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    Default Our July Miracle!

    Hello sweet baby!!!

    This is the beginning of your pregnancy journal, and I am excited to be able to write this for you! I hope to write daily, to let you (and everyone who reads) know how I am feeling, and what you are up to!

    So...without further ado....

    Once again, I am amazed at how dad and I were able to conceive (you). You see, every time I get pregnant, it is just "in the nick of time"...as your father travels a lot these days. So, we gave it our all in early July, and then off dad went until early August. By the time dad arrived home, I thought I might be pregnant, as I was feeling late afternoon exhaustion, which is common for me when newly pregnant. We decided to wait a few more days before testing.

    So, on Saturday, 6 August 2005, we tested and discovered that you were on your way! We were (and still are) both very excited and a bit nervous!

    On 22 August, we had our first OB appt. with Dr. Preen. She did an u/s...and holy moly...there you were!!! We could see you and your beautiful little heart beating away.

    This time around, Dr. Preen will monitor me like she did when i was pregnant with your big brother, Jacob.

    We have our first level II u/s with Dr. Fausett (the perinatologist) on 17 October. If all is well, he will put in a cerclage soon thereafter.

    Little Brotchen is what your papa is calling you already...so, I'll shorten it to Little B for now.

    Little B....I want you to know how very much we love you, and that we can't wait to meet you next April. You are supposed to arrive on 7 April...which is your Aunt Yvette's birthday. I think that this is really special.

    Ok...my Little B...until tomorrow...

    I love you!

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default 31 August 2005

    Hello Little B,

    I hope that you are doing well today! Goodness, I can't wait to me you already!!!

    Today was a very hot day here in Heidelberg, Germany. Oh...guess I should say that your dad, I, and brother, Jacob having been living in Heidelberg, Germany. You will be born here at the US Army Hospital. So....we hit 90 or so today. I remember this weather all too well from when I was this pregnant with Jacob. It feels miserable to go outside. Thank goodness, your dad hooked up both a/c s. One is in the living room, and the standing cooler is now in our bedroom!

    This morning, Jacob and I ran to the grocery store to get a few things for your dads birthday dinner on Friday. Then, we met with my friend, Stephanie and her newborn baby, Gregory for lunch.

    I took a nap when your brother did today. It feels good to close my eyes during the day, knowing that, the energy that I don't have right now, is going straight to you. I just know that you are growing big and strong.

    Well...I don't feel like making this a long entry today. And, by the time your family in the states gets the news, they will have a saga to read. So, my dear sweet Little B....rest and grow strong for mom!

    We love you!

    Mom, Dad, and Jacob
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default 1 September

    Hello Sweet Little B,

    I hope that you are well today. It was another very hot day here in H'berg. Glad that your dad hooked up both a/cs...he's my hero...in many, many ways! Speaking of, he is still at work...and it's past midnight. Darn Army!!!

    Well, your brother and I hung out here this morning. I made Beef Stroganoff for dad's b-day dinner tomorrow night, and did your brother's laundry.

    This afternoon, we went to playgroup at Ms. Beth's house. We had fun!

    I am feeling quite "icky" these days. Nauseas if I don't eat, nauseas if I do. At least food is staying down. I know that the heat is not helping me. I am trying my best to nap for at least one hour of your brother's nap time. Even if I don't sleep, I force myself to just lay still.

    I am finding that, even though I am exhausted, I often just can't sleep. Even late at night. And, getting up 4-6 times to go potty doesn't help. Sheesh...here we go again. But, my sweet little one...you are so worth it.

    Tomorrow and Monday should be no work days for your dad. Let's hope so. Then, next week, he goes to the sandbox for a week. Ewww Yuck!!!

    Well...sweet one....I am off to sleep for now.

    I love you!

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    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default Catching up....

    Hello Sweet Little B,

    I hope that you are well today. We've been busy around here, and I have been quite tired...and feeling plain ol' yucky. I know that this means all is well....so...bring on the yuckies...lol!

    Let's see, on Friday night, we celebrated your dad's b-day. The Beef Stroganoff that your brother and I made (well, he was in the kitchen helping) turned out superb! Oma and Opa (Sherie and John) came over to join us. We had a Baskin Robbin's cake for dessert...mmmmm

    Yesterday, we pretty much hung out during the day. Your brother and I walked to the Mini Mal, to stock up on carrot, banana, and multi-vitamin juice. We shared a yogurt drink on the way home. Mmmmm again!

