Gender Reveal Party

There are many differences in opinion when it comes to finding out the gender of a baby during pregnancy.  I respect everyone’s individual decision, but personally, I could not wait until the baby was born to find out.  We didn’t do anything special to announce we were having a girl the first time.  This time, my sister-in-law mentioned that we should have a gender reveal party.  It sounded like a fun idea, so that is what we did.  When I went for my big anatomy scan ultrasound, the technician asked if I wanted to find out the gender.  I told him I didn’t want him to tell me, but I asked him if he could write it down and seal it in an envelope for me, which he did.  I wanted to be surprised with everyone else!

I took the envelope to my mom’s house, and from there she would drop it off at the bakery we got our wedding cake from.  It was such a tempting ride to her house, being alone with the envelope next to me.  I knew I wouldn’t be cheating anyone but myself if I looked, so I resisted the temptation.

It was a long 2 and a half weeks waiting for the party, but the day finally came.  It was a small party, with just immediate family and a few close friends.  I had a wives tale list circled with my experience this pregnancy.  I then asked people to write their name on a sticker and guess what the baby would be.  If they thought it was a girl, they put their name under Team Pink, and if they thought it was a boy, they were on Team Blue.  Before we found out, we took a picture with each group.  The majority was Team Pink.

Dessert Table

Dessert Table

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Team Blue

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Team Pink

Team Pink

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I am so thrilled we are having a boy!  I was so surprised; I was convinced until the minute I heard someone yell boy that it was a girl!  Now the struggle is coming up with a name.  We keep the name a secret until the baby is born, although this time we may not even be able to agree on a name until he is here!  For now we will call him “squirt.”

My First Pregnancy

I wish I would have written about my first pregnancy sooner, like ohh 2 and a half years ago.  I definitely plan to write about my current pregnancy a little bit as it is happening.  I don’t remember a lot of little details, but I will summarize the things I do remember.

I got married September 29, 2012, and it was at that point that my husband and I decided we wouldn’t necessarily try to get pregnant, but we also wouldn’t do anything to prevent it.  October 12 came around and I was feeling SUPER exhausted.  I worked evening shift at the time, and I would have to set my alarm to wake up at 11 am.  I had a pregnancy test laying around, so I took it.  I was shocked to see a very faint second line.

First positive pregnancy test

First positive pregnancy test

I thought maybe I was seeing things, so I sent a text with a picture of the test to my sister.  She thought it was posititve, but she of course convinced me I needed to get a digital test to confirm.  On my way in to work that day, I stopped and picked up a digital.  I took it in the locker room at work and BAM…

Digital test confirmed it!

Digital test confirmed it!

At this point I was bursting with shock and excitement and nerves.  I was trying to come up with a cute way to tell the hubby my whole shift.  I stopped at Meijer on the way home and picked up a bib.  I put the bib and the digital test in the shopping bag and gave it to him.  He was of course asleep because he had to work the next morning.  He pulled the bib out and said “I don’t get it.”  I told him there was more in the bag, and that is when he found the positive test.  He was shocked too, but he seemed happy even through his sleepy eyes.  20121013_135241

I made a Dr appointment for a few days later, and they drew blood to confirm the pregnancy.  2 or so days after the appointment, the doctor’s office called and said they wanted me to have labs drawn again.  They said the lab levels were very low, so they weren’t sure I had a viable pregnancy.  I was so upset.  I cried, called in to work, and immediately went to the lab.  I stopped at my mom’s after, and I was visibly upset.  I had to tell her why I was crying.  It wasn’t exactly the way I had pictured telling her I was pregnant.  Fortunately a few days later the doctor’s office called saying that the lab had appropriately doubled.

When I was 7 weeks, I had really severe pain in my lower abdomen on one side.  I went to the ER, where they immediately wanted to rule out an ectopic pregnancy.  After the ultrasound, the Dr came in and said the pregnancy was intrauterine, and that it appeared there were two yolk sacs.  In one there was a fetal pole with a heartbeat, but there was nothing in the other.  She said I may be having twins, but only one was developed at that point, and only time would tell if the second one develop as well.  She thought the pain I was having was round ligament pain, and that I was probably experiencing it early because of the 2 yolk sacs.  By my first OB appointment, the second sac had reabsorbed.

Throughout the first trimester, I would have occasional bouts of nausea, and I vomited every time I brushed my teeth (yuck!)  I was extremely tired too.  Just when I thought the second trimester would be better, I was struck with sciatica.  My exhaustion improved a little, but I continued to get sick when brushing my teeth.  The doctor recommended physical therapy for the sciatic pain, but it continued throughout the entire pregnancy.  My leg would give out unexpectedly, and I would get stuck in sitting and lying positions occasionally.  Overall, I tried not to let my discomfort hold me back.  We went on a cruise when I was 24 weeks and had a great time!

Carribean Cruise at 24 weeks

Carribean Cruise at 24 weeks

It took a couple of attempts to find out the gender of the baby.  At my first anatomy scan, the ultrasound tech wasn’t sure, but said if she had to guess, she would guess girl.  At the next ultrasound, the tech confirmed we would be having a baby girl.

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At around 28 weeks, I started having some painful cramping that would come and go.  At L&D triage, they found that I was contracting pretty regularly.  My OB put me on “modified bed rest” for 2 weeks.  I was instructed to spend most of the time sitting with my feet up, but I was allowed to take occasional short trips out of the house.  After 2 weeks, she checked me and found that I had no cervical change, so she allowed me to return to work doing 4 hour shifts instead of 8.  I continued that until the end of the pregnancy.

Savannah was a very active baby.  I felt movement constantly!  When she wouldn’t move for long periods of time, I would get concerned because that was very unusual for her.  I made several trips to triage for them to monitor her, but fortunately she was okay each time.

When I was around 36 weeks pregnant, I woke up with pain in my chest.  Whenever I took a deep breath, it felt like a knife was piercing my chest.  Even with shallow breaths I was in a lot of pain.  After talking with a nurse in triage, she recommended we go to the emergency room.  After a couple of scans and many uncomfortable hours, they diagnosed me with pleurisy.  I was offered a narcotic, which I declined.  Fortunately, the pain got a little better each day.

My doctor decided to induce me at 38 weeks because I had high blood pressure.  I was scheduled to go in on the evening of June 11.

The rest of the story will be continued when I write the post about my labor and delivery.

37 weeks pregnant

37 weeks pregnant