Wednesday, May 27, 2009

9w6d technically but measuring 10w4d!

We had our ten week ultra sound today, it went so well!!!!! I can't believe it, finally!!!! We actually moved up our ultra sound appointment by one day because of the weird brown flecks I had in my discharge on Sunday. That freaked me out, I thought it was the start of more spotting but luckily went away in a few hours. I am wondering if those progesterone supps are irritating my cervix. The good news is that I am done with them according to Dr G!!!!
Now for the ultra sound, I want to try to remember every detail because it really was amazing for us to see. We saw the baby immediately again as soon as the wand was "up there". It also looked significantly bigger from the last time so I was happy but wondering if the heart still had a healthy heart beat. So Dr. G starts looking a little closer at the baby and I couldn't get over how much it looked like an actually baby, wow, what a concept right? We saw it's head, legs, arms, feet, and the umbilical cord. Then the most amazing thing happened, it moved!!! It did a little shimmy and it's whole body moved, it's arms flapping on each side. I didn't realize they had movement already! I just can't get over that is inside of me and going on all day long. The baby then started moving all around again and all of a sudden started to hiccup. That was crazy too, who knew that something the size of a grape could act and function like an actual baby already. I am just in aw and in love already. Jeff was just as blown away and it was so cute to see his reaction. Not to mention the relief I felt seeing him happy. The doctor said the baby looked perfect, he moved the ultra sound over the whole length of the baby, looked at it's spine and all it's appendages. Everything looked perfect, a healthy baby so far. One other item to note is that baby is still measuring ahead, 10w4d and it's only supposed be around 9w6d. Still our little over achiever, I think I may have a little linebacker in here!!!!
After we left Dr. G's office (hopefully for good, at least with this child!!!!) we called Dr. Shafer Polokov, our OB, where it all began. We told the receptionist our story on how we were referred to Dr. G by her and that 2 years later hopefully had our baby. The receiptionist actually put us on hold and spoke to the doctor briefly for a few minutes. Dr. S-P remembered us and wanted to see us immediatly. I can't get over that she remember me, I thought for sure we were long forgotten by now. So we are all set for our first OB appointment on Monday. Unbelievable.
How I am feeling: I am still sick, some days worse than others but it typically starts in the late afternoon, around 4pm. As I type this now, I am feeling nauseous and quesy, water does not help and sometimes makes it worse, but I am plugging through and trying to drink as much as I can. I had that gross taste in my mouth constantly, especially at night. I can't say that it's metal even though I am sure this is what everyone refers too, it's like a tart taste, everything seems to taste more extreme with it which is weird. I also have difficulty swallowing sometimes because of excess phlem. Yum, right? It's weird, and water doesn't always help that either. My "girls" on the other hand are huge, they hurt most of the time but it does come and go. More so in the evening too. So note to self and anyone else out there who ever reads this, symptoms do come and go and are not consistently the same every day. You have your good days and your bad. I already took an hour nap today and thinking about heading up to bed for the night, it's only 9:45 but I am beat. I will sleep well tonight knowing our little baby is looking good.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


