Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas miracle? OK, maybe not, but still...

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Ray and I had a great time this past weekend, and we both agreed it was one of the best Christmas weekends we've had. It was so nice being able to just relax in all of our families and just catch up with relatives.

I had my own Christmas miracle this weekend, which was completely appreciated! I haven't gained much weight, but the expanding waistline has outgrown nearly all of my regular clothing (at least those purchase since the weight loss of 2007). Well, I have one remaining pair of jeans that I have still been able to wear for weekends and "casual Fridays" at work. This past weekend, I washed and dried them -- and then waited to see if I could still button them. They still went on with ease. Yea! So, that made me feel good. Until today, when the nice lady in HR walked by me and commented on how she can now see my "baby belly." Oh well, life goes on.

Besides that, I officially entered the second trimester on Sunday (yea!) and most of the unpleasantness has been slowly going away, which is wonderful. Last night, I even stayed up until 11 p.m.! But, really. the little nausea I did have has subsided, for the most part and I'm feeling more like "me" again, which is fun. Ray said the other day that he feels like he got his wife back.

My next appointment is Jan. 2 -- should be able to hear the heartbeat (finally), so, keep your fingers crossed for me!

(Ooh, I also got a digital camera for Christmas, so I might actually post some pictures in the coming weeks! Stay tuned.)

Happy holidays!
- Bethany :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Blech

Well, not too much has changed, thus the lack of updates (sorry).

I officially advance weeks on Sunday, so this is now my 13th week. Just one more to go until the second trimester - Merry Christmas to us, or mainly Ray, who is getting a bit more discouraged at my lack of motivation each passing day.

This past weekend was an especially rough one for us. Ray was sick Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday with what he considered food poisoning. I was just plain old sick. For the most part, I haven't had to deal much with morning sickness. Toothpaste was my biggest problem and would cause me to toss my cookies occasionally, but a brand name switch seemed to at least help matters (yea Arm and Hammer!). But, this weekend, everything seemed to set me off - the smell of ketchup, food, pretty much anything (no, I didn't catch whatever Ray had -- I didn't et a fever or feel bad, just queasy). Poor kid was probably starving as not much stayed in my stomache.

Besides that, I'm struggling with an inability to sleep a lot. This is incredibly bothersome to the girl who would fall asleep to and from school on the bus each day. I've been tossing and turning for about an hour before finally drifint off and then wide awake at 4 and 6 a.m. Naps, for whatever reason, are really nice and easy to come by, but my mind doesn't seem to want to settle down at nighttime.

But, I suppose if that's my biggest complaint, I should just deal.

If I don't update beforehand, Merry Christmas!
- Bethany :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Doctor appointment

Ray and I went to the doctor this morning (yea!) and were there about two hours. It was...interesting! After fighting and throwing a mini tantrum over scheduling issues (not that important, but at least worth mentioning), we got in.

The first 20 minutes or so, we had to answer medical histories and questions about ourselves with the nurse, who was nice. (And got a few chuckles from her when Ray made a little noise when she asked if I ever experienced any psychosis. She assured him that moodiness and hormonal outbursts do not qualify -- and then taught him how to say, "Yes, Dear," in a non-condescending tone.)

The doctor came in later and did the physical stuff (I'll spare you the details!) and asked another slew of questions. She was mainly interested in how long it took to conceive, etc., and the labor that my mother experienced. After all this, she ranked me as "very low" risk for pre-term or early labor. She was super nice and it was reassuring to meet her. She said my cervix was "beautiful" and said everything looked really good. She was funny -- wished my brother Brian a belated birthday (since that was the day we found out I was pregnant).

OK, so she said she would try to find the heartbeat, if I wanted, but only if I swore not to get upset or worried if she couldn't find it. I am now at 10 weeks, 3 days, and she doesn't typically see mommies-to-be for another two weeks and warned me that she probably wouldn't be able to hear it. Well, she didn't. She said the baby was under my pelvic bone and was not cooperating. As Ray said later, "What did we really expect? I mean, it is our child. Did you really think it would be cooperative?"

