3 more days until I reach the second trimester. 3 more days!!
I have been totally floored this week with a terrible virus. It started out with a vicious sore throat, but rapidly progressed into a fever with chills, aching joints, nausea (as if I haven’t had enough already), and a completely blocked nose, which left me barely able to sleep at night. I spent two days in bed, and the husband did the school run and cooked. Just awful.
Thankfully, that has passed, and I wasn’t too worried about the baby as I had already had swine flu with my youngest (caught when I was 7 weeks pregnant), and despite leaving me bedridden for 10 days and exhausted for months afterwards, it didn’t affect the pregnancy at all. Those babies are well protected in there!
So, I’m mostly back on my feet now, if still a bit snotty.
Lots of news:
1. We got our Harmony Test back a week ago: results are low risk for everything. I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS!!!!!!! It was a huge weight lifted. Huge. I had quite a lot of abdominal pain over the weekend, including two teeny streaks of red blood on the Saturday morning, but after that my belly seemed to have definitely popped out. I suspect it was growing-related. The heartbeat is still going strong and it’s been almost a week since those two streaks of blood, so I’m not feeling overly anxious. I look obviously pregnant now, and I’m finally at the point where it is totally okay if someone asks me. I can deal with it.
2. We told my family over the weekend (Mum, Dad, Bro). Their reaction was lovely – they were pleased and really smiley for us. My Dad said he didn’t want to say too much, but he asked a few questions and seemed excited about it. I realised after we’d told them that my reticence has been down to how they react when I have a miscarriage, not when I have a pregnancy. So actually, it’s been a really nice thing to be able to share. Good news is a much nicer thing to talk about than bad. We haven’t told my in-laws yet, as they weren’t particularly encouraging about the pregnancy I lost in 2012 (god – so long ago now), and know nothing of what we’ve been through since then. All in good time.
3. The boys are pretty excited about having a little brother or sister. I won’t gush about the adorable way my youngest wanted to give my belly a kiss, or the way my eldest has asked so many questions about what the baby will do and when it will arrive. Suffice to say that I have dreamed of sharing this news with the boys for so, so long, and to finally do so is just pure joy for me. Pure joy.
4. I bought some maternity jeans. Yup – I have acknowledged the fact I’m pregnant by going into the actual maternity department and trying on actual clothes and not feeling like some kind of wishful-thinker or fraud. It was very surreal. And yet it made it all very real too. I converted to maternity jeans on Sunday after all the abdominal pain and I am so much more comfortable. Pretty pleased that I made it to 12 weeks with my 3rd before getting into the bigger clothes 😉 My weight gain stands at a couple of kilos now (4.5 pounds).
5. Lastly – the sex. As you know, the Harmony test tells you the gender. However, we didn’t want to know, and we didn’t find out with the boys either, so the clinic very kindly white’d out the front and back (no peeking at all!) of the results before sending them to us. There is no way we can see the gender unless we start trying to scrape off the tape/paint, which we’re not going to do. So… the sex is unknown, which I am very pleased about. I have no inkling either way so far. I knew my youngest was a boy, but I was wrong with my oldest – I was convinced the entire time he was a girl. We’ll just have to find out on the day.
So, big update, and all of it good. Isn’t that incredible? This has been such a wonderful, welcome relief of events after the three years we have been through.
Oh – one more thing – I’m still sugar free after 15 days. 15 days!! My skin has calmed down again, thank goodness, and my nausea is now very mild. Tonight I will be celebrating the launch of my first course, and perhaps most importantly the imminent arrival of the second trimester, with a small glass of bubbly. Good things like this have been severely lacking in our lives of late so the opportunity to sit down and celebrate is just fabulous. I am full of gratitude and happiness and really cannot quite believe how lucky we have been.
I guess that the lower you fall, the better the view when you climb back up. And it is a view to behold, that’s for sure.