Birth Announcements

I’ve realized that I have a lot of time to just sit here, surf the Internet and think of things I want to do or buy for this baby. I feel like I’m jumping the gun since I’m barely almost six weeks along, but it’s helping me pass the time until next week’s ultrasound without going crazy. And, as long as I’m just looking and making notes about what I like but not *buying* anything, I think I’m in good shape.

One thing I’ve been thinking about is what to do for birth announcements. I’d love to make them myself, but we’re going to have so many to send that I just don’t know if I’d be able to do it right now. Plus, we want to include a picture. I’ve seen some cute announcements on various Web sites, but I’ve also thought about doing birth announcement magnets. One of our friends used magnets to announce the birth of his daughter, and we still have it up on our fridge. In fact, they now send a magnet with an updated picture of their daughter every year with their Christmas cards. I think it’s a cute idea, and we have both of them now stuck to our fridge. I’m wondering if magnets would be something that more people would be apt to keep up on their fridge longer than a picture or a photo announcement. And, I like the fact that not many people use magnets for their birth announcements because, really, who wants to be like everyone else?? Plus, who doesn’t like extra magnets to use to adhere papers to the fridge.

So, here’s my question to all of you: Did you do birth announcements? If so, what did you do for yours? And what do you think of the magnet idea?

Ginger Ale and Saltines: My New BFFs

Hello, morning sickness. It’s nice to meet you. I’m glad you showed up because it means my baby’s alive and kicking, but I sure hope you don’t stay long!

Holy cow, am I sick today. It started right after the city council meeting I covered this morning. Up until now, I’ve had only two bouts of nausea, both of which were from food aversions. Today, though, was full on, unprovoked nausea. I’m nursing a ginger ale and nibbling on Saltines, neither of which are helping.

I’ve had friends say that morning sickness usually doesn’t kick in until week 6, but I’ve been looking online and seen that, while it can hit anytime during the beginning of the pregnancy, it’s more likely during week 5 or 6. I’m 5 weeks and 2 days today. I guess my baby’s just a little overachiever.

Really, though, I welcome this. It means things are going on inside my belly and that my baby is growing. I can’t wait to see it next week on the ultrasound. Seeing that heartbeat will really put my mind at ease.

Five Weeks

My little baby is 5 weeks old today. I can’t wait to start “feeling” pregnant. Not too much has changed. I’m still extremely tired, and I’m still constipated thanks to the lovely progesterone shots. I’ve also been getting dizzy the last couple of days, which my IVF coordinator says also is from the progesterone.

Last night, I had my first major food aversion/nausea. We went to our Kiwanis club meeting to announce our pregnancy. Everyone brings dinner to the meeting, and one woman brought spaghetti for her and her daughters. The meat sauce totally made my stomach lurch, and that and the smell of soap kept me nauseous throughout the night.

I’m actually kind of looking forward to having morning sickness. It will let me know my baby’s still alive and growing in there. I don’t know if last night counts as that or if it was just random nausea from food smells. I’m just counting down the days to our first u/s so I can see my baby’s heart beating.

A Budding ’24’ Fan

I told Joe that the baby is taking a break from growing to watch “24” tonight. He said, “The following non-growing takes place between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Non-growing occurs in real time.” Haha. I really hope our baby appreciates our sense of humor!

Weekly Winners — 03/22/09-03/28/09

Two Years in the Making

Last Signs of Fall

The First Days of Spring


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The Final Beta

My number today was 358, which is more than double my first beta. My IVF coordinator is very happy with that, and so now we are done with blood draws. Hooray. I go back on April 10 for my first u/s, during which they’ll see where the baby implanted (and we’re praying it’s not ectopic), how big it is and how many there are, though from my numbers I’m guessing there’s probably only one.

I don’t know how often ectopic pregnancies occur from IVF, but I know it will be weighing on my mind over the next two weeks, especially since I had my hips elevated after my transfer. I’m not going to stress or worry, but it’ll be on my mind until I know that everything is ok.