Thursday, July 11, 2013

24 weeks

I was just going to dive right into a post but I thought I'd better explain my absence.

At first, I didn't have access to our computer. Nate was completing his final projects before graduation and was using the computer every free minute that I had. This was a great excuse to step away and not think about composing a post or even just whipping one out and throwing it up here

Then I decided it was kind of nice not to have to update each week with very little noticeable change in symptoms. The fact that I didn't have any symptoms made me very panicky. Weeks 12-18 were much of the same, I was growing, my belly and boobs getting bigger, but all in all there just wasn't anything going on. Nate wouldn't let me buy anything or even think about how the nursery was going to be decorated as it was all too much for him in case something bad should happen.

Then at 18 weeks, I started to feel real movement, not just the quickening of early movement, but real kicks, punches and shifts. I wanted to get on here and shout to the high heavens how happy I was to have my first real sign that I was pregnant and not just getting fat. I found excuse after excuse not to post.

It's not that I have too much pregnancy after infertility guild, although that is part of it, I just didn't have any real need to post.

Then at 21 weeks, at the anatomy scan, we found out that we are having a normal healthy boy. I baked a cake for work to announce it with a dyed blue interior. I posted on facebook (both at 12 weeks and at 21 weeks). I got my fill of congratulations and again didn't need to post here.

After that I decided that I would wait until 24 weeks to post again, that is today! 24 weeks exactly on July 11, 2013, my 30th birthday!!!!!

We made it to viability, although I hope he stays in much longer, I'm also hoping that from here on out things are smooth sailing.

I get daily kicks and thumps and a weird knocking on my cervix that I think might be hiccups?!?!!?

I've started to decorate the nursery, we've had many things given to us, so there is relatively little to do/buy as compared to starting from scratch.

I've also decided to cloth diaper. We'll be using prefolds with covers in addition to a few all in ones. Surprisingly, there is an active local cloth diaper support group that utilizes facebook for questions and trading and whatnot.

Finally, I'm in the process of pursuing different health insurance coverage. My employer provides group coverage, but it has a very high deductible and a very high out of pocket due to her coverage of herself (who has had cancer) and employees working on visas. Thus, I refused the company policy and have an individual policy that I pay for with what she would otherwise use for my coverage. It gets me great coverage with low deductibles and low out of pocket expenses. However, unlike the group policy my employer provides, individual policies in New Mexico are not required to have maternity coverage, so they do not. Whether or not I truely believe Obamacare will solve our countries healthcare crisis, it will solve my problem with maternity coverage, but not until 2014. About 2 months too late. Until then, it turns out (as I found out last week) that I may qualify for state pool insurance coverage, which I will pay for out of pocket, for full coverage including maternity. Maternity should not be a pre-existing condition for this policy, and will terminate 20 days after delivery but will cover me and the baby. I do not qualify for medicaid but this medicaid-like policy should really help out. The only other glitch is that we already paid out of pocket for a discounted rate for pre-natal care and delivery, which we may not get back. This policy should cover hospital stay, medication and any complications, which is really all I could hope for.

I bring up finances because we have opted for a more natural hospital delivery in hopes of minimizing some of the cost. I'm looking into all of my options including a doula and hypnobabies to achieve this goal.

I'm at work writing this, so I have no access to my pictures, photo post to follow!


  1. I'm so glad to hear from you! I've been wondering how you've been doing. A BOY!! Congrats!

  2. Yay for 24 weeks, and a boy!!! Also, happy birthday- what a fantastic gift! And yes, that knocking on your cervix, probably hiccups!

  3. Hey, I was wondering how thing were going. Happy birthday! and congrats on a healthy pregnancy, so glad to hear it. Post whenever you can and feel like it :)

  4. So glad to hear from you - I've been hoping all was okay! It SCARES PPL IN BLOGLAND when you disappear you know! I just stalked you on FB and added you there in case you ever do this to me again. :)

    CONGRATS on a healthy little boy - that is so awesome!!

    That's what I did for ins for Stella - switched to the state ins program that didn't call maternity coverage a pre-existing condition. It cost me $400/month, but still saved us lots of money overall since a regular hospital delivery is $8-10k.

    I'm so jealous you felt movement so early!! With Stella I was 22+ weeks I believe b/c of an anterior placenta. We will see this time around.

    Wow, viability already. That's gotta be a great feeling. :) Welcome to the 30s!!

  5. Happy birthday! What better gift than viability :)


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