eniarelocin: (Tiny Toes)
If you are [livejournal.com profile] blackfaerie, [livejournal.com profile] _elric_ or [livejournal.com profile] merrypandora you have won this imaginary gold star.

We went to our ultrasound appointment on Wednesday (attempt number 2) and got right in. The tech was sick, but nice. We got to see some feet and little hands. The baby likes to have its hands by its face (which almost assuredly comes from me). It has a brain, about which I'm quite chuffed. It also had its feet nicely tucked in front of the thing we most wanted to see. How very modest! However, at the last minute, it took its leg and put it up by its head, but the umbilical cord was in the way... so no joy.

[livejournal.com profile] squidgyfishlove seems to think the tech said we could come back for free to try and get a sex again, but I'm pretty sure he added that magick 'f' word all on his own. She did say we could come back, to tell the midwife she said we could, but I don't think free has anything to do with it. I believe it's just that the midwife needs to call in and basically order a visit for us... and I'm pretty sure it would just as expensive as it would be for any other reason. So we may never know... well... at least not until the baby springs forth in all its goo covered glory.

So... I can't tell you what it is yet. But I did scan some images. Sorry it took so long. I've been vrr vrr sick. Enough so that I took the day off of work, if that tells you anything.

Feet, Hands, and the long awaited nose! )

It's definitely growing!
eniarelocin: (Squashed)
Well, the appointment didn't happen this morning. They apparently scheduled us for Thursday, even though we were told Tuesday (today). So, we're going in tomorrow. I know it shouldn't be a big deal, but I have found this to be a huge let down for me this morning. We stopped on the way back to have breakfast, since we were up early for no good reason. I am still hungry. I was still hungry when I finished eating.

All in all this morning has been pretty un-fulfilling. And on top of it I really feel like I'm coming down with something, which doesn't help me in feeling especially chipper.

Ah well... back to my Photoshop final project and hopefully onto playing with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, which arrived yesterday.
eniarelocin: (11w3days)
NEW PICTURES... like I promised. Sorry it didn't happen yesterday. We were busy entertaining a gimpy [livejournal.com profile] kevbonium and blowing him to high heaven in a wondrous game of Worms.

Moving swiftly along, I had a prenatal appointment yesterday. Dumb Dumb Head ([livejournal.com profile] squidgyfishlove) didn't take the day off for it yesterday, so I took his mother instead. Traffic sucked and it seemed like we were there forever, but I guess it worked out alright in the end.
I had two ultrasounds and got to actually see the Wiggle Worm wiggle! It waved to us and did the wiggle dance. That was pretty cool. It is definitely filling up its available space now. No wonder I'm starting to fill up and stretch. (And, of course, it's all expansion from here out.)
Unfortunately, the young one was fairly uncooperative and refused to roll over onto its side and give us a nice profile shot. This was unfortunate for two reasons: 1) I was really hoping to get to see a nose yesterday- that would, to me, really make it look like a little person; 2) they were planning to do a test by measuring the neck but cannot do it unless the baby is in profile. This resulted in asking me to tip and then lay down again, and in the tech going push-push-push with her hand to try to and get the baby to turn. While she is doing this, I am watching the baby bounce around a little bit in the ultrasound. I found this mildly disconcerting, though the baby seemed just fine. I guess that shows just how well protected it is in there. I wonder if it can react to those things yet... and if so, it must be thinking, "what the hell are you doing, mum?!"
Yes, it knows how to curse already. If you look at the second picture, it obviously the spawn of the devil, just as you all predicted. I think it's going to make a fabulous little head-banger. Goth baby. Fwar. (And, we cannot, of course, overlook the Grunge and Metal influences provided by both parents.)

Other point of interest: The doctor has said to go with our original due date, which pleases me. Our official due date is 9 October, 2007. My mum got a little orange onesie with ghosts on it in honour of it being a Halloween Baby. One thing I have to say... at least the birthday parties will rock, and no one will bat an eye at me. (Though I'm very boring compared to past years... makes me want to run in and load up on eye liner.)

So here you go... the devil spawn:See the Creature )
eniarelocin: (7w1d)
The soon-to-be-Dad's thoughts are here.

So... we had our second ultrasound today. I HATED the tech. What a jerk. WHAT_A_JERK! It drives me nuts when people carry off this demeanor of "I'm a nice guy, see how I'm talking to you and explaining, so that makes me a nice guy." No it doesn't, jerk. It just means you're talking. Not listening.
Oh yeah, and hey JERK: don't tell a woman who is obviously grimacing with pain that it doesn't hurt, or shouldn't hurt when it obviously hurts while you are pushing a hard piece of plastic medical equipment and your BONY wrist into her lower abdomen. Jerk.

Oh, and that electrically adjustable chair thing they had was the most uncomfortable things I've ever had to work so hard to sit in while wrapped in a thin cotton sheet. GRRR.

On the plus side, they had very pretty twinkly lights built into their ceiling to look like stars. That was the coolest thing at a medical office I've seen... well... ever, I think.

