It's easy, when pregnant (Or really, at any time in life) to seek out the negative of what you're going through- I honestly have not had a rough pregnancy at all...I try to take each day in stride and deal with each new thing as it comes...for instance, while it's not FUN not being able to put my socks and shoes on as easily as it once was, but I TRY to remind myself that the reason for this new found struggle is the baby growing strong inside me, it's also not fun to sleep on my side, or to not have any clothes that fit anymore, or to just feel...Umm...Frumpy every day...but again- it's all about self sacrifice and I'm Ok with making these sacrifices of my normal life so that Baby Boy Laub can arrive in this world in the best shape he can be in! So, nothing has been that bad, and in fact a lot of it has been really good...and in the past couple of weeks, since I really started to show, I have felt like I'm glowing on the inside (Cuz Lord knows I did NOT get that perk of glowing on the outside... pregnancy has given me the worst skin and worst hair I've ever had in my life!)...here is a quick list of a few things that make me smile whenever I think of them throughout my day:
1. Decorating the Nursery 2. Seeing just how big I'm going to get 3. Feeling Baby Laub make stronger kicks and punches inside 4. Seeing Baby Laub move around once my belly gets really stretched 5. Meeting my son for the first time 6. Being referred to as Mommy 7. Rocking my baby to sleep 8. Seeing the look on my husbands face when he meets our son for the first time 9. Helping my son grow strong and mature into the person he's going to be in this world :)
In the last entry, I glossed over some scary stuff that Jas and I experienced during our 20-week appointment. While it's true that the Dr. said he loved our baby again, and that the heart, brain, and spine looked perfect, there was one area that caused him to be slightly concerned. During the ultrasound exam, Dr. Blumenfeld thought he saw a minimal amount of fluid around the babies stomach/bowel area. It was so minimal, that he wasn't sure he should be concerned. While he was leaning towards NOT being concerned, he didn't want to run the risk of overlooking it when it could have turned into something more serious- which Jason and I now appreciate.
Dr. Blumenfeld had us meet him in his office so we could discuss what he saw and what he needed us to do. He explained that the fluid he saw could be called Mild Ascites...something neither Jason or I had ever heard of. Of course Jason was a nervous wreck immediately and just wanted more and more answers from the Dr. Dr. Blumenfeld tried to be vague about everything, but quickly realized that Jason was not going to leave his office without getting as much information as possible. So the Dr. explained that fluid in the babies belly could mean something as slight as an infection, to something as severe as congenital heart failure...awesome. So we left the appointment with heavy hearts. Jason was noticeably stressed and worried, and all he wanted was to hear the baby was fine like we'd heard at every OTHER appointment we'd had up to this point. Jason asked at one point why I wasn't worried, and I explained that I just knew everything was going to be Ok. Call it Mother's Intuition, but I just knew that the baby was ok. I figure that if something is seriously wrong, that the baby would let me know- I wouldn't feel as "Fine" as I do...so that kept me calm and strong for both Jason and I. I asked Jason NOT to Google the condition once he got back to work...did he listen? Of course not. I called him at work a few hours after our Dr. appointment and asked if he'd Googled it...of course, he said "yes...But I didn't like what I saw so I stopped looking" GRREEEEAT! Haha...so now Jason was going to do nothing but worry until our appointment with the ultrasound specialist on Wednesday morning.
The weekend following our appointment was interesting. My BFF flew in and we had a great time hanging otu, but as every day continued I felt myself doubting my Intuition that everything would be fine. Lindsey wanted to go shopping for items for the nursery, but I was reluctant to, just in case something WAS wrong with the baby and we didn't make it ot the point of decorating a nursery- I know, horrible thoughts to be having, but I couldn't help it.
Finally, it was Wednesday morning and Jason and I headed to our 7:30am appointment at the Ultrasound specialists office in Hollywood. First, the sonogram technician came in and told us almost immediately that while she wasn't a Doctor, she didn't see anything wrong with the baby and that in fact, she thought he looked so good and perfect that she could teach people off of him (Mom and Dad start feeling a LOT of relief at this point!). Next, the actual doctor came in, just as the sonogram tech had thought, there was NOTHING wrong with the baby! The Doctor also said that everything looked perfect and that the baby was thriving and progressing just as he should be. She took a minute to explain what Dr. Blumenfeld had probably seen that caused him concern. She told us that everyone has some amount of fluid in their bowels which keeps everything moving smoothly in that area. She also told us that everyone has a minimal layer of fat between the outer skin and the actual stomach- that fat shows up as a black substance on an ultrasound screen- just as fluid does. So with that, she gave us the seal of approval on the baby and told us we had nothing to worry about...Yaaay!
