Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Week 13

Hi All!

Week 13 came and went...pretty smoothly actually. I ordered an at home fetal heart doppler to monitor the baby's heartbeat. It is like the ones they use in the doctor's office. When I first found out I was pregnant, I mentioned getting one to my doctor. I think she frowned upon the idea because she thought it might cause me unnecessary anxiety if I was unable to find the heartbeat.

I watched a few YouTube videos and talked to some friends who have used them during their pregnancies and decided that if others can do it, so could I.

I 'm happy to report that I have had zero trouble finding the heartbeat and I use it twice a day. Once before bed and once in the morning. I guess its no secret that I feel the most anxious around bedtime because that is probably when Brody's heart stopped beating. So to hear that little and not so slow heartbeat in the morning is enough to make this mommy feel tons better.

I did actually shed some tears last week and this week too. Brody was on my mind a lot. They say every pregnancy is different and not to compare but sometimes the need to compare is overwhelming.

Adam says I glamorize my pregnancy with Brody and maybe I do but its totally subconsciously. To me, it was perfect, he was perfect. I feel like I never complained and I was always glowing. I know, I'm probably exaggerating but I really feel like that's the way I remember it to be and so that is the way it will remain in my mind.

Every new ache or pain, digestion issue, food or music aversion (yes, pregnancy gives me music aversions) Music aversion with Brody was Peter Frampton. The sound of that device he uses to make his voice sound robotic drove me crazy and not in a good way. This time, its basically anything by ACDC and of course anything that I can't understand the words to, such as any mainstream music or hip hop (which I sorta have an aversion to without pregnancy hormones) So, these days, I'm basically listening to strictly oldies, it really helps to reduce any stress that I'm feeling...Anyway, I always say "this never happened with Brody" and Adam gives me the look. You know, raises his eyebrows, tilts his head a bit and says "Tia, yes it did". My response is always "well, I don't remember that".

Here is week 13 belly pic. I was going to upload my 13 week belly pic of when I was pregnant with Brody just for another comparison, but its a picture of my naked belly and a small bit of a boob shot. Adam has clearly gained some experience with taking pictures. 

 Here is Regan's drawing for week 13. I'm seen using my trusty doppler with a smile and a heartbeat of 160, which is usually where it is most of the time. I did substitute again last week with what to expect when your expecting's size comparison because baby center's medium shrimp just didn't sit right with me. I don't know, I've never been big on sea food.

Anyway, This week officially marks my second trimester and right now I am 14 weeks. I cannot believe I'm here but I'm so happy about it. I will be back next week to tell you all about it or maybe even sooner!


  1. Hello,
    I have been reading your blog since week 10 of your pregnancy. I also had a stillborn child due to a placenta abruption at 41 weeks on May 18, 2012. Her name is Skylar Jean, Your pregnancy gives me hope for another pregnancy. If you don't mind me asking How often do you see your OB? Will you see a high risk ob? If you do how often will you see them? Please feel free to e-mail me at Thanks