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Pregnant for the 1st time

I have been keeping a pregnancy journal on another site, but I think that I will copy/paste what I have already done and then I will continue to copy/paste over here for each entry. I like the format of that journal, but I do not think it can be shared. All of my buddies are over here, so I want to be able to share it with anybody who cares to read it. Here it goes.

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6/6/2003 10:23:25 AM Subject: Found out the good news today

I am so shocked right now. I had a positive pregnancy test this morning. My husband is happy, but kept asking me how we know for sure. I went to the store this morning and bought 3 more tests. I took one of them at it was positive also. My doctor's office said that I do not have to go in to get a confirmation because the over-the-counter tests are as accurate as their tests. She asked me when my last period was and caculated my due date. Febuary 14, 2004! Valentine's Day! That is wonderful. We have tried for so long for this, so I still feel like I must be dreaming. Mark told one co-worker and I told my friend Tehmina and Michele. I babysit Darin and Michele's little boy during the week-days. I cannot wait until we get to tell our parents tonight that they are going to finally be grandparents! I was taking fertility medication for 2 months, so I am very happy that it didn't take long for them to work. I have been crying a lot today because I am so happy. I just wish I could tell the whole world!

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6/7/2003 6:16:00 AM Subject: Telling the family

It was so fun to get to tell our families last night that I am pregnant. They were all so excited! All of my family members, except my dad, asked me if I was serious. Smile They were a little shocked, I think. I have not been able to tell my grandparents yet because they are out of town. I hope to get to tell them today. They will be so happy. My granddad (on my dad's side) cried and cried. He was thrilled! Mark's family is very excited as well. His granddad cried also. Everybody said that they wanted to come for the birth. I hope they plan on staying in a hotel! Smile I can't house a newborn and 15 other people! Smile I feel so blessed to have such a caring, wonderful family that is so supportive of me.

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6/9/2003 6:47:57 AM Subject: Journal Entry 1

I am soooooo tired. I have no energy. I just want to sleep all the time. I know that it will pass and I have read that exercise can help fatigue, but it's hard to get moving. I have had some sickness, but nothing too bad. Sipping 7-UP seems to really calm my stomach. I am still having some cramps which I can't help but worry about. I have talked to a lot of people that had them and they had healthy babies, but I still worry. I am trying not to. I want to enjoy it. My clothes seem to be a little tighter already. That can't be possible. I think that maybe I am just bloated. I have been drinking a lot of water, but I should probably drink a lot more. We went to dinner with our next door neighbors Saturday night and we told them I was pregnant. They were so excited, so of course that is what we mainly talked about during dinner. They have a little girl that is almost 2, so they have lots of knowledge to share. I'm glad to have them next door because I can ask them questions anytime I need to and they are so nice. I know they will be a big help to me. I can't wait until I get to see our families next time. Mark's family will be here around July 4th for a little visit, so that will be fun. My parents are coming in August for a weekend. I may be just starting to show at that point. What fun! Smile

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6/10/2003 10:54:31 AM Subject: Time is going by so slow!

Time seems to be just dragging by right now. I cannot believe it is only Tuesday. I still have 14 days (counting today and the day of the appointment) before my first Dr. appointment. I just think it will seem more real once I have that appointment, so I can't wait. I actually took another test this morning just to make sure I am still really pregnant. It was positive of course, and my period did not show up, but I still feel like it's not really happening yet. I have still been getting a quesy stomach, but 7-up or ginger ale really helps with that. I am having a hard time drinking all of my water,though. I just don't really like it and it is hard to force myself to drink it. I know that I need to, though. I had planned on walking everyday, but I've been so tired that I haven't walked once! I have heard that I'll have more energy in my 2nd trimester, but at this rate, that will never get here! I'm sure things will start to speed up for me soon. I am really busy with school, so that should help out. Also, once we find out the sex and start working on the nursery, I think it will seem more real and go by quicker. I have just wanted to be a mommy for so long, I can hardly wait for February to get here!

