Vacation has numerous advantages, chief among them the ability to make time go at warp speed. We’re already back from our cruise and the sunburn from St. Thomas is fading – although I still feel like I’m on the boat . We had a good time. Slept in, read, took in the sights, drank fruity (non-alcoholic) beverages, and basically tuned out the real world.
Rex had a ball with the grandparents, putting them through their geriatric paces like the lively, active two year old that he is. They also got to experience the new phenomenon of four-word sentences (“Rex car fall again”, “All done Rex bed”, etc). Our absence has made his heart that much fonder, and vice versa.
The end of vacation also means that we’re just one week away from the next OB appointment. Cue ominous music. While I have no evidence that things have gone south, I had no reason to think things were going south with my first pregnancy. Which they did. Right about this time. Of year and pregnancy.
The parallels of this pregnancy to my first pregnancy five years ago are eerie.
Parallel No. 1: Both times, I got pregnant in February and was due in November.
Parallel No. 2: Two days after I found out I was pregnant this time, my mom had an episode of Transient Global Amnesia which is very scary, but very short lived. She had her first TGA right before I got pregnant five years ago.
Parallel No. 3: I ended up on a cruise in my first trimester.
Parallel No. 4: Around this time, a student shot up their college killing their classmates.
Parallel No. 5: After said cruise, we had an appointment to check on the pregnancy.
This is of course, where the story may follow the same path or verge off into a new direction. No one knows what will happen, but it’s hard not to look to the past to predict the future.
There are quite a few differences, too, though.
My HCG was much higher this time, baby was measuring well as of the last time we got a peek and we know so much more about the whole process. Of course, the most important difference is that this time we already have a child. We’ve already been granted our greatest wish.