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My pregnancy journal

6wks, 1 day

So I have never done this before, but I figure I might as well give it a shot. So far, I am 6wks, 1day pregnant. This is my second pregnancy. I was pregnant in the spring and had a m/c in late June. I was 9wks pregnant. The baby had a genetic disorder- Triploidy.
So far this pregnancy is going much better. I was charting and so I know when I concieved and how far along I am supposed to be.
August 13- Conception
August 21- BFP at 8DPO
August 23- HCG level was 39, progesterone was 12.2
August 30- HCG level was 2160, progesterone was 9.69- started on prometrium suppositories on 8/31; got results of genetic testing from 1st pregnancy
September 5- HCG level was 13942, progesterone was 20
September 8- Genetic counseling appointment- last m/c was a fluke and we are not at any higher risk factors
September 11- We saw the heartbeat and baby was measuring at 6wks, 1day
So far, I have been nauseas, have lots of gas and stomach pains, cramps, round ligament pains, heartburn...
Well I think I am going to try and go to sleep

Here is the pic of the baby, it is between the 2Xs (I know it is really blurry)

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6wks 3days

Oh my...nausea. I just spent the first hour or so at work hanging out near the toilet. Not fun at all. And I am not sleeping well either. It seems that I have to pee every 2 hours!
I have a call into my doctor to see what I can take to help me sleep.
Not much going on here. Just excited and nervous to be at 6wks 3days and feeling pretty good. Last time at this point things had already started to go downhill, so the fact that I am able to go to work is really exciting!
I must go and get my hair cut today. It is so crazy and long! And I want to look nice this weekend too. I am going to camp (where I went as a camper and worked there) for a reunion (we have one every year) and I would like to look a little more human.
And I am already feeling bad since I am so much heavy than I was last year at this time (like over 50 pounds I think), so I figure anything that will make me feel like I look better is a good thing.
We told my aunt that we were pregnant last time. Actually my dad did (it is his sister). And she was very excited.
I will try to write more later, but I must go and do some work.

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6wks 4days

Oh, the nausea is getting worse. I was up this morning at 3:30am, just sick. Tried to drink water, made me sick as well. Finally went back to sleep when DH's alarm went off @ 6:30am. Slept for about an hour. Went to work. I had so much to do at work. It was crazy. I had to leave early though, because I was so tired. So I left and came home around 3ish to sleep. It was so nice to sleep for a couple of hours. My mom bought me some camomile tea, which actually seems to be making me feel a little better. I am actually not nauseous right now. My stomach is a little achy, but I am not nauseous! Yey!!!!
So I am trying not to get to freaked out by the fact that I do not have another doctor's appointment for 2 weeks. Last time, at this point in time, I was actually going in almost every other day. And I know this one is going much better, but it still makes me really nervous to not see it on ultrasound all the time.
So in two weeks, I am going to see my OB and then the next day I will go and see the high risk OB and get a better u/s. So that will be so exciting to see Bubs again.
Bubs- that is the name that I think we are going to call this one for the time being. Last one we called bloby.
Right now I am soooo thirsty and drinking some water, which tastes soooo good. But it is making me soooo nauseous.
Anyway, Greg is making dinner and I should go and try to help him.

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7wks 2days

I had a little spotting yesterday and my doctor wanted me to come in and be seen. So I got to see bubs again. It is sooooo cute! It measured at about 7wks 4days which is around where I should be. And I could make out the head and little arm and leg buds! I am so excited!!! Last time I was pregnant it grew really slowly for the whole 9weeks (like 1 day of growth for every 3 or so days of time). So the fact that it is growing on time is really exciting!!!!
I love bubs so much!!!
I will see if I can scan it and show you all how cute it is!

Here it is. I put labels on the second pic. The baby is between the 2Xs

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So nervous and excited all at the same time

8wks

A little background- M/C ment (might be TMI)

You all know that I had a m/c at the end of June. For about 3 weeks before the m/c I was spotting constantly, so I was always going in for u/s. So I got to see the baby about every other day (seriously- I have over 10 u/s pics of it). And I knew that it was not growing properly the whole time. But it's little heart kept beating away and so we were hoping (even though I knew something was wrong) that it was okay. I had an appointment on Monday the 19th of June and we got to see the heartbeat, the baby was even moving around. But I was bleeding more and starting to cramp. I had more cramps on Tuesday and then Tuesday night I started to cramp worse. I went in on Wednesday morning (I had been pregnant for 9 weeks). The baby was measuring about 8 wks, 2 days and there was no heartbeat.

