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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Post Holiday Letdown

Ok, so now what????

Christmas was very nice.  Maggie made out like a BANDIT!!  We really went a bit overboard, but hey.  She’s my kid, if I wanna spoil her, well, that’s my problem.  

To make it even more special, we left footprints coming from the fireplace and Santa left his hat behind!  She was so concerned… “Awwww, poor Saaaannnnntaaaaa…..his EARS are gonna get cold!” Santa also forgot to put the fireplace screen back where it belongs, but I won’t nag him about it J….
We took a LOT of pics but we have yet had the time to download.  As soon as I can get them, I’ll post pics of Maggie & all her loot!

My next OB/GYN appt is Tuesday.  I hope we can hear the heartbeat with the Doppler.  I’ve had a few dreams about blood, and the symptoms are starting to fade.  I can understand the nausea fading since I’m around 10 weeks, but should the boob soreness go away too?  I have been weighing “the girls” in my hands and they don’t feel any heavier and have even lost some of that “hardness”.  I can’t believe that I don’t remember this from a mere 3 years ago.  I feel like such a whiny crybaby. Damn those Niggling Doubts.

Just a few days until 2006.  We have no plans, I’m usually asleep before the ball drops and I’m sure this year will be no different.  How about you?  What are your plans for New Years Eve?  Any special traditions?

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Merry ChristmaHannaKwanzaaKa

So, have you finished your Christmas shopping yet???
If one more person asks me that, so help me…..

NO!  I have NOT finished my shopping yet! Happy??

No really, I’m not finished. But am I stressed about it? No.  Not at all.  Well, maybe a little.  Abso-freaking-lutely!

Joe has had to work overtime & his part-time job almost every day for the past week and a half.  Tonight he’s home, so right after his favorite, quick-slap-together dinner (beefaroni anyone?  GACK!  Hate that stuff, think I’ll have a bowl of soup & a grilled cheese sandwich) we’re off to the mall.  Children’s Place for Maggie’s Christmas jammies, Bath & Body Works for stocking stuffers & my niece’s B-day gift (What WAS my sister thinking to have a kid 4 days after Christmas?? Oh! And my Mom’s B-day gift(Hey Gram, what were YOU thinking having a kid 2 days BEFORE Christmas??).

Joe also tells me that he hasn’t had time to get me anything yet.  WHAAA????  So I guess I’ll even get to pick it out.  What fun.   I’m heading right for Kay Jewelers to point out something sparkly!  I’ve trained Mag to say, “Oooooh, Mommy needs dat” when the Kay Jewelry commercial comes on with the 3 stone pendant.  I’m sure he didn’t pick up on that subtle hint.  I’ve also asked him for a Dyson.  Can you say “Snowball’s chance??”  There is no way he would spring for a $430 vacuum. I still want one.  Maybe I’ll have to start a secret-savings account to buy one from E-bay.  

Then, it was decided (not by me) that we were going to host the Pollyanna party for his family at our house the day after Christmas.  So, it looks like a trip to BJ’s is in store for tonight also.  My house is in such C.H.A.O.S. (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) I don’t know when I’m supposed to get around to cleaning & cooking.  I kinda need him around to move furniture & stuff.  One of the perks of pregnancy is “Oh, honey, I can’t move that hutch in my condition”!  I won’t have to put the new bottle of water on the dispenser until at least September!

Oh!  I almost forgot.  I’m also in the middle of making new Christmas curtains for the living room.  I had made some about 3 years ago ( a nice, winter white with gold threading).  But they didn’t survive storage this year.  There were some weird brownish stains on the hem.  I think an M & M or Hershey’s kiss got lost in the storage tote.  ::sigh::  The new ones are a red & green plaid.  Not as loud as you might think since  2 of the windows in the living room are only 16”x 24”  and the 3rd is a normal 36 x 64.  So, in my spare time (bwwaaahahahaha) I’ll be cleaning, cooking, sewing, wrapping, doing laundry & in general, all my other “duties”.

