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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.

Friday, December 21, 2012

"I felt it!"

I felt the baby kick today for the first time. It seems so early-- I'm only 15 weeks and 4 days, but I suppose that since this is my second baby, everything happens earlier. It was really cool though, and completely unmistakable. I thought I felt him/her a few days ago, but I really don't think I did. This time, it was so familiar that there's no way that wasn't the baby. I was sitting in a line on the road, waiting to turn onto the interstate, and *kick*, then *kick* again. I have felt it two or three times more since then. Really cool. :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A scare.

First off, apologies for the long-absence. In my defense, I wrote a really long entry a week ago while I was on a plane. I saved it while I was on the plane (I wrote it in the Blogger app, not in blogger since there was no wi-fi), and of course, when I went to publish this LONG entry, all was lost, and never to be found again. Sigh. Very frustrating.

So, let me try to get caught up. This may be a bit out of order.

I went to my last appointment, which was on November 27th. I actually posted about that one because it was my NT scan, and it was awesome. Everything was cool with the baby. Then, like three or so days later, things were not so good. I woke up on Wednesday morning (so I guess it was the 5th of December), and I went to the restroom and there was blood-- lots of it. That was no good at all. I tried not to panic, but that's quite hard to do when there's that much blood during pregnancy. I went ahead and went to work (so I could get stuff together for a sub) considering my OBs office didn't even open until 8:30am.

I held it all together until I told my team at school what was going on, then I had a bit of a breakdown. At around 8:45, I ended up leaving school and heading home to get Daniel. I knew my doctor would give me an ultrasound, and I needed him there with me. It ended up that my doc couldn't get me in until 11:30am, which was very frustrating because now I was cramping, too. Cramping + bleeding is rarely a good sign.

We went in at 11:30, got called back for the ultrasound fairly quickly, and then I got really scared. When the image popped up on the screen, I saw no heartbeat at all. Finally, a few seconds later, the tech zoomed in to the chest area and we saw it-- beautifully beating-- thank goodness. I burst out crying and Daniel finally looked at the screen. I didn't realize how scared I was until I saw that heart beating.

So then we went to the 6th floor to my OB's office. I was called back quickly, and the first thing she said to me was, "So, did the tech tell you anything?" Immediately my happiness started to go to worry, and in a second I realized that I never heard the tech say everything was fine, I hadn't received my NT results back yet, I knew nothing except that my baby had a beating heart. I told her no, and she said, "Ok, well the baby is fine, but we found a few reasons for the bleeding." Could she have not LED with the fact that the baby was fine?! Sigh.. oh well.

Anyway, they found reasons for the bleeding-- it turns out that I have "Marginal Placenta Previa", which is where my placenta is not all the way up like it is supposed to be; it is actually covering about half of my cervix. This is not cause for too much concern right now because she thinks it will move up on it's own. They will recheck in 2 weeks to see if it has moved. They also found reason for the cramping. Apparently my corpus Luteum cyst, which is present on the ovary right after conception or something-- I don't know-- goes away on it's own quickly after the placenta forms. Well, mine didn't. It ruptured, which caused the cramping. The last thing they found was that I have low fluid-- again. I had low fluid with Norah, but I was 37 weeks when they discovered that. I was only 13 weeks at the time of this find, so it makes me worried. They will also check my fluid levels when I go back, until then, I'm on pelvic rest and I'm told to drink lots of water.

Speaking of going back to the doctor, Thursday is my ultrasound to recheck everything. I am looking forward to seeing the baby again, but I'm also nervous about it all. I want everything to be ok. I did get my NT results back this week. They are all within normal ranges!! Also, we got our results from Daniel's Cystic Fibrosis blood test back, and he is NOT a carrier! That makes me so happy since I AM a carrier of the CF gene. One less thing to worry about. :)

So, that was a terribly scary situation, but it ended up very well.

