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November 21, 2009
3 weeks 6 days


This is what I got on Wednesday morning! I was and still am in shock that I finally got my BFP. This past year has been filled with so much happiness, but also a lot of heartache on this journey to our little miracle. There have been so many ups and downs, but when those 2 little lines appeared in front of my eyes, it wiped it all away!!

My name is Holly and I've been TTC since 12.1.2008. My first two pregnancies were easy and uncomplicated. My first daughter, Addison, was concieved our first month of trying and was born nine months later on 6.1.06. We decided when she was 9 months old to start trying for a little brother or sister and after two cycles, we were pregnant with our second daughter, Lauryn, who blessed us with her prescence on 11.29.07. When she turned 1, we decided to try for our final little miracle and after 3 long, crazy, complicated cycles we were pregnant only to have that pregnancy end in a m/c. I was completely crushed! I never thought I was invincible to a m/c, but after having 2 beautiful little girls with no complications, I thought we would be ok.

After 12 long weeks and 2 D&Cs, I was able to start trying again and finally went to the doctor in July for my wonky periods. She shrugged it off and didn't make it seem like it was a big deal. I wanted a second opinion, and decided to try another clinic. I had a great appointment with a wonderful doctor who ended up prescribing me Clomid. My first cycle was unsuccessful and I was really crushed. My due date was fast approaching and I had a lot of emotions running through my mind. I decided to not temp, use OPKs and try to stay away from preg.org (which was unsuccessful ;)). Well, I got pregnant and here I am!! This is what I've gotten over the last few days:

I'm so excited, but I'm terrified at the same time. I'm trying to enjoy every moment of this because I now know that it can be over in the blink of an eye. I hope that at the end of this journey I am blessed with that little bundle of joy, but until I am, I think there will always be a part of me that is worried.

I am keeping this journal to help remind me how precious this journey is. This will be our last baby and I want to remember every detail, good or bad, after the time has passed. I cannot wait to meet our little one. His or her name will be Cameron Keith/Camryn Grace, and we are so excited!!

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November 22, 2009
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I'm officially 4 weeks pregnant today!! :woohoo: I don't really feel pregnant yet. I have sore bbs, and I've been peeing quite a bit during the day, but that's it. I'm waiting for m/s....I'm actually anxious for it to get here. Supposidly the sicker you are, the healthier your bean is, so come on m/s....come out, come out wherever you are!!

I am going to take my first belly pic today!! I'm excited Smile

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Alright, my first belly pic. Nothing much there, unless you count the little bit of bloat I've got going on Lol

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I just got home from my nephew's birthday party and I'm worried. I went to the bathroom and I had a tiny bit of blood. I don't know where it was coming from, as I had a BM (and it hurt), but I'm freaking out. I am going to mention to the doctor tomorrow that I had some spotting and see if they will do another draw to ease my mind. I'm so scared....I hate the first tri and how it plays with my emotions....ugh!

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November 23, 2009
4 weeks 1 day

I called this morning to get my beta results. At 13 dpo, they were 152. I think that's good. They will not do another beta. They said that number is good, so I hope so Smile

I haven't had any more spotting. It was just the one time, and I think it might have been from straining too hard to go potty. It still scared the geebies out of me. I hope it's nothing serious. As for symptoms today, my boobs hurt A LOT!! I'll take that as a good thing. I'm waiting for any other symptoms to come along, so we'll se Smile

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November 26, 2009
4 weeks 4 days

Happy Thanksgiving!! I have so much to be thankful for this year!! My beautiful girls, my husband, the miracle growing in my belly Biggrin I'm so happy today!! I only wish that my symptoms would start to kick in.

As for symptoms, I still don't have many. Frequent peeing during the day, a little breast tenderness, and once yesterday I had a little bit of nauseus. I want the m/s. I want it!! Come on...pretty please Biggrin

I've told a few more people than I had expected to, but I want the support in case something should happen. I hope and pray that I get to hold my beautiful Cameron/Camryn in 7 months. I am so anxious for July to get here already!! I just keep telling myself to be patient. I keep trying to relax, but until I see my little baby and hear that heartbeat, I don't know if I can relax.

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November 28, 2009
4 weeks 6 days

Well, I survived my first Black Friday experience yesterday and it was actually a lot of fun. Not necessarily standing in the massive lines, but the deals that I was able to get were great! I only have a few things left to get for Christmas, but they are things I need to order off the internet, or things that I can buy the week before Christmas. That's probably a good thing though...I spent a little too much money yesterday Lol

I am not feeling so good today. I spent all day outside without a coat on and am now suffering from a cold. Wonderful, huh Wink I wish it were something else, but it's just from not wearing a coat. I'm hoping it will clear up quickly, but I keep sneezing and my throat is sore.

I still don't have any pregnancy symptoms. I really, truly do not feel pregnant and it stinks! I hate the first trimester, and after suffering a m/c it makes the joy of pregnancy very small until those symptoms do kick in. I did have a small bit of nauseus yesterday, but am not sure it was pregnancy related or just the fact that I hadn't eaten in quite a few hours. I'll just keep praying and hoping for the best. My appointment is in less than 2 weeks, and I'm counting down the days. I'm not sure what they do at the first appointment, so am anxious to get to it....keep your fingers crossed for me, and if you have any sticky vibes laying around, I'd love them!

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November 29, 2009
5 weeks

Why can I not just relax during this pregnancy? I absolutely do not feel pregnany. Very rarely do my boobs hurt anymore and I'm just sad. I am fearing the worst...I know I shouldn't but the m/c has really affected me and I don't know that I can handle going through another one. I am trying not to really think about it today, but I can't help it. I'm not really bloated. The only thing I am is really itchy Sad My appointment is in 12 days....too long Sad

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Here's my belly at 5 weeks. I don't see much, but bloat Wink

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November 30, 2009
5 weeks 1 day

Holy Bloat Batman!! My goodness...I look like I'm 3-4 months pregnant. Just the difference a day makes. Yesterday I was saying I wasn't bloated, and even today Daddy asked if it was normal to look so big already. I told him it was just bloat, but was happy that he noticed it too Lol

I even felt a little sick to my stomach this morning and am feeling it again tonight. Not sure if it's m/s or just something I ate, but I'm hoping it's m/s. I've also had the sorest boobs today. They've been sore all day, like they were when I first got my BFP. I'm trying to remain optimistic!

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December 2, 2009
5 weeks 3 days

I've been feeling off all day. I keep getting these sharp little jabs in my back and on my side. Of course, my mind starts thinking the worst. I've been thinking all day, "Oh no...its ectopic!" I finally called my OB because I was worried and when I described my symptoms, she said it sounded like it might be a kidney stone. She told me I needed to go to urgent care or my family doctor right away.

I don't have a family doctor and am not willing to shell out big bucks for Urgent Care, so I was just going to let it be. She called back a few minutes later though and asked if I could get there by 4:30. I went, and they don't think it's kidney stones. They think it's just round ligament pains. I don't remember them being this painful, or this high up my back, but I'm not the doctor. It literally feels like someone is stabbing me from the inside with a needle. Ugh!

They did a pelvic and he said my uterus feels good for how far along I should be. He said it feels like it's growing nice and comfortable for my baby. I sure hope so! I still get them every now and then, so I don't know what to think, but my appointment is in 1 week, so I'll hang in there until then. I'm afraid my u/s won't be until January though...I'm a little bummed about that.

As for symptoms, I felt a little bit of nauseus this afternoon, but not much. My boobs still occassionally hurt, so hopefully it's a good thing! On the bright side, last night at work I looked HUGE! I thought for sure someone would notice, but no one said anything. Whew! I would tell if necessary, but I really want to see that heartbeat. I hope the next week or so flies by so I know when I'll get to see my bean!

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December 6, 2009
6 weeks

Here's my belly in all it's glory Biggrin I don't see much difference except that the top part of my belly isn't quite so bloated. I've felt extremely bloated for the past few days, so I'm probably imagining all of it!

Yesterday was the first day that I felt nauseus ALL day. Today it's just been waves of nauseus. My appointment is in 4 days and I'm freaking out!! I want it to get here. I wish they'd hurry up and do an u/s. I'm so nervous.

I went and looked at some unisex clothing today. Oh.My.Goodness!! I forgot how tiny newborn clothing is. I found an adorable outfit that I may go back and get after we confirm a heartbeat. I'm anxious to start buying some stuff. I can't wait!! I've also decided to try to teach myself to crochet. I want to make Cam a hat. We'll see if I have the patience for it!

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December 8, 2009
6 weeks 4 days

Ugh....today has been a tough day for me. This is when Lovebug's heart stopped beating last time and I'm having a hard time. My head is thinking the worst today. I felt a little bit of nauseus this morning and haven't felt much since. I just want to be out of the first trimester. I hate how hard this is. I hate that I can't have that 'ignorance is bliss' attitude. I hate that any woman who has experienced a m/c has to deal with all of these fears during the first trimester, or even worse, later into their pregnancy.

