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Our February Blessing

Hello, Im jen and six weeks pregnant. My husband, Jeff is absolutely thrilled to pieces. We found out the day after his birthday. Its been an interesting pregnancy so far. We were on fertility drugs to help us concieve and now im on progesterone to help maintain this pregnancy. Ive noticed a few things so far, like nausea, gas :oops: and rolling hunger. Ive noticed i cant eat bananas or greasy foods but i can eat bread and ice cream. We nicknamed our little one timbit, because he/she is so small. We have our first ultrasound July 18th, so ill post more when I know more.

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Turns out, we are further along than we thought. We are due the end of February and we are just over 9 weeks!!! The ultrasound went quite well-doctor said everything looked good and is referring us to our ob-gyn at Mount Sinai!! So excited!! We're telling our parents next weekend, which is so exciting because we dont know what their reactions will be. Ill post more after next weekend.

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Sorry I havent updated in so long-We've had three ultrasounds now and have moved back to my hometown to be closer to family. We are just past the 5 month marker and literally counting down the weeks until we are a family of three. The baby is doing well, this one is a real mover and shaker-loves to rotate from side to side and especially seems to love sitting right under my belly button. No unusual cravings to speak of, their more spur of the moment things. Next appointment is the end of the month and then we're in the home stretch. We're registered for Prenatal classes starting in November and we've arranged a tour of the hospital. We wont pre-register until January-no point in jumping the gun. Thats all for now.

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As we now draw up on the 30 week marker, i find myself feeling very nervous. The baby is growing strong and healthy and is always very very active. I have no doubt that he/she will be born healthy. I guess im just nervous about the pregnancy ending and mother hood beginning. Ive just gotten used to being pregnant, even with the muscle cramps, weird cravings and kicks all day and night. I think having the baby will be bittersweet-it will be bitter because the pregnancy is over and the new challenge of motherhood has begun. It will be sweet to finally hold my little "timbit" in my arms and actually see if its a boy or a girl. We finished our prenatal classes last night-boy was that weird. I am glad we took them but i have never met a more unfriendly bunch of people in my life. Now as the countdown begins, I find myself also worrying about the nursery, the car seat, all the things we have on the registry that are not dissappearing or being checked off. I think we will have to buy the travel system ourselves, because its a month's wait to get the car seat inspected and we definitely cant put it off until February. I have a sneaky suspicion that this kid may be a January baby. only time will tell.

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Okay, I broke down last night. I have to admit I am scared and nervous and feeling very unprepared as we enter the home stretch of this pregnancy. I worry that this baby might come early, I worry that we wont have the nursery done in time, I worry that something might go wrong between now and the delivery. I know I should be strong right now because I know the baby is extremely active, reminds of me the energizer bunny, just keeps going and going and going. But I worry about long term things that are heridiatery, like ADHD, diabetes, thyroid trouble, dyslexia and obesity. Its a very scary thing to think about a little one who isnt even born yet and worry about their future, their health, their life. I think sometimes, I should just take a deep breath and take it one day at a time, just keep trusting that God knows what He is doing and everything is going to be alright. One day at a time. . .

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Once again, i find myself overwhelmed with worries. All this stupid dental work I have to get done is costing an arm and a leg. Of course, we have no dental or medical insurance, so I can only get it done in pieces. So we just paid a dentist for an examination, in which he decided to take XRAYS after I specifically insisted he not because I am pregnant. In turn, he told me I should work out more to lose weight and insisted that fillings I had done last year werent done right and needed to be redone. I am so not going back to him but now I have to pay for that examination and xrays, plus still pay for the emergency dentist who did a temporary fix on my teeth and still turn around and pay for the stupid reevaluation of my teeth in the new year. I can only hope and pray this lawsuit pays off soon, because otherwise we are going to be so screwed!! dh reminded me today that both his jobs will be cutting his hours back in the new year and im thinking oh $hit, what are we going to do? we got a lot of bills and Im thinking, yeah, here we go, he works days, I work nights again, same $hit different day. What i wouldnt give for him to have a full time job that pays well and I could work somewhere part time, maybe two or three evenings a week and then I could devote majority of my time to raising baby. I dont like the idea of hiring a nanny or paying for a daycare, because I might as well stay home then. I dont know whats going to happen but im so worried now.

