Amber and Aaron

Amber and Aaron

The Fun We've Already Had...

  • Graham Tomas born July 31 at 5:04 P.M. weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz.
  • December 2, 2011: PREGNANT!!!
  • Paisley Kate arrived August 21 at 5:38 P.M. weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz
  • DUE DATE: August 25, 2010!!!
  • Dec. 14, 2009- PREGNANT!!!
  • Oct. 07,2009- Had elective D&C.
  • Sept 28, 2009- No embryo on ultrasound. :(
  • Sept 15th, 2009- We found out we're PREGNANT!!!
  • Sept '09- Aaron had varicocele repair.
  • July '09- IUI #1 with HCG shot= No such luck
  • April '09- Ovarian drilling surgery, followed by hospitalization for uterine infection
  • Jan-Mar '09- metformin + 3 rounds of clomid= no ovulation
  • Dec. 11, 2008- Hysterosalpingogram (Fancy word for shooting dye through the ovaries. OUCH)
  • Nov '08- Sent to RE. Tried metformin alone for two months (No ovulation)
  • Oct '08- Diagnosed with PCOS based on amenorrhea and crazy hormone levels.
  • June '08- Aaron convinced me to start trying.
  • June '04- Got Hitched!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Massage Day

My mom and I decided to treat ourselves to a day at the spa today to celebrate both of our July b-days. We went to a spa in OKC and had a foot treatment and then a massage. Let me tell you how much Gil and I enjoyed all of this. It was a full 2 hours worth of treatments and we were in heaven! My body has been working hard to tote around these extra 30 pounds of "sexiness", and it felt so incredible to have someone work out the tissues formerly known as muscles.

My therapist was a 21-year-old who found pregnancy quite interesting (like a circus side-show)and had lots of questions about it. I thought it was cute and didn't mind answering them. Especially because I love to talk about my pregnancy and this sweet baby. To anyone who will listen. And sometimes people who don't want to hear about it...

Gil seemed to be really enjoying the whole thing and I was feeling sweet little rolling movements and gentle pushing inside until the scalp massage. Apparently, the little peanut just got too tired and relaxed to stay awake any longer.

Worst part of the whole experience was that I had to shave my legs for this which is now quite an acrobatic feat. It requires a lot of flexibility, several akward positions, and a touch of creative genius to get it accomplished. And even then, I usually cut myself a lot and miss spots that are impossible to get to. Most of it is done by blind touch, because I can't actually see if I've got everything or not. Let's not even talk about the bikini area at this point...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

36 week check-up

We went to the doctor's office today for my weekly follow-up. My body is still hanging in there- trace protein in the urine (been there for many weeks), blood pressure was 122/78 (highest it has been, but still okay), and my belly is measuring a couple of weeks ahead (way to grow, Gil). Baby's heartrate was in the 130's, and is definitely head down.

Seems like the doctor is actually trying to kill me when he checks fetal position and measure my fundal height. I was pretty sure the baby was going to just shoot out from all the pressure. Which I feel a lot when I'm walking nowdays- kind of like a bowling ball trying to fall out of your hoo-hah. He doesn't do cervical checks until 38 weeks, which is really alright with me. It doesn't really matter in the scheme of things, and certainly doesn't feel good!

Last night, I had quite a few painful contractions and some menstrual like cramping. At one point, I was questioning how bad it had to get before I did something about it. But then I fell asleep and it was better. Why did no one explain to me before now that there are lots of different pains one might feel in late pregnancy? And most are just fine, nothing to worry about.

The doc asked me today if I planned on an epidural to which I answered, "of course", and then went on to tell me the different things to watch for (bleeding, pain every 5 minutes, water breaking) that means I need to page him. It's crazy because he actually thinks I'm going to have a baby and that it could theoretically happen any time. After so many tears shed and pain endured over the past 2 years, I have trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that a tiny, perfect baby will be in my arms in the next month...

Oh, and the OB told me today, "Amber, you look really pregnant!" Great to hear from a guy that sees pregnant girls all day. :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Good news for a fellow blogger

One of my long-time blogging friends got news today that she has a birthmom interested in choosing her to adopt the baby she is carrying. She's been waiting a LONG time for a baby, and I just want to tell her congrats and that I'm praying super hard that this works out for her.

