We are in the twenties….. Wooohooo!
The biggest relief reaching 20 wks gets me is that IF something were to happen… anything…. anything that I want the doc to look at during odd hours of the day/night… I can head to the L&D directly. Not that I want to go to the L&D anytime for the next 18 wks or so but it definetely beats heading to the emergency room and waiting there to be looked at. How do I know this? I had to call the on-call doc a couple times (once when I was 15 wks and once at 18 wks) for odd pains on my right side/cramps etc. Both times I have been told that since I was early and was not even 20 wks, they cant have me come to the L&D and I would have to go to the ER if I wanted to be seen. ER = long wait times = not something I wanted to do when I wanted to be seen immediately. Their reasoning was that even if anything was wrong (aka I was in labor), given the gestational age of the babies, there was nothing they could do to save the babies. The babies would have to be atleast 20 wks for them to take me seriously. So… since then, I began the countdown to 20 wks. And woohoo… first of many milestones reached.
The kids are moving around quite a bit now. No patterns yet but they seem to be more active in the evening hours after dinner. And DH was able to immediately feel them last night. He felt them for the first time about 4 days ago but it has been very sproadic since then. So it was an amazing feeling yesterday. I was sooo happy that he can feel them. Ahhh… makes him feel that much closer to being a part of this. As soon as he felt them he was like… “Hey… I think we are actually going to have babies at the end of this.” This is huge. He is letting his guard down as well. This journey has been hard on him too (even though he doesn’t show it). The reality is finally hitting him. This is amazing!
As I was looking at my previous posts, I have realized that the fear of impending doom has kept me from documenting the first half of this pregnancy. Whatever the outcome is, these babies are ours and will forever be. And if everything goes well, this will most likely be the last time I will be pregnant. So here’s to trying to do a better job at enjoying AND documenting the rest of this pregnancy. On that note, I have updated the “Belly” page with my 20wk belly shot.