A Miracle Indeed

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A Miracle Indeed

My name is Heather. I just found out was pregnant...for the first time. I keep a blog on blogspot and I've been anxiously waiting to write something, but can't do it there because we haven't told very many people and trying to wait until after we have gone to the doctor. The first prenatal visit is scheduled for February 12th. I don't know if I can wait that long.............

Everyone always speaks of what a blessing pregnancy is, but for some it's more than anyone can imagine. I just turned 30 on the 29th of December...and I have no children. I was married for 4 years (with him for 8 ) and in those 8 years we never used BC...and I never got pregnant. I left the ex in 2003. For the past 2 years and 3 months I have been dating an amazingly wonderful man. Leonard. We stopped using BC some time within the last year...and still nothing. So, we just figured, if it happened, it happened...otherwise we would be heading to the fertility doctor after we got married. And no, we aren't engaged yet...but it's something that we talk about often and just figured we do it at some point... (Some point may be sooner than later...)

10 years of NOTHING. My friend and I made this deal with ourselves when we were about 22 that if we weren't pregnant by 30, we were going to adopt. We just didn't want to be old Mom's like our mothers, who both had our youngest siblings when they were in their late 30s. Well, turning 30 wasn't the end of the world for me...as it is for some...but it sure got me thinking about our little deal. I wanted so badly to have had a baby by now and I didn't have that bundle of joy.

Around January 1st - the 7th I was having unbearable heartburn/indigestion. I just had this overwhelming feeling of needing to belch, but I couldn't. At some point, I think I even thought I was having a heart attack. I had the BF rub my back, as if I were a baby, to try to make me belch. It was damn near painful...

By the 8th, that had subsided some which was good because the 9th I was leaving for New Orleans with my Dad (and that same friend tagged along with us.) We had a blast! When I got back, on the 12th, I was deathly ill. I had the world's worse cold...(so I believed.) I was so congested...really no sore throat, but just stuffy and eventually lost my voice during the middle of my illness, which lasted 2 weeks...mainly because I wasn't getting any rest. I took 1 day off of work, but still worked from home that day and still attended 2 of my 3 evening classes. By the time I was well, on the 26th, it clicked to me that I hadn't gotten my period yet. I was SO sick, I really didn't even think about it.

So, I sat down with a calendar and started counting. I was late, nearly 2 weeks late. I've NEVER been late. Even times when I thought I may have been pregnant before, I took a test before I had missed. I probably counted the days about 5 times, laughing uncontrollably, before calling the friend and asking when the last time she was on (because our cycles are about a week off.) So, after my Saturday class, I took a PT. That thing read "Pregnant" before I even got off the toilet! I came downstairs with the test to show the BF and just couldn't stop laughing. He smiled at me and we were just shelled shocked for a couple of days.

So here I am, about 6 weeks and a day...with no morning sickness (yet some nausea set in today), mild cramping, heartburn, and tiredness. I pray every day that I will be able to keep this miracle...because a miracle it is indeed.

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Today I went to lunch with a former co-worker of mine... But, this lady was WAY more than that to me. She was my "Work Mom"... She worked here for about 20 years which was about 10 longer than I have... From the moment I started working here in 1997, she took care of me... I can't even beginning to list all the things she did for me and the invaluable wisdom learned from her. Well, the company eliminated her position late 2005 and it just hasn't been the same around here.

So, I told her today that I am pregnant... She was so excited for us and I could see the joy in her watering eyes. It made me feel so good. Biggrin As much as I want to wait to tell folks, it's an amazing thing to see the look on people's faces when you tell them. Especially in my circumstance...

One thing she told me was that she's heard that the baby comes when IT i is ready...not when YOU are ready. That was really nice to hear... I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason...there are no coincidences in life.

Nausea has set in...haven't thrown up...but really light-headed and queasy. Still have heartburn...need to learn how to eat differently. And not the TYPES of food, but literally how it goes in my mouth, how fast I eat it, etc. Keeping my fingers crossed that this is the worst it will get. Something tells me that's not true............

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First Pic

At the onset of my pregnancy, I discovered that I actually lost weight. However, before my discovery, I just figured it was because I was eating better in addition to making sure I made it to the gym, regardless of my school schedule. I believe I was the best shape in my life this past August and about 3 weeks ago I was just about there again...5 lbs from my ideal weight. ((SIGH)) I guess that's all about to change...

I hope to track my progression and take a picture every month, (which anyone who knows me knows that it shouldn't be too hard, as I am a picture-taking fool.) LOL

This is my 5wk6d picture, taken right after I got back from the gym:

(Obviously, no signs of pregnancy...the gut is pre-existing. LOL)

I hope to be one of those women who you can only tell that they're pregnant because of their bellies, but seeing that I'm 30, not sure how all that's going to work out. I just have to remember that being pregnant gives me even MORE of a reason to get my tail into the gym and watch the things I eat.

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"my sanctuary"

When I get home from work or school, I find myself heading straight for the bed...(B.K.A. "my sanctuary".) Leonard and I so named it recently as I have been spending a lot of time there. Oh, what I would give to be able to sleep whenever I want all day long! And I'm one of those people who literally feels as if the day is wasted away if I ever I sleep in on the weekends.

