Update After Doctor’s Appointment

Well I saw the MFM this afternoon.  I didn’t see the MFM I normally see because my regular MFM was on the L&D Floor today, but I saw one of her partners.  He did an ultrasound (though sadly I didn’t get any pictures to take home) and everything was looking great with the baby.  There was plenty of fluid, the measurements of the baby’s abdomen and head looked good, the baby’s heart was beating beautifully and she was even practicing breathing.  She was also moving around a lot during the scan, so the doctor and the ultrasound tech both said she had good movement.  They predicted the baby’s size at about 6 lbs. 9 oz. 

Since I’m not seeing my regular OB this week (she’s out of town at a conference until Saturday), I asked the MFM to do an internal exam as well… he said my cervix was high and closed (whereas my regular OB said on Friday that I was about 1 cm. dilated).  The MFM said it could just be that he has bigger fingers than my regular OB but he said my cervix was definitely not quite ready.  I asked him (because Ken wanted me to) if he could predict when the baby might come, and he said that was a very silly question… but he doesn’t think I’ll be going into labor anytime within the next week or so.  He thinks I could very well make it to my scheduled C-Section date of 10/16.  He told me it seems as though the baby is still pretty high up, because when he did my internal exam, he felt that her tushy was still pretty high and she doesn’t seem to have dropped at all.  So it looks like we could have another 13 days before we meet our baby girl, after all!  Of course I want her to stay in and bake for as long as possible but I am definitely starting to feel impatient and I would just like to meet her already and get started on this whole having a baby thing! 

Well… my next appointment is on Monday with the regular OB so hopefully I’ll have another update then!  We’ll be at 38 weeks on Tuesday and I should have my last HDBD photo on Wednesday.  I’m thinking that starting on Saturday (10/6) we’ll start with a more official countdown… 10 days until baby!

So much has happened since I last posted!

I just looked at the calendar and realized that the last time I posted was the last day I was at work, and today’s my first day back since then!  So much has happened in the interim that it’s hard to know where to start!  I guess I’ll start in the most logical place… last Monday, right where I left off! 

Monday afternoon at work, everyone was getting ready for the storm–people with desks near the windows had to put plastic bags over their computer monitors to protect them in the event that windows broke and water got in the building.  Everyone was talking about their plans: evacuate?  Shelter in place?  etc. etc.  It was quite hectic and stress-inducing just hearing all the talk about the storm.  All of the anticipation is what scares me the most.  Around 2 PM we got a message that we were free to go and that we would get updates about when to come back to work.  Ken also got out of work around that time and then found out later in the day that he would also be off until Thursday at the earliest.  Knowing Ken would not have to work definitely made me feel better about our plan to stay at home during the storm.  I had been really nervous about the possibility of being stuck at home by myself without power while Ken was at the hospital. 

Tuesday we hit the 32-week mark, and the Baby was the size of a Squash!

Tuesday morning when we woke up, the wind had started to pick up a little bit but there was nothing crazy happening yet.  We went on a walk down to Stein’s Deli to get bagels for lunch.  It was absolutely packed since apparently it was one of the only places open Tuesday morning.  Around 1 or 2 in the afternoon is when the wind started to pick up, and so did the rain.  Most of the afternoon and evening the wind and rain was pretty constant.  We ended up spending a lot of time next door with our landlords, watching TV, sitting around and chatting, playing with their kids, etc.  Over night on Tuesday, our windows were rattling and the wind was whistling outside.  We got ourselves set up with flashlights nearby so that if the power went off, we would be ready.  The storm continued all day Wednesday and into Wednesday night.  By Thursday morning, it had pretty much stopped.  Somehow we were EXTREMELY lucky and we never lost our power.  All of our friends lost power sometime on Tuesday night or Wednesday and some people ended up not getting their power back until Monday or Tuesday this week!  We were really lucky, so a few friends came by to store food in our fridge and freezer.  People also came by to charge their phones and use our internet.  It’s amazing how dependent we all are on electricity to live our day-to-day lives!  Thursday, Ken and I took a drive around the city to check out some of the damage–there were a lot of trees that fell down and lots of power lines that were down.  A couple of buildings had a lot of damage but for the most part, the buildings in New Orleans proper were okay.  Several other parishes had a lot more damage and they are going to need a lot of help getting back on their feet.  Ken ended up not having to go back to work until Friday morning and I found out I was off until Tuesday (but since I was already taking Tuesday off to spend the day with my mom, I didn’t actually have to report back to work until Wednesday morning).

