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Thursday, January 29, 2009

I just sneezed 6 times in a row

OUCH! I feel like absolute crap. Have you seen that commercial where the lady is walking down the street but instead of having her own head she has a teddy bear head? That's kinda how I feel...if the teddy bear were a balloon and it was stretched to the max. I'm whining...I know. But I really don't feel good!! And I'm too scared to take anything. I know I can but I'm trying to hold out. I keep hoping that this is the worst and I'll only get better from here.

My OB's office called me back today. I have a nurse appointment scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 1:30. Right in the middle of my Microbiology class. I hate to miss it. Especially since these appointments are typically a waste of time. But at least I'll have a scan after the appointment. I talked to the nurse today and told her what has been going on and she wanted to scan me right away. Yippee!! I'm excited to get a good, clear ultrasound. They haven't been that clear at my RE's office so I'm looking forward to seeing more detail. Of course, the obsessing and worrying has already started but I'm hanging in there. I'll try to remain calm! My nausea has been pretty mild this week. I've only felt it a few times since Saturday. Either it's going away or I'm too sick to notice it. Anyway!! My next appointment is on Thursday, Feb. 12. I'll actually see the doctor that day. I'm sure I'll have to get all violated. After all, it is time for my yearly pap smear. YAY!

I'm going to go put a pin in my head and see if it releases any pressure!! Toodles!

P.S. Am I crazy for posting a pregnancy ticker? Yikes!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Transfer care? Huh??

You got it. I've officially been kicked out of my RE's office. She told me that she is transferring my care to my ob. They will still monitor my progesterone and I'm to call if anything comes up. I'm grateful for everything they've done for me and so happy to be at this point, but I'm also sad. They have been my family for 2 1/2 years. We've been through so much together! My RE and I had our tearful goodbyes and they all wanted to throw me a going away party. It was sweet.

Ok, so the great news is, baby Ichabod/Ichabodette is doing GREAT! She (I think I'll call it a she...feels like a she) is growing and looks so cool. Her heart rate was 183 up from 150 last week. I could actually see the pumping of the heart as I heard it beating. It is amazing how much she's grown. I asked to hear it again and she abliged! We could see the placenta and the umbilical cord. That little mass is still there but still hasn't grown. We think it's a non issue. Oh, and in other good news, the clot is smaller. The sac has grown so much that it's a little bigger than the clot now. BIG relief. I just can't imagine being at this point. The road ahead is long, but I finally feel excited for the first time. I finally have a due date! September 2. My RE said this is the first time she's felt a sense of relief since we started this process. That's why she didn't give me a date sooner. She feels very confident now that everything should be ok. From her mouth to God's ears!

I called my OB's office to schedule an appointment but had to leave a message. Not sure when they will want to see me. How am I going to make it without my weekly ultrasounds? =)

Oh, and I have a nasty cold. Started with a sore throat and cough and now I've started sneezing and have a stuffy nose. I know that I can take meds, but I really don't want to. If I have to break down and take something what would you recommend? I know Sudafed, claritin, tylenol products, robitussin are all ok'd by my ob. What do you think? And the drainage from my nose is making me feel horribly nauseous. The pregnancy nausea had been pretty mild this week but this is just gross.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Do Blogs Scare You?

For some reason, reading all of your blogs scares the crap out of me! I can't really explain it. I mean, we've all been through so much and maybe I'm scared of having to go through it again. I read about you going through IVF and it almost makes me panic. Mostly for you, but for me as well. I'm terrified that I will have to go through it all again. And all of those injectible/IUI cycles? I hate that you have to do it. I don't ever want to do it again either. Fertility treatments are NOT for the faint of heart and I admire you for digging in your heels and giving it everything you've got to try and have a baby. And for those of you adopting? Terrified right along with you. I also admire you for digging your heels and never giving up to have your little/not so little babies. This journey through infertility makes us women (and men) that we don't necessarily want to be. It affords us a strength that we never knew we had, a stamina like no other, a pain tolerance to beat all, both physically but mostly mentally. Am I a better person for going through infertility and loss? Is my marriage better for it? Not so sure I can say yes to those things. I KNOW in my heart that God has a plan and that "everything happens for a reason". But seriously? I've yet to find the reason. Yes, I've learned alot. But I've also become bitter and fearful. I've made some amazing friends through this journey. I wouldn't change that. But everything else? I would probably, no...definitely change. Anyone out there relate? I HATE more than anything that you are having to suffer just to have a child. That you have to spend your life savings at the chance of getting pregnant. $15,000 with no guarantees of success. And just because you have initial success, you aren't guaranteed a live baby at the end. It hurts me more that I can say that you have to go through that.