Does it sound like I’m a little overwhelmed?  I guess I am a little, but I’ll put my happy face on & do the best I can.  If his snooty sister in law doesn’t like the dust bunnies, I’ll just tell her to stop snooping around under my bed!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

TAGGED

You're IT! Seven Things . . .
You're IT!By Viva on Feelings Generally

I took the tag from DD Here are my answers. Even if not interesting, I have now participated in a Blog Peer Pressure Activity!

Seven things to do before I die (not in order of priority):

1. Be there for birth of my grandchildren (not in the room, just still around)
2. Pay off all of my credit card debt.
3. Figure out HOW my Mother had 8 kids & didn’t lose her marbles.
4. Visit Ireland.
5. Visit Scotland.
6. Win the lottery. (see #2)
7. Buy a house on the beach.

Seven things I cannot (or will not) do:

1. Navigate
2. Play an instrument (the triangle DOESN’T count)
3. Relate to Rich Bitches
4. Wait patiently in line
5. Math puzzles. (I don’t care how fast the train is going & what the drivers name is)
6. Bungee Jump
7. Wear a bikini

Seven things that attract me to my spouse (in random order):

1. Sense of humor.
2. Patience
3. The most gorgeous hazel eyes
4. He can play ANY instrument he picks up.
5. His sense of “goodness”
6. His love
7. The way he calls me every day to “check in”

Seven things I say most often:

1. “What the f*ck!”
2. “I hate this job”
3. “Whatever”
4. “No, Maggie”
5. “C’Mon, Dude! Drive!!!”
6. “Mags, do we reeeealllly HAVE to watch the Wizard of Oz AGAIN??”
7. “I love you, Danger Girl”

Seven books I read (in random order).
1. The Bible
2. Great Expectations
3. Four Blind Mice
4. The Chocolate Chippo Hippo
5. Goldilocks
6. Little Red Riding Hood
7. Dr Suess’ ABC Book

Seven movies I watch over and over again (in random order):

1. Rear Window
2. The Sound of Music
3. West Side Story
4. Die Hard (all 3)
5. What’s the Name of That Song
6. Bob the Builder (digging for treasure)
7. The Wizard of Oz

Seven people I'm curious about that I'd like to join in if you haven’t already:

1. E
2. T Cole
3. Stolidoli
4. The Queen Mama
5. Mystery Mommy
6. My Pet Peeve
7. and you too!

Friday, December 16, 2005

EGADS!!!

Silly me!
Fridays here at work are generally reaalllly ssssllloooowwww in the afternoon, so I was playing with Blogger. I decided that I would change the template. Fun right?
Yeah. Not so much.

Apparently, when you change your template, all of your links go away.

Fabulous. I wanted to alphabetize them anyway. Now, I know what I'll be doing for the rest of the afternoon. Besides scouring the internet for amazing, yet simple, appetizer recipes.

Something is wrong in the "Time-Space Continuum"

Ok this is kinda strange………..

I have most of you in my Favorites list.  Today, I try to visit Karen, and the post that comes up is from December 9th.  Now I KNOW that I read more recent posts than that.  
Same thing with Julia, I seem to be stuck in a worm hole, lost in cyber-space somewhere last week!!

Has this ever happened to anyone else?? What do I do go fix it???

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Looking Good!



Sorry for the late post.  I’m sure you’ve been anxiously awaiting the results of last night’s ultrasound.  

HB at 164 bpm
GA= by the tech’s measurements, 8wks 6 days
GA= by LMP  8wks 3 days.

I even got 2 pics of the nugget(which of course, I neglected to scan & upload. Sorry)

The bleed has almost resolved itself.  

Things are looking good in my uterus.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Symptoms

I had my first bout of morning sickness yesterday.  I was *almost* happy about it.  How weird is that??  I am one of those people who HATES to be sick.  I will try to talk myself out of throwing up if I can.  I am also a “sympathy puker”.  If anyone is getting sick & I can hear it, smell it or see it, I’m right there puking too.  Nice topic huh?  I think I’ll change it.


I have a follow up u/s scheduled for tomorrow at 5:30 to follow up on the bleed.  Dr. K. wants to make sure is hasn’t gotten any bigger or if in fact it has resolved itself.  I just want to see the nugget & make sure there’s still a heartbeat.  I’m not really having any DBT’s; I just want to see it again.

