Friday, October 29, 2010

Another scare this morning...



I started bleeding again this morning around 7:00am and it was a med-heavy bleed. Period like but no cramping... We called the clinic and they had me come in right away. The doctor put me on bed rest till the bleeding stops, I told him I have been on bed rest for the past month, LOL! He said for whatever reason my uterus is shedding access stuff and is getting rid of it. But that it is normal. I'm not cramping just bleeding and it has stopped again. A few blood clots here and there but nothing big. It seems to go through peeks and valleys. He said drink lots of water so that my uterus mussels will relax. The baby looks perfect and safe and the sack looks thick and high up in the uterus. So it is the bottom half that is shedding. I am in bed now and will stay here for a couple days. We got to see the face today, legs, arms, eye and nose. It has chubby cheeks!! Here is the photo.
Love, Laura

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Freaked Out!


Last night I had two intervals of sharp cramping pain. My lower back tightened up and was accompanied by a cold sweat and me wanting to vomit. I went upstairs after these two awful cramps to go potty and when I wiped, it was like someone had cut me down there. It was pure red blood... Nothing heavy but there was a blood clot and it was enough to scare me half to death and caused a crying jig on the toilet... I was begging God to keep the baby safe and growing strong. This was the first time I had bleed at all, so yes it freaked me out!! Through the night the blood turned to light pink then by this morning it was brown. I called the IVF clinic anyways and they said as long as it is not a heavy period (soaking pad kind) not to worry about it. They want me to call tomorrow to see how I am doing. I told them how sore I was waking up this morning. My uterus and insides felt like it has had a good workout! With my tummy sore and watching it change shape and position, it kind of throws you off a bit. My tummy is becoming more pointy instead of bloated every where. Yesterday I was 7 weeks and 2 days pregnant and this is common around this time of pregnancy. I feel like the baby has grown so much just within the past couple days. The past 2-3 days I have been falling asleep from 3:00pm-5:00pm and I can't help it. I just pass out! All good signs and I just pray the pregnancy stays strong and moving forward. The bleeding is so stressful and if you have gone through what we have you will understand what fear we had gone through last night... Please keep us in your prayers and for the baby to stay strong.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

7 weeks Pregnant


Your baby's leg and arm buds are longer now and they have divided into segments where the hands and feet will be. The hands and feet also have an area where the fingers and toes will begin to form. At this point of your pregnancy, the heart is bulging from the body and it has divided into right and left chambers. The brain's hemispheres are continuing to grow and the air passages into the lungs are visible. Your baby's eyes are beginning to get pigment. The nose is developing and the beginning of the face can be seen. The baby's abdomen is developing quickly and the appendix and pancreas are already present. Your baby's digestive tract is beginning to form and the hindgut is present.

Now about 1cm long, the size of a grape, your baby has distinct, slightly webbed fingers and toes. They look a bit like tiny paddles. Your baby is a jumping bean, moving in fits and starts. His liver is churning out large amounts of red blood cells until the bone marrow forms and takes over this role.

At seven weeks, your baby enters a very busy stage. Between now and 20 weeks, he will grow rapidly. Body parts that formed in the first few weeks of life, such as the heart and brain, will become more specialised and complicated. He now has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. Tooth buds, palate and tongue are forming, while his ears continue to develop and eyelids are starting to cover his eyes. Your baby’s skin is paper thin, and veins are clearly visible.

Friday, October 22, 2010

It has finally hit me!


It has finally hit me today that we are really pregnant. It takes me a while for me to process things and once I saw the heartbeat and saw that life is thriving inside of me, I got SO excited!! I can't wait till we find out the sex of the baby :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

IT'S A BABY!!!!


What we saw today. It is a little blurry but it was so clear on the screen.

We went in today and got to see our little grain of rice :) It took her forever because she was concentrating on my ovaries and how huge my follicles still are. She said next scan they will have gone down considerably and the baby will be doubling in size each week.
They could only detect one in there, but a very strong one. The heartbeat is VERY strong and the sack is big and perfect. It was the most amazing thing we have ever seen. We cried, hugged, & praised the Lord for the life he gave us. We are happy that we saw the heart beat, but sad about the other one not making it... We both teared up when we heard about our loss... We know that this is all in the Lord's hands and we accept it, and pray for the little soul we lost... It was a bitter sweet day for us.
Our 8 week scan (Nov-2) and actually see a head and butt :) Thank you all for your prayers and support during this very emotional time and trying to understand what we have been going through.
Love you and talk soon, Justin & Laura

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Feeling a bit stressed...


