On one hand this is all good. I am officially 27 weeks pregnant today and in the third trimester. I have not seen the third trimester in five years so this is a HUGE milestone moment. Praise God! And I know the discomfort I am experiencing early this morning is because of the enormous amount of progesterone I take per NaPro Technology, it literally slows down my entire gastrointestinal system to a point I have never experienced in my life. But hey I am 27 weeks pregnant!! I just really need to do a better job with my diet (Smashburger last night = a bad idea), staying on top of my fiber supplements (Miralax, colace, magnesium), water intake and walking. So much to do and right now my sunshine baby has a virus so we have been homebound.
I haven't blogged in what feels like forever. I wanted to do an update at 20 weeks/ at the half way point around the time of baby girl's anatomy scan but I got sidetracked.
Baby girl is doing so well. I was so anxious about her anatomy scan but everything went well. Thanks be to God! We got to see every inch of her precious body and even got to see the four chambers of her heart in color: red and blue. It was amazing! I teared up and squeezed Rick's hand. Rick did not cry this time, his eyes were on the screen the analyzing everything. He even asked the sonographer a strange question about if they baby had enough room to grow. I guess that was a concern of his??? We definitely both have some extent of PTS (Post Traumatic Stress). We learned that the "bubbles" one sees in the sonogram are actually the baby's umbilical cord. It took us six pregnancies to learn that. ;) We also saw baby girl moving her hands and legs which is such a blessing. Through our various support groups we know how important the 20 week anatomy scan is and we have so many friends who were crushed by devastating news during their scans. So our nerves were running high. Our sonographer at the time was wonderful and also brandnew to us so we told her our pregnancy history at the start of the scan. That part is hard, having a new sonographer for each sonogram thus far and updating them on our history. I wish we could have just been permanently assigned the first sonographer who prayed with us during our eight week sonogram.
After our wonderful 20 week sonogram I was in shock for quite a while at such good news after everything we have experienced. Incredibly greatful but in shock. I even asked my MFM's partner for her thoughts on why does she think this baby is healthy now??? She was taken back and asked me what did I mean. I asked her if she had a theory or some sort of scientific explanation to which she said, "we don't know." I guess we will never really know what if anything has made all the difference all we do know is that if I were to get pregnant again for a seventh time I am going to have to do everything I did this sixth time which the thought of is extremely exhausting. A NaPro Technology pregnancy is a whole lot of extra work and cost.
Shortly after the wonderful news of baby girl's health I got lectured on my progesterone supplementation by my Dallas MFMs. They apparently feel I do not need to be supplementing and are concerned about me getting constipated because of the extra progesterone. I was even warned about the possibility of getting impacted and needing a procedure to physically remove my stool. Talk about a scare tactic! ;) I was also told that progesterone supplementation could cause one to go past their due date, have a failed induction (I've been there before with Sofia although unrelated to progesterone) and needing a CSection because of said failed induction. My main MFM was harder on me than her partner who basically said, look I have not experienced your losses and if this helps you get through this pregnancy then I understand. That right there was so comforting! Houston of course wants me on progesterone until further notice which feels like forever! I hope to come off supplementation around the 33 week mark. We shall see.
For some reason I was really nervous about my 24 week sonogram. My MFM scheduled me out for four week sonograms for a few weeks, then every two weeks and then every week. This is standard when seeing a MFM. Some moms have even more frequent sonograms. I made the mistake of drinking a chai tea latte before my 24 week sonogram and therefore was really jittery. We had yet again a new sonographer who was all business. She was so quite when taking baby girl's measurements that I began shaking from the waste down. So then I explained to her why I was shaking and told her our pregnancy history. She started to talk a little bit more after that. We then saw our main MFM and she gave me some homework. She told me she wants me to "enjoy" this pregnancy. To basically worry less and enjoy more. I want that too! It's just so hard/ scary after everything I/ we have been through. That afternoon I decided to "enjoy" by videotaping Sofia's reaction to baby sister's 24 week sonogram photos. If I knew how to upload a video from my iPhone to my blog I would do so in the space below. ;) A photo will have to suffice.
Anyway, please pray for me to "enjoy" more. I have done little things that have helped but also kind of tug at my heart strings. We all went to Buy Buy Baby and got a new education on carseats and strollers. I have bought a few cute little outfits, some with matching outfits for Sofia. I bought a couple of crosses for baby girl's wall of crosses. I splurged on AG maternity jeans and a couple of dresses for the upcoming holidays. I booked our Christmas Card Photo Session set for this Saturday afternoon. I have researched birth photographers and narrowed it down to one. I am still in the process of researching and interviewing doulas along with newborn photographers. Some of that is more overwhelming than enjoyable but I am forever greatful to be a point in pregnancy where I can do these things.
Please keep all of us in your prayers this third trimester and if you have any ideas on how we/ I can enjoy this pregnancy more please share!! I think family photos is a biggie.