Well, sort of counting. This is my third baby, so while with my first I could have told you that gestational age to the day any day you asked, I only knew today that I was about 24-26 weeks pregnant before it came up on my chart. That is okay. I don’t have to read all the books this time either. I don’t have to wonder about what labor will be like every second of the day. I don’t have to worry about whether or not I will be able to breastfeed. I’ve got some things down. I am just too busy to keep daily track of this beautiful baby. And I have been too nervous to really think about everything.
Now I can count down.
I have been a huge bundle of nerves leading up to this ultrasound. Sophia (my 3 year old) has multiple tiny holes in her heart. We found out when she was a week old. She has been very lucky and not needed surgery for the tiny holes. However, with any congenital heart defect they worry (that means I freak out) that something which manifested itself as tiny holes in one child’s heart may just poke its head out as something very different (and worse) in another’s. Ergo, the high risk ultrasounds and extreme fear on my part. Today’s ultrasound went perfectly, in the doctor’s opinion. I could not be happier! While I am not yet into my third trimester, I am nearing it and so far this little princess is sporting some very thick walls in her heart!
While these walls will not save her from heartbreak in her life, at least she should be born with a 100% unbroken heart.
My heart swelled when I heard the good news. My heart almost exploded from fear when I rushed with Sophia that first week to the cardiologist. My heart has grown immesaurably since falling in love and having these precious babies. My heart has been brusied and patched and torn in my life but now it is in one piece and it is full and growing every day. Full of the great many blessing I have been given by my family.
So now I will begin the countdown to meeting my precious baby girl, the newest piece of my heart.
And just for kicks, because it is still fascinating the third time around. Here is what this little chick is up to in there!
This chick has real hair now. She is rocking fingerprints and footprints. She can swallow. She can feel things with those little fingers. Her hands are fully formed. Of course she now has bones and skin and fat and a fully formed functional heart. This chick can hear too – so I try to say nice things. She’s already sporting a uterus. You go girl! Finally, clearly, from the picture, this babe is a looker!
January – here we come! (Or February – I am always late with these babies!)
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