I've had several emails from blogger friends asking for baby updates, so I figured it was time for a post. I'm just going to repost the email we recently sent out to our friends and family... it pretty much covers it all for now!
On Tuesday the 5th we had our 2nd appointment with our midwife (who is amazing by the way) and got to hear little Snowflake's heartbeat for the first time. She found it in about 3 seconds and it was beating, loud, clear, and fast! Right at about 150 beats a minute, which is perfect. That was our first "surreal" moment, that we really have a baby on the way! We actually got to hear it, which was awesome. We've had several people already give boy/girl guesses based on the heartrate, so we would love to hear what everyone thinks!
Unfortunately, my blood pressure was a little high (what else is new, right?) so I had to spend Wednesday doing a bunch of tests just to make sure it's not hurting the baby. It's not at a horribly high level at this point, just about 140/90 so the midwife isn't even worried about it, she hasn't even put me on medication yet, but the tests will show exactly what the blood pressure is doing and if it's affecting the baby at all. If it is, which is doubtful, I'll just have to go on medication to bring it down a bit right away. If it's not, I won't start the medicine until the beginning of next month.
At the end of February we have an appointment with a geneticist to talk about the chances of the baby being born with congenital glaucoma, as Aaron's niece was. The chances are about 1 in 5 million, but our midwife thought it would be a nice thing for us to talk with this doctor...plus we get an extra ultrasound out of it. No testing will be done or anything, we're just going in to have a chat about it and then see Snowflake for the first time. :-) 16 weeks is also the point where sex can be determined and that's right where we'll be, so we're crossing our fingers that the first ultrasound will show the sex. If not, we will have another one about a month later.
That's really all the news I have! I haven't been sick at all (a blessing, believe me) and still have a good appetite. No real belly yet, it's still very small, but I know that's coming! We've been looking around at nursery decors and baby furniture (we know what tax money is being used for!!) but other than that life has been normal! We plan to come up to NY for a baby shower towards the end of May, so we'll let everyone know those plans as they're made. For now, just keep us and the baby in your prayers, as well as Heather and Jeremy whose little Bumper is due next month! YAY for a new niece or nephew!! Can't wait to meet that baby!!
That's all for now folks! I'll send another update around the end of the month!