Mike and I have some wonderful news!
We’re having a baby! I’m 13 weeks along right now, and so excited to announce the news. We’re due January 3, 2011, and everything is going great.
The first trimester has been rough. I’ve been sick pretty much all the time for the last seven weeks. I had hoped I’d be better by now, but I’ve had no relief yet. I have days that are better than others, and I’m able to get my work done, so at least that’s good. Still I wish I could spend more time napping and less time doing anything else.
We’ve had no complications, and everything is going exactly as it should. Due to my so-called “advanced maternal age,” we had genetic screening done last week to determine the baby’s risk of chromosomal anomalies. The hospital called today and said that even though I’m 35, I have the test results of a 20-year-old! The baby seems to be doing great, and so am I.
Mike is thrilled about the pregnancy and has been taking good care of me. I can’t wait to see him as a father. If his adoration of me and our dog is any indication, he’ll be a wonderful dad. I’m so lucky to have him in my life, and our baby will be, too.
Here’s a brief synopsis of our first 13 weeks:
4 weeks: We found out while packing the car for a four-day camping trip in Moab.
4.5 weeks: I spent those first few days isolated from the internet, cell phones, and even Barnes and Noble. I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing. I found a “What to Expect” book at a Walmart on our road trip, and read it in our tent.
10 weeks: Yes, I bawled. Look at those fingers. I couldn’t believe the fingers.
10 weeks: Here’s our little gummy bear from the front. You can see the brain in this picture!
11.5 weeks: Shooting weddings has been ok, despite my constant sickness. I guess the adrenaline just kicks in and lets me do what I need to do. (Notice the Sea Band acupressure wrist bands)
12.5 weeks: Our gummy bear is looking more like a person!
12.5 weeks: Completely amazing.
13 weeks: At the top of Keystone Mountain last weekend, while shooting a wedding. My belly is definitely poking out! I didn’t expect to be showing so much already. Unfortunately I just look fat right now.
13 weeks (today): Excited to announce it to the world. Hello, world!