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First baby


i am 21 years old and my husband and i are expecting our first baby. It's a little girl. We have been married for 2 years so this i guess expected but we were surprized when we found out i was pregnant.

He was in his last 6 months of college so it was hard at first. I am now 31 weeks along and we are so excited and scared to have our daughter her with us.

I had a hard time gaining weight. At six months i had only gained 7lbs. It is better now but i seem to worry about everything. I am always wondering if she is ok or not weight wise.

She measured 10 days small so i am really scared. Is this normal?

amanda






2nd bundle of joy

This is my second baby and am so excited. Its a boy and I can't wait to have him, I am 36 weeks now. My husband is also happy and excited to have a second kid. The first is a girl who just turned 6yrs, she is eager too and she asks daily when the baby will be out. She enjoys it when she watches the baby kick.

Being pregnant is such a blessing, and I really praise God for this 2nd bundle of joy. I have forgotten though how labour was during my first, what I just know is that it is very painful, but the pain is overcome by the expectation.

So mothers be happy, labour is just for a few hours, but the baby is a pure gift from God.

MZ






Working Mom and pregnant, too

I am currently 31 weeks pregnant on my second child. Mostly I feel wonderful ... when I'm not tired. But then its hard not to be tired when you are out of bed by 6 a.m., leave home at 7:30 (earlier if I can get out the door) and not get back home until 5:30 on an early day. Add on to that is a 3 year old who has to be entertained, bathed, taken to day care, fed, etc. etc.

My job is stressful. I sell insurance to businesses for a living. I'm wondering if I should finish work early. There are nights that I cry when my daughter cries becuase I'm tired and frustrated and I can't help her with whatever it is that she wants. I give her what I think she needs but at this stage in my pregnancy I can't always give her what she wants and what I'd like to be able to do for her. Anyone have any similar experiences to share with me? Maybe some free advice? I'm so tired and frustrated that any comments are welcome.

Pauline ... Soooo Tired!






Late term loss

All through my pregnancy, things were going the way they should. At 18 weeks, I had the AFP test, there was spina bifida in my family and I wanted to screen for it. It came back high risk for spina bifida so I had a level II sonogram the very next day.

Thankfully, there were no physical problems with our baby, she was active, showing a stubborn streak and was measuring a little smaller, but within normal ranges. We left the office a lot happier than we went in. It was our first pregnancy, you think, once you get through the first trimester, nothing can go wrong, and that was a horrible scare. Just to confirm, we scheduled a second sonogram three weeks later.

This time, at 22 weeks, the doctor saw some major markers for a chromosomal disorder - a single umbilical cord, a multicystic kidney, minor heart defect and our baby was now measuring 2 1/2 weeks behind. We were devastated and had an amnio that day. The results came back a few days later - full trisomy 18, or Edwards syndrome, and full Turners syndrome. I'd never heard of either until I had done some research into chromosomal abnormalities over the weekend. Edwards syndrome was 'not compatible with life'

We were given the opportunity to terminate, but we decided to let our baby girl choose her own time to leave us. Four weeks later, another follow-up sonogram showed that she had passed away. I was 26 weeks pregnant and my baby girl was the size of a 21 week baby. We had hoped that she would make it to term and we would get to meet her before she passed away, but we know now that she didn't suffer and we were saved from having to make all kinds of heart breaking decisions about her care and death after birth.

I miss her every day, she looked so much like her Dad. We named her Arily and took pictures to send to family living in Europe because they never got to meet her. She'd be just over a month old now, and I still cry for her every day, wondering, if she had survived, what she'd be able to do now and about the little personality we'd be getting to know right now.

I know that I'll miss her for as long as I live and will always wonder what she would have been like if this terrible disorder hadn't ended her life before it began.

Jean Kinsella






three

I am 22 yrs old and 36 weeks pregnant. I already have a 5 and 6 yr old boy. when I found out that I was having a girl I was so excited. My due date is the 4th of Sept but I 'm having a planned c-section on the 28th of Aug.

I feel blessed becasue God has blessed me with 2 boys and now a daughter. I honestly have to say that although the time is almost here, the last days seem to drag.

Congrats to all the expecting moms and good luck on your new arrival !!!!

Crystal Harris







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