Ethan's Age

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Hi Kids!  I finally got around to importing this blog into the permanent address!

Please take a moment to come on over, follow me on the new blog, as I won't be updating this one, other than to heckle you to follow me at the new site!

The New Blog Site is

To make this move even sweeter, a CONTEST!!! (and I learned some logistics from the last one!)
You get one entry for each of these things:
1.  Mention the new blog in your blog.  To qualify, the link must be in a comment on the new blog on the Contest Post. 
2.  "Follow Me" on the sidebar widget on the new blog (then leave me a comment saying you've done that!)
3.  Get a friend to follow the blog!  To be eligible for this entry, the new person must follow me and leave a comment.  THEY must also post another comment crediting you. 

Each entry MUST be documented by you in a comment.  Also, please make one comment PER entry (so, if you do both, I need 2 separate comments).  This will be how I will keep track this time.  (Which will work SO much better!)

What do you win???

Your choice of ONE the following:
1.  20 HPT Tests from Early Pregnancy Tests
2.  20 OPK Tests from Early Pregnancy Tests
3.  $20.00 Gift Card from Home Depot or Lowes

Contest will be open until Sunday, June 5th at 5 PM PST.  Remember, I'm human.  I will do my best to be fair (and will use a random number generator to choose the winner.)  If you do not make clear comments, I'm not responsible.

12 Week Ultrasound- 1st Trimester Screening

Today was my 13 week ultrasound (though I'm 12w3d).  Here's what happened:

1.  Heartbeat strong at 154bpm
2.  Moving around LIKE CRAZY!  it was wild how the ultrasound tech would push at it, and it would just flip around, and move it's hands, and all that, wow.
3.  Looking good for the lower downs syndrome risk, 2x less risk than before (meaning the space on the back of the neck is growing appropriately), measurements are looking great (measuring 12w6d)
4.  Lower blood pressure (I've been walking more) and it wasn't bad to start with.
5.  Baby flipped several times, so no gender guessing for this girl!
6.  Lost a pound since my last appt, making my total weight gain 3 pounds for the first trimester, which you'd never guess with the expanding belly-ness happening.
7.  Baby actually LOOKS like a baby.  Hands, feet, face!  Wow!  It's finally getting real!
8.  My belly is definately a baby, they were ultrasounding right below the belly button, so maybe I'll actually post a belly pic.
9.  Trisomy 13 testing- took blood today, will hear back in 10 days if something is wrong, or if they need more stuff.  Otherwise, my next draw/ultrasound is in late June.

And now the obligatory pictures!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lime Week!

I've been a slacker about posting, I apologize!  This week begins "Lime Week" where the fetus is as big as.. well, you know. I'm finally getting on the end of the first trimester, the second starts on Sunday.

I have my first trimester screening on Tuesday, my thoughts being I'd like to know as early as possible if I should be researching Downs/Other Complications.  For inspirational reading, I've been reading over at Enjoying the Small Things.  I'm not expecting complications, but I can't tell you how much peace it gives me to read about a family how is thriving with the challenges of that child who has Downs Syndrome.  (And gosh, she is SO cute!)

Another reason I've been lax in updating is that we bought a house.  We love it, it's gorgeous, and I will update with photos.  Along with every single life event, how else do I celebrate, BUT MAKE ANOTHER BLOG????  3 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 Baby is up and running, without any posts, but with some fun tabs that are growing! If you are interested in the adventures of First Home Home buying, remodeling, projects and such, please do follow me over there.  As we get closer to taking possession, I will be updating there.  I also plan to merge this blog with that one at some point near the end of the summer.

Love you all!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pregnancy Equates to Comfort

To offset my bitterly posted blog of yesterday, I shall now provide you with a glimpse into my life.

I'm now 10 weeks along, and have been blessed with a pretty decent pregnancy.  Fatigue? Yup.  Nausea? Yup.  Throwing up?  Rarely (and I blame my main event with a pregnancy craving of macaroni, where I ate too much to be justified by a fetus's hunger.)  From the beginning, I've said that I will take pregnancy hardships with a smile, and I've done well. 

One thing I was dreading?  Maternity clothes. 

What a bum rap these clothes get.  People think "Oh, I'll look ugly," or "I'll look fat in them."  I was blessed to have a friend/co-worker how had quite a few clothes that she passed on to me, with the understanding that I would then pass the clothes on to someone else.  Thankfully, it has saved us a lot of money, not having to buy them myself.  I have a huge tupperware box full of clothes that I have been looking at for the past couple of weeks. 

Finally, today, I had it.  I want to be comfortable, instead of trying to pretend that my trunk was growing :)  I tried on pair after pair of jeans and khaki's.  Here is the best kept secret of maternity clothing.

