Our June Miracle!

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Our June Miracle!

(6 weeks 1 day)

Hello sweet baby,

Mommy is so excited to be starting this journal. It has been one loooooong year...but, I just know that you are our little miracle. I have prayed so hard, and am praying hard, that I will be able to hold you in my arms come Feb/March. The Dr. today said that, you will be due on 10 March 2004. However, because of mom's unique uterus : ), you will very likely be born early. I hope that you can stay warm and comfortable inside of me.....for as long as possible.

I will make this background brief for now, but want you to know that, you have a big sister, Rachael Ann, who is watching over us from heaven. Mom and dad lost Rachael on 21 June 2002. We were very, very sad. We lost her almost a year to the day that we conceived you. Mom feels so horrible that we lost Rachael. But, I also feel that you are g-d's answer to our prayers!

Then, last January, we lost another pregnancy, due to a blighted ovum...no baby. I think that g-d was trying to tell your dad and I that we needed to wait just a bit longer.

Anyhow, we spent the spring and early summer having many, many tests...and were on a really long roller coaster ride. It turns out that I have a rare uterine anomaly, called unicornuate uterus. I have a barrel shaped uterus, about 3/4 of the normal size. I also have only one tube that communicates with my uterus. This anomaly occured while I was developing in Grandma Elaine. It wasn't fun finding out at 35 that there is something wrong with my uterus. But....mom and dad weren't giving up hope! I had surgery in May to confirm the anomaly...and then waited for my next period.....which I never got!!!

Dad and I really didn't think that we'd conceive you so quickly, but, you beat the odds...and are now growing strong inside of me!!!! Yes, you are our miracle child!!!

I had a few pregnancy signs early on, like zits (yuck), and frequent urination. I finally got brave and took a home pregnancy test on 2 July....and your dad said "guess what, your going to be a mommy again!" I sat with the test in front of me for hours!!!! I had a blood test to confirm it on the 3rd of July. I have had two HCG (that's the hormone you produce when pregnant) tests so far....on 3 July, it was 3,359...and on 11 July, it was 22,887!!!!

I am feeling very pregnant now...I am very, very tired all the time....urinate all night....and have a queasy stomach. But, I welcome all of this because I know it means you are growing healthy and strong.

I had my first ultra sound this morning...and I cried tears of joy when I heard your beautiful heart beating...at 120 bpm! I will record it next time, so that I can share it with you some day! I also have a picture to share with you...you are beautiful already!!! My new friend here in Germany, Sherri, went with me, because your dad is traveling a lot right now. I am so glad that Sherri was with me!

Dad and I have a long, long road ahead of us until we see you....but, we will be okay. We will just take one day at a time.

There are so many wonderful ladies here on preg.org who are praying for us, and wishing us well. I am so blessed to have them in my life! I wish all of them babydust and blessings too.

Well, my sweet baby, mommy is tired, so I will stop for now. I hope to write here each day, to tell you all about how we are doing, your family, etc....

I love you....precious.....grow strong!

Mom

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6 weeks 2 days

(6 weeks/2 days)

Hi sweet baby,

How are you today? I am feeling kind of blah...but, that's okay. I should be feeling this way right now. I have laundry finishing in the basement, and I was just looking at the video I made for Grandma Elaine's 50th birthday several years ago. It has home movies from when I, Aunt Suzanne, and Aunt Yvette were babies!!!! I can't wait to show you the video...it's special!

I was also looking at some cross stich patterns on-line. I am trying to find one with the theme "A Star Is Born" for your room. I may have plenty of extra time on my hands if I am on bedrest while you grow. I have found a few, but will wait to order.

Your dad is in Stuttgart right now, away on business. He sure travels a lot these days!!! But, he is a proud American soldier...and soldiers keep very busy! On Sunday, dad will leave to go to Vincenza, Italy for two weeks. I was going to go with him....but I think it's best that I stay behind and rest here in Heidelberg. It won't be much of a vacation, as your dad will be working long hours.

I will stay home here in Heidelberg, and plan our Germany vacation for the last week in August and first week in September. We hope to spend a week up north, and a week down south. There are some very pretty places to go...and also very historical.

Well...sweet one....I will try to write more later today...

I love you, very much!

Mom

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6 weeks 3 days

(July 18- 6 weeks/3days)

Hello sweet baby,

I hope you are well today. Mom is feeling super yucky this morning. I had to get up at 7:30 to let the gate guards know that we were expecting carpet to be delivered from a German store today. They should be here between 11 and 1....but, I didn't know that until just a few minutes ago. The carpet is berber, and will go in the office/guest room. It wil help hide all your dad's coffee stains nicely. You'll see, he carries an adult sippie cup with him where-ever he goes...he has to have his coffee!!!

I was up again all last night with several potty trips. I should make a mark on a sheet of paper each time...so I will have a count...but, it's somewhere between 3-6 times.

Guess what sweet one, your dad comes home from Stuttgart today. He will be here until Sunday...and then he leaves for two weeks. He will be going to Italy next. I can't wait to show him your first "picture" though....it's in a pretty silver frame that says "Love". Aunt Suzie gave it to us as an engaqement gift.

Okay...mom's going to go lie down for a few minutes...

Love you!!!!

Mom

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July 19 (6 weeks/4 days)

Hello sweet baby,

I hope that you are well inside of me today. I am still not feeling very well...but know that things could be worse.

Dad came home from Stuttgart last night...and then spent a few hours at work! He needs to catch up before he leaves for Italy tomorrow. Wish he had a few days or a week in between trips. Anyhow, we went out for a yummy Italian dinner....the food here in Germany is super!!!!

Dad went into work again today for a while. I set out dad's clothes for his trip, and then began your hard bound journal. I love writing to you...and hope that you enjoy reading this and the hard journal.

Tomorrow, I will go to a festival in Rauenberg. The town is just south of Heidelberg....and, it is celebrating its 700th birthday!!!! I will go with "Aunt Sherri" and Uncle John...our new friends here in Heidelberg. Sherri went with me to the first U/S on Wed.; she and John are really looking out for me, especially while dad travels.

Love you sweet one!

Mom

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6 weeks, 5 days

Hello sweet baby,

Mom is sooooooo excited this morning....because......we have a BEAUTIFUL new Siggy at the bottom of our posts!!!!! Mommy's dear friend, Teresa, put the siggy together for us! Teresa/Trixiedoodle IS THE BEST!!!!!! Thank you for putting our new siggy together....
WE LOVE YOU, TERESA!!!!
Teresa is one of mommies dear friends here on Preg.org. She has been cheering for daddy and I through this very long last year....and, she helps mommy keep her chin and spirits up!!!! Teresa is so special to everyone here at Preg.org!!!!

This journal post is dedicated to you, Teresa....sending you TONS of babydust and love!!!!!

Mom (and Baby B to Dirol

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(6 weeks/6days)

Hello Sweet Baby,

I hope that you are well today. Boy, what a long, hot day we had yesterday. After dropping daddy off at the Haupt Ban Hoff (Main Train Station), I came home and got ready to go the festival in Rauenberg with Sherri and John. The festival was so neat....with many town members participating in the festival parade celebrating the town's 700 birthday. It was very, very hot...nearly 100 degrees....but all the parade participants wore costumes depicting important events in the town's history from 1300's until today. Everyone wore smiles, despite the heat, even the children...it was amazing!

Last night, I just relaxed and Instant Messaged with Teresa. Mom loves "talking" with Teresa...she is so special. We hope that Teresa and her DH caught their eggy this cycle!!!!!

Today, I am going to get my hair cut....but, am not going to color it until I am in the second tri-mester.

Lots of love sweet baby,

Mom

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7 Weeks

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Hi Sweet Baby,

Mom hopes you are doing well today. We have certainly been getting plenty of rest during the day...as, I feel like I am in a time warp, and can sleep forever. I just woke up from a good 2 hour nap. I know that I am very lucky to be able to do this in the middle of the day. I am getting up so much at night to go potty, that I am getting very little good sleep at night. I wake up tired, and stay that way, most of the day. And, the temperature has been very hot and sticky lately...and with no air conditioner, I'm miserable! Okay....I am not upset about it....and know it is normal....and will pass in a few weeks. I also have had no real appetite. Nothing seems good anymore : ( This will pass in a few weeks too!

Okay, on to a more positive note. This morning, I went with Sherri and a friend's granddaughter to the Heidelberg Zoo. Although, I've been to much nicer zoos, it's nice to know that we have one so close by.
We took the Strasse Ban (Street Car) there and back...and we went to downtown Heidelberg for lunch. Mom had a small salad and a potato pancake with applesauce. Potato pancakes can be one of my favorites...so I will have to go back and get it again when my appetite returns.

