Monday marked the 35 week point!
Things are coming along we’ll. I’ve been feeling so great and have been considering myself lucky. I wish the little one was a little more active than she is though. I don’t like to be such a worrier! If she could just kick me all the time, then maybe I wouldn’t worry that something awful has happened.

Last week in the middle of the night I convinced myself I was going into early labour. It was all a little silly and delirious, but it did help give me a final kick in the butt to get things ready for baby. Her room is basically done and stocked with clothes and supplies. Bags to take to the hospital are packed (minus clothes and toiletries), my freezer is stocked with an embarrassingly large amount of meat.

Last night we had our last prenatal class. I’ll miss going. It was a nice group and we learned a lot.

Anyway. I think we’re as ready as we can be. I’m so, so excited to meet this little human. Life is feeling good.

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Today marks 31 weeks and 2 days. We’re approaching the big baby day!

Here are some things that have happened since my last update:

  • We found out at 24 weeks that we’re having a baby girl
  • My friends threw a baby shower for us. People who have cried with us and supported us through our fertility struggles are now so truly excited for us. It’s very humbling. The shower was beautiful.
  • My obstetrician was happy with my cervical length after 3 ultrasounds and took me off of risk for preterm labour!
  • Hub and I started a prenatal class. The group of expectant parents there are fun. I enjoy it.
  • We are putting together baby girl’s room. It’s now my favourite place to sit and daydream.
  • Baby is still breeching it up. I only have a couple more weeks where she’ll have room to turn with the septum. I have been doing some turning techniques like lying upside down on a plank, doing crouches off the sofa, and on Monday my acupuncturist tried some of her tricks – needles in my baby toes, belly and calves while she burned mugwort cigars by my feet for 20 minutes. Weird, eh?
  • One thing did come up yesterday though. I had my regular appointment with my doctor and she said I’m measuring small and by looking at a graph, my growth has tapered off over the last few visits. She was also not happy with my blood pressure (130/70) and my swollen feet and hands. She can be a bit on the serious side and she stressed me out a lot. I’m going in for an ultrasound, non-stress test, and amniotic fluid measurement tomorrow afternoon. Someone reassured my husband with some good advice though: if they thought it was really bad, they would have sent you to the hospital right away. Very true. So I’m trying not to freak out.

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    this is the receipt I gave the doctor to write down girl or boy since Hub wasn’t there and I wanted us to both find out at the same time. We both thought it’d be a girl!

    Or should I say, “we’re still here”?
    I’m 22 weeks along now. I feel excited but also detached. Mostly excited, I think. I’ve started to grow and the baby has started to kick – so amazing. But I’m still keenly aware of all the things that could go wrong.

    For the first three months, due to the blood in the septum and the spotting, I was told to take it really easy. No exercise, no sex. Too much of anything could cause the bleeding to increase and lead to miscarriage. So I learnt to knit and watched a lot of TV.

    I had one scare during that time when I stupidly went on a hike (I thought it was easy enough). That night I bled a lot. I called my doctor and she told me to rest and come in in the morning to check for a heartbeat. When I was there, she couldn’t find one. So I was scheduled for an ultrasound, 24 excruciating hours later, where it was finally found that everything looked just fine.

    By 13 weeks, the spotting had stopped and I could go back to being normal. That was exciting news. I started going to waterfit and prenatal Pilates. I looove the Pilates! I wish it was more than once a week…

    I’m still considered a high-risk pregnancy due to the septum. Last week, we saw a specialist about it. The biggest risk is pre-term delivery, but she said my septum isn’t too big and also the baby and placenta are laid out in a really good way to maximize space. One possible complication is that the placenta might be partially attached to the septum. Blood flow through the septum is not very good so if the placenta is there, the baby might not get all the energy it needs.

    I’m getting an ultrasound in a couple weeks where they’ll measure the size of the baby. If it’s the expected size for its age, then it’s safe to say that the placenta is not attached to the septum and they won’t have to treat me as a high-risk pregnancy.

    The last thing to worry about is the high chance of a breech baby due to the septum blocking movement and therefore requiring a c-section delivery. But hey, I will do whatever I can and I’m never ever going to gripe about this. I feel so, so blessed to be where I am.

    So that’s how things are so far. I am loving this baby and am so thankful to be this far at last. I just pray everything will be ok and that we’ll have a healthy baby in September.

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    Last Thursday was another ultrasound. We got to see our baby again and it was amazing! I’m still so used to seeing bad things at ultrasounds that I was quite surprised to see how much the little one has grown since last time. And I could see its arms and legs moving! And its heartbeat was so loud and fast. Wow. Just wow.

    I really hope this little one continues to grow and be strong and eventually be born healthy and happy.

