Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Baby Higgins #2

Baby Higgins #2 

*January 22- found out I was pregnant! It was 3-4 days before when I was expecting my period, but decided on a whim to take a test while Jacob was at work! I had my IUD taken out in late November and had one cycle in late December and got pregnant in early January! 
*January 28- went to my OBGYN for the first time to get blood work done and was given prescription for Lovenox shots
*January 29- started shots. One daily injection of Lovenox 40mg in my stomach. 
*January 30- told our families in Austin with Embry wearing a "big sister" shirt
*February 2- more blood work at the doctor

*February 18- vaginal ultrasound
*March 4- ultrasound and more blood work.

*March 31- ultrasound 

Telling Everyone

I found out I was pregnant on January 22 and told Jacob that evening with Embry wearing her Big Sister shirt! I FaceTimed Tomi that afternoon in Australia and told her! I also told a few friends over the next few days!

January 30 we were all going to be in Austin with both sets of our parents plus my grandparents from Chicago! When Embry was about to go play outside, we had Jacob go upstairs to "get shoes on" aka change Embry into her Big Sister shirt. Of course, my mom noticed first and everyone was so excited!! 

Found out I was pregnant January 22, 3-4 days before my missed period, so I was shocked it was already positive!

Telling Aunt Tomi before everyone else on FaceTime

How we announced on social media =) 

Doctor's Appointments 

With my blood clot disorder, Factor V Leiden, my OBGYN wanted me to call her right when I got pregnant, so I went in right away and once blood work confirmed I was pregnant, I started on Lovenox shots. For the next month I was going in at least weekly for blood work basically to make sure I was staying pregnant since I was on blood thinners. Embry got very comfortable with my doctors office and actually loves going! 

I'm now on a normal schedule and won't go back for another month. May 4 I will be a little more than 18 weeks and we'll go in for the big anatomy scan and we'll find out the gender. We will do that ultrasound with the perinatologist we saw at the end of my pregnancy with Embry. Since so much went wrong at the end with Embry (I had excess fluid, she had excess fluid-or so they thought, she was big, etc.), my OBGYN wants me to get a baseline sonogram with the high risk doctor in case things get wonky at the end again. So we're actually excited to have a "level 2" sonogram done on this little one and get some good sonogram images. We both also really love Dr. Reinhart so we're exicted to see him again. 

February 18- first ultrasound 

March 4 ultrasound 

March 31 ultrasound

Embry has to bring her doctor's kit to each of my appointments! So cute!

The Lovenox Shots

So I started Lovenox shots the day my doctor confirmed my pregnancy. I do one 40 mg shot every 24 hours. Pretty much they suck. They're expensive ($400 a month), it hurts, I bruise, the bruises hurt, etc.... But I just have to remind myself that plenty of people out there struggle with infertility and really the shots don't seem that bad after all. 

I will continue the shots until 36 weeks pregnant, when I will switch to Heparin shots every 12 hours. (Here's the rundown on blood thinners- Coumadin is the pill form, which you can't take while pregnant, bummer because it's super super cheap. Lovenox is the shot form which is safe during pregnant and while breastfeeding. Heparin is the IV form and has a much shorter half-life than Lovenox, meaning it only stays in your system for 12 hours instead of 24 hours....so I'll literally have a syringe and a bottle of the medicine and have to give myself doses every 12 hours for the last few weeks. They do this because they don't want you to go into labor while on blood thinners....and Lovenox lasts 24 hours). So even though I will have another c-section, most likely at 39 weeks, but just in case I went into labor, that is standard for blood thinners and pregnancy. I will get back on Lovenox for 6 weeks post-partum. 

Shots and my last c-section scar...which is vertical =/


Overall this pregnancy has kind of flown by! Despite going to the doctor about 100 times the first few months, it's true, keeping up with a toddler you kind of forget your pregnant. I have the normal first trimester symptoms of exhaustion and unfortunately this time around I have nausea. Around 7.5 weeks my doctor put me on Diclegis, an anti-nausea medicine, since I had been having trouble eating well rounded meals and having some nausea. Well at 12 weeks I forgot to take it one day and vomited 7-8 times in a matter of a few hours. It was HORRIBLE. Like at one point I threw up what seemed like everything in my stomach and wanted to take a shower,  and once I got in the shower, I had another wave of nausea and was puking in the shower. So I think I got on the meds just in time before the real sickness kicked in. I hope to start tapering off the closer I get to 15 weeks and hope I feel back to normal! Luckily, as long as I take the pills I feel good! I haven't gained any weight so far, but I do feel like my body is starting to change. I think I started showing around 16 weeks with Embry and I hear it happens earlier with each pregnancy. I'm almost 14 weeks and starting to feel a little bulge when I try to sleep on my stomach-hah. It's that sensation where you can't push it in, like I can my flabby post-Embry tummy ;) 

Like I said above, we find out the gender May 4 with the perinatologist! I'm so excited!!! I feel like it feels much more real when you know the gender of the baby! Since it's a Monday, we don't plan on doing any big gender reveal, we'll probably just Facetime our families after the appointment and tell everyone! 

