, and a big jar of pickles. Amanda is bringing me one right now. I'm trying really hard to stay away from junk food and I'm doing OK but I still have a little way to go on that. I figure the more yummy fruit, veggies and such that I can stock, the more I'll steer toward those than the other. I always crave fresh fruits and veggies when I'm pg so it's just a matter of having lots of that around and available.

As for the pregnancy, well, everything thing seems fine. I'm still having minor bouts of indigestion/nausea most everyday at least once. I also have been fighting with my blood sugar. It seems to bottom out quickly whenever I get even a little past the time I usually eat. I've been trying to concentrate on Dr. O's advice to eat protien, fruit or veggie, and dairy at each meal. The dairy has been the most difficult because I was having some diarrhea that I thought was lactose intolerance. I had a glass of milk Sunday night to test it again, and I haven't had a problem since then. I think I'll try again tomorrow and wait a couple days again. If I don't have a problem, I can get back to drinking milk.

Everytime I feel the indigestion/nausea I say thanks to my little monkey for reminding me he/she is there. I am so happy that everything looks good. I keep feeling my abdomen to see if I can feel my uterus yet. Of course I can't but I keep checking anyway! LOL

I have been thinking about when we will tell the kids and then everyone else. I have my next appointment on 6/3. I'll be almost 11 wks and should be able to hear the heartbeat that day. I think we'll wait until then. It will be hard because it's still over 3 wks away. I think it's the best way to go because we'll be pretty assured that everything is going to be fine at that point.

Today Maribeth started emailing me about the family vacation this summer. We are calling it "The Smokey Mountain Honeymoon Memories Tour" because mom and dad honeymooned in the Smokies 50 years ago. There are going to be around 30 of us there. She has contacted 4 really neat restaurants to arrange an anniversary party. She also found a place that makes tee shirts that her friend used once. She talked to Lindsey about designing the logo for the shirts and Lindsey is really excited about it too. MB also said that the Biltmore Estate is only about an hour away so we are going to do that while we are there. Also, the Craftsman's Festival is going on while we are there. And of course the Great Smokey Mountain National Park is there too. And MB wants to do a rafting trip. Well, I couldn't tell her but I'll be too pg to do a rafting trip! It is going to be such a fun trip. It can't get here fast enough. GOSH, it's only 2-1/2 mos away now!

Well that's all for now. I'm just feeling so content and happy now. I still have the occasional doubt creeping in now and then but I am doing pretty good keep them at bay.

DADDY AND I LOVE YOU, LITTLE MONKEY BABY!

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8 wks 1 day WOW! We've made it this far baby! That means you are about to go from an embryo to a fetus. COOL! Everything seems to be going along perfectly...well, except that I'm afraid I'm going to gain too much weight this time because I'm so hungry all the time. I have to start exercising. Maybe that will decrease my appetite. I've also got to get busy on portion control. I was thinking today that if I try to trim down my portion slowly, I won't have my blood sugar bottom-outs maybe.

Today A&A went with their dad and grandma for an overnight. I went shopping I bought 2 pairs of maternity pants at JC Penneys that were on sale 1/2 price. $29 tax included for 2 pair is pretty decent. They are good pants that I can wear to work - a black pair and a light khaki pair. I looked at Old Navy and they said they only had a few things left on the clearance racks. I looked and didn't see anything. I just don't have the patience for digging through messy sale racks most of the time.

Last night I talked to Dave about buying a new car. He said that his mom and dad want to give his brother their Neon but he won't have anywhere to keep it so until he gets a better place, maybe we'd have it. I hope not. I want a new van. I know we really don't need the van until baby comes but I'd really like a new vehicle to drive to TN this summer for vacation. He wants to wait as long as possible to save up down payment. He thought he was going to be gone almost the whole summer on location so he figured we could go with only one vehicle but now he thinks he'll be here. That's a relief. I can't imagine him being gone weeks at a time. As it is, he's gone 2 weeks this time, the longest he's ever been gone. It getting to me already and I have another week to go before I see him. Sad I can't imagine how military wives can handle not seeing their husbands for months or even a year or more.

My friend Marlene told me she's pg too and due on 1/12. That's cool. As it is we already have 2 kids the same age now we'll have 3 the same age (she has 2 other kids also though). We promised to pray for each other. We'll both be big and pg for the start of the 6th grade girls b-ball season and will have our babies here by the 1/2 pt of the season. LOL We'll be a sight there yelling in the stands!

Well keep doing what you are doing baby! You are doing great so keep up the good work. Mommy and Daddy love you, Little Monkey!

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9 wks Today is WOOOOHOOOO day! Smile

WOOHOO #1 - Dave is coming home tonight. He's been gone since 6am on 5/8. I thought he was going to be home tomorrow night but he called on Tuesday to tell me he's flying in tonight. Now I just hope the T-storms will let up for awhile so his plane won't be delayed.

WOOHOO #2 - Dave called and said he could get time off work for the last weekend in June. His mom and dad asked us to come meet them in Las Vegas for that weekend. I booked airfare for $268 each, non-stop on Midwest. We are going to fly out on the red eye Thursday the 24th (we'll be their by midnight Vegas time) and come back on the red eye on early Monday morning. Then we can spend the day catching up on sleep on Monday. I can't wait to see his mom and dad. We haven't seen them since the wedding last year. It is going to be so much fun!

WOOHOO #3 - We are finally ready to tell everyone about the baby. Dave told his parents last weekend. My MIL called Monday to say "We heard there is good news!" I didn't know Dave told her and I didn't know if I should acknowledge or if she might be talking about something else. I just said "Umm... yah..." Then she said "David told us yesterday." Later on he called from Miami to say he told his parents. I said I know, your mom already called me. So today I called and I asked my mom and dad to take the kids when we go to Vegas. They knew we planned to take this trip to Vegas to make up for the January trip (ruined by my ectopic rupture). I told her we need to go now because we won't have much of a chance later on because we have a baby coming at Christmastime. They are so happy for us. Now, we are going to tell the kids this weekend. I can't wait!

AND last but not least WOOHOO #4 - Our baby is now a fetus! All major organs have been formed at this point!
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10 wks 2 dys - I'm feeling pretty good although I'm worried that I'm gaining too much weight. I've got to stay away from junk food and junky fast foods esp. french fries. I am trying to remember to sub a salad for fries when I eat out. I have been trying to eat healthy but I'm not really doing any portion control. I feel so sick when I get hungry so it's hard to control. I also have still been too exhausted to do much exercise. As soon as this exhausted phase passes, I'm going to try to do more walking...outside if it's nice and at the mall if it's not. We are going to the mall this afternoon so maybe I'll ask Dave to walk a couple of laps with me after the movie.

Thursday is my first appt with Dr. Carlson. I hope he doesn't scold me for my weight. I am excited to hear the baby's heartbeat though. I can feel my little bump in there now. I can feel the top and down the side of my uterus when I lay on my back.

Well I told most of my family after we told the kids last week. The kids and my family are very excited. As expected Aaron wants a brother and Amanda wants a sister. LOL Well, that's obviously already decided so I guess we'll know in Dec. Smile

Dave is really excited too in his quiet way. I can tell by how many people he has told. He is really enjoying telling people he is going to be a daddy. And whenever we talk about our future plans, he often factors "...when the baby comes..." into the equation. He was just asking me about childcare. He was surprised at how much it's going to cost. He said that if things don't materialize in the way of a promotion at work, he'd really like to be a stay-at-home dad since this is probably the only kids he's ever going to have. I think he will get the promotion by the end of summer or early fall. I sure hope so as I really want him to have fashion shooter on his resume before he moves on from here. As with all things, time will tell.

Baby Monkey, mommy and daddy and brother and sister all love you very much. You keep growing and I will do everything I can to keep you in a happy, healthy environment until you are born and for your whole life too. You make me so happy!