SO.....hear about that octuplets born in California today (that's 8...EIGHT!!!)? I won't even get started on this one. I really feel sorry for those babies and want to punch the parents and the doctor in the face. They have caused a lifetime of problems for those innocent babies....getting started...sorry.

Class is going really well. I really like my microbiology class. We are doing some pretty cool things in lab. Math class in interesting too. College Math. Nothing like I thought it would be. All about problem solving using sentences instead of numbers. And it's all making sense. Who knew?

Still waiting on adoption news. We've submitted our home study and now we wait. It sucks. There is nothing I can do to be proactive. This is where adoption differs from fertility treatments. We can go full force, try new treatments, move ahead month after month. With adoption, you sit and wait and wait and wait. There is no moving forward. There is nothing that can be done to speed up the process. Talk about frustrating!

9 week ultrasound tomorrow. I'm not as fearful as I have been the last few weeks. I'm still on the verge of terrified but not quite over the edge. I am praying non stop that everything looks ok. I know how quickly things can change and I really pray that they only change in a good way. You know...growth, stronger heartbeat, clot to be gone. I go in at 11 so I'll update you as soon as I can. Please keep everything crossed. I'm trying to be all Zen and Yoga like. Unfortunately, I'm not very flexible and my mind won't shut the hell up long enough to meditate. =) I'm a disaster!

We've been talking about boy names lately...i know...tempting fate...but I came up with a great name! Ichabod Nimrod. Good, no?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

So Very Tired

I can't believe how absolutely exhausted I've been. I went to bed at 11 last night and didn't move until 8 this morning. I finally got out of bed at 10:30 only to lay on the couch and sleep until 12:30. Then I showered and put on my flannel PJ's. I intend to wear them for the rest of the day! It's actually cold enough for flannel pj's today, believe it or not! It was 80 yesterday and around 35-40 today. I've got lots of homework/reading that I need to do. I really need to get motivated so I won't get behind.

Nothing really new to report. Still nauseous, still having aversions to smells. The deodorant I am wearing today is about to knock me out. I've worn it before and it didn't bother me but's killing me today. I think I'm going to have to wash my pits and try again. Ugh. Still spotting the dark brown nastiness. I had a good bit last night and quickly realized that I probably over did it yesterday. I was busy cleaning and doing all kinds of things around the house. So, I'm taking it very easy today.

My hubs has been sick this week and I took him to the doctor yesterday. Not sure if you have heard about the allergies that abound in Austin or not. We were told when we moved here that if we didn't have allergies when we got here, we would soon enough. They were right. He has Cedar Fever. Pollen from the cedar trees is just out of control in Dec/Jan., and people get so sick from it. Like a horrible cold but worse. Anyway, he got a shot in the butt and I thought he was going to pass out. I HAD to laugh! The nurse told him to drop his pants and he literally started hyper ventilating. Of course it doesn't hurt but he has a huge fear of needles: blood draws, shots, etc. Needless to say, he gets NO sympathy from me. HAHAHAHA

I realized today that I am still not, and probably won't ever be, over the sting of infertility. Here I am, pregnant, and I still feel the sting when I hear about other peoples successes....or about their ultrasounds, etc. If I hadn't gone through all the miscarriages do you think that it would hurt less? It's not that I'm's more like I can't imagine that everything will be ok with me, and it will probably be textbook with them. It's like this overwhelming fear kicks in for some strange reason. I don't really know how to explain it but I can say that (as my 3 year old niece says) I CAN'T LIKE IT! I have to go through this day by day and try not to think too far ahead.

