Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I Forgot...

One thing I forgot to mention in my post yesterday: We have the official "anatomy" ultrasound scheduled for October 25th...yay! We get to view the baby in 3-D on a HD big screen--way cool. Speaking of forgetting...that seems to be another "symptom" of pregnancy. Some days I feel like my brain is mush!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Feeling Better!

After a stressful minute of prodding around with the doppler and only picking up my heartbeat, my doctor found the little one's "hiding" behind mine. I won't lie--I kinda started freaking out--sweating, rapid heart beat...a billion thoughts running through my head at the same time; but then there it was. Yay for the tricky baby! Thanks to all of you who said prayers for us today--it means more than you can know. In my mind, we have passed a crucial point. So, everything looked good except my blood pressure which was SUPER high--I think like 150/90. Fortunately, we think we know why. I have seem to acquired allergy induced asthma. I have been having a heck of a time these past few days with allergy symptoms in addition to wheezing--I have been using an inhaler sparingly. Well, apparently when one's lungs are not functioning at par, one's blood pressure goes way up. So, I shall begin using the inhaler more frequently and see where we are in a couple of weeks--hopefully lower blood pressure and loosened lungs. Besides the allergy issues I am also feeling better in general--the slight nausea that I have experienced has lessened in the last few days, and that is a blessing. I am now past the point where we lost the baby last time, so everything is completely new--that is cool. I am excited to see what the remainder of this pregnancy has in store!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Anxiety and Excitement

I have my next doctor's appointment on Monday. God has blessed me with a tremendous amount of peace with this pregnancy, but my humanness always seems to creep in around the time when I am awaiting a doctor visit. It is hard for me not to remember that day in February when we innocently went to the doctor, with no adverse signs, and found out we had miscarried almost three weeks previous. It was truly heartbreaking, and I think that memory is behind my doctor anxiety. I am also excited. Three weeks ago we heard the baby's heartbeat with the handheld doppler. It was amazing, and I can't wait to hear that sound again. I appreciate so much all of the prayers that have been said, and are continuing to be said on our behalf. God has been faithfully answering those prayers. We are blessed.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

A Baby on the Way

We are going to have a baby! I am 10 weeks along, due on March 30. Here you see a lovely photo of my uterus and what looks to be a few white blobs. It is actually little Bowers--tricky, I know. This ultrasound was done at about 7 1/2 weeks. Since then, we were able to hear the heartbeat with the doppler--a very big deal. My doctor told me this past week that my hormones are peaking right around now, and that I should begin feeling a bit more "normal" soon. While I can't say that I have been miserable by any means, I can definitely tell that I am pregnant. Most of my pregnant friends (of which there are at least 1/2 dozen right now) seem to have escaped the beast called "morning sickness". I seem to have only a mild case, thankfully. But, I certainly appreciate the way my body works under "normal" circumstances. Here are just a few things I will learn not to take for granted post-pregnancy:

1. Brushing my teeth (and my tongue) without gagging.
2. Eating chicken.
3. Eating eggs.
4. Cooking.
5. Swallowing my vitamins.
6. Being "regular".
7. Not burping every time I open my mouth to say something.
8. Eating a normal sized meal without feeling like my insides are going to explode.
9. Sleeping a normal 8 hours a night--as opposed to 12.

10. Having dreams that don't involve weird things happening to me, my friends, my family, and the baby.
11. Constructing an intelligent sentence. Who knew that being pregnant kills brain cells?

Overall, things have been great. I am just so happy to be pregnant. We had a tough winter, but God is faithful! I am excited to see the plans he has for this little one.