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I had my 2nd appt yesterday and met with my new OB. He remembered me from the ectopic/Las Vegas disaster. He said he felt really bad about that but I said, "Well, you said to go and if anything happens, you are close to treatment. I was only 5 minutes from Univ. Hospital." I told him we are going back. I asked about flying and that I know I should bring a water bottle. He said it's perfectly fine and if I were farther along he would say to get up and walk up and down the plane once every hour or so. He said I gained about 3 lbs. Dr. O's scale weights a little different than the one he uses so he estimated it to be 3. I asked about calcium and he gave me a list of how much different foods have and how much I need every day. I also asked about sunless tanner. He said there are no studies one way or the other so common sense says just don't do it. He told me I'm more suseptible to sunburn while pg too. Then he listened to the baby. He said he could hear it but it's really faint....but that's to be expected at this stage of pregnancy. He got it just in the right place for a few seconds and I heard it too. He said the heartrate sounded good. I felt so relieved to have a second confirmation that this baby is doing well. I guess I still need all the reassurances I can get. I feel more and more confident each day with this pregnancy. It feels good!

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11 wks 3 days - Well now that we have the fifth member of our family on the way, we've decided to become a "van-fam"... YEP that's right! We are buying a Honda Odyssey minivan. We test drove one on Sat. and talked to the salesman. We are getting the EX model with the power sliding doors - in other word no little kids need to be closing the big sliding doors - I can do it with a button. Very cool! It also has the alloy wheels which I much prefer and the CD player which I'd get after market if it didn't have one. We're getting a good deal cuz it's the end of the model year now. The lease on the Civic is up in 3 wks so we'll get the van then. I am actually really excited about it. It rides really nice and smooth and the driver seat sits up higher like the Jeep.

I am feeling pretty good but as of the last couple days, it got really hot and muggy for the first time this year. It's starting to bug me already cuz Dave hadn't put the A/C in the bedroom yet. He finally has it in now so it should be Ok. I was crabby about it last night and slept on the couch. I'm not having much nausea anymore either. Seems like it's letting up some now. We'll see if this last or not. With A&A my m/s lasted until almost 4 mos but it was in the morning and almost always ended by 11 am. This time it's definitely blood sugar related and I get queasy in the afternoon if I let my b.s. bottom out before lunch. At night I occasionally get really bad ligament pain when I lay on my side and sometime I get it in my groin area when I'm walking. Overall though, I'm feeling really good.

I talked to Marlene today. She wanted to know if we told the kids yet so she could tell her kids too. I told her about how Dave told his parents so when his mom called I was hesitant to acknowledge until she said Dave told her the day before. I also told her we told the kids after Dave got back from that trip. We made plans to get together at Cool Waters some day this summer. The kids will love that.

I am feeling pretty confident these days and I'm so happy about this baby. I can't wait to feel the baby moving.

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12 wks 1 day - Wow, I'm almost done with the 1st trimester. A week from today will be exactly 3 mos. Woohoo! Almost 1/3 of the way there! I'm not getting the energy back that I had hoped for but then it's alway so yucky outside. It just rains and rains. The couple of days this week that it didn't rain, it was really hot and humid. I think I'll try going over to the mall and walk for a while this morning. I'm really trying not to gain too much in my behind and my thighs during this pgcy but if I don't get going on do some walking, I'm for sure going to be regretting it come next winter.

Later today Dave and I are going to do the deal on the new minivan. Dave told me the other night that he told his dad we're getting a Honda and Derek is not very happy about it. He wants us to get the Chrysler cuz he can get it for us wholesale. Well, we are getting a pretty good year-end deal on the Honda, and we prefer it over the Chrysler. We did look at the Chryslers and decided we like the Honda better after going through all the pros and cons of each vehicle. Dave said his dad said "I'm still getting a check from them." :? So I asked Dave the next day if what his dad said made him want to reconsider what we are going to buy. He said no he still wants the Honda. I said "Well, we do still own 1 Chrysler vehicle. We still have the Jeep." Dave also said one of the ladies he works with owns a Honda van. Dave went to get a part for one of the work trucks at a Ford dealership and that ladies DH works in the parts dept at Ford. He talked to him cuz even though he works at Ford, his wife drives a Honda. The Honda is going to be really nice for when the baby comes though. We will have plenty of room for the car seat. The big sliding doors close with just a touch of a button or by touch of the handle. That way the kids don't have to worry about making that big door close all the way. I think a button on the keys will open the door from up to fifty feet away too. That's cool. I guess I'm getting the midnight blue one because I really want the gray interior. I always prefer gray interior for the resistance to show dirt. So anyway, we'll do the deal today and then probably won't pick up the vehicle until teh day we get back from Vegas. That's when the Civic lease is up and I have to turn it in. Driving to the family reunion vacation in Gatlinburg next month will be really great with the new van. It rides really nice and smooth.

Well, I guess I'll get in the shower and head off to the mall to walk now.

I LOVE YOU LITTLE BABY MONKEY!!! Wink

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12 wks 6 dys - Well, this Saturday, the day after tomorrow, is my 3 month mark. I am very excited to know that we've made it safely this far. I have been having some strange twinges in the area of my uterus though. It got to be kind of upsetting during the night last night and early this morning. It started about 7 last night while I was driving to the library. It continued off and on during the night. They this morning while I was driving it happened again but that's it. It is a very strange feeling. It's a tingling sensation sort of like I'd get when my hand or foot "falls asleep" except it seems to run right up the right side of my uterus. It happens about every 10 seconds in almost a regular rhythm. A couple times it was pronounced enough to sort of make me jump. During the night I was almost expecting to see blood on the TP when I went to the bathroom, but thank God that never happened. Dave was wonderful this morning when I told him I went to sleep on the couch cuz I was having trouble sleeping at least partly because of that twinging. He talks to me to calm down and not worry. I know he's right because extra stress is just not what I need right now.

OK on to nicer subjects... Next week we leave for Vegas. Dave talked to his mom and dad last night and told them we need to find a good place to play near the Hilton so that when I get tired, Dave can take me back to the hotel. He doesn't want me to take a cab from downtown by myself. During the day, I would really care but at night, I don't want to either. I can't wait for next weekend. One more week! This time we ARE going to have fun. Actually, we were watching The Casino on Fox - it's a reality show about 2 guys that bought the Nugget. We were saying "We were there!" Dave said "I played blackjack with that dealer." We realized that we really did have a good time even with the terrible circumstance we were in there.

Anyway, I am feeling better tonight, no more twinges so that makes me very, very happy.

I LOVE YOU LITTLE MONKEY! DADDY LOVES YOU TOO!!! We can't wait until we get to meet you little baby!

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3 MONTHS TODAY!!! I am so so so relieved to be here. I feel great. I have energy back most of the time and I only get queasy very infrequently. I've made it through the first 3 months with very little m/s. I wonder if I would have had less m/s with A&A if I had known to have eggs and fruit for breakfast instead of cereal and stuff.

I've had so much energy today that in addition to working, I pulled a TONS of giant weeds out of the back yard. They have been bothering me so bad. They were as tall as me almost. Tomorrow Aunt Kate and Jake are coming to meet us for breakfast and then I'm going to break up all the dirt back there with a garden claw and then Dave is getting me some landscape fabric and shredded red cedar mulch. I want to just plant some bushes. I'd love to put in some bush roses but I don't know if the west side in full hot sun is a good place for those or not. I'll be so happy to have that done. My sister gave me money for a wedding present to do it with and I never got to it last year. Today is a nice sunny but cool day to get on it and did I ever! I want to get the yard to a much more manageable place by the end of the summer cuz next summer I want to spend my time enjoying my baby. The lady that lived here before apparently loved yard work because her yard was perfect, her garden was full of veggies (the area behind that house that I'm working on now), and none of it was mulched to keep weeds out. She was a teacher though so she had the whole summer off. I need to get it mulched and more low maintenance before baby comes.

