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baby girl 2.0

I cannot tell you how huge a sigh of relief I exhaled when Friday finally rolled around. It wasn’t the fact that I was finally done with my month long gig as a single parent. It wasn’t the fact that I was finally getting my husband back. I felt like I could finally breath again because having Lorne home meant that I was not going to end up having this baby all by myself. I joked about it a lot, poked fun at the fact I could be stuck delivering a baby while my husband was on the other side of the world. But, truth be told, it was a genuine fear I had that caused my a lot of stress during those 4 weeks. A LOT of stress. Being able to breath again felt great.

But, as happy as I was that Lorne was finally home, no one was happier than Miss Maya.

Maya is at an age right now where she is really interested in how long it is until something happens. She likes to know how many days or weeks or whatever it will be. However, she doesn’t really get what it means when you tell her it will be X number of days until we go here.  So, although we’ve been talking about how many weeks, and then days it would be until Daddy got home from Australia, she didn’t really have a concept of how long that time was.

On Friday morning when Maya got up she asked her usual question “Mommy, what are we going to do today?” I told her what was on the agenda and then said that after dinner we would be going to pick up Daddy from the airport. Her eyes got really wide and she exclaimed in a super excited voice “This day!” like it was just impossible that the day was finally here. She had gotten so used to hearing it would be 2 weeks or 4 days or 1 day that I don’t think she ever expected the actual day to arrive. To say Friday was a long day is an understatement. I must have reminded her that we had to wait until AFTER dinner to go pick him up at least a bazillion times.

When she finally saw him she was shy at first, but then got super happy and excited. Ever since he got home she has been all over him. Everything he does she wants to be part of. She even helped him unpack his suitcase :)

We are glad to finally have the whole family back home in St. Louis. Being on separate continents, around the world from each, was starting to get really old. Now we just patiently wait for the newest member of our family to make her appearance, which she can do whenever she is ready now that Daddy is home.

On Monday I hit the 24 week mark of this pregnancy. I’m now 6 months pregnant.  There are only 16ish weeks left until this baby girl makes her appearance.  I can’t believe it, that’s crazy!

I’m feeling great right now.  Really I can’t think of any annoying pregnancy symptoms I’m dealing with right now other than having to pee constantly.  I have my tiny dancer to thank for most of those trips.  Like her sister before her, Baby Girl 2.0 is a very active little baby.  However, unlike her sister, who liked to lay sideways and kick my sides, this little one enjoys being breech and kicking my bladder repeatedly.  It almost feels like a game she is playing, let’s see how many times I can make mommy have to pee today :)

Today I had my 24 week pregnancy check up.  I saw a different doctor at the OB practice I’m going to here in Brisbane.  He was really nice too.  He’ll actually likely be the one I see for the remainder of my visits as the first OB I saw has a pretty booked schedule right now.  The appointment was very routine and uneventful.  My blood pressure was great, the baby’s heart beat sounded great (although she did try to hide several times while he was trying to listen), and I’ve finally managed to put on a little bit of weight.  At my last appointment I hadn’t gained anything in the month since my last check up and thanks to my horrible morning sickness I didn’t put on much during my first trimester.  I managed to squeeze out just shy of 4 pounds this month which puts my total weight gain for this pregnancy at 8 pounds.  But, since my belly is measuring well and the baby seems great the slow weight gain isn’t an issue.

I thought I’d include a belly shot for you this time around since I finally have one to speak of.  It isn’t a great picture but all you want to see is the belly anyway, right!

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Next up is the big gestation diabetes screening.  I’ll go for that in a couple of weeks and then I’ll have another OB follow up in a month.  I’m really glad things are going smoothly with this pregnancy (knock on wood), especially since I’m so far from home.

On Tuesday I had my first appointment with the obstetrician I’ll be using while we are here in Australia.  It was my 20 week regular monthly appointment.  At home that would have meant a super quick and easy appointment that consisted of a urine screen, weigh in, blood pressure reading, fundal measurement and listening to the baby’s heartbeat.  In and out in 15-20 minutes tops.  However, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at my first appointment here in Australia.  I wasn’t sure how similar their prenatal care is to our prenatal care in the United States.  I expected a bit longer visit since it was my first meeting with this doctor but other than that I went into it blind.

I had a hard time sleeping the night before my appointment.  I was nervous about meeting the new doctor and what to expect from my appointment.  Luckily, we had spent some time over the weekend figuring out the bus route to there and finding exactly where the office was so it was super easy for Maya and I to get there Tuesday morning. It gave me one less thing to worry about.  My appointment was scheduled for 9:30 so we headed out the door a little after 8am to catch the 8:25 bus.  The bus was running a bit late but got us to the hospital bus station right on time (sometimes you gotta love public transportation and crazy Australian bus drivers!).

