February 21, 2005

Latest news from the doctor

I had my latest doctor's appointment on Friday. There's not much to report. My appointment was with Dr. Collerius and she was wonderful.

She put the doppler heartrate monitor on my belly and found the heartbeat immediately. Then, the baby moved away and the heartbeat was really faint. It's amazing how much room the bean has to move around in there!

I've gained three pounds total all pregnancy, which is wonderful. It's even better when you consider how often I'm eating. I seem to get full very quickly, but get hungry very often. My blood pressure seemed high when the nurse took it, so Dr. Collerius took it again at the end of my appointment and it was normal. I'm trying to monitor my salt intake so that I don't have any major blood pressure problems.

I told the doctor about my horrible ultrasound experience. She felt so bad for me! I asked her about the due date (the tech suggested I might be due June 25 instead of July 2). Dr. Collerius left me at the July 2 due date and said that the first ultrasound is the most accurate. I will be getting another ultrasound which makes me really happy--I love seeing that bean on the screen!

On Saturday, Marc and I went out for the afternoon before heading to dinner with his family to celebrate his birthday. While we were sitting at a light, I felt the baby kick! It was great because I've been thinking that I might be feeling the baby, but this was the first time that I was sure it was the baby. It was so wonderful!

February 14, 2005

By popular demand...

... a picture of me on the blog!

This was me on February 2--5 months from my due date. My belly was beginning around this date, but is really starting to pop this week. It looks bigger from one day to the next. We'll be doing these monthly pictures and I'll aim for immediate posting in the future.

In other news, Marc and I were both sick all weekend. In bigger news, I am beginning to feel the baby kick. I thought the initial "jabbings" as I have been referring to them were illness related. Based on my online chats with other preggos, it appears that they were probably kicks. Hopefully everyone else can feel soon...

February 7, 2005

Please welcome the newest member of the extended Fiorini family

I'm a week late, but I still wanted to get this on here. My cousin Karen and her husband Andy welcomed their son, Dylan Aaron Cunningham, into the extended Fiorini family last week. Dylan was born at 9:30am on January 31. He was 20 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 12.4 ounces.

As a woman a few months away from labor, my immediate reaction was to note how good Karen looked after 14+ hours of labor.

Congratulations, Karen & Andy!

February 6, 2005

There are no more surprises in life

Marc and I went in yesterday for our second ultrasound. All is well with the baby, but we had a horrible experience.

We arrived at 9:50 am for a 10 am appointment. I drank more than my required 16 oz of water. We were called back. On the walk to the room, I informed the tech that we did NOT want to know the gender. She got me prepped for the ultrasound and started to look at the baby. Unfortunately, my bladder wasn't full enough and she was having problems getting clear images of the baby. So, she had me lay on my left side for 15 minutes and wait for my bladder to fill up. These were 15 agonizing minutes.

The tech returned to the room and started to look at the baby again. She pointed out arms, legs, fingers, toes, the spine and the baby's bladder. Then, bluntly, she said "I'm pretty sure it's a girl." Marc and I looked at each other and I started crying. She was about to try to get a better look when I said "That's OK. We didn't want to know." I was so completely devastated. We had been so excited about having a big surprise in the delivery room and this woman's insensitivity and inability to remember the ONLY thing I asked of her ruined it for us. The rest of the sonogram was kind of a blur as I was trying not to completely break down in the room. The only question I managed to get out was about the baby's heartbeat.

Here are all of the latest details from yesterday:
1. We're having a girl. They can never be 100% on these things, so we're still going with our neutral themes.
2. The ultrasound moved my due date to June 25. I'm waiting until my doctor confirms, but the ultrasounds are usually pretty accurate.
3. The baby currently weighs 13 ounces.
4. The baby's heartbeat is 138, which is in the normal range.
5. I may need to have another sonogram because the baby was being stubborn and wouldn't let the tech get a clear picture of the spine the way doctors like to see it. This is not cause for concern.

After the sonogram, I found the ladies room in the office and burst into tears. We had been excited about having a boy, but what really upset me is having such a major surprise completely ruined for us. We are happy that the baby appears to be healthy, since that's all that really matters.

February 5, 2005

2nd Ultrasound

Just posting the pictures - I'll let Liz give you the news: