Good News

Everything is fine for now. The placenta has moved and is no longer a previa. Yay! And, my daughter is perfectly fine with a nice, healthy heartbeat.

Did you catch that? My DAUGHTER! IT’S A GIRL! Her name is Lucy Jane. We’re *so* excited. Now I just have to get used to the idea and calling her by her name. It’s kind of strange!

There was some not so good news. I have a clot, which is likely what caused my bleeding this morning. So far it’s not threatening the baby, but if it’s still there in two weeks it may become a risk and I’ll be referred to a high risk doctor. So, for the next two weeks I am on bedrest. It sucks. I was so over it after the first two days, and now I have two more weeks.

We’re just thanking God that everything is ok with little Lucy.

Prayers Needed Desperately

I woke up this morning and was full-on bleeding. We’re heading to the doctor now, and I am freaking out and pleading with God not to take our baby. Please don’t tell me everything’s going to be ok. Please just pray for us.

Bedrest

I had more spotting. I am now officially on bedrest until at least Thursday. Sigh. Apparently, my placenta is irritating my cervix and causing the spotting.

On the bright side, the doctor told Joe that at this point the risk of miscarriage, and he thinks she’s lumping a ruptured placenta in with that, is very, very low. That’s reassuring. She also told Joe that Smudge is a healthy and happy baby, just what every parent wants to hear. I’m sure everything’s going to be fine, but it definitely can’t hurt to take it easy.

It’s a Girl! Or….a Boy!

*Someone* (I’m not naming names, Smudge) needs to learn how to cooperate during ultrasounds. I went to the OB today after I started spotting this morning. It was light spotting, but when you have a placenta previa they want to see you when you have any kind of spotting. The placenta has not moved. The doctor seemed a little surprised, actually, that it was in the same spot. I’m now starting to wrap my mind around the thought that it might not move.

The doctor did an ultrasound to check my placenta and the baby. The baby was fantastic and was happily bouncing away in its little sac. She had a heartbeat of 156 bpm, and the doctor could not stop laughing at how active it was, and she tried talking to it to see if it would stop or at least slow down a bit. When she checked between the legs she said, “I don’t see a penis jumping out at me,” at which point my heart skipped a beat. Then she said, “But there’s a white line there that could either be a penis or a shadow.” I said, “So you don’t know,” and she said, “Nope.”

Talk about anticlimactic.

I’m actually glad I didn’t find out today since Joe wasn’t able to go, but I felt like she had gotten my hopes up a little too. But, we should find out in 11 days!

On the spotting front, I’m on serious restrictions. I can go to work, but I can’t stand or walk around more than once an hour. If it continues, I have to go back. I’m just ready for the worrying to subside!

14 Weeks

14 week belly shot

I feel like I look *huge* now! I’m sure the only maternity dress I’ve been able to find isn’t super flattering on me from behind, but man . . . makes me cringe just looking at this picture!

In all seriousness, do you think my belly looks too big for 14 weeks? It’s funny because I know where Smudge is since we listen to her every day, and yet the top of my stomach is so big too. Maybe that’s normal? I don’t know. I’m trying not to worry about it; I just start thinking about what the scale at my OB’s office will say in 12 days since my scale battery died and I can’t weigh here at home.

In other weekly news, the round ligament pain is gone for the most part. I still have twinges every now and then, but it’s nothing like the constant pain I was having for the last couple of weeks. My boobs are still sore, especially at night when I’m sleeping, and I’m still peeing all.the.time. It’s insane. I’ve read that eases up in the 2nd trimester, so I’m waiting for that to happen.

We are *really* enjoying listening to Smudge’s heartbeat every day. It took us a couple of days to really find it well because there are so many other noises in there, but we’ve definitely found it. It sounds like a horse galloping or a train moving. 🙂 Today her heartbeat was between 150 and 160. She always has a very high, strong beat, which makes me feel really good. According to the old wives tale, that heartbeat means she’s a girl. I don’t put much stock in those theories, though. I guess we’ll just wait and see.

I’m counting down the days until our next appointment. I’m anxious to not only see Smudge but to see if my placenta has moved at all. I have mixed feelings about the previa. I love that we get monthly ultrasounds because of it, but I’ve also read more about it, and if it continues through the end of the 2nd trimester and into the 3rd trimester, it can become serious. I’m just trying to take it one day at a time, though, and remember that as of now my doctor isn’t too concerned.

The Beat of a Heart

Our nightly routine has changed slightly. Every night before we turn off the light and kiss each other goodnight, we pull out our doppler, put it on my belly and listen to the lub-lub-lub of Smudge’s heart. Then, when we’re done, we put our hands where Smudge is. It’s the best way to end the day.

We got our fetal doppler a couple days ago, and we’ve been having doppler parties ever since. The first night, we tried it out as soon as we got home from work and, once we found Smudge’s very strong and loud heartbeat, we called our parents to let them hear. It was a lot of fun to be able to share that with them.

14 week doppler

Later that night, we listened again before bed, and Smudge had moved from the right side to the left. She was on the left again last night too, which makes me wonder if we’re seeing a pattern with her. It’s pretty interesting.

What I love about this doppler is that it has a display of the heartrate which makes it easier to find Smudge since both of our heartbeats sound the same.

14 week doppler

It’s quite different than the dopper we tried about a month ago which was circa 1977!

doppler 10 week

I don’t know if we’ll keep it after our month is up. We don’t *need* it, but it’s definitely fun to have around. We’ll just have to wait and see.