We just got back from our trip to Bath. It was beautiful but the walking around was a bit too much for me. I almost fainted this morning in the bathroom and got really sick at the B&B breakfast table, cold sweat and all. I also keep wanting to fall asleep in public places. Today I fell asleep in a Costa coffee for hour and 1/2 to 2 hours!! My sweet husband just let me sleep on the couch while we waited for our bus back to Oxford. My tummy is most definitely poking out. But even with all the symptoms, I am still freaking out about tomorrow. I am so scared we are going to go into the ultrasound and not see a heartbeat. I keep having nightmares about things like this. I have to stop and pray about it and ask for the Lord to calm my spirit and give me peace. Justin had a dream last night that we had a little boy and that he was beautiful. He had Justin's eyes but my face. We want theses babies so bad and for them to be safe. I keep thinking it is too good to be true, but all life is like that. We don't deserve anything, but the Lord blesses us because He loves us, and sometimes He withholds blessing and we might never know why...
So we just need to keep plugging away and keep trusting in Him and pray for His Grace on our life and our children's lives...
Please pray for us tomorrow and for the babies to be safe and healthy growing inside of me. Thank you for your support during this time.
Christ's Love, Justin and Laura

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Already showing...

So I went out tonight with friends and they could not believe how big my belly has gotten. You can see the bottom right hand corner. If there are not twins in there then that is going to be one BIG baby!! I am only 6 weeks on Monday. But my boobs and tummy look different than the typical 6 week baby body. I am loving it and am not complaining. Ultrasound on Thursday!! I think I would freak out a bit if one of the two we put in me split! The more the merrier I say :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cravings....



I am still really bloated, but the cramping has gown down some. I am going through all day morning sickness. I was craving Subway Sandwiches but when my husband brought them home I could not eat them. I have been so hungry but as soon as I smell or taste anything I want to gag! But I will take this any day if this means the babies are doing well and growing strong. I am drinking lots of water and I did get strawberries down last night and today. I am okay with Pasta, like Spaghetti, Manicotti, ravioli, and I am craving Meximelts from Taco Bell, but no Taco Bells here or Olive Gardens in the UK :( Oh well moving back home next month so I am sure there will be tons there, YUM! As long as I can get something down that is what I am eating. I was so frustrated last night, because I kept taking a bite out of my sandwich and putting it down so that I would not barf... If you know me, you know that this is torture. I love food and I love to eat!! My friend Sheri was right, being pregnant was the best weight-loss plan she had ever been on :) Everything is thin on me, my face, bum, arms, but my boobs and tummy are growing and I love it!! I can't wait to go out and get maternity clothes. As of now I only have one pair of pants I can wear, everything else is too small. Bring on the BABY belly!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

5 weeks and counting!


Finally hit the 5 week mark!!! God is just so amazing. God's hands are in all things and all things are possible through Him... It irritates me when people put limitations on God. Just look at this life forming in me now. If the Lord had not opened up the door for us to get free IVF here in the UK, then we might have never have had this chance. His hands create all life, whether in the womb or outside of it... Thank you Lord for your gift of life.
One more week and we get to see the babies. After that me and the hubby are going on a trip to Italy and Greece. We need one last hoopla before we head back to Florida in November. I can't wait!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thankful For The Life Inside Of Me :)


We are so grateful for the life living inside of me :) The Lord has been so gracious to me and my husband for allowing us to love the life He has handed to us... Thank you Lord for your comforting words from the bible and for you loving me. No matter what happens from this day on, you still created life and entrusted it to us.
There are so many hurting women out there that have dealt with pain and loss and I am one of them. In saying that, those woman should know better than anyone to try to stay positive, and encourage one another during the early stages of pregnancy. Please try to be positive, sensitive, and happy for women like me and many other woman that have struggled so many years with trying to get pregnant. The excitement that comes with a positive sign is such a happy moment when you are finally blessed with life. I am so blessed to have Erin as a IVF pregnancy buddy!! Thank you sweet girl for walking with me through this time. I am so excited to go through this pregnancy with you and your little ones as well as to be due within a couple days of me!!
I am loving looking at all the little things to get for a nursery :) I'm a Mom now and always will be one from this day forward... That is a blessing all on its own :) Thank you Lord for knitting this life together inside of me day by day. Please women stay positive and don't allow yourself to feel defeated going into this. Have peace in knowing that no matter what, that positive is still a positive and your a mom :) So you look at those baby clothes and plan until you get a different outcome. Don't allow this wait of the first 3 months to crush your happiness for this pregnancy. Yes anything can happen, but that is life... You can't keep living your life already defeated. Your pregnant and you should be excited!! I'm not telling you to buy anything your first trimester, but it is okay to look and start planing for the life inside of you :) Who cares what others say and think or say to you, this is your pregnancy, not theirs. This is your happy moment, so live it and be happy. I don't know the outcome of my pregnancy but I am not going to hide and live in a closet till I hold the babies in my arms. That is just no way to live. Celebrate the life you have right now, because the baby/ babies are there now, right this moment and needs your love, prayer.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make your paths straight.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

