Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Preggers Chronicles: Best Week Ever

Best week ever…. Isn’t that a show that comes on before TMZ or the Daily 10 or something? Anyway, what a tremendous week of maternal bliss!!! In no particular order (well, maybe chronological works best, but with headers so you can skip to the bottom to find out the most interesting part):

THE VEGAN MIDWIFE
Monday, August 11: Doctor’s appointment… I meet my Midwife I’m “trying on for size” and we were freaking MFEO (made for each other… isn’t that on Sleepless in Seattle?). Get this: she’s a VEGAN mid-wife who did her Master’s Thesis on Proper Nutrition for Vegans and Vegetarians during pregnancy, and the paper was published. Sooo cool! She’s also having her second child this week AND having her 2nd cesarean …which makes me feel even better about things because I know she won’t be militant about the natural child birth thing if there are any complications.

BUT BACK TO THE OBGYN?
Also, with her delivering this week and taking maternity leave and all, she’ll be out when I have my next appointment… so I get to see my crazy-cool Led Zeppelin loving OB in her stead… which is a good thing because then I’ll have 2 appointments with the guy before I deliver so we’ll have bit more familiarity incase his services are needed.) And I LOVE that the practice I’m at has the midwives in “cahoots” with an OB so you really can feel a lot better about complications.

But I LOVE her!!!! She gave me this HUGE packet of info, talked to me about yoga and postures and food and teeth whitening (you know I’m borderline OCD about my crazy fangs right?) and everything else I wondered about in the last 6 weeks … and well, she was just great.

HOLY HEARTBEAT BATMAN!
So not only does she check out all my womanly stuff… I get to hear the heartbeat for the first time. Which I was totally nervous about, because what if you don’t heart anything? Or it’s abnormal… you know, all these things we’re making me nervous…. But our little nubbins is super active and the heartbeat was amazing!!! I got all teary eyed and was so happy to have some concrete evidence I could hear (not just measured by a urine sample.)

THE DUE DATE: FEBRUARY 3rd – FEBRUARY 9th?
My paperwork had me at 14 weeks. My pelvic exam had me closer in 15… and when the last date of my lunar cycle was discussed again, I told them I really had no idea. All those numbers from the past couple of months had been guesstimates at best. Soooo, they suggested I get in for an ultrasound ASAP so we could get a better indication of really how far along I was/am.

AND THE MAGICAL NUMBER IS…
So it turns out I’m 16 ½ weeks! With a new Due Date of January 23rd! Which means I got to cut off an entire extra 2 weeks of pregnancy… and considering I didn’t even find out I was pregnant until more than 2 months into my blessed state, I think ignorance is the way to go. I’m just glad I felt inclined to eat well, exercise and take prenatals when we were even thinking about possibilities… because, well… we never expected it to creep up this fast, obviously.

ULTRASOUND SAYS:
First of all, it was amazing to see our little guy. He’s so active and as soon as he flashed up on the screen his little hand was up in the air like he was waving (not to camera shy, must take after his mother on that one). He moved all around… and was kicking and dodging and it was so beautiful to see. His face (via ultrasound shadows) looked like the cutest little alien I had ever seen. It is humbling and magnificent to think that someone so blessed is inside of me:

Holden, welcome to the world (via my womb). I hope it’s comfortable and safe for you in there. I’ve been trying to eat right and give you plenty of activity/stimulation to keep you busy (and I’ve been trying to rest a lot, because man you wear me out!) I already feel this tremendous connection to you (and not just because you seem to hate fast food and fried food even more than your mother). Your Daddy thinks you look amazing too; and secretly, I think he’s already figured out how soon he can get you into little league. I told him you might want to do ballet like Billy Elliot… but whatever you want to be or do, you can. Your Daddy and I already love you so much. Thanks for the quiet messages you’ve sent to me. I love that we have our own unique way of communicating. I’m sure you’ll let me know when you get tired of the protein shakes (but I worry about your nutrition!) I got the memo on the french fries and the chicken LOUD and CLEAR! No need to resend that communiqué. 

I love you with all my soul and am excited to see you in about 5 - 6 lunar months. 

Love,
Mommy 

Oh yeah, ultra sound confirmed ... it’s a boy. ;)

10 comments:

Amy R. said...

Congrats Suite. Boys rock.

Melissa said...

Your sweet letter made me tear up Mama.

Your midwife sounds awesome. Boys are so much fun, congrats! And talk about a major score on the due date.

I'm glad you had an awesome week, and not a day too soon I'm sure!

Rob-ness said...

Congrats Suite-ness!

Cicely said...

You're having a boy?! I'm having a ... ... ... Oh that's right. I don't know yet.

Lamer.

I'm so happy for you.

Sabrena Suite-Mangum said...

Just for the record, I did tell my little sister I was having a boy before I posted it to the web.

She's just a little bent because she's 4 weeks further along than me and her midwife's nurse is a little insane. For details check out her last blog entry. ;)

Love you Cic.
ssm

SJ & Family said...

congrats on the boy!! i LOVE the name holden. i really wanted to name one of my boys holden, but my hubby used his veto power on that one (along with nearly every boy name in the universe. i am surprised we didn't just call them "baby boy 1" and "baby boy 2") anyhoo...congrats & best of luck!! :o)

ashli said...

congrats sabrena!
i love boys.....they are a total kick!

Kat said...

congrats on the boy! I love the name Holden

WIKKY said...

oh man.. that is totally making me crave another one even though my husband had the "snip, snip" back in December! Congrats on a sweet little boy. Josh is our first and such a great big brother. Couldn't ask for better. I love the name and all of the fun experiences! Lunch with Linds sounds great! Let's do it!!!

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