Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Weekend Warrior

So, I caught a little bug and got sick, so the powers that be in Chapel Hill decided it was time for me to do 2 weeks of IV's. Fun! At least I have yet to get that nasty flu that's going around. Anyway, since I'm sick my mom, aka Mary Poppins, decided to pack up her bag of magical remedies (which of course included lots of beef and cheese) and fly on up to Raleigh to take care of me for a few days. The magical bag must've worked, because my house is now clean, I'm feeling better and I think I even gained a couple of pounds!

But since my mom is the energizer bunny and can never sit still (unless of course there's an ACC basketball game on), she also decided to paint our hallway and guest bathroom, so our house got a mini-makeover too! Here's a pic of the "before" bathroom:

You can't really see it, but the walls were a tan color with kind of a greenish tint, and weren't painted well at all. Very streaky. And my pink/white stuff didn't really match the walls at all.

But noooow ::drumroll please:: here's the new bathroom!So those that come visit, be prepared for a much sexier bathroom.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Screening results are in!

The genetic counselor called me today with our official results. Since I'm 25 (well, almost), my risk starts out at about 1/750 for our child to have Downs or Trisomy 13. With the results of the ultrasound and blood test, that risk was lowered to 1/1000+. So good news!

On an unrelated note, let me tell you about our very romantic Valentine's day. I made steaks and twice baked potatoes, and riiight before we were finished with dinner I got nauseous and threw it all up. Guess we won't soon forget that one :). Good thing we decided not to go out and do an expensive meal!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Mike and I went yesterday to have first trimester screening for chromosomal abnormalities like Downs Syndrom and Trisomy13. They just do an ultrasound and bloodwork to determine if you are at a higher risk for these, and if you are then you can do further testing. We went to the Raleigh UNC office, which is at Rex Hospital, and liked it sooo much better than the Chapel Hill UNC office. Just a lot newer, nicer, and so much easier to get in and out of- not to mention it's 30 minutes closer to our house. Since it is the same group, we are thinking that I might switch permanently to Rex.

We met with a genetic counselor, then went in for the ultrasound (my first abdominal one, yay!). They had the fancy shmancy machine that does the 3-D (or is it 4-D? I can never remember) pictures, so that was awesome!!! I'm so glad that Mike decided to come b/c it was definitely the best appointment yet. The ultrasound took about 30 minutes, b/c the technician kept trying to get the baby to roll over, and the baby refused. Already stubborn! Lots of kicking and waving of the fists though, in protest to all the jiggling. We'll get official results in about a week, but the ultrasound looked really good and way below the higher risk category.

So here are my pictures!!! I carry them around everywhere with me, I can't stop looking at them! I wasn't sure if I wanted to see the 3-D pics, b/c it's so detailed that you can really see what the baby looks like, and I didn't want to ruin any surprises. But I'm SO glad they did it, I love them :). If the baby had flipped over or stretched a bit, we might have gotten a guess at the gender yesterday, but since it was stubborn we'll have to wait until next month.

Sorry for the bad quality, we don't have a scanner so I just took pictures of the pictures. Oh, and the updated due date is August 23rd...Mike's birthday, LOL!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Appointment Numero Dos

Second appointment today! It was a quickie, they basically just checked on how I was feeling and used the doppler to listen to the baby's heartbeat. It was in the 150's and sounded great! I was excited to get to hear it again. My weight is down a bit, I've been losing weight since I still hate pretty much all food. But the doctor said that food aversion is fairly common and it should go away in the next couple of weeks. I sure hope so! I mean, not that I don't love force feeding myself at every meal. Mike and I did decide to forgo the traditional nice Valentine's meal out, since I will most likely only take 3 bites and not really enjoy those. Maybe next year (ha!).

So that was it for this week! I swear I'll add in pictures of myself once I start to show, but right now I only look a tiny bit chubby, and really only after I eat a meal. I can't wait for the baby bump to start, b/c I am ready to start maternity clothes shopping! To be honest, I've already bought a few things and wear them on a regular basis. Jeans with stretchy panels are a fabulous idea, pregnant or not.

I have an appointment to in Raleigh on Feb 11th to get screened for Down's syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. Just an ultrasound and some bloodwork. And then we will do another ultrasound at my next appointment, on March 3rd, and will hopefully be able to determine the sex then! I am SO excited to find out. I am trying to do equal opportunity gender shopping when I'm browsing online for baby stuff :).