We haven't really told Embry much of anything yet. I didn't really want her walking around pointing to my belly saying baby before we got into the second trimester. I'm not sure she will fully understand it once we tell her anyway! But I do think she'll be an awesome big sister. She is at a really fun, baby loving stage and just adores all of my friends babies. Her thing is "she likes me" when she makes one of her little baby friends smile. 

Think that's all for now! Not sure how I'll continue to make updates about this pregnancy, but there will be some updates and some point ;) 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Everything Embry: March 29

**Okay, so this is a wayyyyyyyy picture heavy post! Hah! We 1. Got our professional pics back and I had to share them ALL! 2. It was a gorgeous week and we did so many fun things- Arboretum, zoo, picnics at the park with friends, etc. and 3. Had an eventful weekend in Austin! So get ready for a gizzilion pictures ;)

Photos by Mallorie Owens Photography

I am SOOOOOOO happy with every single photo Mallorie got of our girl. Her website can be found here with all of the pictures! 


We went for the second week in a row of the free activities they offer twice a week- petting zoo, face painting, and a Kindermusik class. E was so into the "hop hop" this week and only wanted to pet/look at the bunny. 

William, Caroline and Embry 

Making wishes, throwing pennies 

Toddlers and water....

William, Bonnie, Embry, Caroline and Samantha

Gorgeous Week!

Lunch al fresco with my girl 

Picking flowers at the park (I hope these weren't the start of bluebonnets that aren't supposed to be picked, hah)

When I told her we could put the flowers in her room at home she FLIPPED out! She's loved them all week and loves talking about her flowers from the park! 

Picnic day at the park with friends! 

E plays "restaurant" at the park for hours on end. She was making "popsicles"...a stick with a leaf on top

Real popsicles! 

Smooches for Daddy when he got home!

Already rocking the tan lines after a week of lots of outside play! 

Friday we went to the zoo with friends and saw the cheetah encounter show =)


Embry and David looking at the baby alligators 

E and her blonde beaus ;)

Petting zoo 

There's a new dinosaur encounter exhibit opening in a few days, which e's friends thought was pretty darn cool as they're in a big dinosaur phase! Hah!

Austin: Egg Hunt at Mimi and Papa's

Saturday morning we met the Harts at my parents house for Embry and Ford to have an egg hunt! Both kids did so well finding eggs and of course opening and enjoying the treats inside ;) We hung for a few hours with Mimi and Papa and E had a blast riding in Papa's wheel barrow just like Mommy did when she was little!

Cutest cousins ever!!!

Loving Mimi and Papa's swing set 

Dads and babies on the Sport Court

The Embry Train! CHOO CHOO!!!!

Austin: Adam and Sam's Engagement Party

The main reason we went to Austin for the weekend was for Jacob's brother, Adam's, engagement party for him and his fiancee, Sam. It was a gorgeous evening and Embry had a ball with a new four year old friend running around all night! 

Adam and Sam 

Embry and Uncle Luke

Embry and 3rd cousin, Lux.

Giving Lux hugs

Austin: Egg Hunt at Kiki and E-Pa's

We spent the night at Kiki and E-Pa's and E had her second egg hunt of the weekend and got so many great gifts and a ton of treats (that Mommy and Daddy may have gotten into on the drive home...hehe). 

E-Pa, Kiki and Embry 

Watering Kiki's garden with Great Grandma Gordon 

Lunch at DQ on our way out of town!

Poor thing, I had forgotten to recline her carseat, and we looked back and she was zonked like this. 

Much better =)

Embry's Tree

Jacob collected a ton of acorns the week Embry was born and harvested them into trees. We've had the "Embry Forrest" the past 2.5 years and three of the trees have done really well. We decided it was time to get them in the ground, so this weekend we took one of the trees to Austin and planted it at Jacob's parents house, Kiki and E-Pa's. We plan on planting the second one at our home here in Dallas and the third at my parents lake house. It's SO crazy to think it was a little acorn just 2.5 years ago and now the trees are a few feet tall. I love that Jacob has spent so much time and effort into doing this for our girl. It's SO special! 

April 2013: 6 months old

July 2013: 9 months old

March 2015: 2.5 years old

Daddy, E and her tree =)


Family selfie time!

Showing off her hand-me-down monkey jammies 

These post-bath curlsssssssss 

Where's Embry? Hah!

Girlfriend loves her "zoodles" --- zucchini noodles

Chick-fil-A lunch date with Mommy