Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Boo

Today I have some news to share of the totally amazing kind. Meet Boo:

As of today, Boo (as we've affectionately been calling our little baby) is 20 weeks old - we had a scan this morning and everything appears to be normal. Such a massive relief, and as I'm sure any first time mum will attest, you have no idea what is going on inside you and it's quite scary going for an 'anomaly scan'.
Aside from having a growing tummy (which sometimes just looks like I've eaten a big dinner) I have really felt the first little kicks and movement in the last few days - again, quite a relief.

Baby's and birth in general are are amazing little feats of nature, but we're especially happy as we've been waiting for Boo for about 7 years and have had countless trips to the hospital to try and find out why Boo hadn't materialised before now. I'm sure I've mentioned it on here before but the reason why this was such a problem was that I have PCOS. Having had treatment to manage the PCOS and several exploratory operations, examinations, scans, x-rays and courses of pills, the only conclusion the doctors could come up with was that I had 'unexplained sub-fertility'. I was also told by a male doctor with no bedside manner whatsoever that 'you know you're not eligible for IVF, don't you'. Basically there are a number of factors that govern this in the county I live in, but age and weight are the two biggest ones. At 35 I am considered 'too old' which automatically rules me out on the NHS.

It was all becoming at bit disheartening to be honest. We'd gone from saying 'when we have a baby' to 'if we have a baby' and we were really starting to think it would never happen.
I was taking pregnancy tests regularly which were always negative and had become somewhat routine, so imagine how shocked I was when it appeared that (back in December) one of my tests looked positive. I say 'looked' as I really wasn't sure, so of course had to do another one, which also wasn't conclusive. I was physically shaking when my boy came home from work that day, and my first words to him were 'I don't want to alarm you, but I think I might be pregnant'.
After drinking what seemed like pints of water, I went to the shops and bought another pack of tests. The third test showed a negative result (agh!) so I had to do the fourth test which looked like a feint cross but again I wasn't sure. The following day, I was back at the chemist buying a digital test, one of the ones that actually said the words 'pregnant' and 'not pregnant' - conclusive proof. The test said 'pregnant +3' which meant that I was more than 3 weeks pregnant.
I've been lucky enough not to suffer from morning sickness at all (much to my huge relief) but have had problems sleeping for more than 2 hours at a time and waking for hours at a time during the night, not to mention frequent trips to the loo for a wee. More recently I have had mild SPD - which is basically pelvic pain - all of which I'm sure are normal pregnancy side effects, but on the whole, I feel well and extremely happy to be carrying a little Boo around inside my tummy.

Boo should make an appearance to the world in early August. We can't wait to meet our little baby for the first time in the real world. Exciting times ahead.

25 comments:

pop-i-cok said...

Aw that's such fab news! Congratulations!! Brought a little tear to my eye :-)

RahRah Repeats said...

Oh congratulations, what lovely news! Brought a tear to my eye too whilst reading about your experiences. Congratulations again! xx

selfsewn said...

Great news!
I have pcos and have just put the baby thing to rest after a long 9 year battle which included ivf.

I am thrilled that you've had the greatest luck in the world xxx

amy said...

Congratulations- what wonderful news :)

Beth Gunnell said...

Big congratulations Monda! Such great news for you both!

Lina said...

That's fantastic news! So exciting for you, many congrats!

Lina x

Ali said...

Oh, congratulations! What wonderful news (especially after a long long wait). I am so very happy for you.

anna said...

aw! congratulations!!
very very pleased for you!

angharad handmade said...

I'm so very thrilled for you, really wonderful news! Fantastic!

For the PSD/SPD I really recommend Flames physiotherapy in Burnham. I saw Claire and after one session came away with immediate relief and lots of exercises to do when I felt it coming on.

Really brilliant news! xxx

Locket Pocket said...

What absolutely FANTASTIC news!!! You must both be so thrilled! Roll on August! Lucy xx

Gina said...

What wonderful news. I'm so happy for you both.

picciolo said...

hey congratulations!!!
: )

xxx

Ellieboo said...

What utterly fantastic news for you - exciting times ahead indeed. Congratulations.
Amanda xxoxx

Rebecca said...

Really exciting news and what a story to go with it! I have given you an sunshine award over on my blog, a little extra ray of light for you!x

jennyflower said...

Bloody Boo-brilliant! Well done all. xxxx

Jodie said...

OH ! WOW !! Awesome fantastic news - I'm smiling my face off over here on the other side of the world.

amy said...

Hi Monda,
Just wanted to ket you know that I've awarded your blog the Leibster Award-hope that you have fun choosing your top 5! Check out the other four blogs that I chose at:
www.shinyorangedreams.blogspot.com

Amy

Blueberry Park said...

So fab to see Boo! August will be here before you know it x

Bluebell said...

Congratulations! I did smile when I read your post because I also did 4 tests because they weren't 100% clear and I can completely relate to the physically shaking as you told your partner. Feeling very envious that you haven't had any sickness. I hope the rest of your pregnancy runs smoothly x

Anna said...

Ahhh congratulations!! there seems to be lots of baby news around at the moment, its fantastic. xx

Claire Scott said...

Congratulations its worth the wait! I have just had my first son 2 weeks ago and I'm 39 so a little older than you- all went fine and I"m loving looking after him now!
You"re very lucky:) x

Hoola Tallulah said...

OMG!!! So many big enormous congratulations, such wonderful exciting news! Sending lots of love your sweet family of three (almost!). Loving the nickname, we have our own Miss Boo here too :)

Anonymous said...

Again, I am so pleased for you !!!

Congratulations to you both! Cant wait to meet Boo!

Milena

Moogsmum said...

Oh Monda, I am so thrilled for you both! That is the best news and I'm sitting here with a tear in my eye.

I'm venturing back into blogland for the first time in ages and when I read your 'baby girl' comment in your latest fabric post I had to delve deeper to find out what is going on and I'm so pleased I did.

I can feel some special knitting coming on ;o)

Zane Wooder said...

Monda I'm so happy for you. Did you ever get to find out if Boo is a girl or boy?

-Zane of ontario honey