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November 9, 2011 / Magic Mama

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From my phone: Still my snuggle bug

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November 9, 2011 / Magic Mama

Kicks & Beats

Two weeks ago, baby boy shifted and hubby was able to put his hand on my belly and feel his little kicks for the first time! Seems he has since gone back into hiding, but I can usually still feel his reassuring flutters a couple times a day. Last Friday, my mom joined me at my 24 week appointment where she heard his heart beat like a galloping horse.

We finally emptied out the nursery-to-be. I unpacked about half of the boxes, at which point I was exhausted and hubby hauled the rest of them upstairs where they will be far too easy to ignore. After somewhat extensive research (much more than I anticipated), I am nearly ready to place a furniture order. Hubby has asked about paint color, but I’m not sure I can make that commitment yet. Who knew every aspect of this room would seem so important?

We are going on vacation to Charleston and Savannah next week. Really looking forward to exploring the cities and spending some relaxing time together before baby boy arrives.

October 15, 2011 / Magic Mama

Wave of Light

In observation of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

October 7, 2011 / Magic Mama

Oh, Hi!

It’s been a while, but we’re back to say hello. We had our 20 week ultrasound today. Baby boy measured at 20w1d with a strong heart beat and all his bits and pieces. It felt so good to check in. Despite my growing belly and the occasional flutters and pokes that I started feeling at 16 weeks, it’s sometimes still hard to believe he’s there. But we saw wriggling, squirming proof. There really is a baby, and we’re half way to meeting him!

I guess hubby and I better get to work cleaning out the nursery-to-be that is still filled with a mess of partially unpacked boxes from our move. And maybe start trying to learn something about raising a baby… of which we currently know little to nothing. I’m sure we’re naturals ;)

Before I go, here’s the latest sneak peek:

And yet more confirmation that he is indeed a he (might as well get a jump on embarrassing him now):

August 28, 2011 / Magic Mama

Date Night

  

Hubby and I went on a date last night in celebration of the start of the second trimester (and because it felt like we had yet to formally celebrate the pregnancy since we were feeling a bit cautious in the early weeks). We perused the junk/treasures at Hunt & Gather, ordered a couple of pies at Pizzeria Lola, walked Lou around the Lake of the Isles, enjoyed our favorite flavors (Pavarotti and Oreo) on the patio of Sebastian Joe’s—where we cheersed our ice cream cups “to baby”, and then finished with a movie at home. It was lovely. And also kind of exhausting. But lovely!

August 24, 2011 / Magic Mama

Three Cheers

1) The CVS results are in! We have confirmation that baby boy is free of ALD (and the tested chromosomal abnormalities). So happy and thankful.

2) There has been no sign of the subchorionic hematoma in two weeks (knock on wood).

3) This Friday marks 14 weeks and the beginning of the second trimester. A beautiful milestone. Also, I’m looking forward to waking up refreshed and energized—fatigue and nausea gone like the flip of a switch. That’s how it works… right?

August 8, 2011 / Magic Mama

Samplings

At our chorionic villus sampling (CVS) this morning, the doctor (twice) inserted a long needle through my abdomen and into the placenta in order to collect a sample of cells. These cells, which match the genetic makeup of the baby’s cells, will hopefully give us peace of mind—100% certainty (instead of 98-99%) that our baby is unaffected by ALD thanks to PGD. CVS also tests for chromosomal abnormalities. We will have the results in 2 to 3 weeks.

Today’s payoff for my discomfort: an ultrasound. We got to see our (literally) bouncing baby boy. And guess what? He looks like a baby now. I’m 11w3d and he measured at 12w1d with a strong heartbeat.

This was particularly comforting after the occasional spotting that I’ve been experiencing, the most of which occurred last night. By the ultrasound, they were also able to identify the source of the bleeding—a subchorionic hematoma (SCH). The doctor and ultrasound technician didn’t seem quite as concerned as Dr. Google, but it seems that the severity and risk is relative to the size of the clot. I’ll check in with my regular OB at my 12 week appointment later this week.

And now, without further ado…