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June 22nd, 2009, 06:05 AM
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I hope to be able to keep this updated. I just wanted to share you all my story so far. Esp because we have the check-ups in hospital now.

I am Esmee (28) and my bf is 32. Both healthy, working and loving each other. We have met 4 years ago and the moment we met was the moment we both knew we found the one. We wanted to try for a baby a year ago, but decided to wait just a bit longer to make our financial situation stable, which it is right now. The 3rd cycle of ttc was the one after 13 years of bcp. Our doctor was amazed at how fast we got that BFP

Last wednesday June 17th I had some spotting and we decided to go to the doctor who scheduled an u/s at the hospital for the next day.

Here is the story already posted in an other post:

Yesterday I went to the doctor because I have had some spotting and she wanted to make sure everything was fine so she made an appt at the hospital for me.
I was kind of nervous but not to much because I did not have any cramping and the spotting stopped.
The lady who examened (spelling?) me was very nice and did the internal u/s. First she looked at what caused the spotting. Nothing serious, because the uterus is growing sometimes a little vein can break and can cause the spotting (like a bruise). She told us I might have some light brown old blood but was not expecting anything worse. Next she looked at our little one. We saw a little heartbeat and our little one measured around 8 weeks. The edd wil stay at January 31st so far. She was just looking and explaining to my bf and me what was the head and the heart when suddenly she went silent. She made a close-up and told us she noticed something weird in our little ones brain. Normally at 8 weeks there is not much fluid in the brain and with our little one there is. We do not know what that means and what will happen. She told us it might be allright in 2 weeks, that the fluid will 'catch up' with the normal brain growth but that she could not rule out anything. She told us our little one might have a minor chance of Hydrocefalie.
So I will have an other U/s in 2 weeks with an other doctor. A specialist who hopefully can give us nothing but good news. I have not cried yet. I do not want to, but the tears are deff at the surface. Please help me, did anyone else experiance something similar?
I can not help to have flashes of some kind of syndromes (baby having no brain) or Spina bifida.
We still have to wait for 2 weeks before we will know more. My bf and me have told each other to act like normal until we have a better (and hopefully amazing) diagnoses in 2 weeks

We are stil waiting and hoping/praying everything will turn out fine. it is amazing though, as desperate as I was last week, I am so very positive this week. I have taken some DHA supplements for our little one. and I promissed myself to take a few hours rest/sleep extra every day.
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June 30th, 2009, 04:44 AM
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I find it hard to keep this journal updated for now. Because updating means thinking about the fact that we do not know everything is fine just yet.
I have to admit that I feel great, am growing well (have gained 3 pounds so far) pants and skirts are already in my 'after pregnancy' suitcase and I keep on having positive feelings. So for now, please just pray all is well next Thursday.
I will keep you all updated as soon as we know anything (and I am able to come online)
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July 3rd, 2009, 05:14 AM
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Update July 3rd

Already posted in the regular DDC, but I just want to try and keep the journal complete

This is going to be long

We went to the hospital yesterday for our next u/s. Although I kept on being very positive for the 2 weeks wait I got nervous the day before the u/s. First when we got there I had to fill in some forms and we kept on waiting and waiting. When we entered the u/s room she asked me how far along I thought I was, I told her 9,5 weeks. She decided to take an other internal u/s.

It was so amazing to see our little one again. What a difference 2 weeks make! He/she was a bit stubborn. He/she kept on waving to us and moving the little legs.
First she wanted us to listen to the little heart and the sound was great! Second she wanted to measure our little one and he/she actually measured a week ahead!
Ofcourse she had to check the part where she had her concerns but our little one just refused to move into the right direction Little rascal! The doctor asked me to couch a bit and we saw our little one bouncing up and down when I did that! So adorable She got the right picture to see improvement. Even I could see our little one has made some amazing progress!
She looked very happy. And her exact words were: If this was the first time I saw you and took the u/s I would have send you home with nothing but congrats

After the u/s I had to go and see an other doctor who looked at the progress and told us that (looking back on our history) best thing was to do an other u/s in 2 weeks. To measure the detection rate. I do not know the exact English words, but it is to check for Down's syndrome. The fetal nuchal translucency is measured in the
participating centres at a gestational age (GA) of 10-14 weeks.
She told us that chances are minimal for something to be wrong. Everything looks amazing

My bf is the most amazing person I know! He always jumped into the screen and kept on pointing to the little hands, legs and head.

Yesterday evening he surprised me with a huge plant/tree and flowers. I did not know that. My tailbone hurted yesterday and once I was in bed, I really did not want to come out Poor thing came walking in with the plant/tree (2 meters ). How sweet is that. He decided to leave it in the bedroom though, because it was to heavy to carry it back to the livingroom I love the flowers as well!