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6/12/2003 5:47:56 AM Subject: Symptoms are stronger

I am starting to get a sick stomach more often and it's a stronger sickness. I have not thrown up yet- knock on wood, but I have been getting waves of nausea that are pretty bad. I am so tired all the time. I have to take a nap everyday, and it's still hard to make it through the day. I am soooo happy, though. It is finally starting to sink it that this is really happening. I cannot wait until my first appointment, though. I think it will feel really real at that point. Smile It's still 13 days until my appointment, though. Time still seems to be going by so slowly for me. We have told quite a few people about the pregnancy, but I think I will tell everybody else after the appointment. I just don't think I could wait 2 more months to share the good news because we are so happy about it! School nights are hard for me because I get so tired and I don't get home until so late. I signed up for my last 4 classes yesterday, so I am getting really close. We worked it out where I'll only have to go up to school for one class each week, while the other class is online. I think it will be a pretty easy last semester which will be great! I'll have plenty of time to work on the nursery and fun stuff like that. Oh yeah, I have GOT to buy a new bra right away. My breasts are getting big! Smile When I took my bra off last night, I had an indentation in both of them from the bra. They are really sore, too. It's all for a great reason, though so I don't mind so much! Smile

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6/15/2003 2:07:17 PM Subject: Father's Day

I am still feeling very tired. I didn't get a chance to take a nap today, so I feel like I am dragging. Today is Father's Day. I got Mark a Dad-to-be card. That was cool to get to do that. He thought it was really weird to read what I wrote about looking forward to parenting with him. I started crying because I thought he didn't like it, but he explained that he did. I think he is getting excited about the baby coming. He told me today how he is glad we waited so that everything is in order and we can just really enjoy getting ready for parenthood and not have to worry about money or anything like that. That makes me feel so good when he talks about the baby. I know that he is going to be a great dad because he wanted this just as much as I did. He is so good at taking care of me. He watches what I eat to make sure I am being healthy and is so helpful around the house. I couldn't ask for a better husband.

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6/16/2003 6:08:32 AM Subject: New bras

Over the weekend I bought 2 new bras since my other ones are so tight on me now. Can you believe I walked into the store wearing a 36B and came out with a 38D?! No wonder I was so uncomfortable. I bought a sports bra also to sleep in. I just wonder when this tenderness will go away? I have no idea if it lasts the whole time or what. We looked at several cribs over the weekend. I had no idea there would be so many to choose from! We want to get the convertible kind that will grow with our child, so that narrows it down somewhat. It's only 1 more week until my appointment. YEA! I am still excited about going. Smile

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Subject: Is it Monday yet?

O.K. I feel like Monday is never going to get here. It seems like I will never get to have that first appointment that I am so excited about. Sad I have so much going on with school, but I am finding it very difficult to concentrate on school stuff right now. I think about this baby all the time. I love looking at Maternity magazines and baby things. I'd rather do that than study for my Chemistry final that I have this Saturday. I have been getting really bad about waiting until the last minute to do my homework. For example, I have a paper due tonight and I haven't started it at all. I have to get it done, but I seem to have lost my motivation. I am a great student and I am on track right now to graduate Magna Cum Laude. I need to continue to get A's in these classes so that I can do that. Somebody needs to kick my butt and get me back in line! Smile

I am feeling pretty sick this morning. My nausea seemed to have pretty much gone away, but now it is back. My cereal just didn't settle well with me this morning.

Mark is so funny about what I eat. He says he wants a healthy baby so he wants me to eat really healthy food. I asked him last night for permission to eat a piece of cake, and he said "How big?". Smile We are totally joking about that. I don't really have to ask for permission to eat something. I have been eating pretty healthy, though. I eat a lot of veggies for snacks and I love those cheese sticks, so I eat one of those each day too. Ugh. I can't talk anymore about my eating habits. Thinking of food is making me feel sicker right now. I'll have to talk about my food later when I feel better.

