Monday, March 15, 2021

Life Lately

 Just like that another 2 weeks have gone by.... We've been doing a lot of hanging around the house lately so not a ton has been going on. I am starting to feel slightly better so I am working on organizing, cleaning and decluttering. I really want to get as much unnecessary stuff out of our house before our baby comes. If we have organized systems in place that will be even better! I've started to organize the nursery and started picking out furniture and created my registry. So things are moving along! 



How cute is this little girl? Little does she know we will be welcoming a new puppy Easter weekend, and then a human baby will be coming in September. She is in for a huge shock of not being the only child but for now she is soaking it up. 



A couple of weekends ago Tim and I grabbed Adirondack chairs from Home Depot because last year I was desperately trying to find some in June and they were sold out everywhere. I wanted to make sure we got our hands on some so we can have some nights around the fire pit this summer and invite friends over and actually offer them a chair! I lobbied for 10 chairs, Tim thought we needed 6, so we compromised with 8. 


Just some more picture of my sweet baby sleeping on the couch.


We spend a lot of time at home and she's clearly comfortable here. 





This girl loves her daddy!!

I'm sharing this here before even posting it on my personal facebook and instagram pages...We got the results back on our NIPT testing. Our baby is perfectly healthy and is a......


GIRL! Tim was golfing so I called him on FaceTime and told him the amazing news. He told our friends he was golfing with and they gave him a pink golf ball. This is just such a cute picture and I am so thrilled to be having a baby girl. Tim will be the most amazing girl dad, he is so sweet and a calming presence. Sorry for gushing but I just love my husband and my little family so much!!



Of course I had to go to Walmart and buy all the clearance baby girl clothes I could find! I am going to continue hunting for clearance finds and sales. I want to make sure we are prepared for baby girl but don't want to go broke in the process!

So that's what life has been like around here lately. I will keep you updated!!

Monday, March 1, 2021

First Trimester of Pregnancy

 Woohoo! I am officially out of the first trimester and have all my energy back and feel great!

Totally kidding.

I am out of the first trimester and have the tiniest bit of energy back, but I'm still exhausted 98% of the time. Still going to be around 8 every night and spending most of my days lounging around. I am so grateful to be working from home during this time. 

Today I want to share a bit about my first trimester of pregnancy because this has been totally different than I imagined as someone struggling with infertility. Let's start from the beginning...


December 21st- December 24th...



On December 21st I took a pregnancy test because I had been taking Clomid during December and thought we had a good chance of getting pregnant. I only had the cheapo Amazon tests in the house so I took one and had the tiniest, faintest line. When Tim woke up I told him that I thought I might be pregnant, but I wasn't entirely sure. He told me he wasn't going to get too excited yet because the line was so faint. Over the next few days I bought some more substantial tests and the lines kept getting darker and darker.

I finally believed it when I took a Clearblue test and it clearly read "pregnant"


My moral support while waiting for the tests to complete.

I received a call from my doctors office letting me know that my levels looked great as far as clomid was concerned and I excitedly told them I was pregnant. They told me they would call back to schedule all my appointments.

We can't keep a secret...so on Christmas Eve told my parents when we stopped by their house in the afternoon. We told a few of Tim's family members on Christmas Eve and then managed to get his parents together to tell them on Christmas Day. We also told a few friends on Christmas Day as well.

In January I got to go for my first ultrasound!

Due to Covid I had to go in by myself and Tim wasn't able to come inside with me. I was thrilled when the ultrasound tech told me we were having twins. I skipped out to the car and told a completely shocked Tim. 

We were over the moon about having two babies. For two weeks I planned and hoped for my two babies to stay healthy. I wanted them both.

We unfortunately lost baby B which was very traumatic. I went in for my first OBGYN appointment and my doctor tried the in-room doppler to find the heartbeats and couldn't find baby B. This was on a Thursday and I unfortunately had to wait until the following Monday to get another ultrasound. The ultrasound tech tried abdominally and couldn't find a heartbeat. She then tried transvaginally and still couldn't find a heartbeat. Then a second tech came in to confirm. That appointment was so emotionally trying. I am tearing up thinking about it now. I broke down sobbing, Luckily Tim was waiting in the car for me but I still wish he had been in the appointment with me. 

