Thankfully I had my first midwife appointment around week 11 and Liz gave me a prescription for an old-school anti nausea that has saved my life. I initially was going to use it simply to take a shower, because I threw up every single time I washed my hair, but I found that I feet like I could live again if I took it every four hours, and now I'm only taking it maybe twice a day. Thank God for Liz and for anti nausea! Our first appointment with Liz was great. Liz's nurse, Kristen, is beyond adorable. This is the first time she's ever worked with a surrogate and it's fun to answer her questions. I often have to remind myself that most people have a curiosity about surrogacy. I forget that it's not mysterious to our family and friends because we've gone through this before so it feels pretty normal to us. Liz totally surprised us and gave us a little seek peak at the baby at our first appointment with an unofficial ultrasound. I honestly believe that it helps my IPs feel more connected to their baby when they can actually see it moving around in there. We had our second midwife appointment today and got to hear the heart beating 156 beats per minute. It's such a beautiful sound to my ears! Our next visit will be for our 20 week ultrasound. It's debatable at this point if they're going to find out the gender or not - I know my vote doesn't count, but I hope they wait until the birth! :)
For those of you concerned about the relationship between Liz and baby and what might happen if something goes wrong, I assure you that we had an in depth discussion about how Liz will step away and we'll have someone jump in if necessary. This is best for Liz, the baby, and myself. Please rest peacefully knowing that a backup plan is in place, and please believe that everything will go as smoothly as planned. I'm not just jumping into this because my IPs would love for the baby auntie to attend the delivery. I, more than anyone, want Liz to be the one to take care of me! This has been well thought out and we want everyone to be as excited as we are to be able to have the birth that we all have dreamed about. Thank you for your support!
The baby is now four inches long and weighs about two and a half ounces, similar to an apple. It's squirming around in its warm womb and occasionally I do feel something moving in there. It can already urinate, move all it's joints, and is passing amniotic fluid through it's nose already. I can't wait until I can feel more movement. That's my favorite parts of pregnancy.
Smells that have been overly offensive include our gas range and stove, our basement, the ultrasonic solution and x-ray processor at work, bad breath, the smell of man (so much that I've had to buy my husband new deodorant, soap, shampoo, and shaving cream that is all unscented or mint smelling), liquid soap, dish soap, any scented laundry detergent, car exhaust, and cigarette smoke! UGH, those things would make me vomit at a drop of a hat.
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