I love you little Baby Monkey! Daddy kisses you through my belly every day. He is in love with you too. We are making preparations for you to come inside and outside of the house. Keep up the good work baby! Wink

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14 wks 5 days ~ Well, I've made it into the 2nd trimester officially no matter how they count it. Omigosh, what a relief that is!!! I have still been feeling really well as long as I manage my blood sugar level. I have my next appt tomorrow so I'm hoping I didn't gain too much. Hopefully it'll only be about 2 lbs. I looked in the mirror and cringed the other day thinking how much I've gained in my hips and my butt. I was really hoping to avoid that but, well, that's what Weight Watchers in for after the baby gets here. I'm really trying to be careful though. I don't eat that much dessert and junk. I'm trying to stick to the dairy/fruits & veggies/protein like the OB told me.

Well, this weekend we made our trip back to Vegas finally. It was really fun. We were there 3 days and even though we had a great time, we were plenty ready to come home. We met Dave's mom & dad there and that was really great. Dave's mom told me they are really excited about the baby. She said they tell all their friends. She had a little too much wine on Sat. night and we had to hold her back from grabbing complete strangers and telling them "We're going to be grandparents!!!" I asked her if they are coming for Christmas and she said yes. She also said that the Ryder Cup is being held at the GC were she used to work in Detroit. They are going come up there for that and they'll stop here too. I imagine she's coming to help out for it. I'll have to arrange to have my mom and dad come and go to dinner with us when they are here.

Well, hopefully at almost 15 weeks, I'll get to hear my Little Monkey's heartbeat loud and clear tomorrow. I wish Dave could come. I think I'll have him talk to his boss when the U/S is scheduled and tell him I've asked him to make arrangement to come to just this 1 appointment. His boss' wife just had a baby a few mos ago so hopefully he'll understand.

Well, Little Monkey Baby, be good and let mommy hear you loud and clear tomorrow. I'm really excited about that. WE LOVE YOU!!!

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My appt was fine. Everything is perfect with baby. The heart rate was about 150 and my uterus is perfect size for 15 wks he said. He told me I'm gaining weight a little too fast. I try not to eat a lot of junk food and if I do have fast food I try to skip the fries and have a side salad instead. I have cut back on what I'm eating from what I was at the beginning...because I was just starving all the time then and if I didn't eat I'd get nauseous. I think I'm pretty much past that stage now but I still don't like to let my blood sugar drop. Well, I lost the baby weight with Weight Watchers last time and I'll do it again this time if that's what it needs to be. All that matters now is my baby is doing fine. Oh, I just stepped on the scale and it looks like about a lb and 1/2 of what I gained this month was a fluke. My wt jumped up on Wed. and went back down today.... I must have eaten something that stopped me up a bit. Figures it happened right at my appt time.

I scheduled my big U/S for next appt. I am going to be on vacation at the end of July, which is 4 wks from this appt so I had to schedule it for after I get back. My appt is for 8/4. That will be just short of 20 wks! WOW! I goofed that this weeks appt. I forgot that I wouldn't have free parking anymore cuz I had to turn in my co. lease car. I had paid for parking in the morning, to the dr at lunch, and had to pay for parking again when I came back. So from now on I'll do on a day off or before or after work. My U/S is scheduled at 3pm so I hope Dave can get time off to come for it. I'll probably bring the kids too. HOW EXCITING!!

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16 wks! WOW! Today my co-worker said "Do you have twins in there or something? You are so big!" I just laughed and said "No, I just look full term by 6 mos because I'm short and short waisted so the baby has nowhere to go but out." I swear I look bigger every day! My pants were uncomfortable today. I was bummed because I just bought them. Then when I went to the bathroom, I realized they have a button on the side elastic that was pulled to the tightest button-hole. I unbuttoned that and it was fine.

I have been feeling really good but I've been having so headache problems. I had them before Vegas and then didn't have anymore until my boss came and started giving me a hard time about something I was told that upper management barred him from giving me lip about. (We were asked to attend a meeting last week and express our opinions, no repurcussions would be allowed.) I got so mad and stressed that I got a really bad headache Tuesday and every day since...until today, no headaches thank God. Wed. night my head hurt so bad that I laid down at 7pm and covered my head with a pillow and fell asleep. I didn't even realize I was that tired. I guess the stress and headaches would do that though. Last night I absolutely hit a wall of exhaustion at 7 pm. I had to lay down on the couch because I was too tired to go up the stairs. I couldn't stand or even sit up. I couldn't even believe how tired I was. Well, I'm not as exhausted tonight but I am tired though. So that's it for now.

Little Baby Monkey, Daddy and I are so so proud of you. Daddy loves touching my tummy and kissing it. We love you very much.

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16 wks 3 days -

Well, I am now sure I've been feeling the baby kick. I started feeling it last night while laying in bed watching TV. A couple of doinks here and there. I told Dave and he was really happy. Then I felt some more this morning while I was laying awake in bed before my alarm went off. I told Dave, "Baby's up." He said "What do you mean?" I told him I was feeling movement in there. He said, "Is he doing jumping jacks in there?" hehehe. Then while I was in a teleconference meeting today baby was kicking me and I had to keep from giggling. I told Sue after the meeting that baby was awake during the meeting. She said "Herman wasn't!" She said he was sleeping over in the corner during most of the meeting. LOL We had a good laugh about that! I have been feeling some more little kicks tonight. I am so so so happy about this. I feel so blessed to have gotten to this point. I still have my doubts now and then but things sure couldn't be going better so far as I know. Feeling the little baby movement mean so much to me. I can help but smile and laugh when I feel it.

Baby Monkey! Mommy and daddy are really excited that you are doing so well. You are such a good baby. You like giving mommy little tickle kicks, don't you?! Daddy calls you a "he" but I don't know. I keep having feelings that you are a girl. Either way, we know you will bring so much love into our lives. Your brother and sister are really excited to meet you. About 5 more months and I'll be holding you in my arms. What a lovely thought. We love you Baby Monkey!!! Wink

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16 wks 6 days -
I am just enjoying this pgcy so much...well, so far that is. I know in a couple of months I'll be so big that I'll start to get miserable aches and pains but for now I am really happy. I just love love love feeling my baby kick and flutter around in there. It makes me giggle and when I do, Dave says, "Is the baby kicking again?" Whenever he's laying back in the recliner and I walk by on the way to the bathroom or kitchen, he has to stop me so he can put his hand on my belly for a couple seconds. And a couple of times when Amanda has hugged me goodbye, she also pats my belly and say bye to the baby. It feels so nice to start getting comfortable with this pregnancy. The baby movements have helped me with that a lot.

Well, feeling tired and I have to work tonight so I think I'll try to catch a little nap.

HEY LITTLE MONKEY! I love you and I love your little mommy kicks! I can wait to kiss those little feet and hands that I'm feeling inside there!

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17 wks 2 days - Well the little monkey has been finding his/her favorite little spot in mom's belly. As far as I can tell, it's wedged sideways up at the top of my uterus. When I'm lying on my back, it makes a funny-looking, hard lump right in the middle of my belly, just under my bellow button. It's such a strange feeling. He/She started doing it yesterday or the day before. If I get up and move around, he/she must slide down but when I'm in bed, the lump shows up again. hehehehe! It's so amazing to know baby is happily snuggling into the top of my uterus. Smile

Well, got lots to do and I think I might have a small burst of energy right now (hard to comeby those recently!) so I better get out and weedwhack!

I LOVE YOU LITTLE MONKEY!! Wink

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19 wks 3 days - We got back from vacation in Tennessee on Saturday afternoon. We drove to my cousin's house in Indiana on Friday evening and spent the night there. She has a DD a yr younger than Amanda and a DS a yr younger than Aaron. We were going to stop and see them and go to a hotel, but the kids wanted to us to spend the night so we did. It was really fun. The reunion in TN was great. The anniversary dinner that we had for mom and dad was terrific. We lost a whole day cuz of rain...we went to the outlet mall instead...but otherwise it was great. I went to the Biltmore Estate one day and the kids went to Dollywood. Mom and dad went with the kids and I to the Cherokee village one day. It was a great time. I did have a little swelling in my ankles from all the driving though.

