Thursday, October 23, 2008

Appointments Appointments

Monday I had another appointment at the low risk clinic. It was much better than the last visit, but I must add either way I have been so lucky to be seeing the most wonderful doctor ever. Her name is Jennifer, and she is funny, sensitive, reassuring and has really helped make the “icky” parts of this journey more bearable than I anticipated. I was measured again and she was able to differentiate between my uterus and cyst this time. My cyst comes up really high (like 2 inches below my ribs when I lay down) and my uterus measured 17 weeks as apposed to the 19 I measured last visit . My left side is slightly bigger than the right. She received my previous ultrasound report before she went ahead and made me an earlier ultrasound appointment, and decided we were okay to wait for the 18- 20 week ultrasound. This is bittersweet I suppose… I wanted to see the baby earlier, but I have a normal liquid cyst and they aren’t going to let anyone get too worked up about it for the time being. So that was better to hear than other possibilities.
At the end of this appointment the doctor decided to see if we could hear the baby’s heartbeat this time around, and we did! It was tricky to find but she found it. That put a smile on Jason’s face as well as mine. J (p.s. I have been sooo lucky to have such a supportive husband through all of this. He has been to every appointment, and even for silly bloodtests. I am such a baby, but need him there for comfort and support. I am so thankful he is so willing)
Wednesday I had another appointment but it was with the dentist- WOW. Simple polishing and scaling never hurt so much, but when you are pregnant the hormones make your gums over sensitive and mine bled a lot. It felt like she was shredding my gum lines with a mini blade. However this appointment was bittersweet too, during the cleaning, and scaling I enjoyed a leg and foot massage the whole time. It really helped me relax and felt wonderful. I was even debating switching clinics because I live far away from their office now, but they made a happy patient outta me for as long as I live in Calgary.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Stud Muffin!

I know when the baby comes along I will probably ease up on the amount of photos I post of my dog! But he's our pride and joy (for the time being) and I know he is ridiculously cute. I am sure some of you who read my blog, and aren't dog lovers yourself, most likely your roll your eyes at me, but I love dogs and animals. It also makes me sad to think that he might have a hard time adjusting to the baby, and I hope more than anything that he doesn't go into depression or a jealous fury.
On a side note, we had family photos taken on Thanksgiving Monday. Jason's Aunt is very talented. His Aunt Judy was so sweet and did a whole morning photo shoot with all of Jason's family, including nieces and nephews. It was really nice, and lately I really feel like part of their family now more than ever. It can take some time and adjusting to fit in comfortably with in-laws. But I love them and really enjoy when everyone on Jason's side can get together.
However I am getting super excited for Christmas since Thanksgiving because that will be our next huge family get together and it will be with MY family! Yaaaah!

He's actually sitting up on his butt in this picture. He is so tiny, the few leaves around him cover half of his body.

Jason, Me, and Max (I'm with both of my stud muffins) My sister keeps telling me not to complain and that I should embrace everything that comes with pregnancy but I am not digging my puffiness in the picture, especially in my face. It's still a framer though and I do love this one a lot. We all know that we're always our own worst critic.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

An update

Today I had an appointment with the doctor and I measured 19 weeks, and I am suppose to be 13! She asked me if there were two babies in there, and I said "no". My doctor hadn't recieved my ultrasound report so she had no idea about the cyst, but I could tell she was a little shocked with how high I seemed to be carrying already and how big I was. Not very comforting to hear. I know it's the cyst, and the only bonus to looking way bigger then your suppose to, and knowing you have something in you that is bigger than the baby itself, is that I get to have another ultrasound earlier than 18 weeks. So we get to see the baby sooner. It was also the appointment for my first physical, and what a delightful experience that was. Today is just one of those days.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Our Sunday Walk

Yesterday was so nice out! Jason and I went for a walk with Max around the Glenmore Reservoir between Conference Sessions. There were a lot of people on the bike and walking paths, who were all enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. It was a little bit windy but I loved it, the air was so fresh and it smelled like fall. It was seriously the best moment I have had so far in this season. There were a lot of waves in the water too which I have never seen before, it is usually so calm. But the sound of them was nice, and refreshing. I have always ment to bring my camera down there when I go walking with Max or with my friend Lindsay because it's such pretty spot and I have wanted to capture the beauty of it in pictures. I just LOVE living so close to this area. It really allows me step outside the feeling of living in a crowded city and I find a lot of peace there and gives me a chance to clear my head too :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

The joyful ride so far...

