Baby Rush # 2 - The Details :)

I've stared at a blinking cursor for a good thirty minutes now while I try and come up with the words to explain the emotions behind this post. Gosh. Two and a half years ago (in the midst of trying to conceive with no success) if you would have told me I'd have a healthy, happy toddler, and a second baby on the way in less than 24 months, I wouldn't have believed you. I've said it hundreds of times before, and I'll say it a hundred more times...I am so thankful for the doctors that were able to help us grow our family. The surgery I had on February 28, 2012 has changed our lives in the best, most precious way possible...and for that I am forever grateful. God is so good.

Baby Rush number TWO is on the way :) My heart flutters every single time I see those words. Thank you all so much for the congratulatory wishes! I promised more details, so I'm going to do my best to recap the past few months :)

My first positive pregnancy test happened on the evening of Wednesday, February 12th, 2014. Jonah had been suffering with a nasty cough for a few days, so I had taken him to the doctor that afternoon. We got sent home with a nebulizer and were told that if his breathing wasn't improving, we would need to bring him in again the next day. I was panicked, of course, and when I got him home we snuggled on the recliner, snuggled while watching Finding Nemo, and did his first breathing treatment at home. Shortly thereafter, he fell asleep.

My cycles have never been regular...even since having Jonah. However, my December and January cycles were both 30 days, so when 30 days came and went and I still hadn't started...I decided to pick up a few tests to have on hand, just in case. I honestly don't even know what prompted me to test that evening. Kevin wasn't home at the time, Jonah was now FINALLY napping peacefully, so I went into the bathroom and took a test. I ran upstairs to change into comfier clothes, and came back downstairs to check on Jonah. I walked into the bathroom, and there on the bathroom sink was my test...with a second line dark enough that I could see it from the doorway:

I laughed out loud, picked up the test, and started to cry happy tears. I could NOT believe I was seeing two lines again :) I never really posted the details about this on my blog, but in May of this year I suffered an early miscarriage. I got positive tests for almost a week straight (however, they never got darker...they were faint the entire time) and about 6 days after my first positive test, I got a negative. It was heartbreaking, to say the least. I was devastated, but knew that something must have been wrong. With the early miscarriage on my mind, I immediately began to worry about the darkness of my lines. Little did I know that we were only hours away from an extended hospital stay!

The night I got my first positive test was also the night that we took Jonah to the Emergency Room for his scary, rapid, breathing. (Read more about that here.) That same evening, he got admitted to the hospital for a severe case of RSV and low oxygen. We were in the hospital for a total of 6 days. Thursday morning (Jonah's first full day in the hopsital) I called my OB to let them know I had gotten a positive pregnancy test the night before. They asked me to come in for bloodwork. I couldn't leave the hospital - but the lab they use was actually the lab in the hospital where we were staying with Jonah, so I only had to walk downstairs for my labwork :) My first beta came back only a 28. (Jonah's first beta was a 23). I was terrified. It was such a low number. I needed another draw 48 hours later. We were still in the hospital, so back downstairs I went. I still can't believe this, but the lab LOST my second beta. I had to wait a whole week to have another drawn...the night Jonah got discharged from the hospital. The second beta came back a 528...a doubling time of 33 hours which I was told was great. Due to the fact that I wasn't entirely sure of how far along I was, my OB and the nurse crunched some numbers and decided that I would have an ultrasound on March 6th. By that time, I should be far enough along to see something via ultrasound. In the meantime, I kept testing every single day to watch the progression of my lines. Thankfully, they WERE getting darker! Seeing the lines get darker was the only thing keeping me sane :)

Waiting for March 6th to come was excruciating, but, it finally came...and I was a nervous wreck. However, all of that worry was a huge weight off of our shoulders when we saw a baby...and the most beautiful flicker :)