I am really excited for my ultrasound on Wed. Dave got his schedule rearranged so that he can be there and I am going to pick up the kids so they can go too. Dave wants to keep the gender a surprise but we'll see if he's too tempted when the time comes. Baby kicks and squirms regularly. In fact, he/she is right now. LOL I can't wait to see him/her on the scan.

Hey Baby Monkey! You are doing great in there. I can't wait to see you in a couple days! We have made it 1/2 way to your birthday!!! YAY!!!

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20 wks! This week I had my 20 wk ultrasound. Baby looks great. Everything was looking good – head, lip/palate, heart, kidneys – all looked fine. It took her a couple minutes to get a good look at the 4 chambers of the heart so that gave me a little pause but finally she said “There’s a good look at it!” I could see all the chambers and it was beating away just great. Baby was breech and facing my spine. We told her we do not want to know the sex so she never looked there. I’m guessing she might have had a little trouble seeing it because of the baby’s position in there anyway. As for the breech position, Dr. C said that’s nothing to worry about at this early stage. There’s plenty of time for baby to flip flop around in there. Baby was measuring 20 wks 4 days, so almost a week ahead. Dr. C said that because there is a +/- 1 wk margin of error, they don’t adjust due date for that. He did say it seems a little odd considering that A & A were small babies but he said that he has not data on what they measured at this point so maybe not. I did tell him that A & A were early and that I had a really bad cold for the last 10 wks pg with Amanda. He asked the detail so he could note it on my chart. He said he’d be asking me again later on otherwise. The heart rate was 150ish again, same as last time. I don’t think he actually counts it out, I think he can just tell by listening what range the heart rate is in. I gained too much again but he when he started to mention it, he said “Aw, well, you just got back from vacation.” LOL He looked through all the U/S pictures (she took dozens of them!) and said everything looks perfect to him. I got 2 pictures. One is a very clear profile shot of baby’s whole body – head to legs crossed Indian-style. The other is a face/upper body shot that’s pretty hard to see for most people. Dave and the kids came along so it was really fun to share it with him. Afterwards, I said to Dave, “You finally got to see what a good ultrasound is like. You were there for me for all those bad ones, so finally you saw a good one.” He said he was thinking the same thing.

Well, baby had become very active now. Last night I was watching my belly wiggle around. This morning I was laying on my right side and baby didn’t seem to like that cause it felt like it kicked all legs and arms at once. I shifted to my left and he/she calmed down. Today, baby was turning or something because all of a sudden my belly got really hard, like it does sometimes when I’m laying on my back except that this time I was sitting at my desk. It felt really strange! I think maybe I’m feeling some B-H contractions today too but I’m not sure.

Well Baby Monkey, you keep doing what you are doing there! You are doing such a great job! WE LOVE YOU!!! Wink

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20 wks 3 days - Well, Dave finally felt the baby move. I kept trying to put his hand on my belly and he's say "Now he won't do it again." Well on Saturday the baby kicked 3 times in a row right in the same spot right below my belly button. I took his hand an placed it there and within about 15 second baby kicked it. He said "Oh! What a big kicker!" It just made me feel pure joy for him to feel it. I can believe we are only about 4 mos away from baby's birth now. WOW! I'm sure it will go by quickly. I have to start Christmas shopping soon.

I have been feeling pretty good lately but I have been fighting with some real exhaustion from time to time. On Friday afternoon I was just so wiped out. I was so glad it was the weekend. On Saturday morning I got a burst of energy and I scrubbed the whole kitchen down. Then I took the kids to see the Egyptian exhibit at the museum before it left town. I was pretty tired my then cuz it was after 7 when we got home. On Sunday I was really tired but I took the kids school supply shopping. We found everything but one thing by just going to 2 stores. I've learned to get it done early or the stuff sells out and I end up running all over town trying to find what they need. It took a while and it started to get really crowded in Walmart. I was so tired, I went down the dental care aisle across from the school supplies and just plopped down on the floor. I sent the kids after what they need. They liked it... it was like a scavenger hunt to them. LOL It's great to have that all done. When I got home, I had to push myself just to do laundry, make dinner, and clean up afterward. I just need to see what the kids need for uniforms and then get them those things and gym shoes and we should be good for school to start.

Hey Little Monkey! Your brother was asking lots of questions about your kicks today. I think he really wants to feel one so we'll try soon. Both your brother and sister are anxious to meet you! We all love you!

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21 wks – Not much news but in this case that is great news! I just want a nice quiet pregnancy for about the next 4 months. I do feel like I’m having Braxton-Hicks contractions occasionally. My uterus just feels really tight sometimes. Sometimes it feels like baby is wedging in there sideways or something but other times it feels more like an overall tightness so I think it’s B-H contrax. I’m also coming up on the point of my pregnancy where with the other 2, I went through about a week of sciatic nerve pain. I remember that at times it was very difficult to walk or even stand up straight. If it’s going to happen this time, I expect it will happen in the next 3 weeks or so. At that time, the Osteopath told me that it was just for the period of time when the baby was big enough to put pressure on the nerve but my utereus hadn’t yet turned outward away from my spine.

The last few nights, I have begun getting uncomfortable while sleeping. I get crampy spots in my back and hips. I think maybe I should try to eat a banana to see if maybe a lack of potassium might be the problem. I have to put those on the list to buy this weekend.

Hey Little Monkey – Daddy has been really enjoying cuddling with both of us in bed at night and in the morning. We are both so in love with you already and so are your brother and sister. I am getting anxious for December to come so we can start getting to know you. I think part of it has been the cold weather we’ve been having. It’s the middle of August but it’s been feeling more like late October weather. I’m being tricked into thinking it’s almost time for you to be born. Oh how I wish it was….but you will be here soon enough I guess. Snuggle in little baby. Our 4 months will be over before we know it!

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22 wks 4 days – Baby is doing really well I guess. My co-worker Mary said I must have “Super-baby” in there because she was on vacation last week and she thinks it grew a lot while she was gone.  Sue and I had a meeting with Brian yesterday morning and he said the baby grew over the weekend. I’m getting excited. It’s still almost 4 month until he/she comes out though. Right now, I am having a hard time with the wait. I am anxious and I want the time to fly by. I know I shouldn’t. I should enjoy it but I am really having a hard time doing that lately. I guess it doesn’t help that I go on the August board to see who is having a baby. Our August baby would probably be about 2 weeks old by now based on how early A&A were. On Friday night, I said to Dave, “Today is the day our baby was due.” He said, “The one in Vegas?” I said yep. He said, “That’s a trip.” I posted a note on the Pg after a Loss board that day because I just really needed to get it out. I cried and then right on cue baby kicked as if to say “Everything will be okay, Mommy.”

This weekend was Irish Fest. It was a lot of fun. We watched lots of Irish Dancers and musician. The weather was glorious. I told Dave, “Just think. Next year we’ll be bringing a stroller down here.” The kids have been at Mom and Dad’s for 2 weeks, until this weekend, because day camp got over and I didn’t have a sitter. I am picking them up on Saturday morning. It’s been nice for Dave and I to have this time to ourselves, especially with the new baby coming but now I’m really missing them. I am taking Monday and Tuesday off to spend with them next week. Then they start back at school on Wednesday. I can’t believe it’s time for school to start! I thought maybe we could go to the water park and have an end-of-summer picnic next week but of course the weather is NOT going to cooperate. This has been the worst summer I can ever remember. It’s been cold and yucky all summer!