First off I just want to thank everyone for the positive, uplifitng and kind comments so far. I am just so touched :)
I want to add lots of details about this on my blog because I am not that good at journaling lately, and I find blogging a more fun and easy way to record my thoughts, feelings and experiences.
The first 8 weeks of my pregnancy were a dream! I was almost in denial that I was pregnant, except the missed periods seem to keep me thinking that it was definately a real deal. Not to mention the positive tests.
Week nine was absolutley from Hell. There's no better way to put it. I came down on a Monday night with (what I didn't know was) a UTI. I had never had one before and it kept me up ALL night with pain and discomfort until the morning came and I could send Jason to the store when it opened to buy me cranberry pills and monose powder to cleanse it out. ( I thought I could go the natural way just fine)
Anyways the powder made the discomfort subside slightly and I could nap but my stomach had sharp pains, and I was so sick and nauseas. I think going a night without sleep just zapped my body terribly because the baby took any energy and nutrients I had, and my body was fighting an infection and I was left to feel like death. I had heachaches beyond belief, chills, shakes and everything. I kept asking for blessings over and over again. This was going on for 3 days! I soon stopped taking the powder, thinking that the infection had to be done with by now, but I didn't know that the infection had travled to my kidneys and I had to go on antibiotics.
Week 10 let me see the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. I gained back strength to a degree but I was still so incredibly exhausted all the time. Week 11 felt pretty much the same and now I am in week 12 and things are finally feeling pretty good. I went to the gym and did aerobics classes and want to keep that up most of my second trimester, before I get to big and uncomfortable.
Well bare with me because I am going to spend a few posts reminising the past few months and recording things that I don't want to forget about my pregnancy. I would have to say I have been really lucky. I had one terrible week and lots of tiredness but I know some women suffer harder and longer than that. My heart goes out to you now more than ever!
As of yesterday we did find out that everything is going super with the baby, and that was an answer to many many prayers. However I am worried and a little panicky because I do have a large cyst on my ovary. It's so large that the bulge I felt when rubbing my lower abdomen with my hand was what I thought to be my growing baby, but it is actually the cyst! I have more doctors appointments and the doctor doesn't want me to worry, but how on earth does he expect me to NOT worry!!! (I think it is just protocal to say that) I guess they do see them sometimes in 12 week ultrasounds and the hopes are that it will shrink, but it could continue to grow quite large or rupture. Rupturing can be mild or a very painful and sick experience. So I am praying that things will be okay, and I'm scared no matter what. If anyone had this experience before please tell me and let me know what happened in your case. Thanks again for your congratulations, and support :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008


We finally met Baby Lee today! Baby is doing awesome and we're so excited about that. I have wanted to share this "news" for a while now, but even right now I'm nervous, or maybe just really excited! My hands are kind of shaking right now while I type! haha
Well we first found out back in August but I guess I have waited until I felt reassured enough to tell the world. I'm sorry that some of you will find out on here for the first time that Jay and I are expecting, but I just don't see as many good friends as I'd like to living in the South and stuff.
It was my original plan to wait until after my first ultrasound to annouce this on my blog/ facebook sort of thing. And we had our 12 week one today.
It was such an incredible experience to see this cute little body, and these tiny flailing arms and legs, and know that this was our little one! It was a happy moment when we watched all the movement and energy in this new life and I thought about all the joy and happiness that we feel right now and all that is still to come with this baby. I know it is more than we can even imagine.
Just knowing that everything looks good brought so much peace to us. The baby sure is hyper and Jason came to a quick decision that it's gotta be a boy and that he is just as hyper and crazy as his father! I guess we'll see won't we!?
We are so excited about this stage in our lives and would love your prayers to be with us in hopes that everything stays postive throughout our pregnancy.