“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
Aside from posting some size updates and the like, Brian and I haven’t really done a detailed post about Gianna yet, so I figured I’d catch you all up to speed. I am currently 25 weeks pregnant, and so far things haven’t been too terrible. This will be a long read, be warned!
I wasn’t really sick during the first trimester. I was however, extremely tired all the time. I would come home from work and want to go straight to bed. Poor Brian, because I didn’t want to cook or clean or do anything. But you know him, he stepped up to the plate and made sure I was eating and drinking plenty of water. He has been on me like white on rice this entire time to make sure I’m drinking enough water, haha.
The second trimester has been wonderful. We found out we were having a girl, even though I referred to her as a girl all the time anyway. At exactly 18 weeks, I felt Gianna kick for the first time. There was no doubt in my mind it was her, and I was alone in my classroom and just started crying. I called Brian, and told him, and then I called Brooke and told her. I wanted to feel that feeling over and over again. Brian was jealous every time I shouted “she’s moving!” because he couldn’t feel her yet. Luckily, he felt her at exactly 20 weeks. I wish I could print the mental picture I have of him feeling her for the first time. He’s so stinkin’ cute! At 21 weeks, I was sitting downstairs watching the Today show and happened to look at my belly at the exact moment she kicked. I was so excited I screamed for Brian to come look. He thought I was crazy at first, and then he saw her too.
A few weeks ago, we learned that my current OB would be closing his practice. Safe to say I freaked out a little bit. I mean, I’ve never delivered with this doctor beforehand, but he had delivered all the babies I knew in the area. Also, when we had our last appointment with him he told us that upon looking at my 19 week ultrasound there was an benign, 11 cm cyst in my right ovary. He recommended I get 2 MRIs, that I would need surgery after Gianna was born, and that I should let my new doctor know all of this. I was very nervous after this, I’ve never had an MRI. I’ve never had surgery. I was just feeling very overwhelmed.
I decided to make my appointment for my new doctor this week. We met with him and he seems very knowledgeable. While we were there, he decided he wanted to look for the cyst himself, so rather than just listen to the heartbeat, he did an ultrasound and looked for it. Nothing. After that he decided to send me to a high risk, MFM doctor in Kingman, for a second look. He said if this doctor didn’t see the cyst I could avoid the MRI and surgery. By some stroke of luck, the doctor he referred us to was able to get me in the next day (yesterday).
This doctor was amazing, also very knowledgeable and great at breaking everything down for me. While we were there, we talked about my BMI and how Gianna could be at risk for certain things because of it, and of course we talked about the MRI and surgery if the cyst was there. So after all of the paperwork and consultation, we did the ultrasound. The first thing he looked for was the cyst. Mind you 11 cm is not small. He looked all over and found nothing! Praise God. The cyst had been reabsorbed into my ovary. Next he did an extremely extensive ultrasound of Gianna. Looking for any markers for Down Syndrome (there are none) and Spina Bifada (there are none), both concerns when the mother is overweight, or “fluffy” as he called it, haha. He actually said Gianna is surprisingly lean and long, which is not typically the case with mom’s with high BMI. So that made me happy to hear.
Moving forward, the high risk OB would like to continue to see us throughout the pregnancy in addition to my regular OB to keep checking for any concerns that may arise, like signs of preterm labor. Starting next month (at 28 weeks) my regular appointments will move to 2 weeks apart instead of 4 which makes me both happy and terrified at the same time knowing how soon she’ll be here. Brian and I are so beyond blessed that God has chosen us to be Gianna’s parents, and have no doubts that He will continue to carry us all safely through the duration of the pregnancy. We are grateful for those of you who have been praying for us through these last few weeks, and we appreciate all prayers for the future as well. A bonus of all of this is that we did get to see new pictures of our baby girl yesterday and she is healthy and active and so big.
Thank you all for reading!