Posts Tagged ‘sea monkeys’

Not That I Really Wanted To Know…

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

My MSAFP test came back slightly elevated for Down’s Syndrome.  Ummm… have I mentioned that I did not want the test in the first place and was kind of talked into it?  The bruise from the bloodwork had finally disappeared too!

Dr. Awesome had left a message on the answering machine last night saying that she wanted to talk to me about my bloodwork.  This was a red flag because they NEVER call you unless there’s a problem.  I got ahold of her today and she told me that the test was elevated for Down’s Syndrome but not to panic because this apparently happens when they test people as late as they tested me.  Apparently, it’s not uncommon and not a panic thing but OMG… they got my appointment with the high-risk person in Great Falls moved up PDQ!!!

The really cool 3-D ultrasound will be next Friday.  We’re putting off the discovery of the gender of the sea monkey until then because I’m not thinking that my insurance companies want to pay for two ultrasounds and would likely stick us with the bill for the more expensive one.

No Place To Hide!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I had my pre-natal check-up on Tuesday.  I was late getting there because I got stuck at work… literally.  (Melting ice is bad under the front wheels of your car, especially on an incline.)  When I got to the clinic, I had to wait almost 40 minutes to be called back because it was one of those “OMGWTFBBQ-I-HAVE-TO-BE-SEEN-TODAY!!!!!!!!!!” days for my doctor.  Having had a glass of water before I left, I was a little uncomfortable.

After getting called back, doing the UA, having my vitals taken, and all that stuff, we checked my measurements (I’m perfectly where I need to be), my weight (lost 0.1 lbs this week), and listened for a heartbeat.  Given that the little parasite baby has been eating off my fat reserves, we got the heartbeat immediately as it has pretty much lost all of its padding and hiding places!!!!!!!!

My next ultrasound (for gender) will be on Friday, January 30th at 9 a.m.  This is good because it means that I don’t have to deal with all the “OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’M IN THE E.R. AND I HAVE A BROKEN BONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” people (who were going to be shot last time if I’d had to wait any longer — they make you have 32 oz. of liquid in your bladder for two hours prior to the ultrasound and I was getting crabby) and I can actually work most of my day.

The “superspecial ultrasound to check for PAA” will be on February 20th at 10 a.m. in Great Falls.

Meanwhile, I’m thankful that one of my regualr skirts from before my pregnancy still fits.  Granted, I got it a size larger because I hate having pencil-thin skirts but it does fit and it works for winter weather as long as it isn’t sub-zero.  I’m also carrying my baby fairly high so my hips and lower abdomen are still pretty normal.

This Week

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

It’s been a week of ups and downs.

[+] Up: I felt the baby move for the first time a week ago.  We think it’s going to be a kickboxer like its mommy.

[+] Down: This kid requires more calories than I normally intake during the day and I can’t actually *eat* that much without serious indigestion.

[+] Up: My pregnancy pants fit and will hopefully last me throughout the pregnancy.  They also look better than my normal work clothes.

[+] Down: I’m getting fat.  (Yes, I have a complex about my weight.)

[+] Up/Down: I got my pregnancy tops in the mail from Old Navy.  The only problem: I overestimated my size and am having to exchange a few because they’re WAAAAAAY bigger on top than I am.

[+] Down: Got hit with really severe stress on Tuesday night that kept me home Wednesday with panic attacks and Thursday with the mother of all migraines.  I had to actually take narcotics for it because the pain was so severe and I can’t have any of the normal NSAID’s or triptans because of teh baby.

[+] Up: I’m almost to the halfway point of this pregnancy.

The stretch marks on THE TUMMY look like a little kid ran their fingernails down each quadrant of it.  I’d post a picture but I don’t think people want to be grossed out that much!

The next pre-natal appointment is Tuesday and we’ll talk about scheduling the next ultrasound at that point.  My guess: probably late February/early March to check for the pulmonary artery atresia.  We’ll also find out at that point if the baby will be Katie or Daniel.


Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

My pre-natal appointment was today and we FINALLY have a heartbeat on the Doppler.  We got it pretty quickly and then the brat caught on and decided to go for a swim.  Dr. Awesome chased it around my stomach for a few minutes and then got it.  The fetal heartbeat was 150 which is a good number.

I also lost weight over Christmas.  No idea how I did that, especially as it means that I’ve only gained about 10 lbs total with the pregnancy.  (I know… I have 5 months yet to go and I’ll gain more in the next few as the baby gets bigger.)

First of the Tummy Pictures

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

OK… I’m going to pretend to be brave and post some tummy pics.  I tried including Edda as much as possible but she was being Miss Un-Cooperative so there’s only one of us together.  I did give her some playtime with her fleece strip afterwards and she was a very silly little panther.

Little Miss Un-Cooperative and I
Little Miss Un-Cooperative and I

A picture of me with THE TUMMY
A picture of me with THE TUMMY

Little Miss Un-Cooperative (Edda) playing with her fleece
Little Miss Un-Cooperative (Edda) playing with her fleece

I went on the Old Navy website and ordered some tops that are for maternity-minded people like me.  (Translation: they are long enough to cover THE TUMMY and not show off my lovely stretch marks and surgical scars.)  Some of it was on sale thankfully and I had enough on the gift cards from my mommy and mother-in-law to cover everything.  Happy Jen.

Good Gifts Thus Far

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Here’s what I’ve gotten in baby gifts so far…

-some newborn and 3 month old clothes from Mom
-a “bouquet” of baby clothes from my in-laws
-a crib from my parents (which will be shipped one of these days)
-a Moby wrap with some Amazon.Com giftcards

If there’s popular demand, I’ll start linking my baby wishlists on Amazon.Com and Target.Com eventually.

A Pregnant Christmas

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

I spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day at home trying to get my new laptop to work.  We flew to Seattle on the 27th and got back today around 4:30 MST.  (Hence the pause in posting, OK?)

My mommy was nice enough to hem my maternity pants from Old Navy and Target.  I don’t even want to know how much material she had to cut off in order to shorten them adequately — let’s just say that I have a 27″ inseam and leave it at that, OK?  I also still need to find maternity tops because my current batch of shirts are not quite long enough to cover my growing tummy.  Thankfully, I still have skirts I can wear when the weather isn’t sub-zero.

I did have my Saturday vomiting time on the 27th just before we got the rental car.  (I then had to deal with Seattle traffic.  Oh flipping joy.)  I had nothing in my stomach so I was just dry-heaving.  The nausea hit again on Monday and while I did make it to the toilet on that one, laundry was still required to take care of the other thing that happens whenever I start vomiting too hard.  There was also the tired achy feeling I’d get if I didn’t sleep well which is currently making me doubt my ability to stay up until midnight tonight.