Let's see....yesterday, I ordered another drawer for your tall nursery dresser. We needed to do this, as the drawer was broken apart during our move here. The drawer alone costs $50!!!!! But, we did spend quite a bit of money on the set (It's the kind that will go to a toddler bed and then full size) and we hope to pass it down to you or one of your siblings someday. The nursery set is beautiful!!!!

Okay....mom's tired...and she's going to rest now.

Tomorrow, I start walking with our neighbor, Nancy, who lives below us. We are going to try to walk several times a week....

Love you!

Mom

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(7 weeks/1 day)

(7 weeks/1 day)

Hello sweet baby,

I hope that you are well today. I am still feeling pretty miserable....with no energy...but, that's okay. It will return some time : )

I had another visit with the OB/GYN clinic today. This time it was with the head nurse, who gave me a video series and lots of info about pregnancy do's and don'ts.

I also had a Dr. take some cultures, because I thought I had a urinary tract infection....with all the peeing I am doing. It turns out, I was right...and I do have a UTI. So, I am now taking Macrobid (an antibiodic) for 7 days. I hope that it doesn't affect you at all...but, it is still on my mind. If I don't take it, the UTI could turn into a kidney infection....and they can cause problems....like pre-term labor. Just what we DON'T need. So hang in there, precious....

I have my first real OB appt. on Monday. Apparently the one last week was just to make sure the preg was viable, and to see how big you are!!! The one on Monday is where I get to ask the new Dr., Dr. Preen all the questions I have (and there are lots!!!!) and have a pap and boob check. This is all routine.

Well....sweet one...I'm going to go rest....as I am still dragging my butt these days.

I am starting my walking routine tonight though...with our neighbor Nancy, who lives downstairs....just a half hour 2-3 times a week....

Love you, sweet one!

Mom

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(7 weeks/2 days)

(7 weeks/2 days)

Hi sweet baby,

I hope you are doing okay today. Mom is feeeeeeling mmmmmuuuucccchhhhhhhh BETTER!!!! Yeah...I finally had a fairly decent night sleep...I think I only got up 4 times! Still a lot....but, better than every hour. I think the antibiodic is starting to kick in already. Oh, this makes mom so very happy : ) Okay, now if I can just get over food aversion. Nothing sounds, smells, or tastes good.... : (

I spoke with Dad very, very early this morning...(4 am)....He is trying to pull 24 hour shifts, by himself! Things are very, very busy for him in Italy. Anyhow, one of his co-workers is driving down today to help him out. I am now very glad that I decided to stay home.

Today, I am just doing laundry, and if it cools downs later will go for a walk.

Oh...I think I forgot to note that, yesterday, I bought a mini cassette recorder so that we can record your heartbeat during our OB appts. Yeah...I can't wait to record and share them with you some day. It's amazing what technology provides us!!!!

Okay, my sweet one....mommy loves you!

Mom

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7 weeks/3 days

(7 weeks/3 days)

Hello sweet baby,

Mom hopes that you are growing big and strong! I am doing okay today. I had a burst of energy this morning, so I dusted our room and the living room...just enough so that I am keeping up with the house work.

I also called a few house cleaners today...and hope to have someone clean every two weeks soon.

Let's see....I also took a walk to the post office, which is about 1 mile away, to pick up the mail. I stopped by my friend Alicia's on the way home to rest. She always has a story to share....

I am trying to decide what to have for dinner tonight..but, nothing sounds good. I guess I'll figure it out. I am feeling better today....and hope I will continue to feel this way over the weekend.

Oh, I spoke with the head OB nurse today, and asked her if Dr. Preen was going to do another ultrasound on Monday at our first "official" OB appt....and, she said YES!!!!! I am so excited...another chance to see you, love. This time I will ask for all the pictures, and bring the tape recorder. I can't wait to surprise Dad and play the tape on the phone!

I love you, sweet baby...stay well!

Mom

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(7 weeks/4 days)

(7 weeks/4 days)

Hi sweet baby!

I hope that you are doing well...and growing big and strong. I am doing okay today. I am still feeling a bit qeasy..but the dizziness has dissapated.

Today, I did a few chores around the house...and then ran errands outside. I went and got 4 containers of multivitamin juice from the German grocery. I just love it!!!! It is much less acidic then orange juice, and good for mommy and you!

Then, I went to the library and rented a few movies. Afterwards, I went to the PX to get mom's cousin Jaime a baby gift. She had her baby, Cameron Nicole, last Saturday. The baby is sooo cute, and she still bears a small resemblance to my grandma Sally, may she rest in peace.

I have to write this down...so I don't ever forget. What I am about to type is both sad and precious. Mom dreamt last night that you (a girl) were with me at your big sister Rachael's gravesite. We were leaving flowers and stones (jewish tradition), and you started singing "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" from the show Annie. It was so precious, and maybe even a hint to me of what the future will surely hold.

I woke up and went to look in your nursery...it was almost surreal. Anyhow, this is the first time that I have dreamt of being at your sister's gravesite at Arlington National. Maybe it won't be the last. I feel good that "we" can visit Rachael in my dreams. Okay...mom's going to go wipe some tears.

Tonight, I went to have dinner with Alicia and her boys...we had a nice time.

Okay...I am off to sleep again...maybe I'll "see" you again in my dreams tonight...I love you, precious...

Mom

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(7 weeks/6 days) or (8 Weeks/2 days)

Hello, sweet baby!

I hope that you are well today....

I am sorry that I didn't write yesterday, but, I felt so tired...that I slept a good part of the day away. Mom slept so much...that she now has an ache on the left side of her neck : ( It hurts...and made sleeping last night so uncomfortable...so, I am tired again today.

Well...today is an exciting day!!!! In an hour, I am going to pick up Sherri and we are going to our first official OB appt.!!! I am both very excited and very nervous! I have a long list of questions for the Dr., and pray that she takes the time to listen and answer all of them. Mom will not let another Dr. brush off questions and concerns!!! I also have the cassette tape recorder with me...and am anxious to record your heart beat!

Well....my sweet little one...I will write more later today!

I love you!

Mom

(I am also praying real hard today that Trixiedoodle's DH's surgery goes well....Love you, Teresa!!!!!)

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(8 weeks!) or (8 weeks 3 days)

(8 weeks! or 8 weeks 3 days)

Hi sweet baby!

I hope that you are well. As you can see at the top of the post, I have another date for how old you are. You see, the Dr. measured you at 8 weeks, 2 days yesterday, instead of 7 weeks, 6 days. Anyhow, it's not much of a difference, so we are keeping your due date at 10 March 2004. But, as we all know, only you will determine the answer to this question : )

Anyhow, yesterday's appt. with Dr. Preen was fantastic! She listened to mommy for an hour. I was able to go over my entire preg history, and we discussed how she would treat my preg with you. She seems very caring and understanding. She told me that if I ever have strange feelings or sensations, to march myself right in to be checked! THis is just what I needed to hear!

We also got to see your heart fluttering away on the u/s monitored. How wonderful that was!!!!! We didn't get to hear it this time, as Dr. Preen was using a lower tech, portable u/s machine. I did get another picture of you though! You sure are growing!!!!

Okay, mom is going to get dressed now. I have to get my Tay Sachs blood test redone. (This is a fatal disease that people of Eastern Jewish ancestory are predisposed to (but don't always have) and it can pass on to offspring....both parents have to test positive). We know that your dad tested negative for this, but mine was inconclusive...

Then, I am going to get my hair cut....and meet Sherri at the bowling alley with Alexandra. I will just watch them bowl.

Mom is praying for her friend Teresa and her husband James. We hope that all goes well with his surgery today!!!!

Okay....I love you sweet baby!

Mom

PS. Dad was sooooo excited to hear that you are doing well!

PSS. Dad had a fever of 102 yesterday, and went home early to sleep....thank goodness!

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(8 weeks/1 dayish)

Hello sweet baby,

I hope that you are well today. Since we don't really know the exact due date, I am going to put (ish) at the end of the date....and will use the first one we got.

Anyhow, I am feeling pretty icky again today...tired, queasy...same stuff. I went to lunch with Sherri and Immy, Chinese...it was okay.

Then, I went to the bank....came home....cleaned the bathroom...and took a nap.

I am not going to do much this evening....maybe a video....

Anyhow...mom is praying that all is going well with Teresa's husband James...and she sends tons of babydust, sticky vibes, etc....to those who need them.

I love you, baby!

Mom

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(8 weeks 2 days ish)

Hi Sweet baby,

I hope that you are well. Not too much news to report...I felt okay today....and took a good nap.

I did all the laundry and went over to Alicia's house. I tried to scan in your ultrasound pictures to show everyone...but, we couldn't get the scanner software to cooperate! Anyhow, when dad comes home, we will make getting a new scanner/printer/copier a priority.

