Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The part where I try to have patience.

I had my 38 week appointment this morning and my first internal exam.  The OB actually suggested I not have an internal since I haven't been having any contractions (Braxton Hicks don't count).  I asked to have one anyway because I wanted to know.  Well, now I know that I've made zero progress.  My cervix is completely closed.  No mention of effacement. 

I've been telling myself all day that it really means nothing and this is probably why the OB suggested I not have one done yet.  He'll come out when he's ready, and he's just not ready yet.  However, I spend too much time online reading about women who are several weeks behind me and already dilated 2+ cm.  I'm not sure which would be worse - walking around dilated for weeks with nothing happening or not having made any progress at all.  

Maybe I should go for a walk tonight.  I do vow not to turn into one of those women who starts doing things like drinking castor oil though!

How far along: 38 weeks

Next appointment: Next Wednesday

Any new aches/pains: Nothing new.  OB told me at my appointment this morning that I can expect to start having contractions, generally after midnight, anytime now as my cervix starts to dilate. 

Maternity clothes: Nothing new here.

Sleep: I've been having major insomnia and I'm not sure why.
Best moment this week: Having my mom stock our freezer with food!

Movement: Still a lot of movement.

Food cravings: Nothing healthy.  Anything sweet.

Belly button: Still in.

What I miss: Not constantly bumping my belly into things.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Getting a pedicure on Sunday.

Weekly wisdom: When the OB suggests there's no reason for an internal exam, she probably knows what she's talking about and you should listen to her.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Nursery is finished!

The nursery is decorated and stocked with everything we should need, and then some!  My mom recently finished appliqued wall hangings (I posted about these designs when we were first thinking about how to decorate the nursery) and we hung them tonight.

My mom brought us the clock from OBX.   Now we just need a baby!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Full Term!

I'm 37 weeks today and full term!

And now, we wait....

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Childbirth Class 5 & 6

We finished up our 6 week childbirth class on Sunday.

Class #5 - This class included the hospital tour. I was surprised at how big the maternity rooms are! Labor, delivery, and recovery are all in the same room unless you end up with a c-section. I definitely like that. There are also 3 refrigerators on the maternity floor stocked with clear beverages you can have during labor and ice cream for afterward. Nice!

Class #6 - This class covered post-partum and breastfeeding. Apparently one dad in the class thought you were released from the hospital the same day the baby is born and it was quite a surprise for him to learn that was not the case. Personally I want to stay as long as possible before having to go home with a baby!

The class wasn't what we expected at first, but it got better and I'm glad we took it. I didn't really learn much I didn't already know from a medical standpoint, but I didn't know much about labor positions and hospital procedures. I'm interested to see if I use any of the relaxation techniques and labor positions before I can get the epidural.

I had my (almost) 37 week appointment today. I'm measuring at 38 weeks, so pretty much right on track. Last week I was told I was going to have a big baby, and I asked the OB (a different one from last week) about that this morning. His reply was "That's what it looks like, but you're also short stature." No one seems to be concerned and have not mentioned having a growth ultrasound, so I'm trying not to worry about it. What I don't want to happen is me to be in labor for hours and hours only to end up with a stuck baby and a c-section. If it's going to end up as a c-section, I'd rather just go for that from the start.

They'll finally start checking me for dilation and effacement next week. I was a little perturbed last week when I found out they don't start checking at 36 weeks like a lot of practices, but it's probably better in the end. I would have ended up obsessing over it and whatever they tell me isn't going to mean much anyway. I have most of the signs of pre-labor (NOT pre-term labor) that are listed in What to Expect When You're Expecting minus losing the mucus plus. We'll just see what happens, but I certainly hope it's sooner rather than later.

How far along: 36 weeks 6 days

Next appointment: Next Wednesday

Any new aches/pains: I've started having occasional bouts of lightening crotch which always catches me off guard. I'm having more and more Braxton Hicks, but there's no pattern to them and they don't hurt. His hard little head is still buried way down in my pelvis which makes for pretty constant pubic bone pain, but it's not too terrible.

Maternity clothes: I'm down to just a handful of outfits I can wear which includes 2 pairs of capri pants for bottoms. My feet have swollen and won't go down, so I can't wear anything but flip flops. Luckily no one seemed to notice (or they ignored it) last week when I wore flip flops with a maternity business suit. Classy.

Sleep: I wake up every 2ish hours all night long. Surprisingly, I'm not exhausted during the day but I don't have much energy when I get home from work.

Best moment this week: Ask me tomorrow when I'm full term.

Movement: He's still squirming around in there.

Food cravings: Anything sweet. All I want to do is bake yummy things.

Belly button: It's still in and almost completely flat. I told P last night that this is the only body part that hasn't failed me.

What I miss: Having more than 4-5 outfits to choose from. Being able to wear shoes. Being able to clean the bathtub without it feeling like I've run a marathon.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Full term tomorrow!!

Weekly wisdom: If you have a lot of things to accomplish on the weekends, just pick one and do it. Then re-evaluate how much energy you have.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


35 weeks down, 35 days to go!

The good: The good things about pregnancy are slowly winding down, but I think I can name a few.
-I can still shave my legs without any problems
-My blood pressure remains low
-Baby moves all the time
-Baby is head down (verified by ultrasound yesterday)
-2 weeks to full term

The bad:
-Some of my maternity shirts are too tight, so I'm very limited in my work wardrobe.
-Some days I feel like I've been kicked in the pubic bone, and it always hurts to roll over in bed now.
-I have pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel in both hands and it sucks. It's not painful, but my fingers feel like they're asleep all the time. Very annoying.
-I literally have to pee every 30 minutes now. Sometimes I can feel his head sitting on my bladder and it makes the urge to pee so much worse.
-My feet swell daily now and I'm pretty sure I'm retaining water in my feet and ankles. Some days it looks like I have marshmallows attached to my calves.

The ugly:
-My butt has gotten rather large.
-The scale is going up frighteningly fast right now.

How far along: 35 weeks

Next appointment: Next Wednesday (I got weekly now)

Any new aches/pains: Nothing new really. I'm very happy not to have had any back pain yet.

Maternity clothes: I'm over them, especially the tighter ones.

Sleep: It's pretty bad right now. I wake up every 1-2 hours all night long.

Best moment this week: As of today I only have 1 month of work left. Repeating this is all that's getting me through right now.

Movement: All the time. It's nice to know for certain that he's head down, but I've been suspecting he's been head-butting me in the bladder for awhile now.

Food cravings: Anything, and anything sweet. I'm much hungrier than normal right now.

Belly button: It's still in and almost completely flat.

What I miss: Not being pregnant (Is that bad to say?)

