D-day is almost upon us!

I can’t believe that the induction date is just around the corner (although she could come anyday now.) I feel huge like an enourmous whale. We had a wonderful Christmas (I was lucky enough to get a brand new Nikon digital camera from Caleb) which I was so shocked and excited about. It takes beautiful picture. I can’t wait to go outside and do some experimenting with it. It’ll be nice for him to use at the birth too! The boys loved Christmas too.
The boys and I got to meet M&E for lunch in Savannah last weekend which was very special (it’s the last time I’ll see them before the birth!) they treated us and brought Christmas presents!
I’ve had a weird cold the past week, it seems everyday I loose and gain a new sympon. Last Sunday I had an afternoon nap and wke up to body aches everywhere (so abd I could barely walk!) a migraine and very bad lower back pain. That stayed till Monday night 😦 then that went away and I got a cough and a stuffy/runny nose. Now all I have is a bit of a stuffy nose. Weird but I’ll take that over the body pain anyday (Monday I ended up having 2 baths and a shower to ease the pain).
I had a regular Dr’s appointment on Monday and everything was fine. I’m not dialted, belly measuring perfect, heart rates good (mine and the babies) and weight gain is at around 17lbs total (not too bad). I have my final (hopefully) appointment this Monday before teh induction the following Monday the 13th.
Our BFF’s from NC are coming down next weekend to help out for a week which I am so excited for! Other than that not much else has been happening. Rang in the New Year very quietly. So the next time I type I’ll be bumpless and should have some beautiful baby pictures to show off. This has been an amazing journey that I can’t wait to complete (the final birth part and completeing a family being the most exciting and anticipated thing EVER!) I am so excited!!! Anyway some belly pictures:

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37 + 5 38 W Collage

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year …

WOW I am so behind in posting an update it’s scary 🙂

So right now I am 32 weeks along and officially in the 3rd trimester Less than 2 months to go. EDD is around 1/15/13!  Updates, the chiropractor has been great, I still get lower back pain now and then but I try and have nice warm showers when that happens.

E&M came down for Halloween which was fun. We went trick or treating (it was so hot) I was lazy and ended up just staying in my Cruella Deville outfit. We then took them out for dinner. The next day was our court hearing/birth order. I got us all lost (blush) which was stressful, luckily the judge had pushed us back and was seeing other random cases first. So we ended up waiting for about an hour and a half before he saw us. He wasn’t the most friendly of judges but it went smooth enough.  We went and pre-registered at the hospital too.

We had to miss going up for the baby shower which was disappointing but I was just to tired to travel. I was told it went off beautifully. I can’t wait to see pictures from E&M.

Since then my Dr. appointments have been pretty regular. I go every 2 weeks now. I failed my 1 hour glucose test (boo) but thankfully passed the 3 hour test (my Dr. apparently wasn’t worried at all J) We’re looking at possible inducing come January if everything looks good. I’m hoping my body will follow along the same courses that it did with my 2 boys but we’ll see. She could surprise us all. For right now she needs to bake a little longer. Although I am exhausted ALL THE TIME…. Despite being an old woman and going to bed early almost every night.  And it’s not like I can even drink coffee or soda for the caffeine because 1. it make me feel so sick and 2. it’s not good for the baby.

Last weekend we went to a nearby town to have a 3d/4d scan done. The lady was nice although a little eccentric. Pictures turned out lovely, despite the baby being a stubborn little miss and holding the umbilical cord in front of her face! Lately she has been moving around like crazy (I’m talking somersaults!!) mostly in the evening.  

I can’t believe that it’s Thanksgiving next week already. I’ll be at home on Thursday and Friday (We’ll probably put the Christmas tree up on Thursday … can’t wait!) Now we just have to decide if we’re going to do a nice beef roast or chicken. I’ll wait till closer to the day and see what the grocery store has. I will be making Malva pudding (a sugary apricot sponge cake) so I have to go to World Market sometime and buy some custard.  

Anyway onto the bump pictures up to date: Weeks 27-32 …. And HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!