Guess what? I spoke with your dad tonight...and he told me that he likely will not be coming home on Saturday as planned. I am not too surprised or upset....as your daddy is a brave soldier, and is doing very important work! At least I get to talk with him everyday, and he's not too far away!
May g-d bless your dad, and all the brave men and women in the US Armed Forces! They sure have their work cut out for them these days.
(Missions going on in Afghanistan, Iraq, the middle east, South Korea, and now Africa again!) I hope that you will live to see a truly peaceful world sweet baby!

I went for a good walk tonight as well. I kept humming Carly Simon's song..."Your The Love Of My Life" and can't wait to sing it to you!

And, mom is still praying for a speedy recovery for Teresa's husband James!!! If all goes well, he will come home tomorrow.

Okay...sweet baby...mom loves you very much!

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(8 weeks 4 days +/-)

Hello sweet baby!

I hope that you are doing wel today! I am so sorry that I didn't write yesterday....I just didn't have the energy. It's been very hot here...up near 90! And, we expect only higher temps. this week. With no air conditioning (yes, I am spoiled!!!), I've been miserable!

I did go over to my friend Alicia's last night...and we played Trivial Pursuit. I had a nice time.

Today, I went back to Alicia's and we watched a movie...but, not a good one...so, I won't even mention the name.

I just had a few bites of roasted chicken (they come roasted at the Commissary), and am now trying to decide what else to eat...nothing sounds good.

I miss your daddy sooooo bad....and pray that he does come home on August 10th.

I am also getting kind of nervous about our appt. with the perinatologist next week. I know all will be okay....but, I am still anxious!

(By the way, mom's friend Teresa's DH came home yesterday after surgery....I am so happy for them!!!!!)

Okay....I love you sweet baby!

Mom

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8 weeks 5 days +/-

(8 weeks 5 days +/-)

Hello sweet baby!

I hope that you are okay today! It's soooooo hot outside right now...over 90 degrees! And, with no a/c, mom is just miserable. I am having a very hard time with sleeping at night...between the heat and potty breaks. I didn't get out of bed until 10:30 today! Oh, I can't wait for cooler weather. Speaking of, I went to the PX....and lo and behold, someone had ordered a cooler and decided against buying it. It is $700!!!! I am going to discuss it with dad tonight, but think that we will buy it. Even if we just have a few very hot weeks each year...over the 3 years we will be here...it will be worth it!

I also bought some comfy (stretch) sneakers...and a new purse!

Tonight the apt. bldg is having a cookout....and I will join them if it cools off a bit. I will grill a turkey burger....

Okay....I am going to watch a video...and rest...which is all I really feel like doing these days!

I love you, precious one!

Mom

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(8 weeks/6 days)

Hi sweet baby!

Mom loves you so very much! I hope that you are well!

It was another very hot day here in Germany....over 95 degrees! I went to the PX and paid for the a/c!!! They were going to hold it there for me until dad gets home.....but....

I found out tonight that dad won't be home now until at least 20 August! That's another 10 days....and, still not a fact! I miss your daddy sooooo much!!!

Anyhow, I am going to the PX tomorrow to set up delivery for the A/C. Hopefully, one of the neighbors can set it up this weekend.

Other than that, I am getting even more anxious about the peri visit on Wed. I will write out some questions for Dr. Faucet tomorrow.

Oh, and I plan to tell your grandparents and aunts and uncles about you, after the appt. on Wed. I know they will be excited!!!!

Okay...sweet one....mom is going to sleep! It's after 1 am here.....

I love you!

Mom

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(9 weeks +/-)

Hi sweet baby!

Happy 9 weeks! I can't believe that we are at 9 weeks already!

There isn't much new to write....other than the heatwave is still here! I went to have the a/c delivered...but, it won't arrive until next Wednesday! I am betting that the weather takes a turn and cools down by then! Oh, well.....

Okay..I'm going to keep today's entry short....as tomorrow's will be longer after the peri visit.

I love you, sweet one!

Mom

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(9 weeks 5 days)

Hi sweet baby!!!! Mom is sooooo happy and excited right now! I had a wonderful appt. today with Dr. Fausset in Lunstuhl.

I am going to post below, what I put on the Boards here...as I am tired right now. It's been a very long day....and very, very hot here. We almost
hit 100 degree!

Anyhow, tonight is a very exciting night, as I am going to share the news that you are growing inside me with your grandparents and aunts and uncles! They will be sooooo very surprised....but also excited, I am sure.

Okay here's what happened during the appt.

I love you baby....with all my heart!

Mom

_______________________

Hi Everyone!!!

I had a wonderful appt. with the peri today. He spent 2 1/2 hours with me!
Here's a recap:

--- We reviewed my history (two pregnancy losses) in detail
--- There is still no real way of knowing whether loosing Rachael at 22 weeks was due to infection, incompetent cervix, and/or my uterus that caused Rachael's Preterm...or a combination of the above.

---I will be have cervical measurements every week between now and 26 Sept.
---I will have a Comprehensive ultrasound (Drs. version of level III) on 26 Sept. (17 weeks)
---If all looks good, I will have a Shirodkar cerclage done on 29 Sept. at 17 weeks 3 days +/-.

***Note...if my cervical length shortens prior to 29 Sept., we will revisit the plan, and maybe do the cerclage earlier. We are waiting to do the cerclage, as I want to have the u/s done before the cerclage to determine problems etc. Most of the things we are looking for, can't be ruled out until 16-18 weeks.****

---I had a vaginal u/s today. The baby is measuring 9 weeks/5 days (a few days ahead of last weeks u/s!)
----Today's heartbeat was 169 bpm!!!!
---We were able to rule out anencephaly today. The nuchal translucency was under 1 mm, which reduces the chances of downs by 50%. Meaning, for my age, instead of 1/240...we are at 1/500. We of course will know more at the 17 week u/s.

The best part of today's appt., the u/s machine was so high tech, that we were able to see baby move its hands and fingers. It was truly amazing!!!
You should have seen the tears of joy flowing when I saw this!!!

That's it in a nutshell....

Shari

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(9 weeks 6 days)

Hello sweet baby!

I hope that you are well today, and are growing big and strong!

Last night was sooooo very exciting. I told all your grandparents and your aunts and uncles about you! They were all full of questions (because they are very concerned that we are getting good care here) but also very excited!!!

I told them all that they must keep it a secret from anyone else for a few more weeks! I know that this will be hard for them....but it is important to your dad and I that we get by the first trimester! Only 3-4 more weeks!!!!!

I am going to try to fax daddy one of your ultrasound pictures today. He can't wait to "see" you! He sends his love!!!

I had a very hard time sleeping last night...and I am going to call the Dr. to see if I can get another urine test to make sure that my urinary tract infection is gone. It is supposed to be 101 degrees here today...so, I am not doing very much. Although I have two small loads of laundry going in the basement.

I also had a lady named Gierdre come over today. She is from Lithuania, and she is going to start cleaning our apt. every other week, beginning next Monday. She works for mommy's friend across the street....and Gierdre loves babies!

Well sweet precious one...mom is going to go send an e-mail to your grandparents and aunts and uncles and give them the link to this site/page. This way, they will have all the up-to-date information on how we are doing!

I love you with all my heart!

Mom

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10 Weeks Today

(10 Weeks Today)

Hello sweet baby,

I hope that you are growing big and strong!

I have to mention that, today August 8, 2003, was the due date for our second pregnancy....had there been a baby brother or sister. Mom was a little sad...I'm sure that no one else remembered...(which is okay)...but I do...and always will. You see, a mom does remember special days like this. Anyhow, I lit a candle for two hours this morning to remember our baby that would have been.

Guess what? I was actually able to sleep better last night for some reason. It was soooo hot, but I guess mom is real tired these days. I don't remember getting up to go potty more than 3 times! That's a new record!!!!

Anyhow, I awoke to a very, very stuffy and warm apt. We got up to 102 degrees again today. I remember complaining about the summer heat in VA...just going to and from the car. Well, I will never complain about it again. I would love to be able to sit in a cool place for just a while. (See below, because I did find a little A/C relief today...yeah!!!)

I went to fax your daddy the u/s pictures of you....but for some reason his fax didn't pick them up : ( I will try again on Monday.
Well....after I tried to fax the pictures...a light went off in my preggo brain..."the bowling alley has a/c". So, off I went to the bowling alley for lunch. I also bought a small pizza, which will get me through several more meals. (although we are having grilled chicken salad tonight.)

Let's see, Alicia came over to the apt. We watch mom and dad's wedding video. Oh boy, what a wonderful time we had. I wish we could do it again!!!! I love your daddy soooooooooooo much!!!

Then, around 8 pm, I went grocery shopping. It was still pretty hot outside, but we managed. I carried the groceries in very slowly, using the "granny" cart (like they use in NY City) that Sherie has lent me. Mom is so grateful to have this cart.

