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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Told the World

Between announcing it to our youth group on Sunday morning and putting it on facebook last night, the world now knows that I am pregnant. It is such a relief. I was getting so frustrated with keeping it a secret. But now it is out, and now I can safely excuse myself from most situations gracefully to puke...well, except for at work. They are the only ones that don't know. There are only three people at my school who know, and I am so afraid of telling my principal it's not even funny. She doesn't have kids, and I don't know why. What I am afraid of is her not hiring me back. If I don't get hired back, then I don't have insurance. If I don't have insurance, then oh my goodness that would be awful. I am just hoping that she is going to be wonderful and supportive about it, even though it is the worst timing for a teacher to have a baby... due August 1st, two weeks before school starts.

So my best case scenario is this: She is super happy for me (yeah, right), and she wants me to take off as much time as I need (yeah, right), and there is no way she is not going to hire me back for next year (we'll see). I wish I had tenure.

9w2d

Friday, December 26, 2008

Happenings

Christmas has passed and the day after is here. I think I am going to go shopping today. I got a pair of earrings from H that I really like, but when I put them on, they bent a little and now they won't stay closed very securely... so I have to take them back. Oh well. We had a nice quiet Christmas... just the two of us. Funny, it was the first Christmas that was just the two of us (every other year I have been with my family with him), and it will be the last Christmas with just the two of us. Baby is due August 1st, so s/he will be 4 months old come next Christmas. :)

Speaking of the pregnancy... I am nervous. I am not nervous to have the baby or be the mother of this child after s/he is born, but I am nervous to be pregnant. I have wanted to be pregnant for so long, but now it kinda gives me the willies. Like the whole being kicked from the inside thing... I don't know how I am going to react once this happens. The no control over my body thing, and the aches and pains that go with pregnancy. I mean, I know I will make it through, and that we will be rewarded with the most incredible gift in the world, I'm just nervous about it all. It has gotten better over the last few days though. It is probably from all of the m/s... makin me crazy! :)

So now the whole family knows about the little baby. :) We told the last of H's side on Christmas eve, and they were excited. His grandmother already has 8 great grand kids, so not a huge deal, but still exciting to her. :) Oh, and I still totally think it is a girl, so I think I'm going to just call her a she from now on in the blog.

I never did take a belly pic this week. I'll be nine weeks tomorrow. Kinda sucks that I never did, but in my defense, I was throwing up most of the week. I have gotten sick more times than I care to count. All worth it though!

I dread going back to school in about a week. I don't want to go. I love being home. Really, I don't want to go because I don't want to tell my principal that I'm pregnant. She has no kids, and I'm really afraid of how she is going to react being that I'm a first year teacher and all.

Until next time. :)
8w6d

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I love my Husband!




H let me...actually, made me, open a present last night. It was too sweet. I just love that man. I asked for The Belly Book for Christmas, but I had no idea he'd go out and get the baby onesies too. He bought two... one in case it is a girl (Daddy Loves Me) and one in case it is a boy (paint by number truck). I was so giddy when he gave them to me. He is just as excited and happy about this baby as I am, and that makes me love him even more. :)

The Belly Book is kinda cool too. It has all of these spaces for different milestones and cravings/aversions. I am going to go play with it in a few minutes. Oh, and it is in the shape of a pregnant belly, which is kinda cool.

So this pregnancy is moving along quite well. I know the baby is doing fine because I am sick all the time. 100% of the day I am nauseous, but it is fine with me. It is going to be worth it in the end when that little person gets to come home with us from the hospital. Up until yesterday I couldn't eat anything other than crackers. Everything I looked at made me ill. Then finally, finally, I had a craving for something. Raw vegetables. I ate some last night, and although I threw up once, I didn't feel incredibly nauseous today. Woohoo! So, I went to Kroger and bought celery, carrots, oranges, pineapple (I know, fruits), salad mix, and my favorite ginger dressing (best $4 spent ever). I just ended up eating a lunch of salad with the aforementioned veggies and dressing, accompanied by cup a soup and water with lemon. Finally, some nutrition! Let's see if it stays down a while.

I will get a belly pic for week 8 up soon. H is at a Titans game today, so the picture will probably have to wait until tomorrow. Oh!! I don't have a complete dino baby anymore! :)

8w1d

Saturday, December 20, 2008

8 Weeks!

Two whole months pregnant. Woot! :) I'm pretty excited. If it wasn't for this unrelenting m/s, I'd be bouncing off the walls.