What I'm looking forward to this week: 2 weeks to full term. Our Ikea trip on Saturday to buy a bigger bed.

Weekly wisdom: Remember to take moments to breathe and calm down when things get stressful. There are very few things that are more important than the baby right now, and it's ok to say that.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Like a lone reed.....Childbirth Class #4

Childbirth class #4 was last night. We covered pushing, placenta delivery (everyone in the class laughed at the video portion of this part because family members of the mom were taking pictures of her placenta), c-sections, and practiced labor positions again.

Tonight's personal highlight was an exercise we did towards the beginning of the class. The women had to leave the room for a minute while the men were instructed to do something. We came back in, and this time the men left. When we walked back in the room, on the floor we saw a series of numbers in a line. The numbers were +5, +3, +1, 0, -1, -3, -5 in that order. Here's the basic description of what each number stood for:
+5 = I want an epidural as soon as I walk in the hospital door. I want to feel nothing during delivery.
+3 = I want to progress on my own for a little while (with narcotics if I want them) and then get an epidural.
+1 = I want to progress as far as I can, but am open to an epidural if I need one.
0 = No opinion
-1 =
-3 =
-5 =
To be honest, I can't remember exactly what the last 3 stood for, but they were varying ranges of "I want no meds" to "Under no circumstances should pain meds be offered to me during labor." Anyone who's been following understands why I didn't really pay close attention to these choices.

When we left the room, the men were instructed to stand on the line according to where they thought their wives would stand. Before that was revealed, we (the women) had to go stand on the line according to our pain med wishes. I stood at +3 (let's be honest here, I really wanted to stand at +5, but figured I'd put on a brave face) and everyone else crowded down towards the -5 end of the line. The first thing that popped into my head was that line "Like a lone reed" from You've Got Mail. Everyone looked down the line at me and I just looked back at them. No judgment from anyone, but it was just....interesting. Then the men joined us at the spots they'd chosen. P stood between +1 and +3. Hah, good one P!

The point of the exercise was to see if all the women were on the same page regarding pain medication options as their husbands. Perhaps P and I have some strange relationship, but it never occurred to me to consult him on whether or not I choose to have an epidural. Until he gets to feel the pain, he doesn't get a say in it. Maybe that is sexist, but I can't help the fact that evolution handed childbirth to the women.

Last night was also interesting because the couple whose baby was born at 34 weeks came back to tell us their birth story. Baby is currently at CHKD, but should be home in a couple weeks. I didn't know this, but Williamsburg's hospital doesn't have a NICU so any preemie babies are sent to St. Mary's in Richmond or CHKD in Norfolk. The most interesting part, to me, was the mom telling us about how she decided, at 10cm, to ask for an epidural because she was so tired and couldn't take it any longer. She said "I'd never done any research on epidurals...." <---Ladies and gentlemen, there we have it. My point from the very beginning of our adventure in "natural birth land." Here I am, pro-doctor, pro-modern medicine, pro-epidural, taking a natural childbirth class. Educating myself about no intervention, labor positions, breathing, etc. And all the crunchy moms are doing nothing to educate themselves about all the other possibilities, which of course they'll experience should any of them end up with a c-section or possibly in more stressful of a situation than they anticipated.

For all the "birth is natural" and "our bodies were made for this" business, I find it extremely interesting that the only person in the class doing research for herself (again, the whole "do your research" thing is really pushed by the natural birth folks) is me. I "hee hee hee'd" with the best of them last night while holding the ziploc bag of ice cubes in my hand during our labor position practice, but I'm still asking for the anesthesiologist.

(I supposed you could argue that taking the childbirth class, which briefly mentions epidurals, is "doing research." In my opinion, that's not really enough to consider yourself educated on the subject though."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Childbirth Class #3

Childbirth class #3 was Sunday night. We focused on labor positions and talked a bit about pain medication options. The instructor set up different stations where we tried out various labor positions and I thought that was pretty interesting. The most comfortable one for me was sitting backwards in a chair leaning over a pillow. LOL, I kind of want to sit this way at my desk at work!

Everyone laughed when P and I got to the station that involved foot massages. I hate having my feet touched and can barely make it through a pedicure. I must have had a really pained look on my face while P was massaging my feet because people started laughing. I'm pretty sure this position will never be used during labor! Hopefully some of the others will be helpful while I'm waiting for the epidural.

Random things:

-I really wish someone had made me buy all my maternity clothes one size too big. Things would be so much more comfortable right now if I had done this!

-Before getting pregnant, I assumed I would spend the entire 3rd trimester being terrified of labor. I never understood what women meant when they said "I'm just ready to have this baby." Oooooh, I understand now. I often wonder how I'm going to make it 6 more weeks. Some days I feel like I've been kicked in the pelvis and anything other than sitting on the couch hurts.

-My butt has gotten large. It's totally my fault for eating too much and exercising too little. I'm a bit disappointed in myself, but that does not stop me from eating Caramel Apple Hershey Kisses.

-I've decided that my belly is an optical illusion. I'm feeling very self-conscious about it, so I decided to use a tape measure last night and measure it. At 34 weeks, it should be measuring around 34cm. Guess what? It's measuring right on track! I imagine that a taller person would not look huge with my belly, but since I'm so short it just looks huge.

How far along: 33 weeks 6 days

Next appointment: Next Tuesday

Any new aches/pains: Pubic bone pain. It's pretty bad some days.

Maternity clothes: Yes and I hate them all.

Sleep: It really varies.

Best moment this week: Hmm, not sure yet.

Movement: Yup, he's still very active. He has hiccups multiple times a day.

Food cravings: Anything sweet.

Belly button: It's still in and almost completely flat.

What I miss: Not being huge.

What I'm looking forward to this week: It's another week closer to the end.

Weekly wisdom: Don't be vain. Buy maternity clothes in a larger size so you'll be comfortable later.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Crib skirt and bumper

My mom finished our crib skirt and bumper. They're made from green and white seersucker gingham. She's also made something with pockets to hang over the changing table/dresser, and my dad is figuring out how to hang it for us.

Things left to purchase: I'm pretty sure we have everything we need (and then some!), but I'm still trying to decide whether or not I should buy a breast pump now. I wouldn't open it so it could be returned if I needed to, but I kind of want to go ahead and get it so if I need it right away I don't have to send someone out to get it. Now if I could only stop myself from buying holiday-themed baby clothes.

Speaking of holiday baby clothes, my mom and I recently went to see her friend who makes baby clothes. They were both in the same smocking guild years ago and her friend still sews for family and friends. She's making Finn's Christmas outfit out of white flannel (not flannel like a flannel shirt would be made out of, but really soft cotton fabric) and smocking snowmen on it. I found this online and she's using it as her inspiration:

Since we really have no idea what size he'll be, I wanted something that could be worn starting in late November and through the rest of winter. I'm so excited to see the finished product which she said she'd have ready around early November!

