As I’m pretty much at the end of the second trimester and things are starting to get a bit harder now I wanted to reflect on all the great things that have happened over the last 6 months.
Sometimes when I’m in pain it’s easy to get a bit down in the dumps so writing this post has really helped cheer me up and put the ‘magic’ back into the pregnancy.
Two little pink lines
On 21st May 2015 I found out that I was pregnant with bubba number three. It was about 8:50 in the morning just after I’d dropped the boys off at school, to be honest I really didn’t expect it to say positive and was just doing the test for piece of mind. I then had to wait until after the boys had gone to bed that night to tell my hubby, it was so difficult not to pick up the phone and call him straight away. It was also really hard not to tell close family and friends as I was so excited. My hubby wanted to keep it a secret until 12 weeks but I couldn’t help myself and told our parents and a few close friends after a couple of weeks, he was a little bit cross with me!
The 12 week scan
We took the boys along to the 12 week scan on 16th July 2015 as they had broken up from school at this point. It was great to see our little bean on the screen and I think it made it more real for the boys. I was over the moon to find out that all looked good with the baby and actually they put my due date forward by 4 days. In 12 weeks the baby had gone from a ball of cells to looking a little bit like a baby. We told the boys I was pregnant at 8 weeks and each week I had been showing them the weekly update on the pregnancy + app but I think it was hard for them to understand it was real until they saw the baby on the screen.
Finding out the gender
I’m not the most patient person and I couldn’t wait to find out the gender of the baby. Almost everyone we knew guessed we were having a girl and on the morning of the scan I actually felt a bit nervous that I was going to disappoint people as I was sure it was a boy. Just hubby and I went for the scan as I wanted to share the moment just the two of us and find a fun way to tell the boys. We went to a lovely ultrasound clinic close to where we live and they took their time explaining all the bits and pieces and checking the baby over. When they told us we were having a girl I burst into tears, they must of thought I was slightly crazy, I was convinced it was a boy.
Hats off to all those couples who wait until the birth to find out the gender, I think having that level of patience is great. My husband could have quite happily waited for the surprise, I on the other hand needed to know. We have no baby items at all anymore so I wanted to know whether I should buy pink or blue and also for me I think it’s helping me to start bonding with the baby before she’s born.
Telling the boys was really fun too, we got some pink balloons and put them into 2 cardboard boxes, that way when they opened them up they would know if it was a girl or a boy. They are so excited to be having a little sister, I think they’re imaging she’ll be easier than another brother so they’re going to be in for a shock!
20 week scan
We all went to the scan together as it was just before the boys went back to school. This time we could see a lot more on the scan and now she looks like a real baby. The sonographer was fantastic, he really took his time looking at all the different parts to make sure there were no problems. He also talked to the boys and explained what he was looking at and showing them the blood moving around the babies heart. They were a bit upset that they aren’t going to see the baby again until she arrives as that’s another 20 weeks for them to wait.
The first kick
From about week 17-19 I was feeling a few butterflies but nothing that I could really say was a kick for sure, it just felt like a bit on indigestion. In week 20 I definitely starting to feel proper movements which was really exciting, it gave me the reassurance that everything was OK with the baby. I know that mum’s who have already had a baby may feel movements a lot earlier than this, my placenta is at the front so I think this stopped me feeling the kicks any earlier. Only a week later my hubby got to feel her kick for the first time too. Now that I’m 25 weeks pregnant I’m starting to see a pattern in the movements and which times of day she’s more active.
So there we go my top 5 highlights from the first 2 trimesters. Leave me a comment and let me know what have been your most exciting moments.