Friday, May 31, 2013

Bump Attack: 12 Weeks

Weight Gain: the same 3 lbs. I'll take it! 

Cravings: nothing really! I wouldn't turn down a whole box of McD's French fries! That's nothing new. Cheese and I still have a love affair going on. 

Symptoms: the nausea is still present but not nearly as persistent. I was able to eat sushi for the first time without feeling sick afterward. Zofran has truly been my best friend for the past 6 weeks. I don't need it daily and some days I will break it in quarters and take a quarter to to ward off the icky feeling. Breasts feel normal. My feet and ankles swell much faster and easier now but I knew that would happen. I'm praying for a mild summer instead of a sizzling hot one! My taste buds are out of whack. Nothing really tastes REALLY good. The water and ice in my house even tasted funny to me. 

I was excited, nervous, uneasy, going into this week. I've literally been holding my breath for the past 6 weeks. I had some complications with Jordan up until my 12 week. Of course he was born completely healthy but I still worried. 

Our family and close friends know that we are pregnant now! We haven't made it "FB official" and I don't think we will until we did out what we're having. 

Gender Prediction: several of my friends have done "old wives tale" gender prediction rituals on me. One was with a necklace, girl. One was with baking soda and per (my own...not as gross as it sounds), girl. Chinese Gender Chart, girl. As much as I want to believe it, I'm still betting on boy. Yes, this pregnancy has been so different from my first one but I don't really put any stock into that.

Stretch Marks: I got them with Jordan so if there are any new ones, I haven't noticed them. 

What's Next: Appointment on June 14th. I had gestational diabetes with Jordan so they are going to test me early this time. I'm secretly hoping that I will get an ultrasound and that they can give me a hint of what we're having! 

I think I'll update every two weeks, unless something exciting happens between then. Right now, my outward body isn't really changing.   

As promised, a bump picture! Excuse the pretty hair, this is after a cycle class! 

This post is current! I will be 13 weeks tomorrow! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bump Attack: 10 Weeks

Written May 11th

You've read our "coming out" story (here), now it's time to get down to business!

Weight Gain: give or take, 3 lbs. 

Symptoms: the nausea, my goodness! It started at 6 weeks and has not let up. It was morning sickness, then it was mid day, now it's all day. I never had a day of morning sickness with Jordan. I don't really have any "aversions," so to speak but nothing really sounds good to me.

We are excited going into this week! We get our first appointment! We've literally been holding our breath for the past couple weeks. Not thinking anything would happen but, you never know.We just want to see a happy healthy baby on the screen!

Gender Prediction: in my heart of hearts, I think it's a boy. We would love for Jordan to have a little sister but we will take a healthy baby!

What's Next: Appointment on Wednesday, May 15!!!


Our first appointment went great! We have a baby with a nice strong heartbeat! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Beginning!

Let's be honest, we all know how it happened! God put a baby in my belly and when it's time, the baby will come out of my belly button. That's the story, according to Jordan!

I wrote this post back in April. I didn't want to forget the details! Now that I am out of the pregnancy closet, I can finally share!

We had an appointment with the fertility doctor on March 6th. I loved her! She asked what our goals were and what route we wanted to take and then offered her medical advice. She didn't push us into believing something or trying anything that we weren't comfortable with. I told her my concerns with fertility drugs. I had a cyst rupture in January causing me a lot of pain. I didn't want to take anything that would increase the chance of another cyst coming back. She assured us that if we wanted a baby that we would have a baby. She wanted us to do the preliminary tests, get Ashish tested, make sure my tubes were clear, etc. before doing anything else.

We got Ashish tested, everything was normal. The advice that she gave us was to get the Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor and chart my ovulation for the next three months. She didn't want to do anything in those 3 months. I was a little frustrated, but confident in her plan. We ordered the $60 kit off of Amazon and waited until the right time. Unfortunately, by the time we received the kit, it was too late for us to test in March. That's okay...we'll start in April!

Wednesday, March 27th: We're driving to my parent's house from T-Ball practice. As we come to a 4 way stop, I turn to Ashish and said "I think I'm pregnant." He brushed it off and said "you always think you're pregnant." I knew that he didn't mean anything by it. I do, always think I'm pregnant, and I hadn't been. The amount of money spent on pregnancy tests is a little ridiculous. So, I continued driving, all while thinking "I know I'm pregnant." I didn't bring it up again at my parents house. When we got home, I took the one test that I had left under my bathroom cabinet, hid in the bathroom, and peed on a stick. I came out like nothing was going on and went about my bedtime routine. I didn't tell Ashish that I was taking the test. I already knew what he was going to say..."you're only going to be disappointed. I don't know why you keep doing this to yourself?" He has been nothing but supportive but I know that the negative tests wear on him just as much as they do me. I left the test face down on the bathroom floor, waiting for the 3 minutes to pass. Unfortunately (and fortunately) Ashish beat me to the bathroom. He saw the test and immediately said what I thought he would..."Danielle, why are you getting your hopes up?" At the minute, I turned the test over and it was POSITIVE! We both looked at each other and did the happy dance/hug/jump up and down/hug some more dance. We couldn't believe it. We weren't expecting it.

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We immediately told Ashish's mom! When we found out we were pregnant with Jordan, we told my mom first so it was only fair. She was half asleep so she wasn't as excited as we thought she would be. Next, I told some of my closest girlfriends. We've had a lot of prayers for this baby. We even had people praying for us that we didn't even know. It is very sweet and humbling to have someone say "I've been praying for a baby for your family." Of all the things going on in the world; they're praying for us.

On Easter we decided to tell our best friends and my parents. Keisha, my best friend, cried. Another one of our prayer warriors. She and Chris were just as excited about the pregnancy as we were. I love friends like that. The ones that share your excitement with you. My parents were also excited. My dad turned on music, my mom cried. This is how we shared the news!
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Our days as a family of 3 are numbered. We couldn't be more excited!


Rejoice with those who rejoice...Romans 12:15

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Well Well Well

I've sat down to write this post 20 different times. Sometimes it wakes me up in the middle of the night. I've combed over the details and analyzed it over and over again. I couldn't find the words to put into writing, how this happened. I still don't believe it's true. Our lives will forever be changed. God is moving so many mountains and helping us cross so many bridges. Again, I don't believe it's true.


More details to come soon!