Sunday, May 31, 2009

Baby Crazies

I have been studying my Baby Bargains book for the past 3 hours can honestly say, IT IS THE BEST INVENTION EVER!! They make is so simple for you. They grade everything in letters and I have already found a ton of information that I felt important enough to relay to Tom.

For the first time, I am excited about choosing baby items. Before, I was overwhelmed at the thought of getting the "right" gear, but now I have direction. So far, we have chosen..our infant carrier, infant stroller, convertible car seat, toddler stroller(kinda), monitors, high chair, and booster seat. I am forcing myself to STOP, otherwise we will have nothing left to register for!

I am anxious to register at the stores, but that will need to be done after our ultrasound. I WILL need some blue and pink in there!

I will leave with a little Tyler photo shoot from yesterday. Honestly, does anyone have baby modeling connections? ;)

My Fave!!
I am in constant awe of the love I have for my 5 nephews/niece. I wonder what it will feel like to love my own child? More than I already do, of course..

Saturday, May 30, 2009

17 Weeks

How far along? 17 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Still no weight gain
Maternity clothes? Starting to become more common
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: I had one really bad night, otherwise pretty good
Best moment this week: Feeling movement multiple times, each day
Movement: It feels amazing each and every time. Last night it was some kicks in the same spot Food cravings: Chocolate
Gender: I really think girl.
Labor Signs: Nopers
Belly Button in or out? Innie
What I miss: Not having a headache nearly every day
What I am looking forward to: Daddy being able to feel those kicks
Weekly Wisdom: Never take a moment of this special time for granted
Milestones: Again, each week feels like a giant milestone in itself

I bought a few baby-related items yesterday. I was at a toy store and couldn't resist this little Mama/baby kangaroo Ty beanie baby. I have been telling Tom how I feel like a kangaroo, carrying our sweet Joey. I also told Tom he will now be referred to as Boomer-since that is what a Daddy kangaroo is called. =)

I went to Barnes and Noble and purchased the Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mothers Soul book. I can not wait to read it! I got what I went there for, too..the Baby Bargains book I have heard so much about. I plan on picking every word apart this week and taking notes on how to get the safest and best baby gear.

Today is my brothers graduation party. I will be seeing a ton of family for the first time since becoming pregnant. Needless to say, I am really looking forward to it.

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend was a ton of fun. Friday night, my best friend, Jamie and her boyfriend, Brandon, drove all the way up from ISU to the cottage. We had dinner and decided to stay home and drink. They played drinking games while I happily sipped my water. It was so great to hang out with them, as its been a few months. There was some talk of a wedding in the next few years, which makes me simply giddy. I have only been in one wedding, my sisters, and will be standing up in September. I love everything that has to do with weddings and am anxious for my best friend to experience it!

Saturday we had a BBQ at the beach. My sister invited a few of her playgroup moms and their kids. We had delicious food, tanned, and hung out the entire day. The boys were responsible for putting the poles in the water to keep the boat in place. After hours and hours, they finally finished and rewarded themselves with a round of golf. Eric, my brother-in-law, took us for a quick ride. I found out it is wayyy to bumpy for baby in the front of the boat, but the back doesn't get much bounce to it. The water was freezing and I don't see it warming up anytime soon. We can hope..Saturday was also round one of sunburn. I had the funniest lines thanks to the shirt I was wearing. Ive come to terms that my skin must burn before turning any shade of brown. Oh, the joys of being Irish!

They left pretty late Saturday night and we were exhausted. Tom and I stayed up to watch Taken, which was an awesome movie. Sunday, a TON of us went to the Chocolate fest in Burlington, WI. We go every year and always look forward to it. We let the kids ride the carnival rides, play a few games, ate yummy food, and did everything at a typical fest. We all sat on this hill and the guys drank while we listened to the band. Taylor Swifts song, Love Story, came on. Delaney is IN LOVE with her and more specifically, that song. I ran with her to the front to dance and the entire time she just stared at the girl thinking, "Uh, Auntie Erin, that is NOT Taylor Swiffff (as she says it)!" It was adorable. Sunday was round 2 of sunburn. No surprise there.