How far along: 32 weeks 5 days

Next appointment: Tomorrow

Any new aches/pains: I'm getting mild pain right at my pubic bone, usually after walking or standing for extended periods. I also feel it when I roll over at night. I really hope it doesn't get worse!

Maternity clothes: Some of them are starting to get a bit snug.....uh oh.

Sleep: It comes and goes. I'm interested to see if Finn's waking habits will be around the same times as I usually get up at night. LOL, at least I'll be used to it.

Best moment this week: My 4 day weekend.

Movement: I don't know what kind of business he's conducting in there, but he's full steam ahead all the time.

Food cravings: Brach's candy pumpkins which I found in Target this weekend. This could be dangerous.

Belly button: It's still in and almost completely flat.

What I miss: Not wondering if my pelvis is going to hurt every time I stand up.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Meet & greet appointment with a pediatrician tomorrow and Heather's baby shower on Saturday.

Weekly wisdom: Just remember that anything you put online can be seen by anyone.....and it could be people you never imagined.

Childbirth Class #2

Class last night was a huge improvement over the first one. The whole tone of the class has changed and I feel like we got something out of it. I really think it made a difference with the types of questions people asked as well. If the instructor knew it was my blog, she never let on which I am thankful for. Hopefully we will continue to enjoy it like we did last night.

We covered early labor and active labor, as well as what to expect when we check into the hospital. I didn't really think about it, but the instructor mentioned the possibility of the delivery rooms being full since it happens sometimes. Apparently there are an abundance of people having babies in October/November due to all the snow we had earlier this year. Haha!

In sad news, the maternity jeans I bought from Ann Taylor Loft early in the pregnancy are no longer comfortable. I was going to wear them last night and they still fit, but they don't have the full belly panel. Sitting down with the half panel just isn't comfortable. Sigh. I really didn't want to spend any more money on maternity clothes. I think I'll try to hold out and see how the temperature changes this month and early next month before I buy anything.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I think P need this.

Burp cloth and wipes case from Etsy:

He has his own diaper bag, so why shouldn't he have these to go in it? :)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Childbirth Class #1

P and I went to our first childbirth class last night. Let's just say it's a little different than the way it's described on the hospital's website. Sentara has a list of all the pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, etc. classes on their site. In no way does anything indicate that the class at Sentara Williamsburg is contracted out through a private doula service.

Our class instructor is a certified doula and lamaze instructor. That would be the extent of her "medical" training. Her past career was an AT&T saleswoman and she made no bones about the fact that she's teaching these classes in addition to her regular doula services to provide extra income for her family. Her husband is days away from retiring as a Marine Corps Master Chief and hasn't found another job yet.

We started off watching a couple birth videos which she described as "normal births" as opposed to what you might see on TLC's "A Baby Story" and shows of that variety. The first thing Patrick and I notice is that the woman in the video is giving birth standing up in her living room. The room is dark, she's standing on her hardwood floors completely naked, and another woman (doula? midwife? it was unclear) is shining a flashlight at her hoo-hah. We see the baby's head emerge and fluid gush all over the floors. My thought is "Oh my, the clean up!" and P whispers to me "Where is the doctor? Why is that woman giving birth next to a box of copier paper?". Turns out we just watched a scene from "The Business of Being Born." Yup, I like my birthing advice from Ricki Lake just like I like my vaccine advice from Jenny McCarthy. Why show anti-doctor, anti-hospital propaganda during a class being held at a hospital??

The instructor proceeds to go on and on about how hospital births involve terrible things like IVs which require you to be strapped to the bed for the entire labor. Personally, I don't know a single person who has ever been strapped to a bed for any reason! She gives us a handout labeled "Normal Birth" which basically goes over how only births without medical intervention are normal, and there are some sources cited which I will be investigating for my own knowledge. On a side note, I was sure to let me my mom know that my sister and I were apparently born abnormally as C-section babies.

For the rest of the class, we talked about signs of pre-term labor and other things about late pregnancy. So far I haven't learned anything I didn't already know, aside from the whole being strapped to the bed part (ha!).

Perhaps my other favorite part of the evening was in the beginning of the class when we had to pair off with another couple who was due the same week as us to get to know them better. The wife looked at my belly and said something along the lines of "Wow, you're a lot bigger than me. I keep telling my doctor I'm concerned I'm too small. I thought you were supposed to be small with your first pregnancy." She asked a couple dumb questions during the class, so I've written her off as a moron.

I don't have a good vibe yet for the rest of the class. We have a couple "crunchy" couples who are very vocal about the whole natural birth thing. One woman is considering not having the Group B Strep test done because she doesn't want any IVs attached to her at all during labor (you know, because of the whole bed strapping thing). Right.....good luck with that should you be positive for it. (Link to CDC site regarding Group B Strep: I don't like statements without facts to back them up, so I'm backing up my "good luck" statement.)

Perhaps I'll wear my birkenstocks next week to fit in a little better.

Monday, August 23, 2010

30 week appointment

30 week appointment went well. I only gained 1 lb from the 28 week appointment, so I'm proud of that. My blood pressure was slightly higher than normal (129/80 when it's usually 110/70), but I blame that on having to see the OB in the practice who I'm not fond of and who makes me nervous. I might check it at CVS or Target sometime this week. I had my thyroid tested again at 28 weeks and got the results from that today. TSH is down to 2.27 so I shouldn't need to increase my Synthroid dose. Since it's down below 3 again I can stop worrying about it being too high to affect milk supply after he's born.

We were supposed to start our childbirth classes last night based on the email confirmation I got from the instructor when I signed up for the classes in June. However, she called yesterday afternoon to confirm that the class actually starts this coming Sunday. Oh well. P's boss and his wife recently finished the classes, and we are a little worried she's going to be way too crunchy for us. P's boss's wife is considerably more of a hippie than we are, but if she was put off by the woman's attitude (the typical stuff - anti-epidural, go natural, etc.) then I can only imagine what we're going to think! Hopefully we will actually get something out of it, and since this is our only option for classes in Williamsburg there's not much we can do abut it.

How far along: 30 weeks 5 days

Next appointment: September 7 - 32 weeks

Any new aches/pains: Nope.

Maternity clothes: Except for one or two tops, it's all maternity clothes now.

Sleep: Last week was good, and now I'm back to waking up all night long.

Best moment this week: Having a weekend with nothing planned.

Movement: It's party party party all day long.

