Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hello, Baby!!

We had our first ultrasound when I was six and a half weeks pregnant. You may think this was early, which it was, but it felt like forever. I couldn't help but let the negative thoughts creep in and put a damper on any possible excitement. The chance of another molar pregnancy was just 2% but all I could think about was IF I have another, then the chance of having a third jumps to 25%!!

Our appointment was at 9:00am, nice and early, and David and I both took the whole day off work. We figured that either bad news or great news would make us want to spend the rest of the day together. We hadn't told ANYONE so we didn't have anybody anxiously awaiting a phone call with news afterward which was really nice.

Due to some crazy anxiety, I woke up a half hour before my alarm went off and also arrived for our appointment about 20 minutes early. The knots in my stomach continued to tighten as we got situated in the ultrasound room and waited for the technician. As soon as the ultrasound was underway, all of the negative feelings and anxiety just melted away. We saw the amniotic sack right away which immediately ruled out a molar pregnancy!! Then the technician let us know that there was a baby in there and showed us the most amazing flicker of a heartbeat. We heard it loud and clear, it was beating at 121 beats per minute which was nice and strong (they look for it to be between 110 and 170 around 6 weeks gestation)!

And now, without further ado, an introduction to Baby Ladnier:

Now... I know I'm a little biased but I think it's the cutest little jellybean there ever was!! I could have listened to its sweet heartbeat all day long. Here's to a awesome pregnancy and our journey to parenthood.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

We've done it!

After 1 year and 9 months of trying, we've finally done it! :

After experiencing a molar pregnancy last summer, our reaction wasn't quite the same this time around. I guess the best way to describe it would be... guarded. We are excited but just can't totally commit to the idea until after our ultrasound conformation (in 10 days...but who's counting?) One good thing that having to endure a molar pregnancy can offer someone is an early ultrasound, I'll be just a little over 6 weeks along for my first scan. The chance of having a subsequent molar pregnancy is 2% but I like to look at that as a 98% chance of it being a normal pregnancy which are great odds. Focus on the positive, right?!? According to my calculations, our estimated due date should be around January 15th.

If the ultrasound turns out okay, I'll have some big decisions to make. The biggest of which would be whether or not to work another school year. I am overjoyed that we've conceived again but the timing is a little akward where school is concerned. Oh well... I think that part of being a parent is making big, important decisions like this so I'll just need to get used to it.

Until next time!!