Week 18 (June 1)
Mid-week I felt the baby moving around a lot on the outside, which was pretty cool. One more week to go and then we will hopefully find out if we are having a boy or girl! I think the anatomy scan is the most nerve-wracking ultrasound. I’ve gained 13 lbs.
Jordan is away on “adventure training” this week, which means he’s camping and rafting and having a grand ol’ time in the name of work. Must be nice! Since he was away, I had to keep myself busy. The house is so quiet when it’s just me. I had lunch with Amanda on Monday and we talked about crafting beautiful headbands and photography. On Wednesday I went to Prenatal Nutrition and back over to Amanda’s for the afternoon. They fed me a yummy dinner!
And on Friday, at our church, Watoto performed. They are a group of orphan kids from Uganda who sing and dance and they are amazing! The show was high-energy and the seats were packed. Jordan and I had volunteered our home to host some of the kids, so after the show two girls and an auntie came home with us and stayed the night. We gave them a late dinner, breakfast, and a packed lunch the next day. It was a neat experience!
Week 19 (June 8)
Those kicks are definitely getting stronger and more frequent! On Thursday afternoon, Jordan and I went to the hospital for the anatomy scan. I was told to drink 3 glasses of water an hour before the appointment. I drank only two and was in complete agony by the time I was called in. The technologist had me pee right away. When I came back and laid down on the bed, she started the ultrasound but said that my bladder was still too full. I peed a second time. And then a third time before I was comfortable and she said she could continue. Wow, and that was only two glasses of water! I guess the baby was squirming too much from my full bladder. Although she told us that she can’t 100% confirm, it was very obvious that this baby is a BOY! There was no mistaking him for a girl. 😀 Everything else looked good, she said.
At the end of the week I picked up a box of almost brand-new newborn clothing for $25. I won’t need anything else in that size! The majority of the items are Carters brand, too. We also picked up a bunch of clothes from Value Village.
Week 14 (May 4)
Hello to the second trimester!
Mothers Day occurred this week. I wasn’t looking forward to it. Last year at this time, we took Khloë to the zoo and spent the weekend in Toronto. This year, she is gone. The hardest thing to come to terms with is being her mama but not having her with me to celebrate. Spending all these special holidays without her truly sucks.
On Saturday I felt the baby move for the first time! I felt a rolling sensation while I was sitting on the sofa. I felt it again later in the afternoon. In the evening the baby pushed right up against my lower belly.
Week 15 (May 11)
My weight gain is 6.8 lbs according to the pregnancy app I use. I’m interested to see how much I gain this time around. With Khloë, I gained 38 lbs and gave birth two weeks early. My belly keeps getting in the way; I am definitely bigger this time around, equivalent to around 18 weeks with Khloë. I’ve been sleeping on my left side but tend to wake up on my back.
On Thursday I saw my midwife. The baby’s heart rate is 150 bpm and my blood pressure is low at 100/60. Weight gain was at 8.6 lbs.
We also spent Friday to Monday in Kingston for the long weekend. The Nicholsons looked after the baby chicks for us. On the Saturday we went to Leeder Monuments and picked out a beautiful red heart-shaped monument for Khloë. Then we stayed overnight at the cottage. I slept poorly because I kept having nightmares about saving Khloë’s life over and over again. My mom did a nice barbecue lunch for us on Sunday.
Week 16 (May 18)
I’m getting so anxious for the anatomy scan! A few more weeks away… Not much to report this week, other than we had the Nicholsons over for dinner. Their two boys love our chickens. They still talk about the time they were “chicken farmers” while we were away.
Week 17 (May 25)
I cleaned up the blender and made my first summer smoothie this week. I love drinking them when it’s warm out–milk, banana, frozen berries, greens, yogurt, and probiotic. I even poured the leftovers into popsicle molds. And then later I made home-made fudgsicles! I was outside catching chickens on Thursday when I heard someone call my name. I turned around and there was my mom and aunt and uncle! They decided to stop in on their way up north for a quick visit. On the Sunday they actually stopped in on their way back from my cousin’s graduation. I made pasta salad, sausages, and lemon cream squares for lunch. I’m at 12 lbs gained.
Week 12 (April 20)
I’m getting closer to the second trimester! Nausea improved this week, but I threw up my prenatal vitmain no matter what time of day I took it, even with food. I think I’ll stop taking it. The anatomy scan is booked for June 11th in Pembroke. If baby cooperates, we can find out if we are having a boy or girl! I don’t have a gut feeling for a specific gender.
