Monday, July 9, 2012

Some news

Although I haven't been posting, I have been writing, and it's time to go public now.  Even though I found out 11 weeks ago today, I still can't quite believe it's true: D & I are going to have a baby and Baby Beanie is due on Christmas Eve!

So, more for my own benefit than anything else, I've been keeping a weekly pregnancy journal, which can be found in all its neurotic glory here: Baby Beanie, week by week

But in case you, understandably, don't want to immerse yourself in the tedious details of my gestation, I've excerpted the first and last couple posts to share with you below.

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St. George's Day, April 23 - Week 4 +3

Looking back, the signs were there, but I dismissed them.  I didn't want to get my hopes up.

The previous Friday, we had simultaneously closed the sale of our house in the U.S. and found a new (smaller - uh, oh!) place to rent in Britain in order to escape the rat hole.  Then on Sunday evening, D and I were watching a property search show, and the featured couple announced midway through their home search that they were expecting a baby.  As we had recently noticed how often that seemed to happen on these shows, D remarked on it once again.  I said, "Do you know what else is strange? We just sold one house and rented another and I'm a few days late."

D looked at me with a surprised little smile.  I said, "Perhaps I should wait until Tuesday and then take a pregnancy test."  He nodded eagerly and we spoke no more of it.

I woke up the next morning and took a look at the calendar.  Yep, officially as late as I'd ever been.  So I decided not to wait anymore.  A few minutes later, the pink line appeared.

I crept upstairs, woke D with a cup of tea and quietly told him, "We made a little baby!"


July 2, Week 15 - Nothing to see here, folks

Though I'm not showing at all and have only gained 4 lbs (3 in the first three weeks after that positive test!), there are visible signs that both D and I can see of Baby Beanie's growth.  When I first wake up, before I'm up and about and gravity tucks everything back down below, we can see an actual tiny bump - and baby still has a definite preference for the right side of my tummy.  My uterus has grown enough that some mornings its top has migrated nearly up to my belly button, though it is usually about 3-4 fingers lower.

On Sunday morning, Baby Beanie had uncharacteristically wandered over to my left side and nearly up to my belly button and there was a sharply visible protrusion that, had it been later in pregnancy, I would have sworn was an elbow.  As I chilled out in bed for a few hours, that same sharp bump wandered around my tummy until Baby Beanie settled back into the customary lower-right-side location.  I started to wonder if I was feeling some sort of cyst, but later on Baby Beanie must have changed position, and the bump returned to its normal taut, smooth and round shape.  Maybe it was Baby Beanie's bottom?

Baby Beanie is supposed to be about 10 cm now (almost 4").  When I think about the rate of growth, its astounding - that's nearly 30% since the scan.  I do want to document progress of the bump in photos, and that wouldn't be complete without a "before" picture for reference.  I'd best get that taken soon, before Baby Beanie catches me out and makes a surprise appearance on my waistline.  Might be any day now... or it might be months.  I do have my fingers crossed for one of those discreet "basketball up the sweater" pregnancies that can't be detected from behind.

July 9, Week 16 - The Wanderer

Ever since last week, when the mysterious "bump on the bump" appeared, I've been visited more and more frequently by this odd phenomenon.  It moves about from down near my bikini line to more than halfway to my belly button.  Sometimes it's very easy to trace its dimensions, which are roughly baby-sized (about 12 cm now, a little shy of 5 inches, after another burst of growth last week), and sometimes the thing isn't perceptible at all.  A very scientific search of google reveals that I'm not the only one to experience this, and the general consensus is that it's baby.  Baby Beanie, if indeed it is, nearly always makes an appearance when I wake up.  So I lay there for a few minutes with my hand over the taut little lump, trying to connect with the little one and detect any movement. (Nothing yet.)

I had my 16-week appointment with the midwife today.  She measured my still outwardly invisible uterus at 15 cm and then had me lay back so we could listen to the baby's heartbeat.  She warned me it might be a bit difficult to find and not to panic if so... but as soon as she set the doppler wand on my tummy we could hear it, galloping away at 147 bpm.  She even heard the baby kick, though I didn't realize what I was hearing until the moment was already past.  It was so reassuring to hear the little ticker beating away.

I described the "bump on a bump" to her and asked what she thought it was.  Unfortunately, the thing was in hiding, so she couldn't actually feel it at the time.  To my disappointment, she guessed it might be a fibroid or maybe even a part of my bowel.  Which means all this time, I might have been communing with lumps of poo.

19 comments:

  1. AAAAAHHHHHH! Congratulations! This is very exciting news and I look forward to reading about your experience!

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    1. Not that I'm all about becoming a mommy blogger or anything, but I'll definitely keep you posted.

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  2. Congratulations!!! I have been waiting and hoping for this post for a while and finally it's here like rays of sunshine on a very, very wet day.

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    1. Ugh, Drew, don't even get me started about the weather. This is brutal, isn't it? I keep reminding myself that the news keeps trumpeting the wettest three months EVAH... so I suppose it must get better sometime soon, right?

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  3. Congratulations, what lovely, lovely news! Ah, a British baby too - it'll come out drinking tea and complaining about the weather :)

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    1. Thanks, Helen... you've got it right on the money about a British baby - definitely according to plan. What amuses me is that Baby Beanie's also going to have a British accent and call me "mummy" (which still only makes me think of dessicated Egyptians) :-)

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  4. Congratulations!!! This is wonderful news.

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    1. Thanks Hannah - we're thrilled to bits!!!

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  5. Congratulations! Post a bump photo when you can, please.

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    1. Thanks Rebecca - your kind words are especially appreciated, given your own experience. I'll definitely post bump photos... whenever the bump finally makes an appearance!

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  6. Woot!!! That is so exciting! Best wishes for a healthy and easy pregnancy.

    Also-- "communing with lumps of poo." Bwahaha!

    I am looking forward to following the development of the bump. :)

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    1. Hi Sadie - thanks very much! Without wanting to jinx myself, I must say the pregnancy has been a doddle so far - fingers crossed for the next six months too.

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  7. Wow! Congratulations KB, I am so happy for you and D, what wonderful news. A little Beannut on the way. Fabulous stuff.
    and LOL communing with lumps of poo, that made me really laugh out loud. At least you can say you have your S$#t together hehehe.

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    1. The scope for sh#t jokes here really is quite wide. Maybe if I bond with a little sh#t now, Baby Beanie won't be a little sh#t later! :-)

      Thanks very much for congrats on the Beannut! (Love that, BTW)

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  8. Oh my - thats so exciting. And a lil bambino born on the right side of the ocean too. can't wait to see the journey. x

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    1. Thanks Em - we're so pleased to be having a little Brit!

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  9. Well, well! Congrats to you! What a thrilling time in your life, no? :D

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  10. Well, well! Congrats to you! What a thrilling time in your life, no? :D

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    1. Hi Leo - thanks very much! Everything seems to be falling into place. :-)

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