We had our first OB appointment on August 24. I was almost 12 weeks. I love my new OB! He is outgoing, friendly, and straightforward. He is familiar with how CCRM does things (I was referred to him by a friend who delivered her CCRM/IVF twins with this doctor). The catch was that my new insurance had not kicked in yet and my old insurance had ended. So my appointment was an unofficial one - which made me love this new doctor even more. He basically said that we were going to count this appointment as a meeting for me to "check him out." At first I was really nervous because I thought that meant we may not get an ultrasound and Ryan had driven all the way from baton rouge for this appointment- I would have felt really bad if he drove 2.5+ hours to just meet a doctor. But low and behold Dr. G then said "but we'll get you in to take a sneak peak at that baby!" Woohoo! I am so glad we did because it was by far the best ultrasound yet. The baby was moving so much! He/she was flipping around, doing little dances, and waving his/her arms. It was truly amazing. Luckily he/she stayed still long enough to get some pretty amazing pictures. Here's a sample...
I personally think it's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen! :) We have another appointment with Dr. G on Tuesday now that insurance has kicked in. This is when we'll do all the official first appointment stuff - blood work, family history, etc. I'm not getting my hopes up for another ultrasound, although I do hope that they will at least listen for the heartbeat. Oh yeah, the heart rate at the last ultrasound was 153.
So now I have made it 14 weeks 3 days and I am officially in my second trimester! Unfortunately, this wonderful milestone was greeted with a monstrous sinus infection! It started with a sore throat last week and by Monday of this week I was completely miserable - I couldn't breathe, and the drainage was making me so nauseous! I finally broke down and took some benadryl Monday night and have been feeling better ever since. I was trying so hard not to put any medications into my body, but I figured baby could deal with a little benadryl better than me not breathing and sleeping! I haven't taken anything since...just using the humidifier with some Vicks in the vaporizer part (my lovely purchase from the walgreens in Lone Tree) and I'm doing a saline rinse at least twice a day.
Besides the sinus infection, I've been feeling pretty good. I'm still getting sick about every other night- last night it was eggs...not fun! Im starting to get really worried that I may be one of those people who stays sick throughout my entire pregnancy. Maybe I wished for morning sickness too much? ;) I'm hoping that the past few times have just been a side effect from the drainage. Luckily I feel pretty good during the day, it's just when I get really tired at nighttime. At least I'm able to get work done! I stepped on the scale the other day and I have gained 8lbs since pre IVF! It's hard to know what is baby/pregnancy weight and what is left over from IVF meds. Either way I'm starting to get a little baby bump although to an unknowing eye it looks like I have just had too much pizza and beer. Here's the first picture taken of the growing belly...14 weeks. Ryan is having me take them since he isn't here a lot of the time - yes, he's still working on that thesis - not a happy subject for me these days!
If you know me in the "real world" you can probably tell a difference. If you only know me in Internet land I probably look completely normal. My face is still a disgusting mess and my boobs continue to get bigger by the minute. All in all things are about the same as they have been since week 6 as far as my appearance on the outside (besides the growing belly) but on the inside I feel different every day and it is truly wonderful. I never realized how much I would actually feel in early pregnancy. All the pulls and twinges...each time I feel something I get a huge grin on my face (after of course I have a little freak out moment of "is this normal?")
So that's it for now. I promise I will try to be better about giving updates. Maybe it will become my Saturday tradition? We'll see! :)
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