waiting for a miracle

So good so far – 8 weeks pregnant!

on March 29, 2016

Each day is an absolute blessing and a gift. The gift of life. The gift of being alive. It isn’t an accident. It isn’t coincidence. It is a beautiful blessing. And each day we celebrate this beautiful blessing and now the beautiful blessing of a new life, a miracle growing inside my body. 

People have asked how I have been feeling and mostly I feel pretty good. That ‘pregnancy glow’ comes from the steroids – I’ve had it since before I was pregnant. πŸ˜‰ I’ve had a few bouts of nausea, some headaches but mostly just incredibly exhausted!!! I’m not complaining about any of those by the way! Bring it on I say!!! I tend to work and then come home and crash out on the couch or in bed and can’t seem to move until it’s actually bed time. I feel so lazy but I haven’t got much left in the tank at the end of a busy day.

Scott has been amazing! Cooking me nutritious meals to make sure I’m getting the food I need to support his baby. Tonight he made Thai red curry with vegetables. Yum! And he’s been keeping this house running. It certainly takes a small community to make a baby! And one very supportive husband! πŸ˜‰  

Photo: couldn’t resist sharing Scott’s amazing cooking. So yummy πŸ˜‰ I’ve been eating a lot! Food is alway a big deal to me!

So since our last post here’s a quick update on where we are at. 

On Thursday 24th March we had an ultrasound scan (our 8 week one) and to our answered prayers on the way in (and our beautiful sonographer paused to pray before the ultrasound again) our little baby is measuring not just on track, but two days ahead!!! Woo hoo! So I am now due two days sooner and on Wednesday I am officially 9 weeks pregnant! And our baby had a strong heartbeat at 171. All of the other measurements were good, too. Our fertility specialist was happy with the scan results and has said to come back for our 10 week scan (to keep a close eye on us). Then it will be the big 12 week one. That’s where they scan for all sorts of things. One of those is the gender. So, what do you think we will be having? πŸ˜‰ 

Photo: our baby is growing arms and legs. The brain is beginning to develop – that’s the black hole in the head. I giggled at that. The circle around the baby was the amniotic fluid (I think that what she said). I like to look at it as the Angel protection. πŸ˜‰ It looks so cool. πŸ™‚ The nose and upper lip is forming too. So much happens so early on. This is why we wanted to recognise and celebrate the life of this baby straight away.   

Photo: during the scan. Sneaky Scott got a pic. We won’t post a front on pic without our favourite’s permission. Maybe one day when we head back with a baby we will ask for a photo. 

We left that appointment so unbelievably happy. Definitely answered prayers from so many – so thank you all! The trip home took us from about 4.30pm until 9.30pm! Traffic heading out of the city was crazy! Lots of people heading for holidays I think. So we stopped off to visit my bestie and her gorgeous family on the way home. Couldn’t believe traffic was still stopped after the visit! But we didn’t care – we were smiling from ear to ear. 

Now for us this is the crucial time. It was between week 9 and week 10 last time that Hope passed away. She was on track and all good at our 8 week scan. She stopped growing that day and sometime between week 9 and 10 her little heart stopped beating. We have to keep reminding ourselves that this is a new pregnancy and new life. That this one is different. It is a daily challenge to keep ourselves focused on staying positive and rejoicing in each new day. I’m super excited to make it to our 10 week scan and know that everything is fine or even better than fine!

Over the Easter long weekend I had to go in again for another intrilipid transfusion on Saturday. We had to be there at the hospital at 12pm this time and that meant early release at 10.20pm. I had the same room as my first time so shared again with another lovely lady who is on a similar journey. And guess what… My best friend (sarcasm) was there. Again. I have the best luck. (Again, sarcasm.) My left arm is still hurting from the last one 3 weeks ago! Anyway, when he came to insert the needle Scott and I both insisted on my arm (bendy part inside the elbow) having the needle this time. I can’t say the entry was a huge success – and the wiggling and jiggling of the needle in my arm wasn’t pleasant but it got in and stayed in this time. So we now know that we just need to be stubborn and say where the needle is going. I feel so bad doing this but it saves a lot of pain. We did insist politely though.   

Photo: I’m trying to be brave and think happy thoughts. πŸ™‚ …and look at that little baby bump forming. πŸ˜‰

  
Photo: trying to get the needle in…

  
Photo: really trying to get the needle in. Wiggling and jiggling and pushing. 

This time I got to have lunch AND dinner there! I loved starting early! Two meals! Lunch was a delicious salad – and I added olives. Yes, major olive craving the past 5 weeks!! And dinner was the usual…   

Picture: dinner. No additional sides this time. Lucky it was filling and I had my snacks. πŸ˜‰ I always have snacks. 

Here is the intrilipid before it was connected to me.   

Photo: There are three parts to the intrilipid. Saline (I think) then the intrilipid stuff in the white container and then the small clear bag to clean out all of the intrilipid. Quite a process. 

So that’s where we are at. I’m starting to get a bit of a bump. πŸ˜‰ especially after eating! πŸ˜‰ I weighed myself yesterday and I’m still the same weight as what I was at transfer. So no gain yet – food must be getting absorbed by the baby. He or she is a hungry little fella. Takes after their mum. 

I have a scan next week on Friday. That’s our week 10 one. And in 2 and a half weeks I have another intrilipid transfusion. I had to stock up on the pessaries on Thursday, to, I was about to run out. So the budget is super tight but we are happy and we are so blessed to have access to these treatments. 

Thank you for your interest and your prayers. πŸ™‚ Grow little baby grow! Bring on week 10! Stay tuned for the updates. πŸ™‚


12 responses to “So good so far – 8 weeks pregnant!

  1. Nat says:

    So happy for you guys xxxxx

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  2. Zoe says:

    Oh wow Jen, prayers are with you guys. Rest and Relax!

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  3. yay, cute bump. hugs πŸ™‚

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  4. I’m guessing a little girl!

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  5. Ann Brown says:

    So happy for you both Jen and Scott. So much love to the little person your love has created. Look after yourself Jen. Much love always Ann xx

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  6. Karen eddie says:

    Oh my gosh look at that bump!!! I didnt notice it this morning. I couldnt be happier. This is your time sweet. Hold tight little bubba and rest up mummy. I am so proud of you xx

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