I can't leave a comment on your blog since you don't allow them and I'm not sure how else to send you a message, but I had to let you know that I'm so excited for both you and your husband! Keep us posted!!! (I'm not including your name on here to protect your privacy.)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

9th Month: In the Home Stretch

Gil and I have made it to the 9th month of pregnancy! It's a wonderful feeling to know that even if this baby made an appearance today, things will be okay. We're just working on plumping up from here on out (both of us!) We've gained 28 pounds now, so we're still a little under the 150 mark. I'm still feeling pretty bummed that this pregnancy will be ending soon and I feel really good overall. The half-days have restored my sense of well-being and I'm still enjoying pregnancy. *Proving all of those mean women wrong who have been saying all along, "just wait until the end of your pregnancy." Hard to tell for sure, but I feel like the baby is starting to drop. This child has moved around so frequently throughout this pregnancy that my belly shape is different from day to day and I'm never quite sure if I'm carrying high or low because it depends on the day. I feel more pressure down really low now though and I have a lot of space between my bump and my knockers. :)
I've had a stupid cold since Friday that I can't shake. Being sick makes me ridiculously whiny and emotional, especially right now since I feel like I'm not getting to fully savor my time with Gil. Sounds stupid, right? I didn't say I was logical during illness either. I get sick so rarely that I'm terrible at it. Gil seems to feel fine though and is still rolling around in there and attempting to poke appendages out through my stomach. Probably just enjoying how much sleep I'm getting...
I see the doctor again on Thursday, so we'll see how things go. I'm going to start taking my bags with me this week just in case I need them. So amazing that we have went from a tiny little gestational sac to a fully developed baby that is soon going to be here! I really thought fear would set in by now about labor and delivery, but it's not at all. Of course I worry that the baby will get here safely, but I'm not concerned about my own pain or what happens. We're just so ready to welcome this baby into our family!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hope Baby Gil isn't quite so furry...

I've been a little under the weather all weekend, so I've spent all but about 3 hours of it sleeping. Which always bums me out, so today I was super excited when Aaron got the opportunity to go to an exotic animal park by us today and we got to play with some wild animals! Granted, I probably should have laid around and stayed out of the heat. But it was such a great day!My mom couldn't help but tag along, and we got to play with a 3-month-old tiger who was feeling very playful and wouldn't stay still for the picture. Notice: my cankles are temporarily gone again and my ankles have shown back up. I promise to post a pic of the swelling once it returns... These half-days have really helped. :)
We also got to hold a serval, which is a type of wild cat. This little guy is about 5 months old and won't get a whole lot bigger. I wasn't too sure if he was going to be over my weight limit for holding, but turns out he isn't really all too heavy.Then we held the lemur, which was my favorite of all. He's the softest little furball ever and he licked us the whole time we held him which was super cute.

Too bad Gil had to enjoy the day from inside the uterus, because I'm sure he or she would have loved it! Pretty sure this place is on our list of birthday party destinations...

My mom was sporting one of her many Grandma t-shirts today. She was only wearing Grandma-to-Be, but has apparently decided that Gil is close enough to full-baked that she's switching it up!

We had a great time, I got out of the house for a little while, and Gil got to meet some really cool animals! Can't wait for this little person to join us so we don't look like the creepy adults who are always lurking at kid places...
P.S. I'm due one month from today!!! And I'd like to say congrats to Kate at This Place is Now a Home. She had her adorable little boy, Owen, yesterday!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Back on the heart monitor... :(

Saw the OB today and I reported what the cardiologist told me. I then tried to tell her that my heart has been acting a ton better since being put on part-time and that I didn't think we didn't to repeat the holter monitor as he has suggested. She proceeds to send me across the hall to our cardiology department to get one put on before I left the building, knowing that if she let me do it tomorrow at my clinic, it probably wouldn't ever get done.

So here I am... attached to this bulky, uncomfortable monitor for 24 more hours. Well, we're actually down to 17 hours and 15 minutes now. I at least talked them into letting me take it off at noon tomorrow when I get done seeing patients so that I don't have to drive it back to their office, I can drop it off at mine. The results will get sent to the cardiologist eventually and he will get around to reading them in the next couple of weeks. So the baby could potentially arrive before we even know the results. Which the results will be normal, because my heart is doing great this week...

