The most exciting news of the past couple of weeks for us has been that we’re having a GIRL! My husband and I both were hoping for a girl and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It goes without saying that most importantly, we want a healthy baby and a healthy pregnancy. But, having a little baby girl is like the icing on the cake. Now, the husband and I are battling it out with names since we both have favorites that we’re not willing to let go of/compromise on yet.
The pregnancy has been progressing quite well except for a little issue that came up during our recent Level 2 Ultrasound (the anatomy scan) that I had at 22w5d. I will talk about that a little later and that is where the miracle comes in as well. There is so much I want to write about because I’ve been so lazy to write more frequently on this blog. I’m going to try and cover the highlights the best I can remember. Today, I’m 23w6d.
This second trimester has been awesome. As soon as the nausea started wearing off around the 14 week mark, my appetite has come back! I can now eat everything that I used to pre-pregnancy and that feels so great. The nausea was a bit of a pain because there was so much that would trigger it. I don’t have any particular food cravings that have made me run out at the middle of the night to fulfill, but, there is this one restaurant where I can’t get enough of their beef kebabs. Every time we wonder about where to eat, I jump up with delight when the husband agrees to go to this restaurant. I still can’t wear too much of polyester or non-cotton clothing on top because that still makes me feel funny – something that started during my morning sickness in the first trimester. So, it’s mostly just cotton tops or dresses. My favorite perfume (Pretty by Elizabeth Arden) is still off limits so I’ve gone back to an old favorite (Woman by Hugo Boss), which seems to be the only perfume I can stand on me.
I’ve started feeling the little girl kick and move more vigorously lately. I had started feeling little pops, like tiny gas bubbles popping, around my 19-20 week mark. But, it was hard to tell because they were so light. All of a sudden, during week 22, I started feeling stronger thumps. I could also feel these weird sensations like huge pressure slowly moving around, which I’m guessing is the baby either rolling or changing positions from breech to head down and vice versa. Towards the end of week 22, I could see the baby’s kicks from the outside! That is still so surreal to see the stomach move where the baby is kicking. It’s unbelievable and with every kick, I fall in love with this little girl even more than before. She seems to be most active when I’m about to fall asleep at night and I told the husband that this could be a sign of things to come – a baby that’s up all night! 😉
Vacation time! – The husband and I went on a vacation at the end of July because I wanted to have one before I got too big in the third trimester and I started getting uncomfortable. We went to Newport, Rhode Island, with a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard via a ferry ride. It was STUNNING. Newport and Martha’s Vineyard are both absolutely beautiful places. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting some of the mansions at Newport and just walking down the street-shops along the wharf. Food was amazing! There was this place called Castle Hill Inn, where they have a huge lawn with adirondack chairs, to sit and watch the sunset while munching on appetizers and drinks. It was one of the most beautiful and relaxing evenings of our vacation. Martha’s Vineyard was gorgeous too…with beautiful beaches and cliffs. There was a really quaint and interesting part of Martha’s Vineyard where they had little Gingerbread-like houses…painted and decorated in various bright colors and themes…very cute. It was like in a world of its own. Here are some picture highlights of our vacation:
Ultrasounds and Check-ups – I still have regular check-ups with my OB-GYN and my endocrinologist. It’s once a month with my OB-GYN and once in 6 weeks with my endocrinologist ever since I started my second trimester. My thyroid levels are doing well so far with the current dose of Levothyroxin. I stopped my Metformin and Prometrium at the 13 week mark. So, it’s just my thyroid medicine and prenatals for now. I have a blood test with my OB-GYN at 26 weeks where he’s going to check for Iron levels and other stuff, along with my 1 hour glucose screening. My glucose screening seems to be a little different from all the others I’ve been reading out there. I don’t have to fast/be on an empty stomach. At my last check-up, my OB gave me the liquid I need to take an hour before I come in to see him during my 26 week check-up. So, as soon as I walk in, they’ll test my blood for the sugar levels and that’s it. Sounds strange but, hey I trust my OB. Another interesting little point for me is that ever since I crossed 20 weeks, during all my ultrasounds, the doc/technicians have to glide all over stomach to see the little munchkin. Before that, all the ultrasound wands would just stay below my belly button but, now, they travel all the way up! Just a happy little fun fact for me. 😀