Now why I am nervous and excited- I am at 8wks today (1 of my tickers changed today!). I have an appointment on Wednesday where I will be 8wks, 3days. The last baby never got that big. So far this pregnancy is so different from the last one, so I am really hopeful and excited. At the same time, it is a really had time for me and so I am so nervous that there will be no heartbeat at the appointment on Wednesday. So I just need some reassurance or something.
Thanks ladies! You are the best!

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8wks

I exercised for 20 minutes today! I am so proud of myself. I got a pregnancy exercise video earlier this week, and I finally used it today! I am going to try and use it every other day. We will see how it goes!

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Another update from today (8wks)
Nausea sucks! I was just gagging in the bathroom...so nasty!
And I am a big bloated monster right now.
With really bad mood swings!

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Poll about Gender- updated 12/7/06

I will be updating this poll as more people let me know what they think
Poll from my family/friends about gender guesses:

Girl- 12- Greg, Kendrick, Rick, Nan, Sue (I guess I think it's a "she."), Aunt Robin, Gram, Debbie, Corbs [ps- my baby prediction is girl (circle 2027- duh!) ], Pepper(I think it's a girl because it looks like it's always posing for the u/s), Jamie H.(I vote that super sperm Greg will carry a double X, so my vote is a girl!), Jill (Ok, getting it in under the wire, I vote that it's a grrrrrl)

Boy- 12- Ali, Rich (that seems to be the trend with our friends), Heather (I had a dream that you had a boy, and you were looking at him saying thank g-d nicky and joey were cute babies...I am not quite sure what that means but put me down for boy.), Charles, Reesa (My gut says boy. No good reason. Just a gut feeling.), Jim, Dena, Joey, Ben, Megan(women's intuition), Evelyn (Its going to be a boy...no doubt about it), Randi (boy- checked chinese gender chart)

Nicole- i dont care what the baby is i just want it to come so it could be a boy or girl put me down for both

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This is an email that I sent to my pregnancy update list yesterday
From : Stacy Derrick
Sent : Sunday, September 24, 2006 2:07 PM
To : [email]stacyandgreg@hotmail.com[/email]
Subject : U/S pics

Ok here is 6wks 1 day, the baby is the little thing between the 2Xs
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/100_2482.jpg
This is 7wks 2day, baby is once again between 2Xs
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/100_2483.jpg
This is one that I labeled so you can see where things are...the arms and legs are really just arm buds and leg buds...
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/Baby7wks2dayedit-1.jpg

(I am hoping all the links worked)

And I have another appointment with u/s on Wednesday with a perinatologist, so we will get to see it again.
Also, I am taking votes on what you think we are having- so far I have
Girl- Greg, Kendrick
Boy- Ali

And I am going to be sending updates when I get u/s pics, so if you do not want to see them, just let me know and I will remove you from my update list. And if anyone for some reason wants more updates, let me know, I have a pregnancy journal that I am posting to and I can give you the link to that!
Smile
Stacy and Greg

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8wks 2days

Really bad heartburn today. And I was sick this morning! Ugg...
I have my appointment tomorrow with the perinatologist, and I am so nervous about it. I know that things will be okay, but there is a little part of me that is worried that we will not see the heartbeat tomorrow. I just can't seem to get it through my head that I will have a baby in May. It is so strange. And so strange that I am looking at this pregnancy so different from the last, where I had my whole life after all imagined out.
I just want this appointment to be done for tomorrow!

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8wks 3days

So I had a great appointment today! We got to see it again and it was moving around! And we got to hear the heartbeat! It was amazing! It was 176bpm! Which is really really good. I am going to be posting another picture and sending out another email to people as well.

Here is the baby and it looks more like a baby!

Here is the email I sent out to people!
From : Stacy Derrick
Sent : Wednesday, September 27, 2006 8:41 PM
To : [email]stacyandgreg@hotmail.com[/email]
Subject : Wk 8!

Hi All-
Here is another update!
We had an appointment today and it went really really well! We got to hear the heartbeat, it was 176 bpm which is right where it should be! And it was measuring 8wks, 6days which is a little ahead (According to me, I am 8wks, 3days pregnant).
And we got to see it moving around on the screen, it was sort of wiggling, alot like jello actually. And it is starting to look a little more like a person and a little less like an alien! Yay!!!