Last edited by KatieLove; July 3rd, 2009 at 05:19 AM.
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July 10th, 2009, 08:40 AM
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I'm so glad everything is looking so promising!!! It's amazing how much they change in a matter of weeks isn't it? That's VERY sweet of your man to suprise you with the tree/flowers!!! What a great guy! Can't wait to hear more updates!!

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July 11th, 2009, 03:08 PM
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I will update the journal next Thursday after our latest visit
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July 16th, 2009, 09:06 AM
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Update July 16th!!

We are so extremely happy!!! The outcome of the N/T test was beyond good

So yesterday was my dads birthday and I assumed my bf knew the exact hour of the appt. Well, he forgot Men can be so funny. Ok, so I told him it was at 9.40 in the morning and he got totally stressed out! Turned out that he had a major appt at his work and now he had to send several people home and ask them to come back later (not just people, my bf is accountant and had to finish the year results and had to hand them over to the shareholders all over the world) So he had to send people from America, Germany, England and some other countries home to be with our baby! How amazing is my love for doing that

Back to the appt.
First she showed us the baby again. We asked her to measure our little one and it measured 6,5 cm (2,60 inch)
How cute is that Then she let us hear the amazing heartbeat! So steady and strong, I am in love
The moment she saw the baby she instantly told us that the N/T test would have a great outcome even without measuring the neck of our baby We are so happy. It is amazing to see the differences in just 2 weeks! we saw a little nose, fingers, toes, arms, legs, the beginning of the spine and it looked perfect!

The N/T test came out great. Only 1mm and the maximum for a normal range is about 4mm. (the doctor told us this is different for each age). Then we had an other appt with a second doctor (a specialist) and the moment she saw the outcome she just smiled. My bloodwork was perfect. Nothing wrong with it. And my bloodpressure is 100/50. Rather low, which explains why I keep on being dizzy at times. No worries about that though. Just taking things slow and drink lots of fluids

So we are finally getting into regular appts and we could not be happier.
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July 20th, 2009, 07:51 AM
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Update for today. I already posted at the regular DDC posts

This afternoon I finally had my first normal appt at the clinic with midwifes (that is normal here )
She checked my bloodpressure and it is way higher as last Thursday: 108/63
Thursday it was 100/50
Anyway, she asked me a bunch of stuff about family things, my history at the hospital, if I had my blood checked already, I had to stand on a scale, still 60.5 kg
I got a goody bag with all kinds of magazins, information, and a babytoy and special creams/vitamins.
She was really nice and I felt really comfo. So all of that is good. I already told her I want to give birth at a hospital so that is settled already. My appt for 20 wk u/s will be made in about 3 weeks and I might have it around my birthday What better birthdaygift could I ask for! My next appt is August 24th at 09.10 in the morning. I will be 17 weeks at that point!!
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August 12th, 2009, 02:02 AM
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I am not that good with the updates Sorry in advance.

So we have made our BIG Appt on September 8th (my birthday) and I could not be happier to have it set on that date

I feel great, I have some minor ligament pains but nothing to bad. Same with the heartburn. I do however have massive constipation which really drives me crazy. I blame it on the progestoron (spelling?) because I know that hormone is taking over and ever since 3 weeks I have it. Same with the zits on my breasts (sorry tmi ) those appeared 3 weeks ago as well.
I noticed some bright blue veins on my lower belly. I can not wait to have a big belly and to hold our little one in our hands.
For now, just exactly 4 more weeks until the ultrasound and 2 weeks before we will hear the heartbeat again
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September 7th, 2009, 09:15 PM
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Happy birthday to you tomorrow!!!:d
( n.t.n.p. ) til we move to our own place.

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September 9th, 2009, 04:05 AM
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Thank you so much for remembering

I had a lovely birthday and an amazing ultrasound! A little girl What better gift could I ask for. Funny thing is that my bf will have his babygirl for his birthday. My due date is January 31st and his birthday is 26th. So he will have an early or belated gift
I am sorry that I have not been updating my journal as I was suppost to do, but I just tend to forget Sooooo many other things on my mind.

First there is work, 40 hours a week. I like my job because I can arrange my day as I please. And do all sorts of things so it is never boring. But sometimes things get on my nerves. they have in the past and they still do. So guess this is a little vent. I have a coworker that is replacing my sister while she is at maternity leave. But he is sooo dumb sometimes. He claims to have the right papers, but does not even know how to count! I am trying not to let it bother me to much though. I just answer and continue doing my job.

