Tuesday, December 30, 2008

20 Week Appt & Ultrasound

So, I had my 20w appt yesterday. I apparently managed to gain 6lbs since my last appt. I hate water retention! It's because of all the junk I've eaten from Christmas Eve until Sunday. BLEH! He just joked around and said "You think you can slow down the weight gain? Maybe to 1lb a week?" I initially lost 7lbs prior to 8w and since 8w gained the 7lbs back. So I am back to my pre-pg weight. I can't complain about that right?! 1lb a week would put me at about 18lbs total gained if I even make it to 38w. Not bad! Everything else was great, b/p was 102/68. It seems to be low. Better than being high! :-P I measured at 21w so right on target.

The u/s this morning was great! It technically was the "big" u/s but I had the 3D one back on the 6th so I already knew he was a boy. I think the biggest thing they did was to take all kinds of measurements of him. His heart looked perfect with the 4 chambers. She showed me his kidneys and bladder and such. I never even knew you could see that on an u/s. The dr came in afterward and said he looks perfect! He's already packing on the weight measuring at 20w6d (I'm 20w3d) and 14oz! Overachiever! He is a very active boy as well. I drank some OJ before I went in and he was moving all over the place. The u/s tech had fun getting him to stay still for the measurements. I'm so happy he's healthy! Next dr appt is at 24w. :-)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Nursery is Complete!

I want to add a few touches like a rug and some wall stuff, but this is pretty much it! I am so happy to have it done!! :-)


Saturday, December 27, 2008

20 Weeks!!

Goodbyes teens, hello 20's! I am so excited about being over halfway done! I know that time will fly now. I have my 20w appt on Monday and the "big" u/s through my dr on Tuesday. So glad we had the 3D u/s done at 17w because it's a long time to wait until 20w just to find out the sex. :-P

The nursery is almost complete. I'm just waiting on the nursery letters now! They should arrive today or Monday. We bought the changing table, stroller, car seat and crib mattress over the last two weeks. I found such great deals (some over 60% off what I would have paid) that I couldn't pass up on. My cloth diaper stash is pretty much complete too..... I may need a few more fitteds but that's about it. :-) Now I can just sit back and enjoy this pregnancy!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

19 Weeks!!

YAY! This will be a short post because I am sooooo tired from all the Christmas shopping. Dad and I were out last night until 12am shopping at Toys R Us. I was surprised it wasn't at all crowed and I had no problem finding what I was looking for. We woke up this morning at 8am and went to IHOP for breakfast and then hit Super Target. The parking lot was so packed at IHOP that I had to wait about 5min for someone to pull out! LOL Target parking lot was full too but it didn't feel packed inside. I love Super Target!

A friend of mine made me nursery letters for Oliver. I can't wait to get them!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

18 Weeks!

You have to be kidding me right? 18 weeks? *insert eyes popping out here* Where has the time gone??? I am halfway there! I had Anastasia at 37w and Noah at 36w so I imagine I'd have Oliver sometime before 38w. I am praying he stays in until at least then!

It's funny how much personality you can see in them when they aren't even born yet. He kicks and moves in certain ways, if I poke at my belly he "pokes" back, he reacts to music/sounds and he likes it when I laugh. I find myself smiling a lot at the things he does. Silly little sentimental mama I am! I can't wait to meet him. :-)

I don't have any pregnancy complaints. My dry eyes are annoying, but I'll deal. The cold I had 2w ago is trying to stick around. If there's no improvement on Monday I think I'll go to the regular dr. Over 2w is long enough time for a cold to go away.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

17 Weeks and It's a.......

Allan is THRILLED!! I am too! I am so happy I got to see my sweet boy moving all around this morning! Allan felt the baby moving for the first time about 3-4 days ago. The kids will take a little longer since they have little hands and don't cover as much area. Here are some pics for your enjoyment!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

16 Weeks!

Time is flying! This will be a short post because I have bronchitis and pink eye. Fun stuff! I have my 16w appt on Monday and will update after that as well. The big u/s is only a week away!!!! I am so excited! The baby is moving around all over the place these days. A lot more frequent too. It's really cool. Allan and I have been trying real hard to see if he can feel the baby moving on the outside, but so far no luck. No biggie.... I'm sure the time will come. ;-)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nursery Pics!!

So what do you think?! I just need a changing table and side table next to the chair and I'll be set for furniture!! I will be adding more wall decor, but until we find out the sex, this is it for now.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

15 Weeks!!

I am so excited that we hit 15 weeks! Only 2 more weeks until the big u/s! I am very antsy to find out if it's a boy or girl. I honestly think it's a girl. :-) I've been playing around with the nursery, but haven't settled on a layout yet. I'll be sure to post pics once it's all set up.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

14 Weeks!

Yay for hitting 14 weeks! I feel wonderful! Baby is moving around more these days. I won't be putting belly pictures in my posts anymore, but you can see weekly updated ones off to the right. :-) I am so excited that only 3 weeks from now we get to find out if this is a boy or girl. I'm thinking pink! :-P

We haven't completely unpacked yet, which is to say we haven't unpacked most of the boxes. *hehe* Today however, I plan to finish both the kid's rooms. I definitely need to get the school house set up before Monday, so that may not get done until tomorrow. We'll have to see how helpful the children are. ;-) I will be putting before and after pictures up when it's completed.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Welcome to 13 Weeks AND the 2nd Trimester!!

YAY for 13w and 2nd tri!!! I am so grateful to have made it this far! This past week I have been feeling great. Occasional headaches, but it seems that caffeine keeps them away. Tough decision huh? Migraines or caffeine..... which would you take? The baby's movements have gotten stronger and more frequent. There also seems to be a pattern. Mid-morning about 10-11am and in the evenings between 6-8pm seem to be the most active times. It's pretty cool!

Tomorrow is moving day and I am so excited! I can't wait to get the nursery set up. We bought the crib yesterday. Too big of a deal on Craigs List to pass up. I'll post pictures after we get settled in this week. Allan has been FANTASTIC and doing just about all the packing....and not a single complaint. :-) Isn't he such a great hubby? Pray for him this weekend as all this packing and moving will catch up to him. Poor guy.

Monday, November 3, 2008

12 Week Appointment

Everything went great!! I am down 2 more lbs. No complaining from me for that! The baby's head was right behind my pelvic bone lying vertical face up. According to the head, I'd say he/she is taking after daddy. LOL He/she measured a day ahead. It was a bit difficult to get a good shot because of the position, so no u/s pic this time. The heart was beating away. It was very nice to see. Allan was there too, so that was a bonus! Next appt is scheduled for Dec 1st at 16w. Hopefully we'll be able to get a good u/s pic next time!! :-)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

12 Weeks!

Welcome to 12 weeks! Only one more week to the 2nd trimester! I am feeling great. I haven't had a headache/migraine in 3 days!! Some rather exciting news..... I felt the baby moving around ever since Thursday!!!! It seems to happen the most in the mid-morning and evenings, but only lasting about 5min and in the same place every time. I can only seem to feel it when I'm sitting up. It's nice though because it's like clockwork. Maybe that's the baby's awake schedule, I don't know. Monday is my 12w appointment. I'll be sure to post an ultrasound picture when I return home. :-)

This morning I went to see a free private viewing of Fireproof with Kirk Cameron. It's definitely not a movie for emotional pregnant women to go see! :-P It was however, a fantastic movie that I recommend everyone go see.

Afterward, I went to our new house (we're moving on Sat the 8th for those who don't know) with my father and painted the master bedroom. The only room that needed to be painted. I love the color! I'll be sure to post some pictures after we get settled in. Here's a picture of the house. I honestly don't think these pictures give any justice to how pretty the house is. The neighborhood is BEAUTIFUL and neighbors friendly. I am so excited about the move. I am most excited about getting the nursery set up!! I am definitely going to wait until the gender scan on Dec 6th before purchasing any furniture. We did however buy the crib bedding set last week and I absolutely LOVE it! I got such a HUGE deal on it. It's a 13pcs set.

Friday, October 24, 2008

11 weeks?! Where has the time gone?

Almost into the 2nd trimester already. God has been gracious to me most days. Still no praying to the porcelain god. My nausea has pretty much been gone since 9w. I continue to have headaches everyday which makes me tired. I know that relief is around the corner so I look beyond the hills for that valley.

I found out yesterday that my OB does an u/s at every appointment! So I get to see my baby every time! How exciting. Next appointment is Nov 3rd. Only 6 more weeks until the big u/s too. Not much more time to vote on whether you think it's a boy or girl. *wink wink*

Friday, October 17, 2008

10w.... sheesh!

Here's my 10w belly pic. I am popping out! I scheduled the gender 3D u/s for Dec 6th!!! Only 7w until then. I can't wait.


