Monday, April 30, 2012

POMS Students

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Nolan Thomas Lawler

Its a BOY!!! We found out last Friday that we will be welcoming the carrier of the Lawler name into this world in October! From the NT scan I was given a piece of paper with the information to call and receive the results of our Jack or Jill test. Since the woman who lead my testing said I could possibly receive my results in 3 business days I was so excited to find out. I called during lunch on Friday and the message said my results were not in yet. So I decided to try after work since that would be after the third work day. After school that day I dialed and I heard her voice say "Hello Kimberly, this is Jennifer." I instantly knew the results were in, but there was no way I could listen to the results without my hubby. So I wanted to get home as soon as possible. But it started to rain a torrential downpour! I had to help out at school with the kids and then headed home. It usually takes me about 45 minutes to get home after work. But today due to the rain it took almost 1.5 hours!!! I couldn't believe that this day had such bad weather when we were about to receive such wonderful news! But we figured God decided we were having our own sunshine being brought into our lives so we didn't mind the rain. I finally got home, after receiving multiple calls from Greg and my mom to know how long until I get home so they can find out. I finally arrive home and Greg and I sit down on the couch and get ready for the biggest news of our lives. We listen to all the first trimester screening results. All tests came back with a decreased chance of birth abnormalities based on the measurements and my blood work. That is always nice to hear. Then the sentence came, Congratulations it is a boy! I couldn't believe it. After we hung up I asked Greg if she really said boy, and asked if we should call back just to make sure. He said, oh no she definitely said its a boy. I was in shock. I knew that my baby dreams in the beginning of the pregnancy the baby was a boy but we had been talking about girl names so much, because we couldn't decide on one, that I was almost certain that it was a girl. Now I have to completely change my frame of mind to the fact that we are having a boy. However, it was almost instantly that I was just as excited to be having a little boy! I can't wait to hold him in my arms! We were already decided on the name from very early on in the pregnancy, Nolan Thomas Lawler. So that was already set. Now when referring to my baby I can call him by his name! And on to the other fun things, buying him clothes, toys, necessities and of courses, the NURSERY! Thank you Erin for helping us decide on a theme, bulldog! It's perfect for our family and I'm sure Nolan will love it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NT Scan, Blood work and OB appointment Update

Sorry I did not update yesterday after my appointment. I had a few of you texting to make sure everything went alright, and I appreciate that very much!

First I will tell you about my OBGYN appointment as not much happened there. We listened to the heartbeat on a doppler. Woohoo, we can do that any night of the week. But it is always nice to hear, just wish I could have seen more pictures. And she did tell me I am still losing weight but she is not concerned because my blood pressure is good and the baby's heart rate is doing well also. So that just means I am lucky because I  have lost weight but have a fun baby bump and BOOBS, finally!

Greg was unable to make it to the CMG appointment for the NT scan and blood work but did come to my OB appointment. I wish has was able to make the first one because that is where all the excitement happened. I got to have my first abdominal ultrasound, a lot more comfortable than the vaginal ones. And this was the first time where I could see the baby, and not just a blob. We can already tell we do NOT have a camera shy baby. S/he was facing the front almost the entire time. It was comforting to hear the heartbeat too, 161 bpm. I was able to have a profile picture, legs and two frontal pictures to take home. Here is the cute profile one.
I already am in love with those cheeks and little belly! Greg said s/he has his belly :) Our baby was kicking and pushing back as we moved the ultrasound. It's a feisty little thing. I am so in love with this little baby already. I can't stop looking at this picture. I can't wait to hold s/he in my arms in October!

After the ultrasound, where I had to drink a TON of water and eat 30 minutes before (info for you ladies that have not done this before), I went to have my blood taken. The lady had to prick me twice! And for those of y'all who know how much I HATE needles, that was torture. But with this blood work we will be able to find out the gender of our bundle of joy!

I had blood taken for the Jack or Jill blood test to determine the gender. This is a pretty new test and is not available everywhere. It says you can call in to an automated service to find out your probability for different genetic abnormalities based on your blood work and your NT scan and at the end it will reveal if you are having a boy or girl. In the paperwork, which has to be more general, it says you can call in 7-10 business days, but my normal OBGYN said she has had clients get it in 5-7 business days and even better the girl who prepped me for the tests said lately it has been about 3-5 business days! So best case scenario we would know by this FRIDAY! Oh my goodness I can't wait. However, if it is a girl I am afraid we will be choosing her name out of a hat.

