Saturday, December 03, 2005

May the Force be With Us All

****Disclosure: Baby Info in this post.****

We went for our big ultrasound on November 25th, at 20w4d. All went well so we were naturally very relieved. The Bee is measuring right on target and looks good. He "waved", kicked and swallowed, which was just so incredibly cool to see! The only minor problem was that my right uterine arteries have not grown as large as my left. They're going to keep an eye on me and prescribed baby aspirin once a day. Then it's back on January 6th to take a look at the Bee and see how his development is coming along. I spoke with a friend of mine who's a medical malpractice paralegal who told me it's not that unusual, and that the body will usually overcompensate wherever it's lacking. He's also a dad to two girls and has gone through a miscarriage, so I trust him. That put my mind a bit at rest. And of course I'll be back on the 13th so they can make sure my cervix is continuing to so it's job. So far it's long and tight, and the internal os is staying closed. So! Good news from the cervical front. The perinatal doctors are just fantastic there. After they look at my cervix, they're always excited to look at the baby and get his heart beat. This is the same hospital where we terminated the Bee the first time, so everyone there is so happy and really pulling for us. It's a lovely environment. In fact, the doctor who delivered the good news about our 20 week scan was the same physician who performed the potassium injection, so to be able to tell us that our baby looked perfect and healthy really made his week. What a lovely moment for us all.

It's truly amazing that there is a wee person growing inside of me; sometimes I still can't believe it, although his movements and kicks are getting stronger and hard to pass off as anything else. There are just not enough words in the human language for me to express how grateful I am to be here, with our wee little Bee growing inside. Mr. Right is so incredibly sweet, and has been an extremely attentive husband and dad. He asks me if I'm enjoying my pregnancy; that means a lot to him. What's not to enjoy? I have some minor symptoms of pregnancy: swollen legs, ankles and feet (which when I awake are magically thin again! Well, relatively thin...); itchy red bumps all over my body which come and go but that's pretty much it. My dehydrosis is acting up, and the prescription ointment is a category C drug, so the hell with that. I'll be a little itchy, but it's not like hives, not unbearable. We tried so hard to get here that my attitude is: just let the baby be okay. This little person who we haven't met yet is very much a part of our lives. That's one of the reasons we wanted to know the gender so we could bestow his name. He's not here, but still a person, and we'd like to address him as such.

We've looked at baby stuff, but couldn't buy anything yet. I'm sure I'll get there eventually... Just not yet. Other people, however, have been really generous. Some friends lent us their 2 year old crib, which looks brand new and is gorgeous. She also gave me some maternity clothes, baby monitors, some toys and has some more stuff for us once the baby gets here. The lady who does my laundry gave us a whole bunch of 0-3 months baby clothes, freshly laundered. My mom has sent some things - CDs, wash cloths, t-shirts, a frog night light. Gramma C has made us a quilt and crocheted a blanket, hats and booties. They're all adorable! She's also sending us an old time pram which has been in our family for years. I may just use it as a bassinet, and can roll it around our apartment. My ILs bought a bunch of baby stuff pretty early on, all these amazingly cute little outfits. My MIL also found some things that were Mr. Right's when he was a wee lad. We're really happy to have all these things, and touched that these people thought to send them.

I've got to run, this time for fun - after a week of getting up at 6 a.m. and working until 10 - 12 midnight to meet deadlines, a friend of ours is coming to visit for the day. Mr. Right is still working - his project is due in two weeks, so he'll need all the time he can get between now and then to get everything done - but we'll pick him up for dinner. Our friend & I will grab some lunch at my favorite tea room, wander around the neighboring town shops and maybe catch a movie. I can certainly go for Goblet of Fire again. Must print out movie times...

Have a great weekend, everyone. Wishing only the best to you all. Manuela, good luck with your 2ww. Let's hope Han is The One. May the Force be with you. Always.

9 Comments:

At 12/04/2005 8:45 AM, Blogger Karen said...

What a great picture! So glad you got good news and are getting such good care.

 
At 12/04/2005 9:52 AM, Anonymous Tessy said...

Glad all is well. Did they say you have uterine arterial notching? If so, I had it with my DD and while one doc gave me scary warnings, my regular OB assured me things were still fine and all was well. She was born 3 days late and perfectly healthy. Although, they would not let me go over due date...I was induced, but it took forever for her to make her entrance.

Love the pic!

 
At 12/05/2005 4:18 PM, Anonymous Manuela said...

Awwww!!! I'm so truly happy for you both... and I ADORE the pic... although I still think the chipmunk scan from way back was also adorable in its own right!

 
At 12/06/2005 10:26 AM, Blogger Katie (WannaBeMom) said...

It looks like he's blowing kisses! I love it!

 
At 12/06/2005 3:27 PM, Blogger NME said...

That is one beautiful baby boy. I'm so excited for you.

I've got my fingers crossed that everything goes smoother than smooth and he's with you soon, happy and healthy.

 
At 12/06/2005 3:44 PM, Blogger salynn said...

Aw, look at the cutie! Ben is a GREAT name, by the way. Glad to hear your baby is healthy and strong.

 
At 12/06/2005 7:48 PM, Blogger Katie (WannaBeMom) said...

I can't email you, but I just wanted to say your comment at my blog cracked me up. I laughed out loud! And after grading papers all day, I really really really needed that. Thanks!

 
At 12/09/2005 4:18 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Hi Anna! Thanks for visiting my blog! I have updated news about the GD, in case you're curious...
Congrats on your baby boy!!! He's absolutely beautiful. So glad things are going well and he's looking so perfect. :) Take care!

 
At 12/12/2005 12:11 PM, Anonymous cluttergirl said...

oh that is a great picture! congratulations! So wonderful to have all that support and love with people giving you things too, eh! And thanks for the comment over at my place! surreally, it is going swimmingly well... my new overused word is 'surreal'!

 

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