Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Announcing # 2

Yes, you read that correctly we are expecting baby #2.  He/she is expected to arrive August 28th.  I am currently 13 weeks into the pregnancy and WOW has this one been TOTALLY different from the first one.......minus the fatigue.


I have been more nauseous.  I have had more food aversions.  I have had multiple migraines.  I have experienced long bouts of dizziness.  I have been insanely thirsty.  And the one thing very similar to my first pregnancy, I want to sleep all of the time.  

Another huge difference is the fear I have been fighting since a week after "the stick" showed "+."  I have been fearful, because I have had two bouts of implantation bleeding (which I won't explain here), but it does increase my chance of a miscarriage.  Following the first episode, I had an ultrasound and no heartbeat was detected, but the doctor wanted me to wait a few days and repeat the ultrasound.  It was a long four days, as I feared I would miscarry.  However, when the ultrasound was repeated, the bleeding had stopped and the baby had a strong heartbeat.  It was determined that I was not as far along as I had originally thought, which explained the undetected heartbeat (it was too early).  

To make a long story short, I am still pregnant.  The baby has a strong heartbeat and looked good during the ultrasound last week.   They are still mildly concerned about the implantation bleed that is visible on ultrasound, but I have not had any more bleeding.  They are also keeping a close eye on a cyst I have on one of my ovaries.  The ultrasound will be repeated in 2 weeks, so I will keep you posted.

Here is where we would like to ask for your prayers.  Please pray for God's peace during this time and for His protection over baby #2.  I also ask that you would pray for us to fully trust God and His will no matter what the outcome.  

Here are a few things I want to remember (or maybe forget) about the first 12 weeks:
  • The thought of cooked vegetables make me nauseous.
  • One evening Sam came home and I looked at him and said, "The hamburger meat and broccoli are on the counter.  I can't bring myself to cook them, so if you want dinner you'll have to cook it."
  • I gained 6 pounds.
  • I join Bennett during nap time almost daily.
  • I have been more tired than I have ever been in my life.  Okay, maybe not as tired as I was when Bennett was about 3 months old.
  • Seafood is repulsive (usually one of my favorite foods).
  • In the beginning I craved cold food:  sub sandwiches (which I only ate one, due to the deli meat, so don't leave me comments regarding this one), salads, cottage cheese and tomatoes, fruit, etc.
  • My sense of smell is even stronger than usual and that is saying something, because my husband calls me "Drug Dog," when I'm not pregnant :)
  • The migraines I have experienced have almost driven me mad.
  • I have been leaving dirty dishes till the next day........yes, this is abnormal for me.
  • I have lost my passion for blogging and photography, but I think this will pass once I begin feeling a little better.
And an out take for the family.  Thanks to the hubster for taking these photos!




27 comments:

The Thomas' said...

So excited for you!! I had bleeding throughout the first half of both my pregnancies so I know how scary it is..I will be praying for you!!

Branson said...

Yayayayay! I have been anxiously awaiting this announcement ;) Love the pics... you are so gorgeous! We will continue to pray and I hope you start feeling better now! Love you!

CallieMarie said...

Congrats!! Will keep you in my prayers!

Lani Derrick said...

Congrats!!!

Thrifty Military Mommy said...

How wonderful! Minus the part about your scare, I'm happy for you! May God give you a wonderful rest of your pregnancy with no more fearful moments. Congratulations!

Deborah said...

Congratulations. Holding up your prayer requests. I kind of had an idea you might be pregnant when your posts were less often. May God protect you and your #2.

Anne U @ hot coffee mama said...

Congrats, so exciting. I do not miss that first trimester at all, hopefully you feel more like yourself soon.

Mom of M&Ms said...

congrats.. am praying your requests

Misty said...

Woot woot! SOOOO excited for you! Always love the pregnancy updates so keep them coming!

katy said...

Congratulations, amber! Kara spotted for 17 weeks with Gray, and I have had another friend do the same as well. Praying for you and your new bean! My second pregnancy was way harder than my first in regards to morning sickness. I think it is due to exhaustion from your firstborn!

Adeena P said...

Congrats!! :D

I don't think it's uncommon to have bleeding. I bled with #2 until 25 weeks. I still don't know why. He's a happy and healthy almost 11 year old now. :)

Teamarcia said...

Congrats and best wishes on your wonderful news! Prayers coming your way that it's smooth sailing ahead for all of you.

Megan said...

Congratulations!

Kim said...

Congratulations. I will be praying for you. I bet this one is a girl. It sounds very similar to my pregnancy with Charley.

Us said...

Just read this after seeing your announcement on Facebook. Sorry it's been a tough few weeks. I bet those days between ultrasounds were horrible. I pray your symptoms pass quickly and that the doctors soon find no need to be cautious! Maybe this something you've heard/tried already, but it was sooo helpful for me that I always give this unsolicited advice :) My doctor told me to take 2 B6-50mg/each at bedtime with a 1/2 unison, and one B6 in the morning for nausea. It was a miracle worker for me with Sadie. With Norah, I discovered that if I took my vitamins at night, my nausea decreased considerably. OK...I'm done telling you things you probably didn't want to hear. Hope you get some good rest and that Bennett takes some extra long naps!

Katy said...

Congratulations!! I will definitely keep you in my prayers!

Jodi Hall said...

congrats!! :)

rebekah @ justfordaisy said...

Beautiful! Congrats! It's nerve wracking isn't it. Praying you can enjoy the remainder of your pregnancy with energy and peace. xx

YUMMommy said...

Congrats! Praying that you have a successful and relatively stress free pregnancy.

Courtney said...

So excited about your new blessing!! Love the announcement photo!!

Amy Sullivan said...

I want to get pregnant again just to steal your little photo announcement idea.

You guys are adorable. Praying for a smooth pregnancy, girl.

Tiffany said...

Congratulations!!! That is so exciting! Praying for you and your family!

Mama Smors said...

Congrats to your sweet family!! Praying for your sweet baby #2 and peace for you all during this time. I love the announcement pic. :)

Sarah said...

What, what, what??? Congratulations!!! How exciting!!! Everyone is pregnant.

Theresa said...

Congratulations! I am new to your site...finding it through MoneySavingMom. I so enjoy your posts about little things to stimulate your child's learning! Thanks for posting your ideas! :) Will be praying for you in this season of your life...God is good! :) Blessings to you and your family!

leavesnbloom said...

Congratulations Amber!!!!!!! so excited for you and the family and remembering you in prayer aswell.

Rosie xxx

Rebecca said...

Great to see you today- and so happy for you- praying for you and baby #2, and that God would give you peace. <3