Here is a picture without the labels, for those would would like to guess what everything is
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/8wks3days.jpg

And here is one that is labeled for those who want to know what they are looking at!
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/8wks3daysedit.jpg

And here is the updated poll, let me know if I am missing anyone or if you have a reason that you want me to add):
Girl- 2- Greg, Kendrick
Boy- 4- Ali, Rich (that seems to be the trend with our friends), Heather (I had a dream that you had a boy, and you were looking at him saying thank g-d nicky and joey were cute babies...I am not quite sure what that means but put me down for boy.), Charles

And in case anyone is keeping track- we have an appointment to see the OB on October 11th, and are getting the first trimester screening done on October 25th! So the next update will be in 2 weeks

Love ya!
Stacy and Greg

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8wks 6days

So the last ultrasound was amazing! It measured bigger than the other baby ever did. I am starting to feel a little hopeful that I might actually have a baby come spring. It has been totally unreal to me so far.
Ugg...I am feeling so sick, I will have to write more later.

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9wks 1day

So I woke up this morning feeling fine. No m/s, not tired, not sore, no heartburn. Ate breakfast and it stayed down. I am not sure if I should be excited that all my symptoms are gone or concerned. I will probably call my doctor's office just to check. I will post after I talk to the doctor.

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I love my doctors office

So I called them this morning because all of my symptoms were gone. I spoke with the receptionist who talked to one of the doctors who told me not to worry about it. Then I got a call back from the Nurse Midwife, who told me that she was sure nothing was wrong, but because of my history, if I wanted to come in for peace of mind, she would be in all day. Of course, I immediately went there and had an u/s and saw the baby! And it is growing right on track and it was moving! It really looked like it was dancing! And it waved a hand at me! It was so cute! I love that office!!!

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9wk 6days

So today I am feeling pretty good. No nausea so far today. I am so tired though. Hopefully we are finally going to start working on moving the books out of the library (will be the baby room). I just want to get started on stuff!

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10wks 3days
Here is the email that I sent out today:
From : Stacy Derrick
Sent : Wednesday, October 11, 2006 7:51 PM
To : [email]stacyandgreg@hotmail.com[/email]
Subject : 10 and 1/2 week appointment

10wks 3days

So we had an appointment today. It went so well! We got into the u/s room and she tried to find the heartbeat. She could not figure out where baby was, so she did a quick u/s to find it, and the baby was moving all over the place! We could see the arms and legs, it was waving and it's legs were bent! It really looked like a little person, not a blob with stubs or an alien! And then when she knew where it was she used the doppler and was able to find the heartbeat! It was so cool!
It is such a cute baby.
Here is the link for the heartbeat, you can hear it on the second half of the clip. We recorded it just for sound, so the picture is not of anything. (Oh and I can send you a clip by email if this does not work for you for some reason.)
http://s27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/?action=view&current=100_2491.flv

Poll from my friends and family about gender guesses:
Girl- 7- Greg, Kendrick, Rick, Nan, Sue (I guess I think it's a "she."), Aunt Robin, Gram
Boy- 8- Ali, Rich (that seems to be the trend with our friends), Heather (I had a dream that you had a boy, and you were looking at him saying thank g-d nicky and joey were cute babies...I am not quite sure what that means but put me down for boy.), Charles, Reesa (My gut says boy. No good reason. Just a gut feeling.), Jim, Dena, Joey
Once again if I am missing anyone from the poll, let me know.

