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2010 Pregnancy Journal

April 10, 2010 - 10dp3dt.

I really don't think that the IVF worked.  Hubby and I started to talk about what we'll do when the inevitable BFN appears.  I'm pushing for a kitten - he's not in agreement!  We agreed that we will make some plans for world domination!  Actually we decided to think about things that we would like to do.

I said that I will buy skis at the end of season sale and we'll get a season pass for next year.  We talked about taking a trip this fall.  We talked about moving, opening a business, retiring early, among many things.

April 12, 2010 - 12dp3dt

Well today I was sure the IVF didn't work.  On top of being bloated all day (thank you OHSS) I was getting cramps.  It felt like my period was going to be here by morning.  I know that my mood tanked as the day went on.  I even made up a client meeting so I could leave the office early and sit by myself at home and stew in my misery.

I'm not a cryer but I was so close to tears so many times.  There was no way that I would make it into work tomorrow if my period showed.  Since this is our last shot and I have oodles of pregnancy tests I decided to tear into my double pack of digital tests around 8pm.

I couldn't even look at the test.  The thought of yet another BFN was too depressing.  I came back downstairs and tossed it at Hubby.  I said "look at it, I'm sure it's negative".  He did look, then he gave me a weird look.  The expression on his face was one that said "what's your problem?"  He turned the test over and behold:


Holy cow, I'm pregnant!  There's no way that this could still be from the HCG trigger shot - that was over 2 weeks ago.

I was totally in shock.  I can't even tell you what I did next.  I just didn't believe it.  But it's really hard to mis-read a digital test when it's telling you in 2 languages that you are indeed pregnant.

April 13, 2010 - 4w2d

I tested again this morning.  I plan to test every single morning until I run out of IC tests.  I need to know that the second line is getting darker.

I called the fertility clinic to tell them the news and was hoping they'd tell me to skip the urine test that they had ordered.  No such luck.  The nurse assured me that the home tests are very accurate, but they still want me to do in on Saturday for another one.

I've gotten over my shock and now the fear has set in.  Every single twinge has me worried that I will miscarry.  I know that I will be this way until I can see or hear the heartbeat.

I talked to you today - we don't have a nickname for you yet.  I'm pretty sure that there's only one of you in there.  I begged you to hang on and stay put until December.

April 14, 2010

I had only planned to update this weekly, but wanted to record that I definitely had nausea this morning and acid reflux this afternoon.  I'm not complaining about either if it means that all is well with baby!

April 18, 2010 - 5 weeks

I used the last of my IC tests today.  The line isn't really getting any darker, but it's definitely coming up a lot faster.  Hubby is definitely convinced that this pregnancy is real now.  I still think that I need to see the heartbeat before I can start to relax.

Here are the tests.  The top one is the one that I took about 36 hours after my trigger shot (I was determined to see a BFP from this process even if it was a false one).


I'm now out of the IC tests.  But never fear!  I still have a few others left.  I have 1 more from the box of digital tests that also has a conception monitor.  I plan to take that one later this week just to make sure that instead of a 1-2, it says 2-3.  That's a pretty clear sign that my HCG levels are rising.  Plus I'm hopeful that the RE will order some beta tests.

April 19, 2010 - 5w1d

I just had to post the digital test that I took today.  As you can see the conception indicator has indeed changed.  I'll take this as a definite sign that my HCG levels are rising!


I have also been experiencing some nausea off and on.  Believe me I'm not complaining.  Any symptoms are welcome!

I have one more digital test with conception monitor left (well actually I have 2, but they stop rising after 3 weeks).  I will take 1 next week as well.

I really hope that I will be able to include all these in the baby book.

May 4, 2010 - 7w2d

We finally got to see you yesterday.  I admit that I was a nervous wreck going into the clinic.  I haven't had a lot of pregnancy symptoms and I guess I was trying to prepare myself for the worst news.  Your dad was nervous too, but he denies it.

I told the ultrasound technician that I was scared and told her about the miscarriage in 2008.  She was wonderful.  She let me know as soon as she could that you have a heartbeat!  I wasn't able to see it on the monitor (you're just too tiny) but she assured me that it is there.  You're also measuring right on schedule.

My mom was here and was so anxious for the results.  It's so awesome to have the support of family.



