As we are hanging out on this glorious Saturday, I thought I would send some pictures and share some updates. Their weights and eating have been a big challenge for us! Isabelle was born at 5lbs 11oz, and discharged from the hospital at 5lbs 4oz. Carter was born at 4lbs 10oz and discharged right around… Continue reading Weight Update!
I should have been learning this whole time that nothing goes as planned. Sex to create a child - nope. IUI to create a child - nope. Several rounds of IVF to create a child(children), yes. Trying to reflect on that journey is still a bit too close to be able to effectively parse through.… Continue reading Coping with mom guilt (musings from a type A planner when nothing goes “right”)
Had another appointment yesterday (will take place every Wednesday now, except for one random week in February) where I had an ultrasound, non-stress test, and doctor's visit. Much to my surprise, the ultrasound didn't include a growth check because those are done once every 2-3 weeks rather than once every week. So, my fears were… Continue reading 32 Weeks & First NST
Most of this is for myself and for my future babes to read about their journey into the world, so I figure I should keep track of my appointments. One week from yesterday, I started weekly appointments with my next one being today (and on Wednesdays for most of the remaining weeks). The babies looked… Continue reading 31 week update (delayed)
I looked in the mirror last night and examined my belly, per usual, when I discovered stretch marks under my belly button. I swear they're only just now visible because I go through this regimen every night. But, thank goodness skin stretches rather than ripping open. Bodies are an interesting thing. We paid our embryo… Continue reading Stretching is better than splitting
At this time last year, we were gearing up for our second egg retrieval in January. We had lost all our embryos from the previous cycle and were trying to reconcile that feeling of loss with a way to push forward. And I was angry and hurt and alone and isolated. It's a weird thing… Continue reading What a difference a year makes….
After a scare last week that caused some fetal monitoring, I anxiously awaited my ultrasound. The heartrate monitoring told me that the babies had moved which explained the "lack of movement" by baby boy, but the ultrasound would explain much more. The ultrasound showed that - uncommonly - our babies are now transverse again and… Continue reading Welcome to the last trimester!
Be thankful and grateful. We lost Justin's grandmother last night, which brings on a slightly more somber tone to our Thanksgiving in St. Louis this year. We left work early on Tuesday to spend some time with her as we were unsure if waiting until today was the right move. I'm thankful we got that… Continue reading Today and every day…
Ah, 1998. I was 11 and my emotions were at their highest. Also, my understanding of my future career as a performer was omnipresent. Being a singer/rapper/lyricist/songwriter, I knew that memorizing lyrics and notes was going to be paramount in my upcoming famed career. It was a time post Garth Brooks' banger of "Ain't going… Continue reading One week
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC4xMk98Pdc This is too funny (kind of) not to share. If you don't want to read, skip on past. I won't know, so you won't offend me. So, I've heard several people in my life tell me about their children (generally boys) who have to take off all their clothes to go poop. I've known… Continue reading And now they always say it’s constipation!