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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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Ok, so I am convinced that this child will not have a name because I hate almost every name I hear. Today, however, I revisited a name that I loved while I was pregnant, but hadn't thought about since... for a girl... Nora or Norah. I love that name, and it is the only girl name in the world I can think of that I would love to name my daughter (if that's what we're having). So, what about a middle name:

Norah May (my favorite, just unsure if it sounds a little too country like Martha Sue or something).

Norah Elizabeth

Norah Catherine

Norah Paige

Hmm... I'm just brainstorming right now.

For a boy, we are pretty set on a name:

Jude William B------

I love this name, and have since H brought it up a few months ago. I've gotten some good feedback, but have yet to share it with too many people IRL. I don't want anyone to ruin it for me.

So, since I KNOW we are having a girl, I really need to focus on a middle name for Nora. Nora... :) I really like it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


The office called back and said, "Your bloodwork and measurements from your NT scan all came back normal. Call me if you have any questions." I assumed they would give me "You have a 1 in xxxx chance of having a baby with Downs" or something, but no.. just normal. Good enough for me.

So, this whole m/s thing... yeah, I'm completely over it... time for you to go. I HATE not being able to eat anything, smell anything, or want anything. I don't crave anything... nothing. Once I had a craving for a sandwich and a pickle, but nothing. It sucks. Oh, and since I'm already venting... these headaches, every-single-day-all-day-long... wow. I know that this baby will be worth it in the end, and I am so thankful that this baby is growing inside of me... I really really am. It only took us 9 months to conceive, which is a heck of a lot shorter than some people, and I really do feel so blessed. Just my moment to vent.

13 days until I tell my principal... so scared.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

NT Scan

NT scan went well! The tech was as rude as all get out, but I got to see the baby, so it didn't even really matter in the end. The baby is measuring on time and looking good! Heartbeat was 167 bpm, and we saw fingers, toes, and a nose! I was in love. :) I won't get the official results from the scan for another two days, but so far, so good.

Here's the baby:

Friday, January 16, 2009

Scariest thing ever.

Yesterday evening, I went to the bathroom, wiped, and there was blood. Bright red blood. This wasn't spotting either. It wasn't in the toilet, and there were no clots, but it was all over the tp. I wiped over and over and it was still there. I panicked. I called my doctor and she told me to go to the ER. I called H, and he came home in record time. We went to the ER, waited about an hour and a half, they brought me in and did a catheter, a pelvic exam, swabs, and they drew 4 vials of blood.

They took me up to the u/s room and gave me an external and internal u/s. When we first saw the baby on the screen, we just saw it sitting there, no movement, no heartbeat. My heart was sinking. Then, after she took all of the measurements, she zoomed in and told us the the heart was beating at 172 bpm. We could see it where she zoomed in. I was/am so so so relieved and thankful.

She looked for signs of what may have caused the bleeding, but they couldn't find anything. I was severely dehydrated, so they gave me 2 bags of fluid. We left a little after midnight. I cannot feel more thankful and blessed for how last night went. Although, I really do wish I knew the source of the bleeding. They just told me that sometimes they have no idea.

Baby is actually measuring 2 days ahead and looks great. I was amazed and how different s/he looks since the 7w4d u/s. We get to see s/he again on Tuesday because of the NT Scan.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My 12 week appointment :)

Well, today was my 12 week appointment, even though I'm only 11w3d. It was a loooong wait once I got there. Turns out my OB had some people that had to come in without an appointment because they had some problems. It wasn't really bad until I had to wait in the exam room for almost 1/2 hour with no pants or panties on... that was cold and uncomfortable. When she came in though, she apologized and made up for it by bringing out the doppler.

I really had no idea she was even going to TRY to find the baby's heartbeat this early. I thought for sure they would wait until 12-13 weeks. She put it on my lower abdomen, and within 10 seconds... whoomp whoomp whoomp whoomp... 177 beat per minute. Incredible. I have never in my life heard something so awesome! We saw the heartbeat at my ultrasound, but we hadn't heard it yet, so it was really cool. H wasn't there unfortunately because I didn't think he needed to be. I had no idea they'd try the doppler. Oh well. We rented one and it will arrive in a day or two. :)

So after her buttering me up by letting me hear my baby and reassuring me that my baby was doing very well, she violated me in so many ways. No one ever told me that there was a RECTAL exam at the 1st OB appt. Yeah, that was a surprise, and no fun at all.

Bloodwork all came back perfect and normal, blood pressure was fine, and, I am down 2 pounds. I am down 6 pounds since I became pregnant. H says there is something seriously wrong with that. In my defense, I am JUST NOW starting to be able to eat solid foods.

So, all in all, great appt. I am just so excited that our baby is doing well. We have the NT scan on Tuesday of next week, and I cannot wait for that. Hopefully it will be nothing but good news... I really pray for that.

Oh, and Dr. gave me the green light for soft cheeses and lunch meat. I <3 her. :)


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ah... the joys of puking at any point and time.

I find it mildly humorous that being pregnant can make you do things like puke... now, we all know that most everyone has some sort of m/s in pregnancy, but what makes it funny to me is that it can happen at ANY time. Take this morning for example. I walk upstairs to put my jeans on and put my hair up. While putting my hair up I stopped, leaned over the toilet, and threw up. No warning, no nothing. The same thing happened to me last week. I felt fine afterwards, and even went to breakfast.

All in all I am feeling better than I had been. Yes, there is still nausea, but it doesn't seem to be AS present as it had been. I am still throwing up occasionally, but not AS often. Plus, I am eating. I am not eating a lot, but I am eating something. This morning H and I went to breakfast and I was able to eat half of a huge pancake and a country ham biscuit. That is a major meal for me! Last night we went to Logan's with a friend of ours, and I ate some pork sandwich things. I'm doing alright! I really do think the baby is ok in there because of all the m/s, headaches, and boobaches that I still have. We'll see soon. I have an appt on Tuesday where we will schedule the NT scan. Hopefully they can do it Tuesday so I don't have to take anymore time off of work than necessary.

Oh, and just because I think it is adorable, here's a picture of our dog, Oliver, that H took this morning. :)

P.S. 10 Week pic is up. We'll take 11 week pic today or tomorrow. I'm getting a bit bigger!


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I ate something!

I don't know whether to be thrilled or scared, but I ate something today! I did dry heave once or twice today, and there is no cramping or anything, so I'm thinking baby is ok. I am just really shocked that I was able to eat. I ate about 3/4 of a piece of Stouffer's Lasagna and a pickle! Right now I am snacking on dry frosted flakes. I hope this just means my m/s is coming to an end instead of something bad. I guess we will know at my NT scan, which should be in about two or three weeks. I have an appt next Tuesday,which will put me at 11weeks 3 days, and I'm thinking that's too early. I'm assuming she will have me come in a couple weeks later. We'll see.

As for everything else, I guess all is well. It was hard going back to school this week... still haven't told my Principal. I have decided to not tell her until after my last observation. If that goes well, then I will tell her. If not, I may just hide it until she asks. H is at a conference this week, so I am all lonely, but I'll be ok. Friday can't come soon enough!