Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 14 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 14 – April 25, 2015

And so begins the second trimester!  Bring on the “honeymoon period” of the pregnancy please! I have noticed that I am feeling overall more like a human and my exhaustion seems to be lessening.  It’s exciting to break the 14 week mark since every pregnant woman looks forward to the day she can say goodbye to the dreadful first trimester.

We did have a scary experience this week.  On Wednesday morning, I went to the dentist, and while there I noticed some brown spotting when I went to the bathroom.  This alarmed me, but I couldn’t do anything about it at that moment.  After the appointment I checked again and had the same thing, still very little/light amount, but enough to make me feel uneasy.  I was meeting some friends at the zoo after my appointment, so I decided to call my office after I finished up at the zoo to see what their thoughts were.  After walking around the zoo for a few hours & being on my feet, I stopped at the bathroom again and felt rising panic since my spotting had slightly increased from what it had been earlier that morning.  As we walked out of the zoo, one of my good friends sensed something was wrong with me, and I burst into tears and told her about what was going on. She was such a good friend and told me everything was likely fine, but to call my doctor and see if they could see me if that would give me peace of mind.  She offered to take Winter home with her so I could jet off to an appointment.  She was a lifesaver.  The midwife was able to squeeze me in right away, so I drove there, praying that the baby was okay and desperately hoping to hear a strong heartbeat once I arrived.  Thankfully, the baby is perfectly healthy and fine.  We quickly found a strong heartbeat of 158 bpm, and baby was very active.  The midwife said he or she was doing flips in there.  She said strong heartbeat combined with an active baby is great news.  Most likely the spotting was old cervical blood, nothing to do with the baby at all.  I am SO THANKFUL and grateful to God that the baby is fine and healthy.  I would like to NOT experience that stress again.  I see the midwife again at 16 weeks, so it’ll be nice to only have to wait two more weeks for my next appointment.

Much to say this week!  The last thing I want to write is about announcing the pregnancy.  Over the past week, we told more people about the pregnancy because I wanted to eventually announce on Facebook, but I wanted certain people to find out through us directly first.  So today, at 14 weeks, we put up our announcement with the caption, “Eric and I are excited to announce that we will be adding a baby to our family in October.  Winter will be the best big sister.”  It was really fun to watch all of the “likes” and comments come through.  People are excited for us.  We ended up with 238 likes, which boggles my mind! It feels good to have friends share our excitement.

My age: 29

How far along: 14 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a lemon

Gender: Unknown

Events of this week: Last weekend we went to Glenwood Springs and celebrated Eric’s birthday, went to the hot springs (I didn’t get in the HOT one) and had a date night. This week we went to dinner with friends, I had my biannual dentist visit, we went to the zoo with friends, I went to see the movie The Longest Ride in the theatre with two girlfriends, and we finally announced our pregnancy on Facebook today!

Symptoms: Less tired overall, having trouble drinking enough water because it makes me nauseous, itchy and tender boobs, occasional pains in my hip flexors when I stand up from sitting, occasional nausea, growing out of my normal clothes because this belly is getting bigger.

Exercise/Activity: I only exercised one day this week, a run on the treadmill….but that was on purpose only once.  My spotting scare made me take it VERY easy and use extra precaution the rest of the week.  I hope to resume some exercise again this coming week.

Sleep: Sleeping better.  Still having nightly crazy dreams.  Not getting up to pee every single night like I was before.

Maternity clothes:  I put on maternity pants for the first time on Thursday.  I’ve still been making do with my normal jeans, but it’s so uncomfortable walking around with pants unbuttoned.  I will likely start wearing maternity pieces more from here on out since they are more comfortable.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: Sprite, carbs, pasta.

Food aversions: Chicken.

Movement: I started feeling some flutters this week!  So early this pregnancy.  It feels like a fish swimming in a tiny fishbowl–in slow motion.

Best Moment of the Week: Two things….first was the exciting feeling of baby’s first movements that I could feel.  So special.  The other was the relief I felt at the midwife when I got to hear a strong heartbeat after a spotting scare.

Worst Moment of the Week: Having some light spotting that resulted in me panicking and thinking it was the beginnings of a miscarriage.  Thankfully baby is perfectly fine and healthy and the spotting stopped.

What I’m looking forward to: Finding out if we have a girl or boy growing in my tummy.  We won’t find out until 20 weeks.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: After that scare this week, I have been daily thanking God for a healthy and growing baby.  I just continue to pray that he or she will be fine.

