July 2, 2007

Life will never be the same again

It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but believe it or not, I’m preggers.

Have been feeling wonky for more than a week, food tastes bland, stomach crampy, body warm, and the occasional bout of nausea when moving in a car on an empty stomach. I thought I have having extended PMS symptoms, but it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I noticed feeling different.

There’ve been a couple of paranoid, false alarm episodes before in the last couple of years but I had a hunch that it might be the real thing this time. I am on the verge of accepting a new job offer and in all fairness to the employer, I couldn’t accept until I knew for sure.

So, last Thursday (28 June 07), armed with the test kit Swana purchased for me while we were shopping at Bugis, I snuck into the loo at home and peed on a stick. My heart was pounding and my legs felt like jelly, I kept reading the instructions to make sure I did it right. Within a minute, the indicator on the stick started to change…and sure enough, there were two blue lines. One was fainter than the other, but there were definitely two lines. That meant, positive.

Yipes! I immediately went back to the room and told Nick. He laughed. He couldn’t quite believe it, and wanted to wait for a proper confirmation from a doctor as the second blue line looked faint to him. I took pictures nonetheless for posterity.

Swana actually called that night to ask the result, and I had to deny it because she can be a blabbermouth..(sorry, Swana!). Had agreed with Nick that we will announce it when ready, probably towards the end of the first trimester.

Nick left for Penang the next morning, and I couldn’t wait to get a proper confirmation. I called the KK Women’s Clinic hotline in the afternoon and made an appointment with a consultant at the AMK clinic after work.

Waited ages for my turn, and finally got to meet Dr Anthony Seow, the consultant I was assigned. He seemed pleasant and I showed him the pictures I took on my digital camera. He asked some questions and concluded that if anything, I was about 6 weeks along. He wouldn’t know for sure without a scan, so we did an ultrasound.

He could detect an embryo and showed me the waterbag forming but to be even more accurate, he used an invasive ultrasound scope to take some measurements and check for a heartbeat. And there was this tiny thing on the screen, you could see something beating. Apparently the embryo is about 4 mm now. EDD is 18 or 19 Feb 2008, that’s not very far away.

I called Nick immediately after leaving the clinic and gave him the confirmation he sought. Again he laughed, he’s definitely pleased and excited.

It’s been 3 days since finding out. I am surprisingly calm, it’s all so surreal. It was definitely not planned, but it had to happen sooner or later. My only regret is that I did not get to go to Greece first but am glad that we will have our place soon. And I can look forward to a whole new wardrobe.

Our lives will never be the same again…I can’t believe this is happening!!!!! Ohmigod!!!!!!!!!!