Wednesday 19 September 2018

Say Hello to Baby Number 3

It is no secret that we've always only wanted 2 kids. A girl and a boy. The 好(hao) in Chinese, which means good, is made up of a girl 女(nü) and a boy 子(zi). I've also planned to close my baby-making factory at 30 and never to reopen it again.

Or so I thought 😖

There's our will and plans but then, there is also the sovereign will of God!

We were totally not expecting it because we were practising natural contraception. It had worked for us for 9 years so why shouldn't it work right?


I missed my period for a week and told the hubby that since I had never missed a period (except when I was pregnant or nursing), there were only two conclusions in my very logical mind:
1) I am pregnant, or
2) I have some illness that is messing up my system.

Although we were totally unprepared for the former, it is a much better outcome than the latter!

After 2 weeks of waiting for the period that never came, I finally took the pregnancy test.

Viola! As expected, the two lines appeared as clear as day!

As with all my pregnancies, such as when we announced that we were having my boy, I have been experiencing a lot of pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, aches... the usual. I re-read my old 'ranting' post (you can read it here) and realised that I'm experiencing almost everything that I've previously experienced when pregnant with my boy!

However, unlike previous pregnancies where I'm always nauseous but never actually throw up, I'm always gagging during this pregnancy!

By the end of week 10, I was actually throwing up! 😫🤮😱
This was really new to me because I had never experienced full on nausea before!

The first ultrasound scan where I heard my baby's heart beat for the first time!

But all that throwing up was worth it when I got to see my baby moving about happily during each sonography. And I think I have also gained the least amount of weight for this pregnancy as compared to my previous pregnancies! At 18 weeks pregnant, I am still able to fit into my regular stretchy clothes, which I don't think I was able to do so before. Hopefully I will be able to maintain a steady slow weight gain till delivery! *cross fingers*

Anyway, as I am nearing 35 years old, we decided to pay more than double for a detailed blood test to test for Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and other chromosomal abnormalities rather than the usual screening scan. The genetic blood test cost us about $800 (so expensive!) but was more accurate than the scan yet less invasive than amniocentesis. Besides informing us on any possible chromosomal abnormalities of the baby, the test could also quite accurately tell us the gender of the baby as early as 2 weeks after the blood is taken!

My test result came back some time when I was 15 weeks pregnant and the test showed an absence of any Y-chromosomes in my blood, which meant that our baby is a girl!

YAY! You know how much I love pink right? *grin*

I can't wait to meet her! I mean, it's only 22 more weeks to go... right??? Argg, who am I kidding?! It will feel like eternity to me! *sigh*

Wish me luck!
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