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Baby and appointments

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wow, we had the best appointment ever today.

Well, we started out the morning by taking Jason to the lab for blood work. He decided it was time for him to get a physical and so the doc sent him off for a blood panel. We set a 9:00 appointment at Quest and got called in quickly after arrival (Jason got a kick out of "jumping" in line - if you don't make an appointment, you can almost guarantee to be there for at least an hour during their busy times). After getting him through registration, we went back for the blood draw.

Let me start by pointing out that my big bad husband is afraid of needles. I asked if I could watch (I'm sitting here laughing my tush off thinking about this) and the tech said I could. Jason has very good veins - so she put the tourniquet on and pulled out the needle. Jason was watching me instead of watching the needle and my eyes got HUGE at the needle and he made her stop so he could regroup. ROFL!! After it was over, we were in the car on the way to my doctor's office and he called me a bad name...it made me laugh harder!!!

We had scheduled a "NT Scan" for the baby today. NT stands for "Nuchal translucency" which is a test that uses "ultrasound to measure the clear (translucent) space in the tissue at the back of your developing baby's neck. Babies with abnormalities tend to accumulate more fluid at the back of their neck during the first trimester, causing this clear space to be larger than average." You can read more information at: www.babycenter.com/0_nuchal-transluc
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So we went in and she started the scan and the baby must have thought s/he was at a gym! S/he was hopping and jumping all over the place and was doing flips and everything! It made the tech's job harder but s/he finally settled down a bit with the butt facing us. Then the tech had to shake it up again and make the baby move so she could get a clear image of the neck.

Baby's Heart Rate: 164 bpm
Baby's Measurement: 2 inches

We should have the test results in a week but it looked really good to my untrained eye. She did say that the nuchal fold usually is a cause for concern over a measurement of "2.something" and that we were .7 or .8 which is GREAT.

We got a LOT of pictures and Jason is planning on posting them soon. He's creating a website to dedicate to this so friends and family far and near can keep up if they wish.

Then Jason got a little "payback" for my joke. Blood testing accompanies the ultrasound for the NT Scan. I think the new tech used a scalpel instead of a needle to poke my finger. I ended up with nearly a 1/4 inch long slice in my finger. Ouch!

So all-in-all it was an excellent appointment and we're both very excited. Jason even brought in an electronic voice recorder and made a recording of the baby's heartbeat to put on the website. I'll let you know when it's up as I'm sure he'll be working on it today.

I'm just so glad that everything is progressing normally...now I feel fat for a reason instead of thinking it's just because I've been binging!

Thanks for checking in! Hope everyone has a great week!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 8/28/2009 8:01AM

    GOOD NEWS KATHY

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SOPHIEMAE2007 8/27/2009 11:02AM

    That is great!! My niece just announced she is pregnant. She went through invitro, so now they are waiting to see if she is having twins. They had 3 eggs that fertilized, but one died before being implanted. Can't wait to find out. Kind of hope she has twins! Can't wait to see your pictures.

I told my sister that I regret not having kids (it just didn't happen for me) unless I adopt. Her comment was, "sometimes you regret having them too! Don't get me wrong, she loves her kids and both are adopted, but her youngest has given her so many problems over the years. He grew up knowing right from wrong, but rather live the wrong way. There are times we think he is going to turn his life around and then he does something stupid! He is 24 yrs old and pretty much has lived on the street or with a bunch of other people that are just not the kind of people we want him to be hanging out with. She has done all she could with him, but hasn't turned his back on him and never will...she always keeps up the hope and faith!

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 8/26/2009 11:44PM

    I'm very happy your appointment went so well, and I'm looking forward to checking out the baby website! Too bad you can't enter the baby's acrobatics into your fitness tracker! I think s/he already has a sense of humor, seeing as s/he mooned you. ;-)

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SHINAKO 8/26/2009 8:59PM

    That's great Kathy! I'm glad you had a wonderful day today.

Tell Jason not to worry, my husband's afraid of needles too.. When I was giving birth, and had to get the epidural in, my husband couldn't even stand to be in the same room- so I had to hold his sister's hand, lol!

That's so funny to hear about your little aerobic baby! It's great that they were able to catch him/her in action, and get those fantastic measurements!

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GMEAN2055 8/26/2009 8:54PM

    I am excited for both of you. I can't wait to see the pictures.