Love ya,
Stacy and Greg

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10wks 6days

So I am exhausted. I feel asleep early last night, and then I got up at 9:30am (threw up) stayed up for an hour and then slept again until 2pm. And I am exhausted now. DH is working on moving all sorts of stuff out of the library. It is going to be the baby room. We just vacuumed and moved the white lounger up there and the stroller and swing that I picked up from freecycle are up there as well. It does not look like a library and is starting to look like a baby room. It is kinda crazy.
I still have not been able to wrap my brain around the fact that we will be having a baby. It is so strange. With my last pregnancy I knew there was something wrong from the beginning, but I still pictured the whole thing, how pregnant I would be at each of the fall/winter holidays and so on. I really had my future with that baby planned out. I knew something was wrong, but the idea that I would not get to keep that baby really just did not play into it. I thought it, but never could accept it, until the end, when obviously I had to.
And then there is this pregnancy. Which really has been pretty normal I think (whatever normal is). I am having appointments about every 4 weeks. And the baby is growing correctly. It really looks like I will have a baby in the spring. As well as things are going, I am just not able to wrap my brain around the fact that we will have a baby. I freak out before each appointment, because I am so worried that will be the appointment where something is wrong. It is really sad and frustrating to me. I feel like the innocence that so many women have when they get pregnant is totally gone. I feel like it is not safe for me to assume that just because I am pregnant I am going to be able to bring this baby home. I wish with all my heart that I will be able to, but there is no certainty. And I hate that. I am trying really really hard to enjoy this pregnancy, but I am constantly worried. The more people we tell, the more that I worry I will have to tell them that something is wrong.
Maybe I just should go upstairs and try and get my doppler machine to work and see if we can hear the baby. That usually makes me feel better.

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11w 2d

I am so tired lately. All I did this weekend was rest and then I was late to work today because I could not get out of bed. Why do I need so much sleep?
I am getting tired right now just looking at the screen...yawn!

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12 w

Well, I actually had enough energy to do a few things this weekend. I went to Corbman and Rachel Scher's apt on Friday and saw some camp people. I hung out with Nicole on Saturday and then Greg and I met some people at Ren Fest. So it was fun, but now I am exhausted.
I had an appointment on Friday morning. I was having wierd pains and it was making me nervous, so the doctor told me to come in. Everything was fine and I have a new picture to post. Apparently, since I was pregnant so recently, my uterus did not have any problems stretching back out to 9 weeks, since this is new, I am getting new pains. Made sense and made me feel better. And I love seeing the baby! It is getting so big and looking more like a person!

Here it is!

And here is the email I sent out with the pic:

From: "Stacy Derrick"
Subject: 12 weeks!
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006 22:29:41 -0400
So I went in to see my doctor this past Friday. Everything is fine, baby is doing great. We go in on Wednesday to have the first trimester screening done. So if the baby cooperates, we should get a cool profile pic of it and of course I will email it out.

Here is the picture, it was all scrunched up so it looks like a peanut, and it is a little blurry since I took a picture of it with my camera.
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/11w5days.jpg

Also if there is anyone who I should be sending these updates to that I am not, let me know. Also if there is anyone who is getting these and does not want to, let me know, I have no problem if you do not want the updates.

Love,
Stacy and Greg

I know I am missing votes here, just email them to me and I will add them!
Poll from my family/friends about gender guesses:
Girl- 9- Greg, Kendrick, Rick, Nan, Sue (I guess I think it's a "she."), Aunt Robin, Gram, Debbie, Corbs [ps- my baby prediction is girl (circle 2027- duh!) ]
Boy- 10- Ali, Rich (that seems to be the trend with our friends), Heather (I had a dream that you had a boy, and you were looking at him saying thank g-d nicky and joey were cute babies...I am not quite sure what that means but put me down for boy.), Charles, Reesa (My gut says boy. No good reason. Just a gut feeling.), Jim, Dena, Joey, Ben, Megan(women's intuition)

Nicole- i dont care what the baby is i just want it to come so it could be a boy or girl put me down for both

Link to my pregnancy journal:
http://www.pregnancy.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=557423

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First Trimester Screening Appt yesterday

It went well. I wish the baby would have moved around a little, but nothing I could do about it.
Luckily we could see the heartbeat the whole time or I would have been really nervous! The doctor said that things looked fine and we will get the results back in about a week.
So here are some pics

Here is a pic of the baby!

Here is the pic where they measured the heartbeat

And here is a clip with a bit of movement. It is about 1/2 way through that the baby moves.

Here is the email I sent to family and friends about the appointment
From : Stacy Derrick
Sent : Thursday, October 26, 2006 9:13 AM
To : [email]stacyandgreg@hotmail.com[/email]
Subject : First Trimester Screening Appt yesterday w/pics and video

Hi All!
We had the first trimester screening yesterday. The baby barely moved at all! Luckily we could see the heartbeat the whole time or I would have been really nervous! The doctor said that things looked fine and we will get the results back in about a week. We also scheduled the big u/s when we will find out the gender- December 20! And my next regular OB appt is November 8.
Love,
Stacy and Greg

So here are some pics

You can see baby's face in this one (sort of)
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/12w3d.jpg