I don't think this picture quite shows how large and bulky this monitor is, which is attached to a strap that goes over one of my shoulders. Like a seatbelt. Or you can wear it like a fanny pack if you don't have a giant belly like mine. :) Regardless, you are hooked up to four leads on your chest and belly and then those are taped down well enough that nothing can pull them off, and they all go into the monitor. Looks cool and feels even better!

As far as my appointment went, things are going well. Baby is measuring 37 weeks now, so we're 2 weeks ahead all of a sudden. Heartrate in the 140's. We didn't do my group B strep test today because we know I'm positive, and that I'll need antibiotics while in labor. I've had tons of fetal movement this week which is so reassuring, so we didn't do another non-stress test. Oh, and my ankles have decided to go M.I.A. for the remainder of my pregnancy I think. Definitely not going to do any auditions to be a foot model at this point!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

35 weeks

Met with the cardiologist today. What an exciting man he is. Good thing he's smart, because there is not much going on in the personality department. Anyways, he asked me tons of questions about my symptoms and pregnancy, and didn't really give me an answer to what is going on. We know my heart has a small irregularity which can predispose me to arrhythmias.

Apparently, he thinks now that my heart is pumping for the two of us, it's getting stressed out easily. He first mentioned bed rest, at which point my heart actually just quit beating all together, but then luckily said I should just reduce my work schedule and take it really easy from here on out. If that doesn't help, I should do even less...

He actually said no shopping. That would be more of a problem for my metro husband. :) And my legs decided to swell like balloons again today before I got in to see him, so he wasn't too impressed with that. He'd like a repeat holter monitor, but I'm going to talk to my OB tomorrow to see if that's necessary.

Take-home point: I'm supposed to rest a lot more, my heart should not kill me during L&D, and my baby is fine. All good to know.

On to the fun stuff: Gil is 35 weeks old now! This baby is getting so close to being fully cooked. One of our drug reps mentioned that her baby was born at 37 weeks and I freaked out. I'm so not ready for this pregnancy to be over. Yes, I can't wait to see this baby's beautiful face and hold him/her in my arms. But I sure am going to miss the squirming inside and my round belly. This has been so much more than I ever expected.

I'm thinking the button isn't going to pop out. It's definitely not an innie anymore, but has stayed level with the surface for so many weeks now. Still no stretch marks (thank you genetics), but look at my tummy veins! So weird.

I see the OB again tomorrow for another check-up which seems crazy since it feels like I was JUST in her office. The part-time schedule is definitely helping me alot, but I think it's even pushing me to my limit. By the time I have worked 4 hours, my legs are swelling and I'm exhausted. Crazy how your body decides to kinda shut down at the end. It's still not as hard or miserable as people described, and I'm definitely not at the point of wanting this baby out.
Gil can stick around in my little pouch as long as he/she desires...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Doc's appt

I went for my 2 week check yesterday afternoon at my OB's office. Blood pressure, urine, fetal heart tones, and my weight are still all doing well. My heart rate has been a little higher lately though and I have had several episodes of dizziness along with it recently. When I mentioned it, they decided I should see a cardiologist. I had a cardiac work-up early on, but they want me to see this guy in particular so he can review what I've had done. Plus, my symptoms have worsened, so they are being cautious.

My heart rate was in the 140's for about an hour yesterday and I was having a lot of skipped beats and irregular rhythm. I'd feel better if we just ensure that my little ticker isn't going to explode from the stress of labor!

They also put me on part-time (8-12) starting on Monday for my last 3 weeks. This will hopefully help a lot to make me feel better if I can get off my feet more. I feel like such a wimp that my body can't handle working full-time up until delivery, but the baby is the MOST important thing and nothing else matters in comparison.

I go in for weekly visits with the OB from here on out now, which is C-R-A-Z-Y. And I see the cardio on Wednesday, so we make it a double-header appointment this week. Fun stuff. All because I have a very special person that is getting close to making an appearance!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

34 weeks!!!

