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Staci's Pregnancy Journal

Introduction
~ Meet Staci!

Staci's familyMy name is Staci. I am 31 years old, and I've been married to my husband Matt for almost 12 years. (Yes, we married young!!) I work as a Release Manager for a software development company and Matt is the IT Manager for a small processor company. We have one little boy, Henley, who will be 4 in February. He is a lot of fun and he keeps us very, very busy.

We decided this spring that it was time to add another member to our family and after three cycles we were successful! Henley is very excited about the baby. He was sure that it was a girl from the minute we told him we were having a baby. In fact, it was almost funny when we tried to tell him that it might be a boy. He was offended that we would even suggest such a thing. Well, lucky for us, we had an ultrasound at 18 weeks and we are in fact, expecting a girl! Perhaps he has some kind of sibling sixth sense!

It took us over a year to conceive Henley so we were very surprised to have conceived so quickly this time around. I've been having the usual challenges with this pregnancy. Everything from acid reflux to exhaustion. I've had less nausea this time around though so that has been nice. I did develop gestational diabetes with Henley and handled it with diet and exercise. I hope to not have it this time around but if I do, I will try again to control it with diet and exercise.

Henley was an emergency C-section. I was in labor for about 14 hours when he went into distress. One of my first parenting decisions was to have the C-section. It was a very strange feeling to be making such a big decision regarding our baby. I have opted for a repeat C-section this time. My fear is to be in labor again for a day only to end up in an emergency situation. Our due date is March 14th, so at this point it looks like we'll be having a C-section on March 10th.

In my 'free time' I coach U6 soccer. I had 14 kids on my team this year. Herding 14 four and five year olds around is pretty exhausting when not pregnant so this year was very interesting. In a moment of delusion, I also volunteered to assist a U8 team as well so for three months we had soccer at least four nights a week. I won't be surprised at all if the baby's first sentence is, 'Get the ball!' followed by, 'Why aren't you running?' The season ended in October so we now have those evenings free and we've gotten really good at having leisurely dinners and hanging around.

We are all excited to meet our little girl this spring!

~ Staci

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