Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Test Results...

My test results came back yesterday from my 24 hour urine. It was not exactly what I wanted to hear. My urine showed elevated protein levels so I was put on twice daily blood pressure medicine which I started last night. I will have another 24 hour urine in 1 month.

They will be monitoring me very closely & told me to lay down with my feet up or on my left side as much as possible & not get stressed (HA HA HA with 6 young kids & a hubby that is gone 2 weeks a month, it won't happen often). I also have a lot of swelling (can't wear my wedding ring).

The good news is that she said it is doing more harm to me & hardly any to the baby at this point. I go in Thursday to see my doctor & hopefully will get more answers then & be reassured by hearing the baby's heart beat.

I am comforted by knowing that God is holding both of us in his palm...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!!!!!!!!"For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called:Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!" Isaiah 9:6

Praising HIM for all our Christmas Miracles & for the birth of our Savior!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

High Blood Pressure

I have struggled all weekend with high blood pressure. It all started Friday evening when I went to scrub my kitchen floor on my hands and knees after one of the kids spilled apple juice. I got a bit scared as just doing that little bit of work took my breath away. It took laying down for quite a while to get my breath back. I decided to go ahead and check my BP and it was 150/100. I took it a bit later and it was still 130/98. I took it first thing Saturday morning and it was still high so I called the Dr. on call.

THE DOCTOR told me to rest with my feet up and keep monitoring my BP the rest of the weekend. I told her it would be difficult to keep my feet up with 6 little ones to care for. That's when she CROSSED THE LINE. She said "MAYBE AFTER THIS BABY, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER SOME BIRTH CONTROL!"

The NERVE!!! She doesn't know me, has NO CLUE that my other 6 kids are adopted and that this baby was prayed for, worked hard for and a true MIRACLE! UGH! I WILL be discussing this with my Dr. when I see her.

It was determined that I either have chronic hypertension or PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension). At any rate, it is VERY worrisome. I started a 24 hour urine today and will turn it in tomorrow morning to see if I am spilling protein into my urine & will also be seen by the Dr. and have another BP check. I don't think I have chronic hypertension BECAUSE I have NEVER EVER had high BP in my life and my chart proves it. I have also had major swelling in my arms, legs and feet. If I have either of the conditions I will now be HIGH RISK & be seen more often. I am praying that I will be able to take a high blood pressure medicine and still be able to have a normal pregnancy. I can't WAIT until my hubby gets home on Sunday-he is SUCH a HUGE HELP!

Dear Lord,
Please protect me and the baby. Please wrap your arms around our baby and keep him/her safe. Please don't let this high blood pressure affect or harm our little miracle.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

First OB visit!

I had my 1st OB visit on Monday. They drew 2 vials of blood, had me pee in a cup and took my weight. I am up 7 pounds from August. This is THE MOST I've weighed since my last pregnancy in 1989 & I'm not thrilled about it.

The nurse went over all the info, what to eat, how often I will be seen etc. & made all my appointments through June. I then met with my Dr. and we went over things. She was THRILLED that I am pregnant. I am her 1st embryo adoption patient & the first one in the entire practice! SO EXCITING! She went over the test that MOST moms over 35 need (NT scan etc) and it was clear I needed none of them since my donor mom was 22. She says "I will basically treat you like you are 22!" WISH I FELT LIKE IT!!!

I then went into a room with a nurse who was searching for the baby's heart beat on doppler. She tried many times and couldn't find it so I happily & nervously waited 45 minutes until a sono tech was available and was THRILLED to see our little miracle with arms and legs just FLAILING about! They REALLY went out of their way to make sure I was at ease. It is well worth the hour drive each way!

Here is our little sweet one at 10w2d! Heart Beat 176! Next visit-New Year's Eve Day. I thought after my last shot, the morning/all day sickness would get better. It may have eased up a bit but I am sick most of the time & comforted in the fact that this means baby is doing GREAT!

I puked the other night & peed my pants all at the same time, looked at DH and BAWLED! Poor guy, I don't think he knew what to say! I am a hormonal mess. I cry at the tiniest things AND I have swelling in my hands, legs and feet!

Praising God for our little miracle! God IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

10 week Belly AND HEAD!

I'm 10 weeks today-YIPPEE!!Someone asked me last night if I was "SURE there was just one in there?"
I must look big???

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Have been my MAIN craving! Love adding some sloppy joe mix, cheese, sour cream and jalapenos on my chips! THIS HITS THE SPOT FOR BIG MAMA! Anything Mexican has been right up my alley this pregnancy! I have STRANGELY lost ALL craving for any chocolate or sweets-What is wrong with me?
Not much new here. 2 PIO shots left-YAHOOO-GOOD BYE LUMPY BUTT! We are also making plans to get the legal finalized on our 3 remaining embryos-which we will be donating to friends as soon as my 1st trimester is over. She will be doing her transfer in March-SO EXCITING!!

Oh, and the pregnancy dreams-INSANE! One night, I'm being chased by a lone gunman & the next I am living on the beach with flamingos and penguins. I have dreamed about a baby girl with pig tails? BIZARRE STUFF PEOPLE!

I have my first appointment with an OB nurse on Monday. Don't get to see my Dr. until 13 weeks-WHAT UP WITH THAT? I'm still excited! I was officially released from my RE to my OB this week-YAY! I will be 10 weeks on Saturday! God is GOOD!

Thursday, December 3, 2009


The first picture was taken at 4 weeks.The second one at 8 weeks. I am BUSTING OUT OF MY PANTS-and very happy about my mini bump. Or as my hubby says "looks like you just ate one too many do-nuts!" SO SWEET!
My 10 year old son is the lucky fella that has taken all my belly pics! I take them every 2 weeks or so just to keep track.
Maybe one day when I'm wearing makeup and have done my hair (sometime in the 2nd trimester I assume), I will actually show you my head!
Still feeling lots of pregnancy symptoms and morning sickness. Thankful for it!
Even more thankful that I only have 9 more days of shots left!
My Dr. from CA called to congratulate me again the other day-we chatted for about 15 minutes. He has the most mellow, calming voice and really cares about his patients. We discussed my fears of stopping the progesterone and estrogen shots COLD TURKEY. He assured me that he had never had one woman lose a baby after 10 weeks because of progesterone deficiency. He also assured me that the placenta will have taken over the progesterone production by this point for sure. Really eased my mind!