One week ago, at 12 dpo and at least two days til my period, I woke up to a very calm, very persuasive voice in my head telling me I needed to take a pregnancy test. So I did. It was positive. I then took two more over the next few days... positive! We weren't exactly trying and I really had no reason to believe it could be true (my symptoms felt like a combo of a cold and PMS), but the news is definitely welcome and exciting.
So here I am! I'm due May 10. I'm a little hesitant to say that, since my almost-2 1/2-year-old was due in July but was born five weeks early via emergency C-section and thus became a June baby. (I'd joined a July DDC and had a lot of PTSD involving her birth, so visiting the other mamas as their babies grew in their bellies and mine slept without me in the NICU was sort of hard.)
I've been lurking here ever since I got the news, and since my husband and I aren't telling anyone the news for at least another few weeks, I really wanted to join you other mamas here!
Congratulations to all, and I look forward to learning all about everyone!
Congrats! I can see how the NICU experience would be so hard. Is there any reason to expect it to be similar this time. I hope you can carry to term and have time to complain about the last weeks with us this time
Alicia -- my doc appointment isn't for another few weeks, but I've (of course) been reading everything I can, and I guess the general consensus is that if you go pre-term once, there's a good chance you'll do it again. I'll do anything it takes to minimize those chances!
My daughter is perfectly healthy, smart as a whip, gorgeous, vivacious and the light of my life, so I count myself as very lucky to have her at all, whatever our birth experience was, and I know I'll feel the same way about baby #2. Still, I'm going to do what it takes to make it the whole nine months!
I know what you mean about feeling weird about the due date. DS ended up a c-section 7.5 weeks early, and it took me quite awhile to stop thinking of him as a mid-November baby (he was born at the end of September). He was in the NICU for 3.5 weeks, an although he broke outta there much earlier than anyone predicted, I, too felt a great deal of sorrow that I couldn't have him home with me sooner. One of the things we did that really helped was kangaroo care. Also, pumping and seeing him fed with only my breastmilk really made me feel better until he was able to come home and nurse for real.
Try to enjoy this pregnancy and not think about the due date too much (hard, I know). I'm trying not to think ahead, and just to live in each moment, each day. I had a lot of work stress when pg with DS. Now, since I'm a SAHM, it's financial stress.
Still, I'm determined to keep things in perspective and just focus on a relaxed, healthy pregnancy, enjoying the journey to the outcome.