We took Gracie to Pet's Mart last night to buy her some more dog food. It's fun to take her because everybody's like, "Whoa! That's a big dog!" Or, "That looks like a horse!" She is so good and so sweet. We just love her to death. We took her for a short walk when we got back. We got her a new collar to wear when we walk her so that she won't pull. Mark won't let me walk the dogs anymore though in case they pull and make me fall down. So, I guess I'll walk and he'll hold the leashes. Maybe I can walk the little one, though. Smile Well, I guess I'd better end this entry so I can start looking at my homework for tonight! Smile

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Subject: Not enough water

I got to sleep an extra couple of hours this morning, but I am still really sleepy. I am having a problem with drinking the amount of water I should be drinking. I try to make really healthy choices because we want a healthy baby, but I just can't seem to drink the water like I should. I probably only have about half the amount I need each day. I am trying to make myself drink more water now. I told Mark he needs to help me with it. I just don't think about it most of the time. Even when I'm thirsty, I seem to wait a long time before I get a drink. Drinking enough water would probably help me to feel more energized as well, which I really need right now!

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Subject: Sick Tummy

Yesterday evening I started to feel a little sick to my stomach. It got worse as the night went on. I was in class, so I was trying so hard to just get through that without throwing up. I went to bed pretty much as soon as I got home to see if that would help. I woke up feeling so much worse this morning. Sad Although I had been nauseated off and on, it has never been this strong. I still have not thrown up, which I'm glad about, but I wonder if I would maybe feel better if I did. I definitely don't feel like eating anything. I did eat supper last night, though. I know I have to eat, but I don't know how I'm going to do it today. I hope that it gets better!

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Subject: Yea! First appointment today!

Yea! It is FINALLY here! The day that I have my first appointment. We will be leaving soon for it. I am really excited and nervous. I am also really sick to my stomach this morning. That has been getting worse each day. Yesterday I thought I figured out that as long as I keep something in my stomach, I won't feel sick. We bought a big box of cheese crackers so that I can carry them with me and snack when I need to. Last night, it didn't work for me to just eat, though. I was still feeling really sick. Well, I hope that the sickness part of it subsides soon so I can enjoy this more. Smile My breasts seem to still be getting bigger and they are still pretty sore. I wonder when they will stop growing? I'm still tired a lot, but I'm coping with that by taking little rest breaks when I need to. I am trying now to figure out all the questions I want to ask my doctor this morning. I want to write them down so that I don't forget when I get there. Smile I am also going to send an e-mail announcement to my old co-workers after the appointment today. That will be exciting, too!

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Subject: Dr. Appointment yesterday

My appointment went fine yesterday. I was a little dissappointed that I didn't get an ultrasound and that I don't get one until I am 18 weeks along. Sad I guess I just have something to really look forward to now. The doctor said that everything is looking great and I am going to meet with a nurse practitioner in 4 weeks. She will discuss a lot of things with me about classes we should take and what to expect and things like that. The doctor gave me a prescription for the morning sickness, but I don't think I should take it yet. It is an antihistamine, which I know will make me fall asleep. Since I babysit during the day, I just can't do that. Maybe I will take one tonight before bedtime and see if I can sleep better that way. I haven't been sleeping well the last couple of nights since I've been feeling so sick. I tried eating crackers this morning before I got out of bed, but I didn't have time to stay in bed for a few minutes, so it didn't seem to help too much. At least I haven't thrown up (yet). I just ate my cereal, so we'll see if I can keep it down. I feel really tired today since I didn't sleep well last night. I went to Target last night to pick up that prescription and I found a clearance rack in the infant section. I bought 3 cute little outfits that could be for a boy or a girl. One was $3 and the other 2 were $2. I just couldn't pass them up. One is demin, one is light blue, and one is yellow. 2 of them are Winnie the Pooh outfits. Smile Mark wasn't thrilled about that, I don't think. Smile ha. ha. I sent an announcement e-mail to all of my old co-workers yesterday, so I spent most of the afternoon answering congratulations e-mails. That was fun to get to tell them. Mark is telling his team at work today, so I guess that will be everybody!

