I haven’t blogged in a very long time! I think after my first scan, all of my fears and worries were allayed and I just got on with enjoying being pregnant (when I wasn’t being sick!). Now we’ve hit 21 weeks and we’re over halfway so I’ll try to remember what’s happened in the last 8 1/2 weeks!
My morning sickness continued until about 18.5 weeks – people went from telling me that it would definitely stop by 16 weeks to saying things like “well, some women are sick all the way through their pregnancies…” which was massively helpful(!). Thursdays seemed to be bad days so after the first Thursday that I wasn’t sick I started to feel more positive.
We had a lovely Easter with my in-laws, very relaxing and with plenty of chocolate and other good food! That was nice because I was starting to get my appetite back at that point, although even now I’m only just eating what I was before I was pregnant and sometimes it’s still an effort to finish a meal. But, I digress, it was a lovely weekend because it was one of the first times since we found out I was pregnant that Jeff and I could relax together without him worrying about me not eating enough and me stressing because I was worried about the baby.
After Easter we went to Holland for 5 days to see family. We went on the boat (which I recommend wholeheartedly) and had a very busy few days sightseeing – it was nice to be able to take Jeff to see some of the places I remember as a child but I was exhausted when we got back as we didn’t really have a day to just chill out. We got to see my cousin’s baby who is now 6.5 months old and very sweet. We also saw my uncle who is recovering from being quite ill, it was a relief to see him up and about.
I started feeling baby at 17 weeks, the first time it felt like that movement you get by your eye when you’re tired, except it was in my stomach. For the first couple of weeks of feeling baby it was quite erratic and only every few days. Once I got to about 19.5 weeks I started feeling it daily and now it gets more frequent and stronger each day. It’s an incredible feeling!
On Tuesday we had our anomaly scan – everything is fine and we found out we’re having a little girl! Jeff was hoping for a boy but now we know it’s a she, we’re both very happy. She’s perfectly average (about the only time that anyone ever wants to hear that about their child) and was nicely wriggly. The sonographer was absolutely fantastic and pointed everything out to us – we saw the four chambers of her heart beating, counted her fingers and saw her stomach change from empty to full – she must’ve had a drink during the scan. She was in a slightly difficult position for the sonographer to see her spine so I was tipped back on the bed which gave her more room to wriggle about in! Once she’d changed position the sonographer confirmed that everything was absolutely fine. We got some gorgeous pictures of her to take away – I’ve kept a few in my handbag and keep sneaking them out at work to have a peek at!
We’ve been out and bought a few little pink things for her and we’re thinking about names. It’s hard not to go completely overboard and buy everything that we like, we’re trying to remember that there’s still quite a long way to go and that people will buy us things like clothes as presents.
So now the next countdown starts to 24 weeks, when she’ll be viable – exciting stuff!!