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My name is Rose. My husband and I met and fell in love at Western Kentucky University. Go Hilltoppers! Go Big Red! He is in the Army so our lives have never been "normal". We first lived in Germany, where our daughter, Cadence, was born. It was an insane experience and probably much more interesting than this pregnancy will be. With her, I had a threatened miscarriage at 9 weeks, pre-term labor at 19 weeks, and once I moved to Germany shortly thereafter, I had preeclampsia and two infections. I was dealing only with German doctors so the language barrier made it difficult to know. I can't get my records (long story) so I can't accurately describe those issues.

I am currently 6 weeks and 2 days pregnant with my fifth pregnancy. Yes, fifth. I have had three miscarriages. The most recent was last year. All my losses have occurred at 5 and a half weeks. I am considered high-risk in this pregnancy because of the miscarriages and because spina bifida runs on my side of the family and a clef lip on his side. I'm being monitored weekly. This isn't all too bad seeing as I can watch my bean grow each week.

Today I received an ultrasound and learned that the baby's heartbeat is 122 bpm! How exciting! There was also a second sac, but it was much smaller and showed nothing inside. The doctor said it could be just fluid or 'what could have been'....or may be something to watch! Twins run rampant on both sides of the family. He said I might spot some or it may just disappear, but we'll continue to monitor it. Maybe I'll see something in a week or two. But then again I sort of hope not because that seems like it would be such a big difference in gestational age, right? One with a heartbeat and one not quite in existence yet?

Anyway, so far this pregnancy has been ok. I've had lots of nausea and vomited once. I don't complain because that means I'm good and preggo! I learned today that I will have a lot of tests done on me. I have asthma, but haven't had a test since 2002. I was given an EKG today as well. Lots of tests over the next several weeks.

I hope this journal provides someone out there . . . entertainment, encouragement, and hope.

God Bless,

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