Saturday, January 26, 2013

9 Weeks!

I've made it to month three and the babies are no longer embryos they have graduated to fetus status!  Their about the size of grapes and measure .9 inches and weigh .07 ounces. They no longer have tails (supposedly, but I'm not sure they aren't aliens I haven't wanted one drop of chocolate since I have been pregnant).  They have tiny earlobes and the mouth, nose and nostrils are more distinct.

As for me, my all day sickness is more intense, I spend a lot of time in the work bathroom.  I'm still quite moody, easily irritated.  It kind of makes working in a call center challenging.

Weekly Status Check

How far along? 9 Weeks
Total weight gain: 0
Maternity Clothes? Still no, but I did wear my belly band twice last week
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep? Still tired, but find it hard to sleep
Best Moment this week? Finally scheduling my first OB/GYN appointment
Miss Anything? The energy to do the things I need to do.
Food Craving?Pickles, I know it is such a cliche.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Still sick all day.
Gender prediction? I am going with one of each
Labor Signs? No and hopefully not for a very long time.
Symptoms? Sore boobs, tired, nausea, crazy dreams, bloating and constipation.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time? Moody.
Looking forward to? Ultrasound on Tuesday, bringing my mom with us :)

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Monday, January 21, 2013

8 Weeks: Part 2

I didn't want to make my last entry too long, but I am using this blog as a way to chronicle all aspects of this amazing journey.

According to, the babies are about the size of raspberries. They weigh about .04 ounces and measures about .63 inches Their moving their arms and legs like crazy.  Fingers and toes are only slightly webbed and the tail is gone!  Babies' taste buds are starting to develop too!

As for Mom, the site says that I can expect my hormones to cause crazy dreams, a super sense of smell, fatigue and nausea.  I can agree that is accurate.  I am having some crazy sex dreams.  I have all day sickness and just want to sleep all the time.

I am stealing this idea from some other blogs, a weekly status check.

How far along? 8 Weeks
Total weight gain: 0
Maternity Clothes? No, but I did buy a belly band, for my more bloated days.
Stretch Marks? No, but I have already started with the coco butter.
Sleep? All I want to do is sleep, but I wake up in the night to potty and then I realize I am hungry and then I am wide awake for about an hour.
Best Moment this week? Seeing the twins on twins on the ultrasound.
Miss Anything? After a stressful day at work, I miss my glass of wine, but I pretty much I gave up the bad stuff when we started the IVF cycle.
Food Craving? Potatoes and Apples.
Anything making you queasy or sick? No, pretty much queasy all day, dry heaving occasionally. I bought some seabands and they seem to help a bit.
Gender prediction? One of each or two girls. I always pictured myself with twin girls.
Labor Signs? No and hopefully not for a very long time.
Symptoms? Sore boobs, tired, nausea, crazy dreams, bloating and constipation.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy mostly, but the littlest things can make me burst into tears.
Looking forward to? My first appointment with with my ob/gyn and the next ultrasound.
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8 Weeks and ultrasound

“For this child I have prayed, and the Lord has granted my request.” ~ 1 Samuel 1:27

My prayers have been answered and it is a double blessing, we are having twins!  On Friday I had my ultrasound with Dr. B. After waiting 50 minutes and a bout of my all day sickness I was ready for the news.  I was a little nervous and Michael went straight to the chair to sit down.  Dr. B and the nurse on duty started taking bets on how many there would be. Dr. B thought one and the nurse thought 2. As soon as Dr. B had the wand situated he announced it was 2. Michael thought he was kidding and and was pretty much in shock the rest of the appointment.  It was such a joy to see my miracles, even if they just look like inkblots to me.  I was able to see  and hear the flutter of their heartbeats.  It was the happiest moment of my life.  Surprisingly enough I didn't cry, but I did tear up. I feel so blessed and happy. My dreams are starting to come true.

Michael is slowly coming out of his shock and is even making name suggestions, Luke & Leia if it is a girl and a boy. I love him.  Caleb is still handling things well, making sure I am eating and taking care of myself.

About four more weeks until the first trimester is over, but with twins the risks of miscarriage is greater and will drop dramatically until week 20 or so. So I am continually praying for sticky babies.

Side by side

Heartbeat for baby B

Heartbeat for Baby A

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Latest Test Results

Between the overtime and growing life I am exhausted. I feel like a zombie trying to make it through each day. I hear it gets better after the first trimester.

I received my results from my second blood test.  Drum roll please. . . The Hcg levels were 19,350!! That is pretty high. In week five the average levels are between 18 - 7340. You should expect them to double every 48 hours. I'm doubling about every 43 hours. Is it possible there is more than one?  We have an ultrasound on the 18th, so we should find out then. From what I have been reading we should be able to hear the heartbeat then too :)

Caleb came back home on the 31st. We decided we were going to tell him but now.  The decision was made while we were watching TV and I burst into tears over something silly. Michael says to me, "Should we tell him?" I said yes, so he says "LaTisha is knocked up" Not the way I would do it, but classic Michael. He took it pretty well and I think he is looking forward to being a big brother,

Now it is just more waiting. Continually praying for a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Good Bye 2012. . . Hello 2013

Dear 2012,

We had some issues. It was a difficult year and some days it never seemed like the light at the end of the tunnel was just a train coming to run me over. There were days when all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and cry.  But with the support and love of family and friends I made it through.  I was ready to write 2012 off as the worse year ever, but a double line changed it to a wonderful year. 2012 was the year I learned I was going to be a Mommy. So 2012, I bid you a fond adieu.

Dear 2013,

I have such hope you.  I can't wait for everything the year will bring.  Mainly the birth of my little one. In 2013 I vow to to stop putting off things for tomorrow that I can do today. If I want to do something and the means to do it, I will. I will laugh more and dance in the rain. I will love more and give more hugs and praise than criticisms. I will continue to grow and be the best wife, stepmom and mom I can be.
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