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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, November 28, 2012

Finally OUT!

No, not out of 1st trimester yet... I wish. Just 1 more week now, and I will be though. I am OUT to everyone. Out on Facebook, out at school (to the teachers and staff). Now I can breathe and let my belly/bloat hang out for all it's worth! No more sucking in! :)

We had our NT scan yesterday, which I posted about, then I went back to school for a faculty meeting. I went ahead and told everyone at the faculty meeting that we were expecting, and i'm not sure that there was anyone who was expecting that news from me. People seemed surprised.

Later, I got a shirt and some fabric paint from Michael's and made Norah a shirt that said, "Big Sister est. June 2013." I put it on her and had her hold up the ultrasound photos for a few pictures. I ended up getting 4 awesome shots, so I put them up in order. I will post the pictures later instead of explaining them. I put them on facebook and said, "A story told by Norah." People were shocked and so excited. It feels so nice to know that people are genuinely happy for us. :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NT Scan! 12 weeks

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Today we had our NT Scan. I was so nervous going into the appointment. I tried to find the baby's heartbeat on my doppler last night, and I couldn't, which made me even more nervous for today's appointment. It was external (yay!!!), and when that first image came up on the screen, I was not in a happy place yet because I didn't see the heartbeat. Then, FINALLY, I saw it, and the tech measured it... 164bpm. :) From then on, it was a great appointment.

The tech was SO awesome. She was making me laugh so much (which had to make it difficult to get the measurements that she needed!), and she was laughing at all of Daniel's jokes. Example: "Oh, I know this video game.... Xbox makes it." (about the ultrasound/wand). The tech laughed so hard. It was great. She got great shots, gave us SEVEN pictures, and made sure we got to see everything. She even switched it over to 3D and 4D. Amazing, but also creepy. :)

The whole experience was great. The baby was jumping up and down, and opening his/her mouth over and over. He/she even clapped! It looked like he/she was performing in some sort of music video! I loved it. Loved, loved, loved it! :)

The baby is measuring 3 days ahead (12w 4d, but I am at 12w 1d), and it seems that everything is normal. The tech said that by the measurements, everything looked good, but we'll get the bloodwork back in a week.

I am so thankful for this baby! I just cannot believe how blessed I feel!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Am I turning THE corner??

I am almost afraid to write this post, in fear of "jinxing" it. BUT-- I haven't had my Zofran in 12 hours, and I feel fine. ::blank stare:: I know 12 hours doesn't sound like a lot, but I have not been able to miss a does of Zofran at all for the last 5 weeks. If I even went half an hour past the time I needed to take my dose, I would be vomiting or dry heaving. I hope, hope, hope I am turning the corner. We'll see.

On a completely unrelated note, I had egg nog for the first time in two years tonight. It was AMAZING! I said the words, "Egg Nog" to Daniel, then all of the sudden I wanted some. So... he went and got it for me. Because it is Thanksgiving Day (the real one, we did ours last Sunday), Wal-greens wasn't even open, so he went to Mapco and got it. I love him. :)

On an even more unrelated note, we started "Elf on a Shelf" with Norah tonight. She is SO into it. My dad got one on sale last Christmas and had it sent to us, but it was after Christmas (which is why it was on sale), so he hoped we'd use it this year. We read her the book, named the elf "Buddy", and explained the rules. She is so excited to wake up in the morning and find him. I can't wait to see her look for him each morning. :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

11 Week appointment

I think from now on I want to schedule all of my appointments for 8:40 in the morning. I was in and out of there within 20 minutes. Awesome! I got weighed, where I lost another 4 pounds, making my weight gain -6lbs.. It really didn't surprise me that I lost so much weight. I haven't been able to hold much down in the last few weeks. After my weigh in and pee routine, my doctor took out the doppler. It took her a minute to find it, but then there it was! 176bpm! If I had to guess on heart rate alone, I'd be saying that Norah is getting a sister!

All in all a good appointment. I go on Tuesday for my ultrasound for the NT Scan, so that will be nice. Norah is SO sick right now. She woke up this morning, came into our room, and threw up all over the floor... poor baby. :( She is just pathetic. She's been throwing up all day long. Thankfully Daniel was able to stay home with her and take care of her. She's so sick. :(

Today starts my 5 day Thanksgiving break, and since we already did Thanksgiving, I really think it will feel like a break. :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

11 Weeks!

11 Weeks! Wow! I am sure I am going to say that every week now, but whatevs. The first 5 weeks of this pregnancy went by sooo slowly, but I feel like it is speeding up now! Only two weeks and three days left until the end of 1st trimeter!!