I realized that I haven't written in two weeks, hopefully I can remember everything that I have experienced in these past two weeks. For the most part, I have been fairly sick. Even more so the 7th and 8th week. Last Thursday, Bunco night, I was deathly ill and couldn't get off the couch. Unfortunately, I had to cancel on Nancy. I can't wait to be in a position to tell people so everyone will know and understand why I have been so MIA and non social these days. The weather has been decent but Jeff and I have only made it outside once. We have turned down several invitations from neighbors that involve drinking and I am sure they are starting to feel a little slighted. I will feel so much better next week at our 10 week ultra sound and hopefully will be able to start to tell people once we are officially out of the first trimester. Right now we are thinking around July 2nd when Jason and Amanda are in town but we may not be able to hold off until then. Time will tell I guess. I also had a slight bloody nose today, I had that symptom around the 8th/9th week in my last pregnancy and apparently it has returned again.
One event to note was our fun little trip to the ER Mother's Day weekend. At my parent's house the day before Mother's Day, I started to spot brown. I couldn't believe it when I first noticed it on my panties. At first, I wasn't concerned, the pregnancy was going so well, the baby looked great in the first ultra sound, etc. After it continued throughout the day, I started to panic. Why was this happening again? It seemed to be getting a little heavier as the night progressed so off to the Hillcrest ER we went. I figured we needed to know, we have lived through enough sleepless nights and panic attacks from all of our miscarriages that we deserved to have some answers ASAP. We were not going to torture ourselves all weekend until we could call Dr. G on Monday.
We checked ourselves into the ER and waited. A little comic relief was provided by the man on the other side of our drawn curtain. He was under arrest and confined to his hospital bed for drunk driving and hitting a tree in the metroparks. He kept calling everyone he knew telling them how he was going to sue GM for causing his car to go out of control. It had NOTHING to do with the .02 alcohol level that the nurse told him that he had, nope, it was GM's fault. Very entertaining, I would like to see how that one holds up in court.
Anyway, we were finally seen by the OBGYN on call. He was going to do a blood (hcg level) test on us, an internal exam, and send us down to the ultra sound to see our baby. The internal exam went well, he found some light brown discharge but no source of bleeding. My cervix was also closed which indicated that my body was not positioned to miscarry. That was a relief in itself. Our blood test went just as well, it was around 95,000 which I guess is a great number based on how far along we were and compared to my original numbers when I first became pregnant. The ultra sound was the greatest test of them all. We got to see our little baby again on a super magnified ultra sound machine, much better than the one in Dr. G's office. Our baby was measuring ahead still and we could actually see the start of an umbilical cord. The heart was also beating nice and strong, around 167bpm. After leaving the ER we were still a little nervous but very much relieved by all the good news we received. By the time we went to bed at 2am that night, the spotting had subsided. Honestly, I think it was the sex we had that morning that caused the spotting. I have been told that this could happen and apparently it did. I have not had any spotting (or sex) since and am very grateful for that.
To note, I had some light cramping today, it coincidently occured after I went #2 (sorry, TMI) and seemed to last for a few hours. It really did feel more PMS related than intestinal so I was a bit nervous. Later that afternoon, I had a "hard" #2 again, to a point where I winced, and then I felt better. I still felt like they were PMS related than intestinal but fortunatly they are gone.
For the record, I think my "bump" has officially started. At night, my tummy looks a little poochy. Not sure if this is due any weight gain or what (I have only gained around 4 pounds so far thankfully and I am sure it is mostly my boobs) but I think we have the start of something here. I have officially run out of more pants if that is possible and don't think that is due to my tummy, I am pretty sure is it my a** after not working out for 5 weeks. Hopefully I can start to work out more once I am more comfortable that everything is OK.

Friday, May 08, 2009

7w2d and I am still pregnant!!!!

I can't believe it's been two weeks since I last documented our pregnancy. I almost did last Saturday but I just couldn't do it. I have been so tired and sick lately, it's been brutal. This is by far the worst I have felt out of all three pregnancy's but if it means things are going well, I will take it. I had a bit of a freakout on Monday, I actually felt better at night and my bbs were less "baloony" and sore. Of course I thought the worst that the baby stopped growing and I was losing my symptoms. The next day the all day queasiness came back hard and so did my sore bbs. I guess it is true what they say that it comes and goes. Sadly, I never really knew what "normal" was in a pregnancy so I freaked out. Sometimes I am the most nauseous at night while lying down. I will wake up at around 3am and talk myself out of going to the toilet to throw up. It's really weird.
We had our 7 week ultra sound yesterday and it went really well. I know we are not out of the woods yet but this milestone is huge for us, we have never had a happy 7 week ultra sound. Our appointment was at 3:30 and we must of sat in the doctor's office for at least 40 minutes before he came in to see us. I was sitting on the table, half naked, which seemed like forever. The wait was brutal!! I would go from have a nauseous stomach from the m/s, to being so nervous, I needed to use the bathroom or it was going to get ugly on the table, to back to being relaxed after joking around with Jeff. We were both dying, it was the longest wait ever. We finally made it to our 7 week ultra sound and those final 40 minutes were just awful!!!! I saw the baby right away, but of course, he always want to check out my ovaries first which drives Jeff and I nuts. So after a brief flash of the baby, he quickly moves over to the left ovary and starts inspecting it. At this point, who knows if the baby looked good or what, more waiting! Finally after he was done looking at the right ovary, he focused in on the baby. He measured it immediately and it was 7weeks 2 days which was awesome. I only thought I was 7 weeks exactly at that point so the fact that it was measuring ahead was another dream come true for us. That just never happens with our babies!!!!! Our next appointment with him is in three weeks, I will be around 10 weeks pregnant and if all goes well, we will be released to my OB! Another long wait, hopefully it goes by quickly!!!