We will get to see you again in 5 weeks!

May 9, 2010 - 8 weeks

It seems like my egg retrieval was so long ago and not merely 6 weeks ago.  So much has happened since then!

I'm starting to freak out again.  My symptoms keep changing or disappearing.  I wish that I could be one of those women who can just enjoy her pregnancy from BFP to birth.  I don't think that I will ever be one of those women.

I booked an appointment at a maternity clinic that one of my clients highly recommended.  They said that I need to stay with my GP until 12 weeks.  I said that I have my requisition form already for the 12 week NT scan.  So they went ahead and booked my appointment.  I will meet them on June 2nd.  What's really great is that their clinic is about 1km from home and my GP is really far away!  Plus they deliver at the hospital that's close to home too.

After calling them I called the radiology clinic to book my 12 week scan.  That is booked for June 7th.  While on the phone she offered to go ahead and book my 18 week scan.  So that is booked for July 23rd.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything continues to go well and that all will be well when we see you again in June.

In 2 weeks I will stop taking the Prometrium and Estradol supplements.  It will be interesting to see how I feel without all those extra hormones.

My iPhone app says that by now you are the size of a raspberry.

May 16, 2010 - 9 weeks

It's been quite a week.  My symptoms have come and go and I was pretty worried for a couple of days.  But now they are back and that gives me hope.  I only have one more week of supplements left and I'm interested to know if they will change once I'm off them.

I considered buying or renting a fetal heart doppler this week to ease my fears.  Hubby though did not think that was a good idea.  He (rightfully) thinks that I will panic needlessly if I can't find your heartbeat.

I find myself dreading going to work.  I am so tired and being at the office all day just makes it worse!  Plus, most of my suits no longer fit so it's getting harder to dress for the office.  I have lots of skirts with an elastic waistband that I could wear, but then I'd have to wear panty hose - yuck!

My next ultrasound is in 4 weeks.  It's going to be a long wait!

May 23, 2010 - 10 weeks

I can't believe that I am 10 weeks pregnant.  Each day moving forward will mark the an achievement - moving forward this will be the longest that I've ever been pregnant!

Overall I'm still feeling really good.  I'm still really surprised that I haven't been sick.  I'm definitely not complaining though!

The biggest change in me is in my bowels (sorry if you find this gross, but it needs to be said). Having IBS has always meant that my bowel movements (BM) have not always been regular. It's not unheard of for me to go a couple of days without a poop.  Unless I'm under stress, then it's a mad rush to the bathroom!  During pregnancy most women experience constipation.  For me within 1 day I will have diarrhea, then later be constipated, and often will have diarrhea again!  I'm not used to so many BM's in a week, much less a day!  No wonder I've lost weight!

I've also discovered that I need to eat at least every 2 hours or I start to feel like crap.  I'll get nauseous and get a headache if I wait too long to eat.

Speaking of which, I think I'd better go get something to eat ASAP.

June 2, 2010

Today I met my new Maternity Doctor.  I wasn't happy with my regular doctor's office, even though I am very lucky that they do deliver babies.  One of my clients referred me to her maternity clinic.  They are located close to home and they deliver at the Foothills Hospital, which is so much closer to home than the Rockyview.  With you being due in December I'd rather not have to drive too far as the weather can be kind of iffy!

The appointment went well.  The doctor kept trying to tell me that I am now in the "safe zone" and that I shouldn't worry so much.  I said that I need to get past the 12 week scan first.

They used the doppler on me too.  At first the nurse couldn't find your heartbeat, but then she did!  Then she lost it again.  You are just too active!  When she finally found it again your heart was beating at a strong 150 bpm.

June 6, 2010 - 12 weeks!

I truly can't believe that I have made it this far.  I just keep waiting for something bad to happen.  I ordered a couple of things online yesterday from Stella Maternity and I nearly cancelled it!  I hope that I can find some anxiety relief tomorrow at the ultrasound.

Until then, we are trying to have some fun.  I took an at home gender test yesterday.  The Intelligender test is predicting that you will be a girl!  Hubby is not very convinced at the science behind the test.  For now we've taken to calling you "Little Pitz".

Here are the results of the Intelligender:


We're really looking forward to seeing you at the ultrasound tomorrow.  It's almost 24 hours from now.  I wonder if I will be able to sleep tonight?







