Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It’s fall ya’ll!

Woot! This is my absolute favorite time of year even though it does mean that summer is officially over :(  I seriously can’t believe how quickly the summer came and went.  I have no doubt that our many, many baby doc appointments and other baby related craziness has been the main contributor to my feeling that time flew by!  I’ve been a total blog slacker these past 3 months mostly because I was writing our “mommy diaries” on the side, which took me away from the blog. 

Here is a little re-cap of some of our summer shenanigans :)

:: My ma remodeled her kitchen, which is something that she has wanted to do for about 15 years ::

:: Georgia took Samoya to Bark for Life… can you tell that she loves her mama?! ::

:: Our friend Katy became a Mrs. ::

::The Roybal's had some fun in LA LA land! ::

:: We enjoyed some swim time at auntie Maine’s ::

:: My beautiful honeysuckle came back to life!!! :: 

We braved the NM State Fair (braved being the operative word).  We decided to be adventurous this year and take the ABQ Park & Ride, which was a HUGE mistake!  We thought we were going to be shuttled over only to find out that we had to take the city bus with a bunch of crazies (and I’m not being snobby or judgmental – these peeps were cracked out and gave us the major creeps).  The bus dropped us off about a mile from the fair and we had to walk along the rode while cars sped by us at ridiculous speeds.  I basically made Georgia scale the fence because I was feeling very unsafe!  Luckily we survived and ended up have a really great time.

:: Georgia napped pretty much every day, all summer – he, he ::

:: AND I lost 56lbs!  I'm only 4 pounds away from my 30th birthday weight loss goal! :: 

Now onto the best season of the year - FALL!    

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Breakfast for dinner…

Yup, I’ve resorted to desperate measures to get the wife to EAT!  Last night, rather than grilled chicken, sautéed summer squash and mushrooms with whole grain wild rice – Georgia wanted eggs and ketchup.  Ugh, gross!  I just don’t understand how a tiny 4-inch little babe can give a person such aversions to delicious food?  The only chow that Georgia can seem to handle these days is a little fruit or oatmeal in the morning, some carbs and veggies for lunch and a few bites of whatever we're having for dinner.  Come 6 o’clock she would rather do anything than eat.

For about a month now (since around the time G lost her appetite) I’ve surrendered to the fact that I’m no longer in charge of planning the menu, it’s baby’s choice these days and that’s ok with me!  I'm just thankful that G can eat during the day because she is already -3lbs from her starting weight and I'm sure I would worry if I knew that baby wasn't getting the fuel s/he needs!  

The good news is that we’re 15 weeks and according to everything we’ve read, Georgia should start feeling better soon!

This pic is so adorable I had to share ~ G circa 1978

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

We have news!

We’re having a baby!  WE’RE HAVING A BABY!  Did I mention that we’re having a baby?!  These are words that we have been longing to say since March of 2010 and I think that we’re both still in total disbelief that this is actually happening.  We found out that G had a bun in the oven in early July, and I can honestly say that it’s been the hardest secret to keep, EVER.  I use the word “secret” lightly given the fact that a close circle of our family and friends have known since day one.  We had planned to hold off on any announcements for a couple of weeks but who were we kidding… we immediately let the cat out of the bag :) 

When I look back on the past year and a half, I am amazed by all that we’ve been through together.  We often joke that at this point we could open our own fertility clinic with everything that we have learned.  There have been many tears and a lot of prayers over these past 16 months.  It’s so funny to me when I think about how easy we thought it would be to get pregnant.  I mean seriously… I started our blog in August of last year thinking “this is going to be perfect, we will be pregnant soon and this blog will be our way of documenting our adventures in motherhood.”  As those who have followed our blog know – things didn’t really go according to plan.  The crazy thing is that even though it took us 16 months to make our little miracle, I wouldn’t change a thing.  Every month that past, every negative pregnancy test and every tear, made our desire to become mamas all that much stronger.  We made our minds up that this was going to happen and that we were going to do whatever we had to do to meet our baby.  I’m proud of us for that.  It’s ridiculous that we humans think that we can control our destiny.  Here we thought that after 15 months of trying to get pregnant, Georgia needed a break and it was time to switch to me.  Luckily for us, God had other plans. 

