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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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!
November 1st, 26 wks
I am now 164 lbs. I managed to get sick with a cold, so I'm feeling pretty miserable. Mark has been sick twice, and this last weekend at my EdD, Lynnette was sick and on Monday night, Terri at work was sick, so I guess it was inevitable. I am really hoping this passes quickly, since I'm already tired even when I'm not sick.
I can't believe Halloween is already over. We had about 30 trick or treaters, with both Tony, Sara and Max and Scott, Lisa and Connor stopping by. I'm so looking forward to dressing you up next year. I was thinking about Benjamin, and how this would have been his 2nd Halloween, and he would have been over a year old. I can't believe how much time has passed already. I just pray and pray that you will be healthy and we will get to take you home. You are very active, kicking frequently and definitely growing. Gay and Phyllis won't be able to come to the u/s on the 12th, but my Mom is coming for sure, and I believe my Dad will be meeting us for supper. I hope it will be an evening of celebration. I am nervous and excited at the same time. Won't be long and we will be celebrating Thanksgiving.
November 8th, 27 wks
Well, I've had a cold for a week now, and it's still there bothering me. We had a Court Whist party on Saturday with 10 friends. It was a pretty good time. I'm up to 166 lbs now, thinking all the treats I had at the party didn't help that! Oh well! On Sunday I managed to get started on some of my EdD homework, but I need to write my paper next weekend. I am so looking forward to my u/s on Friday. I am just praying for good results. I can really feel you move around now, you still feel really low. My tummy moves as you wiggle and kick. I am pretty sore from helping bury landscape wiring on Saturday morning.
November 11th, 27 wks 3 days
Well, tomorrow is the big day! I am so excited and nervous all wrapped together. I am so praying that everything turns out OK. If there is a problem, I am really looking forward to knowing for sure, and preparing for whatever needs to be done. Won't be long until we know for sure.
November 12th, 27 wks 4 days
Just one drop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We had our follow up ultrasound today to check the progression of the tricuspid valve leakage, and the technician could only find 1 drop of leakage!! He said that everything is well within the normal ranges, and there was no reason to schedule any follow up ultrasounds. Things look great! It is really hard to believe right now, but we are so excited and so very thankful. Plus, I had my OB visit, and she told us she intends to make sure I deliver before Jan 31st when she leaves to Hawaii on vacation!! Lots of great news today! The only thing at all that could be a downer is Dr. Goerish's nurse left a message on our answering machine that I needed to call her back. I'm hoping it's something about insurance or like that, and not that I failed the diabetes test. But no matter what, today is a day blessed by God.
November 22nd; 29 wks
I'm up to 169 lbs, not sure why. The baby must be growing big time. I'm exercising again, using the treadmill for 20 min about 3xweek. My back is so sore, really aching, with some sciatic nerve pain running down my left leg. I'm also having tons of Braxton Hicks, some kind of painful. I notice them a lot more if my bladder is full, or when I'm really tired. I absolutely can't wait for Thanksgiving break.
I did fail my 1 hour diabetes screen, but passed the 3 hour test last Tuesday with flying colors. That test was terrible, you have to fast for 12 hours prior, give blood 4 times and get your finger pricked. Plus the drink is twice as sugary and thick, and on an empty stomach it made me nauseous. But I made it! I'm super excited to meet you little - and can't wait to hold you!
P.S. At work today, I noticed you had hiccups!
December 4th, 30 wks 5 days
I have been naughty and haven't written in a while. Well, I am now 170 lbs. At my OB app yesterday, I hadn't gained any weight in 3 weeks - even over the holidays!! Thanksgiving was wonderful, and all my family is praying for you little one. I can't believe that I will meet you in less than 8 weeks!! Mark and I anticipate Dr. Goerish will induce us on Jan 28th, the Friday before she leaves for Hawaii. Meanwhile, school is wrapping up, only 1 more week of regular school and then finals week. I am really looking forward to the break. I should only have to teach for the first couple weeks in January, and then you will be here!! I just can't wait. The senior dental hygiene students decided to throw me a surprise baby shower over the lunch hour!! It was so much fun - and you have more pink clothes than you'll ever need!! A few days ago, you were moving around so much - it felt like popcorn. I can feel you each and every day, and I love those moments when I feel so connected to you. Sometimes I feel bad for Mark, because I know it seems less real to anyone who isn't actually feeling you move. I can tell your growing because it's getting more uncomfortable. A bit harder to breathe, and really tough to bend over and get back up. I can still cross my legs though!! Tonight is Mark's Christmas party at his new job, Community Bank. Tomorrow I have to read in church, and then Grandma Phyllis is coming to Mankato for shopping and Red Lobster! Somewhere in there I need to finish some assignments for my EdD coursework, but it will get done. I already love you so much, and just can't wait to hold you little one.