On this one, you can see where they measure the heartbeat at the bottom
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/12w3dwithheartbeat.jpg

And here is a clip with a bit of movement. You have to click on it and the baby moves about 1/2 way through it.
http://s27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/?action=view&current=12w3dmovement.flv

Gender votes- what do you think the baby is!
I will be updating this poll as more people let me know what they think
Poll from my family/friends about gender guesses:

Girl- 10- Greg, Kendrick, Rick, Nan, Sue (I guess I think it's a "she."), Aunt Robin, Gram, Debbie, Corbs [ps- my baby prediction is girl (circle 2027- duh!) ], Pepper(I think it's a girl because it looks like it's always posing for the u/s)

Boy- 11- Ali, Rich (that seems to be the trend with our friends), Heather (I had a dream that you had a boy, and you were looking at him saying thank g-d nicky and joey were cute babies...I am not quite sure what that means but put me down for boy.), Charles, Reesa (My gut says boy. No good reason. Just a gut feeling.), Jim, Dena, Joey, Ben, Megan(women's intuition), Evelyn (Its going to be a boy...no doubt about it)

Nicole- i dont care what the baby is i just want it to come so it could be a boy or girl put me down for both

Link to my pregnancy journal:
http://www.pregnancy.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=557423

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14w 1d

Well it has been quite awhile since I have written in here. Things so far seem to be going well. We went yesterday and saw Rich and Steph's new baby- Hannah Marie. She is so cute! She is our god-daughter! It made the whole pregnancy thing seem alot more real to me. In 6 months, we will have a little person like that living with us. So strange.
Anyway the m/s seems to have gone away. And I told all my residents and co-workers and stuff. So it is getting more real on one hand since everyone knows and on the other- I am not feeling pregnant, so that is strange...

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14w5d

So I had an appointment on Wednesday. It was just a tummy check. My uterus is moving higher (and getting bigger). We got to hear the heartbeat again and it was so much louder! I also asked my doctor about this weird heart beat thing that has been going on. Every once in awhile my heart rate will rapidly increase for about 5 seconds and then go back to normal. She told me to keep track of when it is happening so I can see if it is because of caffiene intake or something. Well it happened once yesterday and twice today and there seems to be no reason that it happened.
So I talked to her again today and she wants me to see a cardiologist. I called and made an appointment with the cardiologist who sees Mom and Gram and who saw Poppy. They want to see me today at 4:30pm.
I hope everything is okay. I am pretty sure it is, I guess it is a good idea to be checked out though. I will post with what the doctor says later.

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Here is the email that I sent to family/friends about the last appointment

From : Stacy Derrick
Sent : Monday, November 13, 2006 6:05 PM
To : [email]stacyandgreg@hotmail.com[/email]
Subject : 14 1/2 week appt

So we had an appointment last Wednesday. It was just a tummy check and we got to hear the heartbeat again and it has gotten so much louder! Things seem to be going well still. We got the results of the first trimester screening and that was negative. We have the big ultrasound scheduled for December 20. That is the one where we get to find out if it is a boy or a girl.

Here is the heartbeat clip for those who want to check it out.
http://s27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/?action=view&current=100_2499.flv

Love,
Stacy and Greg

I will be updating this poll as more people let me know what they think
Poll from my family/friends about gender guesses:

Girl- 10- Greg, Kendrick, Rick, Nan, Sue (I guess I think it's a "she."), Aunt Robin, Gram, Debbie, Corbs [ps- my baby prediction is girl (circle 2027- duh!) ], Pepper(I think it's a girl because it looks like it's always posing for the u/s)

Boy- 11- Ali, Rich (that seems to be the trend with our friends), Heather (I had a dream that you had a boy, and you were looking at him saying thank g-d nicky and joey were cute babies...I am not quite sure what that means but put me down for boy.), Charles, Reesa (My gut says boy. No good reason. Just a gut feeling.), Jim, Dena, Joey, Ben, Megan(women's intuition), Evelyn (Its going to be a boy...no doubt about it)

Nicole- i dont care what the baby is i just want it to come so it could be a boy or girl put me down for both

Here is the link to my pregnancy journal
http://www.pregnancy.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=557423

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Posts: 174

16w

Wow, I can't believe I am 16 weeks already. It is so crazy. I am starting to get more energy back and I am not sick anymore.
However, I can't wait to feel the baby. Lots of the ladies on my birth board have felt it already.
I had an appointment for bloodwork last week and I was having some weird cramps and so they did an u/s and all is well. I was able to see the heartbeat and the spine. It was really cute!