My appointment is in just 2 days so I'm trying to remain optimistic. I'm really hoping they will schedule my u/s for 8 weeks. I'd love to have it right before Christmas so I could tell my parents. I may tell them anyway if I'm feeling sick enough, but I'd love to see Cam's heart beating away in there before saying anything. We'll see how it goes I guess and play it by ear.

Today we got hit with a massive snow storm. It's been snowing since 6 AM and it's now 10 PM and still going strong. We got out early today, and they've already called school off tomorrow. I'm happy to be home with the girls tomorrow but now we have lost a day in February, which stinks, but oh well!

Ooh, my tummy isn't feeling so good. Off to go lay down...

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December 10, 2009
6 weeks 6 days

Well, I am home from my appointment and am so happy with my doctor. I'm so happy that I made the switch to go this clinic. He came in and we talked a little bit about symptoms. He asked if I was tired (check), tender boobs (check), and nauseated (check). I said that it was on and off and that I wish it were more constant and he said it sounds like I'm doing just fine. That they are all good pregnancy symptoms. He also moved my due date, which I knew he would. According to him I'm due 7/30. I hope you don't mind if I stay here on the August board.

He then brought up the u/s. He mentioned that with the past year that I've had he wanted to offer me some reassurance as soon as possible. He said that the u/s tech was gone today, so we would schedule it for ASAP to give me some peace of mind. I love it!! I go in Monday at 3 for the u/s. He said he wants to check to make sure there isn't more than one in there because I "felt" 7-8 weeks pregnant. At this point, I don't care how many are in there, as long as there is a healthy beating heart in there!!

(TMI) I also mentioned some itching that I've had in my womanly parts. I've been dealing with this itching on and off for 7 YEARS!! No one could tell me what was wrong and so I mentioned it today because it's been itching so bad that I start bleeding. He started asking me some questions and sure enough, he knew what it was. He sent me home with a prescription Yahoo The only stinky thing is that it is something that I will have to deal with on and off for the rest of my life Sad

Overall it was a great appointment. I even got the newest copy of WTE. Now I can't wait for Monday to get here.

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December 12, 2009
7 weeks 1 day

I cannot wait for Monday to get here. All morning I've had this pain in my abdomen and it's really freaking me out. It's constant and won't go away. I also haven't felt sick yet today, and usually after I eat something I feel sick. I can't help but think the worst! It's crazy how emotions can be all over the place. Thursday I was so happy, so confident, and now I'm scared and not sure what to think. I know I can't change the outcome, but am hoping and praying that I get to keep this baby.

I've got things to do this weekend that will hopefully keep me occupied, but I know Monday I will be a wreck. Today we are heading over to my sister's and we'll be letting the kids make letters to Santa and dough ornaments for the Grandparents. I've also got to do some laundry. My washer is being funny. I think it might be alright, but I'd rather be safe than sorry, so we're going to do some laundry while we're there too.

Thankfully my morning is pretty open on Monday, so I'll just have to suffer through a Math class and Reading class before I can head out the door. I'll be so nervous on my way there. I already am. I've been trying to decide if I want to look at the u/s or not. I'm so scared of what I'm going to see, but if I don't look I'll be angry with myself. I just want to hear the heartbeat...please!

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Well, I've had a little nauseus this evening, but still nothing constant. I know every pregnancy is different, so I need to keep reminding myself of that. I just am so worried. I am counting down the hours...41 to go! I'm just going to keep thinking my positive thoughts and telling Cam that s/he needs to stay put and I'll see him/her in 7 months Smile

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December 13, 2009
7 weeks 2 days

Ugh!! That is the second night in a row that I've had the most disguisting dream ever!! I'm not even going to go into detail because when I have it, I nearly vomit in my sleep, and I don't feel like throwing up this morning! I know the hormones make us have crazy dreams, but seriousy...this one is just nuts! The other night I had a dream with Michael Myers in it (from Halloween). Not sure how that one came about...I haven't watched the movie in months!! I did get a good idea from the dream though Smile In my dream I had a really neat tattoo for my kids. It was each of their birth month flowers and above those were 4 little butterlies...3 of them were filled in with their birthstone color and the fourth one was white (lost in April) with a halo above her head. I think I might actually get that tattoo! I really liked it.

I'm getting ready to go to work at The Buckle. I'd rather stay home all day, but it's not an option. It should be busy today so I'm hoping time goes by quickly. I hate when it's slow! I also need it to be busy to make more money so I can pay off some of these bills. DH and I decided after Christmas all of our p/t money is going in his savings and each month we'll make a huge payment towards one of our bills. Hopefully we'll be able to get a few of them paid off before summer and then I'll be done at the Buckle. I want to enjoy my summer with just the girls before the baby comes, so we'll see what happens. Alright, I better get my butt in the shower!

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December 14, 2009
7 weeks 3 days

Back from my u/s.....

And here's my peanut

I was so scared, but the u/s tech was really nice. She wouldn't let me see the screen at first because she wanted to get all of her measurements done and out of the way, but as soon as she started she said, "Oh there's one baby, and it's heart is beating." I was so relieved!! After she took all her measurements, so turned it so I could see the screen. I asked how big he measured and she said either 7w2d or 7w3d depending on the angle. I also asked about the heartbeat. I was hoping to hear it but she said it was 150 bpm. I think that's good, so I'm trying to relax!

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December 18, 2009
8 weeks

Good golly I'm super bloated!! I feel huge. My sister made the comment the other day that I won't be able to keep this a secret for much longer. We'll see. I'm sitting here typing this and I have some sharp pains in my belly. I am trying not to worry, but can't help it. I've been pretty nauseus all day, so that's a good thing.

I'm waiting for a doppler to show up and hopefully that will give me some reassurance. I am starting to feel nervous again that this pregnancy won't make it. Ugh!!

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December 19, 2009
8 weeks 1 day

Ugh!! I feel like poop today! I've been nauseus all day...and I don't know that it's even the right word. I know it's m/s though because I remember feeling this exact way with the girls. Nothing sounds good and even though I eat, I'm never satisfied.

I attempted to go to WalMart this morning with your sisters. What a nightmare! They both were so cranky. It was embarrasing!! I was able to get a few last minute gifts and the stuff to make the girls' shirts. They turned out cute although Lauryn put her hand in some of the paint and got spots on the bottom of her shirt. Nerd!! Here's what they look like:

Not sure if they'll wear them tomorrow or wait and wear them for just my grandma and your great-grandparents on Christmas Day. I'll have to ask Daddy what he wants to do.

Here's my belly at 8 weeks:

It's getting harder to keep you a secret Blum 3 I'm hoping to hold out a few more weeks, but this m/s and the baby bump is going to make it tough!

We had company this afternoon and it was nice to see friends. We told "Aunt" Christie and "Uncle" Josh you were on your way. I think they were happy for us, but they are trying to make Sophie a big sister so I think they were a little sad too! I hope they get their little baby bean soon! Alright, off to give the girlies a bath. They stink Lol

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December 23, 2009
8 weeks 5 days

I am lossing my mind!! I am baby-sitting your cousins and all of the kids are going crazy!! I blame it on the weather. We are supposed to be getting a HUGE storm. I hope we don't, but I've been checking on the weather, and it's not looking too good Sad I hope we are able to make it to Grandma and Grandpa's on Friday for Christmas.

Yesterday I hardly felt sick at all. I don't know if it was because I was so stressed out at school or what, but I didn't feel sick at all. I really freaked myself out by the end of the day, but I'm not feeling to hot today, so I'm hoping your doing fine in there and growing like you should! I recieved a doppler in the mail from a really nice lady named Andrea. She found her LOs hb at 8.5 weeks, which is where Mommy is at today. I'm wondering if I should try it, or if it will just make my anxiety even worse. I might try it with the mindframe that I may not hear it. I really hope I can though. I want to tell the girls but I'm waiting to share your hb with them first!

I'm pretty much ready for Christmas. All of the presents are bought, and most of them are wrapped. Your cousin, Haley, was over yesterday and upwrapped several gifts. Little turd!! I'm going to make Daddy wrap them tonight. I've wrapped everything else. I think he can handle a few gifts. Alright, I better go make these crazy kiddos lunch, so they can nap and then we're making cookies for Santa Smile

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December 24, 2009
8 weeks 6 days

I think I heard Cam's heartbeat this morning. I have been so worried the last few days because I haven't felt as sick as I have been, so I prayed last night and asked God to send me some kind of sign to let me know whether this LO was going to be ok or not. I woke up this morning and decided to try out the doppler, and I think I heard the heartbeat. It was right under my c-section scar, so I dont' think it was mine, and the hb bounced around from 110-138. I am a little concerened because that is so much lower than I'm used to. The girls' hbs were always in the 150s, so this is new. I'm just so thankful that I heard it Biggrin What a wonderful Christmas gift!!

