Out Of Difficulties Grows Miracles! (pg edition!)

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Out Of Difficulties Grows Miracles! (pg edition!)

Hello!

I am Amber (26) and after 45 very long cycles I finally get to start posting over here, in my very own pregnancy journal! Yay! I have a very long TTC journal here so if you are ever bored and wondered what I went through to get here you can check it out.

Today I am 10 weeks 5 days pregnant. So far I've already had some struggles. Weeks 4-7 I had several episodes of spotting. Everything from brown to bright red. it has been scary and has won me 4 u/s and thankfully everything with my LO is going just fine. At week 6 my morning sickness kicked in. After TTC for so long I aways told myself when I got pg I wouldn't mind any of the symptoms because it ment that I got to be pregnant and they were worth it. NOw I still think they are worth it, but after non-stop puking for the last month I am singing the same song- just a different tune. I've lost 6 lbs and counting. I have a Rx for Zofran and so far that has been a HUGE help but I run out of them soon and can't refill until April 17th. I'm hoping by then it's no longer an issue.

I am at work right now, so I can't write too much. I work nights on a Mom/baby unit. Usually I am the nursery nurse. So I know my way around a newborn! Biggrin That will be very handy for me later!

Alright- back to work! I just wanted to get this up and going!

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13 weeks 2 Days
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Wow! I have been doing a crappy job keeping up with this. Mostly it is because I have been feeling so crummy. I ran out of my Zofran at the same time my m/s decided to kick it up a notch. I had 3 days where everything that crossed my lips came back up within 5 minutes. It was awful! Dh was threatning to rat me out to my OB, who was threatening to admit me for Hyperemesis. I already spend enough of my time at the hospital. The last thing I want is to be sleeping at work too. My OB really wanted me to take Zofran, which my insurance company really didn't want to give me. They finally refused to cover any more (stingy bastards!) so I switched to Phenergen. Which works just about as well as the Zofran, not much! I think I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with out the meds anyways. I don't want to jinx myself but the last 2 days I have only thrown up 2-3 times instead of the 10-12 I was doing. I am down another pound though, bringing my total to -7 lbs.

Besides all that baby is doing well. At my last appt we didn't get another u/s (boo!) which really dissapointed DH since he missed the last one where I got to see the little arms moving around but we did get to hear the heart beat for the first time! That was pretty cool. I fully expected to be bawling my eyes out, I think Heather (my OB) expected me too as well but it still all seems so surreal that all I could do is lay there and listen.

I still don't know when this all will seem real. Right now I am sitting in the nursery at work, holding this super cute little blond newborn who only stops crying if he is being cuddled and I keep looking at him thinking I actually get to bring one of these home too! Crazy! How incredible that right now at this very moment I'm making a whole other person! Seriously, that is just the craziest thing I could ever imagain! I do this for a living and I still can't wrap my mind around it!!

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14 weeks!! In the 2nd Trimester! :woohoo:

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Yay! I've made it to 14 weeks. It feels so nice to be in the 2nd tri now! Not only because I am feeling a TON better, but because the risk of m/c is now down to less than 1%! Yahoo

We got a dopple this weekend so every free second I have I lay back and listen to my baby's heart beat! It is such a beautiful thing! For some reason it feels so much more magical to be listening to it at home with my DH instead of being stressed and worried in the OB office. We called both of our parents and let them listen to it over the phone. My Dad was the only one who answered and he was so thrilled! For my mom and DH's parents we left a message playing it. My Mom called back right away in tears. The in-laws, on the other hand still haven't called back. :roll: I have a lot of trouble understanding my MIL- but that is a whole other story for another day. Today I am just going to enjoy being in the 2nd Tri!

To celebrate the 2nd Tri DH and I went to Babies R' Us to look around and get ideas for bedding so we can paint the nursery. I LOVE to paint so I'm excited to get it going. I knew I wanted to get gender neutral bedding even though we will be finding out the sex so hopefully, if we are blessed with more children we can reuse it. I wasn't expecting to find anything that I loved, but amazingly enough we did! DH even picked out our crib! I was so excited that he was taking part in the furnitue picking, usually he just leaves that to me. I am too nervous to invest in the full bedding set and furniture so soon but we did walk out of the store with our first baby purchase in hand, a crib sheet so we could pick out color swatchs for paint!

Here is our new sheet!

Here is the crib set. I just love it!!!

And here is the crib DH picked out!

I love it because it's not too babyish and it can grow with our child, or just convert to a guest room bed later. We will prolly wait another month or 2 before getting the crib. The bedding I might buy sooner because I worry once I'm ready to buy it might not be around. It was a fun day! Biggrin

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14 weeks 1 Day

I learned a very valuable lesson last night. Do Not Switch Pretnatals!

The PNV's I've been on are DuetDHA. It's what my RE thinks are the best. they are very pricey (60$ per Rx) but they are "the best" so DH and I figured while I am pg I will take those and then once the baby is out and I'm BFing I will switch to something cheaper.

At my appt my OB gave me lots of samples for other PNV's. I didn't plan on taking them since mine are so good and don't cause me any problems. But then I heard people raving about PrenateDHA, which happened to be one of my samples so I figured I would take those inbetween my normal PNV's to help with some of the cost. BIG MISTAKE! 20 minutes after taking them (with food) I could feel my stomach churning. It had been a few days since i puked and I did not want to pick it back up so I laid down an tried to will it away. No luck! Everything I ate that day (and I think a boot and maybe a sink too) came back up. Violently. It was so awful! I was puking so hard I was peeing a little too. The smell of my vomit made me puke even more! I must have looked so lovely! I'm so glad DH went out of town for business so he didn't see me like that!

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14 Weeks 2 Days

Blah...... I am whiney today. Feel free not to read this, all I'm gonna go is moan and list my complaints.

-My DH is coming home tonight, but I have to leave for work before he gets home so I won't see him for another 24 hours.
-My head HURTS!
-I am so sleepy but I can't nap because I need to get in the shower and go to work.
-Today it was almost 80 degrees and I had to sleep through most of it (stupid working nights).
-I have tomorrow off and it's supposed to snow 4 inchs.
-I Don't want to go to work.
-I'm gonna miss The Biggest Loser tonight.
-I am so thirsty but drinking makes me sick.
-I'm having a little cramping, which I am writing off as my uterus growing, but it's still freaking me out.
-I Realy don't want to go to work tonight.
-My libary books are due back soon, if not already overdue and I haven't read them because I have been so sick.
-Did I say I REALLY don't want to go to work?! :sad11:

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14 Weeks 4 Days

Well, my m/s found me again. Darn it! Just when I thought I was in the clear. This morning I threw up twice after my breakfast and then I went to the barn to take care of the horses and I was getting so nauseas, hot and dizzy that I had to sit down for a bit while I was cleaning stalls.

