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WEEK 10 | MONTH THREE | BABY KUMQUAT
*** I failed to snap an image of myself because I forgot...probably the fault of some incredibly adorable children I couldn't help but spend all my time playing with. I figured I'd showcase the culprits this week instead.***
FRIDAY MAY 20TH
Today was very special. I got to tell my parents and my sister about the pregnancy. And because my aunt and uncle were there, they were able to hear the news early as well. Kiley and I traveled up north to spend the weekend at my parents, and my sister and her friend were there for the weekend. I was so excited to tell them! And yet...I nearly forgot!
I had gotten so used to hiding it that I nearly hid it from them too! My mom went into bed, door shut, lights off. That's when i realized what i'd forgotten to do that night after I'd unpacked and gotten Kiley to sleep. I said "oh no! Mom can't go to bed yet! I was supposed to tell her something!" At that moment she happen to come out for something. I told her i needed to show her a picture and i didn't want to wait until the following morning. I whipped out the ultrasound photo and handed it to her. I think her jaw dropped to the floor. She was in pleasant shock and displayed excitement that I fully expected from her. "Really!?!?!" she asked. She hugged me as if we hadn't seen each other in years. She pulled back and asked how far along I was.
That's when my sister spoke up. "Wait...did i just hear what i thought i heard??" I brought her the ultrasound photo and she couldn't believe what she was looking at. I explained it was from 5 weeks earlier and that I'd held off telling them until i could do so in person. My dad wasn't sure what to think! But they were all very happy to hear such surprising news. I only asked that they didn't tell my brother, because I wanted to tell him the following weekend when we returned to the North.
SATURDAY MAY 21ST
I felt sick today, but not terribly. My plans were walk a 5K with my sister and my dad that morning. Well, not "with" per se...they ran it. ;) I wanted to run! It was so hard not to, but I more so wanted to take it easy since I'm still early in the pregnancy game. I never felt better!! I speed-walked the entire race, passing other walkers and some joggers, while pushing Kiley in my walking stroller. Felt awesome to be competing again, even if it was just for fun. My nausea had completely disappeared and my body felt alive, healthy and awake! At least while i was walking up a sweat. Within minutes of crossing the finish line the nausea returned. I was suddenly very hungry and needed to eat. Good thing they had food to give us.
TUESDAY MAY 24TH
Getting harder to hide this pop-up bump! I'm close to being able to tell my boss, but i want (need) another ultrasound. I need to see for my self again that everything is fine. We lost Olive at 9 weeks and it'd been over 5 weeks since our last ultrasound. I needed it. So i made an appointment but they didn't specify whether or not an ultrasound would be conducted. I planned to ask for one. Only one more day.
WEDNESDAY MAY 25TH
The appointment went great! Perfect! Wonderful! I loved the midwife I met and i loved my ultrasound! Yes, i got one. We talked for awhile all about my history and what i wanted for this pregnancy, any concerns and some options for different tests and things. I asked her if i could have an ultrasound and explained why. She was more than happy to accommodate but warned me that their in-office machine wasn't as powerful as the ones in the labs. It wouldn't take any pictures, but it would definitely show us if baby was doing well.
She wheeled in a small screen hooked to a keyboard and the nice tool that would soon put goop all over my stomach. At first glance i was worried. I didn't see anything, just black. Oh no, its Stewie all over again, empty. Have I been empty this whole time and my body didn't realize it? Was my baby gone? Then suddenly there was a little spec. Was that it?? Was that my Baby Grape? It was! Baby was moving! Even the midwife was getting a kick out of the crazy activity. She said i could take photos of the screen with my camera but she couldn't get the baby to slow down enough! So i got to take a video of my baby! I've never had that before. What a precious memory. Wait til Mike sees!