Wednesday, May 23, 2012

OB appointment 17 weeks 4 days


My husband Will and I met with the OB today.

And wonderfully, amazingly, all still seems to be going well.

She did an ultrasound and I had my usual immediate thought that the baby had died, but she was fine. This week, we could see her swallowing fluid on the ultrasound. The OB said this is a sign of an intact neurological system. So Yay! My tiny daughter is a champ at drinking her own amniotic fluid!

My blood pressure and weight checked out fine. The OB also answered our questions about my continuing nausea, almost constant leg pain, and fatigue. (I know - can you believe that these are my current "serious" complaints?! I am so lucky). It looks like compression socks may be in my future. The nausea and vomiting are likely to get better in the next month, but may not resolve completely. All that is ok. I am thrilled to be pregnant. Thrilled to be at this place. Still incredulous.

We also would like to take a vacation at the end of June so we were asking the OB's opinion on the safest places to go. She said Europe or Hawaii are both fine, but in Europe, we have to watch the cheese, can't have proscuitto, etc. So that makes me think we might prefer it post-pregnancy. So it seems likely that we will head to Hawaii!! I think the flight will be a bit tough, but it will be a wonderful trip if we can do it.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the little one. To me, it looks like she finds her head intolerably weighty. Poor thing!! She's propping herself up on my placenta!

Mo

My head is sooooo heavy!

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49 comments:

Carly said...

Many prayers your way!
Have a Suneday!
Carly

Kalisu said...

I love seeing updates from you. It makes me very happy.

myfertilityjourney said...

Love seeing your adorable little baby girl!! So glad everything is going sooo perfect!
Hawaii sounds like a great idea!

Anonymous said...

She reminded me Rodin's Thinker! :) Congrats Mo! So thrilling that all is going well!!!

It Is What It Is said...

So very happy that things continue to progress both normally and smoothly for you (minor inconveniences of pregnancy notwithstanding).

Good job, mama!

TheThirtiesGirl said...

Hawaii is a rough flight from the east coast. Make sure to bring your compression socks. It's a great time of the year to visit though.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, Mo, you sound so happy. It makes me happy. And Hawaii will be lovely!

Lorraine said...

Definitely compression socks! When I was pregnant I got the full-length hose and cut the top to make it comfortable. I just whip-stitched a few times around the snip to keep it from running further.

Hawaii is such a perfect place to go and just relax! Sounds like a great getaway. Let me know if you want a stopover in LA on the way there!

Anonymous said...

Your daughter is so freaking cute. Congratulations!!!

Nepsi said...

o0o0o0o Hawaii is beautiful but you might want to do things pregnant women can't like surfing lessons etc. I hope you have a wonderful babymoon. :)

TeeJay said...

She's adorable! Glad things are still going so well. Yay for taking a vacation. We still have yet to plan anything.

White Picket Fences said...

Holy crap!! 17.5 weeks. Seriously. 17.5. WEEKS. Not days. Mo!! Sooooo wonderful. I couldn't be happier for you.

Dora said...

LOVE the tone of this post! Hi baby girl. Mwah from Auntie Dora.

Jen said...

So cute...she looks like she's slumped over on a big fluffy pillow after a tough day :-)

Anonymous said...

she looks very comfie. sweetie pie!

really? hawaii? it sounds so, so far away. how long will you be gone for? i worry for you, mo! but at the same time, i think- the fact is that things are going GREAT! why not go to hawaii?! good for you. bring those compression socks, take it easy, maybe build some time inbetween flights?

how wonderful to read the simple words 'my husband and i went to the OB...' ... and the OB said to go to hawaii!! woowee!

Brave IVF Girl said...

Hooray! Glad your complaints are manageable. :)

Hawaii is great - you'll have lots of fun.

S/V Lucky Lindy said...

Fab news! Wow it just keeps getting better. Wishing all good vibes your way

Anonymous said...

Big brains are HEAVY! So glad to hear the news you've been sending out... Hawaii sounds lovely; does Florida have crazy great beaches too?? Maybe easier on those feet of yours with a shorter flight... My husband used to go to Captiva Island with his family when he was 'younger'! haha... A holiday is always a great idea! Happy planning! xoxo

aryanhwy said...

She said Europe or Hawaii are both fine, but in Europe, we have to watch the cheese, can't have proscuitto, etc.

Having recently been (successfully) pregnant while in Europe, I can say that the hype about cheeses/meats/etc. is something that really only the Americans worry about. During the first trimester I was told by my Dutch midwife to avoid fresh cheeses, but that they were fine later. Hard cheeses were never an issue, nor cured meats. One thing that was interesting was that either smoked or cured fish was ok, but not fish that had been both smoked and cured, since there was something about how the processes interacted that increased the chance of bacteria. The only food I really seriously gave up while pregnant was alcohol, and even then I'd still have a small taste of my husband's beer occasionally (it just isn't fair going to an micro-brewery festival 7 months pregnant!).

But of course I wouldn't recommend you do anything that makes you uncomfortable, and having done both the trans-Atlantic trip and traveling in Europe (we've hit Belgium, the UK, Germany, Denmark, and last week Sweden) post-baby, I can assure you that if you come to Europe after your little girl arrives, you'll have a good time.

CAS said...

wonderful news! I keep thinking positive thoughts for you and praying!

newbie said...

