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15 Weeks… & ‘Another Girl’

As we venture through week 15 of this pregnancy, we are enjoying a “quiet” week.  After the excitement of hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, having the first ultrasound, and finding out the baby is a girl, nothing ‘earth-shattering’ is on the schedule this week…  hehe  I’m feeling a little bit better and perhaps slightly less tired.  I am actually glad for a little pregnancy “peace.”  Every ‘uneventful’ week that passes brings us closer to the healthy arrival of another member of our family.

Speaking of another… when we started telling people that Lala was getting her wish about the baby, the response was basically, “Yay!  Another girl.”  Which is exactly what you would hope to hear and how something like that would be phrased in English.  To hear it for the first time though made me chuckle…  “another” girl…  Sounds like I picked up a spare at the grocery store…   LOL!  Language is often amusing.

Mic also got his first comment related to our “violation” of the “rule” about only having two children, especially if you have a girl and a boy.  He was chatting with a work acquaintance and when the individual found out we were expecting again, his response was “Dude, you need to get a vasectomy.”  Mic assured him that we had planned to have another child, but I know this is just the first of many such comments.

As soon as Tbear was born, we started to be told that our family was “perfect” and “complete” and we were “done” since we had a boy and a girl.  Having children beyond that “acceptable” number leads to many and varied comments from friends and strangers alike.  Time to prepare myself…  I still don’t look ‘obviously’ pregnant, but that will be coming soon.

I recently read an awesome blog post about this: To the lady ashamed of being pregnant with her fourth at Tales From the Mommy Trenches.  (Link will open in new tab.)  It’s a great read!

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Anyways, life is interesting and people are precious and perplexing.  🙂  We are enjoying our week and looking forward to meeting our baby.  “Another” 25 weeks to go…  😉

14 Weeks… & An Ultrasound

We have hit a new milestone and crossed a bridge in this pregnancy – officially entering the second trimester!  Hooray!  We ‘celebrated’ by having our first ultrasound.  The pictures we got are awesome!  Probably the best ultrasound pics I have ever seen.

It was such a relief to see a tiny baby with all the appropriate parts.  The baby was very active, rolling, kicking its legs, and at one point even reached out and showed us its perfect, tiny hand.  The tech told Lala that the baby was waving at her.  Lala then proudly announced that the baby waved at her and she waved back.  🙂

The technology that makes this possible is just amazing.  The place we went is very family friendly, with a large, comfy viewing room and toys and little chairs for the kids.  They were able to run around a little and entertain themselves.  We did keep diverting their attention to the big screen where they could see the baby.  Lala was very interested in what was happening.  Tbear was mostly just playing, but at one point he ran past the screen, pointed at it, and said ‘baby.’  I’m glad he understood!

It took the tech a while to get the shot she wanted, but after some looking, having me turn on my side for a bit, and looking some more…  she finally got the picture she wanted…

I bought this outfit a couple of years ago to use as a baby gift and then decided I couldn’t part with it.  It looks like we will finally get to use it!

I am always a little skeptical until the baby arrives, but so far everything indicates…  It’s a girl!

Both kids got pink lollipops to celebrate and we followed up by getting ice cream from Cold Stone.  (Thanks to a dear friend for the gift card!)

Lala is over the moon!  She has a brother, so a sister was her request.  She was so excited to tell Gma when she called.  She is alternating between being a baby and being a mommy in her pretend play.

All in all, it was an awesome day.  Though there are never any guarantees in life, we received a lot of great news.  We are looking forward to meeting more milestones and crossing more bridges.  26 weeks to go!

13 Weeks and a Heartbeat…

Today I am 13 weeks and 5 days into this pregnancy.  We had our first midwife appointment last week.  I saw an OB for my first four pregnancies.   The care I received was good, but I always felt like just another chart.  Seeing the midwife was refreshing.  It was the first time I’ve had a provider interview me and fill out the medical history form.  The visit lasted about an hour, including all the usual checks.

The highlight of the visit was…

We heard the baby’s heartbeat on the Doppler.

158 beats per minute.

After we left the office, I sat in the truck and cried.  The kids were asking why I was crying.  Michael told them I wasn’t sad, but that sometimes people cry when they are happy.  They were pure tears of relief.  I won’t feel completely better until this baby is safely in my arms, but hearing that heartbeat was a wonderful step on this journey.

We plan to have an ultrasound next week.  I hope to see a tiny, healthy baby with a strong, beating heart.