Weeks 9 & 10 ~ Still Yucky but a Beautiful Heartbeat
I didn't write anything about week nine because there wasn't anything new or excting to write... unless you wanted to hear more about my increase in nausea and general overall nasty feeling. There has been some relief with the vertigo though I tested positive again when I went back for my follow-up visit. So now I have four weeks of nightly exercises at home until I go in for another follow-up. It's difficult especially because the exercises make you feel more dizzy to begin with so you're supposed to do them right before bed so you can rest afterwards. BUT, I feel most nauseous from the pregnancy right before bed so that doesn't make it easy by any stretch of the imagination.
Anyway, week 10 included some fun. We had our first visit with the midwife. I'm going to the same office that I did with my last pregnancy though they've added a new midwife. My husband got a new job last September and it is literally about half of a mile up the street so it'll make it easier for him to come with me to appointments. Did the usual bloodwork, family history questions, etc. All of my vitals were good. I've gained 6lbs so far which is about average for me at this point. Our favorite part was definitely listening to the heartbeat. There is something so amazing about hearing that little heartbeat for the first time. Not only is it reassuring to know things are going well, it's such an amazing reminder of the miracle of pregnancy. To have a child knit in the womb, from the tiniest cells to a full blown newborn is simply amazing. And though I don't like all the "side-effects" of pregnancy, I do not take one tiny bit of it for granted. I'm so very grateful.
We're prepping for our last spring birthday party the Saturday (as all of our kids have birthdays February - May). My daughter loves rainbows and colors of all types so we're doing a theme around that. It should be fun. Then no more birthdays in this house until December! We're see if it's mine or the new baby's (who is due to arrive on my birthday).