32 weeks Today was our BIG 32 week ultrasound! The picture I posted shows her face and eyes. If you look at the bottom you can see her hand on her chin. We also got a short video of the ultrasound, which is amazing. We got a very close look at her nose and upper lip and I have to say it looks just like me. Also, she has hair! We could see her hair on the ultrasound.
On another note you can tell by the title that we are naming her Adyson. However, we can't decide on the spelling. It will be Adyson, Addyson, or Addison. Who knows what we will decide on. I am leaning on Adyson and Phil wants Addyson.
Also, something Phil and I have decided to do is cord banking. This is where they will take Addy's stem cells from her umbilical cord and store them in a lab in case she or I will ever need them. The High Risk OB we spoke to today as well as our OB recommended we do this with my history of Hodgkin's. If my Hodgkin's ever came back I would need a stem cell transplant in which they might be able to use those stem cells. Also, my risk of Leukemia is slightly higher due to chemotherapy for the Hodgkin's. Addy's stem cells could also be used to help her as well. This is really something Phil and I can't afford but we feel at the advice of our doctors this is something we have to do.
It is amazing that 2 years ago I faced the threat of death and now Phil and I are facing a new life. We are so excited words cannot even express it. God is our Hope for the Future.
Sorry it has been a while so I thought I would just post the most recent pictures. I am now currently 32 weeks and things are going well. We had our first shower for couples at The Point Community Church. It was a lot of fun! I finally got the Baby's room cleaned out and painted. Our furniture will be delivered this Friday and I will post pictures then. We also have another ultrasound this Thursday so of course I will be posting pictures then.
In this game the men had to taste test baby food and guess what it was. Phil lost.
Sunday is Pastor Appreciation Day and even though Phil is not in the role of an official pastor I would like to honor him. He has dedicated his life to working with students for over 18 years whether through missions, camp, or a local church. He has dedicated many hours to students not for himself but for the Lord. God called him to this position. At this moment Phil is full-time at Seminary and plans to graduate in May with his Master’s of Christian Education with an emphasis in student ministry. Phil’s service is not over yet and he plans as long as God calls him to work with students after seminary.
Phil- Thank you for your dedication to students. You have been a blessing in my life as I have watched you minister to students. I know you are going to be a wonderful father and I love you.
We had our 21 week ultrasound today and sure enough it is a Girl! Phil really wants to have Daddy's little girl and it looks like he will have that. Everything was normal. The ultrasound tech said she has long skinny feet. The long feet take after me and the skinny feet take after her daddy. The picture I posted is from the side profile of her face. She is already cute! She weighs about 14 ounces right now. We have a name picked out but I am not ready to say that will be the name. I still want to look at other names. We will have another ultrasound at 32 weeks.
I am officially 17 weeks pregnant. We had a doctor’s appointment Wednesday and heard the heartbeat, which is a good sign. I am beginning to feel some movement! It should pickup more by 20 weeks. Phil and I have an ultrasound on September 7th at the Parinatal Diagnostic Center. There they will do a thorough ultrasound due to a 3% higher chance to have a child with a birth defect due to the chromosome abnormality that I have. We should also be able to find out if it is a boy or a girl. I will keep you posted.
Today marks 14 weeks pregnant. I am beginning to get less and less nervous. I am finally showing. I may get brave and a take a picture and post it. It has been really neat.
The last several weeks I have been on a shopping spree buying maternity clothes. I start back to school in a week so I needed some summer clothes. I have found some really good deals. I never knew maternity clothes were so cute! I have already started wearing the clothes because they are so comfortable.
I am starting to feel the pressure to get organized and get everything ready for this little baby. Phil and I are both very excited and can't wait until January. Right now our due date is January 20th.
We have started discussing names. We are already having a hard time agreeing with a name. Do you have any suggestions? Post a name or e-mail a name. We need all the ideas we can get.
It’s good news again! Dr. Youkilis had no trouble finding the heartbeat today. Phil and I both heard it. It is amazing how God creates life! We have officially made it to the 2nd trimester. I will go back to see the doctor at 17 weeks. Then at 21 weeks we will have an ultrasound to determine the gender. If you believe the rate of the heartbeat can determine if it is a girl or a boy then we are having a girl. We’ll see if this is accurate in 8 weeks.
Phil and went to the doctor today for my first official prenatal appointment. Everything went fine but the doctor still does not want to get us excited just yet. We did hear the heartbeat and the heart is beating just like it is supposed to beat. In fact I think the doctor's face had a bigger smile than my face. We still have 2 weeks to go until the 2nd trimester.
I went for another ultrasound and we still have a strong baby with a strong heartbeat. We actually heard the heartbeat loud and clear today. We are getting more and more optimistic everyday. We have 5 more weeks to go until the first trimester is over. Prayers have helped us through and we still need them.
7 weeks If you look closely you can see the placenta attached to the baby. It is the bottom circle. You can see it better when you enlarge the picure by clicking on it.
This morning I woke up to a little scare with some spotting. I went in for another ultrasound but everything looks normal and we saw a heartbeat and faintly heard the heartbeat. We are not out of the woods yet. I have another ultrasound schedules for next week. Keep praying.
Last Thursday Phil and I were very surprised to find out we are expecting. It is still early I am barely at 5 weeks but we are very excited. I have a higher risk at miscarriages due to a chromosome abnormality so I was a little nervous to tell people so early but I figured people couldn't pray about it unless they knew about it. So keep on praying!! My doctor, Dr. Youkilis has been keeping a close eye on my hormone level and so far so good. He is going to do an ultrasound on Friday and I will get to meet with him then.
It is still early and a lot could happen in a few weeks. I know there is still a possibility I could have a miscarriage but I still have the Gift of Hope!
Well my test results are in! There is absolutely no sign of Hodgkin's. Phil and are completely thrilled with the news. We were so worried. I tried to call to get the results early but the doctor hadn't read the results and I was told to call back at lunch. As I went back and forth whether to call or just wait until my appointment I decided to wait. Once in the room we had to wait another 30-45 minutes in which Phil was pacing the floor. There must be a better way to get back test results!
I am slowly approaching what will be my 1 year post chemo. I have a PET/CT scheduled for March 9th. I am a little nervous but I really can't control the outcome. All I can do is HOPE and pray that God's Will will be done and that His name be glorified.