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    September 8th; 18 wks 2 days

    Yesterday I'm almost positive I could feel the baby move multiple times. As Lynnette was driving to our EdD class in Rochester, I felt it then, and then again during class. I have also felt it a little today. Yesterday, our landscaper started removing sod in our yard. I'm excited to see how it turns out. I am super tired again, and hoping to get to bed early tonight. Mom finished her last chemo app on Monday, and is excited to be done.

    Angela

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    September 13th, 19 wks

    I am still at 154 lbs! We took my photo at 19 wks, and my tummy barely looks any bigger from the photo at 14 wks! I had my OB visit on Friday, and Dr. Goerish said I look great. My bp was back down closer to normal, and I only gained 3 1/2 lbs in 5 wks. The heartbeat was in the 150's again. My u/s apps are the 23rd of Sept - the level II to check the whole body and again on Oct 7th - the special u/s to check the heart. I still get really tired, but I'm hoping to turn the corner soon and have more energy.

    Angela

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    September 20; 20 wks

    Half done! YEAH!!!

    I am up to 156 lbs now. That is still 1 lb LESS than with Ben!

    Last week was a rough week. On Tuesday my car broke (alternator and serpentine belt - $550), on Tuesday/Wednesday we had 5 inches of rain which ran into the edges our our basement ($1500 for Service Master), on Wednesday and Thursday was Grandpa Monson's wake and funeral. I'm really hoping things settle down this week.

    I am really looking forward to the ultrasound, and hoping everything looks great. I'm super excited to actually shop for clothes for the baby! Plus, if it's a girl, I need to pick out a new nursery decor.

    Angela

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    September 23rd, 20 wks 3 days

    Well, our prayers could not have been answered in a better way!!!!

    Our ultrasound went wonderful, and the technician kept telling us that everything was looking great. But the best news came from the geneticist Dr. we met with after the u/s. She asked us several questions about Benjamin's problems, and after examining the possibilities, she informed us that she highly suspected Ben's defects were a result of heterotaxy (unsure of spelling). This developmental condition begins in very early fetal development, with multiple heart defects and the lack of spleen being 2 of the bigger symptoms. Additionally, Ben may have had some irregular placement of the liver and stomach, but we never knew that (it was not the concern of Fairview at that time). The best news ever is that this condition is not passed on genetically, but rather a fluke. She informed us the liklihood of ever having another child with those problems was extremely rare! Can you believe it!!!

    Mark and I were just hoping and praying so desperately that this baby would be healthy. In addition to answering that prayer, the Lord put us in the hands of yet another expert, who brings us hope that we should be able to have as many healthy children as we are blessed with!! Needless to say, we are thrilled, but I admit at this time it still feels surreal.

    They examined everything, including: no cleft lip, club feet, a nice symmetrical face, all organs in the correct placement, 4 symmetrical heart chambers, no wall defects in the heart and blood flow to and from the heart looks good. In fact, things look so good, she said the special heart u/s in 2 weeks was probably not even needed, but she recommended keeping it for extra peace of mind. She strongly believes they will find everything to be perfect.

    The only thing they found that varied from expected was that the baby was a bit bigger than expected for Feb 8th, so the baby could arrive around January 29th instead!
    I won't complain at all if that happens!!

    And as for the gender...... IT'S A GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Angela

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    September 27th; 21 weeks

    I now weigh 157 lbs. Things are still going really well, I can feel the baby way down low. During the u/s, the tech actually had to lower my head and raise my feet to get the little one to come out!! Tonight we shared the news of a baby girl with my parents - they are real happy.

    Angela

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    Oct 4th; 22 wks

    Somehow I gained two lbs this week Oh well, so now I'm up to 159. I'm still 1 lb less than I was at 22 wks with Ben, so I have to rest in that fact. All I wanted was to gain about the same as last time, around 30lbs. Hopefully I'll make it!

    I have a lot of sharp cramps way low in my abdomen, I think they are ligament pains, but I'm going to ask at my app on Friday. Also, the baby is still very very low, and I want to be sure that is OK. I worry that the cord is short or something weird. The other crappy thing is when I have to go the bathroom, either job, it is SOOOOOOOOO urgent!! I only have a limited amount of time - and it really stinks! I've never experienced that before, maybe because this is baby 2. I'm also going to ask if when it is close to time to deliver, if Dr. Goerish can check how big the baby is approximately and the position, to help us choose if a c-section would be a better option. I would really like to go vag, but not if the birth is going to be like last time. Staying extremely busy at work, and looking forward to the heart u/s on Thursday!

