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    JulieAR
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    Well, I guess it is time to start a new journal. I found out this morning that we are expecting #2! I really don't have any symptoms yet, although I've noticed that I have been gagging A LOT trying to brush my teeth in the morning here lately. That happened with dd also. I also knew that I was about 2 months late, but my cycles are pretty screwy when I'm not in bc. Still, it had never been that long between so I thought I'd better test. Talk about surprised! Yes, we were trying, but we got it on the first shot. Dd took over a year and we were expecting that this time also.

    I bought a "we're expecting card" and took Bryan to the Steak House for a nice lunch. After we ordered, I handed him the card. He was shocked, but very pleased. Dd will be 3 years and 3 months when the baby is born. We think she'll be really excited. She loves babies.

    I am estimating that I am due right around my birthday....Dec. 11 based on conception. I know the doctor's office will go with LMP and they are going to put it due nearly two weeks earlier. When I called to set up the appointment this afternoon, she estimated me at 8 weeks after LMP (or 6 weeks along) so wanted to get me in right away. But I am positive on conception which was when I should have menstrating if I had a "normal" cycle that month (obviously I didn't). My first appointment is Thursday, April 22 where I will meet with a nurse.

    I guess that is all for now. We are really excited, although still a bit amazed that it happened so quickly!

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    Well. the sympotms are starting now. The gagging brushing my teeth in the morning is now feeling like I'm going to throw up until I get something to eat. I have to wonder: am I just now seeing the sympotms that where there all along that I shrugged off or are the sympotms just now starting (around week 4) or is just knowing that I am pregnant bringing them on? I never had morning sickness with dd. I was nauseated every once in awhile, but not like this. I was so tired yesterday that I took a nap, or at least tried when Laura would let me. And I even slept last night, which is unusual when I nap during the day.

    I told Mom Saturday night. She called me Friday night saying that she had just been admitted to the hospital with that infection in her leg. I felt so bad for her and thought she could use some good news, so I told her. I talked to her last night and she basically told me that the entire family knows now. Bryan hasn't told his family yet. I guess he wants to wait to tell them in person. My brother was grouchy that I'd want my crib back. DUH! I told him we were going to be ttc soon when he asked to take the crib. Emma will only be about 9 months old when we need it back. My sister wants me to have a boy. Everyone is excited, which I was sure they would be, but it is nice to hear.

    I don't know if I'll start telling my friends until after my doctor appointment Thursday though. They'll be pretty excited also. I asked Laura last night if she would like a little brother or sister. She very excitedly said yes. We haven't told her yet. We won't until we are ready for everyone to hear the news. I am not sure that she will totally understand or not yet.

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    I told my secretary yesterday. This is so hard to keep secret....I don't think we are really going to. We also told Laura last night. She said she wanted a brother, but a sister would be okay also. She kept wanting to know if she could hold the baby. She told Julia this morning that she was going to be a big sister. So now our dcp knows to keep a spot open for us. I also emailed my friends Rob & Cheryl. Haven't really told any of our other friends yet though I am planning on telling Lana Monday when we have lunch....if I can hold out that long. I'll probably tell the rest after my appointment on Thursday. I am debating whether to wait until Jan's birthday to tell him.

    I am not quite a nauseated today. I hope we can stay like this. I have my photography class to night so dh and dd are on their own. They'll probably go out for BBQ again! Big news for Laura yesterday. She was DRY ALL DAY!!!!!! OMG! I hope she continues on this track!

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    I had my first appointment today. They, of course, set my due date at Novemeber 20th so I told her that I was sure of my dates and that my LMP would not be accurate because my cycles are not 28 days. And based off my information it would be due December 9th. She decided to draw a blood test to determine the HCG levels to determine how far along I am. I need to call for the results tomorrow so I can get my next appointment set up. We will be doing an ultrasound at the next appointment (13-14 weeks). They are now offering a sex determination ultrasound at 22 weeks for $75. I think I'd like to do it. Not much else to mention. I have a whole packet of stuff to go through, but it really doesn't look like anything new. And I have the okay to start back at Curves again.

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    Had the ultrasound today. I measured 7 weeks and 3 days with a due date of December 10. I knew I was right! Everything looks good so far. My next appointment is June 8. I will meet with the doctor and also have an ultrasound to do the medical measurements.

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    Haven't written in awhile. Nothing much to report. I learned the hard way not to take the pre-natal vitamin on an empty stomach. UGH! And to think that the blasted things tell you to take it 1 hour before eating or 2-3 hours after eating! Why!?!

    My friend, Cheryl, that was due with her first the same time I am miscarried last week. It was a bad week on the Dec. 2004 board also. Kind of makes you worry a little more. Only 3 weeks left in this first trimester. Hope I start getting some energy back then!

