So I've had many requests for updates- but it's just been so busy I haven't had a chance! I was worried I wouldn't have enough summer work- ha! I cast a wide net and said yes far too much more than I should have, ha ha. But the good news is we'll have plenty of money to stock up on stuff for baby girl. :)
That's right! It's a GIRL!!! We found out via early testing. Because I'm "old" (AKA over 35) my Ob pushed the MaterniT21 testing rather than the NT scan. It's apparently more accurate and covered by insurance since I'm over 35. Gender is thrown in there for fun so we found out before we shared our news with anyone.
With J I never did a gender reveal party but this time we had J's first birthday (the reschedule since it was snowed out in February and again in March) scheduled in early May. I was 14 weeks the day of the party and we had managed to keep the pregnancy a secret from our entire families and many of our friends... so first we shared that we were expecting via a cute T shirt worn by J.
It was fun as people learned about our news as they arrived (which is good because I was clearly showing- I guess you show sooner with second baby?)
It was also fun because people were TOTALLY surprised. We'd been pretty open about the fact that we were aiming for late summer FET and I had to wean first- and I was (am) still breastfeeding. We'd struggled so much to conceive J so to be pregnant so quickly was definitely not on people's radar. It really was a blast to surprise people- something we never thought we'd be able to do.
Then we had people vote boy or girl, wear stickers, and then we had an egg hunt for the kids and the answer was hidden in an egg. It was fun to make it a game!
So pregnancy wise, all is pretty well. My first 15 weeks were a bit rough. I was exhausted and sick. Not a lot of throwing up (some) but a lot of general feeling like I was going to throw up and food seemed disgusting.
I'm now 22 weeks (well, in 2 days) and enjoying the glory of the second trimester. I can feel baby girl move, which is reassuring. I don't feel sick, which is great. I'm not uncomfortable yet. I'm still a little tired but nothing like first trimester (and I've grown accustomed to an afternoon nap...)
We had an anatomy scan last week and baby girl is measuring a bit small and my placenta is low. Not huge worries, though. I get another scan in a couple of weeks to see if she's making adequate growth and to see if my placenta has moved up.
We scheduled a c section for October 26th! Yay! It seems so far and so close all at once.
And I'll end with a couple of pictures of my precious J because well, he's just darling and so fun. He's been walking since his first birthday and loves playing outside, especially with water (the hose, a sprinkler, his water table, it doesn't matter- he's obsessed.) He also love love loves his dog and reading. 16 months is really a fun age. :)