My 9 week ultrasound in on Wednesday and I'm praying non-stop that everything will be ok. I try to tell myself that there is no reason that this pregnancy won't be ok. From what I've been told, once you see a strong heartbeat, that the chance of miscarriage drops to about 3 %. I wish I could find comfort in that because I've been that 3% twice. But, I'm trying!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Still going strong

I made it to 8 weeks with flying colors! Hubs got to go with me today and I was really happy about that. As soon as she put the ultrasound wand in I saw that little flicker. I was able to relax a little after that. Everything looks really great, heartbeat is strong, and we have appropriate growth. That little heart beat sounded so awesome! The little growth thing is still there but it hasn't grown any. Whew! I'm not too concerned about it. It could just be a wrinkle in the uterine wall or something simple. At least it's not changing. What did change, however, is the HUGE ASS blood clot that is still hanging around. It has grown quite a bit in a week and a half. The good news is that it's below the baby, right on top of the cervix. If you have a clot, that's the place to have it. My doctor doesn't think that I will bleed out like before. Especially since it's a very tight clot. I'm having brown discharge nastiness but that's completely expected. I'm still supposed to take it easy. I go back again next Wednesday for my weekly ultrasound. =) Still praying that everything will be ok and very thankful that all is well so far. Oh, bloodwork on Monday was good. Estrogen was above 500 and progesterone was 23.5. Looks like I'll stay on twice a day vag. suppositories for a while now. I'll do whatever it takes! I will have weekly blood draws for who knows how long.

I normally wouldn't post an ultrasound picture, you know, if you've seen one, you've seen them all. But, I wanted to show you the clot. See that big black blob at the top of the photo? That's only half of the clot. The baby is just below that. The clot is like 4 times the size of the sac. Ominous, huh? Not the best picture...can't see much detail here like I could on the actual sono. I'll try to spare you the photos from here on out!

On a different note, I started classes yesterday....microbiology. I'm pretty excited about it! It's going to be a good distraction. I think it's going to be pretty intense though. Lots of reading for the class and lab. I'm going to feel like a scientist! My math class is tonight. It's college math so it's going to be very different from say, college algebra. I think I'm going to have tons of word problems, which is my weakness. I'll just have to dig in and do all I can to make A's! It feels so strange to be a student again. I'm old!

Thanks for your support and encouragement. I feel like if I can get through this 1st trimester that I'll be able to breathe, at least a little.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Calm? Yeah, right.

I think the freak out started before I even hit "publish post" on my last entry. Wednesday seems like an awful long time away (Ultrasound is Wednesday at 9:30). I go for labs on Monday, just to check progesterone and estrogen. No more of this HCG business. I'm nauseous most of the time, and if I get brief moments of relief, I freak out. I know that there is nothing I can do either way, and what will be will be. I just wish I could stop and enjoy this. Seeing and hearing that little heart beat did something to me. It made me want to be a better, healthier person. I have a little being living inside of me, with a beating heart. That is crazy! I just don't want to lose it. I keep promising it that I will take good care of it and give it everything it needs. Just please stick around and let me prove it! I keep thinking that the worst will happen, but I've been seriously surprised many times already. There is an equal chance that this could have a good outcome. That's what I'm praying for.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Houston, we have a heartbeat!

I went in for my ultrasound today and was so nervous I could barely breathe. My husband couldn't be there because of a training class he's doing for work. I hate that he couldn't come but hopefully he'll be able to see lots of ultrasounds down the road. Thankfully, Keri and Kellye came in with me to wait for the doctor. She was running about 15 minutes behind schedule and I would have just lost it if it wasn't for their company. We got right to the ultrasound and she said everything looked good. Then the most beautiful words..."there's the heart beat!". I am measuring 7 weeks 0 days which is right on track. The heart rate was good but I decided not to post it and not to ask Dr. Google if it's ok. I decided that I'm not going to obsess. Then I got to hear it! I had tears in my eyes and my knees started shaking so bad! I had to literally squeeze my dr. between my knees to be still! Nice, huh? Believe me, no one was more surprised than me! I was pretty much preparing for the worst but secretly hoping for the best. The strange "mass" is still there and we still have no idea what it is. Dr. said she's never seen anything like it before. But, the good news is, it hasn't grown. If the mass stays the same size and the baby continues to grow, no problems. It's less than 1 cm so it's very small. That's what we are hoping for. We didn't address the blood clot but I haven't had any more bleeding in 2 days. I will ask her about it next week.

We go back next Wednesday to recheck and I am praying that God continues to let this little miracle grow. Poor little thing has had so many things going on that it must be a fighter already! That's what I'm telling myself anyway. I truly appreciate your support and for hanging out with me on the nauseating roller coaster ride that is my life. I know it is still early and I'm sure I'll freak out before next Wednesday, but today, at this moment, I am happy. Please continue to send up prayers for us. This is definitely a miracle in the making.