    Last night, dad and I went on a River cruise. This was also the last Heidelberg Castle illumination for the season. We had a great time. We sat with Sarah, a tech who I work with in the OB/GYN clinic, and her parents. Sarah just had a baby, Skylar, three weeks ago. The baby was there too, and made me sooooo want to hold you!!! I just can not wait to have another little one in my arms.

    So....dad leaves tomorrow for a week in Iraq. I am so sad that he has to make this trip. Then, when he comes home, he will turn around the very next day, and go to Grafenwoehr for two weeks. So....just about three weeks away. I know that your brother and I are going to miss him soooo much!

    While dad is away, I will work on finding a sitter to watch your brother after the cerclage is put in. If it is anything like the last time, I'll be on couch rest for at least three weeks. And, since dad most likely won't be able to take leave, and I won't be able to lift or run after your brother, we'll need some help around here.

    I want to note here that, I am keeping my friend Teresa and her family and Nadine in my thoughts and prayers. Teresa is adopting Nadine's baby, Matthew. They are in Idaho now awaiting his birth. I am soooo very excited and happy for them, and can't wait for Matthew's Birth day!!!

    I love you!

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default Monday, 5 September

    Hello Sweet Little B,

    I hope that you are well today. This will be a fairly short entry, as I am tired, and not feeling too well. This is okay though, as I know it means that you are growing big and strong.

    Let's see, dad left this morning to go to Iraq for a week. He was up and out before your brother and I opened our eyes. Your brother sure missed him today. Must have mentioned him 100 times! He thinks of your dad in so many ways....even when he sees a motorcycle. Too funny.


    Today, your brother and I went to visit with our German friends from "First Steps." Dennis has a big back yard....with a sandbox and swings. Your brother had a blast! Especially because, he found 3 nice sized brooms to play with...hee hee. your brother Jacob is soooo into cleaning these days.

    Well....when we were driving up to the Apt., I notice good ol' "Addie" our Mercedes in the drive. Turns out, your papa didn't get on a flight today...and so was home for dinner tonight! I was soooo glad to see him, and so was Jacob. He'll be off again in the morning....

    Ok sweet baby...mom is going to sleep now.

    I love you!

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    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default Tuesday 6 September

    Hello Sweet Little B,

    I hope that you are well right now!!!

    Today was a great day....all around. But, the definite high light was getting to see you and to hear your sweet heart beat. I had an appt. with Dr. Preen. She is the same Dr. who followed me through pregnancy and delivered your brother, Jacob. I can not say enough good about her...she is simply wonderful. This was actually the second u/s; the first was on 22 August. We got to see your hb then, but not hear it.

    All is perfect with you from the u/s. You are measuring right on target for a 7 April due date, and my cervix measured 3.6 cm...which is right where it needs to be right now. I will have an u/s every two weeks until 17 October. I will then go for a Level II u/s in Lunstuhl with Dr. Faussett, the perinatologist, to prepare for the cerclage.

    Let's see....your dad left this morning to go to Iraq for a week. I pray he gets there and out safely and quickly. I highly dislike (your papa hates the word hate) the fact that he will be going back again for a year. I am so sad that he will miss your birth, and your first 9 months of life. Sheesh, it seems like an eternity away. Well, I need to stay strong....for all of us.

    Thankfully, your brother is an angel..truly. He is eating and sleeping so well, that I am getting the extra rest that I need. I usually nap when he does....and am trying my best to go to sleep earlier these days. He is soooo funny these days, too...which helps for sure.

    I guess that is about all for now....

    Stay well and strong, my sweet baby...

    I love you!

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default your first pic

    Hi Sweet Little B....

    Here is one of your very first "pictures"....the u/s from September 6, 2005. You are 9 weeks and 4 days...

    Love,

    Mom


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    Default Wednesday, 7 September

    Hello Sweet Little B,

    I hope that you are well today.

    Today was hot and icky here in H'berg. It reminded me of the several week's heat wave we had when I was preggo with your brother. Thank goodness we have the a/c s now!

    I went with a friend to the HCSC (Wives Club) first luncheon today. I wasn't going to join this year, but was convinced otherwise. I am glad that I went/joined, as it gives me another outing excuse once a month.

    I am still feeling very tired, and slightly nauseas. The tender boobies come and go. I know I only have a few more weeks, and then into the glorious 2nd trimester....ha ha!

    I just finished reading the beginning of the pregnancy journal I wrote when I was pregnant with your brother. Things were very similar at this point. Oh, this was the week that we told close family and friends that we were preggo. We are going to wait a few more weeks this time, although, I suspect that several people suspect we may be. Even though we are out of the early miscarriage neck of the woods, we still want to keep it to ourselves. I am trying to think of a creative way to spread the word when we decide to. Maybe I will make a "I going to be a BIG BROTHER" t-shirt for Jacob and send out an e-mail with him wearing it.