Laney Grace doing some pull-ups


Zeffy and Brady on the motorcycles

The "thirsty" boys..Tom, Jamie, Rich, Jeff, Eric, Mike

Some of the kiddos

Me and my first baby

Tyler, Auntie, Braydon

Sunday night we had reached a new level of exhaustion. We don't have a particular room for us at the house yet. We will eventually have one in the basement, but wont until next summer. With new construction, they tell to let the foundation settle for a year before doing any major work. So, we slept on a futon mattress in the living room and got minimal sleep each night. Add that in with the kids waking us up early, staying up late, and being active all day. We were zombies by Sunday evening! Tom still found some energy to play with the Ty-guy that night..

Tom ADORES Tyler

Big TJ and little TJ
I wonder who is having more fun..?

Monday, we left shortly after waking up. The entire day was a blur. I made myself go to a few stores to look for outfits for this weekend, but left unhappy from each. Tonight, I am dragging Tommy to the mall with me. I need to find something to wear to my brothers graduation tomorrow, his party Saturday, Stefis graduation next Saturday and a wedding reception next Sunday. Good luck, Erin!
All in all, the weekend was a blast that revolved around family and children. Not an hour went by that I didnt place my hand on my belly and take a moment to think how thankful I am to have our baby on the way. Honestly, not an hour..
For the first time since adding the poll, MORE of you think this baby is a BOY, than a girl. Girl was in the lead every single day, until now. Ahh, I want to know! 3 weeks from tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bad OB

Well, my OB appointment today was not as pleasant as the last ones...

My practice has 4 doctors, all female, and you are encouraged to meet all 4. It is not required, but makes sense to do so. I don't want to be meeting the woman for the first time while she is delivering my child. Anyway, my first two appointments were with the same doc, who I loved. I figured I will have her be my doctor when it comes to the naked stuff, but still should meet the others.

First off, I arrived 5 minutes early for me appointment and still waited nearly 30 minutes in the waiting room. Then, I was taken back, weighed, gave my urine sample and had my blood pressure taken. After that 2 minutes of attention by a nurse, I sat in the room for another 20 minutes. The doctor came in, having never met me before, and got right to it. She asked if I had any questions or concerns. I only asked if it was safe to go on our boat this summer. Thankfully, she said it was fine. She layed me back, listened to the heartbeat for literally 10 seconds and said come back in 4 weeks. I felt..used? I spent an hour there for 5 minutes of care. Needless to say, I will no be making any more appointments with her and can only hope she is not the doctor on call the day I deliver my miracle.

On a much happier note, I felt the baby move a ton today! I was sitting at Cayleighs Irish dance class and felt the babe almost the entire hour. I also felt movement during my sisters birthday dinner this evening.

I have much more to update on..the weekend, birthdays, etc..but am hopping in bed early to snuggle my love and watch Rescue Me.

I almost forgot, here are some late 16 week pics-

Semi-side view

Of course, the best one of the belly shape,
I look horrible in. So, I cropped it. =)

Ahh yes, my beautiful sunburn from the weekend..

Saturday, May 23, 2009

16 Weeks and a Plan

How far along? 16 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: My scales says down 2 lbs. I dont understand how its possible. We will see the doc's scale soon enough
Maternity clothes? Wore a lot more this week. Went as far as mat. capris with a mat. tank
Stretch marks? No thank you
Sleep: Not good this week
Best moment this week: Thinking the babe popped
Movement: Yep, I feel it about once a day
Food cravings: Nothing special
Gender: I think pink
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Innie
What I miss: Hot dogs
What I am looking forward to: OB appt. Tuesday
Weekly Wisdom: The longer the waiting, the sweeter it is
Milestones: Baby can hear me now

*I am adding my own extra one*

Realization of the week: I have to give birth!

It looks like once baby comes, I will continue working as a nanny. I love my job more than I can express. In a dream world, I would stay home with our little lovebug. That, however, is not going to happen for a few years. So, come November, I will be a stay-at-home Mom, who stays at someone elses house, and watches 3 additional children and gets paid for it. I'm crazy, right? More details to come..

