Angela's Journal: The very beginning

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Angela's Journal: The very beginning

I just took my first (very light) positive home pregnancy test this morning, and I haven't told anybody yet.

I'm excited and nervous and can't wait to find out from my doctor's office if it is for real. I can't wait to tell my husband either, but of course I haven't been able to get a hold of him this morning.

He is a pilot and works seven days on, seven days off. He just left for work on Sunday so he won't be home until Saturday.

I went for my annual well woman exam on Friday, 5/26 and went back to the doctor the morning of 6/1 for my blood and urine tests. Although the first day of my last period was Saturday, 4/29, I didn't think it was too unusual that I hadn't started my period by 6/1.

When my nurse practitioner called with the lab results (all good), she didn't say anything about pregnancy so I figured that I wasn't.

When I still hadn't started my period yesterday (6/5), I knew I was definitely late. I woke up before the alarm went off this morning and took the pregnancy test. Although it was very faint, it was positive. I got dressed, went to the grocery store and bought 2 more pregnancy tests. I took the second test when I got to work, with the same result.

I just called my doctor's office and because it was less than a week ago when I had my blood and urine tests, they can still retest for pregnancy. (Apparently, they don't do this unless it is requested.) I may find out today for sure, or tomorrow at the latest. I am so ready for the doctor's office or my husband to call me.

I'll post again as soon as I find out what the doctor and/or my husband have to say.

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Day 3?--Third Pregnancy Test

I took another hpt this morning, and it is a lot clearer postitive than the last two. I've decided that I am not going to wait a week to go back to my family doctor, but instead am going to find an OB-GYN near my office and go today at lunch.

I can't wait to find out for sure! My husband is happy, but it's kind of hard to be too excited when we don't have a doctor's confirmation yet.

Right now, he's making comments like, "No more Taco Bell for you." I asked why, and he said it's because it's not healthy. That's sweet, I guess.

Also, "You're not going to gain 50 pounds, right?" That's not so sweet. "Find out if you can exercise." Well, at least I can see where his mind is on all of this!

I think he finally understood that, if I am pregnant, I can't clean out the litter box. Of course, he also thought the next words out of my mouth were going to be that I wasn't able to do laundry! Men are silly!!

Guess I better go for now, and try to find an OB-GYN near my office on our insurance plan! Wish me luck!

Angela

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Fight with Husband

Jimmy and I just had our first fight since my first hpt. It all started with which OB-GYN I was going to see.

I was going to find an OB-GYN near my office so I could go at lunch and have my hpt confirmed. I figured that if I liked the doctor, I would continue to see him or her, as my appointments would all be scheduled during work hours.

My husband's point, which I totally understand, is that I should pick the hospital where I would like to deliver and choose a doctor who delivers at that hospital.

Fine. I conceded that point, even though it means a lot of driving for my doctor's visits. I chose an OB-GYN on my insurance plan, in the city where we live, that delivers at the hospital which my husband and I chose.

The doctor graduated in 1991, so he's fairly young and is accepting new patients. I made an appointment for 11 am this morning (not my lunch hour, as I was hoping) and will leave my office at 10:30 am.

I tell my husband this, thinking he'll be pleased. I also mention that the doctor has the same first and middle name as my brother (I admit that did influence which doctor I chose.).

My husband asks if he should call his friend Josh to find out the name of their OB-GYN. (Josh's wife has had 2 girls and is pregnant with their third child.) I said no. We haven't told anyone yet, and I don't think they should be the first to know.

I can tell that he doesn't agree with me on this, and we had a stupid fight about it.

Will post more after my doctor's appointment.

Thanks for listening,

Angela

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1st Doctor's Visit

First doctor's visit with Dr. David Michael Owens. I am indeed pregnant!! 5 weeks and 5 days. Due date of 2/3/2007.

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5 weeks and 6 days

5 weeks and 6 days...I am so excited!

I feel like so many people know now. My husband, my mom, my step-dad, my sister, both of my brothers, my sister-in-law, my mother-in-law, and a girl at my office who asked me flat out yesterday.

