Sunday, March 29, 2009

Baseline Bloat

Ok, by popular demand, I am finally posting a "belly pic". I knew I was bloated but man I really look fat. I hate having my picture taken so that's why it's taken so long to get one of these up. I wanted to do one before I was actually showing. Since my baby's about the size of a green olive...this isn't baby, just bloat (and plenty of it). I'll try to do one of these a week although I might go biweekly until I start to pop just because, as I said before, I hate having my picture taken. Anyway, here you in my church clothes...which will probably be the way to go, that way I'll look presentable.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Morning sickness + nothing new = no updates

Hi my loyal blog readers (if there are any)
I've been pretty nauseous lately and there haven't been any big developments, baby-wise. I need to take some "belly pics" soon but I'm so bloated right now that it looks like I'm already showing so it would be misleading. I'm basically counting down the days until my next appointment (about 13 days) so I can hopefully feel better about everything. Since my last miscarriage was a missed miscarriage, it's kind of messing with my mind. I started to lose my symptoms at around 8 weeks last time so when I'm not nauseous I get worried. I hope I can calm down soon (and get another ultrasound that looks like a baby). That's all for now.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

We have a heartbeat!

I just got back from my first ultrasound. It was so wonderful. I was super nervous and got basically no sleep last night and between that and having to drink my weight in water was feeling kinda nauseous anyway. Then the same radiology tech who I saw this summer escorted me and Dan to the same room I was in this summer. I'm really glad Dan was there this time. I was bleeding profusely the last time I was there getting an u/s so I wasn't surprised that she remembered me. Anyway, we started with an abdominal scan and I could see the gestational sac right away and a tiny litte white spot. When she zoomed in on it she said "see that flicker, that's the heartbeat!" I exhaled for the first time in 2 weeks. We couldn't get a good view of it so we had to do the transvaginal u/s, which I hope will be the last time. I'm not a fan of that thing, but it does get good pictures and once she was able to get a fix on it we were able to hear the heartbeat. It was the best sound in the world! I've heard it on TV and movies but it's just so amazing when it's your own baby's hearbeat. The heartrate was 111, which I believe is normal for 6w3d gestation. I'm on cloud nine! For your viewing pleasure, here are the pics she gave me (which are already in my baby brag book)

Monday, March 9, 2009

First OB Appointment

I just got back from my first OB appointment. It was a bit upsetting being back there with my miscarriage still kind of fresh in my mind. Especially when I passed the bathroom where I bled profusely and asked the receptionist if I needed to go to the ER. Even though I decided to go to a new OB they work out of the same office so that couldn't be avoided if I wanted full insurance coverage. Anyway, after going though all that first appointment stuff with the family history questions, weight (my shoes weigh 20lbs...I'm convinced of this fact), and blood pressure I got a little goodie bag. Since my first OB appointment was after my miscarriage I missed out on this last time so it's cool to have. I have a lot of information to sort though! I asked if I could have an early ultrasound to put my mind at ease and they were totally understanding about this. Understanding enough to make me cry...not that I don't cry at the drop of a hat lately, but still. I met my OB whose name is...Micheal Jackson! I know. I'm proud of myself that I didn't ask him if he could moonwalk because you know I wanted to! He seemed really nice except he's like walleyed or something so it's hard to make eye contact. I'll try not to hold that against him. He's delivered tons of babies so it doesn't seem to negatively effect his job performance.
The awesome bottom line here is I have an ultrasound scheduled for 3/12 --> this Thursday morning!!! I'm so nervous and I'm just praying that everything is ok and I get a good look at my baby and the heartbeat!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Third betas and stuff

Well, ran my third set of betas and in order to not freak out they had to be over 2,000
They were 4,917...Yay!
I'm starting to get more and more nauseous. Still nowhere near getting sick but I can tell when I'm hungry because the nausea really sets in. I'm taking this as a good sign.
Another funny thing is people who know I'm pregnant have been telling me that I'm glowing. I'm sure I'm in a better mood now that I know that my parts are in working order but I didn't realize it could be plainly seen on my face. I think that's kind of cool.
I'll be having my first OB appointment on Monday and I'm pretty nervous about it. Not that I expect any bad news, it's just the first OB appointment I've ever had while being pregnant. I have a feeling that my OB will judge my EDD based on LMP which would put me at Oct 30th and since I've already started a blog for the girls on my board that are due in November, that would be weird. I ovulated 4 days late though so that would put me at November 2nd. I may just keep that date no matter what he says ;-)
I'm going to try to get an ultrasound the next week and maybe that will help pinpoint the EDD a bit better, we'll just have to see!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Telling people

I haven't updated in a few days, mostly because I didn't have much to say. I thought I would recount how I told Dan and his parents though.
I told Dan the evening after I found out. I wanted to run my hCG at work and be sure before I told him. I also wanted to tell him in person (of course). I was trying to think of something creative while I was at work. I was thinking of stopping off at Walmart (the only store open when I got off work at 11:30pm) and getting some kind of cute baby thing. Unfortunately I was really busy at work so by the time my shift ended I was dead tired so the thought of going anywhere but directly home was out of the question. Besides, Dan would be almost asleep when I got home anyway. So all I did was come home, kick off my shoes and lay down next to Dan in bed and told him. He was really excited. More so than the first time, I think. Maybe because he knew how much more it meant to me this time. I'm glad I didn't plan some grandiose gesture because the lights were already off in the room anyway.
I told my mom on Wednesday. I also didn't think of anything creative but just told her. She was also really happy for me and recognized this pregnancy as an answered prayer.
This Sunday we told Dan's parents. They call every Sunday so we just waited for them to call us and that way we could both be there for the news. I think this was the closest to creative I got. They asked us what we did that week and I told them that we got some shelves and cleaned out the nursery. They asked if we were going to strip the wallpaper and I said "Yes, and we'll probably just paint a base coat and wait another 20 weeks or so until we find out the sex and we can decide then what color to paint it" Fortunately, they got what I was saying and they were also really happy. I haven't gotten the guts to let anyone else know yet just because it was so hard "untelling" people. Hopefully next week's appointment goes well and I can get an u/s soon that will show me a heartbeat. I think after that I will feel comfortable telling more people.