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Friday, February 12, 2010

Pregnancy Update

We are about to be gone for the long weekend (hubby has Presidents' Day off) to go and help my mom and family with their big move. I wanted to write a quick post to touch base before being mostly away from my computer for the next 4 days.

Things have been going fine with our current pregnancy. The days have been dragging on, especially when we're waiting in between appointments. We have one more week to wait until our next ultrasound to find out if our baby is still growing. Sometimes it seems like forever, but when I remind myself that we've been waiting for 9 years, it makes a week seem so much more tolerable. I'm learning to be patient, and I'm learning that worrying won't do me any good.

This Saturday I'll be 8 weeks along, which means that by ultrasound day on Thursday I will be almost 9 weeks. I'll tell you why this is important to us. Our fourth pregnancy was the one that made the most progress. We saw more growth and development of that baby than we had any of the previous pregnancies or the two that followed. Although I had carried babies for as long as 11 weeks before, they had usually stopped growing around weeks 6 or 7. Sometimes we hadn't known there was a problem, and sometimes we waited the extra weeks to be certain that the baby was no longer living.

But baby number 4 was different. We had a wonderful ultrasound at 8 weeks, and then a week later the baby had grown to 9 weeks but the heart had stopped beating. We were dumbfounded, speechless, devastated, you name it. Our doctor at the time was pretty speechless, too.

I hate to relive that time in our past, but I want you to know why 9 weeks is important. The weeks that follow will be crucial for us. If the baby makes it to 10 weeks and looks normal and healthy, it will be the longest we've ever gone. If the baby makes it to 12 weeks, I know we won't be out of the woods forever, but I think we will both begin to relax a little bit.

For now, though, I'm doing okay. I'm still taking it day by day. I still have very little energy, a huge appetite, and major nausea in the evenings. That's totally okay with me; I welcome any sign that our baby might still be growing.

We are looking forward to a weekend away, for something different and a change of scenery. I don't think I've been out of the house at all (besides doctor's appointments) since my birthday more than 2 weeks ago! We are excited about seeing family and getting our first look (in person) at Mom's new house. My handy husband has a list of projects that he'll be working on, but I'll be the unofficial supervisor for the weekend. I've already been told that I won't be allowed to do much of anything other than sitting and watching. :)

I hope you all have a great weekend, whether you celebrate Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, or even Mardi Gras (a little early)!

23 comments:

Sharon said...

I totally understand the significance of the next week and will be praying for your baba to keep growing strong!
(((hugs)))

Paxton said...

I know I am new to your blog but I just wanted to say that I SO want this pregnancy to be healthy and happy for you. I check your blog every day to make sure all is well. Please know I am praying for you super hard! All the best!

Lauren said...

I feel awful that I haven't commented much through this journey, but I have been praying for you mightily!! :) So grateful for your blog and your friendship. (And the award, which I know I need to do. ;)

A said...

Stacey! I am praying very hard that God has blessed your little one with a long and happy life! I am so thankful that everything is going well so far, and I know that God is near if you are ever afraid :) Keep us posted!!

Hope in Virginia said...

Enjoy a nice long, hopefully relaxing weekend. And grow, baby, grow!

andreajennine said...

Praying for peace as you wait for next week's appointment and for good news at the ultrasound!

Indy said...

I can't stop thinking of you and wondering how you are doing. I am praying for you and the baby God chose for you to carry in your womb. A friend once told me that we don't make the babies, God does and he uses our bodies. He will prepare your body for His good and perfect purposes. He is doing it right now.

Love,
Indy

Have a great weekend and a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Renovation Girl said...

Seeing the title of this post takes my breath away in a good way!!! I know how terrifying it can be waiting out the time and wondering. wishing you peace and comfort and all those awesome pregnancy symptoms!!!

Beth said...

Hi Stacey! Long time no comment, I know...(went back to work full time in Oct.)...but I just happened to see your title on the FOTTSP blog and wanted to catch up and tell you that I am praying for you and each precious day as the baby grows!

Michelle said...

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I hope things keep going well. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Sharon said...

Prayers will continue.....Enjoy your time with your sweet family!

Jenn said...

Yaaay for great news! Can't wait to hear more. And cannot wait to see pics of your mom's house. Don't forget to send them to me!! Have a great relaxing (well sorta) weekend with your family!

Life In Mazes said...

This moring I thought of you three as I was driving to work! I was hoping that all is going well and your trip here to LA is a safe and fun one! Praying as always!

One day we will have to get together for a visit! It would be so great to finally meet you!

Melody said...

Wow, I have a better understanding through this post of what you are dealing with...thanks for sharing.I continue to pray and wait with you in great expectation of what God is doing.

Andrea said...

I can't even imagine how you must be feeling! It must be so scary. *HUG* I've been praying for you every day and will keep it up.

Oh yeah, I started writing you a message the other day and my computer crashed twice. So I gave up, but I'll re-write it in a couple of days and hopefully it'll get to you! ;-)

Have a good trip and keep up the relaxation!

twondra said...

I will definitely be thinking of you and praying for you!

I hope you have a fun weekend!!

Nity said...

Your u/s is posted on my calendar. COntinuing to pray, but will send up a couple on Thursday. Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
xoxo

DeniFay said...

Continuing to life you, hubby, and baby miracle up in prayer! Anxiously awaiting more good news from you friend!!! Hope your time in the great state was good :)!!!

Allison said...

OOoh I need to check in more often, CONGRATS!!!

Jennifer said...

Hope you enjoyed your relaxing weekend. I will keep praying. I can't imagine how hard the waiting is, but it will be worth it when you get a great report at the ultrasound!!

Charisa said...

Glad to hear your attempting to relax! Please keep trying. Love you and praying as always.

Hugs!!!

Abby said...

I hope that your time will go by quickly for you while spending this special moment with your family! I'm praying for you each day! Prayers for strength, hope and a wonderful outcome you so very much deserve!!!

Erin said...

Praying for you today!