To start, I found out last summer that I was pregnant. Ryan and I were so excited to be due with another little one in May. At ten weeks I had a few signs that things were not right, and I went to the doctor and had an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed that I was not only expecting, but that I was expecting TWINS. After a long and confusing ultrasound the tech decided that they would have to wait a week and do another ultrasound to check the viability of the pregnancy. It was a long week of blood tests and ultrasounds. In the end they found that both of the babies had no heartbeat and I had to have them removed surgically. It was horrible and hard and I still get emotional about it sometimes...but I know that one day I will have my babies again and that they are being well cared for until I get to be with them again.
I struggled with the idea of having another baby so soon, but finally decided after prayer and a visit to the temple that it was the right thing for us to do. At the beginning of December, although I had taken many at home pregnancy tests that came back negative, and I had no symptoms, I felt SO strongly that I was expecting again. I went into my doctors office for unrelated reasons and requested a blood test to confirm pregnancy. Blood tests are much more accurate than the at home tests. I was shocked and very disappointed when it came back negative again. I finally gave up on the idea and decided that I had been wrong. Another week passed however and I kept having a feeling that I needed to take one more test. I pushed it off for days then finally took one and burst into tears when it came back positive. Heavenly Father truly answers prayers. It was a huge confirmation of his love for me individually and I knew that he hadn't forgotten me. My doctors office told me it was a false positive when I called in but I requested another blood test. This time it came back positive. Because I have had problems carrying babies in the past I was put on medication immediately that helped to prevent another loss, and although it made me sicker than I EVER have been in my life, it worked! Baby is due August 23rd!
|9 Weeks and SICK!|
|Our Announcement to friends and family.|
|14 Weeks on our Anniversary date|
|15 1/2 Weeks|
When I went in for my 20 week ultrasound I was POSITIVE that we were having another girl. I had already been looking at girl bedding and had a few girl names that I liked. I was completely surprised when the ultrasound tech showed us that it was in fact a BOY! I feel completely unprepared and so SO excited! Ryan was especially excited...he has so many more opinions about names, colors of the nursery, pretty much everything. I am excited for him to have a little guy to do manly things with. :)
|19 1/2 Weeks It's a BOY!|
|20 1/2 weeks|
Symptoms at 21 Weeks:
- Braxton Hicks like crazy! Baby better not try to make an early arrival!
- Less nauseated...still taking 1 to 2 zofran a day and throwing up around 3 times a week though.
- Exhausted but unable to sleep at night. I usually take unisom to help me sleep.
- Craving popcorn and cinnamon buns
- Not sure of weight gain. Gracelyn threw our digital scale into her bath so it is out of commission. Probably for the best anyways.
- My belly has popped out so much faster this time. Not sure if it's just because of how many babies I have had, or if I am just carrying differently with a boy.
- Not as emotional as I remember being with the girls. Bonus for Ryan!