Friday my mom arrived in the evening, and then she, Ken and I went to Shabbat dinner at our Rabbi’s house.  It was very hectic and busy because they were hosting a lot of people who didn’t have power and therefore didn’t have a place to stay or to make food.  It was really nice of them to open up their home like that to so many people!  Saturday, Ken was on call so my mom and I spent the day together–we went through baby clothes, we went out for lunch, we went to Macy’s to do a little shopping, etc.  We had a great day together!  Saturday night when Ken got home, the three of us went over to the home of some of Ken’s colleagues and we played a couple of rounds of Texas Holdem and Black Jack.  My mom really enjoyed meeting some of our friends and seeing a bit of what our lives are like on an every day basis.  After poker, we came home and went to bed since Ken had to work early the next morning. 

Around midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning, I woke up with HORRIBLE lower back pain on my right side.  I had no idea what it was but it was really bad.  I couldn’t find a comfortable position to lie down in and I was tossing and turning because it hurt so badly.  I woke up Ken, who rubbed my back for a while, but I felt bad waking him up because I knew he had to get up early the next morning to work.  Finally the pain was unbearable so I went into my mom’s room and woke her up.  We figured out that the only thing that made the pain any better was putting pressure on it, so we rolled up a blanket for me to sleep on and we put it right under the spot that was hurting.  That made me feel a little better but the pain was still pretty bad.  In the morning the pain had not gone away, and Ken said I should call the doctor.  I called the on-call doctor (who happened to be my own OB!) and she said to come in to make sure it wasn’t a kidney or bladder infection or pre-term labor.  So I woke up my mom and told her that we had to go into L&D at the Hospital for me to get checked out. 

We got to the hospital and they hooked me up to monitors.  The baby’s heartbeat was doing fine and she was moving around a lot and luckily I wasn’t having any contractions.  They took a urine sample for me and the quick Urinalysis showed that there was bacteria in my urine, so the doctors decided they were going to treat me for a UTI.  They sent me home with a prescription for antibiotics and said to call them if I had a fever of 100.4 or higher.  Right around the time they were about to let me go, I started to feel very feverish.  I’ve always been good at knowing when I have a fever because my symptoms are very clear to me.  The resident took my temperature and it showed 98.8 degrees.  She felt my forehead and said I did feel rather warm but she decided to go by what the thermometer said, so she sent me home with my prescriptions.  We dropped off the prescriptions and then went home.  I crawled into bed and was going to try to take a nap but I was still feeling feverish so I took my temperature with our own thermometer and it read 100.85.  At that point we called L&D and told them that I spiked a fever, so they said to come back in and they would be admitting me for IV antibiotics.  Ken met us at home when he got off from work, and we went straight to the hospital.  Admitting me took several hours but finally they put me in a room and hooked me up for IV Fluids.  I got one dose of IV Antibiotics Sunday night and they said they were going to monitor me over night.  We got different stories from different people about when I would be able to go home–the attending said I would probably be in the hospital for 2-5 days and the resident said it would be around 24 hours.  Ken stayed in the hospital with me over night on Sunday night, and in the middle of the night I spiked a fever of 101.6.  They told me that because of that they were going to keep me for at least 48 hours without a fever.  Luckily I didn’t spike another fever and I ultimately got to go home late Tuesday, around dinner time after 2 more doses of IV Antibiotics.  I was sent home with prescriptions for more antibiotics–I’m on a treatment dose of antibiotics for 11 days and then a preventative dose for the rest of my pregnancy and until the baby is 6 weeks old. 

