12 weeks 3 days – My Wriggly Little Bean!

This morning was the longest morning of my LIFE!!

My scan was scheduled for 2:30 pm.  I was SO anxious!

What if something was wrong… what if nothing was there and I had been imagining it all??

I just couldn’t fathom that a tiny little human bean was actually inside me…

EVENTUALLY the time finally rolled around and I was lying on the doctors bed with jelly on my anxiety-makingly flat tummy.

A couple of days ago I thought I felt a movement… it was way down low near my pubic bone and felt like a little “flip”…

… the doctor put the probe right on the exact spot where I had felt the sensation and there was my baby!!

It was in an awkward position at first, so it considerately did a complete flip so we could see it better 🙂

Little arms and legs all moving around, nice strong heartrate of 154 bpm.  We saw the brain and stomach and bladder – and the risk of Downs is ridiculously small at 1:13700!

Even the doctor said “that is an excellent scan, congrats” 🙂

It felt so surreal seeing it on the screen… there is actually a baby inside my abdomen!  Now that I am not feeling sick anymore but my tummy is still barely showing, it has felt so unreal… now I look down at my tummy and have the images of that little bean in my head and know it’s really in there!

Judging by the size of baby, the doctor put me at 12 weeks 3 days – which is only 2 days off the original estimate, making my due date around August 8th.

12 week belly – there’s a baby in there, honest!!

And a little backwards mathematics teaches us all an important lesson… copious quantities of beer, pizza and playstation are not a contraceptive.  Consider yourself warned!

Pregnancy – The Ultimate Beer Belly?
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Weeks 6 to 12 – Nausea

Weeks 6 to 12 of my pregnancy can be summed up in one word:

Nausea.

No vomiting.  Vomiting would almost have been a relief sometimes.  Just constant, all-day, background nausea.  Ironically, it got worse when my stomach was empty – so just when I felt worst, was exactly when I should eat.  Managing such nausea is a subtle art to learn.
Somedays all you want is vegemite on English muffins.  The next day the very thought makes you feel sick, and only salt and vinegar potato chips will do.
And whoever decided to call it “morning” sickness must have been a man! 😛
Just like my book said, the nausea set in just before 6 weeks… and then a few days before 12 weeks, I realised that it was abating.  I was hungry again.  I didn’t feel a constant state of being mildly ill.  And I didn’t feel so deathly tired all the time.
During this period was also when we decided we would stay in Melbourne, and started on the house hunting.
I don’t know why this house has a gun… but it pretty much sums up how I feel about house hunting.  Look at those square, slightly desperate eyes…    
One bedroom apartment ain’t quite gonna cut it anymore.  Maybe it’s my nesting instincts, but I just want a it all sorted, and to be settled.  Right NOW!!
11 week belly… there’s a baby in there… I haven’t just been eating all the pies, honest!

5 Weeks 6 Days – Starting to Feel Real

A week after I found out my Up The Duff status, I think it is finally starting to sink in and feel real.

Part of that may have to do with the million pregnancy tests I have done, the last of which was a digital one which tells you how long it has been since conception.  I did one of those last week and then did one tonight, and the one I did tonight shows I am further along than I was last week.  So I am finally feeling convinced that baby is growing and safe and everything is ok!

The realness may also be related to the fact that I have started to feel queasy.  Up until now I have felt completely fine.  Yesterday my stomach felt a bit niggly.  Tonight I feel gross.  Yucky and nauseous and nothing I can think of makes it better.  Eating, not eating, peppermint tea… I just feel a bit yuck.

Here’s hoping it doesn’t last long or get worse!

I told my mum a couple of nights ago.  She was ecstatic!!  So now my man and my mum and my sisters know.  Seeing as it’s so early days, I want to try and wait a bit longer before it becomes common knowledge.  I just know I’m not going to last until the 12 week mark though… it’s going to burst out sooner rather than later 😛

I can’t wait for the 12 week scan, which will probably be at the end of January.  Hopefully that will make it seem that much more real – and I will know that bubby is well and safe!

5 1/2 week belly – i.e. pretty much all Em and not much baby! 😛

I’m Pretty Sure That’s A Second Line…

So your boobs have been tender for about a week.  They sometimes get heavier when you’re due for your period, but this just feels… different.

You’re getting crampy tummy twinges that are a bit like PMT cramps but just somehow… different.

You’re 27.  You live a young, fun lifestyle.  You’ve been with the love of your life for a grand total of three months.

You’ve always wanted children.

On the way to work you pick up a home pregnancy test from the supermarket.  You dash to the loos as soon as you get to work, open up the pack, read the instructions carefully, pull out the stick – and pee on it.

Pee on a stick!

Pee creeps along the absorbent window.  First line comes up – control line.  Pee creeps along.  Is that a faint second line?  That’s a second line.  It’s getting stronger.  That’s a second line!!!

That means…

It doesn’t feel real.  You hold it inside all day, even though you work at the same work place as your partner.  Once you both get home, you blurt out with it: 

“I peed on a stick and the stick thinks I’m pregnant!” 

(Yes, these were my actual words).

Your partner, also 27, is in a mild state of shock but doesn’t scrimp on the hugs, so you think things are going to be ok.

I’d love to say it was like this….
…to be honest, it was really more like this…

The next day you do a digital pregnancy test.  If it says it in words, it must be real!  There’s no mistaking a little window that says “PREGNANT”.

I guess I’m pregnant!

*  *  *  *

The same day as the second pregnancy test, I went to see a doctor – and did a third pregnancy test (just to be sure) – and had some bloods taken.

Since then I have taken three more home pregnancy tests.

Just goin out on a limb here, but I think, maybe….

I think I am slowly beginning to really believe that I am actually pregnant 😛

I got my blood test results back a couple of days ago and my hCG was 414 at the time of the blood being drawn, consistent with being about 4 weeks pregnant.  Meaning the doctor’s calculations were about right, and I am now about 5 weeks and 6 days pregnant.

I’m due around August 6, 2011.  My birthday is July 30!  So my lovely man will have to put up with two Leos roaming the house 🙂

I’m already a worrywart mother.  I’m terrified something will go wrong.  I just want to know baby is healthy and safe and growing well.  My man and I are house hunting, trying to find a nest.

The past week has been an emotional rollercoaster.  No one ever talks about men’s experience of pregnancy, but it has been an emotional ride for my wonderful man as well.  He is being as supportive as he can while getting his own head around the idea.  I love that so much of his fear and anxiety around it all is due to the fact that he wants to make me happy and provide for us and make sure I’m not going to run off.  Not a chance!  He feels powerless and vulnerable.

I have been feeling mostly fine physically, apart from the odd crying spells.  Slightly tender boobs.  A tiny bit of cramping.  It feels surreal.  I have to keep reminding myself all day that it is real.

What a journey I have ahead of me!!