Thursday, October 13, 2011

October is....

The month of October is a national month of many things. Like did you know that October is......

  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National AIDS Awareness Month,
  • National Apple Month,
  • National Pickled Peppers Month,
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month,
  • Diversity Awareness Month,
  • Emergency Care Month,
  • Family History Month,
  • German-American Heritage Month,
  • National Cholesterol Awareness Month,
  • National Mental Illness Awareness Month
Those were just to name a few.
Did you know that October is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month or that 1 in 4 women will experience the loss of a child?

Across the developed world alone:
  • An estimated 500,000 miscarriages happen each year;
  • 1 in every 148 babies are stillborn; and
  • 3 in every 1000 babies die shortly after birth.
(Information taken from

More specifically, October 15th is officially recognized in both the US and Canada as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. To learn more about how to commemorate this day please visit

Every year women world wide as well as fathers experience the deep sadness of the loss of a child whether they be miscarried, born still, or passed after birth. Its such a common occurrence daily. So if you know of a friend or loved one that has experienced this loss at some point in their life please remember their little ones this month and on October 15th. Though with time their grief may have become silent, their hearts are still broken. Remember the little lives that were and still are in the hearts and minds of the families that love them. As time passes its common for life to begin again in a different way after a loss for the families who've suffered through. Though life goes on but its never quite the same without that baby or child in it.

So this October 15th along with all the many noble "nationals" of the month I implore you to remember this one.
Remember the many hearts left incomplete.
Remember the babies.

>>>>I have recently wrote out a much more detailed description of what exactly happened with my whole experience. To read it please visit:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

29 weeks

I must be dreaming! That's the only explanation other than God's will for me to be here right now with NO symptoms of preeclampsia!!! You have no idea how good it feels to say that! This post is a little late as I am now 29 weeks 5 days! Almost 30 weeks! I am now officially the most pregnant I've ever been!! Woo hoo!! Its kinda scary though too I gotta tell ya. I'm nervous for what the rest of this crazy race is like until delivery. I'm experiencing some "new" pregnancy norms for 3rd trimester that I didn't have the "pleasure" to experience before. Terrible, terrible, and again I say terrible back aches. My left side sciatic nerve is being pinched something awful. Ouch! And I'm feeling a lot of pressure in my low stomach area at times it hurts. I guess carrying a baby longer means they get heavier...duh. Still these are kinda new to me. I'm in uncharted waters.

For some who stumble upon this post and not know what I mean by 29 weeks being a big deal; I developed severe preeclampsia in my first pregnancy with my son. I delivered him through emergency csection at 29 weeks 3 days. So getting beyond 29 weeks with no symptoms of this disease is a huge personal hurdle for me.

My blood pressures have been great at all my recent appointments. I haven't had much of any swelling either. I am pleasantly surprised that I can still wear my wedding ring! :) I'm really enjoying this pregnancy. We have even finally decided on this little girl's name.....

Technically she should arrive sometime after Thanksgiving. I'll be 37 weeks that Saturday after Thanksgiving and I'll have an amnio test done sometime that week to test for the baby's lung maturity and then based on what the results are I could have my repeat csection that day or in a couple days after. So I have just about 7 weeks left until delivery.

I have finally got my sewing machine out since the flood happened and am starting to work on my Wrapped Up in Hope baby blankie request list. It feels good to sew again. Its kinda therapeutic for me. I've also been working on some things for Arleigh finally too. I told myself that I wanted to make things for the baby when we found out the gender but then the flood happened and prevented me from that. So now I can. Here is what I've done so far:

I know the A is backwards but oh well. I didn't figure that out until I was all done. She won't know the difference.:) It was fun making this. I just used scrapbook paper and mod podge. I used a card board letter but you could use a wooden one too. It now sits on a shelf in her nursery.

I saw this on pinterest and had to make one. I'm so use to things for little boys that I didn't think much of all the hair accessories. How genius to have something like this to display them. This didn't turn out as well as I would have liked but its good enough for now. I want to make a better one later.
So far that is all I have done but I have more things I plan to make before she gets here. I promise to post them once I complete them.

That's my baby updates for now. Crazy to be here at 29 weeks and symptom free.:)