Friday, February 22, 2008

Meet the girl!

I haven't posted any pictures of our baby girl yet and I've decided it is about time!

Here she is:

This is one of the pics we got from the last u/s...

It is a profile view, you will see the face on the left (forehead, nose, open mouth and chin) then the chest. Above the forehead you can see her curved left hand palm (the whiter spots are her fingers).

She was 26w and 2 days on that picture and weighed about 1.022 kg (2lbs and 4 oz)

As part of my genetic u/s package, the specialist gave us a free 4D u/s. We have scheduled the appointment during week 28, so I will sure post more pics after that. Hopefully our little girl will cooperate and we will have great pics.

Everything went OK at my follow-up appointment with the endocrinologist last Wednesday. My blood work results showed that my TSH is a little bit over suppressed, and I haven't had that on the previous results, but she wasn't concerned because my T3 and T4 hormone values where on the normal range for pregnancy. That means I will continue on the same dose of the meds and we will see how I am doing in 4 more weeks.

On a request note, please have
Kathy and her family on your toughts and prayers, as we all hope the meds help her and Molly to keep on going strong!

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


I didn't have a chance to post last week, but I hope you all had a great Valentine's day!!!

The T attends a trade show mid February of every year, so we are never together to celebrate... But hey, this year I was fortunate enough to have my little girl with me, what else can I have asked for???



I had the 2nd part of the genetic u/s last Monday and it was great. The baby cooperated a lot and we had a lot of great views.

The most important thing is that everything seems to be going right on track. The baby weight and measured average or slightly above average on all the things they look into, which are a lot, so we are very happy about it.

So far, I have only gained about 10 pounds, which did seem below the low end to me. I was concerned about it but the dr. assured us that if I am eating well, the baby is growing and developing as she should, and my blood work shows everything is OK, there is no reason to be concerned about weight gain.

I have another follow-up appointment with the endocrinologist today to check up my thyroid levels. Hopefully the results will come back OK and I won’t need to increase the meds dose.

Last Monday at our appointment, when the doctor was performing the u/s, I asked him if the baby was still a girl…. He laughed at me and asked back if I didn’t believe him last time…. I replied that I did but I wanted to be sure to start doing all the shopping!!!… He was surprised that we haven’t started yet!!!… But yes, it is true and I know it sounds odd.

As strange as it may sound, I am not a shopping girl. I grew up in a very modest family and the income wasn’t extraordinary, actually it was on the low side. There was no excess at all. It was kind of hard when I was a kid, but then Thank God, as the time passed and I grew up I understood that true confidence building didn’t rely on what you have as much as on what you do and are as a person. Now things are way much better financially, both the T and I work very hard and are lucky enough to have great jobs with good salaries, but that hasn’t changed our mind regarding our expense style. We are savers and so far that life style has worked out great and it has given us the opportunity to invest, which is great.
Regarding the baby stuff, I know there are things we do need to get, but hey, being realistic the actual needs for the first few months aren’t that many. So we will get the basics, and as the time goes on we will see how it goes.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

We are here!

I had my OB appointment last Thursday. Everything went really well and I am so happy about it!

We had time to go over the results of the genetic u/s and then the blood work. He was amazed at how well things look and how well I’ve been feeling. Actually I am also surprised that literally I’ve had NO SYMPTOMS whatsoever. I didn’t have m/s, no cramps, no sore breasts, no heartburn, no swelling, n.o.t.h.i.n.g. This is just heaven!
He laughed when I told him I could be p.r.e.g.g.o for the rest of my life!….

I feel very grateful for every day of this pregnancy. I am doing an extra effort to enjoy every single minute. I feel that is the way it should be and well, also because, it may be the one and only pregnancy I get to experience. IF has taught me that!!!….

When I first was diagnosed with P.O.F. I discovered a whole new world, the IF world, and my life changed forever…. Then when we saw the specialist for a second opinion, we really didn’t know how or why but I started to cycle again on my own. More tests were performed and the specialist opinion was that the diagnosis was wrong…. Everything looked normal, the results were OK…. But, there have been many, many cases of P.O.F. like mine. The cycles stop and start without any reason or warning, and in a lot of cases just never come back after a pregnancy.

That’s my reality….
That’s the reason I feel so grateful and every single day….
That’s why I am in love with my belly…

It is a gift and a dream, I thought I may never have, but miracles do happen and all I can do is ENJOY IT!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Big Milestone - 24 weeks

It’s been a week since we came back and I believe I am finally jet-lag free…. There was a 14-hour difference so it was bad for 4 days and then it started to get better each day. Last night I slept pretty good and I didn’t have any insomnia at all, so I hope it is over and I am beginning to be right on track again.

I went to the lab on Saturday to get all of the blood work done. The results are back and while they are not perfect, they seem OK to me. I have a follow up appointment with my OB this Thursday, so hopefully he will agree.

I have been very emotional for the past few weeks. I am fine, I feel fine, but then I read or hear something that touches my heart and tears just start to flow like a river…. I guess it is due to the cocktail of hormones flowing through my body.

We are 24 weeks already, twenty-four. This is a BIG milestone for us, we feel so grateful.
I can’t describe how madly in love we are with our little girl!

On a different note: This weekend was very sad. I have been following ME's blog for a while now and my eyes just couldn't believe as I read the news. She and her husband are going through very difficult times after a painful long struggle with primary IF. Please have them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.