Saturday, September 27, 2008

Devin's first purchase

I have had baby fever for a while now and bought a few things for Baby Donley along the way- always keeping it neutral of course....

My mom (also known now as Gram) has got the fever- and will her great taste our child is sure to be the most stylish baby in Catawba County!

Check out those footies!!!

Although Devin doesn't claim to have "the fever" just yet- he has joined us on the purchasing team... his is much more practical and VERY cute.

I must say I had expected his first purchase to have been related to sports, but with the gender still undetermind I have faith that his next purchase will be a pink or blue item of athletic gear...

Monday, September 22, 2008


We didn't post this before because we didn't want everyone to worry. But Devin and I decided to have the Cystic Fibrosis test performed at our last dr. appt. Basically what happens is they test my blood and if I test positive as a carrier then they'll test Devin. If I am negative we do nothing. We off course I am ALWAYS the odd ball, I tested positive! The day the doctor called with that news Devin went straight in and got blood drawn as well. They said it would take ten days to get his results (9-26)- so now we play the waiting game.
Well I have an appt. today at 2:00 and was going to ask if there was any word of his results yet, even though it is a little early- well it is 9:45 and the doctor just called and said "I have Devin's results and thought you wouldn't want to wait until 2:00 to hear them." I was on the edge of my seat. This was the moment of truth, did the prayer work.... "Devin's test came back negative"!!!!!!!
What a releif!!! Since Devin is negative there is 0% chance that our child will have CF!!!! Praise the Lord!!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

I have a baby bump....wanna see!?!?

So the first picture (Week 8) really isn't much; mainly water retention. The second picture (Week 10) is swelling and MORE water retention, but we're starting to see signs of actual baby weight. Now the last two photos are 11 weeks and 4 days the actual baby bump. We were excited to be told I'm not swollen anymore, I am actually ready to start growing.
In the last picture I actually think the weight has taken to the backside rather than the front :) haha. Also sorry for the lack of a smile at the end- I was SO sick, but Devin REALLY wanted belly pictures to post.
So we hope you all enjoy. And I have a dr. appt on Monday so I'll post details of that ASAP!
Have a Great Weekend!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What to Expect in Week 11

Your pregnancy: 11 weeks

How your baby's growing:
Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.See what your baby looks like this week.Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.
How your life's changing:
If you're like most women, you're feeling a bit more energetic now and your nausea may be starting to wane. Unfortunately, you may also be suffering from constipation (caused by hormonal changes, which can slow digestion) and heartburn (hormones again, relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus). Just remember, all this discomfort is for a good cause.Don't worry if nausea has made it impossible for you to eat a wide variety of healthy foods or if you haven't put on much weight yet (most women gain just 2 to 5 pounds during the first trimester). Your appetite will likely return soon, and you'll start to gain about a pound a week.Learn which of your symptoms are normal and which are a sign that something might be wrong. You're probably also wondering things like, Can I keep going to dance class? Could the air bags in my car hurt my baby? Which cold medications are safe to take now? Find out what's safe and what's not during pregnancy.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Breathing tests SUCK!!!

So we had our second appointment, this one was for the blood test and the "OB Interview". You answer 25000 questions about your past medical and family medical history. Well, as some of you may or may not know asthma has given me a run for my money all my life. It has really been under control for about the last 5 years; but apparently that's not long enough for the doc's to think I'm in the clear.
Conveniently, they have just created a new test for pg-women to take, to find out what kind of meds you need to be on. FUN!!!! (can't you taste my sarcasim!)
We'll they administered the test EIGHT TIMES- before it finally worked- and let me know I am barely breathing. Well, obviously that's not the case; so we had to try again- they even let Devin try it a few times and he couldn't do it either.
Eventually they called my allergist and found out that basically "the test sucks"! Only 10% of americans (healthy or not) can get a positive read on it.
So they tried ONE MORE TIME- and what do you know, it worked! I have 83% of my air back- YAY!!!!
Other than that everything is normally. Just thought I'd share the fun with you all. PS- if you have asthma and become pg.... DON'T TELL THE DOCTOR!!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Chinese Zodiac

Baby Donley
Year of the Ox - 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045
Ranked as the second zodiac, the ox has a large volume. In the life, people often used the ox to indicate something big or large in number. The ox is sedulous, simple, honest, and straightforward. Fractious people are said to have an 'oxen temper'.
People born in this year are probably honest, laborious, patient, obstinate, and poor at communication. Leaders in their career may not discover their abilities. In their old age, they would be bestowed with happiness. Women are usually good wives who pay attention to children's education, but are likely to believe others' cajolery, so should be cautious.
Best match: rat, snake, rooster; Avoid: dragon, horse, sheep, dog, rabbit

Year of the Rat –1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044
Though in people's eyes, the rat is not adorable, and even some Chinese sayings that related to it have almost derogatory meanings, it ranged as the head of the Chinese zodiac. It was recognized as an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.
People under the rat sign are usually smart and willing to accumulate wealth and to make efforts to be successful. Throughout their lives, there will be many other people who can bring great fortune to them. Thus despite timidity, most of them are happy and harmonious with others.
Best match: dragon, monkey, ox; Avoid: sheep, horse, rabbit, rooster

Year of the Pig - 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2020, 2031, 2043
A pig is not as smart as a dog in understanding human thought. It likes sleeping and eating and becomes fat. Thus it usually features laziness and clumsiness. On the positive side, it behaves itself, has no calculation to harm others, and can bring affluence to people. Consequently, pigs were once regarded as wealth.
People born in the Year of the Pig are honest and frank. They have a calm appearance and strong heart, but they lack patience and independence. As they do not like to talk in a roundabout way, they are thought to be unsociable. Luckily, they are tolerant and optimistic, so not until they become your friends can their virtue, advantages and fidelity to friendship be found.
Best match: sheep, rabbit; avoid: snake, pig, monkey
This is future Baby Donley. I put our photos into a little a program and out came our little one. I think it's about 95% accurate. ;)
I can't believe the internet thinks it will be a girl....

First Ultrasound picture.....

Don't be fooled. The round object (that looks EXACTLY like a head, is actually the yolk sac; which by this point has disappeared)
The left side of the "object is where the head is developing, and the right is there for the "romp" the legs at this point had developed but not sprouted.
Papa and Jojo, are names we picked out for Devin's Dad and Stepmom.

We were quite excited to learn on July 21st. That we indeed are expecting a little one.
We scheduled our first appointment and were SO excited to hear the heart beat for the first time. We went to Catawba Women's Center on August 15th and got to see our "poppy seed" (which actually looked more like a grain of rice). The heart beat was 150, which we were told is strong. And our projected due date was set as April 2nd, 2009!!!