Apparently the reason that kidney/bladder infections are so common during pregnancy is that as the uterus gets bigger to accommodate the baby, it presses on your urethra and bladder which can cause the bladder to not empty completely, which can in turn cause infections.  So they need to keep me on antibiotics until my uterus shrinks back down to a normal size before the risk of infection goes away.  I’m still having some pain in my back from the infection but hopefully as I continue to take the antibiotics the pain will subside. 

In other news, on Tuesday we hit the 33-week marker, and baby is now the size of a Honeydew Melon or a Durian (I had never heard of Durians so I looked them up on Wikipedia–apparently it is a very smelly fruit that is sometimes banned because it’s so stinky! )

(I thought this sign was really funny!)

Tuesday night after I got discharged, my mom and I went to another La Leche League meeting at Zuka Baby.  This one was nicer than the last one I went to, partially because it was much smaller and there were fewer militant people there.  I think the ladies who were there also really enjoyed the fact that my mom was there because she shared her stories about breastfeeding me until I was almost 2 and a half.  After the meeting, anyone who attends gets a discount on certain products at the store, so my mom very generously bought me the breastpump that I had registered for!  Wednesday I took the day off from work to spend with my mom since we didn’t get to do the fun things that we had wanted to do on Tuesday.

First, I had an appointment with the MFM and my mom got to come with me!  The appointment went well and we finally had some questions answered that we had for a long time.  It turns out the baby is still head up and chances are, because of the size and shape of my uterus, that she will not have space to turn around.  She does still have 4 more weeks to turn around, but if she’s not head-down by 37 weeks, I will probably be scheduled for a C-Section around 39 weeks.  We asked about the possibility of doing an ECV or a vaginal breech delivery, but my doctor advised us against either of those because they are just too risky because of my Unicornuate Uterus.  It’s important just to keep the end goal in mind: a healthy baby and a healthy mommy and if the healthiest way to achieve that end result is with a C-Section, then that’s what we will do.  We did get a couple of cute pictures of the baby during the Ultrasound including this one of her face with her chubby cheeks and kissy lips!

After the appointment, my mom and I went to get coffee and then we went to the Maternity Store.  We went with the goal of getting a Maternity Support Belt (which we found) and while we were there we found some clothes for me–3 shirts and 2 pairs of leggings!  We then went home to pick up Ken and the three of us went out to lunch at Rum House, one of my favorite restaurants.  After lunch, we dropped off Ken and my mom and I went for some spa treatments–I got a mani/pedi and my mom got just a pedicure.  At the Spa, my mom also bought me my birthday present–2 prenatal massages!  I scheduled the first one for next Saturday, and after that one I’ll schedule the second one for sometime a little closer to my due date.

Finally, since I didn’t get a chance to post HDBD photos for the past couple of weeks, I do have this photo that my mom took of me & Ken yesterday afternoon.  I really love this photo and my mom said she thinks the Baby will like it a lot, too!

Now I’m hoping to stay out of the hospital for the next several weeks and to keep this baby cooking at least 3 or 4 more weeks.  I’m also hoping to have a fun and enjoyable birthday celebration this weekend since my 27th birthday is this Sunday.  Not sure  yet what the plans are, but whatever they are, I’m sure they will be lots of fun!  Hopefully my next update will be much more routine… no more hurricanes, no more trips to the Hospital, just a regular old weekly pregnancy update!

31 week HDBD photo

Yesterday I was feeling really crappy and today I’m feeling pretty much the same… stuffy nose, scratchy throat, aches and pains, feverish, etc.  So today, I had Ken take a photo of me but it looked HORRIBLE because my nose made me look like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and my face looked all puffy from being sick 😦  

I did a re-do in the mirror so you can’t see my face.  I went to see my doctor this morning, and she gave me the best news I’ve heard in a long time… I can take whatever medication I want now (within reason) so this afternoon I’m definitely going to go out to the drug store to get some Tylenol Cold or Dayquil or Sudafed and I’m going to kick this upper respiratory infection in the butt! 

