Alrighty. So sorry I've been so absent this month--we've had computer issues and I spent a few weeks in serious nesting mode. Anyway, here's my catch-up personals. I'll update more about me later. I hope everyone is well.
Devin--"I don't think I could do a cleanse, and I don't even like sweets. I just like heavy foods too much ... chicken, potatoes, chilli cheese fries ... yum. I hope its not to hard for you and your sisters! I can't wait to hear how it goes!"
It went really well actually. As I predicted, there were a few spats and tears about two days in, as everyone was dealing with coming off of sugar and gluten (picture the emotions/agitation with quitting smoking cigarettes or another addiction), but after that, it was really good. We all noticed a much higher sensitivity to sugar and caffeine when we started eating it again, so I think it worked really well, and I noticed that the baby was much "quieter" during that week so I definitely felt like he reacts a lot to the sugar.
I think it was good for me in general to reset my body's reaction to sugar especially--I have my GTT on Thursday and I was thinking of it during this cleanse. I actually think it made a big difference.
Cheryl--When I start the September thread, I will try to remember to change your ticker to March 10th. Remind me if I forget to do it.
Sorry the MS is getting to you. Maybe it means this one is a little lady! That is awesome that Luke is such a great sleeper, you are really lucky!
Lisa--I'm so glad things seem to be going well and you decided to jump in here. :-D
Emmy--I'm so thrilled for you that your little bean looks healthy and your RE released you. I remember feeling like it was such a milestone to "graduate" from my RE. ;-)
Sorry about the nausea but it really does seem to get better for most people by 12/13 weeks so hopefully you won't have much or any time with the kids and nausea at the same time.
I hope your search for an OB ends soon. We met with several midwives before we found ours and I'm SO glad we didn't "settle". Spend the time to find someone you love--you'll be glad that you did.
Alyssa--Woohoo on the new car! I know you've been thinking/considering for awhile but it sounds (from your excitement) that you are making the right decision. Can't wait to hear how it is!
"I’m now measuring 32 weeks :( :( Last time I was measuring 3 weeks ahead, now I’m measuring 6 weeks ahead. She wants me to do the GD test, and also get another u/s done before my next m/w appointment. I’m really hoping this is just what my body is like, and that there are no serious issues. I’m really worried about it though."
(((HUGS))) I hope everything turned out/turns out okay!! I think it is a good sign that your weight gain slowed down, I gained nearly 10 pounds two months in a row . . . I'm hoping its not because of GD. :-/
And yeah, we are in the 3T! Technically it starts at 26 weeks, 5 days. Isn't it crazy? Time seems to fly and drag at the same time (anyone else feel like that?)!
That is exciting you got to see him again and he was moving around in there! I think we're going to go for a 3D u/s around 33 weeks because I just can't wait to see what he looks like! It seems like ages since our anatomy u/s at 18 weeks.
Sarah--Yay for a healthy baby! I was LOLing about the phrase "dildo cam" but it definitely encompasses my feelings about the vaginal u/s wand, LOL!
Hopefully the traveling and your brother's wedding went well! How exciting that your sister is pregnant and your babies will be so close in age! Aww.
Liz--I hope your house gets organized before the baby arrives! ~~Late baby vibes~~ coming at you!
The cradle sounds SO precious! I love heirloom items as well. :-)
Kate--Yay for making the announcement at work! That is so awesome! I definitely felt a sense of relief when we let the cat out of the bag--I felt like I was constantly hiding when it was a secret.
"DH has this "dealing with pregnant wife book", that actually suggested keeping paper cups in the car for bathroom emergencies. I can't imagine having to go that bad and not having a bathroom around. I would rather squat on the side of the road."
Leona--So awesome that baby went head down. Little James has been transverse (sideways) the entire time so I have been starting to get a little nervous about when he will turn--but if your LO did, hopefully he will, too!
Sorry that you are having expectant anxiety. I was having a lot of that, too, but after our cleanse week, drinking caffeinated tea was SUPER effective in motivating me and I got a ton of cleaning done, so I feel way more ready now. Is there anyone that can come help you? My parents are coming the weekend of September 11th/12th. My Mom is going to help me clean up and organize inside, and my Dad is going to help James clean and organize the garage and basement, so I think that will be really helpful.
Jess/Mary/Erin/Kass--Congrats on Mommydom, and beautiful, healthy babies!
Leona - sending you some patience (all that I can spare at least as people are also driving me nutty). And some 3rd trimester energy so you can get stuff done before the baby comes.
