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 =).