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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.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

18 Weeks


For your viewing: My 18 week belly picture. Almost halfway there... kind of scary if you ask me. I am so anxious for the big u/s, but I'm really anxious to make sure the baby is a-ok. I have felt her/him here and there for the past few days, but seriously, I could just be a total idiot and be THINKING I feel the baby and it is really just gas (even though I know it's not). I want to see my baby squirming around with a nice heartrate. Just 6 more days to go.

Tomorrow is moving day, so I need to get going and pack. Pack and clean, that's my schedule for today.

P.S. Yes, that is the same shirt from last week's photo. :)

18w0d
6d until big u/s

Friday, February 27, 2009

One week from today.

A week from today we will know if we are having a baby boy or girl. All gender prediction charts say boy. My intuition says girl. H says boy. My mom says girl. I am so impatient. I want to know now. Oh, but I guess that giving her or him another week to grow to show the goods is a good thing. What sucks is that my appt is at 8:30am, and afterwards I have to go back to school and teach for the rest of the day... haha... it's going to be a slack day I'm sure. But, after school, shopping time! :)

17w6d
1w0d until big u/s.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Anxiety

Anxiety is overwhelming me. I am beginning to become a nut. This morning I thought for sure something was wrong with the baby. My belly wasn't as large as it had been last night and I didn't throw up when I brushed my teeth like I usually do. Most people would be excited that they look smaller and they didn't have to lean over a toilet and vomit bile... but I am just worried. I know that my chance of m/c went to 1% after all of the ultrasounds, but I feel like something could still go very wrong. So now, not only am I awaiting next Friday's ultrasound to see the gender, but I am not awaiting it to make sure everything is ok. I *think* I felt the baby last night, but not sure because...well, honestly, I had a bit of gas rolling around in there, so I couldn't determine if it was baby or not. Ahh.. I'm worrying too much.

4 days until we move. I still cannot believe it. We have so little packed. I am a very last minute person though, so I'm sure everything will come together. I cannot wait to actually be able to put the baby's stuff in the baby's room!

Ok, school is about to start. Until next time...

17w5d

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Today.

I still cannot believe the change my body has made over the last two weeks. I just got out of the shower a few minutes ago, and I looked in the mirror when I got out. This is not me pushing my belly out to try to act like I had a "baby belly" like I did when I was 15. This is a real, true, baby bump. It's there, it's huge (to me), and it will only get larger (God willing)! Holy moly.

I am nervous to get on the scale again at the doc in a week and a half. I know that I am down 9 lbs pre-pregnancy from my last weigh-in, but that was weeks ago, and my belly has gotten so dang big. I am really hoping for no more than 5 lbs. I think if she tells me 10 I will cry. Then when they tell me that I need to stop gaining weight so quickly, I will cry again. Ah.. oh well. I really shouldn't stress about this just yet.

Speaking of stress, we are moving on Saturday. Guess how much we have packed? That's right. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. We have been out of town and so so busy the last few weeks, that we haven't had time to pack. H has two days off this week, so he's going to get busy then, and I have after school time to pack. We're only moving about 14 miles away, so not a terrible thing if most things end up in suitcases, laundry baskets, and half-closed boxes. I am so excited about moving though. We're moving to an amazing house. We are renting it, but they are renting it to us for about $500 a month BELOW what they should, simply because they wanted to rent it to people that they knew wouldn't party and such. They are such nice people, and they live next door. They are so happy about the baby, and being 74 years old, they are excited to treat it as a new grandchild. :)

The house really is great though. 3bd 1 1/2 bath, living room, completely renovated kitchen, huge den with fireplace, front room, back yard, front yard, driveway (so important since we've been living in a townhouse), privacy, no smell of garlic and onions when you walk in the door (that's what we get now thanks to our next door neighbors), hardwood floors throughout.... so great. The most wonderful part is that all of the rooms are already painted, and they are all painted colors that I absolutely would have picked in a heartbeat anyway. The smallest room will be the nursery, and it is painted a gorgeous light green. Love it. :)

Ok, I'm off to bed now. I am feeling good lately. Headaches are getting fewer, which is really really nice! I still get sick most mornings from brushing my teeth, but then I seem to feel better for the rest of the day. I just hope that everything is good in there with the babe. I haven't felt him/her kick at all today, but I'm not getting worried since I was hardly feeling it to begin with. Maybe tomorrow. Until then...