Right now with work and school I'm just down right exhausted. And just before I found out I was pregnant, I agreed to help a friend out with some choreography for this show he's directing... :?

I'm seriously considering not enrolling in school Spring Quarter. I want to be able to relax and take care of myself. This first trimester is going to be interesting, to say the least. 5 more weeks of school...4 more weeks of rehearsals...and I fly to Napa, CA at the end of the month for business. So glad my sanctuary remains a constant.

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Headaches

So the past few days I have been experiencing headaches off and on. Other days haven't been as bad as today. I ate something, thinking that would make me feel better, but actually did the opposite. I also did something stupid and let something at work stress me out. Since that incident the headache has progressively gotten worse.. The weather is so bad here in Ohio that the roads are HORRIBLE, literally lines of nearly parked cars outside of the office windows. (It's snowing, 10 degrees and the low was -3 this morning.) So, the bf decided that we're going to hang out at work until the traffic gets better....when all I want to do is run to my sanctuary. I'm so ready to go home... Man, I just wish this headache would go away!

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Bad Day

Today was probably the worst day I have had to date! :cry: I wasn't necessarily sick, but spent the ENTIRE day just "not feeling right." It was horrible. It started out with me and the bf getting in a argument over something EXTREMELY insignificant just before leaving the house for work. There was some yelling and harsh words...and then me crying the entire 15 minutes to work. After that...it just didn't get any better. Not sure if it was particularly worse, but definitely no better. And then I found myself doing just out right bizarre things during the day. I was speaking on the phone with my friend/coworker and after the convo ended, remembered I needed to ask her something. So I called right back...and started talking before she even answered the phone!!! (I realized this as I heard the 2nd ring.) :? Later in the day, I was doing something fairly routine for my job (computer tech)...customizing a machine for a user...and realized pretty much after I had finished, (10 minutes later,) that I wasn't even logged in as the user, but as admin. :roll: (I've NEVER done that before.)

By the very end of the day, the bf stopped me in the hall and asked if I would prefer to go home, instead of to the gym after work so I could rest. I totally agreed. Especially since I have rehearsal at 7pm, in which I have to teach 2 dances. Man, the cast is going to think I'm crazy!

Sad thing is... I FEEL crazy. Just not right... I don't like feeling like this.

On another note, I'm totally starting to get a little belly and some times think that I'm further along than I calculated. (Will no for sure next week!) I wore a pair of pants yesterday that I ended up not buttoning the top button (mind you, they're already the pair that fits snuggly,) just to be comfortable. My 10 week picture is going to be interesting.....................

((SIGH)) I just ate and going to take a nap before rehearsal.

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Engagement!

So after the horrible day I had yesterday...Leonard came home from the gym and proposed! It was the most unexpected thing! Had I not cried my eyes out that morning I would have cried then! Smile The ring is unlike anything I have ever seen... Here are a couple of pictures of it, but they really don't do it justice.

I'm so happy!!! Biggrin

Talk about an emotional rollercoaster..................

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So today we told our parents about our engagement and the pregnancy. We decided we couldn't wait until after our appointment on Monday. I'm glad we told them...but at the same time I'm now even more paranoid about the next few weeks. I pray that everything continues to run smoothly...

Everyone is really happy for us. It's really such a good feeling. Tomorrow after mass, we are going to talk to our priest to see when we can set an appointment with him to work out the details. Being Catholic, we still need to go through Pre-Cana and then there is the issue of already being pregnant... So we'll see.

Leonard and I were talking about how we wished we could just fast forward ahead just to get it all over with. I'm so down for that...

It's going to be interesting, that's for sure...

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First Appointment

I had my first appointment yesterday. It was everything I had expected. Lucky for me, I had just gone in for my annual check up on January 2nd, so the visit was actually a little abbreviated. Leonard and I were there for 2 hours...and really only in the waiting room for 10 minutes. (Shortest wait I have ever had there!)

We saw a nurse practioner who works as part of a team with my OB. They will alternate visits for the duration. She confirmed that I am pregnant... (LOL) And until I have an ultrasound done, my calculations are correct... I'm about 8 weeks along. So far everything looks good and I'm not at high risk for carrying the baby. (I will discuss with my OB later about delivery, in light of all the problems I have had with the HPV. ) Basically spent the time giving her our families' histories and Leonard asked A LOT of questions. It was cute. She did a pelvic exam and breast exam and they took about 7 vials of my blood! It was insane... We got a lot of information about numbers to call and a prenatal care book with healthy eating, dos and don'ts, etc. Also some free prenatal vitamins too!

My ultrasound is scheduled for March 9th with my OB. (Would've been the 2nd, but my job is sending me out to Napa, California for training and I'll be flying back that day... :-? And they only do them on Fridays... Sad At that time they will confirm EDD. (Estimated Due Date.)

I will have an appointment every 4 weeks up until my 28th week...(with the 2nd ultrasound around the 20th week.) After that, the appointments go to every 2 weeks until the last month when I will go every week.

I'm so excited! Biggrin

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So Far So Good...

The worst of my pregnancy symptoms seem to be fatigue and heartburn. I have actually gotten the heartburn thing under control as I've been eating smaller meals and started taking Pepcid-AC. So far I haven't had really any morning sickness...which I consider a total blessing. I do get nauseated at times, but not to the point of vomitting. Although, I've read and heard from folks that morning sickness is a sign of a healthy baby... At the same time, I know that it really depends on the woman. My sister told me she didn't have morning sickness with either one of her 2 kids and they were just fine. So, I have no worries... As I said, I'm considering it a blessing.

