Thursday, April 26, 2012
Nevaeh ("heaven" spelled backward and one of the most divisive names around, according to Wattenberg)
Destiny (people dislike names that confer a virtue onto a child, Wattenberg said -- and many associated this name with exotic dancers)
Addison (an example of a masculine named turned feminine, which many people dislike, Wattenberg said)
Gertrude (people said this name is "ugly")
Kaitlyn (for its "made-up" spelling)
Bertha (author's note: duh!)
Kaden (these rhyming names struck many as overdone, Wattenberg reported)
Hunter (too much like a last name or "too violent")
Bentley (people dislike brand-name names, Wattenberg found, calling them "trashy")
Michael (too boring, according to some)
Some names I would add to the list include Harper, Sophia, Olivia, Isabella - simply because they are so overly popular lately. Billy and I have tabled the baby name conversation until we know the gender. He likes names that sound a little outlandish, while I prefer more traditional names. Melissa made a good point about picturing it on a resume. I know I internally judge resumes based on names, and I don't want anyone throwing my kid into the reject pile!
**On another note, I hope the Alpha Phis out there caught the interview with the Colorado sister who spilled yogurt on the president. She kindly corrected Matt Lauer when he mispronounced our Phi.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Symptoms: Fatigue, heartburn, occasional nausea-but not nearly as bad as it was for the first 3 months, increased sense of smell.
Maternity clothes: Not really, but my regular clothes are getting tight. I'm still not big enough to wear maternity clothes. Hair ties and safety pins are used on most of my pants. I still feel more fat than pregnant...it's just an awkward stage.
Cravings: This weekend it was vegetarian sushi.
Aversions: Meat! Billy tries to force it on me every few days, but I will not have it. For protein, I eat almonds, protein bars and Greek yogurt. Unfortunately, he discovered how good my yogurt was and is now trying to steal it, and it's not cheap!
Fun things: Spending time with Lisamarie and maternity shopping this weekend. It's awesome having someone else close by who is also going through this for the first time.
Looking forward to: Summer so I can wear easy dresses. I hate wearing pants - pregnant or not! Also of course looking forward to the gender reveal in 3 weeks!
What I miss: Wine, Coffee - but I do occasionally have a cup. I've eased up on a lot of the "rules" since this first started. I mean, avoiding feta because of the chance of listeria? Please - if I have not been sick because of it on the past 29 years, chances are slim that it will happen now.
Misc: Every week seems like a little victory. I was always confused when women talked about how far along they were in week increments instead of months, but now I get it. A lot changes from week to week, and every week makes a difference to me now. I'm also excited because I just switched to the midwife group at Magee hospital instead of seeing an OB. I had been seeing a midwife at the practice I was at, but she does not deliver anymore.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
In other work related topics...
-University of Pittsburgh just a couple miles down the road has had 100+ bomb threats in in the past two months. Now I bet THEY have some angry parents!
-A students left my office the other day, and her friend that works our front desk said she tweeted, "just met with my advisor and now I feel like a failure." Yes, people. That is my mission.
-Another student told me he would never want my job. Thank you, sir.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I had a sneaking suspicion that I might be pregnant, so I woke up and tested with a cheapo HCG tester. I saw a faint line. So I paced around for a while, stared at Billy while he was sleeping, willing him to wake up. Since the line on the test was so faint, I decided to test one with water, to see the difference. There was definitely a difference. When Billy finally woke up, I showed him the difference, and made him pee on one too, so I could have another comparison. Thank goodness, his did not show up with the pregnant line. Around lunch, I tested again and got the same faint positive line. After lying around for most of the very snowy day, we went out to return a movie, buy a powerball ticket (oh yeah), and buy a digital test for tomorrow. We bought a CBE digital test, because I didn’t want to leave room for interpretation. Since it came with three tests, I tested again after dinner and the digital window almost immediately popped up: pregnant. We are still in a little bit of a state of disbelief, but decided that it must be true, and started calling all of our close family.
Feb 14 – 4.5 weeks
Feb 19 -5 weeks
Feb 28 – 6.5 weeks
March 17 – 9 weeks
March 23 – 10 weeks and 3 days
We got another look at the baby this morning for our first trimester screening. The screening it so measure the space in the baby’s spine and also to have blood work done to check hormone levels. I’ll go ahead and tell the Dr. that they are high! The baby was moving a lot more this morning, and the ultrasound tech kept having me cough, so it would move to the spot she needed it to be to take the measurements. We’re almost to the 2nd trimester and I can’t wait! Rumor has it that energy levels return, and the nausea subsides. Yes, please!!!
April 13 – 13.5 weeks
I realized that this is probably the only time in our lives that we will look forward to doctor’s appointments. The provider I have been seeing is a certified nurse midwife and she is fantastic! We did conclude at today’s appointment that I lost a few pounds, but she didn’t seem too worried. I just need to force myself to eat a little bit more than I have been. We listened to the baby’s heartbeat with the Doppler machine and it sounded so fast, but right on track. She gave us the prescription to schedule the anatomy scan in the 18-20 week period, so I got on the calendar as soon as I could. May 17th can’t get here soon enough! And finally...the long awaited bump picture. I think this is the first time that there is actually something visible. And as you can see, Patton looks very concerned!