Monday, January 12, 2009

HCG Hell

On top of EVERYTHING else going on, my HCG didn't look so good today. I checked on Thursday and it was 22,000 ish (don't have the official number). Today it only rose to 30,413. I know it was a rise and I know that HCG levels taper off around 7 - 8 weeks (I'm not quite 7 weeks yet) and that the doubling time goes from 48 to 72+ hours. I know that "at least it didn't drop" but it gives me absolutely no relief. My progesterone is good at 30.2 and my estrogen is good at 377. We won't know anything until the ultrasound on Wednesday but that is 2 days away. Waiting is horrible! I asked if I could come in tomorrow instead of Wednesday. Still waiting to hear what the doctor has to say. I know it would be best if I waited but I can't imagine keeping my sanity if I have to wait much longer. I'm not sure how much relief I'll even get with an ultrasound. If there is no fetal growth and no heart beat I'll most likely have to wait another week to just make sure. Then D&C and recovery time and bleeding and cramping and yuckiness.

I really just don't know where we go from here. I can't imagine that this pregnancy will be ok. If it is, it will be a huge miracle. I am definitely praying for that but holding out hope is getting harder by the minute. This is my 4th pregnancy. I have 2 miscarriages and one ectopic pregnancy under my belt. If this one doesn't make it I'm not sure we will ever have success in having a child. Is it my eggs? Is it my uterus? Do I have some horrible disorder that is keeping me from keeping a pregnancy? These are things that I want to find out sooner than later.

I know lots of people who say "well at least you know you can get pregnant". I would rather not get pregnant and have to go through the heartache and stress and loss time and time again. The joy of getting pregnant has been robbed from me. The moment I see a positive test I start to panic. I'm not happy or overjoyed. I am scared to death. And you know what? The loss doesn't affect only me. It breaks my heart to tell my husband over and over again that this doesn't look good. To tell our families that once again, you won't be grandparents yet. Not only do we have to stress of infertility treatments, but we also have to deal with loss over and over again. I thank God that we are still together. Many couples break up over dealing with this type of thing. I know I am having a pity party right not but it's the only thing I know to do. I know lots of people have it far worse than me and I am not taking that lightly. It's just that right now, after everything we've been through, I am angry!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I feel psycho

My thoughts have been all over the place this weekend. I hate being in this state of limbo, waiting to see if this pregnancy will make it. I know that if we have a good ultrasound this week that it will only give me comfort for about 5 seconds. Why can't this be easy? Heck, why can't anything be easy? I hate that we have to wait so long between ultrasounds. I know why we do give the baby a chance to grow, but it stinks!

Not much else going on. My symptoms are still here...and for that I'm grateful. I stay nauseous most of the day but it's especially bad at night. I'm so, so tired too. I went to bed before 10 pm last night and slept until 9 o'clock this morning. I'm having a hard time taking it easy. For those of you who have had to do bed rest, I don't know how you do it. I commend you for it more than I can say. I've had one day of laying around and am already tired of it! Ha!

Please keep the prayers, good vibes, etc., coming. I need them for the health of this pregnancy, my sanity, my husband's sanity!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Still Pregnant...for now

I went in this morning for an ultrasound. Going in I wasn't nervous because I felt like this was already over. I think everyone around me was more nervous than me! Anyway, she started the ultrasound and the first thing I noticed was this huge black blob. Doc confirmed that it was a huge blood clot. Then she said something that completely took me off guard. She said, "Well, the pregnancy is still there." I almost fell off of the table. While this is great news, it still doesn't give me much relief. I realize that this could go either way. Either it will be ok or it won't. Oh, and to add insult to injury, my dr. saw some type of mass that was pushing into the sac. She said she has seen polyps that will do that but this didn't look like a polyp. She has no idea what it is but she knows it wasn't there on Wednesday. Great, just perfect! Now we wait until next Wednesday for another ultrasound to see what's going on. She told me that she doesn't expect me to have gushing blood like I had yesterday. She said I will most likely have some dark red bleeding though. I am supposed to take it as easy as possible, especially until the next ultrasound. We didn't see a heartbeat today, but I'm not so sure she even looked for one. Everything was measuring right on track but I am still really nervous to see that heartbeat. I know some women see them right at 6 weeks but I'm not one of those people. Arrgghh.
Oh, and my diagnosis? Threatened Miscarriage. Anyone feel a sense of relief with that looming?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Well, this is different

