Monday, March 4, 2013

Tour of Doctors....

It seems like we've spent the last week in and out of every doctor's office on the Beverly Hospital campus. All were routine appointments, it just seems like we could have collected them all on one day, rather than over the course of a whole week. Would have made for much less driving. 

Appointment #1: our full survey ultrasound of baby #2! At 19 weeks, they did my full survey ultrasound. I warned the tech when we got there that she would have to chase this baby around to get all the measurements she needed, and she sure did. This little one is quite the acrobat! She followed the baby around and measured everything. Everything looked good, and we got to see lots of pictures. Oh, and they told us the baby's gender........


Now all we have to do is figure out what to do with a boy ;) and pick out some boy's names. 

Appointment #2: Mike's consult for some swollen lymph nodes. Mike has had some swollen lymph nodes in his neck. He has had a bunch of tests done, and everything has been coming back normal. Naturally we are a little sensitive about swollen lymph nodes, so we went to see a specialist to make sure that there was nothing that would trigger concern. The appointment went great. The doctor was really great at listening to our concerns, and Mike's family history. The exam didn't show anything concerning, and most likely they are just from congestion and a mild virus. We did leave with some homework - Mike has to see if he can get some genetic testing done with his family to see if there are any links to the BRCA gene. 

Appointment #3: my quarterly oncology appointment. This one was totally uneventful. Went in, labs were normal, I was feeling good, and nothing looked concerning. The great part is, since it's now been two years since my diagnosis and start of treatment, I only have to go back every 6 months! The next time I go in, I'll have had the baby already! It's nice to know that things are going the right way. 

Appointment #4: Today was my 20 week appointment at the birth center with the midwife. I love going to these because we get to hear the baby's heartbeat. It's so fun to hear! I have finally been able to put on some weight! Which just means that I've gotten my appetite back. The baby sounds great, but scooted away as soon as she put the doppler on my belly. We found him again though, and I could feel him push back on the sensor. He wanted to be left alone apparently. I can't believe it's already half way through! 

I've been nesting like crazy. Organized the whole kitchen. Cleaned out the laundry room and that will be organized next. I've been deciding what to do in the baby's room, and we are going to be getting a mini crib to replace the full size crib so the furniture can move a little - giving some more room. We are going to try doing EC (elimination communication) with this baby, so I've been researching that, and figuring out where to get a tiny potty. I've been knitting up this baby's blanket, and really loving the pattern! I'm using some great yarn from my friend's shop - AnotherCraftyGirl - on Etsy. I love her Elmo colorway, and she is the one who does the Saoirse yarn for us. I can't wait to see it all done. 

That's all for now - I have to pee....


  1. OK! I have a boy name suggestion :-) There is a story behind the name I picked for my son. I'm Irish/Scottish. When I was pregnant with my 3rd child I was diagnosed with cancer. We suspected before hand but I stubbornly didn't follow up with it.
    For names I wanted something Gaelic. Something that was my heritage oh and I loved the name William. I just didn't want William! It's English dang it ;-) The name means Strong-willed Warrior.
    This baby needed a strong name. He needed to be strong.
    When my son was born @ 33 weeks due to eclampsia he weighed 6pnd 3onz. I KNOW big for a prem right!?!
    Throughout my pregnancy the name kept coming to me. I read it in 3 historical romance novels (hey I wasn't able to do anything due to sickness, I needed SOMETHING!) I saw it on T.V. 4 days before my son was born there was an article in the paper on a man and his grandson. both with that name.
    The day my son was born this stranger walked into my back yard. Where I was pacing due to what I thought was braxton hicks.
    He was here visiting from the U.K. Years earlier he had been at my house visiting a friend from home who had moved to Canada. That friend died the year before we moved into the house. The stranger had a dream and an urge to come to the house. To say goodbye. Here he was. With me in pain. Not looking my best lol . He stayed for 4 hours just talking and singing and hanging out.
    He left, 1 hour later my placenta ruptured, shortly thereafter my son was born.
    The next day I named him after that traveler, his friend, the old man and his grandson and the 3 men in the books I'd read.
    My son's name is
    The Welsh version of William! But we pronounce it Willum
    My darling son born early not supposed to be here they said, has mild autism, a gentle soul in a bear of a boy! (he's now 6'3 220pnds at the age of 17) He hugs everyone, smiles all the time. And has had a very challenging life. He's now in school straight A's! Honor roll and going through (already) to be a chef.
    Oh dang. I went off a little there! Gwilym. That is my suggestion for a boys name!

  2. Yay! A Boy! No name suggestions but I think you and Mike will be just fine. You did great at picking Saoirse's name it fits her to a T and it's cute so no worries there. Hope all continues to go well and smooth.

  3. Really REALLY Happy for you all. I don't know if I've ever commented, but I have been reading for awhile and I am just thrilled to pieces to hear you are having a boy. They really aren't as intimidating as they seem (I've got three!) Enjoy every single second. I don't know anyone more deserving of a big old dose of HAPPY than you both!

  4. SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! Congrats and wow a boy!! Whoo hooo. I will keep you all in my thoughts, as always, and praying for Mike that he gets better too.

  5. I like this HAPPY post. Both of you deserve this !! -

  6. You look fabulous! So happy for you! There is something about a Mom and her son. Just saying.

  7. Congratulations! You have a beautiful healthy glow about you. All the best for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

  8. Congratulations!! You look amazing! I can't tell you how overjoyed I am for your family.

  9. Congratulations!! So happy for you!!!

    Nancy =)

  10. Congratulations. You look wonderful. One of my friends had the same lymph nodes swelling. She  had all sorts of testing done especially for lymphoma. Turns out it was a nasty cold/sinus infection. Hope he feels better soon.

  11. Congratulations Kezia! We think about you guys often!!

    Shawn & Bonita Timmons

  12. OmG thats what i get for working too darn much!! I am so thrilled for u guys :) thank u jesus!

  13. I am so happy for you guys! you are amazing parents! Whenever I see a curious george doll or book I think of your beautiful saoirse. I will pray for you all :)

  14. I havent been on blogger in awhile so I wanted to say CONGRATS! So happy for you and your family :)

  15. I hope you are feeling great and that you're just way too busy with big things to sit and blog too much these days. Hopefully soon you can update with a new picture? Also, how did Mike's tests go? I hope he's feeling great, too.

    Love from Washington State!
    Jennifer O'Dell

  16. Please post an update, Kezia! So many people out in the world are sending love and best wishes your way!

  17. Congrats. You look glorious. One of my companions had the same lymph junctions swelling. She had different types of testing finished particularly for lymphoma. Produces was an awful cold/sinus spoiling. Trust he feels better soon.