13 weeks and the NT scan

13 weeks today! I usually spend every Saturday morning quickly reading up on what to expect this week, and then I spend an hour or so diving into “Baby Bargains” to continue making one small decision at a time. As of today we have agreed on cribs, rock n plays for sleeping in our room or the den next door, crib mattresses, crib pad for on top of the mattress and a changing pad for on top of the bureau. We have an old glider, so I’m not buying a new one. I would, however, like to re-upholster it and I am the least crafty, creative person on the planet. So if anyone has any ideas for this, I’ll gladly take them. As for the bureau, we do need one, but in my mind, it doesn’t have to be from a baby furniture store. A regular bureau would be fine. And I’d like to not spend a million on it, so we will start our store search soon. But seriously, picking these items out is no joke! I read up on it, take down a couple brands, search reviews online, check consumer reports, etc. It takes at least an hour to decide on anything! But we are cruising along.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing this too fast, because it’s still so early. Other times I say it’s a good thing to be prepared and not wait until the last minute, and picking things out/planning helps me get excited. Plus, I’ll probably say it’s too early up until birth.

It’s a good day to be sitting around planning these things, because outside the door, it looks like this:


And the roads are all shut down. It’s blizzard 2013! My poor dogs – being 20 pounds and small can be quite the challenge. Peeing is an adventure. And I get to play the “I can’t help because I’m pregnant” card, which is always fun. I’ll supervise. Like I did when my husband made gluten free lasagna from scratch last night. He’s a great guy, and should win many awards for how amazing he’s been this entire time. He rocks.

So, Wednesday was our 12 week NT scan. So many of you have been through this but for those who were wondering, it took about 45 minutes. The tech girl was awesome, starting first with finding heartbeats, which was when I breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, one heartbeat is still hovering around 170 and the other around 140, and it’s been that way since 9 weeks. One of each, perhaps? That’s my guess at this point, based on basically nothing. She took a million pictures, printed us a huge stack of them. Baby A was chill, in a great position and just hanging out. Baby B was doing flips and rolling around. They were both really cool. You can see into their brains, which is pretty amazing. They also check the fold behind their necks, and measure it. Anything over 2.5 or 3 is a concern I think, and both of ours hovered around 1. I still did have to do bloodwork which will confirm any abnormalities at this point but I’m not worried. The twins were side by side, but then the tech had me go to the bathroom, claiming my bladder was really full. It wasn’t! This is a teacher thing. Holding it for a few hours isn’t full. But anyway, after coming back, the twins “bunk-bedded” it, as the tech said. Where she was feeling around for them is where my stomach is sticking out, so I guess that makes sense, and I guess you could say I’m officially showing, as opposed to the bloat. Maternity pants are in full swing. I tried to wear normal pants to a restaurant the other night and ended up with the belt off, snap undone and zipper down. Not comfy. She didn’t say anything about finding out genders, so that will have to wait until our next ultrasound which is 7 weeks away!! Torture!! Here are a few pictures:


The one on top, in these double pics, either looked like an alien or in this case, a turtle.


This is Baby B. Super cool that I can count fingers right now.


And Baby A, with a face close-up. It was all really cool, and now that they look like people and not blobs, I start to actually feel pregnant, and not just sick. Speaking of sick, I’m down to one Zofran a day. I tried to go without it completely yesterday, and then around 10 am I couldn’t figure out why I was so nauseous I could barely drink water. And then I remembered. So one it is, but otherwise, my only nausea is hunger-related, which isn’t fun, but is completely different than the kind of nausea I’ve had so strongly since 5.5 weeks.

The day after the NT scan we had our monthly appointment with one of the doctors in my group, and it was night and day compared to the day before at the hospital. We waited an hour, the appointment was 5 minutes. She didn’t check heartbeats or do anything at all. In fact, she said it was too early to hear heartbeats, when in fact we heard them at 9 weeks from a nurse in the same practice. She told me, regarding my digestive issues to “drink more water”. She offered me no help at all. My husband left work early for this and I felt bad. From now on, I’m not sure it makes sense for him to come to these check-ups, if they are this pointless. I was mad. But the highlight of the week was surely the scan and getting those pictures I keep looking at…


8 thoughts on “13 weeks and the NT scan

  1. Kate says:

    Ohhh congrats on a good NT scan and feeling better! Big reliefs. As for the anticlimactic nature of the routine appt, it’s been my experience too. Almost every appt that doesn’t include an ultrasound feels very wham bam thankyou m’am. My husband stopped taking time off to come to those appts. It was a waste of time for five minutes.

    So glad the twins are looking healthy and you, Mama, are feeling better! Thanks for the update!

    Oh, and I play the “I can’t because i’m pregnant” card too- so much these days (at 37 weeks!) that I feel guilty about it- but I really can’t!!! 🙂

  2. Belle says:

    Yay Baby Bargains! Is it not a life saver? I must suggest Craigslist for a used chest of drawers. I got a beautiful vintage one on CL while living in Birmingham and am planning to refinish it for baby if we ever have a weekend without rain or travel! So glad the babes are looking good and that you are starting to prepare. Seriously, working on our registry has kept me away from the Google “risk of miscarriage” search terms for WEEKS now. It’s a productive way to channel our infertile OCD 🙂

  3. arbrefleur says:

    Congrats on a great NT scan!!! And Congrats on going down to one zofran!!! That is very promising! I can’t wait to eat and taste food again, myself. I swear it will happen one of these days 🙂

    p.s. where are you that you have snow that deep? (You don’t have to be specific! I just mean…are you in Canada or maybe the northeastern US or midwestern US? Just curious. It’s a lovely blanket of snow and I’m green with envy from here in sunny LA 🙂 )

    • futuresoccermom says:

      You will soon be there! I’m still nauseous and planning for food is still a huge pain. But the severity does go down. I’m still wondering if a day will come when food-wise I go back to normal. But at least I can function! As for snow, we live In New England. We just had the “Blizzard of 2013” which brought 2-3 feet of snow for our state. It’s about as high as the mailbox on the street now that the plows have come through. My husband had to snowblow a path in the backyard for the dogs to go to the bathroom! And I’m way jealous of sunny L.A. It seems like warm weather will never be here! I’m sick of dry skin!

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