Thursday, October 30, 2008

6w, 2d: Nurse Julia and Dental Hygienist Katie

Well, I had my visit with my OB nurse yesterday, and I absolutely love her! It sounds like at my office, you keep the same nurse, but switch off on midwives (or doctors, but I am having a midwife), so that you can meet a bunch of them and not get too attached since you will have whichever midwife is on call. But I love my nurse, her name is Julia and she is so sweet and caring! They did a bunch of blood tests (I think they took blood for more than 5 minutes!) for various things, like anemia, HIV (yeah, just in case?), blood type, cystic fibrosis gene, HCG levels (that would show how far along the baby is) and some other things I don't remember... Seems like everything must have gone well because I didn't get a call, and they said they would only call if something was wrong. So fun!

At the next appointment there is no ultrasound. :( But we should be able to hear the baby's heartbeat via a Doppler, so that will be wonderful! That appointment is on November 10, so 1.5 weeks to go! Jonathan will be home for that one, and I will be taking off the whole weekend (we have Tuesday off for Veteran's Day and I will be taking Monday off, as well, just for fun!).

Today I had a dentist's appointment, and got to tell my sweet, fun hygienist Katie that I was pregnant. She told me that along with most of the other lovely pregnancy symptoms, a lot of pregnant women have more gingivitis (that's a lot of i's). Wonderful. BUT, my teeth were even more perfect than usual and she was so proud of me and told me to keep up the good work! I think she could tell that I had been flossing. :) She also told me she hoped that the baby got my teeth, as they are so very perfect and never needed braces or anything. I hope they get my teeth and Jonathan's eyes! Oh, and I was totally falling asleep in the dental chair! I think my body was thinking, "vertical=sleep," and I was absolutely conking out. Poor Katie had to let me rest my jaw for a minute because I was too tired to keep holding it open the whole time! She told me some funny stories about people who every time they get in her chair just fall straight asleep and how she has to wake them up at the end! One guy even snored through the cleaning!!!

Speaking of eyes, I'm getting a bit worried about mine... I seem to be having problems focusing on things closer to my face, and am having some difficulty switching from close things to far things. I can definitely tell that there is a lag time of re-focusing, which is not normal for me. Also, I have been holding newspapers and books closer to my face. I can still read things further away, but it seems to be less straining to hold them close. One of the things on the list of when I should call my OB's office is eye sight changes. I didn't tell Julia about it yesterday because I thought it was all in my imagination and wasn't having the problems right then, but at this moment I am going crazy trying to retain my focus on the computer screen. Perhaps my poor eyes have had it with staring at screens! Sigh...

Okay, I'm too tired to keep writing. :-P Good night!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

4w, 2d: Eat, sleep and poop... among other things

I found a nice site that will help me keep track of what I'm eating and if I'm eating enough... The baby books confuse me because they seem to want you to eat so much more than seems reasonable... But when I put what I eat in online, it seemed fine. The sad thing about the site I found is that it didn't really say anything about vegetables and fruits... I don't know, I might try to make my own chart and keep track of things that way...

The Ob/Gyn's office called me today and went over the medications that I'm taking - basically, they said, we don't want you taking anything unless it's medically necessary... I only take a "sleeping pill" that's such a light dose, and it's not even really a sleeping pill (it's an anti-anxiety pill), but they want me to try to not take it because there haven't been enough tests to say one way or another. Ugh. I'm usually so anxious that I wake up several times a night and can't fall back asleep because I'm so anxious... But we'll see how it works for a few weeks, and then I guess I'll just talk to the nurse at my appointment then... They're also sending me an information packet and including some form that I need to fill out before I go in.. Hopefully that's the one with the family history questions, 'cause it would be nice to have that done beforehand and not have to call my mom while I'm sitting in there. :-P

Okay, this overactive bladder is killing me. I have seriously gone to the bathroom 2 or 3 times every hour today. That is a lot of times!

We want to tell some of our closest friends who are coming over this weekend... We haven't come up with a good idea of how to tell them yet... Maybe I could make cupcakes and make them with pink and blue frosting and write one letter of "baby" on each cupcake and see if they figure it out... That would be funny. They know that we're trying, so I think that if we did that they might notice... Hmmm, I don't know... I'm SO not creative!

It's almost the weekend! I told my boss that I had a checkup for my Oct. 29 appt. and then I took a vacation day for November 10, since that is right before we get a day off for Veteran's Day and then I will have a four day weekend, except that I mostly took it off so I wouldn't have to tell him why I had a second doctor's appt.... :-P I think I will probably tell everyone at work right before Christmas... I thought I could put the Christmas card on everyone's desk and then wait and see who figures it out first. :) I don't really have work that I would need to get out of because I'm pregnant, so I figure they don't really need to know before then...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

4w, 1d: a conclusive BFP!

Well, it's conclusive! A BIG FAT POSITIVE!

My poor husband was so worried about his reaction this morning... He's not outwardly very emotional and was trying to go further than he normally would have to show me that he was excited. (I think we saw an Everybody Loves Raymond about this the other night, and it stressed him out a bit. :-P) It was pretty funny... The poor thing was up until 2 studying and I woke him up at 5:30 saying, "I can't hold it any longer!" So I think he was mostly asleep and stressed about his test. But he tried. He said something along the lines of, "That's wonderful! I'm so happy!" but in a super sleepy tone... And I jumped up and down as he watched me and laughed...

Here is my "baseline" picture of my (already) bloated belly:

Please note the pants, which are already unbuttoned and on the last notch of the built-in belt!

I called and made my appointments after lunch today: I get to see a nurse two weeks from today, on Oct. 29, and I think that's to confirm the pregnancy and ask family history questions, and then I see a midwife on Nov. 10 for my first ultrasound! I'm so excited!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

14 DPO: hmmm....

I thought that this morning I was going to tell you that AF was definitely starting, but I have had no spotting since early yesterday and I still had a high temperature this morning. I had awful back pain last night, and I thought there were AF cramps to go with it, but I'm just so confused right now. Maybe my back was causing my slighter cramps to seem worse? I don't know... I'm so confused. I'm still not testing until tomorrow!

Monday, October 13, 2008

13 DPO: Still waiting...

I didn't test again yet - I'm trying to wait until Wednesday, as DH (dear husband) is out of town and I want him to see the line if it's there and I don't want to see the test by myself if it's not there! But, believe me, this wait is killing me more than it is killing you! Hehehe...

I had such a rough day - I woke up exhausted (with plenty of sleep...) and was half napping on my cousin's couch most of the day... Then we went shopping and I felt like I was going to fall over most of the time... It was just too much for me. If this is the fatigue of pregnancy, this is going to be a difficult nine months...

My temp was extremely high this morning, which made me very happy... However, I am now spotting brown, which scares me. Brown is not usually how I spot before AF (it's usually pink), but it still scares me nonetheless. I'm also off-and-on being extremely crampy and am having bad back pain, although I know the back pain is from walking around so much this weekend (I have an awful back) and I am praying that the cramping is just from a lack of water... But I feel like it's not that... I don't know. I'm so exhausted that I am feeling completely hopeless tonight, and DH isn't even here, so I'm just sitting here feeling scared and alone! Sorry to be so depressing.

AF was due yesterday (I think... although I only have 1 luteal phase to base that off of), and she hasn't showed up yet, so that's good.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

12 DPO: Maybe???

For all you people who couldn't sleep because you're dying to know the results of my test... We're officially calling it a "maybe". Does anyone else see what we see? Or are we just making it up?

I had to go to the bathroom so badly that I didn't pause to look at what the test line looked like before I used it... But I thought that it changed color over the time period.