We hit 22 weeks gestation last Friday!
I wish I could say the last two weeks have been fairly uneventful, but that's just not so. Shortly after my last update, our doctor's office called to let me know the results of our ultrasound. The ultrasound showed an echogenic focus on the heart and an echogenic bowel. "Echogenic" refers to brightness on an ultrasound; white is bone, and black is fluid. When there is too much white in a place that should be fairly dark, it is noted in the ultrasound report. Echogenic spots are soft markers for genetic disorders. On PEI, if your ultrasound shows two or more spots, you are automatically sent over to Halifax to the IWK Children's Hospital for a second look by a specialist.
Let me just say this: it's scary to get a call from your OBGYN nurse saying that there may or may not be something wrong with your child's health, but she can't say for certain, and you have to travel 3.5 hours to a specialist to get things checked out, but not for another 10 days!! After my phone call, I had myself a good cry (thanks, pregnancy hormones.)
Thankfully, we are surrounded by family and friends who love and support us, and have been praying for peace over us in the last week, as well as health (and/or healing!) for our child. We knew that this appointment in Halifax wasn't a diagnosis, but rather, a checkup on the baby, so we did our best to leave our worries with God, since He already has a plan for us and this child anyway!
Our appointment was Monday. We are SO happy to report that the specialists at the IWK couldn't find anything wrong with our baby - nothing at all! Everything is measuring according to normal standards, the baby weighs 1.3 lbs, and at one point during our ultrasound, had one foot all the way up over its head! Baby was being very modest, crossing its legs at the ankles and hiding its gender from us (thankfully!) If there had been any issues resulting from Monday's ultrasound, we would have had to stay for some more testing, but as it stands the entire appointment only took twenty minutes!
I felt like jumping up and down, dancing and telling everyone I saw that our baby is fine! I restrained myself, though. Besides, after the appointment we had to drive home so there were several hours in a car still to be spent.
We got back to the Island around dinner time, so we went out to celebrate our good news - and to commemorate our "three years of dating" anniversary! It was a great day to spend with my husband, reflecting on the last three years and thinking about what is yet to come.
As for other pregnancy related updates...
- Baby's kicks are getting a lot stronger and are starting to be outwardly visible. He/she moves around for most of the day and I've started to notice a reaction to food shortly after I eat. For example, about an hour after my spicy burger on Monday night, Baby rolled and kicked really hard!
- I've been craving homemade milkshakes. We've gone through more ice cream in the last month than we did in all our married months before that! I tell myself it's okay because they're homemade, so I know exactly what goes into my shakes. And of course, "I'm supposed to be gaining weight, right?"
- At my OB appointment last Thursday, I weighed in at 10 lbs heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight. Yippee! I've started to gain, at last! Now, to keep it under control and in a healthy range.
Since I can, I'll leave you with one more picture of Baby DeHaan. He/she is sporting that adorable, kissable nose, and after seeing him/her move around again yesterday, I have been overcome with an intense ache in my arms to hold this precious child. :) (Someone please remind me of this when I am at my wit's end in a few months, okay? Haha!)