Work on the Nursery is underway. The drywall has been fixed up and painting will begin soon. My long time friend Mike is acting as our Handy Man since my Husband can’t be here to do the work himself.
Almost all of the work has been done in Nursery. Just need to add baseboard trim, paint all the trim in the room and thats it for the hard stuff. Then all the fun decorating and organizing can begin!!! I can’t wait!
I am officially half way through this Pregnancy! These past 20 weeks have really flown by. The clock is ticking to get the Nursery done and the house organized. Now if my Husband could get home for more than 2 days that would really help. He has been at work for the past 3 months now. He is over 1,000 miles away working hard to take care of me but he has been gone for far too long. I’m hoping he can be here for my Ultrasound next week to see how Baby Grabowski is doing and to see if the Cyst is gone.
I had my Anatomy Scan the 26th of July and we were able see our little Boy. Seeing his little fingers, toes, beating heart and cute little face made it all so real. Our Ultrasound Tech explained different things we were seeing for the first time and everything seemed perfect. He was very active and gave us quite a show. The Tech wouldn’t go into too much detail about some questions I had asked, she said the Radiologist would have to look everything over and get back to us on any issues they find. I had never heard back so I decided to call the following Monday about the results. I was told by the Receptionist that they needed to do a follow up Ultrasound to get a better look at some things they were unsure of. I had no idea what to expect. Maybe he was too active and she couldn’t get a good picture of a few things or they had an equipment issue or something.
My regular check up appointment was scheduled for that Thursday so I had to wait to get the details until then. I’m a worrier and I did my best to not jump to conclusions and think the absolute worst. My OB was on vacation for the week of my appointment, so I saw his Nurse-Midwife. She was a very nice, older Lady. She jumped into the issue of my Ultrasound right away because that was my first question and concern. She said “so everything looked normal with the baby, except that they saw a little Choroid Plexus Cyst at the base of the Brain (Brain Stem). My heart sank but I kept my composure to be able to thoroughly listen to all of the details. She said that “in the absence of any other issues, it’s considered what they call Clinically Insignificant, but we are going to go ahead and repeat your Ultrasound.” She said “we see this quite commonly in Ultrasounds early on in the pregnancy while the Baby is forming. There is a 90% chance that in the follow up Ultrasound it will be completely gone.” She said not to worry and that she is sure the Baby is just fine.
She then used the Doppler to listen to the heartbeat for a few minutes. I could tell she was analyzing everything she was hearing. He was moving at the time and you could hear it pretty loudly through the speaker. It was quite amazing. She said “the Baby sounds great and his heart rate is 156 beats per minute.” She also stated that my Quad Test came back normal. Meaning that there were no signs of disorders or abnormalities. Especially the certain disorders that can be linked to this kind of Cyst.
I went home and started Googling information on the Cyst. I’m a realistic person, and I’m not afraid of researching things like this. I know it’s not recommended, but not knowing more about it was KILLING ME! The information I found relived me and put my mind to rest. I also know that God has everything under control.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Today we got to see our baby for the second time! The first time we saw him, he didn’t look much like a Baby. In the beginning of the appointment the Ultrasound Tech asked if we wanted to know the Gender and we both excitedly said yes! We had originally planned on waiting to find out at our Gender Reveal party to be with all of our Friends and Family. However with my Husband’s kind of job, planning things is EXTREMELY difficult. His work schedule got changed at the last minute and we had to cancel our party plans. So, now at the appointment we could find out the Gender of our Baby and not have to wait!
I desperately wanted a girl and he really wanted a boy. In the end we both were more concerned with the Baby being healthy and perfect. The Tech went throuh quite a bit of measuring and showed us all our Baby’s toes, fingers, organs and face. Seeing his precious little face melted my heart. She finally showed us the organs that would determine the Gender of our little one. At first, when she found that “that area,” on the screen it looked like we had a little girl. She was still getting the Transducer in place to get a better look and finally she settled on the spot. There it was! Our Baby was a BOY! I was in total shock. This whole time I felt it was a girl. I did the Chinese Birth Charts and the Mayan Birth Charts and most of them said Girl. Most of the Old Wives Tales symptoms said Girl while some suggested it was a Boy. We all know that all of that Gender Prediction is a load if B.S. and my pregnancy definitely proves it!
We were able to throw a last minute Gender Reveal party this evening. Joe and I were the only ones that knew and it was fun but very hard to keep the secret. Everyone was very surprised and very happy for us. It was such a wonderful evening and totally worth all the extra work and money.
I have been feeling the Baby’s movement more each day. Within 10-15 minutes of eating the Baby gets pretty active. I can feel the little kicks/movements but I have to be sitting completely still to feel them. I’m on track with my weight gain and keeping up on my workouts. My appetite has no end and I’m constantly hungry. I keep healthy food and snacks in the house so I don’t feel gulity or regret over indulging.
On another note! I’m so excited for the end of this week! My Husband will be home and we will be finding out the gender of our little one!
Last night I felt my Baby’s movements for the first time! It was so slight and quick. I had to have my hands firmly placed on my belly to feel it. It felt like the Baby was kicking or rolling around. It only happened on and off for about a minute. It was the most amazing feeling I have ever experienced! This is definitely the most amazing part of being Pregnant. I look forward to more experiences!
These days, more and more Women are waiting to have their first child, and I was one of them. Now that the BIG 3-0 is approaching, I know that if I want to have a child, that time is now. Having spent my entire 20s doing what I want and living my life to the fullest, I feel that I am ready to become a Parent.
This October my Husband and I will have been together for 13 years. We have had plenty of time to be selfish, to focus on ourselves/eachother, our relationship, goals and much more. We know that having a Child would mean sacrificing those things.
Quite some time ago, someone once gave me some absolutely terrible advice. They told me to quit using Birth Control without my Significant other knowing, to get pregnant, because that’s what they did. I remember being totally shocked and appalled being told this kind of advice. Why on Earth would I want to trick my Husband into having a Child!? The fact that he wasn’t ready for a Baby at the time, and I felt that I was, was not a reason to do such an atrocious thing! I’m am truly glad I waited those several years for him to come to me and say, “I am ready to have a baby.” That was what I had wanted all along. For us to decide to take such a momentous step in our lives, together.
I can feel and see the growth each week. Getting closer to my 2nd Ultrasound and Gender Reveal! I can’t wait! Thanfully my heartburn issues have let up. Today was a great day. I got to watch countless Hot Air Balloons go right over my house and as I write this sitting on my porch, I can hear a fireworks show. It’s an American Saturday Night. God Bless this Country.
I called my OB’s Office today to inquire about the results of the Quad Test I had last week. The Quad Test is a maternal blood screening test that looks for 4 specific substances:
- Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), a protein made by the developing baby
- Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone made by the placenta
- Estriol, a hormone made by the placenta and the baby’s liver
- Inhibin A, another hormone made by the placenta
The test is used to assess probabilities of potential genetic disorders in the Baby.
Apparently no news is good news. My results came back negative/normal. Yay!! Every step in the right direction is such a relief! I’m trying not to worry about everything, especially things I can’t control. I’m placing my Pregnancy in God’s hands.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. -1 Peter 5:7
My 2nd Ultrasound is in 13 days and they will check that my Baby is growing and developing normally. We will also be finding out the gender of our Baby!