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33 week update

16 Oct

Yes! Nearly there. I am now 33 weeks and 2 days. They let me go home from the hospital at 31 weeks and 4 days. Ever since then, I have been chillin’ it out at home. Making sure the little one bakes in the oven a little longer.

The last 2 visits made by the midwife were good. In an hour of monitoring, 0 contractions.

I had a bit of a scare over the weekend. I thought my water started to leak and so I was stressing so bad I wasn’t able to sleep well. The forums on the internet didn’t help at all.

I asked my midwife about it yesterday and he said it wasn’t my water leaking and that I shouldn’t stress at all since the I wasn’t having contractions and the baby is doing real well. That assured me a lot. Whew!

Today, G and I went to the hospital for the follow up ultrasound and doctor’s appointment. It was a fun outing – especially after having been cooped up at home for weeks. The weather was even cooperative.

The little one now weighs 2.1 kilos. A very good weight for her age and the doctor said she has a good mop of hair already and is quite chubby. How cute is that. As usual, we couldn’t really make anything out on the screen, but we were shown the usual limbs, her ear, and organs. We weren’t able to see her face coz she was shy and she was moving a heck of a lot!

I’ve gained 2.8 kilos since last month’s’check up. Not bad. My cervix hasn’t changed since my hospital stint 2 weeks ago. What a relief!

A few more days and the 34 week goal will be reached. Everyone from my midwife to the ultrasound doctor told me that that’s a very positive sign. I just need to keep on resting and not to exert any unnecessary effort.

The problem is that my family’s arriving on Sunday and I’m super excited. I know I won’t be able to really “rest” while they’re here but I’ll try. I’m sure my mom’s gonna make sure I rest in bed anyway – while they go out and explore Paris. Boo!!!

I’m so excited!!!

First mommy swag

1 Jun

Look at what my doctor gave me after my first prenatal checkup.

How cute is that? It’s so cheesy but it was also exciting. I wanted to open it right away. Little did I know that it was actually just a box full of ads and promotions. But still, it was my first official “gift” as a pregnant lady.

The only useful thing here is the cute little “pret-a-caliner” (ready to be hugged) onesie in organic cotton from C&A. And maybe some free stuff from Pampers, although you’ll have to mail something and they’ll give you your first supply of nappies. And maybe a couple of euros discounts from Vertbaudet and Evian.

 

Oh well, free stuff is free stuff.

1st Trimester Ultrasound and Down Syndrome test

29 May

So last week, we did our first official ultrasound. I say first official because I’ve had 2 before this one.

In France, the 12 week u/s is an important part of a woman’s pregnancy. It is when the baby is ‘dated’ – to know the exact due date. It is also when the parents are given a choice if they want to test their baby for down syndrome or the Trisomie 21 test. I was actually surprised at the number of tests a mommy has to go through during her pregnancy. I’ll tell you about those tests later.

Anyway, when I called to schedule the u/s, the secretary asked me if it was my first ultrasound. Obviously I said no. She told me that I can come in at 8 am and I don’t need to have a full bladder for it.

So off we went, all sleepy and excited.

The first thing we saw was the head – and the first thing that came out of the husband was “alien”. Then she started showing us the body – but suddenly stopped. She asked me if I drank anything that morning. I said no because the secretary said it wasn’t necessary, blah blah. The doctor got irritated and went to ask the secretary why she said it. She said it was because she thought it was for the 2nd official ultrasound which is the 6th month one, I think. Fail!!!

So I was asked to drink 1 liter of water and wait for an hour until it descends. Major fail. One, the husband wouldn’t be able to come with me anymore since he had to go to work and two, I hate drinking water. But you have to do what you have to do. By the 4th or 5th glass of water I wanted to vomit everything.

It was all worth it though. After an hour, I was let into the u/s room (sans husband, boo!) and I was able to gawk and wonder at how awesome the petit ourson is doing. The first thing we saw were his legs and feet, kicking up a storm. And he was tumbling. I saw his tiny hands and little nose and he was waving. I didn’t get all emotional though. But I was bottling it all up inside.

And here he is, the little bugger. We don’t know whether it’s a boy or a girl yet though. Besides he was on his tummy and was a bit shy after all the activity he just did. Although I am disappointed that we weren’t given a nice clear photo of his profile. Boo!

After the u/s, I went and had blood drawn for the down syndrome test. The test is 100% paid for by the social security and if there are any problems, then more tests will be made. Good thing is that from the u/s, the nuchal translucency screen was normal so there’s a low risk of ds. Whew.

 

I am sooo glad the 1st trimester is almost over. It was very reassuring to see the baby active and with a strong heart beat.

Exciting!

And so it starts…

27 May

I’m only posting now because (1) I can now look at the word Brazil and read/think of anything Brazilian without getting nauseous or throwing up and (2) I preferred to wait for confirmation before writing about it and (3) the husband doesn’t want me blogging about it – sorry mon ourson.

But I’m blogging this now because I want a way to record how I feel and what’s happening and going to happen. This is a sort of release – for all my thoughts during this time.

So here I go.

(1) I thought I ate something bad in Brazil and so everything about that trip traumatized me for some time. I was super sick during our last week there and cursed all and I mean all Brazilian food.  Also, after a week of drinking caipirinhas everyday I suddenly hated the smell of alcohol. I felt like vomiting every night. It was so not fun at all.

(2) In the Philippines, I think people announce it as soon as they get the big +. We preferred to wait until the 3rd month before announcing it to our friends. My family knew about it before that of course but they were the privileged few. If you call a Filipino family ‘few’. But our friends had an idea of what was going on. We see them almost every week and ever since we came home from our Brazil trip, they’ve been noticing that I haven’t been drinking alcohol and that I haven’t been eating my all time favorite saucisson sec  during aperos. I think the real give away was when I refused to eat foie gras. And I NEVER refuse foie gras.

(3) I don’t remember why the husband doesn’t want me to blog about it. I think it had something to do with privacy and security or something. He’s probably right – but no one reads my blog anyway 😉 Besides, he can’t do anything about it now.  *insert evil grin here*

 

So now after all that explanation – you should know what I’m talking about.

 

We’re going to have a petit ourson or petite ourson, we don’t care as long as the little one is healthy. It’s a start of a whole new adventure.

Right now I’m concentrating on not trying to stuff my face with everything I see – and then vomiting it after 10 minutes.

I’m praying that his will be a smooth and fabulous pregnancy. Wish us luck everyone!!!