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This morning sickness (lasting all day and night) is kicking my butt! I feel terrible all the time. It's awful! I have tried everything anybody has suggested. The doctor gave me medicine, but I can only take it at night because it knocks me out. At least I am able to sleep when I take it. I don't wake up feeling sick to my stomach during the night or anything, so that's good. Anyway, last night I was coming home from school, and I was just sure I was going to throw up. I got home and quickly went into the bathroom to bend over the toilet, when I saw something on the shower. It was one of the little outfits I had bought the other day for the baby. On it, was a note that said, "I'm sorry I make your tummy hurt, mommy. I hope these make your tummy feel better and brighten your day." Inside were two gift certificates. One to home depot so we can buy some flowers this weekend and one to the cheesecake factory! Yummy! I just thought that Mark doing that little note thing was the sweetest thing in the world! He feels so bad that I don't feel good. He has been great doing the laundry, feeding the dogs and anything he can do to help me out. I feel bad that I'm not doing stuff like I used to, but he seems to understand. I will be glad when I feel better so that I can go back to cleaning and taking care of stuff like I'm used to doing. Mark just wants me to do whatever I need to do to feel better. I usually go to bed pretty early, but he doesn't mind. He is just the GREATEST! I love him so much and just by the way he is treating me and the baby now, I know he is going to be the greatest dad ever! Smile

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Subject: Feeling unprepared

The other night I had a dream that we had our baby (it was a girl), but I was not ready. I didn't have anything for her, not even a crib. She slept in our entry way for some reason. I was trying to breastfeed her, but I didn't know how, so she didn't eat at all for the first day. Everytime I went back to sleep I would dream about not being a good parent or not knowing what to do. I have been babysitting since I was old enough to do so. I take care of a little boy now. I have taken care of him all day every weekday since he was 3 months old (he's a year now), so I should feel like I know what to expect and how to take care of a baby. I am just kind of freaking out now. I have never worried about being a good parent before, I just knew that someday I would have children and I would love them and raise them right. I never doubted myself until now. Now that I know I have a certain number of months until I have a baby, I feel like I am going crazy. Every dream I have is about the baby or about my husband cheating on me. That is something he would NEVER do! I don't ever have to worry about that, but I dream it. I am just feeling so insecure right now. I really need to do something about that. I think that maybe after we find out the sex and start really getting ready and after we take some classes, I will feel better about it. I have still been fighting the morning sickness as well. That doesn't help matters any. I hope that my mind will settle down some really soon before I go crazy!

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Subject: Sick, sick, sick

When will this ever end? I want so much to enjoy finally being pregnant, but I feel awful! I am so tired and weak and I feel sick to my stomach all the time! I am so ready to be over this part so that I can feel normal again. I cleaned the kitchen last night and you would have thought I ran a marathon, it made me so tired. This is crazy! I hate feeling this way because I want to be happy that I am finally going to have a baby, but it's hard to be joyful when you feel like you could throw up at any second. I am doing my very best to drink lots of water so that I don't get dehydrated, though. I do not want to have to get IVs to give me fluid. Mark's family (Mom, Dad, brother, and granddad) are all coming to visit for a week on Saturday. I really don't want to be feeling bad the whole time they are here. That's no fun for anybody. I have been praying that this nasty feeling will just go away. I hate to include this journal entry since it is so negative, but I just feel terrible! Everybody says, "oh, you'll feel better in the second trimester." Well, that is still 7 weeks away! How am I going to manage? I have the hardest time getting motivated to do anything for school. I wait until the last minute and then do only what I have to do. That's not like me at all. I think I have been eating way too much trying to get my stomach to calm down. My jeans are really tight on me now and I feel like my belly is huge! This is my first child, so I don't think I could be showing already. I think I am just getting some more fat, which I am not happy about. OK. I think that is enough complaining by me for today! I am still very happy that I will finally have a baby in Febuary, though!

