May Day! May Day! Sproglet Alert

Bill and I are expecting a new addition to the family next year, and not a four legged hairy one this time.

On the first of May 2006, or thereabouts, little baby Allen is expected to make his or her grand entrance.

This is why Bill and I have been going around for the last month or so with great cheesy grins attached to our faces whenever we think about the little blighter that is in my womb causing me to hug the toilet practically all day. We’re just a tad thrilled, excited, nervous and terrified all at the same time. Every so often you can catch Bill doing a happy daddy dance!

Yesterday we went to see my OB GYN for the second time and this visit the doctor pronounced herself very happy with my progress as I’ve put on a perfect one and a half pounds. (I have to gain 3 lbs next month, no more, no less) I also got to lie in a very ungainly manner on the examination table with my trousers unbuttoned and jelly smeared on my tummy while the doctor searched for baby’s heartbeat.

This was nervewracking as it seemed to take a fair bit of probing before the doctor found what she was looking for, and even then I didn’t recognise it for what it was and was sure the heartbeat was not to be found.

But, no. All was well and amidst the gurgling and churning of my tummy a strong and rapid pulse could be discerned once I realised what to tune in to. Little baby Allen is chugging along at 160bpm and sounds rather like a runaway train. Of course, I then ruined everything by giggling.

Such a relief. It’s so weird at the moment, the little precious packet of life inside me barely seems real and I spent the last week so utterly eager and desperate to see the doctor again so that she could reassure me that little sproglet was still there and quite alright.

The previous visit was even more overwhelming. Then I’d only known I was pregnant for a few weeks and was certainly not expecting to be given an ultrasound exam so soon. Bill was with me when this was done and neither of us could quite express the emotions we felt when we saw sproglet for the first time, even if he/she was just a blur of black and white pixels. (This was not the usual ultrasound you see on the telly, instead of the jelly on the tummy I had to have an internal probe, I’m very proud of Bill for staying in the room with me for that and so glad he did!)

If you look at the image I’m not sure if you can make out what is baby. It was taken at 8 weeks old (though the way they determine age is odd and foetus is a little younger than that in reality) and the two little crosses are at his/her top and bottom. Baby is currently the size of a grape in this image and was measured to be 15.8mm. The little white splodge to the left is the yolk sac (I think in the next week or so the placenta should take over and the yolk sac disappear) Directly below the top crosshair, and and 2/3 of the way up the baby blob is where we could see the tiny heart was pumping away! I’m not entirely sure what the connecting line you can see between baby and yolk sac is, whether that is what will develop into the umbilical cord or not, Bill thinks I’m actually pregnant with a mouse!

I’m now twelve and a half weeks pregnant and almost out of the first trimester which is considered to be the most dangerous for the foetus, and hopefully the most uncomfortable for me. I’ve been assured that the sickness and tiredness I’ve been feeling should soon pass as with the second trimester comes a better feeling of wellbeing and a bump to prove that I’m pregnant and not just porky.

Yikes I still can’t quite believe Bill and I are going to be a mummy and daddy. Wow. (Also amusing to think that my mum is now going to be Nanna Downes!)

34 Responses to May Day! May Day! Sproglet Alert

  1. g3m October 22, 2005 at 4:23 pm #

    Wow congratulations to you both! What exciting news!! 🙂

  2. nollipop October 22, 2005 at 6:46 pm #

    GOSH!

    Well done indeed!

    Hope everything goes along fine and may you be spoiled rotten for the next 7ish months! 🙂

    Nx

  3. ashridge October 22, 2005 at 6:59 pm #

    Can I Tell?

    Please can you take pictures of Bill’s Happy Daddy Dance?
    Now that you’ve informed the world can I at last tell my friends that I’m going to be a Grandad? I’ve been bursting to tell someone your news.
    When do we get the next picture?
    Love you heaps….shall I start building another boat or making another “Babbit”?

  4. g3m October 22, 2005 at 4:23 pm #

    Wow congratulations to you both! What exciting news!! 🙂

  5. madgav October 22, 2005 at 10:34 pm #

    Congratulations 🙂 I’m going to have to start a “how many pregnant LJ friends meme” soon!

  6. nollipop October 22, 2005 at 6:46 pm #

    GOSH!