27-32 collage                                                                                                                                                                    CDV 29 Side Hands

And we have movement…..

What a whirlwind couple of weeks it’s been! 2 weeks ago we drove up to Lake Summit NC and spent a long weekend with E&M and some of their (and our friends) it was AMAZING!
We all had so much fun, the boys especially! We ate, played in the lake, went on the boats, Caleb went skiing (he got it the first time going out! I was so proud of him! E’s teachings helped 🙂 )
The family cabin we stayed in was beautiful, and the views? To die for. I’ll try and put some pictures up tonight.
The Friday night we got to meet some of E&M’s friends and our best friends who live 30min away came round for dinner too, good times were had. Supper was incredible, chicken curry! I think E&M’s baby enjoys spicy food as I do!
I got to wear a bikini too, but most of the time it just looked like I had a beer belly …

Oh which reminds me. On the drive up we had to stop at Wal-mart for a potty break (the joys of travelling with small children.) Anyway as we’re walking around the store we passed an older gentleman who had a rather large stomach (think Santa Claus) anyway my oldest looks at him and then me and exclaims:

“Mama look! That man has a baby in his belly too!”

I couldn’t stop laughing (the innocence of children!) Luckily the man didn’t hear!

The weekend went all to quickly and Monday morning we left early to drive home. Soon after we got home I left to meet E&M in Savannah for our Gender U/S. The traffic was really bad for them but luckily we were the last patients for the day so the U/S tech waited for them. It was such a lovely visit. We got to see the baby move around so much (very stubborn little thing, obviously gets it from mom and dad!) Everything is perfect  

I had another regular Dr’s appointment with my Dr the following Wednesday and everything was good there too, heart beat was in the 150’s which is good (love hearing that sound, it makes me think of galloping horses!)

I knew for sure that I felt this precious little angel move on August 29th. I was lying in bed and felt a nudge. Wondering if it was a gas bubble and so I just waited. Sure enough a moment later I felt another nudge in the same spot  Since then I feel the baby quite regularly, it’s still very soft but definitely a baby! Late evenings are the babies most active time!

This past Labor Day weekend I surprised myself by completing 2 tasks that I set out to do! Normally I’ll think of something, say I want to do it and then never get round to it because I get lazy! So I cleaned out my car (HUGE ACHIEVEMENT!) it just needs a good vacuum and a wash but that can wait. I also refurbished an old cork board into a jewelry holder (got the idea from Pinterest) turned out pretty well. Here is a picture:

Craft

So other than that nothing much else exciting is going on 🙂 I am planning something exciting in 2 weeks time (not baby related) but I can’t share what that is yet (I hope I didn’t say anything in an earlier post, if I did, I blame it on pregnancy brain!) EDIT: Ok nevermind, I did post about it ha ha, my BFF’s birthday is in 3 weeks time and I’m planning to surprise her 🙂

I haven’t posted any bump pictures in a while so here you go!

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21 W

17 Weeks and feeling GREAT!

I probably shouldn’t jinx myself but I can’t help it!
It’s funny. When you have really bad morning sickness you think it’s never going to end. You think you’ll feel like this forver. Throwing up daily. But then one day you feel a little better and then suddenly no more morning sickness, no more throwing up (if you know what not to eat.) For me my vomit triggers are: spaghetti sauce, most candies/chocolates, most dairy, very greasy fast food, soda’s/juice. So you’ve guessed it, I feel GREAT!
This past weekend I went and bought a few dresses at Ross and the thrift store. Not too many because my bump is still relatively small but still. A co-worker of Caleb’s works at Michael Kors and she told him about a floor length empire lined dress they have. he said I should go and try it on, so I might do that this weekend.

We/I have some exciting things coming up. In two weeks time we’ll be going up to NC to stay with E&M at their Lake Cabin (cannot wait!) hopefully we’ll get to see our BFF’s too (who live nearby) I really want them to meet E&M and visa versa. Caleb might get to try water skiing! Then the Monday after our mini-vacation we have our 20 week U/S gender scan in Savannah! So excited for that! Even though we all know what the gender is, it’s still fun to go for U/S’s! I’m also planning a secret girls weekend for my BFF for her birthday in September. It’s her BIG birthday year (28) she’s always been excited for this specific birthday (not 30) so I’m going to surprise her. I have envelopes of 28 different things that we’re going to do over 2 days. Hopefully that will work out!

