This is the next instalment of our pregnancy journey. The below are extracts from my journal which I have written each week (I am now 20 weeks). You can read about how I felt when we found out here and our 12 week scan here. I will be posting other weeks extracts in the coming days
Im not sure what happened to my 15 week entry, instead we were busy announcing to friends and family and on social media. Along with the blog posts I guess it slipped by!
Week 16 has been busy though. I had my midwife appointment and all my bloods came back fine, the screening tests we had taken were also all low risk. I heard the heart beat for the second time at the 16 week appointment which was over far too quickly, Pips rate was 145/150 beats per minute. Trying not to get excited about the gender! Although we will know this time next week, I would be lying if I didn’t admit to being a little nervous about taking Monkey to the scan. Then we need to make the decision about how open we are going to be about the gender. I know certain family members are very keen to know. Plus I am not sure if a 3.5 year old will be able to keep it quiet.
I’m still black and blue with the heprin. Some of the bruises don’t seem to be going away. Hubby has taken pity on me and took Monkey into the pool this week for his swimming class. Quite hilariously all five mothers at the pool are expecting and we are not due that far apart. Its the first time I have seen the bus effect with pregnant women..…wait and wait and they call come along at once! Although I am hoping to meet more at the NCT classes which I have also signed up to this week. I made some great friends last time round, I know it will be slightly different with second babies. However it would be nice to meet people mohave coffee with!
There doesn’t seem to be any reason why some injections bruise so bad and others don’t. The liquid stings which is worse than the injection itself. We had a great run over the weekend where all three didn’t really leave much more than 1cm bruises and didn’t hurt or sting that much. We did joke that it could be because we had been particularly social that weekend and Hubby had had a couple of beers so was more relaxed. I think all jokes a aside there is probably some merit in this, it can’t be much fun jabbing your other half every day. We are three weeks down now and I am tempted to put a count down on the back of the bathroom door – only 29 weeks to go!! Please don’t think Im not grateful for this though as its the medication which is giving us a much better chance of having our bundle of joy. And as I was reminded (unintentionally) by a close of friend on mine this week that there are plenty of people out there who don’t even get this chance.
We also had big news at work this week that has resulted in a promotion of sorts for me. I was utterly amazed when I found out, an its great career wise. Its nice to know that the pregnancy has been looked over and Ive been given it on may capability.
The nausea has gone almost all together, apart from train travel. I don’t remember having travel sickness with Monkey but they say every pregnancy’s different. My weight has stayed the same now for about 6 weeks. I am starting to eat more so hopefully it will start to increase. I am definitely starting to crave sugar over anything else, the carbs have even dropped by the wayside. If anyone asks I would opt for Caprese Salad with avocado any day having eaten it several times in the last week!
Monkey’s skin has been bad again this week so we went to the doctors to hurry up the dermatologist referral we were promised a couple of weeks ago. While we there I thought it best to check how regularly I needed my thyroid tested as at the 16 week appointment the midwife explained that falls under the GPs responsibility. The GP suggested every 4 weeks but that the hospital should do it. So at the moment I am a little stuck between the GP and hospital with the added complication that they both happen to be in different trusts. The GP did give me a blood form as its not been done since I was 8 weeks, so we ill get this one and then try and figure out the best way about getting them done in the future.
Really looking forward to the scan on the 24th, although I feel Pip move on a daily basis now it will still be nice to see him/her again. I wonder if it will be a bit more energetic this time round?