Food cravings: Homemade peach ice cream from Handel's (it's a local ice cream shop in W'burg). We went by last night, but they were out of peach! I'd been looking forward to it all weekend, but I settled for chocolate peanut butter brownie ice cream instead. If this is all I have to complain about, things are ok!

Belly button: It's still in!

What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach.

What I'm looking forward to this week: A week of weather in the low 80s during the day and mid to upper 60s at night.

Weekly wisdom: If at first you don't succeed in getting homemade peach ice cream, try again later. Which I will be doing sometime this week after I call ahead!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

30 weeks!

I don't know why I feel like 30 weeks is a milestone, but I do. Maybe because we'll have a baby sometime in the next 10 weeks which does not seem like a lot at all! My weekends are filling up quickly and before you know it I'll be confined to the 'Burg for October.

I'm starting to have baby clothes anxiety. At first I didn't think we had enough 0-3 size clothes. Now I think we have too many and not nearly enough size 3-6. Ack. I've made P promise to stop me when I start saying I want to wash baby clothes because if we end up with a weird size baby I don't want to have clothes in the closet that never get worn. Good thing most of them are from Carter's right down the road and I've kept all the receipts. My mom has been told her first baby duty is washing clothes when we get home from the hospital.

Apparently I'm looking huge because I've started to get size comments. A woman at work on Monday asked me if I'm having twins and then started to laugh at me. Whatever, I can still wear size small maternity clothes (and here comes the snark - the woman who said it is by no means a size small.....). I'm going to have to work on growing a thicker skin because these comments enrage me and if I'm having a bad day I end up in tears once I'm alone. Maybe I should work on my comebacks ahead of time and really lay the guilt on people. Oh well, I guess this is just one of those things that all pregnant women have to endure.

How far along: 30 weeks 0 days

Next appointment: This coming Monday

Any new aches/pains: No, I've actually been hip pain free all week!

Maternity clothes: Except for one or two tops, it's all maternity clothes now.

Sleep: Not bad at all recently. No heartburn, hip pain, and only 1 pee break. (knocks on wood)

Best moment this week: Shannon's baby shower and getting in the pool! Pool time has never felt so good.

Movement: All the time. I don't think he stopped moving at all yesterday, and I got my first kick to the ribs.

Food cravings: Last night I varied between wanting ice cream (which we didn't have) and white cheddar popcorn (also which we didn't have). I ate a couple Cheez-its instead.

Belly button: The belly button is a trooper. Still in, but we noticed last night that it looks like it's disappearing. Maybe if it does pop it won't stick out too much.

What I miss: Not having anxiety about leaving the house because I don't know what someone's going to say to me and if it's going to ruin my day.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Using our last 20% off Babies R Us coupon to buy a bunch of things we still need (changing pad, bottles, etc.). We should pretty much be done with the necessities after this!

Weekly wisdom: Fat women who make comments about your size are only doing it because they finally can. (Yes, this is super mean but I really don't care. Blame it on the hormones.)

Monday, August 9, 2010

28 week appointment

I had my 28 week appointment this morning and go every 2 weeks from now until week 36 when it switches to weekly. Wow, that's really going to make time fly!

I had to drink the glucose drink 30 minutes before the appointment, and it wasn't nearly as bad as I've heard. I had the fruit punch version and it tasted like Kool-Aid to me (or what I remember Kool-Aid to taste like, haven't had it in years).

The appointment was one of the more eventful ones I've had. They did an internal exam (don't listen to the horror stories, the cervix check did not hurt one bit) and measured my belly. The NP didn't seem to think I was too large, unlike the mean woman I encountered at TJMaxx who told me I was too big for how far along I was and then proceeded to look at my belly like I've done something wrong! The NP also suggested we buy a carseat soon. Interesting comment - definitely a suggestion rather than an indication she thought I'd go into pre-term labor. We'd been planning to buy it soon anyway, as soon as the Babies R Us gift card we cashed in credit card rewards points for arrives in the mail.

Cross your fingers I don't get a call later this week and have to go back for the 3 hour test!

How far along: 28 weeks 5 days

Next appointment: August 23 - 30 week appointment

Any new aches/pains: Nope. Some hip pain at night, but that's about it. It goes away as soon as I roll to the other side.

Maternity clothes: Except for one or two tops, it's all maternity clothes now.

Sleep: Some nights it's good, some nights I'm up with heartburn and hip pain. I'm still feeling generally rested though, so I can't complain too much.

Best moment this week: Shopping and brownie sundaes with Shannon and Heather. And no, we didn't share the sundaes.

Movement: All the time. Some days it's a full on dance party and then he seems to need to rest a bit the following day.

Food cravings: Nothing really at the moment.

Belly button: Still in! Woohoo!

What I miss: Being able to sleep on my stomach and go shopping for regular clothes.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Shannon's baby shower and getting in the pool afterwards.

Weekly wisdom: If your a/c breaks for the 2nd time in 6 weeks, just go to a hotel and don't think about the cost.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hello 3rd Trimester!

Wow, I can't believe I'm at the beginning of the end! Eeek!

Three items I've purchased recently:

From Pottery Barn Kids - It finally went on sale and I had to have it.

From Etsy - Obviously I'm excited for holidays this year!

How far along: 27 weeks - 3rd trimester!

Next appointment: August 9 - 28 week appointment (1 hour glucose test)

Any new aches/pains: The 3rd trimester was ushered in by a 4am cramp in my calf. Ow.

Maternity clothes: Except for one or two tops, it's all maternity clothes now.

Sleep: See above re: aches/pains.

Best moment this week: Getting to the 3rd trimester.

Movement: All the time. Some days it's a full on dance party and then he seems to need to rest a bit the following day.

Food cravings: 90 calorie Snickers Ice Cream Minis....good thing I have another coupon for these.

Belly button: My belly button deserves an award for how well it's hanging in there.

What I miss: Being able to sleep on my stomach.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Baby shower!

Weekly wisdom: If you've been stalking something on PBK for weeks and it finally goes on sale, buy it even if it still is a semi-ridiculous item you don't really need!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

20 Week ultrasound pictures

It took me awhile to scan these, but here are a couple pictures from the 20 week ultrasound. Since this blog is public, I'm not going to post the "whoa it's a boy!" picture. You can take my word for it though - he's definitely a boy.

**Pictures removed 9/1/10 for privacy***

I noticed a new symptom tonight - cankles. I sat on the couch after dinner, looked at my ankles, and noticed they are a bit swollen. Not terribly swollen and probably not noticeable to strangers, but they're definitely puffier than usual. I'm sitting with my feet propped up on pillows right now and they seem to be going back to normal. I'm convinced the bowl of ice cream I just ate helped. :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

More nursery progress and clothes!