Keri (my BFF/nurse) came by tonight to hang with me. She brought her little boy and he always cheers me up. So does she, but you know, there's nothing like baby kisses to brighten your day. Anyway, she called the lab to get my blood work and you know what? My HCG went from 14 thousand something on Tuesday, to 22 thousand something tonight. My progesterone was 42 and my estrogen was above 400. I asked her if I did miscarry if the levels would drop quickly and she said yes. We clearly aren't out of the woods yet. There is a chance that everything could still be ok. And there is a chance that everything is not ok. Can we say waiting game? I am still bleeding although it's not as heavy as earlier. I have heard of people bleeding like crazy and everything is ok. I just can't imagine that I'll be one of those people. Let's hope I am. Keep what you've got crossed!

99.99999% Sure #4 is Over

Warning: TMI Alert

I haven't had any spotting in almost 2 days and was pretty excited about that. Well, that all came to a crashing halt this afternoon. I was walking my dogs and had walked about 10 minutes from home when I felt this gush. It literally felt like I peed on myself. I turned around to come home and just before I got there, I felt this "clot" come out. I went straight to the bathroom and was covered in blood. I saved the clot that was in my underwear, you know, just in case. I was horrified/terrified, etc. I called my nurse and she said to save the clot, just in case, and to go immediately to have blood drawn. They won't have results until tomorrow morning, but that way we can see if there is any need to come in for an ultrasound. If my HCG has dropped, we know that it's a miscarriage. If not, then what the crap? I'm trying to stay calm, and for the most part am. I know there is nothing I can do. The bleeding has really slacked off so maybe there will be some miracle. But, I doubt it. I really find myself wondering what is the point in trying to get pregnant if I can't stay that way. When I miscarried the first time, I had bleeding and cramps ahead of time...constant bleeding. I had no pain whatsoever. I don't know...this is just such a effing mess. I'll let you know what happens with the blood work. DAMN IT ALL!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

So Far So Good

So, first ultrasound looked good. There was a fetal pole and a yolk sac. (I was worried that we would be missing these rather important components.) I am measuring 6 weeks 1 day and am right on track. Dr. could tell that I ovulated from the right ovary (which is the side where the ectopic was). So, we know the tube still works. Dr. wasn't too worried about the spotting. It has been happening at night and she feels like it's just from me moving around all day. I'm still supposed to take it easy for a while. I literally felt like my heart was going to jump right out of my chest. It was just pounding! I felt better, of course, after the ultrasound but I also realize that we aren't out of the woods yet. I go back next Wednesday for another ultrasound. We should definitely see a heartbeat then. God, please let us see a strong, awesome heartbeat...please, please, please.

On a different note, we have submitted our home study for 2 different children. A 10 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. They are both from the same area and when our social worker submitted the home study for the boy, the kids case worker thought it was for the girl. She even said that she liked that the girl and I both had green eyes. Awww...that touched my heart. It's the little things, huh? Anyway, our social worker asked if we were interested in the girl and we said yes. The kids case worker already had our info so she just made it official. Now, we wait. They are both in the Arlington area (Dallas) so it would be easy to drive there to visit with them. We are excited!

I go back for more blood work on Friday. Hopefully everything will still look good.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Labs looked good...

Thank God!!! HCG - 14,622, Progesterone - 34, Estrogen - 355

Whew! Of course I started to panic about the HCG. Is it high enough? Is the rise ok? Keri said Yes, Yes and to calm down! If it was bad she would have told me. I've decided that I'm not a very good pregnant person.

Ultrasound tomorrow...unless I have a heart attack before then.

Monday, January 5, 2009

You haven't lived until....

an 80 pound Rottweiler jumps up to give you a hug...paws on shoulders....while you are sitting on the toilet.

Isn't she cute? She is the most loving dog I have ever seen. She wants me to pet her and hug on her all of the time. A sweet Rottweiler. Who would have thought, right?

