Ohhhh Baby Names…

As a little girl, I did all the girly things you could imagine: played Barbies, dress-up, had tea parties with my stuffed animals, and most days consisted of my best friend and I playing “house.” Well, naturally when you play those things, you choose names. You choose names for your baby dolls, your stuffed animals, your Barbies, and even yourself at times. I always had my go-to, favorite names that I would use over and over and just imagined that one day those names would be the names of my actual children. Boy, was I wrong.

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The Dreaded Glucose Test

I always remembered my friends and family members talking about having to do their glucose test, but it was never a big deal. After all the testing we have been through, I really didn’t think much of this test, but wanted to make sure I followed all the rules to get it done and over with. The only thing I had in the back of my mind was how much sugar I actually consume in my day, especially during this pregnancy. Let’s just say this little girl is going to be extra sweet 😉

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My Journey to Excitement

As much as I preach about staying positive and hopeful, well…because I truly believe that’s what makes difficult circumstances more manageable, I don’t want y’all to think that I am always bubbly, positive, and hopeful. It’s just not reality. I’ve had some pretty dark moments through all of the waiting and bad news we kept getting from doctors and test results prior to our amnio and echo.

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Fetal Echocardiogram

Anyone else a huge checklist person? I feel like checklists totally keep me in line and productive. Throughout this crazy journey, I feel like there has been this imaginary checklist, but it doesn’t give me the same feeling as the ones I make on my colorful post-it notes at work or home. It’s imaginary, but so prevalent in my mind. We have to go test-by-test to ultimately have an answer for Baby K.

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My Amniocentesis Experience

The day I  turned 16 weeks (May 23rd), I woke up with sweaty palms and a racing heart. My anxiety was real and the thought of the risk factors involved in an amnio weighed heavily on my mind. Kyle and I made it to our appointment and spoke once again with the genetic counselor about the procedure, risk factors, and what would come after. We signed some papers and then got prepped for the procedure.