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Today seems to be a better day. We are going to take it one day at a time. I sleep a bit better at night now-I put a pillow between my legs, seems to help take the strain off my hips. The baby has been extremely active, even at night, which again, makes me wonder about adhd in the long run. I count my blessings daily and pray that this kid waits until at least 37 weeks. My bh arent too bad or too frequent as of yet, but I watch them carefully. I go see the dr. on monday, so I will discuss some stuff with him again. They are calling for a major snow storm today and of course, dh works out in the countryside, so i can only hope that he can make it home tonight.

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31 weeks today-how scary is that? I called today to set up a preadmission appointment but they are closed until monday. This baby is so active-i cant believe how fast this pregnancy has gone by. We still dont have the nursery completed and I still am feeling nervous about being mom. I guess it comes with the territory.

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I had my 31 week checkup yesterday-doc measured and used the portable ultrasound to check the baby. Everything is good, baby is almost 5 pounds, head down and facing my back. Baby hasnt dropped yet but its still early and I can wait. Baby must have been happy last night, because that is the best sleep I have had in ages. Doesnt help that I have a bad head cold but this kid is extremely resilient.

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Well, I made it through the holidays with no problem. Sleep now there is a problem. Im getting maybe 2-3 hours at a time. The baby is extremely active at night, which makes me wonder if i dont have a night hawk on my hands. I like it being very active, lets me know the baby is okay. It was funny last night-I just sat there watching the bump go up to my ribs and down to my belly button about 3-4 times in a row. This kid means the world to me and Im so grateful to have come this far, I can patiently await the day I can finally hold my son or daughter.

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Sleep seems to be an illusion- a trickery of sorts. I might be lucky if I get 3-4 hour a night. I seem to sleep better in the day than then night, but i try not to sleep during the day so I can sleep at night. The baby is tired today, very quiet. Seems to be resting after being so active all night.

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Im getting quite nervous lately, i noticed that in the last two weeks, my bp has been fairly high, between 105-120bpm, which scare the crap right out of me. I feel weird when its that high. I have to talk to the doctor on Wednesday. If today wasnt a holiday, I would have seen him today. I hope he can recommend something or reassure me that everything is going to be okay. I worry about hypertension or pre-eclampsia. This is my first pregnancy and I am scared that this late in the pregnancy, something could talk my precious little one from me. I pray everyday that God give me one more day with this precious baby, one more day to carry him/her and to nurture him/her. Here's hoping *fingers crossed* that nothing is wrong. the least I think he'll do is some blood work and bedrest. the worst is being admitted and on iv drugs until the baby is born.

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Okay, im back, 33w checkup and this kid is doing fantastic. I have an appointment for another ultrasound to check baby's growth but everything looks fantastic. They did a portable ultrasound just to check baby's position and he/she's headdown, which is fantastic. Very active baby, which made the doctor happy to hear it.

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Another day-another day closer to the dd. I feel like a very big idiot today. Yesterday, my dad's side of the family had a christmas party. I said I would be coming but woke up feeling quite ill. i spent most of the day in bed. SO, this morning, they invite me out to breakfast. Thats fine, I feel better, I got lots of rest. They sent me home with this load of gifts, im thinking christmas gifts. I get home and go to move some of them only to read the label, every single one is addressed to BABY RIKLEY!!!! How much can I kick myself in the @ss!!!! I feel so guilty for not going now!!! Im an idiot, a freakin idiot!!!!!!

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I had another u/s on Monday-baby is doing fantastic!!! I cant quite believe it but the baby is measuring at 35 weeks, which is not surprising considering how much the belly grew over the holidays. Finally getting a jump start on the nursery-i know there is a shower coming up soon. There is another one dh's aunt is planning towards the end of the month and my mom is doing one for the family. This baby isnt even here yet and its so so spoiled!!! I can only hope i dont get bombarded with clothes!!!