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Subject: Doctor's visit

I ended up going to the doctor today because I couldn't keep anything down. Everything I ate, I just threw up. Sad That was not fun. They tested my urine to make sure I was not dehydrated. They gave me a shot in my hip (that hurt!) that is supposed to calm down the nausea for about a week. The doctor also wrote me a new prescription to take when I have times like today where I can't keep anything down. I was finally able to eat some soup and crackers this afternoon and I didn't throw it up. I took one of the pills and went to bed because it knocks me out more than the other prescription did. Mark got home at about 6:30 and told me he would wake me up for supper after a while. He made some chicken fingers and french fries and I was able to eat them and so far, I haven't thrown up. I do still feel nauseated, but I guess I'm just going to have to get used to that feeling. It's an awful way to feel, but it's better than throwing up all day. I think that I am going to go back to bed in a few minutes. I'm still feeling weird from the pill. I gained 3 pounds in the last couple of weeks. Sad I was afraid of that. The doctor told me to be really careful and watch my weight. I guess if I keep feeling this bad, I won't have to worry about that! Smile

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Well, today is Mark's 28th birthday and tomorrow is our 5th anniversary. I spent the last two days in the hospital, but I am home now. I couldn't stop throwing up, and I got dehydrated, so I was admitted to the hospital to get IV fluids and medicines to help me feel better. It was slow going at first. I wasn't allowed to eat any solids yesterday. I ate a little for each meal today and didn't throw it up, so they let me come home. I am so glad to be back. Mark's family is still here visiting. I hated to be sick while they are here, but I couldn't help it. I am still feeling quesy, but nothing too major. I am not throwing up, so that's the main thing. I feel a lot better than I did the day I went in to the hospital. They gave me medicine that I can take when I start to feel sick, so hopefully that will do the trick. I'm so glad to be home. I didn't want to get out of the shower- it felt so good to be clean again. Smile My granddad (my dad's dad) is in the hospital in New Mexico and my brother left a few days ago to go a city near Baghdad (he's in the Air Force)so my parents have had a lot to worry about lately. Luckily they don't have to worry about me and the baby anymore. (Although I am sure they are always concerned).

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Subject: Will this morning sickness ever end?
I am so tired of being sick! I HATE throwing up, and I do it a lot! Yesterday was a GREAT day. I didn't throw up once and I actually felt pretty good. This morning I threw up again. Luckily, it was just once today, but I haven't felt as good today as I did yesterday. Just when I think it might be over, it starts up again. I just can't figure it out. I am so happy to be having this baby. I just wish I didn't have to be so sick. Whatever it takes, though. I feel more and more attached to this baby every day. Even on the bad days when I can't keep any food in me, I know it is all going to be worth it in February when we get to see our precious little angel. I have an appointment on Friday and we will hopefully get to hear the heartbeat. I will be so happy if that is the case. Mark has been out of town for 5 days and I have 5 days left before he comes home. I miss him so much! I can't wait for him to get back. He is the best husband anybody could ever ask for. I feel lonely without him. I hope Friday gets here FAST!

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Subject: heartbeat!
We got to hear our baby's heartbeat the other day! It was so wonderful. It was beating away at 160 beats per minute. I just loved hearing that sound. It made it all seem so much more real. I cannot wait until I can feel the baby move around. That will be even more amazing! Smile I think I am starting to feel a little better. I am hoping that since I am past the 12 week point, I will finally start to get rid of the nausea. I am still taking 2 pills 3 times a day each. I have finally been able to eat a little more the past couple of days. The last time I went to the doctor my urine looked clear of keytones, so at least I wasn't dehydrated. They said there was a little sugar in there, but they weren't concerned about that. I guess they will just keep a watch on that. I got to make my next appointment for 4 weeks. I am so used to going every week or two, that it is going to seem like forever before I go again. Smile I only have this week and next week left of babysitting and then I will get to stay home again. I am really looking forward to that! I can't wait until I can sleep in until 8:00 every morning!

