Well I know it has been quite some time since I have made a blog post but I have an excuse and a really good one at that.
I'M PREGNANT!!! I am currently 12 weeks and 4 days pregnant with a healthy and beautiful baby!
BC and I could not have been more suprised, as this definitely was not planned, but we also could not be more thrilled that the doctors were wrong about my diagnosis of infertility and that we are bringing a precious life into this world!
We have been trying to savor each moment, including the scary ones since we found out and it has taken up all of our time doing so. The road has definitely been filled with twists and turns thus far but each moment is a blessing.
We found out about our precious surprise on 11/3/11 at about 6 in the morning. I had just awoken from a very vivid dream I had delivered a 14 lb. baby. WOW! While I was laying staring at the ceiling it suddenly hit me that my period was 4 days late. I remember thinking, "No way!" But as I thought more and more all arrows pointed towards baby. Saturday (my period was due), I had to work that night and was having some mild cramping, but nothing like usual, and only a small amount of spotting. That NEVER happens. Sunday the cramping was still there, but still no bleeding. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the cramping was all mild and off an on. So that brought us to Thursday monring and my dream.
So after thinking about it for an hour I snuck out of the house and ran to the grocery store to buy a pregnancy test. Well I came home with a total of four tests and had to do the deed. I opened the first test stick and dipped it in the cup, not even 15 seconds later I see 2 pink lines! WOW! OMG! I remember thinking, "This test is broken, there is no way!" So I dipped the next test,and the next test, and the next.
They all came back with the same results, positive. Two pink lines.
OH MY GOODNESS!
How was I gonna tell BC?!
Well I guess my brain decided to let out a squeal from the bathroom would be the way to wake him up and show him the results, cause that is what happened.
When he came into the bathroom and saw me sitting on the toilet holding the four tests in my hand his jaw hit the floor. I looked in his eyes and saw the wheels in his head began to turn as he processed what was happening. Slowly his jaw was put back into its normal place and he got the biggest smile across his face. The statement that followed was what let me know everything was going to be ok. He said to me, "Wow, holy crap! We wanted this some day, I guess God has decided we are ready now." And he planted the biggest kiss on my forehead.
So sleeping that day was a joke, I was up all day looking at pregnancy app's on my iPhone, watching baby shows and being simply amazed at the miracle inside of me.
We scheduled our first OB appointment for 11/8/11. We confirmed the pregnancy there and set up our 8 week appointment.
We told my parents over the phone, because I was way to chicken to do so in person at 5 weeks 5 days and then we told BC's parents in person at 5 weeks 6 days. They were all very excited and nervous for us.
We had our first scare at 6 weeks 4 days when I had some intense lower left abdominal pain. So off to the doctor we went. We saw a different Dr. who ordered an ultrasound to confirm that baby was in the uterus not the fallopian tube. And this is what we saw:
A healthy baby growing inside the uterus and we were able to see and hear the heartbeat which was 118.
We were measuring right on track with our due date of 7/7/12.
It was after this appontment that we started thinking of names. We both finally agreed on one name we liked for each and they both started with "R" hence Baby R on the picture.
I told my grandma at 6 weeks 5 days after my mother begged and begged me to. She was beyond thrilled and happy that the doctors were wrong about my infertility.
At 7 weeks 2 days I was hit hard with the dreaded morning sickness. I can still remember what I ate before the episode and I don't think I will ever eat it again.
Then we hit 8 weeks:
At 8 weeks and 3 days (11/29/11) we had our very first appointment, they took a lot of blood (found out that mommy is a cystic fibrosis carrier and daddy is not), performed a pelvic exam and the doctor answered a lot of our questions. We also got another ultrasound that day! Here is what we saw:
We now have a baby with eyes and limbs! That beautiful heart was pounding away at 173 beats per minute. It was an amzing sound!
Two days later I had a little bit of bleeding and we returned to the doctor to find that all was ok with baby, the bleeding was not in the uterus, and baby was healthy with a heart rate of 168. I got a shot of RhoGAM just to be safe since I have B- blood and BC has B+ blood. This provided for some comedic relief, when I made the statement, "I have never gotten shot in the butt before...." The med tech and BC could barely contain themselves. It wasn't until a few minutes later I realized the humor in that.
We went through the next few weeks without little trouble aside from morning sickness, but it was nothing the Zofran could not handle. I have so far refilled that prescription 5 times. It works wonders.
Then we hit 11 weeks and things got a little rocky:
At 11 weeks 2 days I had very bad morning sickness all day. It came time to get ready for work and I took a shower. I tried not to make it too hot as lately the hot water had been making me dizzy.
But I guess the water was still too hot. The last thing I remember about that shower was washing my hair, and when I woke up I was laying on my back in the tub with a killer headache and the water was ice cold, it takes about a half hour for our hot water heater to completely run out, so I have not clue how long I was "down". So I called BC and told him what happened. He told me to call the doctor and see what they wanted me to do. Well of course they said for me to go straight to the ER and since I was home alone they wanted me to go by lifesquad. I declined and told them I would get a ride from family. So I called BC back and told him I was going to have my mom take me since she was at dinner right down the road.
I called my mom and she was here within minutes. When I got to the ER, BC was waiting for me along with his coworker and our friend to help me inside. The doctors discovered that I was severely dehydrated and they pumped me full of IV fluids. They were not to worried about the bump on my head since I was not having any vision changes or evidence of bleeding. They also were not worried about the baby since I was having no bleeding in that regard either.
So they moved me to a more secluded ER room and had the IV fluids finish infusing. Seeing as how we were at the hospital where BC works all of his coworkers came down to check on me and make sure I was ok. And seeing as how BC works in security, I had at times 3 security officers in my room and I know, I KNOW, I had to have looked like a mental patient or a criminal to some of the people in the ER. I also was surprised with a visit from a very close friend, whose husband works with BC. She stayed for quite some time and helped me to feel more at ease.
So around 12 am the fluids were done and I was able to go home. I must say, knocking on wood as I type, the morning sickness has gotten better since then.
I made an appointment with a doctor for a few days later and got a clean bill of health and he told me to take it easy for a while and return to work when I felt up to it.
We had our Ultrascreen to test for genetic disorders at 11 weeks 6 days on 12/23/11 and here is what we saw:
Baby R was healthy and happy snuggled up in mommy's uterus. It has 2 arms and 2 legs, and a healthy heart rate of 158. We also discovered that Baby R is quite the sleeper like it's father and very stubborn like it's mother. We needed to get a good picture of the back of it's neck for some measurements and boy was Baby R intent on staying snuggled up. I did everything but stand on my head to get baby to move and all Baby R did was move to the same position on the other side. So with some help of the ultrasound tech and some very awkward positioning on my behalf we got Baby R to do a headstand and we were able to get the pictures we needed for the doctor. I also got some bloodwork done that day, they pruck my finger and sent the reults off to be analyzed. The doctor should be calling us with those results soon.
SO along came 12 weeks:
At our 12 week (12 weeks 3 days 12/27/11) appointment we were able to hear your heart on the doppler for the first time it was a strong 157. And that brings us up to date.
I plan to update this blog weekly if not more. It will obviously become a baby blog and I can't wait to share all of the exciting times to come!