I jsut ate lunch and can feel my stomach churning in protest. I really hope it stays down. The bright side is today I can fill my Zofran. It won't be ready until 4, but hopefully that will help during the days and I can use the Phenergan at night since it knocks you out anyways.

Other then that everything is going just fine!

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14 weeks 6 days

A BIG Yahoo for Zofran! And a BIG Yahoo for Burger King! Without the two of you I would be a green, crying, puking mess on the bathroom floor!

It's funny because before I was pg I never ate anything that was salty. No chips, no fries, no nothing greasy or sodium filled. I was all about the sweets! Today I just realized that it is reversed. I had to make my DH stop on his way home to get me Burger King before work and then I had to have one of the other nurses cover for me so I could go get more! I am loving cheeseburgers with extra onions, fries and fountain cokes. Three things I normally don't even like to smell.

Today I am also very aware of my uterus. Expecially when I lay down. I can feel a defined Bump. I can't see it, but I can feel it. It's pretty exciting! I can't wait until I get bigger and can feel the baby moving!

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15 weeks 3 Days

Dear Burger King,

I thought you were my friend, but you have betrayed me. My poor sensitive pregnant tummy would turn 246 with everything except your lovely cheeseburgers with extra onions, no pickles and a delicious thirst quenching fountain coke. But now all that has changed. What happened? Where did we go wrong? If it was something I said, I am truly and deeply sorry.

I used to think you flame broiled my nausea into submission but now I've learn I can no longer 'Have It My way.' I am willing to give you one more chance if you're willing. Please be kind.

Sincerely,
A miserable morning sick Momma-to-be.

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16 weeks!

So, I was laying in bed the other day feeling my belly when I noticed it is lop-sidded! I have a severly bicronated (V shaped) uterus and the baby is on my left side of my uterus, but I wasn't expecting to have my belly grow crooked! Surely, I thought, I was imagaining it. So I called in my DH and asked him to be the judge and he says "Huh, how funny. It is slanted." Hopefully I even out. I kept dreaming of being 8 months pg with 1/2 my belly full of baby and the other half still flat.

I tried to take a picture. I can totally see the unevenness of my belly. Hopefully the pic shows it too. Looking at my feet (that look dirty because of my black Uggs that tint my tootsies) it looks like I am laying crooked, but I swear I'm not! Also, Ignore my Yorkie. He had bladder surgeries that left him with a drip so we have to diaper him. Poor Guy!

I also took my weekly belly pic. I can't really see a difference unless I am laying on my back, but I figured I would post them here anyways. DH says with clothes covering my belly I look like I could be pg. I think I just look fat. :roll: Hopefully in the next few weeks it starts to look more like baby. Although, last night we went out with some friends and we were playing shuffel board. The guys were really drunk and told the waitress "Don't give that pregnant girl any more liquor no matter now nicely she asks for it." I was already drinking water while everyone else was drinking beer and she still said, as I was standing next to my very thin friend at the far end of the shuffel board table "Which one is pregnant?" That made my day that I must not look that tubby! Biggrin

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16 weeks 4 Days

Not too much new to report. I went to the OB today. It was a super fast appt. They did a blood, pressure, weight, the Quad screen and a quick doppler to listen to babys heart beat. I think we were in and out in 10 minutes! It was FAST! Dh was a bit dissapointed it went so quickly, but I would rather have uneventful appts then evenful ones. He did like listening to the heart beat though. While we were dopplering the baby kicked twice, so he also really enjoyed that!

Today I have been struggling with morning sickness again. Its one of those days where everything I ate has come back up. I even had to have DH pull over a few time while we were driving so I could puke. No fun!

Other then that everything is going well! Biggrin

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17 Weeks 3 Days

Had my first hormonal break down yesterday.....

Yesterday I woke up with an awful headache so I get out of bed pop some Tylenol and a Zyrtec, and then promptly throw it right back up. I figured I needed to eat before taking pills so I get ready for work and walk out the door early to hit up Wendy's for my cheeseburger and some Chili.

I get to Wendy's and there is a HUGE line for the drive-thru that wraps around the building so I park and walk in to order. The line inside is long too, but seems to be moving fast so I take my place at the end behind a large family of 12 with a bunch of kids who are screwing around. After about 10 minutes they finally get up to order and NOT one of them know what they want. I think "Seriously! You've been in line for 20 minutes at Wendy's, how do you not know what you want?!" :roll: 10 minutes later I finally get up there and order 2 cheeseburgers, a chili and a medium coke to help get rid of my headache. Now, I am not normally a burger or coke eater at all, but you know of my fondness of the Burger King cheeseburger. I am expecting something similar from Wendy's, a small burger that costs a buck or so. The dude behind the counter tallies my order and says that will be 10.40$. 'Holy crap!' I think, but I am already going to be late to work thanks to the Brady Bunch so I pay the man and get my order. The coke the dude hands me is HUGE, not the medium I ordered so I say 'Excuse me but I ordered a a medium, not a large.' and the dude says that my soda is a medium! I get a little sad because there is no way I can drink that much coke and I don't want it to go to waste but I take my stuff and get in my car and drive away.

As I am heading to work unwrapping my burger to eat on the road horror strikes! My simple little cheeseburger with onions is actually this HUGE, monsterous, giagantic burger with a whole slop of crap on it! I look at the burger, then look at my HUGE coke and promptly start crying and I can't stop! I cry all the way to work, all because my coke and cheeseburger were too big! :oops:

What makes it even worse is that when telling the story to 3 other nurses (at seperate times) I cried again during the story.

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Yesterday I lost a very important part of my family. My Yorkie Max.
We went to the vet on Saturday because Max had been having some episodes of labored breathing and hacking. They did a chest x-ray and listened to his heart and lungs. His lungs sounded fine, but the vet heard a loud heart murmur. The x-ray showed that his heart was enlarged. Max was in no distress or showed any trouble so she told us that she would like us to schedule a u/s of his heart this week but it was not urgent and there was nothing that concerned her then.