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thanks, Enjoy

Thanks so much for your input on the ultrasound date. As tempting as it is, I am currently leaning toward waiting until the 19th. Now that its less than a month away, it doesn't seem so out of reach. Plus, I would not like to be someone who is told the wrong gender at the first scan. You better believe I will be a shopping maniac as soon as we hear those three words. So, as of now, we will patiently wait until June 19th and celebrate our secret that evening. We had so many aspects of a regular pregnancy taken away from us. We really want and need this to be special. Ill let you know if I change my mind.

I had a minor freak out yesterday, while packing. I despise my boobs. Thanks to them, I don't fit in much of anything without looking like a clown. It took me over an hour to find 4 appropriate outfits. Plus, I tried the dresses I intended on wearing to my brother and Toms sisters graduations in the next few weeks and it was like a bad joke. I guess I will have to do some shopping next week. I would so much rather work with what I have, but it is not working! Bottom line:Love the belly, hate the chest!

Today, we are leaving for our cottage as soon as Tom gets off work. We want to soak up every possible second of the long weekend. I drafted a post for Saturday, so even though I will have no access to a computer, I will still be present in the blog world.

Lastly, I want to wish Ashley at Only God Knows a HUGE congrats on her pregnancy!
Also, my close blog friends, Tiffany at Slow Journey and Megan at Still TTC, could use some prayers and encouragement. Tiffany was put on bed rest to keep her boys cookin'. Megan went to the doctor and was told she has a "threatened miscarriage." Please go give them some support! Girls, I will be thinking of you allllll weekend and wishing I could hop on a computer for updates! I also would like to come home to a few positives..that means you, Baby Mama Drama, and Wanting, Waiting, Praying.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend. Yipee for SuMmErTiMe!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pains and Pics

Tom and I ended up going to Wildfire for dinner Monday night. I felt normal all day, but started to have a stomachache on the way to dinner. I debated telling him to forget it. Instead, I sucked it up and tried to enjoy dinner. That was a big mistake. My pain went from a little tummy ache to huge pains in a matter of 20 minutes. I didn't feel nauseous or that I needed to go to the bathroom-it was so weird! It crossed my mind that I was having a Braxton Hicks contraction or something. Needless to say, I didn't touch my dinner and Tom scarfed his down so we could leave. We intended on walking around and getting desert elsewhere. That didn't happen. The funny thing is, I felt much better after we left. I joked that the baby was mad I was wearing tight pants! I wasn't too concerned since the pain went away. Now that I'm writing this, maybe I will google those contractions..

Anyway, I felt really bad for ruining our dinner. On top of that, he bought me a gift certificate for a prenatal massage, even though we agreed not to exchange. I am usually the one to break that agreement, but was really sticking to it this time. I plan on saving my massage until after our big 20 week ultrasound.

I was feeling much better when we got home, so we decided to do a little family photo shoot. Here is the Robertson family on our 3rd anniversary:

Gosh, hes handsome!

Peanut on our anniversary

3 years down, Forever to go..

Tom and the pups

Me and the pups

I was browsing some 3D/4D ultrasound locations a few days ago to see if its something we would be interested in. Apparently, you can be 16 weeks pregnant to go in for a gender scan. I will be 16 weeks on Saturday. I called Tommy to see if he would want to find out the sex earlier. He said we can do whatever I want. I am torn. I want to stick with our idea to tell the families. I don't think there is any way we (okay, I!) could keep that secret for a few weeks. Then, I was thinking we could tell the families at Mikey's bday celebration. Ugh, I just don't know. I feel like I am being impatient, but I am just so excited!! What would you do? Wait until June 19th and tell the family on the 21st or go in the first week of June and tell the family on June 10th?

We are headed to a White Sox game tonight with 6 friends. It is an absolutely gorgeous day and I cant wait! Enjoy your Wednesday!

Monday, May 18, 2009


Today is our kinda-sorta 3rd wedding anniversary. Let me explain..

We got engaged on January 31st, 2006. When we talked to my parents about our upcoming wedding, they requested we wait one year, so they can provide me with our dream wedding. We agreed, but did not want to wait that long to be Mr. and Mrs. Therefore, we went and got married on our own on May 19th, 2006.

