Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy Viability Day to my Baby Boy!!

Many of you know what this days means, but to the others, I will explain.

Today is the day -- 24 weeks gestation -- that if (GOD FORBID!) I go into labor, the NICU will do everything in their power to save my child. Before this, most insurances wouldn't allow it.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

23w 3d appt update

Just wanted to post quickly that all was good at my peri appt this morning!! Thanks for the the support for the appt and about my Grandmom passing.

My Dad asked if I would do a reading at the funeral mass this Friday. Of course I said I'd do it, but I'm pretty certain I'll breakdown at the podium. I mean seriously, who would imagine a hormonal pregnant woman to keep her composure!?!? LOL.

Oh, and my blood pressure was back up this morning to 140/90. I guess that could be from the pregnancy, my Grandmother's passing, or even the Chinese food we had for dinner last night. I'll wait a few days and check it again at the pharmacy.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sad family news

My Grandmother passed away this morning.

It was my Dad's mom and my last grandparent. I was hoping EJ would have been able to meet at least one of his great-grandparents, but all of Ed's are gone as well. She was 91 and very ready to go. She's been suffering from Alzheimer's for about a year and her mind and body were just deteriorating, so this is one of those times where you say death is a good thing and she won't suffer anymore. But I'm still very sad about it.

Isn't it ironic?

My next peri appt is tomorrow - 9/24/08.

9/24/07 was the date of m/c #2. I went in for my appt that day and my 8week baby didn't have a heartbeat. Based on growth, it probably stopped that morning or the day before. We were, of course, devastated.

What are the odds that this appt would fall on the same date? I guess they're the same odds that would make my final FET this year (5/1/08) fall on baby #2's EDD.

I don't know how to feel about this coincidence. But I do know I'm freaked out a bit that something will go wrong tomorrow.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wallet update

I just got a call from a woman who lives about an hour away. She found my wallet on her front lawn this morning! She said it looks like everything is there...including my driver's license I just paid $30 to replace, but oh well.

I'll be happy to have it back in my hot little hands knowing that my information isn't floating out there somewhere.

So the only damage done was the $109 in cash, plus the $30 for my license. Everything else was just an irritating hassle, but luckily nobody was hurt.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I posted before my that MIL and FIL said they'd buy us our glider for EJ's nursery. I picked my MIL up today and we were going to lunch and then Babies-R-Us to order the chair. We went to the new Panera Bread by her house. I LOVE that place and we don't have one by us so it was a total rare treat. We were there for about an hour eating and laughing and talking all about our baby plans. We got up to leave and I realized my purse had been unzipped. And my wallet was gone. Que the PG lady to start having a near-heart attack. I ran to the counter and asked for a manager and asked if they had surveillance cameras on the dining room to see if we could catch who did it. My MIL remembered a big guy sitting back to back with me and thinking he was kinda close, but then again the tables were pretty squished together.

The manager came out and said they had the guy on film. He walked in the front door at 12:36 (practically two steps behind us) and went right to the dining area, he never ordered any food. And in eight minutes he was out the door again. So he basically was there solely to commit that sort of crime. By the time we were done (about 45 minutes later) he was already almost an hours drive away and had charged about $900 worth of stuff to two of my credit cards, and was probably smiling over the $100 in cash in my wallet. Now I NEVER NEVER NEVER have more than like $10 cash on me but I knew we were going to BRU and I wanted to buy a few things. We have a monthly budget so I took out the cash I wanted to spend this month on "fun things".

So I quickly called my bank to cancel my debit card and called Ed to cancel our other credit cards. We were told we won't be responsible for the charges he did make, but now comes all the hassle stuff. I need to get a new driver's license. I need to get new grocery store super-saver cards. I need to get a new Blockbuster card. Etc. Etc. Etc.

And then there are the things I can't college ID, pictures, fortune from the Chinese dinner we had before my BFP that was a total "sign". And then all of those business cards you collect over time for the hairdresser, favorite manicure place, photographer I want to use for baby pictures, etc. And then are the things I'm not even remembering. I just hope there is nothing in there that this creep can use to harm my credit (or me personally). I've already put a fraud alert on my credit so hopefully no more financial damage can be done. But I just feel like I'm forgetting something and I'm going to be whacked with something huge in the near future.

And Ed has to work late tonight and my parents are on vacation so I just very desperately need a hug and to feel safe. Poor Jimmy is going to have to put up with me cuddling with him for the next few hours. LOL.

Why are there such assholes out there????? I know many of us are firm believers in karma so let's all gang up together and wish something just as irritating to happen to this guy. Maybe the $400 he spent at the drug store was for cigarettes and in a few years he'll come down with lung cancer? Can karma do that or is that just too mean???

Anyway...I ordered my glider and ottoman which will be here in 2-3 months and my MIL even bought me a diaper bag I was looking at (I think she felt really sorry for me). So those are two things that I was happy about today. And I think the milkshake I'm about to make will give me the "happy ending" that I need :)


Monday, September 15, 2008


Last night, Ed and I had sex for like only the third time this entire pregnancy (which is now 22 weeks!!!). We're both so afraid of something going wrong that we're just playing it safe.

As if it wasn't hard enough to just relax and enjoy it all, it's even harder when your baby starts to punch and kick. Just imagine as things are getting hot and heavy I feel a little TAP TAP TAP from inside my belly. It was as though EJ was saying "Hello??? What's going on out there??!!!". I felt like I was back in college and my roommate came knocking at the door while I was in with my boyfriend. LOL.