    Well done indeed!

    Hope everything goes along fine and may you be spoiled rotten for the next 7ish months! 🙂

    Nx

  7. ashridge October 22, 2005 at 6:59 pm #

    Can I Tell?

    Please can you take pictures of Bill’s Happy Daddy Dance?
    Now that you’ve informed the world can I at last tell my friends that I’m going to be a Grandad? I’ve been bursting to tell someone your news.
    When do we get the next picture?
    Love you heaps….shall I start building another boat or making another “Babbit”?

  8. madgav October 22, 2005 at 10:34 pm #

    Congratulations 🙂 I’m going to have to start a “how many pregnant LJ friends meme” soon!

  9. boo_11 October 23, 2005 at 12:26 pm #

    Woo! Congratulations! That’s fantastic and exciting news… whenever I hear about pregnant friends these days I get all excited and wish I could knit booties, fortunately for everyone knitting booties is not yet on my list of things I can do 🙂 Love and hugs to you both xxx

  10. daveyboi October 23, 2005 at 1:32 pm #

    OOh

    Well Done girl!!

    Congrats to both of you

  11. boo_11 October 23, 2005 at 12:26 pm #

    Woo! Congratulations! That’s fantastic and exciting news… whenever I hear about pregnant friends these days I get all excited and wish I could knit booties, fortunately for everyone knitting booties is not yet on my list of things I can do 🙂 Love and hugs to you both xxx

  12. daveyboi October 23, 2005 at 1:32 pm #

    OOh

    Well Done girl!!

    Congrats to both of you

  13. st353 October 23, 2005 at 7:11 pm #

    and not a four legged hairy one this time.
    Ah – not expecting a boy then 😉

    Congratulations!

  14. downesunder October 23, 2005 at 10:24 pm #

    160bps?

    Is our little niece or nephew part roadrunner then?

    xxx

  15. st353 October 23, 2005 at 7:11 pm #

    and not a four legged hairy one this time.
    Ah – not expecting a boy then 😉

    Congratulations!

  16. downesunder October 23, 2005 at 10:24 pm #

    160bps?

    Is our little niece or nephew part roadrunner then?

    xxx

  17. kaypow October 24, 2005 at 3:01 am #

    Thank you!

    *grins happily*

  18. kaypow October 24, 2005 at 3:08 am #

    Re: GOSH!

    Mmm simply had to have some tofu noodles for tea tonight and Bill certainly obliged by taking me out to get some, can’t say he was too happy about it mind. 🙁 Tummy is very content now though.

    My dreads aren’t coping too well with pregnancy at the moment. I’ve been doing a lot of sleeping and feeling rough so they are a complete mess and rather flat and tangled into a lump at the back, while the front ones are just looping galore. I can’t even cheer myself up by dying it a pretty colour because I’ve been advised not to use bleach or dyes while pregnant. ..ack!! Bill once more is coming to the rescue and trying to salvage them a bit at a time. Nice hubby!

  19. kaypow October 24, 2005 at 3:10 am #

    Thank you

    🙂

    It’s weird suddenly a whole load of people seem to be expecting. I don’t know anyone on LJ but Bill’s best friend (and his best man) just told us he’s expecting a little boy a month ahead of us, while another friend is spookily expecting the same week. At his work there are several knocked up ladies. I’m beginning to think it’s contagious.

  20. kaypow October 24, 2005 at 3:17 am #

    Cheers!

    Hi Sammy,

    Hehe…well I know you have experience in making little baby clothes with Peter Pan collars!!

    I have a feeling poor baby Allen is going to be wearing very little for his/her first few months…summer in Atlanta tends to be quite toasty. Knitted booties won’t be much use here, shame.

    Aww, I found a Tigger costume for newborns in the shops the other day, soooo cute. I managed to resist though as the voice of reason told me that a cosy autumn Halloween outfit wouldn’t do too well in May either. Bah.

    *big hugs to you too*

  21. kaypow October 24, 2005 at 3:18 am #

    😀

    *bounce*

    Thank you! We’re very excited. Can’t quite get my head around how much life is going to change though.

  22. kaypow October 24, 2005 at 3:22 am #

    Re: Can I Tell?

    I shall have to try to catch Bill unawares, can’t promise anything though, sorry.