We made a little more progress on the nursery this weekend. P built some shelves and we hung artwork on the walls. It's not overly "baby" and none of the furniture really matches, but we're happy with it.

I ordered this whale bank from Pottery Barn Kids:

There's a whale basket that I really want, but it needs to go on sale. I just can't justify spending over $100 on a basket.

I had lunch with my parents in Va Beach on Friday, and my mom and I went to Busy Bee's at Hilltop afterward. We've been meaning to go in there for awhile now, and it might be better that we didn't! We were in baby clothes heaven. All the summer baby clothes were 50% off and we may have found our new favorite place to shop for traditional children's clothes.

I couldn't resist this shortall with smocked turtles:
I also bought this fleece hat. So cute!:

Someone needs to take away my credit card when the fall and winter clothes come out because I'm not going to be able to resist!

P has been doing some baby shopping of his own recently.

Let's hope the baby gets his father's brains:

And the nerd buying begins:

How far along:
25 weeks 5 days

Next appointment: August 9 - 28 week appointment

Any new aches/pains: Nothing new, just hips occasionally at night.

Maternity clothes: Except for one or two tops, it's all maternity clothes now.

Sleep: I'm still getting up at least once a night to use the bathroom and if I end up on my back I wake up with heartburn.

Best moment this week: Ask me tomorrow when I hit double digits! 99 days left!

Movement: Off and on all day and it's getting stronger!

Food cravings: Wendy's Jr Bacon Cheeseburgers

Belly button: It's still in, but getting flatter by the day.

What I miss: Now that the fall clothes are coming out, I miss shopping for regular clothes.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Hitting 99 days!

Weekly wisdom: Stay inside and in the a/c!

Friday, July 16, 2010

No, that's not my abs.

The baby has been kicking hard enough for a couple weeks now that I can feel it on the outside. However, whenever P puts his hand on my stomach the kicking stops. I think this means he has a calming effect on the baby, but it disappoints him. Before last night, he'd only felt movement once.

Last night, after some Edy's Slow Churned French Silk ice cream, the baby was having a great time in there. I put P's hand on my stomach, and of course the movement stopped. Patrick decided that maybe "yelling" at the baby would get him to kick so he loudly said "Finn! Kick for me." The baby gave his strongest kick yet and P's hand bounced up off my stomach! He got an amazed look on his face and said "What that him? Or your abs?". I burst out laughing and said "No, that wasn't my abs. I don't have abs anymore!". Let's just hope the kicks stay pointed outwards and not at my ribs.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Nursery progress and purchases!

Our crib and glider were delivered yesterday, and we received our crib mattress over the weekend. We were very excited to put them together last night!

We purchased a Delta Venetian Lifetime Non-Drop Side Crib from Babies R Us and a Sealy Baby Ultra Rest mattress:

The mattress fits well in this crib. There is a gap of 1 small finger width between the crib and the mattress (my fingers are pretty small). The sheet in the picture is the turtle crib sheet from Pottery Barn Kids.

Our glider is the Bergamo Glider and Ottoman Combo in Medium Oak & Oatmeal, also from Babies R Us. We wanted a glider that was on the smaller side that wouldn't look ridiculous in our living room years from now. We both can comfortably sit and rock in this one:

We also recently received our first gift! My college roommate can't make it to my baby shower, and she sent us the Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Deep Blue Sea bouncer! It's currently sitting on our kitchen table because we like to look at it.
Another recent purchase was our stroller. After reading the reviews and playing with it in a store, we chose the Baby Jogger City Mini. Apparently it's the #1 selling stroller in the US right now because it's often sold out online (nowhere to purchase it in a store in Hampton Roads). We ordered the stone color and are looking forward to using it. The fold is indescribably easy, and that's coming from someone 5 feet tall with no muscles. I also like that it reclines nearly flat and can be used from birth. We'll start off with a Snap & Go for our carseat, but I also envision walks with the baby in the City Mini.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


I made it to 24 weeks and viability! Very exciting! I had my 24 week appointment today which was boring (a good thing, I think). We listened to the heartbeat and they gave me the nasty stuff to drink for the 1 hour glucose tolerance test at my next appointment.

My mom recently ordered the fabric for the crib skirt and bumper - it's a gingham seersucker in green and white:

We've ordered the crib, mattress (which should be delivered today), and glider (which should be delivered Monday). It feels like Christmas! We're hoping to get the nursery as done as possible, minus the furniture of course, by the end of this weekend.

How far along: 24 weeks 1 day

Next appointment: August 9 - 28 week appointment

Any new aches/pains: Nothing new, just hips occasionally at night.

Maternity clothes: Except for one or two tops, it's all maternity clothes now.

Sleep: I'm still getting up at least once a night to use the bathroom and if I end up on my back I wake up with heartburn.

Best moment this week: Hitting the viability point! Obviously I would never want to go into labor this early, but it's nice to know that his survival is greater than 50% now.

Movement: Off and on all day and it's getting stronger!

Food cravings: Last night I really wanted a milkshake, but satisfied myself with chocolate milk instead.

Belly button: It's still in, but getting flatter by the day.

What I miss: Bud Light Lime on these hot days we've been having.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Furniture being delivered.

Weekly wisdom: Always make a pee plan because you don't want to end up stuck without a bathroom.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

It's a Boy!

Oops, I didn't realize it had been a month since I updated!! Our biggest news is that we're having a boy! We've picked out Finnegan as his first name (to be called Finn) and we're working on a 2nd name. One of us would like Tiberius (as in James Tiberius Kirk from Star Trek).....

We recently spent 10 days in Hawaii visiting my sister and her husband. We had a great time and did a ton of activities. Snorkeling, going to various beaches, checking out the North Shore, dinner in Waikiki, Pearl Harbor memorial.....the list is long!

We're slowing getting the baby's room together and recently created our registries at Target and Babies R Us. We're going to Houston next month to visit P's parents who want to take us baby shopping. We'll probably order the crib and glider after we come home.

How far along: 20 weeks 4 days

Next appointment: July 8 - 24 week appointment

Any new aches/pains: I wake up with my hips hurting almost every morning.

Maternity clothes: Except for a few cardigans, it's all maternity clothes now.

Sleep: I'm still getting up at least once a night to use the bathroom and if I end up on my I wake up with heartburn.

Best moment this week: Feeling more consistent movement.

Movement: Every day! Usually in the morning and evening, and sometimes at work when sitting at my desk.

Food cravings: It depends on the day. Most recently has been ice cream.

Belly button: Still in, but I fear it may pop out soon.

What I miss: Being able to sleep on my stomach.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Meeting Katie at Babies R Us to work on the more "difficult" registry items (bottles, breast pump, etc.)

Weekly wisdom: Expect to wake up from heartburn if you eat greasy food before bed.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Putting my mind at ease.