December 16th, 32 wks 3 days (Only 6 wks left!!)
My OB appointment went great today. She doesn't think your head is done anymore, or if it is done it was really low and she couldn't feel it. Heartbeat great, bp great, and I gained 4 lbs, making me 174 lbs now!! PHEW!! Can't say I love that part of being pregnant.
I can really tell that you're a little baby inside me now. When you move, you feel big like you should be, not like a little flutter bug anymore. I can imagine holding you in my arms, and I can't wait. Grandpa Monson nicknamed you Pinky, which I actually think is pretty cute. Tomorrow is the last day of finals at MSU. I have 2 final take home exams to complete, 1 exam to study for on the 21st, and then I am DONE! Dr. Goerish reconfirmed (I didn't even ask) that she would be inducing me prior to January 28th, since that's when she leaves for Hawaii. I gave her a Christmas present today, 2 books about Hawaii - hopefully she likes them. She has been so wonderful to us.
I'm having steady Braxton Hicks contractions, and unfortunately, with each one, I have to go to the bathroom! Oh well. Great news, Lisa and Shane just found out that in vitro was a success!! Now we pray that everything sticks - they'll find out if it is twins in a couple weeks. Lisa and Shane's baby looks healthy on u/s, and Brian and April are aroun 8-9 wks pregnant too. Lots and lots of good news.
Well, tonight we get the car seat checked - so we'll see if Daddy put it in right. I can't wait to hold you in my arms.
December 27th, 34 wks; 4 wks + 3 days left!!!!
First off, your Daddy did a great job of installing the car seat - the certified checker didn't even have to adjust it.
Christmas was wonderful, you received many presents even though you're not even born yet!! I have lots of soft blankets to snuggle you in, even one that my Grandma Jungling and Great Aunt Leona made a long time ago. My birthday is right around the corner, so it looks like I'll be 28 before you are born. My next appointment with Dr. Goerish is on the 30th, I don't know if she'll do an internal exam or not. I'm quite certain I have dilated at least 1cm now. Last week I did some serious cleaning and organizing the closets. Your nursery is all ready now, with everything set to go. I still need to pack bags for both you and me. I did make a list for my bag in case I went early. I also bought some little travel toiletry items so we don't have to bring the big bottles. I'm anxiously awaiting your arrival, and starting to get quite nervous. Somewhat nervous about the delivery, but more nervous about bringing you home, and what it will really be like to raise a child. I hope I can do a good job. Oh, and although my weight has been fluctuating some, I am 174lbs today, so hopefully my weight gain is slowing down! I love you little one!
December 30th, 34 wks + 3 days (4 wks left!)
I had my appointment with Dr. Goerish today - all is well, baby's hearbeat sounds great she said. My blood work all came back normal, and I don't go back for another 2 wks, so I'll only have 2 weeks left at that point. Not long now - I am so anxious and can't wait for the big day!! She didn't check my cervix at this visit, so I assume that will be next time.
P.S. My parents bought me tons of scrapbooking things for your scrapbook, including the album itself. I am so excited to fill it up with pictures of you!!
My birth story:
On Sunday, January 2nd, Mark and I rented Wicker Park and had some pasta hot dish for supper around 5:30pm. Unfortunately, the sausage I used in the hot dish was pretty old, and tasted terrible. That sausage came back to haunt Mark during the night. At 7:30, we started watching Cold Case. I was still hungry since the hot dish wasn't too great, and wanted to go to Cold Stone for some ice cream. I was begging Mark to go, who didn't really want to, and was making some head way, when I decided to go to the bathroom aroun 8:00. When I was washing my hands all the sudden I felt my water start to trickle out. It didn't gush, but I was pretty sure it was my water. I calmly returned to the couch and said to Mark, "Well honey, if you don't want to go to Cold Stone, do you want to go to the hospital?" He was stunned and was in disbelief. As I headed up the stairs, I felt another gush and it reconfirmed in my mind that yes my water did break. We rushed around trying to pack our bags, how I wish I would have been more prepared. As I sat on the biffy, I called my Mom, I was so scared and nervous, I knew this would be a little too early for my little one. I prayed fervently to the Lord that he would protect my little sweetheart, and do everything possible to help us have a healthy baby girl. Mark was trying to figure out how to call the Labor and Delivery floor at the hospital, and they wanted us to come in right away. I decided to call Mom to maybe come and help with the delivery when I was further along. I knew Karey was going to be so upset to be away on the cruise and missing the big event.