Thanksgiving was this week for us. My parents couldn't come into town on Thanksgiving, so they came up over this weekend instead. I, of course, cooked most everything, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't enjoy, however, was how pukey I felt the entire day. It really made the cooking more difficult. Either way, the food turned out great. Definitely the best turkey I've ever made, and the gravy was to die for... So yummy. I also made a caramel macchiato cheesecake. It was my first cheesecake ever that didn't crack. It was the most beautiful cheesecake ever. I can't wait to go home and have a slice!

How far along? 11 Weeks! The baby is now the size of a lime. :)

Symptoms: I am still feeling very nauseous if I don't take my Zofran, but I'm staying pretty on top of that. I have a cold right now that started last night, so the extra mucous is making me gag and throw up soo much more.


Weight gain/loss: I'm not sure. I have an appointment tomorrow, so I will see then. I really hope I didn't gain yet. If I did, I hope it's no more than 2 lbs. I don't want to gain too quickly.
Maternity clothes? Well, my bloat has gone down a tiny bit, so I'm not really able to wear my comfy maternity jeans anymore. They fall right off, which is really annoying. I am back to wearing only pre-pregnancy stuff, and probably will be until 15 weeks or so, maybe a little less.

Sleep: I am sleeping just fine!


Food cravings/aversions: Not too many aversions right now. I haven't been eating too much because of the nausea, and I certainly haven't felt myself reaching out for chicken, but it seems that I can tolerate it. I craved popsicles last week, so Daniel went and got me some. :)
Movement? Nope, way too early. Lots of gas movement though. :)

What I miss: Sushi-- I think I may need to get some non-raw fish sushi tonight. I also miss getting full. I can't eat too much which makes it to where I'm never fully satisfied. Oh well, FWP, right?
Best moment(s) this week: Hearing the heartbeat on the doppler after searching for what felt like forever. I also enjoyed heaing the placenta. It is such a neat sound.  
What I'm looking forward to: Seeing my baby on the ultrasound at the NT Scan on the 27th, and being out of 1st tri! I am also very much looking forward to telling the world so I can stop hiding it.  

Next Appointment: Tomorrow, then the 27th for my NT Scan!

Milestones:

Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.
She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

"I still love Technology, but not as much as you you see, but I still love technology, always and forever...."

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So technology is a great (and at times, a really bad) thing. There are many times that I want to just throw out all technology (of the modern variety) and say, "Screw it, let's go back to 1800 and start over." But today is not one of those days.

A few days ago I finally got up the nerve to order this:
AngelSounds Prenatal Monitor

I ordered it for the curiosity and the peace of mind between appointments. I have told myself that if I pick it up one day and don't heart the heartbeat, I am not to freak out (unless I'm past 28 weeks or so and also don't feel movement). So I got it in the mail two days ago. I decided to give it a whirl yesterday, and I thought I found the heartbeat, but I quickly realized that my baby's heartrate was not in the 70s. I determined that that had to be the placenta...very whoosh whoosh whoosh.

Today I tried again, and after many many tries, I finally was able to pick it up.... it was nothing short of amazing. That familiar sound that I haven't heard in over three years (since I was delivering my daughter)... I just love that sound. :) I really wish I had a digital display to show how fast it was beating. I got up to get my phone so I could time it, but I couldn't find the baby's heartbeat again. It was so, so low, and I had to press down pretty hard, so I just gave up.

I love technology today. :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

10 Weeks!

10 Weeks... that is a bit shocking to me. I'm not sure if I said this on here yet, but my sister is pregnant, too! She found out about 2 weeks after I found out with mine, and she's just 12 days behind me in due date! Crazy time for my parents in June!! Anyway, she had her first ultrasound today, and there was a beautiful little peanut growing well in there-- nice and healthy. I'm very excited for her and her husband.

I don't have too much to say today, so here's my first pregnancy survey:

How far along? 10 Weeks (Well, 10 weeks and 1 day)-- The baby is the size of a prune!

Symptoms: I am still feeling very nauseous if I don't take my Zofran, but I'm staying pretty on top of that. I am still feeling very tired a lot of the time.


Weight gain/loss: I'm not sure. At my last appt I was down 2 pounds, and I took my weight at home yesterday and it said I was down 3 more pounds, but who knows if my scale is accurate at all.
 
Maternity clothes? Every now and again I will put on some maternity jeans and they are amazing, but I really don't have that many maternity clothes right now. I am having such a hard time finding stuff that isn't a million dollars.

Sleep: I am sleeping just fine!


Food cravings/aversions: I have aversions to meat sometimes, particularly chicken. I had an EXTREME aversion to chicken the last pregnancy, and it lasted from 5 weeks to the day I delivered, but so far my chicken aversion has been here and there this time.

