~ Countdown Mode
I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to start this entry . . . which is kind of how I expect to start the next three or four entries.
We are in countdown mode until our 18-week scan and we don't see our OB-GYN until the week after that and I am not too sure what to feel until then.
I try not to place too much weight on that scan, but it really will be momentous for us. For me anyway. I think of it like the final locked door that we can either open to happiness and surety, or leave locked to yet more sadness and fear. A bit dramatic, but when all you can do is wait, the imagination unfortunately has ample time to manipulate intuition.
That's when we will get a detailed scan of our baby's anatomy. That's when we will get the most comprehensive indication so far that all is well, some is well, or none is well at all.
In the meantime, I feel in limbo a little. I have started thought-talking to my little baby at night, just telling it that we love it and hope it is safe and warm and happy in there. I put my hand on my lower belly and repeat the mantra: stay safe, healthy and strong, all through the pregnancy and beyond.
But always, always, a thought slams my reverie and reminds me to be careful. Don't form a bond, don't get too close. Just in case.
I am also thinking a lot not only about the one-year anniversary of the day my last pregnancy was induced, but also surpassing the term I reached last time. 16 weeks and four days.
By some strange coincidence, the two dates fall within about a fortnight of each other. I have felt weightier with the same sadness we experienced back then . . . or maybe it's all that water retention? I guess I am flashing back to all the horrific emotions we felt last September. And wondering if we will have to endure them again this time.
But then I remind myself that this is now and that was then. The past. Hopefully we have a new and happier future in store.
Otherwise, I wore my first maternity top last week. It was actually to hide a regular pair of pants I put on to go to work. Oops, I noticed as I pulled them up, can't quite get those top buttons done up. Cue the safety pin and a mental note to buy one of those belly belt things, and before you could say baby bump, I had an enormous random flap of fabric sticking out the front of my stomach that would stand out like a redhead in China if I tried to hide it with a regular top. I needed to hide it, so reached for the pile of maternity gear a lovely friend had given to me just weeks before.
It felt a bit tenty, but it was a relief to actually place pieces of clothing on my person that didn't cling as tightly as everything else seems to.
I really must start researching safe exercises and yoga for pregnancy!