It is the most comfortable clothing you will ever wear.  No wonder Michelle Duggar is pregnant all the time.  She knows the secret, pregnant mothers, uncomfortable in their own bodies at times, have the most comfortable clothes to offset it!

Now that the secret is out, I'll be wearing maternity jeans for the next 10 years.  Pregnant or not.

Last night, Jon had a dream we had a daughter.  I'd be thrilled with either, of course, but I do have a leaning toward having a daughter.  Either way, I'm excited to find out the gender in 2 short months, so I can start thinking about a theme for the nursery, and really start drooling over little things. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Infertility not forgotten

Sadly, over the past few weeks, several people that have blogs I am following are talking down about us infertiles who are now pregnant.

I caught myself for a couple days feeling guilty for finally getting pregnant.  As if, now that I am pregnant, the past two years of infertility treatments, surgical procedures, medications and invasive procedures are now discounted.

Now, I'm not going to say that I didn't get sad or frustrated when people got pregnant, because that would be a lie.  However, when my fellow infertiles finally hit the jackpot, I had to rejoice with them.  (After I sent a little thought of "ok, my turn" into the universe.)

For a moment, I was doubting about continuing to talk about my pregnancy in this blog, due to a recent post of a blog I just read about how I'm (I'm=pregnant people) smug about my new found pregnant body.  How these newly pregnant people now just post about their pregnant body symptoms, their cravings, nausea or whatever. 

For two years, I've wanted to blog about these very things.  I've watched as others have posted their weekly updates, and longed for the chance to be nauseous or endure incredible fatigue.  I've commented on fellow infertile's blogs who got pregnant, but I've not publicly shamed them for sharing with the world their struggles and triumph.  It's karma, I suppose. And guess what?  It's my time. 

This is not me being smug.  I've put in my dues, and if there is any doubt, check out the "My Journey" tab, and you will realize that I am not just a Duggar mom, pushing out babies, or complaining when it took me only 2 months to get pregnant.  2 years later, I AM relishing in my pregnancy, I AM enjoying the idea that in less than 7 months, I will be holding a little life that we both worked so hard for. 

I have no doubt that I will do the same things that I lovely mocked.  Yes, my baby is the size of a fruit.   I mocked, but in a tongue-in-cheek manner.  Never out of cruelty. 

So, if you are someone who doesn't want to read about how this infertile finally graduated and is now pregnant, please feel free to not read.  If you are someone who is too hurt by someone blogging about being pregnant, I've been there!  I won't be offended.  (And I've left blogs because of that reason so don't feel bad!)

But this is where I am now, I am expecting.  I will not be ashamed to write about this new journey, just like I wrote about the last one.  I love all of you.  Honestly. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Week 9- Weekly Update

How far along: 9 weeks even

Size of baby: about an inch long

Maternity clothes? I'm in super comfy yoga pants at home, but normal jeans at work. Soon though, me thinks.

Sleep? Pretty good!

Best moment of the week: My ultrasound, heartbeat and all.

Movement: Nope, too early. However, since I've been through 2 years of hyperawareness due to infertility, I think I'll be able to feel it move earlier than most.

Symptoms: I'm crabby, and tired a LOT.

Food cravings/aversions: This past week it's been sweets.

Gender: I hope it's a girl. (I have looked into this interesting study that claims to predict gender as early as the first ultrasound due to the position of the placenta. (Right = boy, Left= girl.) It'd be interesting to see it it's accurate. And, no, I 'm not sure what side my placenta is on.

Belly button in or out: Still in, not showing yet

Stretch marks: nope

What I miss: Margaritas and sushi.

What I am looking forward to: Movement!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

8 weeks, 2 days.

We are quickly passing the risky time of pregnancy. I feel very comfortable in where we are, and for the first time in a long time, I’ve actually not taken a pregnancy test in a few weeks… not looked at the TP to make sure I’m not bleeding. I’m just living.

Jon passed the bar (which as you remember, he had to take in the middle of my miscarriage last cycle.) This is a huge relief for us, as it means that I can stop working when we planned, and we can start looking seriously at houses.

So, I’m busy ogling various beautiful houses right across the river in Vancouver Washington.

I have to admit, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been struggling with depression. I finally nailed down why I feel that way this weekend. For the past 2+ years, I’ve been comfortable with the label of “infertile.” My life was predictable, period, timed encounters, a brutal wait, spend money on pregnancy tests, be disappointed. Rinse and repeat. Right now, I’m not really sure what to do. It’s not real yet, the only thing making it real is my lack of needing to do any of the infertility rituals that I’d done on a 39 day cycle for the past 2 years.

Now that I’ve put my finger on this, I’m being more aware, and trying to focus on the future. This is not to say that I’m not over the moon that we are expecting. I am. It just feels unreal, and this is uncharted territory for me.

I have a dr appt on Wednesday; I’m hoping that they will do an ultrasound so I can see the little raspberry again.