Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Wow, I am a terrible blogger. I have been meaning to update about my ultrasounds – I’ve had TWO since I last updated – but our scanner is broken and I kept forgetting to bring the pics into work to scan. No pictures still, but at least an update. Both ultrasounds went well (one at 7 weeks and one last week at 9 weeks). Baby is measuring right on track and had a wonderful heartbeat – 131 bps at 7 weeks and 176 at 9 weeks. I have now officially graduated from the RE and will have another ultrasound around 12 weeks at my regular OB.

The sickness hasn’t gotten any better. I took at 7 weeks, but that made me feel terrible, so switched to Ph.ene.rgan at 8 weeks. I have had maybe two days since there where I haven’t puked, but for the most part I only puking once a day (instead of 3-4 times before). I am so grateful to be pregnant and at the same time I CANNOT wait for this part of the pregnancy to be over! I started feeling better around 13-14 weeks with Grace – although I wasn’t this sick with her. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this ends right at 12 weeks, if not sooner!

I am 10 weeks today…and it still hasn’t quite sunk in that I am pregnant.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


My husband left for Haiti today. He was told to expect to be gone about a month. The call came at 2 am this morning that he was going. He does have a satellite phone so I hope to be able to talk to him at least a little. The devastation there is heartbreaking. I am really proud of him for going, but also a little scared for him of what he is going to see.

My ultrasound is scheduled for Friday afternoon. My mom is flying into town for it. We had not planned on telling anyone until after we heard the heartbeat, but neither of us wanted me to be alone for the ultrasound. My mom is thrilled for us and happy to come into town to play with Grace.

Queasiness set in on Friday. It comes and goes – worse in the mornings and at night. So far I haven’t gotten sick, but I am sure it is coming. I started throwing up around 7 weeks with Grace. I am a little over 6 weeks now.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Beta # 3

My third beta on Friday was 1124! Since I don't know when I ovulated it is hard to compare my numbers to my pregnancy with Grace or websites like beta base. The good news is that it doubled again! My ultrasound scheduled for next Thursday. I know the days are going to drag out until then!

No pregnancy symptoms yet, but I have a really bad pain in my low back on the left side - sort of near my kidney. It throbs a bit when I sit down but when I stand up it takes my breath away and I limp for the first few steps. I googled signs of an eptopic and it doesn’t sound like that. I have a call into my RE’s office. I am sure it is nothing but anything out of the ordinary, especially in early pregnancy, scares the crap out of me.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

15 months

I can’t believe Grace is already 15 months old! She now weighs a whopping 19.5 lbs (5th percentile) and is 29 7/8 inches long (25th percentile). She continues to be a healthy little peanut, although a bit low on her iron. I’ve been trying to give her iron supplement drops for a while, but she hates them. The dr suggested we put the drops in chocolate pudding – no dice, she spit the first bite out. Trying to figure out the next food item to disguise the drops. Any ideas?

I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution, but I have been trying to cook healthier and more often. I find that my days with Grace run smoothly until about 4 when I start to think about preparing dinner and she starts to get clingy. She doesn’t really want me to hold her, but she also doesn’t want me to do anything where she isn’t the focus. I probably should start doing meal prep earlier in the day, but I have yet to get that productive. I did try two yummy big.gest recipes this week – pork tenderloin and cauliflower. They were quick, easy and healthy – exactly the kind of recipe I am looking for. I am trying to build my recipe box with these types of recipes to if you have any please post!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Second Beta

Thanks so much for the support! You all were right – I must have ovulated late. My second beta today (cycle day 35) was 257! I am so relived. I know I am not out of the woods, but I do feel much better about things today. I have another blood test on Friday.

My husband left today for a week of training, so I told him the good news over the phone just like I did when I found out my betas with Grace.

Thanks again for all the positive comments!

Thursday, December 31, 2009


My RE appointment last month went really well. He agreed with me that we should start were we left off – – rather than doing any tests. He also said we could do an IUI the first cycle or wait until I am ready. I got pregnant with Grace using and having an IUI.

I started Fe.mar.a this cycle. We were going to be at a ski lodge during the fertile days – day 14-16 based on my previous cycles, so I wasn’t sure how often I would be able to use the OPK’s to test. It turns out zero since I forgot the tests and OPK’s are not in the markets on the top of a mountain!

I must have ovulated because this morning – cycle day 31, I got a positive! A light line on FR and a ‘pregnant’ on a CBE digital. My RE was even able to get me in for blood work this morning with results back this afternoon. They just called – my beta is 20. I was devastated, but the nurse said it isn’t bad since I haven’t really missed a period before. My normal periods are really long, but my periods on are more normal. I looked back and on cycle day 32 my beta with Grace was 211. I go back in on Monday to see if it doubled. The nurse remained really positive and congratulated me, but I can’t help but be pessimistic.

Has anyone heard of such a low beta turning into a viable pregnancy? I know I could have ovulated late, so I am holding out hope that is the case here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tubes and more

Grace is getting tubes! While I am not looking forward to surgery, I am really glad that she will have relief from constant ear infections. The ENT said recurrent ear infections during non-ear infection season are a good sign that she needs tubes. I asked about side effects and he said one complaint he hears a lot is increased mobility! It makes sense that her balance gets screwed up with an ear infection but I thought it was a pretty funny side effect of surgery.

In other news, my husband had hernia surgery on Monday. What an ordeal that was! We were told to show up at 10:30. The surgery is a 15 minute procedure, so I figured we would be home at 3 at the latest – in plenty of time to pick Grace up from daycare. Wrong! We left the house at 9 and pulled back in at 9 at night! Other than that, the surgery went well. He is at home recovering. My new challenge is trying to convince him not to do too much. Some men are babies when they are sick/recovering, but he is the extreme opposite. He gets offended if he so much as thinks he is being babied and generally tries to do more than he is allowed to by the doctor. This should be a fun couple of weeks!

I am finally getting to go on a girl’s weekend, sans baby! I am so excited! Originally I was waiting until Grace was weaned. Then we found out about the hernia surgery, so I wanted to wait until he was completely healed from it before leaving him with Grace. Not only do we have the weekend planned, but I bought plane tickets so it is official! Yay!