I had the Quad Screen done at my 16 week appointment last week. My OB's office uses that, the 12 week blood work, and the NT scan before they give you the risk assessment for various disorders (Down's, Trisomy 18, etc.). A nurse called me this morning and said that the test results are negative. This translates to the baby being low risk for Down's, Trisomy 18, and neural tube defects. The doctor should go over all the results at my next appointment and give us our actual risk (ex. - 1 in 1000).

They tested my TSH again and it's down to 3.36 from 4.05 at 8 weeks. Yay! I'm not feeling any symptoms, so at this point I'm not pushing my doctors to up my dose. As long as I stay around 3 and under, I'm happy.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Just call me Martha Stewart!

I've seen a couple DIY closet divider projects in blogs, so I decided I wanted to make my own. They're beachy, of course, and I think they turned out pretty gender neutral. Who says boys can't like hibiscus flowers!

I followed the directions in this blog:

It took me a little longer than 45 minutes and I also spent more, but I didn't have basic supplies like a hot glue gun or glue stick.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bought my first baby item!

Ok, really I bought 2 items.

The first is this adorable Christmas onesie that I got on sale for $7 at a baby boutique in Williamsburg.The second is my diaper bag! had a huge baby sale recently, and I ordered the Skip Hop Dash Deluxe in light blue. It was delivered yesterday and looks to be the perfect size for the average day out!

I can't believe it's already time for my 16 week appointment! I'm going on Thursday and the next appointment I schedule will be 20 weeks which is halfway! Wow, time flies.

In other news, P and I are going to Hawaii at the end of May to visit Rebecca and John. I'm so excited for a vacation, and I've never been to Hawaii. I told my sister that if senior citizens can do it, then the activity will be fine for me as well. I can't wait for days on the beautiful beaches and all the other activities we'll do.

How far along: 15 weeks 6 days

Next appointment: This Thursday, May 13. 16 weeks appointment.

Any new aches/pains: Nope. Back pain comes and goes, but it's only bad if I don't listen to my body and stop whatever is straining my back.

Maternity clothes: I'm pretty much in maternity pants full time. A lot of my t-shirts are starting to get too short, so it's probably going to be time to break out the maternity t-shirts soon. I can still wear a lot of my short sleeve sweaters, cardigans, and stretchier tops to work, but not so much with the button down shirts.

Sleep: The crazy dreams have stopped for now, but I still have the 2am pee break. Now I'm having trouble staying on my side while I sleep.

Best moment this week: Booking our plane tickets for Hawaii!

Movement: I think I might have felt something last night (kind of like a popping sensation or fluttering sensation right below my belly button), but I'd need to feel it a few more times before I'm convinced it's baby movement and not gas.

Food cravings: Mexican food, cheese, Pizza Hut breadsticks. Nice and healthy...

Belly button: Still in.

What I miss: Not having to try on every top in my closet before going to work because what fit last week doesn't fit this week.

What I'm looking forward to this week: 16 weeks and the end of my 4th month!

Weekly wisdom: Sometimes the afternoon calls for a trip to the office "snack shack" for a candy bar.

Monday, April 26, 2010

2nd attempt at NT scan was a success!

I went back to the doctor's office on Friday so they could try the NT scan again. This time we had a cooperative baby and the tech could get the measurements she needed.

Crown-Rump Length: 7.43cm (was told under 8 is good)
NT measurement: 1.5mm (under 3 is good)
Heart rate: 159bpm

I also had more blood drawn and should get our risk assessment at the next appointment on May 13. I got the blood work results back from my first appointment. Not that I was surprised, but it's always good to hear you don't have HIV, syphilis, herpes, and every other STD out there. I'm also not a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis. This is a relief to Patrick because he's very concerned he's going to have to get blood drawn for something baby-related!

My reward for getting blood drawn was a trip to Prime Outlets afterwards. I kept my promise to the ultrasound tech and did not go into the baby outlets, but I did hit up Motherhood Maternity. I bought a pair of black work pants, black capri pants, a skirt, a black shirt to go with the skirt, and 2 collared work shirts. Not too bad!

Now for the fun part - 3 more ultrasound pictures! I got to see the baby flip over, swallow, and wave. Pretty neat!

***Pictures removed 9/1/10 for privacy***

How far along: 13 weeks 5 days

Next appointment: May 13. 16 week appointment is standard weight, blood pressure, pee in the cup. I'll get more blood work done too.

Any new aches/pains: Nausea seems to be gone for good! (Let's hope I didn't just jinx myself.) I have occasional heartburn and some back pain.

Maternity clothes: I'm wearing maternity pants at work for the first time. I have no shame.

Sleep: Still waking up to pee in the middle of the night and having vivid dreams, but I wake up feeling rested. I can feel the 2nd trimester energy building!

Best moment this week: The 2 ultrasounds last week were fantastic! I also found out that 2 very close friends are pregnant and we're all due before the end of the year. Baby Fest 2010!!!

Movement: Not yet, but I've heard it can start at Week 14. I'm not holding my breath.

Food cravings: Mexican food. I've been good about not giving in to cravings as much.

Belly button: Still in.

What I miss: Right now, nothing.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Hitting 14 weeks on Wednesday. Making plans to visit Rebecca in Hawaii.

Weekly wisdom: TBD

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

First ultrasound!

We had our first ultrasound yesterday! I really expected to cry when I saw the baby and heard the heartbeat, but I must admit that my first reaction was that it looks like an alien. The baby was slightly uncooperative and was facing the screen the whole time, so it was hard to get a good profile shot. We got to see the little guy for a good 15-20 minutes and it really was the most amazing experience. He was flipping all over the place and kicking up a storm!

Baby is measuring a week ahead of where I thought I was, so the due date changed to October 27. We're hoping for a Halloween baby at this point!

The sonographer guessed that it's a boy, but made us promise not to run out and buy anything. I'm excited about that, and also interested to see if it changes at our anatomy scan.

Since the baby was not cooperating she couldn't take the NT scan measurements, so I'm going back on Friday for one more try. Oh darn, I have to see my baby again. :)

All in all, it was a great day. My blood pressure was way down from the previous appointments which makes me very happy. I think they key is to have them take it after I've been there awhile and not when I first walk through the door.

Can't wait to go back on Friday!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

24 hours and random musings.

24 hours until our first ultrasound? If you didn't know by now that I'm excited, well.... :)

Assuming all goes well we'll be going public tomorrow afternoon. My plan is to call my mom after the appointment, scan the ultrasound pictures when I get to work and email them to my parents and sister, and then call my SAHM friend who will answer her phone during the day. She's going to be so excited!! I'll call 3 other close friends after work to let them know before I put anything on Facebook. I haven't decided if I'm going to tell work tomorrow afternoon or hold off until Wednesday. I'm really nervous about telling them because I'll immediately have to start avoiding the question of "Are you coming back after maternity leave?".

