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Ultrasound on August 28, 2013: 16 Weeks, 6 Days

Ultrasound on August 28, 2013: 16 Weeks, 6 Days

We had an appointment on August 28th. I am not sure if I should say I was 16 weeks or 17, but to be exact, I was 16 Weeks, 6 Days along. This was just a pretty easy-going appointment. We weren’t there long and only got one photo of the baby. The technician asked if we wanted to find out the sex, and we excitedly told her that we’ve decided NOT to find out. To be honest, she seemed so relieved. It really made me think about the tons of pressure they must be under to always find out. I don’t know a ton of people that have waited; it seems almost rare. Archaic.

Alas, we saw the baby for a brief period of time and everything is looking absolutely great. Our little wiggle worm was much more complacent this time, but the tech said that she would have had trouble telling us the sex had we wanted to know. Overall, the appointment was very brief. The doctor came in after the technician left. We discussed pre-natal vitamins. He recommended that I take over-the-counter pre-natals instead of spending all the money on the prescription ones because to him “they’re all the same.” I was pretty intrigued by this because it seems every doctor I’ve been to has pushed prescriptions on me. I felt like he didn’t have an agenda.

Ultrasound Stats:

Date: August 29, 2013
Measuring: I wasn’t told at this appointment because this is the point where all babies start growing at different rates.
Due Date: February 7, 2013
Heartbeat: Also wasn’t taken at this appointment.
Next Appointment: September 26, 2013 – our big anatomy scan!

Important Findings: The baby looked great and seemed to be growing well! The doctor and I spoke about the pre-natal vitamins, but also about weight gain. I asked him what I should be expecting or trying to maintain throughout my pregnancy. He said he never gives an exact number and doesn’t like to put serious stipulations on it because he doesn’t know exactly what it’s like to be pregnant (and never will). He said that my weight gain (5 lbs. at this appointment, total) seemed healthy and right on track. He wasn’t concerned at all. I personally know weight gain is going to happen, but I am trying to be really careful because I think being a new mom and stressing about losing the weight post-delivery will feel overwhelming; I will just want to focus on being a mom and not having my insecurities control my life. I just don’t want to be out of control.

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Baby Irmagerd is doing great. I’m feeling fantastic. Time seems to be flying by. I can’t believe I’m so behind on updating the blog that I’m sharing the 16 week ultrasound before our sonogram tomorrow. Ooops!

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  • September 25, 2013 - 11:07 am

    fromheretomotherhood - I take prescription prenatals mainly because it saves me money. Because of my husband’s health benefits, we only pay $5 per prescription filled, so it’s $5 for a 3 month supply of vitamins for me instead of $20+ a bottle for the over the counter ones. As for the weight gain, everything I read recommends 25-35 lbs total in a pregnancy if you start with normal BMI. I’m 35 weeks and I’ve gained 41 lbs. Ooops! But my doctor doesn’t appear concerned and I know many people who went over the recommended amount and both they and their babies were healthy. So I am trying not to worry.

  • September 25, 2013 - 11:16 am

    cirquedebaby - My prescription prenatals, with insurance, were $50 for a month supply. It was absurd! After talking to my doctor, I went to Costco and purchased one of their giant bottles, plus extra folic acid because he did tell me that might be one thing that isn’t as high in the over-the-counter ones. After sitting down and comparing every single ingredient, the over-the-counter ones had an almost identical quantity if not higher amount of each vitamin in the prenatals. And I paid $18 for a 5 month supply instead of $50 each month. Isn’t that insane? Also! I cannot believe you’re at your 35 week mark now! TIME IS FLYING. Are you so, so, so excited!?!

  • September 25, 2013 - 3:14 pm

    fromheretomotherhood - That is insane! I live in Canada so I know our health care is very different. We don’t need insurance for things like doctor’s visits or medical tests or treatments like chemo or surgery, but prescriptions aren’t covered unless you have some kind of private or employer subsidized benefits. But with those benefits, the coverage can be very good. My work covers 50% of prescriptions and won’t cover prescription vitamins at all. DH’s covers 100% minus a restocking fee, which is $5 at our pharmacy. In your situation, I definitely would have gone the Costco route as well!

    Super excited, a little scared and finding it a bit hard to believe that the baby will really be in our arms before too long. The excitement is definitely the overwhelming feeling though!