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I feel so depressed and down today. I got a phone call yesterday from the doc's office and they said i had to go for another ultrasound. When i asked why, they said the baby's head is two weeks ahead of its body. I posted this on the February boards, knowing that usually they are quite supportive. I got several replies, most seemed to say my worries were unfounded and that the doctor knew what he was doing. I know the doctor knows what he's doing but last i checked, it was okay to be scared and nervous and worried. It took us so long just to get pregnant. We had to go to two different fertility doctors. The first one said i had to lose 150 lbs in order to get pregnant. The 2nd one was more understanding but it was still hell. Im sure we'll have to do it again with our next child too. I just am not sure if i want to post another message on the boards now-im afraid of what they will say. Its hard enough reading their messages-they all seem really well off and here i am, living in a two bedroom apartment while dh works two jobs and we barely make ends meet. We cant afford to buy new things for baby. We cant afford to buy anything for baby right now-we are dependent on other people buying us baby gifts. I hate this. Its makes me so mad! I am used to being able to work and help provide but since we got pregnant, its been very very different. I had to quit my job early due to the morning sickness and health concerns-i was working outdoors last summer, very little shade. I just feel so frustrated at the whole situation. yeah, im a first time mom to be, but i now the risks of fertility treatments and i know the medical history of both sides of the family and i am allowed to worry. I hate feelign like im not allowed to worry. i hate feeling like i shouldnt worry, that its all in my head. WTF!!!! Why cant i just be honest and say, yes im nervous, im scared and concerned??? Why is it others can post their worries and fears and they dont get treated half as bad?? WTF did i do to deserve this??!!! I know this baby is going to be okay but i want to know that i can rant off about my concerns and cares and support others as i would like to be supported. i dont know if i can do that anymore. we'll see. . .

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So, i stupidly figured out the shower was today after MAJOR fight with dh last night, i was kinda wondering if i was really looking forward to it or not. So we get there walk in and there was my friend from Toronto. She was there with her sis and mom and I didnt expect to see them at all!!! So, being the overemotional I am, I turn into a blubberpuss!! Then i noticed everyone else there and Im like totally stunned and surprised.

I didnt expect that many people, it was about 12 but i was told some couldnt come and it blew me away. We played wicked games, including the baby food game which got some really great facial expressions

Then there was the gifts. OMG!!! I got swamped!!! This kid is so spoiled!!!! I got diapers, burp cloths, wash cloths, hooded towels, bottles, nipples, soothers and so much more!!

So, i got to delete 1/3 off my BRU registry tonight
Also, one of my friends had a digital camera and took pics and she's going to send me some so I can post them for you all to see!! She got a pic of me and dh and a great belly pic as well!!! So pics are coming soon!

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I had another doctor's appointment today. It was supposed to be a follow up to the ultrasound we had last week, where they thought the baby's head was measuring two weeks ahead of the body. So i had another ultrasound yesterday and this time everything seemed normal, baby is right on schedule. So I go back again on Monday for another doctor's appointment and another ultrasound. Ive got my hospital bag 1/2 packed and the nursery is still so incomplete, i could just cry. All we really have ready for baby is the bassinette. No crib, no dresser, no change table-nadda zip zero!! Parents have promised but with the due date closing in so quickly, Ill believe it when I see it. We may very well be setting up the nursery after the baby arrives. Which is extremely frustrating to me.

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FINALLY GOT ORGANIZED!!
Things for Suitcase to go to Hospital:
Nursing bras
Breast pads
Baby journal
nightgown
pj bottoms
slippers
undies/socks
large yellow envelope for important papers
t-shirt for jeff to change into
going home clothes (yeah bellbottoms!)
pillow (with colored case)
washcloths
snacks/drinks for after birth
hand/foot print page from baby book
2 disposable cameras
change for snack machine or Tim Hortons
Phone list
2 phone cards
toothbrush/toothpaste
shampoo/hairbrush
vitamin e lotion (for dry skin)
medication for two days
Q-tips
nipple cream
deoderant
soap
pads (and lots of them)
chapstick
hair elastic
sucky candies

