Sunday, January 30, 2011

Seriously overdue post

OK. I have been terrible at posting this last few months. For what it's worth, I've been a bit preoccupied...

J and I are having a baby.

You probably know this if you read my mum's blog. I have been finding it a bit tricky to write about, though. Which is why we are through the first trimester and halfway into the second before I've managed to do it.

We decided at the end of last summer that we were ready (if anyone is ever ready) to start a family, and then... decision made, in theory, we didn't start trying until the end of September. I had sort of assumed that we would need to try for a bit before we would conceive - perhaps because most of the stories one hears on blogs are about people having trouble - but we were lucky. I got a positive test at the end of October, just as we were about to drive down to see J's parents, which was a little strange for us as we'd decided not to tell anyone until the 12-week mark.

At that point, I was very tired, and having slight difficulty explaining why I was so tired. My father-in-law spotted this and I was convinced he was on to the reason why (but he says he wasn't!)

Luckily for me, I didn't have any morning sickness to speak of - I felt slightly off-colour and went off some foods I normally like, but that was all. For this reason I had a lot of difficulty convincing myself that everything was going OK. I don't know whether it was hormones, or what, but I stressed out a lot over whether the baby was healthy and what we would do if it wasn't.

The 12-week scan came as a great relief - the baby was actually there, moving, with a heartbeat! And arms and legs and things!

12-week ultrasound

When this was on the screen, it was a moving image, and you could see the baby sucking its thumb.

That was the 28th of December. Yup, more than a month ago. Since then, things have gone remarkably smoothly. The occasional nausea went away, and I haven't yet put any weight on. I went back to see the doctor last week and all seems to be going well.

J and I are beginning to feel able to talk about this as if it is definitely going to happen. It still feels a little bit like tempting fate, but on the whole I have calmed down a lot. I thought I would get all stressed out again when the time came to take the triple test (for Down's, spina bifida and Edwards' syndrome) but I've managed to stay fairly calm; two weeks to wait for the results.

At the moment, we are 17 weeks along, and the baby is due in early July. We have plenty of time to get things ready before July... right?

The guinea pigs are all fine.



Stomper Girl said...

Such wonderful news. So happy for you and the extended family.

My advice? Make the most of the first pregnancy spoiling that goes on. It doesn't really happen the next time round, and then you are dealing with your toddlers/s! So lap it up. Don't left anything, put your feet up[ and get all the sleep you can.

--V said...

Oh, yay! Congratulations!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, I'm SOOOO excited for you two -- AND your Mum and Dad! You are in for SOOO much FUN!

Loth said...

Yep, what Stomper Girl said! First time around, people won't let you pick up anything bigger than a bag of sugar and you're all pampered. Second time around you have to lug around a large toddler most of the time and no-one bats an eyelid.....

Seriously, so happy for you both. What an adventure you are in for! (Fancy a coffee - decaff of course!- sometime so I can OD on baby talk?)

Future Me said...

OMG! Congratulations! I haven't posted in ages and don't know if I'll ever post on my old Future Me blog, but I have the same news! I'm pregnant - due July 13! We are in the same boat. I hope you are feeling okay! I am writing more (still not much) at XOXO


Rachel said...

I already asked your mum to pass on my best but here are more good wishes!

Congratulations!! I highly recommend pregnancy yoga (but then I would!)

Isabelle said...

Hello! Future Granny is delighted that you've told the world at last!

Suse said...

That's sensational news, congratulations! I did say congrats on your mum's blog but thought it only proper to do so here too ;)

What a wonderful journey you are on. (Off to peruse baby patterns on Ravelry).