Thank you for starting this thread! I’ll join you I’m also nervous about the added chaos, even though it will just be two under 4. Everyone says adding a family member is scary but somehow the love always grows. I am 32, DH is 45, I have 2 adult stepchildren and a 3 year old son. Our older-ish ages have me a little paranoid about MC. Otherwise, I’m a lot more calm this time around having done it before and using the same OBGYN office (they are great).
I’m the sole breadwinner, DH is a SAHD, and last time I was put on disability (bedrest) at 35 weeks due to hypertension. Our policies at work regarding maternity leave have improved since last time around, but I still need to make it almost 34 weeks without being put on disability to have enough to cover my full paycheck for the entire leave…it would drop to 70% if I am disabled before then. Because of this, I’m doing everything I can to stay healthy. I’ve been pretty consistent with cardio exercise the past year and I’ve finally started doing core strengthening (I like this video called [name_f]Katrina[/name_f] Fitness on Amazon…it’s easy pilates/yoga).
Last time the OBGYN had me wait until 8 weeks to come in, but they had me come immediately this time and did my bloodwork, gave me some handouts and scheduled my 8 week ultrasound. [name_m]EDD[/name_m] based on LMP is 10/2. I’m glad I had that “what to do if…” handout because the other night I had spotting after my elliptical workout. So that calmed me down a bit (it said we don’t have to come in if it’s just spotting without cramping) No cramping whatsoever, but I still will be much more relieved after that 8 week ultrasound to make sure all is well. It’s Feb 22. My Clearblue with weeks indicator finally came the other day and I used it the morning after the spotting. It said 3+ which means my hcg is over 2400, which is where it should be at 6 weeks. So that was a nice reassurance. Side note–I’m so annoyed that the Clearblues were pulled in the US! I got one from the UK off ebay which is why it took some time to come in the mail. Seems they were pulled from the market because people couldn’t be bothered to read the instructions to find out that 3+ weeks on the test means 5+ weeks LMP. Grr.
I can’t wait to see more BFPs! It’s so nice to have somewhere to vent a bit, especially since we’re not telling many people yet.