At this point I'm just really want to be able to sleep whenever I want... I'm a little too busy now with school, work and show. That will all slow down soon. I can't wait!

My sister sent me a journal and a baby name book, from which we have highlighted a few possiblities. We're pretty set on the name if it's a boy...but it's going to be a hard decision when it comes to a girls name.

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9 weeks today. It's amazing how fast time seems to be flying. When I started posting my ticker had "5 weeks" in it... Amazing.

So...so far, so good, but still been pretty tired. Seems like I can't get enough sleep and ont top of that, I have troubling sleeping at night. If I can fall asleep after work, it's a good nap... But, I toss and turn at night...have really odd dreams...and get up at least twice to run to the bathroom. It's unreal.

Some days I feel like I'm going crazy. Today was just one of those days. I left my portfolio in my Accounting class and I remembered shortly after I went to get a salad from the cafeteria, and when I went back it was gone! My life is in there...literally. (I'm hoping the girl who sits next to me picked it up.) I nearly cried when Leonard came to pick me up...and then started playing back my every move in my head. Even remembered one of the things that distracted me was that some chick in my class asked a really stupid question...(and my patience is thin) so I pretty much answered it kind of sarcastically...and then she got smart with me! Being the person that I am, I let the dialogue end there...but, it was enough to get me thinking about all the "stupid things" that people said or did today with which I had to deal.

So... A split second after I wanted to cry...I started to get irritated thinking of how I let stupid stuff distract me. And then I could feel myself getting stressed...

I really need to figure out a way to control some of this. I don't like feeling like I have no control... I can't stand being forgetful and absent-minded.

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So here I am a day shy of 10 weeks. Where did the time go? I'm in Napa, California this week on business, but I remembered to take my camera so I could get this monthly shot:

9wk6d

(So I have to throw in this comparison shot...)

People must absolutely be smoking crack when they tell me they can't tell I have a belly going on. Do they think I always looked like this??? It's so funny to me. The folks out here in Cali, REALLY, don't know me...so they have a little excuse. But they say crap like, "But your belly is so flat..." I say, "Tell that to my jeans I can no longer button..."

As far as everything else, I feel fine. Almost as if I'm not pregnant. If it weren't for my gut I would be skeptical... The fatigue thing is my worst enemy right now, but other than that, feeling well. The u/s is scheduled for next Friday. I can't wait!

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11 weeks

11 weeks today.

Amazing.

Everything is going well...aside from the raging hormones at this point! I've been a down right witch with a capital "B." Everything seems to be irritating me. I lost my mind on Sunday when Leonard got me a Sausage Biscuit instead of a Sausage McMuffin from McDonalds. (Mind you, I rarely eat fast food...but some days after mass I am so hungry it's the fastest way to make me feel better.) I was going to deal with it and had decided just to not eat it. Until he looks over and says, "Just eat it!" At that point, I just snapped. So, after about a 3 minute argument, unfortunately in front of his sister, he decides to take his sister home and go home instead of to my show (which was our next destination, as it started in 25 minutes.) By time we got back to our house, it was the exact time that my show was starting... As the garage door was coming back down...with Leonard on the inside... I pulled out and just started crying uncontrollably. I cried all the way to my show...(really don't remember driving there, obviously pretty dangerous) and talking to my sister on the phone about how I didn't think I could do this. She reassured me that the end result is worth it and that I'm much stronger than her...and she did it twice.

Well, the worst part for me is NOT being in control. I feel like I can't predict my reactions nor channel the energy that comes out in rage...and followed by a crying fit.

(((sigh)))

Other than that... Nausea isn't as bad (even if I don't eat before I leave the house,) heartburn is under control...but I am still pretty darn tired. My bras are uncomfortable and I have resorted to wearing camisoles with shelf bras in them to make it through the days. I guess I will have to go shopping soon.

My first u/s is Friday morning! I can't wait...

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My first Ultrasound...

Friday, March 9th marked the day of our first ultrasound. It was the best doctor's visit I've ever had. Best part, I found out that the baby actually measured out at 12 weeks and 4 days (which is 1 week and 2 days further along than the original calculation.) Now my journal entries seem a little off but everything will start corresponding with my new ticker now. Wink My EDD is now September 17th, which is my baby brother's birthday...(too funny, huh?)

She started out with just the scan on my belly and told me she wasn't going to have me do the vaginal... I said, "That's cool with me." Biggrin I was surprised how much the baby was moving...it was surreal. The doctor even commented on how active it is. It was very, very cool. Watching Leonard's face as he was watching the monitor was pretty special, too. We got to hear the hearbeat too! It was at 159BPM. Smile

While she's moving around, she comments on how tiny my ovaries are. (No wonder I had never gotten pregnant before!) So, she takes the measurement and says, "So when was you EDD again?" And I told her the 26th...but I was measuring to the 17th. So, she says, "Okay, I'm going to have to renege..." [on the 'no vaginal statement'] The vaginal scan was interesting to say the least. I couldn't see the screen on this one, but Leonard made me chuckle while he was watching and said, "Wow, that's a totally different angle..." LolYa think? From what I understand, the view was mostly the head. That scan actually had me at 13 weeks...with due dates of 9/15 and 9/14. But, she decided to go with the 17th.