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16w5d

I miss sleep. I have not had a good night's sleep in weeks. I toss and I turn and I can't get comfortable and when I do then my arms fall asleep and I have to move again.
sigh...

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17w 4d

Ok it is offical, I am totally insane. My hormones are out of whack and I am crazy. Poor Greg is getting the brunt of the insanity. And I found out that I have a urinary tract infection (my first) so when I start the antibiotics, hopefully I will start to feel a little better.
Last night I kept getting upset and I am not sure if I had a good reason or not. I think I did, but I can't tell anymore. I am crying all the time.
Grrrr...I hate being a crazy pregnant lady!

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18w 3d

Ok so I had a normal boring appointment today. We heard the heartbeat and that was about it. In about 8 weeks I need to do the GD testing...yuck.
So I was thinking about it last night and I suddenly realized that we are going to have a baby. Holy crap! It scared the hell out of me! So now I am officially freaking out about having a baby!

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Email that was sent to friends and family today about the appointment

From : Stacy Derrick
Sent : Wednesday, December 6, 2006 8:18 PM
To : [email]stacyandgreg@hotmail.com[/email]
Subject : 18/19 week appt- no pics, just update

18w 3d

So I had a nice boring appointment today. I figured I would send an update since I mentioned in the last email that I had an appointment and did not want anyone to get nervous ro thinking that there was something wrong. Got to hear the heartbeat again. Apparently baby does not like the doppler machine since we could hear the baby kick at it. It was neat. Doc says that I should be feeling the baby move in a week or so, that should be fun!
Next appointment is on December 20 and we (hopefully) will get to find out what it is! So this is the last time that you can get in your gender votes (if they are not in already).
Once again, let me know if you do not want these updates or if you know someone who does.
Love ya,
Stacy and Greg

Link to my pregnancy journal
http://www.pregnancy.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=557423

Poll from my family/friends about gender guesses:

Girl- 10- Greg, Kendrick, Rick, Nan, Sue (I guess I think it's a "she."), Aunt Robin, Gram, Debbie, Corbs [ps- my baby prediction is girl (circle 2027- duh!) ], Pepper(I think it's a girl because it looks like it's always posing for the u/s)

Boy- 11- Ali, Rich (that seems to be the trend with our friends), Heather (I had a dream that you had a boy, and you were looking at him saying thank g-d nicky and joey were cute babies...I am not quite sure what that means but put me down for boy.), Charles, Reesa (My gut says boy. No good reason. Just a gut feeling.), Jim, Dena, Joey, Ben, Megan(women's intuition), Evelyn (Its going to be a boy...no doubt about it)

Nicole- i dont care what the baby is i just want it to come so it could be a boy or girl put me down for both

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Posts: 174

18w 6d

So since I am posting at 4:30 am, I guess it is obvious that I can not sleep.
*sigh*
On the plus side, I got to see baby again yesterday. I was having some wierd pains and the doctor wanted to see me before the weekend. All is fine and baby looks great. Kicking and hitting up a storm. I can't wait until I can feel this baby.
And we have less than 2 weeks until our big U/S and then we will know what it is!
Yay!

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20w 5d

This is the email I sent out 2 days ago.
From : Stacy Derrick
Sent : Wednesday, December 20, 2006 12:45 PM
To : [email]stacyandgreg@hotmail.com[/email]
Subject : 20/21 week appt today

So we had the big appt today. Everything looks good. We got to see all parts of the baby. It was really neat. And we found out that it is a GIRL!!!!!

I have lots of pics to post but I will have to do that tonight when I get home. I just wanted to give everyone the good news!

From : Stacy Derrick
Sent : Thursday, December 28, 2006 9:39 AM
To : [email]stacyandgreg@hotmail.com[/email]
Subject : As promised here are pics from last weeks ultrasound

They are not great since my hands are a bit shaky and it is a pic of a pic, but I think you can get the idea.
Hope you enjoy!
Love, Stacy, Greg and baby

Picture of her hand
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/hand.jpg

Picture of her crossed legs
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/legscrossed.jpg

Profile view
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/profileview.jpg

4D pic of the face-
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/stacyandgreg/4dbaby.jpg

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20w5d

So I am swollen like a balloon. My hands and arms are constantly hurting. I have not slept in days. And for the first time in my life, I am having high blood pressure. And I still need to post the pics from Wednesday and I am just too tired. I hope I get the energy soon.
So I am resting and cutting back on sodium. I am not a big salt person, but that means that I am staying away from mexican and that makes me really really sad.
I am going into see the doc on Thursday and I am hoping that my pressure is better and I am feeling better.