Yesterday Graham took our other dogs to his parent’s house while I stayed home with Max. All day he was fine. We hung out in the sun reading and had a mellow day. At 2:30 I left to meet my family to go bowling and have dinner for mother’s day.
Graham called me at asking how Max had been all day, because he was looking really uncomfortable. I told him he was fine, but if he was concerned we should take him into the emergency vet who has a cardiologist. I left my family to meet my husband at the vet. When I got there Graham was sitting along in the waiting room and started crying as soon as I walked it. My husband is not a crier so I got alarmed. He told me the vet said that they were very concerned that Max was in heart failure. He was in a lot of distress and had a low oxygen level so they had him in an Oxygen tent. The nurse came out to talk to us and tell us the estimated costs (which weren’t important) and what we wanted them to do if Max went into Cardiac arrest. Max is almost 9 years old, but the nurse said that was fairly young for a Yorkie so I told them if Max’s heart stopped I would like them to take heroic measures and start CPR.
A few minutes later the Vet came back out and said that she was very concerned that Max would not make it through the night. They gave him some lasix (a diuretic to help drain the fluid from his lungs and around his heart) as well as some Nitro to help the valves in his heart handle the blood flow. But he was not responding, but instead was getting worse. She told us he was very critical and wanted to be sure a Full COR is what we wanted. She told us that only 5% of animals that CPR is done on are revived and of those 5% only 1% can ever get well enough to leave the hospital. I told her Max was a tough dog and he deserved to have whatever could be done to save him. At this point I honestly knew he was going to be fine. How could he not? When I left him just 2 ½ hours ago he was fine. She also told us that Max was favoring his paw and was unable to put any weight on it and that worried her that he had a blood clot in his leg.
They let us go back and see Max, but told us we could only stay for a few minutes and we could only touch him quickly since he was in his Oxygen tent. When we get back their there are two nurses watching Max, who is laying in this clear plastic box that only has 2 small holes for the O2 to go in and out. He was flat on his side and breathing HARD! He looked so awful. He was awake and looked at us, but didn’t try to move or get up. He just laid there panting. We stayed with him for the few minutes we were allowed and they let us to a quick petting and then told us we could go home and they would call if anything changed. Max is such a huge part of my life so it didn’t feel right leaving him so I told them we would stay until they got him settled in the O2 tent that he would be spending the night, which was being prepped to the correct oxygen concentration before they moved him. I wanted to see Max settled before we left.
We went back to the waiting room and waited. 45 minutes later the Vet come running out and told us Max had gone into Cardiac Arrest. We went back to see him and every free hand in the clinic was gathered around my tiny 7 lbs dog. They had him incubated and were doing chest compressions and pushing meds. Words cannot even describe what that is like to see that happening to your little dog, who was fine a few short hours ago. I was crying while we stood back and watched. All I could think was that the chances of getting him back were so slim and that we were prolonging his pain so I asked them to stop. The vet had everyone step back and drew up some medication to let Max pass more comfortably. She has the meds ready to go into Max’s IV went to put my hand on Max so he could feel I was there as he passed but as I laid my hand on his chest I felt a heart beat! A very strong heart beat! So I said, his heart is still beating, does that mean he has a chance? So they all gather around again and start ventilating Max and doing compressions. Because there is so much fluid in Max’s lungs every few compressions they have to stop and pick him up to let the blood tinged pink fluids drain out. The vet apologies for us having to watch such a graphic scene, but all I want is Max to get better so I tell them to do what they need to do. I say isn’t it a good thing that the fluid is draining out and clearing his lungs? The vet says it is as she is doing her compressions. She tells me that they did get Max back but his rhythm is so irregular that it’s not a rhythm compatible with life. I asked about a difibulator to shock his rhythm back to normal, but the Vet said that this was not a rhythm that can be fixed with a shock. So again I asked them to stop and told them I wanted to hold him.
Graham and I step forward and place our hands on Max and tell him what a good boy he is and how brave he has been and how proud of him we are as the vet pushes the medicine that officially ended Max’s life at . After Max passed they put us in a room with him so we could say good bye. We sat for hours with him crying and wishing something could be done different. The vet came in and answered all his questions. She told us we did everything we could and we did everything right. She said that she thinks it was a good idea to try CPR, but it was also the right decision to stop.
We decided to have Max cremated. He was a special dog. He deserves to be remembered for the wonderful part of our family that he was. Today my heart is completely broken. Last night I couldn’t sleep more then an hour without waking up crying. It’s amazing how the smallest member of our family has left this huge hole in our home. Our house, even with 2 other big dogs feels so empty and quite. Even sitting here typing this is hard, because normally Max would be lying right next to me but instead all there is a void.
Please say a little prayer that Max is in a place where he is happy and comfortable.



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18 Weeks 6 Days

It has been a really tough week loosing Max. He was our first "child" and has been there for me through every rough time I've ever had. My heart just aches without him. I took Monday off work, which was nice to have the time to grieve at home, but was also hard because DH went to work for 1/2 the day so that left me alone in this house that seems so huge and empty without Max here. When I was home Max was always right next to me. If I was sitting he was laying next to me legs, if I was in bed he was sleeping on my legs, anywhere I walked to he was right there with me, waiting for me to come out of the bathroom or following me in if I forgot to shut the door all the way. It feels so much emptier when you are used to seeing, feeling and hearing Max everywhere.

Work has actually been a nice distraction but since I only work 3 days a week so far I have been alone at home all week except for Tuesday, when I worked. Last night I was looking forward to going in. Not only is it a good distraction, but I would get to work with my good friends who are a great support system for me. But instead our census was low so got canceled and put oncall. Normally I don't mind the extra time off, but today I was looking forward to going in. I went to bed and managed to get to sleep, but woke up at 3am with a strong urge to write the Emergency Vet who cared for Max in his last moments. I'm sure for her it was business as usual taking care of Max. He was only there for less then 2 hours before he passed. I want the vet to remember him. He was a special little dog and I wanted to be sure her life was touched by him as much as people who meet him when he was well were touched. So I started writing her a letter about Max's life. I sat here for 2 hours trying to sum up Max in typing to let her know how loved, treasured and missed he is but words could not come to mind. Everything I wrote just sounded stupid and did not justify how amazing he was so I gave up. I hope I can find the words before she totally forgets about this special little Yorkie who she spend his last moments with.

I am trying to focus on happier things because when I get upset I tend not to eat or sleep. Neither of which is good for the baby so when I was at a loss of words of how to accurately describe Max I turned my attention to a guest list for one of my many baby showers. We are going to a baseball game tonight with friends. Amanda, my best friend, has been asking me for a guest list for quite some time so since I will be seeing her tonight I had to come up with one.