    Yes, yes, you can gossip and let everyone know how much of an old fart you are to your hearts content now.

    Not sure when the next scan will be..I’m hoping next doctor’s visit, but probably more likely the one after.

    YES YES!! You MUST make a Babbit!! Baby Allen should have a Babbit of his/her very own! *squeal!* Will have to hold you that to now! Whooooo!

    Love you lots and lots and lots too.

  23. kaypow October 24, 2005 at 3:27 am #

    sex?

    Hehe not sure whether sproglet’s going to be a boy or a girl. Get your bet in now. Hopefully the doctor will be able to tell after 16 weeks whenever we get another ultrasound. Can’t wait to find out. Not going to put the suspense off til the birth if we can help it.

  24. kaypow October 24, 2005 at 3:28 am #

    Re: 160bps?

    YIkes, I hope not! If s/he is it must be from Dad’s side of the family. 😉

  25. admin October 24, 2005 at 3:01 am #

    Thank you!

    *grins happily*

  26. admin October 24, 2005 at 3:08 am #

    Re: GOSH!

    Mmm simply had to have some tofu noodles for tea tonight and Bill certainly obliged by taking me out to get some, can’t say he was too happy about it mind. 🙁 Tummy is very content now though.

    My dreads aren’t coping too well with pregnancy at the moment. I’ve been doing a lot of sleeping and feeling rough so they are a complete mess and rather flat and tangled into a lump at the back, while the front ones are just looping galore. I can’t even cheer myself up by dying it a pretty colour because I’ve been advised not to use bleach or dyes while pregnant. ..ack!! Bill once more is coming to the rescue and trying to salvage them a bit at a time. Nice hubby!

  27. admin October 24, 2005 at 3:10 am #

    Thank you

    🙂

    It’s weird suddenly a whole load of people seem to be expecting. I don’t know anyone on LJ but Bill’s best friend (and his best man) just told us he’s expecting a little boy a month ahead of us, while another friend is spookily expecting the same week. At his work there are several knocked up ladies. I’m beginning to think it’s contagious.

  28. admin October 24, 2005 at 3:17 am #

    Cheers!

    Hi Sammy,

    Hehe…well I know you have experience in making little baby clothes with Peter Pan collars!!

    I have a feeling poor baby Allen is going to be wearing very little for his/her first few months…summer in Atlanta tends to be quite toasty. Knitted booties won’t be much use here, shame.

    Aww, I found a Tigger costume for newborns in the shops the other day, soooo cute. I managed to resist though as the voice of reason told me that a cosy autumn Halloween outfit wouldn’t do too well in May either. Bah.

    *big hugs to you too*

  29. admin October 24, 2005 at 3:18 am #

    😀

    *bounce*

    Thank you! We’re very excited. Can’t quite get my head around how much life is going to change though.

  30. admin October 24, 2005 at 3:22 am #

    Re: Can I Tell?

    I shall have to try to catch Bill unawares, can’t promise anything though, sorry.

    Yes, yes, you can gossip and let everyone know how much of an old fart you are to your hearts content now.

    Not sure when the next scan will be..I’m hoping next doctor’s visit, but probably more likely the one after.

    YES YES!! You MUST make a Babbit!! Baby Allen should have a Babbit of his/her very own! *squeal!* Will have to hold you that to now! Whooooo!

    Love you lots and lots and lots too.

  31. admin October 24, 2005 at 3:27 am #

    sex?

    Hehe not sure whether sproglet’s going to be a boy or a girl. Get your bet in now. Hopefully the doctor will be able to tell after 16 weeks whenever we get another ultrasound. Can’t wait to find out. Not going to put the suspense off til the birth if we can help it.

  32. admin October 24, 2005 at 3:28 am #

    Re: 160bps?

    YIkes, I hope not! If s/he is it must be from Dad’s side of the family. 😉

  33. Anonymous October 24, 2005 at 9:49 am #

    Re: 160bps?

    160 beats per SECOND!?
    Even roadrunner is slow by comparison.
    Must be superbabe.
    Anannymous

  34. Anonymous October 24, 2005 at 9:49 am #

    Re: 160bps?

    160 beats per SECOND!?
    Even roadrunner is slow by comparison.
    Must be superbabe.
    Anannymous

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