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23w2d

Email sent about appointment today
From : Stacy Derrick
Sent : Tuesday, January 9, 2007 11:37 AM
To : [email]stacyandgreg@hotmail.com[/email]
Subject : Just got back from 23/24 week appt

And all is well. They were able to get a pic of all 4 chambers of her heart (they could not get it last time so that is why we had to go back again). And we could see everything else- 10 fingers and 10 toes, etc. And she was moving all over the place! This is the first time we have seen her moving so much since an u/s at about 12w. She is normally just laying around, but she was all over the place. She is measuring at about 1lb 7oz which is good and still measuring about a week ahead of her due date (this has been consistent for the most part). And the doc said after looking at all my first trimester screen and the great u/s we had today and last time that it looks like everything is good and we are very low risk for any problems!
Oh and she is still a girl.

So all I need to do now is work on keeping my stress level down...

Love,

Stacy, Greg and Baby

Here is the link to my pregnancy journal
http://www.pregnancy.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=557423

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23w 5d

So I felt the baby kick for the first time yesterday. And I could feel it on the outside too. And Greg got to feel her kick. She was so active! It was so exciting! Such a great birthday present!

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24w 2d

I am really tired again. I can not get comfortable at night. I am moving from side to side. Sometimes I end up on my back and then I snore and wake up Greg. Luckily, I did some cooking this weekend, so for dinners we are just reheating food.
I am feeling baby moving around a little. Not as much as my birthday when she kicked me, but still feeling her. It is weird and neat all at the same time.

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25w 1d

So baby is moving around more. Yesterday she was all over the place and we actually saw her move (saw my belly do a weird little roll). It was really neat (and weird). Greg really likes to feel her moving around. And either she loves to move at night or she loves to move when she hears Greg's voice because she definetly moves the most when Greg is around. It is really neat. I took some sleeping stuff last night (that my doc said that it was okay to take). Anyway, it made me hallucinate....scary stuff.
Well I must go and watch Heroes!

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26w 2d

So baby is moving around more and more. She loves to move around when I am trying to sleep. Ahh...sleep, I have not sleep well in quite awhile because I have this cold that I can not seem to get rid of.
I need to take a picture of my belly sometime soon. It has gotten HUGE!!!
Anyway, just wanted to post a little update.

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27w

So we picked a name for the baby- Sara Rose! We are so excited that we have a name.
So Sara was kicking up a storm today! Greg had his head on my stomach and she kicked him in the head. It was so cute! He got really excited!

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28w 1d

Last night was another no sleep night. I just could not get comfortable at all. And I keep having horrible heartburn/acid reflux at night, it wakes me up in the middle of the night.
So Greg and I have decided that we are going to cloth diaper this baby. We have gotten a couple different kinds and were testing them out on teddy bears yesterday. It was funny. I must go and buy some more. I think I am also going to try to make some.
My newest obsession...

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Posts: 174

28w 4d

(copied from a post of mine earlier today)

So I had tightening of my uterus a couple of days ago, and yesterday I started having cramping as well.

So I figured- what the heck, I pay for insurance through work, I may as well get checked out for peace of mind. So I go to the emergency care center near me, since my docs office did not open yesterday. They do blood and stuff, it takes about 3 hours. They give me an IV for fluids. Bloodwork, urine- everything was fine. Then they tell me I need to head to the hospital for monitoring, just to check. Ok, so I do that, they hook me up to be monitored...and I am having contractions. About 6 an hour, I was not even feeling all of them and was not able to tell when they stopped or started. So they had me drink lots of water, hoping it was just that I was dehydrated- I told her I had an IV at the last place, but they had me drink 26 oz of water also. Did not help, so after another little bit they gave me a shot of Terbutaline. I knew this would make my heart feel a bit racy and speedy- but it made me feel horrible!!! I got nauseaus and could not lay down anymore. It was so yucky! But it stopped the contractions, and I was finally able to go home. I am so glad that it did because I am not sure if I could have gotten another one of those shots.