Since I am blessed enough to have a lot of people who are almost as excited about this baby as I am and several people who are determined to host a shower I've decided to break my guest lists into 3 and do a work shower, a family shower and a friends shower.

These showers are sneaking up quicker then I thought they would! But my baby sister is getting deployed in September so all of my hosts were nice enough to push up the time so that she can come before she ventures off to fight for our country.

I'm most excited about the friends shower. I really don't like being in the center of attention. I hated my bridal showers and sitting there opening gifts as people sit and watch. I really didn't want to have to do that 3 times. My work shower will be formal as will my family shower so my dear sweet Amanda came up with a plan to make this less of a shower about gifts and more of a celebration of the baby. There will be no shower games, no girl only teas with tiny sandwiches, no gift opening in front of an audience but a coed Baby-Q where it more about fun, friends, food and drinks than bottles, bibs, binkies and booties. It should be fun! Biggrin

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19 weeks 1 Day

Nothing too new to report babywise. We went to a baseball game with a group of friends and one of my close friends is a sonographer and asked when I was going to let her scan me. I have been wanting to wait until the baby looked more like a baby. So nows the time. We set a date for this coming Friday. I'm excited! My big u/s with my OB is the 30th but I think it will be so much more fun to find out the gender with a friend then the OB.

Just for fun here is a pic of me and DH at the Rockies game.

We also did a crap load of year work this weekend! We are landscaping our backyard and we finally are making progress past the sprinklers. So this weekend we shaped the sod and moved a TON (literally a TON!) of hardscaping (boarder stones, retaining wall pieces) I got quite the work out but it is looking so good! I'm so excited our baby will have nice soft grass to crawl around on next summer! I'm just sad Max didn't get to see it, he would have loved it.

I think I am finally starting to get a more noticable bump. I still think I look just fat and frumpy, but my friend all were commenting on my little belly this weekend so I think I am starting to pop.

Here is my 19 week pic taken today, it looks like a bump here, but when you see the full picture with my chubby legs and big ass it looks more like a food baby then a real baby! Oh well. In the next few weeks here it should start to get really obvious.

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20 weeks 1 Day

I turned another year older on Saturday. :sad11: I hate that birthdays are no longer fun, just depressing. I am now closer to 30 then I am to 20 (although that was true last year too). I actually had a fun birthday despite getting older. I really wanted to go hiking so DH and I trecked up to the mountians and went on a 10 miles hike (not bad for a pg girl!).

My HOT Dh and the Dogs...

and even though I feel HUGE and hate this pic I will share it anyways...me and the dogs.

It was fun and such a beautiful day for it and obviously my fat ass needed the excercise. Afterwards we came home to a much needed nap. Then we went and undid all the good we did hiking at the Melting Pot! Yum!

We also learned the sex of the baby this weekend! My sonographer friend has been wanting to scan me so we finally made the long trip to see her and found out we are having a GIRL!!! Yahoo

We are very excited, although we cannot agree on a girl name for the life of us. My long time favorite, before it got popular, was Ava. I used to take care of a resident at a nursing home I worked at with that name and I always though it was so pretty and classic. Now I am having second thoughts because its so popular. I don't want my daughter to be one of the 7 Ava's in her class. Of course once I started writting the name off, DH has started to warm up to it. :roll: So we'll see. I am still in the market and hoping something grabs me and feels right before she is born!

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20 weeks 2 Days

We got our first girl gift yesterday! We went to a BBQ at a my friend Tessie's (the sonographer) house and she got us some super cute girl outfits!!!

My Mom also came over yesterday and bought me a bunch of summer shirts for my b-day and also came with this little guy that her husband made me! It totally made me LOL! She winds up and dances! If I was smart enough to figure out how to do a video I would show you, but sadly a pic is all I am capable of.

I love the people in my life! They are the BEST!! Biggrin

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20 weeks 3 Days

I walk into the report room at work last night to find one of my favorite coworkers waiting for me. "So...?" she asks. and I tell them all "It's a Girl!" Kerry smiles really big and hands me a bag- FILLED with girl clothes! How did everyone know but us that we were having a girl? :question:

I cannot believe how many clothes Kerry got us! So sweet and generous! Biggrin I also cannot believe she was so sure it was a girl that she loaded up on that much pink! She did have one blue outfit tucked in there and some yellow- just incase, but a whole lotta pink!

I also *think* I felt the baby kick last night!! Although I was pretty gasy so it might have been that, but I am pretty sure it was the baby. I felt 3 good bumps all in the same spot! So fun!! Yahoo

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OMG! Congrats sweetie! I hadn't read your journal in a couple of days and then when you said that you were having an U/S, I just KNEW it was a girl and sure enough, I scrolled down and that's exactly what you said!!! Yay for girls!!!! P.S. I love Audrey and Charlotte. Audrey is my middle name and I Charlotte is on our girl name list cuz we like the nickname Charlie. You have such good taste in names!

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20 weeks 4 Days (I think?)

See Bobbie! EVERYONE knew but us!! ROFL

(This all is XP because I'm lazy!)

I finally scanned my u/s pics from a week ago and wanted to share!! I go in a for my "offical" u/s with my OB tomorrow so I will have more then! Yay!

A blurry foot! (she was moving a lot!)

Blurry feet!

The gender shot!

Looking straight on yawning! ( this one cracks me up! It looks like the Scream painting! :biglaugh: )

And a Profile shots

I also wanted to share my belly pics. Whats up with my 20 week pic?! My ass is getting bigger than my belly! I thought black was supposed to be sliming!:confused:

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20weeks 3 Days

20 weeks and 3 Days...again! Yep, my due date got moved. Actually it was moved a while ago but I'm just now ready to admit it. My new due date is just 2 days later...October 14th. At first I was upset but now I am thinking the later in October I deliver the greater the odds I get to stay home through the holidays so she can bake a little longer so I don't have to work Christmas!

My appt went well today. We got lots of new u/s pics! Our baby is still a girl and everything looks perfect. Her heart rate was 148, she weights 357 grams, which is 0.8 lbs or 12.5 oz. So she is up 2.5 from my u/s with Tessie! Sbe was moved from breech into a transverse position and was curled up in a tight little ball the whole u/s. It was super cute to see but they were unable to get a good look at her spine with her in that position so I talked them into another u/s at my next appt! (:woohoo:)

Here are just a couple of our many pics because I am too lazy to put them all up.