My appointment this morning was good… doctor said my BP was good, my weight was good (gained 3 lbs. since my last appointment 3 weeks ago), my belly was measuring about 29/30 cm. which she said was right on track given my due date.  She checked my cervix for the first time and said it was high and closed, which is exactly how we want it to be now.  The baby’s heartbeat was good… the only bad news she gave me was that the baby is still head up (like she was on Monday).  Luckily though, there’s still time and plenty of space so she could still spin around and go head-down but for now she likes being upright apparently! 

My next appointment with my OB will be in 3 weeks, and after that she’s switching me to the 2-week plan for a couple of weeks, and then to the 1-week plan!  I am also seeing the MFM again on September 4th, the day after Labor Day (when my Mommy will be here and will come with me to the appointment!) 

That’s all for now, folks!  We’ve got our 3rd Childbirth class tonight, so I’m sure I’ll have another update after that.  Until then… have a lovely Wednesday!

31 weeks & My day in L&D

First the good news… then the bad news…

The good news: Today I’m 31 weeks pregnant!  Baby’s the size of a pineapple or a squash, and this week she’s about to head into a growth spurt–she’s plumping up by accumulating fat under her skin, and she’s moving around a lot–kicking and doing somersaults.  I know that all the moving is a good thing and a sign that the baby is active and healthy, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it can be rather uncomfortable at times.  By now all 5 of her senses should be fully developed, so if she were to be born today, she’d be able to see, hear, feel, smell and taste!

And now… the bad news…

Sunday night, most of the night I had cramping that felt just like menstrual cramps.  When I woke up and told Ken about it, he said I needed to call my doctor.  I called the on-call answering service and spoke with the OB on call.  He said, given my description of what I was feeling, it was unlikely to be pre-term labor but that I should go into L&D for monitoring just in case.  So I went in, and to turn a long story into a short one, I got 1.5 liters of IV fluids and two shots of Terbutaline before they sent me home with what they classified as “preterm contractions,” and not as “preterm labor” because the contractions I was having weren’t causing my cervix to dilate and/or efface.  I ended up getting discharged around 2:45 PM, after which time I went home and took a nap, then had dinner and waited for Ken to get home.  To make this week even more the week from hell, this morning I woke up with a scratchy throat, stuffy nose, aches and pains, a headache and a feverish feeling (though my thermometer this morning said my temperature was 97.7). 

Tomorrow I see the OB for a regular appointment  (though it’s good that it is 2 days after my day in L&D so I can ask her any follow-up questions that arise from yesterday) and we have our third Childbirth Education class, the topic of which is “Birth and Changes After Delivery.”  I’ll try to get a Hump Day Bump Day photo for tomorrow, too! 

This weekend I’m looking forward to our Synagogue’s Dedication Event!  We’ve got a special Shabbat dinner on Friday night, a special Musical Havdallah Saturday night and then the big Dedication Event on Sunday!  Then next weekend, my mom is coming to visit for Labor Day!  I’m so happy she’ll be here to go through some of the baby stuff with me, and just for the moral and emotional support.  Sometimes a girl just needs her mommy!

28 weeks and 1 day Hump Day Bump Day & I can’t believe it’s AUGUST!

Happy Hump Day Bump Day!  Here’s today’s photo, taken by yours truly at 7 AM this morning.  28 weeks and 1 day pregnant!

I’m not going to show last week’s photo as comparison since I don’t really think they look that different from week to week.  I’m thinking at 30 weeks we’ll be able to see more of a difference…

I just have to say… I cannot believe it’s already August 1st!  That’s all.

Now, as far as how I’m feeling these days… EXHAUSTED!  Even though I’m not that uncomfortable when I sleep, and I’m generally able to get a pretty good night’s sleep, I wake up feeling like I didn’t sleep at all.  I just get so exhausted during the day.  Yesterday it got so bad that in the afternoon I was feeling sick from being exhausted and maybe a little dehydrated… I ended up leaving work at 3 and I went home to take a nap from about 4-6:30 PM.  I’m seeing the doctor tomorrow morning so I’m hoping she might have some suggestions… the thing is… Benadryl helps to get me to sleep, and it keeps me asleep for a good while, but when I take it, I wake up feeling so groggy and unproductive.  I need some other solution that will help me get to sleep, stay asleep and feel rested when I wake up in the morning!  I’m a little scared the doctor’s going to say something along the lines of “tough shit lady! Welcome to pregnancy & motherhood!” but maybe she’ll have something that can help…

I’ll keep you posted!