Needless to say, Ed "hurried up" and it was over almost as quickly as it began. I think I'll stick to milkshakes for my pleasure for the next 18 weeks :D

Saturday, September 13, 2008

My advice...

If I could give one bit advice to anyone who is, or plans to become, your fiber. Eat it by the truckload if you can.

Constipation blows big time.

This is my second major bout with it this pregnancy and it is worse than the first time. I feel terrible. My belly aches and I have an overwhelming sense of "fullness" in my abdomen. It's also making me extra-nauseous since the food I eat has nowhere to go. The most I have managed to expel are those little rabbit pellets and that just doesn't give much relief. I've taken stool softeners (which just make me crampy) and the next thing on my list is a laxative. I'll have to take it tonight since I don't have anywhere to go tomorrow and I'll never be far from my bathroom.

Oh joy.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Starting the nursery!

The fun is really starting to get rolling now...decorating the nursery. I've had so many nursery ideas swirling around in my head for 2.5 years now but it still feels like new to look at all the cute themes out there. And I have to say that I LOVE knowing what gender our baby is. It's just so much easier to go with a theme geared towards a gender-specific idea.

So here is what we picked out for E.J.'s nursery, it's called Bubbles...

Ed doesn't like the character-themed stuff and we're both into sailing and the ocean so this one is just perfect. I'd love to do the walls with the little bubbles, so stay tuned till next month to see if we pull it off :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Our parents are great

Recently, my Mom told us that she and my Dad will buy us our crib and changer for the nursery!! And then this morning my MIL calls to say that she'd like to buy us our glider and ottoman. How wonderful is that!?!? We are so lucky to have such generous parents!

Work has officially begun on E.J's nursery. This weekend Ed took down the border in the room that will be our baby's room! The next step is to clear out all the furniture (which is a ton of stuff). We've picked out the bedding, so I think I'll buy the border that goes with it so we can match the paint to it and get started with the painting in a week or two.

I can't believe my home will actually have a nursery in it!!!!!!!

I've waited so long for this and I want to savor every minute of it.

Friday, September 5, 2008

To make a short story long...

Here is my full account of my BIG ultrasound yesterday (here you go Tracy!)...

Ed and I got to the fetal imaging place about 30 minutes before my appt and I was a ball of nerves. I really thought I was going to pass out. After 15 minutes we were called we go!!!!

There were two u/s techs there; the regular Alba and the trainee Ruth. Ruth took her good old time, which I loved. She spent a lot of time looking at the heart and I was in awe watching it beat away. She then went to the head and we looked at every angle, even up our little Nugget's nose. Ed could barely make out what was on the screen so I tried to tell him everything that was up there but I kept getting side-tracked and would go silent and just watch in awe, "there is my little baby" kept running through my mind. I was in love. She looked at the parts of the brain, the eye orbits, nose, chin, jawline, palette, etc. Everything.

Then she moved down and checked out each arm and all the little fingers...we counted 10 :) She then got to the abdomen and asked if we wanted to know the gender. I almost blurted out "YES, THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE!!" but simply said "yes please". Well, she seemed to take HOURS to get to the "money shot". In the meantime she went over the diaphragm, liver, kidneys, bladder, stomach, etc. That was such a tease! Why ask if we want to know the gender and then move on to the bladder?!?!?!

She then skipped over the entire genital section and went for the feet. Once again, we counted 10 little piggies. She went up the legs...and the ankle bone's connected to the shin bone...and the shin bone's connected to the knee bone...and the knee bone's connected to the thigh bone...and the thigh bone's connected to the ---WAIT! I think I see something!!! Then, she moved to Nugget's backside. What a cute little tush!!

And then there it was in a freeze frame. A penis. We have a little boy! It took a while for Ed to register what he was looking at, but teared up as soon he realized he was going to have a son. It was such a wonderful moment for us. We've waited so long for this and I'm thrilled to be able to give him the boy he so badly wanted. And his name will carry on.

That was pretty much the end of it. I guess Ruth was saving the best for last. The dr. came in and verified the gender and sent us on our way. I went right to Target and bought loads of cute blue onesies. Ed is still on cloud nine, and is telling anyone who will stand still long enough to listen to him.

Next up...registering and starting our nursery!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

It's a .......



I can't believe we're having a baby boy!!! So much for my mother's intuition, but the Chinese gender chart was right.

Everything was perfect at the u/s and I'll post those details later. I just wanted to drop a quick line to add us to TEAM BLUE!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Poll Results

So, 31 of you think we're having a GIRL and 16 think we're having a BOY. Wow, that's a big swing to Team Pink. Just out of curiosity, why did you vote the way you did?

Only two more days until we find out who is right!!!

Katie and Patty...I know you voted opposite each other so I hope there is something good at stake for the winner :)

Monday, September 1, 2008

20 weeks!!

Ode to Bon Jovi...
Whooah, we're half way there
Livin on a prayer
Take my hand and well make it - I swear
Livin on a prayer

I CANNOT believe I have made it to 20 weeks...only 20 more to go!! My ticker says that my m/s has subsided. Well, that's just wrong. I still feel queasy quite a bit and gag over my toothbrush every day. I'm not throwing up as much, but still about 2 times a week.

Here is this week's belly pic. I'm getting quite large and my belly is fully in front of my boobs now. That's a huge feat as my "girls" seem to be getting bigger by the day also. LOL.

My Big U/S is on Thursday so I send me all the good vibes you can spare. I hope we have a healthy little Nugget in there. And I'd love to find out if it's a boy or girl. I want to start buying pink or blue stuff :)

And September 1, 2007 was my very first EDD from IUI #2 that was back in Dec. 2006. That seems like a lifetime ago...