Emmy - Do you have anyone that can make an OB referral for you? I have had the best of luck finding doctors through referral. But while you wait to get into to see OB#2 I would look around for OB#3 and set that up... you can always cancel appointments as needed.
AFM - we went to a semi-destination (2 hours away) wedding this weekend.... I need to remember I am PG for the next 2 weddings we go to this fall. My eating and sleeping got all screwed up (we missed lunch driving down, ate at 2, and dinner was served at 8:30pm)... the bed was so hard and my hips were both killing me this morning... I feel hung over and I only had 2 sodas!!! I must bring snacks with me, and get in naps when possible for the next 2. And for what we are paying per night for the hotel in DC the bed better be soft!!!!
x-posted from my blog- The hunt for an OB
It took me 3 tries to find an RE that I was happy with. Hopefully the search for OB won't take as long. However, the first one is out and appointment number two is on the books for a few weeks from now. I'm thinking about scheduling a 3rd appointment now, just to be safe.
OB #1 was literally over 75 years old and couldn't hear what I was saying more than half the time. He didn't know how to date the pregnancy based on the egg retrieval, so it was a good thing I knew when to say my LMP was so that it was dated right, and asked when the embryos were implanted. I told him that REs haven't found a way to implant embryos into the uterine wall, but two were transferred on 6/29. The office staff was rude and disorganized, and the lady answering phones complained and talked about each call out loud to herself or the waiting room or whoever. I pretty much left there in tears.
I called OB #2 and got the soonest appointment I could make. They use a different perinatologist than the other one, so I now have two peri appointments for first trimester screenings. I need to cancel one of them. I'm thinking of calling OB #3 and making an appointment as a new patient and asking who they use for their peri. If it's one of the two people I have appts. with, I'll keep whichever one it is. Peri #2 has some not so hot ratings on various websites, but peri #1 doesn't. I just don't know. OB #3 who I'd call has TONS of fantastic ratings-- in fact, I didn't see any negative. OB #2 reviews mentioned a dry sense of humor and that he sometimes seemed abrupt.
So, I never realized that impatience was a pregnancy symptom, but it must be.
Cheryl – glad you’re feeling a bit better. How did the scan go today? That’s so cute that Luke has found his voice! It must be amazing seeing them discover things and develop so quickly.
Jess – my midwife also suggested that more protein will help, so I’m trying to get more in. I find meat difficult to eat in the evenings for some reason, so I’m trying to find alternate sources. Sounds like things are starting to settle down with Gabby!
Lisa – great that everything is looking good. Sorry about the trans-vaginal u/s :S
Sarah – good to hear that your appointment went well and that you had fun at the wedding.
Kate – Good luck at your appointment tomorrow! KUP! I hope you’re able to get a 20 week u/s without having to pay.
Liz – you’re getting so close! I hope you can get everything done you want to before the baby arrives. That cradle your grandfather made sounds lovely! What a nice thing to have.
AFM – I had an u/s today to check Baby G’s measurements. They couldn’t tell me much of anything, since they have to compare it to the measurements taken at the last u/s. Hopefully there is a reasonable explanation for my BIG belly! LOL! It was so fun to see him again though – he was moving so much they were getting frustrated making some of the measurements! We got a nice picture of his face and hand.
I’ll be getting the 3-hour GD test done probably the week after next. I’ll get the results at my next midwife appointment on Sept. 17th. It’s pretty crazy that I’ll start seeing my m/w every two weeks after that!
Alyssa--I don't think you need to worry too much about the way your belly is measuring. It's such a subjective way to guess at the baby's size.
Cheryl--That stinks about the m/s, but yay for the NT scan tomorrow!!! I hope you're sleeping better now!
Kate--I'm sure it's such a relief to have everyone at work know now. It's a tough secret to keep! And boo for not getting a 20 week u/s, but it is good news that your brother's heart condition wasn't congenital.
Sarah--It sounds like the wedding was really nice. Driving the mini-van had to make the long drive better; it's so nice to not be cramped up.
Leona--Did the nesting urge ever kick in? And good news that baby is head down, though it stinks that it's so uncomfortable.
Emmy--I really hope that your m/s is easing up now. Throwing up sucks. I feel for you.
Lisa--Yay for everything looking good with the squirt! :)
AFM--What I thought was a butt getting pressed against my ribs is apparently just uncomfortable BH contractions. I noticed the other day that it only lasts for about 30 seconds at a time. On the other hand, they're strong enough that my ribs feel bruised to the touch. the cat stepped on them the other day, and I almost sent him flying. Ouch!