HDBD & So much to be grateful for!

Today is actually Hump Day Bump Day and I’m not posting the photo a day late, though the photo was taken yesterday at exactly 25 weeks! 

I just had an appointment this morning with my regular OB, and she said everything seems to be right on target… my belly was measuring 23 cm which she said is good for 25 weeks, the heartbeat was in the 140’s, and she liked my response to her question about whether or not I’ve been feeling any fetal movement (I said I’ve been feeling “constant” fetal movement, and she said you can never have too much!)  Now that I’m passed 24 weeks, my OB is switching me to the every-3 week schedule, so I’ll see her again at 28 weeks, 31 weeks, and 34 weeks and then she’ll switch me to either an every 2-week schedule or an every week schedule depending on how things go with me!  The only complaint I had for her is that I’ve been feeling back pain since I woke up this morning.  She said it’s probably sciatica nerve pain.  She said I should maybe start doing some stretches, and possibly some stretches in the pool since it’ll help my back to loosen up a little bit. 

Right now I’m feeling so grateful that I have had (knock on wood!) a very easy pregnancy.  When we first found out that I have a Unicornuate Uterus, we didn’t even know if I would EVER be able to get pregnant, much less if I would be able to carry a baby to term.  So far (again, please knock on wood!) I seem to be having a poster-perfect pregnancy.  Everything’s right on target, the baby’s growing at a good pace, my health seems to be good, I haven’t experienced any signs of preterm labor… everything is going great!  I just hope things continue to sail along smoothly.  The doctor told me that at 28 weeks I’m allowed to have a small glass of champagne to celebrate getting that far!  We’ll call it our V-Day Celebration Part 2!

My MFM is dumping me for the next 9 weeks!

This morning I saw the MFM for my 24-week appointment (yes, we got some cute photos!) and she told me that she doesn’t need to see me again until 32 weeks.  I ended up actually scheduling the appointment for 33 weeks since my mom will be here for Labor Day so she’ll get to come to the appointment with me and I think she’ll get a big kick out of that–she’ll get to hear the heartbeat, see the baby moving around, etc.  (I think my mom is really sad that she’s so far away while I’m pregnant because she doesn’t get to experience the pregnancy with me… she hasn’t been able to feel the baby kicking, she hasn’t come with me to any appointments, she hasn’t gone maternity clothes shopping with me, etc.)  

The doctor said at that time she’ll check to make sure the baby is growing appropriately, and then she’ll want to check me around 37 weeks to check the position that the baby is in.  I guess at that time if the baby is head-down they’ll let me attempt a vaginal delivery but if the baby is breech, the MFM and my OB will need to decide if they want to try an external version (I think that’s what it’s called…) where they try to force the baby into a head-down position, or if they’ll schedule me for a C-Section.  Vaginal deliveries of breech babies are very difficult and can be dangerous and painful, so it’s generally easier to deliver breech babies via C-Section.  I think with my Unicornuate Uterus there’s also a chance that the baby wouldn’t have enough room to maneuver to get into a head-down position that late in my pregnancy. 

Today the doctor said I’m “too healthy” and my baby is “too perfect” and that’s why we don’t have to go see her anymore for a while.  The fluid level looked good, the baby’s heart rate was 132, the baby is measuring at about 1 lb. 8 oz., which the Ultrasound Tech said is right on track.  My Blood Pressure was 105/68 I think… and they seemed happy with that.  My cervix was also long and closed, and the doctor said at this point if it looks that good, it probably won’t have any problems. 

Wednesday morning I see the regular OB and if I remember correctly, she said that from 24 weeks-33 weeks she’ll want to see me every 3 weeks (so again at 27 weeks, 30 weeks and 33 weeks) and then from 33 weeks to 37 weeks she’ll see me every 2 weeks (so 35 and 37) and then she’ll want to see me every week until I deliver (so 38, 39 and 40 if I make it that far).  It’s crazy to think how close that is and how quickly it’s going to go by!  Before we know it, we’re going to be parents to a little baby girl!

