32 weeks - Pictures, Finally!

Okay, here's the photo-update. Enjoy!

Belly Pic at 32 weeks Here is Olivia's nursery - starting from the view looking in from the doorway and rotating clockwise.

The changer and hutch

Her crib with homemade bedskirt, blanket (folded), and pillow The valance that matches the bedding
Her chest of drawers (Notice the pretty diaper cake from one of my showers)
Her closet (the clothes!) and her bookshelf full of fabulous books

We've attended our baptism class, chosen Olivia's godparents, interviewed and have selected a pediatrician for her arrival. Our childbirth class is over. We're still going to attend the Infant care & CPR class and a breastfeeding class in January.

The big thing that we've yet to do - and it's not essential at all - is choose & buy a glider for her room. Really we're in great shape - as prepared as we can be at this time! Thanks to everyone for the prayers, blessings & gifts. We are truly overwhelmed & blessed.

Update to come featuring Olivia's Christmas presents. David swears he's bought her the Best. Gift. Ever. but won't tell me what it is. I'll post after Christmas to let you know and end the suspense!

Much love to you all. We wish you a very merry Christmas as we anxiously prepare for the blessing of our own child and the celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. What a wonderful time of year!


30 weeks - Bad blogger

I am very sorry to be so remiss in posts lately. I'll give a quick update post to kick off a blog-a-ssance.
  • Dave has finally felt Olivia move! It is great! I felt her first at about 17 weeks and he got to feel her at about 28 weeks. She remains a very active baby and seems to be getting a pretty consistant schedule. She jabs me a few times when I very first wake up and start moving. She's quiet for most of the morning, perks up after I eat lunch and sleeps through the afternoon. Usually her most active time is when I settle down in the evening - usually between 6 and 9 pm. I mostly feel her at the highest part of my belly but every once and a while she gives me a good kick in the side. Feeling her movements is absolutely the best!
  • Olivia's nursery is almost finished (pictures to come). We received her bedding so she now has a bedskirt, blanket, pillow & window valance. I know the blanket and pillow are just for decoration at this point, but it looks so nice! All we need now is a glider/rocker.
  • I hit 30 weeks on Friday! Yay! We're now going to our OB's office for checkups every two weeks and so far everything looks good. I've been diagnosed with anemia and am taking iron supplements. Once I hit 36 weeks, we'll go weekly.
  • Dave & I attended our first childbirth class. It was great. We both really like our childbirth educator who is a former L & D nurse and is also a lactaction consultant. She'll be running our breastfeeding class in January as well.
  • We are going to be picking a pediatrician for Olivia in the upcoming weeks. We have an prenatal consultation with one recommended by my obstetrician on Wednesday. I'll let you know how it goes.
  • Christmas decorations are up. The tree looks so pretty & already has lots of wrapped gifts laying beneath it. We've decided to not put up any outside lights since we'll just have to take them down & it's SO much work. We are very blessed to have lots of family and friends visiting for the holidays.

Hope everyone is doing well. Keep checking back because I know I have so much to catch everyone up on!


26 weeks - Less than 100 days to go!

(My friend Amy admonished me for not posting often enough & she's right. Plus, I forgot to call her on her birthday so she deserves a blog shoutout! Hi Amy!) :)

An amazing milestone - less than 100 days to go until Olivia is evicted from her current cozy home! :) I'm feeling well. Definitely getting bigger, a bit more uncomfortable, get tired more quickly, but loving being pregnant. Feeling Olivia move (which happens often - she's an active baby) is the absolute best thing ever!

We've been blessed to have already received many gifts to celebrate Olivia's addition to our family. A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit my family in Louisiana before I was grounded from traveling. It was fabulous! This past weekend, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law hosted a shower for us as well. Everything was perfect and beautiful. Pictures to be posted soon. We are a little overwhelmed by the amount of space that all the baby stuff is taking up so far and know that we have a LONG way to go! Our house is shrinking as I type!!!

Our plan is to get Olivia's bedroom painted this weekend. My Mom is going to help with that. Once that's finished we can take all the furniture out of the boxes & plastic wrap and I'm guessing it will begin looking like a real nursery. So exciting!

I had a doctor's check-up on Tuesday - took my 1-hr glucose tolerance test (standard test for all pregnant women to check for gestational diabetes) and that went well. At this point I begin seeing my OB every two weeks.

Here are the current list of things to do:

  • Sign up for the infant CPR class
  • Register for the tour of the hospital (We're delivering at Las Colinas Medical Center)
  • Interview potential pediatricians

It is all so exciting. We are so blessed.


22 weeks - New belly shot!

