It's hard for me to believe, but we are pregnant! I wouldn't believe it myself if I hadn't seen all the ultrasounds with my own eyes. There's definitely a baby in there, squirming around like crazy, even if I can't feel anything.
I have had no symptoms of any kind. No nausea, no fatigue, no appetite changes, no weight gain ... nothing. I feel exactly the same as when I wasn't pregnant. For the first month or two, my lack of symptoms was a constant fear for me: every time I had another ultrasound, I was convinced the doctor would tell me there was no baby. But now that I'm into my second trimester, I am starting to relax a little bit more.
A small benefit to our sad history is that I receive a lot of ultrasounds, or at least I did. Now that I've made it through my first trimester, I have been transferred to a regular OB practice, and apparently I am considered a completely normal pregnant woman. That's good and bad: I'm thrilled not to be considered high-risk, but on the other hand, we've gotten pretty spoiled by having so many ultrasounds thus far! It's been such a blessing to see our little one every week or two, growing by leaps and bounds.
My due date is April 9, which makes me almost 13 weeks now. Everything looks perfect, including the nuchal translucency ultrasound we had earlier this week, which is an initial screening for Down's Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. I know some couples choose not to have this screening done, but we opted for it. If we discovered that our child was at a higher risk for having such a disorder, at least we would have 6 more months to learn as much as we could about having a baby with Down's; we could find a pediatrician who specializes in Down's, etc. But fortunately it appears that our child has a low risk for any chromosomal abnormalities, so we can breathe a sigh of relief!
Before anyone else asks, no, we don't plan to find out the gender of this baby! I've always loved surprises, so I want to wait until the baby is delivered and then I'll see for myself. If that means we're stuck decorating the nursery in yellows and greens, so be it!
We were unable to videotape our nuchal translucency ultrasound, but the previous week we had one and recorded it. Without further ado, I am proud to introduce Baby Morrison at 11.5 weeks!