Saturday, October 30, 2010

Baby Update

We had another ultrasound this week and the baby looks great! He or she is quite the wiggle worm! Here is a profile shot of the face. If you look close enough you can see that he or she is sticking his tongue out. The baby's heart rate was 170 this time, and it is measuring right on schedule. Aside from the nausea, everything is going really well. I have not gained any weight which is good and my blood pressure has  been nice and low. Next Tuesday I will be officially 12 weeks and I can stop taking the progesterone supplements. Woo Hoo!!!! Hopefully that will help clear up some of the nausea but if not, I still have my Zofran. My doctor is seeing me every three weeks so our next visit will be without an ultrasound but hopefully we will get to see our little one again soon!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's Official...

I am wearing maternity pants.

I was really hoping...and expecting! stay out of maternity pants until at least 12 weeks. I guess Mr. 10 pound Brayden stretched my stomach muscles like taffy. I am learning to love my maternity pants even if they did arrive earlier that I really wanted, but I can be sure that I don't plan to need maternity shirts until at least 16 weeks.

Apparently my love for control and planning means nothing to this baby. He or she is making their own plan. Like mother, like child! ;)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Military Mail

It makes me nervous....enough said.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Remembering Him

Last year's post
Today I remembered him...
My son, Brayden.

I remember your blond curls and soft skin...
I remember your scrunched up toes and long fingers
I remember how you used to grunt at me and blow your own nose
I remember how you tried to pull your button out on a daily basis
I remember the time that you were in the hospital and you looked at me with one tear rolling down your face
I remember how everyone fell in love with you as soon as they met you and I remember how you could talk anyone into holding you for hours.
I remember singing to you our favorite songs

I remember tracing your face with my fingers while you slept and your birthmark across your right eyelid
I remember laying with you in my bed waiting for your daddy to get home
I remember going to the hospital to have dinner with your daddy and when he picked you up, you would relax and melt into his arms like you had been waiting all day to see him

I remember your singing in the middle of the night

But most of all I remember when you would wake up each day and look at me like you were looking into my soul, and your eyes looked at peace with the world. These are only a few things that I remember about you. There are so many to write.

Brayden Anthony Campbell

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 15th

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is coming this Friday, October 15th. I invite everyone to light a candle at 7:00pm if you have ever lost a baby or know and have been touched by a baby that left to soon. I am pulling out my ribbon and candle to remember my son. I think of him everyday and I am in awe when I think of how many people he has touched during his short  time of this earth.

I would like to say that I can write a post on Friday but with my current crazy hormonal state and the upcoming anniversary in November, I am not sure that that is going to happen. At the very least I will post a picture of his candle burning and I invite others to do the same.

Every child, no matter how old, makes an impact on this world.

Monday, October 11, 2010

I never thought I would see the day ....

when a doctor would tell me that I wasn't eating enough. Me?!?! The person that literally surgically altered her stomach because she was eating to much!!

Allow me to rewind a day. Yesterday I was having some dizzy spells. I am that person that automatically jumps to the worst case scenario so I call  my mom, and my mom successfully peels me off the ceiling. What can I say? I tend overreact just a little.  So fast forward to today. The dizzy spells came back today and they were bothering me so much that every few minutes I was grabbing  onto the armchair during my staff meeting because the room was moving. I surely wasn't imagining that so I call the doctor. The verdict? I am not eating enough. I don't want to eat. Even with taking Zofran every 8 hours, food makes my already churning stomach churn more.

Just to be clear, my lap band doctor removed all the fluid of my lap band so I can eat properly but apparently my serving sizes are still smaller than normal and I really shouldn't have cut out my two snacks during  the day. What can I say? I don't want to eat!

Oh the things I have to learn being a pregnant lady with a lap band. Tomorrow I must make every effort to eat at least 5 times. Wish me luck!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I am changing the blog around again. I am just not happy with it. So try not to get used to the may not be staying. ;)

As Promised...

The details!
The picture on the previous post is our little one at 8 weeks. He or she has a strong heartbeat of 176 beats per minute, and is due on May 17th. We are very excited!!

I have been getting a lot of questions about how this pregnancy and birth is going to go so if you have any other questions that I don't answer on this post, feel free to email me.

First off... I am most definitely high risk. Not only because of what happened with Brayden but because they cannot be sure of what happened with him and me on that day. I posted that this Little One will be coming early April because we plan to deliver him or her at 34 or 35 weeks. All tests will be done a month ahead of time such as the non stress tests, and I will also get a steroid shot for the baby's lungs at 28 weeks in case we need to deliver even earlier. Hopefully that will not be the case. I will be doing a lot of blood pressure checks and checking my own self for early signs of issues and I am pretty sure I am not going to be left alone once my third trimester starts. BJ does not like the fact that I will have to be alone with him working evenings every other week, so we may have to enlist the help of my lovely family members to stay with me on those evenings. I will also be having a repeat C-section. I asked about having a VBAC but apparently someone that has previously had a stroke, going through labor and then pushing includes way to many risks to me and the baby. So a repeat C-section it is.

So far  this pregnancy has already proved to be very different than Brayden's. First off, at this point in my pregnancy with Brayden, I was on bed rest. I am thankful that I have not had the same issues. However, early on in  this pregnancy my lab work discovered that my progesterone levels were to low so I am now taking supplements. Because of those supplements I have discovered a new level of pregnancy sickness. So not fun! So far we have had two ultrasounds and we are going back in for another one at 11 weeks. This child is going to have so many pictures before it is born.

 So check back frequently for updates. Now since the news is broken to everyone I actually have something to write about!

Thursday, October 7, 2010


We are excited to announce our new little blessing joining us in early April!!

Details to follow, I promise...