I am almost 18 weeks though the hospital would put me nearer 19. I have had my due date changed from 15th to 11th and then at the Amnio to 8th which is impossible so I am sticking to the 13th which is the correct date going by the egg collection date. So... everything is fine. After the Nuchal scan we decided to have the Amnio which was a 2 week wait. In the meantime we went to Glastonbury Festival which was hot hot hot! I had a pretty miserable time really, just because it was so bloody hot! Saw some of the bands I wanted to and spent a lot of time seeking shade. I guess Pregnancy makes everything more difficult and it's made me think twice about taking a baby next year. We'll see.
So the Amnio was fine, not painful and not as scary as I thought. I did all my freaking out about it in the week before Glastonbury and then was calm as anything when they did it. The consultant (The same guy who did the Nuchal scan and who would charge £400 on the NHS) even commented on how calm I was. My thinking was that while you're lying on a table waiting for a needle to be put into your abdomen, it's probably the wrong time to start freaking out. We had the preliminary results the next afternoon. D called me while I was driving back from seeing my mum so I parked up at Asda and called him back. My first response was 'are you sure?'. I am so happy and relieved. We now have to wait for the fuller report which looks for things beyond Downs and Edwards Syndrome but it was those chromosonal things I was most worried about. I have maintained an openess about all this with most people but there was one person I felt I couldn't talk to about it as she had been very open about her dislike of ante-natal testing. it meant that I didn't really speak to her for three weeks while I went through it all. I've told her now and she's been great, though didn't ask me what I would have done had it been a bad result. My other friend, lis, was really helpful as she chose to have an Amnio with her third. She also works in a special needs school so can see it all from the perspective of someone who deals with special needs every day and who also deals with the parents of kids with special needs. She told me not to worry or think about other people's opinions as it was only mine which counted in this case. My mum was also very supportive and was thrilled when I told her the results. She is now setting about making me a patchwork quilt for the baby and her partner Barry is making us a crib.
I have started buying things, just small things like baby grows and newborn nappies. I still don't feel like I have a baby in me but I do feel like I can plan a bit more now. I have also really started pouring over the books I have as I know nothing about babies. Or at least last week I didn't. I have a really helpful book called the baby book which is great for someone like me who has very limited (non-existant!) experience of babies. I'm also doing a lot of reading up on breastfeeding because I am determined to do it successfully for at least 6 months. So now is the time when I have to start thinking about finances and maternity leave and how all that is going to work out. I have my health and safety thing next week in work and will then need to inform the relevant people of the dates I plan to leave etc. I have already contacted the work Creche and hope that I would return to work in Aug/Sept 2011. Expensive business though!
D's mum called the other day to ask if it was ok for her to knit some things for the baby. Of course it is. She then mentioned a Christening gown and although I should have just said 'we won't be having a Christening' I didn't know what to say apart from 'oh, right'. Maybe she got from my tone of voice that I wasn't that keen. I will have to tell her that there is no way I will be having a Christening, or a naming ceremony.
The other issue is the one of visits over Christmas. I have had to make it clear to D that I don't want anyone here in the house from my Due date as I don't want to risk going into labour with someone here. Nor do I want anyone staying right after the birth. D's mum is going to rent a cottage, possibly for 2 weeks, she has said she would like us to go to the place she is renting for Christmas Dinner which I will be fine with so long as the baby is older than a week by 25th. If the baby comes late then I won't want to go anywhere as I will be in bed concentrating on breastfeeding and sleeping and recovering from whatever has happened to my body after the birth. D seems to understand this. If the baby has come on time or early and we do go then I have also told him that I will only want to stay a few hours and won't want to stay overnight. Hopefully he will realise once the baby is here that everything will have to revolve around what I and the baby need rather than what his mother wants. I also have to cancel Christmas with my mum because I can see it would be nice for D's mum to have all her family together for the first time in years.
So - we have all that to sort out and I really hope that I am given the time as a family to get used to the fact that I have had a baby. we will need bonding time and recovery time.