Here we are at 34 weeks!!! Hard to believe that Baby Gil will be full-term in 3 short weeks. I'm getting so eager to see what the baby looks like and if I have been incubating a boy or a girl all this time. Seems like a mother should know what she has growing inside of her, but I'll be real honest about my lack on intuition on this one. I always said boy from the beginning, but I'm almost starting to think girl now. Then I get confused and realize there will only be one way to find out! (I don't mean the chinese zodiac chart or a ring attached to a string).
I decided this week that I didn't feel like putting on my pink tank top because I was already in this outfit and it was good enough. It's not like you can't tell how big my belly is at this point in whatever I wear!
Swelling has commenced and I'm not a big fan. Yesterday afternoon my legs swelled up to my knees and it took several hours of elevating them last night before they were no longer painful. The heat is definitely full-force here now which I'm sure is what triggered it and standing on my feet all day is getting TOUGH.
I thought it was 37-38 weeks that it would get harder, but maybe August babies create different circumstances. So, I'll be off my feet as much as possible and definitely avoiding the outdoors! We are in the upper 90's right now, with a heat index of 200 it seems like. Pretty sure I need an oxygen tank to get indoors from my car. :)
My co-workers have officially begun to drive me bonkers. They all decided early on that this baby is a boy (only because another co-worker is having a girl) and loudly state that opinion every chance they get. Yesterday, they gave me a shower at lunch and I actually received several BOY outfits and one even made a BLUE blanket. Really, people? This baby is a surprise because we want it that way and you are making a 50-50 guess. And then acting like you just know because you are the baby gender expert and I'm lucky to have you around to ruin my surprise.
Movement at this point is different because the baby is getting a little squished. I can tell that the playground isn't nearly big enough anymore and sometimes it seems like Gil gets frustrated because my whole tummy shakes. I will miss this feeling so much when it's over and I'm trying to remember exactly how it feels! Everything is still going well overall if my cankles could just try to contain themselves and certain people around me could zip their lips! Gil is putting on the weight quickly at this point and probably weighs around 5 pounds!

Monday, July 12, 2010

My dear husband: such a way with words

We were in the car tonight and I mentioned that I no longer ask Aaron if I look pregnant anymore. (Earlier on, I used to wonder if I looked chubby or pregnant in clothes and he would always say "pregnant.")

He then goes on to say that I still think I look "small" some days, and he has to wonder, "in comparison to what?"

Don't worry, he further emphasized his point by adding, "a hippo or a pygmy hippo?" Good thing I have self-confidence. :)

P.S. My maternity pictures were done at Target. They did an awesome job and were much more cost affordable than most others. We'll be getting our baby's pictures done there soon after birth. (Well, once they are cleaned off and the head regains a round shape.)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Maternity Pics

We took maternity pictures today which was super fun! I thought I'd post a few for everyone to see a sample.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

33 weeks

We have officially entered the "my-body-may-be-trying-to-kill-me" phase. That's maybe a little bit dramatic, but pregnancy is definitely starting to hurt at times. I'm supposed to sleep on my left side but I can't breathe when I'm on that side. And I figure it doesn't really matter if the blood flow is better if I don't get oxygen to my lungs. So I try my right side, but that hip and outer thigh hurt really badly when I put pressure on them (I guess my extra 25 pounds is too much for them to hold). My tummy is out for obvious reasons, so I end up on my back. I know, shame on me.

But guess what? I don't sleep very good there either. What is up with this leg pain??? And is anyone else having pelvic bone pain? Mine feel like they are trying to rip themselves apart, and I'm quite sure they are succeeding. It's almost like they are both the plus side of the magnet and are fighting to separate. OUCH.

I still have more energy than I probably expected to have which is a bit of a problem because I do more than I should at times. Especially since nesting kicked in this weekend. Suddenly, I feel like everything needs to be in perfect order before baby comes. Which is sneaking up on us! I've been reading to the baby every day in the nursery and I almost always get lots of kicks and wiggles when I read. The fav so far is Dr. Seuss, which means my baby is a literary genius... :)

The turkey timer (aka: belly button) is on the verge of popping out. My linea nigra hasn't really gotten any darker since it first showed up and my appendix scar (on my lower right side) hasn't gotten nearly as gnarly as I thought it might. Who knows how my ovarian drilling scars look since they are on the far side of the mountain...

Nursery is officially done. We just have to buy gender specific clothing when Gil shows us the goods on D-day. Oh, and if you thought my above complaints mean that I'm tired of pregnancy, forget it! I still love and cherish every single second of this. I'm struggling to remember every little feeling and emotion. But the part of me wanting to meet Gil and see that perfect little face is gaining ground. I'm ready to be a mommy. And I can't wait to see Aaron as a dad. He so meticulously worked on getting the nursery together so it would be just right for our baby. We are sure going to love Gil!!!

