Archives for October 2012


10/18/12 – 10/24/12

This week I am officially in my second trimester-1 down 2 to go!  We traveled to New Jersey to visit Craigs parents and to celebrate my brothers (very) belated birthday. I also met with my Doula this week.

Doula, say what now?! No worries, I was the same way, absolutely no clue what a Doula was just a few months ago! And if I had to take a guess – I would have associated hiring a Doula with an in-home-no-drugs-all-natural-no-doctor type of birth, which is far from my birth plan!  I first was introduced to the Doula concept through my best-friend because her sister hired a Doula for her delivery.  Again, I continued to associate a Doula with the in-home-no-drugs-lots-of-pain route, since her sister wanted 90% of her labor to happen in her home and 100% to happen drug free.  There’s nothing wrong with this if it’s your cup of tea, but I’m more inclined to walk into the hospital with a shirt that reads “GIVE ME DRUGS”  or better yet, maybe I’ll make a shirt for Craig that reads “GIVE MY WIFE DRUGS, NOW!” ha ha.  I’ve digressed. Back to the Doula.  I changed my thinking about Doulas after Craig’s sister, Carly, highly recommended that I hire one after she had a Doula for her recent in-hospital-not-opposed-to-drugs birth.  I then researched Doulas in the Raleigh area through the DONA network and found Andrea Hall of Nurtured-Birth, who quickly put all of my beliefs about hiring a Doula to rest.  In a nut shell, my Doula will arrive at the hospital when I do and will be by my side throughout my entire labor to offer comfort & support, as well as help provide Craig direction in his role.

Next week, fingers crossed that our baby is turned the right direction, we will find out the sex of our little lime!




This week it seems my nausea has disappeared, as well as some of my food aversions. I was able to eat eggs (& actually enjoy them) for the first time in 3 months! We had our 1st trimester testing this week — which is an optional noninvasive evaluation that combines a maternal blood screening test with an ultrasound evaluation of the fetus to identify risk for specific chromosomal abnormalities, including Down Syndrome, Trisomy-21 and Trisomy-18. Our test results were “excellent” and concluded that there is a VERY LOW risk. As a part of the test process, we had our 2nd ultrasound and saw our growing baby who now resembles an alien. Baby Becher’s book collection has officially started this week, thanks to our friends Devon & John – who gave us The Hungry Caterpillar – which just so happens to be Craig’s favorite child-hood book! And I can’t forget to mention that this week was the first time a stranger has commented on my belly, acknowledging my pregnancy. We were at the NC State Farmer’s Market (which is AMAZING year round for all of you NC-ers) and the woman I was buying apples from asked me, “When are you due?” I should have expected her reaction, when I responded, “not until April” she then said, “oh wow, are you having twins?” ha.

Nope, not twins, this has been double & triple confirmed! I’m just showing very early, but I’m not complaining, my little peach has lots of room to grow!

our doppler has arrived!

We’ve heard our baby’s heartbeat 3 times so far – all ranging between 158-161 beats per minute. A very healthy heartbeat for a baby (according to our doctor!) But it’s the weeks in between our doctors appointments that I anxiously wait until the next appointment to again hear our baby’s heartbeat. At this point in my pregnancy, I can’t feel my baby move – even though I saw on the last ultrasound that he/she is moving & grooving. The only reassurance I receive that everything is A-OK is when I hear baby B’s heartbeat. So call me crazy, which some might, but if I could hear this heartbeat everyday that would be amazing. Okay, maybe not everyday, but at least once a week. Well it just so happens that you can rent a fetal doppler for use at home. It’s approved by the FDA and completely safe. The renting option makes sense since it would be a large investment for a short period of use if you were to buy, but renting one costs only $39 a month, which according to my pregnancy brain – is worth it for the peace of mind! And what better way to let friends & family in on our pregnancy journey than for you to be able to hear baby Becher’s heartbeat too?!

baby beat fetal doppler

Click the link below to hear a short clip of baby Becher’s heartbeat at 13 weeks, 165 (bpm)

Baby Becher’s Heart Beat

Pretty incredible, right?  Or maybe I’m just biased!


2nd ultrasound

We opted to have a screening done which tests for down syndrome and trisomy 18 & 21 — both which came back VERY LOW risk! The best part about the test (besides the result) was that we got to have an additional ultrasound. I don’t care what the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting says – our baby is not a plum or a peach or any produce, he/she is an ALIEN!! Just kidding little baby Becher 🙂

Again, it was incredible hearing our baby’s heartbeat and seeing it bounce around loving those somersaults. I only wish we could take home with us a video clip from the ultrasound instead of just a picture. We of course asked about recording it on our phone, but were told taking video of the ultrasound wasn’t allowed!


We had our second doctor’s appointment this week. It took our doctor a little longer to find the baby’s heartbeat (as my heart dropped into my stomach in anticipation) but soon enough we heard the thump-thump and my heart returned to my chest. Baby Becher’s heart is beating at 160bmp, which is perfect according to our doctor. Our perfect little plum, growing his/her way through the produce section!


1st onesie

We’re waiting to do most of our baby clothes shopping until after we find out the sex — but there is a personalized (& tiny) onesie folded in baby b’s closet thanks to our good friends, Cam & Scott Ellis. So cute – thanks you two!!