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/26/2009 7:21PM

    I am so happy to read your blog. I can see and feel the excitement. I'm tickled pink (oops...well it's just an expression, but maybe I'm the first to know? :) emoticon

Thanks again for the Blog. I like keeping up with my friends.

We are here for ALL of you! (meaning all members of the family, not all of you..as in your body.. well that too...ha ha...)

Ok, I'm finished. Night

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ETTEZEUS 8/26/2009 6:11PM

    Great news Kathy!! Looking forward to the pics.


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LIBERTYGIRLFLA 8/26/2009 4:50PM

    Wow, what fruit, nut or veggie is the baby up to now?? lol

I can definitely understand the needle thing with hubby. John is very squeamish too. He can't even watch a fake needle on to. They don't bother me a bit. Guess it's a mommy thing. We have to do so many ookie things (rectal thermometers, etc.), I guess we get used to it. he he

Jason will probably have a GREAT time if he's in the delivery room with you. My friend's hubby passed out from a high stool and hit the tile floor. They just left him there until they finished delivering the baby. He was fine.

So glad to hear the good news. At what point will they be able to determine the gender?

Hugs,

Lib

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HEALTHYNURSE2BE 8/26/2009 4:01PM

    That's great about the baby and normal testing. Sorry about your finger. . .ouch! Congrats on the good news! Definitely something to keep you focused on your healthy goals!

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Update on doctor's appointment, etc.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Well, as some of you may know I was dealing with a LOT of nausea and heartburn. I spoke to my doctor's office and they recommended taking 50 mg of a B6 supplement twice a day for the nausea. I took it for 3 or 4 days before it finally started providing some relief.

The bad nausea I was having is better but I still have my good and bad periods throughout the day. Mornings can be tough because I'm supposed to eat breakfast. Problem is that I've never been a breakfast kind of girl - my stomach just does not like food that early. So I'm battling over whether to force myself to eat or feel horrible because I haven't eaten. I've been drinking my breakfast for years (Carnation Instant Breakfast) but it's not enough right now. So I'm doing the best I can dealing with that until I've been up for a couple of hours.

We saw my OB for our first visit yesterday. That was good. I have to go to the lab to give some blood but otherwise it was pretty much what I expected. Pee in a cup, weight, blood pressure, 20-questions, etc. It was all pretty routine...based on my experiences with my 16-year-old. They said they'll see me in a month unless there are any problems with the test results. I don't expect any problems now - we're 10 1/2 weeks and everything is pretty normal.

She tried to get the heartbeat on the Dopplar but not much luck. She said she usually doesn't have any problems at 12 weeks so maybe next visit we'll get a good listen.

I haven't been doing much besides eat, sleep, work and get my schoolwork done. I've been spending very little time on the computer at night because I'm just so tired. I'm hoping the 2nd trimester will turn things around a bit so I can start exercising again. All I want to do is walk on a treadmill but right now I only have energy to sit on the couch in the evenings!

Not that I'm complaining (much), I'm so happy to be where I am!! I've waited SO LONG for this. The purpose of this blog is to just let you know why you haven't seen much of me.

Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

Take care,
Kathy

  
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UNIQUECHAR 8/13/2009 6:41PM

    I'm so glad the B6 is working and that the appointment went well! I'm so happy for you! I miss you!!!

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SOPHIEMAE2007 8/13/2009 4:06PM

    Glad things are going well for you and hoping they will only get better!

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ETTEZEUS 8/12/2009 10:48PM

    I'm so happy you are feeling better! I know what you've been going through.
BTW....Does the B6 do anything for your gas? ROFLMBO!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/12/2009 5:19PM

    kATHY, i AM so happy for you emoticon Morning sickness can be a pain, I'm sure, but look at the rewards in March. I'm sure it's all worth it.

I saw a billboard that at 16 days a baby's heart is beating. I'm just so happy for you. Congratulations. How does big sister feel about a little one running around? Hope she will be a great help for you all.

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SHINAKO 8/12/2009 3:34PM

    It's wonderful that you're starting to feel a bit better. Get what breakfast you can in, even if it's a cracker (hehe.) You've been doing well, I'm sure you will keep it up.

I wish your blood work luck, and I hope you'll be able to hear the heartbeat the next time you go in! Oh, and I wish you luck in finally being rid of the irritating nausea!

