I got the long awaited call from my OB today-The Harmony test results are in an they are negative. While I was pretty optimistic they would be, there's nothing like being officially told everything is fine. The hardest part about the phone call was being told they had my gender as well and would I like to find out. Well, of course I want to know! However, my dream for years had to been to have a cake reveal with close friends and family. I told them no that I wanted the gender put in an envelope for me to pick up and take to the bakery. I will be picking up the envelope tomorrow and getting it to the bakery in the next couple of days. I am planning on doing my reveal on Sunday, July 14th. This weekend is just too soon and Saturday morning I'll be getting back from Scentsy Convention in Indy, so this way I can do the reveal the next day and prep before I leave for my trip and hopefully with prepping and convention I won't be thinking about how bad I want to know, lol. I'm looking forward to my party and finding out.
In other news, I'm now 16 weeks along. I am not at all showing and I haven't gained any weight. I lost 9 lbs in my first trimester and I've maintained it. I have noticed changes in my body in the past day or two and a friend who was a lactation specialist for years told me she can tell in my hips that I'm pregnant. I have a feeling in the next month I'll be showing. I don't feel any kicks or flutters or anything, but I have been feeling a lot of cramping and round ligament pain as my body is changing. Not complaining about a thing and feeling very lucky and blessed. In general I feel fine, in fact other than a mild wave of nausea here and there I have felt perfectly normal. I think my heart is starting to accept what my head has known for so long. I'm finally looking at nursery ideas, reading this great book called Baby Bargains, and starting to plan. I have joy in thinking about my reveal party and planning it. Up until now the moment I looked at anything baby a panic would set in. I don't really talk about it with anyone other than very close friends and my husband and in general I am shy when people find out. My husband has pretty much been telling anyone and everyone since he is so excited.
I finished cleaning out the room that will become the nursery. Once I know the gender I can start making some decision and slowly start working on my registry. I'll probably buy furniture and start working on things in the fall, but for now it's nice and peaceful to sit in my baby's room and picture him or her in my arms rocking. I can't believe this is going to be real and I hope that things continue to go well and that I really do meet my baby in December.
I know many of you are still trying, struggling, praying. I am here for you still. I follow you on the blogs and I try to stay active on the forums. It is harder on the forums since I follow a few and my work schedule has been insane, but I am leaving my job on July 26th. I will have a two and a half week break and then I'll be returning to my old position in the school district. I will have a steady schedule, better house, it's closer to home, and I'm treated better. I won't have the dangers of driving all around the Houston area 100-150 miles and occasionally more a day.