Joe spent the day with Maggie on Sunday.  They took a trip to The Fort Washington Expo center for a train show.  Joe loves trains.  He used to set up this huge, elaborate platform for Christmas.  We haven’t had one in a couple years, but he did pick up a small Christmas set for around the tree this year.  Maggie enjoyed it.  He said she was very excited about all the choo-choos.  

After the show, they stopped at his sister’s house.  As they were getting ready to leave, Bet was asking if Maggie was in a big-girl bed yet. (We have Bet’s crib. She let us borrow it when Maggie was born, and we do have to give it back.) When Joe told her, “No, but we are looking into getting her a bed.” Bet replied, “Well, you hold on to the crib, you’re going to be needing it aren’t you??”  Joe was like, whattaya mean? Bet said she was looking at me on Thanksgiving & she knows that I’m pregnant. She said she could just “tell”.  Bet has 3 kids and has had 3 miscarriages.  So maybe there is something about the look of pregnancy.  It’s not like I’ve gained any weight (only about 5 lbs, but that’s normal for me to pack on a bunch of pounds during the period between Halloween & Christmas) or popped out of all my bra’s.  Go figure.  Joe made her swear on her daughter’s life that she wouldn’t breathe a word of it to any one.  We are hosting the Pollyanna party for his family the day after Christmas & that’s when we’re going to tell them the news.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Remember

"Remember?"I participated with DD on this little gem:If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't *speak* often, please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL MEMORY OF YOU AND ME.It can be anything you want--good or bad--BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.When you're finished, post this paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.No excuses, OK?

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Everything looked OK

Everything looked OK to Dr. K. last night.  
She explained the SCH to me and told me that it is VERY common and doesn’t mean that the pregnancy will fail.  She also suggested that I stop consulting Dr. Google behind her back. She will talk to me & explain anything I need to know at ANYTIME!  She gave me a slip to schedule a follow-up u/s for the bleed. And we discussed a “special” ultrasound procedure and screening that is done at Lankenau Hospital for birth defects.  
I’m not sure if I’m going to do any of the genetic testing.  The whole amnio thing scares the bee-Jesus out of me and the CVS testing sounds even worse!  When I was pregnant with Maggie, they had done the quad-screening and the odds of her having any birth defect were something like 527 to 1.  The chance of miscarriage with the CVS is 200 to 1.  Now, I’m not a betting woman, but I like the odds on the quad screening better.

Anyway, I’m still pregnant, my blood pressure is normal, my weight is ok (a little heavy in my book, but hey, the chart said it was ok), my pee is fine. Everything felt ok when Dr. K. “took the tour”, so I’m going to actually stop worrying about this for a little bit and enjoy this.  

Funny thing is, we haven’t told anybody yet.  I’m sure Joe has told a few of the guys at work (He would make a terrible prisoner of war; he can’t keep a secret to save his life!)  
But the only person here at work who knows is J.  The pg co-worker.  

I’m still going to wait until Christmas, maybe even later to tell the boss :::shudder:::, and the families. So you guys know more than my Mom does!  

Monday, December 05, 2005

Nothing Bad Happened

Storybook Land was a hit! Maggie had a great time. She had a meltdown when it came time to sit on Santa’s lap, but she fell in love with Mrs. Claus. She was waving to her as we stood in line, gave her a HUGE hug & kiss, then told her that she looked beeyooteefull! Well. You would've thought that nobody ever told her that. She got all flustered and gave her a big kiss on the cheek & told her what a good little girl she was! I have a picture of Mag, Joe & Mrs. Claus, but I can't seem to upload it to the post.... hmmm. odd.


We didn’t get to do as much as we wanted this trip as it was only about 30 degrees Saturday night and we were freezing! We rode the train around the park, She rode the Santa’s Sleigh ride & the carousel before we couldn’t feel our toes anymore.
It’s a shame because the place looked fantastic. I’ve never seen so many lights in one place. While we were on the train, I kept looking for extension cords or power supply stations…..didn’t find 1. Amazing. Joe almost had a stroke trying to get the rope lights around the windows Saturday afternoon. I wanted to tease him about it while we were there, but that would have been a long walk home for me.


