I had a very nice ultrasound lady and she was great about not saying "he or she" the entire time. I actually asked my doctor if we could just skip this whole thing, and call it a day, ultrasound-wise. I have been sent to a hospital I hate for my previous ones in my first trimester because I guess I was categorized as "high-risk". I am just all ultrasounded-out. I begged her to not send me to that awful hospital and she said she'd just do a nice quick look in the office and I couldn't thank her enough. (I now I need another one...my placenta is blocking my cervix and they need to check that out at 30 weeks....it is no big deal, I had the same thing with Patrick and everything ended up situated right by the time it needed to be. As long as everything is healthy with this little guy or girl I'm happier than heck.)
So what do you think of that cute big ol' hand up there? My boys all had what I called "puppy paws" when they were born..just these huge strong boy hands. Abbey had tiny delicate little skinny hands! I love this whole part...this guessing thing. That's what makes it so fun to me. I was in the store the other day trying to find shorts for one of my sons and I stopped by the baby section...I wanted to find an all-white terry sleeper...my favorite baby item ever. Finally I feel like I can buy something for baby, and I can't find a single thing that isn't gender-specific. Oh well...I think I have some things saved up in the attic anyways. (And I have a 15 year old girl who would love to have me hand her cash and send her shopping for a new baby come August-no need to worry on that front!)
I am feeling so much better...I still have some ickiness in the late afternoon and evening-nothing compared to what it was-more just like a loss of appetite. I'd rather just not be around food then, which is making dinners really really lame around here. I couldn't believe how many comments and emails I got from fellow-hyperemesis sufferers and honestly, I came away feeling so lucky and grateful because compared to some stories I feel like I had it easy.
I am trying to make it till summer without buying maternity clothes-I am wearing the greatest invention EVER-the belly band. Seriously, you know how lucky all you girls are now? That wasn't invented back in the olden' day with my first pregnancies. It makes things much easier and I, so far, can wear all my normal jeans and pants and shorts. That will change no doubt because by the time I'm in the third trimester-or in a few weeks?!- I will look like I am having triplets.
I am so grateful and so happy for this new little life. Every baby is just an incredible miracle from start to finish. The little kicks-whenever I feel anxiety about the pregnancy, he/she seems to know and give me a little sign everything is fine. I make sure to say thank you each time.