I’ve been getting SO annoyed with how off these weekly updates have been. I typically take the photos on Sunday and then I write the post on Monday-ish. Well, on Tuesday marks the next week. So, today is Wednesday (it’s been a little hectic, so I wasn’t able to post on Monday), I took the photos on Monday and then on Tuesday I turned 22 weeks. It just doesn’t make sense for me to do the 21 week post when I’m less than 24 hours away from 22 weeks, so I’m just going to skip a week so these are back on track. Sorry if that’s confusing! I just want the belly photos and the descriptions from here on out to match the start of the week I am posting about, not the end.
How big is baby: 8.5 inches long; the size of a spaghetti squash! She’s getting so big!
Weight gain/loss: No clue! Trying not to care! With working on the house, eating healthy hasn’t been something easily achieved. I ate SUPER well last week when I had all my meals planned, but this weekend wasn’t the best. I need to just remind myself that I am doing the best I can given our current circumstances. I am not a miracle worker, but I am hanging on to faith that I will remain healthy for our daughter and will eat the best I can as I am able.
Sleep: Overall, good! I think I may be having some braxton hicks contractions at night, but I have no way of knowing what those feel like! I have woken up a couple nights now with some belly spasms that almost feel like Celia is kicking, but they are more consistent and a little stronger. No pain, just enough to wake me up temporarily.
Stretch Marks: None yet, thankfully! I am prone to them, so I’m just waiting for them to make an appearance.
Cravings: The only noticeable craving I’ve had a few times is an apple craving. Apple juice or just plain apples. I haven’t been a huge apple fan most of my life because I don’t really like anything tart, but sweet apples have been satisfying me lately!
Aversions: Still chicken.
Movement: Celia is a kicking machine! I love feeling her move around! I had an ultrasound today and she moved from her head being on my right side to her feet in just a matter of minutes. It’s so awesome to feel her being active and to feel it on the outside fairly easily now. It is a little nerve-wracking when I don’t feel her for an extended period of time, but I know movement is not typically consistently felt at this stage of the pregnancy.
What I’m loving: Okay, I’ll try to make this a short story. Basically, during our 20-week anatomy ultrasound two weeks ago, the ultrasound technician found a small cyst in Celia’s brain. It’s called a choroid plexus cyst. These are found in about 1-4% of “normal” healthy babies, but that number may be higher because they may not be there when the ultrasound is performed because they typically resolve spontaneously. They are not harmful, but they are one of the many markers for a genetic disease called Trisomy 18, which typically results in a stillborn baby or a child with severe issues that typically make it a terminal disease. My doctor and the ultrasound had assured me they wre nearly positive the cyst would go away and that Celia is perfectly healthy, seeing as everything else on the ultrasound looked great and there were no other correlated markers.
Fast forward a week and a half when I’m trying to transfer my care to a new hospital in the city we are moving to. When trying to make my initial appointment at that hospital, the receptionist keeps telling me I am high-risk. I assure her I am not, but as we go back and forth, she finally gets a little irritated as she is looking through my records and says, “Well, does the baby have a cyst on her brain!?!” I confirmed that she does. Then the receptionist told me, in a not very nice manner, “Well, a cyst is abnormal. That means your ultrasound was abnormal, which means you and your baby are high risk.” There were other things said, but that was enough to send me into a full-blown panic attack with hyperventilating, tingling in my extremities, and lots of crying as I thought maybe something really was seriously wrong with our baby and I was not informed. My mom and a friend helped to calm me down, and then I called my original doctor who once again assured me that all is probably fine. Just to be sure, we scheduled a level 2 ultrasound to see if the cyst was still there and to look with more detail to see if there are any other markers.
Today, I had that ultrasound and thankfully all is well! The cyst is gone, just like my doctor was sure it would be, and her heart, brain, kidneys, stomach, feet hands, and head shape are all perfectly normal and she is measuring exactly 22 weeks. The new doctor I talked to said there is no reason to label me/Celia as high-risk and that I need not worry. She is perfectly healthy as can be! It was such a relief to know our baby is okay. I was trusting God 100%, but it is still very scary to be pretty much shouted at by a receptionist and told I am high-risk for the first time, when I obviously was not aware/had not been told that by my doctor during a time when I was prepared to hear news like that. I’m not the most excited to start care at the new hospital, but many people have assured me that they do a great job. So, to make a now long story short, I am loving that our baby girl is healthy!
Symptoms: Nothing other than those listed.
What I’m excited about: I’m just excited to be a mom! I’m excited to continue working on our house, to be done registering, to have so much to look forward to, and to be doing this all with the most amazing husband I could ever ask for. I would definitely never go through all of this for anyone else or with anyone else. He is my rock, and knowing this is all happening for our baby makes it all worth it.
What I’m nervous about: Well, considering I don’t even have a planned income come next Wednesday, that is a little nerve-wracking. I am trusting God 100% however because I know he brought us to this and will get us through somehow!
Here are some photos from our most recent ultrasound! She looks so much like San it just makes me smile!
Her little fingers got to me! I teared up!
We barely could get a usable profile shot because she was doing gymnastics in there!