She set my next appointment for Jan. 2 and said I could have an ultrasound that day, but recommended that we wait until 18.5 weeks (February) when the baby is a bit more developed -- and they will probably be able to tell us the sex then. However, if she can't hear a heart beat on Jan. 2, we will have an ultrasound then to make sure everything is OK (she assured us that this is extremely unlikely, but offered the info just the same).

After that. I went to lab and they took four vials of blood and ran a few other tests (and when I grimaced at the needle, the tech was more than happy to laugh at me and tell me to get used to it -- I'll be a human pincushion for the next seven months).

So, that's about it. (Except, the doctor did tell me that I can't go tobogganing or snowmobiling this winter, and I'm still pouting over that.)

We certainly feel a lot better now, at least knowing who our doctor is! And, I'm sure the scheduling issues were a one-time occurance (at least that is what I'm telling myself). The doctor was super nice, and very reassuring, which was completely appreciated.

So, back to work, and then back to the clinic in four more weeks. I will have monthly visits until week 32 and then visits every two weeks until the final month, when they will see me weekly.

Starting to seem a lot more real, that's for sure.
- Bethany :)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Two more days...

...And then we (finally) see the doctor. It's all very exciting.

Not much is happening other than snowfall. We have about 7 inches or so up here in Bemidji and we're supposed to get another 7 by Wednesday (just in time for the doctor appointment, I just realized).

The appointment is at 8:30 a.m., and Ray is planning to come with as well. Hopefully, we can both get to work about lunchtime.

Not too much has happened on the baby front. We're now in week 11 (three more until the second trimester-- yea! -- just in time for Christmas). I took a rather bad fall last week when I was running through the house (um, yeah, looking back this wasn't the smartest decision I ever made) in wet feet since Ray had just finished giving me a very nice lotioned foot rub. And I slipped, flipped up in the air and landed on my good hip. Ouch. Graceful is definitely not my middle name.

So, not much is going on here. I'm a little less tired and naseas, which is much appreciated, but I still like my afternoon naps! And, grapefruit juice!

Anyhow, I'm sure I'll update Wednesday after the appointment, if you're following along. In the meantime, make snowangels!

- Bethany :)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Nothing new...

Hi all: Sorry, but not much is going on with us up here.

We had a very nice Thanksgiving with family, and I had a good day. Which pretty much meant that I could eat -- and food actually looked and smelled appetizing. Usually, I'm starving for food, but nothing sounds good (unless of course it's dipped or covered in chocolate, but that's a lifelong weakness, I think, not necessarily pregnancy-related).

We're pretty much just playing the waiting game now. Waiting for the second trimester to start so, hopefully, I can go back to sleeping just 10 hours a day instead of 15. Waiting for naseau to pass (seriously, do fast-food places need to stink up the entire city like grease and ickiness).

But, mainly, we're waiting for next Wednesday, when we (finally) go in to see the doctor.

Besides that, I'm also making an informal plea for help from anyone to convince Ray that I am not making this up and certain smells do really make me sick. Blech. He decided Sunday to have his icky guacamole dip while watching the Vikings and the entire house smelled like guacamole for hours. I opened the window and he lit a candle, but I still had to hide out in the bedroom.

Anyhow, have a good week.
- Bethany :)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Bad blogger...

Yeah, I've been neglecting my blog a bit lately, sorry. But, I do have quite a few updates for everyone, some exciting, others not so much.

Doctor. Yea! Doctor's appointment was moved up one week to Dec. 5. That was good news, as the sooner I can hear that everything is OK, the more relaxed I will be. I guess the doctor is out of the office the week I had had an appointment. Whatever. I'll take it. Plus, Ray can for sure go with me now (before it was likely but not assured). Also, the sooner I get in to the doctor, the better as my list of questions seems to be growing daily.