Nothing new in my world. Just waiting on the next blood draw tomorrow. Then my ultrasound on Wednesday. I have spotted about once a day since Friday. Nothing major but nothing I want to see either. I have been pretty nauseous off and on. It seems to be worse in the evenings. I'm feeling pretty yucky right now. But, not so bad I'm tossing my cookies...or Goldfish Pretzels in my case. My emotions are all over the place. One minute I'm happy and hopeful. The next minute I find myself preparing for the worst. I'm trying to remember that there is nothing I can do either way and that I just have to hope for the best. I just wish that gave me some comfort.

My friend Tanya, in Birmingham, got her BFP 2 days before me. She has had 2 miscarriages (natural pregnancies) so they decided to do Clomid to help her along (She just turned 39). She had her first ultrasound today and it's twins. Twins with Clomid. Who knew?!? I'm excited for her and scared at the same time. She's scared and excited too. Too early for heartbeats but they will go back in one week and hopefully see them.

I'll let you know how my labs look tomorrow. Keep the prayers and good vibes coming!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

So far, so least for now

I got my lab results this morning. I have been worrying that my estrogen and progesterone are falling into dangerous levels. Especially after seeing the spotting. But, everything looks pretty good. Except my progesterone. It keeps falling even though I'm on 200mg prog. supps. twice a day. I am going to ask them to prescribe the 400 mgs. twice a day and see if that helps. Here are the numbers. HCG - 5,198 (more than doubled in 48 hours, yay!), P4 - 19.2 (down from 25), and E2 - 328. It's weird that the numbers can fluctuate so quickly. My E2 was 202 just 48 hours ago. Now it's 328? I'm glad but it's strange! I'm waiting on a call back from my RE's office to see about getting a new Rx. I will probably go for labs again on Monday, just because I'm a scaredy cat.

Friday, January 2, 2009


Sorry for the two posts in one day. I just can't stand this waiting game. I have had a little pinkness on the tp for a few days but nothing major. I could deal with the fact I'm probably just a little irritated from the progesterone. But when I see bright pinkish/reddish I'm not so comforted. I know that spotting can be completely normal and not mean anything. I also know that spotting can mean that the end is near. And the kicker? There is absolutely no way to know. What in the world?! I'm planning on having blood work done on Monday but a part of me wants to get it done tomorrow. I don't know! This is making me crazy! What would you do?

UPDATE: I decided to get my blood drawn tonight. I went downtown to the hospital to have it drawn. This way they will have results at my RE's office first thing in the morning. Let me just say, I'm SOOO glad that I have friends in the business. It makes life much easier. Oh, and I feel like I could puke at any moment. Not sure if it's the entire box of macaroni and cheese I ate or this little apple seed in my ute!

What a week!

My friend Kelly has been here all week and we have had a blast! How can time go by so quickly? Her daughter is so cute and we had such a great time catching up. We did a little bit of everything! The weather was so warm and gorgeous and we just loved being outside.

First, we went to the capital. It is the largest in the country and open to the public. So, we roamed around for a while!
Sorry, it's crooked! Beautiful, huh?

Then we had lunch at a place called Hula Hut. It's right on the lake that runs right through downtown. It was so much fun!

After lunch we went to Barton Springs Pool. It's a spring fed pool that is about 68 degrees year round. People swim even in the winter. We didn't swim, we just walked around. Imagine how pretty it is when the trees are green!

Me and little Mackenzie!

Here is a site that NO ONE should ever have to witness. Just be glad you didn't see him laying on his back! OMG!!
One more view of Austin! (this was taken last summer but I wanted to show you in case you've never been here!)

On Thursday we headed to San Antonio! Welcome to the Alamo!

The grounds are so beautiful. Here is me and hubs! (we are great photographers, huh? crooked, blurry!)

My wonderful friend Kelly and her daughter Mac.

Then off to the River Walk! I never get tired of going here! We ate lunch at the Rainforest Cafe and then walked around for a while.

More River Walk...

The church bells were ringing right before we took this picture!
Looks like fun, huh?
On a different note, I am feeling like crap today. YAY! I'm grateful for that. My first ultrasound is scheduled for Wednesday and I'm already having heart palpitations just thinking about it. I pray that everything looks good. They told me that I shouldn't expect to see a heart beat but I am praying that I see a strong one! It's early but that would be fabulous! I will go back in for bloodwork on Monday. My doctor says going weekly is fine, but I don't think it is. I'm going about every 5th day. I would rather get my estrogen and progesterone checked more often than not. So, I'm just going to have it done!
I hope you had a Happy New year and that this year brings you much happiness and babies/children galore!