Oh and before I forget here are the latest bunch of belly pictures:

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13 weeks along

Today (7/11/13) we are now 13 weeks pregnant. I met E&M in Savannah on Monday for an in depth U/S to test for multiply things and it was so good to see them. The U/S machine that was used was amazing. The little wee one is only about 3 inches long but the machine was so detailed. We saw the face, hands, spine, hands, nose everything! It was beautiful. We had our transfer dates mixed up so our official due date is actually January 15th again 9what it was before) just to confuse things! So the Ultra sound technician “confirmed” the gender which we already knew from the testing E&M had done with the Embryo’s. Not going to say it now until after we have the gender U/S next month. I’m sure E&M are going to do some cool gender reveal thing. I wish I had thought of doing the gender reveal cake idea with my children! After the U/S E and I went out for lunch (I had a great veggie pita) and then we walked along River Street. It was so much fun walking and talking. We looked inside all the tiny shops and even got fudge at the sweet shop …. although I can’t eat it right now, sweets and chocolate make me so sick 😦 Caleb was happy with the fudge though. E gave me a pregnancy body pillow which I was so happy for (I can’t wait to use it when my belly is bigger) she is so sweet and thoughtful. She also bought our boys little gifts too. Caleb and the boys met us at E7M’s hotel where we left and went for dinner at a fancy little restaurant. I was nervous at first because it wasn’t kid friendly but our boys were very well behaved. The food was really good, especially the appetizers. We shared spicy muscles (I just dipped bread in the sauce) but it was Caleb’s first time eating muscles and he loved them. We also had spicy warm olive (AMAZING). The rest of the evening was wonderful.

Fast forward a week … my morning sickness has been more or less the same except for yesterday and today, it seems to be going (please please please) I hope I’m not jinxing it now. Oh well!
I’ve been obsessing over period drams this past week and enjoyed watching the BBC drama “North & South” what a beautiful love story. Mr. Thornton is slowly replacing Mr. Darcy in my books ….
Here are a couple of belly pictures (I took at work in the bathroom, stylish I know!) I still have to edit the “official” ones we take at home and upload them.

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8 Weeks along and behind :)

6/5/13 Hi everyone … so the last 2 weeks have been crazy busy with Dr’s appointments, morning sickness and a new puppy (what were we thinking?). I went for a follow up appointment with my Dr last week and everything looked good, even got to hear the heart beat which I managed to video record for E&M so they could hear it! I love hearing the heart beat, it makes it seem so real! Morning sickness is kicking my butt though! Yesterday I caved and got my Dr to prescribe Zofran for me (to help suppress the nauseous) it’s sort of been helping ha ha. So according to my Dr and from when the transfer was (and the age of the embryo at the time) we are exactly 7 weeks 2 days pregnant. So about 4 or 5 days off from what we originally thought. E&M came down for today’s appointment which was great. They got to see their little baby U/S and hear the heartbeat! They then took me out for lunch which was so sweet of them. They kept apologizing for me feeling sick 🙂 it just comes with the territory!

6/11/13 Instead of writing a separate post I thought I would just add on to this one. I am now 8 weeks pregnant and this little raspberry is doing numbers on my poor stomach! I threw up at work for the first time today, luckily no one heard me (I hope) if they did I feel so sorry for them. I am not the quietest of people when I throw up, it’s loud, disgusting and really gross! But I guess it helps me work out what this little bean doesn’t like, this morning? A smoothie from Publix! Things at home are crazy with Sam (the puppy) and Caleb tiling our living room. It should be done by this weekend which will give us our space back. We also have to go shopping for a new dishwasher this weekend (cannot wait!) doing the dishes every night is very tedious! Father’s day is coming up this weekend. I have a few things up my sleeve but am going to head over to Pinterest to see if they have any other cute ideas. I have belly and a U/S picture that I’ll post tonight!Elle xx