Everyone kept commenting on how having the ultrasound would make it all seem more "real." Boy were they ever right! Now I have an idea of what the baby is doing in there...and it's changed my perspective on it.

Can't get over what a wonderful miracle this is!!!

(the bottom is the section is the heartbeat)

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13 weeks 5 days

So, I had to wear maternity jeans yesterday for the first time. Every Friday is jean day...as we pay a nonminal donation to a charity for the month. I totally had my clothes ironed and ready to go and went to put my regular jeans on and they simply did not fit. I could get them on...half zip them, but sure as heck couldn't button them...and then decided to not put myself through any more crap. I had bought a pair of maternity jeans at Target while shopping one day...not with any expectation of wearing them any time soon...but THANK GOODNESS I did. Otherwise, I wouldn't have been wearing jeans yesterday. Unbelieveable. I guess I need to go get some more. It's funny, the whole time I was thinking what my sister and mother had told me, "One day you'll wake up and nothing will fit anymore."

(((sigh)))

So, wedding plans are going well... Have an unfortunate situation with the church, though...but praying that all works out. Otherwise, I bought my dress the other day and the bridesmaids ordered theirs... I have an alteration appointment on April 19th...(we'll see how big I am then.) My dress is pleasantly big, though so all will be good in a couple of months.

Leonard and I walked around in Babies R Us today to try to get an idea of what we wanted. Made me want to forget about the wedding plans and start planning for the baby! We're not going to buy anything yet, as are friends have been telling us to wait because we should expect to get lots of stuff from the showers we will have. We are just anticipating buying the big stuff like the crib and all the nursery accessories, etc. It's all so exciting! Leonard was so funny...every five seconds asking, "What's that for?" "We don't need that..." "Babies are so spolied." And he's bound and determined to do the nursery in Cleveland Indians and/or Cleveland Browns crap, regardless of the sex. He's so confused. LOL

Well, I have another appointment in about 2 weeks now...things at work are really busy, but everything else has slowed (no school and no extra stuff.) Looking forwarded to being able to rest a little...

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15 weeks and 1 day

Things have been really hectic for me...but have been doing my best to keep my sanity and to not get too stressed for the baby's sake. Way too much to write here...possibly later in my blog, if I have the time.

Right now... I'm feeling great, accept for the extreme exhaustion, (most of that is heavily contributed to by work.) I have been going to sleep pretty much right when I get home from work...most of last week that wasn't until 7pm or later, though. Yesterday I was in bed by 6pm...and I slept all night.

Anyway, my belly is continuing to grow... So here's my 15 week picture in comparison to my 7 week pic:

I actually think I may have lost some weight since my Napa trip. I hadn't been going to the gym with work, school and the show... And must've been awfully bloated on top of that. So glad my face doesn't look as fat! I was starting to get worried that I was gaining weight too fast.

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16 weeks 1 day

So I was at the gym today and told this girl that I went to high school with that I was pregnant. (I've seen her at the gym a bunch of times before...) But, she asked me how far along I was (as I am sitting there in my sports bra and belly out after having weighed myself) and I told her, "16 weeks." She actually told me that I was barely showing and that my stomach was "flat" (for 4 months, I suppose?) It cracks me up when people tell me that because I know that my stomach was as close to flat without being totally flat...and I was getting my abs together too. I always think in the back of my mind, "Does this really look normal to you?" Amazing.

I can't wait until I actually look like I'm pregnant and not as if I have gained some weight...

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17 weeks and 1 day...

17 weeks already? Insane. I actually feel great. I took a couple of days (Thursday and Friday) off work last week since we had our guy back from Napa. I had my 16 week appointment that Wednesday... Well, actually, it wasn't meant to be...it was scheduled for Friday, but they had a Colposcopy scheduled for me on the Wednesday, so they took care of everything then. (For those of you who don't know, a colposcopy is when they take a scope and look at your cervix for abnormalities.) I've had quite a few abonormal paps in my day and this is about the 3rd colpo I have had... My OB said everything looked normal and that she would just repeat it after I have the baby. Smile They took blood for the "triple test" (AFP) screening which was also normal. Smile I also got to listen to the baby's heart again...which was totally confirmation to me that I really have a baby in there! (I'm telling you...aside from the fatigue, I feel the "same.")

Lord knows I don't look the same... While we were leaving the gym yesterday, Leonard was gloating about how he's 192lbs. Apparently he hadn't weighed himself in a month and was REALLY surprised that he lost 10 more pounds. Since about January, he changed his eating habits...now eats 5-6 times a day and mostly "good for you" stuff. After about the 20th "I'm 192..." I started hating on him. Mainly because he's going to be looking really, really good...when I'm looking fat. Especially on our wedidng day. ((sigh)) So far I've gained about 10 lbs... I'm now about 172, which is the weight I was running from just last February. I got down to 160 this past summer and looked great... Leonard is sweet and is reassuring me that this is a different kind of weight and I will loose it just fine after the baby... We'll see.....................

