Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Week 18, Day 7

We made it back from Ohio safely and without too many glitches. We had a really great time and ate way too much good food. (Thank you Ruby and Mark!)

Speaking of too much food, my weigh in at the doctor today showed that I've gained 4 pounds since my last visit. A pound for each doughnut I ate while in Ohio... Perfect!

Everything at the doctor visit went well. I did have a moment when I thought I wasn't going to be able to pee in the cup again (seriously!), but fortunately, I managed to give them enough for a sample.

The baby seemed to be moving all over the place, and its heartbeat was at 150. Now for those of you who believe in the old wives tale of the speed of the baby's heartbeat being different by gender, that would mean a girl. Less than 140 is a boy, over 140 is a girl. (I still think it's a boy though.)

More soon... our ultrasound is on Friday morning, and I'm getting excited!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Week 17, Day 5 - Good News!

I got a call from the sequential screening people in Tacoma this morning. The results of my blood work came back, and they are very good.

We have a 1 in:
- 10,000 chance of having a baby with Downs.
- 10,000 chance of having a baby with Trisomy 18.
- 6,000 chance of having a baby with neural tube defect like spina bifida.

The nurse who called said these results are excellent. We weren’t super worried, but it’s a reassurance nonetheless. An early reason to give THANKS!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Week 17, Day 3

Not too much to report. I do think I felt the baby moving, but it's such a strange little feeling that I just can't be sure. The couple times I thought I felt something it felt like little bubbles bursting or little tiny twitches on the left side of my tummy. It's either the baby or the strangest indigestion I've ever had. Considering pregnancy has been full of strange things, I don't count out the indigestion idea.

I have managed to start cleaning things up a little bit around here. I think I was blocked by the fact that I was determined that what is now the office just had to be the baby's room rather than the more obvious choice of the guest room right next door to the office. The "office as baby room" decision would have required moving desks, beds and other heavy furniture between the two rooms and a rather extensive closet cleaning. (The office closet has been the home of all of my books for the last two years. The very same books that caused friends to run screaming when I asked for their help with moving in the past.) Anyway, I made the decision to go with the guest room for the baby's room. It might not be my ideal choice, but it's a heck of a lot easier.

My energy level is a bit better, but I still found myself out of breath just trying to wrestle the new duvet cover onto the duvet this morning. As soon as I had the whole thing on there, I realized that I had the duvet sideways in the cover. First Trimester Shelly would have just said "whatever" and left it. Second Trimester Shelly rested for a minute and then redid the whole thing. (Ok, let's be serious, First Trimester Shelly would have just left the cover off and crawled back into bed, covers or no covers.)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The holidays must be close

I had 17 emails from various stores in my email box this morning. So, not only is the "oh crap, I'd better start Christmas shopping" feeling settling in, but I also have one nagging question on my mind... Why did I give all these places my email address in the first place? I'm sure I must have ordered something on line from them, or we registered for our wedding with them over three years ago, but seriously, what was I thinking? (Yes, I do know that Select All, Delete works just fine in my email program, but it's much more fun to complain about it.)

On a more positive note, I'm looking forward to decorating for Christmas this year. Last year was a frantic rush to go buy more decorations to fill a much larger house (poor me), but this year I already have all the stuff. AND I even packed it all up nicely after last Christmas, so it will be a lot more fun to open up the boxes and see what I forgot I have. I'm in the mood for fires in the fireplace, hot chocolate, Christmas music, and tree trimming. November 15th is too early for Christmas lights, right?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Week 16, Day 7

I just came back from making my latest blood "donation" (and all I got was this lousy tshirt, ok, it was a yellow crayon band-aid). The blood letting wasn't too bad. I suppose I do much better with the whole mind over matter thing when it comes to needles. Too bad I didn't have those skills about fifteen years ago. (Oh wait, it's more like twenty years. Yikes.) Anyway, my mom got to go through some pretty fun times whenever needles and I were in the same room... or about to be in the same room. When I had to get a tetnus shot to go to cheerleading camp, I jittered around the waiting room for twenty minutes in some sort of needle-anticipation frenzy. Then I remember that once we were in there, one of the nurses who happens to be a friend of ours used some kind of toy they use to distract babies to divert my attention. It made some kind of dying cow noise. That's about all I remember.

All is well with the pregnancy at the moment. I still get worn out, but I've managed to stay up past 9 PM the last two nights. Quite an accomplishment if you ask me (or my husband). I'm trying to pay attention for any baby movement, but I haven't detected anything yet. I had a few maybe moments, but nothing definite.

Monday, November 12, 2007

All the good superhero names are taken...

Now that I'm pregnant, I have the powers of a superhero. (Shhh... don't tell. I don't want to blow my cover.) Unfortunately, all the good superhero names are taken.