Well, Little Monkey, you’ve sure been an active little one lately. I think you are doing lots of exercises so you can be good and strong when you come out into the world! Keep it up. Mommy, daddy, sister, and brother are all anxious for your arrival. We love you!

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23 wks 6 days – Yesterday was my 24 wk OB appt. The kids have their first day of school and my appt was for 3:45 so I took off early enough to pick them up and take them with me. They asked to come in with me so they did and got to hear the baby’s heartbeat. It was about 145 Dr. Carlson said. He is so nice. He asked the kids if the had their 1st day of school (they were wearing their uniforms). They told him about the 1st day activities they had at school and the “really boring” juggling comedian they saw in the afternoon. He laughed. I only gained about 2.5 lbs this month so that’s better than it was. I hope my weight gain is slowing down now. I mean I know the baby is going to continue to grow but I’ve already gained about 25 lbs so I’m hoping that the energy I use to carry around all this extra weight will counter the weight of baby growth. Well, if I do gain 8-10 more lbs but I lose a few right before the baby is born like I did with the other 2 that would end up being a total of 30-32 lbs total. A little too much but not too bad. Next appt I have to go to the lab for my gestational diabetes test a couple days before my OB appt so they will have the results for me when I come in to the office.

Baby is still very active and it’s so reassuring. If I ever sit and think about when I last felt the baby move, it’s usually only a few seconds or minutes before I feel a good kick or twitch or wiggle. It’s almost like the baby can sense when I need him/her to give me a little reassurance. Even as I type this the baby is kicking me. Smile

I’ve started having so B-H contractions lately. Probably a few a day. They don’t hurt but my uterus gets really hard for a few seconds to about a minute. Yesterday I went to Target just to waste some time until Amanda got done with volleyball practice. When I was leaving it get really hard. I was blowing and rubbing my belly. A lady saw me and asked if I was OK. I told her I was just having those “practice contractions.” She said “Oh those can hurt sometimes!”

Man I have been having some wicked nasty acid reflux. Even just from water it seems. I meant to ask the dr yesterday but I couldn't remember my question after I got there. He told me studies show that "pg brain" is a real occurrence. Lol

You are doing a great job in there Little Monkey! Keep up the good work! Mommy, Daddy, Amanda, and Aaron love you!

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27 wks 2 days - it's been too long since I wrote in my journal! I had an entry all typed out at one point and I lost it. Anyway, things seem to be going well. Baby is still very active, but I do think things are starting to get a little crowded in there because baby does do some stretching that's causing little bulges in my belly. My belly just jumps and rolls around visibly all the time. It makes me giggle a lot.

I had my glucose test on Friday. My OB appt is next Wed. so I'll find out the result of that test then. I really hope it comes back OK. It requires fasting and if I do the 3 hr test, I'll have to fast til 9 or 10 am. That's difficult because it messes up my blood sugar.... but I'll see on Wed. if I even have to do that.

The last few days I've been really exhausted. I don't know why it came on like this so suddenly. I've been so tired in the afternoon that wish I could take a nap. At night I've been falling asleep at 8:30. This last 10 or 11 weeks are going to be rough ones in the afternoon at work trying to stay awake.

5 more days til the 3rd trimester! WOOOHOOOO!!!!!

LITTLE MONKEY, you are doing so well. Daddy and I are so proud of you and your big brother and big sister are so anxious to meet you. We all love you very much!

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27 wks 6 days - Well it's 2 am and I have insomnia. Too many things rolling through my head. The big one is the news I got at my 28 wk appt. I failed my 1 hr gestational diabetes test. I have to take the 3 hr test now. Also that blood draw showed that I'm pretty anemic. No wonder I've been so wiped out lately. They gave me a script for iron and told me to start taking stool softener with it every day. My mom and my sister are anemic but I've never had that problem. BUT... THe good news is that the baby is measuring just right (ht of fundus was 28cm) and the heart sounded perfect (heart rt was about 145 again). I said that it's been 140-145 every time. He said "It's very steady. That's good."

So I am going to try to arrange to go back for the 3 hr test on Sat. morning. Saturday is going to be another hectic day. The kids have sports, Dave is going to go into work and I have to work too. Then the kids have to go to a b-day party at 3pm. UGH! I have to carry a water bottle for this cuz I don't want a repeat of Sundays contrax pains. I told the dr. about it and that I just drank a bunch of water, laid down, and it stopped immediately. He said that's exactly what to do when that happens. And as for wt gain, I was up more that I expected. I think I'm up about 25 total now. More than with the other 2 but I'll lose it afterward with Weight Watchers. I know I can.

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28 wks 1 day - Finally the 3rd trimester! I had my 3 hr glucose tolerance test today. Yuck! This time it was that syruppy sweet orange drink. I got there just before 8. She took me back and took my fasting blood draw. Then the other lady said the glucometer wasn't calibrated yet. She said, "I hope it doesn't clot before you get it running." I thought "Oh great. I will have to get stuck 5 times instead of 4." But she did get it and it looked good. She said it was 86. The worst part was waiting in the waiting area chairs for 3 hours... not comfortable and I was so sleepy I just wanted a cot to lay down. I asked if I could nap in my car during my 1 hr waits but she said they have to watch me in case I'd get dizzy or faint so no. She felt sorry for me and they weren't that busy so she let me sit in her big phlebotomists chair. Dave was supposed to drop the kids off at Amanda's volleyball game but he overslept and she missed it so they met me right when I got done. He picked me up and we went for lunch. I think he really needed to see me and make sure I ate before he'd let me drive home. He was really worried about me being anemic and having blood drawn 4 times and not eating for 15 hrs. He's been really protective of me... He always is but especially now. I just feel like he's my knight in shining armor sometimes. Anyway, I really, really, really hope my test comes back normal.

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28 wks 6 days - My 3 hr gestational diabetes test came back NORMAL! YAY! I am so relieved. I've been eating too much junk and sweets lately cuz I've been craving them more lately. I have to get back to more fruits and veggies for snacking. According to my scale I've already gained 27 lbs. I don't want to gain a lot more in the next 2 mos.

Mom called last night and Amy had her baby yesterday. Riley Shawn was 9 lbs 14 oz. I think my mom said she went for her appt yesterday, the due date, and the dr said it's time. They gave her an IV, broke her water and the baby was born about 15 mins later. Amy's been on disability for awhile because her hips and back have been in really bad shape so I'm really glad everything turned out fine and she can start getting back to normal.

Baby has been having some episodes of break dancing or something. My whole belly starts to giggle back and forth really fast. It's really funny. I don't know what it's doing in there but it make me start laughing when it happens.

Well, if this pgcy follows the pattern of my other 2, this baby should already be in our arms in 10 wks. I am so excited to see him/her! Dave's mom and dad are supposed to come for Christmas and Dave is going to ask Sean to come too. I don't know if he'll be able to get away then but he has Darlene's old car now so if he can he has a good car to get here with. It should be a really nice visit.

Well, baby, we are getting ready for your arrival. Daddy is back in the garage trying to get his shelving built so he can do some remodeling in the basement and move his office down there and we'll put your crib where his desk was. It may take him until after you get here but that's OK. You'll be in Grandma Davis' bassinet for awhile anyway. We're really excited to see you Little Monkey!

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30 wks 6 days – Well, this week starts the really tough aches and pains. The biggest problem is my hips. I got really worried last weekend because I began having pain off and on that is so bad I almost can’t walk at all. I was freaking out thinking how can I go on disability already!? I’ve discovered though that what brings on the pain is sitting too long. I don’t notice it then until I get up to try to walk. Laying down, standing, or walking seems to be fine. In fact, if I do sit too long, I need to get up an walk it off. It’s really hard to walk at first but once I get myself moving, the pain goes away and I limber up pretty good. It’s definitely somehow nerve-related because when it gets really bad, I get a numb and tingly feeling in the very bottom of my feet. I am also starting to get that pain in my back between my ribs right where my bra wraps around….the same one I had with both the kids and that was bothering when I drove to TN this summer. It so makes me want to just take my bra off and “let it all hang out” as they say! Actually I went to Victoria’s Secret to get measured for a new bra. I knew the one I had was getting way too small. In fact my boobs were all red when I took the darn thing off. Well, NO WONDER! I was wearing a 36B and I needed a 40C! LOL I finally got a bigger bra but it still runs right across that achy spot.

