the first trimester
& how it went down
week 0: after another visit to the fertility clinic, we found ourselves there at 7am on sunday morning for another ultrasound to check out my follicles. we went ahead with our second round of treatment on 9/14/14!
week 1: i was in the two week wait, and symptom spotting like a banchi. i had been out of breath so many times with a few dizzy spells - but waiting for my boobs to hurt. my boobs are never affected by my period, but when i was pregnant with crue they got sore to the point where coming down the stairs was painful. none of that happened this time. i became so tired. i started waking up at 5am as isaiah was getting ready for work and texting him downstairs asking him to bring me some food because i was starving!
week 2-3: i started testing at 8dpo. i have a serious addiction with peeing on things. i think many TTC'ers develop that obsession. i don't know what it is?! we got a few very paint lines, in which i analyzed in every which way and changed the filter of the photos on my phone 100x. i even carried 3 sticks that had peed on outside to my balcony to check it out in the daylight. our first faint positive happened in the evening, so i was stoked to see what first morning pee would bring since thats strong. 10dpo we had our "official" positive on 9/25/14, our three year anniversary since isaiah proposed :) my appointment with the fertility clinic wasn't until 9/29 so i had called them to see if they wanted me in early to check betas and they said no because it may be a false positive from the treatment hormones. i wasn't sure how that'd be true since i had a few negative tests before seeing them turn positive, but we waited anyways. i went in monday morning 9/29 at 15dpo and my beta was 167. my second beta at 17dpo was 548. more than doubled!
week 4: we attended a wedding and i bought a maternity dress to wear because my bloat was already insisting that it be a show off. we made it through without anyone saying anything! and i was already wondering how in the heck we were ONLY 4 weeks along.
week 5: i skyped my mom who lives in texas and told her we were expecting. we try to skype every wednesday. this time we also needed to tell her that we cancelled our cruise for november and weren't going to be able to see her before we got on the ship :( i was super sad to hurt her feelings and not get to see her just yet but she was happy for the baby news!
the night time bloat is no joke
week 6: we went to a packer game at a friend of my dads house, who has been like my second dad my whole life. my uncle was there as well & i was just so nervous about people finding out! i basically bundled under a blanket the entire game and went pee 10x too many.
& now these leggings cut off my circulation. can we say, too tight?
week 7: nausea began to set in. something i didn't really have with crue at all. brushing my teeth was the worst thing in the world and following so, id be dry heaving for about 30 minutes each morning. we had our first ultrasound! 10/22 we went in and saw our teeny beeb with a strong flickering heart beat. no measurements, but they said that i was "measuring along beautifully" and released me to a regular OB.
week 8: we had a good weekend taking crue to the corn maze, but it was the worst week to date. i began to bleed. now i realize that can be common and normal, but i never had a drop of pink/red/brown with crue and it just didn't sit easy with me. after a few more days of bleeding and cramping, we went to the ER 10/29 (8w2d) on wednesday night. 5 hours later we got an ultrasound and saw our beeb, measuring 8w6d with a heart beat of 174! i cried. we left the ER with a prescription for zofran and bed rest. i was bleeding again some more on halloween night 10/31 but now (11/2) i have been blood free since halloween.
week 9: we had originally planned to share our news via a lifestyle video with a little announcement at the end, but cancelled with our videographer due to the bleeding/uncertainty and bed rest. super bummed that my idea won't work but looking forward to a family video at a later date, hopefully as a family of FOUR! i hit 9 weeks today as i write this on 11/2, and we get to see our baby on 11/5. i am so thankful that we get to go early in the morning because my nerves are going insane. being on bed rest is not a helpful distraction. i am praying so hard for good news on wednesday. a strong heart beat and a good growth improvement would mean everything to us. we love this baby dearly and feel so blessed to be pregnant after 12 months of trying and treatment. we shall see what wednesday brings! // wednesday was a whirlwind of emotions after bleeding more tuesday night (11/4), i got in to my appt on wednesday for them to tell me the ultrasound tech was gone. there was a huge chaos of events that followed but an hour later we got ourselves in to an appt at a clinic 25 minutes away so we could make sure everything was okay. you don't send a bleeding pregnant lady with her toddler all over town people! baby is measuring 9w4d (two days ahead) with a heart beat of 169! so so thankful that baby is hanging out in there all calm & collected. he/she waved at us!! :) the nausea is kicking my butt. i have thrown up more this week than my entire pregnancy with crue.
week 10: we had our first OB appt on 11/12 at 10w3d and got an immediate heartbeat on the doppler! oh it was so amazing. a fast 177 beats per minute. seriously bliss to a pregnant ladies ears. morning sickness has set in full force, about 24 hours a day. after 5pm i am a dead beat. it is so sad. 0 cravings and about 200 food aversions. dinner time has become quite pathetic around our house. my poor husband! one night i looked at isaiah and said "were already 1/4th of the way done!" time is truly flying by. i can't believe we've already been pregnant for most of september, ALL OF OCTOBER and now into november! no pictures, i've been that exhausted! :(
week 11: my tummy got so painful for the first two days of this week. serious hard cramping but no bleeding so i tried to rest and drink GALLONS of water. drink & pee, drink & pee. finally around 11w3d i started to feel better. crue enjoys rubbing my tummy and helping dad put lotion on my legs :) i am getting so so itchy around my calves, it drives me nuts! this pregnancy is 100x harder than my pregnancy with crue. i am more tired and more sick. zofran no longer helps and mashed potatoes are the only thing i can keep down. i can't imagine having a serious case of hypermesis. throwing up is the worst. i am pretty much puking once or twice a day where as with C - i only threw up twice in 42 weeks, and thats when i was in labor!
11w // 11.16.14
week 12: more often than not, the nausea is pretty much gone. howeverrrr i am still sick! it scares me more now because while its nice not to feel nauseas, the puking sneaks up on me and theres been moments i haven't made it to the bathroom or the toilet bowl. now i am terrified to go out to dinner on saturdays after church incase my food doesn't stay down. how embarrassing! i am hoping that i get much better at weekly bump photos from here until the end ;) we tried to get the harmony blood test but our insurance refused since we are not high risk, so we decided to go with the first trimester NT screening to get a chance to see our babe again :) that was scheduled for 12w3d on 11/26 which was PERFECT timing since we had planned to share our news on thanksgiving. it was a relief to see our baby before sharing the news and just cross checking that everything is going well in there. we ALLSSOOOO got a 90% accurate gender prediction and the tech kept referring to baby the gender she thought it will be, saying she felt very confident so thats super exciting! we can't wait to clarify :) we also found out crues gender at 12w4d, lucky us! babies heartbeat was 165bpm and measuring 12w6d (3 days ahead) again. we have SO much to be thankful for this thanksgiving!
sleep: started waking up hungry, then up often to pee, now pretty well!
skin: i am SO itchy. my shins and the small of my back. i need to find relief!
gender: we have a strong feeling & got a peek!
cravings: no thank you
headaches: none until 11w, had about 3 since then.
hair: not as greasy? someone said it looked thicker!
acne: awful. just like with crue!
crue: mamas big helper, doing well with it all so far!
daddy: SUPER excited to be a dad of 2!
mama: so so so, very grateful.
on to week 13!