Rash. OK. So, the rash is irritating and itchy and awful -- and, yes, I still get it often. Maybe not daily but three or so times a week. So I'm back to thinking that I'm allergic to pregnancy. The doctor said to take Benadryl, but I'm kind of anti-medication. If I can resist the urge to itch, the rash goes away on its own quickly, within minutes. I have noticed that it typically is caused by heat. And, for those of you who are all too familiar with me, I get overheated easily, so this is a problem. Additionally, I seem to be even warmer while pregnant. So, that's on the list for the doctor.

Nausea. Well, it hit me, although I'm still not suffering too badly. Mainly, I have adverse reactions to brushing my teeth. But, I've also noticed that certain smells are setting me off (guacamole, ick, and whatever the smell is in the press room at work, very ick). I also don't like the car, I think I'm getting some sort of motion sickness or something. But, I've survived so far. Usually I'm just getting waves of nausea but not actually tossing my cookies, so to speak.

Other things are on my list, too, for the doctor. But, I do have some modesty. Trust me, it's nothing y'all want to hear about.

Besides that, things seem to be progressing well. My clothes are still (just barely) fitting and I did break out one maternity skirt, but it was a bit big -- I just wanted to be comfortable!

Ray has been a complete trooper to date but I think he is starting to "hit the wall" so to speak, so I hope this fatigue thing subsides soon! He's picked up all of my slack and has done all of the cooking, cleaning, driving, and anything else I need done. Seriously, he's Superman. But, I pledged to at least try to help a bit more next week, so maybe I'll make the bed a day or two. No, really, I do owe him a night off or two. Arby's is opening soon in Bemidji, so that's an idea...

Aside from that, life is good. The snow is flying up north, so we came south to the Twin Cities this week to see family.

I'll try to update after the weekend.

Thanks for reading!
- Bethany :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Comments

You guys are SO funny! Whenever I'm having a bad moments, I read your comments and laugh. Thanks for all of the support.

And, just for record, I have not been craving pickles. Black olives, yes. Pickles, not so much!

See everyone soon!
- Bethany :)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Single child!

Ray decided today that this will be it for us. Not that I could blame him! Between my 2-, 3-, and 4-hour "naps" lately, the poor guy's been cleaning the house, doing the dishes, laundry and feeding me. I feel like one of the geckos, really. All I do is sleep and eat - and occasionally work.

This week was rather gross, I'll be honest. Working nine to five works well, because I come home, sleep a bit and then spend some time with Ray. But this whole working nights things really throws me off. I'm generally asleep by nine p.m., if possible, and working 'til 11 p.m. really throws me off. Usually, this is just once a week, but I had three night meetings which made for a very long week. And, if you asked Ray, he would say it also made for a rather crabby week for Bethany as well. Poor guy, he's being a trooper.

But, aside from the constant sleepiness, I've been getting a little nasea. I really thought that I could avoid it, but maybe not. No food really sounds apetizing right now and I'm living off apple juice and bananas right now - seriously, I go through a gallon of apple juice every two days.

But, then again, I really try not to complain much -- my pregnancy has thus far been quite easy compared to others' experiences. I haven't been too sick at all.

But, I have been tired. Which brings me to the title of this here entry: single child. OK, other people must buck up a lot better than I do when they're pregnant. I can't imagine going through this and being this tired and also having a 2- or 3-year-old running around the house. Seriously, I think I'm just wimpy!

And weepy. But that's another entry!

Have a good weekend! We're excited here to just sit around and relax all weekend.

- Bethany :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

An update on all sorts of topics

Well, there still isn't too much new going on up here. The recent snowfall is most interesting. But, in Baby World, there isn't too much to report. Ray is getting tired of being alone all the time, even when I'm home. Like yesterday, for instance, I got home from work a little early and took a nap from 3:30 to 6 p.m., woke up for dinner for a few TV shows, and went to bed at 10 p.m. I mean, I know I'm tired all the time, but this is ridiculous. So, we're in for another long week, I think.

