Oh Baby! | Raising A Farmhouse

Friday, February 9, 2018

Oh Baby!

Look out world, cause shit just got real!
That's right friends, we are having a first child and we couldn't be any more excited, nervous and bit overwhelmed... but I'm sure that's nothing new for any new parent.
I have been so quiet lately and if you follow me on IG @raisingafarmhouse then this isn't new to you... but I wanted to put it on here, just for those who don't follow me on social media.
Today I am officially 16 weeks and so far so good.
Because I am 36 years old, I'm considered "Advanced Maternal" which means I'm high risk for certain genetic abnormalities. If you haven't ever heard of this term before,  any woman over the age of 35 is considered Advanced Maternal... basically in the world of pregnancy and doctors your womb is considered archaic, and you are treated as such.
The only benefit to being considered Advanced Maternal is,
 I get extra Ultra Sounds and all of these Ultrasounds are 4D.
 Which is pretty neat, even tho you can't really see much at this point.
However, I currently have about two apts. per month, which I have been told the normal is 1, so going from...pretty much Never going to the doctor, to going every two weeks is quite the adjustment.
And I have been offered every genetic test under the sun,
 which tends to start to defeat the good vibes of the pregnancy.
Our second Ultra Sound, which was performed at a High Risk Perinatal center went extremely well. Because they found nothing out of the ordinary, I declined any further testing. My personal belief is I would never terminate because the child wasn't perfect, so to me it doesn't matter.
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Knowing or not knowing doesn't change anything to me personally.
I did not want to stress myself out in this pregnancy and I did a lot of research, and the only sure fire way to know if there are any abnormalities is to perform a amniocentesis, which carries a risk of miscarriage. Again, my mind thoughts were "so what if it does" it still doesn't change a thing, it's our child and we will love it. Period. The End.
In 2014 we had a miscarriage, we were not trying and I honestly had no idea I was pregnant at the time. I had just starting working for Hobby Lobby as a Photo Stylist and it was the worse and most stressful/physically demanding job I had ever had. I have no doubt in my mind that the stress and physical labor contributed to my miscarriage. And because of my raging hormones, I ended up being forced to quit. That's another story for another time... but Hobby Lobby is not what you think it is... or maybe it is... it always depends on our perception right...
Needless to say, I didn't know I was pregnant until I had a miscarriage, which never affected me until I got pregnant this go around and the extreme paranoia of losing this baby kicked in. So, as much as I gripe about being made to feel so old for a first child, I am extremely grateful for all the extra attention I do receive, and thus far, we are expected to bring a healthy baby into this world around July 27, 2018.
I find out the sex at the end of this month... I honestly have no preference, I just want a healthy happy and well rounded human being:)
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