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ultrasound 01 Rewind: 12 Week Appointment + Testing

I COMPLETELY FORGOT to update the blog with details of our 12 week appointment. I signed up to have all of the ultrasound images texted and emailed to me after each appointment. I’m so glad that I did. It’s really fun to go back and look at them and also not have to worry about if I lost the physical printout. (We don’t get as many printouts as we do images when they’re sent to us.) The photograph above is the little baby who appears to be sucking his or her thumb. The technician did tell me that the babies don’t know how to do that on their own at the 12 week mark, but if they happen to put their thumb in their mouth, they will suck on it. There’s your random fact for the day.
 Rewind: 12 Week Appointment + TestingThis appointment was for taking measurements and checking for Down Syndrome. The image above shows the baby’s brain, which appears to be growing exactly as it should be right now. Yippie! (Hopefully he or she gets D’s smarts!)

The next few images I wasn’t expecting AT ALL. I didn’t realize we would get to see the baby in 4d at this appointment. HOW FREAKING COOL. I love this!

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I really, really wanted to share the ultrasound video the technician took from the beginning of the appointment, but I’m not able to upload it. WordPress is hating me at the moment. I’ll describe it instead. Our little baby was quite, quite active. It looked like my insides were a trampoline! Bounce, bounce, bounce! The technician was saying things like, “Come on, little guy, cooperate with me!” She was not referring to the baby as a boy, but just using “guy” as a phrase, I think.

Ultrasound Stats:

Date: July 25, 2013
Measuring: 12 Weeks, 1 Day (my appointment was on my 11th week, 6th day)
Due Date: February 7, 2013 (The technician informed me this date wouldn’t change, even if I measure ahead/behind in the future.)
Heartbeat: 167
Next Appointment: August 29, 2013

Important Findings: The baby did not appear to have any markers for Down Syndrome or other indicators for anything wrong, health wise. I did the NT Scan and had lots of blood work done. A week later, I received a phone call to say that the chances for the baby having Downs is extremely minimal and everything else looked great as well.

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Baby Irmagerd (our tentative nickname for Baby B) is growing well and looking great! At our next appointment, they may be able to tell us the sex!

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I’m feeling so, so good these days! Tired, but that’s just a result of being busy with work and life right now, I think. As always, I’m a bit behind updating, but I’d rather be behind and still update than not do it at all. Silver lining.icon smile Weekly Diary: 13 Weeks

  • How Far Along: 13 Weeks  (HELLO, SECOND TRIMESTER!)
  • Total Weight Gain: Still right at the 2-3 lb. weight gain mark. I look really bloated though and feel like I’ve gained more weight than I have.
  • Maternity Clothes:  A positive I’ve come to realize lately is that before getting pregnant, I lost about 30 lbs. When I was looking through one of my drawers recently, I noticed some shorts that had been too big, but now feel more comfortable since my belly is poking out. I’ve been wearing those a lot instead of purchasing maternity clothes. I’m procrastinating on buying more as much as possible!
  • Stretch Marks: Negative. (But I do think this will happen. When I’ve weighed more in the past, I’ve had faint marks on my sides.)
  • Sleep: Going much, much better. I feel really comfortable with my giant pillow, and I’m not getting up nearly as much to go to the bathroom. I have been busier overall and just not has a much time to sleep, but I don’t feel terrible. 
  • Best Moment Last Week: One of my BFFs, Estelle, came to visit for a few days. We did fun things like touring around Austin and relaxing at the pool. She got to meet our foster daughter in person and it was just really, really amazing to be able to talk in person. I introduced her to one of my other BFFs, Katie, and we had a delicious dinner together. I really, really am thankful for all of the girl time and that D was so awesome keeping our foster daughter so I could have time alone in the evenings with E. I felt like there was a huge void after she left though.  // Another huge blessing is simply moving into the second trimester. WE MADE IT. I’m so much less scared and more comfortable with my pregnancy now. So thankful.
  • Miss Anything: I just feel really fat right now. I hate, hate, hate complaining about this, but let’s be honest — I’ve never been super comfortable in my own body, but I’m constantly concerned about how I look in my clothes these days. I don’t feel pretty and my stomach does not look like a bump as much as it does a pudgey belly.
  • Movement: Nuh-uh.
  • Food Cravings: I have wanted chicken a lot lately. I am trying really hard to eat well. Really hard.
  • Food Aversions: Not really. Nothing I can think of.
  • Gender: We still don’t know, but I do think we’re officially leaning toward finding out. Everything with baby girl (what I refer to our foster daughter as) is completely up in the air. I think it would be nice to have ONE thing that we would know.
  • Labor Signs: HA.
  • Symptoms: For me, it’s really been true that when the second trimester came around my symptoms completely disappeared. I mean, I didn’t have a ton of them to begin with, but I feel more energetic, sleep better, and don’t feel like I HAVE to take a nap for hours every day. I haven’t gagged while brushing my teeth and taking my vitamins has gotten easier again.
  • Belly Button In or Out: In.
  • Wedding Rings On or Off: On.
  • Happy or Moody Most of the Time: Happy, happy. I am getting more emotional though. A lot, lot, lot of things make me cry these days, but they’re usually all happy tears.
  • Looking Forward To: Baby girl’s birthday party, leaving for vacation in Florida, and my next appointment on August 29th.
 Weekly Diary: 13 Weeks

13 Weeks, 1 Day (click to see a bit larger, wordpress is condensing it)

 

 

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Things have really picked up for me lately. I’ve been a lot busier than normal — home visits for our foster daughter, a court hearing, photo sessions are in full swing again, and weddings begin this weekend. Let’s hope that my energy level can keep up! All that said, I’m behind on my blogging so I’m going to do an update for the last two weeks. Hopefully I can remember all that was happening.

