Monday, June 22, 2009

First Appointment With New OB--10w5d

I am too lame for creative titles today.

On Saturday, T. and I spent the day in a nearby city, looking at baby furniture, having lunch, and generally wandering around and browsing. The city is very artsy, with lots of cool little boutiques and funky restaurants. I won't even tell you what I ate, because it was incredibly unhealthy, but delicious. Let's just say that it involved potatoes and animal fat, and the Hea.rt Assoc.iation won't be using me as their poster child for healthy living. I keep craving salty/fatty, and it really hit the spot. I topped it off with yummy fig and Turkish orange gelato, which was to die for (um, and if I keep eating like that, I might). Heaven!

I was amazed at the range of pricing on baby furniture. I have to admit, the only other time I've looked at baby furniture has been in the Pott.ery Barn catalogue, where the cribs are $1000+. I was delighted to discovered that non-PB, heavy, all-wood cribs seem to top out at around $500 at the stores we went into. I am still confused about why PB is charging $1000+ for cribs that are not even all wood (they are partially medium-density fiberboard, a gross, cheap, chemical-laden wood substitute that I don't allow in my house). I would love to know how Pott.ery Ba.rn justifies charging that much money for a crappy MDF crib, when a nearly identical all-wood crib can be had for less than half that. Some of the PB cribs are nice-looking and unique, I will admit, but once I found out they were MDF, forget it. Oh, and some of the non-PB cribs can actually be reconfigured into not only a toddler bed, but a full size adult bed, too. It's so ridiculous how a brand name jacks up the prices.

So back to our adventure on Saturday. . .after looking at baby stuff all morning (which really was more about dipping our toes into the material world of parenting, rather than any real consideration of infant accoutrements), we walked around the cute historic area. And walked. And walked. It felt good, but there is always a consequence, it seems. At some point late in the day, I started with the bright red spotting. It continued over into yesterday, and I had some low cramping, as well. I tried not to worry, as the progesterone supp's plus exercise always seems to make me spot. Although, the cramping was somewhat new.

Which brings us to today and my first appointment with my new OB. The appointment had been scheduled several weeks ago. The spotting has stopped, as has the cramping. The OB seems really nice, and I think I'm going to like her. She seemed a little concerned about the spotting. But, she used the doppler to find the baby's heartbeat (once again promising an u/s if she couldn't find it with the doppler--I LOVE this office!), and there it was! She wasn't sure we'd be able to find it this early, as she said the heartbeat is typically heard on the doppler somewhere between 10-12 weeks, but she was able to find it quickly. It was loud and strong, and she said it measured at about 180.

The rest of the visit was uneventful. She told me that if I am ever worried, to just stop by the office and have them check for the heartbeat. She said some women come by once a week, and it's no problem at all--she rather I stop by than be worried. She also wondered why we didn't just wait for amnio, given my concerns about doing just screening tests, but when I explained that I would like to know our risks sooner than later, she seemed to think it was a good idea for us to go ahead with Tuesday's appointment. I don't go back to her until next month. It's going to be really weird to wait that long. Since the beginning of this pregnancy, I've had doctor's appointments at least every two weeks, if not closer together. If we get through next week's screening okay, we will then go three more weeks without an appointment! I am almost afraid to even whisper it, but this may be turning into a "normal" pregnancy.


S said...

Wouldn't it be nice to just feel like a "normal" pregnant woman? I hope you get to that point.

Thanks for your comment on my "Sign from the Universe" post; it gave me something to think about. I just wanted to clarify that I don't allow work to take precedence over TTC because I am ambitious or on a partnership track. Rather, I do it because my firm is a small one and it is required of me. And as the primary breadwinner in our household, neither scaling back on my work commitments nor changing jobs is an option.

VA Blondie said...

I also have been having french fries or potato chips every chance I get. Yum! I also have been eating a lot of nuts. That seems to cover my craving fairly well, too.

Good luck feeling normal. I also hope you get there, though I am still working on this, too.

Good luck with the CVS!

MAK-now said...

Toasting "normal" with you!!


IVF 40+ said...

I think you are a normal pregnancy - its your pregnancy and whatever you feel is totally "normal"!

I'm sorry you had to go through the worries but delighted to read about your 'healthy' hearing!

Darla said...

Ya! Good news on all accounts! And I almost gave myself a heart attack because I had bookmarked this link instead of just your main site:

Heather said...

So glad you've found such a great OB!!! Please take care of yourself and enjoy whatever food you are in the mood for.

sassy said...

That's AWESOME that your doc says you can stop by as much as you want to check on the heartbeat. Wow. I'm glad you're with someone so understanding about that!!

Wishing you a wonderful, 'normal' pregnancy!

~Jess said...

Normal? What's that?
I don't think I'll ever be a normal pregnant person....I still don't even believe that I'm pregnant.

I'm glad you guys had an enjoyable weekend and that your ob appt went sounds like a great office.