My little miracle – Baby girl has been measuring well at all my OB-GYN visits and he seemed happy with the way things were moving along, till my Level 2 Ultrasound on 28 July. I was already 22w5d by then because my OB *forgot* to schedule my Level 2 Ultrasound during my 17 week visit and only remembered when we asked him about the sex of the baby during my 22 week check with him. I did wonder why he never mentioned anything during my 17 week check about it but, I thought perhaps he didn’t believe in scheduling those. I was a bit bewildered about how it could slip his mind but, I was willing to forgive since it wasn’t too late. Sigh. Anyway, at the level 2 Ultrasound, everything measured and checked out well except my cervix. They were extremely concerned because it was measuring on the lowest end of normal at 2.6-2.7cm in length. At my stage, they would like to see it above 3 and anything below 2.5 or around that is cause for some immediate action. So, they told me they’d inform my OB about it and that I should talk to him when I can. This freaked the living daylight out of me because I obviously turned to Google and read a ton of freaky stuff (it was already Friday evening by the time my scan was over and I had to wait till Monday till I could speak to my OB). I started worrying and fretting about the fact that I hadn’t even reached viability and there was a chance my baby would be born anytime my cervix decided to fully open! I spent the whole weekend huddled in bed as an anxious bundle of nerves. I tried praying and clinging to any inch of faith left in me after this blow, that since God had made this pregnancy, He would see me through till the end. It was so tough to believe that at that moment but, it did provide some comfort.
I called my OB on Monday morning and he immediately scheduled a visit for Tuesday morning. I spent the rest of Monday continuing to freak out and pray like crazy! By Tuesday morning, I was nearly a mess. I got to my OB’s office and finally was called in by the nurse to take my blood pressure etc. After she was done, she told me to wait till the doc came in. I sat there still praying hard and suddenly the number 3.5 flashed in my head. I wondered what the significance of that particular number was and thought it was just wishful thinking because that would be an awesome number to have. I hoped and prayed that by some miracle my cervix would’ve lengthened and that 3.5 would be an awesome number to lengthen to.
The doc then walks in and has me propped up on stirrups to check my cervix. He first did a manual cervix check, first with the speculum to look inside and then with his fingers. He hmmmm-ed in surprise and said that my cervix looked long and closed! My heart started racing. He then proceeded on to the vaginal ultrasound to take measurements and Lo and Behold, my cervix was measuring 3.5!!! I nearly passed out! My OB was stumped as well and he said that everything looked great and he had no idea why the lab on Friday got such a low reading. He then asked me to push down and my cervix went down to only 3.1-3.2. I was in shock. I immediately knew that this was nothing short of a miracle and that the 3.5 that flashed in my head while praying and waiting was in fact, proof that this definitely is something that the Lord has done. My little miracle! The OB said he’d call the lab to discuss this matter and also have me see Maternal Fetal Medicine at the hospital for a second opinion. He just wanted to be extra careful and make sure things were in fact normal, regardless of the huge discrepancy in the two ultrasounds. He also told me to be very careful – no lifting anything remotely heavy, no standing or walking for long periods of time, he told me to sit and lie down as much as I can, no exercise, no sex or orgasms – basically, a very low level of bed-rest. I have my visit with the MFM scheduled for 12 Aug and I’m praying that the Lord continues to keep things going as per normal with my pregnancy.
All through this pregnancy, I’ve seen God really taking care of me through every step, right from conception. He has gone above and beyond all my fears and doubts to ensure things are going well. And I know there is still a long road ahead and my faith will waiver when more fears set in, but, I know that despite all that, God is in control and He will see me through the end! Even in our faithlessness, He is still faithful!