Following my series on YouTube, The Conception Diaries and our attempts to get pregnant, our IVF baby is due in July 2017. I am well aware that you are missing a week – my 15 week update – but, if I am honest, the only interesting thing to have happened that week was ordering a fetal doppler and hearing the baby’s heartbeat. Other than that we were all poorly, and I am sure you don’t want to hear me waffle on about that! So, I am skipping to 16 weeks pregnant.
An afternoon walk
Last Saturday, with Grace poorly, I decided that I needed some fresh air. So, with probably the only actual lovely day of the past week, I went for a wander on my own around Chard reservoir. As I did, I chatted to the baby and a little robin seemed to follow me round most of the paths up to the bird hide – which, as luck would have it, was still open for another half an hour. I did some photography and managed to capture the robin in all his glory.
A top-up acupuncture appointment
On Tuesday morning, I went to see my fabulous acupuncturist, Louise, for a top-up appointment. I was very relieved to see her. I was still trying to shake the cold and cough and the headaches still continue. On top of that, my right hip has been troubling me at night and causing me a few issues when I lay on it.
As usual, Louise, was calm and knew exactly what to do – and helped. I have previously mentioned that she found my right pulse to be stronger which indicated that the baby was a girl. Although, it is also in line with some of my issues because my body suffers with ‘damp’.
Because I’m regularly concerned that things aren’t going according to plan, I ordered this fetal doppler from Amazon yesterday. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was to hear the baby’s heartbeat. And Grace looked liked she was going to cry with happiness when she put the earphones on for a listen ❤️It has really put my mind at rest. . . . #IVF #IVFsuccess #eggdonation #ivfspain #ivfspainalicante #ivfround2 #ivfpregnancy #pregnant #pregnancy #pregnancyblog #pregnancyjourney #ukparentbloggers #15weekspregnant #babybump #babybelly
The 16 week check
On Wednesday morning I received a called from the midwife. She explained to me that they would have to cancel my appointment at 2pm as there was no one to see me. Apparently loads of babies had decided to be born at once! I was offered a couple of alternatives but, because I was keen to be seen, I decided to go to the open clinic they held at the hospital from 6pm. When Grace got home from school, I explained what was happening and, half an hour before we were due to leave, Ross arrived home!
Ross had gone away on business the night before as, on Wednesday, he was filling in for James Caan and giving a talk at the Recruitment Expo. He wasn’t expected back until later that night, so we were both very happy to see him. It meant that he could join us at the appointment.
16 weeks + 5 days today. The 16 week check up went well on Wednesday and the midwife was pleased with my progress. Ross Grace and I also heard the heartbeat and the baby kicking! . . #IVF #IVFsuccess #eggdonation #ivfspain #ivfspainalicante #ivfround2 #ivfpregnancy #pregnant #pregnancy #pregnancyblog #pregnancyjourney #ukparentbloggers #16weekspregnant #babybump #babybelly #babybumpselfie #babybumplove #bump #bumpstyle #bumpwatch #bumpshot #UKBumpPics #MyProjectBump
The midwife checked my blood pressure – which she told us was excellent. Then, after asking me how I was generally feeling, she asked me to lay down so she could listen for the heartbeat. It didn’t take long and Grace, Ross and I to hear it. The midwife also explained when the baby was kicking and was pleased with the strength of the heart.
What I was really impressed with, was the way that the midwife completely involved Grace in the appointment. She told her that if she had any questions at any time, to write them down on a piece of paper and I could bring them with me if she couldn’t come.
My first baby event
On Thursday, I was invited to Soho, London to a new pushchair launch from iCandy. I have to admit that I was extremely excited – not only because I think that they are an excellent brand, but also because it was my first proper baby event since I started my blog over 4 years ago. Grace was 5 years old when I started writing, so I have never really had the opportunity to venture into the baby side of blogging.
We had a virtual reality experience before being introduced to the pushchair itself – which I was so impressed with. I have written a review of the day and, also put together a short video of my experience.
A return to vlogging
Finally, after promising it for ages, I will be recording a vlog this week and it will be on my next pregnancy update! I am going to try and then do a vlog more regularly in the hope of keeping them up once the baby arrives.
The sinuses continue to be swollen, the snoring continues – as do Ross’ sleepless nights and I also have a few niggles with my right hip. I have been testing out some pregnancy pillows (more of that to follow in March) and some of these do seem to help.