I can’t believe I’m over 16 weeks! Last week we went for our 16 week appointment. The doctor looked over our NT scan bloodwork as well as our cell free DNA results. We came out as low risk for everything so that was really good to hear.
I told work about the pregnancy about 2 weeks ago and everyone is just thrilled for us. I didn’t realize how many comments people would start making but it seems that once you are pregnant people feel they can ask you just about anything. It’s a little bit uncomfortable at times and at work it’s hard because the students don’t know yet but people keep asking questions.
My husband and I have also told most of our friends. I shared with two of my friends at work before sharing with everyone else because we were going out to dinner with them and their husbands. Going out was so fun and it was super nice because to celebrate they paid for our meals. I thought that was really sweet of them and totally unexpected.
It feels like everyone is happy and excited for us. The more people we tell the more real it’s becoming. I’m still not feeling the baby move but the doctor said it’s early. I don’t have much in the way of a bump either although over the last 5 days something is happening and I look like I’ve eaten too much. My guess is I’ll have a full blown bump here in the next week or so. But for now, you can’t tell that’s what it is, it just looks like a food belly.
We still haven’t done anything to prepare for the baby. I know it’s still early but it just doesn’t seem real. We do know which room will be the baby’s but that’s about it. It’s still the guest room for right now. I just started reading a pregnancy book last night. We haven’t looked at any furniture, car seats, strollers, etc. I’ve been asking friends for some recommendations but that’s about it. I’m guessing we’ll have to at least look at furniture within the next few weeks. I’d like to be ready in case the baby comes early, even if it’s only the room is finished and we have a car seat.
So what do you do to prepare for a baby? I have no clue. On my list is to go look at furniture, look at car seats, and register. I asked the doctor about taking classes and he said they’d talk to me about that later on. That made me nervous as our next appointment is at 20 weeks and we’ll be halfway through! Classes are something I wouldn’t mind taking early because it’s not going to hurt anything to have some knowledge.
But back to my appointment, there was a 3rd year med student that came in first to look at me. She used the doppler and had a hard time finding the heartbeat. Normally I’d be worried but she was only a student so I didn’t let it bother me. The doctor came in, answered my questions, and found the heartbeat right away. It was 148 beats per minute. Everything sounded good.
He also drew my uterus on my belly to show me how big it’s gotten. He then labeled it “ute” in case I wanted to do show and tell with anyone later. He’s a hoot.
So now we wait for 20 weeks for the anatomy scan which will tell us gender as well as how the baby is growing. We also need to get started thinking about the nursery, our registry, my maternity leave, what we are doing after the maternity leave, etc. There’s just so much to think about and there is no “to do” list I can find out there of what has to be done.
So question for everyone, what are the 5 most important things I need to buy for this baby? What are 3 things that are a waste of money? What is the most important thing to get done now?