22 Weeks today!
Guess what???? I finally felt our little man kick yesterday. I was just sitting here at my desk and poof I felt a kick..no mistaking it. It was amazing ...and then there was another kick! He has been really active this morning too..I have felt him kicking off and on since 8 am. It is so exciting. :wootjump: Now to just feel him on the outside of my belly!
I can't believe that tomorrow is August 1st...this year has really been flying by. This also means that it is just one more month until we fly out to San Diego. I am so freaking excited for this trip and it seems like it can't come fast enough. I can't wait to see my friends again. I miss them all so much.
OMG..I almost forgot about something. The crib bedding came on saturday! It is sooo freaking adorable. I can't wait to decorate the nursery...it is going to look so good. We are still a ways away from painting and wallpapering but we will get there. We have to tear up the carpet and clear the room, take off the dog border that is currently in the room along with the chair rail that is dividing the walls (not sure if we will repaint it or leave it off completly), then prime and paint and wallpaper. fun, fun, fun!!! Once the new carpet is in..we can put the bookshelf together and start putting our baby things in the room. I also have to buy the furniture...decisions, decisions!!
Well I guess thats it for now. Here is my weekly belly shot for ya:
22 weeks 3 days
Thank god its friday! I am feeling very unmotivated today...I am sitting here at work trying to do anything but actually work. Its bad I know but I can't help it! Oh well only an hour and 15 more min of doing nothing...then on to the relaxing weekend.
Speaking of the weekend...we don't have a lot planned but we do want to work on the nursery a little bit. At least do some measuring so we know how much wallpaper to buy. I want to get that ordered so we can begin to work on that once it comes in. The nursery is going to look fab...everytime I look at the bedding I just smile imagining this wonderfully bright and playful room for our little man.
So I found out yesterday that DH is thinking again about Sullivan for a first name but now maybe wants it as a middle name...:shock: Each time we have brought up names, he has said that Sullivan was his top name, etc, etc. Well I guess we are all entitled to change our mind but I wonder where that came from really. I hope that there isn't someone out there telling him not to name our son that though he isn't really one to succomb to peer pressure. Oh well...looks like we have more name discussions coming in our future! Ethan is still my top name though.
Well that burned a whole 8 min there! Not bad. LOL.
23 Weeks Today!
Time sure is flying and yet I feel like I still have so much to do. Oh wait, I really do have a lot to do! LOL We still have a little over 4 months to get things together...thats enough time right???? I think the next few months are going to fly by too. August is proving to be a pretty busy month as we have appts and travel scheduled. We are goign to MD this weekend to see Matt's family (8 hour car ride should be a ton of fun!) and then we are finally off on our trip to San Diego at the end of August. I have doc appts, dentist appts, hair appts and prenatal exercise classes to keep me busy until then. I think we will really hunker down and get things finished after our trip to SD...it won't feel quite as busy then.
So we are having a little bit of problems with Tircare (military insurance). Instead of retyping everything here is a copy of the post I posted on the December board:
My Insurance Co makes me want to SCREAM!!!! They are wanting me to switch doctors at freakin 22 weeks pregnant???? Arrggghhhh. We are fighting it but still this is really frustrating..I totally started crying on friday as this has been very frustrating and I love my doctors.
Ok so here is the situation. We have military insurance and live in a remote area where there is no base so we have to see Civilian doctors. I have to get a referral to every specialist I see, including the OBGYN. Last fall I was pregnant and got a referral to the OB i wanted to see...well I lost that baby but still had the referral (it just expired July 27th) so instead of getting a new referral I started going back the OB and knew I would have to get an extension once it expired (I was told I could do this by my primary doctor). Fine. Ok so now that I need the extension they aren't giving it to me for the same freaking office I have been going to. Why in the heck would I want to switch doctors more than halfway through my pregnancy? I don't get why they are doing this. My primary doctor has been great and has done the extnesion twice for me but they still won't approve it to the right office. My DH finally had to call on friday because they dont' seem to listen to me. Right now we are waiting a call back from the nurse that does the authorizations. It just really upsets me to change doctors...they know my history..I don't have to explain it to anyone anymore. I have had three freaking miscarriages...why can't they just work with me here!!!!!! Not to mention..I really don't like the other place they want to send me...It will not be fun at all.
Ok...I feel a little bit better. Keep your fingers crossed that they approve my extension. For the most part, military insurance has been great but living in a area where there are not a lot of doctors that take it can be rough.