On May 18th, 2007, 364 days later, we had a huge wedding celebration that was exactly what we wanted. So, today has been 2 years since our wedding and tomorrow it has been 3 years since we said I do. Make sense?

What day do we celebrate? Whatever we want! We are going to dinner tonight, mainly because we have plans Wednesday night and didn't want to be busy two days in a row.

We have been through a lot in our years together. I am most proud of us weathering the storm of infertility. It has taught us that sometimes you need to drop everything and kiss in the rain.


We danced to Little Big Town's "Bring it on Home" on our wedding night. It was meaningful then, but we had no idea how much it would mean now.

"You've got someone here
Wants to make it all right
Someone that loves you more
Than life, right here
You've got willing arms that'll hold you tight
A hand to lead you on through the night, right here
I know your heart can get
All tangled up inside
But don't you keep it to yourself

When your long day is over
And you can barely drag your feet
The weight of the world
Is on your shoulders
I know what you need
Bring it on home to me

You know I know you
Like the back of my hand
You know I'm gonna do
All that I can right here
Gonna lie with you
Till you fall asleep
When the morning comes
I'm still gonna be right here
Yes, I am

So take your worries and
Just drop them at the door
Baby, leave it all behind

When your long day is over
And you can barely drag your feet
The weight of the world
Is on your shoulders
I know what you need
Bring it on home to me

Baby, let me be your safe harbor
Don't let the water come
And carry you away

When your long day is over
And you can barely drag your feet
The weight of the world
Is on your shoulders
I know what you need
Bring it on home to me

Oh, bring it on home
Yeah, bring it on home to me
Home to me
Oh, bring it on, bring it on home
to me

You've got someone here wants
To make it all right
Someone that loves you more
Than life, right here"


Peanut-Today is a very special day in Mama and Daddy's life, as it is our 3rd wedding anniversary. On this day, you are still in my belly and in your 15th week of growing. We decided not to exchange gifts this year. Do you know why? YOU are our gift to each other. Becoming parents together is the greatest gift we could ever ask for. Pretty soon, we will no longer be a couple, but a family instead.

My favorite quote is,"The best gift a Father can give to his child, is to love their Mother."

Let me say, you are one lucky baby.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

15 Weeks

How far along? 15 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Even again
Maternity clothes? Bought two pairs of crop pants yesterday (details below)
Stretch marks? None
Sleep: Great, started getting up once a night to pee
Best moment this week: Relaxing
Movement: Please baby, kick your Mama!
Food cravings: Curly fries (details below)
Gender: I am back to thinking girl
Labor Signs: Not any time soon..
Belly Button in or out? In but looking different
What I miss: Fitting into my extensive bra collection
What I am looking forward to: Mommy and Daddy's anniversary still, being pregnant in the summer
Weekly Wisdom: It is inevitable to have your belly touched, try not to be bothered =)
Milestones: Hearing baby's heartbeat MUCH better

Wednesday I had a major craving for curly fries. I texted Tom and told him so. He responded asking me if I wanted grilled cheese for dinner. My answer was-with curly fries and a pickle on the side? Yes! He told me we didn't have those and I reminded him that he had a car. Hehe..I came home to that wonderful meal which was a pregnant girls dream.

I went shopping for some maternity capris on Friday night. We went to Motherhood, which I was told usually had decent clothes. Well, we walked away with two pairs and a total of $92! I couldn't believe how expensive they were. I predict a lot of comfy shorts and tank tops will be worn this summer. Luckily, a woman I babysit for let me borrow some maternity clothes. That will save me some money!

I am also pretty sure I am feeling something move around. The past two nights around the same time and again this morning. I cant wait to feel a swift kick!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mama's Day Weekend

Our fun weekend began Friday night. We went to Toms little sister, Stefi's, play at her school. It happened to be Wizard of Oz, which the kids are big fans of. It was steaming hot in the gym, but was a wonderful performance. Delaney has been asking every day when we will see it again. We left straight from the school to our cottage in Wisconsin. For anyone that lives in Wisconsin, the cottage is about 15 minutes from Lake Geneva. Let me know if you live nearby!

