Tuesday, March 23, 2010

17 weeks (tomorrow)

This week the baby is approximately the size of an apple! Wowza! That seems so big especially if I remember back to the first time we saw it. The day of the transfer all we could see were the little air bubbles beside the microscopic little embryo's. It's pretty cool. I'm still feeling their baby moving around in there quite a bit and last week I felt it's hiccups for the first time. I take that as a good sign that it's practicing it's breathing movements and hopefully happy as a clam in there.

I've been feeling a little discouraged about this belly. It really doesn't feel like it's growing very fast at all. I mean I've got a little bump, but I am definitely smaller than I was with my previous two. Oh well, it'll come right? No worries. :) Here's a pic. nonetheless.

Considering the last pic. I took was almost a month ago I really haven't grown a lot. Slowly but surely I guess right...

And another one... a little closer.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

16 weeks (tomorrow)

This week has been a fun one! I have been feeling their baby move for about two weeks now, but not very frequently. Maybe only a couple little flutters every 3 or 4 days depending on how I'm sitting or laying, but this week that has all changed. I feel it about 4 times a day now and it's so fun. It feels more like it's rolling in there instead of the early flutters. It's a nice little way to tell that everything is ok.

Also since about 14 1/2 weeks the nausea is completely gone. It's so wonderful! My energy is back and I can finally catch up on all the things that I neglected in the last three months. Oh and did I mention that we are now 4 months pregnant!

So all is good in baby land today. There is a dr's apt next week. I was going to push it back two weeks and wait until my dr. is home, but it's the 17 week checkup and I know that I could miss some blood tests and be late for an ultrasound if I do that so I'll suck it up for one more visit. My dr. has been gone to South Africa for the past 6 weeks and in pregnancy visits that happened to be two for me. He's such an amazing dr and I feel like he is so invested and taking care of this pregnancy so I'm ready for him to come back now. It's just nice knowing that everything is being taken care of and that nothing is being missed.

Oh yes! I just remembered. There is an ultrasound between 18-20 weeks which means another video! It will be amazing to see the changes that 6 weeks makes in a baby this age.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Hanging out with the parents :)

The baby's mom and dad were here this weekend. It was such a great visit. As we were sitting in our living room visiting I just couldn't help but imagine them sitting there with a baby! It made me so excited for them. It felt like the missing piece that I hadn't been feeling last week was finally there. This is what we all have to look forward. It was so much fun to talk about all the baby prep, like what are they doing with the baby's room and what outfit have they picked to bring the baby home in. There is so much joy in the anticipation of a new life.

Today was pretty much baby day. We went for lunch and as we were half way through eating the dr's office called to tell us we could come now. We frantically got our meals to go, dropped off my kids (got another call from the dr's office asking where we were) and then ran into the office only to wait a good 10-15 minutes while the dr. saw another patient. hahaha. It was so worth it. I know that they loved it and from my point of view I loved hearing their exclamations and seeing their eyes sparkle. It definitely topped my list of great ultrasounds. Everything looks great with the baby from what we can tell at this point. We are at 14 weeks 5 days so it was still a bit early to see certain complications are present, but all is well for now and I have high hopes that it will stay that way.

After the ultrasound we went over to the hospital maternity ward. My mom is a labour and delivery nurse and she offered to give us a tour of the mat ward. They had never been in a delivery room before so it was fun to give us all an idea of what to expect. We talked about what the event could be like and what we can somewhat expect and then after the baby is born what the hospital stay will be like. If the ward isn't busy there is a good chance they will be able to stay the night with the baby, but if we can't get a private room they may have to leave at night to get some sleep. The nurses are all very supportive and know what is going on (it's definitely a bonus being the daughter of one of those nurses) so they will accommodate them as much as they can. I may not even need to stay in the hospital that long (depending on how the delivery goes) and so it may be just baby and them for a portion of the 24 hour stay.

Lots of things to think about in the months to come. It was nice to get some information from the hospital and just spend the day talking and planning. I can't wait until next time. My family and I are planning a trip to their place in July and we will be meeting their whole family so that will be nice :)