We went out to the lake to see my folks today (Monday). I sat in the docked pontoon for about 30 minutes, the sun was shining, but the super strong wind was just about unbearable. We decided to drive over to Westwood for lunch. After lunch I asked Mom about her favorite color. I then asked her if she liked purple, and what would she think about adding a purple stone to her bracelet. Both my Mom and Dad were excited, but cautious just like us. My mom has really been praying, and I know she will continue. I hope this little peanut grows stronger as each day passes.
Tuesday morning, and back to teaching for just 2 more days. I am so excited to almost be done with summer school. I start another class today, using Desire2Learn. I finished my paper for my last Spring class this weekend. My summer classes start in 3 weeks.
My pg test today was darker again. The test line is getting close to the reference line in intensity, still a little lighter, but not by a lot anymore. Tomorrow I go in for the blood tests. I hope to go in before summer school, at 7am for the blood draw. That way I can call at 11am on lunch to find out the results. I sooooooo hope everything is OK. Please please Lord, bless me with a healthy happy baby. As for symptoms, everything is the same, except I should also note that I am extremely stuffy in the nose.
Well, I went in for my second blood quant test, and the result was 639!!!!! Holy buckets! Thank you thank you Lord!!! I can't believe it! After doing some research online about average numbers, I'm thinking this could be twins after all! Whoa!!!! I would be thrilled with 1 or 2 - either way, I just continue to pray that my baby or babies are healthy. Dr. Goerish called and said the number looked good, but also commented that they more than doubled, and wants to schedule an u/s for Monday! Whoopee!!! I am so excited and nervous at the same time!!!! Plus, summer school ended today!!!!!!!!!!! It's been a great day. I went to visit Karey and Heather, and I told Karey the good news. After hearing my count, she is convinced I'm having twins. We'll see. I'm trying to be prepared either way. What a great day!!!
On Thursday, I spent the whole day away from work. At lunch time, I went to Panera's with Sara. I told her we were pg and she was so excited. She jumped up and gave me a hug. Then in the afternoon I mowed and trimmed the whole yard. It was a beautiful day, my shoulders got a bit red. In the evening Mark and I went out to eat at Friday's. We talked about names, and what we would name them if we had twins. Both of us are excited to have either 1 or 2, but a bit nervous if there were more than 2. I told Mark that I think the odds are 70% twins, 29% singleton and 1% more than twins! Monday will be an exciting day.
This Friday morning (4 wks 4 days), I took my last HPT in the house. The pg line is much darker than the reference line. In these early stages, that seems so reassuring. The cramping has lessened, and no spotting. My bbs don't seem as big as last time, but I've read that is common in 2nd pg's. Still hoping and praying that everything will turn out great!
Saturday, June 5th; 4 wks 5 days
Well, still going well. I get carsick real easily, but I'm not getting super nauseous otherwise. I am more hungry than normal, but I'm really watching what I eat. After Benjamin, I got back down to 141, my pre-pg weight was 142. I weighed myself now and I'm 145! Talk about scary. And my stomach really seems to be enlarging. I'm concerned enough about it that I've started a daily exercise routine. I am on day 2, with yesterday being my first day. My routine includes: 5 lb hand weights where I do 4 different arm lifts, 20 reps each. I also do 50 stomach cruches and 25 stomach leg lifts. Then I end with 20 minutes of the treadmill, so far choosing the automatic aerobic cycle which alters slower walking with either fast walking or slow jogging. I sweat just a little bit, which is about perfect. I don't want to overheat or strain myself, but I want to be stronger, and avoid this early weight gain if I can. Or at least be sure the weight gain is from the baby, not fat. I plan to exercise this way every day - just the 10 minutes of weights/situps and then 20 min of cardio. Mark is so good to do 30 minutes of strenuous cardio (running) 3 times a week. He has lost quite a bit of weight. I finally had to ask him to stop talking about his weight loss, as it was getting on my nerves. Not fun to see someone losing weight while with each day you are growing like a house. Today, Mark had a baseball game at 3 in New Market. We plan to go out for a late supper, and then rent a movie. This afternoon the sun finally started to shine again. I'm so excited and nervous for the u/s on Monday. I just can't wait. It is really making the weekend go by slowly. Tracy called us today and told us that Heather's Dad passed away from a sudden heart attack. I feel so bad for Heather and her family. Her Dad was only 48 years old, much much too young.
