So thank you so much to those who have thought of us, spoilt us and baby!
We’ve always known this, but the outpouring of love and generosity from our friends and family these past few months have been overwhelming for me and Vic. We have gotten so much valuable advice and have been given/lent so much that it’s definitely eased the amount of things we have to purchase for the baby.
So thank you so much to those who have thought of us, spoilt us and baby!
1. Stick to my budget - :(
2. Pay off at least 2 loans/cards, etc. - check
3. Go to the Philippines (or the UK!) to visit family - :(
4. Be more adventurous with healthy food and eat less junk food - :(
5. Read 100 books - read 85, up from last year!
6. Finish a devotional - check
7. Fast once a month - :(
8. Really dedicate time for God - :(
9. (Re)Try the 365 day photo challenge via Instagram/Twitter - :(
10. Take more photos! - :(
11. Try something new every month - :(
12. No chain restaurants - :(
Ok, so 2.5 out of 12 is not that great. One problem is that I don't actually remember these past January, so it's hard to track what I've actually set for myself. Maybe it's time to figure out some good goal-setting strategies.
(Graphic at times! Be warned)
We ended our 2014 with a whimper (literally!) - Vic got the worst case of the stomach flu I've ever seen and so we ended up staying in because he was in the bathroom 2-3x an hour. The bug he caught was pretty strong; even when the vomiting stopped, he still didn't fully recover for another week at least. The day I was supposed to go back to work (Jan 6), I had stomach spasms all night and then after my shower in the morning, vomited all over our bathroom. Yum. Emailed my boss and told him I wasn't coming in, then hopped back into bed.
Vic was going to make an appointment for himself to see the doctor because it had been a week, so I tagged along just to make sure baby was ok. When we got to the doctor's, I ended up projectile vomiting in the doctor's bathroom. Oops! I cleaned up, but it just made me feel that much sicker. I felt so horrible for the person who had to clean up. Doctor checked up on the baby and heartbeat seemed normal, so he gave me some anti-nausea medication and sent us back home for rest. I ended up sleeping on the ride home, napped for the day and then slept through the night. Both Vic and I ended up taking 3 days off each. It was definitely a bad stretch to end 2014 and start 2015.
Vic and I are feeling like our old selves again, fortunately, and back to the grind. Lots of things on the go for the next few weeks: I'm wrapping up a project at work for the end of the month, Vic's getting ready for his trip to Vegas on the 8th.
A couple of weeks ago Jas and I went to our detailed ultrasound and I found out the sex of our soon to be child. While Jas did not want to find out at the time, she tasked me with letting her know what we were going to have in a fun/cute way on Christmas. Well today, Christmas came early and the picture is the way I told her. If it's not obvious by the extremely pink Canuck jerseys, come May 2015, we are expecting our DAUGHTER!!
While our daughter wont be able to fit into the 12 month sized jersey (the smallest they have). I can with all honesty say how absolutely adorable it is. Of course, the matching one for mommy is pretty awesome too!
From all of us in our (growing) Da Roza clan - Jasmine, Chloe, myself and future baby girl - have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015!!
Vic and I went for the anatomy scan last week and Vic found out what the sex of the baby is. I told him I wanted to wait until Christmas to find out, so here's a fun poll to see what you think baby is!
Just so you know! I've been saving my baby-related blogs until we could feel comfortable sharing the news so now that we're not keeping it a secret anymore, I'm going to publish the blogs I've been saving :) Some of them go back to September... so be warned!
Also, I know I'm severely behind on my photo challenge so I'm going to be updating it this weekend.
It's been a crazy season; it seems like we have something going on both during the week and right through the weekend. It's a nice feeling to be surrounded by so many family and friends, but I can't wait until the 24th as I am on holidays until the new year (hurrah!). Looking forward to some down time and just being able to putter around the house.
That's it from me for now... hope to hear from you soon!
