Hello friends and family! Welcome to Baby Z's blog...or at least the blog where we'll talk about Baby Z and all things related. As I write this, we are officially 25 weeks and 6 days along in this 40 week pregnancy. I find the whole process fascinating, but I have to say, 40 weeks is seeming like a long time!
Our current adventure started Easter Sunday, which was when we first found out we were expecting. My first appointment with the doctor was at 6 weeks, where Baby Z was confirmed, we heard a bit of a heartbeat, and found out our due date was January 1, 2012. No Rose Bowl for us this year! Because I'm considered high risk due to the lupus, I went back at 8 and 11 weeks also. Ultrasounds at both showed good heartbeats and growth and that all was looking as it should. It's amazing to look at the photos from each of those and see how quickly things change in there!
Shortly after the 11 week appointment, Baby Z was nicknamed Baby Monkey by our 3-year-old niece. It stuck, which was ok since it was pretty gender neutral. Since all was going well, I got put on the typical 4-week appointment rotation and have been on that for the last few months. Our next (and most recent) ultrasound was at 19 weeks, which was doubly fun since Mom and Dad were there to see their first grandchild as well. At that appointment Baby Z was NOT shy about showing the "goods" and we learned that Baby Z will be a boy...or at least that's how it certainly appears!
Overall, the past 6 months or so have gone pretty well. The first trimester was...the first trimester. Pretty much 24/7 nausea and the all-encompassing fatigue, but nothing that wasn't at least manageable (or out of the ordinary). Things got better with the second trimester, I started gaining weight (hello belly!) and moved out of the extreme fatigue into just easily worn out. I'm moving now into the somewhat-uncomfortable phase when it comes to the back and hips. Apparently, I was not designed to sleep on my side. My hips kill me, even with the small fortress of pillows I've started to use. Between my fortress and the dog, poor Jay is getting the squeeze!
That essentially gets us up to our current point! I'll try to post some photos and updates as we go along, and then of course even more once we actually have a little one to show off.