    Angela

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    October 7th; 22 wks 3 days

    Well, we had our heart ultrasound today, and the news was overall good. The majority of the heart looks excellent, however, there was a small amount of leaking noticed from the tricuspid valve. We were not given a lot of information about this, but were told we should come back in 4 weeks (November 11th) to see if the condition worsens or stays the same. We were given no information about what would need to be done if the condition worsened, other than it would need to be addressed as it could affect how the heart beats. So, I came home and went searching online for information. Here's a clip of the best info I found:

    "Regurgitation of the fetal atrioventricular valves is more common on the right side than on the left. Regurgitation of the tricuspid valve shows a wide range of severity, from harmless regurgitation of short duration to severe insufficiency lasting throughout the whole of systole (holosystolic), leading to huge dilatation of the right atrium (Figure 4). In some conditions, gross dilatation of the right atrium can be the first sign detected on real-time imaging11 and targeted color Doppler demonstrates severe insufficiency to be the underlying cause. On many occasions, however, tricuspid regurgitation is detected accidently when performing either a routine examination with color Doppler or during a targeted fetal echocardiographic scan in suspected fetal disease. Tricuspid regurgitation of short duration in early systole is observed in 3–5% of all healthy fetuses at mid-gestation and this is considered to be physiological. However, the detection of tricuspid regurgitation should stimulate a search for a possible underlying pathology."

    So, it looks like I am asking for your prayer support once again. Mark and I were stunned to say the least, as we were really expecting to only hear good news. The cardiologist did not seem overly concerned, and yet did not say anything like "Don't worry about it" either. So, I guess we are called to wait, pray and trust that no matter what happens, God will take care of us and our little one.

    Angela

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    October 11th; 23 wks

    I am now 160 lbs. I had my Dr. app with Dr. Goerish on Friday, everything went well, except that Dr. Goerish informed me she will likely be on vacation when I'm due. I am so bummed, I really hope I go early on my own and she can be there. I'm still considering a c-section, but I'd much rather go natural. Really starting to show now, things are going pretty well. I'm trying to keep as organized as possible with school and work.

    Angela

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    October 18th; 24 wks

    161 lbs. I am so busy right now, it's ridiculous. This past weekend I spent literally all day Saturday preparing for a presentation for Policy in Higher Education. On Sunday, I wrote 2 papers, one for Policy and the other for my Program Evaluation course. Coming up, I have a midsemester exam in Program Evaluation to study for on October 26th. Meanwhile, I have to teach a continuing education course for local anesthesia on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this weekend. Additionally, I still have 1 more paper to write by the 29th of Oct for my seminar class. All I do is work, study, sleep, repeat. I'm so exhausted it is not even funny. I cannot wait for things to slow down a bit.

    The time is sure flying by waiting for this follow up ultrasound. We invited Gay, Phyllis and my mom and dad to join us on Nov. 12th. I'm hoping they can come.

    I need to make my Christmas list, and pretty soon we'll have to do some shopping. I went to lunch with Mom and she gave me 4 jars of Apple Butter. I was thinking that I could use that as baby food!

    Mark is actually considering switching jobs, he's being courted by 2 different bank presidents right now. The extra money would sure be fantastic.

    You are really growing - my tummy is expanding. I can feel you push and kick. Lately my back has been pretty sore, but it's probably a lack of sleep thing. Mark has yet another cold, so I'll be real lucky if I can ward it off again. Vitamins Vitamins!!

    Love you,
    Angela

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    October 25th; 25 wks
    I am now 163 lbs, still 1 lb less than I was with Ben at this time. Everything is going well, I managed to ward off Mark's cold! I finished the local anesthesia CE this weekend - tons of work and very glad to be done. This Tuesday I have a midsemester exam and this weekend I'm in class all day Fri and Sat for my EdD in Winona. Seems like all I do is work, study/read and sleep. I'm sooooooooo looking foward to having this baby and spending time at home just being a mommy!! I can't believe that next weekend is Halloween already! Won't be long and it will be time for our follow up u/s! I sure hope everything is perfect!

    Angela

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