Baby's Bag
clothes-sleeper, onesie, going home outfit
4 newborn diapers
wipes
soother
powder
lotion
mitts/socks/hat
receiving blankets
bib
bootie cream

Also bringing:
reading book
car seat

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Well, here I go again, nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof surrounded by dogs! Okay, thats a crappy example but I am so nervous. My friend Sheila had her baby on Tuesday, so I went up yesterday to see her and her husband Zach and the new baby girl, Molly. She is so adorable and cute, and so small. I havent seen a newborn up close in ages and it just makes me realize all the more that in a matter of a few weeks, it will be me in that position, holding our new little boy or girl. Its absolutely scary. I hardly slept last night because my poor mind is racing about this new little bundle of joy and am I really ready to take care of it. Sounds crazy, I mean thats why we got pregnant in the first place, we felt we were ready to have a baby. Now that baby's almost here, we're asking that same question all over again. I know we will have our mistakes and frustrations but I believe the love and the joy this child will add to our family will overflow those mistakes and frustrations 100 times over.

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Today is yet another frustrating day. I found out that the travel system we registered for is only available when ordered online. Then the bathroom fan, which took 2 months to get fixed in the first place, has broken down yet again. Top it off, I have a shower in 2 days and my registry hasnt changed at ALL!! Does nobody buy from a registry anymore?? I dont even have a flippin crib yet!!! I am so worried that this kid will be here and we'll still be assembling the nursery. Im probably worrying too much but OMG come on people!! Wake up and realize that if its on the registry, its what we really need!!

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okay, less than two weeks to go and i am officially freaking out. baby is measuring 40 weeks and the u/s put his/her weight at 8 lbs 8 oz. Thankfully, this is usually off by up to a lb but still that is a scary thought. The nursery is almost complete and the car seat is getting installed tomorrow night. Baby has been a bit quiet lately but im told baby is also quite squished in there. I cant wait to hold my little bundle of joy for the first time. So excited!!!

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Here we are again, just over a week until baby is due. The nursery is finally looking complete. My dad bought the crib which totally pissed off the ILs because they had "spoken" for it. Like I care. If your going to buy something that essential for baby, then why not buy it BEFORE baby is born. Im glad my dad bought it, its that much stress removed from my shoulders. Ive been stressing over the crib for months, because I kept staring at the empty nursery, thinking that they would never buy it. They never got the chance. So now I just have to finish putting away the baby clothes and tidy the nursery up a bit and we're ready. Good thing too, because it could be any day now.

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Well, im still here, still prego and feeling very huge at the moment. Im fighting a bad head cold with fluid in the ears. First time Ive had fluid in the ears. Wish I could take somethign for it, its driving me crazy. Throws my balance off and everything sounds so watery. baby seems to be doing okay, no bhs since saturday. Alot of tightness in the nether regions but i dont think it will amount to much. Have a doc appointment tomorrow. I know last monday, i was 1 cm and cervix was still high. should be interesting to see where i am tomorrow and what will happen this week.

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Im still here, still preggo. Doc is leaning towards the original due date now, so I changed it to match the ticker, Feb. 24. Im so upset and disappointed. I wasnt even changed from last week-still 1 cm and high. after the doc left the room, i broke down crying. im stll frustrated and dont know what to do anymore. im in constant pain when i walk. sleeping is almost impossible. my hips cause me so much pain, yet its okay to go on like this for anohter week? yeah, the baby is huge, measuring at 41 weeks and almost 9 lbs. this stinks!! :bigblowup:

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STill here, still preggo! baby is officially 1 week overdue according to our Feb. 18 due date, or 1 day overdue by the feb 24 due date. Next doc appt. is Mar. 1!!! that totally sucks!!!! i think worse comes to worse, it will be an induction, probably friday.

