My husband, Terry, and I decided it was time to add to our family, so early 2012 we started “practicing”. In May/June 2012 we found out I was pregnant and that news put idiotic grins on our faces for weeks. We did our best to keep it all hush hush for the first trimester but were just so ecstatic that after 3 weeks we told EVERYONE – and I do mean everyone! We told our immediate family and gave our moms the go ahead to do their “yellow pages” duty and spread the word to relatives spread across the globe. We told our close circle of friends at a braai, but a few of them said they had already become suspicious because I had not been having my usual 2…3…4… drinks with them in past weeks. And we announced to the rest of our distant friends and family on Facebook.
Needless to say it was an exciting time and we received so many well wishes. The general feeling for Terry and I was that of possibility and an adventure into the great unknown…even though gazillions of people before us have successfully brought a baby into this world.
At 4 weeks it was all rainbows and sunshine and everything was going great.
At 9 weeks I was experiencing the well know phenomenon known as “morning sickness”, except I was getting it on and off all day long, every day, from the time I woke up, ’til the time I fell asleep at night…*awesome*.
On the plus side, I had my first OB/GYN visit with Dr H, and Terry and I were like a couple of little kids going to our first circus. Seeing that tiny bean for the first time made it all real, but hearing that steady little heartbeat was a life changing experience for both of us. Dr H used the scanner to poke and prod my mini-belly (which kick-started a few giggle outbursts on my part) and announced that everything looked great and he would see me in a month.
At 11 weeks the headaches began and the feeling of “ghosty” period pains seemed to come and go as they pleased. It was right around this time that Terry decided that there was “no time like the present” to search for and purchase a cot. We found the perfect one in our local Toys & Babies R Us, which was priced at R3000 – apparently a good deal – so Terry and I, being the practical people we are, began scouring the 2nd hand baby goods sites, and Gumtree found us a winner. The exact same cot, pre-used, for half the price – SOLD! We phoned up the seasoned mommy and met her in a shopping centre parking lot, paid the car-guard R10 to help Terry move it from one bakkie to another, and we were on our way.
At my 12 week scan the tiny bean had grown some, and definitely looked more like a baby and less like a bean. It is the most amazing feeling, seeing the scan of what is going on in your tummy, and knowing that you and your partner are responsible for the creation of life, and then your mind takes a small step towards the realisation that you are responsible for a life.
And so it begins…