Okay...so, I am finishing salad...writing to you...and then, I will relax for the night.

I love you my sweet baby!!!

Mom

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(10 weeks/1 day)

Hi sweet baby,

I sure hope that you are okay inside of me. It's been super hot here in Heidelberg! We've had several days now of temps over 100 degrees. Mom woke up this morning....feeling soooooo sick. I ate some yogurt, drank some multi-vitamin juice...and then just layed on the couch. I just couldn't move.

Anyhow, after an hour or so, I got a call from SGM Josie Klingensmith, who was at Ft. Bragg with daddy and I. She invited me to go with her to Ramstein AFB (about 1 hour away) to help her look for fans. I of course jumped at the opportunity....as I was able to sit in an airconditioned car for 2 hours today! Yeehaw!! I'll tell you....you never now how good you have something sometimes...until it is gone.

Anyhow, by the time we got there, they had NO fans left. And, they had received 500 just last night! It's crazy!!!!

Well..I am going to keep this short tonight...as I am still not feeling well.

I love you....and daddy loves you!

Stay well precious!

Mom

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Hi sweet baby,

Mom hopes you are growing big and strong....I think about you all the time! According to my Pregnancy Journal book, this week is a crucial week for your development, as your fingers and toes are no longer webbed, your ears (innner and outer) are completed, and your genitals (if a boy) will start to appear. All of this is so, so exciting! Sometimes I wish I could peek inside and watch all of this taking place. Just know that you are beautiful and special to me in every way!!!!

I had an okay day today. It was actually okay in the apt. this morning (I left the windows wide open last night...thank goodness we're on the 2nd floor) that is, until 10 o'clock or so. Sheesh, we hit 103 here today!

I went to the bowling alley again with my friend Alicia. We sat and played Trivial Pursuit for several hours. Then, I watched her play for another few hours with someone at the bar. Needless to say, I didn't plan to be there for 8 hours....but, I don't believe in leaving a friend in the lurch!

By the time I got home, it was nearly 9 pm! Just in time for a cool shower and phone call with your dad.

Your dad misses us sooooo much. He's really getting tired of the get up and go, and wishes he could stay put here for a while. I sure do too!!!!

Well, tomorrow morning I am going to daddy's office to digitize your u/s pictures from last week. I hope it works, so that he can "see" you for the first time. I hope to be able to send them to your grandparents and aunts/uncles too!

By the way, my dear friend Teresa's husband had a recovery setback. His scar is starting to swallow the stiches, and they are going to try and remove some of them manually (ouch!!!). I am praying so hard that all goes well, and that he is in no pain very soon. I know how hard this is on both he and Teresa. I pray that James is feeling better and is up and about soon.

Okay...sweet baby...mommy and daddy love you....very, very much!

Mom

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Hello sweet baby,

I hope that you are well today.

Mom had a pretty good day today. I went first thing this morning to the PX to get another fan...just in case one of ours dies. Then, I went to dad's office, where his co-worker Paul tried to digitally send thye u/s pics to dad and I. It didn't work : ( they were just too dark. Paul took a xerox copy of them home tonight with him, and is supposed to scan them in and send them to me! I can't wait to share them with everyone here at preg.org....and of course, your immediate family.

This afternoon, Gierdre came over to clean the apt. I have to admit, she cleans better than me!!!! She even cleaned every square inch of flooring on her hands and knees. And, since she's almost 6 feet tall, she can reach some places that I can only reach by going up and down on a ladder. Anyhow, she is truly the first cleaning lady that mom has had, who, when she left, I had nothing to go over. She is also a very, very nice lady...and mom wishes her well.

Gierdre also said that she felt bad that I didn't call her back last Friday to help bring the groceries upstairs. Mom will be sure to call her this Friday!

Tomorrow, mom's former boss and friend, Leah, and her two children are coming to visit. I cannot wait to see them!!!! We are going to the bowling alley where it is cool...yes, again...and then I will bring her to the apt. for a while.

Well...sweet precious baby of ours...I am going to go enjoy a nice cool bowl of (real) ice cream. This is a treat that mom would almost never allow in the States! It's just too hot here, and the ice cream is too yummy!

I love you....with all my heart!

Mom

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Hi Sweet Baby,

I hope you are doing okay today. So much for temp relief, we hit 104 degrees today in Heidelberg. I sure hope that your temp is regulated inside of me. I am doing all I can to keep my body temp down....

Let's see, mom's friend Leah came to visit with her children, Maggie and James. We had so much fun catching up! We had lunch at the bowling alley, and then came back to the apt. to chat. She and I never have a dull moment in conversation! She said that she and her DH Jim, insist that I stay at their home before and after my cerclage placement. Boy, how wonderful...it's almost as good as having family here! Leah will also be able to help me at the hospital after the procedure if daddy isn't back from the states. I am still very sad that he may not be here....but understand that the classes he is taking are only held twice a year...and he needs them to do his work here.

After Leah left, mom discovered that the laptop may be infected by the internet worm that is going around. I called Uncle Jaimie to try and help me out....but still had trouble. I called the German computer ISP tech line...and no-one could help me in English...Sooooo frustrating. Anyhow, your dad called just before he left work...and he is going to help me tonight.

Tomorrow is our next OB appt. here in Heidelberg. It's at 8:30 this time...and I am so very excited. I will bring the tape recorder again, and pray that it works this time. The last two times, we were not successful! I also hope that I get to see you on the monitor...

I am very blessed that I get to peek in every week, but would give anything to have a less high risk pregnancy and only see you twice or so before birth.

Okay...mom is going to go for now...as it is still very hot here. We should get our portable a/c delivered tomorrow....yippeeeee!!!!

I love you sweet, precious baby.....

Mom

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Hello Sweet baby,

I hope that you are well today! Guess what, I heard you moving around this morning....and, your beautiful heartbeat! Here are the highlights (below) from mom's OB appt. this morning with Dr. Preen.

I am going to be waiting for the cooler to arrive today, and can't wait to get it set up!

Okay....I love you, my sweet precious baby!

Mom
_________________________________________

Just a quick update on today's OB appt. Recall, I am high-risk OB, and will go for weekly cervical checks until my cerclage placement in late Sept.

--Today's appt. was fantastic!!! Dr. Preen reviewed the peri report (5 pages!!!!) and discussed it with me! Dr. Preen is planning to attend the cerclage placement on 29 September. She is an awesome Dr!!

--I lost 2 lbs. from last Heidelberg OB appt. two weeks ago, but that is likely due to the extreme heat we are having here in Europe.

--My pap and bacterial vaginosis results were in, and everything is fine.

--Dr. Preen did a manual check of my cervix. She said it felt closed, long, and hard....just as it should!!!

--Dr. Preen and I listened for baby via doppler today. We heard lots of baby movement, and then, picked up a wonderful heartbeat of 163 beats per minute!!!! The best part...I have a recording of the movement and heartbeat!

--I gave a urine sample to recheck for UTI, as I am still going every hour during the night.

--My next OB check is Thursday, 21 August. Hopefully, DH (dad) will be
able to join us!!!

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Hi sweet baby,

Holy Heidelberg, we have air....yeah!!! Well, it's not cooling much more than the area around the dining table right now, but that is good enough for me. The computer is right next to the dining table.
I was finally able to get in touch with the manufacturer's customer service at 12 am last night...to ask a few questions before I plugged the a/c in. I checked the a/c throughout the night (well, I was up to pee anyway!!!) to make sure the water tank wasn't full and the machine was still running. Yeah....I am so happppppy....can you tell?

Okay...so, I am doing my regular Thursday laundry right now....and just catching up on Preg.org. Several of mom's friends here had babies in the last few days!!!! Yeah..this gives me soooo much hope. And, a lady named Marne on my UU group had her baby a few days ago. Horray for her uterus (LOL!!!) She was 38 weeks!!!!

Today, after laundry, I will go see if I can buy a heavy duty extension cord for the cooler...so that I can move it where it will cool off more space.

Oh, I played the tape with your heartbeat for dad, aunt Yvette, Grandma, and Grandpa Golden yesterday!

I love you sweet baby....

Mom

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(11 Weeks!!!)

Hello my sweet baby,

I am so happy today! Happy 11 weeks to us!!! The weather has taken a turn, and we finally have some nice fresh air. After my umpteenth potty trip last night/early morning, I was able to sleep like a baby....(ha, ha). I even woke up late...and felt sooooo rested.

I called the OB nurse, and she said that my urine sample from Wed. was very clear...and no infection! So...my uterus must be pushing against my bladder while I lay down. The nurse suggested that I start using a pillow between my legs (I didn't start this with your sister for another month). I ask my neighbor/friend Nancy whether she used a body pillow, and guess what, she had one. And, since she is done with having kids, she GAVE me hers! Yeah!!!! I was even able to wash it! And, even better, mom had an einstein moment...and decided to see if two pillow cases would fit...and tadah....it works terrific!!!!