June 7, 2010 - 12 weeks 1 day

We had our 12 week NT scan today.  Even though we are (ahem) a wee bit older everything was perfect!  They aren't even recommending an amnio!

You were moving around so much that they had some trouble taking the measurements.  At one point we could see you pushing off of my uterus with both of your legs.  I wonder if this means that you'll be a swimmer?

Anyway, here you are!

Facial Profile

Your hands! You can already count your fingers.


Side view

Your feet!

Next ultrasound is July 23rd!

June 14, 2010 - 13 weeks, 1 day

I think that pretty much everyone knows about you now.  I wanted to wait a few more weeks to tell people, but your Grandma P just couldn't wait any longer.  She sent out an e-mail last week to the entire family to tell everyone about you.  So then I had to give Grandma D permission to do the same.  Then I was worried that someone would make a comment on Facebook and my coworkers would see, so I had to tell them too.

The unpleasant part of pregnancy has now started because of all this.  I'm already getting tons of unsolicited advice  about pregnancy, and some people seem to think that there's nothing else to talk to me about except my pregnancy.  Don't get me wrong, we love you and are very excited about you, but we're still people too and have lots of other things to talk about.  And on days when I'm feeling crappy, it's sometimes nice not to talk about being pregnant for a while.

I'm starting to feel much better, which of course has me worried about you.  I know it's normal to not have as many symptoms in the second trimester, but for some of us the symptoms are reassuring that all is well in there.  One symptom that is appearing for the first time is round ligament pain.  I hope I don't start to waddle for a while yet!

July 2, 2010 - 15w5d

Okay kiddo, you've been in my uterus for nearly 14 weeks now.  I think it's time to stop hiding.  Would you mind terribly letting me know that you're in there?  I've tried to provide a comfortable womb for you, don't you know it's polite to tip the maid?  If you can't leave cash, a little kick (or two) will do.  If you don't, you will get extra servings of green beans with your dinner!

July 4, 2010 - 16 Weeks

It's hard to believe how much better I am feeling now.  The nausea and headaches come back if I don't eat often enough, but otherwise I pretty much feel like I'm back to my old self.  Except for getting winded occasionally when I go up a flight of stairs.

I gained a pound since last week.  I'm officially back to my pre-pregnancy weight now (I had lost 5 lbs in the first trimester).  Although the scale at my Doctor's office will say different.  There I'm apparently already up 5 lbs!  But I plan to count my at-home weigh ins since that's more controlled (I weigh myself on Sunday mornings before I eat).  At the Doctor's office I am often there after eating several meals so I don't think it's very accurate.  (and yes, I realize that I'm rationalizing)

According to all the books (and my doctor) I should be feeling you move within the next few weeks.  Now is the time for you to show me that you're an over-achiever and make yourself known.

July 18, 2010 ~ 18 Weeks

Okay Kiddo, I know you're in there don't you think it's time that you make your presence known?  At least in some other way than by resting against my poor, swollen, left ovary (do you have any idea how much that hurts?).

Today's weight gain since my last Sunday weigh in: 0 That's right zero.  I have officially not gained any weight - yet (I know it's coming).  But, this past week my belly really popped out so there's no denying that I look pregnant.  I'm going to have to take an "official" belly picture soon.

We get to see you again this Friday at our 18 week ultrasound.  Hopefully we'll find out if you're a boy or a girl.  You are already letting us know that you have a stubborn streak so I won't be surprised if you won't cooperate and show us the goods!

I will confess that since I haven't felt you move yet, and my 1st trimester symptoms are all gone that I am worried again.  It's hard to believe that some women go through their entire pregnancy without any additional worries or stress.  They say that ignorance is bliss and I guess that they're right.

July 23, 2010 - 18 weeks, 5 days

Today was a big day for us.  We got to see you again.  Since I haven't felt you move yet I was very scared of what we would see when we got there.  Before the technician even started trying to take measurements or anything - she had barely put the wand on my belly even - she exclaimed "this one sure likes to move a lot!"  Right there, in that instant I felt instant relief!

You are healthy and you look great.  I could see all 4 chambers of your heart beating.  You kept moving around and opening and closing your hands.  And we even had something in common - both of us had full bladders!