17w3d
1w3d left until BIG u/s.

Monday, February 23, 2009

This is what 2 weeks can do...Wow.

















First one is 15w, second is 17w



I am 17w2d pregnant and I just blew up. I didn't really think I was THAT big until I put the 15 week and 17 week pics side by side. Oh.my.goodness. I have noticed that I am feeling a bit rounder, but wow...this big? I feel like I look 6 months instead of 4. Oh well. It feels nice to have a baby bump to touch every now and again. Although one of my students did say to me, "Mrs. B-----, are you getting fatter?" This was a 4th grade boy who is usually VERY shy and quiet. I laughed and explained to him why he shouldn't say something in that way to a woman in the future. It was silly. :)

As for these pops...has to be baby. I keep feeling them, and they are in the same spots over and over. I felt it a few times over the weekend, but I was so busy that I really didn't notice, but today I've felt them a whole lot. In fact, I just felt my little pops a few seconds ago. Nice, and not as scary as I had originally thought. :)

1w4d until the BIG u/s. I'm DYING here!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pop. Pop...Pop.

I can't be entirely sure considering this is my first pregnancy that has gone out of 1st tri, BUT. I'm 90% certain that I felt the baby today! It was completely different than last time. Last time had to be gas...this... this was like a pop, pop... then two minutes later pop...pop...pop! I was sitting at my computer at school and I just stopped. It was so awesome. I really wish I knew if it was for sure, but who cares. I think it was, and I'm also thinking I'm right. :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I feel like crap.

I feel like 100% crap today. I would have gotten a sub for today, but since I have to take a personal day on Friday for that trip to the mountains with our youth group, then I thought it'd be a pretty bad idea to ask for today off too. I have such a bad headache-- woke up with one in fact. I feel very vomitous, and I feel like someone beat my sinuses down with a metal pole. Oh, I really hope I make it through the day.

16w3d
2w3d left.

Monday, February 16, 2009

2w4d left.

I'm dying here. I need to know what my baby is. I have 2w4d left until the big u/s, but I feel like it seriously is an eternity away. I put a countdown into my cell phone, and it told me that I have 21 days left (last Friday when I did it). I got upset because 21 is so much of a bigger number than 3... it was a lot easier when I was saying "3 weeks." Oh, I'm such an impatient person. Seriously though, I think this week is going to fly by-- I have an inservice day today, three days of teaching, then Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we will be in the mountains for a church thing for our youth group (oh boy...). So when I return on Monday of next week, it will be 1w4d, which should be a lot easier to handle. We'll see.

I went to Kohl's last night. I was at Kohl's in SC with my mom when I went to see her this weekend, and they had a huge sale on winter stuff for babies. I wanted to buy some stuff, but I kept thinking, "No, this is stupid, I don't know the sex yet, and even though I know it is a girl, I'll buy this stuff and be wrong." But, when I got back to TN, I decided, "Meh.. If I'm wrong, I'll give it away or sell it." So I went, and was a little disappointed. They didn't have the same sales in the TN one as they did in the SC one, but I still ended up getting some awesome stuff. I got 5 pairs of pants (3 corduroy, 2 sweat pants) for $2.80 a piece (total around $15). Three are gender-neutral, and two are girl specific. I like to think I got an awesome deal. Then I went to Target and got three baby shirts for 70 cents a piece. I am going to have to start a baby clothes box with all of the stuff I'm buying. We're moving in a few weeks to a house, and the baby has a room there, but not where we live now.

So, I don't know exactly what is going on, but today, three times so far, I have felt twinges in the bottom of my tummy, like way down low. The twinges are coming from the inside, but I have no idea if that is the baby or not. What sucks is that there is no way to know. It felt strange, and I've only felt it in one spot. Ah... I don't know.

That's all for now. Until next time...

16w2d

Friday, February 13, 2009

Yes, H... that's me, in the bathroom, throwing up every.single.morning.

Ok, so here's the thing. I don't think I can still consider it morning sickness. I have to consider it just bad gagging sickness. I am not nauseous at all really, but I'm still throwing up. How it happens is that I gag because of just about anything, and ::vomit:: there it is. The other day I threw up all over the floor at school because I had no warning that it was coming. Thankfully it was before the kids got there and it was on tile flooring. Whew. So yes, every morning I am in that bathroom, puking it up. I'm sure it will get better...right?

