Saturday, April 26, 2014

baby #3

14 weeks, 5 days
Even though I have been generally detached this pregnancy, it has been completely unintentional. Perhaps it's my subconscious trying to shield me from another heartbreak, although I will say from the beginning of this pregnancy I did not have that gut instinct I had with the second that it was going to end prematurely. So that has given me a glimmer of hope. It hasn't been without fear, though. In fact, less than a week ago I had some spotting. The spotting itself didn't worry me because it was scant and spotting is actually pretty normal in pregnancy, but I put the obligatory call into the OB since I am Rh negative and Jon is Rh positive and any blood during pregnancy usually means I need a rhogam injection. Tried and true, I made my way to fetal eval in the hospital and got it done. The next day I had some cramping and that's where I got pretty panicky. I decided to wait it out until I got home from work to use our home fetal doppler (which, for the record, I try to avoid using unless I am absolutely and utterly paranoid). I found the heartbeat within about 10 seconds and immediately stopped, content to just know this little peanut was still nestled safe and sound, even if just for another moment. I've not had any spotting or unusual cramping since. I think I even felt the baby move for the first time on Wednesday night and then again on Thursday night. It's hard to say for sure, though, because it's still early. That being said, I felt quickening with Elden right around this time and now that I know what fetal movements feel like it's supposedly detectable earlier. At first I thought I was showing really fast with this one, but either the belly growth has substantially slowed or it was mostly a bloat baby (the more likely of the two) because I am definitely not huge for being almost 15 weeks. We are 100% on our girl name (still not Maisie) and I think we are making progress in the boy name department, although the name we are leaning towards is unconventional (shocker) and we aren't sure how we want to spell it. We have yet to do anything substantial with the nursery or Elden's "big boy" room but I'm sure that will come along pretty quickly once Jon graduates next week. I have visions of an epic home purge and garage sale dancing through my head, but we'll see if I actually have the drive to follow through...

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