    My uterus is heart-shaped. The baby is on the left side. On the right side, there is blood that the doctor is a bit concerned about. He’s told me to take it easy for the next few weeks: nothing more than light walking. I’m a bit concerned about my weight gain so far. But if I can’t exercise, oh well. I’ll do whatever I can to help this baby.

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    Life has been moving at a rapid pace. I think I know why. I’m no longer working and time is all my own now. It’s amazing how fast the days go by when you’re not at work and how slow they would crawl on a work day.

    I had told myself that I would take December off and then start my job search in January. Well, it’s over half-way through January and I still haven’t even bothered to update my resume! Yikes…

    My routine has mostly been that of a housewife: I shop, I clean, I organize, I visit friends of mine who are on mat leave, I go to the gym and I go to acupuncture. It’s pretty chill. My husband loves it. Honestly, I’m loving it too. I wish it were financially feasible to do it forever!

    Last week I was pretty sick. Some sort of stomach flu. I was still nauseous a few days later but otherwise feeling much better. Even though it was way too early to take one, I took a pregnancy test. I got two lines. Huh. I called my doctor’s office and the recptionsts were like, “why are you taking a pregnancy test so early? there’s no way it’s positive this early. Are you sure you didn’t take an LH test? Maybe you’re just ovulating.” So I went out and bought a ClearBlue Digital test and it also came out positive and said “3+ weeks”. Holy smokes! With my doctor’s office finally believing me, I went and had a blood test done. Those results said my HCG levels were 22,400 – much higher than could be possible if I was only on CD 17.

    Weird, eh? I got what I thought was my period on Christmas Day. But I guess it wasn’t. I guess it was just 4 days of spotting. My last period before that was November 9th. The receptionist, after giving me the disclaimer of “I’m no doctor but…” said that with those HCG levels, I could be 9 weeks pregnant!

    Yesterday I went to my doctor for an ultrasound. I was nervous. I’ve never had a good one. It’s always shattering. I think my doctor was having a stressful day that day. He wasn’t as cheery as he usually is. When he showed us the pregnancy in the ultrasound, his tone was very flat and neutral. I had to ask, “so is it good?” I wasn’t sure because it was so tiny. I had been looking at 9 week ultrasounds online the night before and they looked much bigger than what I was seeing in my ultrasound. Turns out, everything looks good. After measuring and looking at my temperature chart, he estimates me at 6 weeks with a due date of Sept 9.

    We even got to hear the little one’s heartbeat. Oh man. I’ve been waiting so long to hear that, and this time, I was taken by surprise.

    Like I said, I was really sure I wasn’t pregnant over the holidays. I did a lot of partying: drinking, smoking, eating raw seafood, I even took Clomid! Oops… the doc said the Clomid shouldn’t be a problem though. Phew…

    Oh and we were given a picture of the little one. I know seeing ultrasounds is a sensitive topic for some of us, but this is my first good one ever. I have to share.

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    Yes. It’s early. But I just want to be happy and enjoy this for now!! Wish us luck, friends :)

    This is a nice Christmas recipe that was sent to me by my acupuncturist. I modified it a little so that the recipe is gluten-free as one of my very best friends is a Celiac and I want her to be able to enjoy them too :)

    Another nice thing is that cane sugar is a bit lower on the Glycemic Index so they’re a bit better for me too! **

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    Ingredients

    1 cup (250 mL) gluten free flour mix*
    1 cup (250 mL) coconut flour
    2 tsp (10 mL) baking soda
    1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
    1 Tbsp (15 mL) ground ginger
    1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) grated nutmeg
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
    3/4 cup (180 mL) coconut oil
    3/4 cup (180 mL) palm sugar
    1 free-range egg
    3 Tbsp (45 mL) molasses
    1/4 cup (60 mL) palm sugar, for rolling (optional)

    Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
    – Whisk flours, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt together.
    – In separate bowl, using electric mixer, beat coconut oil with sugar until creamy. Beat in egg, then molasses.
    – Working in 3 batches, beat in flour mixture just until mixed.
    – Roll dough into small balls (about 1 in or 3 cm), then lightly roll in sugar, if using.
    – Spread out on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    – Bake until edges are firm, about 10 minutes.

    Makes 24-48 cookies depending on size.

    * My favorite gluten-free flour is from Planet Organic (called Gluten Free Flour Mix). I was out of it today and didn’t use it for this recipe though. Instead I used a mix of almond meal, brown rice flour, and chickpea/fava bean flour. It was my first time trying chickpea and fava flour. The consistency of this improvised mix was fine, but I think the chickpea flour has too much flavour for my liking. So stick to Planet Organic GF Flour Mix! ;)

    ** Although I admit that I have been TERRIBLE about following a PCOS-friendly lifestyle this month…