Let's see, today I went to the bowling alley with Nancy...and had lunch and we bowled a game. I took it nice and easy though!!! Then, I went to pick up the Styver print/frame that your daddy picked out for his birthday. I can't believe his birthday is just around the corner!!!! Then, tonight...Nancy and I went for a nice walk. The air was just wonderful! I feel like a new person!

Okay....off to take a shower...and watch a video!

Happy 11 week baby....I love you...with all my heart!

Mom

PS. Interestingly enough, your dad told me last night that, he had read an article in the Stars and Stripes about potty training at very early ages...like starting at 2 months. We talked about "Elimination Communication" that I read about here on Preg.org. We'll see what happens...but, I was just so excited that your daddy is getting very interested in all of this!!!! I know he can't wait to be a dad, and I know that he is going to be the BEST father to you ever!!!!

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Hi Sweet Baby...I am going to try and post your ultrasound picture here to see how it looks!

I love you! Mom

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Hi sweet precious baby!

I am so very happy and excited! I had a wonderful day, and felt super!!!

I went to a German drug store this morning to stock up on shampoo and such, and then gave myself a pedicure.

This afternoon, I went to some friend's open house bbq. I really had a nice time, with one small exception. They had music playing in the background...and lo and behold, they played the Josh Grobin CD. Well, when I heard the song "To Where You Are"....I almost started crying. This is mom's song to Rachael. I always thing of your sweet sister (may she rest in peace) whenever I hear this song. I really got teary-eyed when I heard the phrase "As my heart holds you"....because this is how I felt when I held your sister in my arms in the hospital. I am sorry to bring up such a sad thing, but, we must never forget your older sister. She is watching down over us...my love...I know she is!

When I got home, your ultrasound pictures where waiting in my mail inbox....yeah!!! They turned out sooooo good. I was even able to upload them here
for everyone to see. I especially am grateful that, your grandparents and aunts and uncles can "watch you grow"....

Okay sweet baby....it's midnight..and I need to get some sleep.

I am going to a Bazaar in Lunstuhl tomorrow with a friend.

I love you....With All Of My Heart....

Mom

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Hi sweet baby!

I hope that you are well, and growing big and strong. Well, I had a pretty yucky feeling day today. I felt like I could have just stayed in bed...and slept. I think that you may be going through another growth spurt...and my hormones increasing again. I have had acne again this last week, and I am so tired! It's okay...I know that we are on the home stretch now...a few more weeks and we'll be in the glorious 2nd tri-mester! Well, it will bring some other lovely symptoms, I'm sure....but it's okay.

Mom went with SGM Klingensmith today to Lunstuhl's Bazaar. It was pitiful. Only about 1/4 or so the size of the ones here in Heidelberg...oh well.
Then, we went to have dinner in a German restaurant here in Heidelberg. It was good, except I was tired...and just not hungry. Plus, we had pretty high humidity here today.

I came home, and forced myself to stay awake. I went for a walk with Nancy....came home and showered....and then talked with your dad for a while! He's doing good, just anxious to come home. He's promised me a body massage when he does get home. Boy, does mom need one bad!

Oh....a good thing happened today....I was able to get a "pregnancy ticker" added to my siggy. This way, everyone will be able to see where we are in the pregnancy!

For those who don't know what a Ticker is (look below my picture, at the ruler) it counts down the weeks until baby Boyett's due date!

Okay...off to read and bed!

I love you baby,

Mom

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Hi sweet baby!

I hope that you are well and growing strong! Mom is still feeling pretty icky. I slept until 10 am again today...and was tired all day. I can't wait for the next few weeks to be over.

I went with my friend Alicia to the post office, where she helped me collect the 4 under-the-bed shoe trolleys that I had ordered. Tomorrow, I will put them together and will be able to finally store my shoes!!!!

I went to see "Finding Nemo" tonight. It is such an adorable movie! I can't wait until you are old enough to watch it!

Oh, I got an e-mail from aunt Suzie today. She told me that she is going to have a cupcake birthday celebration for Connor and cousin Tyler when your cousins visit Virginia at the end of this month. I had a huge lump in my throat, and my heart felt heavy when I read this. You see, it would have also been your sister Rachael's first birthday. It still breaks my heart that she isn't here....it still hurts. Sigh, maybe it always will! Anyhow, I know that these feeling are okay...no matter what anyone thinks!

Well, I talked with your dad tonight. It looks like he won't be home on Wednesday after all. Sheesh! He hopes to be able to come home on Thursday...but mom isn't holding her breath.

Okay sweet love, it's 12:30 am...and I need to go try and get some sleep. I am tired....but just to wound up right now. This is the story of my life....

I love you....

Mom

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(11 weeks/4 days)

Hi Sweet baby,

I hope that you are well today! I am still pretty tired....but stayed awake all day today, in hopes that I'll sleep better tonight.

I put together my shoe trolley's that arrived yesterday. Two of them (each holding 15 prs. of shoes) fits under our bed! So, most of my shoes are now well hidden away. I sure miss our walk in closet!!! The rest of my 20 or so pairs, are dressier shoes that I used to wear to work, will go in a box and stay up stairs.

Then, I watched the movie "Driving Miss Daisy"....it is sooooo good! I took two walks today. One (about 1 mile) to go get our mail. The second, tonight after dinner. I feel like I really need to get exercise in before any potential bed rest!

Oh, I spoke with Grandma Ann tonight. She and Grandpa Joe just got back from their summer vacation excursion. They travel all over the place, and will come stay with us (hopefully before) you are born. I also got an e-mail from Aunt Meg.....so, I know that she knows about you. Don't know about your aunt Dierdre....but, dad and I will make some calls this weekend.

It looks like you dad will be home sometime on Thursday. We will know for sure tomorrow! I miss him sooooo much!

Okay....mom's off to bed....

I love you, with all of my heart!

Mom

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Hi sweet Baby B,

I hope that you are well, and growing big and strong!

I had a pretty good day today. I went to the mall about 1/2 hour away, for the first time. I went with Sherie and Immy, my Wednesday lunch friends. The mall is similar to a US mall, but only 1 dept. store. Anyhow, I was able to look at the maternity clothes in two smaller stores. Both had stuff, but they are made for skinny/tall German women! I wasn't surprised! So, I will need to look on-line and order, or have Grandma Elaine and your aunts get stuff.

Then, when I got home, I had a wonderful chat with my dear friend Teresa. She sounded pretty good, and relieved that her DH's fever seemed to be gone. They are always in my prayers!

I also tried to download the Nikon software that will let me put our digital pictures on-line, but wasn't successful.

But, the BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TODAY!! I got a call from Dad, and he's DEFINETELY coming home tomorrow!!! WWWWOOOOOO HOOOOO! I am so excited... This has been a long separation for us....and it has been hard at times...

Okay, precious one, I need to go to sleep. I will be up early tomorrow, as we have our weekly OB appt. at 9 am! I can't wait to hear and record your heartbeat again!

Lots of love,

Mom

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Hi sweet baby!

I hope that you are doing well! Actually, I know you are! I got to see you again during today's OB appt. You sure are active!!!

Well, dad will be home in a few more hours, and I am SO EXCITED!!!! I can't wait to hug and kiss him all over! Yehaw....I missed him sooooo much!

I went grocery shopping....and now I am going to lay down because I am very tired. I had to get up early to see you this morning!

Okay...here's what I posted on the Boards today.

I love you sweet Baby B....

Mom
_______________Hi all,

Today's appt. went well. My cervix measured 5 cms! That's up a full cm from my initial reads!!! The baby was just a movin and squirmin!!!
Oh, and the heartbeat was right around 150 bpm!!!!

(Wonder if he/she knows that DH/dad will be home tonight Biggrin )

That's it from me and Baby "B"

Shari

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(12 Weeks today!!!!)

Hi Sweet Baby!

I hope you are well today. Well, your dad got home last night...yah!!!!! Mom was sooooo happy to see him. He is such a special person. He kept patting mom's tummy, and knelt over to talk with you! Soooooo cute. And, even though I am at the I feel pudgy stage, he told me that I look beautiful! If you are a girl, I hope that you are someday blessed with a husband as wonderful as your father. If you are a boy, you will have a superb role model to follow when it comes to treating women right! Okay...enough of the mushy stuff! I just love your dad soooo much!

Today was very, very busy. I went to buy dad two more sets of BDUs for work and drop off laundry for him at the cleaners. Then, I did three large loads of laundry. I also made some of my yummy spinach dip for our block progressive bbq tomorrow. I am getting ready to iron a few articles of clothing. And, tonight, dad and I are going to a Hail and Farewell dinner at a nice restaurant above the castle. Thank goodness, one of my dresses still fits and looks decent!

