5 weeks today!
Very excited about that. No spotting or anything at all, except for a random quite painful cramp earlier today which had me panicking - but it went away quite quickly so I assume it was just some slightly more aggressive stretching than usual! There does seem to be an awful lot of that going on - maybe I am further ahead than the numbers suggest; certainly I think the 22nd is a more likely due date than the 25th. Oh, and the doc definitely can't count - my pregnancy book's chart says 19th March = 24th December, not the 25th!
I'm going to the midwife on Friday and hoping she can tell me that cramping is normal. I do have such a low pain threshold though that I am bound to feel everything, so it may well be that these are very mild and I am just feeling them more than most. Either that or there's two of them in there! I seriously doubt it though. I wonder what she'll ask me? I guess most of it will be medical history, symptoms so far and then booking in for scans and things at the appropriate time. 9-11 weeks is I think the usual timing for a first u/s. Can't wait! Hope it's still ok by then.
I'm doing an ok job of staying calm, despite the stress from work. When necessary I'm heading off down to the English office to sit alone with my feet up and chill out. It's quite nice because I can take my shoes off, prop my feet up and do some marking without someone bursting in to bother me or make me do something. My baby and my body are the priority now, so I will do my absolute best to do my job properly but when it comes down to it I will NOT let myself get stressed.
Oh gosh - haven't had time to update!
Went to the midwife on Friday, who was LOVELY. She was called Liz and she and another woman called Veronica make up the local community team. So I will see either of them throughout, which is nice. She had a student with her called Virginia, who was also lovely, so that was great.
They started my maternity notes which was brilliant and exciting but also quite scary and will make it far harder if something goes wrong. They seemed fairly confident that things would be ok though, so fingers crossed. The best news was that my next appointment will be at home - they'll come and see me here - so that was really impressive coming from the NHS! That's on May 17th, so not that long to go. I have the phone number to book in for my scan too, so I can ring and book that this week for sometime between 8 and 11 weeks.
No spotting and no real cramping to report, except for the odd moment of what clearly feels like something stretching down there, so that's fine.
Only problem is that I had the school play last week and was totally totally exhausted by it. Turns out that's a bad idea when you're pregnant. Morning sickness went up by about about six hundred degrees and I spent yesterday either lying on the sofa or throwing up in the toilet. Just about made it to work today but had to keep making excuses to kids and dashing out to the loo! I don't think the curry on Saturday night helped much either, so Indian food is now officially off the menu.
The nausea was far worse due to excess saliva and mucus (apparently normal, according to my preg. book) but I found a tip suggesting sucking lemon drops to stop that, so DH is going to try and get some on the way back from work. I've also bought some cream crackers to try, see if that helps!
Anyway, while I'm focusing on vomiting I am not worrying about things going wrong, which is a bonus!
Ugh I am so sick!
6 weeks today (hooray made it this far!)
Had to take the day off on Tuesday because I just felt beyond awful. I kept being sick and I was too tired to move. It was horrible! It did give me a chance to learn that constant snacking on cream crackers and lemon drops means I can just about function, but I dread what that's doing to my teeth and insides! Today I told the cover manager I am pregnant, and she was very sympathetic and told me to take off any time I need, so I now feel much better about that. The trouble is I'm finding it really hard to do any marking because I just drop exhausted when I come home, so I am really behind with work already. I'll have to do some later or it'll be terrible, but hopefully if I can rest for the next hour or so I'll have the energy to do it.
Quite excited about tomorrow as it's MIL's birthday and I think we are going to tell our parents. I was thinking about leaving it even longer but people at work are starting to talk and if we've told our parents we can tell everyone as and when it becomes necessary. I still don't want to let the cat out of the bag for sure until 12 weeks, but it's hard to keep things secret in a school - especially when you wander around eating cream crackers at every opportunity... I have no idea how my parents are going to react. They know it's on the cards but I think they wanted us to move to a bigger house first... Oh well. It's our life, we'll live it our way! We are looking to move at some stage, a house may crop up in the meantime!
6 weeks 3 days
Haven't told the parents yet as DH was away Thursday night. Would quite like to hold off because it's still early, but on the other hand I really want to complain to my mum about how sick I feel! Fussy as she is, I'd rather like to be called every few days for her to check up on me. Plus she's a medical receptionist who knows a lot of pregnant people and therefore well versed in what to use for a remedy.
Miserable today. Can't enjoy being pregnant because I am too sick. Keep throwing up half of what I eat. Sick to death of nibbling cream crackers. Have been sick twice already this morning and it's only half ten. Lemon drops are helping but the sugar is giving me headaches! Sigh. Feel so grateful and lucky to be pregnant and realise how unreasonable it is to complain - but I do feel AWFUL.
And here comes another wave of nausea...
7 weeks 3 days
Well the sickness has eased off a LOT, thank goodness! I can now survive perfectly reasonably during the day, although I am still very tired.
What news is there? DH turned 28 on Tuesday, although he never gets excited about birthdays so it was a pretty low-key event really! We talked about presents and he doesn't want anything, so I think we're going to book tickets for when I feel a bit better and go and see Wicked down in London. We're both keen to see it so that should be a good treat for both of us!
