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Doctor? Check.
January 21, 2008, 2:39 pm
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We weren’t totally crazy about my OB-GYN so we asked around and met a new one last week. We loved him and now have a new doctor. He was recommended by some friends as well as the neonatologist that works in my office so we’re excited he worked out so well. We got to have another ultra sound done and this time my husband was there to watch. It was awesome. The little baby had joints this time and you could see his arm bending and moving as well as his legs kicking. (I’m calling it a he even though I don’t know the gender yet because it’s just easier) We saw the little guy hit himself in the head almost like someone would do as they said “Doh!” It was cute. I could watch those ultrasounds all day. They just make it so much more real and amazing. I also got all of my blood-work done and are awaiting those results.

I still feel pretty good and have a few minor side effects. I have huge bloody boogers every morning, which is weird. I guess since I have like 40% more blood running through my body, there’s more blood running through my little capillaries. My gums also bleed a tiny bit every time I brush my teeth. I don’t sleep that well through the night anymore and have been waking up in the middle of night. I usually can’t go back to sleep for like 1-2 hours so it’s been aggravating. I’m not quite sure what this is all about but hopefully it will go away. I don’t wake up to pee in the middle of the night anymore and I don’t have to urinate as much as I did before. That means the uterus is moving up and out of my pelvic region and giving my bladder back it’s space. Yeah for bladder space…but bye bye belly and pants that fit.

Tomorrow I enter into my 4th month!


Decisions ’08
January 10, 2008, 7:52 pm
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Physically, my pregnancy is pretty uneventful. I still have zits on my back and I’m peeing 4-5 times throughout the night but I feel great, my pants still fit and I can still sleep on my stomach.  At this juncture, however, I’ve started thinking about all of the decisions my husband and I will have to make. Let me just say that if you are one of those people that have a hard time making decisions, then pregnancy will be difficult for you.  The first set of decisions was about food. There are so many different opinions out there on what to consume and what not to consume that the final decision is up to you. I have decided to limit my intake of fake sugars, most chemicals and caffeine to about once a week. I would like to omit those things completely but I know once the baby is born, it will be exposed to them and I’d like it to “build up an immunity” to it, if you will.  There is no point in only eating natural foods while you are pregnant if you aren’t going to demand that same type of diet for you kid’s entire life.

The second decision I am trying to make is on the location and design of the baby’s room. Do we move the office or the guest bedroom into the basement? Do we want the smaller or the larger room for the baby? Do we want it’s bed far away from the noise of the house or close to it? My husband and I have yet to iron out this decision but are focusing on it. I haven’t even begun to think about furniture, wall color or theme yet!

 Thirdly, there’s the whole name decision. (Kind of a huge deal)  We have started the process by reading through baby name books and writing down potentials on a list. Unfortunately, the list keeps growing. I have a feeling we won’t know the winner until a week before the baby arrives.

Fourthly, we are in the process of choosing an OB for the big event. My current OB-GYN isn’t supportive enough of our wishes to give birth naturally, sans pain medication. When I mentioned taking some Bradley classes, he responded with, “If you do the Bradley method, then you can find another doctor.” So, before we even decided that we would do the Bradley classes, we started looking for a new doctor. There’s no point in having a doctor who practices in a) absolutes and b) without the patient’s wishes in mind.  We meet a potential new doctor next week so hopefully that goes well.

 With all of these decisions that keep lining up, I’m glad that we have 9 months to make them!

Fear not, party on.
January 3, 2008, 10:34 pm
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I’ve heard that paranoia can set in when you are pregnant. I thought I was doing pretty well  until I woke up one day and felt like a million bucks.  I’ve been fatigued and mildly nausious on an empty stomach and have been living and sleeping in a sports bra so as not to move my boobs because they have been so tender.  Then, just before the 11 week mark, I woke up feeling great and all of my symptoms had vanished. At first, I thought, sweet! I worked out that day for 40 minutes and was loving life.  Then, the paranoia set in. Symptoms usually go away in the second tri-mester and mine went away almost 2 weeks early. Was something wrong?  I consulted the internet and someone had asked the very same question I was wondering: Is everything ok or should I be worried?  The answers were a mix of possible good fortune and possible miscarriage.  I immediately called the doctor and he told me to have an ultrasound done to confirm.  I was trying not to worry at this point but that was impossible. I had the ultrasound done (for the first time) and everything looked good. Phew! The heartbeat was strong and I could see the little baby moving around!  It was surreal to say the least because at this point in the pregnancy, you can’t feel any movement or even feel or see your enlarged uterus so there are basically no signs of your pregnancy besides the before mentioned symptoms.  Seeing the little prune-sized booger made it all seem real.  It was awesome.  The baby was still for the first part of the screening but towards the end was moving around all over the place. As the technitian put it, “That little stinker is just having fun now!”  (Let’s hope s/he gets his mother’s dance moves!) 🙂

My Neck’s Break Out Performance
December 26, 2007, 2:34 pm
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As much as hormones are amazing, they also suck! Thanks to them, I have conditions of a new phenomenon called “neck-ne.”  Yes, ladies and gentleman, I have zits on my neck…and all over my back and on my cheek and chest. I had heard that if you had bad acne growing up, it would come back.  I never had acne, per se, but I did have one huge zit on my nose every now and then. I suppose I should be thankful that I don’t have the huge honkers this time around and that all my zits are hidden behind clothes or my hair, but it still grosses me out. I’m going to have to get one of those back scrubbers for the shower because soap and water seems to help but working out and sweating, clearly does not. I tried on a dress the other day and while my cleavage looked fantastic, the big zit on my boob where my sport bra hits, did not.