What I miss: My clothes fitting.

Next appointment: Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9:20 a.m.

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Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 13 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 13 – April 18, 2015

The personalized ultrasound photos we sent in the mail FINALLY arrived to each of our family members this past week.  We thought they would take about 2 days in the mail, but they took 4-6 days! Everyone seems to be excited about this baby.  It feels good to be out with the news to family.  We have also started telling people in person about the pregnancy, but we will wait a little bit longer to do the public Facebook announcement. There is something nice about the “whole world” not yet knowing about my pregnancy because I don’t have to constantly receive unsolicited or unwanted advice just yet. When people look at me, I feel like it’s pretty obvious that I’m pregnant….or that I’ve suddenly developed quite a beer gut!

My age: 29

How far along: 13 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a peach

Gender: Unknown, several boy predictions.  Eric and I think probably a girl.

Events of this week: Family members finally received their announcements & we spent much time on the phone with them. This weekend we are going to Glenwood Springs to celebrate Daddy’s 29th birthday.

Symptoms: Growing belly & boobs. Tired, but not as bad as it has been.

Exercise/Activity: My fatigue seems to be lessening somewhat, so I was able to get up early to exercise (running on the treadmill or workout DVD) in the basement before Winter woke up several days this week.

Sleep: Trouble getting comfortable.

Maternity clothes:  Still maternity free.  I am really pushing it with my regular clothes though.  The hairtie trick is only going to last me so long.  I even look pregnant in flowy tops now.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: I avoided sweets again this week, woohoo! Craving pasta.

Food aversions: Chicken.

Movement: None.

Best Moment of the Week: Hearing a strong heartbeat at my midwife appointment on Tuesday. She was instantly able to find it, and the heartbeat was 160 bpm. It’s reassuring knowing that the baby is healthy and growing great!

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: Sharing the news with more people.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying for a healthy baby.

What I miss: Nothing in particular.

Next appointment: To be scheduled for 16 weeks.

Here’s a quick comparison of my bump from my first pregnancy…I was this size at 19 weeks!

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Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 12 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 12 – April 11, 2015

It will be only a matter of time until our family members know about this baby. I printed off ultrasound photos and edited on each one to say, “Hi Grandpa and Grandma Lute,” or “Hi Aunt Jill,” etc. on each one.  I mailed them yesterday. It will be fun to start getting some phone calls once they have been received. It’s been “fun” having this secret, but I am really looking forward to sharing the excitement with others. Plus, it sure is getting hard to hide with how much sooner I am showing! From here on out, we are starting to tell people in person. Our public Facebook announcement will come in the next week or two, so not quite yet. Today we went to take some announcement photos.  Winter didn’t perform very well, but I hope we got a few good ones!

My age: 29

How far along: 12 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a plum

Gender: Unknown

Events of this week: This week another couple from our small group had their baby. We went to visit them in the hospital. It’s a boy and they named him Oliver. Sunday was Easter, so we celebrated with church, egg hunts, skyping with family, and a meal at a friend’s house.

Symptoms: Feel sick after drinking too much water, growing belly, moody, irritable, very tired, broken sleep, itchy skin, boobs growing.

Exercise/Activity: This week I did really well at staying motivated and getting up in the mornings to exercise.  I ran and did my exercise programs on Daily Burn.

Sleep: Waking up a lot during the night to pee, bouts of insomnia, trouble getting comfortable.

Maternity clothes:  Still not wearing anything maternity yet. I know that once I wear them, I have to say goodbye to my normal clothes for a long time. My jeans won’t button anymore, so I am using the hair tie trick looped through the button hole to keep on wearing them.  Yoga pants and leggings are my go-to’s for the bottom and looser/flowy shirts on top.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: I did really well at staying motivated to cut the sweets this week.  I feel overall healthier by doing so.

Food aversions: Meat. Also, I have trouble drinking as much water as I used to. It makes me feel sick when I drink much water. Weird. Gatorade is helping me get my fluids.

Movement: Haven’t felt anything, so maybe my “flutter” last week was a fluke. Or gas.

Best Moment of the Week: Sending cards in the mail yesterday with an ultrasound photo in it to our immediate family members. Looking forward to hearing that they were receieved.

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: Sharing the news.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying for a healthy baby.

What I miss: Energy. Wish I had some.

Next appointment: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:20 a.m.

Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 11 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 11- April 4, 2015

Tomorrow is Easter.  Happy Easter! I am amazed at how much faster this pregnancy is going than my first one did. That being said, I still am looking forward to the next few weeks when we finally start spilling the beans to friends and family. I’m sure once we are “out” with the pregnancy, it will fly by even faster.  I continue to feel pretty well overall, with exhaustion being my main complaint. I do feel “blah” and gross a lot. I know I am pregnant, but I feel fat. I made a goal to make exercise a better priority despite feeling so tired, and it does help my energy and body image.

My age: 29

How far along: 11 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a lime

Gender: Unknown

Events of this week: This week was kind of low key, which was nice.  Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, so tonight we will attend church.  Eric volunteers as an usher on the Saturday night services, which is the one we typically attend. Last week a couple from small group had their baby, and this week a second couple will be having theirs.  It’s a scheduled c-section since the baby is in breech position.

Symptoms: Belly that is growing and hard to conceal, feeling exhausted, broken sleep at night, occasional insomnia, intense cravings, boobs grew even MORE, itchy skin, moodiness, going to bed at 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. most nights.

Exercise/Activity: This week I did pretty well on exercise. I started a 30 day free trial of Daily Burn on our TV, which has a variety of different workouts on it. The amount of soreness I feel from switching up my workouts this week has been insane.  I feel old and crippled! In addition to 3 workouts on Daily Burn, I also ran outdoors with the BOB one day.

Sleep: Occasional insomnia.  Trouble getting comfortable.

Maternity clothes:  Holding out still.  Since we are still keeping the secret, I wear flowy and loose pieces to keep this tummy hidden.  My jeans are getting very uncomfortable.  I wear leggings and yoga pants often.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: I suddenly have lost all sense of willpower.  Easter candy and sweets are all I want.  I nearly had a panic attack during Winter’s nap the other day because I was trapped in my house and I had a major sugar craving.

Food aversions: Meat. Just the thought of it makes me feel irritated.

Movement: Maybe I’m a little coocoo, but I “think” felt very tiny flutters on Thursday.  Could be totally in my head.

Best Moment of the Week: Taking Winter to her first Easter egg hunt.

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: Sharing the news.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying for a healthy baby.

What I miss: Feeling good.  I just feel blah a lot. And so tired.  I miss energy.

Next appointment: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:20 a.m.

Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 10 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 10- March 28, 2015

Last week I forgot to put our ultrasound picture on my chalkboard, so here it is this week.  Suddenly we have reached the 25% mark in the pregnancy.  That is really exciting, and it feels like it is going by much quicker than my first pregnancy went.  Perhaps it’s because I am distracted and kept on my toes by being a mom to Winter.  I’ve noticed a few things that have changed this week.  1. I have noticed a growth spurt in my boobs (again!). And 2. my baby bloat is no longer only around in the evenings…I wake up in the mornings with this suddenly round and pronounced belly!  Everyone says that you begin showing with a second pregnancy much sooner…but who knew that at 9.5 weeks I suddenly would be showing already?!  We have yet to share the pregnancy news with anyone, so I am trying to disguise my bump with flowy tops and scarves.

My age: 29

How far along: 10 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a prune

Gender: Unknown

Events of this week: I went hiking, took walks and met at the park with friends.  I went to see the new Cinderella movie with two girlfriends.  Daddy and I got a babysitter and went on a date to eat dinner and see the movie Insurgent.  This weekend I went skiing with my friend Leesa at Abasin. I noticed my ski pants were very uncomfortable around my waist.  Our friends from small group, Brandon and Amy, had their baby on Friday night and we got to go see the baby in the hospital on Saturday afternoon.

Symptoms: My belly bloat is no longer a bloat, but an actual baby bump!  It stays all day now.  I am feeling overall great, no nausea or feeling sick.  I do have extreme fatigue though.  That keeps me on the couch for majority of the day.  I have been taking 2 hour naps on the couch when Winter sleeps.

Exercise/Activity: Because I have been extremely exhausted, all I can find the energy to do these days is take naps. I wanted to run nearly every day this week, but that did not happen.  I ran twice (3 milers) and went skiing on the weekend.  I got 3 days of exercise in, but I also took 2-3 long walks in addition to that.

Sleep: Sleeping pretty well.  Napping most every day.

