Wednesday, 21 February 2018

19 Week Update


This past Monday was Family Day so hubby and I took the kids out for a special day. Our oldest is in hockey and they were having their Timbits Jamboree at the big arena. There were a few fun activities for the kids and they also got to skate on the big ice. Afterwards, we went out for lunch and went back to the arena for the hockey game which the kids absolutely loved.

I've been feeling better and seem to be over the flu. My voice still isn't back to normal and I still have a cough, but other than that, I feel back to normal.

I've started to feel baby more and more which has been a lot of fun. I love the tiny reminders that I have a tiny human growing inside of me and that he or she is busy wiggling around and having a good old time in there.

How far along? 19 weeks + 1 day

Total weight gain: I think I have gained more than 12 lbs. At the moment I am trying my best to eat better and not just pig out. I did some meal prep on the weekend for my lunches so I'm hoping that helps. And currently I am munching on celery and cucumbers.

Maternity clothes: For sure!

Stretch marks: So far, just the one that got worse around my ostomy.

Sleep: Good. I seem to be sleeping better than when I wasn't pregnant. I think it's because being pregnant slows down your digestive system so my ostomy bag is not as active at night which means I'm not getting up 3-4 times a night to empty it.

Miss anything? I am missing having a full wardrobe. I don't have nearly as many maternity clothes as I do regular so I feel like I'm wearing the same things all of the time.

Food cravings/aversions: Craving anything and everything.

Showing: Yes. It's definitely obvious.

Gender: We are team green...waiting for the surprise!

Labour signs: No, and I hope not for a while!!

Symptoms: Growing bump, large breasts, my ankles are beginning to swell along with my feet a bit.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding ring on or off? On!

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy.

Looking forward to: Our anatomy scan on Monday to see the baby again.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

18 Week Update

So, I completely missed my 17 week update, but in all fairness, I was so sick. And I'm still sick. I've been put on antibiotics and they seemed to have help with my sore throat and the congestion in my lungs. I seemed to have had it all though: sore throat, fever, aches and pains, cough, extreme congestion (so bad the Neti Pot couldn't even drain properly). I lived in bed for a week. I'm out and about again but I still have a cough and my voice is finally starting to come back.

Some fun facts, I think with all the rest I have had, I have been able to feel baby a bit more. It's still not all the time, but I love feeling it when I can. And this morning, I felt a couple of kicks from the outside so I told hubby to rest his hand on my belly, but sure enough, baby stopped. This kid is already playing games.

How far along? 18 weeks + 1 day

Total weight gain: 12 lbs. I'm hoping this number stays this way for a bit. I really don't want to go over 20 lbs, 25 max!

Maternity clothes: For sure!

Stretch marks: So far, just the one that got worse around my ostomy.

Sleep: Sleeping has gotten better now that I'm on the mend from the bug I caught.

Miss anything? Today, I am missing steak. Hubby normally cooks me an amazing steak dinner for Valentine's Day, but we will have to hold off on that until the baby comes.

Food cravings/aversions: The smell of chicken almost had me tossing my cookies on the weekend. Oh my goodness, I could not stand it! Food cravings seem to come and go and they normally come after I see something (Pinterest has not been helpful with this).

Showing: Yes. I think it's pretty obvious now but some people may still wonder if I've just packed on the pounds.

Gender: We are team green...waiting for the surprise!

Labour signs: No, and I hope not for a while!!

Symptoms: Growing bump and large breasts.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding ring on or off? On!

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy.

Looking forward to: Giving the boys their Valentines tonight. It's just a small little surprise that has Kinder eggs in it, but they will be thrilled!

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

16 Week Update

Sixteen weeks today! It's hard to believe. I've gotten a bit worried over the last few weeks about baby since I don't feel movement (the rational part of me is saying stop worrying, it's still too early), but after feeling it and then not, I can't help myself. I have an OB appointment on Monday morning so I'm hoping my OB will either bring in the ultrasound machine or listen to the heartbeat to ease my mind.

How far along? 16 weeks

Total weight gain: 12 lbs. I have decided to start working out with the hubby, so I hope that helps me slow down. Short and small workouts, but it's something.

Maternity clothes: For sure!

Stretch marks: So far, just the one that got worse around my ostomy.

Sleep: It's still okay. Over the past few days I've been extremely tired come bed time again, like falling asleep on the couch tired.

Miss anything? I miss wearing my regular ostomy appliance. But since the regular isn't flexible enough for my rounding belly, I had to switch.

Food cravings/aversions: I caved into my KD and hot dogs and funny story about that. I wasn't paying too much attention while making it and added too much milk. I was SO upset. I started to cry. It was a bit ridiculous actually, but it is what it is. The hot dogs were amazing! I don't seem to have one particular craving, but when I see something, I need it! Like macaroni salad at the moment.

Showing: Yes. The bump seems to be growing now each week.

Gender: The plan is for it to be a surprise!

Labour signs: No, and I hope not for a while!!

Symptoms: Growing bump and large breasts. Congestion as well...I am a mouth breather at night all of the time

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding ring on or off? On!

Happy or moody most of the time: I would say happy most of the time. Also emotional. I just start to cry and I try my best to stop it from happening. Kind of like a sneeze you feel coming on.

Looking forward to: My OB appointment on Monday so I can hopefully hear or see the little babe.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

15 Week Update

Today marks 15 weeks of pregnancy. The past two weeks have flown by for me. I got married to the man of my dreams on January 13th and I have to say, I was sad when the wedding was over. It was just so much fun. And everything leading up to the big day. All of our friends and family helped make it such a memorable day. And last week we were on our honeymoon. We went to a ski resort because both Chris and I snowboard. This mama did not do any snowboarding. Instead, I hung back the hotel, got cozy in coffee shops, and went snowshoeing twice. My first experience was awful though because I somehow ended up on a black diamond ski trail instead of the snowshoe trail and let me tell you, snowshoeing up a black diamond is torture. I definitely earned my hot chocolate that day!

