As I said in the last post, there is so much going on. I finally finished my class and will be taking time off from school. I just had a presentation at work this morning that I had been dreading for the past month. It feels like such a relief to have that done. We have announced to the rest of our family about the little one and I am now 13 weeks! We put our house on the market in February and within a month had an offer and we accepted. We are now closing on May 3rd but have not found a new home yet! We will be moving in with the in-laws until we can find one….sooo that has been top priority!
This Friday we are flying to Nashville for a wedding…….
the weekend after we are moving, the weekend after we are closing on the house and the weekend after that we are going to Vegas for my brother’s wedding! I am pretty sure time is going to fly by with all that is happening and before we know it it will be time for our gender scan! I hope to get some good pics in Nashville and I am excited for some yummy food and seeing a great couple tie the knot.
Tuesday was a great day. We had our NT Screening Ultrasound and it was our first meeting with the OB. The place I am going seems to be a bit unorganized, as far as the receptionist communicating to Dr.’s and nurses, but all the people there are really nice and I especially love the midwife I met last week. The ultrasound went well. She was having a hard time getting measurements because the little one was napping. She kept poking at him/her and finally he/she woke up. The baby started bouncing around and she could finally get the measurements which was all under the 2.5mm that they like to see. It was a relief and it was great to see the baby again. This was the first time the hubby saw the baby all active. Once we waited a good 30 minutes to see the OB she came in, asked some questions, did some measurements and tried the doppler and within seconds we heard the baby’s heartbeat! She said at this point the miscarriage risk is so low that we should feel confident to tell the world! I think hearing that made us both feel like wow this could really be it. We have decided to tell the rest of our family either this weekend or next. They finally got my original ultrasounds back and notes from the fertility clinic which put my official due date on my birthday October 20th! I know that the chance that the baby will be born on the actual due date is so low but what an amazing birthday present I am getting. I love the fall and October. I think it is the perfect time for our little one to be born.
I have been MIA lately. I just feel like I have been holding my breath since I had the positive test. Finally, I feel like I am getting closer and closer to the safe zone! I will be 11 weeks tomorrow (going by transfer day). My due date is still up in the air. The OB office still haven’t gotten my ultrasounds from the clinic. They said once they get them they will use the 8 week one to date the pregnancy. It will probably be the day of my birthday or a few days before. Best birthday gift ever! I had my first appointment at the OB’s office. I saw the midwife and I am so happy with her. We had a really good connection. After spending a year with my RE, I was sad to go. I had the normal exam, pap etc. She said she would try the doppler to see if we could hear a heartbeat. Of course I was all for this but after 3-4 minutes and not hearing anything I started freaking out. My midwife could tell I was anxious and said she was going to go grab the portable ultrasound machine. She said I would see that baby some way or another. She brought it in and found the little one quickly. We saw the beautiful heart beating and he/she was jumping around in there. It was such a relief. Since then I feel like this finally may be it….our take home baby. Next week is the NT Scan and I will make sure to post the u/s pics after. Soon enough I will have to start posting bump pictures as well. I have lost a lot of muscle from not lifting but my weight is probably still the same. So I may have gained a pound or two.
I have been struggling with food still. I feel great when I eat clean but lately I have been giving in to the cravings, having lots of food with gluten and then find myself sick for days after. I decided I just need to accept I can’t tolerate that food and I need to do what is best for the baby. Having a treat here or there is fine it’s the overindulging that gets to me! I have been walking or occasionally doing the elliptical. I do not want to take any risks and I am looking forward to the second trimester when I can really get back to my normal (modified) routine. I have been doing this workout from Ashley’s blog. It is perfect because I can adjust the incline accordingly depending how I am feeling.
……the healthy eating wagon. This weekend started with a bit of a eat-a-thon. Let’s face it the past few weeks have been bad for me eating wise. I haven’t been doing so great since all the spotting started. I tend to go right towards food when I get lots of stress in my life. Doug has lost a lot of weight on weight watchers but for some reason Friday we both felt like really splurging. We went to the grocery store and bought gigantic cupcakes. After the cupcakes came popcorn and a Kit Kat bar and then it hit me……This is disgusting. I don’t mind cheating here and there but I was eating to the point of feeling sick. So after that last Kit Kat I made a goal to really focus on what I am eating. I am not only supporting myself but our baby. I need to start eating healthy and sensibly again.