8:45pm - Arrived at the hospital and the nurse confirmed with a paper strip test that my water did break. I continued to have the same braxton hick type contractions that I was having for the past weeks. They would tighten my abdomen, but didn't really hurt. The nurse spoke with the Dr. on call, and they decided to wait and see what my body would do.
10:00pm - Same type of contractions continued. I asked the nurse to call my OB Dr. Goerish even though she wasn't on call. Before she did, she checked my cervix, I was at 1-2 cm, and she couldn't tell for sure if the head was down. Dr. Goerish did want to follow me through my labor, and decided to come in to do an ultrasound to see if the head was down or not.
Even though I was still very very nervous, I was feeling a lot better knowing Dr. Goerish would be monitoring me. Mark set up his pull out couch bed, and we watched TV while we waited.
11:00pm - Dr. Goerish arrived. and during the ultrasound she confirmed the head was down and quite low. (I guess she also reconfirmed it was a girl, but she didn't tell us that until after the delivery)
11:15pm - Dr. Goerish checked my cervix, at 2+cm and -1 station, and she broke the rest of my water bag, which had an anterior lip left. She said we could wait to start the Pitocen until 1:00am. She wasn't in a hurry, and I was glad to wait, as I was hoping to deliver in the morning to make it easier for her to be there for the delivery. She went back home and told the nurse to call her when it was close to the end. My contractions were picking up a little on their own, about a 2 on the pain scale of 0-10.
12:20am - Mark was trying to sleep, meanwhile my contractions were increasing, about a 3 to 3.5 on the pain scale. I would breathe through the contractions, and was coping OK.
1:00am - Started the pitocen at the lowest level of 3. They told me they would increase the level every 30 minutes by 3 each time, until I was in a real regular pattern with cervix changing progress.
1:30am - Checked my cervix, it was at 2-3 cm, still -1 station, but the head was more anterior now. Mark was still resting, and I was still working my way through the contractions, unable to fall asleep, but I did rest as much as possible, knowing the road ahead would be long.
3:00am - Cervix was now 3cm dilated, the nurse recommended she call for the epidural, as it would take some time for the anesthesiologist to arrive, my contractions were about a 4 on the pain scale. Dr. Goerish had ordered Nubain if I wanted, but last time with Benjamin, the Nubain made me nauseous and slowed my labor, so I held off with nothing. My pitocen was up to 15 at this time.
3:15am - I woke Mark up and had him pack up his bed, as that was where the anesthesiologist would set up.
3:45am - Dr. Eggili the anesthesiologist arrived and began the process of the epidural. It stings pretty bad and I had 2 pretty strong contractions during the procedure, but overall it went fine. He finished by 4:10am.
4:30am - The epidural really made me nauseous, and I started to sweat profusely. My legs were completely numb, and it wasn't comfortable, and they even itched. I wanted to move them so badly, but I couldn't. I thought I was going to yack for sure. Mark was fanning me as the nurse gathered a fan and some anti-nausea drugs. At this point I wasn't sure if I had made the right choice with the epidural, and I was feeling pretty crappy. The side effects were worse than the contractions. But after the anti nausea meds I started to feel a bit better. Eventually I was able to relax, and I fell asleep for about an hour. When I woke, I asked if we could turn the epidural down, and we did. I was able to move both my legs again, and could feel my contractions, but they didn't hurt.
7:00am - Finally dilated to 4cm. I asked if labor would progress quicker now, and the nurse said more than likely it would. The contractions were gradually picking up in intensity, but still very manageable.
7:30am - The night nurse, Megan, inserted a catheter that would remain until I was 10cm and pushing. The new nurse came on and said she would check my progress at 9:00am. I was waiting to call my Mom until then, and I was so fearful of stalling out with labor and ending up with a c-section.
9:00am - My contractions were really picking up, about a 3-4 on the pain scale, and I called the anesthesiologist back to turn up the epidural. I was handling the pain, but so fearful of it running away on me again like it did with Ben.