Okay sweet love, I may write more later tonight....

I love you, Daddy loves you, and so do so many other people!

Mom

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Hello sweet baby,

I hope that you are well, and growing big and strong! Dad and I had a pretty busy day today, running errands etc.... We had a progressive BBQ here on our block....and it was fun. Tonight, dad and I uploaded my first Pregnancy Belly pics into my Gallery here on Preg. org. Okay, without futher ado...here they are.

I love you sweet baby!

Mom

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Hi sweet baby!

I hope that all is good with you, and that you are growing big and strong! I am feeling much better these days. A bit queasy here and there, but I think that we may be over the initial hormone surges!!!

Today was a great day here in Heidelberg! The temperatures were super, and there was not a cloud around. Mom made dad brunch this morning! I like to do this fairly frequently, but, this was the first time since we arrived in early April! It was yummy!!!

Then, your dad and I made a list of all the things that we still have left to do...just for the initial move-in! It's hard when dad is away so much....but, we will get there!

Tonight, we went out for Chinese food with our dear friends, John and Sherie Quinn!!! We had a great time...and it was nice going out as couples again. Sherie was refering to herself as "Oma" Sherie....Oma means grandmother in German! I love it! And, Sherie has her own special name for you....Baby "B"ee. I think this is sooooo cute! So, Sherie will be your Oma here in Heidelberg. I can't wait for you to meet these two very special people.

When we got home, our neighbors were still chatting away outside, so we sat with them for a while.

Before I forget to note this, we told Nanny Pauline and Pop Pop Frank about you yesterday. They seemed very happy....and Nanny Pauline sounded so cute on the phone...so your dad says! They just love talking to your daddy! It's amazing....they ask quickly how I am, and then they want to chat with Dad. It's okay, your daddy loves them and enjoys chatting with them too.

Tomorrow, your Aunt Karen, Uncle Orlando, and cousins, Jason, Keri, Amanda, Tyler, Alex, and Ashlyn will find out that we are awaiting your arrival. Sweet baby....they are going to be soooo excited! Your great Aunt Sandy (and likely your other relatives) will find out by the weekend!

Okay....sweet Baby B....mom's going to sleep now....it's 12:30 am!

I love you!

Mom

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Hi sweet baby!

Mom hopes that you are well today! I had a pretty good day today...yeah! I think that the queasiness really is bye bye for this pregnancy. I have had some sore nipples lately...but, that's because mom's body is starting to get ready to feed you! I can not wait to nurse...and pray that we are successful. I am reading all I can, and will call a lactation consultant here at the hospital soon. Hopefully, she can recommend some good books.

Gierdre came to clean the apt. again today. Once again, she did an excellent job! On Friday, she will come back to clean our huge German windows. And, she will go grocery shopping with me, so that she can start seeing what I buy. I hope that she will be able to go for me with my neighbor across the street, Anna Lisa, if I should be on bed rest. It's really easy to do our shopping, because I am very routine with what I buy. I don't shop sales, I don't clip coupons....and I don't compare prices/brands. I like what I like...and that's that. Anyhow...I am very glad that Geirdre is in our life now.

Dad and I spoke with Grandma Ann and Grandpa Joe tonight. They are both doing well, and are looking forward to visiting early next year. They plan to arrive before you are born....and leave after you arrive. I know that they will be a big help, and we are anxious for their visit!

Okay, my sweet one, mom is tired...and it's almost 12 am again.

I love you...with all my heart!

Mom

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(12 Weeks/4 Days)

Hi Sweet Baby!

I hope that you are well today! I had another pretty good day. I didn't get much sleep last night....I think insomnia is settling in! Oh...no!!!! I didn't take a nap today (or for the last week, for that matter) but it doesn't seem to be helping. The good news is, I am only getting up 3 or 4 times a night now to go potty.

Let's see...more heartburn today...I hope it doesn't get much worse! I hate tasting my meals hours later....ewwww......

I met dad today for lunch...it was nice to be able to do this. Hopefully, we will be able to do this on occassion after you are born.

I then ordered some winter maternity clothes! I even found some on-line coupons, that let me take 10% off my purchase at IMaternity! I also ordered a few things from JCPenney....but, their on-line selection isn't great.

I also shared the news of your pending arrival with cousins Karen and Orlando today. THey are visiting your relatives in VA. Everyone is going to Aunt Suzie's tonight for Lasagne....sure wish we were there.

Dad and I were able to go for a walk after work tonight....it's a wonderful time to relax and share our day. Then, dad, spent time rubbing my tummy...I know that this is his way of being close to you, even now. Gosh, I love your dad so much!

Okay...before I sign off for today, I am sending extra big ((((((HUGS))))))) and prayers for my dear friend in Kentucky! I love you!

I can't wait to see you again on Thursday....until then (and always)....I love you!

Mom

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(12 Weeks, 5 Days)

Hi sweet baby!

I hope that you are well today!!! Mom had a very busy day today....although I was very, very tired. I am definetely not sleeping well at night. Sad

I went downtown on the Hauptstrasse (Main Street) with Sherie. We went looking for more maternity clothes. But, just as I suspected, the dept. store didn't carry them, and the two stores that did, had terrible selections. And, the pants were a mile long....
I did find two sweaters. One has Americana colors (red,white, blue, cream etc....) and, when we went to the infant section, I found a sweater for you that almost matches it! It is SOOOO cute! Whether you are a boy or girl, you will look adorable in it. And, I can wear my sweater for while after I have you.

I then went to the Commissary to get stuff to prepare for the picnic tomorrow with Leah and her two children, Maggie and James. They visited a few weeks ago from the Ramstein area....and will make the 1 hr. treck again tomorrow. Leah was once mom's boss at work, and she is also a good friend! We are going to make Freedom Toast for the kiddies, and she and I will splurge and have grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches....mmmmm! I found the cutes paper plates at the commissary today. They are shaped like zoo animals! I think they will be fun to use tomorrow....and of course, after you are born!

Tomorrow is our next OB appt. as well. This time your dad will join us! I am SOOOOO HAPPY that he will finally get to "see" you! I know he is excited too!

Okay, my sweet love, it's off to bed for me!

Love you,

Mom

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Hi sweet baby!

I hope that you are well today! Boy, what a day we had! Most of the morning was spent in frustration....Leah had to cancel her visit, as James wasn't feeling well. Then, the furniture store in Mannheim called regarding our carpet...yes, the ones we've been requesting since June! To make a long story short, they now have to special order the ones we want, and they will take 3 to 4 months to come in! I won't go into details here, but I had a real run-in with the Alterations people on post today. Let's just say, "don't ever mess with this pregnant woman!!!!"

The best part of today though, was our visit with Dr. Preen. We didn't do an u/s today, but we did get to hear and record your heartbeat using the doppler! Dr. Preen found it loud and clear instantly! Boy, dad and I were beaming ear to ear!!!! Our next OB appt. is Sept 8th. We should be doing an u/s and a bacterial vaginosis check!!!

Let's see, our comprehensive u/s in Lunstuhl will now be on the 25th of Sept. vice the 26th. Dr. Fausett had to change the date. I don't mind finding out one day sooner that you are well!!!!

I forgot to mention that, yesterday, my neighbor Anna Lisa from across the street popped in at 9 pm. She surprised me with a teddy bear that has a battery powered source that, when on, plays a heartbeat. I can't wait to see your reaction to it once you are born. I hope that it will calm you! Anna Lisa has two beautiful children, Adam and Abbi. She lost her first son, Connor, at 19 weeks to annencephaly! She's also had a rough road!

Okay...I love you sweet baby!

Mom

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Hi Sweet baby!

I hope that you are well today!

Goodness, today has been long and busy. Geirdre came over this morning to help me with my Friday chores (laundry and grocery shopping), and to clean all the windows. I will have to take a picture of these windows...but they are HUGE!!!!!! Anyhow, it took her two hours to clean them all, and the lovely "prison" bars we have attached to them. She also helped me carry the laundry up and down the stairs.

Then, around two we went to the Commissary. I am starting to show Geirdre how I what I like to buy and such, because she will do the shopping with my neighbor Anna Lisa, should I go on bed rest. Anyhow, about half way through, she turned to me with a big smile....I asked her what? And she said "You are easy to shop for...everything you buy says fat free, light, diet, reduced fat, or honey"....thinking about this it's sooooo true. I buy honey mustard, 96% fat free honey ham, honey bunches of oats. Okay, so we like to watch the fat intake, and we like our honey....not so bad, and DH (darling husband) never complains. The other thing that makes shopping for us so easy is that, I don't look for sales, I don't use coupons, I don't compare brands....I just know what I/we like....and that's that. Maybe someday we'll pinch pennies (I hope not)....but for now.....Northern Tissue touches my tush....and we use Brawny paper towels cause mom thinks that they DO pick up more!!!!