We are still waiting for the nurse to call us back to figure this out. Matt said that he would call today and talk to them again. We need to keep bugging them until this is situated..now way are they going to make me change doctors without a fight!
23 weeks 1day
Baby is kicking me right in the bladder today so that has been fun! I cna't imagine when he gets bigger and my bladder gets smaller..man I am going to have to wear a pad or something. :)
So matt has been on the phone all day with Tricare trying to work out this insurance problem. He kept getting the run around by Tricare and then he had to actually call my primary care doctor and talk with his office....geeesshh. This is just crazy. They are acting like the last referal they gave me was something special. I just asked for it last fall and poof it was given too me..so why are they being such pain in the asses now??? I just don't get it! So now we are just waiting a call back from either my primary care doctor or tricare to let us know whats going on. Matt said he will just continue to bug them until they give us what we want. God I love him! He has been so great about this whole thing..totally there for me. I am also going to call another military wife that kind of went through the same thing when she was pregnant..she finally got her way so I am pretty sure we can work it out too. I just need to find out what she had to do in the end. Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for us.
On other fronts...it is sooo freakin hot here! It was like 112 today..I had to run errands during lunch and man was I sorry I had to go outside. It was horrible. I can't believe that people are actually outside working in that heat..the humidity makes it hard to breathe. I guess its supposed to cool down sometime this weekend which is good. I feel bad for the dogs on days like this though...we can't take them for walks or to the park because of the heat and of course they don't understand that at all. They just look at us with those sad puppy dog eyes wanting us to SOMETHING with them. Hopefully this weekend will be better when we are up in MD..at least there are other dogs for them to play with.
23 weeks 2 days
I am sorry to keep harping about this insurance issue but man this is totally frustrating. As I said yesterday Matt was on the phone yesterday with them 3 different times and also with our primary care doctor. My PCD is putting in another referral for us stating Continuity of Care with Carolina OBGYN listed and stared so they can't miss it! I am just keeping my fingers crossed that they accept it this time. I called Christine today (the other military wife) and talked to her about what she had to do..she got throught hte system with the Continuity of Care clause and also by the fact that one of the doctors at her OB was on the approved Tricare list so whenever she called she just mentioned her doctor rather than the actual Practice she was going to (they weren't on the "list"). I also called my OB office and they gave me some great insight into what is going on. They decided that when their contract was up with Tricare that they would not renew it...this is why they are no longer on the "list". BUT they will still see me with an approved authorization. Phew! She told me a great way to get around the fact that they want to send me elsewhere...the other place they want to send me has a huge waiting list...like 3 months to get an appt. There is no way that I can wait that long being 23 weeks pregnant. So we have to call Tricare and tell them that I can't get into the other place but Carolina can get me in right away and they should give me the approval. I really hope it works. Matt and I did agree that we would wait on this referral that my PCM is putting in and if they don't approve it, we will go this route. At least I feel a little bit more confident now. I just REALLY don't want to go to this other practice! Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Everything else is going good today. We are leaving tomorrow for MD..it will be nice to get away even if its just for the weekend.
Update more later...
24 weeks 3 days
Well the boards were down at the beginng of the week or I would have posted earlier. Man it has been an emotional roller coaster the last few days. We are still working through this stupid insurance issue...as of right now we are waiting a call back from someone fairly high up in the Tricare chain who in turn is supposed to be talking to the head of the North region about my case. They are still trying to make me go to the clinic that I don't want to go to..we even had the insurance lady from Carolina OB (the office I want to go to) call Tricare and say that they will take me with a valid authorization # but Tricare still wouldn't approve it because Carolina is not on the apporved Tricare list...AHHH. Did you not hear what the lady just said!!! We finally had to get the Coast Guard involved to help us out..I had to type up this email listing everything that has happend over the last year...listing all three of my losses and when they happened..who I saw, why I don't want to go to the other clinic and why I want to stay with Carolina. It was hard rehashing all of that stuff but if it will get me the approval I need, I will do it. Hopefully we hear back something today as I have my next doc appt next friday...if I dont' have my authorization #, I won't be able to go and then I dont' know what we will do. I won't be able to get into this other clinic for months (this is part of the reason I don't wnat to go there) and I need to see a doctor...I mean I am 6 months pregnant afterall! So yeah..all of this has been going on the last few days. I spend most of tuesday afternoon crying and Matt just couldn't understand why I was so upset. Hello! I am a hormonal pregnant woman! I am allowed to cry if I need to..right???
