Cecilia Growing Day by Day


Felicity Growing Day by Day


Saturday, December 31, 2005

35 1/2 Weeks!

Well, our 35 week appt. went well. The baby's heartrate was a steady and healthy 147. The doctor said she believed the baby to be in a head down position, which is good, and which also is consistent with the baby's movements and kicks. Most movements seem to be polar with squirms and rolling motions in the lower abdomen and soccer kicks to the ribs. The baby also seems to like to kick the cat when she is laying on Katherine's tummy purring - we figure it wakes him or her up.

We have washed all the baby clothes and organized them to be ready for use. We are also all packed for the hospital. We plan on washing the crib bedding soon so it too is ready. We took our half-day childbirth class. We are also already pre-registered at the hospital. Our next doctors appt. is January 13th, and then once a week after that. Oh, and since there was some confusion on the pastor's part concerning our baptism class, we re-scheduled it for the evening of January 3. We also are narrowing down name choices as well as baptism dates.

Needless to say, we are both very anxious and ready for the little one to arrive. We hope everybody had a great Christmas, and we hope you have a joyous New Year!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

33 Weeks!

Well, 7 weeks to go! Or thereabouts! The baby's movements have become a bit more subtle as he/she continues to loose space in there. We gave our birth plan to our doctor, and everything continued to look good at our 32 week appointment. Funnily enough, cravings have calmed down a great deal. The only thing Katherine seems to consistently crave, stereotypically enough, is Baskin Robbins Chocolate Ice Cream. James has been craving the Baskn Robbins Butter Pecan.

We are in some of the final stages of preparation - preparing the small suitcase for the hospital, preparing stuff for the baby's arrival here at the apartment, and the like. Our next doctor's appt. is December 30th, so, barring any surprises, our next baby update will probably be at week 36.

On our pet update, Stuffy, our now diabetic cat, will need to receive not only daily insulin shots, but regular fluids as she has now been diagnosed with kidney failure. Between Biscuit and Stuffy, we now feel that any skinned knees and booboos should be easy as pie.

We hope everybody has a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year!

Monday, November 14, 2005

29 Weeks!

29 Weeks! Well, 11 weeks to go! The baby shower went well. We think and hope everyone had a good time. There certainly was plenty of good food! The cat's blood sugar levels are slowly improving. And she has been switched to a low allergen diet which seems to have slowed her itching. Hopefully she will eventually be fully covered in fur again. Never realized before how grateful we should be that cats are covered with fur - without it they resemble rats!

Katherine passed her glucose test. Just barely, but, hey, passing is passing! Blood Pressure is good. Baby's heartbeat is steady in the upper 140s/lower 150s. Dr. said Katherine is measuring right on target. Our next appt. is on December 9th. We have begun putting together the crib and sorting through baby clothes and trying to get things set up. We've installed the base for the car seat in the car. We have registered for our birthing class which will be in mid-December and we also signed up for the baptismal class at our parish which will be in early December. Can't deny it - time is growing short! But there seems to be sooo much to do!

Monday, October 17, 2005

25 Weeks!

Well, tomorrow makes 25 Weeks! We had our 6 month doctor's appt. today and everything looks great. The baby's heartbeat was in the upper 140s/lower 150s (it was hard for the doctor to tell the baby was moving around so much). The ultrasound report looked good; the baby's growth and development is right on schedule.
We did have one adjustment to make this past week to Katherine's thyroid medication. She is hypothyroid and the dosage had to be increased, but not a big deal, just a few added pounds.

Stuffy, our 17 year old cat, is becoming a challenge all her own. She was recently diagnosed with ringworm requiring a medication that can cause birth defects so Katherine can barely touch her and James has to give her her meds. She was also diagnosed as being diabetic. Tomorrow, she will be at the vet getting her first insulin shot. It is isn't one thing with one pet it is another.

The baby continues to be quite active, especially after meals.

And the Baby Shower is soon approaching...November 12!

Monday, October 03, 2005

23 Weeks!

Well, we have reached the 23 week mark! We had our third ultrasound and have added those pictures to the website. A few more ultrasounds and our baby could have his or her own home video before even being born! Speaking of "his or her," we did try again to see what the gender was. The angle was less than ideal for such an inquiry. The technician said she thinks our baby is a girl but she is not sure. So we are going to proceed with the baby shower colors of both blue and pink and with our baby shopping assuming the gender could be either. The baby weighs one pound and the heart rate was a healthy 146.

On September 22, we lost our dog, a golden retriever Katherine had for almost 10 years, to cancer. We don't know if it was because Katherine was so upset that day or what, but on the 22nd of September those little movements became regular karate kicks, enabling James to feel the baby move for the first time last week. The last few days the baby seems to be trying to work out a deal along the lines of "You eat, then I'll say 'Hi' with a kick!" Or perhaps that week of strong kicking just wore him or her out and he or she is taking it a bit easier this week.

Katherine is feeling quite well and has been occupying herself with our remaining pet, the cat - Stuffy, cleaning, a latch hook rug kit, and a pregnancy message board. Our next appt. is on October 17th, at which time we will go over the new ultrasound photos and reports and get the full instructions for that oh-so-fun glucola test.