Then, when we got home, she helped me carry everything upstairs, and watched as I put things away.

Oh, before I forget, I e-mailed some more of your family about your pending arrival! These were aunts, uncles, and cousins on both sides of the family. We are still waiting a while longer to share the news with friends.

Dad came home at 4:30 today! Yeah, early for him...and started putting the carpet underlay (thin padding) in the guestroom/office. We are anxious to get this room and the nursery in shape!!!! I spent this time getting dinner prepped.

Around 7:30, we decided to go check out "Flic Flac" the Circus-Acrobatic show that is here in town. We were just going to see if they had tickets for the show for tomorrow night....but, decided to stay and watch the show!!!! We ate dinner there. The show was SUPERB!!!! I was truly amazed: no nets, no support cables, terrific light show, terrific music....and very, very talented performers. The show reminded me of what your great, great Aunt Beatrice and her first husband, Maurice did when they were younger. Truly amazing! I can't wait to show you our family Prima Ballerina's pictures some day. Aunt Bea is your Great grandfather Sam's youngest sister....who now lives in Pittsburgh.

Okay sweet love....dad and I have a very busy weekend planned, including a trip to the Black Forrest with our friends Leah and Jim on Monday...
so....mom needs to get some sleep!

I love you....with all my heart!

Mom

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(13 weeks/1 day)

Hi sweet baby,

I hope that you are well! Mom had such a busy day yesterday, that I didn't write an entry here. First time since July!!!! Anyhow, I think that you are going through a growth spurt, because my stomach has been queasy lately, and for the past two days, I've been super tired.

Yesterday, dad and I left home around 11 and went to the Bau Haus (hardware store) downtown. We return the faulty ceiling fan in the guest room, and bought some more spray paint for our curtain rods.

We then went to the US furniture store in Mannheim; the one where we've been trying to get carpet from, since June! Anyhow, we bought the 4 underlays (padding) that we had on hold, and a floor and two table lamps for the guest room. We also found (well, mom found) the most adorable Whinnie the Poo doll. It is the "Sleep and Snore" Whinnie! It has the cutest bumble bee slippers, and PJs that have a star and moon on them. The Poo sings a tune when lying down, and then the stomach rises and falls as Poo snores. The whole thing made me laugh sooooo hard!!!! You see, your daddy snores! So, this Poo seems to be made for you....with the Bumble bee slippers (for Baby B), the star and moon PJs (for "A Star Is Born" theme)....and the sounds it makes reminds me of your dad!

We then went to the PX, and I found a few maternity clothes, and some cheap maternity bras. The bras will do, until I can order some better quality ones from on-line.

Next stop....lunch, at 3 pm...yikes!!! I had a headache and tummy ache...no wonder!

We got home at 5 pm, and I helped dad lay the Berber carpet in the guestroom. By 7 pm, I could no longer keep my eyes open, and so went to lay down. I hate taking naps these days, since I'm not sleeping well at night....but, I couldn't help it yesterday.

We ended the night, by watching Run Away Bride, with Julia Roberts, in bed. I loooooooveeeeee cuddling with your dad!!!! The movie ended around 1 am....and we went straight to bed.

So....hope you understand why I didn't write yesterday....

Love you, sweet precious baby!

Mom

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(13 Weeks/3 days)

Hi sweet baby,

Boy, mom is getting bad about writing an entry each day. It has been a very busy weekend for dad and I though!

Yesterday, we did some more work around the apt....we put the padding and carpet down in the office, and we put padding down under the carpet in your room. It's not as cushy as we'd like, but it will have to do! Dad also put up one of the curtain rods that we "rigged" for the German system here. It looks very nice!

Then, mom and dad had Josie Klingensmith over for dinner. Josie worked with us in Ft. Bragg, and she is now stationed here. She is a Sergeant Major in the Army, the highest level on the Non-Commissioned Officer side! She is very, very nice. I made salad, lasagna, garlic bread, and apple pie. I took the easy way out with the lasagna and the pie, and made a store bought. I don't like to do this...but, these days, I am trying out different quick and easy meals in case I am on bed rest.

Then, I had a wondeful conversation via IM with Teresa from Kentucky! She is such a special person!!!!

Here is the picture that I mentioned in my last post of the Winnie the Poo toy we bought you.....dad and I think it is soooooo darn cute! We hope it will be fun for you to sleep with this Poo at naptime!

Today, we met our friends Leah and Jim, and their two children in Triberg. Triberg is a town in the Black Forrest, and one of three towns that claim to be home of the Cuckoo clock. We had lunch, and then looked in several clock shops. Thank goodness, dad and I agree that we don't care for the Cuckoo clocks....too ornate, and possibly even annoying! Anyhow, we did see a Grandfather clock that we really, really like. Actually, your dad spotted it first. I won't be precise here, but I will say that, it was one of the most expensive ones in the shop! Your dad does have good taste with some things!!! Not because this one costs a lot, but because it truly is beautiful. We didn't get it this time, but will likely go back and get it before our tour is up.

We also went to see the largest Water Fall in the area! It was beautiful!!!! It was a nice walk to get there, about 1 mile, but we went slow!!! Here's a picture of dad and I at the Falls, and one of the Falls

Let's see, tomorrow is your daddy's birthday!!! I asked him what he wanted for his b-day dinner, and he said "Kentucky Fried Chicken" and Baskin Robins Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. He's going to be somewhat dissappointed, as we have neither of these here in Heidelberg! Well, we do have BR ice cream....but not "his" flavor. So.....I will be making chicken with Rahm/Pilz sauce (cream/mushroom), spatzle (german noodles) and a salad. I am also going to make him cup cakes....as, I don't tend to bake goodies like these unless it is a special occassion. I also bought some candles for the cup cakes....the kind that you can't blow out....heee heeee heeee!!!!

Okay, I hope that you are well and growing strong....mom is definetely experiencing some of her favorite second tri-mester symptoms now....namely, heartburn and constipation! Too much fun..NOT...but, for you, it's worth it. Believe me, I'm doing everything I can to counter-act both!!!

I love you, precious baby!

Mom

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Hi sweet baby!

I hope that you are well today! Mom was really tired today....guess I need to get more rest! And, here I am at 11:30 typing this! Oh well....I enjoy writing to you!

Today was your dad's 45th birthday! He had to work....but we celebrated tonight.

I spent the day keeping very busy: colored my hair for the first time since we found out about you (I didn't want to do it until after the first tri-mester); Made dad's birthday cupcakes; took apart and cleaned all the fans for storage; made several phone calls, including one to the manufacturer of your nursery furniture to ask whether the new drawer had been shipped to the store in VA for your grandparents to pick up. (The drawer was destroyed during the more); and spent some time with our neighbors upstairs. Before I knew it, there was no time for a nap...I had to get dinner ready for dad.

I made the dinner that I noted in my post yesterday....it turned out great!!!! Grandma Ann and Grandpa Joe called to wish dad a happy birthday. It was (and always is) great to hear from them!!! I wished Grandma Ann a "Happy Birthing Day" hee hee. I also took the opportunity to ask her how much your dad weighed at birth. According to Grandma, he weighed 8 lbs. 3 ozs. I am anxious to see how much you will weigh, and hope it's not too much more than that! But, whatever will be, will be!!!!

After dinner, dad and I took a walk (probably shouldn't have) and I am now even more achey. I plan to take it (more) easy tomorrow.

Speaking of, I have an Officer's wives luncheon tomorrow....and then will go to the post office to check on the price to ship the gift your Great Aunt Sandy had me get for her boss. Her boss has paid for an all inclusive (including tips) trip for her and your Grandma Elaine to go to the Bahamas. They will go this October.

Dad also spoke with Grandpa Ron tonight, via instant message. I haven't a clue what they were typing...but, there was a lot of laughter coming out of dad!

Aunt Suzie also sent an e-mail today asking about us. She does this often, and I do appreciate her asking about us!

Let's see, your Aunt Yvette called tonight to wish your dad a happy birthday! Dad spoke with Ashlyn for quite a while.

Then, I spoke with Ashlyn, who told me that she hopes that you are a girl cousin....cause she needs more girls. I told her that, g-d decides this....not mommies and daddies. She said that she wants to be surprised....we'll just see how long that lasts. Ashlyn is getting over a tummy bug...and I told her to ask her mom for a little bit of ice cream after dinner to "melt" the tummy bug. I so miss being there to spoil "my kids"!

Okay, I am going to go to sleep now....

I love you sweet baby....with all of my heart!

Mom

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Hello sweet baby,

Mom hopes that you are well today, and growing big and strong!