4 Weeks and 5 days Pregnant.


I woke up this morning to VERY sore breasts. I feel like some one has been using them as punching bags. Still cramping and the morning sickness is more of an all day thing. My uterus feels a bit heavy as well as lots of pressure. I think me taking the 800mg of progesterone a day has caused my Endo to flair up a bit on the outside of my uterus. But all in all I am doing good and getting excited over this upcoming ultrasound!!!! I pray our little ones are safe and thriving inside of me. It is slowly sinking in that we are pregnant. I can't wait to start a nursery... This has been such a dream of mine ever sense we got married. Buying a crib set and finding little things that make the nursery so cozy, sweet and calming. We are going to be going through a major change this coming month with us moving. So please pray we have a smooth transition and I can start to nest and feel okay with all the changes to come. I could really use prayer right now.
Thank you friends, Laura

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ultrasound Scan Appointment made!!

I go in on October-21st at 12:30 so that we can see the babies and hear there heart beat!!
We are so excited and can't wait!!

Positive!!


So I took the test the doctors gave me to take for today, even though I cheated and took my own on Sunday morning, LOL! The line is darker and looking good!! Still cramping but no spotting. I am feeling some pressure in my lower abdomen, and I am guess it is from all the cramping and growth going on down there :) Two weeks we go in to see the babies!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

So Far So Good.


So far so good :) Just some cramping here and there but no spotting. I am starting to get morning sickness but more of an all day thing. It really depends on what I am smelling. My hairspray makes me sick as well as frying meat.. but I am loving chili!! I woke up and ate some for breakfast because cereal makes me want to gag... Weird I know. Feeling dizzy a bit but I think my body is starting to settle down some and is getting use to the babies :) Can't wait till two weeks from now when we go in for a ultra sound!! We are going to get a video camera so that we can tape it. I can't wait to hear there heartbeat!
I am praying for Erin from (A Journey To Our Baby) Blog. She is going to take her test soon, and we are praying it is a positive. She is a couple days behind me. Please Lord let her babies be okay and thriving inside of her belly right now. Please put your hands of protection on her and her babies. Hang in there and know that we are thinking about you...
Love, Laura

Monday, October 4, 2010

THE BIG DAY!!!

So I have been worried sick with all this heavy cramping this weekend. I have not had any spotting, but when I have cramps like this it is never a good sign... So I snuck up-stairs while my husband was sleeping and I took the extra test out of the closet, slipped into the bathroom on my tip toes and tinkled on the stick, I say tinkled because I have been going to the bathroom every hour on the hour and it was more of a half a pee...LOL! Sorry Kim, I know you hate that word, hahaha :)
But when I saw what popped up next I was floored!!! BFP!!!!! (BIG FAT POSITIVE!!!)
I started sobbing and praising God for the little miracles inside of me. 3 years of trying and having a negative every month to finally seeing a positive throws you for a loop! I never thought we would get pregnant. But through God, all things are possible!!!!
I really wanted to do something special to surprise my husband but I was just so overcome with joy that I ran into the bedroom plopped on top of him and whispered in his ear.... YOUR- A- DADDY.... He perked up and said what? I said YOUR- A- DADDY!! I just took a test and it is positive!!
He said let me see!!!! He jumped out of bed and I ran to get the test off the back of the toilet, sink, window ledge? I can't remember anything after I took it because I was to busy THANKING THE LORD and crying!! I brought it back in and showed him.
He flung open the curtains to get a good look at it and started tearing up and jumping up and down shouting I'M A DAD!!! AND YOUR A MOM!! WE'RE PARENTS!!!!!!!! We hugged each other so tight and he kissed my belly and told them he loves them and that he is their father... It was so sweet...
We are amazed and overjoyed that it has finally happened to us. All the cramping was the two little ones burrowing deep inside of me and my cervix closing for the next 9 months! My friend who also had Endometriosis as well said that she had sever cramping as well. Just a lovely side effect of pregnancy for us Endo girls. She said hers stopped around 6 weeks pregnant.
We go in to see the doctors in two weeks (6 weeks Pregnant) so that we can see them. We are praying they are both there thriving and ready to greet us :)
Please keep praying that they stay there safe and secure and that I have a safe and productive pregnancy. Telling our parents and siblings yesterday was so much fun!
The best is telling the moms. They were overjoyed!! My mom jumped up and said I need to get the family!! They came in the room thinking I had bad news to tell, but to see my sister Liz's face light up with joy for us was wonderful!! My mother in-law even cried which in turn made us cry!! She has been itching to buy baby clothes for the past couple years, LOL! The reality of all of this is slowing sinking in for us... Even though we are in the UK, we feel everyone's love from the States and can't wait to introduce our little ones to our family and friends
June-13th-2011!!!! We are only telling Blog friends and family, so NO FACEBOOK posts for a while... :) Thank you for all the prayers and please continue to pray for us during the first trimester... Love you all, Justin and Laura


