A Big Announcement

While my blogging has been really sporadic lately - and I've continually said in other posts that I would address why eventually - well the time has come to finally address what I've been hiding. Some of you, especially those of you who are my friends already know... 

WE ARE EXPECTING!






JP and I are beyond excited to welcome a baby girl to our family on or before or around October 22, 2014! There has been so much excitement surrounding this wonderful news and quite frankly, the day I realized that I was pregnant probably couldn't have come at a better time.

I took my first pregnancy test on Valentine's Day which was the day after my grandmother's funeral. I was feeling slightly nauseous which I attributed to my somewhat unstable emotions after my grandmother's passing, but evidently it was really an onslaught of hormones. 

My family was really excited to hear about the news of our new addition. I wanted to keep things quiet but within about 30 minutes my entire family knew, and I hadn't even gone to the doctor yet! However, I am pretty convinced that Baby M is divine intervention by my grandmother. JP and I hadn't really been trying for a baby. I downloaded an app to track my fertility (Fertility Friend, for those who may be interested) and we were blessed enough to get pregnant on the first try. Definitely not what I thought the process would be like! 

Since I am going to be on the older side when I deliver, we have had to go through a variety of testing to ensure that the baby is going to be ok since I am considered "high risk".

We had an early sonogram at around 9 weeks.



The first test I did was at 10 weeks which was Materniti21 which detects traces of fetal DNA in the mother's blood stream. Through the testing, they test the baby's DNA for common chromosomal abnormalities which can cause injury to the fetus and as an added bonus they can also tell you with 99.9% certainty whether the baby is a boy or a girl.

My regular OB also referred me to a Perinatal specialist whose focus is on high-risk pregnancies. For those in Dallas, I highly recommend the North Texas Perinatal Associates.

When I went to the specialist, I got another sonogram. This one included a DVD of the experience (which I will spare you all from watching) but I also got to see the baby for the first time looking more like a human figure than a blob (yes, I referred to the above picture of looking like a blob).



The purpose of this sonogram at the specialist was to do what is referred to as "NT Screening" or Nuchal Translucency screening. NT Screening measures the clear (translucent) space in the tissue at the back of your developing baby's neck. Babies with abnormalities tend to accumulate more fluid at the back of their neck during the first trimester, causing this clear space to be larger than average.

JP and I also underwent some additional genetic testing since JP's family has a history of cystic fibrosis. This test called Counsyl screens for 80+ different genetic diseases and several of their mutations. This helps parents understand their child's risks for a variety of illnesses. 

Luckily, all of these tests have now come back with no issues and we are excited to make this announcement to all of you!

Now, this blog has always been a hodgepodge of my thoughts, feelings, recipes, and workouts, and I am not planning on making it a baby blog. However, since I am really excited about Baby M, I am definitely going to be sharing and chronicling my pregnancy. Some of this comes from the fact that I am SO tired that work outs are pretty minimal and I have not been wanting to cook at all. So bear with me for the next couple of months, I promise to make this as entertaining as possible.

So happy that I can finally share the news with all of you!

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