It’s a girl….

I know YOU know because I posted it last week but I am still in total denial! I absolutely thought I was having a boy. Which actually, should have reminded me that it was a girl because I thought the twins were both girls so clearly I don’t know jack. I just had in my head this was a boy and wrong I was.

We arrived at our appointment at 8:00 on the dot. We updated our insurance and we waited. My stomach was in knots. I was so nervous. Nervous something was going to be wrong, or they wouldn’t find it, or my blood pressure would be through the roof.

We got called back and our favorite ultrasound tech was off and having another girl cover for her. She was nice and let us look around at the baby before looking for the good. The baby was sooooo squirmy and moving all over the place. Heart rate was 157. There goes some anxiety… then we moved to the gender and we all looked away. It was me, Karen, and my cousin Mallory in the room. She was in charge of the envelope because I would ABSOLUTELY cheat! It took awhile. Baby was sitting cross legged and she was pushing HARD to get to the goods. Finally, she said she had it and we were good. We looked at a few more pics and some 4D images and it was so amazing to see the features.

I went to work and waited for the party. I called my cousin at lunch and told her to rip it open because I couldn’t wait anymore. She said Hell NO!

We got to the restaurant, waited for our friends, and had cupcakes for the twins to bite into with the color to reveal. It felt like ages. Karen and I were turned around and waited for them to say “It’s….PINK” AHHH!

Now listen yall- I am THRILLLLEEEDDDD to be having a girl. I love that my last baby will be my baby girl and that everything is healthy and well. But oh my poor Landen. He cried because he wanted blue. Not that he wanted a brother, that he wanted a blue cupcake. Bless his precious heart!! He is going to be a good husband some day!! And I pray the Lord gives him a few sons. He will have earned it.

Our baby will be Gracelyn (Middle name to come) and we are so thrilled. We go back in 4 weeks (June 31st) for our anatomy scan. Time is really grooving. It’s so hard to believe we are here.

As far as me- I feel amazing. Belly is popped out and I am in the glory stage of pregnancy!!! Thankful for this miracle!!

xoxo

A

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One. More. Sleep

So here we are…

The night before we find out if our baby peanut is a boy or a girl. While I am so excited to finally know, I know that after tomorrow the wondering will go away. I will know if our family “baby” will be a son or a daughter and frankly it overwhelms me with so much joy. I thought for soooo long (3 years) that we would never be parents. It wasn’t working and no one could tell us why so to think that we will be a family of 5, 3 kids to raise and watch grow, fills me with all excitement.

People have asked me all day if I have a preference. I don’t care at all about what is between our baby’s legs. I do, however, hope for Landen that it’s a boy. I think another guy around would be nice for him but if you think for a second I won’t be excited for another girl, you are wrong. I have such a special bond with Noelle already and can see that my future best friend is growing in my little peanut.

Tomorrow our ultrasound is at 8:00 am. With the twins, Karen and I found out in the room at the appointment and then we had a party that evening to reveal to our friends. Tomorrow we are going to find out with everyone else. My cousin is going to the appointment with us and will be there to take the envelope to a bakery who is going to have two cupcakes for the twins to eat. We got cookies for everyone else that just say “girl?” and “boy?” I was way more excited about this idea until I got to thinking about how it is causing me to wait 8 more hours!! GAHHH! The excitement will sure be building.

As for Christmas and break and all things amazing, it was perfect. Our kids are at such a fun age of opening and appreciating gifts and having so much fun with Santa and baby Jesus. We went to mass and the traditions seem to get better and better every year. We traveled to northern Indiana to see my family at the beginning of the break so we could be home for actual Christmas and it was amazing. We were lazy a lot of days and also did lots of fun adventures like Chuck E Cheese, Inflatable Fun Factory, playing at the mall play set, going to see Christmas light displays, etc…it was a blast.