If you count the doctor, the medical assistant, the receptionist at the OB-GYN...

Oh wait, I can't even count the number of people that know. I almost forgot about all the people my mom works with!

I am anxious to tell my friends, but I know that I should wait. I go back for another blood test on Saturday and then for my second u/s on Tuesday at 1:45 pm.

Have a great day!

Angela

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My 1st Family Visitor to My Site

My mom e-mailed me that she read my online journal. I really like writing about the pregnancy because it is all that I seem to think about.

My husband and I used to tease my sister when she was pregnant with her first child about her unborn baby named "Cletus the Fetus". My husband would probably correct that to "Cletus da Fetus"; anyways, I learned this morning that our baby-to-be isn't even a fetus yet! He/She is still an embryo for 2 more weeks and a day.

Love,
Angela

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This evening

Actually, it's really early morning...12:27 am. I think I fell asleep at 6:30 pm and just woke up a little while ago.

My husband should be getting home soon. His plane is scheduled to land at Love Field at 1:36 am.

Getting tired again and can't think of much to write...

Angela

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Baby Clothes

6 weeks today!!

I know it's probably bad luck, but I bought some items for the baby today: 5 yellow bibs with ducks, baby blankets, onesies, and a book/cd set.

I don't know if I'm crazy or just overly excited. It's just so hard to resist all of the cute baby things.

I did buy a cute bib for my niece that says "I love my aunt."

Hopefully, everything will go fine at my doctor's appointment on Tuesday, and I won't have to take everything back or give them to my sister.

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6 weeks, 1 day

I woke up early this morning (4:22 a.m) as I had to pee. I know that's normal, especially since I went to bed before 9 pm last night, but I know that I have to be especially careful since I also have bipolar disorder.

On the positive side, I still feel tired, which leads me to believe that getting up early today is more related to the pregnancy than the fact that I am bipolar.

On a happy note, my brother David read my online journal! David is four years younger than I am, and is in nursing school. He and his wife Christina are very sweet, and are the nearest family members to me and Jimmy.

I think I'm going to go lie on the couch and listen to some early morning tv while resting my eyes.

Have a good day!

Angela

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Baby names/gender

Watching the Mavs game tonight, I've been thinking about baby names. Both my mom and I think I'm having a boy.

My husband is a III, so there's the obvious. Do we have a IV? We have talked about the name Alex James before, and it's one we both like. I also like the name Justin.

Two other names I like but my husband doesn't are Wade and Jayson.

As for girl names, I told my husband before that I like Joanna Mari. I don't think he's crazy about it, but I don't know for sure.

We told my FIL and his girlfriend at brunch today. My mom has also told my great aunt and an old friend of hers. My BIL's cousin knows, as I might get some maternity clothes from her.

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6 weeks, 2 days

6 weeks and 2 days--not much news to report.

I am anxiously awaiting my doctor's appointment at 1:45 pm tomorrow.

My sister read my online journal. Yippee!! Like I said before, I really like writing about the pregnancy, and it makes me feel good when my family members read about what I'm thinking.

I've been lucky so far--no pregnancy symptoms with the exception of no AF!!

I found out yesterday that my husband did tell his friend Josh the other day. Oh well! I guess at this point it's just half the world that knows!

We'll probably tell my dad, step-mom, and my dad's side of the family towards the end of this month. I guess the same goes for the rest of Jimmy's family and our friends. I guess I'll play it by ear based upon how my doctor's appointment goes tomorrow.

I had some weird and crazy dreams last night. In one, I had a really expensive ticket to an American Idol concert. Once I was inside and the concert started, I really hated it and couldn't figure out why we didn't sell the ticket.

In the second dream, I was taking a dance class and had to excuse myself to go to the ladies room. Inside the restroom, I found a male infant all alone. A friend of mine from high school came in the restroom shortly after, making some comment about how she couldn't remember where she left the baby. Weird, huh?

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6 weeks, 3 days

Doctor's appointment today!!! I am so excited!!

The only problem that I am having with the pregnancy is that I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and then have difficulty getting back to sleep.

Anybody else having this problem?

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Almost appointment time!!

