Thursday, September 24, 2009

First Sonogram

We went in for the sonogram at 8:15 this morning. I had to laugh when they gave me directions for making sure my bladder was full because it usually does not take very long for my bladder to fill, but I followed their recommendations anyway. The technician kind of laughed because it was very full.

We got to see the baby's heart beating on the screen and she gave us a couple of pictures. Of course not much can be seen in the picture. The baby is right on track with his or her length and heart rate. Oh yeah, it also appears that there is just one ;o)

It was a great feeling to know that all is normal.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

First Visit Update

All appears to be well. I met with my doctor's PA today and she just did a basic exam and asked a number of questions. The bag they gave me filled with prenatal vitamin supplements and other pamphlets kind of cracks me up. I'm leery about trying a new vitamin since I have not had any problems with the one I have been taking. The main difference between the vitamins I have and the ones they gave me is the new vitamins have more of the Omega-3 in them.

The PA was able to hear the baby's heartbeat with the Doppler. She wasn't able to find it again so I could hear it, but I was relieved to know that she heard it. They are going to do a sonogram this Thursday, so maybe we will hear it then.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Another Question (not quite so serious this time)

Actually, I have two questions.

1. What happened when you went to your first doctor's visit? I have read some information online, but I was curious what your experiences were.

2. What questions do you recommend that I ask? I am terrible about coming up with questions.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Question for Formerly Pregnant Women

I have had some occasional "brown spotting" (the best way I know to describe it) this week and I was wondering if any of you experienced this during your pregnancy. It's not very heavy and I have not had any other changes, so I am trying not to worry too much. My first doctor's appointment is next Tuesday, so I don't want to make a big deal about it before then. Looking online I see that this is can be a common occurrence for some women.

Anyway, just wanted to get some feedback from the rest of you.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Here We Go

Okay, as many of you know, Matt and I are expecting our first baby in early May, so I have decided to blog about the journey and I would like any advice or tips that those who have gone before can supply.

We found out on Tuesday, August 25th and we received the official word from the doctor on Monday, August 31st. While a positive pregnancy test was completely unexpected, it was not a total surprise. We were planning to go to the doctor in October to begin looking into fertility treatments again. Thankfully, God saved us that step. I had begun taking my temperature again just this last month, so we knew that we had hit the right window, but we had no real expectations for success.

I had been struggling with the idea of taking Clomid because I really did not think that it would help. As far as we knew, there was not biological reason for us to not have children. I was pretty sure that I ovulated on a regular basis and I knew from a test last year that my ovaries were still producing like they should be. Of course, clomid is usually the first step in treatment, so I was willing to go through it if that is what we needed to do.

Right now I am feeling pretty good. This Sunday will be 6 weeks and I see from many online sources that that is when morning sickness begins to kick in. I have had a little bit of cramping, but nothing too severe and it has actually subsided some over the past few days. There are times when I feel tired, but I often feel tired, so I'm not sure if it is worse than normal or not. I do have to go the bathroom about every hour, so that is a definite change. We will probably need to consider buying stock in Northern bathroom tissue. The last couple of days there have been moments where I feel a little nauseous for a few seconds, but then it goes away, so I'm not quite sure if I was really nauseous or not. I guess we will soon see.

Our first doctor's appointment is Tuesday, September 22nd. I understand why they want to wait until the 8 week mark, but for a first time mothers who is 36-years-old, it seems like an eternity to wait. I'm thankful for the resources that are available online and all the amazing details they can give about the development of the baby. When I read all the details and see the logic of the development, it just confirms that God is the creator.

We know that this event is completely from God. I have believed all along that when the time was right, we would be able to conceive without medical help because with God, nothing is impossible. I know that only He is the giver of life. That is why I laugh when people get uptight about cloning. The only way a cloned human will have life is if God gives that clone life, and then it will be a different person from the one he or she was cloned from.