Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Here's what we have going on.... we were referred to the Women's Center (by my pcp) at Fletcher Allen, and really didn't think to visit other doctor offices or practices. At first I was a bit confused because we saw several different midwives for our appointments and each appt was not as lovey dovey as I would have liked. I started to think about finding a difference practice. Here are the pros and cons:
Solo practice - you see one doctor fairly exclusively and you're not guaranteed to have that doctor at delivery.
Group practice - you see lots of doctors and will know who is at your delivery.
I prefer the group practice philosophy, so we're staying where we're at. The good news is that Fletcher Allen offers group classes for women due around the same time. My first class was last night and is was much more lovey dovey than the appts we've had at the hospital. Unfortunately, we are the only couple signed up, so I'm hoping more join so we can continue these groups sessions. Basically, these appts will take the place of the prenatal appts at the hospital and do them in a group. Obviously the exam party is private, but the group will get together and ask/answer lots of questions by one of the midwives.
Speaking of which, here are some answers to many of the questions I've been asked!
- Yes, we heard the heart beat - 160 fhr.
- Yes, I've gained weight.
- No, I'm not telling how much.
- No, I don't have a belly - well, it's just a lot of extra squish.
- Yes, I have more energy.
- Yes, I have cravings - they are salty foods, carbs, and strawberries (see #3)
- Yes, we'll find out the sex - we have a few more weeks to go!
- No we haven't decided on names.
By the way, my doctor is considered The Midwives at the Women's Center :-) It only took 14 weeks to figure it out!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tim is certainly excited and proud of my accomplishments. It's interesting making decisions for your family instead of yourself. But I guess that's what it means to be a grown up :-) The door opened and I'm walking right through.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
And.....now.....in the blue corner.....weighing in at.....well, there's no need to go further with that one. Hello to all readers! When Jess created this blog a little over a month ago, I told her she would *MAYBE* see an occasional post from me, but it would be doubtful. Myself, I'm not a big fan of writing about my everyday happenings, but it's great to keep track of what we're going through during this special time and to have a place to share photos and updates with family and friends.
Today was a really exciting day as we had our third appointment, followed by an ultrasound. We had a quick appointment with a midwife first. The most exciting part of this was that we got to hear the baby's heartbeat with a doppler stethoscope! She placed it near Jess' belly and after a few seconds we heard a heartbeat. "That's Jess' heartbeat, the midwife said". We were told the baby's heartbeat would be about twice as fast. We continued to listen and a few seconds later, there it was....the sound of a faint, fast heartbeat. Music to our ears! So cool.
After our appointment with the midwife, we met with the sonographer who began the ultrasound. He took his photos and measurements and told us that he/she was measuring almost 3 inches tall, about the size of your pinky. So, in honor of that, in today's post (and just today's post), the baby's name will change from "peanut" to "pinky". See, that's just another sign that pinky is probably a girl. We had the pleasure of watching pinky tossing and turning all over. I swear pinky knew we were checking it out since it was squirming all around, almost like it was trying to find a comfortable position. We caught some good profile views and front-on views of pinky as you'll see in the photos below.
Crazy! At one point, we could see it looking right at us, mouth wide open. Jess said it looked like one of the singers from the band Kiss. I thought it looked like Yoda. Hopefully, we won't have an ancient-looking Yoda baby, although I won't complain about having jedi-master offspring.
All joking aside, it was a great day and a priviledge to be able to watch our growing baby on live TV. I just can't wait until I get to meet our little movie star, live and in person.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
It's weird for people to wish me a Happy Mother's Day. Yes, I know, I'm going to be a Mom. Everyone's definition of Mom is different - does it happen at conception? at birth? somewhere in the middle? Whatever it means to you, it could be very different to the next person. I respect everyone's thoughts and I'm thankful I'm welcomed into the prestigious club.
So, celebrate well and enjoy the one day set aside for Moms!!!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Let me first start with saying in the past couple of years, cloth diapering has come a long way! Parents can choose to go inexpensive and lose a bit of convenience, or spend a little more and gain a ton of convenience. Unfortunately, because of the multitude of cloth diaper makers it means there are a lot of different cuts. It's like buying jeans. A size 8 at the Gap is different than Levi's. Without knowing what our l'il peanut looks like it would be hard getting the perfect fit. With that said, we plan** on using prefolds with snappis, and covers for the first three or so months and then follow up with BumGenious 3.0's until potty training. Here's what they look like: (**plans always change!)
0-3 months: Prefolds with snappis and covers. Prefolds are very inexpensive, very absorbant, but not waterproof so they need a waterproof cover. At http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm the prefolds are $21 per dozen and we'll need 3 dozen with a newborn.
What to do with the dirty dipes? Take off, #1 and newborn #2 go in waterproof pail liner until washing. Once the baby starts on solids, #2's need to be flushed into the toilet. We can use rice liners to make this job easier - they go right into the toilet as well! No rinsing, scrubbing, or soaking! Bag, diapers, and cloth wipes all go in.
For day trips or outings, dirty dipes go into a wet bag:
All in all, the best laid plans could change, and we're excited to explore all the possibilities! I love all the bum fluff!
Monday, May 4, 2009
On another note, we had dinner with friends this weekend and received an adorable congratulatory book from "G". The title and message couldn't have been more fitting. Thanks Amy and Rick!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Although my boss and a select few coworkers know about the impending little one, I'm waiting to tell my staff until after the craziness of Mother's Day. AND, it's getting harder to wear normal clothes that camouflage this ridiculous excess bloat. Yes, I have the bella band; and yes, I'm using elastics to loop the button of my jeans. Oh and hiding the exhaustion? Impossible. Four people came up to me today and asked how I was feeling - that I looked sick. REALLY? I only stayed up until 10!!! I guess I need to really get back to an 8pm bedtime.
Has it already been 10 weeks? Would you believe we're starting to think about daycare? I know, that IS crazy!
Roll me on outta here.....until I get a real bump.