Friday, February 21, 2014

A Birthday Wish & More

Today, one year ago, Miss Molly came into the world and a whole lot of people fell in love. Happy Birthday Miss Molly!!!

An update on Molly for you:

Miss Molly is aiming for the gold in crawling, she crawls super fast! And while she does stand on her own some, she isn't quite walking yet. I can see why, when crawling gets her places just as well! She is also saying a few words!

I cannot believe it has been a whole year. I have enjoyed seeing pics and keeping in touch with Katie so much. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful first journey and such a great friendship with them as she grows.

At the same time that I cannot believe it has been a year... I am torn away by also feeling like, Wow- just a year! It's an odd feeling, being removed from it just enough to feel like it was ages ago.

So much has gone on since she was born.

I pumped for a total of 6 months, helping two local babies (one was a family member's adoptive baby) and countless preemies through the preemie milk bank.

I began homeschooling my oldest son.

I met and matched with a wonderful local couple.

I helped a new friend match with her perfect couple and she is now pregnant!

I helped a childhood friend pursue the desire to be a surrogate and now she, too, is pregnant!

I cycled and transferred on Miss Molly's 10 month birthday and we found out we are expecting on Christmas day!

What a year it has been!

Today I am just feeling so elated and blessed that this is the life God has given me! Thanks all, for your support and encouragement, it really means so much!

I am so excited to see what the next year brings!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Happy 11 weeks!

I know, I know, I was supposed to blog last week. But I did tell you it was a busy week. So here I am, a week later!

Our first official OB appt (the other one was to meet and get to know the dr.) was last Wednesday. The vampires took my blood, I stood on a scale and cringed at the weight -- I gained so much while cycling for two months in a row that I don't even want to see the numbers right now -- had a Pap and the usual full exam, and chatted with the Dr. some more. Unfortunately, while the Dr. thought we would be able to do some fancy test with the blood, she was mistaken and the blood was taken all for naught. Oh well.

They fished around for the heartbeat with the doppler for what seemed like forever, and made me sore, even though I assured them my uterus was too far back to find it. So we trecked over to the sono room to have a quick peek and heard the heartbeat. I think, forgive me if I have to come back and correct it, it was 172bpm. Baby Roo looked great, of course!

I also got a flu shot. I hate those things. My arm was sore for 2 or 3 days. Oh well, at least that's one less thing to worry about.

I, unfortunately, was in a hurry after my appointment so I couldn't stay long to chat with L, I wish we could have. She gave my family some beautiful gifts for valentine's day and my oldest's birthday, and gave me a really cute shirt and some chocolate (that I can't find now!!!) and a card with a hilarious note and some wine for Shane, "to deal with [her] craziness." hehe

All in all, great appointment! We have a screening appointment next week at a different doctor, with a really detailed ultrasound, I can't wait to see how Baby Roo has grown!

As for me... I'm doing okay. I'm more than ready to be off these meds and to find the right pre-natals. The meds combined with the wrong pre-natals were killing me. And I'm pretty excited that the first trimester is almost over, I am ready to get some energy back. And eat. Real food. Right now I crave noodles, tuna sandwiches (only allowed once a week), chicken noodle soup, bagels and cream cheese, peanut butter, fruit smoothies and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Everything else is pretty much an aversion. This baby share's it's momma's disinterest in any thing bacon, or anything meat really. I can tolerate chicken, and turkey has been okay. But other than that, everything has not been tolerated well. Chocolate by itself is one of those. I'm so sad!!

This week was L's birthday, and unfortunately, I couldn't get her anything right then, but I will make it up to her ;) I hope that she had a great birthday at least!

Anyway, this blog is about over... I will be blogging later this week because we're coming up on a special day! :) Have a great week until I post again! <3

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hop, Hop, Hopping right along!

As usual, my blogging skills could use a little work. This time it wasn't ALL my fault. My computer was actually down most of last week.

So I will update you as much as I can!

The last time I posted, I shared our first sonogram photo, at 6 weeks. Today we are 9 weeks and 2 days!
Since then we have gotten to see the baby twice!

I was spotting over night on Sunday Jan. 19th, so I called the clinic to inform them. Meanwhile we all had a little worry-time. They said it was no big deal, but L asked if we could do the next sono a little early, that Friday the 24th instead of Monday the 27th.

That is when Baby R got the nickname Baby Roo. Looking like a little baby kangaroo...

All is well! Heartbeat this day was 143bpm.

About a week later, we were able to meet our new OB for the first time. I was a little nervous having to go to a new OB, but I think I like her-- as long as she doesn't happen to go on vacation the week following Labor Day! ;)

In addition to getting to talk with her for a good long while and getting a feel for how she will be as our doctor, she let us have a peek at Baby Roo.

This one was a REALLY great shot of the "gummy bear" stage. Baby Roo was waving the entire time! Baby was in a great mood dancing all around, heart rate was up at 185bpm! I think I spot daddy's facial structure there, but who's to say at this point!

Our first "Official" OB appointment is on February 12. Hopefully I will not have any problems updating as soon as I can after that appointment, but a little lag time should be expected, as my son's birthday and Valentine's day are close behind. Until then, adieu!