What a busy week!
Kicked off the week with our first OB visit. It is hard to rest easy in a pregnancy with higher risks and the fear of miscarriage never leaves once you’ve felt the pain so this first appointment was a welcome relief from worry. Green lights all the way around and most importantly to Baby A was that we received the green light to continue nursing.
After 11 months, nursing Baby A (and pumping when away at work) is a large part of my day. I’ve heard stories from friends of “so and so’s doctor forced her to stop breastfeeding” or “research shows it is dangerous to your pregnancy” that lead to nightmares of abruptly ending this mother daughter bonding time or worse yet risking the health of this tiny heart growing. Though none of my research could give definitive answers that this was unsafe, I still felt the heavy weight of what if I have to make this decision before I am ready… and way before she is ready. Thankfully, the OB had very little concerns about continuing to nurse. Of course, he reminded of the importance of nutrition, hydration, and rest but no concerns of danger for the baby nor me. He did mention that supply sometimes decreases and boy are we seeing that! I’ve added an extra pump through the day and so far we are surviving.
That day must have been my lucky day because he also offered up an impromptu ultrasound! I saw a Maternal Fetal Specialist through my pregnancy with Baby A who monitored, among others things of course, our use of Lovenox. Since I am again doing the daily Lovenox injections, and since the MFS happened to have an opening, and hour and a half later I was lying on my back in a dark room getting the first few glimpses of Baby B!
Heartrate was 154 so old wives tales would say it is another girl! Not sure how much weight I put in that but Steve sure likes me thinking it is a girl since he is hoping this baby will come out a rough and tumble boy already equipped with a football helmet and pads (I know, I know, here comes more mommy fear). Since I was sure Baby A was a boy until the Tech told me otherwise, Steve is now convinced that whatever I suspect this baby will be, it will actually be the opposite.
We also finally told my mother-in-law that we were expecting this week. Of course she was super excited and when we parked at her house to take Baby A trick or treating it was hugs all around!