We arrived late and went to bed shortly after. Saturday morning, Delaney and Tom went out to a mystery store. There isn't much around our town, so I had no clue where they went. Brady and I hung out, played Legos, colored, and played Wii. I wish I could describe in words how sweet this little boy is. I love one on one time with him. Anyway, they came back and we put the kiddos in the bath. After, I hopped in the shower and finally more family started to arrive. My parents, Aunt Jean, brother Jay, brother Mike and Uncle Dick and Maggie all joined us for the night. Another Aunt and Uncle stopped by who I haven't seen in a while. We had a delicious dinner, watched movies and simply hung out. At one point, we took a break to listen to Baby. Delaney had heard the heartbeat at the doctors, but Braydon had yet to hear it. They thought it was pretty cool.

Look at those baby blues

My mini-me

Listening to Cousin

On Sunday, I woke up next to a video camera. =) We had been talking about getting one for a while. We need it for Fathers Day when we surprise the families, as well as everything else coming up. I was very excited to play with it! Jeralyn, Eric and Tyler came up in the early afternoon; they were at a wedding the night before. We relaxed all day and had a yummy lunch. Everyone was talking about our Disney trip next year. I don't know if we can handle waiting a whole year!

Brady, Tommy, Me

Daddy and Mama-to-be

Mothers Day

Someone requested a picture with Auntie Erin..

It was nice to celebrate Mothers Day, rather than hate it. I guess I have a lot of holidays coming up that will feel the same. I still cant believe we are finally going to have a baby.


I need to document new pregnancy symptoms and such. My back has started to hurt, pretty bad. I still go to the chiro, but not as often as I did while going through IF treatments. I'm guessing its due to my growing upper body. I should look into getting those heat pads. My headaches are still around and have been getting worse. If I feel one coming on, Ill drink a pop. I really try not to, but if its bad, Ill take regular strength Tylonel. Sometimes nothing helps and I just have to deal with it. I am starting to look pregnant and feel really great most days. The last two nights, we have found the baby's heartbeat in the perfect spot and its been SO loud. On Sunday, Tom could hear it a few rooms away. We listen to it every night and each time is special.
In other life news, Tom took the County Police exam yesterday. We will get results via the mail in a few weeks. Also, we have had a few showings in our house and tonight, the word offer was thrown around. We will see if they call in the next few days. If you can, please send positive thoughts our way.
Oh yes, I need to update my blog roll again. If you are somewhat new to my blog, please let me know. I would like to follow your blog and add it to my daily reads. Thanks!
I was organizing old pictures last week and came across this one. I cant help but wonder if this is what our little one will look like...this is Delaney a few weeks old.

That is basically what the baby in my dream looked like, except with green eyes.

Monday, May 11, 2009

14 Weeks

How far along? 14 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Even again
Maternity clothes? Nope
Stretch marks? None
Sleep: Has been great and needed!
Best moment this week: Relaxing
Movement: Soon
Food cravings: Fries
Gender: Could be a girl, could be a boy..
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In still
What I miss: Nothing at all
What I am looking forward to: Mommy and Daddy's anniversary
Weekly Wisdom: Don't feel bad about eating, that baby needs to grow!
Milestones: Every week passed is a milestone

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to All..
If you are blessed with the gift of fertility, please take a moment today to realize just how lucky you are.
If you are expecting a miracle following a struggle with infertility, congratulations.
If you have lost a child due to miscarriage, please know your babies are looking down from heaven.
If you are still struggling to conceive, my thoughts are with you. Your day will come.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Jumbled Thoughts

Here are the late 13 week pics. I still think I just look chunky. Pop, belly, pop!

*I caved and went to Victorias Secret for the first time since becoming pregnant. I had a $10 off coupon and figured a properly fitting bra was needed. As I predicted, I have grown a full cup size in the past few months. I can only imagine what it will be like when the milk comes in.
*My friend brought me over a huge bag of maternity clothes to borrow. She is about the same size as me pre-pregnancy and she had Madison in October, so the seasons correspond. I was expecting a few things, but there is at least 20 shirts, nice pants, comfy pants, nightgowns, and a bathing suit. The only thing I will need very soon is demin..a few pairs of jeans and capris.
*I have been spending some time browsing baby products, both online and in stores. Can I just say, overwhelming!? How will I ever choose?
*I am counting down the seconds until the weekend. We are going to the new cottage to relax and I couldn't be more excited.


