Striped Toe Socks

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello Second Trimester!

Wow, the weeks are just flying along. Tomorrow is the (un)official start of the second trimester. I won't get the final results of Monday's test until next week, but the measurements all looked normal. It wasn't performed by my regular doctor. We had to go to a special perinatal testing center, and the tech was one of those people you just can't get to smile. Thankfully the doctor was very nice. We'll be back there for the 20 wk scan.

Seeing the baby is more incredible every time. We got to see jumping, arm waving and maybe some thumb sucking! The baby is measuring three days ahead, my little overachiever.

Today was my normal four week OBGYN appointment. I got to hear the heartbeat (150bpm) again, that never gets old, adding to my desire to rent a doppler. It will probably be another seven weeks before I can feel the baby move, such a looong time. The only lich was in my previous blood work, I'm no longer immune from Rubella. So if you see me near a rashy looking child, you have to knock it out of my path and put a paper bag over it's head so it doesn't breath on me. What, that seems reasonable.

The gender debate, or not a debate since we are both firm in our opinions, continues. It really makes the knitting planning more difficult. There are so many preshus girrrrl baybee things, and not so much in the manly boy area. I did find a few gender neutral patterns that I actually like. My current favorite is The Vintage Car Coat.

I feel like I've popped out the last few days. I'm not sure a stranger would notice, but I am moving past the "she's chubby" stage and heading slowly toward the looking pregnant stage.

I'm happy, and a little smug. (Yes Lisa, I still think it's funny and I'm not bitter)
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Test Anxiety

I'm 12wks today, yay! I'm slowly starting to feel less sick, which is a huge relief, no matter how grateful I am that my hormones are working right.

On Monday I have my first trimester screening test. It involves an ultrasound and blood work. It will give us our chances of having a baby with Downs and will also give indications of other congenital problems. I'm nervous as hell. There is a relatively high false positive rate, 5% will get a positive and 5% of that group will actually have a child with a problem. We almost canceled it this week. Considering the increased risk of miscarriage with more invasive testing this will be as far as we go, beyond more ultrasounds. We wouldn't terminate for Downs, so we will just kind of be stuck with the results we get. I think it's my shaky confidence that it will tell us everything is fine that is keeping me going.

I spent so much time worrying that I would miscarry that I didn't have room to worry about anything else.

We are also debating finding out the sex. I really want to know. J was indifferent at first, but now thinks he doesn't want to find out. Considering my inability to keep my mouth shut about any kind of surprise, we have to come to some conclusion.

posted by Ginny at 11:36 AM 1 comments

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy (4th day of the) New Year!

Yeah, I'm a little late, but I'm pregnant and have a cold with a lovely barking cough. I am so hawt right now. I'm not sure how J can resist my charms. But yes, I"M PREGNANT! In case you have missed that announcement somehow along the way. Plus, I just like seeing it in print.

It's been five weeks since I found out, we have had two ultrasounds and heard a racing heart. Still, it feels, sometimes, like I'm pretending. When I was a little girl I played house or "grown up" and that's what I feel like now, that I'm just faking it. Of course my breasts have become The Boobs of Doom, sometimes I throw up as soon as I get up and my favorite jeans don't button comfortably anymore. (despite the fact that I've only gained one pound) My little gummy bear is real and moving around inside me. The other moments are the holy crap I'm having a baby in August! moments.

The Christmas knitting did not get finished. Yes, I'm blaming the baby, poor baby. I'm barely a third of the way through Alex's scarf. I did finish Chrissy's mittens and the two toddlers scarves, so I'm not a complete failure. The bad thing is, of course, I miss knitting for me. I think I am the worlds most selfish knitter.

I like the idea of knitting resolutions much more than the regular kind. Besides I can't resolve to lose weight this year, so why bother. I had originally planning to participate in Sock Wars, but things changed and I know I wouldn't have been able to put my best foot forward with it. I also gave some thought to working through Elizabeth Zimmermanns Knitter's Almanac, but I really don't want to knit everything in it anyway. (If I have a girl though, you can bet she'll be wearing a February Baby Sweater) So here are the things I want to accomplish in 2010.

1-Conquer charts, both lace and colorwork
2-Finish at least one blanket for the baby
3-Always have a pair of socks on the needles (um, hopefully not the same sock all year)
4-Learn some new sock skills, such as heel flaps and toe up socks.

I think that's enough to keep me busy for a while.
posted by Ginny at 10:03 AM 2 comments