Okay, here I am in all of my bellyrific glory!


21w4d - Dr's Appt & Nursery Update

We went to see Dr. M-M today and everything looks great. She said to continue to drink lots of water to prevent the Braxton Hicks contractions and to take it easy if they worsen. The nurse's comment today was, "You have a very active baby!" While she was trying to get Olivia's heartbeat with the doppler, Olivia had other ideas. She was flipping & turning & basically refusing to stay still long enough for them to get a read on her! Eventually they did get a reading of a beautiful 150 bpm

The nursery is coming together! Here are some pictures. I promise to post another belly picture soon since I've grown quite a bit since the last time I posted one!

The drop side is not yet assembled onto the crib. That's why it's touching the floor.

This is the matching chest of drawers. Her changer hasn't come in yet.

These are the fabrics that will make up her blanket, bedskirt, and valance.


21w2d - Braxton Hicks

So I've officially begun having Braxton Hicks contractions. I began feeling the strange tightening sensation a couple of weeks ago but it was very infrequent and not very distinct. They are now happening much more often, throughout the whole day (and night), and they're hard to ignore. Not painful, just uncomfortable and hard to ignore. The nurse at my OB's office says it's no cause for worry but I'm glad that I already have an appointment to see Dr. M-M on Tuesday morning. A little extra reassurance never hurt anyone! At least not me!

In other exciting baby-related news, we now are in possession of a gorgeous cherry crib and chest of drawers for Olivia's nursery. We have her hutch as well but haven't assembled it quite yet since we're still waiting on the changer with which it goes.

David and I visited a seamstress who lives out in the country who specializes in nursery decor. We found some really cute fabric that we love. So we are in the process of ordering Olivia's bedding - a blanket, dust ruffle, pillow & valance. It was fun to be able to design and customize the look just for Olivia.

There is only three more weeks before I'm prohibited from traveling outside of the metroplex. In that time we'll be seeing friends in Houston and I'll be visiting family in Louisiana with my Mom. I'll try to post pictures soon of Olivia's nursery-in-progress & the fabrics we've chosen for her bedding.


20 weeks - Already halfway there

Here's an update on fetal development in week 20. We're halfway through the pregnancy but Olivia still has lots of growing to do!

The little delicates bones continue to ossify and toughen while their itsy bitsy finger and toe pads are finishing up. Your little monkey now has teeth buds, although they’re hidden beneath the gum line. And finally! Their limbs have reached their relative proportions—no more alien baby! Their cute pink lips are more defined, and might be helping out in a bit of prenatal thumb-sucking. What’s more, eyelashes and eyebrows are also visible. At this point, your little one really looks like a miniature baby—and we do mean miniature as your little swimmer currently weighs a mere eighth of their final birth weight. With half the pregnancy behind you, the most significant gains are yet to come!


It's a...

Please meet our daughter, Olivia Frances McGuire.


18w5d - Eye Color?

Another expectant mother recently posted a link to an eye color calculator from The Tech Museum that explains the genetics behind heredity of eye color. I don't remember much about genetics from high school other than some rather vague recollection of Mendel's pea plants but this puts thing pretty clearly. The other neat thing about it is that (if done correctly) it gives you the exact probability of the eye color of your children!

Interestingly, hazel eyes are not their own genetic thing, so if you have hazel eyes like I do, you have to choose the color they're closest to - blue, brown or green.

Here's what the eye color calculator had to say about our kids:

Cool, huh? Looks like our greatest chances are for brown, then green followed by a slim 18.7% chance of baby blues. Then again, we'll might just end up with 100% hazel!


18 weeks - Tap, tap

I've started to feel the baby move and it's definitely the coolest thing ever! I've had two very different sensations that I've attributed to our little one. The first feels like a muscle twitch. (Like those annoying twitches you get under your eye every once in a while.) It's not as regular as a twitch but the sensation is very similar. The second is my favorite - the infrequent, random bump, tap. So far, I've only felt this while laying in bed or on the couch. It is SO neat. I really can't wait until I begin to feel the baby more regularly. What a blessing!



I hit 17 weeks tomorrow! Man, have I been busy!

Earlier in the week I had the handymen come over to install a new faucet & garbage disposal in our kitchen. (Faucets - so shiny! Disposal - so quiet!) They fixed our jacked up air vents that have never sat flush with wall. (It looks great!) And replaced the ceiling fan in our living room which hasn't worked for a couple of months since one of the big storms earlier this summer. (It is beautiful but it still doesn't work!) Apparently the problem was NOT in fact a burnt out motor in the old fan and instead has to do with some wiring difficulties. Ugh.