I even let your sisters listen and explained to them that you are their little brother or sister and Addison asked if she could hear you cry Lol I told her you were still in my belly and she understood because our friend Jenn just had a baby. I think she's excited though once she figured it out! I think we're going to tell family tonight, so I'm glad I heard the hb!!

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December 25, 2009
9 weeks

Merry Christmas!! I can't believe another Christmas has come and gone. Your sisters are enjoying all of their new surprises, but at the same time, they're driving Mommy nuts! They have not grasped the concet of sharing! We went to Daddy's side of the family last night and told everyone about your arrival. They are all excited, but of course, most of them made the comment that you had better be a boy. That really upset me. I want you to be healthy, first and foremost. Gender is not important to me or Daddy. You are what you will be and we're happy with that!

We were supposed to go to my side of the family today but Mother Nature had other plans. We're in the middle of a terrible winter storm. It's been snowing nonstop since 3 PM yesterday. Ugh! Daddy is outside shoveling right now, but they're not recommending travel for anyone and we decided it would be best to stay home today and try to go tomorrow. We are going to go back to Daddy's side tonight if we can make it there. We'll see!

My m/s seems to be fading and I'm still having these sharp pains in my side. I don't know what to think but am trying to remain optimistic. I will call the doctor on Monday if I'm still concerned, but am hoping that all is well with you!! I can't wait until you're here with us next Christmas!!

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December 31, 2009
9 weeks 6 days

I had another OB appointment yesterday and was kind of nervous. My m/s has faded some and I was starting to think the worst. The visit was with the nurse practicioner and she asked how I'd been feeling. I told her that I felt fine although my m/s had really subsided over the past week, so she decided to try to find your hb. She tried for a good minute or so, and said it was still really early. She left the room for a minute and came back and told me to grab my things. She ended up getting me in for an u/s to check the hb...I was nervous, but the tech said everything looked good. The HB was 163 bpm...nice and strong! She turned the screen so I could see you and you actually look like a little baby this time!! I am just happy that everything is ok...I'm hoping I can start to relax now...

Daddy has also decided that Camryn will just not do for a little girl, so we have decided that if you are our 3rd little princess, your name will be Hayden Anne. If you're our 1st boy, you will still be Cameron Keith. I started looking at baby things yesterday and I cannot wait to start buying things for you!!

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Januaury 3, 2010
10 weeks 2 days

Whoa! It's so weird to write 2010. That's crazy!! That means later this year I'll be holding this little bub in my arms and I cannot wait!!! We did some rearranging in our room last night and even though July is a ways off we made room for the pack and play that baby will sleep in for the first 3 months or so. I wanted to go look at some pack and plays yesterday, but we never made it that far. Maybe today I'll look around online.

I did find some super cute bedding for a little girl, and daddy saw some ISU bedding for a little boy. We were going to have someone come in and paint a mural but decided that if we plan to move in a few years we'd save the money and have the mural painted in the new house. I may change my mind by the time it's time to set up the nursery...only about 10 more weeks until we know the gender...hopefully! I hope this little one decides to share the goods. Lauryn decided to be difficult, but I will get 2 peaks at this little one. I can't wait to find out if we have a Hayden or a Cameron in my belly!!

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January 8, 2010
11 weeks

I'm having a really rough day...I'm loosing my temper at the drop of a hat, I'm yelling at the girls for stupid things, and I've seriously stressed myself out. Ugh! I don't know how I can do this. I am constantly worried that something is wrong with the baby. I worry because my belly has shrunk, I worry because my m/s is gone, I worry because I've constantly got cramps and sharp pains in my belly and on my side. I worry about EVERYTHING!

It's been a stressful week to boot. I got rear-ended on the way to work on Wednesday so I've been dealing with stuff from that as well. DH's car got some damage to its bumper, but that's it. I called my OB to talk to them, and they said unless I'm bleeding they can't do anything to see me. Well, I wish they would. Maybe that would put my mind at ease. Gosh, this is so hard!!! I don't know how anyone does this after experiencing a loss. Every little thing freaks me out, and I don't think DH understands at all. I'm a nervous wreck, and he wonders why I lose my temper. I just can't handle the stress from the emotions and hormones.

I tried to find LO with the doppler again today and I couldn't. I did some rereading of the directions and it's a 2 MGH, which typically can't detect a hb until 14 weeks or later. Seriously?!? I can't wait that long....this is nuts! I may call the oncall doctor tomorrow just for peace of mind. I need some reassurance that everything is going to be ok. The only symptom I still have is sore boobs, and I don't remember them hurting this long. I will take it because it's all I've got, but....I just wish I could feel LO move.

I had some "movements" today that feel like the first movements from a baby, but since I'm only 11 weeks, I doubt it was the baby. It's wishful thinking though!! Come on second tri!! I'm so anxious to get there!

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January 9, 2010
11 weeks 1 day

Well, my fear got the best of me and I called the oncall OB this morning. Thankfully he agreed to see me, so I went to outpatients this morning and they did an u/s. At first I couldn't see the baby...I realized she was taking a lot of measurements of other areas, and then she focused in on the baby. My how he/she has changed in a little over a week. His/her legs have grown considerably, and I could see his/her arms moving around too. I could see the flicker of the hb, but she played it for me, which was music to my hears. I've never heard it yet...only seen it. After she got all of her measurements, I went back out front, and we were to go upstairs and wait for the results.

Just as I had arrived upstairs, there was a phone call requesting me to go back downstairs. I asked what was wrong, and she said they needed a few more pics of my uterus to make sure "it calmed down." I was confused...I didn't know what that meant, but when I got back in the u/s room, she said I had had a braxton hicks contraction, and they wanted to make sure everything was ok. She took a few more pictures and said everything looked good. I went back upstairs and waited for another 15-20 minutes and finally the nurse came in and said, "Everything's fine," and walked out...umm, ok?!

As we were leaving, the nurse said Dr. Vereen was on the phone, so I picked it up and he said everything looked really good with the baby. He or she was measuring right on track, and the hb was 163 bpm. She said everything looked good...phew! I should be able to relax now, but I seriously think I will have a hard time relaxing until I'm holding this LO, but I feel better. All these sharp pains I've been having evidentally are round ligament pains....and main they hurt! Anyway, that was my excitment for today...good times!

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January 13, 2010
11 weeks 5 days

Woohoo Yahoo I've officially got less than 200 days until I meet this LO!! I'm so excited!! I decided to tell my boss yesterday and his reaction..."I kind of figured." I don't know how to take that, but he was happy for me. I am thinking he realized how many doctors appointments I've been having and put things together :dontknow:

I've also come to the conclusion that more people at work are aware that I'm pregnant than I realized...I had a co-worker come up to me today and congratulate me. I know I haven't said anything to her, so I'm curious as to how she found out. I was going to wait until next week to break the news, but think that I will go ahead and do it tomorrow. When Daddy gets home, I'm going to run to the store and see what I can find that is pink and blue.

I am excited to report that I found LO with the doppler...for real this time!! To me, the baby's heartbeat always sounds like a galloping horse Lol Dont't ask me why...it just does. Anyway, I decided I've give it a shot. I haven't had the doppler out for nearly a week now because I couldn't find LO. I tried for about 5 minutes and decided I'd just give it another quicky try and I'd be done, and bam!! There it was...the galloping horse! The hb bounced around between 155-163, so I know it was the baby!! Yay!!

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January 14, 2010
11 weeks 6 days

Well, I told my co-workers and students today. For my co-workers I made cupcakes with pink and blue sprinkles and then took a picture of the girls shirts. On the front of a card I put the picture with "Guess Who" above it. On the inside I put a picture of the girls. I think most of my co-workers already knew. Someone seems to have known and told people. Go figure!! Everyone was happy, but I got a lot of "Are you hoping for a boy" questions. Honestly, people, I just want healthy.

For my students, I told them I had a secret and they had to try to guess what it was. I got all kinds of responses ranging from getting a raise to staring in the Twilight movie (haha :ROFL:) One of my students shouted out, "I think you're having a kid because you're getting round." O.M.Goodness!! I just about died. It was too funny!! They were all excited once I told them although a few of them thought I was having the baby any day now. I'm glad everyone knows now and am so ready to just relax and enjoy this pregnancy. Alright, off to try to find LO again...

