Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

blogging from bed

I stayed in bed for the better part of today. when I woke at 2:30 this morning because I had to go, I had a splitting headache. I went down to the freezer and grabbed an ice pack, got back in bed and hoped for the best. when the alarm sounded at 5:15, the headache was still there. back to the freezer for another ice pack, grabbed a tylenol, and a couple of hours of more sleep, hoping to be able to go into work late. that didn’t happen.

at about 1, I went back to Quest Diagnostics to have more blood drawn – my bruises haven’t even healed from the last time, but these are the sacrifices an expectant mom-to-be makes for a healthy pregnancy 😛 they took six vials of blood. SIX. I left cranky, a little bit lightheaded, and with a sore/cold arm. hopefully I can stay away from Quest for a couple of more weeks.

in other news, I switched prenatal vitamis this morning. I was taking chewable, fruit flavor ones but the lemon flavor lingers pretty much all day, and was making me queasy. I switched to a pill form, and no lingering flavor. also no signs of “fish burps” from the added DHA. score!

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Bump Update: 5 Weeks

How far along? 5 weeks (technically today I am 5 weeks 2 days, but the picture was taken at 5 weeks)

Baby’s size: orange seed

Total weight gain: none yet

Maternity clothes? nope, not yet 🙂

Stretch marks? no

Sleep: need more. exhaustion hit hard this week

Best moment this week: getting the Big Fat Positive on the Pregnancy Test

Food cravings: anything salty

Food aversions: not yet

Gender:  your guess is as good as mine 🙂

Symptoms: queasy, pretty much all the time but especially if I got even a little hungry, exhausted, sweet tooth turned to salty tooth (ranch for breakfast?), bloated, STARVING, dizzy, light-headed, shaky

Belly Button:  Innie

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: so happy.

Looking forward to: being able to tell people

What I miss: nothing yet 🙂

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maybe Christmas baby

you are getting two posts today. yup two. because I’ll do anything to avoid work I’m feeling generous.

yesterday’s  appointment went well. the blood work and the doctor’s urine test both confirmed the pregnancy. the doctor estimates the due date to be December 26, 2012, which means I am 5 weeks, 2 days pregnant today. we learned my doctor no longer does the labor and delivery part of ob, so after the 2nd trimester, she would refer me to one of her colleagues who does. what she does do though, is pediatrics. she comes to the hospital within 12 hours on the birth to start caring for baby. I think that is awesome. we may look for someone who specializes in pediatrics, however, right now, I’m thinking it would be pretty convenient to have my doctor also be baby’s doctor, so we’ll see. I was disappointed to learn that my health insurance only pays for one ultrasound, which will be performed around 18-20 weeks (hopefully baby isn’t being bashful so we can find out the gender). I was really wanting to hear the heartbeat soon. I didn’t think to ask if she will use a doppler to find the heartbeat in the meantime. I’ll have to ask at the next appointment.

hubs came to the appointment with me and plans to come to all of the appointments. I feel SO lucky to be married to him.

the next post is going to be the first bump update. basically, every week I am going to post a picture along with the stats I feel are important. the first picture I took of myself, in the bathroom, with my phone. so you can guess how great that picture is going to be. I will be trying to convince hubs to take the picture of me every week from now on.

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doctor, doctor

so in the recent past I have not been thrilled with my doctor’s office. for one thing, I have been a patient for more than three years and I still haven’t met the actual doctor. I see a physicians assistant. which on it’s own, is not the end of the world. I like her and I feel comfortable talking to her. however, the past two times I was in, I saw a different PA and she creeped me out I was not so comfortable with her. she is just a ball of nervous energy, looked at me weird, and didn’t really seem to give me what I need.  I told her we were going to begin trying to conceive, and all she told me was to take a prenatal. no advice on how long I should wait after stopping the pill, no information about anything. when I saw her for a second time, she prescribed me an antibiotic and when I reminded her again we were trying to conceive, she said nothing. when I got to the pharmacy to pick it up, imagine my suprise when the pharmacist tells me you shouldn’t be pregnant or try to get pregnant while taking the antibiotics. my head about exploded. so I already knew shopping for a new doctor was in store. I didn’t expect to be blessed with such an easy time conceiving, so I hadn’t done any research on that yet.

this week, my doctor’s office has completely redeemed themselves in my eyes. I had read in a couple of baby books/websites most doctors won’t see you for your first prenatal visit until 6 to 8 weeks. I called my doctors office on tuesday to tell them I had taken a positive home pregnancy test, and she was like, oh we want you to come in right away to see the doctor. she will confirm the pregnancy and help determine a due date, plus give you some reading material. so hubs and I have an appointment this afternoon, two days later. with the REAL doctor. so excited to get some questions answered.