I know it's tough to exercise when you're feeling so drained, so hopefully in a few weeks you'll be able to get up to a regular walk again.

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 8/12/2009 3:09PM

    I'm so glad you had a good doctor's appointment and that everything is going smoothly. I hope you feel better soon, both with the nausea and tiredness. And, like Val, I'm looking forward to hearing about the heartbeat next month!
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HISTOMOM 8/12/2009 2:08PM

    Kathy...believe it or not...reading your post today and thinking of you as "expecting"...still makes me teary eyed. Hang in there the nausea will too pass.
Looking forward to the post about the heartbeat...when I read it...I'll probably be blubbering!!! emoticon emoticon

Val

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Just Thinkin' Out Loud

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I hope everyone is having a great week!

Yesterday was the first day in what feels like forever that I felt semi-normal, meaning not completely nauseous, so Jason and I went to the gym. He ran 2 1/2 miles in 25 minutes but decided to take a short break and during that break started feeling a little dizzy so decided to take it easy from there on out. He works in a very HOT environment - as I've outlined before - so after working in the heat all day it's probably not real good for him to push himself that hard anyway.

I walked on the treadmill at about a 30 minute mile but I set the treadmill on heart rate monitor mode and found out it's a really cool function. I keep my hands on the heartrate bar while walking and it continually ajusts the treadmill to keep my heart at that rate I set it at. I started at 125 bpm but was feeling quite winded after not really exercising for a couple of weeks so I lowered it down to 115 bpm. It continually adusted the incline and I was up to a 12% incline for some of the time. I walked for at least an hour - maybe a little longer, but when I played with the controls too much it put it back in manual mode and I had to start over. I wasn't sure how long I'd walked at that point so I just restarted my time again at what I thought I could do. I was proud of myself for finishing because I haven't done very much exercising at all lately.

Well, not much more going on right now, 'cept I need a nap. Hope everyone else has a great week.

Thanks for checking in!

  
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ETTEZEUS 7/23/2009 1:41PM

    Great news about the gym and your walking! I'm happy to hear that. I'll have to checkout the cool treadmills you have there Sunday. Looking forward to getting away for awhile!
(Now, back to the transcription for me...LOL)

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA 7/22/2009 7:35PM

    Great job on the workout!! That's going to be one healthy, strong bambino!!

L.

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/22/2009 6:34PM

    Hi, from NJ Kathy. emoticon

So glad you are feeling semi normal now. My daughter used to keep saltines next to the bed and ate them before getting up. Maybe that would help..

Anyway, I'm glad you are keeping fit. Best thing you can do for you and baby!

Hugz, Nan

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 7/22/2009 4:02PM

    I'm glad you are starting to feel like your normal self!

I really like that heart rate feature on the treadmills, too. It's great they are working so well for you, and it's fantastic you finished! I need to get back to the gym regularly, also, when I get back from my SC trip. It's good that Jason is listening to his body when it tells him he's had enough. Such strenuous days for him!

I hope you continue to feel better! Happy napping!
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-DEBY- 7/22/2009 1:10PM

    glad you are feeling better and able to have a good work out

~BLESSings~ this WEIRDnWILD Wednesday ~~0:)


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Still in shock...OMG!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

I'm still in shock but it's real...got the results from my second blood test and the numbers are good.



I'm pregnant!!

  
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SHINAKO 7/14/2009 3:05PM

    WOW! Congratulations!
Even if I've found out about it almost a week later, hehe, it's so wonderful to hear the good news!

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SOPHIEMAE2007 7/13/2009 6:19PM

    Congrats!!!!

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GMEAN2055 7/10/2009 12:33PM

    Wow, That is wonderful...Congrats........gail

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/10/2009 11:36AM

    I am tickled pink. (oops didn't mean to say pink, just in case you want blue) Then I'll be tickled blue How's that emoticon

YOU BOTH ROCK and this baby will Rock your world for the GOOD!

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IVORIANN 7/10/2009 8:04AM

    Yay! Congrats! I am so happy for you and Jason!

