April 2, 2011

One plus one equals three

Well, at long last, the news you’ve been waiting for. Not only are we moving to a new city this year, buying a house, and starting a new job (Jrex), we’re ALSO going to juggle becoming the ‘rents.

Yup. I’m 12 weeks pregnant. (pause for cheers and hugs)

We just had the second ultrasound. I’ve been wanting to post about all this for a mere 10 weeks, but the superstitious side of me was scared that if put in writing, it might not happen. Somehow seeing something that resembled a human on this last ultrasound has helped me feel more comfortable with the idea of starting to hope we might meet this little person. It was really cool to see a head (huge!), spinal column, arms, legs and a steady heartbeat.

The doctor said the baby is 5-6 days ahead in terms of size (5.63 cm), which means that thus far, we’ve got a big baby. Jrex reminded me of his mom’s travail in birthing him. His head was really big and it took her two days to push him out; as he puts it, he was a ‘butterball’. I guess it’s good that I’ve got these handy Germanic hips if the kid’s going to take after Dad.

Since I’m an old lady, I get to do an amnio in early May. My OBGYN had her first kid at 38 and as she put it, “By the end of the genetic counseling session before the amnio I’m thinking, ‘I get it! I’m really old. Let’s move on!” She’s very bummed that she won’t get to deliver the baby, but is insisting that she still gets to be one of the godmothers.

Because of the baby, we’re doing the move in two parts. End of June the movers take everything and Jrex and I drive out to close on the house. Then I get to nest with a vengeance while he comes back here to finish up his work. He’ll come back in late August to have a couple weeks off before starting work September 6th. I’m due in mid-October so we’ll have time for a couple quick prenatal classes and then wham! Welcome to the land of diapers and sleepless nights.

Overall everything is going really well. I’ve been properly ill. I love the description in The Girlfriend’s Guide that it’s not ‘morning sickness’, it’s ‘progesterone poisoning’. If actual illness is a 10, my nausea never got to 10, but I had many, many days where it was a perpetual wave between 6 and 8.5. My wonderful husband made me food and was patient and nice about it all. Fortunately, that phase seems to be ebbing a bit.

So, ‘real life’ begins with a vengeance, huh?


Snickollet said...

You are pregnant! CONGRATULATIONS! I am so thrilled for you! (I'm also a proponent of piling on the life changes, so bravo to you for tackling many milestones with aplomb.)

Can't wait to hear about *all* of your adventures.


Rachel said...

Yay!!!!! Congratulations. I'm so happy for you guys. We moved right after our daughter was born. In some ways it's easier to meet people when you have a baby. Can't wait to hear all about your journey.

Christa said...

I am a long time reader, not often commentor who had to say congratulations!!! I am 23 weeks pregnant after two losses, so I know the mix of excitement and fear, especially in the early weeks. What a great way to begin your life in Texas.

Everblest said...

Congratulations! Wonderful news.

mary said...

Yay! Congrats! =) Lots of changes for you this year, huh? =)

Anonymous said...

How wonderful for you! Big congratulations on your baby news.

2011 is certainly turning into the year for babies. My husband's youngest daughter is having a baby in 10 weeks and I'm thrilled there will be another baby to cuddle.

I hope you'll share some photo's along the way. Perhaps you might consider a private link where people who have been vetted might have access, but your privacy would still be protected.

Aimee said...

Congratulations! How exciting! I'm so happy & excited for you!

If you have any amnio questions, don't hesitate to ask. I had 2.

For nausea, try really sour candy or lemondade. Or try Sea Bands!


otr mama said...

So here's the cultural question: Does the baby need to be male? Or will just smart and beautiful do?
Love to you both!

sarah said...

agh! jumping up and down in excitement for you and the hubby! WOW! what awesome news! congratulations!!!!

Inkling said...

Yeah!!!!! I am so excited. Finally, God says yes to my many requests on this front!!!!! I am thrilled enough that I would do cartwheels in your honor if I knew how to do them. =) You guys and this precious little one will stay in my prayers all the way through. Bless you guys!

Lil'Sis said...

OHMY!!!!! YAYYY!!! Congrats, just catching up on bloggies, so so happy for you both!! Many prayers answered:) Huge smiles over here for you all!

mama nabi said...

I am so happy for you guys!! I've been waiting for this news since I've started reading your blog, WAY BEFORE you guys even thought about having a baby. :-P (Don't I sound like a typical ajumma??)


beloved said...

BIG BIG congratulations! I am so excited for you!!!!
"Since I’m an old lady, I get to do an amnio in early May."
Haha. I hear you. I was also of "advanced maternal age" when I was pregnant at 39. I opted out of the amnio and all the other prenatal testing. I hope it goes well for you!

Mizasiwa said...

yaya yayayayayayayayaayayayay!!!!!!!!!11 im so excited for you!!! (its not normal to be this excited for someone youve never actually met is it?) anyway im really happy for you all the best of luck for everything.