And even better than that: we got two good pictures and were able to hear the baby's heart beat. Albeit, only for a fraction of a second. He could have let us here it a little bit longer. But we did and that's great. It's exciting to know there is a little alive thing inside of me right now, heart beating away, sapping every ounce of my energy, and getting bigger very quickly.

So, last thing before the pictures:
You may be wondering why there is a '?' in the subject line after the 7w1d thing. Well... that's because they think that it's a little younger than the LMP (Last Menstrual Period) date would suggest. But I'm a bit confused by that, largely due to the fact that my Pregnancy Week by Week book says that the size of the embryo during week 7 starts at 4-5mm and then shoots up to 11-13mm... and given that we're at the beginning of that week (or so we thought) the 6.5-6.7mm measurements they took today would fit just right. But the tech said that this measurement indicates we're at more like 6w3d's or 6w4d's. I'm not entirely convinced. So... until my actual, very nice, OB tells me otherwise I'm sticking with the LMP date because it's the only solid date we have. I guess we'll re-evaluate in a few weeks when we see the OB or as the polliwog gets bigger.

eniarelocin: (6weeks1day)
So, let me begin by mentioning that [livejournal.com profile] squidgyfishlove and I have made an embryo. In other words, I'm Pregnant! And I'm very much excited about it. I think he is too, though he's easing into it a little more than I am.

The plan is to document the pregnancy and the progress of our little person (who we all think is a girl, even though it's too early to really know) in something we are calling Project Pollywog. This is my first entry. He will be making entries as well. I believe there is going to be some sort of website or something created where we will compile these entries, each new ultrasound, and a picture of my growing belly taken daily starting last night.

So, I'm supposed to be blogging about how I'm feeling, and my experiences... so here goes:
Even though I've felt it for weeks, I was too afraid to even remotely admit that I felt it until the end of last week when I was almost two weeks late. And I didn't work up the nerve to by the test until [livejournal.com profile] redcanoe yelled at me. She's scary. I couldn't argue. So, I slept with, clutching, the blanket I used to hold Maya (our friends' 7 month old) while she slept on me the week before. I was hoping maybe the baby vibes would rub off and it looks like they have!

I woke up very early (which I've been doing an awful lot lately) and laid there for a couple of hours. When I finally felt ready I went into the bathroom and took the test we had purchased the night before. I hate those things. They are so awkward. It almost immediately came up with the "+" sign that means positive result. I ran over the to the bed where Stephen was sleeping and drug him out by his arm, demanding he look at it and tell me what it said.

So, since then I've called my doctor and seen the OB. I had my blood drawn and our first prenatal visit on Tuesday. We are going to Overlake OB/GYN as we feel we will get better care there than anything closer to us. I was very nervous... I was trying not to cry while they did the ultrasound. I was so afraid nothing would be there, but obviously there is. However, even though the doc and I both saw a tiny flutter, he said he could not call it a definitive heart beat. He said it could mean I am a little earlier than usual dating would suggest (I may have ovulated even a couple of days late, but I don't think so), or it could just be because they don't have very high resolution equipment, they have the portable monitor. We are going in for a second ultrasound on this coming Tuesday at the high risk facility because they have more sensitive equipment. I am not considered high risk right now... it's just very early on and they want an accurate date. However, everything I've read says it's normal to maybe see a heart beat at 6 weeks. And my friend who does medical transcription says that she sees cases all the time, one that same day actually, of women coming in at 6 weeks and not seeing a heartbeat, even though everything is just fine. I was 6w1d for that image, so it's really quite early.

I'm quite excited for 7 weeks. My Pregnancy Week by Week book showed quite a marked difference in the embryo (it's an embryo until about the end of the first trimester and then it's called a fetus) happening in week seven. And the baby more than doubles in size! Even though I don't look pregnant yet, it's really exciting to learn about all of the development that is happening. It's also a little scary because this is the time when the baby is most susceptible to damage and termination. Basically we have another 6-9 weeks before we're out of the woods, so to speak, but I think it's going to be okay.

I have to say, I'm really looking forward to getting the belly, and really looking pregnant. Right now I feel it. I'm sick, tired, fluttery, my breasts are HUGE and sore, I get randomly dizzy and generally just don't have a lot of energy. I also have a super human sense of smell, which is weird. All of these things make me act oddly, but I don't really look different. Well... I look a little different. My cheeks are very rosy and apparently I glow a little. I'm ok with that. And even though it's probably not obvious to anyone else, we can feel a firmness in my tummy and little bit of a bump. Besides that, I'm uncomfortable in my clothes. My shirts are not long enough, no matter what I do. None of my bras fit. I feel constricted in everything except my lounging clothes- which of course I do not wear in public.

So... with that... it's time for me to go feed the glow worm. Right now it looks a little like what you see below. Although, it looked better other times during the ultrasound. You could see a definite outline with a bright spot in the middle. I hope we get a better picture on Tuesday. But yeah, food calls. This kid is a bottomless pit, sapping every ounce of energy I have. And if I don't eat, I get very stroppy very quickly. So, hopefully more to come tomorrow.

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