Saturday night we went out for my best friend’s 30th birthday. I said I was driving and had a paper due so I wouldn’t be drinking. All true. We were home before midnight but we were up early Sunday morning because of the “tap dancing.” We have hard wood floors so when Duncan is up he paces back and forth to each side of the bed till one of us either lets him out or tells him to go lie down. Since we were both up we decided to go out to breakfast. There was a place we hadn’t gone for breakfast yet so we gave it a try. The hubby was nursing a hangover and ordered Crab Cakes Benedict. I had a bite it was good just seemed really fishy to me. It came with sweet potato dots which were served with maple syrup. Yum!
I was good and ordered veggie egg white omelet with fruit and English Muffin dry. I devoured the omelet but was so stuffed I only had a half of one of the English Muffins. From here on out I really want to focus on good foods with lots of variety. I feel like being a bit more adventurous. It must be the pregnancy because typically I could eat the same thing day in and day out.
It has been 2 weeks since my last post. I have been a ball of anxiety and fear and just couldn’t focus to put my thoughts down and write a post. It was a crazy stressful few weeks but things seem to be getting a little calmer now. I hope it only gets easier or less eventful from here. Last Saturday after days of spotting and then increasing cramping my clinic finally told me to go to the ER. I was so sure it was the end. I was a mess and thought it was all over. Thankfully they got me in fairly quickly and were very kind. The hubby was working but ended up meeting me right before they wheeled me in to get the ultrasound. It was perfect timing and I was so excited he could be there for our first ultrasound…good or bad. Luckily it was good….we saw one beautiful baby and heartbeat. I was almost 6 weeks. It made me feel better to see the baby and heartbeat but my release notes of “threatened abortion” didn’t make me feel entirely better.
I got a call from the clinic on Monday checking in on me. My Dr was out the week it happened which explained the lack of response when I was complaining about the spotting. They set me up with an early ultrasound on Wednesday. I was about 6 weeks 3 days and measured about 6 weeks and day. I seem to be measuring a few days behind still which they don’t seemed too concerned about. They found a hematoma (SCH) and she mentioned something about the placenta may have pulled away a little which caused the spotting. To be honest, I was so stressed that nothing she said really stuck. We did see a heartbeat which measured 115bpm. I was a little concerned about it being low but for 6 weeks she didn’t seem to think it was bad. I don’t think there will ever be a point I don’t find a reason to worry. I have not been put on bed rest and have not really been told to restrict activity. The spotting and cramping seem to be gone which have given me some comfort. But I know we are not out of the water and I am of course still worried about a possible loss. We will be going back in a week from tomorrow for another ultrasound and then possibly be released to the OB. Here’s the pic of our little one!
I had a spotting scare yesterday. As soon as I noticed it I called the clinic and left a message. I also had mild cramping. All I could think about was that I was losing the baby. I didn’t get a call back for about an hour and she just told me to take it easy, no heavy lifting and she would leave a note for the Dr. I finally started to relax when the spotting went away but still feeling mildly crampy. I know spotting can be normal in early pregnancy but it doesn’t make it any less stressful. I will be going in for beta #3 tomorrow and I am hoping my number looks good. At that point they will give me a date for an ultrasound.
Yesterday and today I woke up to more snow!
After the spotting scare, I hit the couch and barely moved from it and then hubby came home with these!
For dinner we had scallops, lamb, asparagus and butternut squash all made by my love. I took a picture of his plate. The piece of lamb I had was well done and to be honest grossed me out. I must be getting some food aversions because even thinking about the smell and taste of lamb is making me sick to my stomach. Ewww even this picture is making me nauseous. The scallops were amazing though.
And this morning I woke up and made myself oatmeal pancakes with a little bit of Sunbutter and syrup. They were so good. The only problem when I make oatmeal pancakes over regular oatmeal is I am starving 2 minutes later. It’s kind of like Chinese food. I wanted to start my morning with something on the healthy side. The past few weeks I have been overindulging in lots of bad food. Going back to being good today!