Maternity clothes:  Still haven’t broken down to wear any maternity clothes yet.  But with my suddenly blossoming belly, I am having trouble buttoning my normal jeans.  I’m wearing a lot of leggings, yoga pants and flowy tops to disguise my changing body.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: I did fairly well avoiding sugar this week, but then BAM–cravings take over. Easter candy came to my rescue (peanut butter M&M eggs).  My delimma currently is “nothing sounds good.”  I’m not eating much in the way of true meals anymore.  One day I ate Hawaiian sweet rolls and trail mix as my “meals.”

Food aversions: I’m not loving meats these days. Wouldn’t say I have an aversion, but NOT drawn to the idea of eating chicken.

Movement: None.

Best Moment of the Week: Hitting 10 weeks and knowing that we are nearing closer to announcing to family and friends in the coming weeks.

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: Being “out” with the news.  The secret is fun, yet it makes me feel like a big fat liar.  I have been telling one white lie after another to friends and family members to throw them off my trail.  I want to tell some of my close girlfriends soon.  Family we will probably tell in the next 2 weeks.  Facebook will likely know after 13 or 14 weeks.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying that the baby continues to grow and be healthy.

What I miss: My energy.  I want to exercise more!!

Next appointment: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:20 a.m.

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Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 9 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 9 – March 21, 2015

My age: 29

How far along: 9 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a grape/cherry

Gender: Unknown

Events of this week: This week was St. Patrick’s Day, which was when we had our first midwife appointment.  It was really exciting to get an ultrasound and see a healthy baby who is measuring correctly for growth.  I was so happy to see a healthy heartbeat of 174 bpm.  We could even hear it!  The midwife said that now our chance of miscarriage is less than 1.5% which makes me feel really good.  We still plan to wait until after 12 or 13 weeks to announce the news though.  In addition to a great appointment, this week I also found out that two of my friends are pregnant, both due in November, though they aren’t sharing publicly for a while. I must admit, I felt a little guilty that I know their secrets but yet they don’t know mine just yet.  Soon enough, I’ll begin sharing with people.

Symptoms: I alluded last week to the fact that my symptoms seem to have lessened.  I no longer experience nausea or feeling yucky.  I feel generally “good” overall.  I do feel very tired and lack of motivation. I routinely get bloated, especially as the day progresses.  In the mornings I am skinny, but from noon and beyond, there’s no hiding this bloat.  Having vivid dreams.  Feeling more emotional at times (can tear up at sentimental things on TV).

Exercise/Activity: I ran 4 days this week, mostly outdoors with the BOB stroller because it’s been nice weather out.

Sleep: Pretty good sleep, but the dreams are no joke!

Maternity clothes:  No.  I’d like to stay out of them for a while.  I have been changing into yoga pants halfway through the day since my bloat makes my jeans uncomfortable.  Also been wearing more leggings and looser/flowy tops since we have yet to announce our special news with ANYONE yet.  Not even family or close friends.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: I was a week into sugar-free life again…and that crashed!  I am craving sugar, sugar, sugar!  Today I drove to the grocery store just to buy candy.  Great….  I need to squelch that one quickly.  Also, I have started suffering from the “nothing sounds good” dilemma.

Food aversions: None.  Although many times “nothing sounds good.”  Especially meats lately.

Movement: None.

Best Moment of the Week: Seeing a healthy baby with a strong heartbeat on the ultrasound this week!

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: Can’t wait until we start sharing the news with friends and family.  Keeping a secret is making me feel like a big fat liar!

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Feeling great.  Continuing to pray for a healthy, growing baby.

What I miss: Nothing.

Next appointment: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:20 a.m.

Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 8 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 8 – March 14, 2015

My age: 29 – Happy birthday to me, March 10th!

How far along: 8 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a raspberry

Gender: Unknown

Events of this week: We spent 5 days in Cancun, Mexico on our first child-free vacation since Winter was born!  Although technically, it wasn’t 100% baby-free since I do have a baby in my tummy.  🙂  Eric and I truly enjoyed spending those days lying on the beach, relaxing, eating and enjoying time together as a couple.  It was a fantastic trip.  When we returned, we were so excited to be reunited with Winter.  We spent a couple of days with Eric’s parents before they returned home.

Symptoms: Not as many symptoms.  I am not sure if it’s because I’ve been able to relax so much that I haven’t noticed many…?  Feeling pretty good!  I do notice that my belly is getting incredibly bloated, especially in the evenings.  I makes me feel like I am going to have to start dressing to hide this pregnancy more.

Exercise/Activity: Didn’t exercise whatsoever on vacation besides walking around each night.  As soon as we returned, I’ve been running each day.