So help us! Here are our girl names:
Charlotte - call her Charlie
Susanna - after my Bisabuelita (Great Grandmother)
Savannah - just like it
Kennedy - I like it to go with Charlotte because it will be KC
Gwendolyn - call her Gwen
Annelise - Greg's mother's name is Ann.

What do y'all like?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ultrasounds Tomorrow

So tomorrow I have two major appointments. I am having my approximately 12 week visit with my OBGYN. I can't wait to get ultra sound pictures where the baby looks like a human and not just a blob. But even before that I have my NT scan and Jack or Jill blood test. I will be able to see lots of pictures of the baby, as they do measurements to make sure everything looks alright, and I will be giving a blood sample to find out the gender of our baby! They will mail us the results 7-10 business days later.

I can't wait to know if our little one is a boy or a girl. We are set on a boy name but are still adding names to the girl list. I will update this post tomorrow with how the appointments went.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

12 weeks & FB official

We made it to 12 weeks! I am so excited to hit this milestone. And thank goodness for the fetal doppler because I can hear your heartbeat whenever I want. So I made sure everything was ok yesterday before announcing. You are already moving. I would have to move the scope a few cm to find your heartbeat sometimes after already finding it. That was neat to know you are already moving, even though I can't hear it. Fo any mommies out there, or future mommies, I definitely recommend getting a fetal doppler. I bought the sonoline B from

Since Easter is this weekend, my favorite holiday, and we are 12 weeks this weekend I was so excited to announce it. Greg could not wait to announce it on Sunday so we did it on Good Friday. So here is how it all came about. I wanted to cook dinner for Greg and my parents. I decided on a crockpot cheesy chicken spaghetti. I went to the grocery store and came home without the cheese and the chicken! I blame it on pregnancy brain. So Greg was going to grab those ingredients but on one condition, I had to let him announce it that night. We decided it was too late to have to go back and get the ingredients so we just went out to dinner instead. But I could not deny Greg his excitement. He has been so great with this secret, he has not told anyone. So he finally got to let the cat out of the bag and announce it on facebook.

Right now we are just relishing in this milestone before we start looking forward the next big steps. We don't want to miss anything, or not give every step its due attention. Last time went by so quickly and this time we want to make sure we appreciate everyday we get. I hope this baby feels the love that is already building up for it. This is our special delivery, our rainbow child after the storm of heartbreak. We look forward to each and every moment and can't wait until the day we get to meet this wonderful love that has brought so much joy to not only our lives but so many around us. Thank you God for this blessing!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fetal Doppler

Last Friday our fetal doppler came in the mail! I am so excited because now we can hear your heartbeat anytime we want! The first time we used it it took awhile to find your heartbeat. Since I have a small tummy right around my belly button we were searching there. Then your dad used his medical  knowledge, located a major artery of mine and knew where to look for you from there. Since you are so small you are lower than expected, and the bulge is my internal organs moving up to make room for you. We called EVERYONE in the immediate family to let them hear your heartbeat. I was so excited because you were either 11 weeks or 10 weeks 1 day old, which is older than our first baby when it stopped growing. So you are doing great! I can't wait to hold you. Actually I can't wait to feel you in my tummy, that seems so neat to me, then hold you.

A few days later I was feeling sharp pains that made me nervous so I made your dad find your heartbeat again, just to  make sure. We found it right away. This thing is so neat because now I can rest all my fears as soon as possible by hearing your heart and knowing you are still safe in there. That is all I am concerned about right now, is your safety. I have a feeling that won't change for the rest of my life and I am happy.

We have a doctors appointment in two weeks and I can't wait. We are trying to decide if we should announce you on Easter or wait until we see another picture of you to announce. I have been telling people bit by bit each week but we have not announced it on Facebook yet. Your dad wanted to announce it already because he has been good and has not really told anyone. He is just aching to share the good news that you will be joining our family in October!