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Obviously I’m just terrible at this. I haven’t updated for FOUR weeks? What’s that about? Well, to be honest, not a whole lot is changing. Well, maybe changing isn’t the best word. Things are changing. The baby is growing. I’m doing well. BUT — there isn’t a whole lot to report as far as symptoms or movement. I’m definitely in that “feel good” period where I don’t notice that I’m pregnant really. I’m not sick and I can’t feel the baby yet.

  • How Far Along: I’m 18 weeks today, but I’m writing about weeks 14-17.
  • Total Weight Gain: At my doctor’s appointment last week, I weighed in at +5 lbs (total)
  • Maternity Clothes:  My mom took me on a maternity clothes shopping spree. Holy moly! I am so thankful for her. Without her, I think I would be feeling gross in dresses that don’t feel like they fit correctly anymore or my boobs would be hanging out awkwardly. True story. I got one pair of jeans, two pairs of shorts, a few tops, and a dress. These have been pretty much all I wear. I do wear non-maternity shirts if I can, but I usually have to pair them with a tank top underneath because they feel too short.
  • Stretch Marks: Negative.
  • Sleep: I’m sleeping okay. I wake up a lot in the night to go the bathroom, but I do have to admit that doesn’t happen every single night. I like my pregnancy pillow, but I hate, hate, hate the pillowcase. It’s really rough. I end up putting another pillow close to my face that’s softer. Needless to say, I don’t think it’s reduced my need for tons of pillows. I’m probably taking up more space now than ever.
  • Best Moment Last Week: Lots of awesome things have happened! My friend Estelle came to visit us from NYC. She spent a long weekend with us and we toured all around our lovely city. We went to the beach in Florida for a week with D’s family and had a ton of relaxation time. I celebrated my 28th birthday last weekend! I feel like my stomach has definitely popped and I look like a pregnant lady instead of just a blob-lady. Overall, it’s been a really GOOD several weeks. (Hence why I’ve had zero time to update the blog!)
  • Miss Anything: I feel like I cannot eat well anymore. As in, I think I want something particular to eat based on the memory of how something tasted to me pre-pregnancy. I’ll fix it or order it at a restaurant and UGH — so not what I was hoping for. This has happened more times than I can count lately. I swear it’s like I’ve been given a new set of taste buds.
  • Movement: For the last two or so weeks, I’ve felt little, tiny flutters. They’ve said it will feel like a butterfly, and that’s exactly what it’s like for me. Nothing absolutely definite yet that feels hard or made me react like “OH MY GOSH!” D can’t feel anything yet and when it happens, it’s not consistent.
  • Food Cravings: Not so much. I’m just trying to eat healthy. (Maybe that’s why the food tastes so unsatisfying?)
  • Food Aversions: I still don’t want Mexican food so much. It used to be my favorite thing in the whole wide world and now I feel very “eh” about it.
  • Gender: We’ve decided we’re going to be Team Green. We’re not finding out! A SURPRISE BABY!
  • Labor Signs: Um, no.
  • Symptoms: Nothing is really happening. Some days I feel more tired than normal, but it’s not an every day occurrence. I feel really, really great. I’m starting to be a little more comfortable with my body. I was really struggling with accepting the way my body was changing. I’m not a skinny person to begin with, so this has been an adjustment for me. It’s like I have to throw self-consciousness out the window because I am supposed to be excited and PROUD of a growing belly, exactly the opposite of what we normally strive for — a nice, flat tummy.
  • Belly Button In or Out: In.
  • Wedding Rings On or Off: On.
  • Happy or Moody Most of the Time: Elated. So happy. Very excited!
  • Looking Forward To: The end of my upcoming wedding season. I know that sounds so terrible, but once I’m done photographing weddings, I think I can spend more time nesting. I’m also just anxious for us to really get a bit more organized and to focus on decorating the nursery. Eeep!

What I Look Like Right Now (as of yesterday):

SEVENTEEN WEEKS, 6 DAYSAnd a Past Photo, too… (no make-up, not dressed well, etc. from when we were in FL):

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Ultrasound 01

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.
Ultrasound 02This 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.:)

  • 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.
13 Weeks, 1 Day

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:

ways to announce pregnancy

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!)

Anniversary Cake for 9 Year Anniversary

 

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:

how we announced our pregnancy on Facebook And 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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