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For this child, I have prayed. (Samuel 1:27)

Archive for the month “March, 2009”

Just a thought…

If we have a second daughter, I hope to name her Emmaline Kate.  I really like the idea of having 2 daughters or 2 sons, that way they’ll always have each other long after I’m gone.  Giving our children each other seems like the greatest gift we can give them, even if that means sacrifices along the way.  I have absolutely no idea how our family will be completed, but I am certain it will happen either through adoption and/or another biological child, and I’ll love them all the same.

I am so excited about this child I am carrying! This child represents a whole new phase in our lives, and marks my transition into motherhood.  I know that over the years at times I will feel both elation and frustration.  That at times I will be without an answer, then at other times I will surprise myself at what I do know- and it’s ok.  It’s all part of being a mother. It is the hardest, most rewarding job in the world.  My most important job is to love them unconditionally and to give them all the skills they need to grow up into happy, secure, well-rounded individuals.  I will do all I can to make sure that they know without a doubt that they are absolutely loved and that they are first in my life.

Getting Too Big for My Britches

Well today I have officially outgrown my favorite pair of jeans. I obliviously yanked on my jeans this morning and proceeded to try to zip them up…and they wouldn’t zip. I sucked in my belly with all my might, held my breath, did a little shimmy, and still they would not zip. I quickly recalled that I am indeed pregnant and that pregnant bellies grow…could it be? Little ole me, at almost 9 weeks pregnant, already too big to fit into my jeans? I ran to the nearest mirror, stepping on at least 1 tail and possibly a paw along the way. GASP!!! There it was, plain as day- the indisputable cause of why my lovely pair of jeans will now be hibernating for the better part of the next year. I now have the tiniest little baby bump, almost microscopic in nature. But it is there! Baby is growing! I’m officially getting too big for my britches.

8 week scan!

Between the 2 white x-cursors is the baby, the rest is the yolk sac and amniotic sac

Between the 2 white x-cursors is the baby, the rest is the yolk sac and amniotic sac


Baby is growing nicely! Baby has doubled it’s size in the last week. It is now 1.67cm ctr and the heartbeat is 153 bpm.

Popsicles are my Bestest Friends

24-hour morning sickness is the devil. Since Sunday night I have been pretty much unable to keep anything down, or get anything down. It’s been like a stomach virus where the minute fluids or solids hit my stomach I’d immediately start heaving regardless of what it was. Morning sickness combined with another GI issue caused me to become dehydrated and I had to go to the ER for some fluids and Zofran (anti-nausea). One thing that became a great source of frustration is that apparently non-OB physicians will not treat a pregnant woman, so we were feeling rather helpless. We’d ask our RE what to do, and they would say to talk to our GI, who would then say to talk to our RE. Thankfully, after nausea and heaving all night on an empty stomach, I finally am able to eat popsicles this morning. My plan is to keep eating whatever I can during my nausea breaks and just deal with the heaving and nausea on a minute by minute basis as it comes. I have 4 weeks left until my second trimester, which is supposed to mark the ending of morning sickness and fatigue. I surely hope so.

7 week scan & heartbeat

The dark spot is inside the uterus, the baby is the bright oval inside of it

The dark spot is inside the uterus, the baby is the bright oval inside of it

Baby's heartbeat is measured along the bottom of the scan, each cone represents a beat

Baby's heartbeat is measured along the bottom of the scan, each cone represents a beat

Today’s appointment was so exciting! We got to see and hear baby’s heartbeat for the first time. From the scan, Dr. A determined that the baby’s heart is beating at 116 beats per minute (bpm) and is now 0.66cm from crown to rump (ctr), about the size of a Tic-Tac. Baby is now 10,000 times larger than at conception, no wonder I’ve been tired! I have my final RE scan next Friday at 8 weeks, and then I go in a few weeks for my 12-week OB appointment. As for pregnancy, I’m feeling much more nausea pretty much around the clock. I don’t mind too much, though. It is reassuring in a way because it lets me know baby is growing and my body is continuing to change. I’ll keep you posted!

What my belly wishes my plate knew:

The perfect meal…I’m on a mainly vegetarian binge.

Indian tea (cardamom, mumtaz, honey, steamed goats milk).

Roasted bell pepper humas and dill couscous with a small side of proscuitto (made safe for pregnancy, of course).  A huge bowl of fried tofu with thai peanut butter dipping sauce.  Butternut squash stew with extra capers and sun-dried tomatoes.  Fresh-baked french bread with home-made pesto in olive oil for dipping.  Mmmmmm…..I think I’ll just settle for french fries for now.

Baby’s first picture! 5 week ultrasound

5 weeks

5 weeks

We’ve decided on names for baby!

We’ve decided on names for baby! For a boy, Nathaniel James (Nate) after his Grandpa. For a girl, Aleigh-Anna Samera (pronounced “Sam-air-ah”) which means, “the Light, Protected by God.” We got the name Samera from one of my physicians who made IVF possible for us and we wanted to honor her.
This is such an exciting time! We are going on Friday for baby’s second ultrasound at 7 weeks. We are expecting to see baby’s heart beat.

As for pregnancy…I finally got a good night’s sleep last night after several nights of waking up every 2 hours to eat. Despite all of this eating, they found that I actually lost 2 pounds at my 5-week check-up. How frustrating! I guess my nightly eating is just nature’s way of balancing out the weight loss. I truly hope so.

For other news…I landed my dream job…then turned it down. The terms of the contract made very specific demands for relocation, ect, and the pregnancy changes my ability to meet them. So I have turned down the position in order to focus on the pregnancy, the birth, and my newborn. Being a mother is THE most important job in the world. The good news is that I am going to stay in regular contact with my future boss and I will accept a position with the company whenever I (and my family) can.

So overall, I am feeling truly blessed! I’ve been blessed with the tiny little life growing inside of me, protected and loved.  I’ve been blessed with being able to take the time off to nurture my growing belly and the precious newborn that will come from it all. My husband and I can enjoy this wonderful time together.  Finally, my absolute dream job will still be available to me once my family is ready for me to accept the position.  After many years of struggles and trials, we’ve finally reached an era of tribulations in our lives.  What a blessing!

Life with a Toddler plus Baby


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