The Greatest Creation of My Life | Week 12

We are now a few days into week 12, which means the second trimester is officially underway! Coincidentally, Tina and I celebrated our one-year anniversary on the same day. It’s been a very happy week for us. Tina visited the doctor on Wednesday (for the first time without me)  and got a few updated ultrasound photos… It’s absolutely mind-blowing how much the baby grows in only a week!

When we first found out about the pregnancy, we decided only to tell our immediate families and that we would wait until at least the second trimester before spreading the news. That time is almost here but we have a few more people to personally notify. All this writing I’ve been doing and no one has been able to read it yet…I can’t wait to unlock the articles!

We’ve selected a definite girl name and we are discussing a few solid options for a boy name. We are going to keep the names private until the birth, just in case.

So the scary part of the pregnancy is over. Now we’re in for three months of easy life followed by three months of discomfort and apprehension. One thing is for sure – six months from now, life will never be the same!

Life’s Little Curveballs

Life’s little curve balls usually bring big changes for me. I am not so good at letting life take it’s course naturally, much to Tina’s dismay on most days.

I need a plan. I need to know exactly what I’m supposed to be doing to reach my next goal. So I think, long and hard usually. Next I form the perfect plan – a series of actions and expected reactions topped off with a healthy dose of confidence.  Then, I implement those plans so incredibly well that I impress myself every single time. Don’t get me wrong, I usually think things are getting screwed-up and about to come crashing down, but then my plan typically works out. Until July, I’ve only passively been searching for a job in Florida. I’ve been strategically placing pawns on the board in preparation for a checkmate. Over the past month I decided that the pieces were placed properly to get me into a real job. Checkmate.

So now I am working my dream job. I’m still a code ninja, wrestling object-oriented syntax and WordPress actions daily. I’m just able to do it in an actual office building surrounded by other actual human beings. Who knew they existed? I also have the added benefit of an enormous steady salary, a schedule that allows sleep, and a whole slew of insurance benefits. What the heck does “profit-sharing” mean, anyways? I’m used to penny-pinching and price-comparing.

And now I’m left with the same question I’ve faced many times before. What should I to do with this blog, now? It felt great to purge my portfolio and all that other business crap that was littered about the site. I think I have it figured out though. I have a plan.

Life's little curveballs
Life’s little curveballs

The Greatest Creation of My Life | Weeks 8-11

Weeks eight and nine were fairly uneventful. Tina was still experiencing moderate morning sickness and general lethargy but was otherwise normal.

Week 10 was a milestone because we visited the doctor for her first trans-abdominal ultrasound. It was quick, painless, and revealed that our baby has a face and a normal heartbeat! During week ten, Tina seemed to be feeling just a tiny bit more like her old self, which is almost right on schedule with what all of the literature describes.

Week eleven has also been very uneventful for Tina. I, however, became a full-time employee of a very successful web publishing company this week! This has been exciting for me, as it’s allowing me to take my career out of the freelance market and into the professional world. As for the family, I’ll just say that I’m making major money, which will allow Tina to take an early retirement in February when the baby comes. I know she’s excited now, but I also know she loves her job and will in fact miss working.

Tina and I are anticipating the 12 week mark, which will be the official start of the second trimester. Hopefully she will feel more like her old self for a period before things get more difficult.

Also, it’s worth noting, Tina has been allowing me to take a weekly picture of her belly to track “the bump”. So far, there has been no significant change.

Next weeks schedule: Genetic testing, another ultrasound, and the beginning of the second trimester. Wish us luck…Cheers!

Baby has a face
Baby has a face!

The Greatest Creation of My Life | Week 7

Yesterday, we went to the baby-doc for the second time. We heard our baby’s heartbeat for the first time! A strong audibe heartbeat greatly reduces the chances of miscarriage, so Tina and I are very happy and excited. We also got a very clear picture of the baby up close, and it’s no longer a black and white blob – it actually slightly resembles a very tiny baby! The reality has set in and we’re starting to merge into a pregnancy routine this week. We’re eating much healthier meals and Tina is fighting constant nausea. All of the typical signs of pregnancy have shown up, but Tina is handling it amazingly well. Man, I love that girl!

So now it’s happy times for us! We’re a lot less worried and apprehensive of the next doctor visit which will be a month from now. Next time they’ll do genetic testing and another ultrasound. Then the real fun of pregnancy will begin 🙂 But I am excited!

Baby has a nice strong heartbeat!
Baby has a nice strong heartbeat!

The Greatest Creation of My Life | Week 6

It’s been an exciting and emotional week for Tina and I. We’re privately celebrating but being cautiously optimistic since it is so early. We visited the baby-doc on Tuesday for an initial pregnancy screening and everything looks good so far. We got our first picture from an ultrasound. It doesn’t show much but it’s proof that something’s there! The doc prescribed some shockingly-expensive prenatal vitamins and instructed us to return next week for a checkup.

After the doctor’s visit, we went to the library and checked out every book on the subject we could find. We’ve got some reading to do. My choice – “Pregnancy for Dad’s for Dummies”. I’m no dummy, but this book does have some great information.

Keep your fingers crossed, next week our baby should have an audible heartbeat!

Our first look at our baby
Our first look at our baby

The Greatest Creation of My Life

“I have come to realize that life’s greatest adventures rarely come in small doses.”

I am very happy and proud to announce that Tina and I have been given love’s greatest gift and in February of 2013 we are going to have our first child!

Today was the hardest and happiest day of our lives as we found out about the positive pregnancy and were then immediately told it may be ectopic. If you’re unfamiliar with that term, basically it means that the egg implants in a place other than the mother’s uterus. It’s a life-threatening condition for the mother and a total disaster for the pregnancy with a zero-percent chance of survival. So that was our morning at the Urgent Care center. They sent us to the ER, where we spent the longest six hours of our lives. They did several tests and finally determined that there was nothing wrong with the baby – the pain Tina was experiencing was due to a simple bladder infection. We left exhausted but ecstatic.

Positive pregnancy test
Positive pregnancy test

Our next move: get to an Obstetrician to check out the pregnancy. The ER doctor recommended going back to the ER on Sunday but we decided to find a good OB in Palm Beach and go forward with a regular baby-doc instead. I’ll let you know how that works out next week.

Today is week 5; very early for any pregnancy. All of the following posts will be privately published for a number of months until the pregnancy has a chance to mature and we can break the news to our families and close friends. Naturally, most of our experiences on this subject will be very private, but I will use this space to write public-friendly updates for our friends.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check back for weekly updates!

2012 UKFC Mahi Tournament

Today, I was fortunate to participate in the Upper Keys Fishing Club’s annual Mahi Tournament. Our team, consisting of Roger, Danny and I aboard the Reef Seeker, caught many fish but kept only three to enter into the tournament. We didn’t win, but I’d say we made a great effort at “honorable mention”. Here are a few pictures of our team and our catch. Also, a video of Danny pulling in a good size keeper.