Sleep: Sleeping pretty well.  Still having lots of dreams.

Maternity clothes:  No.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: I broke off of my desserts/sweets-free streak this week since I was on vacation and it was my birthday.  I ate sweets (mainly ice cream) each day.  Now that I’m home, I am back to my no-desserts/sweets kick again!

Food aversions: None.

Movement: None.

Best Moment of the Week: The entire week was amazing spending time relaxing with Eric on the beach. And of course being reunited with Winter was pretty awesome too.

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: Our first midwife appointment and seeing you on the ultrasound!

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Because I’m not feeling as many symptoms, part of me feels slightly worried.  I am praying that God keeps this baby safe and growing….but I am glad we have an ultrasound to get a peek at you this week.  It will put my nerves at bay to see that everything is looking as it should.

What I miss: Nothing.

Next appointment: March 17, 2015 @ 10:15 a.m. (St. Patrick’s Day)

Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 7 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 7 – March 7, 2015

My age: 28

How far along: 7 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a blueberry

Gender: Unknown

Events of this week: On Sunday I completed my first pregnant half marathon (9th half marathon, but first pregnant one).  I felt great despite the 20 degree temperature and long 2-mile-long hill.  I was happy with my finish time of 2:13.  This week, I also had a small birthday celebration a few days early at my house since I’ll be out of town on my actual birthday.  I had 7 of my girlfriends over and we hung out, talked, ate and stayed up until 3:00 a.m.  It was fun!

Symptoms: Tired, nauseous, moody, bloated, crazy dreams, bloated belly

Exercise/Activity: Ran my half marathon, and then I honestly took a break from exercise for most of the week.  I did run 3 milers twice at the end of the week in preps for bikini time in Cancun.

Sleep: Tired all the time, but sleeping fairly well at night despite crazy dreams.

Maternity clothes:  No.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: Orange pop (diet), carbs

Food aversions: None.

Movement: None.

Best Moment of the Week: Completing my first ever pregnant half marathon!

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: Our trip to Cancun tomorrow.  Can’t wait to spend some time alone with Eric relaxing on the beach for 5 days.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: This is my first time leaving Winter overnight.  I am prayful that she and I would both do well being apart this week.  She will be having a lot of fun at home with Grandpa and Grandma.  I surely will be enjoying myself in Cancun!

What I miss: Nothing.

Next appointment: I called yesterday and got my first midwife appointment scheduled for Tuesday, 3/17/15 at 10:15 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day!  We will have an ultrasound that day.

Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 6 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 6 – February 28, 2015

My age: 28

How far along: 6 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a sweet pea

Gender: Unknown

Events of this week: This week was a pretty normal week filled with play dates and activities with our mom and baby friends.  Tomorrow is the big day that has been anticipated for months — my half marathon!  I have been thinking about and preparing for that a lot this week.  Tonight I hope to eat a nice carb dinner and get some good sleep to be ready for my exciting pregnant half marathon!

Symptoms: Ever increasing nausea, fatigue, going to bed early, big boobs, crazy dreams, broken sleep at night, nighttime waking to use the bathroom, occasional middle of the night insomnia, bloating tummy at times.

Exercise/Activity: In preparation for my half marathon tomorrow, I have spent this week “tapering” for the race.  I ran 4 days this week (plus tomorrow will be a 5th day of running if I include the actually race day run).  I did several 3 milers and then today a short 2 miler.  My body feels trained and ready for the half marathon!

Sleep: I’m so tired, yet I experience bouts of insomnia.  I’ve been going to bed very early (8pm after Winter gets put to bed), but sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and lie awake.  My sleep feels very broken and unrestful.

Maternity clothes:  No.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: Orange pop.  Bland foods are what I seek because the tend to help my nausea feel slightly better.

Food aversions: None.  Although I’ve noticed my sense of smell is becoming more sensitive to cooked meats.

Movement: None.

Best Moment of the Week: Sledding with Winter and Eric after the snowstorm.

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: The half marathon tomorrow!  I’m going to be proud to have a pregnant half marathon checked off my list.  It’ll feel like an accomplishment.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: I pray that God keeps me and the baby safe and sounds through 13.1 miles of pounding the pavement.  I know that I could never cause a miscarriage through running, but part of me feels nervous to be putting my body through the wringer with these long distances in my first trimester.

What I miss: Nothing.

Next appointment: Not yet scheduled.  I will likely call the midwife group I selected soon to get something scheduled for around 8 weeks.