Still a girl shot

All curled up! So cute!! :bwush:

Everything with me is going well too. I was worried about my weigh check because I feel like I have been eating like shit since I still have morning sickness and only the crappy food sounds good and stays down. I was sure I gained 15 lbs from my last appt. My scale at home is on the fritz so I had no idea where I was, but I have only gained 3.5 lbs from my starting weight. My OB was happy with that so now I feel a lot better and celebrated with ice cream and a cupcake! :roll: I know I need to gain some weight, which I am fine with but I am already heavier then I am comfortable with and want to keep my weight gain from being excessive. My BP was 104/77 and my uterus is 3 fingers above my belly button. I didnt have my uterus measured since I'm not that big yet, but everything is going well! Yay! Biggrin

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21 weeks 1 Day

I can't remember if I talked about showers yet, but since I am so blessed to have so many people in my life who are excited for this baby and so many offers for hosts for a baby shower I decided to break them down into 3 showers. One for Family, one for Friends and one for co-workers.

Normally I love being the center of attention, but not when the focus involves gifts. I was really not looking forward to 3 different showers where tons of women sit around and watch me open presents for the baby. So my friend Amanda thought it would be a good idea for my friend shower to be something fun and casual. More of a celebration of the baby then a shower. And I couldn't be happier with that idea! She is planning a BBQ that is coed, where there will be alcohol served and there is no expecations of gifts or shower games- just fun!

The invites went out this week and I got one in the mail today. They are so cute and simple! Not over the top baby- just perfect! My photography skills dont do it justice!

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21 weeks 5 Days

Dh and I both felt unmistakable movement for the first time last night. We were sitting on the couch after a long day of yard work and I think I felt a kick so I say:

Me: I think I felt the baby move!

Dh: Really?

Me: Yep, did you feel that?

DH: That little tap, tap?! COOL!!

Then later in bed while we were reading a pregnancy book together I felt a bigger kick so I place my hand on my tummy and DH, not wanting to miss out replaces my hand with his and we both feel THUD! THUD!

Me: OMG, did you feel that?

DH: Was that you?

Me: NO! It was Mya Papaya! (we name her according to the fruit size another website says she is size wise. Last week she was Anna Banana Hammock (Dh added in the Hammock part :roll:) )

THUD! THUD!

Dh: Are you messing with me?!? That's you!

ME: How can I do that?

DH: Those are strong! Last time I only felt a light tap, tap!

It was very cool that we were both sure of baby movement at the same time! Biggrin FUN!

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I read your whole pregnancy journal and really enjoyed it. Your one of the few that I have felt connected to from the very begining. I think cause we are both in the medical field. I'm no longer working because of expecting twins. Anyways, I loved reading your journal and wanted to use the name Ava really bad. The DH said no. It's okay though cause we decided on Kiley and Kaley Rae. You are so "cute and little" pregnant. I have always wanted to carry like that. I'm unfortunate and get pregnant everywhere! It goes to the back, butt, boobs, thighs, you name it. Anyhow, I look forward to reading more soon.

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22 Weeks 6 Days

Ever since my invitations went out people have been hounding me to register. I really didn’t want my friends to be getting together to buy me gifts, just to celebrate that I am finally with child so I planned on waiting another month so I could research more and feel like my pregnancy was more stable but I finally gave in to the peer pressure and DH and I set a date to register.

I want to be as prepared as possible so I read as much of Baby Bargains and Consumer Reports as I could handle, asked everyone who has done this before their advice on what is a must-haves and what is crap and DH and I set out, all excited, with my water in tow.

I took in everything the sale girl had to say, collected our gun and off we went. I was really expecting baby registering to be like wedding registering. You see something you like, discuss if its something we want/like/need, made sure it was the right look/color, scan it in, sneak a drink of the wine we snuck in for the occasion and kiss and high five for being so compromising. But baby registering is a whole different game! First off, the only thing in my Sigg bottle was water and second even though I researched the hell out of all the important stuff it wasn’t near enough! I gotta tell you, it’s a good thing I married an Engineer! While I was actually listening to the hoopla that was coming out of the salesgirls mouth DH was formulating a plan of attack. He had a whole system worked out that started with the baby baths, bibs and bottles. Honestly, I didn’t give those things too much thought and I sure as hell didn’t research them but as soon as we get into the tub aisle staring back at us are 50 tubs….all looking just as capable of drowning our child as the next. As I stand there completely overwhelmed, nothing scanned in and ready to walk back out DH impressed the hell out of me. He has come prepared! He whips out the bible…Baby Bargains! (really it’s why I married him!) and flips right to the bath pages. He finds the highest rated tub and scans it in while I stare up at him like a hero! Every aisle we went into we would stop, research and then scan before moving on. The other couples registering were looking at us like we were nuts, I think they were all jealous we (DH) came prepared. By the end I was getting tired and hungry (everyone told me to bring water, but no one mentioned that what I really needed was to pack a lunch) 3 hours later I finally had to call it quits. We weren’t quite done but close enough. We walked out with a registry started and even more exciting we bought our crib!

Here’s what we got, Baby Cache’s Manhattanconvertible crib made by Munire (rated A by Baby Bargains). The only down side is the dresser is back ordered until who knows when, DH really wants a matching set so I hope we are able to get it before Mya Papaya comes.

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Amber, may I make a suggestion? I've found that my Boppy was the best present EVAR! I bought a second one when I was preg. with Sam so I could have one in the bedroom and one in the living room. Soooo, make sure you register for one or two of those. Wink And an extra cover or two. Sam loves to rub his hand over the chenille side of one of this cover:

Oh Oh Oh, and the Angel Care Monitor. It senses the baby's breathing and an alarm will sound if the breathing stops. It is soooooooooo worth the money for the peace of mind it gives!

HTH!

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23 Weeks

Bobbie-Thanks for the recs! We did register for a Boppy and I'll have to check out the monitor. I didn't look at any because I was only thinking in lines of baby monitors to hear the baby crying and and the babies room is right across from ours, plus our house is so small I could hear her even if I was at the neighbors! But I didn't think of a SIDS monitor. I will have to look!

Brandi- I'm so glad to hear you read my journal! I always wonder if people do (besides my sister). You are so sweet too to call me "cute and little". I haven't felt cute or little since before starting my infertility treatments so it's nice to hear! Love your twins names. I think we are leaning towards Ava, but I am still so unsure! I am kinda hoping she comes stamped with the perfect name on her tooshie like a Cabbage Patch Doll! Biggrin

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I am supposed to be getting ready for work, but instead I am slacking and turned on the computer. Last night I was feeling like my belly finally graduated from looking like a beer belly to a baby belly so I took pics this morning before I went to bed and wanted to share them them. I am pulling my scrubs tight so you can see the bely in my 23 week pic. I really don't wear stuff that tight to work! In hindsight I think I looked more pg with everything loose, oh well. Notice how my ass and belly almost don't fit in the frame! :biglaugh: Guess I'm going to have to get DH to take the rest of my pics from here on out.

