26 weeks

Yesterday we went for our 26 week appointment and scan.

#theSQL was an active little thing as usual and didnt stop jumping and moving the whole time. ¬†Its so odd being able to feel the movement and see the same on the monitor ūüôā

My OB doesnt believe we will make it full term, mainly because the little dear is supposed to be 760g (average for 26w) and is actually measuring 1042g…

She is HUGE!

Dr D thinks we should be welcoming our princess sometime between Christmas and New Years, about 2 weeks before her due date.  I wouldnt be surprised if she came earlier than that but Dr D says there is only a 20 % chance she will come 4 weeks early like Aaron did.

The other ‘odd’ thing about theSQL is that she is lying across my belly with her head on the left, her feet on the right and her back across my bladder. ¬†Apparently there is tons of space up above her but she hasnt turned yet. ¬†She is all cramped and squished but she seems to like that. ¬†Dr D is convinced she will discover that she can lie head up feet down (or vice versa) and have more space in the next little while. ¬†She warned me that once she does turn Im going to be sore… Like super crampy, muscles and ligaments and uterus sore. ¬†At least for a few days. ¬†This is because she has stretched all those things horizontally but not vertically yet…

Not sure Im looking forward to that but I really would like her to be more comfy and stretched out, at least for the next few weeks until she grows so big it wont matter which way she lies ūüėČ

I am constantly watching her move. ¬†My belly looks like a wobbly jelly most of the time. ¬†Even Paul gets to see and even feel her moving a lot of the time, which didnt really happen with Aaron as much. ¬†Im hoping I can still feel how active she is after she turns…

Paul converted the video of the scan, its a bit long but you get some really great shots of her face and spine and legs and feet.  Im loving this new scan machine Dr D has, its sooooo clear, almost like a 3D scan (which we are going for on Sat 9th!)

Conflicted

For all intents and purposes this is my last pregnancy.

Paul and I made a deal, if this pregnancy was a boy we would give it one more try to have a girl and if the third pregnancy was also a boy then so be it.  But if this pregnancy was a girl then that would be it, our perfect pair.

So the conflict…

I am loving being pregnant, I really love feeling theSQL kick and roll around, but I am getting very impatient to meet her.  I want to hold her and feed her and just have her with us,  I want the next 15 weeks or so to fly by.

On the other hand, knowing that this is my last pregnancy I want to savoir every moment, every kick and roll and jab in the bladder.

I know its going to go so fast and that Im going to blink and she will be here but still…

Also I still have so much to do, we need to get¬†cupboards¬†built into her room and repaint the room and get curtains and decorations and get Telkom to move the telephone and ADSL lines out of her room and buy linen and and and…

Either way, Im going to enjoy the next 15 weeks!

24+ weeks

So last Friday was 24 weeks of being pregnant with #theSQL ūüôā

This pregnancy has really been incredibly different from Aarons.  The biggest difference at the moment is that I have relatively no heartburn because she is sitting so much lower than Aaron did.  With Aaron I was on medication to stop the production of acid because the heartburn was so bad.  This time I only have heartburn if I eat or drink and lie down straight away.

One thing I never complained about with Aaron was being kicked in the bladder but with theSQL that is all I complain about!  Sometimes I think that if I just stand on my head I will be more comfortable.  She constantly pokes and prods and kicks my bladder.

Its a good thing though, she is constantly moving and turning and poking legs and knees and elbows and even her head out the sides of my belly. ¬†Im hoping she uses up all the boundless energy before she is born ūüėČ

Here is the latest pic of the belly at 24 weeks 3 days ūüôā

I cant quite believe that I have just shy of 16 weeks left… insane!

A question about teats?

So, I have a whole bunch of Nuk #1 dummies (pacifiers) and bottle teats that I put away when Aaron grew out of them.

They have been sealed in a tupperware type container for what must be about 2 years.

My question is: Can I sterilise them and use them for theSQL or should I toss them and buy new ones?

I intend to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 weeks but then I would like to express and give Paul and Aletta and the grannies etc… a chance to feed her now and then.

I am going to buy new bottles (non branded ones) and use the Nuk teats like I did for Aaron.  Just not sure if I can still use the old teats and dummies?

22 Week scan…

Yesterday I went for our 22 week scan.  Paul couldnt make it but that meant my mom could come with me which made her day.  She works at the same hospital as my OB so she popped down stairs to jon me.

The OB has bought a new fancy machine. ¬†Its not 3/4D but for a 2D machine its pretty damn awesome. ¬†Because its got some pretty nifty new function the sales tech was with my OB the whole day to help her and Dr D asked if I would mind the lady joining us during my scan. ¬†I of course said no problem, I have no issues with random ladies looking at my semi-naked bottom half ūüėČ

Because Dr D is still learning the new machine we got a pretty in depth scan that lasted a bit longer than a regular scan, about 12 minutes instead of about 5 minutes. ¬†They couldnt get a clear front view of #theSQL’s heart because she kept moving around. ¬†Dr D even made a comment about how active she is and asked me if she ever stops moving. ¬†Ummm, no, not really, she has boundless energy it seems…

She is measuring about 4 days ahead and weighs 537g!