We told DH's parents about the baby because they came up last night to a concert he was doing. I'm now trying to decide whether it is more fair to ring my mum and dad and tell them today so there is less of a gap or to wait until they pop in on their way back from my nan's tomorrow and say we wanted to tell them all face to face rather than over the phone... It's fine if they don't mind knowing a couple of days after! Anyway, FIL was very excited about the baby possibly arriving on his birthday!
I'm quite uncomfortable this morning with wind pains - this slowed up digestion business is really unfun. But I need to get dressed and go out in a bit as there is a conspicuous absence of cat-food in the cupboard and the smittens (because we were smitten with them as kittens ;-) ) are hungry.
Excitingly we've been invited by our delivery hospital to participate in some research to aid in early detection of abnormalities. We get to be useful to people and they'll give us two extra u/s scans at 28 and 36 weeks, with free pictures. So a win-win, really!
8 weeks 1 day
8 weeks felt like a real milestone, so I am pleased to have made it this far!
We have now told my parents too, who were completely stunned and after the initial shock are really very excited. Mum in particular is over the moon and is now ringing me every couple of days to check I am ok!
Apart from that, I'm afraid I don't have the energy to update very much! My bras are too small, which is really annoying me, so I'm going to try and get some more asap. I've developed some really gross spots on my chest though, so I'm not going be showing that off any time soon, new bra or not!
I've also grown out of one pair of jeans, so the Bella Band is on. I seem to have a fairly visible bulge, which I am assuming is bloat: seems a little early for a bump!
Next lot go on study leave tomorrow... Only one more year group to go...
9 weeks 4 days
Well my intention to update this more often was foiled by the school inspectors turning up and stressing me out and necessitating a lot of extra work! It seems to have gone ok - in fact the English department (and apparently me in particular) was given a lot of praise - so I can at least relax now and look forward to the summer!
I'd had a couple of un-nauseous weeks but a couple of days ago the sickness came back with a vengeance. I spent yesterday morning on the sofa having thrown up three times before 10am! I was not impressed. I don't feel as bad this morning but I don't think I'll make it into a full sick-free morning. It's so tiring feeling like this, and it makes me stressed because I can't tidy the house, which is turning into more and more of a mess.
On the good news front - my friend whose joints have been falling apart during her latest pregnancy was induced yesterday and has had a little boy, Arthur Christopher George. (I was a little bit irked because I'd told her Arthur was one of our two definite middle names, but never mind). So we are now godparents, which is very exciting!
Yesterday afternoon I looked really huge. I'd still got the Bella Band on because I can't do my trousers up and there was a really visible bump. I suspected it was mostly bloat, but I really did look enormous (well, relatively enormous for 9 weeks into your first pregnancy!) However this morning's belly pic doesn't really reveal any difference from last week :-( . I still just look FAT! I've always had a tummy, now I look like I ate too many pies...
Here we are for comparison. I don't think I can see much difference, except for POSSIBLY more of a gentle slope in the 9 week pic, suggesting more bump than bloat...
10 weeks 5 days
Ultrasound a week away!
I am both excited and terrified about the u/s. I desperately want to know that everything is ok but obviously do not want to find out that this is not a viable pregnancy. My symptoms are fading (although thank goodness for less sickness) and although I was really really sick last week the fact I now feel ok does worry me! Hopefully it's just coming out of the first trimester and everything is fine.
We have been very busy over half term. We have redesigned the garden and ordered a patio and some gravel to make a space for garden furniture. DH dug out the front garden, getting rid of the nasty huge hedge that used to be there and preparing it for the gravel and plants and pots we want to put there instead. We also want to pave a little bit so that DH can put his motorbike off the road without interfering with the cars.
We've also ordered new a bathroom floor (finally to finish the bath suite we had installed in October!) and a new kitchen floor. Both vinyl, so not too expensive, but nice quality vinyl that will help us sell the house when we want to (probably in the next year or so) as someone will know they can easily change them if they need to.
Other than that I have been reading a lot and watching the French Open tennis. Because it's exam week at school this week there are no lessons to teach, so I really didn't have to do any work over half term, which was BRILLIANT. I've had a good rest and reckon I can cope with this term, provided I get some good news next week!
I am definitely getting fatter...
12 weeks and 6 days!!
I have a baby with a beating heart and wavy arms and legs!
Went for the scan yesterday. Turned up to blood tests first, then when we went for the scan we were asked to take part in the research programme from the hospital which meant I needed to give MORE blood (small price to pay for being useful and getting free pictures and extra scans!) after the scan.
Anyway, it was AMAZING. I wasn't amazed at the time, I was too busy being stunned and dazed by the fact that something was alive inside me! Later I got very excited, but only after about three hours of feeling weirdly unemotional. I really couldn't take it in.
Little babe was waving and waggling and wriggling all over the place. S/he kept reacting to the ultrasound probe going overhead and shying away from it. We got some great pictures though. Here is one!
Anyway, we are very excited. We are also going to do the research programme so we will have a more detailed scan than usual at 20 weeks, plus extras at 28 and 36 weeks. DH also has to give a mouth swab, but I'm sure he won't find that too onerous!
Most excitingly of all, I have skipped a WHOLE WEEK! I knew I was ahead of where they thought, but not that much so! That means that our new due date is 17th December, making it much more likely that bub will be born in 08 (strange desire I have) and also that s/he will turn up at Christmas. And frankly if you are going to be born in December, you may as well do it properly!