I had another busy morning! I mailed the gift that dad and I bought for Aunt Sandy to give her boss. Then, I went to the Heidelberg Officer's and Civilian Spouses Club kickoff luncheon. I had an okay time...but, it is a little too clickish for me. I did win a raffle prize though! It's a wrought iron rooster that says "Welcome" at the bottom. It's made for the yard (that we don't have here), but I have placed it in between the slats on our park bench that sits right outside the front door.

I did volunteer to help at the October Holiday Bazaar. I will hopefully do a 2 1/2 hour shift, sitting down, completing credit card purchases. I also joined the Theater Club. I hope that I can partake in these events!

I also got information on the German/American wives club! This club sounds like a lot of fun....and I hope to participate in some of the groups if I am not on bedrest. If I am, then this will be something to look forward to for next year.

I then came home and tried to just relax....but couldn't fall asleep. I guess it's really for the best, as I am still not sleeping well at night.

Dad came home around 8 pm tonight...and had the first shipment of maternity clothes I ordered. The winter PJs that I want so bad are on back order, and one of the dresses as well. The two pairs of corduroy pants were just not cut for me. I'll tell you sweet one, I sure hope that you take after your dad's family for height!!!! I will return the pants and keep searching for winter weight pants that fit. This may take some time and more money...ughhhh! I will also return a dress that is pretty, but would probably fit one of your dad's sisters better than I. I held it up to dad, and it's only slightly too short! I sure hope that I can find some pants before it gets too cold. I don't want to be wearing jeans and sweats all winter! Okay, enough of the moaning!!!

Your dad is also going to be working late tomorrow, Friday, and will work on Sunday. I can't tell you how happy this makes me (NOT)!!! He also doesn't know whether he will make it back in time for my cerclage placement, or be able to take off the week after. I have to say, I am sad about this. I know he has (almost) no control over it....but, it still hurts.

Okay...hate to end on a sad note, but I don't feel like writing much more tonight.

I love you precious baby!

Mom

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Hi sweet baby,

I hope that you are well today! Wow....almost 14 weeks! It seems like the time is flying by! I am feeling much better today. Once again, a long day, but better.

I had Alicia come by this morning to help me decide how to "drape" the curtains that we have hung in our bedroom. I think we were able to figure out a way to do it, that I like, and that doesn't require actual hemming. We then went to the PX, where I dropped off dad's new BDU tops for their initial wash and press. Silly me, with preggo brain, forgot the pants, which were in a different bag. (I will go back tomorrow and drop them off.)

Then, we went out for Chinese buffet lunch. Not too bad, and I was hungry!!!

I did 3 loads of laundry today as well! I had Geirdre come help me bring them downstairs...and she helped me load the machines! She told me that she wouldn't come back to help, if I insisted that she take the money I offered. (I still have a hard time with asking for this help!) Anyhow, I feel so relieved that Geirdre is across the street, and so willing to help.

Next stop, exchanging the Styver print (George Washington at Valley Forge) that mom got dad for his birthday. The wood frame in the first one had a huge chip that I didn't notice until I took off the bubble wrap. Fortunately, the shop had another one in a very similar frame. The downside was, schlepping the darn thing about 3 blocks from where I had to park, to the store. And, then schlepping it back to the car and back upstairs. The picture is not small!!! Anyhow, your dad likes it, and it will go nice in "his" room.

I then came on-line and chatted with Aunt Yvette. She and Aunt Suzie are going to go look for some maternity pants and larger winter PJs for me this weekend, and maybe a dress. I am so grateful that they are doing this for me! Grandma Elaine is also helping out....as she has looked for clothes in JC Penney's and will help mail everything that is bought in VA. She also got some mat. undies for me....and your dad will get those when he visits. All of your aunts, uncles, Grandparents (and other relatives too!!!) are sooooo special!

I chatted via phone with OMA Sherie for a while, and told her about my meltdown over the maternity clothes the previous evening. She offered to try and hem the chords for me, but I don't think that the pants will turn out right. I so appreciate her offering though. Sherie has/is doing sooooooo much for us!!!!

Grandma Ann also sent me an e-mail today, and offered to make me a winter dress/jumper, and maybe pants. I think that the pants are going to be too challenging, but I am going to take her up on making a jumper. She and Grandpa Joe went to Cresent City (a town close to where they live) to look at material and patterns. I am going to measure a summer jumper that I have and send her a picture of it. Your Grandma is one special lady!!!! I can't wait for you to meet her.

Actually, sweet baby, all of mom and dad's family and friends are special people!!! We are so blessed to have each and every one of them in our lives. I can't wait for them to meet you in person!

Last but not least, dad was home by 8 pm tonight!!! Yeah!!!! We had some cuddle time before we took showers; it was so nice just relaxing for a 1/2 hour with him! We both thanked each other for putting up with each other's emotions last night!

Okay sweet baby, mom has another busy day of chores for tomorrow, at it's after 12 (again!!!). I love you....with all of my heart!

Mom

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Hello sweet baby!

I sure hope that you are well today. Goodness, today was super busy. I rolled out of bed at 8:30 am, and it is now 12:30 (Saturday morning!!!!). Anyhow, here are some highlights of today/yesterday:

--I went to a German garden store and bought a fall/autumn wreath for the door, and a scare crow to put on our bench outside the door.

--I went to the PX, and found everything to finish hanging the drapes in our room, except sewing needles!!! The PX seems to be out of a lot of staples! Anyhow, I found some needles at home.

--I went to look for large/extra large turtle necks at the PX....and bombed there. I did pick up another cheap maternity bra. These say to wash by hand...sheesh, who needs the extra work!

--I went to the post office, returned the mat. clothes that don't fit.

-- Came home and chatted with Leah, about her pending visit to stay overnight with me while dad is away in Sept. I will also stay a night with her in Lunstuhl....as her hubby will be away then too. I am so very glad that Leah is here with me. It's like having a sister here in Germany!

--I also talked with Grandma Elaine via phone. She is going to help front the money for the clothes Aunts Suzie and Yvette buy on Monday....thanks Mom!!!

--Went grocery shopping....and found out they stopped buying the yummy meat marinade your dad and I like! Sheesh!!!! But, they had the raw peanuts in the shell that I promised Maggie we'd have when she visits with Leah while dad is away!!!

--Came home and went on-line a bit...
--Measured the jumper I have, took pictures of the jumper, and sent info to Grandma Ann.

--Prepped dinner

--Went outside to the park to meet a friend and her baby. She had some nursing info/brochures for me....

--Ate dinner...

--Called Grandma Ann to discuss the maternity pattern/clothes she will be making for me! I am so grateful that she is doing this!!!! Big thanks Grandma Ann!!!

--Dad arrived home at 10:30 tonight!!! After some hugs and kisses....we discussed our game plan for a busy Saturday!

Okay, sweet precious one...mom is very exhausted....I did think about a nap today though....

I love you!

Mom

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Hi sweet baby!

I hope that you are well inside of me!!! Is that you, who I feel fluttering around low in my stomach? HMMMM, I know it could be you! If it is, I am feeling it a few times a day now!!! If not, I know that I will "feel" you soon.

Today, dad and I went on a hunt for a new computer center and chair & a ceiling fan/light combo for the office/guest room!!! We went to IKEA, which was a zoo (shopping on Saturdays in Germany is always crowded!!!). We didn't find anything there. So, we headed to Breitwieser (a furniture store) near our house. And, Bingo....we found everything we were looking for.

We decided to go with pressed board again, and save our money for better office furniture when we settle down. We did buy a rather snazzy chair, which, believe it or not, fits both your tall dad and I (short mommy) just fine. Oh, and we bought the most adorable plush moon with a small bear attached to it, to hang from your ceiling. The moon says "I love you"....so cute!

Dad is now in the office trying to figure out which pieces are what, and put the desk together. You see, the manual has the pieces labled, but the pieces aren't labeled. Can you say "puzzle". I hear some progress being made in there....but, I want to stay out of the way. This is definetely a dad project!

Well, I have to tell you, your dad had an entire conversation with you today. We were driving to IKEA, and he kept telling you to "grow roots". I think that, sometimes he thinks that you are a tree (hee hee)! Anyhow, he started singing the song "You gotta fight, for your right, to party!!!!" I guess he thinks that you are gonna be a rock & roller. Hmmmm is all I have to say! But, I am so happy to see your dad bonding with you!! He's is a great dad!!!

Tonight, dad and I are going to go celebrate his birthday with our good friends Sherie and John. We are going to go to downtown Heidelberg. We are also going to watch the Castle Illumination/fireworks. This is done a few times each summer here in Heidelberg, and we missed the first three. (Tonight's will be the last of the season). We hope that you will come with us next year!!!

Okay sweet one, I am going to go get ready for tonight.

I love you......

Mom (and your rockin and rollin dad LOL!!!)

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