Anyway, baby and I are both doing well, just resting today, just wanted to give you a little, er not so little update.

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28w 6d

(copied from a post from yesterday)
So I was having more of the crampiness again today. I called my doc and they had me come in and be monitored. No contractions, but when the nurse mid-wife was looking over my lab work from the hospital, it showed that I have a bladder infection! And so that is what is causing the cramps and achyness. She started me on antibiotics since she said that bladder infections are a big cause of pre-term labor Shocked
She said in a few days I should feel better. I am so mad that the hospital did not read the results correctly or whatever and told me all my labs were fine. Grrrr.
But the bottom line is that baby and I are fine and I should be feeling better soon. Very Happy

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30w 4d

So we are getting closer and closer. It is so crazy. On one hand, we absolutely CAN NOT WAIT to meet her. On the other hand, we have so much to do and know that she needs to keep baking for longer.
I have an appointment this morning. Just a regular follow-up ob appt. Should be pretty easy. I may have them check for contractions because I think I was having a few little ones yesterday. I know that I could feel my uterus getting hard.
Not too much else going on here. Baby is having days where she is moving lots and other days where she is not moving as much. She seems to like to hang out on the right side, one side of my belly will stick out. It is really funny.

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31w 1d

So I went in to the doctor's this morning since I was having some wierd crampyness and they wanted to make sure I was not having contractions. So the doc checked and my cervix is still long and closed. But he said that my uterus is measuring 37 weeks :shock: He is not sure if it is because I am overweight or if the baby is really big. So I am going in for another u/s on Thursday to check and see how baby is looking. I am excited about seeing the baby again, but I am hoping that she is not huge!

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32w 2d

So this is what I posted on my birth board on 3/8:

Baby is still measuring big, not as big as the doc thought though. I am about 31/32 weeks and she is measuring 34 1/2ish. She weighs about 5 pounds 10 ounces. So she gained 2 pounds in the last 3 weeks. But the doc said that she is very long so it in not that she is fat and she does not think I will have a problem delivering her. I need to go back at 35 weeks and 38 weeks to check and make sure the growth is steady and that she is not getting too big.

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33w 4d

So we are getting more and more work done on the baby's room. I am getting so excited! We have another u/s next week to see how big the baby is. I am not sure if I have ever been this excited about anything in my life. I just can't wait (but I keep telling baby that I will- I don't want her coming early). I know that this pregnancy has been tough, but it has been the most amazing thing ever.
I mean, it is so cool that Greg and I made a person and she is growing inside of me. I just think it is the coolest!
I am not feeling so great though. I am starting to have a few mild contractions and I can not sleep. I am getting up every hour to use the bathroom.
But I am still so happy. It is amazing!

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35w 4d

So I had my 36 week appt today. It went well. Baby is still head down. My cervix is still long and closed but it is starting to get a little softer. Doc said that I only need to call them if I am having contrax every 5 minutes for more than 2 hours or if I think my water breaks. I am far enough along that they would not stop labor at this point. So they did some bloodwork and stuff. But all seems well so far, so that is really exciting!
I am still sick though and took the day off of work to rest, but my doc did say that I could take tylenol cold and flu today.

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37w 2d

Well, I had an appt last Thursday and all my bloodwork and stuff came back fine. She did not check me interally since I was not having contrax. She may this week, I am not sure since I am not having enough to make a difference yet.
I am getting sooooo excited though. We are getting so close to having the baby. I can't wait (but I don't mind waiting a couple more weeks).
I see the doc again this Thursday (every week), so I will try and post another update then.

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37w 5d

So I saw the doc yesterday. She did an internal check and nothing is happening yet. I am going on Wednesday for another u/s and then I have another appointment on Thursday. Hopefully Greg and I will be able to get some more stuff done around the house this weekend.

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38w 3d
So we had an u/s today. Baby is measuring 8lbs 7oz! So she will be a nice big baby. She looks great and we are so excited! So hopefully she will be here in the next week or so. Oh and I am so swollen in my feet, ankles and hands that it is scary. But my bp is okay so that is good.

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39 weeks

So I have 7 days left to my due date. WOW! I can't believe I am so close. I had an appointment with my doc on Thursday. Since baby is so big, she offered to induce which I turned down. I am hoping that she decided to come on her own. I have had a few contrax here and there for the past few days. I am trying to stay hydrated so that I can tell if they are real or not.
I am just so excited for her to get here!