Christmas Eve!!! I am so thankful to be celebrating this Christmas Eve with DH, Truett, Levi (in my belly) and my family. I remember so well the Christmases that have went by with me wondering when I would have my own baby to hold. In fact, 2 years ago today I took my first shot of Lupron to down-regulate for my second IVF cycle. (The cycle that I got pregnant with Tru.) I took the shot in between REs, not knowing if I would get to use my next cycle day 1 to start stims. I hesitated to take the Lupron since I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next regarding REs. But it all worked out, praise God, and the new RE was able to use my next CD 1! Thank God I took that shot against advice not to!!! (I’m not advising people to take medicine without a Drs approval. I had a calendar from my old RE that had me starting Lupron on Christmas Eve so even though I was pretty sure we were breaking up with that RE, I did have his approval.)

 

We went to my parents house this evening and saw my sister and her family. I remember 3 years ago when she came to the Christmas Eve party 5 months pregnant and everyone was hanging around her feeling the baby kick and I was just broken inside. This was just days before I got the call that we needed IVF. We had been trying for about 3 and a half years at that point. I was excited to be an aunt and I was happy for my sister – she did try for a year after all – but it was still a hard evening. This year I got to enjoy watching my niece and Truett open their presents. It was precious.

 

I had my monthly check up this week. Everything was normal. BP 98/64, no yeast infection even though I have the symptoms, belly measuring 26 weeks and baby’s heart beat 140. I was informed that we are ready to start appointments every 2 weeks now. I was surprised because I didn’t realize we are already to that point! It makes everything feel so much more like it is getting close – and it is – but we are really getting close now!! 🙂

 

How far along? 26 weeks 4 days

How big is the baby? I get such varying information online. I guess all babies probably grow at their own rate. I am supposed to have a growth scan at 28 weeks. 🙂

Total weight gain/loss? I have been back and forth between 15-16 but today I was up to almost 18! So somebody had a growth spurt and it WAS my boobs.

Maternity clothes? I had to buy new bras this week because my Cs were damaging my boobs well-being. I bought 38 Ds and they feel a little tight so I think I need a bra extender. I also bought an adorable nursing cami but I probably won’t start wearing it just yet even though it’s so cute, I am tempted to. 🙂

Sleep? It really depends on the night and I still struggle with restless legs although not as bad as before since I am taking my magnesium/calcium supplement religiously. I have some restless nights here and there.

Best moment this week? Feeling kicks up high. His kicks have changed and I don’t think he is in the same position. I don’t think he is head down but maybe transverse? I really don’t know, I can just tell that something feels different.

Symptoms? Hip and low back ache that is relieved by exercising on the yoga ball. Tailbone pain. Ouch! Some round ligament stretching pain….

Food cravings? Working hard to avoid too much sugar. Everything sounds good and I am just enjoying munching on all the Christmas foods.

Food aversions? We may as well just remove this question. 😉

Gender? Baby boy Levi.

Belly button in or out? Out AND it has a boo-boo on it. It is so scary and gross.

What I miss? I do miss sleeping on my stomach or back sometimes but ironically, after I had Tru I just wanted to sleep on my sides instead of my back!

What I’m looking forward to? Watching Tru open his presents. I am also curious to see how big Levi is at our next growth appointment.

Milestones? I have 94 days if I went all the way to 40 weeks. If I go as far as with Tru, I have 73 days I think. That feels really close! It kind of feels far too….

Bump? Thanks to my lovely sister, I have pictures!!

A family pic at my Aunt's house. Truett was in a bad mood - again. But he enjoyed eating the decor for a few minutes. ;)

A family picture at my Aunt’s house. Truett was in a bad mood – again. But he enjoyed eating the decor for a few minutes. 😉

I love this man so much!

I love this man so much!

26 weeks 1 day

26 weeks 1 day

This is NOT what my belly looks like. My sister took out all of the bruises from the Lovenox injections. It probably took her ages but it looks so smooth and pretty. :)

This is NOT what my belly looks like. My sister took out all of the bruises from the Lovenox injections. It probably took her ages but it looks so smooth and pretty. 🙂

You're even getting a nice side bare belly but I may freak out and take it down later. It used to not bother me but .... People are crazy.

You’re even getting a nice side bare belly but I may freak out and take it down later. It used to not bother me but …. People are crazy.

 

Dear God, Thank You for this special Christmas Eve and for both of my sweet babies. Thank You for DH and for all of our family and friends. Please watch over each and every one of them and protect them. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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