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Well, I got really dehydrated again from throwing up so much so I had to get more IV fluids. They set it up where I could get it all done at home this time so that I didn't have to go to the hospital. I had a huge bag of fluids run for 24 hours, but I was still dehydrated. We ran another bag last night. i am waiting for the nurse to call today and tell me what's next. They were working with my insurance to see if I could get a Zofran pump that would pump Zofran into me all the time. I am hoping that gets approved and it will do the trick. While I don't have the IV hooked up now, I still have the line in my hand. We have to flush it out with Saline and Hepron to keep it good in case I need more fluids. However, this site is getting sore, so I think they will have to run a new line next time. One of these days I know this sickness will end. I am so ready for that time to get here. I will be 13 weeks tomorrow, so I think I should be getting closer to the end of morning sickness. (I hope). My parents are coming in for the weekend, so I am praying that I will feel at least half way decent and not be throwing up the whole time they are here. I can't wait to see them. They will be here in about 5 hours. YEA!

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It's been a long time since I posted, but I have not been well. I spent 3 more days in the hospital and then about another week and a half on IV fluids. They tried everything, but nothing would make me stop throwing up. I was still throwing up several times a day in the hospital. They just sent me home because there was nothing else left to try. I had a Zofran pump in my stomach, Reglan in my IV fluids, and they were giving me shots of Phenergan in the hospital as well. Even with all 3 going, I was puking. That pump was really starting to hurt my stomach (I got bruised from it), so I decided to take it out. I stopped all of the medication. I figured there was no point in taking all of that if I was going to be throwing up all the time anyway. I seem to be doing a little better now. I'm still throwing up 1-2 times a day, but overall I feel a little better and I'm able to keep some food and liquids down. That's a big improvement. I am hoping that it will just get a little better every day and then in a couple of weeks it will be gone. I pray that I am not sick the whole time. The doctor took me off of the IV fluids (which I am so grateful for). I ran out of veins, so if I needed more fluids I would have to go to the hospital and have them put in a special IV that ran through my arm vein all the way into my chest. We really don't like the idea of that! I know that it will be worth all of this in the end. I already love our baby so much. I go back to the doctor in 2 weeks to see if I am gaining any weight. That's what the doctor wants me to focus on right now. I am still down about 10 pounds from when I first got pregnant. My belly is starting to really come out now. I had to buy some maternity shirts. I have a couple pairs of shorts and a pair of jeans that I can wear. That should get me through the rest of the summer. I am so ready for Fall to get here. We go in 4 weeks for the ultrasound. I am so excited to get to see our little one. We are going to find out the sex so we can get started on the nursery and everything. Right now I am just really looking forward to that. Well, I guess that's about it for now. I'll try to update sooner next time!

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I am 16 weeks along today. Only 24 more weeks to go! Smile I am doing much better with my morning sickness. While I still don't feel 100%, I have gone 4 days already in a row without throwing up. I believe the worst part is finally over. I am able to eat again. I have been slowly working up to eating like normal. I think I am about there. I have an appointment on Tuesday to see if I am finally gaining some of my weight back, and I'm sure I am. The doctor will be so pleased. On the 16th I have an appointment for the ultrasound. I can hardly wait. I just hope little baby doesn't have its legs crossed where we can't see. We really are anxious to find out the sex and start working on the nursery. Since I have been feeling a little better I have been cleaning the house. I am deep cleaning each room, so I only get one room done a day, but I'll get it back like I had it before soon enough. I guess I am going through a little bit of a nesting phase now too. I want everything to be perfect before the baby gets here so I am making a list for each room after I clean it. I want everything looking like new. Mark is going to have plenty to keep him busy the next 23 weekends. Smile We are going to make the nursery in what is now our computer room. We need to find a new desk that will fit downstairs and pack up the closet and 3 huge bookcases filled with books. I'm still not sure where we are going to put everything, but we'll figure something out. Mark wants to paint and maybe put in new carpet in the nursery. I am finally starting to look pregnant. I don't think a strange would be able to tell. They would probably just think I have a big belly, but people who know me can tell. I have to wear big clothes or maternity clothes now. We found a bunch of maternity shirts on clearance at JC Penney, so I have several shirts I can wear now. Once it gets cold I'll have to buy a few more things. I am so anxious for the fall to get here. It is nearly September, so it shouldn't seem like too long before it starts to cool off. I believe time will fly once October gets here.

