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 Americ.an 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.