Baby was measuring 6 weeks 1 day at this point, which was right on with where I thought I was. I had guessed 6 weeks, so I was happy to hear that I wasn't so far off after all :) At this appointment, the ultrasound tech was really surprised to hear that I hadn't experienced any bleeding. She went on to explain that I have a Subchorionic Hemorrhage, which can happen when the embryo implants into the uterus. Most of the time they are harmless, but there are times where these hemorrhages can cause miscarriage. Mine was not a large one, but it was big enough for them to want to bring me back in another week to monitor it. In most cases, the hemorrhage will absorb itself back into the uterus. Sometimes, it will bleed out, and you will experience some spotting. Thankfully, I have yet to experience any bleeding. A week later, on March 13th...we saw our sweet little peanut again AND I was told that my hemorrhage shrunk in half...which was amazing news! I also couldn't believe the difference in our baby's appearance in just a week:

Baby was now measuring 7 weeks 4 days :) Look at those little arm buds! We left that appointment feeling so much better and more confident about our pregnancy. We also scheduled our NT Scan that day. The NT Scan is a special (optional) scan that, in conjunction with bloodword, gives you a ratio in regards to your baby's chance of having Down's Syndrome, among other things. Honestly? We just wanted another look at our peanut...and of course, we'd want to be prepared should something potentially come back abnormally. The baby looked AMAZING, and was even measuring a few days ahead by the time our NT Scan rolled around on April 12th. At this point, I was 11 weeks 6 days! Our little peanut even gave us a wave:

With Jonah, we told our family and close friends around 5 weeks, and waited to publicly announce until 12 weeks. We did the same thing this time. Especially with our previous early loss, we wanted to have a few great ultrasounds before we announced to the world.

Pregnancy is just as terrifying as it is amazing. It is the scariest, most wonderful thing I have ever experienced. The first trimester is awful, in my opinion. The baby is too little for you to hear a heartbeat via doppler, and also too small for you to feel moving around. We spent a lot of time (and still do) praying and asking God to keep our little miracle safe. So far, everything is wonderful...and I hope and pray it stays that way. I know there is no "safe" period in pregnancy. You are never "safe" from something going wrong...but reaching each little milestone helps. At 11 weeks, I was able to find baby's heartbeat at home with my doppler :) I check for it each day, and as soon as I hear that amazing sound, I stop. It's reassuring and helps with my anxiety. Once I start feeling this baby move around, I won't use it as frequently.

Phew! This is getting really long...I won't ramble on much longer, but I did want to spill the details that I promised in the last post. Thank you, again, everyone...for all of the sweet words and the amazing support. I cannot believe I get to go on this journey again - I hope you all stick around for the ride!

A Very Hoppy Announcement!

You've probably noticed that it's been a little quiet around these parts lately. I promise that I have a wonderful reason to explain my hiatus...

Baby Rush # 2 is expected to arrive in October! I still cannot believe I get to type these words again. I promise I will update with more information soon!


Nuby Non-Drip Standard Neck Bottle Review

Happy Sunday, everyone! Today I am going to reviewing another one of favorite Nuby products, the Non-Drip Standard Neck Bottle :)

Actually, Jonah has not used a bottle since a week or two before Christmas, but I came across these photos the other day, and the memory of bottles came flooding back :) We tried A LOT of bottles with Jonah. Luckily, he was NOT picky and basically took anything we gave him. We tried Tommee Tippees, Dr. Brown's (oh, the pieces), Nuk, Nuby, Coma Toma, I said, we tried them ALL!

These bottles were definitely in our top three. Like the name of the bottle says, they don't drip, and it is amazing :) Jonah loved these because of the little rubber grippers near the base of the nipple, especially while he was teething. There are not a ton of pieces, and they travel well.

These bottles are great because they are so versatile! They are recommended for babies 0 + months (Jonah was 10 months old when these photos were taken.) They can hold up to 11 ounces, and the special non-drip nipple design features an anti-colic valve to reduce the risk of colic. They are also BPA free! :)

The shape of the bottle is also a huge PLUS, because it made them especially easy for Jonah to hold. We will definitely be using these again when Baby # 2 comes along...we loved them that much! :)

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