I have more to say about vanishing twin but I will save that for a separate post. It is so difficult to grieve one baby and still be happy for the healthy one. 


At that appointment they did take pictures of baby A for me and did offer to take a picture of baby B but I declined that. I know that baby B had stopped growing around 7 weeks and didn't want to see the difference between my babies forever.

A couple of weeks ago I had another ultrasound for nuchal translucency. It was difficult to go back into the ultrasound suite (luckily it was a different room than my previous one), but watching baby A bounce around inside of me, wave at me, and kick their little legs gave me so much hope. I couldn't believe how much my little baby was moving and although I wish with all my heart I could've seen two little babies in there, my heart was happy to see my healthy little nugget.





I am officially 13 weeks pregnant as of last Friday and am due September 3rd. 

So besides the technical stuff, what has this pregnancy been like?

Symptoms: 

  • Severe exhaustion. Literally I'm in bed by 8PM every night and am pretty much a sloth during the day. 
  • Nausea. I haven't thrown up, but I think that's only from sheer force of will. Luckily the nausea has eased a bit, but at points I was feeling nauseous all day long.
  • Aversions to meat and many other foods. I honestly couldn't stand the smell, sight or taste of meat- any meat. I was able to eat steak tips on Saturday night which was an improvement. I also didn't want any vegetables but I was able to eat a salad on Saturday as well, so things are definitely looking up.
  • Beige foods. All things beige- mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, cereal, muffins, teddy grahams, ritz crackers, pretzels. Everything needed to be starchy and very plain in order for me to eat it. While I love all those types of foods it's hard to survive off of them.
Boy/ Girl Guesses?

I honestly have no idea at this point! Tim keeps switching back and forth with what he tells me he thinks. I have gotten a couple of boy guesses, solely because Tim's family is filled with boys. His brother has two boys and his sister is currently pregnant with a boy and due in June. I did submit our ultrasound pictures on Facebook and two people guessed girl, so we shall see. 

Future Appointments

I have an appointment this Thursday to see my OBGYN but I don't know what more I'll find out. I did do NIPT blood work but with the crazy weather in Texas my blood got delayed in the mail and didn't make it to the lab in time. I just redid my blood draw on Thursday so I'm hoping I will hear on that soon because it should include the gender. We will find out for sure at our 20 week anatomy scan appointment, but we will have a good idea after the blood work.

Our situation is somewhat different because NIPT predicts the gender through blood work but because I am technically still carrying two babies (until baby B gets reabsorbed) if either baby is a boy the blood work will tell us that the baby is a boy, even if only one is/was. If it says girl that means that both babies are/were girls. I am not counting on knowing for sure and am not planning on sharing the gender until after the anatomy scan when we are 100% certain. 


Overall we are getting excited to start planning the nursery and knowing who our little baby is! I think that pretty much catches you up. I am planning on writing up a post about vanishing twin syndrome because it was something I had honestly thought wasn't as common as it is. I will keep updating you through the pregnancy, maybe on a month basis? I also am going to try to update the blog more often. I haven't shared so many things that are happening and definitely need to do so!

Have a great day everyone!





Saturday, February 20, 2021

Baby Gooding

 


Well now you know why I've been radio silent around here.... Baby Gooding is scheduled to arrive September 3rd!

I am the worst at keeping secrets, so it was easier to stay away from the blog. Also, I've felt awful and exhausted 98% of these first few months so I honestly haven't done anything

This pregnancy hasn't been the easiest and I will share more on that in the future, but the short version is- today we should've been announcing twins. If you've never heard of vanishing twin syndrome I'll be writing more about that soon. For now we are focusing on the next six months ahead, and the little human we will be welcoming in September.

Oh, and our first baby who doesn't look thrilled by our announcement....