I had my first OB appointment on my birthday, the 6th. I was 11 weeks 1 day, and it was a great little addition to the day. I chose a new OB because I want to deliver at the hospital that I work at. Believe it or not, I looked at reviews online before choosing him. He's an older man that has been practicing almost as many years as I've been alive.
I was impressed with the office. They seemed very organized and I didn't have to wait long at all. I had my weight and blood pressure taken, gave a urine sample, had blood drawn and then waited to see the Dr. It had been almost 2 years since I had a pap smear so that they did that as well. I really like my new Dr. He was incredibly nice, spent a good amount of time with me, was great to listen to my questions, and even addressed concerns that I hadn't thought about. He offered to get me a prescription for nausea, but I said I'd been ok controlling it. I had been until later that night after the appointment when I decided to throw up more times than I could count. Ironic, yes? I asked him about running a half marathon in April and he encouraged it, said it was a great idea. If I ever get enough energy to get some long runs in, I might feel prepared for it. I told the Dr. that I was an ultrasound tech and he seemed glad that I knew the baby was growing and developing like it should. He found the heartbeat with the doppler which was fun. Even though I scan myself often, it's always fun to hear baby's heartbeat.
We talked about c-section timing. I've gone overdue with both the boys. Chan was an emergency c-section and Rowan was scheduled when I went overdue and failed to go on my own. He said they normally deliver a week early, but honestly, I'm wanting to go to my due date. I know that they usually do c-sections earlier so you don't go into labor as well, but he wasn't worried that I'd go into labor since I haven't ever on my own. He said if I wanted to go to my due date, that was no problem. I might schedule for a few days early, but I strongly believe that pregnancy is not a convenience and that we have due dates for a reason. I get annoyed when I scan women that are 36-37 weeks and say they are so uncomfortable they can't take anymore. You've been pregnant that long, what is a few more weeks? I'll get off that rant for now.
I've had a lot of people ask me if I want a girl. The answer is of course I want a girl, but I also want a boy. I want a healthy baby, and since the sex was determined long ago, I don't see a point in getting hyped up about it. I'm just SO excited at the thought of having a baby in the house again. I'm sure that I will find out a lot earlier just because I can scan myself, so I'm hoping to know if baby is a boy or a girl by the first part of March when I am 15-16 weeks. My OB was sensitive to the fact that I am an ultrasound tech and asked if I'd rather have someone I know do my scan and not have it done in his office. I thought it was really thoughtful. I'm going to schedule it so that my mentor from ultrasound school will do it. She's amazing, and there's nobody I trust more when it comes to ultrasound.
I am worried about swelling and being pregnant in the heat of the summer. I retained SO much water with Chandler and he was born in October, I'm nervous what an August baby will be like.
I started doing a video diary once a week starting at 8 weeks. I knew that I wanted to do a really good job documenting this pregnancy. Just warning, you might get a lot more detail than you want if you actually read here. ;) I didn't do a terrible job with the boys, but I don't have much until 16-18 weeks. I'll share video diaries when I get around to uploading them on youtube. A lot of my thoughts that are here are also on my videos, but it never hurts to have my bases covered, right? I also bought some cute tummy stickers so that I can do biweekly photos.
I'm starting to poke out a little, and I can't suck it in, so I'm glad that people know about the baby. No weight gain yet, but I tend to pack it on in the 3rd trimester.
Alright, I guess I'm done with this novel for now. I just need to record my thoughts while I have them. Video journals and pictures to come!! WAHOO!