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Okay so today is our 41 week appointment, sort of and today I am going to insist that sometime in the next 2-3 days THEY INDUCE ME!! this is the third night in a row ive been up 1/2 the night in pain and uncomfortable. I enjoyed being pregnant now I want to enjoy being a mommy!!! Ive been up since 3:30am and it now just after 4am. My appointment is for an u/s at 9am and to see the doc immediately after. I want the baby out!!! I love this child so much, I want to hold and cuddle him or her so badly!! Its so depressing, having people call to find out if the baby is here yet and nope, he/she is stuck fast!!!

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Its March 2nd and the countdown has begun. I go in this evening to get a foley catheter put in and back in tomoroow, im hoping first thing in the morning, to get induced!!! Im so excited, ill finally be able to hold my little angel!!! I know my parents and dh's parents are so excited, like big kids. Dh's brother is coming down from Ottawa he's so excited about being an uncle!!! I just cant believe IM finally going to be a mommy. WOW!!!

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Well, hmm, where do I start? Friday March 3rd was supposed to be our scheduled induction. The hospital said to call around noon to find out where we were on the waiting list. We called and they said early evening at the earliest. So I went to lay down. About 12:30, I started getting mild contractions, which I didnt think much of. About 4:50pm, I was laying in bed and it felt like the baby head banged my pelvic bone really hard. I was in tears-I stood up to walk around a bit and felt something running down my leg. I look down to a small puddle, turn to dh and say, I think I need a towel. Yup, my water broke on its own and yeah, weird feeling!!

We left home about 5:30, got to the hospital around 6pm, which is funny because I guess I was next on the calling list and they were actually going to put me off until Saturday because they were so busy!! So I get there, they check me, 2cm. Contractions were 10-12 minutes when we left home, 10 minutes apart when we cchecked into the hospital and within an hour of checking in they went to 1-2 minutes apart. That was the most bizarre thing, they had us walking the hall and they just kept coming closer and closer. I got into a birthing room and by then I could hardly stand, they were so close and strong. I got an epidural about 7:30pm, thankfully, it worked!!! I dozed a bit and they checked me at 12:30am, I was 2-3cm. They checked again at 1:30am and there had been no change. They broke my water again because it was bulging; they noticed that there was muconium in the water, so they were a bit concerned . They also started me on oxytocin and yeah, that stuff kicks in really quick.

They had to change the dosage of the epidural about 4 times during the whole labor, because of the intensity of the contractions. At 3am, I was 4cm. They checked again at 4:30am I was 6 cm. I loved the nurse's comment at the time, that this kid has a full head of hair!! They checked again around 6am and I was 8cm. I was fully dilated by 8:50am. At around 11am, I started pushing and she was born at 12:49pm. I think the pushing was the hardest part but in the end it was so worth it!!! She was quickly checked over by the peds unit and she has the heartiest cry Ive ever heard!! 9lbs 11oz, 20 in. Her head was 38cm in diameter. She is so beautiful, she looks like her daddy!! She put on almost 2oz. of weight before we left the hospital. So we are happily home and feeling better adjusted. I never thought I would love anyone as much as my dh but this little girl has my love 100x over!!!

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Amylia is now 3 weeks 1 day old. I was diagnosed with post partum depression when she was three days old and I am glad to say I have made progress. I am not as anxious as I once was and though I still have bad days, the good days are starting to outnumber the bad ones. I still worry about her alot and fuss over her too much but I am beginning to wonder what new mom doesnt fuss over their newborn too much or worry about him or her too much. I am beginning to feel like I am doing right by Amylia and that I know she is okay.

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Amylia is doing great! She absolutely adores the swing we bought her. Its great for her fussy periods where she's tired but wont sleep. She slept for over 2 hours yesterday afternoon in her swing. Her 1 month appointment is coming up and I cant believe how fast my little girl is growing up before my eyes.

The post partum depression is getting better. I still have my bad days but for the most part Im doing pretty good. Im hoping to wean off the meds soon.

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Amylia is doing fantastic!!! She's growing like a weed.
At her 1 month appointment, she was up to 12 lbs 4 oz; she's gained almost 3 lbs in a month!! And she had grown another inch, so now she's up to 23 inches.