G and I both decided that we didn’t want to “go public” with the news until at least the 13th week.  Because of this and because I didn’t want to forget anything about our first trimester, I started a little diary.  We are overjoyed to share “The Mommy Diaries” with all of you!  We hope you enjoying reading about our journey thus far!

The Mommy Diaries ~ It all started with a “YES”

July 8, 2011 ~ YES! 

After what felt like the longest two weeks EVER, Georgia and I took a pregnancy test this morning.  I think we both felt like time was standing still because getting pregnant is the most important thing to us and we’ve been working on this for almost a year and a half now. We woke up this morning knowing full well what an important day it was going to be.  The house was really quite as we had our coffee and breakfast.  I don’t think either of us was in a rush to take the test because we were both a little scared.  I hate to admit this, but we had some real doubts and fears on this, our 7th try in 15 months.  After breakfast I looked over and ask Georgia “you ready?”  She nodded yes and we headed to the bathroom.  Following the test we had to wait three minutes to check the results so I put the test stick on top of the fridge and we cleaned up the kitchen (I do realize that peeing on a stick and placing it on top of the refrigerator is a bit random… I was out of sorts).  When it came time to check the results I suddenly got cold feet.  I’ve been the one to check the six previous times and I felt so nervous I wanted Georgia to be the one to do the deed.  Well, following a little back and forth, we decided to look together.  Arm and arm we slowly turned the stick over and read the beautiful word we had been longing for, YES!

There was total silence for what felt like a full minute and then we both burst into tears.  We hugged, kissed, shouted, I cheered and then we cried a little more.  All I kept saying was, “it says yes, it says yes!!”  OH MY GOD!  I also said shit several times as did Georgia.  We were both in total shock – it was crazy!  Before taking the test we had decided that we wouldn’t tell anyone right away.  Well that plan flew right out the window the minute we got the results.  Following our celebration we both said at almost the same time that we needed to call our moms.  Then I called my sis and Georgia called her brother.  We spent the rest of the day letting our close friends know and I’m talking literally the entire day!  I think Sara and I talked for almost 3 hours. 

It has been such an amazing day.  I’ve kissed Georgia’s belly about a hundred times.  I’ve registered us on a few baby websites and I think we’ve both taken a 2nd, 3rd… 10th look at the test just to be sure.  Tomorrow Georgia has a few blood tests that she’ll need to take to check her levels, so for tonight we will say a little prayer and get some rest.  Life is good. 



Yes friends, Georgia’s HCG level is eighty-eight!  Those were the results we got today from our nurse and my God; she couldn’t have called a minute sooner.  You see, I’m a worrier and my worrying began last night.  Finding out that my beautiful wife was going to have our baby was the most amazing, wonderful news EVER, but once the wonderfulness wore off a bit… the worrying began.  I couldn’t help but remember the last time we were in the same place.  What many of our friends and family don’t know is that we had a miscarriage in February of this year.  We found out we were pregnant, we were elated, we went to the doctor the following day and had Georgia’s blood tested.  This was the beginning of what was easily the hardest thing we’ve ever been through and the longest 8 ½ weeks of our lives.  Just like today, the nurse called us with Georgia’s HCG level, only on that day it was 17, not 88. 

Because this was our previous experience, waiting for that call was the worst 5 hours one can imagine.  When the nurse finally did call, Georgia ran over to get me (one of the perks of working with my wife) and we both went into an office.  The nurse told us that Georgia’s HCG test came back and that it was 88.  We looked at each other and asked at the same time, “is that good?!”  She then proceeded to tell us that 88 was very good.  She told us that they look for a minimum of 50 and that 88 is a great result.  She also told us that as long as the number continues to double every two days we’re good.  So that’s where we are tonight.  Waiting again but so thankful for the good news we received today.  We are also so grateful for our friends and family.  They were with us back in February and they are with us today, praying for us, encouraging us, being strong for us. 

