Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Can you see this?

Just wondering if anyone is able to see my posts. I haven't had any comments on my last 3 posts so I was kinda worrying! That's fine if people don't leave comments, I just want to make sure my posts are going through and I am not getting lost in cyber space!
Just leave me a comment here so I know these are at least showing up and you are able to read them. That way I know I can keep posting and you will keep reading!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hailey's First Birthday

I'm just posting the invite I sent to all of my facebook friends, I know some of you are not on facebook  so I would like to include the invite on Blogger as well.

 Hailey will be turning ONE on July 18th. As you all know, she passed away on December 2nd from her fight with HLHS. We will be having a BBQ and cake to celebrate her life. We would love for all to attend and if you can, bring a new and unwrapped gift or donation. All of this will be donated to Doernbecher Children's Hospital on July 21st (Hailey's surgery anniversary). We want this to be a happy day full of celebration to remember our beautiful little girl!

If you would like to attend or send a gift, please e-mail me at and I will send you our address. 

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy!

Now say that 3 times fast! But for short, just call it PUPPS. If I had been updating my blog, you would have known that I had PUPPS during my pregnancy with Hailey. I would not wish this condition on my worst enemy. It is horrible! Click here to read about PUPPS . By the time my doctor was able to figure out what I had, it was already down to my knees and up to my neck. I could not sleep for weeks!  And here comes the strangest part, PUPPS occurs in only 1% of pregnant women, and with that one percent, 70% will be having boys! How much more bad statistics could we handle?! We had Hailey being 1 in 10,000 with having HLHS and now this on top! The point of this post is that we had our doctor appointment today and we were told we have a good chance of it coming back this pregnancy...great... But that was our only bad news today.

We had our ultrasound at noon today and so far everything is looking great. We got to see the little peanut's heart beat and it was at 147 bpm. We will be getting another ultrasound on July 6th.
And since I have been so tired lately, I forgot to post my weekly info! So here it is!

Week and day: 7 weeks and 5 days

Belly Button in or out: Still in. :)  Never came out while I was pregnant with Hailey, so I think it may stay in!

Wedding rings on or off: Still on of course!

Food cravings:  None

Food aversions: Everything!

Nausea: It's very bad! Feeling nauseous 24/7

Energy level: Can't make it through the day without a nap.

Weight gain: Lost a few pounds, but that's okay!

Mood: Excited!!

Maternity clothes: I'm sure I have a month or so before those are needed!

Size of baby: 1/2 inch! 

Baby's changes: Leg buds are beginning to appear as short fins and the arm buds have grown longer; they have divided into a hand segment and an arm-shoulder segment. The hand and foot have a digital plate where the fingers and toes will develop. 
The heart bulges from the body. By this time, it has divided into right and left chambers (lets pray that it did!) The primary bronchi are present in the lungs. The cerebral hemispheres, which make up the brain, are also growing. Eyes and nostrils are developing. 
Intestines are developing, and the appendix is present. The pancreas, which produces the hormone insulin, is also present. Part of the intestine bulges into the umbilical cord. Later in the baby's development, it will return to the abdomen.  

Next appointment: July 6th at 10:30am

What I've been up toWorking and sleeping! And trying to to trow up!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Just a quick update

Sorry for not posting earlier but I had to work today, and yesterday my husband and I had the day off together which was very nice!

So we had our first Dr. Appt yesterday but we don't have any pictures to share. We aren't far enough along for them to be able to see the little peanut on the ultrasound. They were able to see the amniotic sac and said that it looks healthy and it's up nice and high. So far, so good!

Our new Dr. is very nice! I have a male Dr. this time so I was hoping for a friendly one so I wouldn't seem too uncomfortable. I had Kaiser insurance (now have Aetna!) during our pregnancy with Hailey so I wasn't able to keep the same Perinatologist. But this is the first doctor I have seen in a while that wasn't sitting at a computer typing away while asking me questions. He just wrote his notes down on a piece of paper and seemed very interested in everything we had to say and wasn't rushing us either. He sat and answered all our questions and was so friendly about everything! Yay!

We do however get to go back this coming Friday, the 18th. for another ultrasound in hopes that we are able to see the little peanut on the ultrasound. Wish us luck!

Monday, June 7, 2010

One month down, 8 more to go!

I hope these next 8 months just fly by! I am so ready to have a little baby in my arms again. As I read other blogs and go back to when Hailey was first born, it makes me really sad that we never got to hold her right away. We didn't get to have that first bonding experience and she didn't get to cuddle with me to get to know my smell, or my husband's smell. I think about that a lot and sometimes wish that we were at a hospital that gave us that opportunity. I've read in many other blogs about the Moms and Dads being able to hold their babies who also had the same condition as Hailey. All I got was a one second glance at her after they cut her out of my stomach. Hailey was very stable the whole time leading up to the day of her surgery. She didn't need a ventilator or c-pap, or even a nasal canula. All she had was an IV to keep that duct open. So it makes me so angry at times that I never got to hold her and be her mom those first 3 days.
This is why we are so much anticipating the birth of our second child. I crave being able to hold my child immediately after birth to get the sensation and feelings all mothers should be able to experience. Just to clarify and I am sure most of you know this, but this child will in no way ever replace or even compare to the amazing little girl that Hailey was. We can't wait to tell this new baby all about his or her big sister watching over. We just can't wait to be parents and experience everything as if it's all brand new to us. It pretty much will be since the first time around was nothing like anyone could have imagined.
On a more upbeat note, Josh and I have both been having a "feeling" that this new little baby is going to be a boy! We both had that feeling before Hailey was born (that she was a girl) so we'll find out if we are right again! We already came up with a very cute boys name if it happens to be a boy, but we'll share that at a later time. :)  Here is the weekly update for our new little peanut!

Week and day: 6 weeks and 1 day

Belly Button in or out: Still in. :)  Never came out while I was pregnant with Hailey, so I think it may stay in!

Wedding rings on or off: Still on of course!

Food cravings:  None

Food aversions: None

Nausea: Just a little bit, nothing too bad just yet. 

Energy level: Getting very sleepy throughout the day!

Weight gain: None

Mood: Excited! Nervous as well!

Maternity clothes: I'm sure I have a month or so before those are needed!

Size of baby: 0.08 to 0.16 inch (2 to 4mm) The size of a blueberry! 

Baby's changes: The neural groove closes and early brain chambers form. The eyes are also forming, and  limb buds appear. The heart tubes fuse, and heart contractions begin!  

Next appointment: June 11th at 10:30am

What I've been up to: My husband and I have found a new love for getting out to play some disk golf! It's a lot of fun and a great little workout that's safe during pregnancy. It's just a little hard to get out to do anything lately since it's been raining non stop for 3 weeks. We only got one break and had a great sunny day this past Saturday. Can't wait for the Pacific Northwest to start showing signs of summer!