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ETTEZEUS 7/9/2009 11:46PM

    I'm afraid, I'm very very afraid!! I touched that statue too! And the *other* thing. If I show up pregnant now, It would have to be the Immaculant conception! LOL

You already know how I feel about this post!! emoticon

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HISTOMOM 7/9/2009 9:37PM

    Oh Kathy and Jason....I just got real "teary"....I am so incredibly happy for you....CONRATS!!! emoticon

Val

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REDSKINGIRL 7/9/2009 7:59PM

    Awsome! Congrats to Jason and u! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 7/9/2009 6:15PM

    What wonderful news for you and Jason! I'm so happy for you both!
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KERI8587 7/9/2009 5:43PM

    I'm so happy for you! Congrats, again!

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JESTERJIGGER 7/9/2009 5:29PM

    Yay, we get to be pregnancy buddies!

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MICTAMALI 7/9/2009 5:16PM

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's me squealing for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!!!!!!

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UNIQUECHAR 7/9/2009 4:49PM

    Congrats Kathy! That is amazing!!! Either the surgery or the statues... lol

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MBUZZY 7/9/2009 4:45PM

    Numbers are good!!! Awesome, glad to hear it!

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JHOFER 7/9/2009 3:51PM

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So excited for you! Seems the surgery worked. Yay!

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JHOFER 7/9/2009 3:49PM

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So excited for you! Seems the surgery worked. Yay!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/9/2009 3:49PM

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That is way too kewl.! ! I'm excited for the both of you.l emoticon for sharing the great news.

Hugz, to you all. Nan

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SHERRY822 7/9/2009 3:44PM

   

WOO HOO ! ! GOOD FOR YOU ! emoticonthere's nothing better than a sweet little one to make you see the world in a better light. Little people are so wonderful.

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Monday's exercise

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

If you didn't know, Jason works in a very hot environment. He works in Cocoa in a plastic manufacturing plant and it's in a non air-conditioned warehouse building. Basically it's an open air building with very hot machines so you can pretty much guarantee its 20 degrees hotter in there than it is outside at any given time. In saying that, he can get dehydrated pretty quickly if he doesn't drink enough fluids during the day. Fortunately, he cuts back on the Mountain Dew during the summer and drinks more Gatorade but even then his muscles can get very cramp-y and it makes it difficult for him to exercise.

Last night was one of those nights. I dragged him kicking and screaming to the gym last night (not literally, but it was very difficult to get him out of the house). I told him he could stay home and I could go on my own but he wouldn't hear of that. He wanted me to exercise to a video last night and I told him that I'm bored with the videos, I'm paying for a membership and I don't want it to be wasted money. So he reluctantly agreed. We got changed and got there just after 9:00. He tried really hard to do the treadmill with me but his muscles were giving him a very hard time so he ended up having a seat and watched me for the next half hour.

I put the machine on cardio mode at level seven or eight for 50 minutes but it was difficult for me too last night. I just don't get enough sleep and I know that's a huge problem for me. So I kept reducing the level until I was able to jog comfortably without being too winded or without feeling like I was unable to keep up - I ended up programming it at a level three which felt really good. I was still jogging but wasn't dying and it felt good. I was able to maintain that pace without breaks for the half hour Jason sat out. The program automatically put it on inclines and flats at varying speeds; in total I ended up completing three and a quarter miles and burned 370-something calories. I felt pretty good about completing it. Maybe tonight if Jason is too tired, I'll just take a stroll around the neighborhood for exercise. He seems okay with me doing that alone.

  
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GMEAN2055 6/30/2009 7:28PM

    Kathy,
That was so sweet of him to go with you. Wow what a great husband. I didn't know that he works with AC. I don't know how he does it! It has been so hot. I am proud of you with your exercising. Keep up the good work.

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ETTEZEUS 6/30/2009 2:10PM

    WOW! I didn't realize Jason worked where there was no AC! That has got to be tough in this FL heat!
Great job on the treadmill though. You are doing so great! I'm so proud of you! Keep up the good work!

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JESTERJIGGER 6/30/2009 2:01PM

    Man, where were you when Craig and I had a gym membership? I need you here to drag my butt outside to exercise! Or over to our elliptical, lol.

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/30/2009 9:33AM

    I'm glad you are keeping up with your committment and not pushing yourself too hard. It's hot out there and the weather alone will drain you and lack of sleep.. YIKES!

You are doing great and you don't HAVE to do more everytime you exercise, you just have to keep going and it will get better and you will get stronger.

YOU GO GIRL! emoticon

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