I also got my bedding in the mail yesterday! :yahoo:If I wasn't already running so late I would take pics and show it, but that will have to wait until tomorrow now so I have time to get my some Subway before work! Mmmm!

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23 Weeks 1 Day

Our Crib is in! :woohoo: Dh got the message yesterday! Now I am officially behind in getting stuf done. I was supposed to have the room all cleaned out and painted. :oops:

It went from looking like this (minus the nephew and the dogs)

to this!

I don't know what I do when I go in there but everytime I seem to make things worse! (Notice the crib bedding sitting on the mattress?)

I also am really angry at myself. I have a severe case of pregnancy brain. Generally it's just small stuff, like leaving the house with the cordless phone, clocking out at work when I walk by the punch in machine or putting the milk away in the freezer....but now I have misplaced my very expencive watch. I am so mad! DH got it for me for a birthday gift last year and it cost a lot and I have lost it! I started taking it off in different places because my hands are swelling and it gets snug and uncomfortable but normally I can find it with just a few minutes of looking. This time I have been searching for days with no luck. I am really scared I took it off at work and now its gone for ever.

I am going to do one last sweep of the house, my car and the barn and then call security and work and see if some kind soul turned it in. I'm hoping if I lost it at work that is the case. I have tiny wrists so it wouldnt fit anyone else but a child anyways and the extra links can only be put in by a jeweler and to buy extra cost just about as much as the watch so I hope that deters anyone from keeping it. Damn it all! I am so pissed off at myself! I hope it turns up!

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24 Weeks 4 Days

We went to the OB today (well yesterday) for another u/s to look at baby's spine since the last u/s they couldn't see it well due to her position. The u/s went well! She is still measuring a week behind in dates and was again curled into a tight tiny little ball. We got a picture looking down at her head with her little feet are right up next to it! It's so cute!

She is weighing 641 gms which equals 1 lb 6.6 oz. Her head circumference is 20 cm, which is almost 8 inches. It's just amazing to hear those numbers!!

My appt with my OB was very uneventful. She came in the room said everything looked good. She does want me to get another u/s with my next appt. With my bicornated uterus we are worried the baby might run out of room in there now that she is getting bigger so we want to be sure she is growing well. More u/s's are just fine with me! I dont think I can ever get sick of those! Biggrin

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25 Weeks 4 Days

I finally got my u/s pics from last week up. A lot of them are the same as the ones I already have- a gender shot, feet, face and so on so I only added a few.

The first one is a profile shot.

and this next one shows how tightly she was curled up. This is the top of her head and feet right next to eachother! So funny!

We saw it better during the u/s then the picture shows. The pic is kinda hard to make out so I drew on it to help you be able to see. (her face hopefully isn't on top of her head!)

We started painting our nursery today (finally!) We still need to paint the bottom a cream color and add a chair rail. Hopefully we can get that done this weekend so we can put the crib together. Here's what we got going on so far.

We have our bedding already, but we went to BRU to get a gift for a friend who is having twins the other day and now they have new bedding out and I found a set that I like so much more and now I'm having buyers remorse.

This is what we have (with all the accessories)

And here is what I want now...the only problem is its a lot less stuff for a lot more money. I'm hoping once the crib is up in our painted room I will like the old bedding again. If not I guess I'l lbe exchanging it out.

I like purple way more then I like pink. I wish I wasn't so quick to buy the first set. :roll:

I know I am totally picture happy in this post, but I wanted to add my new ring too! I got a new one since my old one doesn't fit anymore. Too bad my camera sucks so you can't see it well. Still, pretty huh? Not bad for 30 bucks!

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26 Weeks!

The Crib is all set up now! It looks so great! I just love it!!!

I also decided to return my bedding. The bedding I bought is on sale right now so I only returned the accessories and once the bedding is back to its original price I will return that as well. I don;t know if I will go with the purple set yet, but I feel better returning the old stuff.

I also have exciting news! My very good friend who I went through infertility with is being induced today at 8:30. I'm so EXCITED!!!! Yahoo I'm so glad I am off the next few days so I can go visit when she is ready for guests! I cannot wait to been her little guy! Good luck Tess!! Biggrin

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How did I just find this??? I am SO OVER THE MOON for you!!!!

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26 Weeks 1 Day

Thanks Lis!! me too! It's all still so surreal! Biggrin

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My friend had her baby! I am so thrilled for her! I cried when I got the news. She had a little boy on July 8th at 11:30ish am. 8 lbs 3 oz and 21 inches long. She had a 6 hour labor and no induction needed! Yay!

I have absoutley nothing new to talk about with my own pregnancy. So thought I'd share a little development info. Our baby is now the size of an Eggplant. Since we can't decide on a real name, we rename the baby with each produce so now she is Ellie Eggplant.

Weeks 25-28 (month 6): Eggplant

Posted Monday, July 09, 2007 5:03 PM

Let your spouse put an ear to your belly -- he might be able to pick up baby's heartbeat (no stethoscope required). Inside the womb, the formation of tiny capillaries is giving baby a healthy pink glow. Baby's also soaking up your antibodies, getting the immune system ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and baby will soon perfect the blink -- perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.

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26 Weeks 5 Days

I returned the bedding I originally purchased and got the new set instead. I'm so glad I did, I think it looks great in the nursery! We also got our crib mattress and our dreser/changer combo this weekend and have it all set up! It's so fun walking into our nursery now- I find myself going in there and just staring. I can't wait until our little girl is here to enjoy it too! Biggrin

My camera is bad at picking up true colors- the bedding is more purple then pink.

and the dresser!

and just for fun- these are the invitations for one of my baby showers. I think they turned out so awesome and they match the bedding (which I didn't know was going to happen) so they will look really cute framed in the nursery.

and these were in the invitations too- what a cute idea! I love it! Biggrin

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Oh I LOVE the bedding! Looks so soft and yummy! And the invites and enclosure are so adorable!

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Sorry it's been a while since I updated. I caught a stomach bug from work. It was awful! I was so sick! Every time I would stand up I would get dizzy and puke. Then I started contracting, since I was dehydrated from not being able to keep anything down. Just BH but still no fun!

