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the space between

blog,conception,photos,pregnancy,trying to conceive 28 October 2010 | Comments Off

Tonight I imported the entries from 2007 when we were trying to conceive. There weren’t many, and there is a huge gap between them and my pregnancy. The process was nerve racking to blog about, and felt too personal at the time. We tried for about six months and it wasn’t happening. I had never paid much attention to my cycles before and I was frustrated at how long and irregular they were.

Then after about five months, I got a bacterial infection on my leg (be careful where you get a pedicure!) and the doctor gave me antibiotics that weren’t safe for pregnancy. I would take them for nearly six months! When I finally stopped them and we started trying again I was sure it would take another six months or more, or that it would just never happen.

Impatient already that my first cycle was taking too long, I planned to call my midwife (who was my ob gyn) the following day to make an appointment to see what’s wrong. I thought, well of course she is going to ask if I’m pregnant so I’d better take a test to show her that I’m not. I took the test as I was getting ready for work, a day when I had an early meeting. My husband slept while I peed on a stick, my solid belief that the outcome was going to be the same as it always was before: Sorry, please try again. When I saw the results–Pregnant–I gasped loudly and my husband woke up. “It says… It’s… It’s…” I stammered, in utter disbelief. “You’re pregnant,” he said plainly. Me: “Yeah! Why aren’t you surprised?!” Him: “I knew it.” Well, that made one of us. I had to take another test but there was no time. I could barely process the results before I was out the door to my meeting. I don’t even remember how the meeting went, but I’m quite certain I smiled a lot. I’d planned to go home during lunch to take another test, but I couldn’t wait. As soon as my meeting was over I returned home and got the same beautiful results.

38 weeks – an early debut

birth,nursery,pregnancy,third trimester 11 January 2009 | Comments Off

  1. Biggest news first… I am being induced tonight or tomorrow morning!  The doctor has some concerns about my blood pressure and now that I’m full term she says there’s no benefit to waiting any longer.  I went in on Thursday night to get things started but didn’t show enough progress so they wanted me to come back tonight instead.
  2. The baby’s nursery is finally ready!  (Just in time.)
  3. Acupuncture is awesome.  I’ve been going for the past two weeks to try and prepare my body for what it’s about to do. 

We’ll update from the hospital when we have time and news to share…

happy and healthy

doula,midwife,pregnancy,third trimester 8 December 2008 | Comments Off

At last, we have a blender, people!

We chose our doula! Hooray for that. Our hope is go through early labor at home and go to the hospital once I’ve progressed enough to avoid too many restrictions or interventions. Believe me, I’m looking forward to an epidural but I don’t want my labor progress or freedom of movement to be hindered by having it too early. Not only do we love our doula, but by all accounts we are lucky to have a very well-respected midwife and a highly capable doctor so I know we will be in good hands no matter what.

Today I had my second non-stress test in two weeks and again everything went really well. They attached some external monitors to my belly and recorded the baby’s heart rate over a period of twenty minutes, looking for a healthy baseline and some accelerations. It was really nice to sit and listen to baby’s heart for such a long time all by myself. And when he gave me a little kick I would both feel it and hear it.

I was happily surprised that my blood pressure was actually 120/70 instead of the usual high 130′s/high 80′s. I ordered a home BP monitor so I can track it myself as my due date gets closer. It would be fantastic for my BP to stabilize before my due date so I’m less likely to be induced.

It was nice to work from home today, I’ve missed that the past few weeks and I’m starting to really need it. Lately around 3 pm my belly begins to feel really tight and heavy. It continues to feel worse until I can get home and lay down. Luckily my maternity leave begins on Dec 24th. It will be a fine Merry Christmas to me and babyfoo!

hiccups and doulas

doula,pregnancy,third trimester 23 November 2008 | 1 Comment

Two nights in a row our Babyfoo has treated me to hiccups in utero! Luckily they haven’t lasted very long and I think the first time I actually fell asleep to them. As someone who really hates having hiccups myself, they weren’t that bad. I just hoped they didn’t bother him.

We met with some doulas today to see if we want to have one attending our birth. I’m not completely decisive one way or the other, but we agree it would be a relief and a luxury to have someone we’re comfortable with, and who is knowledgeable and experienced enough to coach us through delivering our first baby. We’ll have a few more interviews before we decide for sure.

Only four more weeks until I start my maternity leave! Even less since next week is a partial holiday. Which will be great because I feel like I haven’t had *time* to have the urge to nest yet.

second trimester… and counting

pregnancy,second trimester 18 October 2008 | Comments Off

Not much in the way of updates, other than I am much bigger and far less graceful at 26 weeks now. According to my whacky size chart, baby boy foo is halfway between a box of facial tissue and a load of bread. 

I have been experiencing some new and exciting side effects of pregnancy:

  • Allergies
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Heartburn (plus acid reflux!)
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure

The latter I am going to see the doctor about on Monday just to make sure everything is okay.  Regardless of my growing complaints, I’m thankful they are safely treatable I am still very much enjoying my pregnancy. In early November, we have our birthing prep class and labor workshop.    Exciting!

babyfoo @ 18 wks, the movie

baby,pregnancy,second trimester,ultrasound,video 5 September 2008 | Comments Off


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and the winner is…

pregnancy,second trimester 1 September 2008 | Comments Off

It’s a BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our four-and-a-half-year-old cousin slowly tore open the envelope and showed everyone a BLUE ribbon; it was so dramatic! Ultrasound pictures and video to be posted when our new computer is setup, hopefully later this week.