We'll keep you posted! Please keep the baby in your prayers.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

21 Weeks and a Couple of Days

We went to a Doctor's appointment this past Monday to review the sonogram results. The doctor told us that our results looked great but the ultrasound was "incomplete" and that we needed to have a second ultrasound to complete the measuring of our baby. This next ultrasound will take place on September 30. So we will share whatever results we have with that ultrasound as well as new pictures.

The baby continues to get more active on a regular basis. Well, that's it for now.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

More New Pics

Almost 20 Weeks and New Pics!

We are just shy of 20 Weeks! That golden half-way point!

Katherine felt the baby move for the first time on September 1st. Wouldn't you know it - he/she picked to be active while Katherine was sitting quietly in Church. Actually, while Katherine's in Church seems to be his/her favorite time to play around and move. Our ultrasound went well. Our doctor will go over the full report with us in about a week. We weren't able to find out if the baby is a boy or a girl because he or she had the legs crossed the entire time - that's my baby! Practicing modesty already! We're so proud. Anyway, we guess God wants it to be a surprise for now.

Everyone is doing well except for our dog - he continues to struggle with the cancer. We think the cat gave herself a sympathy ear infection - such a dope!

Katherine is doing pretty well - getting more noticeably pregnant. We hope you all enjoy the pictures from the sonogram.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

17 Weeks!

Well, we saw the doctor yesterday. We heard the baby's heartbeat, which was in the 140s, and we went over all the test results, which were all good. Also, we have set up an appointment for our next sonogram which will be on September 6th! Hopefully the little one will cooperate and we can begin using the correct pronouns. So, God willing, in our next post we will be able to announce whether God has blessed us with a son or a daughter. And we should have a new picture!

Things have been a bit more stressful here as our dog, Biscuit, has taken a turn for the worst. The cancer has spread and about 50% of his abdomen is taken up by two massive tumors. The vet said he has only a few weeks left at most. He still has some pep in him though and is eating lunchmeats, so we are waiting and watching. It is a shame though...Biscuit would have loved to see the baby and I'm sure, as a toddler, the baby would have had a blast pulling on those floppy ears.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

15 Weeks!

Hi everyone!

Well, we are 15 weeks now! The morning sickness is almost completely moved on to its next victim. I still like Taco Bell although James is sick of it. I tell him it is his fault the baby likes Taco Bell since he is the one who is half Mexican. He says that argument might work if Taco Bell qualified as Mexican food. Other favorites are macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, and pickles (which James abhors). Sometimes I feel more energized but I still feel like I get tired quickly. Between the PB&J sandwiches and all the naps I feel like I'm in kindergarten again!

Preparations for the Baby Shower have been started and the date is set for November 12th.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Latest News from Doctor's Appt.

We just got back from a vacation to the west and went to the doctor's office today. Well, Katherine is at 13 weeks and 3 days now. More usual blood testing and stuff. The one notable thing is that we did get to hear the baby's heartbeat!!! It was pulsing at 156 beats per minute. It certainly is a beautiful thing to hear - something so simple. Katherine still have some difficulty with eating certain foods - mostly meats. But that should be subsiding soon - we hope.

If anything else comes up, we will let you all know.

Monday, July 11, 2005

First Picture and Update

We have just gotten our baby's first picture this morning.

We really are excited this morning over seeing our baby for the first time. The doctor said everything looks well with our baby. Still too early to determine the sex of the baby. But according to the measurement of our little one, tomorrow will be eleven weeks! And that makes the due date of our little one January 31, 2006. Katherine is feeling pretty good. The nausea-feelings have been consistent over the past three or four weeks but it should subside within a couple of weeks. It is hard to believe that the first trimester is almost finished.

We are both very happy and pleased things are going well.

Friday, June 24, 2005

8 Weeks!

Well, today the baby is 8 weeks! Only 32 to go!

Well, the symptoms are in full force. I hate the fact they are called "symptoms" as though pregnancy was an illness. I'm told the second trimester is more fun with less in the way of the inconvenient "symptoms."

I think the next post will have the sonogram picture!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

(In Star Wars Mode) A New Hope!

Well, I'm not a big blogger. James usually does more when it comes to posting on blogs than I do. But since it is our webpage, I guess I can't mess up.

This website, if you haven't guessed from the title, is about our first pregnancy. Since we both have friends and family spread all over the place, this seemed like a good way of updating for whomever has web access at their convenience. We will try to post regularly and apologize in advance for any typos (I'm notoriously bad with spelling).
Well, let's see. The first positive Home Pregnancy Test was on the Universal Feast of Corpus Christi, May 26, 2005. The positive blood test results we got on the Feast of the Visitation, May 31, 2005. I've seen the doctor once and my bloodwork was "great." We are scheduled for our first sonogram on July 11, 2005, ironically enough, the Feast of St. Benedict. I don't have the official Estimated Due Date yet, but as soon as I do, I'll post it.

Saltines are currently my best friends, but pastas, milk, and Taco Bell are also much appreciated. Overall I don't feel bad. I do tend to get tired somewhat easily, but that is why God invented naps! I can get nauseaus but generally if I keep eating a little something when my stomach starts to act up (esp. in the morning - too many pills with water and no food = evil) so it hasn't been bad.

I guess that is all for now. Will update later. God Bless.