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Mary Helen
Austin, TX
I can Haas Avocado?
Interests: Mary Makes Good is a lifestyle blog featuring whole food recipes, DIY projects, natural beauty, and a parenting diary.
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When I went through my first miscarriage after having my son my instinct was to get pregnant again as fast as possible. I wanted to believe that being pregnant again would erase the pain of my loss. In a way, I saw having another baby as a cure for my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Mary Makes Babies
Continued from Part Two... The sensation of the epidural was a little odd. My lower half wasn't completely numb. I could still feel the sensations of my uterus contracting, for example, but the pain was totally gone. The pressure that began mounting once baby started to push her way down... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Mary Makes Babies
Continued from Part One... The induction started off around 11:45pm on May 30. The process started off with something called a balloon catheter. This fun little device gets inserted into your cervix then filled with saline. It is used to apply gentle pressure to both the inside and the outside... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Mary Makes Babies
So it has been a while since I last posted. The third trimester ended up going by much quicker (and ending much sooner) than I had anticipated. I kept meaning to sit down and write about what was happening, but I always seemed to end up working or napping or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Mary Makes Babies
Today has been a doozy. The waterworks started when I came home from taking C to a birthday party and let the dog escape through our front door. This happens a lot. I can't really stop her since she is stronger than me, I suck at training dogs, and every... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Mary Makes Babies
Week 29 is here and I'm finally returning to my little baby blog with an update. Once we got past the scary stuff the rest of the pregnancy has gone by pretty quickly. I've been pretty insanely busy over the past few months so the whole second trimester kind of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Mary Makes Babies
I feel like it says a lot that even three years after giving birth, I still look at this sweet little human and can hardly believe that he is here, that he is mine, that I'm his mama. The fact that there is a tiny baby growing in my belly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Mary Makes Babies
And more importantly, she's a healthy baby who passed all her genetic screening tests. We're thrilled to officially be in the second trimester and to officially be having a baby. Now we can move on to the usual pregnancy worries - stuff like arguing over names and wondering where on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
We got really great news during last week's doctor's appointment. Such great news, in fact, that it has taken some time to sink in. Baby A, who we call Niji, passed the NT scan with flying colors. Our little rainbow baby had all the right organs, in all the right... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
I find it hard to know when and how to share bad news - especially while in the midst of grief. At moments I feel like shouting to the rooftops, just hoping to hear an echo back from my own anger and disappointment. Sometimes I crave empathy or even just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
I hate having to share this update. It's not the one I had hoped to write. My head has been full of double rainbow baby dreams. As nervous as I was, I really felt like this was meant to be - having twins I mean. But Baby B (we called... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
Tomorrow is the big day - our 11 week scan, and the moment when we find out whether Baby B has made it past the whole Vanishing Twin Syndrome danger, and whether Baby A is still doing well. Over the past three weeks my belly has continued to grow and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
My best friend back home believes in psychics. She even has her own personal favorite - a medium she has been seeing for many years who she trusts completely. While I have never been to see this person myself, she knows all about me, and my life has come up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
I had my eight week scan this morning. It was my first time back to my maternal fetal specialist since the last loss, which was, as expected, pretty nerve wracking. Just being in a place where I've lost three babies brought back all kinds of feelings and memories - none... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
I held my breath as the scan began. Our nurse wiggled the doppler around to reveal a great big yolk sac with a tiny little bean shape inside. "The baby looks great!", she says. For a split second I feel two things - happiness that this first baby is still... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
I've been dragging my feet about writing this post. I spent the last week or so just trying to process what I'm about to share, and then decided to keep the news close to the vest until I was sure it was really happening. But over the past six days... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
We've made it through the first week of pregnancy (that I have actually been aware of) and while I don't want to jinx myself, I have to say I'm feeling good. That is, I'm feeling awful, which I feel great about. Haha. My HCG levels have been very high and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
There was a time when seeing these two little pink lines meant that I was having a baby. Instead, they now mean that I MIGHT have a baby. They could even mean I'll have two. Time will tell. If the last two days between HCG tests have been any indication,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
Trigger warning: graphic violence On a chilly December morning, many years ago, I was driving down a familiar main road between Bethel and Newtown Connecticut when the radio changed abruptly from the usual news and chit-chat to a disturbing announcement. Gunshots had been reported at Sandy Hook Elementary. The sweet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
A friend recently told me that my self-esteem was in the toilet and that she didn't like it one bit. She was one hundred percent right, and if I had to pick one defining change between the person I was before losing that baby almost three years ago, and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
So I've become that crazy lady in your neighborhood who you can hear screaming on her front lawn anywhere from mid to late afternoon. This kind of loss of control is something I've always been prone to, but I feel like I have been able to keep it under wraps... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
Spoiler: Not pregnant (again). Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
I hate taking progesterone. Of all the things I am willing to choke down, give up, or be injected with, progesterone is probably the thing I loathe most. I don't have many safe spaces in which to complain about such things, so this blog will have to do. I've taken... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
The femara worked and on Sunday an ultrasound showed one good sized egg (out of 20+ undersized follicles!) in my left ovary. It's kind of crazy that this ultrasound took place just ONE day from the exact date that we saw CC's egg for the first time. If I do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies
Four years ago, during this EXACT week, I started taking Femara as the first step of our OIT (ovulation induction treatment). The little yellow pills were meant to help my body produce fully matured eggs that would be ripe for fertilization. I was a blubbering, nervous ball of emotion -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Mary Makes Babies