Friday, October 30, 2009

Oh what fun!

I spent last weekend in Boston visting my sister, brother-in-law and my beautiful nieces. I had a blast. It was nice to relax, nap, and visit with my best friend. The trip was too short (4 days). Come Monday, I felt an itchy throat. Thought it just might be from the dry air on the airplane. Come Tuesday, cough begins. Come Wednesday, doctors appointment. The appointment was for an exam, I was to take the glucose test (tests for gestational diabetes - they test anyone over 25 early in pregnancy instead of waiting until 26 weeks), give blood (7 vials- OMG) and try to hear the heartbeat through a doppler. The exam and everything was good. Then the nurse pulled out the doppler and warned me that it may be too early to hear the heartbeat (I was 8 weeks 6 days) and that they usually can't hear it via doppler until 10-12 weeks. Well thank you baby Jesus, we have an overachiever. She FOUND it! It was really quiet, but beating in the 160s. Totally normal. I was so thrilled she found it and sad that Mike wasn't there to hear it. The nurse decided to take my temperature because I had the chills and she wanted to see if she could give me the ever so controversial H1N1 vaccine. My temp was 99.3. So she decided against giving me the shot and told me to come back in next week when I'm feeling better.

Come Thursday, I had a terrible nights sleep because my nose ran all night and being pregnant you can't take anything. So I took the day off work to rest (sort of - I still did a few things). I get a phone call from the nurse while I'm on the other line with a coworker. She leaves a message for me to call her back. My heart starts pounding. They said they would review my results with me at my next appointment. So I call back, hand shaking, and she informs me that I didn't pass the 1 hour glucose test. Fan-freakin-tastic. They want the results below 130 and mine was 135. So now I get to go do a 3 hour test that requires me to fast for 8 hours and sit in a lab and have my blood drawn once an hour. FUN!

I am now 9 weeks along and baby is the size of a green olive. I'd also like to add that baby is no longer considered an embryo and has graduated to a fetus. Woot woot!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Houston, we have a heartbeat!

I had my first ultrasound appointment this morning. I was so nervous and excited. I'm surprised that I was able to sleep last night. I'm also glad that I scheduled the appointment for 8am instead of 4pm. Who could sit and wait for this all day? Mike was luckily able to go with me and I met my new doctor and the nurse. They are great. I was so thrilled to see the baby, yolk sack and a flickering heartbeat. The doctor said that everything looks great and that the baby is measuring spot on based on my last mentrual period. 7 weeks 5 days. This puts my estimated due date at June 3.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Did you just eat my sea-band?

How is it that a dog can find the one thing that you've been relying on and decided to chew it up? That would be my sea-bands. She didn't chew them both. Just one. Anyone aware of the fantastic sea-band? Let me explain. Sea-bands are wristbands that exert pressure on the accupressure point on the wrist. They apparently help in alleviating nausea. Which I've come decide that I do have. At first I just felt "blah" after I ate. But it wasn't consistent. My friend Jenni always told me that morning sickness (which I've learned ranges from nausea to full on vomiting)always felt like a hangover to her. Well, I wasn't feeling hungover so I assumed the feeling was just in my head. But four days later and sitting at my computer I would feel a little bit of that watery mouth, headache, I don't feel good feeling. Nothing yet to the point of...I think I'm going to vomit. So I pulled out the sea-bands that I had on hand. And two days later I found one chewed up on the living room floor. Thanks Daisy!

So Mike took me to Rite-Aid yesterday after we went grocery shopping and I searched the store for the sea-bands. Ten minutes later I find myself on the antacid and laxitive aisle. How did they decided that anti-nausea medication fits in between heartburn and constipation/diarrhea? As of right now I have neither of those pregnancy symptoms but I may come to understand Rite-Aids decision later down the line.

Today I am 6 weeks 6 days and actually am feeling pretty good. I always start to feel a little quesy when it's been awhile since I last ate and unfortunately not everything sounds good to me. I have to really feel up to eating something to eat it. Like last nights homemade burritos with spanish rice and beans. Hit the spot as did this morning halloween colored donut that I picked up at the grocery store last night.

Well that's it for now. Less then a week until my first ultrasound. Thoughts and prayers that baby is doing well and has a strong heartbeat.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

6 Weeks [is there a baby in there?]

I'm still in a state of disbelief. Today I am 6 weeks pregnant. I'm just counting down the days until my first ultrasound on October 20. I tested positive on September 26, one day after Mike's birthday. He was away at work until Sunday night (11pm). I can't believe I was able to keep it to myself until then. He is so very excited as am I, but we are also very cautious.

I went to the Urgent Care on Monday, September 28 to get my referal to an OB/GYN. I tested postive there and I didn't have to hold it (usually when you are so early in pregnancy, you need to hold your urine in order for you to have enough pregnancy hormone show up). I was excited about that. Plus I had pretty dark lines on my First Response Early Result home pregnancy tests.

Here is the size of baby at 6 weeks: Sweet Pea

Here is how I told Mike: