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Meet the OB

Up until this point in my pregnancy, I’ve just been seeing my family doctor. Generally, unless you’re high risk or have already been regularly seeing an obstetrician for some reason, that’s how pregnancies are handled. You see your family doctor until the end of your second trimester, then you switch over to the care of an OB for the remainder.

For someone who HATES going to doctors, meeting a new one and entrusting yourself into their care for several months is a very unnerving experience. So it was with great trepidation that I headed off to my first OB appointment yesterday morning.

My first impression upon just seeing her from the waiting room was that she was grumpy and scary and it wasn’t going to be good. She wasn’t smiling. She didn’t seem friendly at all. I was expecting the worst.

Buuuut I was wrong. 🙂

*phew*

She actually turned out to be really awesome. I think I’m really going to like being in her care for the rest of my pregnancy! She was super friendly. And I didn’t feel like she was rushing through the appointment. She took the time to ask how I was feeling and whether I had any questions or concerns. She didn’t just shrug off my complaint about heartburn. (I had been telling my family doctor for over a month that my heartburn was becoming unbearable and that I have been waking up in the middle of the night coughing on stomach acid that’s up in my throat. But he always just told me to keep taking Tums, even though that clearly wasn’t working.) The moment I voiced my concern to the OB, she offered two suggestions for other medications I could try. She also told me things like my blood pressure, how big my belly was measuring, and what the baby’s heart rate was. Usually with my family doctor, I had to ask for those details. Otherwise, he’d just say that everything was good. So, overall, it was a great experience. I think I’m really going to like being under her care, and that’s one less thing to worry about as I get closer to delivery!

Just a little over nine weeks left! 😀

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29 weeks! :)

How Far Along: 29 weeks today! Only 11 weeks left! :O

How Big Is Baby: according to ‘The Bump’ he’s about 15.2-16.7 inches long and weighs about 2.5-3.8 pounds!

Total Weight Gain: haven’t been weighed in almost a month. Was up 8 more pounds at that appointment.

Stretch Marks: Nothing yet thankfully.

Maternity Clothes: Still able to wear all the stuff I bought before, but a few of the shirts are getting tight. When I’m not at work, I mostly wear sweatpants or dresses/leggings.

Sleep: my sleepiness has returned with a vengeance. Hello, third trimester!

Best Moment(s) of the Week: this week really hasn’t been a good one. 😦 I failed my first gestational diabetes test, and had to go back for the second one. The second test involves fasting overnight, getting bloodwork drawn, drinking the icky orange glucose drink, and going back for more bloodwork at one, two and three hours later while still fasting! Not fun. Bu I guess if I had to pick a best moment, it would be shopping for baby things with my hubby. He found a onesie that says “I *heart* Daddy” and got really excited about it, because he hasn’t been able to find much “daddy” stuff. I love seeing him get excited about our little man. 🙂 I also started making a pregnancy scrapbook this week, and really like how it’s turning out!

Craving(s): nothing really. My nausea is back, so I’ve been keeping it bland again.

Food Aversion: greasy stuff.

Symptoms: nausea is back full force. Heartburn. And super sleepy.

Movements: lots! And I love every second. Hubby has been able to feel him a lot more, and my sister, dad, and mother-in-law have all managed to catch a kick too!

What Do I Miss: still missing my runny eggs! Strawberry daiquiris. Being able to bake and eat the raw dough / batter.

Belly Button In or Out: still in, but getting more shallow.

Wedding Ring On or Off: On. Except at night.

Gender: still a boy. 😉

Looking Forward To: November!

Next Appointment: Thursday is my last one with the family doc, then starting to see the OB next Tuesday.

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Nursery pictures!

As promised – here are a few pictures of our completed nursery! 🙂

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So.much.excitement!

Today was a very exciting day!

First, I am now 27 weeks pregnant! Which means that I am officially in my third trimester! Different sources claim that the third trimester starts anywhere from 26 to 28 weeks, so 27 weeks seems like the perfect compromise! 27 weeks is also the point where, if the baby was born, he would have a good chance of surviving without any permanent deficits. So it is indeed a happy time!

The second exciting thing that happened today was my 3D ultrasound! I may be a little biased, but I think we have an adorable little man growing in there. 🙂

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We didn’t get a whole lot of great pics of him because he just wouldn’t stop moving. I mean, he was wiggling around SO much! We got quite the amazing show! He had his little hands and feet up by his face, and was sucking on his fingers and toes! At one point he was even putting the umbilical cord in his mouth! We got to see a couple of little yawns too.

We also got our confirmation that he is most definitely a boy! As soon as the tech put the ultrasound wand on my belly, she got a perfect glimpse of him with both legs up over his head and his little boy parts on full display!

And, with that confirmation, we rushed home to finish decorating the nursery! No need to return all the little man things we’ve purchased! Nursery pics to follow! 🙂

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