We're Having a Baby!

Surprise!! We are expecting a baby! It feels so good to finally share the news with you guys. I will be 13 weeks tomorrow and baby is due mid-December!

Let's back up a bit. I found out I was pregnant on April 8th, the morning after we got home from London. I woke up at 4:00 am because of the jet lag and decided to take a test. I took a test in London (well actually, at the Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire) but it was negative. I felt disappointed but not entirely shocked since I thought it would be difficult for us to get pregnant (I'll share more about this in another post). I figured I might as well try again on Monday and if that test was negative, I would start focusing on my next cycle. Sure enough, it was positive!

I spent two hours pacing the apartment with Luca until I felt like it was late enough to wake up Ray. At 6:00 am I woke him up and asked him if we should keep the outfit we bought for Issie (our nephew) in London for us. He was like "what do you mean?" And I told him we're having a baby! It was a really special moment that I managed to get on camera.

Two days later I went to the doctor to confirm the pregnancy with a blood test and my levels looked good. And then, I waited. I found that waiting period to be really difficult. Most doctors won't see you until around 8 weeks since there isn't much for them to see beforehand. So for weeks, you're unsure if you have a healthy embryo. I swear there were times when I thought to myself, "did I make this up? Am I actually pregnant?" (even though I felt so sick).  Every day in those first few weeks felt like an eternity. I mean, you go to the doctor for a cold! And yet when you find out you're pregnant, you're alone for a month if not more. Plus, most people don't generally tell others about their pregnancy during that time. So you really are all alone with your partner. I found that really difficult.

Our first scan was on May 8th, when I was 8 weeks pregnant. We heard the baby's heartbeat and it was truly incredible. I will never forget that moment. Our next scan was on May 23rd, where I got to hear the baby's heartbeat again and I did all my bloods (and by all, I mean like 12 vials...). On May 29th my doctor called to tell me that the NIPT blood test results came back and everything looked perfect. I didn't cry when I found out I was pregnant, but I cried after that call. I'm not sure why, since I wasn't very nervous about the results. But I guess there is nothing better in the world than a call from your doctor saying your baby looks perfectly healthy. It's an incredible relief. My doctor pairs the blood test with an ultrasound with a specialist. He told me that he didn't expect the ultrasound to show anything different. On June 4th I went for my ultrasound with the specialist for the nuchal translucency screening and everything looked perfect. It was an incredible experience. You get to see them measuring every body part of the baby, from its little feet, to its skull and beating heart. I filmed the whole thing and got to leave with some pictures (including the 3d ones).

And so, here we are! Nearly 13 weeks and feeling really good. The first trimester was rough (I'll be writing about it in a separate post), so I'm looking forward to the second trimester. In the next few posts on Instagram and on the blog I'll be sharing our journey to pregnancy, how we told our family and friends and the baby's gender (which we found out on Sunday)! Can't wait to share this journey with you guys xoxo


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