Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Big Sister, Big News


When we were in Wildwood, we confirmed that we were expecting another baby. It was in our overall plan to have a second. I wanted to have a second before I turned 40 and if it didn't happen, we were pretty content with one. I don't know if I would have chosen this exact moment, but I'm getting used to the idea. Regardless, Little Miss is thrilled. I think she's a little unhappy with the fact that I can't carry her or rough house as much, but she is excited about the prospect of having a sister and is not 100% against the idea of a brother though the excitement level is much, much lower over that possibility. We told her early on before our families, and she was a pretty fantastic secret keeper.

I've felt ok, mostly blah.  I haven't felt poorly, just not that great.  The fatigue is fun and even more fun with a 6-year-old, but she's been great and so understanding.  It makes me glad I waited, and I know she'll be a big help even if she has moments of impatience or jealousy.  I'm starting to feel a little better so hopefully I can usher in the second trimester with a little less fatigue and crankiness.

So, in the almost 2 months since we found out about the news, we've seen the doctor many times. I spotted early on which led to an emergency doctor's visit at which point the doctor viewed nothing on the ultrasound which did freak me out a little bit. We went in for a proper ultrasound the following week which yielded a baby and a heartbeat which settled my nerves. Because I had gestational diabetes and was on insulin last time, I also had to take the education class again to monitor my blood throughout this pregnancy versus only in the last 8-10 weeks. This does not make me happy because I really love me carbs. The diet consists of 3 small meals and 3 snacks throughout the day and testing my blood sugar 4 times a day. I just remind myself that it was a great way to maintain a pretty awesome pregnancy weight despite my craving for carbs constantly. As with last time, my resting numbers are high (my morning results are consistently high). Hopefully, I don't end up on insulin again, but it wasn't so bad the last time.

This week is the test to see if we are at risk for any genetic anomalies though it looks like the test could yield a false negative or a false positive. Fantastic. This part is new for us because I'm old (or Advanced Maternal Age).  Anyway, if you're playing the home game, below is the information of the baby this week or you can click here:

5 comments:

Shannon said...

I'm so excited for you to have another baby! I keep saying I want to have my second/last before I hit 35 (in 2015) so that I don't have to worry about the whole "advanced maternal age" issues and testing.

april said...

Thanks, Shannon. We kept putting it off, but we didn't have the first until we were 32 so it was going to be on the line no matter what. I never wanted 2 in diapers, and then it just got fun to have a self-sufficient kid around for awhile. We are inherently lazy people. *g*

naomi said...

Congratulations, again. :) I'm glad to know that you're starting to feel better and that so far your blood sugar is being managed. I love me some carbs, too, and would find it difficult to cut way back, though it would likely be good for my health over all.

Here's to a healthy pregnancy with no surprises along the way and a healthy, happy baby brother or sister for Little Miss. :)

Donna Orazio said...

So very excited!!! Congratulations.

Shoshana said...

Mazel tov, April! It's exciting to have another baby.