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After an 8 year battle with infertility and countless struggles, our family is finally complete. This blog chronicles the journey it took for us to start and build the family we always wanted. Background on the blog (started in 2012, just days before I found out the embryo transfer for our son worked).... I decided to start a blog after realizing I have only been able to make it through my TWW's (two week waits) with the help of Google and with the openness of other women suffering from infertility sharing their own stories and giving others hope. I have time and time again found my exact symptoms on other women's blogs and felt an overwhelming sense of calmness they provided me. I thought it was time to pay it forward and hopefully provide this same thing to other women on their own journeys.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

31w0d - Weekly update

(Weight: four navel oranges. Length: over 16 inches, head to heel.)

How Far Along: 31 weeks!!!  Only 6 more weeks until full term and 9 until due date!

Gender: BOY!!!!!!

Size of baby (from babycenter.com): This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt.

My baby this week (from babycenter.com):   He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Stretch Marks: Yes.  And it's crazy in how just a few weeks they have gotten worse.  I now have several dark pink ones on either side of my lower belly.  Anything for Victor though!

Sleep: I'm down to a routine now pretty much.  Up twice each night.  Not too bad.  My trick is to never ever look at the clock.

Best Moment of the Week:  Thursday was pretty awesome because he was going crazy in there.  Kicking.  Punching.  Whatever he was doing was nuts but I loved every second of it!

Movement: Oh yes.  I can feel him rolling around in there now.  I can even SEE him making huge movements from the outside too.

Food cravings:  We keep buying "All Natural" cheetos and I keep consuming them.  I can't stop.

What I Miss:   Being able to sit up from a lying position without having to roll to get momentum.

What I'm Looking Forward To:  August is going to fly by.  We have 6 class and 3 OB appointments in it!

Milestones: Single digit weeks until my due date!!!

Emotions:  Poor Mike.  I get more and more fun to be around each day.  (That was sarcasm.)

Symptoms:  Starting to get tired again pretty early in the day.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

30w0d - Weekly update

(length of a cucumber)

(large cabbage)

How Far Along: 30 weeks!!!  Only 7 more weeks until full term and 10 until due date!

Gender: BOY!!!!!!

Size of baby (from babycenter.com): Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage).

My baby this week (from babycenter.com):   A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Stretch Marks: Yes.  Last week should have been a yes too.   Maybe even 2 or 3 weeks ago too.  I started with them on my lower left stomach and now have a few lines on my lower right stomach.

Sleep: I've been pretty active and busy so it's been pretty good.

Best Moment of the Week:  Today!  Hitting 30 weeks is awesome.  Feel so good to be in the thirties!  Home stretch!

Movement: Oh yes.  And I even feel him hiccup now!

Food cravings:  Nothing really.  In fact I've just been wanting to not eat but drink my meals by drinking an Orgain.

What I Miss:   Sex.  lol

What I'm Looking Forward To:  All of our childbirth classes in August!

Milestones: Finished buying everything off the registry!  Almost all organized and put away but not quite yet.

Emotions:  Same crazy week at work, so stressed!

Symptoms:  Starting to get tired again pretty early in the day.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

29w0d - Weekly update

(acorn squash)
(butternut squash)

How Far Along: 29 weeks!!!  Only 8 more weeks until full term and 11 until due date!

Gender: BOY!!!!!!

Size of baby (from babycenter.com): Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel.

My baby this week (from babycenter.com):   His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

Stretch Marks: No.

Sleep: I've been pretty active and busy so it's been pretty good.

Best Moment of the Week:  Feeling him kick up a storm every morning and night!

Movement: Oh yes.  And I even feel him hiccup now!

Food cravings:  OMG Mike bought me all natural cheetos.  That was a mistake.  The bag was gone in a few days (at least not in a few hours!)

What I Miss:   Wearing shorts.

What I'm Looking Forward To:  Getting into the week 30s next week!

Milestones: Had my first set of Braxton Hicks contractions yesterday after walking for a few hours around a track for our annual Relay for Life event.  

Emotions:  Work has been crazy so I've been pretty stressed out.

Symptoms:  Nothing new.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

28w0d - 3D/4D Sonogram

Thank you Perfect Preview 3D of Buffalo, NY for such amazing shots!

Big Feet

Playing with toes



Hand over head

Open mouth

28w0d - Weekly update

How Far Along: 28 weeks!!!  Third trimester!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gender: BOY!!!!!!

Size of baby (from babycenter.com): By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels.

My baby this week (from babycenter.com):   She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Stretch Marks: No.

Sleep: A few nights earlier this week I only got up once to pee!   Then the last few nights it's been several times again.

Best Moment of the Week:  Soon to come seeing my baby this morning in Buffalo at perfectpreview3d.com.

Movement: Yes.  Now I feel him rolling around and not just kicking.  Very cool!!

Food cravings:  I used to pound sugar like it's my job.  Now I hardly even touch the stuff.  Not that I don't want it anymore.  I am more scared now of how big he'll get and how much more he'll tear me in half on the way out!

What I Miss:   Being able to wear dresses.  I can't now or else I just look like a tent.

What I'm Looking Forward To:  This morning's 3D/4D ultrasound and tomorrow's shower!!!

Milestones: Little baby Schloss now has a 90-95% chance of surviving outside of the womb.  :)

Emotions:  Pretty mello this week.  Even in the extreme heat on Wednesday!

Symptoms:  Nothing new.