On Monday I had the telemedicine conference with our genetic counselor from CHEO. I asked her if the baby’s cord blood can be used for SMA testing but she said it’s not a good idea as cord blood contains some of my DNA. So the plan is have baby’s blood drawn before we leave the hospital. I have to contact her a month before my due date to remind her, and then once we get home from the hospital contact her again so that she can make sure the test is rushed and double-check that SMN2 copies will be checked if the baby does have SMA.
So far I’ve gained 4 lbs. And my next midwife appointment is May 14th.
Week 13 (April 27)
Some websites list Week 13 as the second trimester, and some say Week 14. I’ll keep this post as “first trimester”.
My belly has popped out a bit more this week. No nausea which meant I was able to eat a better variety of food. On Wednesday I went to Prenatal Nutrition group and we made a cold tuna potato salad which was surprizingly good, not to mention filling. And I ordered a new set of unisex Aden & Anais muslin swaddling blankets (white with silver, gray, or beige stars) and a set of gray bibs.
We have picked out a boy name, and have two options for girl!
Week 8 (March 23)
Not much to report for symptoms. I’ve been able to eat food without feeling queasy afterward, but I still vomit after taking my prenatal vitamin. On Wednesday I went to my Prenatal Nutrition group at FEN. All the same girls are there.
At the end of the week I emailed Claire Goldsmith, our genetic counselor from CHEO. She wants us to have a video conference when Jordan and I return from Florida to discuss having the new baby tested for SMA. I’m interested to know if cord blood can be used or if it has to be a blood draw.
Week 9 (March 30)
Week 10 (April 6)
Florida and Kingston!
Week 11 (April 13)
During the past couple weeks, on our trip, I would feel queasy in between meals again. I had to keep snacking. Restaurant food didn’t always agree with me. But I still managed to have a good time. The most exhausting part of the trip were the full days spent at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom. When we returned to Ottawa, we drove to Kingston and stayed at my mom’s to prepare for Khloë’s burial on April 11th. That day the weather was beautiful (after a rainstorm the previous day). Afterward, we held a small reception for friends and family at the church we attend in Kingston.
April 16th marks three months that my baby girl has been in Heaven. It is the strangest feeling to be a mother but to not have a child in my arms. Even with the new baby, there will always be that blank space where Khloë should be. She is in my heart.
I also had a midwife appointment mid-week. Suki will be sending Claire a referral for the genetics appointment. My blood pressure is still low at 90/60, but Suki wasn’t concerned since it seems to go up a little at each visit. She also found the baby’s heartbeat: 160 bpm.
Week 6 (March 9)
On Wednesday I went to the local hospital for my early dating ultrasound. The receptionist had told me to drink 1L of water an hour before the appointment, but I only managed 700mL and felt like my bladder was going to burst inside me. By the time I drove there, checked in, and changed into a hospital gown, I was in a considerable amount of pain. Once on the bed, the tech used the transducer on my abdomen. There were two technicians there, one lady training the other. Apparently my bladder was TOO FULL so I was allowed to pee a little. When I came back, the girl still seemed to be having issues finding anything. I mentioned to them that even though my LMP would have me at 8 weeks, I was 100% certain I was 6 weeks so it would be difficult to see anything through my abdomen. The trainer asked if I would allow a transvaginal ultrasound instead–which meant I could completely empty my bladder–and I said yes. YES! Now, for dating ultrasounds at this particular hospital, the techs are not allowed to tell me about anything they discover or even show me the screen. (This is because there is no radiologist on staff and the images have to be sent away for analysis.) Luckily at one point I heard the trainer say, “You didn’t need to measure gestational sac. You have crown to rump, right there.” Well, that confirmed to me that there was a baby! And at the end, she also said, “I’m not supposed to tell you anything, but I think your guess is right.” Ha!
On the weekend, Jordan and I stayed at my mom’s in Kingston. We checked out two different cemeteries in the Gananoque area. In the end, we decided that Khloë should be buried at the Willowbank by the huge tree at the back of the cemetery. Unfortunately it was pouring rain and snow up to our knees whilst tramping through the grounds, but we still found the perfect spot.
Week 7 (March 16)
I’m starting to have issues with food in the mornings. Everything seems to turn my stomach. I have been eating a lot of bread, pasta, and salty crackers. Still feeling bloated and constantly tired.
On Friday I decided to head into Petawawa to get my blood work done. I kept putting it off because I hate needles. When I got there, the nurse said I was missing a form and sent me over to the doctor’s office where my midwives work (across the hall). I had to wait for Kilmeny to finish with her patient and give me the proper forms. Then back over to have my blood taken and to pee in a cup.
Eleven more days til Florida!