Happy V-Day!

That’s right, Baby Girl and I have made it to 24 weeks, and “viability”!  Originally this was when my MFM was going to “dump” me until she realized that I could still have issues related to my Unicornuate Uterus later in pregnancy as well.  I see her again on Friday and hopefully I’ll see her again in about 2 weeks before I leave for my Baby Shower in San Francisco.  After that I’m okay seeing her only every 4 weeks since my regular OB will be seeing me every 3 weeks for a while, then every 2 weeks then every week.  Soon they’ll start checking the position of the Baby to see if she’s going to be head-down… that will determine whether I have to have a scheduled C-Section or whether they’ll let me attempt a vaginal delivery.  Obviously if I can do a vaginal delivery I’d like to since it’s safer for me and for the baby, but the thought of a C-Section doesn’t scare me since I’ve had two abdominal surgeries before.  I know a C-Section is supposed to be MUCH more painful and MUCH more intense but if I have to, I have to… it doesn’t really scare me.

I’m hoping we’ll learn a lot more about labor and delivery as well as some of the decisions we need to make (epidural? pain medications?  medical interventions?  positions to try during labor?  breathing techniques?) when we go to the Childbirthing Class that we’re signed up for at the Hospital in August.  The first one is on August 8th and it’s a 4-week class that goes over lots of topic related to pregnancy, labor, your stay in the hospital, and the first few weeks home with baby.    

This week the Bump says that the baby is about 10.5-11.8 inches and weighs about 12.7 to 20.8 ounces (at my last appointment the MFM said the baby was measuring to be about 1 lbs. 3 oz, so I guess that’s 19 oz.  It also says that the baby’s see-through skin is slowly becoming more opaque, and that her skin has a new pink glow to it because of the capillaries that are forming.  Baby Center says that the baby’s lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will will help her air sacs inflate once she hits the outside world.

In non-baby related news, our 3-year Wedding Anniversary is on Thursday!  As usual, we’ll be celebrating it a couple of days late… on Saturday night we’re going to dinner at the Flaming Torch, a French restaurant that’s uptown, just off of Magazine Street.  A couple of months ago we bought a Groupon good for $50 at the restaurant so that’s how we’ll celebrate.  I’m hoping we’ll think of something fun to do together during the day as well–a hike, going to the wild animal preserve on the northshore, going to see a movie, something… and we’ve decided to skip presents this year (saving money for the baby!) but we’re getting each other cards.

Tomorrow I’ll try to post a HDBD photo, but it probably won’t actually get posted until Thursday what with my record.  I’m just looking forward to having the day off tomorrow!

21 weeks! 19 weeks to go!

The baby is still confused this week… she can’t decide if she’s a banana or a pomegranate.

 Again, seems to me like there’s a pretty big size difference… Pomegranates weigh a lot more but bananas are much longer, so I guess that’s what they’re trying to get at.  Maybe she weighs as much as a pomegranate but she’s as long as a banana?  I don’t know… all that matters is that she’s growing and becoming stronger and healthier every day!  And in an attempt to avoid any more Charlie Horses in my calf muscles, I’m going to eat a couple extra bananas this week.  Those things are PAINFUL!

 In any event, we are one week closer to V-Day (viability day!) and one week closer to D-Day (due date!).  I know that the next few weeks are going to fly by now that Ken is starting orientation tomorrow and he starts on the wards next Thursday.  Now that we’ll both have a much more normal schedule and we’ll be settling into more of a routine, I just know that the weeks are going to fly by. 

One very exciting milestone we had a couple of days ago was that Ken got to feel the baby kicking from the outside.  That was very exciting!  It just makes it feel so much more real to know that there’s a living thing growing inside of me that’s moving around in there.  Makes this whole thing seem a bit less abstract. 