Craving salty then sweet a lot recently, but really, is that any different? :)



Movement? Nope, way too early. Lots of gas movement though. :)

What I miss: There's this one sushi that I love at this place called Ninki--- mmmm... it's topped with raw salmon though, so can't have that. I was also thinking today about hollindaise sauce, which I make a mean one and can't have it. Oh well.
Best moment(s) this week: Making it to 10 weeks. :) Also buying a $30 doppler (had great Amazon reviews) yesterday. We'll see if it works!
What I'm looking forward to: Seeing my baby on the ultrasound at the NT Scan on the 27th!

Next Appointment: Tuesday the 20th, I have an appointment at like 8:40am. Regular OB appointment, but I think she'll try the doppler (read: I hope she tries the doppler). I also have an appointment on the 27th for my NT Scan!

Milestones: Making it to 10 weeks, and baby is officially a fetus!

Friday, November 9, 2012

9 weeks 4 days

I couldn't think of a more creative title for this post, so I guess that'll have to do. :) So I am, in fact, 9 1/2 weeks along, which is crazy to me, but also disappointing at the same time. I feel like I JUST found out I was pregnant, like last week, but then again, I feel like I've been pregnant forever because of all of the symptoms. I am thinking that it must suck for teachers to get pregnant at the beginning of the summer. You are sick the entire time, time must go by so slowly, but then when you get back to school, you are still not out of first tri! Thankfully, I got pregnant early into going back to school.

I am still so excited about my due date... June 10th. It really is quite perfect for a teacher. We get out of school June 1st, and I'm due 9 days later. I would not be sad if he/she came out around the end of May though. Free maternity leave!

So I have a few appointments coming up. I had an appointment scheduled for November 15th, but then my principal told us all that we had to do a code 16 day (we're still in the building working, but we need a sub), that day to do a mass grading of these state-mandated test things. So I will be doing that that day instead of going to my appointment. I am not too disappointed though, because I thought that going to the doctor at 10weeks 3 days after I just went at 7 1/2 weeks was a little early. I wanted her to be able to try the doppler at my next appointment, so I wasn't disappointed when the appointment lady said that the next available was November 20th, when I'll be 11 weeks 1 day. I'll take it! I also called about my NT Scan. I am really nervous about that one this time around. I am just praying that our baby is healthy. But if not, we will, of course, love him/her just the same anyway. That appointment is going to be when I am 12 weeks 1 day. After that ultrasound, if everything is ok, I will announce to the Facebook world that we are expecting. I think I am going to tell the people at my work at our meeting right before Thanksgiving-- that should be after my appointment on the 20th, if not, I'll just tell them after we get back. I'm honestly in no rush.

That's about it for now. I am still on my Zofran. I function just fine when I take it, but if I don't... woah... so sick. Other than that and being really tired (like going to bed at 8:30 nearly every night last week), I am doing alright. :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

8 Weeks!

Two whole months pregnant! Wahoo!

I need to blog.

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I need to blog. I really need to, but it is really hard. I am so not feeling up to it lately. I have been really, really sick, BUT I got a much-needed gift...Zofran. Ahhh, wonderful, glorious, Zofran... :) It worked almost instantly, and it has continued to work for the last week that I've had it. The only problem is it's one little side effect. I can't go to the bathroom. It took me 9 days to go, which was awful. This round i'm 2 days in, but I'm being a little more proactive about it, so hopefully it'll be better.

Anyway, so the nauseousness was awful, and still is if I skip a does of Zofran (like I did this evening and I am paying for it), but I have also not felt up to being on the computer because I had an awful migraine the other day, and it started while I was looking at Facebook. I am terrified that it is going to happen again, so I have been staying away from the computer. I haven't had a migraine in so long, that it really took me by surprise. I got it while I was at a red light by my school. Which meant that I had to drive 8 miles without being able to fully see. It was horrifying. Anyway, enough of that.

Pregnancy-wise I guess all is well. I don't really know. I haven't had much cramping and I haven't had any bleeding (thank goodness). I obviously haven't felt any movement, but my bloat is out.of.control. I look easily 14-16 weeks pregnant. I don't know if it is only bloat, or if it is bloat and muscle memory, but it is ridiculous. I am amazed no one has asked me if I am pregnant or not at school. I suppose I'll tell everyone right before Thanksgiving break. I'm looking forward to it, but I am not nearly as excited to tell as I was at Bellshire last time. I just don't have the relationship with all of these teachers like I did at Bellshire. Oh well... either way, I'm excited. :)

Norah is talking more and more about the baby, who she insists is a girl because, "I don't want a brother-- I want a sister." She told me tonight that she is going to help me take care of her. :) I just love my baby Norah. :)

That's about all I can write for now. My next appointment is November 13th? Maybe? lol... you'd think I'd know this off the top of my head, but I have just had SO much going on in my head lately, that I just can't remember everything. Anyway, the next appointment is just a regular OB appointment, but it is also when I'll be getting my NT scan, I think. We'll see.