~ The Results Are In
Well, we finally got our IPS results and the news is great! They came back completely normal! That means we are not at high risk for Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, or the dreaded Trisomy 18 (which is what they believe the last baby had and why we lost it). I am so relieved I cannot even put it into words. I realize that there is still a long way to go and that things could still go wrong, but I just feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel like I can finally think of this as a real pregnancy now, and, even better, I can start shopping for the baby!
I'm also starting to get excited about next week's ultrasound. I can't wait to find out if we're having a boy or a girl. I keep thinking of the baby as a girl (I have slipped and called it "she" once or twice), but I think that that's more wishful thinking than intuition. Just for fun I did some of the online gender predictors, just to see what they say. The Chinese one that's based on numerology says it's a boy, but the ones based on old wives' tales (including such random things as which direction your pillow faces and if your husband is gaining sympathy weight) all say it's a girl. I know these don't really work, but it was fun doing them. Now I just have to wait for the ultrasound. I really hope that the baby cooperates - my cousin's baby hid herself for every ultrasound! I will be so disappointed if we don't manage to find out on Tuesday.
As for non-pregnancy related news, it has been busy week. Our party went well, although there were a few last minute cancellations due to the continuing transit strike and a sudden snow storm. It was hard to avoid all the tasty-looking desserts, but I managed to get by with just a nibble from Aaron's plate. I am now finished all of my exams except one, which is on Sunday (I know, who puts exams on Sunday?). I don't have to study much for it (it's an English exam), so I have had this week pretty much free. A friend took me out shopping on Monday and I got a lot of my Christmas shopping done, and on Wednesday I managed to finish the shopping at some stores within walking distance of my house. This transit strike has really been a pain, but we're managing thanks to the help of friends and family. We still haven't put our Christmas tree up yet (I think this is the latest I've ever gone without a tree up), but we have the rest of the house decorated. It's hard to believe that Christmas is next week.
As if I wasn't already busy enough getting ready for Christmas, my week got more hectic yesterday when Aaron woke up with a rotten cold. He's hardly ever sick, but he had a burning fever (101.5) and ached all over. He had already made plans to work from home because of the transit strike, but he ended up spending the day in bed. Fortunately I was feeling pretty good, so I could manage taking care of him - it's a nice change, he's usually the one waiting on me. However, by the end of the day I was starting to feel really run down, and the two of us went to bed around 8:30pm. He seems to be feeling much better today, but I think I'm going to try and take it easy. The last thing I want is to get sick for Christmas (or while I'm pregnant).
Well, I think that's all for this week. Since my next entry will come after Christmas, I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday, and I hope to have some exciting news to share next week.