In other news, my boobs freaking HURT! I hate to have two complaining paragraphs in a row, but this is brand new. I thought I was weird in the beginning of my pregnancy because everyone on 1st tri was whining that their boobs hurt and mine were perfectly fine. Well, here I am, almost 16weeks, and BAM! In the middle of the night I woke up because I rolled on them. Crazy... Right now I am sitting at my desk at school, and they are actually painful...just sitting there. Oh well. In the end, everything that I am going through will be totally worth it.

So my BIG u/s is three weeks from today. I wish it was today... but then again, we wouldn't get an accurate reading. I'll be 18w6d at our u/s, and I am really hoping that the baby cooperates. What I'm afraid of is the whole closed-leg thing and that my doc won't schedule another u/s to find out the sex. We'll see. I am just dying to have confirmation that there's a girl in there. :)

Time to go get prepped for the class Valentine's Day Party. I love the parties once they are started, but I hate setting them up, and I really hate cleaning them up. Oh, and I have to make Rotel dip for them (because they love it), and at the Christmas party when I did that, I had to run out of the room to puke because of what it looked like. Then again, I was like 7 weeks. Wish me luck!

Monday, February 9, 2009

March 6th at 8:30am!

I cannot wait until March 6th! We find out the sex at 8:30am that day! Ah! Sooo exciting! I know it is a girl (well, I think I know), and I have a 50% chance of being right. We'll see. I cannot wait. 3w4d away... this is going to be such a long month!

15w2d

Sunday, February 8, 2009

15 Weeks

Today I am 15w 1d. I tried to take a photo of myself since I haven't taken one in 3 weeks... oops. Well, it worked, I suppose, but I took it in one of the messiest parts of our house, so please excuse the mess. The first pic is from 10 weeks, this is from 15 weeks. I haven't gotten much bigger exactly, but the bloat has DEFINITELY gone down. Thank goodness. Oh, and I'm adding my 12 week pic to the right side of my blog. I didn't use it for comparison because I was wearing my pre-preg jeans and obviously busting out of them...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Told my principal

And she is excited! She's absolutely hiring me back next year and said that I was one of the best teachers at this school! I am so thankful... so so thankful! Now this huge weight is off of my shoulders, and I can FINALLY breathe!

:)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

It's been a while!

It has been a bit since I blogged last, but really, nothing significant has happened lately, so there was nothing to blog about. I am getting bigger, that's for sure. At night my belly is gigantic, but during the daytime it is a little more tame (thank goodness!).

I haven't told my principal yet. In fact, tomorrow is the big day. I'm scared out of my mind. My final observation of the year was today, and it went REALLY well. I was so pleased, and she even left me a note telling me how great of a job I did and how well the kids worked together. Yay! Now, what I am hoping for when I tell her tomorrow is that she will congratulate me and tell me how excited for me she is... I doubt that will happen. What I think will happen is that she will say congratulations, but still be very concerned about being pregnant during my first year of teaching and then having to take off the first 5-6 weeks of my second year. Ugh... we'll see. I just want it to be over with. I want the whole school to know so I don't have to keep sucking in, which, by the way, is completely impossible at this point. I'll be praying hard tonight.

Morning sickness has calmed down a lot! I don't typically throw up most days anymore. Now, it does occasionally happen, but for the most part I am doing so much better. I get to eat now, and I'm actually hungry often! I am so hungry right now, but I cannot think of what I want for the life of me! H has been amazing with my cravings! Last night he surprised me when he came home from his meeting with a BLT. I wanted one so badly, but I couldn't think of anywhere that sold them at 9:30pm around here. He went to Waffle House and didn't even tell me. :) I love him.

So just a few more weeks until we find out the sex! Ok, more like 5 weeks or something, but you know... I'm so excited about it. We should find out on the 10th or so 0f March. What kind of sucks is that I am going to this once-a-year baby stuff consignment sale on the 6th...yeah, BEFORE we find out the sex. Oh well... greens and yellows it is. I promise you though.... this baby has to be a girl. I don't think I am wrong at all. We'll see soon.

Well, that's about it for now. I know I am slack on belly pics, and I do promise to get some up soon. I am definitely getting bigger!

14w3d