We arrived in the US on the 17th and since then, we haven't stopped at all. We have been running from visit to visit and christmas shopping in between. We've both been suffering with really bad colds for days now and I'm letting Wayne sleep in today. Our trips back are always busy and we often return home feeling like we need a vacation to recover from our vacation. That being said - It's been wonderul to see everyone and I'm so happy to be home. I think we're half-way through our trip now and I'm already sad just thinking about going back.
It's been quite a ride so far - My first day here, we went to the OB/GYN to get a check up. In the UK while pregnant, there seems to be almost no care until you get to your third trimester. The schedule is as follows: 6-8 weeks - first midwife appointment (no exam just a meeting for medical history and a few basic blood tests). Week 12 - ultrasound & 1 screening test for downs syndrome (but no midwife appt) week 16 - 2nd midwife appointment (where they didn't even weigh me. They checked the baby's heart rate and asked if I had any questions! I waited 10 weeks to see her for that?). Week 20 - 21 - last ultrasound (no midwife appointment). Week 25-26 - 3rd midwife appointment. I'm sure you're seeing a pattern here (I'm 5 months pregnant and I've only seen my midwife twice and have another 5 weeks until I'm due to see her again - all this while being over 35 and have had major surgery while pregnant).
My 2nd day here, I went to mu OB/GYN. I was there from 10AM - 1:00PM. I got a full and thorough work-up. They did quite a few blood tests, a urine test, a full physical exam, an ultrasound and gave me every screening test available for the baby (besides anything evasive of course). On top of that - they sent me to a high risk specialist to have an in depth ultrasound to make sure the baby was OK after going through the surgery and being exposed to anesthesia. It's been a wonderful and comforting experinace and I'm so glad I went while here. I can go back now feeling confident and well taken care of.
We found out we are having a boy! I'm really excited and I see such a difference in Wayne after seeing the last two ultrasounds too. We're feeling very much like expectant parents and have been told by many how happy we look. We are happy - really happy and I can't wait until we meet our baby boy!