I asked the tech to please take a shot of your face.  Apparently this is an unusual request.  She said that most parents don't like to see that shot.  It's true, you look less human from the front right now, but you do look funny.  I can't wait to show you when you are older so we can laugh.   Here you are:


Your dad thinks that you look like The Terminator in this photo (we'll let you watch that movie in about 13 years).

Everything went very well except that you wouldn't get out of the way for the tech to get a shot of the umbilical cord!  That and my uterus was contracted so she couldn't get a good shot of the placenta.  So that means that we'll have to go back for another ultrasound in about 10 weeks.  Some might be nervous about that, I'm just glad that we'll get to see you again!

I have to add this shot because it's such a great shot of your ear and cheek.


July 25, 2010 - 19 Weeks - 132.2 lbs

It's official: I am the heaviest that I have ever been in my life!  Last Sunday I weighed 131 lbs (which is about normal for me - although I'd prefer my regular weight to be 125lbs), this morning I weighed 132.2 lbs.  Since retrieval I have gained about 7lbs (which is a little low for 19 weeks), but you haven't stopped growing!  Your dad was getting quite concerned about my weight.  I also measured my belly this morning it was 33 inches around.  I wonder how big I will be by the time you arrive?

In a week we will be halfway through the pregnancy.  On one hand this is going so slow because we're excited to meet you.  On the other hand, we are nowhere near ready for you to arrive!

I still can't bring myself to buy you any clothes.  I think I'm still too nervous.  I did however buy a new duvet cover for the bed in your room today.  It's very pretty and it was on sale.  I think I'll wait until we re-do your room before I put it on the bed though.

I haven't felt you move yet.  I know that I will soon, but I tend to be a bit impatient.  Considering how much moving around that you do, maybe it's a good thing that I can't feel you yet!  Promise me that when I can feel you, that you will sleep during the night when I'm sleeping.  Could you do me that one favour?  I'd really appreciate it!

August 8, 2010 - 21 Weeks - 134 lbs

My weight today was 134 lbs.  I'm happy with my weight gain and hope to stick to my goal of reaching 150 lbs by the time you arrive.  With only 19 weeks to go, I think that's do-able.

It's been a busy couple of weeks.  Last weekend we were at your Dad's family reunion in Moose Jaw.  Many in the family are very excited about you.  One of your 1st cousin's once removed is hoping that you will be born on her birthday Dec. 26th.

The other day I *think* that I may have felt you move.  I was sitting on the couch watching t.v. when I felt a definite poke about 5cm below my belly button.  I've never felt anything like that before.  I felt it a couple of times that day, but nothing since.  I admit, I'm getting somewhat impatient.  I know I may regret this later when you keep me from sleeping with your in utero gymnastics.

August 16, 2010 - 22 Weeks, 1 Day

I can definitely feel you move now.  The other night I was on the computer with my left hand on my belly and my right hand on my mouse when I felt a definite "poke, poke, poke".  You don't mess around with "flutters" you go straight to the rough action!  But I can only feel you move in the evening when I'm sitting on the couch and when my bladder is getting full.  I guess you don't like feeling crowded.

You did give my hand one heck of a push a couple of days ago.  You poked so hard that I swear my hand moved.  I told your dad so he came over and put his hand on my belly and within a couple of minutes you poked him too (although not as hard).  So now we can both feel you move.

A few weeks ago I bought one of those prenatal heartbeat listeners.  It's not a doppler monitor, it's basically a glorified stethoscope.  I haven't been able to find you with that yet.  But I can hear the cat's heart with it when he lets me.

I'm finding it a lot harder to move around now.  Not walking but turning or bending and even getting up.  I try not to complain as I want to save that for later when it gets much worse!  But, it's really hard to get comfortable.  All week I've had a stiff back & neck from sitting on the couch so much.  But I find that I can get comfy on the couch a lot easier than anywhere else.  I'm paying for it today with a killer headache!

August 20, 2010 - 22 weeks, 5 days

I wanted to post today to let you know that you are already causing your mother a ton of stress!  I hope that this isn't a sign of things to come.  I'm sorry that I had to take an allergy pill the other night, but being able to breathe while I sleep is pretty important for both of us.  but you don't need to punish me by not moving.  In fact, I swear that my belly size has shrunk since I took the pill on Tuesday night (it's now Friday morning).  What did you do?  Did you retreat as far back into my abdomen as you could?