    This morning, I was very melancholy. I was watching the Oprah show, and she was live in New Orleans. Just to note here, this was to show her audience some of the devastation left behind from Hurricane Katrina. The city was litterally destroyed. As I was watching it, Jacob crawled up onto my lap and gave me a hug....sheesh....the tears just came pouring down. I am just so very grateful for what I/we have. It hurts that Gray will be away for a year. I dislike living in this apt. for another almost two years. But, we are alive, healthy, and have so much to be thankful for.

    Back to the journal. I came across a passage that I wrote in the journal--a poem that I wrote when we lost your older sister, Rachael Ann. I think it special enough to repeat here. So, sweet Little B, I will end this entry with this:

    "Our Little Star"

    We look up to the stars in heaven, and know that you are near. You see us down on earth, and help us to not fear. We know that you are with us, every breath that we shall take. For when our hearts our grieving, inside peace you'll help to make. We'll think of you daily, in our memory you'll always be, a child loved much more than words, or others could ever see. So precious Rachael Ann, you'll always be our shining star, guiding mom, dad, your brother (and baby brother or sister soon to be) with peace....never very far.

    I love you sweet Rachael, with all of my heart....Mom

    And, I love you sweet Little B....with all of my heart...Mom

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    Default Thursday, 8 September

    Hi Sweet Little B,

    I hope that you are well today.

    It was another very hot day here in H'berg! Your brother and I went shopping this morning. I got him a back up Halloween costume (a Pooh with attached honey pot for candy), just in case the one from Aunt Suzie doesn't fit or arrive in time. Goodness knows, Oct is going to be a busy and then very quiet month around here. I also bought Jacob a pair of semi dress shoes. They aren't Stride Rite...but, I don't want to pay $40-50 for shoes he'll only wear a few times. I sure hope that you don't inherite your papa's feet!!!!

    This afternoon, I got a call from the lady who Supervises the women who have Federal Child Care centers here in their homes. I had called her, to see whether someone would have a temporary full-time spot for Jacob once my cerclage is placed. I think that this will be the best solution for him, as he will have fun playing with others. Also for me, as I can rest without having to entertain or run after him. A very hard thing to do from the couch! Anyhow, there is a spot for him...and the lady only watches one other child besides her own 3 yr. old daughter. She also lives just across the major street from us!!! I pray that your dad will be able to do the drop off and pick up, otherwise, I will have to work something out.

    So....what is up with peanuts and peanut butter again!?!? I have been craving this (and eating a tablespoonful nightly) for a few nights now. Sheesh, I had this craving with your brother. I guess that my body is craving extra protein right now. Guess it's better than garbage foods and fast foods. I seriously think that some women crave those things when pregnant, just because they can.

    Well, I am off to try and find the perfect announcement t-shirt for your brother to wear in a picture, that we will use in an e-mail to announce your upcoming arrival! I found a few cute ones this morning....

    Okay Little B...

    I love you!

    Mom

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    Default Friday, 9 September

    Hello Sweet Little B,

    I hope that you are well today!

    We had a busy and full day here. I am still feeling kind of "icky"...and tired. I know I've not mentioned it before, but, I am having a bit of insomnia at night. I can't seem to fall asleep for up to 1 1/2 hours after I lay down, even if I am exhausted. I go to the bathroom, and then lay in bed till I have to go again. I think I go about 4 times before I fall asleep. It's getting old...what can one do?

    So....your brother is all set to go to "Miss Nikki's" in October! We went over to meet her today, and she is very, very nice. I think that this is going to be a great opportunity for him, as her daughter, Lindsey, who is three, was enamored! I think that he will learn a lot from her...ha ha.

    I heard from dad tonight. He sounded good, but tired. If all goes well, he'll be on a flight home tomorrow! I can't count the number of times your brother has blown his picture kisses in the last few days. I feel sad when I think that you will have to wait 9 whole months to get to know this wonderful man.

    Tomorrow we will go grocery shopping in the morning...and you can bet your sweet bottom dollar that, peanut butter is high on the list. Sheesh, this is crazy!

    Before I end this post, I have to say that I am just so thrilled for my friends, Teresa and James, and their Birth mom, Nadine. Today, little Matthew Spencer came into the world. May he always be loved, and feel the love of so, so many people who love him!!! From "Aunt Shari" in Heidelberg, Germany!

    Ok sweet Little B....until tomorrow,


    I love you!

    Momb
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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