Me reading in our super soft recliner we decided on. It ended up only being $80 since we had a VISA giftcard and I made Mathis Brothers do a price-match to bring the price down.

The crib. A piece of furniture I never really imagined we'd ever have in our home. Little Gil's name will be above it in cute letters once we know if it's a boy or a girl. We didn't do bumper pads for safety reasons. All of the pediatricians I work with told me not to ever use them, so we won't. And the boppy will be coming out, it's just hanging out in there for now.

Our changing table with wipe warmer, diaper genie and basket of changing necessities. This is where all the fun will happen. :)

Aaron worked really hard getting those monkeys up there just right.

It seems like this is all becoming so much more real now. I can almost imagine us bringing a baby home from the hospital...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fireworks in the Neighborhood...

Yesterday turned out to be a really fun day! Aaron and I went with both of our moms to see Eclipse which was the best of the movies so far. And I'm 100% Team Jacob still. Now, I don't think Bella is good enough for him, so it's probably best that she choose Edward. :)

Then we went to my sweet little cousin's 1st b-day party. Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to let it pour right at party time so there were a LOT of people crammed into a house for a while. It was lots of fun anyways and we got to see lots of our family.

My back started hurting pretty bad following all of this since I'd been sitting in less-than-comfortable chairs for a while, so I took a bath and realized that I didn't feel up to going to our last stop for the day. We were going to go to our friend's house in Edmond and watch fireworks and hang out. So, I felt like I was letting Aaron down and decided to do a little sobbing in the tub. Nothing cuter than a round girl crying in the tub...

Aaron again reminded me why he's the best husband in the world (sorry if you thought yours was the best), and suggested we go out front and do some fireworks that we had leftover from several years ago. So, we did. And what's great is that we live very much in city limits, and quite a few of our neighbors were out doing the same thing. It was quite a show!

We have about 5 policemen who live on our street and one even drove by while we were out there, and didn't even slow down. Guess they expect this type of behavior from people who have a goat in their backyard... This is what our driveway looked like this morning.
And the sidewalk...

Too bad the neighbors had already cleaned theirs up, because it was even crazier. Important thing is that we had a great time and all of the cars and houses are intact!
Oh, and I found nursing bras yesterday... Finally broke down and realized that I'm going to need them. I also realized that my knockers are going to be a lot bigger than my normal. I had to buy the L/XL to give me enough room when my milk comes in. The S/M was already a little snug!!! Aaron thinks I need to work on a modeling contract while I've got the curves... :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Ovarian Drilling

I have a fellow blogger who is considering ovarian drilling to try to have a 2nd child after having an adorable son through IVF. She has lots of questions and uncertainty about this, which I can totally relate to. The day my RE suggested doing the surgery, I freaked out! It was not anything I had ever heard of and he wanted to cut me open and laser through my ovaries... and then, I decided you can't really hurt what's already broken. Let's do it.

So, in April of 2009, we went in for an outpatient surgery at St. Anthony's. (Sorry if you already know all of this, I just want to update those who weren't around for this phase.) It took about 90 minutes for him to make three small incisions (two very low and one in the belly button) and "drill" about 10 holes in each ovary to destroy the testosterone making part of my non-functional ovaries. I had a little discomfort following surgery, but totally manageable.

Now, this is where my story went haywire. I am the 1% complication rate that they warn you about. My lovely uterus decided to get a VERY painful infection which sent me into the hospital for 3 days. My RE said he had NEVER had this happen. I was treated with some great IV antibiotics, infection cleared, and I went home feeling much better.

So, my recovery time was about a week. Normal should be 3 days. The chance we were given of it working was 70-80%. (Especially in normal weight girls). I ovulated 2 weeks after surgery and had regular periods afterwards which is incredible considering I wasn't having ANY without the help of progesterone. My 1st pregnancy occured in August (3 months post-op) but that ended sadly in a miscarriage that had nothing to do with surgery. I was fortunate enough to get pregnant again 2 months later with this baby.

Would I do it again? ANYDAY. Even with the complications? Even if they were 10 times worse. I am so thankful that we did this surgery and that it has blessed us with this little one. The success rates are great, the complications are minimal, and the potential for reduced risk of miscarriage are significant. I'm more than happy to answer questions about this anytime, so always feel free to send me a message or a comment. Hope this helped anyone considering it!