Written August 24, 2012
Sooooo…we’re up to eight and a half weeks. Here are some photos from along the way. Note that there are none from week eight because we forgot, but we’ve got weeks five, six, and seven, and they all look much alike, so fear not, no big changes have been missed.
The big news this week was doctor’s appointment number one. I met with a Doctor at Mt Auburn Hospital in their Center for Women’s Health. They have a very extensive network of OBGYNs and Midwives, and the theory behind which they approach babies and births is very in line with how Chris and I feel about it, so that made us feel comfortable as we float in this sea of uncertainty. The first appointment was with a doctor because the midwives were all booked, but from here on out we’ll proceed through appointments with a midwife. I’ll explain more about our experiences as time goes on, but I feel very strongly about how midwives approach pregnancy, labor, delivery, and post-natal care, so it seems like a good fit. If we turn out to be wrong, at least now we know of one doctor at Mt Auburn that we feel comfortable with, so there’s always other options.
The details from the first appt: medical history, physical exam, blood tests, tra la la. Nothing too exciting, although we now know the big day: 3.31.13. In keeping with neat and tidy dates (06.09.12), we were pleased to hear we succeeded in achieving a neat and tidy date for our next adventure.
On to how we’re feeling…I seem to have hit that not-so-sweet spot of constant nausea, exhaustion, and overall blahness. There are days when I feel fine – they usually come after too many days of not feeling fine – but overall it’s a general ehh-ness that I could do without. On a positive note, the doctor told me that the worst tends to run between weeks eight and ten, so hopefully his thoughts hold true. We’ll see. I’ve still managed to keep fairly active…a few short runs, plenty of walks, hopefully enough healthy food. All told I think I’m hanging in there about as well as can be expected. I have developed a pretty hearty love for the recliner though…a love for which I feel no shame. None.
As for the two of us, we’re doing well. Still overwhelmed by the notion of what’s to come, and all that needs to be done in the meantime, but aside from all those big thoughts…we’re really excited.
The biggest thing on my mind right now is telling everyone we love that we’re having a mini aardvark…I’m nervous about it for some reason but also quite excited. It’s big news!
In the meantime, off I go. It’s time for an afternoon stroll and then the weekend. Three cheers for the weekend!