Another thing I have noticed... I've started urinating more frequently. The first day I stayed home, I went to the bathroom 4 times in 2 hours. And at night... I wake up at least 2 times to go to the bathroom. It's not fun. And I know this is TMI, but how about peeing on your hand, because you think you are finished...and go to wipe...but not quite??? I've done that now 3 times in the past 2 weeks. Disgusting.

I haven't had any really bad emotional outburts lately...so hopefully I'll be able to have a little more control. Wish me luck!

May 11th will be the anatomy ultrasound day! I can't wait. I had a dream that I am having a boy. I really want a boy (as does Leonard)...but obviously, would be happy either way. But, I geuninely feel like we're going to have a boy...

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19 weeks

19 weeks today...

Yesterday I was ill the entire day. It was the first time I'd ever truly been "sick" during this pregnancy. I woke up around 2am Sunday morning with unbearable pains in my stomach...as if I needed to go to the bathroom. More accurately, as if I were about to have diarrhea. I tossed in turn for hours and kept running to the bathroom...and each time, nothing. I got up to take a shower around 7am to attend mass...only to return to bed and have Leonard tell me we weren't going... Which was fine with me because I was feeling worse by the moment. I ended up eating a PB&J sandwich around 9am and was finally able to relieve myself. I was in bed all day. Miserable.

By the evening I finally was able to get through to my sister...who acts as my advisor. (She has 2 children and we couldn't be any more alike than we already are... So, most of what she has told me has been true and I trust her experience thoroughly. Who better to be my consultant?) Needles to say, I called her and said I was sick...that I was having diarrhea. She instantly tells me exactly what I just described in this post, without me telling her...and that it happened to her...oh, and that she was waiting for me to call her! Classic. Well, she said it would all pass in a day...and it would happen to me once a month. Sure enough, after the ENTIRE day of being miserable, I woke up feeling fine.

The coolest thing about yesterday was that I finally was able to make a distinction between the baby moving and gas...and/or other pains/rumblings in my tummy. So, I'm pretty sure I've been feeling the baby sporadically for the past week or two and just realized what it was yesterday. It's very cool. Yea!!

Anyway, here's the 19 week shot:

And comparison shot:

The angle is a little different...but still not much difference. Maybe a little wider.

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IT'S A BOY!

IT'S A BOY! No doubt...

22 weeks 1 day...

So, yeah... I've been MIA lately. With the wedding coming up in less than 2 weeks, I have been pretty busy...and tired. But, I have great news to share! We found out that we're having a boy. Biggrin I was 90% sure it was boy... For the longest I was 100% sure...then I had a dream, and it gave me a margin of doubt. Smile The ultrasound was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Unbelieveable.

Introducing Alexander Lee Campanelli...

Here he is posing with his hand under his chin… (Already taking after his daddy!)

He has all of parts... We looked at everything... It was so cool! (Which I think I said about 20 times...) The baby is so transparent...we could see all of the individual bones, fingers, toes, spine... He was even doing tricks! LOL He flipped a couple of times, was sucking his thumb, moving his lips/mouth as if he were chewing, swallowing (we could see the tongue move,) saw the heart beat through his body... I could go on and on.

Generally, I feel great...although the fatigue creeps up on me from time to time. I feel him moving all the time. I'm almost to the point where I have to block it out some times so I don't get distracted! It's really interesting...

We are all doing well...and very happy!

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23 weeks

So just got back from a Cirque Du Soleil show...so really tired...not to mention that the wedding is in 4 days. But, had to post my progress shot:

23 weeks

(Yes, I think it is safe to say that my face is getting fat...) (Long way from here...)

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So, we're honeymooning right now! Leonard and I went to "our" cabin these past few days at Hocking Hills, compliments of our wonderful friends. We had such a good time. The best part of the time was that Leonard actually got to feel the baby kick. (He just recently starting kicking me...) What a special thing to happen while we are celebrating our marriage.

I still feel great, but sleeping is a chore... I can't seem to get comfortable to save my life. Hoping to get new pillows or something this weekend.

Leonard and I went out and bought onesies for Alexander...his first baby clothes. It was pretty cool doing that together... We hope to go out and register tomorrow.

Now that the wedding is over... Let the fun begin!

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My confession:

26 weeks today...

So, I have a confession to make. I really don't like being pregnant. Sad I don't like how tired I am...how I don't have the energy to maintain my active lifestyle...how I am unable to work all hours and get stuff done...how irritated I get by the slightest things...how I look and how much weight I've gained...and how uncomfortable I have become. The worst part about how I feel is that I am having a pretty "easy" pregnancy. I had virtually no morning sickness...nor any adversions to anything, I'm not at high risk and I am not really having any problems. ((knock on wood)) So why am I discontented? It almost makes no sense. I even really get bothered by being kicked all the time... Sad Some times it's cool to feel him kick...especially when I can have others feel...but getting kicked hard in places that make me whince is unbearable. And I'm not even that big yet!!! I'm also really scared (NOT ANXIOUS nor NERVOUS...but SCARED) about delivery.

Now, don't get me wrong... I truly feel blessed to be finally carrying a baby...and that he was made from love. I just really wish I could skip this whole 9 month stuff. I like the fuss everyone is making over Alex. I love the idea of getting baby stuff and decorating the nursery...all of that seems exciting and hopefully will help pas the time. And I actually don't think I will mind nursing, being up at all hours and taking care of him...because I will have him in my arms. 98 days cannot go by fast enough at this point....

