Monday, July 11, 2011

23 weeks...

It's been a little while since I've blogged but there has been heaps going on.  I've been away for work for a while which I hate, as I really miss home, BJ and Ralph.  We had our latest visit with Dr J with some results coming back from our twenty week scan and I've finally put our admission papers into the hospital and booked our pre-natal classes. 

After our twenty week scan we were really excited and thought everything was going great, until we had our appointment with Dr J to discuss the results.  Even though Frostie is on target with all his/her measurements, the doctor reviewing our ultrasound found an echogenic intra cardiac focus in Frostie's left ventricle.  Which means there is a bit of calcification on Frostie's heart which some studies found has an increased association with Down Syndrome.  It does happen in 3% of normal pregnancies and even though Dr J is not worried about it, he has referred us to an ultrasound specialist to be reviewed.  If this specialist still thinks there may be a problem he will order an amniocentesis for further testing.  We have taken comfort in Dr J's feeling towards the results, and haven't stressed out about the further tests.  Taking heart that all our other tests have come back normal and the whole point of these tests to find out early if something is wrong.  But we haven't discussed the results with anyone just so others aren't worried, which (we think) causes more harm than good.

In other news I finally went in and submitted my admission paperwork for the hospital where we will be meeting Frostie!  It was lovely to meet with some of the midwives and they seemed great.  I even got to peak at a couple of newborns as they were coming past, so cute!  I also got to book my pre-natal classes and pre-admission interview.  November is apparently a busy time at the Woman's and Children's hospital and there are a lot of couples expecting their first baby.  I asked the midwives if there was any reason for this and they said one reason was because of the IVF cycle in February (that's us) and the other one was because we had a cyclone in February, it was surprising how no electricity for a couple of days equals lots of babies nine months later!  I thought this was hilarious! 

When I was leaving and the midwife said she'll be seeing me soon, the reality of us coming here to have our baby, came crashing down on me and I almost cried when I was walking out the doors.  It just seems so surreal sometimes.  I had a similar moment a few weeks ago when we were putting together Frostie's cot and change table.  We were moving them around to see how they would fit in the room and I burst into tears, poor BJ was so worried something was wrong but I was so happy to be putting together the nursery I couldn't contain myself. 
How far along: 23 weeks
Total weight change: +3kg
Maternity clothes: The majority of the time, I’m getting some use out of my regular shorts and jeans thanks to the belly belt
Stretch Marks: Not yet but keeping an eye out
Movement: Yep especially at night time
Sleep: Can’t get enough sleep!   On Saturday I slept into 10am!
Best Moment This Past Week: Spending so much needed “couple time” with Jas after being away and putting my admission papers into the hospital
Most Difficult Moment This Past Week: Getting the results back from our 20 week scan
Belly Button In or Out: Still in, but shallower
Cravings/Aversions: Nothing
Symptoms: Movement and belly gradually getting bigger
What I'm Looking Forward To: My sister is planning my baby shower at the beginning of August and I turn the big 3-0 in less than two months!


  1. Yay! I can't believe how far you are into your pregnancy! Time is just flying by it seems!

    I had to tell you that the baby I'm carrying now also has calcifications in his heart. The specialist offered immediately to do an amnio but we declined for now (I'm just too scared to risk this pregnancy). I double checked with my regular OB who said that she would only be worried about the calcification and its significance to Downs if I had like 7 other "markers" or abnomalities to go along with it. She said that just having that one marker would never be enough to worry her.

    I hope that this gives you just a little extra peace of mind that everything is still going great with frostie!

    Lots of love!


  2. Sorry that I'm so behind on commenting... like Hillary said, it sounds like this is just one marker of many but must be hard to go through this scare. Thinking of you and love to you both xoxo