James and I come to you with joyful hearts and exciting news today. On August 5, 2012 we are expecting a son. That’s right, it’s a boy! We are very excited and feel so blessed for our healthy baby boy to come. We don’t have a name just yet but are in discussion and hope to figure that out sometime soon. Thankfully, we've got some time, because it just might take us all of it.
At our 16 week appointment on Thursday, we also received some updates on the pregnancy and how it is going. As many of you already know, I had a cone biopsy in 2008 where a cone shape was cut out of my cervix because of some pre-cancer cells that were present. The surgery went perfectly as planned and I made a full recovery. Moving into the present, my doctor, Dr. Watkins, asked that I come in every month for a sonogram to check my cervix to ensure its holding all baby and all parts in place where they should be. Our doctor explained that it’s best for the cervix to be between 3 and 4 centimeters in length. She measured mine at 2.6 cm, which concerned her. She recommended for us to see a high risk specialist for a second opinion. They got us in right away. The specialist, Dr. Hickman, gave us a very through sonogram, 4D images and all. She recommended that we proceed with a surgical procedure called cervical cerclage. This is where the doctor will go in and sew a circular stitch around the cervix to ensure that it remains closed through the entire duration of the pregnancy. This is a preventative procedure to make sure that I don’t go into preterm labor, which could happen early enough that our sweet little boy wouldn’t be able to make it outside of the womb. Dr. Watkins will remove the stitch at 37 weeks and let our pregnancy move forward naturally. I will also be going in every 2 weeks for sonogram, continuing to check my cervix and our baby. In addition to surgery and all the checkups, I’ll be taking a progesterone shot each week. Through all this news, we still feel blessed and know the Lord is good, faithful and this is no surprise to Him. He has prepared us and our hearts for this. Not this situation specifically, but for there to be bumps in the road. He would not give us anymore then we can handle. We’re not going to lie and say that this is nothing and we aren’t scared or nervous at all because we are. Again, God is good and faithful and we trust what He has in store for us.
Details for surgery:
· Pre-op appointment is Tuesday morning at both the doctor’s office and hospital.
· Surgery is Wednesday at noon at Presby Plano.
· Post-op appointment is the following Tuesday, where hopefully, I will be released to return to work.
How far along? 16 1/2 weeks
Total weight gain: about 140ish
Maternity clothes? Some- jeans for sure. The belly band is great.
Stretch marks? nope.
Sleep: I still have to get up once a night for the restroom and I'm a little bit of a light sleeper now.
Best moment this week: Finding out we are having a SON!
Miss Anything? non-decaf coffee, still and weirdly- exercise!
Movement: not yet but I am hopeful it will be soon.
Food cravings: pizza and sonic breakfast burritos
Anything making you queasy or sick: Just me being sick- not queasy but really, a cold sickness. I am coughing, sneezing and such. Blah!
Gender: A BOY!!!
Symptoms: tired and growing belly/boobs
Belly Button in or out? still in
Wedding rings on or off? on of course
Happy or Moody most of the time: I've been sick so probably a little needy and cranky.
Looking forward to: picking out a name for our son, planning the baby's room, ect... we finally get to move forward with everything.