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January 20, 2010
12 weeks 5 days

It's the last day of the first trimester :eek: Where did the time go? I'm so thankful to have gotten to this point. I have worried and stressed over getting here for so long and now I can't believe that I'm here. It's amazing!! I was able to find LO again with the doppler. In fact, I've been able to find LO for nearly a week now :woohoo: The hb was steady at 163 bpm. I was looking back at my Dec. 07 space and realized Lauryn always had a low hb, so the theory of low hbs being a boy and girls being high means squat to me. I've been looking at a lot of girly things lately which makes me wonder if it's my subconscious that knows better, or if I'm just to used to looking at girl things. I'm not sure :dontknow:

I bought my first two items for baby. I bought a onesie that says "Mommy and Me...Two Peas in a Pod." It's adorable!! I also bought a set that had jammies, a onesie, a hat, and bib. On the feet of the jammies it says "hello world." I still want to buy a baby book too, but they're pricey, so I'm waiting just a bit, although I'm going to have to bit the bullet here soon and start buying the big things we need for baby: crib, monitor, pack-n-play, etc. I also need to buy more diapers. I'm not sure what I'll get. I'm thinking maybe 6 fitteds (xs or s) and 6 pockets. Daddy really likes the pockets, and so I must humor him or he'll resort back to sposies...silly man!

Alright, I'm off to take a cat nap. We had a snow day today (again...) and I woke up early still. I'm a little tired. Hopefully I can get a little sleep before the crazy kiddos wake up!!

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January 30, 2010
14 weeks 1 day

I've been slacking on writing in here. I've just been so busy with work that by the time I get home, I'm exhausted. Today was rather eventful, and I've decided this LO is going to be a stinker. He/she is causing me a lot of stress...but it will all be worth it when I hold LO in my arms.

I woke up this morning and told Daddy I wanted to go to Perkins for breakfast. We got your sisters ready and headed out the door. While we were waiting for our food, Addison had to go potty. I took her and decided to go while I was in there. As I wiped, I noticed a red spot on the toilet paper. I wiped again trying to figure out where it had come from and whether or not there was more. There was more and it was coming from a place it shouldn't be Sad

I let Addison go potty and when we got back to the table I told Daddy that there was some blood when I went potty. He told me to relax and when we get home I should call the doctor. We ate our breakfast, although it was hard to enjoy it, and when we got home I put a call in to the OB.

When she called me back she asked what was going on and how far along I was. I told her 14 weeks and that I had had some blood when I wiped. I told her it wasn't a lot, but it was red. She asked if I was cramping and I said no, but that my lower stomach was really sore. She immediately said I needed to go the ER.

I got to the ER and they got me checked in. I then waited for 2 hours before someone came back in the room. That was scary and annoying since Daddy wasn't with me. I was finally taken for an u/s and I was a little bummed. I didn't get to really see you and most of the u/s was of things that I didn't recognize. She was able to get what she needed and I was taken back to the room to wait for another 20 minutes.

The on-call doctor, Dr. Jones, came in and said that baby looked great but that my placenta was "really low." Wonderful!! I've heard of this before and it's not something I was hoping to ever have to go through. I am on pelvic rest and if the bleeding picks up again I am to call immediatley and get checked out. She said if the bleeding starts again I'll be put on modified bed rest. I am hoping it doesn't come to that, but if it does, I'll do it to make sure LO is safe. I just hope and pray that LO continues to grow strong and healthy so that I can meet him/her in 5 months. Please send good vibes our way...I'd greatly appreciate them!

Other than today's strange events, I've been feeling pretty good. I'm starting to get a belly and I had to break out the maternity clothes. I feel so much better not having to suck in my gut..haha!! I've also picked out bedding for both genders and we found a diaper bag, baby monitors, and bathtub that we want to get for LO. I am excited to start buying things and making this feel more real. I've got several diapers coming in the mail, so now we start buying the big things!! Yay!

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February 4, 2010
14 weeks 6 days

I'm so tired....I just want to take a nap, but with 2 little ones and DH gone all the time for class, it's just not possible. I guess I will try to put them to bed early tonight Lol

I'm dealing with a nasty cold...AGAIN! I took meds for it a few weeks ago and it went away rather quickly. It sure didn't go very far though. My throat hurts, I've been coughing and I'm loosing my voice. My students told me today I should stay home tomorrow. Gee, thanks!

I can't believe I'll be 15 weeks tomorrow!! That's just crazy. I'm so happy. I've bought a couple of diapers for LO and am anxious to find out the gender. I want to buy the bedding and get started on the nursery. It will be more real for me if we're able to start buying things for the nursery. We won't do much to it until spring, but I just want it here. We may do some painting, but otherwise we'll wait. I'm not sure I'm ready for the girls to share a room yet, although at this point, it would still just be Addison in there. Lauryn will not sleep in her bed. Little turd! She makes it a game at bedtime of chase, and it drives me batty! Most nights I get tired of fighting it (since I'm by myself) so I just make her lay down with me and DH moves her when he gets home. Hopefully it's just a phase and she'll outgrow it before summer hits. Otherwise I'll be forcing her to stay in there because with the baby in our room, she definately won't be sleeping in our room.

We're dealing with more snow and ice. I'm so sick of this weather...ready for spring!

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February 7, 2010
15 weeks 2 days

I had one of the worst dreams last night. I don't remember much of it, but I do remember that I started bleeding heavily. It looked as if I had just started my period or I had just had a baby. I know I hadn't had the baby yet as my belly was still round, so I went to the hospital. I don't remember much else from my dream but I woke up panicking. I hope the dream was my subconcsious's way of dealing with all of the stress and anxiety I've been feeling since being in the hospital last weekend. However, there's a tiny part of me that can't shake the feeling that it's my mind's way of telling me something bad is going to happen.

I just want to hold this precious little baby in my arms. I just want him or her to be healthy...I just don't know. By this point, I should be able to relax, but I can't. Every pain, every twinge, every little thing makes me freak out.

I've been using the doppler to help reassure me but even that isn't helping because sometimes it takes FOREVER to find LO, and then I'm not sure it's LO anyway. Ugh!! I'm so anxious for this baby to start moving. That will give me some comfort, I hope. I hope I'm able to relax and enjoy this pregnancy. With it being my last, I want to remember all the good things, but I'm having a hard time letting go of this anxiety.

I have started buying things for the baby. We decided to start buying the little things each week when we get groceries and then we'll have to save to buy the bigger things like the crib, the bedding, the rocking chair, and the stroller. I'm trying to find things around the house that I can sell on Ebay or Craig's list, but am not finding too many things. We have an old glider downstairs that does not match our nursery themes we have set up and it creaks really loud. We want to sell that, and we also want to sell our double stroller and carseat and buy just a single stroller set. So far, I have bought LO a onesie, a set of jammies, a bib, a hat, and a set of bottles and liners. So many things to think about...little things, so we'll see.

I'm just hoping to make it through these next few weeks and am anxious to go to the doctor again. Hopefully then we'll schedule the u/s and I'll feel better about all of this. I hope...

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February 15, 2010
16 weeks 3 days

Wow!! I look at that and am just blown away...16 weeks already? How did I get here so fast. I know this pregnancy is going more quickly than I'd like it to, especially since I'm in such a foul mood most of the time, but I'm nearly half way done. 18-19 weeks is halfway for me since I'll be c-section. :eek: I feel so unprepared!

Things have been going well. I haven't had any more bleeding episodes and I seem to have gotten back quite a bit of my energy. In fact, maybe too much of my energy. I did 8 loads of laundry yesterday (washed and put away), made a delicious dinner for Daddy (garlic steak and onions), and cleaned our bedroom. I even woke up this morning and did three more loads of laundry and some cleaning upstairs in the living room. Daddy isn't going to know what to do...he'll think I've been possessed by aliens ROFL I'm trying to get the house all cleaned up and keep it that way, but it isn't going to work. I know better Wink

I *think* I felt you kick me the other night. On Saturday I was sitting on the couch and I swore I felt this little kick. It was down low, but I know it wasn't gas. Silly me tried to poke and prode at you to get you to do it again, but to no avail. I stopped and laid back on the couch and about 10 minutes later I felt the same thing again. I'm pretty sure it was you. Made me so happy since the day before I scared myself silly! I tried to find you on the doppler on Friday and couldn't. I went to bed in tears, had horrible dreams, and then when I woke up I tried again. I found you on Saturday morning, but geesh!! You should know better than to scare me. Anyway, I'm so excited that I felt movement, but am hoping within the next few days to feel it more consistantly. I didn't feel anything yesterday, but then again I was running around like a mad woman and not really paying any attention. Oh, I can't wait to meet you!! You'll be here soon and I'm just over the moon!

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February 20, 2010
17 weeks 1 day

It's almost time to schedule my big u/s and I cannot wait!! I really have no idea what the gender of this LO could be...at first I was so sure it was a boy. I had very little m/s and major skin breakouts. That was very different than my pregnancies with the girls. However, the farther along I get I find myself calling the baby she and Hayden all the time. I also notice that when I look at baby items I tend to drift towards the girl things first. I don't know if it means my intuition is telling me girl, or if I'm just so used to girls. I ask Addison daily if she thinks the baby is a girl or boy and she insists it's a girl, so we'll see if she's right!

