Author: Mrs DDU.
It’s been a while since we gave you guys any official updates on the baby front. In fact, we haven’t posted anything on the topic since we were successful with our IVF. So here is a long-awaited update, including some juicy news such as the gender and some not so exciting news of how much we have spent on pregnancy so far.
We are now just over half way until our little one is due to enter the world. Which is crazy and makes my heart flutter with how much we still have left to do before our tiny human arrives, but also feels like it’s taking forever for time to pass until we can meet them.
We had the big anatomy/20-week ultrasound recently and our baby looked healthy (and cute). I also had a NIPT (non-invasive prenatal test) blood test at around 10 weeks of pregnancy to assess our risk of chromosomal abnormalities, which also came back low risk. Relief all round that our little person is developing on track and is healthy in there.
One of the perks of the 10 week NIPT blood test (apart from the reassurance that our baby is healthy) is that they can detect the gender with about 95% accuracy. So, we have been keeping the gender from you guys since February! We wanted to wait until the 20-week ultrasound to confirm it… We are so excited to say that we are having a girl! This is really surreal news for us, we always day-dreamed about having a girl first whenever we talked about our future children (would have been just as excited for a boy though! I especially love the boy name we picked out).
Other notable pregnancy milestones that we have hit:
– Baby DDU is kicking up a storm, for the last 2 – 3 weeks I’ve been feeling definite kicks each day.
– Mr DDU felt a kick from the outside about a week after I first felt strong kicks.
– This week Baby DDU has started to respond to Mr DDU’s voice, when he places his head on my stomach and talks she responds with very strong/regular movements.
– The pregnancy app says that she is about 30cm long now, I can’t believe that tiny speck of an embryo on our IVF transfer day is a full person kicking me from the inside!
I’m doing good! More aches and pains than I expected at this stage, my pelvis aches at times. Feeling our baby kicking is amazing and I’m just trying to enjoy every part of it. The emotional side caught me a bit off-guard – I cried after only being reminded of a sad movie the other day, I wasn’t even watching it! (that montage scene in UP gets me every time).
I never officially got morning sickness, just nausea and food aversions, so I feel pretty lucky there! Although my food aversions have stuck around it seems, I still can’t stand the idea of some of my old favourite meals.
Cravings – I am going absolutely crazy for soup, I have it for lunch every single day. I’m also loving oranges, apples and unsweetened Greek yogurt.
Pregnancy Expenses so far
We have been buying up baby clothes and smaller things like that throughout the pregnancy but these are a bit hard to track because they’re often purchased with other items (like with our Aldi weekly food shopping) so I haven’t included those expenses. We have also gotten a fair few items from Opshops and a family member of ours has kindly passed on their baby items because they’re done having kids.
Thanks to the hand-me-down clothes and our small purchases it seems that Baby DDU is all set for her first few months of clothing, swaddles and blankets, we are not intending to buy any more of these particular items. We also bought our pram and bassinet second hand for less than half of RRP whilst we were still trying to conceive. Having a lot of trying to conceive/IVF time up our sleeves meant that we have collected quite a few of the necessities already.
Notable expenses so far:
– $198 in January on two ultrasounds ($51 was refunded by Medicare for each, so the original cost before refunds was $300).
– $445 for the NIPT blood test and $93.99 for a fetal doppler (to listen to our baby’s heart beat once a week) totalling $538.99 for larger purchases in February.
– We booked birth classes in March, $190 deposit on a non-hospital birth class and $200 for hospital classes (birth class and baby first aid). We also had an urgent check-up at our doctor (everything was ok in the end!) and spent $20 on city parking. March totalled $410.
– In April we spent $280.88, made up of $30.88 at Baby Bunting (baby store) on some mattress protectors for Baby DDU’s bassinet and $250 on the 20-week anatomy ultrasound ($85 Medicare refund, original cost $335).
All up that means we have spent $1,427.87 on larger notable expenses, not including the IVF it took to get here!
What’s next for the second half?
We have to pay the first instalment for our doctor in a few weeks, it’ll be $5,000 in total with a refund of about $500 from Medicare, the first instalment is $3,500. We have budgeted for this in a separate bank account with IVF money that we thankfully didn’t need to use for IVF (so we won’t include this expense in our monthly savings rate).
In June and July we will be undertaking the 3 classes which we have already booked. We also get a “promotion” in June to have doctor appointments every 2 weeks instead of the current monthly schedule.
Of course, we will also be working through our very long to-do list of baby preparation – hospital bags, car seat, organising her room, buying those last items… and all the other small things on that to-do list that seem ever so important to do before she arrives!
Thanks for reading this article about our baby journey Down Under.
Onwards and upwards!