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The RE's Muse

After 4 years of infertility, 2 surgeries, 1 miscarriage, and 19 months of high risk pregnancies, hubby and I now have two little women in our lives--one a toddler, the other not far behind. Buckle your seatbelts, it's gonna be a wild ride.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Rounding third, heading for home

So last week saw the start of the third trimester for the girl and I. And what a week it was!

When I woke up Wednesday morning, I realized I had not felt la principessa move since before dinner Tuesday. One call to the OB's office later and I'm on my way in immediately (note: if you ever want to be seen stat at your ob's office, just say "decreased fetal movement" and you're in like Flynn, no lie). My BP was through the roof (um, you think?). Fortunately, they got her heartbeat right away and then hooked me up to the non-stress test machine, where I sat, talking myself down from the ledge, and where the baby decided to once again make her presence known. Oh, yes, she put on a veritable acrobatic show in there then--bumping and jostling my belly nicely. Made me look like I didn't know what I was talking about in saying she hadn't moved in 16 hours. The doc came back in after 20 minutes to check the tape reading and declared things good and the baby 'reactive.' But the best part of all? La pricipessa got her first case of hiccups while I was hooked up to the NST. Talk about neat.... And almost as good was the fact that after the NST, my BP was 120/73. Completely normal.

And it's now official, I love Dr. Crunchy best of all the five partners. Not only was she so fantastic with the whole NST thing, but she even called me at home the next day to see how I was doing. She made me feel like she cared and that's rare in today's world of managed care. I really hope she's the doc on call when I go into labor (or am induced or whatever--knock on wood).

The fact that I may be having baby in the next 11 or so weeks is becoming more real to me. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared and nervous and about 9 million other emotions--all on a minute-by-minute basis, it seems. I'm grateful that all my tests last week came back normal (it's not often one of your doctors--who wasn't Dr. Crunchy--tells you "man, you peed like a racehorse!" when going over your 24-hour urine test result with you--guess I impressed him with my pee capcity) and things are going well. We're about to start working on the nursery (the flooring arrived on Friday) and our childbirth classes start next week.

The wee precious girl seems to know now that mommy needs to regularly know that she's in there and thriving so she's stepped up her movement in the past two or three days, which relieves me to no end. The belly moves around like there's an alien in there at times. And there's no denying the fact that this belly is baby now--I've gone from the possibly fat belly stage into the definitely expecting stage. Sometimes I look down at it in wonder, and then I wonder just how much larger it can get--plenty more, I know! Somehow I've managed to elude stretch marks (maybe that's one of the only good things about my inherited genetics) but I'm starting to feel "bulky" and my gravity has definitely shifted. Despite these things, A says I'm beautiful and, even more importantly, makes me feel that way. Oy, I love that man.


At 6:51 PM, Blogger Jen P said...

Such wonderful news Dee!! So great to hear she's been doing her jiggles and shakes for you. I've only felt the hiccups once and it was beautiful.

Dr. Crunch sounds amazing. How neat that she called you the next day just to check in! What a great doctor!!

And I'm so jealous!! We don't start our classes until June!

Good luck with the nursery and hope your race to the finish is flawless and there are no more scares until then!

Best wishes to you 3!

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Jen said...

So glad to hear all is well with you all!

And starting the nursery? How fabulous!

At 11:17 AM, Blogger ThreeBees said...

SO wonderful Dee! This post made me smile from ear to ear. So glad all is well. Just 11 weeks away -- how exiting!

Thinking of you.

At 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad it's all going well Dee! Thrilled for you and hoping to see some pics of that nursery as it comes together!

-Miss W

At 1:16 PM, Anonymous amanda said...

Wonderful news. I'm glad to hear all is well.

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Menita said...

Just beautiful, Dee!!!

At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Amanda said...

Glad to hear she is dancing around in there...and the hiccups too. Did they feel funny?

I can't believe how close you are. Only 11 weeks. Wow!

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I love that stage of pregnany. I love watching them jump around like that.

The "peed like a racehorse" comment made me laugh and reminded me of my OB. I will never forget his comment during my u/s with my youngest son. He took one look at the picture and said, "Either its a boy or she's got the world's largest clitoris." I laughed so hard I almost fell off the table.

Thank you so much for all the support you've offered me.

At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so amazing to me how quickly time flies by. I'm so glad to know that all is well. I mostly lurk now but still swell with happiness for you, even if I don't comment that much!!

Fractured Fairytale

At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Menita said...

Oh the movement is absolutely the best part. And the hiccups are great : )
So glad everything is going so well, hurray, hurray!

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Are you still out there dear? Its been over a week and I just wanted to make sure you were ok.


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