I haven't blogged since I started IVF meds, so I wanted to give a brief timeline of this eventful pregnancy (I unfortunately have been super busy at work since moving to a different department, and the last thing I want to do when I'm done is look at a computer!)
- Pregnancy confirmed, Day 10 after 3 day embryo transfer
- First heartbeat seen/heard at 9 weeks
- Sciatic pain like it's nobody's business
- Morning sickness ALL DAY - but no vomiting
- Slept in my car at lunch for an hour everyday
- Slept 5:30p-7:30p, woke up, back in bed by 10p, slept to 8am (BRUTAL)
- Acupuncture from the start of IVF meds to week 12
- Woke up to fluid and blood at 1am at 12 weeks
- Called in, midwives told me I was having a miscarriage
- Emergency room told me I was having a miscarriage even after ultrasound proved baby was still active and alive
- Was told baby would likely die inside of me over the weekend
- Took a trip to North Conway, NH for the weekend hoping I wouldn't loose the baby while the hospital made me wait 4 days to confirm
- Went to Tufts for genetic testing, told us baby would more than likely have Downs Syndrome due to the size of the back of her neck (all babies have this btw)
- Blood test confirmed this was not the case -- negative
- FEELING AMAZING!
- Nausea gone, sciatic pain gone
- Energy through the roof
- At our 20-week scan we found out that the baby has heart disease (PAIVS - Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum)
- Devastated, cried for days
- Did massive research and found an organization that has helped me meet heart moms
- Transferred from Cambridge to Brigham & Women's Hospital so that we can work directly with Children's Hospital Boston (we are about 15 minutes away)
- Baby will be taken to Children's after birth for her first of 3 open heart surgeries
- Scheduled for induction at 39 weeks to schedule her surgery
- Sleepless nights (even with Boppy)
- HELLO ACID REFLUX!
- Sciatic pain is back with a vengeance!!!
- Pain subsided at 35 weeks
- Belly dropped!
- Sleeping much better - napping during the day
- Nesting like its nobody's business
- Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, sometimes every hour
- From week 35 contractions during sleep
- I've gained 20lbs total
- Baby is just over 5lbs - doc says its fine, babies w/ heart conditions tend to be a bit smaller, also measurements are never spot on - she is 100% healthy besides her heart defect
- Completed nursery - hopefully baby isn't recovering too long in the hospital and can come home to enjoy it :)
- Ready to get this show on the road!!!
As of Monday I will be considered "full term"! Yessssss. Do I think she will come before the week of the 25th? Heck yes! If she's anything like me... I know she can't wait for anything!
Not sure if I will be blogging during my maternity leave. I'd love to. But no promises here. I'm sure I'll be quite busy.
Just praying for the best with baby's heart and that they don't find anything else wrong during the cath procedure (they inject blue dye to see what needs to be done). Also that she handles the surgery well and can come home without any complications.
That's all for now. Hopefully I'm back sooner than later ;) In the spirit of my wacky sense of humor...