I am going to, at some point, post about the airplane disaster that Norah, my sisters and I experienced recently, but I have typed a lot already. Next post--hopefully. :)

Christmas break starts in 1 1/2 days!!!!!! I can't wait!

15w 1d

Monday, December 3, 2012

Pregnancy is a roller coaster.

Up and down. Up and down. Down, down, down. Up, down a little, up a tad, and DOWN. Pregnancy is a roller coaster sickness-wise. I am SO SO SO ready to be done with first trimester sickness crap. I feel great, then I feel awful, then I feel like I'm turning THE corner, then I realize that that was all a big joke and I'm throwing up all day again. Worth it though... so, so, so worth it.

Today I feel ok. I have had these really bad headaches, which I remember from last pregnancy with my DD. The headaches were awful in second tri. Thankfully though, tylenol seems to be working on them, which is crazy surprising to me since Tylenol has always acted like a useless placebo to me. I haven't felt too nauseated today though. I even skipped my Zofran this morning, and its almost noon and I haven't thrown up yet. Score! I am trying to cut back on Zofran because of the awful side effects. I'll just say this--- it's been 2 weeks. 2 solid weeks. ugh.

In happier news, I am 13 weeks today! That means that in 3 days, I will be in the 2nd trimester officially! I am excited about that. :)

How far along? 13 Weeks!! Baby is now the size of a peach. :)

Symptoms: Still nauseated here and there, LOTS of headaches, but the bloat is calming down slightly. 


Weight gain/loss: At my last appointment 2 weeks ago I had lost 6 total pounds, but I have a feeling I've gained a pound or 2 back. We'll see. 

Maternity clothes? Since the bloat has subsided a bit, I am having a hard time wearing any clothes, really. I am too poochy for regular jeans, and I'm too small for maternity pants. I mainly have to do the rubber band trick right now. 

Sleep: I am sleeping just fine, but I am waking up in the mornings with a headache. I think it's from my pillow. 


Food cravings/aversions: I think I'm officially back in the "Horrible aversion to chicken" realm. I had a HORRIBLE aversion to all types of chicken with Norah from 5 weeks to the day I delivered. This time I thought I had escaped it, but then Daniel made bbq chicken lettuce wraps the other night and I ate one bite and about threw up everywhere. Typing this out makes me want to vomit. 

 Movement? Nope, way too early. 

What I miss: Being able to function for a full day without feeling sick. Hopefully soon...

Best moment(s) this week: Seeing out amazing baby at the NT Scan bouncing around and head-banging. It was awesome. 

What I'm looking forward to: Going to Boston this weekend to see my grandmother for her 90th birthday. I'm a little nervous about that too, though. Flying during pregnancy has not always been my strong point in the past. 

Next Appointment: December 18th, but I'm going to try and get it changed to the 20th so I don't have to keep missing school. We'll see what they say. 

Milestones
Yay! It’s the last week of the first trimester and you did it. We’re not just talking about getting through those work meetings without falling asleep (or puking!), we’re talking about how you’ve completed one whole third of your pregnancy -- and the reputed toughest one at that. You’ve grown a fetus that has vocal cords, teeth and even fingerprints (wow!) and you probably kept this incredible news (mostly) secret while you constantly wished you could shout it from the rooftops -- or, at the very least, use it as an excuse for getting to work late. It’s about this time that many parents-to-be start spreading the word (to more people than just close family and friends) that there’s a baby on the way. But know that there are no hard and fast rules about when you should divulge your secret. It could be after your next prenatal doctor visit, once you start showing or at a big family event where everyone will be gathered. Or maybe everyone already knows! That’s totally your call.
your baby's the size of a peach!
She's about 2.9 inches long and weighs about .81 ounces, and -- proportion-wise -- her head's now about 1/3 the size of her body (remember? It used to be bigger!).

your baby at 13 weeks
  • Can you believe she's forming vocal cords and teeth?!
  • And even though she's still teeny, she already has fingerprints.
  • Her intestines are moving from the umbilical cord to their more permanent place, in her tummy.