Still no morning sickness or anything. Just a little dizziness in the morning and I'm super tired, obviously, all the time. I go in to the doctor five weeks from now exactly. So, we're looking forward to that. Will be nice to finally meet the doctor...

I think pretty much everyone knows now. I told my boss on Monday and she was excited for us. Said she actually thought that I might be when she saw me last week. I mean, I know there have been a few physical changes but that kinda' freaked me out. I'm a control freak in some ways and I don't like other people knowing things about me that I didn't tell them. But, whatcha' gonna' do?

Things are starting to feel more real here. Looking at baby furniture and stuff this weekend was a bit overwhelming, but totally exciting.

That's about it.

Have a good rest of the week. Stay warm.
- Bethany :)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

New vitamins

Well, it turned out to be the vitamins.

After two days without taking any vitamins , I was rash-free. Then, today, I took a vitamin and was broken out all over my back by 2 p.m. So, the dr. said to take a different combination of vitamins. She said we could just change the prescription to another brand and find out if I reacted similarly or not, otherwise we could try uncoated vitamins, which she did not recommend (I guess they're gross). So, I'm to take a combination of folic acid vitamins and Flintstone's! I laughed. And, ever since, I've been humming the theme song to the TV show (slow day at work, what can I say?).

Besides that, nothing has changed. Still no naseau or anything. I like sleeping -- a lot -- but that's not too new either. This is coming from the girl who used to sleep on the bus to and from school.

Thanks for checking on us.
- Bethany :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Allergies?

About five years ago, I went into anaphylactic shock while I was sick with a cold. No one was ever able to determine what set it off, and it hasn't really happened since.

More than a week ago, I came home late from work and got really itchy -- it felt like the beginning of anaphylaxis. But it went away. Since then, I've been getting itchy a few times a day but was never able to find anything caushing it. Well, yesterday, I kinda' broke out in hives. Not really a lot of them, but a patch on my hip or a a patch on my lower back. They went away within five minutes, but it kind of freaked me out, espeicalyl since the last time I went into full-blown shock was when my body was out of sync due to illness.

So, I called the doctor today and asked them what to do. Because it started around the time of these prenantal vitamins, I'm not going to take them for two days and see if that helps. If not, I can take Benadryl while pregnant, I was told. So if I can control the rash that way, we're just going to try that. I'm supposed to call back in a few days.

Kinda' freaky. Would hate to find out that I'm allergic pregnancy. The nurse said it's extremely unlikely, and we just have to figure out what it causing the reaction. But I haven't really changed anything except that I quit drinking coffee and started drinking more milk.

Very strange.

I'll update later and let y'all know how it's going.


- Bethany :)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Funny husband

Ray is on Cloud Nine lately. Not only because of the pregancy, but mostly because he feels so danged special. Since he was the one to check the home pregnancy test, he actually knew "first" and was able to tell me that I was pregnant. His latest favorite saying is, "How many guys get to tell their wives that they're pregnant?"

Not much is going on here. I am still tired all the time and sleeping is becoming uncomfortable. I don't like sleeping on my back, side or stomache. Makes things interesting. I do seem to have a blank pass to sleep, though, whenever I want. Take this weekend, for instance, I get to sleep in the car on the way to the Cities! This is an unusual perk, as the driver usually likes it when I stay awake and lead the conversation.

Besides that, I haven't had any morning sickness or anything so far. I got a little nauseous this morning, but it soon went away after I had some yogurt. That and a few large glases of water. Since I don't have to work today, I'm just relaxing. After this, I think I'll go for a walk or something. Maybe do dishes -- Ray would appreciate that as I haven't done dishes in about three weeks now. I'm spoiled like that.

So, as you can tell, pregnany is really exciting!

- Bethany :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Positive!!!

Well, it was positive!

