Sunday, January 29, 2012
Coming Out of Hybernation...Not!
I feel as though I have completely lost touch with the world, especially over the past three weeks. I have been so tired that I have been doing nothing but working and sleeping. If it wasn't for our housekeeper, we would be living in pure filth as I have all I can do to keep myself clean! Today was actually the first day in the past six days that I left the house, other than for work. I went grocery shopping for the first time in two weeks. My poor husband has either been running out for take out or trying his best to make a meal (he really has no cooking skill what so ever) so I was determined to get stuff that I can throw into the crock-pot as morning seems to be my best time. After running out today I now remember why I have been staying home. Before the grocery store I had to stop at Target for a few household items. Within ten minutes of being in the store I became extremely nauseated. I decided that I couldn't finish so I took what I had and checked out. The same things happened in the grocery store. When I get nauseous like that I tend to panic and my instinct (I don't know why) is to lay on a cold tile floor. Obviously, being in public, I couldn't do that. My poor husband didn't know what to do so all he could do was stand there and rub my back while I buried my head in my hands while throwing my upper body across the top of the cart. Poor guy!! I am almost afraid to admit this but it seems that my nausea is getting worse, not better. Granted, it hasn't been too bad up until a few days ago. Last night was the first time that I kept thinking that I just wanted to die. I ended up getting violently ill and then I felt better...for as few hours anyway.
Ok, enough bitching...
My husband and I finally sat down and had a realistic talk about when we are going to tell our families, as not even our parents know. Since he didn't go for my whole "we will tell them after the birth" idea, I was forced to come up with a different plan. What we decided is that we will wait until after we get the results of the first trimester screening. Not only does this involve the NT scan, it also includes blood work that can help detect if there is a possibility, in conjunction with the NT scan, Down's Syndrome, Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18, and congenital heart defects. This combined screening will not tell us if our baby has a problem, it will tell us what the likelihood is. We were originally going to go straight to having CVS (chorionic villus sampling) as that can tell you almost 100% if there is an abnormality but it carries a slight chance of miscarriage. We have decided to start with the first trimester screening and only do CVS if our chances of having a problem are high. So, we are going to see at our doctors appointment next Friday if the blood portion of the test can be drawn early so the results will be back by our NT scan on the 16th, as they take about a week. If not, it is likely that we will not be telling our families until the end of February which will put me at 14 weeks. I really don't mind waiting to announce the news, but I would really like to know sooner rather than later that all is good with my baby.
On a positive note, the baby's heart is still beating away nice and strong. Since I now know where to find it, it takes me maybe ten seconds to get a good reading on it. It was ranging between 173-179 today (as usual) so I am happy. I do know that eventually the heart rate will come down a bit so I know not to panic. I just love hearing the sound, and yes, I am obsessed!!!