Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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
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
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
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
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
My new powers include:
- Zero to cranky in two seconds or less.
- Ability to smell scents that no one else detects.
- Ability to ignore the "it will pass" comments. I didn't get this superhero power just by becoming pregnant. I had to practice.
- Ability to say "no". This is definitely new with pregnancy.
- Ability to outgrow pants on a weekly basis.
- 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:
- X-ray vision (I want to see what's going on in there.)
- Ability to focus for longer than two minutes.
- 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
- I have a new respect for mothers. In particular those who do this whole pregnancy thing more than once.
- 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.
- Morning sickness doesn't necessarily mean throwing up, nor is it restricted to morning. Someone really should rename all of that.
- The fact that many people have it worse than me doesn't stop me from griping about how I feel.
- When I'm hungry, I'm hungry, but I'm not as hungry as I thought I would be (yet).
- I am not above using pregnancy as an excuse for my behavior. "That must have been the baby talking!"
- I haven't gotten over thinking it's strange that there's a little person in there.
- Pregnancy sheds new light on the word heartburn.
- 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).
- 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
Thursday, November 8, 2007
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
- 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
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.