Lately she's been very much a momma's girl. Doesnt want to sleep in her crib or swing during the day, just in mom's arms. Im working on slowly getting her used to sleeping in her crib and putting her there when I notice she is sleepy so she puts herself to sleep instead of me rocking her to sleep every time.

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My little angel is growing up too quickly. Last night she slept through the whole night, from just after 10pm to 6:30am. I couldnt belive it!! She's over a month old now. Seems like yesterday I was holding her for the first time. Where does the time go? I know many people tell me they grow up too fast but I didnt believe it until it happened to me. They really DO grow up too fast. She's blossoming like a beautiful flower and i wish she would stay my little girl.

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Time seems to fly when you want it go slow. Our little miracle is almost 2 months old now. I am still fighting hard with post partum depression. Today is a bad day for me. I am feeling very down, very low, very depressed. I broke down in tears when dh took dd to work for a few hours so i could have a break. Worst part of the day will be shopping for new clothes feeling like this. Clothes shopping is depressing enough of as it is, being a plus size but being a depressed plus size is the worst. Nothing looks good, i end up getting nothing at all. might as well save the time and stay in bed.

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Our little Amylia was dedicated yesterday. Its kind of like baby baptism but instead of being baptized, she was given back to the Lord. Someday, when she's ready, it will be here choice to get baptized. Family came down and we had a good meal yesterday. Amylia has had so much stimulation she's off her schedule, so today, im going to let her sleep as much as possible.

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I am upset with myself today. I realize how envious I am of all those women who can breast feed their babies. I cant. This stupid post partum depression medicine im on prevents it. I read about how much they love it and how happy their babies are. I wonder if Amylia would be different if she was bf'd but i will never know. I wont be able to bf her. By the time it would be possible to bf her, she'll be on solids. It is so darn depressing.

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My little Amylia is 2 months old today. I can hardly believe how fast the time is flying. She is getting so big and trying to be so independant. She likes to hold your fingers so she can sit up. She tries to hold her cup. She "talks" up a storm. She's not partial to tummy time but will gladly lay on her back and play for 30-40 minutes without complaint. She can sit up for few seconds unsupported. And to top it all off, I think she is teething. My little angel is in a hurry to grow up. I wish she would slow down.

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Amylia had her two month appointment on Saturday. She is up to 14 lbs 8 oz, which means in 2 months she's put on almost 5 lbs. She's grown another in, so she is exactly 2 ft tall now. The doctor recommended saline nasal drops for her congestion and yup, we have airborne nose projectiles.

Now, come the shots. One in each leg. After the first one, she looked a little shocked and then she started crying. After the second, she started screaming, red faced. Of course, mom and dad were both tearing up at this point. It took about five minutes to calm her down and by the time we left the office, the Tylenol had kicked in and she was out cold. She woke up at 2pm and by 4pm was screaming every time she moved her leg. I gave her more Tylenol; she slept until 10pm, ate her bottle, went back down at 11pm and got up at 6:30am. She's been irritable all day, so after a bottle and little bit of Tylenol, she's out again. I feel so bad for her; i hate shots and she had two in one day.

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Amylia is 5 1/2 months now. She's absolutely amazing and I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. She rolls over from back to belly and belly to back, she's trying so hard to sit up. She eating rice cereal and oat cereal and doesnt seem to mind prunes. She doesnt like barley cereal at all-she smacks it out of the spoon!! I never believed it when people said they grow up so fast, but my gosh, it seems like yesterday I was holding this precious little newborn and now she's far from being such a fragile infant. I miss it and Im excited at the same time to watch what she'll do next.

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Well, my little one is no longer little. She's almost 8 1/2 months, about 21 lbs and almost 30 inches. She is crawling, pulling herself up and walking around holding the furniture. We think she may be walking on her own by Christmas. She is so beautiful. She still has those grey blue green eyes that highlight her reddish brown hair and she has the most beautiful smile. I am so proud of her. She is so inquisitive and curious and has to try everything she can. She's eating really well; we're still a bit behind on the transition to thicker foods but we're getting there slowly. Im not going to rush her. We're hoping to introduce juice this month and milk by January. I am so blessed to have Amylia. At one point, I thought I would never have children, ever. Now, I have this beautiful angel and I pray every day to God, thanking Him for her and asking for one more day to watch her grow and change.