The heat didn't help at all. It has been so freaking HOT here! We have central air but I have still been so miserable. I've been running the a/c as low as it goes plus had our ceiling fans on PLUS ice on my neck to feel half way decent. Poor DH was freezing his butt off, but I forbid him from adjusting anything. So we finally went out and got me a little pool to hang out it. I was so sure my neighbors would think I was such white trash for hanging out in a inflatable kiddy pool in a bikini all big and pg but I didn't care! We finally got it all set up and I must say it's heaven! It's pretty large for a kiddy pool 10 feet by 6 feet and 2 feet deep! I could totally give birth in that thing if I wanted to!

Even Dh got in and enjoys it! Notice the cigar hanging out of his mouth! :biglaugh:

No pics of me in the pool- I'm not brave enough to share my large pg booty on the internet but I will share some belly pics. This last week I have really popped! There is a huge difference between my 28 week pic and my 27 week pic. My little girl is growing in there and I am so glad!
It's funny the comments I get now. Some people think I am so tiny for 7 months pg and then the other day one of the NICU girls asked if I am having twins. :roll: I though that was a weird comment because I'm really carrying smaller then I thought I would for being so short.

Dh also went out yesterday while I was working and bougt a chair for the nursery. DH fell in love with this leather recliner and decided its the perfect chair "for reading to our daughter". How could I say no to that logic?! We are supposed to get it on Friday. I hope it looks good in the nursery! I'll share pictures when it comes in.

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Ugh, sorry about the bug. No fun.

I remember being pregnant with T and it being miserable. I would go days without going outside. I am glad you got your pool!!!

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28 Weeks 4 Days

We had another u/s and OB appt yesterday. It was a pretty fun appt. I had to do my Glucose test. Which was awful! That drink is so thick and sweet. I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep it down, but thankfully I did! I even had extras so I made DH drink some too! The whimp couldn;t finish his 5 oz though! :biglaugh:

I was worried that all that extra sugar would make the baby all bouncy during the u/s but she was resting. We got some great pictures of her! It was fun to see her acutal details and not just blurry pics because she was moving too much.

She weighs 1135 gms or 2 lbs 8 oz. She is still measuring a week behind but my OB is not concerned. The baby grew 4 weeks worth of growth in 4 weeks, so even though she is behind she is growing on track. She is also breech and my OB does not think she will turn so she told me to be prepared for a c/s. Which I have been all along since my RE kept telling me this is the only way I would deliver.

We also saw something interesting on the u/s. Since I have a severly bicronated uterus I have what's called two horns. My uterus is V shaped instead of a big opeen space. There is a small opening connecting the two sides so that still makes it one uterus, but its almost like having two. Well some how the baby got her feet on my other horn. It was so weird to see! The u/s tech and Dh though it was very cool but I think its weird and it kinda freaks me out! I worry about her getting her feet stuck over there or pulling them and rupturing my uterus. My OB wasn't at all concerned so I guess I shouldnt be either. I just never imagained she could do that. I have pics that show it well, but after my appt I had to take a nap since I had to work.

We also have our first baby shower coming up on Sunday. I am so excited! Its gonna be a fajita bar outside on a super hot day so I am hoping the weather givees us a little break and it won't go above 100. Fingers crossed for cooler weather!!

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29 Weeks

I only have a few seconds to write. I am sitting in the nursery at work with 5 very crabby babies and any second one will start up again.

I wanted to write a quick note about our shower on Sunday. It was so awesome!! I had a blast, as did DH (it was a couples shower) I am pretty sure that all of our family had a great time too. We played a few games which worried me becausse I'm not really a shower game person. I think most of them are cheesy but the ones we did were so fun (at least to watch) We had a nursery rhyme game where people got the first line of a nursery rhyme and they had to finish it. It was much harder then I though it would be. We also did a Price is Right game where there were 5 baby items and everyone had to guess the total price without going over. We also did Baby Bingo while we were opening gifts.

The food was amazing! My mother's husband is a phenominal cook- hands down some of the best fajitas I've had!! Everyone was overwhelmingly generous! I was so blown away with how many gifts we got! Almost all of our big stuff had been bought! We got a bouncer and some cute outfits from my sister. Another sister got me our swing, my mom got us a bassinette and made some super cute swaters, dresses and blankets. We got so many clothes and blankets that I don't think we will have to buy a thing to cloth our child until she is a year old! It was really quite amazing how much stuff we got- AND I still have 2 showers to go!

Alright- babies are crying. Back to work. I'll add pics of our loot later!

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Sounds like an awesome shower!!!

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29 weeks 3 Days

I got my 1 hr glucose test back and I failed. My sugar was 190! :shock: I have a 3 hr scheduled for Monday. I really hope it goes well. With my lingering morning sickness I do not do well not eating. I do even worst not eating for a while and then having something sweet so I am really hoping I don't throw up the glucola (or worse- pass out!) and have to do it all again.

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30 Weeks 2 Days

First off...LOOK!!!

I also survived my 3 hour glucose! Boy, that was more of a PIA then I was expecting! First off it was more like 4 1/2 hours. I cannot believe it was SO long! It was also 4 pokes. I was only expecting 3. The techs usd the same vein with each poke so my little arm was so sore. Not so much from the draws, but from the stupid tape. Ouch! They even used paper tape and I took it off after a few minutes and my arm is still torn up from it. If I wasn't still taking asprin I could have done without the tape and I think my arm would have faired better. Oh well.

The techs were really great. I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep the drink down since for the 3 hr you have to drink the whole bottle AND have to fast 12 hours before hand. With my morning sickness that was just a diseaster waiting to happen. The girls were so sweet! They gave me my own little room so I could lie down between draws so I wouldn't get sick. The "bed" as they called it was this high table I had to jump to get on (not easy to do pregnant) that was made of wood with a 1/4 inch foam on it and was only about a foot wide so it was really hard to get comfortable on it, but it was SOOOO much better than sitting in the waiting room. I slept pretty much the whole time since the glucose made me feel so lousy. They would carry around a timer and would come wake me to get my blood drawn. I was very thankful they were so good to me!

The good news is I passed my test just fine! Yay! The whole production also scared me straight into eating healthy again so now my diet is back on track. No more ice cream and junk every day for me!

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CONGRATS!! On the test and the crowns!!