I have almost made it to 5 wks, YEAH!! 5 wks to early 6 wks seems to be my danger zone, and is when I lost my last 2. Even with Ben I had spotting at 6 wks, but Ben made it. I really hope I don't spot, it is soooo stressful. Tomorrow is the BIG DAY of the u/s!! I can hardly wait, it feels like Christmas, actually a lot bigger than Christmas. This morning I worked out already, today is my 3rd day. I feel tight in my stomach from the crunches, and my arms are tired after the last set, but overall I feel really good. The exercise actually rejuvenates me, rather than tires me out. Yesterday afternoon, I did take a 2 hour nap however. I slept well last night even with the nap, so I must have needed the extra sleep. Last night while trying to fall asleep, I had the worst gas pains!! I hope I don't have those this whole pg!
Monday, June 7th, 7:05am 5 wks
YEAH! The day has finally arrived. I am so nervous I feel like yakking!! I am really hoping for the best! I would be thrilled with however many God chooses to bless me with, and I'm praying they are healthy and perfect. No spotting at all, so that is great so far. This upcoming week tends to be the critical time. I'm dying to know what my HCG levels are now. Depending on what they see today at the u/s, Dr. Goerish may ask me to do another quant. Well, I'm off to work. I am going to miss about 45 min of an important meeting this morning, but my family is more important than work. Hopefully Lynnette will understand. I don't plan on telling them until the end of summer. Please please God, let everything be perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, I had the u/s today, and the results were a little disappointing. The tech only mentioned one sac, although Mark and I are convinced we saw 2. Maybe the other black circle was just an artifact, but I don't know. No heartbeat either, which seems strange considering how high my quant was. Dr. Goerish wants me to wait for 10 days and then do another u/s. 10 days seems like FOREVER!!!! I hate this waiting.
Well, my u/s is scheduled for June 17th at 10:30. I am starting to feel a little better about the whole ordeal. The good news is that next week Mark and I both have vacation. That should work great to help pass the time. We are also getting started on our fence this Saturday. Then during the week we'll continue to work on it. I want to enjoy my summer, and the next 2 weeks are the only time I really have off completely, so I need to stop stressing about this pg. I have to trust the God will take care of me despite what happens with this pg. If the baby is not healthy, then I certainly would want God to stop it from progressing. However, I am still praying and begging that the Lord would bless us with a healthy child. My parents should be returning tonight, so maybe I'll spend some time at the lake later this week. Today I need to keep working on my internet class assignments. Another reason I am feeling better is I'm taking my temp again. This morning it was 98.7! Nice and high where it is supposed to be. I think taking my temp each morning will help alleviate some of the stress. If my temps stay up where they should, a m/c is unlikely.
Last night was my worst night of sleep in a long time. We had major thunderstorms with flash flooding with a loud storm which produced 3.5 inches of rain!!!! Hopefully that rain will bring up the lake levels! Anyhoo, I woke up several times in the night, first thinking someone had a flashlight outside our bedroom window. Then later after a terrible nightmare about tornadoes. Haley was out near the tornado in my dream, I woke up sweating and had to turn on the news to be sure no tornadoes were near. Luckily, I didn't have to work this morning, so I slept until about 9:30am. So, no temperature today. Things seem to be going fine. I exercised yesterday, and plan to exercise again this morning. I'm meeting Mom for lunch at 1 at Panera's. Hopefully I'll get some more things done to prepare for my EdD school and for my online course.