Thank God for them and thank God for our little miracle.

July 13, 2011 ~ St. Patty’s Baby!  Well, almost :)

Yesterday was such an amazing day.  The day started out a bit stressful because we were waiting on the results of G’s second blood test.  The nurse had told us on Monday that Georgia’s numbers were good but that they needed to double by Wednesday.  I had read somewhere once that when you’re praying for something important you need to be specific and pray for exactly what you are seeking whether it is guidance, a resolution, etc.  With this in mind I asked our circle to pray that Georgia’s test came back at 200.  Around 2pm we still hadn’t heard from our specialist and we were starting to go into panic mode.  I finally told Georgia that we should just call because chances were they had the results but just didn’t have a chance to call us yet.  

Together we went to a conference room at work and rang the hospital.  One of the nurses, Holly, answered and went over the results with us.  She let us know that not only had Georgia’s HCG went up, but it tripled!!!  This was such an answer to prayer so of course I cried (which seems to be all I do these days… you would think I was the pregnant one).  She let us know that we were 4 weeks along and due on March 16th, 2012!  I’m sure this date will change several times but it was still pretty amazing to hear our date for the first time.  In that moment, I fell suddenly and irrevocably in LOVE with the month of March!   

After getting off the line we called our moms and when we rang my mom she answered from her car phone.  I went right into telling her the good news to which she yelled out “oh thank you Jesus” and then immediately shouted “oh honey!  I have the boys in the car.”  Georgia and I had planned to wait until at least the 10th week to tell Rudy and Devin that they were going to have a cousin, but things don’t always go as planned.  They were both so excited.  For a good minute I couldn’t hear anything my mom was saying because Rudy was shouting that he wanted to talk to us and Devin was yelling even louder from the back seat because he wanted to know what was going on.  Rudy excitedly told us all about how he had just asked Nani “when is auntie Kristi and auntie Georgia going to have a baby?”  After telling me this he said in his cute little voice “isn’t that so weird auntie Kristi?”  We thought it was pretty crazy too :)

After talking to the moms (and George), we sent out a mass follow-up text to Dean, Missy and the rest of the peeps to give them the good news. The only way that I can fully explain how we felt for the remainder of this day, is that we were walking on sunshine!

A couple days ago Georgia found this very cool website that tells you what your baby is up to each week of development.  The site also gives you an idea of how big your baby is by comparing it to food.  Here’s what our little one is up to at 4 weeks.   

How your baby's growing: 4 Weeks

This week marks the beginning of the embryonic period. From now until 10 weeks, all of your baby's organs will begin to develop and some will even begin to function. Right now your baby is an embryo the size of a poppy seed, consisting of two layers: the epiblast and the hypoblast, from which all of her organs and body parts will develop.  Also present now are the amniotic sac, which will house your baby; the amniotic fluid, which will cushion her as she grows; and the yolk sac, which produces your baby's red blood cells and helps deliver nutrients to her until the placenta has developed and is ready to take over this duty.

I promised Georgia that I would only make her take a profile pic once a month and not every week.  So here is the first of 10 pictures – my lady at 4 weeks!

July 18, 2011 ~ 5 weeks and 1 sleepy wife!

Yesterday we returned from our camping trip to Pecos (baby’s FIRST camping trip!!) and we celebrated 5 weeks!  We had a blast playing in the mountains.  I did blog about the trip but had to leave out any mention of baby Roybal seeing as s/he is still an embryo.  Georgia was such a trooper!  She had energy the whole time and slept really well.  Thus far she hasn’t had any “morning sickness” but she does get a little queasy in the evenings and when she eats big meals.  Over the past 5 weeks her symptoms have been what she has described as a tight feeling tummy, sore breasts, 24/7 hunger and sleepiness with the occasional headache.  If you ask me, the sleepiness is what’s hitting her hardest.  Sunday when we got back from the mountains we did a little cleaning, watched some TV and went to bed.  Luckily we were off on Monday because Georgia literally slept ALL DAY (I’m talking 6 hour nap people)!  I finally woke her up around 7:30pm because I was afraid that she was going to get dehydrated and also needed to eat.  Following dinner she was back down for the count and didn’t drag her sleepy bones out of bed until 8:30am Tuesday morning, which is about 30 minutes before she needed to leave for work!  Ha, I love it.

