Wednesday, September 11, 2013

State of Our Union - Baby Edition

Ian and I expanding our house by two feet. Oh boy (or girl) what a cliche. I am pregnant! My due date is March 8, 2014. I've had three ultrasounds (long story) and the little bugger looks like this:


I am at 14 weeks now and we are beyond excited, especially now that our families know. It happened a million times quicker than either of us thought it would. We have 5 1/2 months to get our heads wrapped around it. 

Here is a breakdown of the usual questions I get:
  • It is not easy being green! - It shouldn't be called Morning Sickness when it occurs all damn day. I have been really sick but thankfully just nauseated.  I have tried the prescription medicine diclectin and it did nothing but make me drowsy. Kitchen Adventures is to be continued... I barely feel like eating and can't be tempted to eat new foods. (Sorry Ian)
  • Not big on surprises! - Yes, Ian and I will be finding out the sex of the baby as soon as humanly possible. We are both planners and it is vital information, for us and our families.
  • A whole year?? - As of today, I do plan on taking the full year of maternity leave. It is so unbelievable that I will be off of work for an entire year. But my company tops up my salary for 10 weeks and I know that the time off is an absolute GIFT. 
  • OB or Midwife Debate - Even today I have been waffling on this decision. I have heard such good things about local midwives... and it is proving to be a big challenge to get accepted by an OB prior to the usual 28 weeks - the good ones fill up quickly... I found out that the midwives group that I wanted to get into is actually booked for my due date. So both are a challenge. I will find out hopefully tomorrow if I was accepted by the OB I wanted. I knew some things would be frustrating.. this is one of them.
  • Downgraded - Needless to say the Brittany Upgraded project is on hold. I briefly touched 40lbs lost but went up from there. This aspect was the only one that gave me pause - if you could call it that. (I said "aww darnit" in my head.) I have gained about 5lbs so far. In my range, I need to gain at least 15lbs, which will mostly be weight from the baby. If I eat well and pack it on at a good pace, I shouldn't gain back all I lost. The eating well part is hard right now as NOTHING sounds good and the thought of eating turns my stomach. But I'm keeping down my prenatal vitamins and enough food for baby and I.
  • What's in a name? - This is one part that we won't be sharing. We've decided to keep the name game a secret process. Why? Opinions are like tushies*, everyone has one. If we put a name out there, I'm sure someone knows someone with that name that they don't like very much... (don't worry - we are not going to pick something unique like "Perla" or "Ryker". It will be a "normal" run of the mill name). So it is best if this part stays secret. 

What's up next? Prenatal appointments, potentially a high resolution ultrasound at McMaster University and lots of waiting. Oh and shopping. Lots of shopping. :) 

*Phrase changed to be more baby friendly...

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