In other news. My two week Christmas vacation started yesterday evening. Nice. :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

A month ago today...

I found out I was pregnant. If I wasn't pregnant, I would be testing today. :) I'm so happy I don't have to. I am so glad to know that everything is ok with our little baby. I can't stop looking at the pictures... I just can't believe that there is a real human, a real baby in my tummy growing. :)

I'll be 8 weeks tomorrow. Milestone #3.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Our Baby's First Picture!

As promised, here is the beautiful u/s photo of our perfect baby. :)

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It's a BABY!

I can't even begin to explain the emotion that I felt today. We went to our appointment at 10:45am. I had H come in case they needed some medical history from him... they didn't. I went in there after waiting an hour in the waiting room. The NP was wonderful. Answered all of my questions, made me feel really good about this pregnancy, etc. It was nice.

Then, at the end, she said, "Do you have any questions?"
I said, "Well, yes. I spoke to someone on the phone a few weeks ago and they told me that they could get me in for an ultrasound before Christmas. Is that still accurate?"
"Sure! I can probably get you in today!"
"Wow! Yes!"

So, we head down to the lab on the 2nd floor of the thirty story building. I get called back for my blood work and urine sample within five minutes. They took four viles, and it really didn't hurt. Then I went back to the waiting room. I waited about 30 minutes and they called me back. I was so so so nervous.

H laughed as I had to get undressed and sit on the table. The tech came back in and had a wand the size of Texas in her hand. She told me to lay back and prop up my butt which I did. Then after a shock of cold and a deep breath... there it was. Our baby. Our miracle. Our perfect baby. I saw it instantly and tears drizzled down my cheek. I was in amazement. It was the most awesome, God-affirming thing I'd ever seen. The heart was beating like crazy too. 160 bpm. H and I were in heaven. Our little baby is in my tummy doing perfectly and measuring exactly on schedule. 7w4d.

We watched the screen for about 10 minutes. She checked out my ovaries and looked to see if there was more than one in there... there's not. Whew. :) She left the room for a minute for me to get dressed, and then brought me the best gift I will get this Christmas... 4 pictures of our beautiful, perfect baby. I will post them as soon as I can. I've got to go to kinkos to get them scanned in. Oh... I'm in love.

When I called my parents afterwards I was a crying mess. I have never cried so much because I was so happy before. Incredible. I cannot wait to see our baby again at the NT scan. So so so happy. :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tomorrow.

1st appointment is tomorrow. H is going with me, so I'm happy about that. We are, I am assuming, just going to answer a million questions and then get blood drawn from me. What I am most excited about is getting a date for my u/s. She said that she'd try to get us in before Christmas. I hope I hope I hope I hope!

Until tomorrow...

7w3d

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Prediction

Ok, so after reading Chrysallys' blog, I went to the website she had on there. Madame somebody predicted my birth, and the sex of our baby. Here's her prediction:

The day you deliver, outside will be sunny. Your baby will arrive in the afternoon.

After a labor lasting approximately 11 hours, your child, a boy, will be born. Your baby will weigh about 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and will be 21 inches long. This child will have dark brown eyes and some blond hair.

Oddly specific if you ask me. I am anxious to see what actually happens and how it compares to this. Although, I highly doubt that I will have an 11 hour delivery for my 1st child, but wouldn't that be awesome. Oh, and H and I both have really dark brown almost black hair, so the blonde thing... not so much. :) Thanks Chrys!

H was happy though. He's convinced it is a boy. I am going with my mother's intuition and saying that it is a girl.

I was a bag of hormones today

Ok, so I am tired for two reasons: One, I am pregnant, Two, I hosted an all-girls lock-in for our youth group this past Friday, and I have yet to catch up on sleep. Because of this tiredness, and in part of the fact that I am a hormonal mess, I broke down and cried my eyes out today in the car after church. Why? Well... because I was cold. Yep. Cold. I cried my eyes out like crazy because I had been cold in church, and cold outside, and cold last night at our friend's house. I explanied to H that I am cold everywhere I go and I can never get out of the cold. He tried to comfort me, but I could still hear him snickering. :) It was kinda funny.