Monday, May 4, 2009


This week marks one year since my family's bi-annual Disney trip. It also marks one year since getting our first negative following a medicated cycle. Lets take a little trip down memory lane..

I had my annual gyno appointment for February 5th, 2008. It was about 2 weeks after I turned 21 years old. I was in disbelief that I wasn't pregnant yet, since we had been trying for a year. At my appointment, I told her that we had been trying for one year and she said, Lets do something about it! She gave me a prescription for Clomid, HcG, and Crinone. She this and Ill see you back in a month if it doesn't work. In the meantime, we were told to get a semen analysis for Tom.

I went home and researched Clomid and was immediately planning for triplets. It seemed to be this miracle drug. I took the Clomid and surprisingly, didnt have many side effects. I went in mid-cycle for them to administer the HcG injection. My hip was sore for days; I thought I knew what pain was then. I used my Crinone as directed and was counting on a positive result. Tom scheduled his S.A. for the morning we were leaving for FL. The office had limited hours and he couldn't take time off before we were leaving on a 7 day vacation. Then..we were off. I kept thinking how romantic it would be to tell Tom that I was pregnant by Cinderellas castle. I didn't drink by the pool, just in case. I was even hesitant to go on roller coasters. Well, 2 days into our trip, my world came crashing down. I went into the bathroom at the Magic Kingdom to find blood in my panties. How could this be? My period is here, and early? I was upset that my Disney world dream turned into a nightmare. Thoughts started running through my head about the next cycle. I would need to start Clomid again while still in FL. Would they fax me a prescription? I called right away to tell them my sad news. I was crushed when they told me I would not be given one that month, since the S.A. results were still pending. That is when I knew I needed to call a fertility clinic. When we got home, that is exactly what I did.

Sitting in that office, waiting for our first consultation was an experience in itself. The women look down, not at each other. If you do happen to catch a glimpse of someone, you can see the pain in their eyes. One woman was being asked if she knew who her OB was going to be. That made me feel better. I thought, okay, this place works!

The first two months there consisted of a higher dose of Clomid, paired with diagnostic testing. Every test came back normal. I found myself frustrated that they couldn't "fix" us if they didn't know what was wrong! After three months on Clomid, I told him I wanted to do something more aggressive. We moved onto IUI's with injectibles. My first cycle went wonderfully. I had 4 mature follicles at trigger time and got the multiples talk. I was excited that if we got pregnant, we would have a baby(s) for our anniversary. That cycle ended with a negative and a nice cyst to go along with it. I had to take the next month off, much to my dismay. That ended up being a super long cycle...38 days, I think. I jumped back on the horse in October. Again, we had a great response and ended with nothing. For our final two IUI cycles, I requested doing back to back IUI's. I thought, if you ovulate 24-36 hours post trigger, we would cover more of the time when two IUI's. That ended up just costing us more money and being more emotionally taxing than one IUI. Between our final IUI sets, we met with the doctor to talk IVF. I asked for one more IUI cycle and in all honesty, it was to keep my head somewhere while waiting to start IVF. We all know how that ended..

IVF was a roller coaster for me. One day I felt hopeful and optimistic, the next I would be doubtful and sad. I honestly don't know how I made it through. (I have a cute hubby and a lot of blogger friends to thank for that!) IVF gave us our miracle baby as well as 4 frozen possibilities.

Typing all of this, I cant help but that-is that really what my last year was like? I feel like I have been viewing this persons life..witnessing the appointments, injections, money spent, negatives..yet its not me. Especially with the IVF process..did I really do that?

The answer is YES, I made it through. And the answer is YES, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Because of infertility, I will be a better mother.
Because of infertility, I will not take anything for granted.
Because of infertility, I am in a much deeper love with my husband.
Because of infertility, I became closer to my family.
Because of infertility, I have made some amazing friends in the blog world.
Because of infertility, I view each day as a miracle of its own.

