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Scary moments

Hi everyone.  Sorry, I've been offline lately.  Things were pretty quiet.  So much so that I didn't have much to write about.  That changed this morning.  I had an appointment scheduled for today, a regular check up to see how Baby is doing.  I noticed when I woke this morning to leave for the appointment and drop off our daughter at daycare that I hadn't felt the baby move as often as I usually do.  In fact, minus one tiny movement this morning, I hadn't felt baby move since about 10PM.  I was nervous.

My appointment wasn't until 1030 and there was a full house this morning.  By the time I got in the exam room, I'd counted one movement in over an hour.  Baby usually gives me 3-5 in the same time duration.  It's pretty active especially around times I usually feed (breakfast, snack, lunch).  I mentioned to the nurse that I hadn't felt the baby and that it was probably sleeping, but I was a bit concerned.  She took note and promised to share with the doctor.

The doctor came in and listened to baby's heartbeat and it was a normal 141, as it had been for the past few appointments.  The doctor asked about the note about the movement and noted that the baby hadn't kicked the doppler like it usually does.  She asked when was the last time I felt a movement and I informed her I felt a tiny one when I woke that morning, several hours earlier.

She immediately scheduled a sonogram for me in house.  She said with the heartbeat she wasn't too concerned, but was concerned enough that she wanted to check it out.  Suddenly I got really nervous and started almost willing baby to move.  Nothing.  The sonogram list was also heavy so I'm sitting there updating my IG and texting my husband asking for prayers because by now it was pushing 1140 and I'd felt nothing.  I prayed myself and maybe five minutes later, I felt the baby start hiccuping.  I was so relieved just to feel hiccups that I found myself teary eyed.

Finally, it was my turn in the sonogram room and the tech explained what she was looking for--baby movement, good amount of amniotic fluid, baby practicing breathing, proof that it is not in distress. When the baby came on the screen, the tech smiled and said she could see the baby practicing breathing just fine.  She continued checking and realized baby was in fact resting, but had woken.  He or she was sucking its thumb and just resting.

I felt so much better.  The baby was fine.  The relief I feel at this moment is amazing.

After the sonographer dismissed me, I was directed to rest up for the rest of the day, so I'm in my bed working from home with feet up.  Anything for baby.

I thought I would share with you all.  Thank you for the prayers.

-WinterMommy

Anatomy scan

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

Hi everyone! I had my anatomy scan a couple of days ago and have finally had some time to share a post about it. Little one looks healthy and happy and was very well behaved during the scan. I was there for about a little over two hours and they measured and scanned everything. I also got to see the baby in 3D, which was a first for me and was beautiful. Little one was yawning and it was such a precious moment that I got teary eyed. S. couldn’t join me and I felt bad at first that he wouldn’t be there, but I have to say that there was something so extremely intimate and powerful about seeing your child on a screen being happy and free. No interruptions, just peace. It was beautiful.

Here are a few of my favorites for you:

Someone was yawning

Perfectly content

Nestled for a nap

I am not scheduled for another scan until 32 weeks. I’m looking forward to that time, just to see how big Little one has gotten since we only listen to heartbeats in the office. It’s still amazing to me that we are at this moment and everything is flowing well. We’ll keep praying it stays that way.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and have a very great day.

By the way, any guesses what Little one may be?  We're still #TeamGreen here, but it's been fun hearing the guess of everyone.

-K

Second Trimester Appointment

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.


Hi everyone. Monday was my second trimester appointment. I think it was originally planned to be a sixteen week check-up, but since I’m at 17 weeks, no biggie. I went to work before the appointment and was all too excited to go to the doctor to hear the heartbeat. I was also nervous as all get out about what would happen if I didn’t hear a heartbeat. That’s the thing with this pregnancy. It’s so different being my first IVF/ICSI. I always wonder subconsciously if everything is going to be okay. In this case, worry was not necessary. Our little one was doing quite well, albeit seriously feisty.

The doctor couldn’t really get a sustained heart beat reading because the baby kept running from the Doppler. Then, it kicked the heck out of the Doppler when it was tired of running. We heard the heartbeat several times and know the baby is having a ball, but couldn’t get it otherwise. The doctor does know from the times we were able to capture the heartbeat that the baby heartbeats per minute range is 140. I believe my son was always in the 160s, so I’m starting to think this may be a girl.

The doctor was pleased with my weight gain.  At my last appointment, I was 159 pounds.  I am 164 pounds now.  We've managed to put on about 11 pounds over all.  She wants me to gain about 30 pounds.  I'm trying very hard to hit 25 or less because the more weight I carry, the harder it is for me to breathe.  But whatever is safe for baby will be safe for me.

I completely forgot to ask about the breast pump prescription covered by my insurance (for now).  I'll have to call back and do so.  I did manage to ask permission to travel for some upcoming trips.  This weekend, I'll be traveling by church van with several of my choir members to minister in song in NC.  I'm very excited about it, but very nervous as well.  I learned the hard way that I must eat every two hours or I will get very ill and I still have to go to the bathroom a lot.  Hopefully, I won't have an issue with the transport.  The doctor says as long as we stop and I walk at least 2-2.5 hours on the journey, we should be okay.  But I'm packing snacks for days just in case.

S. and I are also planning a anniversary trip in April to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary.  I'm very excited about it and hope we can find some fun activities and just relax a while.  The doctor cleared us for travel after we assured her we would remain stateside and were not traveling to Zika-infected areas.  We're thinking of Charleston, SC or Orlando, FL.  Charleston will probably work best as we would like to drive and I can't see a 17 hour trip with stops at every 2.5 hour mark.

Satisfied with travel plans, the doctor then asked if I'd scheduled my 20 week full scan at the perionatoligst.  I told her I hadn't, but was awaiting the phone call.  The doctor's office scheduled the scan for me.  We go in on April 16th bright and early.  I'm looking forward to it and hope S. would be able to join as well.  The scan can be a bit lengthy as they will be reviewing everything--organs, circumference, length, weight, skeletal, etc.  We just have to reiterate that we are team green and don't want to know the sex of the baby.  I think that will be the absolute best part of the baby being born. Just being excited about who and what our little bean is.  So, we're scheduled and are super excited to see bean moving.

Pretty soon, it will be time to query our friends and family about their guesses to the baby's gender.

Talk to you all very soon.

-K