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Knocked Up!

we pretty much had the best weekend ever. by friday afternoon I just knew I was pregnant. I was nauseous when I got even a little hungry, I was nauseous after I ate, and I was nauseous just doing nothing. also, exhaustion hit me like a ton of bricks. I lacked any desire to do anything other than sit on the couch. and I was ready for bed at 8 pm. so I knew. we waited until sunday to test though, because of the reasons mentioned in my last post. I had to leave the bathroom to stop myself from staring at the test the whole 3 minutes, I was worried that staring at it could somehow jinx it. so I went downstairs, and when the timer went off, grabbed hubs and ran up the stairs. and I got the biggest smile on my face because that’s pregnant!

we are going to wait to tell people (probably for the full 12 weeks) but I’m finding it so  hard to keep my mouth shut. I just want to scream from the roof top “I’M PREGNANT!” so that plan may have to be reevaluated.

I had my initial blood work drawn yesterday morning since my dr. had given me the paperwork a couple of months ago and scheduled a drs. appointment this thursday so she can confirm the pregnancy and estimate a due date 🙂

have I mentioned how EXCITED I am?

as soon as the dr. gives us an estimated due date,  I will start bump updates so hopefully I will be able to do the first one this week.

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i want to TEST!

the two week wait is torture for a woman trying to conceive. TORTURE! basically, pregnancy tests can pick up the hCG hormone between 12-15 days post ovulation (on average). so you wait and you wait and you want to test the WHOLE time. because you just want to be pregnant already. and there are women out there who were able to find out 6 days after ovulation. I promised myself I wouldn’t become a psychotic pee on a stick-aholic. I wouldn’t succumb to that urge to just try and see. and here I am 11 days post ovulation and I’ve been at work for 2 hours, the whole time obsessing over if I could test tomorrow morning. yup, I’ve become that girl. the one who is not productive, and is basically insane, mumbling to myself in the hallway about tests, and timing, and basically freaking everybody out in my building (ok, so there is no mumbling, or freaking everybody out, but there is a lot of googling – because if it’s on the internet it must be true).

some of you may be thinking – what’s the big deal, just go pee on a stick, stop making yourself crazy. there are a couple of reasons hubs and I are pretty adamant about waiting to test until there is a very likely chance of the test being accurate. For one, if you test too early, it might turn up a big fat negative because the hCG isn’t strong enough to be detected. and who wants a constant let down every morning? second, there is a chance that you can get an early big fat positive (YAY) but then end up with a chemical pregnancy (early miscarriage) and who wants that kind of a let down? and last, have you seen just how expensive those babies are? I mean, we are trying to prepare financially for a baby people; we can’t be spending that kind of dough just because I want to pee on a stick every 2 minutes hours.

so I will wait. semi-patiently. if any of you have been following along with the math, today is Friday, that means if Aunt Flow hasn’t visited by Monday, I will be at 14 days past ovulation. hubs and I have the day off. it sure would be a special day if we could celebrate the start of our new life.

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we have baby FEVER!

ok, I suppose I should clarify. I have had baby fever since I realized babies were cute and cuddly and needed someone to love them. so probably since I was five :P.  but it was more of a general, I want babies someday type of fever. then I met my hubby. and all of those hypothetical baby wishes started looking like reality. we have four close friends with babies (that’s right I’m talking about you T, S, J, and M). I love cuddling their babies. I love rocking them and playing with them. and the more time I spend with the babies, the more our (ok) my desire for a baby of our own grew. so we started to prepare and plan. and then we ditched the birth control. and now I have a completely healthy obsession with all things baby related. I read baby blogs, I lurk on TTC (trying to conceive) forums, and I read articles and books about pregnancy and conceiving, and try to figure out ways to increase our chances. we have officially been trying for 2 cycles now, and while I know most healthy couples take 6 – 12 months to conceive, I’m already impatient.

on hubby’s part, he is super supportive of my crazy. he lets me discuss the pros and cons of diaper bags I’ve found on blogs and he doesn’t complain when I send him pictures of baby related things ALL DAY LONG. but he keeps me grounded: “Honey, I’m pretty sure it’s too early to actually buy the diaper bag.” which I love him for. and while he isn’t as consumed by the fever as I am, I know he is excited. he has asked on more than one occasion “are you pregnant yet?” and chimes in to conversations with knowledge that could only come from doing a little of his own online research. 

so while I’m pretty sure the only cure to his fever is pregnancy, in the meantime I have the love and support from an amazing man who is going to make a fantastic father. What more could a girl ask for (except for maybe a baby :P)?

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Hello world!

Welcome to Baby D Makes Three. This will be a place for me to share my thoughts, feelings, and let’s face it, frustrations during our quest to “start” our family (this phrase has always tickled me a little because we already are a family…it’s just a family of two that we are trying to expand to three 😛 but I digress). This will be a place where I can share with my family and friends our journey into parenthood and raising children. But as it is a blog, on the internet, and totally findable by anyone, I thought maybe I should make introductions so you know who we are and where we stand.

The D’s married on 10~10~10. We love God and we love each other. And we want to love a child. We own a home, have steady jobs, and have an amazing support system through our family, friends, and our church.  

I’m sure if you follow this blog you will learn more about us than you ever thought you wanted to know.

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