I bought a few more baby things this past week. I bought a diaper bag...so cute!! I also bought some small cloth diapers. They're itty bitty!! I'll have to post a picture. I was bummed today when I was looking at baby bedding. The set that I had picked out for a girl is gone. They do have another cute set with ladybugs though, so it will do just fine, but I was a little sad.

Not much else to report. Just anxious for my appointment on Thursday. I'm going to ask about all of this pain that I've been having. I'm sure it's round ligament pains but my goodness it really hurts. Hopefully the doctor has some answers!

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February 25, 2010
17 weeks 6 days

18 weeks tomorrow Yahoo I can't believe it!! Time is going by more quickly than I realized! I had an appointment today and I met another doctor in the office. I have yet to meet with my own OB because he's always gone delivering babies. Go figure! BP was fine, weight was up 6 lbs (8 total), and baby's hb was good. I didn't get a read on it, but if it's anything like what I get when I do it at home, it's in the 150s.

I asked about some pains that I've been having in m abdomen. I had been assuming they were ligament pains, but they were downright painful. I have to stop and sit sometimes because they hurt so bad. She asked where the pains where happening, so I showed her and she thinks they are a combination of ligament pains and old scar tissue stretching. Makes sense, but gosh they hurt!!

She was starting to fill out my paperwork for next time and said she'd see me back in 4 weeks and then we'd schedule my 4D dvd and my c-section. I asked if they did a 20 week u/s and she said no, generally they don't because not all insurance companies cover them. I told her that I called my insurance company and they do cover them, so we scheduled it Yahoo Only 14 days until we know whether or not this little monkey is a boy or a girl!! March 11 at 3 PM is the big day, daddy's birthday. I just hope LO decides to show the goods!

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February 27, 2010
18 weeks 1 day

Yesterday I spent the morning in the ER due to spotting. Here's my post from my birth board along with the update from when I got home.

Ugh!! This pregnancy is so not being nice to me!! I had more spotting last night, similiar to what I had 4 weeks ago. I had mentioned earlier at my appointment that the previous 2 days I had had a little spotting but thought it might have been from going potty. The nurse didn't seem concerned, so I left...well, last night I had some red spotting, and it was not from going potty. I drank some water and went to bed. I called my OB this morning, and she said she was unaware that I had mentioned the spotting to the nurse, or she'd have sent me for an u/s yesterday So, I'm off to the hospital to get checked out. This little baby better be a boy...he's stressing me out!! I'll update when I get home.

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Just got home from the hospital, and everything appears to be ok. The doctor isn't sure what caused the bleeding. I don't know if that makes me feel better or worse, but she said my cervix is nice and closed, and there was no more visable blood. The u/s tech did take a guess at the gender, but was very unsure. She checked several different times, but baby had hands between the legs. I am not going to say anything to DH because I don't want him to overreact one way or the other Thanks for thinking of me this morning!! This little booger is sure giving me a run for my money. Let's hope this is the last time I have to go to the hospital until the baby is born.

I am starting to call you Cameron in my head because the tech said she thought you were a boy. I will not be disappointed if she was wrong. I just want you to be healthy. I haven't told Daddy that she thought you were a boy because if she was wrong, I know he'll be a little sad. He will love you like crazy, but I don't want him to be disappointed on the day we find out if you're our little Hayden or Cameron.

Not much on the agenda for today. We're going to get some paint to paint in Addison's room, and we want to price some things for the bathroom. Daddy has decided that he wants to move :rolleyes: He's silly!! We'll see if anything comes of it, but there are some things we want to fix in the house regardless of whether we move or not. I'm excited to at least look at some houses. It will give us an idea of what we want when we finally do move. Yay!

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March 6, 2010
19 weeks 1 day

The days just seem to be flying by now and I'm realizing how quickly you will be here. I've also realized I need to get my butt in gear and start getting things for your room. Last weekend we got the girls bunkbeds put together and switched dressers around. I got everything cleaned out of your room that belonged to Lauryn and put the few things that we have for you in your new room.

The u/s is on Thursday and I'm excited to know whether you are a girl or a boy. Then I can really start planning and focusing on what I need for you. If you're a girl, we're all set for clothes, and if you're a boy I'll get a few things, but honestly...I didn't realize how many gender neutral outfits I had. Your dresser is completely full already, so unless you get things from grandma or Aunt Jenny I won't buy too many outfits until you're a little bigger. I am hoping you cooperate at the u/s. I'm also hoping that the tech will tell us that you're nice and healthy!!

Alright, I'm off to bed here soon. I haven't been sleeping well this week. I feel you move pretty consistantly, but the last couple of days you've been kind of lazy and it makes mommy worry. I have really strange dreams on top of that, so sleep is not a good thing for me right now. Hopefully I can get some good sleep in tonight. I'm home all day tomorrow with the girls by myself!

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March 12, 2010
20 weeks

:eek: 20 weeks?!? I'm halfway done. Where has the time gone. I know these next 20 weeks are going to fly by, but honestly that's alright with me. I'm ready to hold you in my arms.

We had our u/s yesterday and it went really well. Baby is nice and healthy...wiggling all over the place and weighing in at 12 oz. Here are a few pics:

(the money shot)

That's right!!! You're a little boy...you're our Cameron Keith Yahoo I'm so excited!! I bought your coming home outfit yesterday and Daddy and I went to look for bedding. We found a really cute set on Ebay that has firetrucks and dalmations. It's adorable! I can't wait to put your nursery together!!

Alright, have to get ready for work. Just wanted to add your pictures to the journal!

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March 27, 2010
22 weeks 1 day

I am just blown away every time I right in here. The weeks are really flying by, which makes me a little sad. This is the last time I'll be pregnant and I want to cherish every moment, but I'm also so ready to meet my little man. I can't wait to snuggle him, love him, and give him kisses!!

I had my 22 week appointment on Thursday and it went well. BP was good, fundal height was right on, and Cam's hb was 147 bpm. I am now up 13 lbs :eek: I do not want to gain over 30 if I can avoid it. I learned the hard way while pregnant with Addison. I gained 50 lbs during that pregnancy, and I only gained 29 while pregnant with Lauryn. 30-35 is the max I'd like to gain, but whatever happens, happens I guess.

I was able to finally have an appointment with MY doctor. Every appointment I've made has been scheduled with him, and every time I go he's off delivering a baby. He must be well liked if he's always gone. He asked if I wanted to do my "fun" u/s at the next appointment and I said oh yes!! I get my 3D/4D u/s on April 22. I also have to do the glucola test, which I'm not looking forward to. This clinic does it differently than the one I went to for the girls. I have to drink the drink when I get to the clinic and then wait in the waiting room for an hour. I'm hoping for part of that hour they'll do the u/s or I'll go crazy. They always run behind so I could be waiting for much longer than an hour. Oh well!! I'm just excited to see you again!

Yesterday was a little rough for me. It had been one year since I had my u/s showing that something might be wrong with Lovebug. I remember leaving that appointment and how scared I felt. It brought back a lot of memories and it scared me. Thankfully Cameron was super active yesterday. He must have known I was pretty down so he definately lifted my spirits. He was kicking and squirming so hard that even Addison was able to feel him on the outside Biggrin She thought that was pretty neat.

My 1 yr. angelversary is coming up and I'm happy and sad at the same time. I'm sad because I still miss that little baby that I will never get to meet. I'm so happy though to be pregnant with Cameron. I'm not sure how I'll hold up that day, but I'm hoping Cam is active again to help lift my spirts!!

I've been cleaning like a mad woman lately. I've got Cam's room all cleaned out, the dresser is FULL of unisex clothing and a few boy pieces that my friend gave me. The swing and bouncer seat are put together and in his room. We're waiting on a crib, and then we're going to order the bedding after the 3D u/s. We just want extra confirmation that he's a boy Biggrin I can't wait until the room is all finished. Things are moving right along and he'll be here before I know it!!

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April 1, 2010
22 weeks 6 days

23 weeks tomorrow Yahoo I'm feeling pretty good lately....energy is still here pretty strong so I find I'm doing a lot of things around the house. I've been trying to keep up on laundry, although that's a never-ending feat in this house!! I'm trying to keep the house cleaned up as well, but I've decided with little ones, that's nearly impossible too. As soon as something is picked up, something new is out on the floor :rolleyes:

We're still waiting on a crib and I'm about ready to say screw it. We were told we would have it three weeks ago, and now she can't find the screws for it. I know I've got time to get the nursery put together, but I've also got a ton of things to do over the summer for work and several classes that I plan on taking. I want the nursery done so I don't have to worry about it. Not sure what I'll do yet...but I am getting impatient.