I’ve also recently become obsessed with taking pictures of her sleeping.  I don’t know why I do the things I do :)

The more symptoms Georgia has the happier I feel.  When she complains of headaches I’m like “great!”  When she says she’s hungry I feed her in-between meal snacks (which are always healthy).  When she tells me her tummy feels weird I quickly follow with “weird how… like cramps… let me see… does it hurt… let me touch it… how does it feel… etc.”  I’m so annoying, it’s awesome.

On the trip, we shared with our close guy friends that G was prego because we knew they would be suspicious with her not drinking.  From that moment on, the ongoing joke became BABY’S FIRST everything.  When we got in the river everyone shouted, baby’s first swim in the river!  When G had breakfast it was – baby’s first camping breakfast.  The joke quickly became absolutely ridiculous but had us all hysterically laughing the whole weekend!  Monday we have our first ultrasound and we are feeling all sorts of emotions.  Thank god we have a wedding, a birthday BBQ and a family get together this weekend.  Monday can’t come fast enough...

How your baby's growing: 5 Weeks

Deep in your uterus your embroyo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he’s about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He's now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm, which will later form all of his organs and tissues. The neural tube — from which your baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout, is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.)

I’m going to try to get G to write some of the entries in this, our mommy diary/baby book.  Hopefully she’ll be up to writing our 6-week post following the ultrasound!  We’ll see…

July 27, 2011 ~ 6 weeks and first ultrasound

According to G…

Our little stinker is finally on the way!  July 25, 2011 was the start of week 6 for us.  Most people are just finding out that they are pregnant around week 6 but we’ve known for a few weeks now because of the special processes that we have had to encounter to get pregnant.  I don’t know what I was expecting to feel once I was actually pregnant.  I guess I thought because you are growing a human that you would feel every tiny change and it would be painful.  Literally, it has been just the way all the books and moms tell you it will be with sore breasts and morning sickness.  I have been sore pretty much everywhere in my torso but I’ve been lucky that the morning sickness has been pretty mild… knock on wood.   Week 6 has been the most anticipated for us because our first ultrasound was scheduled for Monday.  We were so nervous but excited at the same time. My lady was so nervous that while we were in the room waiting for the doctor she had to step out for a moment to take some deep breaths.  We just wanted so badly to hear that we had a growing baby and everything seemed normal, unlike our previous experience.  When K came back in we said a prayer together and then Dr. Caperton joined us to start the ultrasound.  Immediately, we saw a black circle on the screen (the embryonic sac) and inside that dark area was a tiny yolk sac and a tiny little baby.  Even though everything on the screen was so tiny it was the most precious moment because we knew right then that for sure we had a little baby on the way.  Dr. Caperton said it looked perfect!  These days, there is so much information available to describe the development process that your baby is experiencing each week.   We read that sometime during week 6, you have the first opportunity to see the flicker of a heartbeat in an ultrasound.  Sure enough our stinker was trying to say hi!  Right when I asked the doctor about a heartbeat we saw a flicker on the screen!  It was so exciting but it was only a tease so Dr. Caperton suggested that we return to his office at the end of the week to see if we can get a little more activity… how lucky are we!  We will keep you posted as the weeks and months go on and baby continues to grow.

Posted by mommy G.

Is it crazy that I already think our baby is super cute?  I told Missy this very thing and her response was “cute, really?!  Ha!

How your baby's growing: 6 Weeks

This week's developments: The nose, mouth, and ears. If you could see into your uterus, you'd find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby's eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds. His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs have appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones. Right now, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil.

We have a heartbeat!

