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This is more for my reference than anything, but I wanted to write down all the “milestone” dates so far.

January 24 – Last period

February 6 – Conception (?)
February 21 – Peed on a stick…yay! It was positive!
February 22 – Told our parents and brothers (we swore we could last a month at least, we barely lasted a day)

March 24 – First prenatal appt (finally! That was an excruciating month-long wait). They took 13 vials of blood and all was healthy.
March 26 – First ultrasound (I kinda fibbed and said I didn’t know when my last period was since they don’t typically do an ultrasound this early except for dating. I’m glad I lied, though!)

April 17 – Heard heartbeat for the first time.
April 21 – First trimester screening, second ultrasound. They took more blood and again everything is healthy!
April 22 – Second prenatal appt – met my doctor and heard the heartbeat again. 153 bpm!
April 28 – By now pretty much everyone we know knows the good news! Start saving your old baby stuff!

May 21 – Third prenatal appt scheduled

So far that’s all I know. I will update as things happen now that we can be “out” with this information.

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Last Monday we went for the first trimester screening (Nuchal Translucency test) in which they do an ultrasound to measure the amount of fluid in the back of the baby’s neck and the flatness of the nose. They also do a blood test to check for chromosomal abnormalities. Prior to this test, they base your risk on your age. So our baby had a 1 in 700 chance of having Down Syndrome (trisomy 21) and a 1 in 1300 chance of having Trisomy 18 or 13 which are rarer and more serious. Yesterday, I got a call from the hospital telling me that since the ultrasound and blood test results came back, our chances are now 1 in > 10,000 for both Down Syndrome and trisomy 18 or 13. Great news! Now we just have to be patient until the beginning of June for the next ultrasound to see if we’re having a boy or a girl.

Oh, and the ultrasound pics from last week SHOULD be up soon (hint, hint….Darren).

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Last week, I went to speak with our travel agent about our experiences. She took down the information and photocopied all of the papers that I had. She is going to be filing a report with Celebrity Cruises on our behalf and requested that I write a letter to her that she will forward along with it. This way, all of the pertinent information is sure to be included, and it will get sent to the appropriate people since AAA works with Celebrity Cruises often and has their own contacts. Even though you already know the situation, I’m including the letter that Darren and I worked on together after the break. Hopefully something will come out of all of this. Read the rest of this entry »

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If you haven’t seen Will Ferrell’s short video, The Landlord, you should click that link and watch it now.  It was made by one of the co-writers of Talladega Nights and Anchorman – what more do I need to say?  (Oh yeah, if you’re at all sensitive about 2 year olds cursing, consider yourself warned…)

Also, to read more about it, click here.

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