Friday, August 22, 2008

Baby Girl!

That's right.... today at 18w2d, we found out we will (Lord willing) be welcoming a beautiful little girl into our lives in January. A girl!!! We are so happy, so grateful, so amazed. I feel like it's something of a dream - can this all be a reality someday? It was so beautiful to see her on screen, moving about, cooperating perfectly. We got this in just 4 days before Jonathan departs, and picked up a crib we'd found for a great deal the other day on the way home that we've now put together - our first baby purchase!

I am all done with morning sickness, and the nausea just comes and goes every now and then. I can eat whatever I want that I did not develop an aversion to. At my 16 week appointment they told me my hemoglobin had gotten worse (from a 10.4 at 11 weeks to 9.3 at 16 weeks). They told me to really try hard to research and eat iron rich foods (I'd been on an iron Rx since 11 weeks). I hadn't felt any symptoms of anemia, but then 3 days ago it just hit. Rollnig over on the couch at night seemed like too much effort. Unfortunately, decreased appetite is a side-effect of anemia, so it doesn't help when you Really need to eat and just don't have any interest. But Jonathan and I researched it out, and went to the store and he spared no expense putting things into the cart that were iron rich. Lots of red meat, lots of dark green leafy veggies, lots of o.j. and citrus to help the iron absorbtion, and lots of cereal fortified with 100% RDA of iron. While I haven't felt the affects yet, in just 10 days my iron now is at a 10.2! So I've got to keep it up, along with the liquid chlorophyll I've been drinking. I was ready to ask for the injectable iron the doctor spoke of, but it looks like I might not need it (yet). Anything to stay healthy!

I have steadily gained 2lb every 4 weeks since my initial 7wk appointment, which puts me at a 6 lb weight gain so far. I am showing, but just not a lot (picture in next post, promise!). When I mention I'm expecting, everyone looks so shocked at how "far" I am (to them). It's all new to me, but I feel healthy so I feel good! For now, I'm going to just post pictures of little girl!


The Blackburn Crew said...

Yay for a little girl!! I am so excited for you all and that you were able to see the sex of your little bean. I can't wait to meet her!
As far as anemia, I was at an 8.4 and was given a week to bring it up. The thought of red meat grossed me out and my iron pills were awful. SO I ate Multi Grain Cheerios twice a day(weird I know) but my iron is now up again to a 10.9!! Plus it had 100% RDA for Folic Acid. Praying that you find something that works!

Herb of Grace said...

Yayayayayay!!!!!!!!! (jumping up and down and screaming) Hoooray!!!!!!! You're having a GIRL!!!!!!!!

(okay, fine now...)

Carolyn H said...

Soo much fun!!!! I looove having a girl!!!

Lindsay said...

Oooohhhh!!! Hooray:)) We LOVE those at our house:))

The Cranberry Paper said...

I KNEW it! I am so thrilled for you!!! I know youve got to be ecstatic!!! Im so glad she cooperated for you!!!

Jeanie said...

What a beautiful little girly!
I couldn't be more excited for you!!!
We love girls in our house too :)

Further Up & Further In said...

Denise, Denise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm just so full of smiles I think my face will break. :):):):):):):):):):):):)

I was actually rooting for a girl for we'll have *everything* in common. :):):):)

Rebecca said...

Oh Denise, I'm so happy for you! Little girls are so so so fun. What a blessing for the two of you. I'll be praying in the weeks ahead for grace to walk through J's absence. Love you!

JJandFive said...

So totally wonderful : ) I saw your pics on Facebook. Girls are really fun : )