9:15am - My contractions felt different, and with 1 contraction, I could actually feel the head move down. It felt kind of like I needed to push. The nurse wasn't coming to check, so I just called my Mom, and told her to come in because I wanted her too. I asked her to bring Dad too.
9:30am - I told the nurse about my contractions and the desire to push, she said she would check me. She sat on the bed and checked, looked at me and said, "Oh my, would you like to push?" I exclaimed, "Do you mean it?" with a look of total glee on my face. Mark was shocked and asked how far along is she? The nurse told us I was complete and a +1 station. She asked me to push once before calling Dr. Goerish, and with that first push, she said my labia already separated.
9:35am - Dr. Georish arrived from the clinic, and the room filled with the pediatrician, Dr. Townsend, and a pediatric medical student, several nurses, etc. I pushed another time or 2, not with my legs up, but just little pushes to bring the head down. They set up all the equipment, and got my legs up in the stirrups, and then of course my contractions stopped. We waited for what seemed forever, but was likely only 6 or 7 minutes. I told them I could feel one coming and Dr. Goerish was excited, she said OK Angela, push! She helped Mark position my leg and the nurse held the other leg. I pushed until I ran out of the breath, took a breath, and continued pushing. With that push, the head was already out. Mark could not belive it - it went so quick!!!! They told me to pant as the cleaned out the face, and then one more push and the body came out. Grace Louise was born at 9:51am.
She pinked up immediately and ended up with a 9 and then a 10 on the apgar tests. She did wonderful, and I got to hold her right away. They weighed her in at 5 lbs 13 oz, and 19 inches in length. It was so amazing!! I did tear (2nd degree), probably because she came out so fast, and because of the scarring from my previous tear. My placenta was slow to come out, but finally did. My parents arrived at around 10:15am, and stayed until 4:00pm. It was a wonderful day. Mark's parents came at 4:00pm and stayed until about 5:30pm. Scott, Lisa and Connor visited for about 20 minutes around 6:15. Mike and Cindy came at 7:00pm and stayed until about 9:30.
It was a wonderful experience, and felt so surreal. It's still hard to believe we have our baby girl in our arms!!! We are loving every minute!!
Well.... after 2 months of trying with the fertility monitor - we are pregnant again!! To get pregnant, we bd for 5 nights in a row, and the 2 nights before ovulation I stayed in bed after to give them time to swim! It must have worked!!!!
So, at 9DPO in the evening, I got my 1st faint positive test, followed with more faint positives on 10DPO and 11DPO. On 11DPO I went in for a blood test - and the quant came back at 24. On 13DPO, the pg line was starting to darken, and my quant came back at 48 - perfectly double. Dr. Goerish called and said everything looks good, I'm just early yet. She scheduled an U/S for 2 wks later when we should be able to hear the heart beat!
No spotting - I'm hoping there won't be! Symptoms include larger bbs with veins, bloating, a little more dizzy, and increased CM. I'm at 143 for weight, and really hoping to stave off weight gain for as long as possible!! I was exercising prior to this and plan to continue using the heart monitor. Mark and I are both excited - and a bit nervous at the prospect of having 2 little ones to take care of! We are both thinking it will be a boy this time.... but of course we just want a healthy baby!!
July 17th; 14 wks + 3 days
Wow - I haven't written in a long time! I've had 2 ultrasounds, both went wonderful. My mom came with me to the first, when I first heard that sweet sound of the heartbeat! I'm glad she was there to experience that happy moment with me. The second was at my first Dr. appointment, and by then the baby's arms and legs were moving around - it was amazing. I've been a lot more sick with this pg than with Grace, however, I've only vomited once about 1 week ago. Dr. Goerish did give me a prescription for anti-nausea at my last appointment, which I've been taking sporadically. My allergies have been much worse this summer, and I've had to take Benadryl frequently during attacks - not sure why. I was supposed to have my 2nd app today, but Dr. Goerish was in surgery and it was rescheduled for Thursday. I'm going to try to demand that my u/s appointment be made at that time, so I can arrange to have off from work. When I look back and remember I was more sick with Ben than Grace, it leads me to think this might be a little boy! We've decided to wait to find out until the birth day! I really hope and pray that this little is healthy!
P.S. - I'm out of my maternity clothes, and weigh 153 lbs (about 5 lbs of weight gain so far). We purchased a new scale - so all comparisons are off. However, at my 1st app I weighed 5 lbs less than at the same time with Grace. We'll see how things progress!