Had a great day today (Thursday). Went to the Ob appointment. The Dr got the doppler machine out, like an ultrasound but you just hear the heartbeat. He confirmed the baby’s heart was beating at 130 bpm. He’s happy with my weight gain – 1.5kg since our last meeting on 31/7, my blood pressure is good, and he had a feel around my lower abdomen to feel the size of the uterus. All good there. I asked him a bunch of questions this time, now that I have my head together. What happens if you’re away come delivery time, what do i do if i have an emergency situation after hours, what about ante-natal classes, what’s your take on induction and c-sections or other intervention type stuff?? He said he usually makes arrangements for his office to be covered by another Ob if he is away, he gave me a number for the labour ward if i need someone and they will page him, I need to call tomorrow (Friday) to book into any classes (usually held after 28 weeks) as they book out quickly, and let’s not talk about induction etc yet because its too early – we’ll talk about it later on once we see whether or not I develop high blood pressure or gestational diabetes – “I dont see any reason at this stage why you can’t have a normal natural birth”. Yay! Glad he’s on the same wavelength then. He said once we get closer we’ll start negotiations.

So everything is looking great so far and I have been referred for a 19wk ultrasound in a couple of weeks time. I’m still disputing the date of conception that the last ultrasound gave me and I think next appointment I’ll take my last chart in with me as it proves I didnt ovulate when they think I did.

We can get a video of the next ultrasound which will be a good opportunity for the “grandparents” to see something.
At my next Ob appt I get to book into the hospital.

I came out of there today so much more excited than I was even at the first ultrasound. I don’t really know why. Even though I get a giggle every time I think of those two little feet on the telly it wasnt quite as uplifting as it was today to hear the heartbeat.

The ultrasound report from last time says I ovulated from my right ovary. There’s just a litle bit of trivia for you.

Next appointment is 25/9.

I’ve noticed my sciatica has calmed down the last few days. Well, I’m guessing its sciatica as the location of the pain was exactly as described when someone else had talked about it. It’s a lower back thing but the pain can radiate down one or both legs. It’s usually caused by the baby putting pressure on the sciatic nerve and as such there is no real relief until birth (yay…not). I’ve had a bit of a niggly lower back for years but this was getting intense.. constant pain almost localised to my right butt cheek. Bearable but very annoying and would flare up when I did the simplest things like step my right leg into a pair of jeans or whatever. So anyway just as I had decided to see a chiro that had been recommended to me the pain has since calmed right down. Once I get off the overnight shifts next week I still intend to go though.

So in a couple of weeks we will probably know the sex of the baby and that sounds like a good reason to go shopping.

No developments here really. Have to pee about a dozen times a day. That gets tiresome – especially at work.
I bought Robin Barker’s “Baby Love” book with a Dymocks gift voucher the other day. It’s pretty good. Almost an entire instruction manual for after the birth.
Nana gave us some money to put towards whatever we decide the baby should sleep in.. we’re still keen on the hammock but we’ll wait for a bit in case we change our minds. I’m still feeling like its still too early to buy any of the larger items. Not sure why that is. I guess once we get to 20 weeks I’ll get into it. We’ve also been given more clothes, knitted booties and the like.
OB appt in a week.
Told work last week. Well, I told Sue. I’ll leave it up to her as to when she tells the next level up. More potential training and rostering nightmares bound to crop up in the next few months while we get our newbies sorted out at work. Work is giving me nightmares consistently the last couple of weeks. I know this is a baby blog but honestly work really sux sometimes and I’m glad for the escape hatch. This week I was dreaming of Cisco debugging all night – just what I want when I’m needing quality sleep. The last time I was having vivid work related dreams/nightmares every night was when I was working at One.Tel. Glad to see my optus experience will be just as memorable.

I’ve started doing some pre-natal yoga from a video tape I bought. It’s pretty tiring but I think it’ll be useful if I can keep it up.

We went around on the weekend last week to show all the grandparents-to-be the ultrasound pictures. While we were there Mum gave me some stuff she’d filed away years ago – my birth record book and other bits of info. That was interesting to read through. First tooth at 10.5 months, that sort of thing.

Been philosophising a bit lately. In my own mind, that is. Guess I’m trying to get a handle on what my own beliefs are regarding religion and other life “stuff”. I suppose it starts to matter now that an important purpose of mine will be to guide this new person on it’s own way. I’ve always been the sort of person to require visual, or at least, auditory evidence that something exists. It was the same with the baby.. I didnt really believe it until I saw the scan. I feel the same about “God” and religion. I need to hear his/her voice speaking to me in order to believe. I worried for a while that this meant I had no faith in anything. But I dont think that’s true. I’ve always believed that everything will work out regardless of what shit happens. I dont like to get bogged down in the details of what’s NOT going right anymore because I think it’ll get better eventually. Isnt that a faith in something? A faith in life, or destiny? Then again, maybe its just a head in the sand scenario.


Anyway, on a lighter note…I did the wedding ring test last night. You know, the wedding band on a piece of thread one? So it went around in circles.. which means a boy. Looks like this old wives tale supports my theory. We’ll have to see I guess.

There’s a symbiant lifeform in there!

Finally got the proof today. Had an ultrasound this morning with an almost exploding bladder! But in there was a little human dancing around and waving. Truly fascinating. The nuchal translucency result came back with a good result.. that is, a 1 in 2440 chance of Down’s. A blood test will confirm that and increase the accuracy of the test. If anything is up with that they will call us. We got a couple of pics of the profile of the baby and Matt’s gonna scan those in and I’ll put them up in our gallery.
They also calculated me a week ahead of the dates I had. So today they have me at 13w3d, due date changed to 2/2/04.

Yesterday was the first Ob appointment. Talk about running behind schedule. I was in the waiting room for 1.5 hours. Will definitely call ahead next time. Dr Frumar took my blood pressure – fine.. blood test results that GP ordered – fine… weight 60kg – fine.. no allergies, no twins or congenital defects on either side… He gave me a yellow card that tracks my appointments and results of tests etc.. did a urine test.
Robin, the receptionist, booked me a bunch of appointments until December and I’m supposed to bring a urine speciment to each one.
At 19/20 weeks I get another ultrasound to check on development and should be able to find out the sex. At 28 weeks I’ll get tested for gestational diabetes (GD), and a couple of weeks before due I’ll get an internal to see how close we’re getting.

So, being 13 weeks I guess we’re in the second trimester now. A third of the way there already.

Still no major developments. Yesterday I had these weird pains on my left side ..a bit above my puic bone I guess. Like a stitch but slightly more painful. Short and intermittent. Came and went all day. I suppose it’s ligaments stretching as there hasnt been anything worrying happening.
Someone from EB gave me the scoop on Dr Frumar. She said he was great and that he would most likely refer me to Sydney Womens’ Ultrasound. So hopefully I’ll line up a scan for Friday when Matt might be able to come. After I’ve had the visual proof I’ll let work know I guess, and anyone else that doesnt already know.
I’m still sleeping alot but my appetite is coming back to normal.