The iron supplement for anemia was going really well until a couple days ago. Now it seems to be backing me up. The mild stool softener doesn’t seem to be working anymore. I called Erin at Dr. Carlson’s office and she said if it gets really bad to try glycerine suppositories. Otherwise, drink lots of water and maybe drop back to taking the iron every other day. I am feeling much better, less fatigued, so I think I’m going to try that right away. I do drink lots of water all the time. I get really strong B-H contractions if I don’t, but the iron I have not missed a day for the 3 weeks I’ve been taking it.

Well, Sunday is Dave’s birthday. I have to decide what I’m going to do. He’s not meeting Augie to watch the Packers so I was thinking of asking him if we could all go to the Chancery and I’ll invite Danny and the Drains to come down there. I’d like to plan it as a surprise but even though I know he doesn’t have any plans yet, I tried that before and it doesn’t work. I bought tickets for a comedian, thinking we could just go out afterward and then he didn’t want to go. I wasted like $30. As I’m not really up for going out to bars on Saturday night, I thought going to watch the game on Sunday afternoon would be a nice way to do it.

OH Little Monkey, you are so silly! You are wiggling all around in there as I type this. Smile If you come early like your brother and sister did, we should be holding you in our arms in about 7-8 weeks! WOW! I can’t wait. We love you!

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31 weeks! YAY! Well, yesterday and today have been a lot better in regards to the hip pain from sitting Becasue I've been managing it better. I get up and walk or stand more frequently. Early this morning was really bad with laying in bed though. I got too sore on both sides to lay in bed anymore. Usually I can lay on one side long enough that the other side feels good again but not this morning. I can't lay on my back because I feel like I can't breath very well and pg women not supposed to because it compresses the major artery going to my uterus once you're farther along. So I decided to try the recliner. I can lay on my back and just not lean it back all the way. I didn't really sleep much in the chair but at least I was relaxed and resting with no pain. I know I've gained too much this pregnancy but I hope this isn't going to continue every night/early morning for the rest of the pregnancy!

BUT It's all worth it! 7 wks from today is my target date for being off of work for ML! How exciting! I want the time to go fast now! Also I was thinking about the 7 wks. Next week is a full week. The 1st week of Nov. I'm off Friday. The week after I am off Thursday and Friday. The 3rd wk is a full week and the week after is Thanksgiving. At that point I will have 2 more full weeks after that I think. YAY! I so hope the time passes quickly!

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31 wks 5 days – I am so exhausted. Something has seriously changed this week because I wake up in the morning totally exhausted and I drag my behind through the day. Yesterday someone commented on how out of breath I am. She asked if it was the size of the baby. I said no I don’t think so. I think it’s just that I’m so exhausted that I get out of breath just walking across a room.

Constipation has been my other problem. The dr’s office said to go down to every other day on the iron supplement and try milk of magnesia. I took that early this morning and HALLELUJAH! Things are finally moving down there! I am so relieved. I thought I was going to throw up the m-o-m but it worked so now I’m going to have to figure out how to take it regularly without getting sick.

I called and made an appointment to tour the hospital L&D on 11/24. It’s the day before Thanksgiving so I don’t have to worry about getting the kids home to do homework and Dave and I don’t have to work the next day. I think I’ll ask mom to pick the kids up and take them overnight – if we end up going to her house for Thanksgiving that is. I assume we will. I have to get to the library to see if they have a childbirthing video so Dave can do a crash course on what to expect. If not, I found one online that I can order but it’s around $50 so I’m definitely checking the library first.

Oh and mom and dad are coming to babysit on the 10th. My mom asked if she can clean while she’s here. I said sure. I have been having a hard time getting much done because I either don’t have the energy or if I do, I end up so sore afterwards. Anyway, I’m going to try to get Dave to help me get rid of some of the clutter and then mom will do the heavy cleaning. Knowing her she’ll do all the windows and scrub walls – stuff like that. It will be really nice to have things done before the baby comes.

Dave said he’s going to start taking Monday’s off so he can tear out the bar and get his office moved down there. Then the baby’s crib will go in the bedroom where his desk was. I am getting a bit impatient for that to get done but I’m not going to say anything because he’s so tired on the weekends.

Well, Little Monkey, only 6 weeks until I can say I’m expecting you “any time now.” I have lots to get done but I’m not going to stress about it. Whatever doesn’t get done before you arrive, will just have to wait until afterward. We love you and we can’t wait to see your face! Wink

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32 wks 3 days – Well, I guess I’m getting really big now cuz Cecil here at work just asked if he should be gathering some towels and boiling some water. LOL I’ve been pretty uncomfortable but nothing too unbearable most of the time. This morning I got to the point where I couldn’t get comfortable on either side so I went and laid down in the recliner. I’ve only had to do that a couple times so far but it does help. I can’t lay on my back in bed much. For one, I’m not really supposed to as the weight of the baby compresses the main artery to my uterus and second, I feel like everything pushes up toward my ribs and makes my lungs feel crowded in there. Not really conducive to good sleep, I guess. In the recliner, I can just recline back some and sleep for a little while until both my hips have had a little break and I can go back to bed.

Last night Dave said something that made me feel so good. He was kissing my belly while we were being intimate and then he was telling me how beautiful, round and perfect my belly is. When I first found out I was pregnant back in March of last year, he told me he couldn’t wait for my body to change…. But then we lost that baby. Afterward, he never mentioned it again. Of course when I got pregnant again and I miscarried again, we were afraid to get our hopes up at all. During this pregnancy, he always likes it when I stop next to him while he’s laying in the recliner so he can touch my belly. This was the first comment he’s made out how beautiful it is though. It really made me feel good and I felt so close to him at that moment. I just can’t wait to see his reaction when he sees his baby for the first time.

I love you little Squirmy Monkey! Amanda and I saw you squirming in my belly during church yesterday and we were giggling. In fact, I see you squirming again right now. We are all so anxious to finally meet you baby! Just a few more weeks and we’ll be cuddling with you. We are going to have to take turns cuddling because we are all going to want to hold you. Then when Grandma Darlene and Grandpa Derek get here from Texas their will be even more of us to share your cuddles. You are so wanted and so loved already. I just can’t wait to show you! But now I have to get some work done before it’s time to go to my dr’s appt and hear your little heart beating this afternoon.

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32 wks 4 days - Well, I heard baby's beautiful heart beating yesterday. The heart rate was 145 which it's been almost every time the Dr has listened to it. Amanda was there to hear it too. She is so excited for baby to arrive finally. The HOF was 33cm which is just perfect for almost 33 wks he said. I gained 4 lbs in about 5 wks. I'm up a total of about 30 lbs now. UGH! BUT it OK. Like I said before, that's what Weight Watchers is for. Dr C tried to feel if baby is head down. He thinks so but isn't sure. I told him I feel the kicks mostly up above my belly button. He said then baby probably is head down. YAY! I go back in 2 wks now.