I would choose the path of infertility over another any day. If I didn't, our little Peanuts heart would not be beating away this very second.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Doppler and 13 Weeks

Here is the information about my doppler, for everyone who asked. I did not purchase it, I rented it from There are 4 options, I chose the one for $25/month that had a display box for the beats per minute. $25.00 is really all you pay. There are no hidden fees, taxes or delivery charges. It even includes the gel needed. I received it in about 3 days, even though it said up to a week. It comes with the UPS bag to ship it back, so you don't pay for that either. If you decide to keep it for more than a month, they will simply charge your card an additional $25. All in all, its a great deal and we love having ours. If you decide to rent one, please use my name-Erin Robertson-as a reference. I believe I will get an extra month free for my doppler. I would really appreciate it!

How far along? 13 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: My scale=down 3 lbs, Doc's scale=even
Maternity clothes? Nothing this week
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep was much, much better this week
Best moment this week: Heartbeat, heartbeat, heartbeat
Movement: I should feel it in a few weeks
Food cravings: Hot fudge sundae, mashed potatoes
Gender: I'm not as confident in girl anymore..7 weeks until we KNOW
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? Innie
What I miss: Planning a Six Flags summer roller coasters for me
What I am looking forward to: I'll admit, I'm anxious to hold this sweet babe
Weekly Wisdom: Don't compare yourself to other pregnant women; each one is different
Milestones: DAYS away from 2nd trimester

Pictures coming soon...

Oh, one more thing. I think Brad Paisley was somehow there on January 31st, 2006, when Tom proposed. The lyrics to his new song are beautiful and basically sum up what Tommy said during his proposal. I remember him saying he wanted me to have his babies and I would still be as beautiful when I am old and gray..Seriously, though, I cried when I heard this.

Then by Brad Paisley

"I remember, trying not to stare the night that I first met you
You had me mezmorized
And three weeks later, in the front porch light
taking forty-five minutes to kiss goodnight
I hadn't told you yet
but I thought I loved you then


And now you're my whole life
now you're my whole world
I just can't believe the way I feel about you, girl
Like a river meets the sea,
stronger than it's ever been.
We've come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then

And I remember, taking you back to right where I first met you,
You were so surprised
There were people around, but I didn't care
Got down on one knee right there once again,
I thought I loved you then


And now you're my whole life
now you're my whole world
I just can't believe the way I feel about you, girl
Like a river meets the sea,
stronger than it's ever been.
We've come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then

I could just see you, with a baby on the way
And I could just see you, when your hair is turning gray

What I can't see is how I'm ever gonna love you more
But I've said that before

And now you're my whole life
now you're my whole world
I just can't believe the way I feel about you, girl
We'll look back someday, at this moment that we're in
And I'll look at you and say
And I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then"

Friday, May 1, 2009

Second OB

We had our second OB appointment yesterday and it went very well. Delaney and Tom met me there, as I drove straight from work. The nurse weighed me, took my blood pressure and told me to leave a urine sample. I didnt know I would be doing that, so I quickly drank as much water as possible. After about 4 cups and 15 minutes, I went with no problem. I walked back into the room and told Tom I should have more confidence in my bladder because it seems I can always pee!

The doctor came in and was very cute with Delaney. She asked if I had any only one was if highlights were safer than dying your hair. She said yes, like I thought she would. I have been wanting to get my hair done forever, and its almost safe to do so now. She was surprised I hadnt gained any weight. She asked if I was eating..I said YES! She asked if I was exercising too much..I said NO! She didnt seem too concerned. So, I am not concerned. She looked over my lab results from the last appointment and said I passed with flying colors. I layed back and we got to hear the heartbeat. Delaney had this cute little smile, its was adorable. The heartrate was 150 this time. That was it. Quick, easy and successful. I made my next appointment for May 26th. Seems so far away, but I know it will come fast.

We got home and I was excited to see my doppler arrived! Of course, we had to test it out even though we just heard the little one. We had to hurry since we were having dinner by Toms moms house. We brought it with and let everyone hear it there. Before bed, I listened to it one more time. So, I heard the heartbeat 4 times yesterday. I think I got my moneys worth already. :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!