Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's a BOY!!!!

On July 16, 2010, Phil, Taeya and I headed down to a town about an hour from us for my level 2 ultrasound. My doctor was just being cautious when she ordered a level 2 ultrasound. I have a liver disease and am on medicine that very rarely can affect the baby. My previous ultrasounds looked good but she wanted the level 2 just to rule out any abnormalities. The ultrasound was done when our baby was 19 weeks 2 days along.

We had a GREAT ultrasound. The technician and doctor were both extremely kind. I had a big TV screen that I was able to watch the entire ultrasound on. The tech asked us if we wanted to find out the gender. We told her that we thought it was a boy based on our last ultrasound. However, the tech at our last ultrasound had first said that she thought we were having a girl and then changed her mind a few minutes later and said she was pretty sure it was a boy. The tech from yesterday looked and very quickly confirmed that we indeed are having a son. He was very cooperative during the entire ultrasound, and not just when she was looking at whether he was a boy or a girl.

He was laying on his back for the ultrasound and she was able to get all of the measurements she needed and took a ton of pictures of baby's heart. The technology we have today is amazing!! It is amazing to see the miracle of life that is growing within me every day. I loved watching his little four-chamber heart pumping the blood through his body.

When the doctor came in, he was very personable and friendly. He asked me some questions about myself and told me that he had another Master's College student in within the past few weeks. Interesting considering how small our school is. I wonder who it was. He did some of the ultrasound as well. He took a sideways view of the baby swallowing. He showed the fluid in the baby's mouth and then showed how it moved past his esophagus into his stomach. Baby did a number of really quick swallows that the doctor pointed out as well. He pointed out how amazing and advanced this is for such a tiny baby to be doing. He talked about how if the baby is swallowing how so many processes have to work together and be coordinated and it shows the brain development of the baby is where it needs to be. He didn't use the word miracle but that's basically what he was saying it was.

Before we left, the technician did more scanning and kept saying what a beautiful baby we had. She certainly seemed to be enjoying looking at our baby as much as we did. It made for a very lovely experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. (Much better than my first ultrasound I had this pregnancy!!) She said the baby was so cooperative which made her ultrasound look good. She also said she can't always tell 100% the gender of a baby but she was 100% certain we are having a boy. He definitely wasn't shy!! She also showed us some 4D ultrasounds where the baby was captured and she could move the image around. She printed off some 3D pictures of Baby's face from those views. We have a little cutie hiding in my belly!!! I can't wait to meet him.

Taeya is understanding more and more each day that there's a baby in mommy's belly. Even when they did the ultrasound, she recognized that the pictures on the screen were of the baby. She likes to kiss and pat my tummy and every now and then, she turns to me and says, "Baby in Mommy." It's precious. I need to take another belly picture. This past week I went from not looking pregnant to definitely looking (and feeling) pregnant!

It's a BOY!!! Can you find the evidence?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

18 Weeks Pregnant

On Monday I was 18 weeks along in my pregnancy. I finally got around to taking some more pictures. Nearly 4 1/2 months along now.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Summer Projects

While Phil is still unemployed, we decided that this was a great time to get some of the house projects done that we've wanted to do since moving in last August.

*Re-do the flagstone patio. Take out the little rocks that get kicked up everywhere and lower the flagstone so the wooden beams show so we can build a railing eventually for safety.

*Plant a veggie and flower garden on the side of the house in the flower beds.

*Plant flowers and plants out front to make the front of the house look nice. As you can see, it's still a work in progress.

*Build a storage loft in the garage so we can park one of the cars in the garage and clean/organize the garage.

I am so proud of my husband and what a great job he did on the loft. I helped a little here and there when needed but he was the mastermind behind the job. Great job for your FIRST EVER construction job!!

Over the past 3 weeks or so, we were able to accomplish all of those projects. We still have a little more to plant in the front of the house but the other projects are done! Now for leveling, tilling, topsoiling and seeding the side-yard. I can't WAIT until we have a nice side-yard of grass for Taeya to play in. I'm also looking forward to not tracking in TONS of dirt every time we go out to water our garden.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

ER Visit-17 weeks 2 days

Well, on the way to my OB appointment today after 3 days of not feeling well, they called on my way there and said my doctor had been called into an emergency c-section and that I’d have to go to the Family Birthplace. I tried checking in at the hospital to the Family Birthplace but they decided to send me to the ER instead since I wasn’t 20 weeks along yet. So, down to the ER we (Phil, Taeya and I) went.

They checked me in pretty quickly which was nice. I explained that I’ve been having some abdominal pain for 3 days, my left arm has been tingly and I’ve been achy and just not feeling well all over. Very quickly after I arrived at the ER, the ultrasound tech came for me. We were able to see Baby Camp who is doing great!!! He/She is measuring right on schedule at 17 weeks 3 days (I’m 17 weeks 2 days). Everything looked great with the baby. The tech asked if we wanted to find out the gender which we said, “Yes!” She has a pretty good idea of what the baby is and printed some pictures for us. I'll do another post on that in a day or so. Sorry, I wrote it out but then decided to delete it. :) You'll have to wait a bit. I’ll be having another ultrasound down the road so we’ll check down there again I’m sure. Everything looked good on the ultrasound and they couldn’t find any abnormalities. Pictures of Baby Camp to come later.

Back to the ER room I went. They drew blood, took a urine sample, and did a pelvic exam. All of which looked great. They didn’t have an explanation for the pain (which was improving while I was there). Once we left, my body started aching quite a bit on the way home. I thought I’d write this post for those of you who have been praying to have an update and then it’s off to relax. Please pray that my body starts to feel better as it’s hard not having an answer for the pain. Although I am VERY THANKFUL that everything is okay with the baby!!!

Oh, and while we were in the ER, Taeya was SUCH a good girl! Everyone loved her and kept bringing her things. She received a soft cow baby rattle bracelet which accidentally got left behind.  Two other people brought her coloring books and two others suggested that we give her icecream/juice/crackers from the little snack station in the ER. We even had a couple people peek their head in to see her because they heard there was a very cute little girl in our room.  I must say, Phil and I were very pleased at how patient she was for the 2 ½ hours we spent at the hospital. What a special little girl God has given us!

Thank you all for your prayers if you saw my message on Facebook earlier today.