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27 weeks 4 days...

Alex is still moving ALL of the time...

I have my last 4 week appointment on the 27th and then I start going every 2 weeks. We are looking into childbirth classes and taking a tour of the hospital. Tomorrow we are going to start cleaning out the baby's room and buy some paint. The week after we are going to buy the crib... We finished registering for most things, but still may add a little more.

Everything is coming up so fast... Can't believe we've been married nearly a month now. Smile Life is good.

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29 Weeks

So here I am 29 weeks...

Everything is actually passing pretty fast. Alex and I are both doing well...just really tired. (Leonard's hanging in there, too...) Other than that, I would like to say I can't complain, but I whine all the time about insignificant stuff. Comparable to MANY, I am having a really easy pregnancy. But, I still don't like the weight I've gained, how my body has changed, my moodiness, and the extreme lack of energy I have. I am still trying to do things the way I used to (mainly work)...and haven't really accepted the fact that it's not as easy nor as good of an idea. I don't like not being able to bend over...and sleeping, although much improved, is still interesting.

The baby moves ALL of the time... He has a serious case of the hiccups...daily and this rolling around and kicking stuff is a little much at times. Kind of cool when others can feel and/or are watching...but on average...not really as cool as everyone says it is. lol

I had my last 4 week appointment on the 27th and then I start going every 2 weeks. It was a really good appointment...much better than the last. I was too upset to post about it, but at my last appointment I was told by the Nurse Practitioner that I was gaining weight too fast (9lbs in a month), my blood pressure was up (122/78 from 100/69,) and I missed taking my glucose test because of miscommunication which meant that I ended up drinking the "sugar drink" before that appointment for nothing... So I was told I was going to have to drink it again before my next. Sad Needles to say, I was VERY unhappy.

Well, at my appointment I found out that I had only gained 3 lbs since the last visit. I'm now 194 lbs... (I attribute this to the fact that I went back to the gym after the month long hiatus that led up to the wedding. I've also been drinking more water, less juice...and have stopped buying packs of cookies at the store. Smile ) That's pretty much on track since I'm supposed to gain a pound per week until I deliver... But, my OB told me that even the weight I gained last time was no big deal. Smile My blood pressure was 112/72 and I was in time for my finger prick for my glucose test and I passed! No gestational diabetes for me! Smile

We ordered the crib, mattress, and dresser/hutch combo on Saturday. We had a painting party for the baby's room on Sunday... It was a lot of fun. We have the walls painted and now we are going to do some drawing and painting of the Disney characters today. I'll post pictures once it's completed... It's all really exciting!

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31 weeks 1 day

31wks 1d

So here I am...just over the 31 week mark. I feel like I'm getting so big. Everyone says that I really don't look 31 weeks. I have been really uncomfortable for about 2 weeks now. I am achy from my hips through to my feet...especially after sitting for a while. It's unreal. It's like I did the elliptical machine for 2 hours or something. Just really sore.

Alex continues to let me know he's there. I had folks tell me he was going to slow down once he started running out of room, but he's moving more than ever. I can't get over how active he is. Leonard is funny...he never can "see" my belly move...but I can look down and see it moving all the time. My sister even caught a "session" one day and said, "How can he not see that?" I have no idea.

Alexander's room is coming along quite nicely. Our friend Julie helped Leonard put the crib together on Sunday and he put the dresser together. We're waiting on bedding to come. The Disney characters came out great.

So here I am 31 wks:

Here is a pic of Alexander's Disney Wall:

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33wks6d

33 weeks and 6 days...

ALLLL----MOST THERE...

I'm doing as well as can be expected. I am uncomfortable and have gained more weight than I probably should have at this point, but for the most part, no complaints. Alexander is an EXTREMELY active fetus! So much so, I am hoping he will make his arrival early. It's unbearable at times...

We took a tour of the maternity ward 2 weeks ago. That made labor and delivery seem more of a reality. We also scheduled our childbirth classes. They start on August 13th...3 hours a night, 1 night a week for 3 weeks. I'm hoping they will be helpful in relieving some of my anxiety about delivery.

We had two baby showers this past week...one for work and one with family and friends. They both were a lot of fun and we got all kinds of cool stuff for the baby...and even for me. I think we just about got all of the big stuff except for the stroller. I will have to post some pictures later when I get them...as everyone else took them but me. Smile

We nearly have the nursery finished. We are still waiting to get the final accessories for the theme (mobile, lamp, etc.) but for the most part it's coming along really nicely. Leonard is still working on painting Alexander's name above his closet and we need to get blinds for the window. I have a few pictures from after we got the border up with the bedding. (below) We have since put the wall hangings up and started organizing his closet and dresser/changing table, but have no pictures of those additions, yet.

Counting down the days...

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35 weeks 5 days

35 weeks 5 days...

That's insane. 36 weeks on Monday.

Well, the nursery is getting it's final touches. Leonard organized the drawers and we washed all of the bedding. He also finished Alexander's name. It looks so good!



We took our first childbirth class last Monday. It was actually fun and really informative. We went through the stages of labor, breathing techniques and watched a video of a natural birth. We will learn more about pushing positions, etc. and watch 2 more videos over the next 2 classes. It's all becoming so real. Our next class is on Monday.