Friday, October 10, 2008

9w Belly pics.....

Gosh, I seriously am going to be big with this one! I am still down 7lbs. Looks like I'll be heading into the 2nd trimester with a deficit! How nice is THAT?!

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Monday, October 6, 2008

My 8w appointment!

Went in for my 8w appointment this morning. I have to say I just love my OB! He spent at least an hour with me and we discussed pretty much everything. Went over my medical history, got a pap (how fun *insert eye roll*), pelvic exam (more fun) and then had an u/s and got to see our baby!!

I am 8w2d today but the baby measured at 8w5d so he/she caught up and is ahead of schedule! Yippy!!! I go back Nov 3rd for my 12w appt. Here's the pic. The baby is lying transverse with the head on the left. You can see the little arm and leg nubs. So cute! Looks like a baby now and not like a tadpole. Hehe!


Saturday, October 4, 2008

My 30th Birthday party!

We had my 30th birthday party planned for tonight. Sent out evites, gathered the menu, prepped our house.... all that fun stuff. Allan took me to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner last night and we had a fun time. I noticed how strange he was acting the whole evening. Just very nervous. I was suspicious.

So, we pull into the garage and he stands at the door, doesn't go in. I also did not hear my dog barking as I usually do..... my nervousness began. I said to him "Why are you standing at the door?". He reluctantly goes in and says something in my direction. Our garage door opens into the kitchen, so I go in the kitchen to put the doggy bags in the fridge when I look to my right and there was a guitar case lying on the floor. I said "OHHHH Scott was here! Who's guitar is that??!" (Scott is his BFF and since he was the one who had been having many correspondences with Allan that evening.. I assumed.) I look at Allan and he honestly didn't know what to say but gave me the "GO!" whisper. I walk into the dining room greeted with a "SURPRISE!!" by 25 or so of my dearest friends/family. Allan had this surprise party planned for the past month! That sneaky and yet very loving man of mine!

I had a LOT of fun and am grateful that he decided to step up and take care of it all. Pretty cool huh?!

On another note.... I am 8w today! Time is flying by.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Birthday to me!

So, Saturday was my 30th birthday! I went on an annual women's church retreat in north GA over the weeked and had such a great time. My stomach is sore from laughing so much. This was my 3rd one so I look forward to it each year. I decided not to take any pictures this time since the Fall colors weren't in full bloom yet. I was tired and had a headache most the time but surprising enough my nausea wasn't that bad.

My dad must have been searching the internet for fetus development during pregnancy(aaawwwww) and found a really cool website. Thought I'd share. Click HERE! Next Monday is my 8w appt. Time is flying by!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

We have a heartbeat!!!

So, we went in for our 1st ultrasound today. Not bad at all! Thankfully there's only 1 baby.;-) Right away we saw the sweet little heart just flickering away! It was such a beautiful sight. He swithced it over to sound and that swishy sound was music to my ears! 138bmp! I am 6w5d today and measured 6w3d so everything's perfect! Praise the Lord for his faithfulness!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Evergrowing Baby Bump!

So far I have nothing but bloat. I started showing with Anastasia around 11-12w and with Noah 8-9w so I imagine in a few weeks I will start to see a little something. I'm 6w1d today. :-) I'll post new belly bump pics every 2w. I can't wait until Thursday to see my baby bean!! Pray for a nice strong heartbeat!


Sunday, September 14, 2008

1st Post!!

For those who don't know me, my name is Stacey. I am the loving wife to Allan and stay at home mom to step-daughter Alexandria (9), Anastasia (8) and Noah (5). We're currently expecting our 4th child but 1st child together. The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences with trying to conceive, pregnancy and early childhood. Since the experience of trying to conceive is lengthy (19mos) you can visit my Fertility Friend chart for the run-down. I am exactly 5 weeks pregnant today! :-) The due date is May 16, 2009. I have an ultrasound scheduled for September 25th and my 1st OB appointment on October 6th. I'll probably post weekly and share baby bump pictures bi-weeklyunless I have some fun pregnancy things to share. So far here are the most recent blood work numbers. They put me on 200mg 2x a day of Prometrium (progesterone supplements) until week 12 to increase my progesterone. I believe another blood draw will be done prior to the u/s on the 25th.

12 Days Post Ovulation: Beta hCG- 52, Progesterone- 19
14 Days Post Ovulation: Beta hCG- 97
16 Days Post Ovulation: Beta hCG- 221, Progesterone- 18