"Milly screamed with excitement and jumped into my arms. We stood holding each other for a few minutes."
We had suspected. We had hoped. Milly just knew. I guess every Mom does. It was 9 pm and Gia was fast asleep.
"Shall we take it in the morning?" Milly asked.
"No, I can't wait, let's take it now!" I replied.
There we were, standing in the bathroom waiting for the ClearBlue hour-glass symbol to stop flashing and show us what we were waiting for. Were we pregnant? or was this certain feeling, just a feeling? It took ages, well at least that's what it felt like!
PREGNANT 1-2 WEEKS!
Milly screamed with excitement and jumped into my arms. We stood holding each other for a few minutes. This is it, we are going to have a second child! Is it a scary thought? Absolutely! But at the same time so, incredibly exciting.
That night we sat on the bed talking until the early hours of the morning. We were so excited that we could not seem to settle. Our little Gia is going to be a big sister! We knew she was going to be so excited and couldn't wait to tell her.
The next morning, Milly headed off for a blood test to be 100% sure before we went ahead and told our close family. The blood test came back and confirmed the pregnancy, but the hCG levels appeared quite low. Our GP recommended doing another blood test in about five days time to make sure the levels were going up as they should. Five days later, we tested again and the levels had tripled! All was well and our GP was pleased.
What is hCG?
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone normally produced by the placenta. If you are pregnant, you can detect it in your urine. Blood tests measuring hCG levels can also be used to check how well your pregnancy is progressing, including your baby’s development. Once implantation occurs, the placenta begins to form and secrete hCG. hCG levels rise and send a signal to the corpus luteum to keep producing progesterone, which in turn maintains the uterine lining (instead of shedding it and getting your period) and supports the developing embryo.
I was hit with a surreal feeling. Our first pregnancy was incredible, and I am feeling incredibly blessed to be on this journey for a second time, only this time around, we get to share all the excitement with Gia.
We have brought out all the pregnancy books, and it has become our favorite weekly read to see how Gia’s little sibling is growing. As I type this, Gia's "Brother Sister" as she refers to it, is the size of a peach and measuring around 8.6 cm.
Every morning, Gia asks Milly if her "Brother Sister" is coming today. It is going to be a long, but very exciting 6 months ahead for Little Gia.
First baby scan
The days dragged as we were eagerly awaiting our first scan. We had told Gia what to expect and that she was going to see her "Brother Sister" for the first time on the screen.
To our new baby; We are ecstatic and seeing you for the first time flooded our hearts with more love than we ever thought possible.
I’ll be posting more information on my blog as we take this journey, and want to share as much with you as possible.