"Edited to Add"....

This started as a pregnancy blog when I fell pregnant in May 2009 after four years of finding a donor, doing all the counselling / paperwork / tests and trying.

And now, thanks to a 4WD which skidded onto our side of the road, killing our baby daughter at 34w and injuring me, my partner and two of my stepdaughters on 27 December 2009, it has turned into something else. We didn't want this something else, but apparently it is all we've got to go on with.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Haloumi bends it like Beckham

I feel like there is a lot of this going on behind my belly button at the moment:

It is so nice to be getting so much movement - reassuring us that haloumi is doing well and enjoying my olympic-sized uterus. When we were at my sister's place last week, we could actually *see* my tummy moving - or something moving beneath it! Very weird and lovely at the same time. And sometimes if we poke my belly in response to a kick, Haloumi will respond back with a kick - or at least we like to think Haloumi is responding - who really knows?

We were south of the border all last week to visit family and to set up things for the move (less than 3 months to go until we move! eek!) and one of the appointments on our list was with the birthing centre obstetrician to check that I am sufficiently "low risk" to birth there. The only thing in my medical history which would possibly heighten my risk is that I've only got one kidney - the other was removed when I was little because of kidney / urinary tract issues. So I went for a special ultrasound to check up on my remaining kidney, and not only is it healthy and functioning well - it is 14 cms LONG! I'm not an anatomy specialist, but I think that is pretty huge. The obstetrician wasn't as impressed as I'd hoped she'd be, but didn't see any reason for alarm or to consider me high risk.

She did raise her eyebrows though at our plans to move interstate while 7 months pregnant... I know this is going to be tricky, and that I'll probably be pretty exhausted / uncomfortable by that stage, but it really does seem like a better option than all the alternatives. We're just trying to keep it relatively flexible so that we can roll with the punches a bit.


  1. It must feel so reassuring to feel Haloumi kick and great that you can both feel it. Hope all goes well in preparation for the move. You have a while until you move still so I am sure you'll be fine!

  2. Thanks - hope so! We have lots of lists going at the moment. My mum is also going to come and stay for the last month here to help pack and make the move, and generally be a calming influence - can't wait to see her. And I'm hoping that nesting instinct kicks in and helps motivate me for the sorting & packing.

    The kicking really is lovely - and still kind of unbelievable that after all this time there really is a new little soon-to-be-person residing in there.

  3. Congrats on having a soccer player (footballer?) in there. I love your description, and the picture is great. Best of wishes on the move, can't wait to hear about it!

  4. Thanks Libberal - we're feeling so lucky. It is going to be a big move, but will be so good to be settled and with work and life all in the one city.