Other than that, not much exciting is going on. Cameron is getting more and more active by the day and his kicks are starting to have some force behind them. Daddy has yet to feel him, but Addison has felt him twice. I just laugh!! Daddy will feel him soon enough Smile

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April 3, 2010
23 weeks 1 day

We got a crib today! We got a great deal on it, and it's a crib that converts into a toddler bed and then a day bed. We got it home and realized that we chipped part of while putting it in the van, so Monday I will have to put a call into the company and order a new part. It's not a major part, but it still makes me so mad that Daddy was so careless when putting it in the car. Booger!!

The nursery is getting all set up. We will be ordering bedding after the 3D u/s on the 22nd, and we've picked out paint. We're just waiting until I get paid to get it and then Cam's room will be painted. I've also got letters that spell out his name picked out, but again waiting for payday to roll around to get them. Things are slowly getting organized. I've got the swing set up in his room, the dresser is full of unisex clothes, and we've got a start on a newborn stash of cloth diapers.

For diapers, I plan on using Lauryn's one-size diapers (I'm hoping and praying that she's potty trained when Cam is born). I have 13 OS diapers and a few other pocket diapers, so I decided I needed to get more. The average diaper stash size is 24-36 for a newborn (from what I've read online), so I need to definately get a few more. I ordered 7 Thirsties Fab Fitteds in size s, and just today my SIL called and said if I wanted, she'd cut me a great deal on her stash. She's the one who got me interested in cloth diapers. She mostly has the OS diapers that Lauryn has, but she also has some infant prefolds, so I am going to make a list of what I need, and then she'll let me know how much she wants. I'm excited to have that figured out. I do need to order a new wetbag as the one I have doesn't zip anymore and it's got pink flowers all over it. Don't think Daddy would like carrying that around for his little man Lol

All in all, things are coming together. It feels good to be accomplishing some of this before summer rolls around. I know that during the third trimester, my energy level sinks majorly and with all of the classes and preparation I have to do for the fall, I will be glad to have everything ready to go. Yay!

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April 9, 2010
24 weeks

What a roller coaster of emotions this week has been for me! I've dealt with terrible nightmares, being scared because of lack of movent, to total joy that Lauryn finally seems to understand the concept of the potty.

Yesterday was officially a year since I lost my little lovebug, and while I'm so very thankful to be were I am now and pregnant with Cameron, I can't help but think of my angel and wonder what he or she would have looked like and how different life may have been. I know my angel is in a much better place, but it still hurts. I didn't realize how deeply I was still affected by this, and on Monday evening I had the worst dream ever....I woke up in panic mode. It was so real. Parts of the dream weren't accurate, but other parts reminded me of what happened when I was dealing with my m/c. I think my subconscious was trying to work through some of those memories and emotions as the date approached, but I freaked out!!

To make it worse, Tuesday Cameron hardly moved at all...I ate every kind of sugar junk I could get my hands on, had a little extra pop, poked at my belly like crazy, and hardly anything. It was one of those days I was so very thankful to Andrea for letting me borrow her doppler.

Wednesday was better as far as movement and emotions, and yesterday was surprisngly alright too. I did a lot of things to keep myself busy so I didn't really think about it much until I went to bed. I just laid there thinking of exactly what I was doing at that moment last year....it's so crazy how much life can change in a year.'

Anyway...I'm thankful that I made it through the day pretty sanely. I don't even know if Daddy realized that it was "the day." He's been so busy preparing for his EMT test that he hasn't noticed much of anything. I made a huge "to do" list for him this weekend, so we'll see how far he gets on it Wink I would love for him to get the nursery painted, and I'd also love for him to get the garage cleaned out and some landscaping done in the front yard. We'll see...I'm not going to hold my breath Wink

Lauryn has been keeping me and my thoughts busy lately too...she's finally starting to come around to the idea of using the potty. She has gone on her own at least once every day for a week. Today I didn't think she'd do it, but after dinner she pulled off her diaper and said she pooped. I looked and there was nothing there, so I asked if she needed to go, and she said yes. We went to the potty and sure enough...she went!! I'm so excited....she's finally getting it. I'm still not really forcing the issue, but I'm so happy that she's coming around on her own. WooHoo!! Speaking of Lauryn, I need to go check on them before heading off to bed. Gotta get some rest if I'm going to crack the whip on Daddy this weekend!

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April 14, 2010
24 weeks 4 days

Argh!! This little boy is killing my skin!! I just keep breaking out, which is definately not the norm for me during pregnancy. With both girls, I had beautiful skin, and I just can't seem to catch a break this time around. It's frustrating. Isn't there an old wives tale that says if you're pregnant with a little boy, he stills your beauty? If so, then I totally buy it!! I've also gotten a lovely cold sore....seriously? I tend to get them right before winter, but no....and it's in the worst spot. It's right on the bottom of my lip and it's driving me nuts! I hope it clears up soon!

We got Cameron's room painted this weekend. I am happy that's getting finished. The only things we really need to get yet are a pack-n-play, a stroller, and the bedding. I have Lauryn's carseat, which is still in really good condition, so I'm thinking of just getting a base to snap it into. I'm not sure I want to do that though because when he gets bigger then he won't have a stroller and I'd have to buy a new one. So many decisions....not sure what to do. I've got a little bit of time to figure it out though. We'll see what happens!

It's hard to believe I've only got 14 weeks left. This little boy has definately been active lately. All weekend long he barely moved. He was really starting to worry me, but he's definatley making up for it this week. I think I was just paying more attention to it because it was the anniversary of the m/c, but he's definately letting me know he's here now. He thinks my bladder is a soccer ball. Wonderful!! Maybe he'll be good at soccer?

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April 16, 2010
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:woohoo: 25 weeks down, 14 to go!! I just can't believe how fast time is going by. It's crazy! I cannot wait to hold this little man and it really will be here before I know it.

This week went so slow. I kept waking up thinking it was a day later than what it really was...very depressing! I am doing some housework tonight in hopes that I can relax most of the weekend. No big plans, just working at the church rummage and cleaning out the basement. I went to the rummage last night and got a pretty good haul for the girls and Cameron. I found the cutest shirt for him...but it won't fit him for a while.

Not much else to report tonight. Hoping the weekend goes by slowly and I actually get to enjoy it. Wishful thinking, I'm sure!

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April 18, 2010
25 weeks 2 days

I feel like crap! This whole week I have felt pretty awful. Something did not agree with my stomach and it was just constantly churning. On top of that, Cameron was a wild man this week. Normally that makes me so happy, but when my stomach hurts and is upset already, having little jabs and kicks doesn't make me feel better. I felt really good yesterday, and today I feel like crap again. I'm not sure if it was something I ate or a stomach bug, but it's no fun. Thankfully I haven't :puke:, but I've spent my fair share in the bathroom this week. Hopefully I'll be feeling much better this week.

I worked at the church rummage yesterday and when I got there, there was hardly anything left....it was so full on Thursday night, and there was a ton of traffic on Friday, so majority of the items were gone. I did another look through for the girls and Cameron, but nothing really jumped out at me. I think I'll have a lot of fun shopping at the fall sale though because I'll know for sure what size Cam will be. I know the girls will need a whole bunch of new clothes though. Lauryn is in 3T right now, and all of Addy's 3T is summer stuff. Addy has also moved up to little girls 5-6 :eek: I can't believe it! It makes me sad that she's getting so big. It also makes my checkbook sad because little girls clothes aren't as cheap as infant/toddler clothes.

Today I was hoping to do a bunch of cleaning around the house, but I've had to do it in spurts and rest because of my stomach. I'm hoping to get the basement all cleaned, mopped and rearranged. I also want DH to clean the garage and move all the stuff outside that needs to go to the dump. I am hoping he can make a run out there sometime this week. We'll have to see and play it by ear I guess.

I'm going to go lay down for a bit and see if that helps my tummy. Only I would have an upset stomach and STILL be craving chocolate. Go figure!

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April 23, 2010
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Yesterday was an absolutely crazy day...everything started off fine. I got ready for school, went outside for Safety Drill Day, taught my first section of Math. No problems. My kids switched to Social Studies and I had a new section of kids for Math. I started reviewing for the test, and in the middle of a problem I suddenly started sweating and got really hot. Very odd for me....I opened the window and as I was doing that my ears started to ring and my vision was starting to go blurry. I went to the back of the room and told my high school helper that I was going to run to the bathroom because I wasn't feeling well.

I got to the bathroom and could barely sit down...I couldn't see. I kind of slumped to the floor and waited for a minute or so. I decided I needed to go down to the nurse so I started to walk back to my room. I stopped by the other classroom to ask the teacher if she could watch my kids and when she came out of the room, I just slumped down to the floor again. She grabbed my arm and noticed I was incredibly clammy. She went into her room and called down to the nurse, but there was no answer, so she decided to go and get her. Well, right at that moment the fire alarm went off. I stood up and very clumsily walked back into the room to get my kids outside, but my high school helper took them out for me and I went back into the hallway.