  • How Far Along: Technically 13 weeks as I’m writing this, but updating it for weeks 11 and 12.
  • Total Weight Gain: I’m still hovering between a 2 and 3 lb. gain (total). It just depends on the day.
  • Maternity Clothes:  I haven’t purchased any new clothes since my last update. I’ve been using the Target version of the “belly band” with my shorts lately. Most of the time I could still zip them up, but in my 12th week, that wasn’t even happening. This band is like magic though; I’m glad I’m still able to wear my own shorts when I need to, but I do mostly hang out in dresses and skirts the majority of the time.
  • Stretch Marks: Negative.
  • Sleep: I finally purchased a pregnancy pillow. Oh, sweet HEAVEN. I bought the Leachco Back ‘n Belly Contour Pillow and man, I’ve been sleeping so much better. Thank goodness we have room on our bed for this thing; it’s massive! I really do feel pretty distanced from D at night, but I think we’re both sleeping better since I’m not constantly tossing and turning quite as much. 
  • Best Moment Last Week: We told all of our grandparents we are expecting AND we announced, publicly, on our anniversary that we’re having a baby. First things first — the grandparents. I called them all on Thursday, July 25th and asked each set (D’s maternal grandparents and both sets of mine) to lunch on Saturday, July 27th. I told my grandparents we just wanted to get together with them to celebrate our anniversary with a lunch. My paternal grandparents thought this was a bit fishy and thought there was some kind of news, but since we have our foster daughter, they thought maybe we had an exciting update pertaining to her. When we arrived at the restaurant, where I’d reserved a table for all of us, I had to try really hard to keep a straight face and not seem crazy over-excited. (I was so nervous!) I made boxes for them (I’ll post a photo below) that included the scratch-off announcements I purchased from Etsy, a penny, some crinkled tissue paper, and our latest ultrasound picture from July 25th (this was hiding under the tissue paper). I wrote them all notes as well, letting them know how excited I am for them to become great-grandparents. Everyone was pretty shocked! It was the best, best day. I am so thankful our parents helped us keep the secret and that we were able to get them all together on the same day. I didn’t think it was going to work out, but YAY! — it did! On our anniversary, July 31st, we went “facebook official”. I’ll include a photo and the wording I used there as well below. I cried the majority of the day because I was so overwhelmed by the flood of encouragement — facebook messages, texts, comments, tweets, etc. — that we received. This baby is going to be so, so loved!
  • Miss Anything: Feeling comfortable cuddling up next to D in bed. My pillow is like a huge barricade and even though we hold hands, it’s just like we’ve got this giant wall between us!
  • Movement: Nuh-uh.
  • Food Cravings: Not particularly. I haven’t noticed anything weird lately.
  • Food Aversions: Again, not really. I think sugar is giving me headaches so I’m staying away as much as I can.
  • Gender: Don’t know yet. Debating right now whether or not we want to find out.
  • Labor Signs: HA.
  • Symptoms: The weirdest thing happens when I brush my teeth — I gag so much. It’s the worst sensation and in my 11th week, it got the best of me and all my breakfast ended up in the bathroom sink. I called D at work, crying, because I had to get our foster daughter to her visit with her mom and I didn’t know how to clean up the mess and I was so grossed out by it. I thought I was going to run late and I was so upset I’d actually thrown up. I wasn’t expecting it at all; all of a sudden, it just happened.
  • Belly Button In or Out: In.
  • Wedding Rings On or Off: On.
  • Happy or Moody Most of the Time: Happy. Elated, really. I get a little cranky when I’m tired, but I’m just so stinkin’ happy.
  • Looking Forward To: Our upcoming vacation to Florida, getting past these few busy weeks I’ve got, and having my energy back in the second trimester!

Boxes for Grandparents and Scratch-off Announcements:

 Weekly Diary: 11th and 12th Weeks

Video of Grandparent Announcement:

D and I With Our Anniversary Cake:

(One of my grandmother’s completely bought the anniversary lunch story and brought us a cake to celebrate! Here we are holding it before we cut into it!)

 Weekly Diary: 11th and 12th Weeks

 

Facebook Announcement: 

I didn’t want to be completely obvious when I announced our pregnancy on Facebook. I posted a pretty random-looking photo and a bit of text. You had to read the text to figure out we are expecting. From the comments, I could tell if people hadn’t read all the way through. I kind of liked being a little bit subtle about how we posted it. I was so completely overwhelmed by everyone’s comments. I kind of want to screenshot them all so I can remember that day forever and ever.

