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Western North Dakota , United States
My husband, Allen, and I are high school sweet hearts. We started dating Sep.99'- I kind of followed Allen home one day, and never did leave, is Allen's story. November 02' we were engaged, and on November 22,2003 - we were married. Having been married for 6 years in 2009, marked the 5th year we had been trying to start our family. With the referral of a Fertility Specialist from a friend, our IUI attempts ended up being a complete success despite my doubts. We welcomed our sweet little girl, Hayleigh into the world on June 30,2010 at 6:28am after 37wks and 1 day of gestation. She weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 20 in long. We found out that we were Baby #2 on April Fool's Day- a complete surprise! Reid Allen was born 11/13/12 3:24am 9lbs 8.2oz 21", after 38wks 5 days. Our 3rd baby, Eva Jane, was born on April 19, 2015 after suffering a pregnancy loss June of 2014. We are currently anxiously awaiting baby #4 due 2 days before Eva's birthday, so we are having Irish Twins! Our family is so blessed and happy to be growing!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

14 wks and first Baby Gear!

So, Monday was 14wks for Baby M. I finally started to get the joy of experiencing "growing pains". It is sooo funny how "by the book" this pregnancy has been soo far. I started hurting in my pelvis and hips on last Friday.. opened up my "What to Expect when you are Expecting" book, and flipped to the 4th month to where I am now at.. what did I find? Expect growing pains, congested nasal, greater appetite, etc... needless to say, BINGO! DING DING DING! It is soo weird to actually be reading about what my body is really doing, and it cooperate, and do it! I have never had a period every month, and just everything that I was supposed to do, to try to get pregnant, it seemed like my body just said "NOPE"! Kind of refreshing for the time being anyway, that is.

We finally purchased the first of our baby gear! I picked out a diaper bag that BOTH Allen and I could pack without one of us... Allen, being embarrassed about being "seen" with it in public. It is an Eddie Bauer Shoreline Duffel diaper bag. It comes with a changing pad and a dirty duds pouch, along with plenty of pockets and pouches built in to accommodate all of the loot. I am really wanting to purchase two more, a small diaper bag, and a larger diaper bag- for overnights. I am really hoping that this bag ends up being a very durable bag - I read and read all of the reviews that I could find on it, and I am pretty satisfied with what I have read on it.

The other purchase I have made, was a maternity sleep pillow. Since I have started in with the growing pains, it has made it a lot harder to sleep on my side without hurting. I cannot sleep on my back, and breath, thanks to the congestion brought on by pregnancy, and on my stomach is definitely out, so, something had to be done. I found this pillow online on Ebay. The pillow is something I can use throughout the whole pregnancy, and probably there on after. It is actually nice having something snuggling around me for once, when Allen is not home and is working through the week. I told Allen after trying it out this morning, that he will probably want his own pillow after he snuggles with mine after I leave for work in the middle of the night when he is here at home. I think I laid there in aww for an hour this morning over how much I actually loved this pillow! Anyway, if you are pregnant or not, I really do think that this is a must have! I really wish I would have bought one a long time ago!

In plans for this weekend, since I am feeling a bit more perky, we are planning on taking our first "baby bump" photo! I can't believe that I have waited this long, but, to tell the truth, I have not been too excited about taking the picture. I haven't felt the greatest until recently, and I am sure that I did not look the greatest either. I just now started wearing eye makeup again, since my eyes had been soo dry and watery until now. So, hopefully, I will be able to post the pic with my 15wks post on Monday.

I have been feeling great for the last week, minus the growing pains. I have gotten my energy back, but, it only lasts for soo long - kind of like a cheap rechargeable battery. But, I feel a whole lot better. I have such an appetite now, that it is just insane about how much I dream and think about food - junky food, that I cannot even stand to eat anyway. I only really crave fruits and fresh veggies now. When the hidden valley ranch commercial comes on, I tend to drool and stare at the food. I have been really watching my sodium and sugar intake. I am really trying my best to eat right, and keep myself in the clear from developing gestational diabetes - since I am higher risk for developing it thanks to my PCOS.

In other news.. Baby M's developing quite fast now! Here is the clip from the Baby Center for 14wks. I cannot believe how fast this is really going now! July will be here before I know it!

How your baby's growing:
This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

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