Just 45 minutes until I can leave work to go to my second doctor's appointment. I am so excited! I can hardly wait!!

My boss is so cool. He didn't even ask why I have another doctor's appointment and since it's a 30 minute drive each way from our office, he offered to let me work from home this afternoon.
I am truly blessed!!

I'm sitting at my desk eating a meal prepared by my FIL's girlfriend...pot roast, potatoes, and some kind of spinach/squash casserole that's actually really yummy. My embryo and I are quite enjoying it. Thank you, Joan!

Guess I better sign off shortly and look up the directions to my doctor's office. (My doctor is out of town until 6/19 so I am seeing one of his partners, who is also a high-risk specialist.)

Wish me luck!!

Love,
Angela

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Update on Doctor's Appointment

Well, as excited as I was to go for my 2nd doctor's appointment and 2nd ultrasound, it really turned out to be quite a disappointment.

Basically, the doctor still was not able to see the gestational sac or find my left ovary. WHAT A BUMMER!!

He reassured me that my two earlier hCG tests had doubled. My first test on 6/8 was 83. My second test on 6/10 was 196. So, since my hCG levels are still very low, it basically means that I am not as far along as I thought.

Maybe this means I won't be due until the end of February, maybe I have an ectopic pregnancy, maybe I have an abnormal uteran pregnancy.

I go back to the doctor on Friday, 6/23 at 8:40 a.m., and maybe this time, he will be able to see something.

My sister told me that it took 3 appointments before they were able to see anything when she was pregnant with my niece.

Also, I'm probably being a baby about this, but my left arm really hurts and is bruised from where I had blood drawn 2 times previously.

I also wish the doctor would have done a blood test yesterday (on my right arm this time), so that I could have another hCG number to compare with the other two.

Right now, I'm looking forward to my OB/GYN coming back from vacation, and having my third doctor's appointment on the 23rd.

Wish me luck,

Angela

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Morning Sickness

I had my very first bout of morning sickness when I got to work this morning. It hit me fast, too. Luckily, I was sitting at my desk and could puke into the trashcan. (Many apologies, if TMI!)

I took my prenatal vitamin slightly before eating so that could have been the culprit, although I have done that before without problems.

I know that this is a good sign so I'm trying to stay positive.

Have a good day!
Angela

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Lunch

My husband is coming to my office to take me and our baby-to-be to lunch today. Yea!! I feel happy, excited, and hungry!

Have a great afternoon,

Angela

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This afternoon

Had a nice, quick lunch at Sonic. I started gaining weight before I got pregnant, and although I can't imagine having gained any weight yet due to the pregnancy, my clothes are sure fitting tightly (at least pants and skirts across my belly)!

Probably shouldn't have had that Sonic, but it did taste good.

My boss is out of the office until the week of June 26th so it's been a good time to catch my breath, organize, and get caught up with things at the office.

I am a little bit anxious about telling my boss about the pregnancy. I know that he will be happy for us, but it means finding a replacement for me while I'm on maternity leave and then figuring out my work schedule and situation once I'm ready to go back to work.

My husband suggested that I could start back two days a week at first, then move to three. I will just have to see if that will work for my boss, or if I can possibly find someone to job share with me.

We had a girl at our office who went on maternity leave April of last year, and didn't really come back, so he'll probably worry about that with me as well. Of course, if my husband has any say in it that won't be a worry at all. He will say that we need the money and that I need to get out of the house for a little bit. He's probably right.

Then, of course, there is the whole child care issue...

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This morning

Sitting at my desk at work eating strawberry yogurt, drinking a cup of hot tea, and just took my prenatal vitamin.

I slept very well last night. I started falling asleep on the couch before 8 pm, went to the bedroom at 8:30 pm, and didn't even wake up when my husband came to bed.

First time I awakened was after 2 am, to use the bathroom. I didn't having any trouble falling back to sleep, which is really good for me. I woke up briefly a couple of other times, but wasn't even awake long enough to find my glasses and see what time it was. Very good!