6 Week Belly Picture

6 Weeks Belly

Here is the first belly picture and the Andrew Baby is the size of a Sweet Pea (just one pea not the whole pod 🙂 ) although I do have a little belly now it’s not all baby ha ha. Most of it is from the medication that I’m on that makes me bloated and I put on weight around my belly, thighs and hips! Also I’m totally relaxed in this photo, not very flattering 😉

TGIF

TGIF … I spent the morning looking after my youngest with a stomach bug. We lay on the couch watching “Hart of Dixie” (cute, fluff filled CW show) it’s totally unbelievable but it has a great country music, cute costumes and some eye candy. I had an awesome lunch that consisted of ice cold water, Greek pineapple yogurt and ¾ of a French baguette filled with a fried egg, lettuce and tomato. It was heavenly. Apart from being tired and the morning sickness (that lasts all day) I’m feeling pretty good. E&M’s baby is hopefully settling in nicely. I am so anxious for the ultra-sound next Wednesday!

 This weekend is supposed to be perfect wave weather so we might hit the beach on Sunday so my hubby can surf and the boys and I can play in the water. I love that we only live 20minutes from the beach. The Monday we’re hopefully going to pick up the newest addition to our family, a PUPPY! I found a breeder 4 hours away that has a white boxer puppy that we put a deposit down on. We already have a name for her …. Sam. We haven’t told the kids yet, can’t wait to see their faces though!

 I am looking forward to going to bed tonight! I forgot how tired the first trimester is (and how nauseous I am all.the.time) But… in truth, it’s a small discomfort if it will help bring a baby into this world.

 I’m still trying to figure this blog out, so please forgive me if random errors appear, I am in the midst in learning and tweaking. I am trying to figure out how to had links (websites/blogs) that I love to my homepage, maybe I’ll figure it out this weekend J I also have a bunch of pictures and recipes that I want to upload.

 Have an awesome weekend xx

Baby is the size of a sweet pea!

Baby is the size of a sweet pea! So yesterday marked the 6 week mark for this pregnancy of E&M’s little baby. This is also the start of a new blog! Anyone interested can read the follow up weeks/months at my old blog: http://www.aeonity.com/happybeginnings/ I enjoyed writing in that blog but the site wasn’t too user friendly for readers so I decided to switch! If you don’t feel like reading those old posts I’ll try and summarize everything in afew sentences for you. I’m a happily married mom with 2 amazing sons and a wonderful husband. We’ve been married for 8 years and had known eachother since grade school. We were highschool sweethearts. The surrogacy bug hit me back years and years ago but it wasn’t the right time. Fastforward 2 babies later and I was ready. My husband is very supportive and we started the journey back in August 2012. We are very fortunate to be matched with an INCREDIBLE couple E&M who are just a joy to know and who are going to make the most wonderful parents! Paperwork, contract, Dr’s appointments, shots, medication and all that jazz we are finally pregnant!

We had a little scare yesterday. I was at work and I started bleeding. Not gushes, but enough to wear a pad and be concerned. I went to see my Dr (who is just AMAZING!) She confirmed that it wasn’t a miscarriage. My cervix was still closed and the prgnancy was right on track. We couldn’t hear a heart beat but she said it was super early and not uncommon that we couldn’t hear anything. The baby is only 3mm! I took it easy for the rest of the day. The bleeding stopped and I am back to feeling sick again (which is good.) I have a follow up appointment next Wednesday (the week is going to DRAG!) but all we can do is hope and pray.

I did take my first set of belly shots though which I will post later on 🙂 and E send me a bunch of recipes and articles on morning sickness which will be great to read about.

Andrew Baby Week 6: Growing like crazy, baby is starting to sprout eyes, ears, nose, cheeks and chin. Those little hands and feet- still webbed like paddles- might wiggle by week’s end, the heart is beating (almost twice as fast as yours!), and blood is starting to circulate.

Sweet Pea