Well, my plan was for this post to announce the gender of Baby H2.0 but it is still unknown. Last Tuesday, my birthday, we took the Panorama blood test that is primarily used for genetic testing but it also gives you the gender of your baby with 100% accuracy. My doctor does it for free and I am super impatient so there was no reason NOT to! Baby H2.0 passed the Nuchal Translucency test with flying colors so the genetic portion of the Panorama test will make no difference to us. My doctor normally does the gender scan at 16 weeks (pretty early anyway) but we couldn't wait! The turnaround time is 7-9 days so we've been on pins and needles checking the portal for our results. This Tuesday I got a call from my doctor's office and I answered, "Please don't tell me the gender of my baby, I am not with my husband". The sweet nurse I see at every appointment told me not to worry because she wouldn't but she had bad news. Not something you should say to someone waiting on ANY test results, especially genetic. Turns out there was an error in the main lab and they requested a redraw, no explanation. My heart sank and I was very annoyed. Did they lose my blood work? Did they spill it? How does that happen? Wednesday I drove straight home from our Waco trip to the hospital for a redraw. The nurse did more investigating for me and it turns out they couldn't extract enough DNA of the baby from my blood and needed more. Okay, that made me feel a lot better knowing my blood wasn't lost somewhere. Sure it wasn't the end of the world but we had been waiting so patiently and getting blood taken is a huge for me. I have anxiety leading up to it, sweat and fast talking before it happens, and have even thrown up while it's being taken. I have 3 tattoos and had a C section yet blood draws freak me out. Long story short, we are now waiting on pins and needles....once again... for the gender news of our little babe. I keep telling myself we will know by Halloween! I can't wait to share with you!
Other than that little glitch, I have actually been feeling really great. Since I was sick with Ford until 33 weeks and the first trimester with Baby H2.0 was even worse, I wasn't optimistic that the sickness would end anytime soon. I thought maybe I caught a little break for my birthday but I have been feeling good ever since. I am still on Zofran 2-3 times a day and stool softener at night (I have only gotten sick once since the 13th!) and don't want to try to wean myself off yet. Maybe I am going to be a normal pregnant person who is only sick during the first trimester.... fingers crossed!
I still haven't made it back up to my pre pregnancy weight but I am definitely sporting a belly. The rubberband trick is allowing me to squeeze into my non maternity pants and I think I will bust out the maternity soon.
Ford got me a Snoogle for my birthday and if you are pregnant, reading this, and don't have one....order it ASAP. How the heck was I pregnant for 41 weeks before without one?! Besides getting up to pee every 2-3 hours (I don't remember going that often with Ford), I am getting awesome sleep. I am a tummy sleeper so being pregnant then not being able to sleep on my tummy because of nursing was hard.
I started feeling quickening this past week which is pretty cool. My placenta is anterior this time so it will take me a while to feel kicks but I am definitely feeling fluttering and movement inside my belly. Oh and some round ligament pain, grow belly, grow!
I am 13 weeks tomorrow and can't believe I am in my 2nd trimester. Wow! I can't wait to know the gender of our babe so we can start coming up with ideas for the nursery and getting a head start on projects knowing we will be busy with the holidays (and that time just flies).