And, I know that it was you, don't deny it.  You're just one lucky child that I was already sitting on the toilet when you did it.  I don't appreciate you making me pee when I sneeze!  Stop laughing it's not funny.  If you do that to me again (when I'm not on the toilet) you're getting a time out as soon as you're born!

September 5, 2010 - 25 Weeks - 138.8 lbs

We had a bit of a scare the other night.  I started bleeding around 10pm.  I can't begin to describe the types of emotions that I was feeling at the time.  We rushed to the hospital to make sure you were okay.  I was so scared that my hands were shaking.  L&D was really full but the nurses found room for me and got me on a monitor really quickly.  Unfortunately she had some trouble finding your heartbeat - I admit that for a moment I thought that it was over.  But she found it and it was strong and steady.  She even commented that for only being 25 weeks along you were a superstar!

Their best guess is that I ruptured a blood vessel when I was coughing, but to be sure they do want me to go in for an ultrasound on Tuesday morning.  They wan to make sure that the placenta is not blocking my cervix.  If it is, I may be on bed rest for a while.  The good news is that the doctor took a quick peek at my cervix and it's nice and closed.  It is way too early for you to be born - do you hear me?? I don't want you to arrive until December - and for that matter, I don't want you to wait until January either!

I've been taking it really easy since coming home from the hospital.  So easy in fact that I am very, very bored.  But, I'd rather be bored for a few days if it means that you will be safe.  And, although it's unplanned, having another ultrasound means that I get to see you again.

You've been really good since the hospital visit making sure to move around a lot so I know that you're okay.  Keep it up.

September 26, 2010 - 26 Weeks - 140.6 lbs

We went out yesterday to find you a crib.  But we didn't end up buying one.  Instead we ordered a gorgeous glider/recliner, bought a stroller, and ordered your car seat.  We found out that it will take up to 10 - 12 weeks to receive some items so we really need to get on this!  We hadn't planned on buying a stroller until you were born, but this one was going on sale in a few days and they offered us the sale price so we took it.

Today I went to a different store to look at cribs.  While there I registered for a ton of other things.  I think I found a crib, and will let your grandparents know which one I liked as they offered to buy it for us.  And while I was out I stopped in at another store and bought the bedding set for you.  Slowly but surely I think we'll have what we need by the time you arrive (assuming of course you wait until December to arrive).

This week you've been extra stubborn.  I'm doing my best to rest and relax to make sure that you stay put longer, and you repay me by hardly moving at all!  And the few times that your dad has tried to feel you kick, you stop altogether.

I also followed up with my regular Dr. this week about my ultrasound in 2 weeks.  They decided that as long as I'm not bleeding or cramping that I can wait for the one that is scheduled in October.  That gives you 3 more weeks to grow and catch up.  I expect to see some big gains!

Speaking of big gains, it's my goal to only gain 15 lbs for the next 16 weeks.  Do you think I can manage that?

September 19, 2010 - 27 Weeks - 141.6 lbs

Our house is in chaos - partially because of you.  The bedrooms are a disaster because the renovations aren't done.  I have bins of clothes stacked in one closet, laundry piled on one bed, and plain old disarray in both rooms.  Plus not being able to do any housework (while an awesome thought in principle) means that the rest of the house isn't as tidy as I would like either!  It will all be worth it in the end though.

Yesterday we bought you a crib.  We were going to wait for the renos to be done but if they would have had to order the crib it could take 10 - 12 weeks to get it.  Fortunately they had the one we wanted in stock.  So it's all set up and looking good in what will be your room.  I hope that you like it, you're going to be sleeping in it for a few years!

It's hard to believe that your EDD is only 3 months away.  As excited as we are for you to be here, we are trying to stay focused on what's happening now.  I think it helps us get through the day.

However my subconscious doesn't share our practicality.  I dreamed last night that you were here.  Hubby was looking after you so I could sleep in.  You were dressed in cute blue pyjamas with darker blue stripes (I'll have to see if I can find some of those).  The weird thing is that we named you "Madge".  I have no idea where that came from!  Don't worry, we won't call you Madge, but I can't say for sure what we will call you yet.