My body is deff changing now. I have had my holiday for past 2 weeks and my bike broke down 2 weeks before that. So I had not been riding my bike for 4 weeks and I deff notice my energy level has dropped! I will continue to pick it up again though. Otherwise I feel like I will have such a lack of energy. Walking up the stairs has also become 10x harder to do
My BB size has gone up a bit again and ofcourse my belly is growing (which I love )

My bf noticed my sisters belly yesterday at my birthday and she is HUGE at the moment. 39 weeks pregnant right now. So my bf watched her, his face went to this and looked at me and asked me: will you grow that big as well?
I told him I will and he was just shocked. He told me he thought I would be as tiny as I am today How cute is that
So I reminded him of the fact that our little one still has to grow 10x to 15x her weight
My poor love was just shocked

Last edited by KatieLove; September 9th, 2009 at 05:17 AM.
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October 9th, 2009, 08:07 AM
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I wanted to show you all a very tiny picture of my little niece. Born September 28th
She is so adorable

* Sorry the picture did not seem to work *

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October 14th, 2009, 03:31 AM
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Update Tuesday October 13th (I just copied it from the main DDC January board)

Yesterday morning, just after I made my post for the baby clothes I noticed I was bleeding when I went to the bathroom. Bright red and not just a spot. So I instantly panicked and cried when I called the emergency number from our OB. She told me to come in right away. It still took me about 30 minutes to get there and I have never been more worried. My bf came to me as well. He deff wanted to rush me hospital but I convinced him it was better for us to atleast know if it was an emergency.

The moment I got there they checked her heartbeat and it was very strong and fast (mommy was stressed and our girl deff felt that) she was moving around but because I was so stressed I just could not feel it at that moment. It was such a comfort to hear her little heartbeat being so strong and my bf and me just smiled and cried for joy. She still wanted to have me checked in hospital to see if anything was going on.

So just a hour later we were in an other room with other pregnant woman (that made is so much more real for me) and a nurse made the u/s. We saw her waving and moving around. Then ofcourse I had the internal exam and although she did see I had been bleeding there was nothing going on at that point. I was not dialated or anything. That made us SO happy! She asked me if I had been able to go to the toilet and I told her it was harder last few days. So she asked me if the poo was hard. When I confirmed she told me that this was prob what caused me to bleed. She told me that my cervix was very soft and that it showed signs that this could be happening more often. No nothing to bad, but deff need to keep it in the back of my mind. No more heavy lifting, eating even more fibers and special juices to avoid it to be hard again. No pushing and well, just listen to my body.

So whenever this happens again I should just watch it at work/home and only call / come in if I feel like it could be harmfull. So incase I get major cramping in my belly or back or if I start having heavier bloodloss.

I can only be 100% stressfree when I hold her now. This is deff not something I want to go through again. We bought so much stuff yesterday to make sure I can go to the toilet without problems That is just funny! I am sure the cassiere thought something else. But it is deff very needed.
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November 9th, 2009, 07:43 AM
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I had my 28 week appt this morning and all is great with both of us

She is measuring right on track, an my belly does as well (24 cm).
She was head down this morning but until week 34/35 there is no need for her to be this way already. She can be in a different position tonight, who knows. There is still so much room for her to move around Her heartrate was 160, which was a perfect sound to me

For me, I have gained about 9,5 kg (about 20 pounds) since the beginning, which is good. I am slim build, and although I was not underweight (BMI was 20) it was nessesary to gain enough. Well there is nothing I have to do for that, nature is working with me here My bloodpressure was 106/59 which was good. A lower bloodpressure seems to be what she wanted to see
I try to be as healthy as possible. So I try not to eat a lot of candy and chips. I have to admit that Icecream is something I still like a LOT these days But that is my only guilty pleasure.

My diet through out the day exists of following:
Breakfast at 07.30:
Large boal whole grain fibre flakes with 0% fat yoghurt
glass of prune juice with my vitamins/calcium tablets/DHA supplements.

Snack at 10.30:
An apple and 2 whole grain crackers
Glass of coffee (cafeine free)

Lunch at 12.30:
4 slices of whole grain bread with low fat cheese spread or jelly (light, reduced sugars)
Fibre drink with orange juice

Snack at 15.00:
An apple or pear with 2 whole grain crackers
Glass of tea

Snack at 17.00:
2 slices of whole grain bread
Glass of tea

Dinner at 19.00:
Depends on what ever I decide to make. But usually with veggies

Wow, writing this down makes me feel I am craving a lot of food. All is healthy though, try to make it all low fat and low sugar.

For sports, I try to move around as much as possible. Which means: swimming 2x a week and riding my bike 2 x 7 km. It is not nearly as much as I used to do (5 x a week 15 km biking) but it feels good. Swimming really helped me to reduce the pain in my bum/right hip/upper leg area and it is actually almost always painfree right now!

Bummer for this week is that my employee decided not to continue with me after 6 years!! I feel sad because we need the money. We still have a double income for next 6 months (2 months work and 4 months of maternity leave) but after that I have to find something else to do. I think I have an idea though
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