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Archive for the month “July, 2012”

GOOD NEWS!

Baby W is perfectly beautiful and waving hello!! I am so in love already!!! We saw him/her moving all over the place and heard it’s beautiful heartbeat! I can’t believe how much s/he has grown over the last few weeks and how much it now looks like a BABY!

Baby W -- 12 weeks, 4 days

Just perfect!

 

YAY ūüôā

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At the doctor…

The waiting room is packed, so I doubt we’ll be on time. Feeling good. More news and pics to come soon ūüôā

12 weeks, 2 days

This last week was intense… I have a lot going on at work currently, so had to be¬† in NYC from Tuesday through Friday in meetings from very early in the morning to quite late each night. After the meetings, we had team dinners, so sleep was not high on my list. It was great to see members of my team, but it was exhausting. I typically did some work upon¬†returning to the hotel, called my hubby, and then¬†went to bed, but the¬†pillows weren’t¬†comfortable, so I didn’t sleep well, and 6-7 hours of sleep is NOT nearly enough. Thankfully, when I got home on Friday afternoon, I was able to sleep for 3+ hours in my wonderful bed — it was heavenly! I also slept in quite late this morning, and am feeling much better. I am also planning to take a nap in a bit, which will help me fully recover from the sleep-deprivation of the last few days.

I am ready for Monday morning’s appointment! We have our ultrasound at 11am and then we meet with the doctor for a quick check-up.¬†I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous,¬†but¬†I feel like it’s normal to be a little nervous and scared. ¬†I really should have taken Monday off from work, but I didn’t, and my day is littered with important meetings that I must attend. It’s going to be hard to be productive until my appointment is over! ¬†

I am feeling pretty good — still tired, although I have more energy than I did a few weeks ago. I also have awful heartburn and some nausea as well as dizziness. I really struggled with dizziness when I was in NYC — I think the heat, the flourescent lights, and the lack of sleep made it much worse.

Have a great weekend!

11 weeks, 2 days!

It’s hard to believe, but we are nearing the end of the first trimester! Yay :). The 2nd trimester brings many good things with it — morning sickness subsides (hopefully), more energy, and, MOST importantly, a big drop (like less than 2%) in the chance of miscarriage. Happy dance!

We still have an important milestone — our first trimester scan and screen – before we can fully celebrate. The first trimester ultrasound is more in-depth than others we’ve had to this point. The ultrasound will be combined with a screening¬†and blood work to¬†identify the risk for specific chromosomal abnormalities. The ultrasound technician will check for a nasal bone and will measure the fluid beneath the skin in the baby’s neck (this is called nuchal translucency, and the less fluid, the better) and combine that information with blood test results to determine our risk factors for chromosomal abnormalities and heart issues. Screening tests don’t say for sure if something is wrong, but will help us determine if we should have further, more invasive, testing in the second trimester. Since the screening test isn’t diagnostic, an abnormal result just means more testing is recommended; it doesn’t necessarily mean anything is wrong. Oh, and of course, we may have to wait for 7-10 days to get the results — thank you universe for teaching me patience!

I am feeling more and more pregnant, so am feeling more and more positive that Baby W is growing perfectly in my belly! I am more nauseous than I expected at this point, but I am sure it will trail off in the next few weeks. Spicy foods, which I usually love, still make me feel sick, and I have awful heartburn — thankfully, I can take Tums! I can’t stomach fish most of the time, and actually crave red meat. I guess Baby W will be a meat-eater like his/her daddy. I am also still very tired, and am so thankful that I can nap most days. I can also feel my uterus growing — it’s so weird to feel it stretching — it’s kind of like muscle pain, but a little different. My tummy is also growing :), which is so exciting!

Thank you, everyone, for the positive thoughts, prayers, emails, notes, phone calls, and text messages — they mean so much to me! Much love ūüôā

 

Great blog about sleep ūüôā — perfectly timed for my sleep issues. Thank you, Heidi!