We're 9 days into the new school year. I love my new job! I hate that I'm ALREADY sick. When to the doctor today with some pretty significant sinus & ear pain and apparently I'm being attacked by our friend, the rhinovirus. (Can't we all just get along?) Got some OTC Tylenol congestion stuff that should help with the pain. The worst thing about the entire sickness is that I had a super fun weekend at the lake with the girls planned and I have to miss it. I know I'd feel even worse if I went and someone got sick (especially one of the babies!) but it really stinks to miss out on such a great time.

On the baby front:
  • Our genetic risk levels came back from the specialist's office at the lowest levels possible. The nurse said it was a perfect result. I went back today for round 2 of bloodwork which is required for all the patients who go through this screening.
  • I popped by my OB's office today (since it's in that same building) and got to hear the baby's heartbeat again. It was a beautiful, healthy 152. My next appointment with her is just a normal check up on Sept. 11.
  • We've scheduled our "anatomical screen" sonogram (also known as the answer to the cheeseburger or hot dog debate!) We've decided to keep that date a secret for now so that we can enjoy it for ourselves for a little while. We ABSOLUTELY promise to share the great news soon after we know & it will be this month for sure for all you anxious friends & family out there.


Da belly! Da belly!

Okay folks, here it is...

Well actually two real quick things first. #1 - This is not a flattering pose or picture. Please overlook that. #2 - The belly is really quite more impressive in real life. The picture does not do it justice.

So without further ado:


14 weeks - The belly emerges

So I am definitely getting a small little pregnancy pooch. My normal clothes are out and in some of the maternity shirts I definitely look pregnant (although I know I'll get MUCH bigger). I'll have Dave take a belly pic soon. We took one at 6 weeks so it will be interested to compare. Will post those soon.


Sonogram with labels

13w3d - Clean Bill of Health!

Our appointments today with the perinatologist & the obstetrician both went very well! Thanks be to God!

Our baby is measuring right on par for the gestational age. The heartbeat was a fabulous 147. The baby was moving about quite a bit! The sonographer had a difficult time at first trying to get the right angles because when she did the baby would roll over and move. Most of the time, the baby's hands were up by his face, knees bent and legs crossed at the ankles. Of course, it's very difficult to see all of that on the sonogram picture since there's no movement.

We're now open to sharing the news with all our friends, coworkers, and acquaintances. I'm really busting out of my normal clothes so I think I'll start wearing some maternity clothes since they are SO much more comfortable!

Here's the best sono picture. I'll post again later with some labels to help you see where everything is.

If this helps at all, the baby is laying with it's head toward the right, facing upwards.


12 weeks

We are very excited to hit the 12 week mark. Different sources say different things, but it seems like when you hit 13 weeks you are out of the first trimester. It has seemed like forever since we saw the doctor last, so I'm glad that we have an appointment coming up. I don't think anything is wrong, it just that sometimes it's hard to believe there's really a baby in there, at this point. Seeing the baby on the ultrasound or hearing the heartbeat makes it a lot more real (and of course, reassuring).

I am very glad that the nausea (for the most part) has begun to abate but I am having some difficulty with back cramps. I'll tell you one thing - I have a great appreciation now for how difficult it is to sleep well with a backache!

David and I are also happy to hit another big mark tomorrow - our 6th anniversary. So, happy anniversary to us! :) Also, David will hit the big 2-9 on Monday. Happy birthday, Dave! If you have a chance, drop him a line to wish him well, but whatever you do - Don't get him a gift card to Chili's for his big day. If you want to know why, just ask him about his recent nightmare!

Hope you all are doing well. We send our love!


Prenatal Testing

If you're interested, here is some information on the prenatal testing we're having done at 13 weeks. It tells a little about what they'll do (bloodwork & ultrasound) and what they're checking for. From the March of Dimes:

What is the first-trimester screening test?
Some providers offer a first-trimester screening test for Down syndrome and trisomy 18. This test also may show if a baby is at increased risk for heart defects.

This test is done between 11 and 13 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period. It is called the combined test because the test has two parts: a blood test and an ultrasound examination (a test that uses sound waves to take a picture of the fetus). The provider sends the blood sample to the lab, which measures the levels of two substances in the mother’s blood: free-beta hCG (a specific form of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin) and pregnancy-associated protein A (PAPP-A). Levels of PAPP-A tend to be decreased, and hCG increased, with Down syndrome.

