Rewind: 5 Weeks – First Impressions

5 Jul

Date/Week

July 05, 2010 – (Week 5?)

What the Image Shows/Technician’s Comments

Advanced Practitioner in Ultrasound – Nicola Roffey

Anteverted uterus containing a well-defined gestation sac. A yolk sac and fetal pole were seen. No definite fetal heart pulsation detected ? Too Early. CRL 3.5mm.

Consultant’s Comments

Antenatal Clinic Consultant – Fran Harlow

Possible late ovulation due to Polycystic Overies. Suggested appointment in 7 days and probably 7 days after that to check baby is growing and to ensure we get a heart beat and a due date.

My Reaction to Seeing the Baby

We had expected to see a baby of 9 weeks, so, we were shocked that it was a much earlier developed embryo. A failed pregnancy was my first thought but the professionals insisted it was just an earlier pregnancy due to late ovulation. Once I got over the shock it felt like a miracle seeing our little bean on the scan.

Baby’s Activity During the Ultrasound

There was no activity on the screen as it was too early for movement.

Reactions of Others Who Were There

Stephen was excited from the moment we got to the Antenatal Clinic. He held my hand tight during the transabdominal scan and stroked my hair during the transvaginal scan – keeping positive, pointing out our baby.

Highlights of the Visit

The highlights of the visit was actually seeing the baby even though it was in such early stages. The practitioner and the consultant were lovely and supportive which made the experience less traumatic.

My Thought and Feelings About the Experience

In reflection, after the shock of being put back 4 weeks, I am so happy to have seen the little one. The miracle of the precious little thing radiating as I start to believe I have a little life inside. I am going to keep going as I did before, enjoy being pregnant and stay positive.

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Jungle Nursery

2 Jul

Hopes and Dreams for the Baby’s Nursery

We are hoping to create a visually stimulating warm room for our little one with lots to look at and lots of colour. We are hoping it will be a place the baby can be comfortable and calm and somewhere that baby can be fed and nursed, particularly in the evening and night time.

Ideas and Thoughts on Colour Choices/Theme/Vibe of Nursery

Our ideas have arrive at a jungle theme using monkeys as the main visual stimulation. Neutral walls with either a boder or a jungle mural on one wall (which we’ll design and paint). Cuddly monkeys will hang around the room. inc. on a rope.

Some of our Inspirations

Dream #2

2 Jul

Date/Dream

June 30, 2010. We went for the dating scan of the baby and found out that I was actually 10 weeks pregnant instead of 9 weeks pregnant.

Reflections

This, for me, was playing on the fact that I would much rather be dated a week forward rather than a week back at the scan. But the excitement I felt will be there no matter what the due date will be.

Dating Scan Appointment

29 Jun

This morning was one of excitement. I heard the postman throw the mail on the kitchen floor, through the open door, and ran to see what goodies had arrived. There, in a brown envelope, I knew the date for the dating scan was waiting for me. I expected it to be towards the end of July but it was scheduled for July 05, 2010. Next Monday. The excitement completely took over me and I stood staring out the window waiting for Stephen to get back from the shop.

And though I’ll only be about 9+3 weeks it will be a relief to see the little bean and hear his heartbeat and see him on the screen.

Monday is only 6 days away, so close and yet so far. But, all the same, I am so excited.

Dream #1

28 Jun

Date/Dream

June 27, 2010. A very intense and vivid dream about the pains of labour and home birth which seemed to explore different birthing options. e.g. water birth…

Reflections

This made me reflect on the options and possible limitations of certain birthing options. It also inspired me to read about labou in ‘Emma’s Diary’.

Midwife Visit: June 22, 2010

28 Jun

In more detail

Week

7+4 weeks with an estimated due date of February 04, 2011

Procedures Performed

Bloodtests: FBC, Coombs, Rubella, Hep B, HIV, VDRL, Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia (all came back clear)
Urine test: Slight Protein (resubmitted and came back satisfactory)

My Progress

My health was listed as ‘well’, my weight taken and my blood pressure which was 100/60

Baby’s Progress

All symptoms suggest positive progression of the baby. Need to wait for scan appointment.

Thoughts and Feelings About the Visit

Being pregnant suddenly became very real. I felt a lot more confident and was able to feel excitement. I was given a bumper pack including lots of information and magazines. Just what I needed!

Things to Remember Continue reading

8+1 Weeks and Bloating

26 Jun

I’ve decided to start this blog as a way to allow our friends and family to follow the progression of our little bean. It came as a complete shock that we should fall pregnant at all with me having PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). So, now we’re adapting to our surprise, and miracle, and crossing our fingers that the pregnancy goes well and the baby is strong and healthy.

How We Found Out I Was Pregnant

On the train back from Dublin and I was feeling terribly tired and nauseus, but we had been travelling most of the day and had done the Bloomsday walk the day before, so I thought nothing of it. The day after getting back my desire for deep-filled apple pie and the need to push out my stomach was enough to get my darling husband asking if I was pregnant. “No Way!” But, two days later and a positive pregnancy test begged to differ.

Some of my Initial Thoughts and Feelings about Expecting a New Baby

There are many different emotions flying around our household at the moment. Amazement. Fear. Excitement. Anxiety. I had lost a baby in 2007 at 5-6 weeks. My fears and anxieties are mostly because of losing her but also the fear of change. We are very happily married and are the reason for each others existance. I don’t want to lose that.

Doctor/Midwife Visit

June 21-22, 2010

It was estimated that I was a little over seven weeks pregnant and the estimated due date is February 04, 2011. Both the doctor and the midwife appeared very satisfied with my symptoms and gave me several words of support due to my concern of miscarriage. The midwife took many blood tests and put me forward to have a scan between 10-14 weeks. The appointment I will receive in the post. That I am terribly excited about.

Conclusion

So here we are. 8 weeks pregnant. Boobs feeling as though they could explode and the tiredness and nausea is calming down only really acting up in the evenings.

So here are two images from 7+3 weeks and 8+0 weeks