Friday, September 30, 2011

It's a...

GIRL! I am still in complete shock about it. For some reason over the past several weeks I have been convinced that I was having a boy, but nope it is definitely a girl! Everything looked good at the ultrasound. The placenta is low, but it is not covering my cervix. They will keep a close eye on it and make sure it moves further up as everything grows and expands. If it begins to cover the cervix, then that's what they call placenta previa and it becomes quite scary. But the doctor didn't seem too concerned about it. He said in 95% of cases with low lying placentas, everything shifts up and turns out fine. So I won't start worrying until he does!

I also found out that i am RH- so I'll have to get the shot at my 28 week appointment. No big deal i guess..Speaking of shots, they gave me a flu shot while I was there and I have to say I was a really big baby about it! I thought that was kinda funny considering I have given myself a countless number of shots over the past few years! I guess I kinda freaked out because I wasn't in control of it. It obviously turned out to be simple and painless, but I definitely felt sorry for myself for getting a shot on my birthday (and as R put it, "it wasn't the good kind of shot that you normally get for a birthday!")

I am posting from my phone so I can't share the ultrasound pictures at the moment, but I promise to do so as soon as I get the chance. :)

I guess it's time to get shopping for dresses and bows! This is going to be interesting!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

16 weeks

As of today I am 16 weeks 3 days! We had an OB appointment a couple of weeks was our official first appointment where they asked us about our family history, etc. We didn't get to have an ultrasound, but we did hear the heartbeat. It was 146bpm and sounded great!

I don't think I have mentioned that a friend of mine leant me her at home Doppler. It it such a nice reassurance to have the ability to check in on my baby every few days. Sometimes I can't find it, which can be a little nerve racking, but I've done really well about not getting too worked up about it. Usually if I can't hear it I try again the next day and can find I right away, so that makes it all better. Tonight I decided I wanted to listen in, and it was one of those nights that I got it right away and it sounded so clear and strong. I am attempting to post a video so you all can hear the magical sound. This is my first attempt at posting a video to a blog, so we'll see of it works!

In other exciting news, I have started to feel occasional flutters of movement! It started off so slight that I wasn't convinced that it was the baby, but now it is becoming much more consistent. It feels like the baby is in there running a feather across the inside of my lower actually tickles! I can't wait to start feeling real kicks...I think Ryan is pretty anxious for that as well!

I am feeling much better these days. I haven't thrown up in about 10 days so that's a great sign! My skin is clearing up and I am actually starting to feel pregnant...happy, glowing pregnant. I'm loving it!

Also, we have our appointment set for finding out whether we're having a boy or a girl. It will be September 29--my birthday! The receptionist tried to schedule me for the following Monday, but I asked if we could do it on the 29th and she said that wouldn't be a problem. Hopefully baby cooperates and gives me the best birthday present ever- a perfect crotch shot! :) It sure will make turning 30 a whole lot better! Don't worry, I will be sure to post that day and let all of you know what the verdict is. :)

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

New OB, Second trimester, and Sinus Infection

I apologize for not updating all of you after my first OB appointment. I have been so busy during the day and by the time I get home at night the last thing I feel like doing is pulling out my iPad and using my brain! But now it's Saturday morning and I really have no excuse.

We had our first OB appointment on August 24. I was almost 12 weeks. I love my new OB! He is outgoing, friendly, and straightforward. He is familiar with how CCRM does things (I was referred to him by a friend who delivered her CCRM/IVF twins with this doctor). The catch was that my new insurance had not kicked in yet and my old insurance had ended. So my appointment was an unofficial one - which made me love this new doctor even more. He basically said that we were going to count this appointment as a meeting for me to "check him out." At first I was really nervous because I thought that meant we may not get an ultrasound and Ryan had driven all the way from baton rouge for this appointment- I would have felt really bad if he drove 2.5+ hours to just meet a doctor. But low and behold Dr. G then said "but we'll get you in to take a sneak peak at that baby!" Woohoo! I am so glad we did because it was by far the best ultrasound yet. The baby was moving so much! He/she was flipping around, doing little dances, and waving his/her arms. It was truly amazing. Luckily he/she stayed still long enough to get some pretty amazing pictures. Here's a sample...

I personally think it's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen! :) We have another appointment with Dr. G on Tuesday now that insurance has kicked in. This is when we'll do all the official first appointment stuff - blood work, family history, etc. I'm not getting my hopes up for another ultrasound, although I do hope that they will at least listen for the heartbeat. Oh yeah, the heart rate at the last ultrasound was 153.

So now I have made it 14 weeks 3 days and I am officially in my second trimester! Unfortunately, this wonderful milestone was greeted with a monstrous sinus infection! It started with a sore throat last week and by Monday of this week I was completely miserable - I couldn't breathe, and the drainage was making me so nauseous! I finally broke down and took some benadryl Monday night and have been feeling better ever since. I was trying so hard not to put any medications into my body, but I figured baby could deal with a little benadryl better than me not breathing and sleeping! I haven't taken anything since...just using the humidifier with some Vicks in the vaporizer part (my lovely purchase from the walgreens in Lone Tree) and I'm doing a saline rinse at least twice a day.

Besides the sinus infection, I've been feeling pretty good. I'm still getting sick about every other night- last night it was eggs...not fun! Im starting to get really worried that I may be one of those people who stays sick throughout my entire pregnancy. Maybe I wished for morning sickness too much? ;) I'm hoping that the past few times have just been a side effect from the drainage. Luckily I feel pretty good during the day, it's just when I get really tired at nighttime. At least I'm able to get work done! I stepped on the scale the other day and I have gained 8lbs since pre IVF! It's hard to know what is baby/pregnancy weight and what is left over from IVF meds. Either way I'm starting to get a little baby bump although to an unknowing eye it looks like I have just had too much pizza and beer. Here's the first picture taken of the growing belly...14 weeks. Ryan is having me take them since he isn't here a lot of the time - yes, he's still working on that thesis - not a happy subject for me these days!

If you know me in the "real world" you can probably tell a difference. If you only know me in Internet land I probably look completely normal. My face is still a disgusting mess and my boobs continue to get bigger by the minute. All in all things are about the same as they have been since week 6 as far as my appearance on the outside (besides the growing belly) but on the inside I feel different every day and it is truly wonderful. I never realized how much I would actually feel in early pregnancy. All the pulls and twinges...each time I feel something I get a huge grin on my face (after of course I have a little freak out moment of "is this normal?")

So that's it for now. I promise I will try to be better about giving updates. Maybe it will become my Saturday tradition? We'll see! :)

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