Since we had walked by the office building on Saturday I knew it was a very nice looking office and I was anxious to see what it was like inside.  It was gorgeous.  The office is fairly big, they staff 4 OBs and 3 midwives.  The waiting area is full of super comfy chairs, a bathroom (because we pregnant women need bathrooms everywhere!) and a great little play area for the kiddos.  Let me tell you, the play area is a godsend for those of us who have to bring our little ones along.  Maya had a great time playing with all the toys and reading the books.  She actually didn’t want to leave when it was my turn to go back with the doctor.

When it was my turn I was greeted in the waiting room by the actual doctor!  I had expected to be called back by a nurse.  They actually don’t have any nurses on staff, the doctors and the midwives do everything.  I sat with the doctor in his office for a while going over my medical history and reviewing my records from my doctor in the US.  He had to pull out his calculator several times because all the weight measurements on my charts are in pounds and he is used to kilograms.  It stumped me too when I hopped on the scale and it weighed me in kilograms.  He broke out the calculator again to let me know what my weight was in pounds.

After our long talk about my medical history and prenatal care history for this pregnancy the appointment continued exactly like it would have had I been visiting my OB in the US.  He took my blood pressure, had me get on the scale to be weighed (I haven’t gained any weight since my last appointment in the US but he didn’t seem concerned), then he felt my abdomen and listened to the baby’s heartbeat with the doppler.  He explained what to expect at my next appointments and it sounds like the prenatal care is exactly like it is in the US.  The one exception is that they don’t do a urine screen at every appointment, they only do urine screens if there is another indicator, like higher blood pressure than at previous appointments.

After I met with the doctor he had me sit down with one of the midwives so I could get to know her and she could go over the do’s and don’ts during pregnancy in Australia.  The midwife was so nice.  She went over everything with me as far as what exercise is permitted, the foods to avoid, etc.  It is all the same as the do’s and don’ts rules in the US.

It ended up being a great appointment.  Everything is progressing well with the pregnancy, Baby Girl 2.0 sounded great and I’m all set for another month.  I really liked the doctor, the midwife and the front desk staff.  Everyone was super friendly and nice.  Turns out I had nothing to be nervous about.

Growing up I was surrounded by boys.  I had four younger brothers, yes, that’s right, four.  Being the only girl had its advantages and I love my brothers to pieces, but I always wondered what it would be like to have a sister.  Someone who understood me in a way my brothers never could.  Someone to share toys and clothes with.  A built in best friend.

When I found out that baby #2 was a girl I was extra excited because I knew that meant Maya was going to get to experience what it is like to have a sister.

Today while Maya and I were out picking up a few things I asked Maya if she wanted to buy something for her baby sister.  She got super excited and looked all over the baby section for the perfect gift.  She finally settled on a soft Tigger rattle that, according to Maya, will be the baby’s favorite toy! I loved watching her search for the perfect girl and get all excited about the idea of her baby sister.

I also found “Big Sister” and “Little Sister” t-shirts for my girls :)

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I can’t wait to see them wearing their shirts together.  I can’t wait to bear witness to the wonderful bond my two girls are going to have.  My girls, I like the sound of that :)

Today was our big anatomy ultrasound.  Although the baby did try to hide the goods from us at first we were able to find out what this little monkey is.

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Drumroll please…

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When we got into the room the ultrasound tech asked Maya if she wanted a girl baby or a boy baby. She answered the same way she has from the very beginning “Girl Baby”.  She got her wish, she is going to have a little sister.  We are so excited.  I have been thinking girl all along, and I was right!  Lorne is really out numbered now :)

This little girl, just like her big sister, tried really hard to hide the goods.  The ultrasound tech got a shot that I thought looked like little girl parts but didn’t say anything. She went about taking more measurements and then tried for the potty shot again and sure enough it was definitely girl parts.  We had a third look right at the end of the ultrasound just for good measure and reassurance.

The baby is currently breech.  Not a big deal since she will likely flip around several times between now and her big arrival, but it sure does explain why I’ve been feeling so many of her kicks down low.

It was so sweet seeing her little face on the ultrasound screen and watching her little squirms.  I’m glad all three of us got to be there.  We can’t wait to welcome this new Little Miss in July.

Here is our Baby Girl 2.0

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So, I know my guess was right.  Was yours?