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Last night we went a tour of the hospital. It seems really nice. They have huge rooms for labor/delivery. They have CD players, TV/VCR, a big bathroom with a shower, reclining chairs, and a rocking chair. A couple of hours after the baby is born, they move you to another room where you stay until released. We got to see the nursery and a bunch of tiny little babies in there. They were so cute! I actually started to feel really nervous last night. All of the sudden I thought, "Whoa! I am taking a tour of the hospital because I am going to have a baby in a few months!" We got a list of classes they offer, so we will sign up for a few of those in the future.

I keep having baby dreams. Most of them are scary, though because I am not prepared. I think it is because we still haven't done anything like start on the nursery. Last night I dreamed that I had the baby, but I fell asleep before I delivered. I didn't wake up until the next day and I remember any pushing or anything. I didn't know if I had a boy or a girl, even. It turned out to be a girl, and since I was asleep, Mark just named her without asking me what I wanted to name her. It was really strange.

I wish I knew already the sex of this little one. Sometimes I feel like it is a boy, and sometimes I feel like it is a girl, so that's no help! Either way, we will be so excited.

We were having the Ultrasound on Tuesday, but unfortunately Mark has to go out of town for work. He should be back Tuesday night, so I got the appointment moved to one day later, on Wednesday. I am hoping that the little one doesn't have his/her legs crossed, so we can get a good view.

I also wish we could somehow know what day the baby is going to get here. Mark's mom and my mom both want to be here when it actually happens, of course, and I want them to be here a couple of days before. They are coming from so far away, and it is difficult to know when they should come so that they don't miss it. I'm not sure what the plan is for the dads. Both of them have to be at work, so I guess they will come once I go into labor or something. Oh well, we still have at least 20 weeks to figure all of that out. I am just starting to worry about everything. Smile

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We got to do the ultrasound last week and it was absolutely amazing! It looks like we are having a baby boy. We are just so excited. (Of course, we would be happy either way.)It was so cool to see his little hands moving and his little heart beating. I wish I could have an ultrasound at every appointment. Mark has watched the video about 10 times now. He is so proud! Smile We went shopping over the weekend and bought a ton of cute little boy clothes. It was so much fun! I can finally feel the baby moving. I love it! He was really moving in church on Sunday when the choir was singing. The music was pretty loud, so I guess he could hear it and he was dancing or something. Smile So, it looks like everything is going just fine with the pregnancy. We couldn't ask for more than that!

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It's been a long time since I made an entry here. Our little boy is growing as he should and is very active. I love to feel him move around in there. Last night I put the remote control on my belly so we could watch it move around as he kicked. It was funny to see that!

I went to the doctor today for my glucose test and I ended up being there for nearly 3 hours. I didn't know what was going on for a while there. I drank the sweet drink they gave me and then I saw the doctor. She talked to me for a few minutes and measured my belly a couple of times. She said I was on the fence on the measurements, so she told me I was going to get an ultrasound. I went back to the waiting room until the ultrasound technician called me. Once I got in that room, I was told I needed to go back to the lab so they could draw blood for the sugar test. Then I went back to the u/s room and had the u/s done. I was sad that Mark wasn't there because I knew he wouldn't want to miss that, but I didn't know it was going to happen, so there was nothing I could do about that. The technician did all the measurements and said everything looked good. She got me a nice face shot of the little boy, and I asked her to get one for me from between his legs because I knew his daddy would like to see that. Smile I went back to the waiting room and waited for a really long time. Luckily there were some other women in there due around the same time as me, so we passed the time by talking about that. They finally called me back and told me that everything was just perfect with the ultrasound and that the baby was measuring at 28 weeks and 2 days, which is exactly where I am! My iron level was low last time I went, but it has increased some. I am supposed to continue to take my vitamins, iron pills, and eat iron rich foods. Unfortunately, I failed the glucose test, so I will have to go back on Friday for the 3 hour test. Hopefully I will pass that one. I have had enough problems through this pregnancy. I really don't want to add gestational diabetes to it!

