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April 23rd, 2009, 10:33 PM
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Dang...it's been such a long time. I've been so busy with work, getting ready for the baby and chasing Makenna that I only frequent a few boards these days. I think of you ladies often and wonder how you're doing.

We're doing well. Makenna's such a cuddlebug and has such a sweet soul. I can't believe she's 19 months and going to be a big sister any day now! I'm still trying to wrap my head around having 2 under 2 and I'm in constant amazement that I've been blessed with with them so close in age. I NEVER saw that coming in a million years!

I'm doing well. It's been a fairly good pregnancy. I've had every symptom in the book this time (m/s until 5 months and on Diclectin, constant BH's, cramps, aches and pains) but I wouldn't trade them for anything.

A few scary points of the pregnancy have been dealing with the fear of another loss in the 1st trimester. I had spotting for 4 weeks from 11wks-14wks. They never did find a reason. Then at my 20wk u/s they discovered that the baby had a SUA (single umbilical artery) meaning instead of 2 arteries in the umbilical cord there was only 1. Usually it's nothing to be worried about but it can be a soft marker for Trisomy 13 or 18 and with my genetic condition I have a 1% risk of having a baby with Trisomy 13. Those were some dark days for DH & I.

I had a fetal ECG a week before Christmas and it came back clear, and there were no other soft markers for chromosome issues. All of my 1st & 2nd screenings came back normal and while I was debating whether to get them done and run the risk of false positives, I'm so glad I had them done. They've given me a huge sense of peace.

The baby is doing well. We found out we're having another girl and she's measuring large. Ironic since babies with SUA's tend to be smaller and are born premature. Go figure!

It's been bittersweet this time too. I love being pg but it's sad that this is my last pregnancy. I can't keep putting myself through the worry and anxiety of "am I going to m/c" in the 1st trimester and then once getting past that point to worry and anxiety over whether the baby is healthy and has Trisomy 13. It's too much for me to deal with and we've decided that 2 is it for us. My emotions can handle any more.

So here I am waiting. I'm physically ready to have the baby but mentally I'm not. I've been trying to enjoy my last few days as a family of 3 and soaking up this time with Makenna. Yesterday was my last day of work and I'm officially on mat leave now. I may return to work in September for the fall semester or I may take the full year off that I'm entitled to.

So that's me in a nutshell. I can't wait to get caught up again and reconnect with all of you. Here are a few recent photos of Makenna. I don't know where the time has gone. My baby is gone and I have a toddler!

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April 24th, 2009, 08:29 AM
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Aww She is getting so big! I'm really looking forward to hearing about the new baby. Please, don't forget to come back in and update us.

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April 24th, 2009, 12:22 PM
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Nicole it is so good to see you post. I can't believe how big Makenna is already! I will have to do an update on me later tonight maybe & finally add some pics. I understand many of your feelings regarding pg. I too wonder how many times I can do this....but I keep plugging along. I do know that I am eternally grateful to have Jonah & will be grateful when I have another - so that keeps me hopeful. It really is so good to hear from you & congrats again on your rapidly upcoming new arrival!! How exciting!
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April 24th, 2009, 10:11 PM
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I haven't been on in ages and I come to check in and find this! Nicole, I'm ecstatic for you and your pending new arrival. What an amazing blessing! I'll be sure to check in more often to see your birth announcement. Glad to hear that things are going well overall. Makenna has grown like crazy! She's beautiful.
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April 30th, 2009, 09:22 PM
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Nicole, Makena is just a doll! Congratulations on your upcoming little one.

My Ben was an SUA baby too and he is just fine. Oh and Ben's going to be a big brother too! lol Caitie will be our last as well. Mine's because of old age though...lol
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June 23rd, 2009, 12:03 PM
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I haven't posted in a long time either. I am just now seeing this. I am glad to hear all is well both babies are adorable!
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