Thanks to a little encouragement from my BFF Kelly, I stopped waiting for the nurse to call me and instead, I called back and spoke with the nurse. She said the test most certainly was positive. I was a little surprised, however, to learn that I won't actually go into see the doctor until I'm at week 12, or more specifically, until Dec. 12. In the meantime, she called in a prescription to a local pharmacy and told me to make good choices in the next two months. No drinking or smoking and I should cut back on caffeine. Cut back. Not necessarily cut out completely, so maybe I can still have a cup in the morning? Hmm, not sure about that.

It is starting to finally sink in. For the past few days, I was having a hard time actually thinking of myself as pregnant. This makes it seem a lot more real. So now I am wrestling with the key decision before me: When to tell my mother. It's been SO hard for me the last few days talking to my mom and not telling her my very big news. So, I've decided: Ray and I are going "home" to the Twin Cities this weekend, so I will tell her then. Originally, when considering the possibility of being pregnant, I realized that I would be at about three months, give or take, at Christmas. And wouldn't it be fun to tell her that day? But, I've changed my mind. Instead, I've decided that she would WANT to know what is going on in my life, and I really want to tell her face-to-face instead of over the phone. So, I'm going to tell her this weekend.

So I'll leave y'all with one last thought: I got my due date officially today: June 30. Wouldn't it be funny if s/he came five days earlier and s/he was born on our three-year wedding anniversary?

Thanks for reading.

- Bethany :)

I'm waiting...

Well, I made some progress since Sunday. I tried to make an appointment at the clinic, and you first have to go in for testing. So I did that this afternoon. It was an odd experience, to say the least. A lot of walking around from station to station. Almost like in Girl Scouts, when we learned knots at one station and made some craft at another. Except this wasn't nearly as productive. After about 40 minutes at the clinic, I filled the cup and went home.

I was told to call the nurse an hour later. So, I called her about 40 minutes ago and she wasn't available. I left a message and am now waiting to see if she calls me back. Hopefully, she can find a few minutes to call me. I would like to actually get to the productive part of my office visits, when I'm not going in to get tested to confirm what I already know.

Yeah, I'm a little crabby today. Ray already developed a code for what to say when I get snippy or witchy for no reason: He just says Minnesota Twins. Then, we laugh a little and get over it. Pretty funny.

Besides that, nothing new to report. If anyone has any ideas on thing I can drink, that might be good. I miss coffee. Tried Sprite, but it reminds me too much of being sick -- my parents gave me 7up when I was sick as a child. Not particularly found of milk. either, but I'm trying to drink a few glasses a day.

More later...

- Bethany :)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The beginning...

There were two lines.

We had joked and even speculated about the possibility the past two weeks, but never did we actually think it would happen -- I mean, only 25 percent of couples get pregnant on the first "try" so to speak. I had performed "the test" a few minutes earlier and Ray checked the results when time was up. He did and a very strange-sounding voice called out, "You're pregnant." I didn't really believe him -- not that I thought he was lying. But come on! Upon my own examination, there sure were two very difinitive pink lines on the stick.

The next few minutes/hours are a blur of "Are you sure you did this right?" and "Ohmigod." We eventually made our way to Target to get some milk a couple of new books. I remembered at some point that I owed my brother Brian a birthday phone call and left him a message.

Other than that, I began reading "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and researching local ObGyns. More on this later, I'm sure - but I have this male phobia when it comes to certain aspects of medical care. Well, there's four ObGyns in town -- three are men. I sure hope the woman is taking new customers...

So, I plan to call Monday morning and make an appointment. We'll also take another at-home test tomorrow, probably. Just to double-check.

I also learned in the book and online that the 40 weeks of pregnany are counted from the date of the last period. Which means I'm already in week three -- and that babies are conceived during the first or second week of pregnancy, which seems kinda' odd. I also saw a pic of the itty bitty thing in my book -- reminds me of our geckos a little bit.

Well, thus the beginning of a very interesting journey, I suppose.

- Bethany :)