I saw the OB yesterday. The baby was active again, as usual, kicking and waving around. You could see its spine clearly, and ribs, and the two hemispheres of the brain. All looks good. Very healthy.
I think the plan is to start the cervix checks next week, just to be super careful. And I think the week after that will be the AFP test, to look for any signs of neural tube defects.
So things are progressing! Physically, I'm getting bigger too. I have porn star cleavage at this point. I put on a spring coat, rather than a winter coat this morning, because it was a bit warmer than it has been. And lo and behold, buttoning around the boobage is fast becoming an issue. Oh my. Belly is larger, too. Baby is supposedly the size of my fist now, according to one of my pregnancy newsletters. Is that possible? It seems huge! Also, one of my coworkers asked me yesterday if I was pregnant. Uh oh! So I don't know how much longer I can keep this secret. It still feels too vulnerable and fragile to share. And I can't imagine the pain of "untelling," if I were to lose the baby now. But I think I won't be able to wait until I feel completely comfortable (because I don't think that time is coming anytime soon!). So we will see.
In terms of the dermatological surgery/procedure to remove the basal cell, as expected, my OB basically said, "What's the big deal?" She did acknowledge that non-OBs are very skittish to do anything to a pregnant woman, because if something goes wrong with the pregnancy, they fear being blamed. She said to stop the lovenox the night before and just take it after the procedure. She said the epinepherine would have been fine too but, oh well.
But nothing will go wrong! Nothing! I keep repeating this to myself. Along with, Stay in there. Stay in there a long, long time and grow.
See below for the first picture of our baby "sitting up." Some uterine and cervix assistance was required : ) See the lovely baby spine? I guess all that grass-fed organic milk is going somewhere after all.
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