Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pomp and Circumstance

Treasure these few words till we're together
Keep all my love forever
P.S. I love you
You, you, you

We had our last appointment with Dr. Castelbaum's office on Monday. It was bitter sweet. The nurses and doctors there are SO nice...I am going to miss them. The good thing is that the baby is doing great. We didn't get great photos this week, but the baby is looking MUCH can actually see arms and legs and feet! The heart rate was 173.9 so we still have a nice strong heart beat. Hubby and I brought brownies to the nurses as a goodbye gift. They all told me that they want to see pictures of the we'll have to send a birth announcement to them! So, I have officially graduated...break out the cap and gown! I am now just a regular ob fact my first ob appointment is late next week.

The baby also went to its first concert on Saturday night. He or she got to attend the Fab Faux concert (via my belly of course!) I was feeling under the weather, but we had wonderful seats (only 4 rows back from the stage) and the Fab Faux sounded wonderful as usual. My dad got tickets for the next show. I told him I might not be able to's only 10 days before my due date, but he said they can always ask someone else to go with them if the baby makes an early arrival or I am not feeling up to it.

In other news, we have begun to clean a few things out of the baby's room. I want to continue the quest, but morning sickness is getting a little worse right now so I am on hold again. It's driving me crazy though...I really want to get things cleaned out so that we can start thinking about what crib/dresser to buy, etc. I know its crazy as I am not that far along, but I just can't help it. I also need to give the house a good cleaning, but that is going to have to wait until the vomiting stops.

I am still having morning sickness. It's just a part of my daily routine at this point. I know when I get up in the morning I have to pee and to vomit. It doesn't phase me too much. I am so grateful to have this baby in my body, that I will gladly suffer through the morning sickness. Hopefully in a few weeks it will ease up a bit.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

We have a gummy bear...

I had another ultrasound yesterday. I was about 8 weeks 6 days along. Our baby now had little arms and legs and looks like a gummy bear! Hubby of course said it looks like a little girl to him! LOL. The doctor said that everything looks good. The heart rate was at 172 beats per minute. So, apparently, I have kept the baby alive in there despite my steady diet of crackers and ginger ale. The nurse called and said that my progesterone levels went from 13 to 18 which is what they wanted to see! Thank you, Lord, for allowing my body to finally do what it is supposed to! Help me to nurture this little one!

I had less morning sickness over the weekend, but now it is back in full force. I have been trying to get through the days without zofran when possible as it causes some major constipation. Most days I can't do it as I am vomiting too much, but I made it through 2 days this week and am trying for more!

We have come out to our co-workers and some of our friends. Everyone is super excited for us. There are a few people that we still have to call. Unfortunately there was a big accident down the street from us last night and we have been without phone service since then. So hopefully tonight we can call a few people!

Despite all the vomiting and fatigue, I feel so truly blessed to be carrying this baby. I don't know what the future holds for us. I don't know if we will decide to have any more children, but I can tell you that this baby is such a miracle and blessing. It is going to be SO loved...not only by us but also by so many other people!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The sickness persists

I have been dealing with morning sickness from the beginning from this pregnancy. Remember...I thought I had the stomach flu before I took the pregnancy test! It was nausea for awhile. Then it switched to throwing up now and then. Then at around the 6 week mark it moved onto vomiting 4 or more times a day. At that point, my lovely Dr. handed me a script for zofran.

For the most part the zofran does stop the vomiting. The only issue I have with it is the constipation side effect. So, I am TRYING to avoid using it if I can. Yesterday I started off with trying to avoid it...but it was a no go. I had to take it or I wouldn't be able to work. Today, I am struggling with nausea and trying really hard not to actually throw up. We'll see if I can hold out.

Every time I puke, I tell myself that it means the baby is doing well and that I am half way through this phase. I hope. I come from a long line of women who get bad morning sickness. My grandmother's got worse with each child until by the last one she had it all nine months. Let's hope I don't follow in her footsteps. I have a feeling when I stop the progesterone supplements, I will start to feel a bit better.

My lovely husband has been helping me out...I am so grateful for him! He has truly been trying to make me more comfortable. I love him so very much. This baby is so lucky to have him as a father...and I am so lucky to have him as a life partner.

Friday, March 11, 2011

7 weeks 3 days

Yeah, yeah, I've got a feeling, yeah.
All these years I've been wandering around,
Wondering how come nobody told me
All that I was looking for was somebody
Who looked like you.

We had another lovely appointment with Dr. C! Once again they drew blood and then we got to take a look at the little one. This time the baby is 1/2" long (double the size of last week) and the heartbeat is 166 beats per minute. As the doctor said, "it looks like a thick string bean." It feels so good to see the baby once a week. I don't know what I am going to do when I finally have to give up my weekly ultrasound. I think I will be going into withdrawal. Right now it feels like I have that window into my uterus that I wanted from the time we started trying to conceive.

The doctor told me that everything is looking good and he really has no concerns at how the baby is progressing. I think hubby and I both let out a sigh of relief. We are going to see him a few more times and then he is going to send us on the way. In fact, I have an appointment to see Dr. S (the ob/gyn) on April 8th per Dr. C's orders.

The last week has been a tough one physically. The zofran is helping the nausea. I have been nauseous since this kid was conceived, but I started throwing up a few times a day starting 2 weeks ago. Now with the zofran I only heave about once a day (before I get the zofran down or when it wears off). Unfortunately, the side effect from the zofran is constipation. I'm working on that issue! I am taking stool softeners, trying to eat more fiber, etc. I am tired, so I have just been going to be at 8pm. Honestly, none of it is anything I can't handle or wouldn't do if it means I get to have a healthy child! I am so grateful to God for answering our prayers.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Love you all the time...

Love you every day, girl [or boy]
Always on my mind
One thing I can say, girl [or boy]
Love you all the time

Hold me, love me
Hold me, love me
I ain't got nothing but love, girl [or boy]
Eight days a week

After 6 sunny days in Florida we are back. We had a wonderful time hanging out with Mickey and Minnie at Disney World. I can honestly say that I enjoyed myself despite morning sickness and my ride restrictions. If there is one thing I can say about the Disney parks, it is that they have TONS of rides for the pregnant woman!

Now we are back in cold PA, but we are still all aglow from the ultrasound appointment we had this morning. This morning we finally got to see Doctor Castelbaum again. It's the first time we've seen him since our initial appointment with him. He was SO excited that we not only are expecting, but also that we did it on our own! As he said "we beat the odds!" He gave me a big congratulatory hug! We of course teased him that if we knew all we had to do was walk through his door we would have done it sooner!

I got my blood drawn (Progesterone = 13 and HCG = 34,449) and then stepped into the ultrasound room. The doctor found the baby and right away, I could see a flickering. Yup, that's right...we saw a heartbeat! It was fantastic! The doctor said that our little blob is measuring perfectly. The heart rate was 133 beats per minute which he said was a good strong heartbeat. Hubby and I were both overjoyed with the news!

The doctor gave me a script for zofran (to help my morning sickness out!) He told us that he wants to keep us for a few more weeks for weekly ultrasound appointments and then he will release me to the care of Dr. S (my regular ob/gyn).

Oh, yeah...morning sickness. It has DEFINITELY increased over the last week. I am now throwing up daily. Last night I dry heaved/threw up about 3 or 4 times. The doctor told me it's a good sign that the pregnancy is going well and gave me a script for the zofran to help relieve the nausea!