And you've been much more active this week as well.  Some women complain that their babies move too much - I can't get enough.  Each time you move I know that you are okay.  In fact, if you want to give me a poke every hour, I'm happy!

September 27, 2010 -  28 Weeks, 1 Day - 144.2 lbs

I don't have too much to report this week.  At my Dr. appointment on Friday they told me to keep track of your "kick counts" at least once a day.  So far you've passed with flying colours!

The other day your dad had his hand on my belly and you moved across it.  He was kind of impressed and kind of grossed out by it.  I definitely think that him being able to feel you move has made this more "real" to him.

We haven't picked out any names yet.  We don't even have a short list. Don't panic, I'm sure we'll think of something before you're born.

We're getting your bedroom painted this week.  It's going to look awesome by the time you arrive!

October 3, 2010 - 29 Weeks - 145.0 lbs

I don't have too much to say about this week.  You're definitely getting more active.  You're really kicking butt (pardon the pun) on the kick counts each day.  Our next ultrasound is on Friday.  I can't wait to see you again.  There is a chance that I will have to go on bedrest or at least modified work but that's okay.  I'll find a way to entertain myself for a couple of months if it means that you will be safer.

October 8, 2010 - Nearly 30 weeks - 1.2 kg (baby)

Today's appointment was all about you.  But the appointment was in the morning and we already know that you are not a morning person.  I drank a big glass of OJ before I left the house, and while I could feel you moving around, I don't think you woke up.

Your heartbeat was strong and steady at 163 bpm.  Here you can clearly see all 4 chambers of the heart.  We also got to watch you take several practice breaths.


For the entire time we were there, you would not move your hands away from your face.  The technician really tried to get a good shot of your face, but none came out too well.  But we did get to see you blink a couple of times and you yawned once too.

See how squished you are?



I'm including this  photo of you because when I see your hands I giggle.  It looks like you are holding them up like you're trying to scare someone.  Maybe you were even shouting "Rawr" at the same time!


Sometime this weekend I'm going to get my small flashlight to see if you react to the light.   Do me proud son!

On the name front, we have not gotten anywhere.  Hopefully we will find something in the next 10 weeks that we all like.

October 17, 2010 - 31 Weeks - 146.2 lbs

Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary - it's been 14 years already.  Last night we went out for a really nice dinner.  You enjoyed it too as you were giving me lots of boots all through dinner.  Mind you, you slept in yesterday until about 2pm (I barely felt you move all day) so you had a lot of time to make up for.   You've been really active today too.

Lately you've been telling me to make a chocolate zucchini cake.  On Friday I bought the zucchini, but I've since realized that we don't have enough margarine.  I really should just run up to the store to get it, but I'm being lazy.  I know that if your dad finds out that I'm going to the store he'll give me a long list of other things to buy - and I don't really want to do that.

Otherwise, things are going well.  Your room is nearly finished.   We still need a few things, but we have all of the big things that we'll need.  Our biggest stumbling block is picking out a name for you.  Be prepared not to have a moniker when you're born!

October 26, 2010 - 32 Weeks, 2 Days - 147 lbs

I'm sorry son, I will have to keep this brief.  You have somehow given me carpal tunnel syndrome and my hands now have the tendency to go numb when I'm using the computer or sleeping.

I had another ultrasound yesterday to check on my placenta.  They had a Perinatologist come into the room to look at my placenta, but you were in the way.  She pushed really, really hard on my belly to get you to move.  Finally you did and they got a clear shot.  My placenta is not longer in a position to cause concern.  I asked her how it could move so fast and she said that because of where you were it was causing some distortion.

You are still a little guy though.  They estimate that you are about 1.4 kg.  I'm not worried, you are still within the normal range and still have several weeks to grow.  But remember our deal: 7 lbs is plenty!  The doctor wants to keep an eye on your size so I will go back again for another ultrasound in 3 weeks.

November 7, 2010 - 34 Weeks - 149.8 lbs

We're still trying to decide on a name.  It's not easy you know.  You will be stuck with this name your whole life (or at least until you're 18 and can legally change it).  I think we have about 4 names that we both agree on.  We probably won't pick one until after you're born.

