Today, Shelly and I had the first of two 1st trimester appointments this week. We were informed that one of the twins did not make it and likely miscarried a few weeks ago. Clearly, Shelly and I were not prepared to receive news like that today but we realize how delicate the first weeks of pregnancy are.
The good news is one baby looks very healthy, has a strong heartbeat (174 beats per minute), and is even bigger than average right now. Believe he said the baby was 53cm but he might have said 5 feet, 3 inches, one of the two. So the doctor had nothing but positive things to say about the baby from what he can observe right now.
According to the doc today (and we've found this changes depending on which doc you ask as many of you know first hand), Shelly is now 12 weeks and 1 day pregnant. So I'm officially calling the first trimester complete as she's now working on the 13th week.
Looking back on the first trimester, yes there have been symptoms like fatigue, irritability, nausea, diarrhea, an occasional hemorrhoid, bloating, and breast sensitivity. But I think with proper medication and rest I'll be just fine. As far as Shelly's symptoms, she's been doing very well despite cravings for Tin Roof ice cream and Sonic cheeseburgers with mustard, mayo, and ketchup.
I'd by lying if I said it didn't feel a little bit like I got the wind knocked out of me today. It's been an emotional time for both of us this afternoon. But in spite of the news, we realize we are very lucky to be where we are and will put all of our energy, faith, and prayers into our baby.
Even though we've had some disappointing news, we just need a little bit of time to refocus and recalibrate a little to God's most recent plan for us and we'll be right back on track. This blog will continue to capture pregnancy from my perspective as it allows me to escape my day for a moment to put my thoughts here and bring a little humor to us all in doing so. I hope you enjoy it and I've appreciated the feedback.
I just read each of the replies some of you wrote to Shelly's mass e-mail to her friends this afternoon. Thank you all so very much for your kind words and encouragement. We agree with all of you about God's plan for us and will take you up on your prayer offers as we continue on.
From here, we move on and focus on things to look forward to in the next few weeks and months. Today, we finalized an Alaskan cruise departing from Anchorage on June 8th and each of our parents are coming along, all six of us! And this Thursday, Shelly will accompany me on a business trip to Germany for 2 weeks. So we're looking forward to going back to one of our favorite areas of the world in just 72 hours.
Many thanks to all once again. And yes, I'll be back soon to tell you about the Bret Michaels concert last Friday night and also about my first ever trip to Baby's R Us!
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