Week 17 – …something feels different..?!

Week 17 – Fiancé started off the week down for the count. A head cold has hit him hard – the man cold is here! Poor guy… He had to take a day off work, and really he probably should have taken two.

This week we celebrated Fiancés birthday! He didn’t feel like doing much, and because he had been feeling crumby he didn’t want to go out for dinner, he also told me he didn’t want a gift….but who doesn’t want a gift, come on. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have anything in mind!! He’s a tough guy to shop for, and if he ever needs/wants something, he just goes out and gets it. That day, I had to do a ton of running around for work so it was a little hectic for me….but suddenly it hit me – I knew exactly what to get him! We recently installed a gas stove in our house and he’s been loving the cast iron griddle he got. We saw a multi pack at Costco a month ago and I thought – PERFECT! I bolted to the store and bolted home, all before he even walked in the door. He loved them! Yay!

Symptoms: So…I’ll admit it – I panicked this week. After I just finished telling the midwife last week that I had less anxiety about losing the baby lately – I had exactly that. Last week, I had felt tons of action down there. That fish was swimming away constantly and it was the most reassuring feeling ever. Well… this week, I felt nothing. NOT A THING. I would sit quietly and concentrate and wait for it. Any little blip, any little bubble, any little flutter – nothing. I hit up Dr Google and of course it says it’s “normal” but my mind wouldn’t accept it. No matter how much I kept telling myself, it’s all fine, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So…I made the call. I called my midwife, who wasn’t in, so I had to page her (I hate having to do this, it makes me feel so obnoxious) and she called me back and she also told me it was “normal”. She said the baby is probably just in a different position, and could be more towards my back now or pushing on the placenta and that’s why I don’t feel anything. Ok…I appreciate that…but my mind would still not settle. I felt more calm but at the end of our convo she asked if there was anything else and I had to ask… “Would I be able to pop by for a super quick doppler? I know I’m being paranoid, but I just can’t stop thinking about it”. She called the clinic and called me back and said there was a midwife who could see me right now. So off I jetted! Of course everything was fine….there was the heartbeat….161. Music to my ears!! I knew I was probably over reacting but I just couldn’t calm myself, and no matter what I read or was told, it wasn’t making me feel any better. Hearing the heartbeat was the only thing that made me feel better 🙂

Other then that, I had another great week! Energy level was up and headaches were minimal. …..but then….Friday hit and I could feel it happening. The head cold is brewing. Hoping it’ll pass quick. I don’t want this!

 

 

 

Week 16 – Great Success!

Week 16 – First great thing that happened this week – I FOUND MY WEDDING DRESS!! I can’t believe I’ve actually purchased my wedding dress for next summer! It’s crazy! But it has every element that my perfect dress had and more – there are POCKETS! I’m so excited I want to wear it every day!

The second great thing was when fiancé came to the midwife appointment and HE got to hear the heartbeat! Strong at 160! It was a great appointment. She also moved my due date up 3 days and I’m now due 4/20 😉 I knew that would happen.

More great news was when our midwife called us back midweek and said we are LOW RISK!! How amazing is that. She finally got our bloodwork results back and combined with the scan we are officially low risk. She didn’t give me a ratio and I didn’t ask – which I’m glad I didn’t, because knowing me, I’d somehow manage to stress about it (stress is turning into my middle name).

I had some great outings with friends where I was finally able to tell another BFF (I addressed her birthday card Aunty and she started crying!! So sweet), as well as a bunch of other friends. There are still more we want to tell in person, but we’re slowly crossing them off the list!

I’m still hiding my belly at work, as I’m still on work probation until for another 2 weeks. It’s a sticky situation I’m in, I found out I was pregnant a week after I started my new job. And because of my previous miscarriage I haven’t told anyone here because of my past (stresssssss) and wanted to make sure everything was great. One of my boss’s goes on vacation the week my probation ends and I have a meeting planned with the other boss. My plan is to tell them the week after that, after we have our 19 week scan. I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing, I kind of feel like I’m being sneaky, but also, it’s my body and my health and I will do what I want.

My Symptoms: Feeling good still! Mild headaches, which the midwife checked my blood pressure when I was having one and said that it was normal so it looks like they are hormonal. At least that’s kind of good news.
Also……uhm I’m pretty sure I’m feeling the baby move…..A LOT! There is a little fishy swimming around in my every growing belly and it’s all sort of awesome. I’m not feeling specific kicks or anything like that but the “flutters” are definitely there. And I love it!

Week 15 – Somewhat better news…?!

Week 15 – The second part of my IPS bloodwork was required at 15 weeks so I made sure I went Saturday when I turned 15w. I’m on top of things!! ……and then 2 days later I get a call from my fertility clinic saying I was actually 14.6. Uhmm….What?! How come every scan, every thing we’ve spoken about has been determined my weeks change on Saturday!?! And now it’s not?! So Annoying.  So I had to go back Wednesday to get more blood drawn. Which means that it’ll take even longer for my results. MORE ANNOYING.

But, I did get a really great call from my Midwife on Monday as I was checking out at the grocery store. She reviewed my scan and the notes from the tech. She said that nasal bone was PRESENT but they could not get an image of it, therefore it was not present on the IMAGE! HUGE RELIEF!!! She said she didn’t think it was necessary to go for another scan right now or send it off for further inspection. She said let’s wait until the bloodwork comes back and go from there. But she’s pretty sure my next scan will be at the 19 week appt. I could not wait to get home and tell Fiancé!! We were both so happy!

Fiancé was travelling for 2 nights this week, and let me tell you, I slept in the middle of our brand new mattress with all of my pillows around me and it was heaven!! The mattress is like a giant hug all night long. It was the best sleep I’d had in a lonnng time. My hips didn’t hurt when I woke, my back and neck felt great. Very pleased with our purchase so far.

We’ve told a few more friends our news, and it seems our parents are slowly letting the news spread to the family as I keep getting emails from them congratulating us. I have another baby shower this Sunday, and I don’t think I’ll be hiding it. I got some new maternity jeans (that I now live in and you will have to pry them off of me), so I’ve finally been able to ditch the stretched out elastic band! Some of the friends at the shower will already know, so it’ll be easier to “announce” the news.

In other exciting news, I went and tried on wedding dresses one night this week. My first time ever! We’re still planning on getting married next summer, the baby will be around 4 months when I’m planning it for. It could all go horrible or it could all work out amazing which I’m hoping for!! Dress shopping was fun, my sister and mom came with. I think I have an idea of what I want, but I’ll need to do some more searching. I haven’t found THE ONE yet!

Next Monday is my midwife on Monday where I will HOPEFULLY find out the IPS results. I’ve got a busy weekend ahead and hope it goes fast, I can’t wait to get these results!

My Symptoms: I’ve honestly been feeling really good this week. I had a little headache over the weekend but once that left, I was back at it. Working out in the morning and squeezing in some long walks when I can. Energy level feels really great. Waistline is slowly growing more. I’ve gained 3lbs total so far. I’m still hiding it at work with super baggy shirts and sweaters. I can’t wait until I’ll finally be able to tell everyone!! Let this belly have it’s glory!