During our 7-week check-up, we got the surprise of a lifetime!  As I posted last week, Georgia and I went in the Monday of week 6 for our first ultrasound.  This was a very early ultrasound and our doctor told us not to expect too much considering our baby was about the size of a lentil.  He told us that most women don’t even know that they are expecting at this point, and don’t usually have an ultrasound until after week 9.  He said that because of this, we shouldn’t get scared if we didn’t see a heartbeat.  Our doc was totally right – baby Roybal was teenie tiny.  Because the appointment didn’t show any clear signs of a heartbeat (although G said that she noticed a little something), he suggested that we come back that Friday to take another look.

As planned, we returned 5 days later (so technically we were 6 weeks and 5 days which is practically 7 weeks).  Georgia climbed up onto the table and we held hands, both feeling a little nervous.  Up to this point, I thought we were just going in to see the heartbeat on the screen.  Nothing could have prepared us for what happened next.  One minute we’re squinting to see what we thought would be a tiny flicker of our baby’s heart and then, BUM, BUM… BUM, BUM… BUM, BUM… BUM, BUM!  We heard our baby’s heartbeat and it was beautiful and so fast!  I of course burst into tears and G had a huge grin from ear to ear.  The doctor showed us the sac and the frequency of the heartbeat – 120bpm.  He told us that everything looked good that the beats per minute were exactly what they should be.  He then gave us our picture and sent us on our way. 

What an amazing day!  Just when I think I can’t love Georgia anymore, we go through something like this and I’m overwhelmed with feelings of gratefulness and love.  On a side note, she is getting a little more barfy every week.  These days she is having a hard time eating big meals and is pretty picky about the foods she wants.  She still has yet to actually spill her cookies but she gets so nauseous that she wishes she would sometimes.  I love it. 

Most nights G is completely exhausted by the time she gets home but is still able to make dinner once a week or so.  I think we have a good system going thus far.  We usually prep our meals on Sunday, I cook most during the weekdays and she grills for us on the weekends when she is able to rest more during the day.  We’re hoping that we can incorporate a little more exercise in week 8.  We’ll see :)

Here is our little bean at just about 7 weeks.  We have a week 8 check-up on the 12th where we’re going to try and get a more zoomed in pic!

How your baby's growing: 7 Weeks

The big news this week: hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs!  Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of the tailbone.  Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.  If you could see inside your womb, you’d spot eyelid folds partially covering her eyes, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin.  A loop in your baby’s growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

August 8, 2011 ~ It’s officially week 8, how are you feeling lady?

According to G…

This morning sickness stuff is definitely “touch and go” right now!  I feel yucky! I haven’t tossed my cookies (yet) but for the past few days that yucky motion sickness, queasy at the thought of food feeling has been more of a constant.  It’s on and off all day and all night.  Last night my only option was to go to sleep at like 10pm (which if you know me is WAAAAYYYYY early).  I can eat but definitely less than what I’m used to and as I’m eating some bites make it down a little easier than others.  Everything grosses me out right now, especially Taco Bell commercials.  Again, I’m not the sensitive, weak stomach type, so these feelings are definitely foreign to me.   I’m just thankful that it’s not so bad that it really affects my behavior or my ability work (because I’m a geek, these are the things I worry about).

August 12, 2011 ~ Feeling Thankful

We are so blessed to have awesome insurance.  During our most recent doctor’s visit, we had our 3rd ultrasound and we are only 8 weeks!  Not only do most women not have a first ultrasound until around 10-12 weeks, but many are lucky to have 3 ultrasounds throughout their entire pregnancy.  Both G and I realized how very blessed we are to have an insurance plan that allows us to see our little bean so often and one that actually covers a portion of the cost of fertility treatment.  In our 7-week visit I was so caught off guard when we heard little bean’s heartbeat for the first time that I didn’t even think to record it.  I was much more prepared during our 8-week visit and made sure to catch everything on video!  

Here is the most recent picture and video of our little stinker at 8 weeks and 5 days!  We couldn’t believe how much s/he grew in just 2 weeks time.  It’s all so exciting for us!