7w1d

Saturday, December 13, 2008

7 Weeks!

Here I am at seven weeks today! I am loving it. I think I have one more week until my dino-baby starts to look like a real baby. I have my first appointment this week. Wednesday to be exact. I'm thinking that that is going to be a long way away. 

So m/s is still here in waves. I mostly experience it at night. No serious issues yet, but there are some times where I just have to stop in my tracks and breathe so that I don't throw up. My boobs hurt more than ever now. I was walking today and noticed how much they hurt. But who cares... anything for this baby of ours. 

7w0d

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I'm definitely pregnant.

So last night H called when he was on his way home. We were talking about what he did yesterday and how chuch went (I didn't go because I needed some serious rest). Just then, out of no where, and for no reason at all, I started crying... a lot. I'm not kidding. No reason in the world for it, and I just start boo hooing all over the place. It was so ridiculous, I was laughing while I was pouring out tears. H was saying, "What's wrong? Why are you crying?" It was too funny. 5 minutes later, I was fine.

So I do NOT feel well this morning. Aside from being really tired and having to be at school, I am feeling quite nauseous. I think I'm going to get a pop tart and a ginger ale. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

One week from TODAY!

I cannot wait for the appt a week from today. I know that I am not going to get an u/s but, they will tell me WHEN I will get an u/s, so I'll finally get to have a countdown. :)

The pregnancy has been going fine so far. I have started to have here and there morning sickness, but no vomitting yet. It seems to be getting worse though, so I am preparing for the worst. I am having a hard time eating meals lately, because everything turns me off. Smells are the WORST right now. Everything smells awful to me, and I am way more sensitive than I ever was with smells. Every now and again I'll have a cramp or two, but nothing to call the doc about.

I am 6w4d and so blessed to be pregnant. :)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

6 Weeks!

Today is a mini-milestone! I have been very much looking forward to six weeks, and I'm not too sure why. I'm guessing that it is because it doesn't sound soooo early like 3w3d like when I found out, or 4w, etc. So I've got my next set of milestones down too:

7 wk 4 days (doc appt)

8 weeks (because thats 2 months!)

9 weeks ish (first u/s)

12 weeks (three months! and NT scan)

13w 3d (end of first tri!!!)

So I've got 11 more days until my next milestone. I can do it!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dinosaur baby

So I went to the babystrology website that I got my ticker on the right from. I was trying to find out when it would stop looking like a dinosaur. Well, it looks like I have a dino baby for at least two more weeks. That's quite alright though. I'll take any baby I can get.

Nothing much to report today. I'll be 6 weeks tomorrow, so that is pretty exciting. Still waiting for 12 days from now though. Dec 17th is my first appt. I will be begging for an u/s!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

5 weeks 5 days

I cannot wait to get out of the first trimester... only 7 weeks 5 days left. Crap, this is going by sooooo slowly! I know it will speed up, but seriously, I feel like I got my bfp 2 months ago... when really it was only like 2 weeks ago yesterday. But it has been a glorious two weeks. I have had zero morning sickness, although this morning I got a little bit nauseated, but nothing too bad, I have had zero cramping really after the first week, and I have been tired, yes, but not to the point where I'm going to die or anything. I am so happy for all of this. I really just need that U/S to get here. I know I still have FOREVER until it does, but sheesh.

Also, I cannot wait to tell people. I think I am going to start telling the important friends in my life around 8 weeks, then tell everyone else around 12. Facebook status is going up at 13 weeks 3 days! :)

Today I am pregnant and I LOVE LOVE LOVE my baby!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Still no symptoms... I think

This is going to be a quick post-- School starts soon. I am 5 weeks 3 days today and I am loving my pregnancy. I have no symptoms yet, although my boobs do hurt a tad bit more than usual, and every now and then I get a wave of nausea, but other than that-- nothing. Hopefully I am just lucky and will have a throw up free pregnancy. Honestly, I'm a thrower upper, so I really thought that when I got pregnant I would be over the toilet all the time. We'll see.

So my parents came into town to see us. They are so very excited about the baby. They keep mentioning it, and my dad is already looking for woodworking plans to build the crib. I'm hoping I can get him to build the dresser and changing table too. :)

So that's it for now. 15 more days until my first appt, but still probably 20 or so days until 1st u/s.