So without further¬†ado¬†here is the scan ūüôā

21 Weeks: Then and Now

So we are officially past the halfway mark. ¬†Im excited and nervous all at the same time. ¬†I cant wait to meet our little girl but Im nervous at how our family dynamic is going to change. ¬†Aaron seems quite excited at the arrival of his sister and has already told me that he is going to share all his soft toys with her because “sharing is caring, mommy!”

I asked Paul to take some shots of the belly so I could show you a comparison between #theSQL at half way and Aaron at halfway and Aaron insisted on having his belly shot too…

Here is my belly at about half way with Aaron.

And here is my 21 week belly with #theSQL.

PINK!

OMW! We are having a girl!

We went for our 18 week scan this morning and there it was or¬†wasn’t¬†as the case may be ūüėČ

With Aaron I could tell right away he was a boy, he was very proud to show off his bits!

This time I could see that there were no bits to show at all and once Dr D showed us the line that indicates a girl it was pretty clear that #theSQL is a #girlSQL ūüôā

The Dr was using a new demo scanner, much fancier than her old one, way more high res and just a lot more spiffy.

It¬†wasn’t¬†connected to the DVD recorder but¬†the¬†rep is coming tomorrow and she will download the video to a new disc for us and my mom will pick it up and bring it to us.

In the mean time here are a few photos of our little girl.

Top: tummy ... Bottom: my little alien
Top: baby alien ... Bottom: Its A Girl!!

I am so so so excited to be able to buy pink things and to start decorating the nursery…

Belly pics…

So a few belly pics to see the progress with #theSQL…

5 weeks (yes, we had just found out…)

10 weeks…

And here is a side by side comparison between #theSQL (left) at 16 weeks and Aaron (right) at 16 weeks…

Also not how at 5 weeks with #theSQL I look pretty much as big as I did at 16 weeks with Aaron…

Kicking my arse!

Firstly let me just say that I am loving being pregnant.  I do not take this miracle for granted, not even for one moment!

But oh boy!  Compared to my pregnancy with Aaron this time round is like being run over with a bus.  And then having the bus reverse back over me!

With Aaron I never had one moment of tiredness, I could have partied until all hours every night. ¬†In fact when other women said how tired they were, how they couldn’t stop yawning and were in bed at 8pm I secretly thought they were mad, or making it up. ¬†I guess this is my wake up call, I am EXHAUSTED, I yawn from the moment I open my eyes to the moment I close them. ¬†I cannot wait to get home in the afternoon so I can have a nap and then I am still in bed as early as possible and fast asleep before I can even say good night to Paul.

And the morning sickness… OMG!

With Aaron I was fine during the day, I came home at 5pm and between 5:30 and 6pm I threw up, once maybe twice and that was that.  Nothing else until the next night.  This time I am nauseous all day, one day I will be fine, the next I can throw up 6 times, the next only once.  It hits me at random times, sometimes as I wake up, sometimes it waits for mid morning, sometimes its every hour, sometimes its only at night.

Its gotten to the point that I called my OB and she recommended Emex, which helps most of the time but not always.  Hopefully it allows me some peace at work, because between the vomming and the tiredness I am really struggling to function.

There is an upside to all the symptoms Im having though… my boobs are huge!

I’ve already had to go up a cup size and they just keep getting bigger (and better), I actually have a real cleavage now, without even trying. ūüôā

And of course the other very visible difference in this pregnancy is that I am showing already, have been since about 5 weeks or so.  Here are a few pics:

Aaron at 4 months
theSQL at 5 weeks... FIVE WEEKS!
And here is theSQL at just under 9 weeks ūüôā

How to fall pregnant in 12 easy steps…

Step 1: Try to conceive for almost a year. ¬†Don’t tell anyone except close family.

Step 2: Have multiple doctor appointments that include many scans and scripts for Clomid.

Step 3: Discover that your tubes are blocked.  Have a laparascopy to clear them.

Step 4: Try more Clomid.

Step 5: Come out the closet.

Step 6: Have a scan that shows you have no viable eggs and your lining is shit.

Step 7: Psych yourself up for maybe having to move from your doctor to a fertility specialist if your next cycle of double dose Clomid doesn’t work.

Step 8: Fill out many many application forms for procedures, medication and scans applicable to Infertility that may or may not be paid for out of the Prescribed Minimum Benefit. Send to medical aid for approval.

Step 9: Receive approval from the medical aid much to the astonishment of your doctor who told you medical aid would not pay for it.

Step 10: Wait for your period so you can start the next round of double dose Clomid.

Step 11: Pee on a stick the day your period is due.  Expect it to be negative

Step 12: Make sure you are sitting down when you take a look at the test and two lines show up!

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So, I wrote this post 4 weeks ago, when we first peed on that stick.  We didnt want to say anything until we had been for our first scan which was this morning!

Baby aka #theSQL, is perfect, measuring 7w5d and has a beautiful heartbeat of 144bpm.

Im already showing (have been since about 5 weeks!).  Im feeling ok-ish, started with morning sickness last week and it mostly hits me at night, Im also exhausted all the time, which I wasnt with Aaron at all.  Oh!  My boobs are already growing!  WooHoo for bigger boobs!

We are so so so over the moon, it still doesn’t really feel real…