My sister just had her 2nd child on 4/25/06, and today is her first day back to work. I am so happy for her! She is just going to work one day a week in June, then will start back full time on 7/10. She is a great mom, and really enjoys working so I'm glad that she was able to achieve a balance of what works best for her. I hope that I will be as lucky!

Am going to continue researching my child care options. I know it's early for me to be deciding on this, but I would like to have a plan in mind before I tell my boss about the pregnancy.

Speaking of work, I guess I better sign off or else I'll never get started!

Have a wonderful day!

Angela

* Just went into the kitchen to grab a bottle of water, and man, does the smell of brewing coffee make me nauseous!

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This afternoon

I bought 3 fun pregnancy books during lunch at Barnes & Noble today: The Pregnancy Journal--A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy, Belly Laughs, and The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy.

I have already started my hardback journal, since my online journal has been up and running for 10 days, when I first found out about my pregnancy.

I can't believe I've only known about the pregnancy for 10 days. This has to have been the longest 10 days of my life. It just seems to me that when you are pregnant, you just pay more attention to every single second of the day.

I've had more doctor's appointments this month than I've had in a really long time. Yet the time between each doctor's appointment seems like an eternity! I've got another full week before my next doctor's appointment, which of course, I am anxiously awaiting.

According to my hardback journal, to which I've assigned 2-11-2006 as my EDD, today is Day 26 of my pregnancy. According to my journal, my little embryo "can easily fit on the eraser end of a standard lead pencil." Limb buds for my baby's arms and legs are also present. My baby has a "prominent bump" for a head "and a temporary tail-like structure". Pretty exciting stuff, let me tell you!

I have another hour and a half of "work"; yet my brain is totally consumed by baby and thoughts of baby. It is going to be a really long and unproductive nine months!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Angela

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This morning

Had another small bout of morning sickness this morning. Almost exactly like last time. This morning I had taken a bite or two of yogurt before I took my prenatal vitamin...obviously that is still not enough food in my tummy.

From now on, I will either make myself finish the yogurt before I take my prenatal vitamin or I'll be sure to eat an egg sandwich or something else equally filling.

We had a good weekend. My husband bought me a new ring to wear on my right hand. It is white gold with diamonds and alexandrite, which I've never heard of before, but is really pretty. I got to tell the lady at the jewelry store that I was pregnant. She thought I should have the ring sized down slightly. I mentioned that I was newly pregnant and asked if that would make any difference. After her congratulations, she agreed that I should keep the ring's size as is.

I also bought a baby book on Saturday. I know this is crazy because I am so newly pregnant that the doctors can't even see the gestational sac on the ultrasound, but what can I say? It's my very first pregnancy, and I am overly excited!

It's a very simple baby book illustrated by Suzy Spafford. It was only $18 at Barnes & Noble and is entitled "Baby's Book: The First Tender Years". It's yellow with white polka dots and has an illustration of an adorable baby duck holding a giant dandelion on the cover.

My husband keeps reminding me that I have lots of time to make these purchases, but I explained that I had to have it now because it contains a page to fill out about the day that we found out about the pregnancy, the doctor's name, etc. It also contains 2 pages about the baby's family tree, which of course I can't wait to complete.

Speaking of, I brought the book to work with me this morning so I had better get started...

Have a great day!
Angela

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This afternoon

I feel very tired this afternoon. I am ready for the day to be over so I can go home and lie on the couch!

Love,
Angela

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Accidental double post

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Good morning!

It has been so long since my last post. I truly apologize!! My ultrasound at the end of June was great!! We finally got to see the gestational sac, baby, and heartbeat. We now have the first picture of our baby hanging on our fridge...very, very exciting!

Now I'm waiting until the end of July for my next doctor's appointment. Of course, we're dealing with all of the fun stuff now...all of the insurance claims. We are very fortunate to have excellent health insurance through my husband's company, but it is still a chore to keep track of everything and making sure all the bills are correct.

I've had some morning (and evening) sickness and continue to be more tired than normal, but everything seems to be progressing nicely.

I will probably tell my dad about the pregnancy this week and maybe tell the rest of the family that doesn't know after my next doctor's appointment.

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