Afterwards, we stopped at Lonestar steakhouse for dinner & she ate half of my dinner (turns out that my daughter likes her prime rib medium rare but closer to rare too!),
All of her steamed broccoli/cauliflower/carrots much to the amazement of the waiter.

All in all, a good time together.

Today it’s supposed to snow 3 -6 inches. Maggie is sooo excited. I hope it doesn’t start too late, I want her to be able to put on her boots & go outside to play in it before bath/bedtime.

Friday, December 02, 2005

UPDATE

*****UPDATE****
Just heard from Dr. K. with the Ultrasound results.  She says that my labwork results are fine, no need for Progesterone suppositories.  The ultrasound looked good.  There is a sub-chorionic hemorrhage.  She tells me (ME!) not to worry, that it is VERY common and usually resolves itself.  Well, me being me, I decided to go to Dr. Google and see what he had to say about SCH…..
sub-chorionic hemorrhage -- an area, usually near the edge of the placenta or in fluid just outside of the gestational sac, that is bleeding. This can either bleed out and show as spotting or bleeding, or can form a bruise that does not bleed. A sub-chorionic hemorrhage is not uncommon, and does not mean the pregnancy will end in miscarriage. It most often happens because during the normal course of the uterus stretching and growing, a bit of the placenta peeled away and bled. It will almost always heal on its own. There is a slightly increased risk of miscarriage if the hemorrhage is large (over 200 ml in volume), as it may mean the placenta implantation is weak. Bed rest is not always given, as many hemorrhages are very minor.
Of course Dr. K didn’t give me the size of the bleed or if was even STILL bleeding, so now I have something new to worry about.  Just my luck, Joe wants to take Maggie down to StoryBook Land to see Santa tomorrow & we all know how my last trip to Storybook Land went.  

Breathing Again

WHEW!!!!

Went for the ultrasound last night.  Nothing like having a very nervous woman with a full bladder in your waiting for 20 minutes.

The technician had the screen turned so I couldn’t see anything and was making little frown-y faces, so of course I was getting more and more nervous with each swipe of the transducer.  While making small talk, she asked if I had any children, to which I replied, “Yes, I have two.  How’s this one doing?”  When she said, “Well, there’s a heartbeat” I swear, I must have been holding my breath. I let out the biggest sigh of relief.  
After she let me empty my bladder for the wand exam and she showed me the heartbeat.  
Beating a little slow at 114 but she said that it was really early & she’s seen rates as low as 107 this early.  I am 6wks 4 days as of today.  

I have to call Dr. K. this afternoon to hear the results and I am going to ask her about the progesterone levels.  Maybe she’ll want to prescribe a supplement or maybe not.  I’ll let you all know.  

Thank you. Thank you, all of you, for keeping me in your thoughts.  Please know that I do the same for you.  

Thursday, December 01, 2005

A little Scared

Sorry I haven’t posted in over a week.  I’m sure that all my faithful readers (Thank you, all 3 of you!!) were worried SICK!  My mother would be absolutely SURE that I was “dead in a ditch” somewhere.  Why, as kids, were we always dead in a ditch???  She never said “abducted by aliens or kidnapped by gypsies”  
I’ll have to ask her about that later.

Well, yes.  My latest bloodwork results are in.
Progesterone is 11.9 & hCg was 10514.  I’m not a doctor in real life, but I used to watch General Hospital back in high school,  so of course I know what I’m talking about!
The hCg # looks real good to me.  I’m a little….umm….concerned about the decrease in the Progesterone as Dr. Google tells me that progesterone is required to SUSTAIN a pregnancy.  I read that the P levels will decrease when the placenta starts making progesterone on its own, but I think it’s a bit early for that.

I’ll be sure to post tomorrow with the results of the ultrasound.  Unless I’m curled up in the fetal position in my bed with a box of tissues.  
No, I kid.  I’m actually starting to feel like this might be a true, bona fide, actual pregnancy.  I’m starting to feel a touch “yukky” if I don’t eat something every couple hours… the boob tenderness still comes and goes, but I’m even waking up in the middle of the night to pee.  I NEVER wake up in the middle of the night.  My head hits the pillow at 11- ish & I sleep until the alarm goes off in the morning.

I go for the ultrasound tonight at 5:45.  Please hold a good thought for me.