These last few weeks have been a whirlwind! On October 10th, I went to the doctors office because my blood pressure was elevated. They sent me to OB triage and I was told I had a trace or protein in my urine. I went home to do a 24 hour test which came back at 225 (anything over 300 is preeclampsia). I went home with no restrictions and 4 days later, my blood pressure was elevated again. I went back to the hospital but this time I was admitted for bedrest for 8 days. My protein number started at 660 and then dropped to 430 and then 315 by the time I was discharged. It was a scary few days because we were very close to meeting Brooks at only 30 weeks gestation. Thankfully he has held on a few more weeks with bedrest. I was readmitted to the hospital on November 4th and will be here until he arrives. My number today hit 3,106. We are trying to keep him in until November 15th (35 weeks) to avoid a long NICU stay.
I had to cancel so many of the things I have looked forward to since being pregnant. My baby shower, my baby moon, my maternity pictures, etc. and now I will have to have a c section and have a preemie so no birth photographer, no fresh 48 pics, nothing. I feel like I have been robbed of the experience a little but I know those are all material things and at the end of the day, a healthy baby is all that matters!
Sweet boy, we are getting so close to meeting you and we are all so excited. You have definitely kept everyone on their toes. Your ultrasound shows that you look just like mama 🙂
Baby update: baby is doing great! He moves and kicks all day long and it is the sweetest feeling (sometimes, it brings me to tears). Dad got to feel his kicks for the first time today!
Pregnancy update: this pregnancy is flying by and I have to admit, it has been pretty easy thus far. Our next big milestone is going to be the glucose test this month. Prayers that all goes well!
We reached viability week this week! This is a huge milestone for us!
Picture is of my 23 week bump (because I don’t have any others to share 🤦🏼♀️)
We had our anatomy scan yesterday (19w5d) and baby was absolutely perfect! He was bouncing around everywhere. Heart rate was 153 and baby weighs 8oz. We also officially have a name for baby: Jameson “Brooks” ❤️
Our gender reveal was last Saturday and we found out our miracle baby is a BOY! As much as I wanted a girl, I am ecstatic about having a boy. I am praying for a brown hair, brown eyed boy who looks just like daddy. 💙
Baby update: we had our first appointment with the OB on Tuesday! It was my first time hearing the heartbeat and it was the most beautiful sound. Michael had to work in Texas so my mom went with me to the appointment. Everything was great with baby and we have our gender scan scheduled for June 29th! The doctor confirmed my due date is December 19th.
Pregnancy update: I have craved subway everyday for a week. I have literally eaten a turkey sub (heated of course) 4 times in the last 6 days. I still haven’t had any sickness! One of my least favorite things about being pregnant: being emotional. I am not really a crying person and the smallest thing will make me cry right now.
Baby update: we had our 10 week appointment Tuesday and baby is measuring right on schedule! Heart rate was 167. It was our last visit at the fertility clinic! Such a huge milestone but so bittersweet! I have tapered my progesterone down to once per day and I will stop completely this week!
Pregnancy update: I have had back and neck pain terribly over the last week! Thankfully a quick visit to the chiropractor helped tremendously! I have had a major craving for “side” foods: rice, mashed potatoes, macaroni, pasta salad, etc.
Baby update: we had our 9w4d check on Monday and the doctor says baby is right on track! It was my first time getting to actually see the baby move (thanks to a little Dr.Pepper). Heart rate was 176. My progesterone was 18.97. The doctor said I am ready to start tapering off my progesterone pills! I am super excited but also super nervous (if I could take them until delivery I would) but he says I don’t need them anymore! That is definitely a victory but it brings on a whole new wave of worry.
Pregnancy update: still no morning sickness (thank goodness). Still extremely tired and extra hungry. But other than that, everything is good!
We announced our baby news on Facebook on Sunday! I also had several people reach out to me and tell me about their infertility struggles and it made me happy to know that those people wanted to open up to me about something to hard.