January 31, 2005

So far behind!

I went to see the midwife over a week ago--I can't believe I'm so far behind!

On Friday, January 21, I had my latest appointment. Since my doctor is no longer a practicing OB, I met the Nurse Midwife, Monique, who was WONDERFUL. It was a short appointment. She asked lots of questions, I asked lots of questions. Then, she listened for the heartbeat. At first, she couldn't find it. It was absolutely terrifying. It felt like hours while she searched for it. Finally, she found it (maybe 90 seconds went by), but lost it right away. She said that the baby is very active, so it was hard to hear it for long. Everything is progressing along as it should be. I gained 2 pounds since my last visit, bringing me to my pre-pregnancy weight.

I got a prescription for my next ultrasound, which I scheduled for this Saturday morning. If we were finding out the gender, this would be the appointment, but we aren't, so we'll all have to wait another 22 weeks or so to find out.

On my way to work after my appointment, I was driving around State Circle looking for a parking place when I was rear-ended. I was stopped at a stop sign and the driver behind me wasn't going more than 10-15 miles per hour, but it really jolted me. I pulled over to exchange insurance information, when I realized that I knew the woman who hit me! We were both fine and our cars were both fine, but we were both terrified. I called my doctor's office right away and they pulled Monique out of a delivery to take my call. When you say "pregnant" and "car accident" in the same sentence, people really jump to take care of you. Long story short, the bean and I are both fine.

I was in and out of work last week from a combination head cold/stomach bug. It seems to be gone now, but it has been replaced by what is either a tapeworm or the bean growing at an alarming rate. I CANNOT stop eating. Apparently, this will come and go, but for now, I'm doubling our grocery bill.

I finalized plans for my maternity leave last week, too. I'm taking off for 12 weeks to be with the new one. Marc is joining me for 4 of those weeks. Dennis might be back for the end of it.

We'll post ultrasound pictures on Saturday or Sunday.

January 18, 2005

Just a quick update...

It's been a slow few weeks, but I thought I'd still update everyone.

New year's eve was fun, though my most sober since the year I got sick at the Towson Drapetorium without drinking! My new year's resolution? Not to get pregnant in 2005!

I'm enjoying life in the second trimester. About two weeks ago, I was able to feel the baby moving internally for the first time. Now, I'm so aware of it! He/she is most active in the evening. It will only be a few weeks before I can feel those kicks from the outside! Everyone will be more than welcome to feel when the time is right.

I'm still thoroughly exhausted all the time. It's the one thing that really won't go away. I got a cold a few weeks ago that I shook, but I've gotten another one now. I seem to be easily able to get sick now, which is not much fun when you can't take any medicine!

We've gotten a few more gifts from people and a few things lent to us. My grandmother's house is beginning to fill up with my cousin's hand-me-downs which I am THRILLED to have! I don't even know what's there--I'll have to check it out before we register. Sara, my parent's neighbor who has a little girl who just turned one this weekend, lent me several of her pregnancy and delivery books. I saw Dan and Emily over Christmas and they gave us the most adorable duck blanket, bib and musical stuffed animal. My parents also found my old Orioles jacket from my toddler years, so I'm taking good care of that for baby's first baseball game (not this summer, though). Cory sent me the most stylish diaper bag I've ever seen last week. I'm really thankful that I'll be the most stylish new mom around! And speaking of style, my maternity wardrobe just quadrupled last week when Susan, a work colleague, lent me two huge tubs of her maternity clothes. It's all great stuff and it just saved me a few hundred dollars (or the agony of putting together several outfits from a few pieces).

A few things in the world of pop culture have happened lately that make me feel like the world is changing too much for me right now. While I know that neither of these things are monumental changes in society, they were just weird things for me to try to handle.
1. Dick Clark didn't host New Year's Rockin' Eve
2. WHFS went off the air!

I go to the doctor's on Friday to meet with the new midwife for the first time. I'll keep everyone posted.