On a completely different note, I've started thinking about certain activities differently than in the past now that I consider what it will be like with a child. One example is the circus which is in town right now. I remember going to the circus once as a child (I may have gone other times but just don't remember). At a fairly young age I decided for myself that I didn't agree with animals being forced to perform and would not go to the circus with the rest of my family. I was concerned with where they lived and how they were transported all over the country. I always hoped the tiger would eat a trainer or that an elephant would step on a clown. Looking back, was it strange for a child to value the well-being of an animal over a human? Weird as it may be, my views haven't changed in the past 20 years. I don't understand friends who watch bull riding on tv (I don't care how "hot" the guys are) because I secretly wish the bull will trample the rider, or perhaps gore him. When it happens I think "Well, he got what he deserved for making the animal do that."

Anyway, the other night another commercial for the circus came on tv. I turned to P and said, "Have I ever told you that I won't take our future children to the circus? If you want to, that's fine, but I won't." He thought about it for a minute and said he wasn't sure he would either. So now I have to ask myself if it's fair to not let our children make up their minds like I did. Can I explain why I don't like the circus to a 4 year old who wants to know why his/her preschool friends have seen the clowns but he/she has not? Will I be able to explain how I consider zoos and aquariums to be different because the animals are often born into captivity and the experience of seeing them is a learning tool (how can you want to protect something you've never seen?)? Oh the things I think about these days!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

3 days!

3 days until our first ultrasound! I can barely contain myself. Haha, never have I wished so much for the next work-week to start!

I've seen this on other blogs and decided I should start doing it:

How far along: 11 weeks 4 days

Next appointment: April 20! First ultrasound and then a follow-up with one of the OBs. I never got a call after my 7 vials of blood were drawn at my 8 week appointment, so I'm assuming all is good. The general trend from asking around seems to be that no news is good news.

Any new aches/pains: Nausea has gone away for the most part. I still feel icky on occasion but it's nothing like it was. I'm very thirsty all the time, especially when I first wake up in the morning. My newest symptoms are heartburn and lower back pain. My back hurts right above my tailbone. It doesn't seem to be getting any worse, but if it does I might have my dad ask his chiropractor if she takes pregnant patients.

Maternity clothes: I wore maternity jeans for the first time last night when P and I went to dinner. I was feeling pretty bloated and gassy yesterday and didn't want to deal with my jeans digging into me. Other than that, I haven't needed anything yet. I've gone through my closet and weeded out the pants that definitely won't fit this spring/summer. I think I'll be wearing the Bella Band a lot more in the near future. It's just not worth it to be uncomfortable!

Sleep: I generally wake up around 2:30 to pee, but other than that am sleeping ok. My lower back hurts when I roll over, but not enough to wake me up. I'm still having crazy dreams, but they're not waking me up any longer.

Best moment this week: Today I have 199 days to go! Being under 200 days is exciting.

Movement: Nope, not unless you count gas. Yes, TMI.

Food cravings: Sometimes I'll see something on tv and think "I have to have that!". Most recently it was Pizza Hut breadsticks, but I haven't given in yet. I'm a big fan of Subway tuna subs right now. I still don't love veggies, but can get them down. I'm getting in lots of fruit these days. The thought of ground beef and ground turkey still makes me want to gag. I feel like I can eat more like a normal person these days which is nice.

Belly button: Still in and hoping it stays that way.

What I miss: I had a bad day at work yesterday and really could have used a beer or glass of wine when I came home. I missed it, but really not that much.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Tuesday and finally getting to see our baby!!! If all goes well, I'll be going public with our news.

Weekly wisdom: There's no shame in putting on maternity clothes sooner than people seem to think you should. Some people don't show until 20 weeks. Being 5 feet tall, there's really not a lot of room for this baby, so I have a feeling I'll start to show much sooner than someone who is 5'8". Right now I just look fat though. Oh well!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Nursery Inspiration

Sometimes I think part of the "mommy gene" is missing from me because I find that my ideas about babies and all their "stuff" is not typical. I do not like matchy-matchy nurseries or nurseries that are overly cutesy. I also don't see the point in bedding sets because babies don't use quilts. Luckily, I have a very crafty mother! She made all the bedding for my sister and me, and she's offered to make me whatever I want for our nursery.

I want a beachy nursery that is obviously for a baby, not overly cutesy. I also want it to be gender neutral. My mom is going to make the crib skirt, bumpers, and a wall hanging. We've looked at fabric and patterns, but haven't seen anything I love yet. My mom decided to do some looking around online and found Sea Creature Appliques from This is exactly what I'm thinking of for our nursery! Lots of colors in the wall hanging and my mom will make a crib skirt and bumpers in whatever green we incorporate in it.

My mom downloaded the patterns for each of these sea creatures for a total of $3.99! Now that we have something to look at and know what I want, maybe the fabric search will be a little easier.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Time is slowly ticking by.

Nothing much to report here. My first ultrasound is scheduled for April 20. I'll be exactly 12 weeks and will have the NT scan done. I'm sooo nervous to finally see the baby and confirm that he/she is growing.

I had a 2nd appointment last week which was a physical exam and pap with one of the OBs. He agreed with my chart and ovulation date, and changed my EDD back to what I think it is rather than having me be 2 weeks ahead. Glad that got straightened out!

My symptoms have faded a bit, except for the exhaustion. I'm generally only nauseous in the evenings now rather than all day, which is fine with me. If only I could sleep 12 hours every night I'd probably be feeling great!

I'll be 10 weeks on Tuesday. Double digits! I hope week 12 hurries up and gets here so we can finally tell people!

Monday, March 22, 2010

OB Confirmation Appointment

I had my OB confirmation appointment this morning. P came with me, but overall it was not very exciting. I peed in a cup, filled out some paperwork, we gave our family histories, and they took 7 vials of blood. They are basing my due date on my last missed period rather than my ovulation date (which wasn't until cycle day 30), so as of right now I'm 10 weeks along and due October 18. However, I predict that will change when I have my first ultrasound. If not, then I was a failure at charting and OPKs lie.

The practice I'm going to does 2 ultrasounds - one at 12 weeks and one around 20 weeks. Since they think I'm farther along than I do, I should be getting an ultrasound sooner. I have another appointment on Thursday morning which is my first physical. I'll get to meet one of the OB's, but will see a different one at each appointment until I pick the one I want as my primary. At my Thursday appointment the doctor will schedule my ultrasound. The nurse couldn't schedule it today because apparently that throws Tricare into a tailspin, so the doctor has to do it. I also had to sign a form saying I understand that Tricare may decide not to pay for any ultrasounds (why? because they suck). Good thing we've got the Baby Fund.

