This week has been marked by a few notable "firsts":
-First stranger touching my pregnant belly. OK, she wasn't a total stranger, but someone who I interact with for a couple of minutes at a time maybe once a month at work. I don't know her name, so she counts as a stranger. I happened to see her yesterday, and she touched my belly and said "oh, you're pregnant!" She was just trying to be nice, and I didn't really mind, but it was a surprise!
-First Braxton-Hicks contractions. At least I think that's what they were. I was sitting in a meeting, when all of a sudden I started feeling what felt like my abdominal muscles twitching. It only happened the one time, though, so far. According to my pregnancy book, this usually starts happening "around your 22nd week of pregnancy." I am 23 weeks tomorrow, so right on target, I guess!
-First in-person meeting with another CHD family. Today I got to hang out a bit with the Campodonicas: Jennifer, Kevin, and their 4-year-old son Zakery, who has hypoplastic RIGHT heart syndrome, which as you can probably surmise, is similar to what our baby has, but involves the other side of the heart. They had come in to UCSF for a doctor's appointment for Zakery, and it was great to hear about their experiences and to meet Zakery, who certainly doesn't look or act like a kid with a serious heart condition! Hearing about and seeing kids like Zakery is a great reminder of what is possible, and that is of great comfort when I have those pesky fleeting thoughts that I cannot possibly handle this. I can, and the Campodonicas have, and we will, too.
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