Archive for October, 2012

All clear!! Amnio results were very good!

Posted on October 27, 2012. Filed under: Pregnancy | Tags: , , , |

English: Happy face

I’m so very very happy! I guess I didn’t realize how much I had been holding my breath.

I got a call from the genetic counselor yesterday and she informed me that the amniocentesis results were very good, no genetic abnormalities, no open birth defects, no problems at all. Completely healthy at the genetic level.

HOORAY!!  Our little baby is ok!!

Now, we finally get to enjoy getting into the planning phase. Names! Nursery! Car seat!

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My amniocentesis experience

Posted on October 21, 2012. Filed under: Pregnancy | Tags: , |

Injectie spuit & Injectienaald



An amnio has to be the strangest procedure I’ve ever gone through. Just the concept is enough to make me furrow my brow and crank my head to the side.

Um, you want to put a needle straight down through where, and get what?

I’ll be honest, I was nervous. I did see the needle and the collection vessel part of it… it seemed like they’d need to take a lot of amniotic fluid!

It felt as though they went right into my belly button! Of course they didn’t, a little below instead. Needle goes in, they suck fluid out, and I’m counting, counting, counting. Then it’s over.

I had minor discomfort/cramping the first day after, which I heard was normal. I also walked about 20 minutes on a slight incline uphill to a prenatal appointment the next day. Maybe I shouldn’t have done that, but I felt ok. I took it slow, perhaps to the exasperation of my husband who had to walk a snail’s pace next to me, but I felt ok. I napped later.

So now, we wait. Preliminary results are expected in about 7 days or so, I think, then more a more complete and formal report in 10-14 days. Cross fingers.

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This is what supportive means

Posted on October 11, 2012. Filed under: Family, Pregnancy | Tags: , , , , , |

Not every expectant lady is blessed with a supportive partner. I’m VERY lucky. My husband:

  • Does all the dishes, all the time. Without exception. Always! Wow.
  • Cleans the house and takes care of the gardening and grounds. He’s brought the front lawn and garden to life since we moved in!
  • Asks me how I am feeling EVERY DAY, sometimes multiple times a day. More than that, he listens to how I respond.
  • Makes ginger tea for me when I’m nauseous.
  • Offered to make kiwi runs to the grocery store to fulfill my greatest pregnancy craving.
  • Helps to put things into perspective for me when I get nervous about the pregnancy.
  • Makes me laugh. This is truly a blessing.
  • Comes with me to all appointments, and doesn’t sit there like a lump. He asks questions I might not think of so we both learn.
  • Holds my hand during ultrasounds.
  • Carries my bag for me, even if it looks girly.
  • Lets me nap in the evenings and on weekends without disturbing me one bit.
  • Makes guacamole for me upon request, because avocados are good for the baby, but mostly because I just want his guacamole.
  • Handles all the medical bills.
  • Holds us to our savings plan.
  • Organizes things. Lots and lots of things.
  • Has agreed to teach the kid math and geography well, two things for which I have woefully inadequate skills.
  • Hugs me, holds me, and rubs my back when I’m emotional and weepy.
  • Makes prenatal massage appointments for me.
  • Walks a little slower to match my pace these days.
  • Carries all the heavy groceries up the stairs.

There are TONS more, but I would be here all night, and I’m getting sleepy! If how he’s taken care of me is any indication of how he’d be a stay at home dad, our kid will be in the very best hands.


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What is happening to me? Pregnancy is freakish.

Posted on October 10, 2012. Filed under: Pregnancy | Tags: , , , , |

Now that I’m in the second trimester, I don’t feel as constantly sick as I used to. In fact, sometimes I feel totally normal and am surprised when I look down and see a bump.

Oh yeah, I’m pregnant.

I’m currently on a business trip to Memphis. I was sure to pick aisle seats the whole trip over and back so that I wouldn’t have to climb over people to use the bathroom often. On the first leg of the trip, I got into the bathroom and looked at myself in the mirror. My big, round self. I continue to marvel at how my body is changing so quickly that I can hardly keep up. I touched my round belly, and suddenly got very emotional. I am this vessel for this miraculous thing.  All those trite things are true!  I’m amazed at what is happening, what is scheduled to happen in March, if all goes well.

I had a hard time composing myself. Every time I thought I was getting a hold of my tears, I would just see my big belly and start crying again. So, rather than continuing to hog the airplane bathroom, I decided that I could force myself to composure by just walking out, which I did. And I was fine.

What is happening to me?? I’m so weepy, and I get weepy so suddenly. My body is going through these crazy changes. I’m growing something inside me, for goodness’ sake. I’m a host for this alien taking over my body, my emotions, my thoughts… In the ultrasound, you can see it move. It’s independent, doing what it wants in there, taking what it needs from me in there. THIS IS WEIRD.


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My emotional roller coaster

Posted on October 8, 2012. Filed under: Pregnancy | Tags: , |

I take public transit to and from work every day. The earlier I catch the train in the morning, the more likely it is I can get a seat. The afternoon is another story since I leave during the typical rush hour. The other day, after a long day at work, I got onto a crowded train… and no one would offer me a seat on the train. I found out that when the train lurches, you use both your leg muscles and your abdominal muscles to keep steady. Ow! And it’s just ridiculous trying to keep your balance when you’re carrying weight in a totally different way than you were two months ago!

I admit, after a long day at the office, I was tired, annoyed, and emotional. When someone near me got up to get off at a stop, and a lady behind me snuck into the seat before I could sit, I simply lost it. I started tearing up and feeling so pathetic. Cried silently right there in the train car!

I had this big belly, I felt totally heavy and fat and lopsided, I was tired and my center of balance was totally off, and why won’t anyone offer me a seat?? Waaaahhhhhhh! Now, come on. I didn’t really need a seat. I was OK. I’ve taken the train standing the whole way before that and since then, and it’s been completely fine. But at that moment! It’s like I was invisible and completely alone in the whole wide sad world.

And tonight… oh tonight. I was going to make fajitas, and my husband bought the chicken for it. But what does he buy? Chicken legs! Chicken legs!!!  On the bone!  For heaven’s sake, man! How am I supposed to make fajitas from chicken still on the frikkin thigh bone?

I can laugh about it as I write this because it’s so silly, but earlier tonight, I just cried and cried there in the kitchen. Wept uncontrollably! The onions were carmelized, the bell peppers were ready, and here I am, battling and trying everything I could think of to get enough meat off the leg bones to cook them up. I finally gave up and cooked what I could, which was only about half of what the recipe called for. In protest, I left the yummy-smelling fajitas there and warmed a can of soup for dinner. I didn’t want to have anything to do with that damn chicken!

I get all weepy at the most ridiculous times for the silliest things.

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