Our next and probably last appointment with our fertility doc is in 2 weeks.  By then we will be 11 weeks – ekkkk! 

How your baby's growing: 8 Weeks

New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby’s hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his “tail” is just about gone.  In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways.  Your baby is about the size of a kidney bean and is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can’t feel it.  

August 22, 2011 ~ 10 Weeks

On the way home from work today, Sara called to give us the great news that her and Vince are having a girl!  As we were talking, I started to hear some strange noises coming from Georgia in the drivers seat.  I asked if she was okay and she said that she was, but as was got closer to the house the sounds got a little louder.  I could hear that she was breathing heavy and swallowing quite a bit… I think we both knew what was coming.

The minute we got home, Georgia jumped out of the Jeep and ran inside.  I quickly got off the phone with Sara and went to check on her.  Sure enough, my poor lady tossed her cookies.  I know that this was no fun for her but it was exciting for me.  I’m lovin that G’s pregnancy symptoms are becoming more of a regular thing.  The minute that we thought she was going to skip the “morning sickness” phase of pregnancy, baby showed us that s/he had other plans.  The funny thing is that she doesn’t really have morning sickness… she has more of an evening sickness.  She usually starts feeling icky around 5pm and that icky feeling carries through bedtime.  Because of this, food is not her favorite thing right now.  I’m lucky if I can get her to eat half her dinner, which is okay because I know she's getting her food groups in for the most part during the day.

I’m so proud of my baby.  Everyday she makes sure to have her dairy, whole grain, protein, veggies and fruit.  She also makes sure to take her pre-natal every day along with folic acid and plenty of water.  Initially, she was really worried about weight gain during the first trimester, but she is doing great in that department too!  Based on her build, the recommendation was to gain no more than about 3lbs in the first tri and as we approach the end of the trimester – she’s only gained 2.5lbs.  Although this is exactly where she wanted to be, our goal is to focus more on general health and wellness and less on a target number.  The good news is that she is doing awesome in both areas.  So proud of you lady :)        

How your baby's growing: 10 Weeks

Though he’s barely the size of a kumquat (a little over an inch long) and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of development.  This is the beginning of the fetal period, when the tissues and organs rapidly grow and mature.  He’s swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm.  Kidneys, intestines, brain and liver are now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac. If you could see inside your womb, you would see tiny nails forming on fingers and toes.  Your baby’s limbs can bend now and the outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin.  In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches

August 24, 2011 ~ She Has “Baby Brain!”

I’m sure that most of you have heard the phrase “baby brain” before.  It’s basically when pregnant women start to forget things on a regular basis.  For the first 6 weeks of our pregnancy, I didn’t see any signs of this with Georgia… but boy has that changed!  About three weeks ago, I came in from watering the roses and could smell something burning.  When I walked into the kitchen I noticed that the smell was coming from the microwave.  I took a look in the micro and found our poor little microwave plate cover melted!  Georgia thought she had set the timer but she actually turned on the microwave for like 10 minutes.  I guess she couldn’t smell the melting plastic, haha!  This was just the beginning… about a week later I left her to supervise the baking of some meatballs I was making.  I had given her instructions to cover the meatballs with foil the day before and again that morning.  That afternoon while I was meeting my book club friends, I sent Georgia a text to confirm the cooking instructions again.  When I got home, low and behold, the meatballs were in the oven uncovered and hardly cooked!  Even though we were totally running late – I couldn’t help but laugh!

While these stories are becoming more and more frequent, and definitely something we enjoy laughing about - today was by far the most awesome example of G’s baby brain in action!  This morning we decided to carpool to work, which meant that G had to wake up a little earlier and take a break from her normal routine.  We were of course running late and in a rush to get out of the house.  When we arrived at work we both jumped out of the Jeep and hurried to the door.  As we were getting ready to walk in I could hear Georgia yell, CRAP!  I looked back at her looking down at her feet.  Yup, she wore her multi-colored Hawaiian flip-flops to work!