Oooh, Hawaii. One of my favorite places for a relaxing beach vacation. So much more interesting and beautiful than the Carribean (at least in terms of landscape). I have been many, many times and recommend going to either the Big Island (amazing, unbelievably varied nature there) or Kauai (quieter, really laid back, lush). I hope you have an amazing time wherever you go. And congrats on 17 weeks!!

newbie said...

Oooh, Hawaii. One of my favorite places for a relaxing beach vacation. So much more interesting and beautiful than the Carribean (at least in terms of landscape). I have been many, many times and recommend going to either the Big Island (amazing, unbelievably varied nature there) or Kauai (quieter, really laid back, lush). I hope you have an amazing time wherever you go. And congrats on 17 weeks!!

Emily Erin said...

We went on our babymoon to England and had a blast. It was easy to skip the (very few) things that I shouldn't have and there was so much to see! We did a bus tour and so we got to see a lot while still 'taking it easy'. Yay for one more good OB appointment!

glamcookie said...

Look at that beautiful baby girl! Have a wonderful babymoon!

R. said...

Amazing amazing amazing news! Enjoy Hawaii!

Heather said...

Woo hoo! Great ultrasound pic. Glad to hear everything is going well. Sorry to hear about the complaints, but I'm sure they will all be worth it. I think a trip sounds like a great idea!!!

jnbjourney said...

WHOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! So thrilled!!! Prayers continue daily for ya'll and little miss!!

irrationalexuberance said...

You sound fabulous. I am so happy for you.
wrt vacationing -- we went to Rome and Paris, two of our favorite cities, when I was about 22 weeks. It was fabulous, despite my swollen feet. The only thing I really avoided were the raw milk cheeses and raw food (oysters, tartare). But Hawaii is also wonderful, and the idea of not having to suck in ones stomach in a bathing suit is very appealing. If Hawaii, highly recommend the 4 seasons maui and big island. Both awesome.

luna said...

her spine is gorgeous! what a great shot.

I think it's more than just the food in europe. you may tend to be far more active, exploring, doing, walking, pushing it, etc. while you can be super active in hawaii too, you can also just lounge in the sun, float in the ocean or pool, sip coconut mango smoothies and take leisurely walks in the sand. it may be more relaxing and easier on your body. europe can be fabulous but also exhausting, ykwim? if you choose hawaii, be sure to find out what fish are safe to eat in any quantity. fun!!

Chickachick said...

Seriously sexy spine! So darn happy for you. XOXOXO from Los Angeles!!!

Chickachick said...

Seriously sexy spine! So darn happy for you. XOXOXO from Los Angeles!!!

Rebecca said...

Wonderful news! I'm so happy for the three of you that everything is continuing to go well and be uneventful (relatively speaking - I know it's still nerve-wracking at times). I love that you can see each of the vertebrae in the spine.

Brid said...

Hey, so this is a little late, and as such, you may not get it, but when I was pregnant, my legs and ankles swelled to a horrific size... after the boy was born, I had back and hip problems so I went to a massage therapist... he told me they can 'drain' the leg and ankle fluid. It's more like re-distributing the fluid throughout the body than draining, but might help with the legs.
Checking in daily and hoping with all hopes for you three! I got the goose-bumps when you said 'My tiny daughter'!! We're always thinking of you.
xo

Claire said...

Am here breastfeeding my baby daughter reading about yours. So happy for you xxx

thisamerikenyanlife said...

Several days ago, I stumbled upon your blog while looking for something else entirely - I don't even what remember now - and OMG. I read the entire thing from the beginning; what an intense rollercoaster. You guys deserve all the happiness a wanted pregnancy can bring. Keeping my fingers crossed for you, and sending positive vibes from over here in Kenya! (Although, small world; I'm a transplant from Upstate! Columbia County!)

Best,
Megan
http://thisamerikenyanlife.wordpress.com/

Anonymous said...

Update please? I'm sure no news is good news, but this long-time reader is still on pins and needles for you! :)

Anonymous said...

Could you please write an update? I hope all is well! Alina

Anonymous said...

Agreed, agreed -- long time reader looking for an update; most importantly -- hoping all is OK with you.

Becky said...

also checking in...hoping all's well!

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across this blog tonight (a post from 2010) and have read every single word since then.  My husband and I have lost 4 consecutive pregnancies and are currently 6w1d pregnant with a looming ultrasound tomorrow morning.  I cried tears of sorrow and tears of joy through the last two years of your journey.  Thank you for sharing the emotions.  And mostly thank you for the hope.  I don't know how to walk into tomorrow's ultrasound feeling good, but after reading your blog, I feel better.  Thank you eternally.

I plan to keep following and keep cheering you on!
-Jodi

Anonymous said...

Yes, please update us soon! Hoping everything is still great. :)

Nissa said...

Trying not to get nervous! Sending prayers & positive vibes your way! Hope you're just busy. :-)

Anonymous said...

Also getting nervous and hoping all is well with you and baby xox

MINDYE said...

Ditto. Praying all is well.
MindyE

Anonymous said...

Where are you?? Maybe just a one word update? Please? Good. Bad. Fine. Awful. It's been a week...I am praying.

Anonymous said...

Worried about you. (and obsessively stalking your blog for an update.)

Hoping and praying that everything is going well.

CK said...

Worried...update soon?

Angela said...

Add me to the worried list! Hope all is well!

Lydia said...

Even though I live in Europe, I would recommend Hawaii for a more relaxing babymoon. We stayed at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, and each morning went snorkeling with wild sea turtles. I think you'll have an amazing time.

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