Wish us luck as we find the answer to the forever question “What are you having?”

xoxo

A

12 + 5

12 weeks 5 days and couldn’t be more in love with this peanut!!! We went to the doctor Monday and started with our ultrasound to check for the hemorrhage. Praise the Lord it is gone!! She asked if I want to know what it is and I said OF COURSE!! So she said I can come back at my 15 week mark so we have an appointment scheduled January 4th when I am 15 weeks exactly to find out if it’s a Mr. or a sister. We are both team boy but absolutely want a healthy baby to love and snuggle. The twins go back and forth for what they think it is and Noelle usually tells me that baby sister is in her belly and baby brother is in my belly. She is a total hot mess. Landen usually says brother. So maybe he is on to something.

We met with our doctor and we went over a lot of things from my last pregnancy with the twins. She said the high blood pressure that came at the end was something we will surely watch this go around as well. My blood pressure was 138/84 at the appointment and she doesn’t want to see it above 140. She asked that I get a cuff at home and take it every morning. So far it’s been around 120/75 at home. I am a high energy person. I rarely “rest” and so when I am forced to sit and take it it ranges in the completely normal range. The doctor office gives me anxiety and I love them there so I am excited. This makes it hard to calm down for a BP reading. I will take my bp every morning and evening and take those numbers back with me January 4th. No signs of chronic hypertension at home….just in public when I am all over the place. I am glad it’s normal at home so hopefully we don’t have that as a concern throughout this pregnancy. I was put on BP meds after the twins but I quit taking it shortly after their birth. Maaaybeeee I should have talked to a doctor before that.

Today is our last day before Christmas break and we are heading home to do Christmas with my family before we come home for actual Christmas at home. I love traveling before Christmas so we can enjoy being home for good when we come back home.

I probably won’t update much before Christmas so Merry Christmas my blog sisters… I wish you all fertile thoughts, baby dust, and love and joy to your family.

xoxo

A

Excitement

My OB appointment is in an hour and a half and I am so excited for so many reasons.  First of all I get to see my OB which I just adore.  She was not at our first appointment as the first appointment is always with a nurse.  I also get an ultrasound to check the status of my hemorrhage.  I am obviously hoping it is gone.  I am also kinndaaa hoping that it’s still small in there so I can have another ultrasound soon. How terrible is that? haha! I know we probably won’t find out the sex today but we could definitely find out next time.  I am so excited to find out what this baby is.  I totally have a feeling it’s a boy. I want a boy.  We have a lot of estrogen in our home lol.  I adore my relationship with my daughter and my son but I am looking even more forward to seeing them bond with a new baby sibling.  They already kiss my belly and are just the sweetest.  June can’t come soon enough.  I will update after appointment but I am feeling great, I have some energy back which has been amazing, and Christmas is right around the corner!! love it!! Happy Monday ya’ll!!  Christmas break is 2 days away! I got this!!

xoxo

A

10 Weeks

And just like that we are 25% of the way through this pregnancy…..HOW IN THE WORLD??? I honestly feel really good and it freaks me out.  As in I peed on a stick this morning haha.  I was sooo sick with the twins-this feels absurd.  I won’t complain though as having two toddlers changes some things.  I basically go to bed when they do so that tells ya I am sleepy.

Upcoming appts-

Dec 10- I go to fertility clinic for the last time.  He will adjust my meds if needed and tell me to continue them until Dec 14 when I am 12 weeks.  I always fear going off these meds that I dread more than anything.

Dec 17- Follow up with my OB.  Ultrasound to check on the hemorrhage and a doctor visit to see my OB finallllyyyy!!

How far along: 10 weeks!!

Baby is the size of: A prune

Total weight gain: -5 pounds 

Symptoms:

  • Nausea on and off. Mostly at night or immediately when I wake up
  • Headaches on and off
  • I want to kill everyone at some point

Food cravings: Green Olives

Things that make me queasy: Nothing specifically

Maternity clothes: Pants yes, shirts no

Sleep: Good! I am exhausted at night. I don’t even look at my phone. I hit the pillow and it’s over

Purchases for baby: nothing yet

Purchases for mama: maternity clothes!

