Hello readers! It’s been an exciting (and challenging) month for me since my last post. If you didn’t catch my social media announcement, Cory and I are expecting! I’m 11 weeks along now, and starting at about 6 weeks I’ve been experiencing the joys of morning sickness (AKA nausea and food aversions to nearly everything, all day long in my case) and some other not-so-pleasant pregnancy gifts like headaches, stomachaches, and fatigue. It’s been a bit rough, and I really think I understand now why people say pregnancy is hard. Yet at the same time, I still believe that it’s all 100% worth it. I’ll happily take all the discomforts, knowing that I’m doing it to give life to a new baby. That being said, I’m looking forward to the second trimester, which frequently offers relief from some of these unpleasant symptoms. For now, I’m taking it day by day.
Last week we had our first ultrasound, and it was an amazing thing to see! Around 9 to 10 weeks, babies in utero start looking less like reptilian creatures and more like tiny people, so we chose to have our sneak peek at 10 weeks. We saw baby’s tiny arms and legs moving and baby wriggling around, which was an incredible sight. Then we were able to hear (and see) baby’s heartbeat—it was music to our ears! It really fascinates me that all of this activity is going on in there, while on the outside everything looks the same. You’d never guess that there was a tiny, almost fully-formed baby inside! Most of the time I don’t feel like I’m pregnant, just ill. So seeing with my own eyes that there is in fact a baby in there was really a wonderful moment.
This week, we have our second prenatal appointment and we will be able to hear the heartbeat again, this time with a fetal Doppler. Then we plan to get our next ultrasound at 14 or 15 weeks, which is when they can often determine the baby’s gender. Cory and I are both convinced that it’s a girl, and we’re eager to find out for sure. Finally, we’ll have our last ultrasound at 20 weeks, which should give us a really nice picture of the baby, who at that point will be around 10 inches long and counting. Other than that, we’ll have our regular prenatal appointments about once a month until later in the pregnancy. I’ll post updates from time to time to share our progress until the exciting day of arrival! We’re due on October 12th, so we still have a long journey ahead, and we have a lot to look forward to.
We’re so thankful that God has blessed us with this baby, and kept his hand of protection over her or him. God is so good, and so faithful. We couldn’t do this without him! We’re also so thankful for your prayers, which He really does hear. A few months ago, we didn’t know if we would get pregnant anytime soon, or if we had a long wait ahead of us. But God made it happen, and now here we are, expecting a baby in 2014! How awesome the Lord is.
Thank you for sharing this journey with us and for your continued prayers.
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.”