    My brother called and invited us to St. Louis for Memorial Day weekend. My sister is working the driver/crew child care van at the Indy 500 so won't be coming. I know they could use the money, but she hasn't seen any family since Septmeber of last year. She's been back from Oregon since early May and has yet to even get home to see Mom and Dad. And with Mom still recovering from spending a week in the hospital, she still hasn't been released to travel that far. I guess things haven't changed like Mom and Dad were hoping they would. I can't say that I'm surprised. Dad has asked me to deal with my sister better since she's moved back and to let by-gones be by-gones. What he doesn't seem to grasp is that is a 2 way street. I don't have a problem with my sister anymore since we don't talk or see each other. When we are somewhere at the same time, we are polite to each other, but we will never be close. It takes 2 to make a relationship. I'm over things, but apparently ds isn't or doesn't care. Doesn't matter.

    We debated, but decided to go ahead and go to St. Louis, though the gas will cost a fortune and it's an 8 hour drive each way. We haven't seen my brother's new baby yet and she's almost 3 months old. We are also planning on taking the kids to the zoo. Should be fun. We'll head back early Sunday and hopefully meet up with Rob & Cheryl since they will be in town that weekend. Haven't seen those guys since August!

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    Ugh! I wish I could get some sleep! I looked back over the journal that I kept when I was pregnant with Laura. I was having the same sleeping problems with her that I'm having now. I just can't stay asleep and lots of dreams, although they don't seem to be the nightmares that I had when pregnant with Laura. I also saw that I was already having sciatic nerve problems around 10 weeks and I am sorry to say I've been having that problem again. I cannot sleep on my back at all because of it and I'm getting into the turning all night because the side I'm laying on starts to hurt so you flip and then flip again when that side becomes painful. I would love a full night's sleep!

    My brother said they were going to go ahead and by themselves their own crib for Emma so we can take ours back over Memorial Day weekend. Sounds good to me. Not sure why they didn't do that to begin with, but I really didn't mind them using our crib (until we need it).

    I also learned that my cousin's wife is due with their first around the same time as me. She's been having a lot of problems with morning sickness though. Thank goodness I don't have to deal with that. I am so hungry all the time, but nothing sounds good at all. And I don't seem to have the aversion to pork that I had when pregnant with Laura.

    I start my summer hours on June 1 and can't wait. It will be nice to only work 1 day a week during the summer. Hopefully I will stay busy those work days. We are also doing a bunch of traveling this summer! June we are heading down to Gainesville, FL for the NACTA meetings and to hand out with all of our friends and my family. Bryan will attend the meetings while Laura and I hang out with our friends. We've decided against the tours they are offering, mainly because we've been to everything they are doing. One is touring the beef teaching unit at UF that dh actually designed! We'll be driving and will be gone 10 days total. Thank goodness Laura is a wonderful traveler (we made this trip last year also). The end of July we are heading to St. Louis for the ASAS meetings. Dh just informed me we are in the Adams Mark Hotel. Cool! We are taking Laura again since my brother lives there. We are also meeting with a friend of mine from college that has 3 kids. The last time we've seen each other was at my wedding! But we email each other quite a bit. Dad is also flying in to St. Louis from Panama that week so we'll get to see him and Mom that week also. Early August is our week long fishing trip in Minnesota with dh's folks and sister. Not my favorite thing to do, but dh and his family enjoy it so I agreed to an every other year trip up there. Laura enjoys the time with grandma and grandpa. I don't mind fishing, but 7 days a week of fishing nearly all day is a bit much. Then in late August we'll be heading to Maryland for the State Fair where dh will be judging the beef show again. We'll spend a lot of time with our friends out there and another friend of mine from college.

    Well, I need to get a little work done. Will update more later!

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    Not much new to report. The suggestions that Brenda gave me for the sciatic nerve stuff seems to be helping...that and learning what not to do to set it off. Brenda called last night again. Looks like she is planning on coming out over July 4th weekend. Laura will be thrilled to have her aunt at our place.

    We are leaving late this afternoon for St. Louis. Dh told me yesterday morning that he had a meeting today from 1 to 3. It is an 8 hour drive to St. Louis!!!! I was not happy to say the least. Then we get home and the neighbor has cut our hay. Dh says that he should stay home to help put it up. Wrong answer dh!!! You can bet that if we had plans with his family, that never would have been a suggestion. We would have gone no matter what. I guess he has finally decided to have him put it up as round bales instead of square bales so we don't have to worry about putting it up in the barn.

    Laura is excited to be seeing Anna today, although she'll be sound asleep by the time we get there. We are planning on taking the kids to the zoo while we are there.