My new powers include:
  1. Zero to cranky in two seconds or less.
  2. Ability to smell scents that no one else detects.
  3. Ability to ignore the "it will pass" comments. I didn't get this superhero power just by becoming pregnant. I had to practice.
  4. Ability to say "no". This is definitely new with pregnancy.
  5. Ability to outgrow pants on a weekly basis.
  6. Ability to lounge on the couch or in bed for hours at a time. My husband would probably say that I had this power before I got pregnant.

Superhero powers I want:

  1. X-ray vision (I want to see what's going on in there.)
  2. Ability to focus for longer than two minutes.
  3. Ability to predict what I will be hungry for so I can get it in advance.

I'm working on a superhero name. For now I'm going with SuperShelly. I'll let you know if I figure a better one out.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Things I've learned about pregnancy so far

  1. I have a new respect for mothers. In particular those who do this whole pregnancy thing more than once.
  2. We know way too much about pregnancy. We know which side to sleep on, which foods to eat, which foods not to eat, which vitamins to take, almost exactly what's going on inside of there, etc. You get the idea. I'm sure once the baby gets here, I'll experience the same thing again, but all about babies. And we can now add to that list all the toys have too much lead or coma-inducing drugs, and so on. I realize it's serious, but every time I think about toys with too much lead, I envision our forefathers sucking on lead lollipops. The more we know, the more there is to worry about.
  3. Morning sickness doesn't necessarily mean throwing up, nor is it restricted to morning. Someone really should rename all of that.
  4. The fact that many people have it worse than me doesn't stop me from griping about how I feel.
  5. When I'm hungry, I'm hungry, but I'm not as hungry as I thought I would be (yet).
  6. I am not above using pregnancy as an excuse for my behavior. "That must have been the baby talking!"
  7. I haven't gotten over thinking it's strange that there's a little person in there.
  8. Pregnancy sheds new light on the word heartburn.
  9. I'm friendly, but I've learned that I will talk to complete strangers about the details of my pregnancy (whether they want to hear about it or not).
  10. It doesn't bother me for people I know to touch my tummy. I'm not far enough along for strangers to come running up, hands a-stretched. I'll address that when I get there.

Friday, November 9, 2007

New Doctor News

After some careful thought, I've decided to stick with my doctor(s). As long as I continue to see the original doctor I was visiting, I think I'll be fine. The thought of changing doctors is daunting (for whatever reason), and it seems to be a stress I can avoid... well, by avoiding it. SO, hopefully I'll be pleased after my next visit and be able to report that all is well. If it's miserable, I'll only have myself to blame. That doesn't mean though that I won't write a big, ugly blog post about it. My next appointment is on the 28th... we'll see!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Week 16, Day 1 and All About Advice

When I heard that everyone would be giving me advice about the baby, I didn't know that mean't everyone. I really do appreciate all of the advice, and I haven't really come across any so far that is just outrageous. I suppose what I do with the advice is what counts.

Some of the advice I'm working on taking. As recommended by friends, I'm looking into switching doctors. Even though it seems challenging to think about, I'm working on it anyway. So far I haven't gotten past the front switchboard. I'll give it some more effort tomorrow, and I'll let you know how it goes.

Some of the advice I should have listened to much sooner. For example, when I heard that my skin would itch, I should have purchased a gallon or two of Aveno lotion.

The advice comes from all directions. My latest advice was from the woman cutting fabric for me at the store. She went on for at least twenty minutes. She didn't tell me anything profound, but she just seemed so darn happy to share that I let her have those twenty minutes of my lunch hour.

So, if you have some advice about pregnancy or babies, send it my way!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Week 15, Day 5

I think I'm going to start a betting pool. Not one of those run of the mill pools though like the gender, the due date or the father (just kidding, honey). No, I'm going to start one like one of these:

  • First day I wear pajamas to work

  • Number of days before my coworkers schedule an intervention because I'm answering the question "How are you?" honestly and verbosely

  • Number of minutes before my next hormonal outburst

  • The day I can no longer put on my own socks and shoes without help

  • The number of coworkers who will be present at the moment my water breaks

I'll let you know if I think of more.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Two Many Pregnant Women in One Room

Yep, I meant two, not too. Two pregnant women in one room with a pair of scissors equals a lot less hair for at least one of us.

I did exactly what one of the pregnancy books said not to do. It said, "Don't cut your hair into some short style that you think will be cute but really will make your face look fat." Ok, it didn't say exactly that, but close enough.

Anyway, I guess when I told the 8-week pregnant woman who cuts my hair that last time we left it a little too long in the back, she interpreted it to mean that I needed to go from shoulder length hair to above the chin length hair.

I'll take a photo when the shock wears off.