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Amylia is 9m old now and I cant believe how much she's changed in the last 9m. She had her first flu shot, which she wasnt too happy about. She got a slight fever for 24hr, which concerned me more than anything. She was fine after that. She also had her first haircut, which she looks so darn adorable. She's not walking yet but she's getting more brave about standing on her own. She visited with Santa twice in one day, which she didnt seem to take notice of him at all. All the playgroups are done for the holiday season. Amylia had her first Christmas party on Sunday and her secret Santa got her My First Dora Farm Exploring Car. SO darn cute; plays music and the horn toots 4 different tunes. Its weird getting Christmas cards; they have Amylia's name on them and it hits me; this is her first christmas. My little baby is no longer little. She's going to be a year old soon. She's growing up so fast.

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Amylia's first Christmas was so hectic but so much fun. We started out with Nana (my mom) coming over for breakfast. We opened gifts and she got Amylia the Leapfrog Interactive Table, which she adores. After that Granpa (my dad) came over and he bought her the Fisher Price Baby Grand Piano. She plays with that alot too. She got tons of clothes, books, bath toys, a bouncy ball. Her uncle Don was home from Korea (dh's brother-teaches ESL). He brought her this wierd japenese toy, which she wont be able to play with for a long time but hey, its fun to listen to. I can hardly believe my little girl is going to be a year in March. Where did the time go? It seems like yesterday i was holding her in my arms for the first time and now, she's grown so big, it takes two arms just to hold her. She's as tall as a toddler. Not walking yet but crawling fast like a rabbit and walking around the furniture. Im not rushing it: she can go at her own pace. She does the same thing with eating; she goes at her own pace. Im proud of her. She's so smart for being so young and she picks up so fast. I love playing with her and hearing her giggle. She may never really understand just how special she is. She has this dimple on her cheek and someone said it was a kiss from an angel. I believe that. I believe God has some very very special children which are hard to let go down to earth, so they get kissed by an angel before they go. Thats my silliness but hey, you never know. Thanks for reading this: i know im long winded but I never thought I'd get pregnant after 4 1/2 years of trying and I never thought I'd have a little girl when all the odds said boy. Amylia is my little angel and a blessing.

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Amylia is 10m old now and things have changed once again. We finally found a pediatrician, who I am so thrilled with. When I explained my concerns about this horrible cold she's had for the 3rd time since October, he reassured me I was doing good with her and suggested giving her some saline drops and suction out her nose. It worked; she' almost completely over it. Its nice to have a doctor who doesnt treat me like a paranoid parent. He also weighed and meaured Amylia, though I cant remember her height, she's 21 lbs. So in just over a month, she's put on 10oz. Cant blame her: she got spoiled with good food over christmas. She's popped two teeth over the christmas holidays and we suspect the molars are already working their way in, as she has the major drool stream going on. She's such an amazing kid; so smart. She's figured out how to use most of her toys, even the new ones she just got on Saturday. She so close to walking. She'll stand on her own but then sits down if she wants to move.

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Amylia is finally over the nasty cold that she's beenf ighting for so long. She claps now; well correct me, she claps with sound now. She's been sortof clapping for a while but just recently picked up on the the whole clapping thing. She also said two more words: yah and gimme. She really picks up on words you use everyday. We use yah alot and good girl to encourage her. The gimme is from playing with her and her blankie "gimme that blankie." She's not walking yet but she's trying. Dh can take her hands and she'll walk all over the place but the second he lets go, boom, on her bum. She loves music and colors.

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Amylia is doing great. She's popped tooth #9, her first eye tooth. She gibbers away most of the day but now says, "yeah, up, gimme and bye bye." Her biggest accompishment came last night, when she took her first steps. She was holding my finger and heading for a her play table; well didnt she let got and take two whole steps on her own. Im so proud of her!!