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Wow, I cannot believe it's been a month since I updated this. I would like to say its because I've been busy but that's a lie. I have actually cut down my hours at work and Lord knows I'm not using that free time to do anything productive. I've just been a slacker lately. That's mostly because I haven't been feeling great. My morning sickness is still here in full form. It may be actually a little worse. It no fun. My OB had me start taking Pepcid 20 mgs twice a day on top of my nausea meds just incase the morning sickness is related to heartburn (which I don't think it is) but the last few times they've dipped my urine it's come back showing I'm dehydrated so I'm willing to try anything at this point. I'm sick of feeling sick! Sad I was also having a lot of hip pain. I thought it was all saiatica but I went to the Chiro and he told me my whole SI joint was out of place. It hurt like a mother, but good Ol' Dr. Tom fixed me right up in 4 visits and now my hip is doing great!

Baby is doing great too! I still need to scan my latest u/s pictures but she is measuring right around 5 lbs now and is doing perfect! Yay! She is still breech (obviously since she is stuck between the two horns of my bicronated uterus) so we have a c/s scheduled for October 8th. Exactly 4 weeks away today! Its crazy to have a date in mind and to know I'm in my last weeks of pregnancy. Even though pregnancy has not been the smooth ride I was hoping for it still seems like its gone so fast! I feel like I should have another 10 weeks left!

Our nursery is almost complete. I made some DIY oil paintings that I'm waiting for to dry and we need to get a bookcase and a car seat but other then that we are set. We had all 3 of our showers and have everything we could need and then some! I cannot believe how generous our friends and family have been! DH and I had a budget for the baby and we are not even near half of that since most of our baby items were gifted to us! I feel so greatful to the wonderful people in my life!

We also decided on a name- Ava Elizabeth. I'm still worried that Ava is too popular right now, but DH pointed out that Ava is a classic name, not a trendy name. So even though its popular right now it's still timeless. That was good logic and its still the only name DH comes close to liking so Ava it is! Biggrin

Off baby news- my little sister was deployed this week. That has been hard for me. I'm sad that she will not be here for the birth of my first child or for any of the holidays but I am very proud of her for serving our country. PLease say a little prayer for her that she has a good deployment and comes home safely.

I will update with pictures soon, my camera is on its last leg so we are waiting on a new one. I'll share pictures when the new camera comes in!

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I had sciatica from 4 months on. I was miserable. Never occurred to me to see a chiropractor. Smart girl!

4 weeks? That means Tanner will be 2 in 4 weeks.

Spend these last few weeks just relaxing, sleeping, reading...anything you want. Cause once Ava (love it!) arrives, all bets are off!!

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Where's my update? Biggrin

Hope you are feeling well hun!

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Sorry I suck at keeping this updated! But there is nothing new going on. Just hanging out waiting for another 12 days for my c/s. I'm now full term ( :woohoo: ) that in itself is update worthy. No one thought I would get here. Let alone without lots of bedrest but my little girl is a smart cookie (obviously she gets her brains from her Dad) she managed to find herself plenty of room in my belly.

I finally put some pictures on the computer of the nursery and my 36 week belly that I promised forever ago.

Crib

Bedding

Changing table (waiting for the baby to fill the frames)

My DIY art work that I shamelessly copied from a set that matched the crib bedding that I was too cheap to buy.

The artwork I copied- I did pretty good, huh?

Our signature mat that all our family signed at our shower. I think it turned out so cute! Don't mind the fingerprints all over it some day I might get around to cleaning those off.

Wall words that were a gift from one of the nurses I work with. This is on the wall across from the changing table. We plan on getting a bookcase to go under it.

And my 36 week belly

NOtice how flat it is! She is laying in there so funny! Makes me laugh when I see pictures of it!

OHHHH! And I almost forgot my most exciting news! I got a new car! Yahoo Dh and I had been casually looking for a small SUV. I have a civic and DH has this HUGE truck- neither of which Baby Ava and both dogs can fit into at the same time. So we bought a Toyota Highlander as a third car. I wasn't sold on a Toyota. My civic is such a good little car that I felt very loyal to Honda. But since I didnt want a Pilot DH talked me into driving the Highlander and its so FUN! The interior is really nice and it has a 3rd row seating which I'm sure will come in handy down the road. I love it! I still need to take pictures of it during the day, these were taken the night we got it.

Okay- I have no idea what I did with all the pictures I took. This is the only one I could find, although this one cracks me up because the Highlander is a mid sized SUV and DH's truck still makes it look soooo tiny! :biglaugh:

Here is a pic I found on the internet of the rest of the car.

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I cannot believe you are so close! LOVE The nursery and your belly is PERFECT!

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OMG Hun! You are so close!!!! And the nursery is divine! I LOVE the sock monkey!

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38 Weeks 3 Days

5 DAYS TO GO!!!! :eek:

I cannot believe it is so close! Crazy! Today is my last regular OB appt, it is also my last day of work! I'm actually excited to go into work today.

Things have been going well. I'm starting to slow down a bit and have more aches and pains. The last few days I think the baby has been trying really hard to flip because she has been all sorts of active and was moving so much she made me sore! Poor little thing doesn't realize shes stuck! I also came down with a cold over the weekend, thanks to a girl at work who came in sick. :roll: Thankfully the cold is gone, but my cough is lingering. I really hope its gone by the time I deliver. It will suck to have a cough after a c/s.

I have a ton I should do today, even though I haven't been working much I have been such a slacker. My to Do list is:

-Do laundry.
-Clean the house.
-Get the horses ready for the trainer at my barn to take care of them for a week.
-Write out vet instructions, since my barn is having a shot clinic while I will be in the hospital.
-Write out instructions for my BIL who will be house and dog sitting for us.
-PACK! :shock:
-Go shopping.
-Install the car seat.

We'll see how much I actually do.

obits75's picture
Joined: 02/25/07
Posts: 70

How exciting! The last few days are the worst IMO, but rest as much as you can, it will be the last time in awhile you will be able to!!!!

Lavender444's picture
Joined: 03/27/03
Posts: 1944

4 Days to go!

My OB appt was very uneventful and quick. My weight is down 3 lbs from last week, blood pressure and urine dip are fine. Ava's heart rate is great and I'm measuring right on. Good appt all around.

I got canceled from my last day of work last night, which was nice because for the first time in a long time I was tired and ready to sleep. Although my day did not start well. I woke up at 4 am puking with a horrible headache. Not a fun way to wake up.I tried to tough it out since I was so pukey Tylenol wouldn't stay down but I finally had to wake poor DH up at 5am on his day off to massage my neck so I could sleep again.

My To do list is a bit smaller today but I still need to:
-Do laundry (got a load going now)
- Hem my new jammie pants.
-Pack.
-Install the car seat
-clean the house

Thankfully I have DH to help me today since I am still very nauseated. :puke2:

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