Sunday, October 3, 2010

One day shy of 4 weeks pregnant.

Tomorrow I will be considered 4 weeks Pregnant.

How Big is the Baby at Four Weeks Pregnant?

Your baby at 4 weeks pregnant is still incredibly miniscule, about .014 to .04 inches long. That is roughly the equivalent to 1/2 to 1mm long, which isn't very long at all. Your baby will slowly start changing by 4 weeks pregnant so that he or she starts resembling more like a small tadpole with eyes than an egg. That is quite an accomplishment for your little one!

Your Baby's Growth and Development
Your baby will be implanting furiously during pregnancy week 4 into the uterine lining, to ensure that he or she has a safe and secure home for the next nine months. Fetal development by and large is still in the earliest stages at this point. By now the blastocyst or ball of cells that is your baby will be imbedding deeper and deeper into the lining of the uterus. The amniotic cavity is forming and the placenta is starting to form.

Sever Cramping.


So yesterday I spent all day on the couch with sever cramping and anxiety. Every time I would have a heavy cramp Justin and I would pray over the babies. Asking the Lord to protect them. My uterus is so sensitive because of the Endometriosis as well as the scar-tissue from the surgery to keep the Endo back for a while. So normal cramping for woman is 10 times worse for me... My uterus feels like it has had a work out!! Literally sore from all the cramping, and I am going to the bathroom every hour, even at night I go about once every 2-3 hours. They say your cervix changes position. I am wondering if this is what I was going through yesterday? I could take a test today and it very well could come up positive, but we are going to wait... It is driving me nuts!! Yesterday I feel asleep out of no where on the couch off and on for about two hours. So the sleepiness is definitely kicking in and the aversion to food as well. I am trying not to get to excited but my body has never felt like this before. My uterus feels sore and pressure as well as getting cramps in two different locations. back and forth cramping then all over cramping. I pray that is both of them settling in and getting nice a cozy. I keep hearing that pregnancy for woman with Endo is not fun and different from woman without this disease. But I don't care. I just want them to be safe and protected inside of me. Please pray all is well and that the babies are safe inside of me thriving :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Signs & Symptoms of Pregnancy With IVF

  1. For women who have undergone in vitro fertilization, or IVF, the two weeks spent waiting to find out if the procedure was successful can be painstaking. After two weeks, your doctor likely will order a blood test and possibly perform an ultrasound to find out if the embryos have implanted and you are pregnant. Many women don't experience any symptoms, while others may notice some signs that indicate they might be pregnant. These signs can be caused by other factors as well, such as your menstrual period, recuperation from the IVF embryo transfer or as a side effect of medication.

  2. Spotting

    Spotting or light vaginal bleeding can be an early sign that the embryo transfer following in vitro fertilization was a success and you are pregnant. Some women experience bleeding when the embryo implants into the uterine wall, however, light vaginal bleeding also can be a sign that your period is starting.


    Breast Tenderness

    Some women experience breast tenderness or swelling as an early sign of pregnancy. Some women who undergo IVF experience breast tenderness a week or two after the embryo transfer, but many women do not have it at all.


    Nausea

    Although nausea is commonly associated with women who are in the later stages of early pregnancy, some women have morning sickness before their first missed period. And morning sickness doesn't have to be experienced in the morning. Many women feel nauseous at night or even all day. Food aversions or cravings also can appear early in pregnancy.


    Other Signs

    Other signs women may experience in the weeks following an embryo transfer include mild cramping and other symptoms that are commonly part of premenstrual syndrome.