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I dont think its fair that our little ones grow up so darn fast!!!! Amylia is almost 11 months now and its so freakin scary. She's trying to take a few steps here and there and we think she's teething again; this will be #10!! Its so hard to believe she was once small enough to be held in one arm and that she slept majority of the day. Its hard to get her down for a nap unless she's super tired and bedtime right now is around 10pm. She's fitting size 12-18m clothes and her shoe size is an infant size 4-SIZE 4!!!!! I know she gets her big feet from her dad and me-her dad is 11 mens and im a 13ee women's. She's saying more words now, mostly words we say to her. Last night, she said get it. I say that alot when she drops her blanket or soother, i go "get it, get it, get it." We sent out her birthday invitations last Saturday, so we should start getting responses this week. We keep going over different things we want to get for her birthday. Im hoping our T4s will be in soon, so we can get our income tax done. We might have one advantage this year, as dh had extra money taken off his paycheck. Ive officially started my cake decorating business; i posted my first ad on kijiji. Now, its a matter of time and word of mouth. Im doing another cake for Saturday.

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Things change way too fast for my liking. Amylia's growing up and I want nothing more than to hit the pause button and take it all in. She's saying more words, she's curious, she's bubbly, she's got a bit of a temper. Its wonderful to see her personality growing and changing and I wish it didnt have to happen so fast-I feel like sometimes when I leave the room and come back, she's changed again. I realize its all part of growing up but no one ever said it would be so hard to watch. I miss my little angel who I cuddled in my arms; she's been replaced by another angel who's trying to walk and sits in my lap for cuddles. Dont get me wrong; i love Amylia with all my heart. Its just sad to me that she's grown so darn fast.

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Amylia is growing up so fast-she's taking 6-7 steps at a time right now. Unfortunately, she's been really sick this week. We ended up taking her down to Children's Emerg Tuesday night. She had a high fever, vomiting and diarhea. Her bp and heart rate was high between 170-190 bmp. It should be between 120-130. They gave her Tylenol and some Gatorade. They put a heart monitor on her and she was not happy about that. We got there about 2:30am. She was so stressed out; every time she got upset her heart rate would shoot up. Finally, her fever broke and her heart rate dropped back to normal. I can say enough about the kindness of the nurses and doctors at Childrens; they took such good care of her. So gentle and understanding. She's still fighting off this virus but thankfully she's showing signs of getting better. She has some appetite and she's playing with her toys again. I cant believe how fast her first birthday is approaching. Im going to make her a cake myself; since that is my business now.

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The countdown is on until Amylia's first bday-we're still waiting on some people to respond but it looks like it might be around 20 people. We got her an inflatable plush disney princess chair. Amylia has been so sick lately, its very concerning. After the emerg visit last week, we went to see the ped this week. She's apparently still fighting off this virus, but its absolutely horrible; she has this horrible bark like cough, which the doctor said would clear soon. I hope it does; she's loosing sleep right now because every time she lays down or falls asleep, she hacking away. At least with the medicine, she gets some sleep.

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Today was a rough day. Amylia has the worse bum rash I have ever seen and this girl has only had 4 bad bum rashes in almost a year, so we've been lucky. This one is horrible; bright red and the screams when I tried to wipe it. Took alot of strength not to cry with her; poor girl. She's seriously drugged up tonight; Tylenol and cold meds (still fighting off this virus). Im going to see how it is in the morning and go from there. If its not any better, we're heading over to see the ped or to the urgent care clinic if he's not available. This just isnt right.

I wrapped her bday gift today; I cant believe she'll be one in 2 1/2 weeks. How unfair is it. She's grown up so fast and Ive been very privelaged to be a SAHM and to watch her grow but being a SAHM you dont always see the changes right away. You notice them when you got out for a couple of hours and come back; you see them sometimes when they turn their head a different way. Its scary how fast these little ones grow.

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Amylia's bday is one week tomorrow-where did the time go? This time last year, I was anxiously awaiting her arrival (very impatiently, I will admit) and now she's walking, still a bit wobbly and she's starting to test her limits. A two year in training-OH NO!!!! :hairraising:

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