I have still been getting sick, but luckily not as bad as before. I will still have some bad days where I throw up 5 or 6 times, but mostly it's just once a day and sometimes not at all. I finally started gaining weight. I could hardly believe it when I got on the scale today and had gained 8 pounds since last month! WOW! I think a little of it is water retention, but it was nice to see some progress in that area anyway. :)I had to take my ring off last night because I started to swell a bit. I feel weird not wearing it, but it's just a couple more months until this will all be over.

We are flying Mark's dad in next week to stay for two weeks to help do some projects around the house. We have a lot to get done still and it's going slow since I can't really help much. So, he is going to come in and help Mark get all kinds of things finished up. That makes me feel better about having things ready in time.

I guess that's it for this update!

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Well, it is almost 2004. So much has been going on lately, but I have been so bad about journaling. I have had a lot of vaginal pressure starting a few weeks ago. My doctor did a fFN test on me to determine the possibility of going into labor within two weeks. The test came back negative, so that was good. She said that she doesn't mind if the baby comes anytime after 34 weeks, which will be this Saturday. Although I want our baby to stay in as long as he can to get big and healthy, I would not be dissappointed at all if he decided to come early. I am just feeling so miserable now. My back has been hurting so bad the past couple of days and I'm just always uncomfortable. My morning sickness has gotten worse lately as well. I am ready to feel "normal" again. I still don't think that my stomach is huge, but it is big enough to make things very difficult for me. It is so hard to bend over to put on my socks or pick something up. I'm tired a lot and I get a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. I also feel more uncomfortable when the baby starts stretching in there. He's been getting the hiccups every night lately too. I am just so excited for him to be here. I cannot wait to hold him and kiss him. It still doesn't seem real sometimes that we are having a baby. Last Saturday I thought that my water may have broken or sprung a little leak. We ended up having to go to labor and delivery for me to be tested. We were there for about 5 hours. Although it turned out to be nothing, it was a good experience for us. We got to see how it would be going to the hospital in the middle of the night, where to go at the hospital, where to park, what the labor and delivery rooms are really like, and how it feels to be hooked up the the monitors. I think that when the real thing happens we will be a little calmer knowing what to do. Mark is just so excited about getting to meet his little boy soon. He thinks that he will be here sometime around the middle of January. (My mom is predicting he will deliver on my birhtday- the 24th). I just don't know. I had always figured he would be late, but since he has been head down for a while and is really low, I am thinking he may just come early after all. We'll just have to wait and see. We really need to pick a name soon, too! Smile

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I am so tired of throwing up! (Just did again) This has been the longest 8 months of my life. I have such a fear that after the baby comes I will still get sick all the time. I just pray that once he's here I'll finally feel good again. Hopefully I won't always have a bad taste in my mouth, foods will taste the way they used to for me, and I won't feel queasy all the time. The thing is that I know it is all worth it. I want so badly to meet this baby boy. My doctor said on Monday that she would love to see me go to 36 weeks and then deliver anytime after that. That would be wonderful to me if he came earlier than February. As soon as he is healthy enough to enter this world, I want him to be here with us. The anticipation is killing us. Smile We are just preparing like crazy. We're planning everything that we need to do before leaving the house when I go into labor and planning what to do when we get to the hospital. We just can't wait! I think we finally decided on a name. We are not telling anybody until he is born. That was my idea to keep it a secret, but now I kind of wish I hadn't thought of that because I want to talk to people about it now. Smile But, there are 2 names we like and we just have to decide which one we want to be the first name and which to be the middle name. Well, hopefully he'll come soon and I won't have to keep it a secret for too long! Smile