Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I know I have no right to complain since I have been off work for the past week (and then some) due to snow snow, but I'm back at work today and I'm exhausted!! Is it possible that pregnancy fatigue is just now hitting me?  I guess I'm still getting over my cold too.  I literally feel like I will not stay awake as I type this.  AND I have to be at school late tonight for a parent program (did you know I was a middle school counselor?) so I won't get home until at least 9:30.  Then up at 5 am to start all over again.  Man, I'm pooped.

And hungry.  I eat and get really full and an hour later it's like I haven't eaten.  Really crazy.  I'm trying to not eat too much, but I'm so hungry!  It wouldn't be so bad if I were eating super healthy, but I'm not.  At least I can stomach vegetables now...

So we went shopping on Saturday and Sunday.  Buy Buy Baby on Saturday and Babys R Us on Sunday.  What a difference between the two stores!  Buy Buy Baby was super crowded (with both people and merchandise) but the employees bent over backwards to help everyone and we got a great education about strollers.  Seriously, I would have paid for a seminar that was as informative as this guy was.  We're leaning toward the Baby Jogger City Mini or City Elite.  Babys R Us is a much easier store to manipulate, but no customer service that I was able to see.  That makes a big difference.  Didn't buy anything, but the process has begun.  Crib bedding is going to be the hardest I think.  Everything I see is awful.  I have not seen in person one thing I would even consider.  It looks cute on line but in person it's horrendous.  I think I'm getting old and picky.

This weekend I'm biting the bullet and am going out to buy some clothes that will actually fit me.  I don't feel like I look pregnant yet, just fatter.  But it seems stupid to buy bigger regular clothes when I'll need maternity soon.  I'm jsut afraid the maternity clothes will look strange since I'm not quite filling it out yet.  But I'll be so comfy!!!  I've been doing a belly band for the past couple weeks for a couple pairs of pants and freshly washed jeans, but I feel like eventually my pants start sagging and it stops working.  I'll be happy to get some new pants.

Next week we have the Nuchal Screening.  This is where they measure the baby's neck and other things and try to determine the chances of the baby having downs syndrome and/or other chromosomal problems.  There's a blood test involved too.  The results come back as a ratio.  For someone my age, I should have about a 1 in 105 chance of having something wrong with the baby (that can be detected chromosomally and through measurement).  This test will give a result that we can compare to that.  It might say there is a 1 in 3500 chance or it might say a 1 in 20 chance - even as high as 1 in 5 chance.  If we are found to be high risk, we can then move on to a more invasive test (like amnio) or just wait and see.  If it were high, we'd probably go ahead and do the amnio.  Again, it's not like we'd terminate, but if there is something wrong, it would be good to be able to plan and prepare for it.  Hopefully everything will be fine.  We go Tuesday, one week from today.  I'm already sensing the anxiety it could bring, but I know that I would worry anyway, so I think it's good to have information.  I hope I don't regret doing it.  My dr seemed to think it was fairly standard - especially since I'm so old =).


  1. Isn't it crazy to go into those baby stores for the first time (for your baby and not someone elses)?!?!? I have never been more overwhelmed and excited at the same time. It's the car seats and the stollers that trip me up...I need a guy like you found to explain it all to me!! And I totally agree about baby bedding. Why does it all have to be so gaudy??

    You will LOVE maternity clothes!!! The jeans are AH-MAZING!!! So comfortable and they look like normal jeans. I don't know how I'll ever go back to normal jeans again....seriously...they are that comfortable!!! :)

    I'm sure everything will go fine at your NT scan!! Just in case, I'll say some prayers for you!!

    (I never got the option to get one of those done. My RE released me at 10 weeks and my OB said that the soonest they could see me was when I was in my 14th week. They knew I would be in my 14th week and no one ever told me about the NT scan and that it needs to happend between 11 and 13 weeks or its too late....ahh!! At fist I was really pissed, but then I realized, like you, that we'd never terminate, so that made it better. I guess it just spared us the anxiety of waiting for the results, but if I could go back and do it again I would demand that my OB see me sooner...oh well!! Just gotta have faith that my baby will be healthy)

    Best of luck for your maternity shoppin'!!! I love following your happy pregnancy. I get really excited when I see that you've posted an update and I read it immediately!!! XOXO

  2. I'm so glad everything is going well. That has to be so crazy to go into a baby store for YOUR baby! Oh I can't wait for that day to come.

    I think you should be able to complain all you want! Don't you think we worked hard enough to get and stay pregnant!?! So why shouldn't you be able to complain?? It is not all sunshine and rainbows, and the truth is what we want to hear.

  3. I know what you mean about the crib bedding! Everything at the stores SUCKS. Have you looked online? I think I have picked my stuff that way. Also, Land of Nod (crate and barrel's baby store) has some pretty nice things. Target partnered with DwellStudio and made an affordable line as well. Also, try looking on ohdeedoh.com at nursery tours. The moms usually give you the info on the stores they got their bedding from. Finally etsy has a few places where they will custom make your bedding!

  4. How exciting! I know what you mean by overwhelming-- I had to take my mom and my sister (mother of 3) to register with me b/c I had absolutely no idea what was crucial and what was useless. We just stood there like deer in headlights and scanned with the gun whenever they said. Too funny!

    I'll be thinking of you with the test next week. I'm sure everything will be okay, but I bet it is still very nerve-wracking. I'll be sure to check back.

    Good luck with the bedding and oh... Priscilla is right- the maternity jeans are oh-so-comfortable! I wanted to wear them waaaay after I had them because they were my favorite. I was the same- didn't feel like I needed "maternity" clothes, but as soon as I put on one of those empire waist shirts from Motherhood, I cried in the dressing room-- because I really looked pregnant and was soooo happy. I bet you'll be surprised! ;)