On Saturday the 1st, I went to the chiropractors. Coincidentally (or not? The bleed initially happened after I went to the chiro the first time around) I started bleeding again on Sunday the 2nd, but this time, it was very light and brown, which my doctor said was nothing to worry about since it was all old blood that my body was trying to get rid of.
Vic and I went to the OB GYN yesterday for the followup appointment and was able to hear the baby's heartbeat (160bpm) so doctor was happy. My blood tests also came in and she was also very happy with the results; all within normal levels. She says that sometimes the bleed just goes until it is out and many times the hematoma is reabsorbed into the body. As I was (as of yesterday) 12+4 weeks, she said my chance of miscarriage is less than 5%.
So today is Wednesday and I’m still slightly bleeding; not active and definitely all brown blood (thank you God!). I am still taking it easy when I get home and Vic has been an absolute lifesaver as he picks up all the slack at home without complaint.
That's the update so far. We are very grateful for the prayers and for God for looking after baby during this time.
Warning, may be a graphic post! Read at your own risk.
On Oct 21, I was peeing and found that I was slightly bleeding bright red. Vic and I went to the emergency room to see if the baby was ok – the doctor did a quick ultrasound and saw the baby moving around with a steady heartbeat so sent me home. Bleeding stopped a day or so later. Doctor told me to take it easy so after work, I went home and just took it easy. He scheduled me in for a formal ultrasound the next day (Oct 22) and when they did, they saw the baby and it was still ok. They also believe that they saw the reason for the bleed;
Apparently, I have a subchorionic hematoma, which, according to Wikipedia, is the:
the pooling of blood (hematoma) between the chorion, a membrane surrounding the embryo, and the uterine wall. With an incidence of 3.1% of all pregnancies, it is the most common sonographic abnormality and the most common cause of first trimester bleeding.
I am told it will cause me to bleed but there is nothing that they can do – either I will miscarry or I won’t; time will tell. I was told to go to my OB GYN and get an ultrasound the next week to see the baby’s development. I called my OB GYN and was able to get an appointment that day, but they were unable to schedule me for an ultrasound until the week after. I asked about bedrest and she said at the point, bed rest will not make a difference if the baby is miscarried but that I should not do anything I would regret later on.
Fast forward two days; on Friday Oct 24, I finished up a meeting at work and stood up and felt a gush of blood come out. I quickly went to the washroom to check and I was heavily bleeding (about a pad a half’s worth, I would estimate) within a 10 minute span. I called Vic and told him I would go to the emergency room by myself as it would take him a while to come (hospital is across the street from my work). I went to the hospital and saw the same doctor; he essentially said the same thing. I have SCH, so I will bleed. If I bleed a pad every half hour and have cramps, I was told to go back to the hospital but otherwise, was told to just take it easy.
Vic and I went to the OBGyn this morning to get what we thought was an ultrasound; turns out, it was just a consult with one of the doctors in the gynecology clinic I go to. Because of this diagnosis, I spent all weekend on 'bedrest', which was essentially me either on the bed or on the couch, trying to get comfortable without freaking out too much. Chloe kept me company for most of the time since Vic had to work on Saturday and took over my church duties Sunday.
I was spotting all the way through the weekend, very lightly, and the bleeding went from bright red to a dark red/brown-ish colour. When I told the doctor this, she told me that they don't consider the brown-ish blood anything to worry about as it's just old blood in my body trying to get rid of itself.
I haven't experienced any cramping (I can feel some slight stretching in my stomach area though) so I hope that is a good sign.
We ended up telling the rest of the immediate family about the news earlier than we had initially planned because we wanted more prayers and we were sick of seeing this whole thing in a negative light. We also told our friends on the worship team because we wanted their prayers too. We're blessed to be surrounded by positivity and people of prayer.
This whole ordeal has really taken a toll on Vic's spirit - I am praying for him just to stay strong and stay connected to God.
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
I set this for October but yes, I am actually posting this Christmas Day...
Here are some pictures from our California trip! I didn't take as many pictures since I was just over there, but I think I got some cute ones at Disney of the family.