Ok, onto other things. I AM 6 MONTHS PREGNANT!!! Hooray! I still can't believe it sometimes..it feels like this pregnancy has gone by pretty quickly. We still have a lot to do to get ready for our little man but we have 4 months to do it..I think we can make it. 2 more weeks and we will be on our way to sunny San Diego...I can't wait!! I am so freaking excited to see my friends. They are planning this wonderful party for us..I dont' know what I woudl do without friends like that. I want to do something special for them but I don't know what just yet. Thank you cards just don't seem to cut it in this case..KWIM??? Please feel free to PM me with any suggestions!
So I have decided that I want to take some pregnancy photos. We have been threw so much to get this far and I want to document this wonderful time in our lives. After much searching and asking around, I finally found the photographer that I want to do it. Here is her website.. http://www.beachykeenphotography.com/default.htm . She has some beautiful and very personal photos in her gallery and that is exactly what I want and her prices are very reasonable. I am going to contact her today so we can setup a good time to do them. I am so excited! What do you think about giving some copies of these photos as gifts to my wonderful friends? They woulnd't get them while we are out there but I can ship them laer...what do you think???
One other thing to note here (I told you I mean to post earlier!)..matt finally felt the baby kicking from the outside. We were laying in bed the other night and I told him to put his hand on my belly and FINALLY our little man kicked! It was so exciting! I can't wait to have my friends see and feel my belly move while we are in SD. The miracle of life is just so amazing.
Oh and check out my latest Belly pic...I have really popped:
You would not believe what I just found out...it looks like Tricare is approving me to see my doc's! I am ecstatic! I just couln'd imagine what we would have had to go through had they not done the approval. This just makes my life and the rest of my pregnancy so much easier. This is a huge relief. :yahoo:
Only 105 days to go..I can't believe it! Time is really flying by.
As I posted before, this insurance mess is FINALLY straightened out. I am so happy that they went ahead and approved me to keep going to my current doctors. We actually found out that the person that helped us the most is the insurance lady at my current doc office. What a wonderful woman she is! I think I am going to try and find her when I am in the office on friday and thank her personally. Boy am I glad that is over.
Speaking of doc visits..I have my next one on friday. They will be doing the 1 hour GD test..I am not too nervous about the test itself..i am more nervous of the outcome or rather if I get a postive result..then I have to go in for the 3 hour test and I have heard horror stories about that one. Well, we will see how things go on friday. I am just excited about (hopefully) hearing the baby heart beat again. I will also be able to schedule my next ultrasound to check on my low lying placenta. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it has in fact moved up and we will not have to worry about that come delivery day.
Little Ethan (no we have not decided on his name yet but I want to try it out) is moving around a lot and kicking me throughout the day. Sometimes its more than others but i have attributed it to anything just yet. I just love watching my belly move around when he is kicking a lot..it is just amazing.
10 more days and we will be in San Diego! I am sooo excited for this trip. I am now trying to figure out what to wear to the shower..should I look for a dress or should I wear a nice top and shorts??? Hmmm..I am think dress but then I will have to go buy something as I don't have a summery dress right now..they are all black. Maybe I can find one at Motherhood for cheap..I am going to have to hit the Mall this weekend I think. I am trying to get Matt into dressing somewhat nicely as well..I mean these people are coming out to see us and it would be nice if we actually looked good. Guys just don't get this though. Oh well.
Here is my updated belly pic for the week:
I got it...what do you think about Mason Kail??? I love it and he would have the same initals as DH and DH's brother. The middle name could be spelled a few different ways...Kael, Kale or Kail. Now I just need to get DH to agree to it.
25 weeks 3 days
Well I had my monthly doc appt this morning along with the 1 hour GD test. All went well and I passed the test. Phew..that is a relief. The test itself wasn't that bad actually...the drink was really sweet and it was hard to have that taste in your mouth for an hour but it wasn't THAT bad. I also saw my doc..she listened to the hearbeat (sounded great) and measured my belly which she said was right on track. We talked about my trip next week to SD and she said I should be fine but to drink lots of water and move around while on the long flights. She also had them make a copy of my records to bring with me as a precaution.
I also signed up for some classes while I was there...a breast feeding class on the 11th and lamaze classes for the month of October. My next doc appt is on the 21st where they will do another u/s to check where my placenta is and hopefully it has moved up and out of the way of my cervix.
So I told Matt about my name idea and he likes it except for the middle name...no kail...ok thats fine. Soooo, we are now thinking about Mason Kole or Mason Kaine...I like both of them but think I prefer Mason Kole. We will see what we end up deciding on.
have a great weekend!