Monday, August 16, 2010

ultrasound update, sharing the news, and a limp

I am WAY behind with this update, and now there are lots of things on my mind...

I am now 12 weeks with this baby, and though statistic don't do much to ease my mind since I seem to defy many, I try to remind myself that in MOST cases, pregnancies progress very well after this point.

On Friday, August 6 we had another peek at our little one! We were back in for an ultrasound and had my favorite tech. I was so excited when she called us back because she will tell us what she sees. She doesn't interpret, but she gives us the facts.

Baby was measuring 11 weeks that day - three days ahead! I love to see that growth! The heart rate was great at 171. Baby was tumbling all over the place, and we saw lots of good dancing going on. Paul did his job well and asked for pictures. Even though we were feeling good after leaving the ultrasound, we still went upstairs to talk to the nurse just for extra peace of mind. And all is good. All is very good. I go back to my doctor next Monday at 13 weeks.


I am at my parents' for a long weekend, and a lot of family is home. I only see my aunts and uncles once a year because they live in New York and Chicago, so it's fun to see these little cousins.

But I don't feel comfortable talking about this pregnancy. My mom caught me off guard by announcing with my aunt's family, "so did Karin tell you she's pregnant?" I HATE those surprises. I don't have the ability to go along with the flow quite so easily anymore. I need to be prepared. Everyone turned and looked at me, and said congratulations. That's great, but I don't like being the center of attention. I feel like we've already been through this before, and people will just wonder if this one is going to work. I wonder if we'll take home this baby. I don't need to assure others when I have a hard enough time assuring myself.

I told my mom later that I didn't appreciate an announcement to a group, and she thought it was fine because we're all family. It was still a big group to me. She said she'd tell my uncle's family before I came home. I don't know if she did. Or if she told them I don't want to talk about it. Maybe it's easier to pretend I'm not pregnant until I have a big belly.

Everything seems too complicated to simply be excited.


Aaaaannnnnnnnd here's the current ridiculousness...I partially tore my Achilles tendon. While drinking lemonade. Sitting at a picnic table. My chiropractor thinks it started when I sprained my ankle last month (I managed to roll it twice in one day), and since then I've been walking to compensate, which has caused the muscles and tendons to shorten and tighten. It was ready to pop. And pop it did, followed by a shooting pain up my calf.

It's a good thing the chiropractor in my hometown is a family friend who was willing to see me at his office on a Saturday afternoon! He worked the muscles, and although I was in a tremendous amount of pain later, it has been much, much better. So I'm spending my vacation in a La-Z-boy with an ice pack on my elevated foot. Worst case scenario: he'll put me in a boot when I go back this afternoon.

Oh well. Hopefully it will match the dress I'm wearing to my brother-in-law's wedding on Friday. The second part of my vacation is in a lake/resort town later this week. I'll be a limping, pregnant bundle of fun! :)

8 kind words:

  1. Praise God for a good report at your ultrasound. I will keep you in prayer that God will keep that baby safe inside your womb and that He will give you a healthy full term baby!

    Sorry that injured yourself. Praying you have a speedy recovery!


  2. Ouch! The Achilles is not a good thing to mess up! I hope it starts to feel better for you.

    I know I felt a little bit of relief once I was out of the 1st trimester b/c statistically most pregnancies are ok past that point.

  3. I'm glad things are looking good with baby, but so sorry about the difficulties in sharing the news and the Achilles tendon! (((hugs)))

  4. Karin, I am sorry that the announcement wasn't made on your terms. Maybe that will just mean more will pray for you and this precious wee one. I know I have been=)....

    Ouch, on your boo-boo. That just hurt reading about it. I hope it heals quickly before the wedding and trip.


  5. I am glad things are looking well. I, too, had an unexpected announcement. I hope your tendon gets to feeling better, no fun! I will be praying for you and your precious baby.

  6. Hooray, hooray, hooray for wonderful ultrasounds!!! I am sorry that those moments of overwhelming attention hit so hard. I don't know if there will ever be a time that they won't, but know you have lots of people praying!

    And seriously, lemonade drinking dangerous? Who knew?? :) Hope it heals quickly!!!

  7. Hi Karen, I'm visiting from Walking With You. I prayed for your little buddle of joy and that the Lord will keep his hands wrapped around through the whole pregnancy and delivery. During pregnancy, I don't think that there is anything better than hearing good news about your ultrasounds!!

    I could not imagine my achilles tearing! OUCH!!!!! Hope you feel better real soon!

    God Bless,

  8. Hi Karen, I'm stopping by from Walking With You and wanted to say hello. I'm glad you got a good report from your ultrasound!

    Ouch on the achilles tendon, that does not sound like a fun thing to hurt!