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We had our ultrasound at 9:00 this morning. It was such an amazing experience. We were able to watch the baby move and listen to the heartbeat (Avery got to pick out a stuffed animal which plays the baby's heartbeat when she hugs it...she chose a frog!)

We did NOT look when the two ultrasound technicians looked to identify the gender. We told them we didn't want to know and that we were having a party.

We brought two baby pumpkins...one painted baby pink and the other painted baby blue. The technician put the correct pumpkin in a box and discarded the other.

At 3:00, Avery opened the box in front of our friends and family.

Here is a video from the reveal..



And here is a video from the ultrasound...



Last, but not least, here are a few pictures...








Announcement

It's official...the world knows!

14 week update

It's been a chaotic couple of weeks. It started when we found out that we needed to switch ob's. (Our previous ob doesnt offer evening hours and with my new job I can't afford to leave early) 
We had a hard time trying to get an appointment with the new OB...being a new patient blows!
We had to wait so long that Meg actually went back to RMA for an ultrasound.
I wasn't able to go, but Meg text me this picture. The doctor hugged her and told her that everything looked great.

On Tuesday, Meg went to the new OB. (She is 14 weeks pregnant today.) She  listened to the heartbeat (fast and strong) and scheduled our 20 week ultrasound (November 12th.)
Ready for the fun news? We are going to a private ultrasound practice on October 12 at 9am. We are then having a gender reveal party later that day at 2:30pm!!!
We aren't doing the typical cake reveal. I have something else up my sleeve! 
Other exciting news...
We are getting professional fall announcement pictures this Saturday.
AND,

Update

I have been on disability since March 2013. (Long story...one that warrants a separate blog) I started a new job two weeks ago. I'm still teaching 5th grade and so far I love it. I'm still having health issues so it has been a HUGE transition (physically and emotionally)
That being said, I wanted to give you a quick update. Meg and I went to our 7 week ultrasound. 
Everything looked great.
Meg had to go to the 8 week appointment by herself (because I started work) The picture isn't great, but she said she was able to see the baby's arms and legs. 

The doctor called later that day to say we "graduated."
Meg is now a little over 10 weeks pregnant. She still feels pretty crappy. On a more positive note, she can feel the baby jiggle and has started showing.
It's funny how different the second pregnancy is! I feel like it's going so fast! 
Oh! When we ask Avery where the baby is, she lifts up Meg's shirt, points to her belly and either kisses it or searches f…

Avery video take 2

My mom just informed me that the video I tried to post yesterday (the one where Avery mimicked Meg's morning sickness) has no sound.

I checked it out. Sure enough, she was right!

I think you'll find this video more entertaining (and less creepy!!!)

6 weeks

As promised, here is the video of Avery's reaction to Meg's morning sickness...hilarious






















At six weeks, our baby is the size of a pea. He or she is starting to sprout a nose, eyes, ears, a chin and cheeks.



Heartbeat

We are just about halfway through week 6. 
Meg is feeling sick. She feels crappy pretty much all day long. She's been taking Zofran, so the nausea is a little better than with Avery. 
Yesterday we woke up relatively early (so we could get to our appointment on time.) I stayed upstairs to get ready. Meg went downstairs with Avery. I was just about finished when I heard Meg cough.
I knew she was going to throw up. I just didn't foresee the events that followed.
I took a video (later in the day) to show you how Avery reacted to Meg's morning sickness. 
(Working on how to upload it from my phone) Just know She's a trip!
Our appointment went well. They wouldn't let us listen to the heartbeat...apparently it's a lot of radiation and studies show it could cause birth defects (our doc said it was highly unlikely but for insurance purposes he has to follow protocol) BUT We were able to see the beating heart. It was just as amazing as I remember. 
Everything looks perfect.





First Ultrasound

Today was our first ultrasound. We were ten minutes late for the appointment because we hit three trains...talk about bad luck! (The one freight train actually started to reverse!) 
They took Meg's blood and then brought us into an exam room. The doctor came in, asked Meg a few questions (joked about her being fertile myrtle) and then pulled up Meg's uterus on the screen.
Good news: We have a perfectly implanted sac

We are due April 4th...
It's Starting to sink in...especially now that Meg's feeling sick! 

5 weeks

This past Thursday marked 5 weeks. 
Avery can't believe her future brother or sister is only the size of a sesame seed!


We go for our first ultrasound on Monday (I think I mentioned that already). It's still so surreal. We are so blessed.

2nd Beta

This morning Meg went in for her second beta. (Technically Yesterday...I'm writing this after midnight) The nurse must've destroyed her arm because she came out saying the nurse had to "dig around." Eek!
Meg has been having a lot of bellyaches (before bed) recently. She is exhausted (all the time). She complains of sore boobs and has serious mood swings! 
She's nauseous off and on throughout the day. But, today was the first day she has had to break open the ginger chews. 
The doc called this afternoon with her blood results. Her beta came back at 783. Her progesterone was 16. Doc said everything looks fantastic! We go in for our first ultrasound on August 5th!

