Saturday, May 23, 2009


I have been a terrible blogger lately and I apologize to everyone. Not only have I been a slacker about posting, but I am way behind on my reading and commenting too! I blame "Ralphie" for my new found slackerdom. I wish I could say my laziness was limited to my blogging, but I have been pretty useless across the board. Thank goodness my husband rocks! He is becoming quite the house husband ;)

Last Friday morning and we had our first OB appt. I have always loved my doc, but I had no idea how different it is when you are a pregnant patient. They really rolled out the red carpet. I met a doc I had not seen before and he was great. He was thorough and patient and candid. The appt started with some basic health questions and an internal exam with pap. Then, I got dressed and we had a sit down in the office where he went through all kinds of info and answered our questions. He told me to call whenever I have a question or concern. He recognized how much we have been through and said worrying is 100% normal. He is pretty laid back about things like lunch meat and soft cheese, but he did stress that the soft cheese has to be pasturized. He also told us that the FDA recommendation for EVERYONE is to heat lunch meat before consumption and obviously not many people do that. He joked that he has never seen a patient die from a deli sandwich and moderation is the key. I have not wanted deli meat, so it has been a non-issue so far, but I did have a chicken finger sub last night smothered in blue cheese and it was sooooooooo good. Anyway, I our appt was great and we head back on June 4th. The only downside is that insurance does not cover u/s @ the office so I had to schedule one off site on Monday. See the wrap up below for details!

In spite of the fact that I am 9w2d pregnant, I am going to devote this post to the 8 week wrap up.

How am I feeling? Not so good. After a long weekend of feeling AWFUL - exhausted, queasy and YUCKY overall, on Tuesday morning @ 8w4d, I started vomiting. Luckily, it has not been too bad. It is averaging every other day and only in the morning as soon as I get out of the shower. The good news is that on the days that I get sick, I feel great the rest of the day.

Milestones of the week: There have been a few this week. My first ob appt, u/s and hearing the heartbeat. The u/s was AMAZING! Ralphie has grown so much in just 2 weeks. He was really starting to look like a baby. Sean got to see the baby move its arms and we got to hear the heartbeat for the first time. It was 171bpm and the most beautiful sound we have ever heard. The tears started running and just wouldn't stop. It was incredible. I think a doppler is in my future, because I could listen to that sound all day long.

What is Ralphie up to? He or she is the size of a kidney bean and has webbed fingers and toes and is constantly moving around.

What am I craving? Carbs, lots and lots of carbs.

Aversions: Anything can set me off to feeling awful without warning.

Weight Gain: +3 total. OB wants me to limit my weight gain to 15-20 max, so I am going to have to be careful. Right now though, if something sounds good and tastes good, I eat it.

Discovery of the week: Motherhood Maternity Secret Belly capris. Yes, I broke down and bought a pair and I looooove them. The bella band works with most of my pants and jeans, but for some reason, it did not work out with my jean capris and those are a staple of my wardrobe so I had to find a solution. I am also looking quite plump in regular shirts so I bought some cute ruched tops at Motherhood that don't look maternity at all, but don't make me look quite so fat because they don't cling to the belly in all the wrong places.

What do I miss? My sex drive :(

All in all, it was a great week! We decided to head up to Buffalo for the holiday weekend and to celebrate my 30th birthday and my Mom's birthday. The drive was good and we are enjoying ourselves. I will be sure to do my 9 week update sooner than later and try to be a better blogger! Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!

Finally, some pics from our u/s. The first one is the side view and the head is pointed down and the feet are curled up at the top. The 2nd one is the front view and you can see both arms and legs in this shot. I am so in love!!!


ana said...

Hi! New to commenting, but I've been reading along for a while---I am at the same stage as you in a long-awaited pregnancy (and my birthday is also this weekend, though I saw 30 go by a while ago)! Its nice reading along at your experience.

Lorza said...

woo hoo! I have been a bad blogger too...but I really don't have anything to say lately. :( I am excited you are doing well- I bet it is different to be on the other side of the island (alluding to Mel's book Land of IF).


ashley said...

It'll just keep getting better and better. Despite all the nausea and vomiting and anything else icky associated with pregnancy, it truly is a miracle! Glad you're doing well!

Ashley said...

Glad everything is going great!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Carrie said...

So, so happy for you! I am so glad the ultrasound went well and you liked the OB. This is BEYOND exciting!!!

If you decide to get a Doppler, I rented the 49$/month one from and it came in two days! LOVE to listen to the babies... and I know it would rest your mind, too.

Happy 30! I am so glad all is well.


The Patterson's said...

It's been a great week!! Hope you enjoy this holiday weekend!

Lisa said...

YAY!!! I too have been very very exhausted. Making a baby is hard work!!

P.S. I think you are having a girl, so you better come up with a new name : )

Caroline said...

I'm so glad that things are going well for you. Thinking of you! x

Maria (MKC101103) said...

Soooo happy for you!!!! If the m/s keeps up, try sea-sickness bands. They were a big help for me. And carbs were good for calming down my belly.

And I hope you start posting belly pics soon :)

bella1021 said...

YEah!! Happy birthday!! Hope you enjoy your weekend away!!!

Jill said...

Baby Ralphie is just beautiful!! I love the u/s pics and you will LOVE hearing that doppler very soon. I'm just so happy things are going so well (other than the m/s of course). Hopefully, that won't last much longer.

Oh and about the weight gain, that seems low to me (fwiw), so don't worry if you gain more. I think it's best to just be focused on baby's weight gain. You've shown how you can take the weight off this year, so you'll do it afterwards. Until then, enjoy every mouth-watering food craving you might have. I've already gained the minimum weight for a twin pg and don't care. My boys are big and that gives me some solace in case they are born early.

HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY TO YOU TODAY! Hope you're having fun in Buffalo!

Finally, no worries about being a bad blogger. I'm so much worse than you! But at least we have lots of things to update when we finally post, right?

Barefoot said...

Don't worry about being a slacker....I completely understand the fatigue. I actually seem to be feeling a bit better these last couple of days, so maybe you'll be out of the puking/napping phase soon?

Congrats on the beautiful's so cool when they start to look like an actual baby.

Meant to be a mom said...

Bummer you've been feeling bad. But I'm so glad your hubby is so amazing and is taking care of you. Also sounds like little Ralphi is doing great. Yay Ralphi!
Keep growing little one.

sweetpeanme said...

Its about time you posted slacker!! :o) I've missed reading about your progress! Glad to hear things are going smoothly, though you haven't been feeling well!

M. said...

What a gorgeous little bebe!! Congratulastions on the fantastic heartbeat (our first hbs were closer to 100) and on moving to the secret belly. I swear that thing saved my life :)

daisy6671 said...

Thanks so much for sharing your story! I appreciate the encouragement to keep trying!

Clio said...

I'm so happy to see that you are doing good overall and that your baby is doing fabulous. :))
nice touch at the clinic huh? special treatment for pregnant patients... I never thought about it.
How nice that your husband is stepping up to the plate and letting you enjoy your slackerdom. ;)