So far, this pregnancy seems to be going well. I'm around 7 weeks pregnant. I have my first doctor's appointment on Wednesday of next week. Hopefully I'll have a better idea soon about how much longer I have to go. Nausea is quickly becoming my constant companion like last time, but so far I haven't thrown up. I am glad to know that my body appears to be producing sufficient hormone levels, and I am praying that my morning sickness isn't as severe as last time.
It's a bit strange being pregnant this time around with no one to talk pregnancy stuff with constantly. When I was pregnant with BB, there were 4 other teachers at my school who were pregnant. This time, I do have a few friends who are also pregnant, but it's not like I see them very often. Part of me just wants to write on FB every day about pregnancy, but I have 2 very dear friends who are still struggling with infertility. I haven't spoken to either of them since I posted my good news on FB. I know that I will eventually talk to both of them, but only when they are ready. Even then, I don't want to seem like I'm constantly sticking my pregnancy in their faces. So I suppose I will try to keep my FB postings about this to a minimum. It's difficult tempering one's joy about something.
Has anyone out there tried the over-the-counter gender prediction kit? I plan on trying one after my doctor's appointment next week. The few people I know who have tried it have all said it predicted their baby's gender accurately. We plan to find out via sonogram the baby's gender, but I really don't want to wait another 20 some weeks! I feel strongly that since I am pregnant again after so long, that this baby must be Grace. I just want to be sure so that I can start decorating the nursery :)
As thrilled that I am about this pregnancy, I am less than thrilled that I will again go through labor. Every time I think about labor, I have a bit of a panic attack. If you happen to think about it, can you please pray that this labor goes smoothly? Prior to my pregnancy, my doctor (well, she's really a midwife) said that they would induce me 2 weeks early, and if that didn't work, then they would go for a C-section. But I REALLY don't want either of those options. I don't want lots of medical intervention. I want to go into labor on my own, not strapped down to a bed like an animal, unable to move around. Obviously, what's important is a healthy mama and baby, and I try to keep this in mind. It's just that last time with BB was so awful...
When I have felt myself start to panic, I've distracted myself by reciting something I've memorized. So far, the only thing that has consistently come to mind is a prayer to the Holy Spirit that I learned at a retreat. I guess it's whatever works, right? After all, the Holy Spirit is supposed to intervene for us (Romans 8:26).