    They are saying that there is a chance for more severe weather here tomorrow. We had several tornadoes go through the area last weekend that obliverated an entire town as well as a lot of other home. I think 157 homes were destroyed. I sure hope this thing passes us by. We've had more than enough damage around here lately.

    Today concludes my last full week of work for the summer!!!! YEAH!!!! I am SO looking forward to this! I need to start figuring out my projects for around home this summer. First on my list is to a drain installed in our basement and get a water softener installed. I am tired of dealing with hard water stains. They are impossible to get off the shower tiles!

    Don't know much more. Probably won't write again until June 8 when I have my first official OB appointment and we get the ultrasound done!

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    Wow! It's been a little while since I've written. I saw Dr. Swanson last week. We talked about my last pregnancy and delivery and he informed me that I was not to have any more 26 hour labors. He asured me that 2nd child labors talk at least 1/2 the amount of time as the first time around. He started me on a St. Joseph's aspirin a day becaause my platelet count is high. I'll stay on them until 36 weeks. They will also be monitoring my thyroid levels through the pregnancy. I think my endocrinolist likes to invent things to worry about. I've never, never had thyroid problems...it was parathyroids. I know that was unusual for someone at such a young age, but geesh my endocrinologists were not worried about follow up care for this, I don't know why this guy is such a freak about it. Anyway, my checkup went okay other than we couldn't keep the heartbeat on the doppler for more than a couple of seconds.

    Meanwhile dh was out in the waiting area with dd when she threw a hissy fit because she wanted her Mommy. Dh took her out to the truck where she proceeded to wet her pants in the car seat. I din't have any clean clothes with me so he ended up putting a diaper on her. So I've got a 1/2 naked nearly 3 year old to drag into the ultrasound room. She was actually fine by then and got a kick out of seeing the baby. She was so excited to get her own picture to show all of her friends. Everything looked great. They reset the due day to Dec. 4 based on the measurements, but I expect it will be closer to the original of Dec. 10 since that is where the earlier u/s put it and it corresponds with what I've calculated the due date to be. They say the earlier the u/s the more accurate the due date that is calculated. But they changed it anyway.

    I have lost 1 pound since I went in last time. But I am doing fine otherwise. Still feeling pretty good although I seem to get out of breath easily, but that could be because I am in poor shape! I did get back into Curves once last week, but only went around 1 time so as not to push it. I felt great and wish I could get in there again soon, but it will probably be July before I can since we will be out of town so much the next 2 weeks.

    We are leaving for our Florida vacation on Thursday. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again. And we are taking Laura to Disney this year. She'll get a kick out of it. And there really aren't too many rides that I can't go on...just the roller coasters and log rides. That's not too bad. The doctor's office said to just pay attention to the signs and not the ride the ones that suggest pregnant women not ride.

    I also cut my hair cut fairly short for me and highlighted. I didn't think that I would look very good in short hair, but I really like it. It's easier to take care of and it's cooler. He also highlighted for me also and it really looks great.

    Well, it would will be at least a couple of weeks before I get back here so I'll sign off for now and update when I get back from vacation!

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    We just got back from our vacation/trip to Florida. Laura had a blast at Disney! She got to meet Mickey Mouse and she gave him a kiss on the nose. It was so cute! She loved all the rides we took her on. Dh took her on the kiddie roller coaster. She loved that. We also took her on the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribbean. She would just yell back at the ghosts that popped out at us. She did great! She didn't care of the other characters around there though. Mickey was the only one that she would have anything to do with. We didn't see Minnie Mouse or Goofy...she might have warmed up to them.

    We also took her to the beach late one afternoon. She had a ball playing in the sand and the shallow water. She didn't like the waves until we pointed out that they get smaller and smaller as they get closer to land. They were okay then!

    We had a great time visiting with all our friends down there and my aunt and uncle. Laura loved all the attention. We stayed in a hotel for the 3 days/nights that Bryan was at his conference. They had a pool so Laura and I had something to do while he was occupied. I can't believe how much braver that Laura got in the water over the 10 days we were gone!

    Friday was a horrible day driving back through Atlanta. Every interstate had a major accident and I-75 NB was closed entirely because of a diesel spill. We got off onto a highway with everyone else and crawled through stop lights. It took us 4 hours to go 70 miles! We ended up stopping for the night in Northern GA instead of Southern IL. We still made it to Peoria by 5:00 on Saturday to meet up with my folks, brother, sister, and my aunt and uncle from Florida fro supper. The cousins really enjoyed playing with each other in the hotel pool.

    But it is nice to be home in my own bed! And I feel like I'm really starting to pop out more than before we left. All my clothes still fit fine, but I like I am starting to look pregnant!

    My next doctor's appointment is next Friday. Hopefully I can schedule an ultrasound for early August to find out what we are having!

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