The nurse came down and asked what had happened and shortly after that I had 5 paramedics in my face (Go figure! The one day I have an episode, it's safety day at school). The nurse made me sit in a wheelchair and took me to the office. She took my bp and it was low....98/54 I believe. I laid down and drank some water. The principal decided I shouldn't drive home, but I had planned on leaving early for a doctor's appointment. Another co-worker was leaving at 12:30 so she drove me home, and one of my carpool buddies drove my car home after school.

I came home and laid down for about 1 1/2 hours. I got up and went to my doctor's appointment. I had my glucola test yesterday, so I had to drink that when I got to the office. YUCK :puke: After I drank the liquid, I got called back for my 3D u/s. It was incredible. I love looking at those pictures, but for it to be my own child makes it even sweeter! Cameron is still a boy. The u/s tech even gave me 3D proof of that...haha! I got some great pictures that I will post below. My favorite is the one of him with his hand by his chin. He looks so cute!!

After the u/s I went back out to the waiting room. I finally got called back and got weighed....I am up 23 lbs :eek: My bp was back up to normal and I was measuring right on again. I had to have my blood tested for GD, and I only passed by 1 point. I need to start watching what I eat. They also tested my blood and my iron was really low. I have to take an over the counter iron supplement. The doctor thinks that may have been my problem. I wanted to schedule my c/s yesterday, but my doctor was out of the office doing a c/s, so I will have to wait. I am now doing 2 week appointments. That's so crazy!! I can't believe it. He'll be here before I know it. I'm down to less than 100 days....91 to be exact unless he comes on his own before then. I would love for him to come on the 17th...we'd share a birthday, but if he's not ready then I don't want to rush it either. He'll come when he's ready, or my c/s date arrives.

No major plans for this weekend. His nursery is coming along nicely. The walls are painted, furniture is put together, diapers are cleaned and put away. We just need the bedding now. Hopefully we'll have enough money to order it soon!

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May 1, 2010
27 weeks 1 day

Busy, busy, busy...that's how I feel anymore. The school year is winding down, so I'm trying to get things organized and sorted out for the end of this year, and also trying to start on stuff for next year. With Cameron being due at the end of July, I will be out the first few weeks of school, so I need to have everything ready to go and my room all put together before he's born.

Yikes....I just feel a little overwhelmed. I've got 4 weeks to get my butt in gear as far as this year goes, but the summer is going to be so busy. I've got 2 classes I want to take and Addison's birthday party, my birthday, a small luncheon to celebrate Cam's arrival, and we're going to the zoo. These next 12 weeks are going to zoom by...and I'm starting to get a little nervous. It feels like I've forgotten what it's like to have a newborn in the house. I'm also starting to get nervous thinking about how the girls will be with him. I know they'll love him, but I also think they'll be very jealous of him too...it'll be interesting!

I'm down to 2 week appointments, and I've been working like a mad woman trying to peice together a birth plan. I know with a c-section there are a lot of things that I will get to miss out on, and I don't understand why. I guess I'm trying to be more proactive in this birth than I was with the other 2. With Addison's birth I was pretty laid back. It was my first baby and I was just going with the flow. I was so disappointed when it ended in a c-section, but so thankful that she arrived safely. With Lauryn's birth I didn't really question anything. My doctor never really answered my questions anyway, so I just went with the flow. This time though, I want Daddy to be more involved. There are some things that I want done, if possible, that weren't done with either of the girls either. I wrote up a short birth plan to discuss with my OB on Thursday. I figure it never hurts to ask, and if some of the things on my birth plan aren't feasable, then at least I asked and I know. Otherwise, I'll probably just sit there and wonder "what if" forever. Here's what I have so far:

During the c-section:
• I would prefer an epidural for pain medication.
• I would like my husband present at all times during the surgery.
• I want my husband in the OR before the surgery begins.
• I do not want my arms strapped down during the surgery.
• I would like it quiet in the OR except for the doctor telling me what he is doing step by step.
• So that I can view the birth, I would like the screen lowered just before Cameron is delivered.

Immediately after delivery:
• I would like my husband to cut the cord.
• I would like my husband to be the one to bring Cameron to see me.
• I would like to have Cameron evaluated and bathed in mine or my husband’s presence.
• I would like for Cameron to be cleaned up and evaluated up by my head so that I may watch him.

Postpartum:
• I would like Cameron with me in the room during the day, but to return to the nursery during the night.
• I will not be breastfeeding.
• It is okay to give Cameron a pacifier in the nursery if necessary.

Circumcision:
• I would like Cameron to be circumcised before checking out of the hospital.
• I would like for my husband to accompany Cameron to his circumcision, and for him to be in the room when it occurs.

Photos/Video:
• I would like photos to be taken as Cameron is being born and after the delivery.
• I would like for a nurse to take a picture of me, my husband, and Cameron in the OR before he is taken to the nursery.

Other:
• I would like for the nurse to put Cameron’s footprints in his baby book when he is being evaluated.
• I would like for my other children to be able to visit Cameron and me in the hospital.

I am very anxious/eager to see what the doctor has to say. Other than that, not much has been going on on the baby front. Cameron is super active at night it seems....so I don't feel him a whole lot during the day. It stinks, but what can I do. I start my kick counts on Friday. I have a neat little form that the doctor gave me. I didn't do that with either of the girls. I counted their kicks, but I never really recorded them anywhere. It'll be a neat keepsake to have to see how and when he was active inutero and how that compares to him being outside of the womb. Can't wait!!

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May 8, 2010
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Less than 11 weeks to go until this little monkey is here with us in our home....yay Yahoo I'm so excited. I cannot believe it's getting so close!! I had my 28 week appointment on Thursday and it went pretty well. I discussed my birth preferences with the doctor and he was pretty agreeable to them. He said I need to take the birth plan to the hospital and show it to the nurses when I check in and go over my wishes/preferences with them. Hopefully they will be as accomdating and eager to grant them as my doctor seemed to be. There were a few things that we discussed that I ended up changing in my birth plan. One being the spinal vs. epidural. I discussed the differences between the two and asked why they typically do a spianl during repeat c-sections. After some discussion I decided to do a spinal because they kick in quicker, are more comfortable (they don't leave a cathedar in my back), and allow for my more numbness so I don't feel anything.

The other thing we talked about was that they will not lower the curtain so I can see him. The curtain is put in place so that if a mother throws up while being operated on the vomit doesn't go places it shouldn't. It makes sense, but I was a little disappointed. He did say that there is a mirror in the OR that they can lower so that I can see Cameron being pulled out, but it will show my incision and insides too, so I need think about whether or not I can handle seeing that. I will definately have to think about that...

Cameron's room is all finished!! We ordered the bedding on Tuesday and it arrived yesterday. I washed it all and put it together. It turned out really great and I'm super excited about it!! There are just a few things left to get for Cameron and we'll be all set. We officially scheduled the c-section, so little monkey will be here July 23 unless he decides to come on his own before them. I'm hoping he decides he wants to share a birthday with mama, and comes on my birthday!! We'll see though!

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May 15, 2010
29 weeks 1 day

Another week has come and gone and before I know it, Cameron is going to be here Yahoo I'm starting to think of all the little things that need to get done before he gets here, and I think I'm going to be super busy!! I've got so many things for school that need to be done, I've got Addison's birthday party in 2 weeks, and I've got lots of little things left to buy for him. I've also realized that I need to get a few more nb cloth diapers because the OS dipes are going to be huge on him at first and I don't want to deal with the extra bulk. He's going to have a big enough booty with CD on, so if I can find something smaller to fit his bum then I'll be good to start with.

Cameron hasn't been very active today. I hate days like this were he doesn't move a whole lot. It drives me nuts actually. I've tried all the tricks: drinking water, eating something sweet, laying down, etc, and he moves a little but nothing like he normally does. Most days he's a wild man, and then there are days where he must sleep all darn day. Of course, it's always the days I'm lounging around the house waiting for him to kick me.

I've decided to start making a list of things I want to pack in my bag for the hospital. I won't actually pack it for another few weeks, but if I have a list ready then I will know exactly what I want to put in it. I can't remember what all I took before, but I remember I had WAY more than I needed. I'll have to trim it down a bit this time Smile

Alright, better go get those little girlies to bed. Olivia is over and now it's story time!

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May 26, 2010
30 weeks 5 days

It's been nearly 2 weeks since I wrote in here :oops: Bad mommy!! I just have NO energy. I get home from school and I'm beat. I just lay on the couch and watch tv. We've also got a lot of things going on right now too. Our roof is being reshingled and we're getting ready for Addison's birthday party. I can't believe she's going to be 4 in just 6 days....I honestly don't know where the time has gone. We're just going to have a party at home with friends and family and let the kids swim. I hope the roof is done so that the yard can be cleaned up and the dumpster out of here before then.