The technology that this place had was amazing- we were able to look at the Babies brain in detail and even see the blood flow (And HEAR the blood flow) in that area, we did the same with his heart, some different places in my reproductive areas and his developing lungs! It was truly awesome. We also got some great new photos of the little guy- we both think he's finally starting to look like a cute...BABY...no more alien! haha. While I think the 3D picture looks a lot like Jason, my mom thinks that the profile picture looks a lot like me and what my profile looked like when I was an infant...so yay! Little baby looks like both parents! Seeing this much detail is almost torture at this point...do we really have to wait 18 weeks before we can hold the munchkin?!?! Ahhhh!
Bottom Line: Both Jason and I feel so blessed to know that our little guy is as healthy as he can be at this point and that everything is going according to text book development.
We're almost at 22 weeks (This Tuesday) and things are going well. My belly has definitely POPPED, and it's quite obvious that I'm pregnant now- which is actually a good thing, I like being able to show the world what's going on! I do need to watch myself though and make sure I don't do too much. This past weekend I spent 12 hours on Saturday helping my brother film a pilot webisode with his production company, and then headed off to a party until 11pm...my belly was so large and tight at that time, I knew I had to get home and just rest. It took a good hour before my body finally relaxed. Then, after 9 hours of sleep, I took a 2.5 hour nap (unplanned!) in the middle of the day! I feel a lot better now, and little one is kicking up a storm, so I think he's feeling good too!
As you can see from the photo below, the Dr. confirmed for us on Thursday that we are in fact, having a son! Jason and I are thrilled with this news! We wanted to have a boy first to start out our family, and we're thrilled that we got our wish! The Dr. is still loving everything he sees...from the heart, to the brain, to the spine and the other bones that are developing! It's really amazing to see all that you can see in the ultrasounds. We got a photo of baby Laub's face and it's definitely going to be a mini-Jason! The Dr. has said from the beginning that they have the same nose, but we've were able to see at this appointment that they also have the same jaw line and chin! I am so excited to have a little Jason running around! And given that he'll be born in the year of the Tiger, they may have a similar personality...which is just fine by me! To see what's going on here, this pic was basically taken underneath Baby Boy Laub...so imagine he's sitting on the ground and your looking up at him...the arrow, obviously is pointing to "the goods" haha :)
We've got another appointment on Wednesday, so if we get more photos at that one, we'll be sure to post them on here too! Thanks to those of you who guessed and voted on the Boy/Girl poll!
Today is the day! Today, we find out for sure if I'm carrying a boy or a girl inside here...at our 12 week appointment, the Dr. thought he saw the makings of a BOY, and said he would be very surprised if he had a different story to tell us 8 weeks later...well, it's 8 weeks later now and at 1:45 we have our appointment to find out what's going on inside there! Since our 12 week appointment, a few people have had dreams that we're having a girl, random strangers have discussed the baby and referred to "it" as a she...so who knows! We want YOUR votes though! No prizes will be awarded...but you can feel special in your own right if you guess correctly :) To even the score I am wearing 1 blue sock and 1 pink sock today...and when I got dressed this morning, no joke, it was somewhat in the dark and I grabbed a pair of pink underwear and a blue tank top! So the mystery continues!
So let us know...what do you think is swimming, kicking and dancing inside my belly? A LaubstO (boy) or a LaubstA (girl)? Click below and vote on the ModPoll website!
Please don't let me get bored, or on bed rest at any point...I'm going to LAUBSTER us right into Bankruptcy! Look at all of these great outfits I found on Etsy.com just by searching for "Baby, Lobster"...Our kid is going to hate us...
When the little one acts up, I'll remind him *ALL* that I went through to get him here safely...sure, I could have taken some Sudafed or NyQuil to get over my cold...but noooo, to keep him healthy I poured saline solution up my nose through an awkward little pot as Daddy laughed in the background!
Feeling MUCH better today...hopefully I'm over this thing :)
After spending the weekend sneezing, sniffling and going through more Kleenex than I even want to think about, I finally got smart and looked up what medicine I can take for nasal congestion... turns out saline nose drops and the good old Neti Pot are both approved for mothers-to-be!
So tonight, while my husband is working hard at school, I will be leaning over the sink cleaning out my nostrils...Lovely.
Baby Laub is still kicking! I think I may be carrying the next Michael Jackson!