Here’s the photo:

facebook announcement Weekly Diary: 11th and 12th WeeksAnd the text:

July 31, 2004: the day I married Dustyn, the sweetest, kindest man I know. Today is our 9 year wedding anniversary, and what a sweet day it is. Each year I find a hand written note from Dustyn somewhere around our house. This year, it was perfectly placed on top of my disorganized diaper bag and I simultaneously laughed and began crying. Today is a really special day for us – the day we get to share that coming February 7, 2014, there will be another Blasig family addition. The placement of his letter and the words of joy and excitement written inside about our family and this upcoming year were so sweet. We continue to hope and pray our foster daughter will become ours permanently, but we also rejoice and are so thankful for this miracle of life growing inside of me. Happy 9 years, Dustyn. Here’s to many, many more and a growing family.

 

  • August 2, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    Katie - I love the sweet confusion from your grandparents in the video!!

  • August 2, 2013 - 12:41 pm

    Katie - Oh and that pillow looks AMAZING!! I’m not pregnant but I want one! haha

  • August 2, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    fromheretomotherhood - What a beautifully worded facebook announcement! I love the video of the grandparents all finding out as well. Obviously your grandparents told you some of the usual advice (stop trying/thinking about it and if you adopt you’ll get pregnant – but with a spin in reference to your foster daughter). I heard much the same from friends and family and since we got pregnant naturally, I think some people felt vindicated in telling me I just needed to relax :) Oh, and that pillow! That thing is like my snoogle times 2!!!! Massive, but looks very comfy.

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I wake up at absolutely ALL times of the night to go to the bathroom. It’s just part of being pregnant and slowly, I’m getting used to the break in my sleep. A fun thing happened a few nights ago, though, when I was climbing out of bed to make another trip to the mother land.

I sleep with lots of pillows. This particular night, I had two on my right side that I was snuggling with (I still haven’t decided which pregnancy pillow to purchase, and therefore, have not bought one). I’d already gotten up two or three times for a bathroom trip. Just as I was about to push myself over the mound of pillows, D grabbed my arm:

D: Don’t do it. Don’t climb the fence.

M: WHAT? What are you talking about?

D: They’re going to keep you!

M: *laughing* Who’s going to keep me? What fence?

D: *unintelligible responses*

It’s no secret that my husband talks in his sleep. I’ve got some pretty great memories of his middle of the night “chats” with me. I suppose all of my back-and-forth to the bathroom had him in a light sleep, but he was so freaked out that someone was going to kidnap me. Of course, the very next morning, he had no recollection of any of this. I love, love reminding him (randomly) about these happenings because he just doesn’t believe they’re real. He things *I* dream them.

Silly man!

  • July 23, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    Theresa - HAHA! My husband did this once too and when I realized he was sleeping I almost died laughing!

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Thirteen days shy of a year ago, I began taking Metformin. My periods were completely out of whack. They ranged anywhere from 40+ days to, at one point, nine months in between them. For nearly THREE years since I had gotten off birth control my life was a ball of insane hormones. Thank goodness I’ve got an incredible man by my side because I’m not sure how many would have dealt with the constant insanity.

But back to my point.

About two weeks ago, I began realizing that every time I took my morning dose of Metformin (I was advised by my new doctor at my first ultrasound appointment to continue taking it), an hour or so later, I would feel like death. Well, maybe not so bad, but I was nauseous and rushing to the bathroom because I felt like I needed to throw up. BUT, I also felt like I was going to have diarrhea. I know, not the most glamorous visual. One day I even had to call D home from work because I felt like I wasn’t able to keep a close eye on our foster daughter. What misery.

So.. I began skipping some of the morning dosages to see if my sickness was related to the Metformin. Sure enough, I’d feel like a million bucks on those days. Earlier this week, I used the messaging system (I suppose it’s like email) to contact my doctor to see if I could stop taking the Metformin or swap to something else. Quite frankly, I really wasn’t sure why I was still ingesting the stuff every day. I was never, ever diagnosed with PCOS (it’s typical to take Metformin if you have been). My blood sugar levels were a-okay and I’ve never been diagnosed with diabetes. I was told I was only taking it to regulate my cycles.

After a bit of back and forth communication with the nurses, we were finally able to talk on the phone today. After confirming all of the above, she spoke briefly with my doctor and came back on to say, “M, you definitely don’t have to continue the Metformin. Feel free to stop taking it.”

HALLELUJAH!

Oh my goodness. I am so excited that I don’t have to worry about this anymore. Every time I was skipping a dosage, I was wondering if I was doing something I shouldn’t have been, but I just couldn’t justify making myself sick when it didn’t seem I needed to be taking it. So hopefully, hopefully there will be less of the running to the bathroom and wanting to lie on the couch and sleep 90% of the day because I feel sick.

Adios, Metformin!

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