17 Weeks

It still seems surreal that I’m posting ‘Weeks’ as the titles of my blog.  How did we get so lucky twice?  I’ve seen the proof on the ultrasound screen and still it seems like I’m watching someone else’s story.  The hyperemesis is a little better.  I seem to be having more good days.  Evenings are still really hard, but I’m so happy to be having some days where I actually feel alive.

First of all, I hope everyone had a happy 4th!  My in-laws came down and stayed with Davie on the 3rd while Troy and I went to THREE doctor appointments.  On the 4th we all went over to my brother and SIL’s house to BBQ and swim.  My folks came and my SIL’s folks and siblings, and some friends and co-workers.  It was so nice to visit with everyone! 

Davie Ann has turned into our little fish!  She LOVES to jump into the pool over and over into PopPop or Troy’s arms.  We’ve got to get her into swimming lessons!

Our plan to have Swiper “swipe” all the bottles last week didn’t quite pan out.  We sterilized all the bottles and packed them away while Davie spent the night at Mom’s.  Only – during the night she spiked a 102.7 degree fever and woke up holding her ear and crying.  Sure enough, another ear infection and a cold.  We tried for a week to get her to take her antibioitic twice a day, but it was a dramatic scream-fest each time and she really ended up spitting up most of it.  So we finally took her back to the doctor and they gave her the shots.  It seems like most of the cold is gone and her ear isn’t hurting her so much.  But she wasn’t eating great so we went back to letting her have a bottle when she wanted one.  I picked up a cannister of Enfamil for toddlers just to be sure she’s getting a little extra nutrition ’til she starts eating better.

In two weeks, we head to the beach!  For a whole week!  My brother Chris and SIL JoAnn rented a house right on the beach for a week.  The houses are connected to a condo/hotel, so we can use the pools and hot tubs at the hotel, too.  My mom & dad will be going, as well.  Since Chris & JoAnn paid for the house, my folks and us are providing all the food.  We’ve got a menu planned, and I’ve been cutting coupons.  This weekend I’m hoping the hyperemesis will leave me alone enough so I can get all the coupons organized and hopefull get most of the shopping done!

So – about the three appointments on the 3rd … first we went to see the gastroenterologist I saw while I was pregnant with Davie, Dr. Ellis.  He started me on a heartburn pill (I forget which one!) that I take once a day.  It already seems to be helping with the hearburn and burping (both of which make the vomiting more frequent).

Next we saw the OB, Dr. Breen.  He was so sweet and did an ultrasound even though we could hear the heartbeat on the doppler.  It was so nice to see Newt again, although he was curled up in a “cannon ball” (according to Dr. Breen) and we couldn’t get a glimpse of the goods.  Newt didn’t move much, but I hadn’t eaten anything yet and had only been sipping water. 

After that, we had a break before the 3rd appointment, so we decided to try out a restaurant I’ve been dying to go to called Bacon Austin.  OMG – a whole restaurant devoted to BACON!!  I got a BLT and Troy got chicken strips battered in bacon batter and dipped in bacon gravy.  We split an order of bacon cheese fries.  I could only eat three bites of the BLT, but it was so amazing!  The bacon slabs are thicker than cardboard!  I did eat quite a few of the fries.  The were thin shoe-string fries with the skins on … sooo yum!  And we got to sample an appetizer that is sausage, cut in circles, stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos, and wrapped in bacon.  I just took a little bite (scared of heartburn), but OMG I will be back to this restaurant as soon as the hyperemesis is over!!!!  They have a hamburger that is half sirloin, half ground bacon that I can’t wait to try!

Last appointment was with the high-risk OB at the Texas Perinatal Group.  They’re in a new office and it is so nice!  The ultrasound tech came in first and did TONS of measurements – the long bones, a lot in the brain and some in the abdomen.  And then we got to see it – the crown jewels!  WE’RE HAVING A BOY!!!  Next a young doctor doing her internship in perinatology came in and played with the ultrasound equiptment.  She was practicing, but we got to see Newt jump and wiggle, which was awesome!  Finally the high-risk specialist came in and confirmed everything the ultrasound tech had looked at.  Everything looks good so far!

I go back the first Wednesday in August at 21 weeks for the anatomy scan.  We got a lot done today, but they want to do an in-depth look at his heart.  The perinatologist said that although everything looks good with his heart today, the structures are still really small and hard to see.  They’ve found a slightly increased risk of heart defects in IVF babies, so as a rule all IVF babies get the in-depth heart scan and fetal doppler study.  Troy has a minor hear defect, so I’m fine getting Newt checked out in detail!  I can’t wait to see HIM again! 🙂

After that, I threw up my fries and three bites of BLT.

Totally worth it.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Another Dreamer
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 18:15:51

    I’m glad the hyperemesis is getting better, I hope it continues that way! And congrats finding out he’s a HE! Very awesome 🙂


  2. Good Timing
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 23:43:17

    Yay congrats on a baby BOY!!! 😉 so thrilled for you to have one of each. Love it. And lol about the bacon place. That’s hilarious! Hope you keep feeling better and better. Can you believe you’re getting to be half way there?! 🙂


  3. Amber
    Jul 06, 2013 @ 07:33:02

    Yay for a BOY!!!! It is so neat to have one of each. You are going to love it!


  4. Stacey
    Jul 06, 2013 @ 09:07:01

    Congrats on having a boy! Boys are so much fun. When I was pregnant with my boy-girl twins, I felt like I couldn’t really connect with my son, but then when he was born it was the most awesome thing ever. I hope you’re feeling better soon – does hyperemesis usually last the whole pregnancy? Or do they expect you to get some relief at some point?


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