It's Official...again

This morning we went to RMA for Meg's pregnancy test.
When we came home she decided to "pee on a stick." I guess she needed some reassurance (we haven't tested since day 10)
With two dark lines, there wasn't any doubt in our minds that she was pregnant

Still, we needed to hear it officially.
Rather than wait around, we decided to take Avery to the zoo. 

We were only there for a few hours before Avery passed out. On our way back to the car we received our "Congratulations!"
Meg's beta was 193. Progesterone was 19. We go back Monday for more bloodwork.
So surreal.

Long Night

What a way to end vacation!! We spent the last couple of hours in the ER. Poor Avery has a double ear infection. 
The diagnosis was the easy part. Administering the antibiotic was horrendous. Avery reenacted the exorcist (twice) and cried inconsolably afterwards. It was heartbreaking. 
We gave her Tylenol before driving to the hospital. They then gave her Motrin. Eventually her fever came down...this prompted the doctor to send us home with a script for the antibiotic (guess she figured we might have better luck mixing a concoction at home!)
I can't wait to put this in our photobook! Avery got two awesome hospital gowns. Meg and I got scrub tops. 
The hospital staff were amazing! The nurse said we are an adorable family. (I'm sure we all looked great!)
Nothing we can do, but laugh.


Bonus...before finding out that Avery was on fire, Meg woke me up to say that she took another pregnancy test and there wasn't a line and that she was "freaking out" 
I went into the bathroom…

TWW: Day 9 and Day 10

Day 9
We loaded the car and started our journey to Ocean City, New Jersey. We met up with friends and spent most of the day on the beach. 
Avery loved it...so much that she actually fell asleep under the umbrella! (I'm still in shock) 

Just a word of caution to those of you with little ones...sand with a toddler is No joke! It gets EVERYWHERE! (I've always hated sand, but I now think it's evil)
So, if you find yourself on the beach with someone who detests sand as much as I do, remember to bring baby powder! (It makes the sand wipe off!)
After we checked into the condo we showered and prepared for our night on the boardwalk. 
I can't upload the pictures until I download them to my computer, but Avery loved the rides! She and I shared polish water ice. Meg was happy with her soft serve ice cream. 
It was a nice start to our vacation.
Day 10
It has been almost two years since we tested positive with Avery (on day 10)
We didn't want to test yesterday because it was our first da…

TWW: Day 8

Today was an ordinary day. We had a lot of errands to run. (We are going on vacation tomorrow!)
We took a long nap and then went out to dinner with friends (procrastinating from packing!)
Avery and I played some video games while waiting for our table! (Totally her idea)

She then tried lemons for the first time...hilarious!

Testing soon...eek!

TWW: Day 7

Today we went to RMA to check Meg's progesterone. They called this afternoon and said her results were perfect. They also said that she did not need to take supplements.
After Avery's nap we headed to Meg's parents' house. We hung out for a bit and then went to a pool party and BBQ.

At Meg's parents' house she practiced her somersaults, showed off her smile, and kissed Buttercup (Meg's parents' English Mastiff)





























At the pool party, Avery splashed, sat in her float, played on the stairs, watched the big kids, and dunked on the basketball hoop. She LOVES the water.







Meg had another emotional moment today. She almost cried because the man at Lee's Hoagie House was "mean to her." She also started to complain about her boobs hurting (she said that when she was pregnant with Avery).
I'm trying not to get my hopes up because I've learned that there aren't any signs. BUT, I really think (and hope) Meg is pregnant.

TWW: Day 6

Meg had another emotional moment this morning. I can't even remember what it was about. All I know is that I laughed and it made the situation so much worse. Other than that, there's nothing huge to report.
Avery is becoming obsessed with climbing into things. 



She has two "fangs" coming in. Her two top molars have been breaking through for a while now. Tonight we noticed her bottom two molars. 

TWW: Day 4 and Day 5

Day 4:
Yesterday was 4 days post IUI. I didn't have a chance to blog because we spent the day at Sesame Place...We were only there for a few hours, but it was exhausting.

It was too hot to wait in the lines to meet the Sesame characters and to ride the dry rides. We spent most of our time in the Count's Splash Castle. It had a pool, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, multiple water slides, bridges, water guns, jets, steering water wheels and much more. Avery absolutely loved it! We also checked out the toddler section of the park, but it wasn't nearly as fun.

Here are some pictures of Avery in the water:

























Day 5:
Today we met Avery's Aunt "Zazi" for brunch at Panera Bread. It was awesome to sit down and catch up. The broccoli cheddar soup was an added bonus. 

Avery fell asleep in the car on the way home. I tried to transfer her to her crib, but she wasn't having it. So...Meg and I decided to take her to the Bucks County Children's Museum.

She had a lot of fun runn…