Monday, April 25, 2011

10 weeks!

I don't know why 10 weeks seems so exciting to me, but it is. 10 weeks is a bit of a milestone because I get to stop the vaginal Prometrium suppositories and the Estrace tablets as well. To be honest I'm a wee bit nervous about stopping, especially cold turkey, so the last couple of days I've been weaning myself off the progesterone and will do so until I finish tomorrow. I trust my clinic wouldn't stop me unless they were confident everything would be okay by now, and I also trust my body. The placenta will have taken over producing those hormones for me by this point.

I'm already "showing" though what I'm actually showing is bloating and pre-existing chub being pushed outwards, however it does look like a bit of a baby bump. Mat pants are my best friend, and long empire waist style tops work wonders to hide the baby bloat. My morning sickness is still kicking around, though I'd say it's maybe been a bit better lately. The fatigue, however, is kicking my butt. I have zero energy or motivation to accomplish anything lately.

The last few days I've finally been less starving. My cravings have gotten soooo strong though, as have my aversions. The latest craving has been hotdogs with lots of mustard... Both of which I'm not fond of when not pregnant. Aversions lately include popcorn (usually a fave!!), shrimp, bagels (I craved these soooo much just one short week ago) and chicken unless it's roasted. So weird.

I feel weird pulling and stretching sensations all the time, and even some spasms. All what I am assuming is my uterus growing to accommodate our thriving baby who is officially a fetus this week. Last night I rolled over pretty suddenly onto my side and I felt something wiggle and sort of a very light tap tap. I was like "OMG! That was the baby!" and then I realized how unlikely that was given I'm only 10 weeks so it must have been gas. Totally freaked me out for a second though (in a good way)!

Only 2.5 weeks until our next u/s and then we plan to announce on Facebook. Almost everyone close to us knows already though, but I can't wait to make the public announcement.

Monday, April 11, 2011

First Pre-natal Check-up

So today I had my first pre-natal check-up! My GP has been my doctor since I was 2 months old, so it's pretty cool that he will be monitoring this pregnancy up until I see my OB much later on. I reminded him of this today and he said it made him feel very old, lol!

I had been feeling a lot better morning sickness wise all weekend, just exhausted and hormonal... I burst into tears for no reason at all on Saturday night! But then today after my doctor appointment I felt like I'd been hit by a truck and have been sooo nauseous all night with a horrible migraine. My doc suggested taking Gravol or Benadryl before bed since it seems to hit me in the middle of the night the worst. He didn't want to prescribe Diclectin unless nothing else worked or I was puking/feeling nauseous all day every day which hasn't been the case yet.

I have a whole stack of bloodwork and a urine analysis I need to get done this week, and then I am back to see him in a month after our 12 week NT ultrasound. My doc plans on seeing me once a month until I am transferred to my OB at 25-30 weeks, which is totally fine with me. I'm looking forward to hearing the heartbeat at the next appointment!

This weekend I also bought my own maternity jeans from Motherhood and they are soooo incredibly comfy. I love them! I also got a couple of mat t-shirts from old navy as I was in desperate need of casual tops that hide my belly since I'm not exactly ready to proudly display my bloating as a baby bump. I cannot wait for the actual bump to show up!

It's been a week since our ultrasound, and while that did wonders to alleviate my anxiety, I'm still nervous. I wish my uterus had a little window I could peek into so I could check on the baby all day! I want to shout that I am pregnant from the rooftops, but we're probably going to wait until the 12 week scan before letting the public know. We have been telling close friends, family, and co-workers though which is exciting.

I do have a "peanut" picture from our ultrasound, but it is on some special disk that a friend got for us who works at the lab. I'm not sure if we can get the images off of it, so if not, I will definitely be purchasing a photo or two at our 12 week appointment that I can share with everyone. Only one month to go until we can see our precious little babe again!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Most amazing day ever

Dear baby,

Today was our first ultrasound and it was the first glimpse we had at you since you were a teeny tiny 8-celled embryo.

When they called me into the room and I got up on the table, I thought my heart would beat out of my chest. I was so terrified that something would be wrong, but I tried as hard as I could to trust my gut which said everything would be fine.

When the tech left the room to show the pictures to the doctor, and to go get your daddy and Gramma, it felt like eternity. In reality it was maybe 5 minutes. And then, with everyone watching, the tech showed us your gestational sac and right away I could see you inside! I burst into tears I was so happy, and your dad was grinning from ear to ear and so was your grandma. At just 7 weeks 1 day, you were the most amazing thing I had ever seen. It was truly love at first sight! Everything we have gone through over the past 5 years was completely worth that moment.

The tech looked around very carefully, but it appears it is just you in there and we are so happy that you are!

Your little heart is beating at 139 bpm right now, which is well within the ideal range. I swear I even saw you moving a little! You are measuring right in sync with my dates, and seeing you today made this pregnancy feel so much more real.

Feel free to continue making your momma feel sick; I find it reassuring knowing that you are growing and doing well. We will get to see you again at our 12 week ultrasound in a few weeks. Until then, know that your momma and daddy love you very, very much, and that there are so many people waiting to meet you in November.