I've started getting diapers in the mail for Cameron. They are so tiny!! It's crazy! I'm going to get a few more, but I think most of my stash is complete. I went with 4 GAD Pocket dipes (size small), 5 TWH (size small), 3 Trimsies (size small), 12 GMD yellow edged pfs, and 7 TFF (size small). I still need to get a wetbag and I also want to get a few hemp inserts and a couple more dipes. I know Daddy really likes the pocket dipes, so I want to get a few more of those to make him happy. I'll take pic when I get everything I ordered.

I found out my c-section is scheduled for July 23 at 8:00 AM. I cannot wait!! I've started packing my bag. Don't ask why...I guess I just feel better knowing that it's ready to go. With everything that's gone on during this pregnancy, it makes me feel better. I had two scares with spotting last week. He is just giving me a run for my money. I cannot wait until he's here and I can hold him. Only 8 more weeks Yahoo

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June 5, 2010
32 weeks 1 day

I've survived most of Addison's birthday weekend and I'm still in one piece! I've been in a lot of pain lately. It hurts to walk. It hurts to do almost anything, but I tell myself it'll be worth it when he's here. I just hope it's not anything major and that he isn't planning on making too early of an arrival.

Addison's party was a lot of fun. For the most part, it went really well. There were some ups and downs, but the birthday girl enjoyed herself and she got a lot of super cute clothes!! She did get a few toys, but I was kind of happy that she got a lot of clothes! She really needed them.

I had my 32 week appointment on Thursday. It was a pretty routine appointment. I'm up a total of 30 lbs, which isn't terrible, but I don't like it. BP was good, I measured right on track, and Cam's hb was 130 bpm. I start going every 2 weeks, which is exciting....it's getting so close! We are all ready to go. We have the pack-n-play set up, we have diapers, we have his carseat, clothes, bottles, and formula. Seriously, all we need is the baby Smile I can't believe how close it's getting.

I had another fainting spell at work on Tuesday. Ugh!! I will not miss those episodes after he's born. I'm hoping they're just pregnancy related, but don't know for sure. They just come out of nowhere, and it's kind of scary. Thankfully this time I didn't have students, as it was a teacher in-service day, but still...

Alright, I better get to bed. We're going to the zoo tomorrow for the rest of Addy's party weekend. She asked to go for her present, so the whole family is going. I can't wait. Hope my body cooperates with me!

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June 8, 2010
32 weeks 4 days

My stomach has been hard on and off all day. I'm thinking it's mostly BH contractions coupled with some of Cameron's body parts, but it does have me a little worried. Hopefully it's no big deal, but I did dig out the fetal doppler and checked on him. His hb bounced around between 138 and 158 bpm, but was mostly in the 140s. He's also been kicking like crazy for the last 1/2 hour, so I think for now we're in the clear.

I'm getting so anxious for him to get here. The farther along I get in the pregnancy, you think the more I'd relax, but no. I'm starting to really worry that something will happen to him before he gets here, or that he'll be born unhealthy. I hope he's okay, but until he's in my arms and he's been checked out by a doctor I won't feel better.

I've started to put a list together of things I need for the hospital, so within the next week or so I'll start packing my bag. My next doctor's appointment is on Tuesday, so if the hardness continues in my belly I'm going to mention it to her and see what she says. Ok...let's hope these next few weeks go quickly!

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June 10, 2010
32 weeks 6 days

Ya know, I thought I would enjoy spending the last weeks of my pregnancy at home with the girls, but I'm really not. I'm so uncomfortable, moody, and stressed out. They are not behaving at all, and it's really starting to wear on me. I worry that my stress is going to cause problems for Cameron. At this point in time, I'd rather be at work. How awful is that? It makes me feel like a terrible mother, but they are both just pushing my buttons. Addison is hitting, talking back, throwing things, and just being mean to Lauryn. Lauryn is running around in underwear because she refuses to put on a diaper, and she's constantly peeing all over the place. I don't know how much more of this I can take. It's only been a week, and I feel like my stress level has risen significantly. I plan to bring this up to the doctor on Tuesday.

Cameron isn't very active lately either, and I wonder if it has to do with me raising my voice all the time. I'm probably scaring the poor kid. I do my kick counts though, and he always gives me 10 kicks within 20 minutes or so, so for now I think he's alright. My stomach is always hard too. I can't tell if it's his body parts or if they're BH contractions. That's another thing I plan on bringing up to my doc on Tuesday. I have to see another one in the office as mine is on vacation, but I really like the one that I'm seeing, so hopefully she can give me some insight as to what is going on w/my belly, and help me find ways to releave some of this stress. Please don't misunderstand me, I love my girls to death, but I just think the pregnancy is affecting my ability to cope with their normal naughty behavior. I'll be happy when Cameron is here. Hopefully I'll be back to my normal self.

My goal for this weekend is to make a list for my hospital bag, and I've decided to do a seperate little bag for Cameron. I've got most of his things all gathered together, so I'm going to pack them into his diaper bag and then that will be ready to go. I also need to get my butt in gear about finding Big Sister shirts. I'm really upset with MIL because I had bought the girls a ZhuZhu hamster to go in their bags. They both really like them, and I thought it would be something special to put in there. They'd think that Cameron got the hamsters for them. Well, MIL didn't listen to me, and she got Addison 2 for her birthday after I specificially told her not to. She's such an idiot sometimes...I swear! And you can't say anything like that around Daddy because he freaks out, but he makes the same comments. Whatever! I'm not sure if I'm going to keep the hamsters, or if I'll just add a little something extra in the bags. They both have some coloring pages. Maybe I'll buy an accessory for each of their hamsters and just call it a day. We'll see!

It's going to be a busy weekend. I've got a bridal shower this weekend and we've got some major cleaning to do. We ordered a new couch and recliner, and I'm anxiously awaiting that recliner. I'm having trouble sleeping at night because I can't get comfortable. I told Daddy that I was probably going to spend the last few weeks sleeping in the recliner. I don't know if it'll help or not, but it's worth a shot! Alright, I better go find the beasts a snack Smile

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June 14, 2010
33 weeks 3 days

So, I was thinking in terms of days this morning, and I've got 39 days left :eek: Holy Smokes!! Where has the time gone? As miserable as I'm starting to feel, I'm also starting to feel sad. This is the last time I will get to eperience the miracle of growing a life inside me, and it makes me sad. I want to cherish this time that I have with Cameron before having to share him. I know that sounds selfish, but still...I love this closeness that I feel to him...how I'm the only one who can take care of him right now.

We had a busy weekend. Saturday we got our furniture, although part of the couch was on loan. We were supposed to get all of our furniture on Saturday and the delivery guy left part of our couch in another city...ding dong!! So we got everything delivered Saturday morning and then Daddy decided to clean out part of the garage and that took forever! We got a load of things taken to the dump, which we've put off for nearly a year, so I was happy to get that stuff out of the house.

After that, we went shopping so I could get a bridal shower gift. I spent forever at Target looking for something, and finally found something. I ended up going to the shower by myself as the girls fell asleep right when I got home and I didn't want to wake them. The shower was 3 hours....too long in my opinion, but I stayed to support the bride.

Yesterday was a stressful day. Baby was not active at all. I noticed Saturday that he wasn't moving much either, but chalked it up to me being super busy with running around and getting things done at home. However, it really started to concern me. I do kick counts often throughout the day and I couldn't get 10 kicks out of him within an hour. I tried everything...eating something sweet, drinking water, drinking pop, laying on my left side, taking a nap...and nothing. I finally called the on-call doctor because I was worried and she had me go to L&D for a NST. I've never had one before, and figured I was probably overreacting, but I'd rather be safe than sorry...

I got to the hospital and they had me drink some OJ and then hooked me up to the machine. She couldn't find his hb at first, which totally scared me, but she was looking on the left side of my belly, and he is apparently curled up on my right side. As soon as she hooked me up and left, he started moving like crazy. I was very happy!! The OB came in about 40 minutes later and scolded me for not going on. I felt like I was in trouble. She said I should have gone in the day before if I had noticed a decrease in movement. Cameron is usually so active that this was really bizzare for him! I was instructed that any time I do not get 10 kicks in an hour, I need to get my behind up to L&D. I felt silly since he was moving so much when I got there, but am thankful that I went and he is ok for now. Little stinker sure knows how to scare the crap out of me!!

Today I've just been relaxing around the house. I'm going to work on some school stuff. I've been putting it off, but realized that time is not on my side and I better get some stuff done now, or I may be in trouble. I actually better get back to work. Oh the joys of writing lesson plans!

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