Our second anniversary was on Tuesday, and we had quite the day. First, we went to my initial OB appointment. I may write in more detail about how that went later, but for now, it went well. We spent over an hour with the nurse where we got lots of information about pregnancy and nutrition and genetic testing options. She drew some blood, which you know I'm a pro at now, and then we met with the doctor. Basically the doctor examined all my girl bits, and wrote me a prescription for nausea medicine because it's getting difficult to hold down a job when I'm sick all the time.
They told me it wasn't likely we'd hear the heartbeat with the doppler, and I said I'd rather just skip it then. I can live with not trying. I'm not sure I can live with trying and not hearing it. Thankfully everyone in that office is super awesome, and they squeezed me in for a quick ultrasound. We got to hear the heartbeat (it's up to 176 bpm) and confirm that it's measuring spot on (9w5d yesterday). And we got to see the little bugger. Last time it was just a blob on the screen, but this time it had a head and arms and legs! And they were moving! I have a living, moving creature inside me. It was so surreal. There it was, waving its arms and kicking its legs. Warning: sonogram photo coming up.
My stepmom said he looks just like Mike. Apparently she's guessing boy.
The next part of our day was the gift exchange. The second anniversary gift is traditionally cotton, and since we both did paper last year, we kept with the tradition this time around. Although, we were very liberal with the definition of "cotton," basically anything textile-y. Mike got me this giraffe-print storage ottoman.
I, of course, adore it. I bought him these original Marushka prints.
It's partially a selfish gift because I've always wanted a Marushka. But these worked for cotton as they're textiles, they are food-themed for my chef husband, and they're perfect for our new kitchen!
We haven't yet gotten to our Love Letter Box tradition, but we were a couple months late last year, so I'm not worried.
Lastly, we went to a meeting with the adoption agency we applied through a couple months ago. If you recall, we weren't making much progress with them due to poor email communication, and with all the new things happening in our lives, we thought it was best to sit down and chat.
I'm so glad we did, it went so well. It reminded me why we chose this organiztion in the first place - we love their philosophy and approach to adoption, and they're a small agency who may be slow at email, but who can offer really personal attention.
We are still really excited about the prospect of adoption, and this pregnancy does not negate that. So we agreed that we'd leave our file open and take it slow. We're going to wait until we move into the new house, assess our financial situation, assess our emotional situation, and decide how to proceed then. If we decide to move forward, we can stretch out the next steps (home study, etc) as long as we need. For instance, those things may not be completed until after the baby is born, and then we can decide if/when we're ready to officially become a "waiting family."
The most interesting thing is that they currently have three other clients who are at some stage in adoption and are recently pregnant. She offered to try to get us all together, which I would love to do.
All in all, it was a very encouraging meeting. We haven't made any decisions, but I feel good about where we landed for now.
It was an interesting way to spend an anniversary, but it was pretty great. Happy anniversary m'dear!