Can 1+1 be 3?

Our Journey To conception

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I know I just did this yesterday but I’m getting back on track :) 

How Far Along: 12 weeks!

Weight Gain: -2 still, fully clothed at 10:15 am after 24 oz of water and breakfast at the doctors office! I’ll take it!

Maternity Clothes: Jeans are always unbuttoned while sitting. It’s time to order some new pants.

Sleep: I love sleeping! 

Pregnancy Perk: I’m pregnant!

Embarrassing Pregnant Moment: Nada

Baby Purchases this week: Nothing since last night :) I want to go yard sale-ing/shopping this weekend though. Probably won’t happen.

Best moment regarding baby this week: Got to see baby jumping around this morning at my NT scan

Gender: 4 more weeks!

Movement: Baby is moving a LOT but it’s too early for me to feel it.

Food Cravings: I think filet mignon teppanyaki is on the menu at some point this weekend. We have a fantastic reason to celebrate. 

Food Aversions: The smell of hot sauce. Blech

How’s Mama? I am EXHAUSTED still. 

What I am looking forward to: Finding out the gender, and feeling movement! :)

Our Baby in Veggie/Fruit Terms: Plum/Apricot

NT Scan update:

Baby was incredibly uncooperative and would NOT move for the first 10 minutes. She had me partially empty my bladder and walk around for a bit. Laid back down and we got him/her into the right position but then s/he wouldn’t STOP moving so all our pictures are blurry! It was so cute seeing him/her bounce around like crazy, folding up, and waving hands and legs around. I’m measuring 12w3d but they are keeping my due date the same. HB was 163.

My blood pressure was 124/60, my a1c was great, my bloodwork and cultures all came back normal and I get to come off of my metformin! It’s such a breath of fresh air to be considered “normal” for the first time in a while. :)

Next appt scheduled for 15w6d on 8/28! 

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Anonymous asked: Based on the heartbeat, I'm calling girl! Higher heartbeats are almost always girls! Do you have a preference? Would it make it harder or easier to have a boy or girl after your last pregnancy was a boy?

We have a slight preference for a girl but either way we are so excited! My husband thinks this one is a girl, as does my RE’s nurse. My husband guessed correctly with our boy so we will have to wait and see if he is correct in a few weeks! I unfortunately don’t have a feeling either way, nor did I last time.

I think the heartbeat settles around 13 weeks so we will have to see where it goes from here. The old wives tales are only 50% accurate after all.

It wouldn’t make it harder if it was a boy again. The only thing that has been difficult is seeing friends approach their due dates which are close to what mine should have been (Oct 9). Ironically all my pregnant friends (8 or 9 of them) IRL due between sept 15 and oct 31 are having boys.

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Better late than never, right? 

How Far Along: 11 weeks 6 days

Weight Gain: Don’t know. Don’t want to know.

Maternity Clothes: Jeans are always unbuttoned while sitting. It’s about time to order a belly band.

Sleep: I love sleeping! 

Pregnancy Perk: I’m pregnant!

Embarrassing Pregnant Moment: Haven’t really had one in the last 13 days since I last updated.

Baby Purchases this week: Bought some sleepers from Baby Gap that I wanted in particular designs before they ran out. I had to tame myself because I wanted them all. Oh I’m in trouble! I’m going to be opening a Gap card. I just know it! 

Best moment regarding baby this week: We can hear baby on the doppler now! I LOVE LOVE LOVE listening to baby’s heartbeat

Gender: I found a place ~50 miles away (read: 1 1/2 hours in traffic each way) that can do it at 14 weeks. Eeek! We’ll probably stay local and go at 16 weeks though. 

Movement: Baby is moving but it’s too early for me to feel it.

Food Cravings: Black and White cookies (half moons) and I didn’t get nearly enough of them while I was in NY to bring back with me. 

Food Aversions: The smell of hot sauce. Blech

How’s Mama? I am EXHAUSTED still. 

What I am looking forward to: My NT scan is tomorrow morning :D

Our Baby in Veggie/Fruit Terms: Fig

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Might or might not be addicted to the doppler. Hearing that heartbeat is the sweetest most calming sound. I don’t ever want to forget it. I listened when I got home from work and twice this evening with my husband. 😊

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Listen to what I found today. No mistaking this one. It was too quiet to pick up the beat reliably but I counted 44 beats in the 16 seconds I recorded. So roughly 165-170 bpm! Definitely baby. I couldn’t be happier! It is such a relief to heat this sweet sound at home.

11w4d which means 199 days left.


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I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
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My mom called me out on being too nervous to walk down the baby aisle at the store we were at this morning. I just can’t help it.

Finally home after 7 hours of driving. Basking in wifi, AC, and cable tv (or tv in general!).

Back to work tomorrow. 😥

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208/365 Say hello to the mosquito bite I got at the picnic yesterday. I can see my pulse in it.

208/365 Say hello to the mosquito bite I got at the picnic yesterday. I can see my pulse in it.

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Long but good day. My back is killing me and I’m exhausted. Hopefully I can get some better sleep tonight. I’m already ready to go back home.

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here’s a tip

if someone says they don’t drink, they don’t fucking drink

respect it

And if someone who does drink says they’re not drinking that night, they’re not drinking that night

Respect that too

This. My in laws used to continuously ask me what kind of drink I wanted. It took 9 frustrating months for them to realize I wasn’t being shy/modest, but I just don’t drink.

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Miscarriages are labor, miscarriages are birth. To consider them less dishonors the woman whose womb has held life, however briefly.
Kathryn Miller Ridiman, Midwifery Today 1997 (via emilye)

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11 weeks today!

My 11 week update will have to go up either Monday or Tuesday when I return to civilization. I am without wifi for the weekend and it’s near impossible to make a formatted post from Tumblr mobile.

Big event this week: my gag reflex has gotten out of control. I ended up hitting it while brushing my teeth this morning and lost the contents of my stomach before 7am. I hadn’t eaten so it was just a bunch of bile, which I think is the worst thing to throw up. First time I’ve thrown up in pregnancy.

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Told one of my brothers tonight :) It is going to be more fun than I thought it would be to tell everyone. I am going out of town in the morning and will tell my extended family this weekend. We plan on going public after the NT scan if all looks well. It is starting to feel real.

Still can’t find baby on the doppler. I’m starting to think those few seconds must have been a fluke. Not worried though!

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Had my first ob appointment today. I didn’t get to interrogate her like I originally wanted to but I feel so so so comfortable with her. We checked on baby with a very quick ultrasound (my first abdominal ultrasound!) and saw our beautiful baby with a very strong heartbeat. She didn’t do any measurements or print any pictures, but I’m okay with that.

She didn’t pressure me into getting a pap smear. The stuff was on the counter when I got in the room and we told her I was uncomfortable with anything that would irritate my cervix considering I have had so much spotting and bleeding. She was completely cool with it and incredibly non pushy and accepting of our concerns. That’s when I knew we would get along just fine.

She said as long as my a1c comes back fine I will come off of the metformin at 12weeks. I would love to get off of it because it makes enjoying carbs a punished crime. If my a1c comes back elevated I will stay on it.

I was nervous about them checking my blood pressure because it’s always super high at doctors offices and high on the electric ones. I warned the nurse I tended to have white coat syndrome and was especially anxious given our miscarriage. It was 125/80 which is pretty stellar for my anxiety I was having.

We decided to pass on any genetic carrier testing.

I have my Nuchal translucency scan scheduled for NEXT FRIDAY.

I’m so excited. This finally is starting to feel real. I have been so guarded about something happening that I haven’t felt really connected to the baby. I am so excited to start announcing it to the rest of our families!