Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Someone Else Not Me

I haven't been updating this blog as regularly as I used to and that's because I am 10 weeks pregnant! We weren't going to tell anyone until after the first trimester (which is only 3 weeks away), but I have had a couple of complications which meant people at work needed to know so now it seems pointless to keep quiet about it!

The main reason for not updating my blog is that I am so tired, especially on work days when I get up at 5.30am and don't get home until 7.30pm. I know that the fatigue is caused by the increase in hormone levels but it doesn't help that I'm not sleeping so great either - thanks to the many trips to the toilet, again caused by increased hormone levels!

Today Aaron and I went for an ultrasound and I knew it was too early to see much on the monitor but all I really wanted to know was whether the heart was beating or not! It's a strange feeling knowing that you're pregnant but not being able to feel anything. Yes there are symptoms, such as having to pee all the time and morning sickness (which for me is much worse in the evenings than it is during the day) but I won't get to feel the baby move until 18 weeks or more so it's strange knowing that I'm pregnant but not actually feeling the baby move.

I was so nervous when I went in for the ultrasound but the sonographer was just lovely, especially after I explained that I was suffering from first time pregnancy paranoia, which he assured me was perfectly normal!

I was surprised at how much the baby moved, we could clearly see it moving its arms and legs, and yes, we could see the heart beating as well. I was so relieved, especially after the sonographer told us the baby looked 'exactly as it should look at this point'. The baby's heart was beating at 160 beats per minute, which is apparently normal for this stage of the pregnancy and will slow down in due course.

I was initially given a due date of September 11 but after the scan this morning the date was changed to September 16, although I don't think my specialist is going to let me go that far as he has mentioned inducing me some time after 36 weeks - due to the fact I have to give myself an injection every day of a blood thinner as I am prone to blood clots. It's not something I enjoy as sometimes it can be really painful, but luckily I work with nurses so I not only had a good teacher but I had someone to actually give me the needle for the first week until I got used to it. On the days it hurts I remind myself why I'm doing it and what the outcome will be - a healthy baby - and that gets me through it.

All in all it was a pretty special day, more so because Aaron was able to share the experience with me as last night we both thought he had to work today.

It's amazing to think that this early on the hands and feet have developed fingers and toes. They have already lost their paddle like look. The touch pads on the fingers already have fingerprints.

The foetus is constantly moving and all of the organs, muscles, and nerves are in place and beginning to function.


Danielle said...

I can't wait to be an Aunty, I'm going to spoil this babyy so much. With love and lots of attention (and trests too).

So glad everything is looking good.

Keep cooking Mumma!


Demara said...

aw! So AWESOME!!! GJ! What more can I say, except maybe now after seeing that your baby is developing fine you'll be able to get some of that sleep you were missing out on.

Demara said...

You've been asleep for too long!

Isn't it time for a new post? :o)

I was just checkin in on you.

Hope you're doing alright!