I’m excited to see what she’ll do next ;) 

August 29, 2011 ~ 11 Weeks!  Our baby is a dancing machine :)

Our 11 week ultrasound was exciting to say the least.  I still don’t think we comprehend just how fast this little baby is growing, because every time we go in for a follow-up appointment we are shock by just how big s/he is!  In every ultrasound that we’ve had leading up to week 11, the most movement we’ve witnessed has been the flicker of a heartbeat.  As the video below shows… this is no longer the case!  As you can tell by my ridiculous voice and our responses, we had no idea that an 11 week old baby could move so much!  We have both watched the video about a twenty times since!  

This was our last appointment with our fertility clinic and it was a bit emotional.  Over the past 16 months we have developed relationships with both doctors and all the nurses.  This was very evident to us as we were leaving.  One at a time, our nurses came to congratulate us on “graduating” from their office.  They were all so excited for our family and gushed over the video and baby pictures.  We visited, laughed and spent some time just being happy together.

What many people don’t know, is that only about half the states in the US have fertility clinics and the clinic in New Mexico has ranked in the top ten several times.  I can’t imagine what it would have been like (or cost) if we would have had to travel to another state for all of our baby appointments.  We are so fortunate.

September 5, 2011 ~ 12 Weeks @ Disneyland

Hitting the 12th week mark was so wonderful but also a little lonely because Georgia and I had to spend it in different states.  For Grace’s birthday (part II) the family took her out to LA to visit Dean and celebrate her 70th.  Unfortunately, I was unable to get off work so I had to stay behind.  Because the 12th week was such a significant week for baby’s development, I made Georgia send me pictures of her belly (which I am not allowed to post) followed by tons of phone calls and text messages.  I was a little worried about her going to Disneyland because I knew she would be on her feet and in the sun all day.  I really had no need to worry because she was such a good mama bear.  As I discovered in my many check-in calls, she made sure to take it easy, drink tons of water, eat, and she only rode the Pirates of the Caribbean.  Now, before you think I’m some Nazi wife who told G that she couldn’t ride any rides in Disneyland, you should know that she only rode one because it was a crazy busy holiday weekend and the rest of the fam only got on 4… boo!

To try and occupy my time and to surprise G, I remodeled our master bathroom!  It came out so great and she was shocked.  She even got a little teary eyed… hormones ;)

How great is this picture?!  I LOVE it! 

September 10, 2011 ~ End of trimester one!

This has been quite the eventful week for baby!  On Thursday we had our genetic screening test and Friday was our first OB appointment.  For the screening test we really wanted to keep it non-invasive, so we went with the most basic option for screening which was to simply measure baby and do a blood test.  The technician that worked with us was the nicest woman.  She checked the baby’s kidneys, brain, heart, neck measurement, limbs and development of other body parts.  We were so happy to hear that everything “looked perfect!”  The room was very relaxing and we were able to lay back and watch the ultrasound on a big flat screen TV hanging overhead.  Baby was super active and showed us all the new things s/he can do.  We got to see our little babe swallow and stick it’s little tongue out at us!  At the end of our appointment, the technician gave us the sweetest compliment.  As we were packing up she said, “after visiting with you both, I can tell that this baby is going to be very loved.”

The day following our genetic screening we had our first OB appointment.  I would have to say that it didn’t really go the way I thought it would… we scheduled our appointment for the lunch hour and ended up waiting more than an hour just to see the doctor, which was fine – we’re totally used to waiting by this point in the game.  When we finally did get to talk with him, he let us know that he was having a busy day, that he hadn’t eaten anything and that he was starving (and a bit grumpy if you ask me).  He then asked us what questions we had for him… umm, awkward.  Like we’re going to keep this dude for any longer than we absolutely have to.  We were also a little sad to learn that not only were we not going to get an ultrasound at the appointment, but that we were going to have to wait until 20 weeks to see our little bean again.

Let’s hope we just caught him on a bad day… we’ll see.

Here’s the “sacred vessel” at a little over 12 weeks :)

P.S. since writing this post we received the results of our blood test – all good!  Only a few more days to 14 weeks!  
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