Best moment this week: Being back in a routine 

Miss anything?  Not yet!

Looking forward to: Growing the bump, baby getting bigger, getting out of 1st trimester, another ultrasound

The Bump: Took pics this morning!! Loving the growth!

9+2

9 Weeks and 2 days into this pregnancy and I am already shocked at how fast it is going.  Maybe because the next time I see my doctor I will be 12 weeks and that seems like no time at all and then boom it will be time for an anatomy scan and viola I am packing a hospital bag.  It sounds crazy but I have done this before and it seems to go that fast.

We had our initial doctor appointment ….wait…I didn’t post about our scare.  Back it up, sister.  So we had our ultrasound at 7 weeks and all looked great.  That was a Friday.  Then at 7+2 (Sunday)  I woke up bleeding.  Bright red, scary blood.  Yet I didn’t super freak out.  I had a hemorrhage with the twins so I bled a lot with them and I did FREAK OUT!! But this time I didn’t.  I wasn’t cramping or having any pain.  Just a lot of blood. So at 2:00 am I called the fertility clinic answering service.  My doctor called me in 5 minutes and said I had two options.  He said I could go to the OB ER and have an ultrasound or I could come to the office in the morning.  I kinda knew those were going to be my options and had already decided if I miscarrying, it wouldn’t change at the ER and I would rather be with the people we love at our clinic.  So I decided to wait.  Our fave ultrasound tech called me at 7:30 and said “come now- I will get you in” so we did.  Sure enough- healthy baby heart rate and a hemorrhage which they told me was not big but was positioned right near my cervix which probably caused the large amount of bleeding I saw. I was put on bedrest the remainder of the day and told I could return to work tomorrow.  I did just that and the bleeding stopped.

What scared me more than the bleeding was my progesterone level. At my appointment that Friday, it was 15.2 which is lower than they would expect but he didn’t change my meds.  Three days later it was 14.1 which made me super anxious.  He increased my progesterone to suppositories in addition to the shots I am already on.  I have been a wreck about my level.  They said they would expect it to be around 30.  UGH> Stressed!

My first inital appointment with my OB was on a Wednesday when I would be 8+5.  I knew I wouldn’t see my OB as the first appointment is just a nurse appointment.  Ironically Karen had her annual that Monday and I asked her to order a progesterone check so I could sleep again.  She agreed and said she wouldn’t be too concerned unless it was under 10 but agreed since it was dropping that it was worth checking.

Wednesday came and since it was the day before Thanksgiving we took the babies to our amazing friends who have become family.  They watched them after we went to breakfast so we could go to the doctor without them.  We sat in the waiting room and showed pictures of the babies to our nurses and staff we came to love.  They called us back and we went over all things pregnancy and then they sent me to labs.  My progesterone came back at 40.1!!! Praise the LORD!!!!!!!!!!  I am so excited.  More excited because my blood draw with my fertility office is Monday morning and I am pretty sure he will take me off the shots or the suppositories and I can’t wait!!!!  Secretly hoping to be off the shots.  I am over em!  So we will see!

We had our ultrasound at our appointment and baby looked great.  Starting to look more and more like a baby and heart rate was 179! GAHHH! Girl?  I am not ready for another diva lol. I yell daily at my belly ” BE A BOY!!!”  🙂 Of course we would be thrilled either way but I would love Landen to have another guy around !

I go back in three weeks to actually see my doctor!  I am so excited. I LOVE HER!!!

As far as an update on me- I feel great!  I have spouts of nausea and tums are my besties but I can’t complain.  This 5 day weekend has been paradise!! I am thrilled to have 3 1/2 weeks until Christmas break and enjoy some much needed time at home with family.

xoxo

A

We also went FB official on Thanksgiving 🙂

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