11 weeks — that seems lucky to me! Next week will be crazy, because it’s my last one in the first trimester. We’re hitting that milestone and hardly anyone knows!
But your grandparents do, and they could not be more excited. To deliver the surprise, I talked them into traveling down for the weekend. The first night that they stayed with us, I presented (nervously!) their gift: a special box.
It wasn’t just any box — I’d placed your early ultrasound picture in the top, where you could see it through glass. And then when it opened, I recorded the amazing heartbeat that I was able to hear only that morning! My mom got all wide-eyed and looked at me, and all I could do was grin and nod. It took my dad a little longer, because mom was hogging the box, but then he figured it out and got teary. It was a pretty cool moment.
You’ll be the first grandkid on both sides, and what is even cooler is that you have living great-grandparents! My Grandpa Joe is not well, and I think we may lose him very soon. But my parents were able to tell him that you’re on the way, which makes my heart soar. Unfortunately, my Grandma Kathy died last year. She was a wonderful woman and I’m so sad that she’ll never get to hold you.
We haven’t told my co-workers or your daddy’s family yet, but that’s because we want to wait until next week’s NT scan, which should tell us that you’re growing well and looking healthy. Daddy’s family lives far away, and there are a LOT of them, so word will travel quickly. We just want to make sure that we get one last look at you before telling the world. But they’re going to be so excited, too!
I also had my first real mommy test yesterday. Your daddy was preparing dinner when I heard a scream, followed by running water and some not so nice words. He’d cut himself while chopping onions, and it looked pretty bad. I immediately went into ninja mommy mode — grabbing towels to help stop the bleeding and getting ready to go to the ER for stitches. Somehow, I kept pretty calm! After a few minutes, we figured out that while it was a bad gash, we could bandage it at home. Scary, but I think I passed the test.
This has been a pretty good week. The nausea is gone, although the food aversions are as strong as ever. And the fatigue is really kicking my butt. I fell asleep on the couch twice this weekend, and I have been getting super sleepy around 9pm every night. I know that I will have many sleepless nights ahead, so I’m trying to listen to my body and get some rest, but man is it crazy!
I definitely feel bumpier, but I have to think that some of the belly that is popping out is food related. I’m actually down three pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, but I’m not eating as healthy as I normally would, so I have a bit of bloat and puffiness. The doctors say things look good so far, but I imagine that I’ll really start to show in the next month.
NT scan next week: that will be a BIG milestone. If everything with the ultrasound and bloodwork look good, we’ll start to tell the world. Squeee!