I'm hoping my appointment on Thursday is more "exciting." I think I'll get more info since I'll get to see a doctor. My blood pressure was higher than normal today (135/89), but according to Google it's technically not too high for pregnancy. Hopefully that was just nerves and not the start of something serious.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Since my mother never had any pregnancy symptoms with my sister or myself (seriously, she only gained 15 lbs with each of us), I thought perhaps it was genetic. Turns out I was wrong.

My face has broken out and is greasier than I can remember since high school. My boobs and nipples are sore, which is something I never experienced around my period like some people do. It hurt to hug P last night. I burp like a man. I'm hungry often, but don't feel like eating anything. Nausea set in over the weekend, went away yesterday, and is back today. I don't think I'm actually going to throw up, but I feel like I have a horrible hangover. Too bad eating a greasy breakfast won't fix it. I'm exhausted by the afternoon. I went to bed at 8:30pm last night and could already use a nap.

Literally all I did all weekend was sit on the couch and feel icky. P was wonderful and went grocery shopping Sunday. He came back with supplies for me: 3 varieties of saltine crackers (he was overwhelmed by the choices at the store), Ginger Ale, fruit, Jolly Ranchers (supposedly it helps to suck on these), a frozen pizza (something quick if I feel like eating a real dinner one night), cottage cheese, and 100 calorie cream filled chocolate cakes (he thought I might feel like eating these).

It's going to be very interesting at work if the nausea gets worse. I'm hoping no one notices the Ginger Ales in the mini fridge, because the pregnancy police who have been glancing at my stomach since I got married are going to notice.

Anyway, not complaining about any of this. I was slightly worried yesterday when ALL of my symptoms went away, but they've come back today.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Probably jinxed myself.

I posted on a message board I frequent recently asking if they could give me an idea of how much we should budget for maternity clothes. We are going to try very, very hard not to go overboard with anything baby-related. I mentioned that there are certain meetings at work where I HAVE to wear a suit.

One girl offered to sell me her used Motherhood Maternity suit for $50. She sent me pictures and made sure I understood how Motherhood's sizes work. While it's completely premature to buy anything, after looking around online and seeing that maternity suit jackets alone cost $125+, I decided to go for it.

The suit arrived today and it's perfect. I could not have gotten a better deal on a suit that fits me and only cost $50. The pants will need to be hemmed, but that's a given for anything on me since my legs are so short. Luckily, Mom hems all my pants (this is why we can't ever move too far away!). The pants are so comfortable and I look forward to wearing them as work pants without the jacket on days I don't need the full suit.

I probably jinxed myself buying something so soon, but I love a good deal!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

So tired!

Fatigue kicked in starting yesterday. I fell asleep in my chair at work in the afternoon and woke up when I almost fell out of it. All I want to do today is go home and crawl back into bed.

I have a thyroid check-up tomorrow. I'm wondering if this is all pregnancy fatigue or if my TSH shot way up and that's causing me to be tired. When I got it checked in late December my TSH was 0.78, so even if it doubled already it shouldn't be so high that it would cause me to be tired.

I also had a very strong craving for cheese yesterday. Unfortunately I didn't have any at work, but as soon as I got home I went to the fridge!

I hope I can make it through this day at work!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!

29 today! P keeps reminding me that I'm in the last year of my 20s.

We told my parents last night. When my mom opened the box with the baby jean skirt she kept saying "Really, really?!?". Then my dad said "Man, I'm old."

My sister met us at the restaurant. She asked if anyone was ordering wine and I said, "You can't drink when you're pregnant." She screeched "What??". Yes, screeched. She's always been very loud. She then proceeded to tell me what I can't eat and that her co-worker (who is pregnant) can't walk down the meat aisle at the grocery store because she "can smell the blood in the chicken." Weird.

Today we're doing our usual Sunday errands and grocery shopping. I'm still trying to decide where I want to go out to dinner tonight. The 'Burg only has but so many choices, and I'm kind of tired so it might end up being Panera. Where I will get a Greek salad with feta. Alert the police!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

How We're Telling My Parents

We are going to Va Beach tonight for my birthday dinner at Waterman's. If the name sounds familiar, that's where our rehearsal dinner was and is our fav seafood restaurant at the beach. We're going to tell my parents I'm pregnant before we go to the restaurant.

My mom is a baby clothes snob. She is old school - smocked dresses, bubble suits, sailor suits for boys, saddle shoes, etc. She LOVES Feltman Brothers (pictured).

We're wrapping up a size 12-month jean skirt with a note on it that says "Get ready!". This really would be lost on most people, but she'll think it's hilarious. That is, after she gets over screaming, crying, and hugging me.

Time to re-teach yourself how to smock Mom! That is, unless you want a baby to actually wear a tiny jean skirt!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How I Told P

I got a BFP last Friday morning. I had previously ordered Baby Bargains with the intent to give it to P when I got a +HPT. He's the financial brains of the family, and I knew he would think it was useful.

I wrapped it up in leftover Valentine's Day wrapping paper and gave it to him when he came home from work. He repeatedly asked me why he was getting a present and I had to keep saying "Just OPEN IT!." He finally opened it, read the title out loud, and said "Are we having a baby?". When I said yes he got a huge smile on his face and hugged me. Then he looked panicked and hugged me again.

These were his first 2 orders of baby business:
#1 - Change my name in his phone from Elizabeth to Baby Mama
#2 - Announce that if we have twins he wants to name them Luke and Leia

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

First appointment scheduled!

I had my yearly exam scheduled for next Tuesday. I called the office and told them I recently found out I'm pregnant. They canceled my yearly exam and scheduled my OB confirmation appointment for 3/22! I can't wait!

The nurse asked for the date of my last period, so I told her but also told her that I ovulated late. She didn't seem fazed by that, and just added 4 weeks to today's date to figure out when to schedule my first appointment. I was afraid she'd think I was significantly further along that I really am.

I didn't think to ask if they'd possibly do an ultrasound, but I'll call back closer to the appointment date to confirm. I wouldn't want P to miss out on that.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Here we go!

I went off birth control pills in early January 2010 with the intent that we would TTA for a couple months. Well, that didn't last very long as we couldn't exactly remember what we were waiting for. I know you're supposed to wait a couple months after stopping the pill so it's easier to date your pregnancy, but we really didn't think it would happen this quickly! Especially with my mom's history of fertility problems.

Well, here we are! My EDD is 11/2/10 which I'm sure will change quite a few times, but as of right now I'm due on my mom's birthday.