We realized a couple of days ago that we hadn’t taken any Baby Bump photos since we were in Florida, so we took a couple last night–we had to find a new spot in our new house to take them.  So here’s the best one–technically taken at 20 weeks and 6 days, but we can call it 21 weeks:

and for comparison’s sake, here’s the bump from 18 weeks and 1 day (almost 3 weeks ago):

What do you think?  Is my belly growing?  I think it is… though the outfit isn’t exactly the same.  I’m wearing the same jeans, but different shirts in the two photos.  You still get the idea though… 

This week, baby and I have an appointment on Friday with the regular OB, and then next Tuesday we see the MFM again.  The MFM told me last week that after 24 weeks she only needs to see me every 4-6 weeks, not every 2 weeks like she has been doing.  That made me a little sad because I’ve enjoyed having such frequent visits.  It’s nice to check in on the baby and make sure she’s doing okay.  I suppose if I see the OB every 4 weeks and see the MFM every 4 weeks and they alternate, then I would still get seen every 2 weeks, but it’s not the same… the OB doesn’t have the fancy ultrasound equipment like the MFM does.  My boss told me yesterday that it seems all I do is schedule doctor’s appointments… so apparently she thinks I’ve been having too many.  Well good thing she doesn’t have access to this blog cause I really wanted to tell her to go F*** herself.  My health and my baby’s health is 1,000,000,000,000 times more important than my work, and I’ve been getting everything done that I need to do without letting the quality of my work suffer so I frankly don’t see what the problem is.  I’ve also been skipping multiple lunch breaks each week to make up any time I’ve missed for doctor’s appointments.  I think she’s just jealous and bitter because she’s older than I am, not married and has no children.  Frankly, I don’t know who would ever marry someone like her since she’s one of those people who’s married to her work… her spouse would never see her, and she would make a horrible mother since she would never be home.  Whatever… all that matters is that I’m healthy and the baby’s healthy.  I can’t let my boss get to me or get me too stressed out over something sillly, especially since I”ll only be working here another year and 12 weeks of that year I’ll be on maternity leave.    

Anyways… that’s enough for now… time to go to Training… I have a 3-hour Excel Training this morning!  What fun!  Until next time…

Hump Day Bump Day!

I’m at work today, and I’ve been wanting to take a Hump Day Bump Day photo all day… but I haven’t been able to find a way to do it.  I kept bringing my phone with me to the bathroom but then every time I was in there, there were other people there and I felt like I would look weird or awkward taking a photo of myself in the bathroom.  So I decided to just ask the lady who sits in the cubicle next to mine if she would take a photo of me.  When I posed, she said, “you don’t really have much of a baby bump yet!” but I said I still wanted to start taking weekly photos, so she obliged me nonetheless.  Here it is… my Baby Bump at 15 weeks and 1 day!

On a slightly unrelated note, I had my monthly appointment this morning with my regular OB.  This was only my second visit with her, and this time Ken was able to come.  The last time I saw her was the day that Ken had his surgery, so he wasn’t able to be there and I went by myself.  This time we had a chance to ask her some questions, including questions about her philosophy about delivering people with a Unicornuate Uterus, and we found that she’s very much on the same page that we are on.  In addition to talking to her about stuff, she also found the baby’s heartbeat with the doppler machine.  Her basic philosophy is that women have been birthing babies since there have been women, and that unless an intervention is needed, doctors should sort of back off and let the woman do what the woman’s body is going to do.  If something goes wrong, then there is a time and place for doctors to intervene, but until there is some real reason for it, there’s no need for interventions.  Ken & I agree that she’ll be a good doctor for me, and that we feel comfortable with her delivering the baby.  She said for a lot of things relating to the high risk nature of my pregnancy, she’s going to just defer to the MFM because that’s where her area of expertise is.  But overall we really liked her.  I realized that she is more of an “east coast mentality” in that she speaks much faster, thinks much faster, etc. but that doesn’t mean that she’s in a rush or in a hurry, whereas I did feel that way the first time I met with her.  Sometimes speaking quickly can come off as the speaker being in a hurry to be done with the conversation but in her case, I think she gave us all the time we wanted, she stayed long enough to answer all of our questions, etc. she just speaks much faster.