HEY Little Monkey Baby!!! We are almost there. I can't wait to look into your face and tell you how much we love you!!! Wink

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33 wks 4 days ~ I had a SURPRISE SHOWER today! And BOY! I was so surprised. I knew that my co-workers would plan something for me but I was totally not expecting it yet. Brian called and asked if Sue and I could meet with him about something that came up. Sue, Brian, and I have been working on a big project for months. We’re working on a big system design change and we referred to it as the baby that wouldn’t go to bed. So I figured it was another issue that cropped up. I asked Sue if she was free at 10:00 to meet and she hesitated like she needed to check her schedule and then said yes. We walk over there and I can tell there are other people in the conference room….not an unusual occurrence because if you don’t schedule it right in the system, you think you’ve got the room reserved but you don’t, or people just start using a room without checking to see if it’s reserve. I said, “Umm looks like other people are already using this conference room.” Just then the door swings open and everyone yells “SURPRISE!” and there was a big spread of food on the table. I’m wearing a maroon shirt today and I bet my face matched my shirt! LOL I was totally caught off guard. They gave me a Classic Pooh layette set and a Target gift card. Later on, Vicki B. came and gave be 2 super sweet Carters newborn sleepers. Noelia asked me if I heard he say, “Is Sara here yet?” just as she turned around and I was walking by. I didn’t. I was completely unsuspecting I told her. Pam asked me, “Didn’t you hear me yelling across the room ‘Did you bring the ….whatever?’” Nope, never heard that either. How funny!

Got lots of cute stuff for you now Little Monkey…. And a gift card to shop for more! I can’t wait to dress you in these cute clothes! Wink

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34 wks ~ Well, last night was sheer hell. I must have gotten an intestinal virus because I had severe intestine cramps and really bad diarrhea. I was up off and on all night either in pain or on the toilet. It was hell! I was so scared at first because I wasn't sure where the cramps were coming from. Then when I realized it was probably the flu, I was worried because I just couldn't get any fluid in me. Just taking a drink would send me into severe cramping and all night I was making almost no urine. What little I did drink didn't seem to be going anywhere but right through me. UGH! I was so afraid that dehydration might send me into premature labor. I just prayed and prayed for it to go away. Finally by morning it did. I think I lost a couple lbs since yesterday though...not that I need to worry, cuz I've gained over 30 lbs this pgcy. So anyway, I've just been taking it really easy today and sleeping when I feel like it. Fortunately I was scheduled for a comp day today anyway.

Other than that, I've just been trying to combat the aches and pains with stretches and changing position. They are starting to get worse now to the point that it's hard to find any position.

Hey Little Monkey, mommy knows you are growing like your supposed to cuz it's starting to put a real strain on my body.... but it's all worth it baby! We'll be looking in your beautiful face in just a few wks now! YAY!

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34 wks 6 days ~ Gosh, only about 3 wks to go…maybe 3 ½ if it’s the same as my pregnancies with A&A. I cannot wait to get to be off work. I am so incredibly uncomfortable sitting at my desk. My ribs are hurting. My feet and ankles are swelling so much that it hurts to wear my shoes. I can’t stand wearing my bra! Oh, I just want to be home laying in bed. I am working 3 days next week because it’s Thankgiving. Well, actually I work that Friday but then I’ll only come in for a couple hours and the rest of the day I can take it easy and relax when I’m not scheduling. My feet didn’t swell over last weekend so hopefully it won’t be so bad. Then I will have 12 hours of comp left for my last 2 weeks of work. I can use that to take the Monday AM’s off and only do my PM scheduling.

I had my 34 wk appt on Monday. Dr. Carlson said the baby is measuring just right so I assume that’s 34 or 35cm HOF. He said it is head down and the heart rate was 135-140 bpm. I had my GBS swab. Hopefully that will come back clear so I don’t have to have IV antibiotics when I am in labor. I asked him the protocol for when I go into labor. He said to call the office if there is any bleeding, if my water breaks, and of course if I am in labor. He said a little blood tinged mucus is OK and doesn’t necessarily mean anything is happening yet. If that happens, wait and see what comes afterward. I was glad he told me that because I had a very small amount of blood in mucussy discharge the next day. I probably would have freaked about that if he hadn’t told me not to worry about it. He is such a nice man. I’m so glad that I had a talk with Tracy in Gas Control and found out he was her doctor before Dr. O. told me she was not going to deliver babies anymore. Tracy loves him and with all the difficulties she’s had, she has a really good perspective to speak from.

Dave is off for 5 days next weekend so he is going to start ripping out the bar in the basement so he can move his computer desk down there. Then we can set up the crib in the bedroom. I can’t wait to get the bedroom uncluttered and ready for baby. I’ve been anxious but have had to hide it because I know he’s so busy. I’m so glad he finally has the time off.

Well, Little Monkey, we are so anxious for you to get here. I know I’ve said that dozens of times but now that the time is really closing in, your daddy and I are really excited to meet you face to face! We are going to getting the house ready for you next week and we are going to tour the hospital where you will make your entrance into the world. I can’t wait!

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35 wks 3 days ~ Well, I am officially waddling full-time now! LOL My feet have been getting so swollen while I’m at work, that I started wearing my slippers to work. They haven’t gotten as swollen over the weekend so I’m hoping to keep them up enough to stave off the swelling. Susan stole Ruth’s wastebasket while she’s on vacation so I can use it to put my feet up while I’m at my desk. That seems to work pretty well. I weighed myself the other day and I was up 1.5 lbs from when I weighed myself last Monday. I weighed myself today and I’m back to where I was last week. I think last Friday’s increase was water weight. It’d be nice to go another week without gaining! I’ve surely gained enough for this pgcy! According to my scale, I’m up 33 lbs. I am so exhausted from carrying around all this weight.

Well, Dave has 5 days off this weekend so he has big plans to get stuff done so that we can reorganize for the baby to come. There’s so much to do so I don’t know if he’ll get it all done but I’m going to at least reorganize the bedroom enough to have the bassinette next to my bed. His bookshelves need to go so his books need to be boxed up. I can’t put up the Christmas tree until the crib box is moved upstairs and the living room furniture is rearranged. We are moving the love seat down to the basement for the kids to use but not until the bar is torn out. I am just getting so anxious for this all to get done. Finally, I think Dave is too. He said he’s pretty much got the garage organized so that he can built the shelves he needs when the bar is gone. He also mentioned replacing the broken screen door on the porch. Oh, I was so glad he brought it up. I wanted to but I know he already has so much on his plate. Maybe if he doesn’t get it done before the baby, there might be a nice enough day after the baby comes to work on it with his dad.

Oh Little Monkey, I know you are getting anxious to get out of there. I can tell by your movements that you are feeling really crowded. I am really anxious for you to arrive too. We are going to have many weeks to spend together before I have to go back to work. I will enjoy that time so much and going back with be so hard for me but I know you’ll be OK. For now, I’m just focusing on getting you here so we can start to get to know you. Wink

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35 wks 5 days ~ I feel so sad. Two wonderful ladies have lost their babies this week. I am heartbroken for them and wish I knew a way to take away their pain.

In addition to that, we just lost the last of an entire department here at work in less than 4 wks. I am one of the few people who has done the contracting work those people did and then it was only for one side of the business and it was 7 yrs ago+. I'm trying to help but I'm only going to be here 2 more wks then I'm on ML. Right now there is are so many people on vacation that it's hard to find anyone to ask about the problems that we're trying to solve because we don't know where the previous person was on the issue. This is absolutely a worst case scenario! I can't wait for this day to end. I just need to relax for a few days!

Hey Little Monkey, I'm so sorry if the stress I'm under is affecting you. I'm really trying not to let it. I promise that in a few hrs, when I leave here, we'll be resting and relaxing lots this weekend. Daddy will be busy getting the house ready for your arrival... well, some of it might continue after your arrival, but it won't be stressful for us cuz I'm excited to get everyting rearranged and have your crib up and etc. I love you and I am so excited to see you! Wink

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36 wks ~ We had turkey dinner at mom's yesterday. It was really good but boy was I miserable after eating that much! I did have my mom send some pie along with us and I got up during the night and ate that! YUM! Smile It was nice though. Just mom and dad, G&J, L&L and us. A nice quiet time cuz the kids love being with L&L and it's always nice to sit and talk to my family. Just what I need at this stage....not too much action.