At this point, I'm REALLY starting to get uncomfortable, as dear Alexander is always on my bladder. It's unbearable at times. Sleeping is so hard... Tossing and turning is the norm... I broke my camera a few weeks ago and had to borrow one, so I will be taking my progress pic tomorrow.

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36 weeks 3 days

36 weeks and 3 days

We had our 2nd childbirth class on Monday and I took a breastfeeding class on Tuesday...with my sister. They both were really informative. In the childbirth class we reviewed the stages of labor and talked more about medications and did a touch and feel exercise, which was great. Breastfeeding class was good too. Learned a lot about poistioning and the beneifts of breast feeding.

I had my 36 week appt. yesterday. Everything looks good so far. I haven't dilated any, but my cervix is thinning and the baby is at the -2 station. (He has begun to make his decent.) I actually feel like I've dropped some more today, as everything feels heavier down there and it's become harder to do some things.

My sister seems to think I will go by the end of the week... I'm thinking I still have another week and half to go... We'll see.

I have my and Alexander's bags packed, so we're ready whenever. Smile

Believe it or not, Alexander is still pretty active. It's surreal. He's so low that I can't tell what's him moving around or if I'm having mild contractions. All I know is it's painful.

Well, as promised, here's the 36 week pic:

I'm going to try to get some work done as I'm starting to get nervous about not finishing some things before I leave...

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37 weeks and 7 days

37 weeks and 7 days

So still pregnant... I guess my sister's theories are a little off. Sad I really wanted the baby to come while she was still home. I honestly believe/believed that if she were here I could go without and epidural... ((sigh)) I still have 2 more days until she leaves!

37 week appointment went well. Still no dilation, no effacement and still not at station 0. I was negative for the group B strep.

I have hearburn like no one else's business and alternate from sleeping in a recliner and in the bed.

Alexander has actually slowed down a bit, but his movements cause me more uncomfort than they used to...

I have stuff at work under control and feel comfortable leaving as is... I'm going to do my best not to think about it while I'm off.

I really hope he makes his grand entrance soon!!!

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38 weeks 6 days

38 weeks and 6 days

I went for my 38 week appointment on Tuesday and my blood pressure was higher than normal 140/80. My OB thought the cuff was a little small, so she got a bigger one and redid my BP...it was 128/80. She told me if I had any signs that my blood pressure was still high to go straight to labor and delivery. I work for a med-mal company and there is actually a nurse who works for Risk Managment 2 offices down from mine... She took my BP before I left work and it was 144/80. My sister was visiting work and insisted I go check it somewhere else. So along with DH, we ran around to CVS and Kroger to use their pharmacy machines to check my BP (both were abnormally high and I didn't trust them.) I decided to call the hospital before heading down there...the on-call OB said since I didn't have any other symptoms to just relax. I took the next day off of work...(well, actually worked from home half the day) and my father came by with his BP cuff in the afternoon. My BP was still high...140s/80s. So I called DH and we went to the hospital that evening. After about 4 hours of monitoring they admitted me at 10pm to do a 24 hour urine collection (looking for protein)...and to continue monitoring my BP and the baby. This was Wednesday night. Thursday night around 11pm the collection came back border line at 295 (300 usually cause for concern.) So at midnight the RN comes in and says "They want you to do another one..." I just wanted to cry! Not because I was concerned but because I was losing my mind! I was so bored...and SO tired of being bothered (poked, monitored, etc.) every couple of hours. At 8am my OB comes to visit and says since I looked fine, felt fine, baby was great, and my BP was going down that I could go home and do the collection myself and keep monitoring my BP. What a relief! DH came and got me at noon on Friday... It took them so long to discharge me that I almost just wanted to stay there. But, Leonard convinced me that I wanted to go home. And so happy I was to be home!!! We went back yesterday morning to turn in my collection (before the OSU game...I'm delivering at The Ohio State University...) which sucked because the exit ramps were closed... I was just so glad I wasn't in labor! They monitored me again and did labs for about 2.5 hours and eventually told me that my urine was at 215! So, they sent me home and told me to relax. Getting out was easier, but you could see the traffic coming in had gotten A LOT worse. Unreal.

Needless to say, I have now officially started my ML... I wasn't going to start so early, but I believe I was overworking myself and it seriously contributed to my my high BP. So, I have been banned from working by all of my friends and family. Which is fine with me, because I don't want to go back to the hospital unless I'm delivering. (Which I was hoping they would have induced me on Wednesday night when I went...no such luck.)

So happy to be home...

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Birth Story

Today Alexander is 5 days old. (He was 5 days old when I started writing this.) I'm just getting around to writing my birth story, in its entirety.

We went to our scheduled 40 week appointment on Monday, September 17th @ 9:45am with hopes that my cervix was becoming favorable. Dr. Sayat did an ultrasound to check on Alexander's size and overall well being. I was still not dilated any, and still only about 60% effaced, but she discovered that my fluid was low. At that point she insisted that we go ahead with induction with no further delay. (I was already scheduled for an induction 2 days later due to pregnancy induced hypertension.) Alexander's vitals were fine and she wanted to keep them that way. So, we headed straight over to Labor & Delivery to get registered. We sat there for about a half hour waiting for registration to receive a call that we were on our way. lol Calling everyone to let them know that "today was the day." (While there, we saw a newborn pass in an incubator, weighing 1lb and 6 ounces. Leonard and I were dumbfounded... The family was sitting there waiting for her to roll through and all I can remember thinking was, "Thank God Alexander made it to term...”)