Since I am 15 weeks already (it seems like it is passing rather quickly), I thought it would be fun to do the weekly pregnancy updates.

How far along? 15 weeks

Total weight gain: I am going to say 10 lbs and stick with my post IVF weight

Maternity clothes: Yes. I have been wearing maternity pants since I was 9 weeks along. My pants were squeezing and were so uncomfortable and I am definitely someone who likes to be comfy

Stretch marks: I had a few stretch marks from my last pregnancy around my stoma (I have an ileostomy) and it looks like the one has gotten worse.

Sleep: I seem to be sleeping okay but I don't think I get into very deep sleeps. And I feel like I toss and turn a lot to get comfy.

Miss anything? I missed snowboarding last week. It was a little emotional for me towards the end of our honeymoon that I couldn't snowboard. A small sacrifice though and I can't complain!

Food cravings/aversions: Sour candy is definitely a craving. Never mind the candy, just give me that sugar! Also, I have been craving KD and hot dogs...which I think is going to have to happen this week.

Showing: Yes. And the bump gets even bigger as the day goes on from bloat.

Gender: The plan is for it to be a surprise!

Labour signs: No, and I hope not for a while!!

Symptoms: Growing bump and large breasts. Congestion as well...I am a mouth breather at night all of the time

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding ring on or off? On! I just got it!

Happy or moody most of the time: I would say happy most of the time

Looking forward to: Feeling this babe move again. I am pretty positive at the beginning of my honeymoon I was feeling the babe move, but since then, I haven't felt anything.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Ready to Share

I know many of you have been following along on my journey and you have been waiting for me to share the outcome of our most recent IVF cycle. Thank you for being patience and giving us the time we needed.

Without further suspense for you all, we are pregnant!!! What a miracle God has given us. Throughout the entire IVF cycle, I had a sense of peace and calmness and I know that came from God. It was the same feeling God gave me when I did my frozen transfer with my now 3 year old. It seems that all along, God has been whispering to me that everything will be okay, enjoy this time. And that's what I've been doing.

With my last pregnancy, I worried every minute of every day and I missed a lot of the joy of being pregnant. With this pregnancy, I have enjoyed every second. We even started taking bump pics at 5 weeks because I was determined to enjoy every moment I could.

After our IVF transfer, I was anxious to be able to test. I don't think I would ever be one to wait the two weeks and wait for blood work. I was stocked and ready to go with pregnancy tests. On day 4 past my 5 day transfer, I took a test in the evening. It came back negative, which was not a surprise. What surprised me is I didn't feel any panic at all. I took it as good news that the trigger shot was out of my system. The next morning, I woke up at 4:30 in the morning with a full bladder and decided to take another test. I was only 5dp5dt so I told myself if it came back negative, I couldn't be upset. Well, it was a positive. A very faint positive, a squinter in fact, but it was there. I surprised myself and stayed calm and went back to bed until the morning. That morning, I decided to tell Chris and show him the test. He was excited but he seemed skeptical (obviously he doesn't have my trained squinting eyes). So later that day I decided to buy a FR test. When I took the test, I had a moment of panic because the line didn't appear right away. About 30 seconds later, it was there, clearly there. Clear enough for my to take a picture and send to Chris, a line he could trust was telling us we were pregnant.

The past 13 weeks have been amazing. I had morning sickness between weeks 6-8 where I felt like I had a hangover all day. Those were long days but everything has been so worth it. Our due date is officially July 17th and I cannot wait to meet our little miracle. God is so good!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Suspense

We ended up having our beta on Friday and we did receive our results. Chris and I decided that regardless of the results that we would not be sharing the news until we were either out of the first trimester or we were starting a frozen embryo transfer. I'm so sorry to keep you all in suspense. 

I'm finding it hard not to share and write about it because I want to be as transparent as possible. And writing this blog is very therapeutic for me. I find it very hard to sit in silence over here.

But in the meantime, I have a lot to keep me busy! Christmas is just around the corner and I love Christmas time. I love how family and friends always come together, I love the coziness, I love the cheesy movies, I just love it all. And our wedding is officially less than two months away! Where has the time gone? I'm a little stressed about the wedding, especially my wedding dress. I've gained some weight since I purchased it and I've been told it can't be let out much at all because of how it is designed. So fingers crossed I don't pig out over the holidays! 

Monday, 6 November 2017

8dp5dt

Today I am officially 8 days post our 5 day transfer. Still impatiently waiting for our beta test, which will be on Friday. My nurse called me back first thing this morning and she would prefer me to come in on Friday. Reason being is that if the beta is low, I wouldn't be able to come in again until Monday, since I am away for the weekend. She told me to give her a call between 11 and 12 on Friday (which is before I leave) so she can look into the results for me.

We are praying for a high beta number on Friday!!

Day 5 - On the fifth day, implantation is considered complete. The embryo is developing vigorously.
Day 6 - The growing embryo triggers the release of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) into the blood stream. This is a hormone that is produced by the syncytiotrophoblast, the specialized cells which will form the placenta later on.
Day 7 - The fetal development is in full swing and the embryo continues to develop quickly. As the placenta begins to take shape, it continues to release more hCG into the blood stream.
Day 8 - More hCG is released into the blood, as fetal development continues and the placenta begins to function.
Day 9 - By this time, the levels of the hormone hCG are high enough in the blood stream to be detected.