The Waiting Game

If I’ve learned nothing else, I’ve learned patience throughout this journey. In 2 weeks, we (FINALLY) go back for our first trimester ultrasound and screening. The waiting is making me a nuts. I honestly wish we had an ultrasound machine at home so I could see Baby W whenever I want. I feel like everything is okay, but since there is no way for me to know for sure, I sometimes let my nerves get the best of me. Ugh…

Last night, although I was beyond exhausted and had to wake up early to go into the city for work, I had trouble falling asleep. My mind was racing and I literally got up to pee 6 times. I also continue to have dreams that often jolt me from my happy slumber. I took a quick nap on the train home, and am heading to bed very soon. I just hope that my mind stops racing long enough for me to fall asleep tonight.

I really hate being such a nervous Nelly. I always wonder if “normal” pregnant women stress so much, or is it just because we haven’t had the greatest luck in the pregnancy department that I worry… I am trying to focus on the many pregnancy symptoms that signal that everything is going well — I am exhausted, nauseous, have swollen breasts and a growing tummy, as well as vivid dreams and round ligament pain as my uterus grows to make room for our growing baby — but there are times my nerves get the best of me.

Time to take a few¬†deep breaths — so many parts of this process are out of our control, and the waiting game is one of them.

Sleep well!

10 and 1/2 Weeks!

10+ weeks pregnant and feeling pretty good :). I am still very tired and have plenty of nausea, but these are all good signs! I have been trying to get plenty of sleep — I go to bed early and nap every afternoon, which kind of helps. I haven’t been sleeping very well because I keep have very clear and crazy dreams and I have also have to get up 2-4 times a night to pee. I am also super thirsty all the time, so am constantly chugging water and/or watered-down lemonade. Thankfully the nausea tends to come and go. It’s also pretty easy to overcome¬†since¬†I feel better when I eat, sleep, and/or drink.

My body is also going through plenty of changes. My tummy is starting to grow, and my pants no longer fit comfortably. I am planning to buy a few pieces of maternity clothes soon so I have something comfy to wear. I have found a few things at Target and Old Navy, and may check out a couple of maternity stores next week. I have to be in NYC the week of the 16th for work, so I have to buy a couple work outfits as well.

It’s also unbelievably hot and humid here this week. I definitely don’t handle the heat well right now — after a few minutes outside, I start to feel dizzy and tired, so I just avoid going outside for a very long time. Thankfully, my hubby has been carrying the burden of outside work and helping around the house.

We don’t have any doctor’s appointments this or next week — first doctor-free weeks in months — so I am just going to relax and enjoy my pregnancy!

All is well in baby land!

Today’s appointment was long and pretty uneventful. We met with the nurse and she checked my weight, blood pressure, urine for proteins and sugars — everything is fine! Next, we met with a dr who went over our history, did a pap, and pelvic exam, and again all is well! I also had a ton of blood drawn to check for every STD known to man as part of the 1st trimester blood panel. Unfortunately, there was no ultrasound, but I am sure Baby W is just fine! I have been so spoiled with weekly scans that it was a pretty big disappointment¬†to not have one today. On the bright side, my sis-in-law ordered a fetal doppler for us, and it should be here very soon! I¬†am so beyond excited to give it a try, although we may not hear much for another week or so, it will be amazing to hear Baby W’s heartbeat whenever we want.¬†We go back on July 23rd for our 1st trimester ultrasound, nuchal translucency screening, and check-up — I CAN’T WAIT!

Have a great 4th of July!

Gearing up for tomorrow!

Tomorrow is my first OB appointment with a Dr other than my RE. I am excited and nervous — excited because it is a new phase in my pregnancy, and nervous because¬†I have to get comfortable with a¬†new set of nurses and doctors. I really hope they are nice and understanding. I absolutely adore my RE’s office — every person that works there is compassionate and empathetic! I am, of course, labeled high-risk, which means more appointments and special instructions, which I will ask about tomorrow.

Unlike visits to my RE, which are always at our convenience from 7-9:15 in the morning, I am scheduled for 3pm. First, I have to meet with a nurse for blood work, weight check, and history. It will be more stressful to wait all day, and then meet with a nurse for 30 minutes before we¬†see the doctor for an ultrasound. I definitely feel like everything is okay, but I still get nervous before each exam. I guess it’s normal — especially considering my history — but I would like to just enjoy each appointment, which I can’t really do until I know that Baby W is growing perfectly.

Praying for more good news!

Baby dust to all!

 

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