We were finally finished registering around 11. While in the room, the nurse asked a bunch of questions to finish getting me "checked-in." That was when I was asked the question that totally changed my attitude for duration. "When was the last time you had anything to drink?" I said, "Around 9:30, on the way to the appointment." To which she replies, "And that was the last time you had something to eat?" I said, "No, that was actually around 7:30am..." Then she says, "Well, I hate to tell you this, but it's ice chips from here on out." I was devastated. I had no plans of being induced that day and planned to eat after the appointment... At that point she took my blood pressure and to no surprise it was elevated. Labs were ordered to make sure nothing odd was going on again... I also get hooked up to the usual monitors to watch for contractions and monitor baby's heart rate.

About an hour later the doctor comes in to administer the Cervidill to get my cervix dilated. This was nothing what I expected it to be. It was a medicated piece of cloth, thicker than a string, which kind of reminded me of first aid tape...folded up and placed deep into my cervix. The plan is for it to sit in there for 12 hours to dilate the cervix and in some cases bring on labor. Well, after a couple of hours I started feeling the contractions. They were really small and felt just like menstrual cramps...extremely mild ones at that. But, every time I had a contraction, Alexander's heart rate dropped a little (from 150s to 120s.) We assumed that was fairly normal as no one made a big deal about it.

Around 6pm (6 hours after the Cervidill had been put in) I noticed the baby's heart rate drop really low. (around the 60s/70s.) The nurse rushes in and hooks me up to something to get my own heart rate. (She wanted to make sure it wasn't picking up my own...) Unfortunately, it was, in fact, the baby's. She calls the doctor. Less than a minute later there are 3 nurses and 2 doctors surrounding me asking me questions, laying me on my side and giving me oxygen. They tell me to relax and then they pull the Cervidill. After a few minutes, Alexander's heart rate goes back up. Apparently, he didn't react well to the Cervidill. They told me it was common. At that point they decided they were going to give us a "break" from the Cervidill and have us relax on our own and try it again later. (I also over heard that I was only a half a centimeter dilated! WTF????) Still on my side and with oxygen, my contractions actually continued. After about an hour or so of this, the doctor came back in and told me I was laboring on my own. Since the last time they checked, I was actually up to a 2 on the dilation front. They decided to start the pitocin through my IV and also gave me a foley catheter that, once removed, would take me to a 4. With the pitocin and the catheter I could feel my contractions growing stronger and closer together. This lasted for a couple of hours. The nurse would come in every half hour or so came in to check the catheter (by tugging) and each time the contractions grew. The last time she tugged, it sent me to the edge. I was squeezing Leonard's hand so hard at this point I didn't know what else to do. He was so good, btw...very encouraging, although helpless as I could see he felt. I went through this pain (strong contractions lasting for about a minute or more and only about 5 seconds in between...) for about another 45 minutes and couldn't take it any longer. I needed the epidural. (The more I thought about it, I realized the contractions I was having were representative of the transition phase, yet I was only 4-5cm dilated.)

The next time the nurse came in we told her I needed some relief. She called the anaestheologist and I was on my way. After the epidural took effect, (which was great as I was feeling NO PAIN,) the doctor and a nurse came back in to remove the foley catheter and break my water. Well, Alexander didn’t take too well to this either. Seconds after they removed the catheter and broke my bag his heart rate dropped to the 60s/70s again. Once again, everyone rushed in and performed the same actions as before…with the addition of a different OB who was telling me that if his heart rate didn’t go back up fast they were going to send me to the OR to have an emergency c-section done. Well, his heart rate went back up. So, they gave me a shot to stop my contractions and let us “rest”…another “break” they called it. They called the on-call OB (one of my OB’s partners) and were going to let her decide what actions to take. Leonard and I slept for about 45 minutes to an hour before she arrived to tell us she wanted to just go ahead and do the c-section without further delay.
The anaestheologist came back to redose my epidural line and Leonard was given scrubs. We were on our way. They explained what was to happen on the way… They prepped me on the table and placed a sheet up about chest level. As I lay there, so many things were going through my mind…but all I can remember was praying that everything would be okay. The anaestheologist actually was the only one who remembered to get Leonard from the hallway (they had them wait there) as they started cutting. My arms were pinned down and Leonard was holding my hand. I remember them asking Leonard if he wanted to watch…to which he replied, “Hell, no…” I remember laughing. The next thing I knew I heard the anaestholeogist say, here comes the head. Then he was out. They walked by with him to take him to the incubator. I looked over and smiled…but was surprised I didn’t cry. Then I heard it…the most beautiful noise…Alexander’s first cry. At that point I started crying…and couldn’t even wipe the tears away because my arms were still pinned. Leonard had left my side to cut the cord… He was so funny, as he kept walking back and forth from the baby to me…saying almost incomprehensible phrases. Our baby was finally here at 3:08 AM.

The saddest part was after about 20 minutes of stitching me up; I sat in a recovery room for about 3 hours without my baby. I remember falling asleep and not being able to move my legs…and then around 7AM they took me to my room where I was finally got to hold my angel.

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