I had my 36 week appointment on Monday, and I'm dilated to a 1 and 50% effaced already, but it's not like that means a whole lot. I also think I'm losing bits of my mucous plug, but I could be wrong. If that's not what it is, I've got a serious infection and no other symptoms. ;)
That said, I'm nowhere near ready to have a baby. I'm planning to paint the nursery this week, and then we'll pick out carpet this weekend. Who knows when it'll get laid though, so that's holding me up. I am going to get clothes washed up and in the dresser regardless. Oh, and get the carseat installed.
Oh, and my mom brought up the cradle that my grandfather built for me. We didn't realize that he had engraved the bottom: "Made by Floyd Odell "Sam" C----- for first grandchild August 1987." Too sweet. She also brought up some of the receiving blankets and quilt from my nursery, so I'll use those with the cradle (just the receiving blankets, obviously). I love heirloom-type things!
Kate, I have no clue when I am going to tell people. At the moment I am leaning towards sending out birth announcements after baby is born, but I think people might figure it out a bit before then, though they might not at Thanksgiving even though I will be 25ish weeks by then.
I really don't know when I am going to tell, I might tell my parents when we see them in mid/late September and tell everyone else at the same time. I just don't feel the need to share it this time.
Lisa: Glad to hear you had a good appointment and you got a peak at the baby.
Sarah: Sounds like your trip was great. Now with the wedding behind you, when are you planning on telling everyone about the baby.
Alyssa: Congrats on 3rd trimester!! How exciting. How is everything coming with your additional appointments and GD testing and USs?
Cheryl & Emmy: Sorry the MS is kicking both of you butts.
Waving "HI" to everyone else.
AFM: I can't wait for my appointment Friday morning and to hear the baby's heartbeat. I'd like to think I would be making my appointment for my 20 week US at that time, but I don't think that is going to happen, because we just don't have the $ to pay for it out of pocket and I can't imagine it would be medically necessary (after much prodding it turns out my brother's heart condition is "thankfully" not congenital). I am curious to see what the DR has to say about me measuring a week ahead when I had my NT scan earlier this month. And to get my NT scan results.
I had my next midwife appointment today. It went fine. Not much happened, since it is too early really to hear the heatbeat on the doppler. She came in did a few labs and asked if I had any issues. Other then the 45 minute wait with the 1 and 3 year old it wasn't too bad.
Next appointment is in 5 weeks. I will only be taking Eloise since Desmond will be in preschool which will be nice. I need to schedule my 20 week ultrasound as well. Hoping to schedule it on the 11th of November since Dan will have the day off anyways for Veterans Day. It will put me right at 22 weeks, which should be fine.
The ultrasound I had before we left for Atlanta showed the baby at 7 weeks 1 day rather then 7 weeks 3 days, so close enough that they aren't changing my due date.
The wedding was fun and Desmond made a very cute ring bearer it was nice to see various members of my extended family. It is nicer to be home though. The car ride down and back wasn't too bad, and I loved the minivan we rented so much room!
Ok, I'm going to attempt some personals!
Jess - Congrats on your baby girl, it sounds like you're doing really well. BF'ing is so much harder than anyone will ever tell you, hang in there!!
Cheryl - good luck at your NT scan this week! Sorry about the insomnia - I had it with my DS but this time I am more like narcoleptic!! I can't stay awake to save my life!
Kate - how exciting about telling work, sounds like you work with a great bunch of people. Its always much nicer when the cat is out of the bag...I feel like I'm sneaking around and trying to hide stuff and I hate it! :)
Sarah - hope you had fun at your brother's wedding and that the drive to GA wasn't to terrible for you!
Leona - that's great that baby is in the head-down position! Although, I remember how uncomfortable it was to have a big ole noggin pushing on your bladder! You're in the home strech now though!
Grace - congrats on your baby boy!! Boys are so much fun, and James will have so much fun with a little brother to play with!
Emmy - congats on graduating from the RE, that's so exciting!! Although I'm sure the extra monitoring was comforting in a way too...
AFM, I got to see my little Squirt yesteday! Everything looks great in there, heartbeat was 152bpm. He/she was measuring 7weeks but I'm 7 weeks 2 days so I guess that's in the normal range. Oh and I got to experience the joy of a trans-vag ultrasound again, I forgot how lovely that is. :)