The house renovations are all done (thank goodness).  You're coming into the world into a brand new bedroom.  I hope that you appreciate all of the sacrifices that I've made for you - I hate dealing with contractors!  Unfortunately we are also out of money.  Our savings are gone.  Normally this wouldn't really be much of a worry, but I only have 3 weeks of work left so there's no time to earn more to build it up again!  However, you can relax knowing that your daddy and I don't carry debt (other than the mortgage).  Things could be a lot worse for us.  I guess we won't be visiting your grandparents in Mexico this year is all.

My pregnancy hasn't been too hard or taxing, but even so I find myself getting anxious for your arrival.  But stay in there for another 6 weeks, okay?  I won't be one of those women who do things to bring on labour (unless it's already after Xmas and you're not here yet).  But for right now, your only concern is to grow.  Take advantage of your final weeks in utero.  Your life is going to change a lot after you're born (so will all of our lives).

Our next ultrasound is on November 15th. I will probably wait until after to update again, but we'll see how it goes.

November 15, 2010 - 35 Weeks, 1 Day - 150.6 lbs (me), 2.1kg (you)

We got to see you again today.  The Doctors are still keeping a close eye on you.  They're worried because you're a little small for your age, your Daddy and I aren't worried.  As long as you're healthy, we don't care how tall you are.  You are developing normally and that is all that matters to us.   Even so, they want me to come back for another ultrasound in 2 weeks.

You have gotten really active lately.  You turned over this past week and you discovered a tender spot to kick me in every now and then.  I don't like that so much, but I do love to feel you move around.

We're starting to receive gifts from friends.  They have been so thoughtful and I do have to admit that it's fun.  But it's not as much fun to see all of the gifts just sitting there waiting to be used.  I'm starting to get anxious to meet you.

In case you're wondering, my carpal tunnel syndrome is actually getting worse (even though I'm being very careful).  I will be sure to tell remind you of this when you are growing up.

November 21, 2010 - 36 Weeks - 153 lbs

I don't have too much to say to update you from this past week.  Next week is my last week of work.  It's strange to see that part of my life end (at least for now).  I've worked there for over 8 years, and while there have been days that would have gladly walked away from it all, for the most part I've truly enjoyed working there.  Having said that, I'm really looking forward to be done.  Once I'm done, I can focus all of my attentions on you.

Today we are going to a football game.  It's the Western Final of the CFL and we are going to watch the Riders play.  Unfortunately the weather sucks!  It's about -15C and snowing.  I really hope that the wind stays away or we will be miserable.  I don't think that we will renew our seats for next season so this could be the last game that we go to for a while.  But you will be spending a lot of quality time with your dad watching the games on t.v.

I had some prenatal photos taken the other day.  I can't wait to see how they look.  I hope that you like them too.  Being the first born (and most likely only child) you get to see such neat things.  Since I'm the youngest child there are certainly a lot fewer photos of me as a baby than there are of your uncle.  It's a sad fact of life.

Even so, I haven't started (or even bought) a baby book yet.  I've looked a few but didn't really like any of them.  Besides, you will have this to read when you're older.  I wonder if you will.  I hope so.  I guess I could always print these pages and put them into a book for you.  I think that I would prefer to do up a baby time capsule for you instead of a book.  However if you're born on Xmas day there will not be a newspaper that day - the only day of the year that they don't publish one.

November 29, 2010 - 37 Weeks, 1 Day - 152.4 (me), 2.4 kg (you)

I had a doctor appointment on Friday.  She said that if you slowed your growth down, then they would induce me early.  That is not how I wanted to start my maternity leave - with a baby already!  I need a couple of weeks to get ready for you.  Thankfully today you showed them that you are still growing so you get to bake a little longer.  Even so, when I got home I started to get your things organized.

Do you know how much stuff you have already?  No really, I mean it.  I got so many blankets and receiving blankets as gifts that even with 10 of them still in the package, I have to wash 2 loads to get them all!  And that doesn't even count all of your clothes!

When I'm done getting your room organized your dad and I will have to figure out how to install the car seat.  Thank goodness for You Tube!

So please stay put for at least 2 more weeks.  After that anytime is fine by me!

December 4, 2010 - 37 Weeks, 6 Days

I just wanted to say that we may have finally picked out a name for you.  We aren't going to share it in case we change our minds.

December 14, 2010 - 5 Days old

This marks the end of my pregnancy journal.  We welcomed you into the world on December 9, 2010


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