I dropped off the wreath orders to mom and J, and we loaded the snowblower up that's been sitting in mom's garage for yrs. Mom had Bill O. make sure it works. So no shoveling this yr. It's kind of silly to have a blower with our little area to clear, but when there is a fair amount of snow, it's hard to clear out behind the garage. As for the sidewalks, I told DH we could just run right down the alley and blow all the way around to our sidewalk. I'm sure the neighbors won't mind us doing it for them. I'll be home all winter so I'll have time... besides it's a pretty good workout without being back-breaking like shoveling is.

Baby's space is getting pretty limited in there. The movements mostly all feel like baby trying to find a space for his/her legs. I get knees or feet poking out my right side or top of my belly. It's really funny. Both Dave and Amanda have felt it. They held their hands there and could feel it pushing out. Then baby squirms and repositions and the foot or knee just kind of rolls away. It's so neat. Baby still gets hiccups too. He/She went through a bout of them happening very frequent throughout the day. Now it's less frequent but still happening at least once a day.

Well, Baby Monkey, mommy is getting very anxious to meet you and anxious to have my body back to myself too. I do love having you in there but you are just getting too big to stay now. It's almost time for you to come out and meet your family. I love you sooo much and so does your dad and so does your sister and so does your brother! And there's lots more family members I could name off but there are so many it would take forever! Smile

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36 wks 3 days ~ I had my appt today. Dr C. said if I go into labor from now on, everything is a go. They wouldn't try to stop it. He looked at when A&A were born (38 wks 2 days and 38 wks 3 days) and said he thinks this baby will probably follow suit. He said baby is head down and the heart rate was around 140-145, same as it's been almost every time. He said he thinks this baby will be bigger than A&A. He's guessing baby will be 7.5 to 7.75 lbs. WOW! I hope the delivery (especially the pushing part) goes as easily with this baby as with A&A!

Gosh, I can't believe baby will be here in maybe 2 wks! And I have just 8 days or so until I go on mat. lv. YAY!!! I'm so excited. I hope this week will go by quickly.

Well, Little Monkey, mommy has lots of work to get done before you come, but I'm always thinking of you and brimming with excitement for your arrival! WE LOVE YOU!

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37 wks 3 days ~ I had my appt today and had my first internal exam. I'm 2 cm dialated but not effaced. He said being a 3rd time mom, the dialation isn't unusual. Based on the fact that I'm not effaced and the fact that my other 2 came before 38.5 wks, it's a toss up whether I'll make it to my appt next Monday. He called it a 50/50 chance. I've been having some pretty strong BH contrax still but nothing that I'd mistake for actual labor at this point. Also, baby's been moving a lot lately and sometime it's downright painful! There is just NO room left in there so I do think it will be soon. If this pgcy goes past the middle of next week I'll be very surprised.

I am scheduling tonight and tomorrow during the day. Then I'm off the schedule until after maternity leave. I am planning on working until this Friday and then I'm on leave. YAY! I can't wait for this week to be over.

I think I finished my Christmas shopping today. I have to wrap and inventory it all to make sure but I'm pretty sure I got everything. I bought a few frames and I have to have Dave take pictures when the baby comes to put in them. I also didn't do Dad's shopping for Mom, which I usually do. I did look around a little bit but I didn't really see anything that looked like something she'd like.

Well, Little Monkey, it's almost time! We may be looking into your face very soon! Smile

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37 wks 4 days ~ Last night I had several hard contractions. I got the shakes they were getting so hard.... not hard enough that I couldn't talk or walk through them but definitely got my attention. About bedtime they seemed to tail off and I then slept better than I have in a long time.

I am huge now. I went to work today and one of my coworkers said "Would you please have that baby. It pains me to see you like that." I am also getting relentless acid reflux now. Once it starts, nothing seems to touch it. A couple weeks ago I tried Pepcid complete because Tums stopped working. Pepcid worked for about 12 hours at first but now it seems in only minutes to an hour the Pepcid is no longer working. This reflux is driving me crazy! I can't wait for my body to be my own again.

OK Little Monkey, mommy and daddy are ready for you to come out anytime now. Maybe this weekend would be good. What do you think? Wink

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Well my baby girl is here and she is about to have her first Christmas at the ripe old age of 8 days. She's so precious and beautiful. We are totally in awe of her. Her brother and sister LOVE to hold her and her daddy is totally smitten. This is the best christmas of my life!

Here's her story....

I woke up feeling really crampy at about 5 am on Thursday, 12/16. The cramps continue sporadically all morning but not enough to really feel confident that things were going to progress. After 11am, I felt contractions that started getting stronger. I ran out to get some last minute things done and came back home to relax and wait. Just before 3pm, I decided I better call my parent to come stay with the kids just in case. I picked up the kids from school and called and left a message for DH to come home. I called my OB’s office and told them I was having contractions about 7 minutes apart. He was on call so he said go ahead and head over to the hospital. My parents got here just before 5pm and we left for the hospital, right after I gobbled down a burger and fries from Wendy’s, knowing they wouldn’t let me eat once I got there.

We got situated in a room and the nurse checked me. I was 3-4 cm dialated and about 60-70% effaced. She talked to my OB and he said that was definite progress since my appt on Monday so it seemed like the real thing. They monitored my contractions but I was just having mostly “irritable uterus” contractions. That meant I was having very frequent short contractions (1-2mins apart), then some stronger contractions less frequently. The nurse called my OB and he said to have the OB resident on the floor break my water. We did that at about 7:45pm. The contractions progressed as did my dialation and effacement pretty steadily until I was about 8-9cm around 11 pm. This is where I got stuck for about 3 hours. My labor would not progress from 9 to 10cms. We tried everything. I changed positions constantly and the nurse suggested positions that might help. Nothing worked. At some point during that time, I decided to have some pain killers. An IV of what I believe was morphine or something was put in. It did take the edge off but not for long. I was given another dose later on. We tried having me push a little during contractions to try to open the rest of the way. (That worked splendidly when I was in labor with Amanda.) It didn’t work. Then we tried having the nurse try to push that last lip of the cervix open while I was having a contraction. (OMG THAT HURTS!!!) That didn’t work either. All this time my transition labor contractions were getting stronger and stronger as my body tried to finish dialating my cervix. Eventually my contractions were so strong and so painful that whenever I’d contract, my body would involuntarily push. I could feel the pushing but could do nothing to stop it. All that pushing just caused the last lip of my cervix to swell and become harder instead of softer. At this point I was in a total panic that I would end up with a c-section just because my labor stalled a 9 cm! UGH! We decided that what I needed to do was get my body to relax and not push. We decided an epidural was our last hope. I was given a combination spinal block and epidural. That was rather hellish because they had an intern do it while being taught by an attending. (DH was so pissed about that!) Fortunately he was able to get it in the right place eventually. I rested through just a couple of contractions (I could still feel the pressure but not the pain.) The nurse checked again and my dialation was complete. They prepped my for delivery while my OB got gowned up. The nurse was watching me and telling the dr that the baby was coming without me pushing. He still was in no hurry so the nursed said, “You’re just going to have to turn around and catch this baby.” Lol Finally he was ready and I pushed once for the head, once for the shoulders, and once for the rest of her (she’s long! Over 90th percentile for length.). When she was born, she wouldn’t cry but I think she just didn’t want to cry. She spent the first 2 hours of her life looking around the room and smacking her tongue constantly. She was ready to nurse from her first moment of life!

My OB told me that the epidural was originally developed for problems like mine. I’ve always thought of it as just a pain blocker which I didn’t plan to do…. And if my labor would have gone from 9 – 10 cm in the normal course of things, I never would have had pain relief. But I never thought of the epidural as an intervention to avoid having a c-section. The epidural was my saving grace. After I got it, I was so comfortable and the delivery was so calm and wonderful and completely enjoyable!

REBECCA DARLENE BODE
8 lbs 15.5 oz and 21.25 in
Born 12/17/04 at 2:57am