The woman also will have a special ultrasound exam to measure the thickness at the back of the baby’s neck (called nuchal translucency). Increased thickness is associated with Down syndrome, other chromosomal abnormalities and heart defects. The ultrasound exam should be done by a health professional who is specifically certified, for example by the Nuchal Translucency Quality Review Program, because special training is required to do this test accurately (2). A woman’s provider can refer her to an appropriate facility.

The lab will calculate a woman’s risk of chromosomal birth defects, using the combined results of her blood test and ultrasound exam. Studies show that this test can detect about 82 to 87 percent of pregnancies affected by Down syndrome and up to 95 percent of those affected by trisomy 18 (1, 3, 4).


Things are going well here. I've started to feel a little better in general, although I'm still very tired and achy. It's difficult to get comfortable and my back is definitely paying the price.

I saw my cardiologist on Friday to check with him about my heart stuff. I've definitely been having more palpitations & racing heartbeat than normal, which they said is because of the increased blood volume I have due to the pregnancy. They are not concerned - it's not really serious but even so, I'm going back on a medication that I've taken before that will bring my heartbeat into a more normal range. The medicine is very safe for me and the baby, so there are no worries there either. I'll recheck with him in November or before if I have any continuing symptoms while I'm on the meds.

My next appointments are on the same day - August 13. On that day I'll see the perinatologist for some prenatal screening testing (will post more about that seperately) and I'll see my obstetrician that same day for a check-up.

I'm still getting anxious between appointments but try to remain upbeat and hopeful overall. Please keep the prayers coming!


9 weeks - Baby looks great!

Today we met our obstetrician, Dr. M-M, and got to see our baby again. That little baby was wriggling around! We got to hear the heartbeat which measured in at about 175 bpm which is great for right now. The baby is measuring right on schedule. Much less blobby than before.

They are going to keep me on my insulin-resistance medication in hopes of preventing gestational diabetes. I have to make an appointment with my cardiologist since the palpitations & racing heartbeat I'm diagnosed with will probably worsen in pregnancy - but nothing to seriously worry about.

In a few weeks I'll meet with a perinatologist who will do another sonogram and some bloodwork for some basic screen for the more common genetic problems. We don't have to go back to see Dr. M-M for another 4 weeks. They gave of LOTS of material to read through so I'll probably be busy until then anyway!


Sonogram Picture

Here is the blurry little blob at 7w4d!


7w4d - Pefect sonogram

Today's sonogram went great! YAAAYYY! We were able to see a perfect little baby (blob) with a beautiful flickering heartbeat. We are so blessed.

My reproductive endocrinologist said everything looks great and I am now going to be released to my regular obstetrician.

I really wanted to post the sono picture tonight but I don't have the appropriate technology. Hang in there, though, baby's first picture is sure to come soon.


7 weeks - Thank you God!

I am so thankful to hit the 7 week mark. Sonogram in 4 days!


6w4d - Symptoms worsening (yay!)

Last night after dinner, I had a bout of what could only be described as full-blown nausea. No throwing up, just that terrible sick feeling.

We had a busy weekend with family since we celebrated my Dad's 50th birthday. It was a good time, complete with Karaoke Revolution & board games.

I do have to say, though, it will be nice to just have some lazy, quiet time today!

Only one week til our first ultrasound!


New Blog Feature

I just added a list on the right sidebar in order to keep track of my upcoming appointments. I spoke with my OB's office today and made appointments for an exam with the nurse-practitioner and my first obstetrical sonogram with the actual OB. Exciting!


5w2d - Fatigued

So far, so good! For the last week, I have been very tired all day - I've pretty much been sleeping in, taking naps & going to bed early. I've had a few bouts of queasiness but no real nausea. That's all for the symptom update. Everyone have a happy Father's Day!


Sono Scheduled

Our first sonogram to see the baby's heartbeat is scheduled for the morning of July 2nd. I should be about 7 weeks along at that time.



Well folks, it seems that I am pregnant!

I am approximately 4 weeks 4 days along. Here's what has happened so far...

May 12-26: Underwent fertility treatment including Clomid (pills), Repronex (injections) and an IUI.

Saturday 6.2.07: Took a home pregnancy test (HPT)- negative

Tuesday 6.5.07: Took another HPT - positive!!! Call doctor and go in for bloodwork. First blood test comes back at 109, a great number.

Thursday 6.7.07: Return to doctor for second blood test - comes back at 190. An okay number but not as high as we'd like.

Monday 6.11.07: Return for third blood test - a great 526!

For our next step, we schedule a sonogram to see the baby's heartbeat for the first week of July! So far, I am feeling fine just very, very tired. I plan on taking it easy for these first few weeks.

We'd very much like to thank everyone for the prayers. Please keep them coming!