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    Default 14 weeks, 4 days

    We finally took my 14 week belly shot tonight, now that I'm actually closer to 15 weeks. Oh well. Better late than never.

    Man, my butt is ginormous!! Much bigger than my belly. It took some doing to get the right picture because Al can't make my butt smaller. So here is the result of attempt #5 (I'm sucking it all in as much as possible):

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    Default 14 weeks, 6 days

    15 weeks tomorrow!

    My students are taking midterms right now and I'm just disgusted with all the cheating going on. I had a student hand me her test, then she did the playing portion and I glanced through her test while she played. She had forgotten to write the honor code statement on her test so I handed it back to her and somehow she found the correct answers and changed her test! All while she was supposed to be writing about honor and not cheating.

    Another student wrote answers on his desk. The funny part is that I moved him to a different desk right before I handed the test to him. But what a mess now... do I nail him on 'intent to cheat?'

    Wiser people than me should be teachers. I'm so ready to move on to the next phase and away from these crazy people.

    Feeling pretty good on the pregnancy front. Eating enough food continues to be a big challenge. I feel like I barely eat enough to be satisfied and then I'm hungry pretty soon again. I normally eat within about 10 minutes of waking up, but was in a hurry to pack this morning so I decided to wait a little longer. BIG mistake. I got a little tickle in my throat, so I coughed but immediately start dry heaving. It was scary because I've never had that happen before! Learned my lesson, that's for sure.

    So we're off to Cincinnati for Al's brother's wedding this weekend. We leave after school today - three day weekend for us!! Yay!
    ~ Ruth

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    Default 15 weeks, 6 days

    Ooops. 16 weeks tomorrow!

    I can't believe I let a whole week go by without an update. Bad mommy!

    Let's see... BIL David's wedding was Saturday. I'll post a pic from that later. The m/s made a nasty comeback a few days ago, but mostly in the mornings. Yesterday I finally made this breakfast shake (my mom sent me the recipe a while ago) and it was SO good! It also made me feel good! No pukey, thank goodness! As long as I eat regularly, I'm okay now.

    I called my OB today to mention some mild cramping I've been having. The nurse said it was probably just my uterus stretching (I agree) but then called back 10 minutes later and told me to get an u/s today! I was really surprised and a little disappointed because we have parent/teacher conferences today and I didn't want to get into any hot water with the administration.

    Long story short, my pessimism certainly came back to haunt me because the u/s technician refused to tell me or show me anything. Big time bummer. Before she moved the monitor so she could see better (and further out of my sight) I did catch the heart beating. Later, she said, 'hold still, little one.' So I'm hoping everything is okay. I should find out tomorrow (I hope).

    Well, I'm skipping choir tonight and will be heading for bed shortly. I'm so tired, I just can't think straight. Very, very long day. Maybe I'll make another shake before bed.
    Last edited by gottharf; 10-25-2007 at 08:12 PM.
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    Default 16 weeks, 1 day

    New belly shot for your viewing pleasure. I think it looks like I have a beer belly.



    And the u/s shot from Thursday. Since the tech didn't tell me anything, I'm just guessing the baby's head is on the right and he/she has his/her back towards us...



    Forgot to mention that the u/s report showed my placenta is still partially covering the cervix. I read in my What to Expect... book and it says that there's still a good chance it could move up out of the way. Otherwise, it could mean bedrest and a c-section. Need to start praying that placenta gets the heck off my cervix!
    Last edited by gottharf; 10-27-2007 at 12:26 PM.
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    Here's a shot from BIL's wedding, taken at 15 weeks. Aside from BIL tripping down some stairs 1 hour before the rehearsal and needing several stitches in his big toe, the wedding passed off without a hitch and they're happily married now.

    Last edited by gottharf; 10-31-2007 at 02:24 PM.
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    Default 16 weeks, 3 days

    Grrr. I just typed this whole post and it didn't post and now it's gone.

    Well, in a nutshell... I'm a little worried. Menstrual-like cramps are getting worse, not completely mild anymore. I do have a check-up today so hopefully she'll be able to reassure me that everything is all right.
    ~ Ruth

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    Default 16 weeks, 4 days

    I had a great check-up yesterday! I just love my OB - she's the best. Just the right mixture of compassion, empathy and humor.

    So the nurse let us hear the heartbeat on the doppler for a long time (she was also able to pick it up right away, which was exciting). We started hearing these static or interference noises, which she explained was the baby moving. She said next time we come, I'll feel the movement along with those crackles. She said we had a really active one, and Al joked that our kid has ADHD already.

    The cramping got worse yesterday afternoon again, so she did a pelvic exam and my cervix is fully closed. Yay! So between the u/s and the exam, she decided these cramps are just my uterus growing and my body adjusting to being pregnant.

    The other good news is that even though my placenta is low, it's not 'previa' (not sure what the difference is exactly) and the important part is that she's not concerned about it at all. Looks like no bedrest for me!

    The other good news (I told you this was a great visit!) is that we finally got more info about the brain tumor that Al's sister was born with. Apparently there's no genetic component to it, so there's nothing to worry about there (thank God).

    I'll be getting a call today letting me know when our big u/s is. We requested the Monday or Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I really hope we get to find out the sex before Thanksgiving (and Al's birthday, which is the day before Thanksgiving this year). Just three weeks away!!!!

    Well, that's about all the good news I think I can handle for one day.
    ~ Ruth

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    Default 16 weeks, 5 days

    Wow, this pregnancy is really clipping along at quite a pace, especially now that I'm not sick anymore!

    My dad is in town on business this week and he's staying with us. The first words out of his mouth when he saw me was, 'so how's the fat lady doing?'

    First of all, I'm not fat, I'm PREGNANT. And I've only gained around 5 pounds and I wasn't fat before. Grrr. I know he didn't mean to be offensive, but he made me so mad.

    Anyway, whatever. He put a bunch of baby stuff on the table this morning that my mom got for me. On each item, she wrote how far along I was in the pregnancy when she bought it (9 weeks, etc.). My mom is SO thoughtful, it really made my day.

    We have a bit of a dilemma with the big u/s coming up. We were really hoping to do it before Thanksgiving so we could tell Al's family in person. But Al doesn't want to take any time off work so we can both save our PTO hours for when the baby comes. And we genetic screening decisions to make, too. It's overwhelming.

    I'll update more later - I can't think about it all right now.
    ~ Ruth

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    Default 16 weeks, 6 days

    17 weeks tomorrow!

    Last night was rough. Al went to bed early, not feeling well. When I joined him (about 30 minutes later ) he was completely on my side of the bed. Our KING-sized bed. He wouldn't move for anything and I can't sleep on his side. Then I had to get up to pee THREE times!!! Craziness! On one of my bathroom trips, I had to wrestle my body pillow back from Al when I came back to bed.

    THEN, Al rolled over and totally knee-ed me in the stomach around 4:30am. If he had done it any harder, I would have made him take me to the ER. I know he's a really deep sleeper and this isn't the first time he's done pseudo-violent things to me. Somehow, I usually magically wake up in time to divert an elbow to the face, etc. Not lately, though. A month or two ago, he nailed me in the mouth. It's a good thing he's so nice when he's awake.

    After some discussion, we decided against the genetic testing. Even if the u/s shows something, what exactly would we do to 'prepare' ahead of time, anyway? We have some friends with Down's kids, and I don't really see what difference it would make to talk to them before the birth or after. I'm low-risk for all that, anyway, so we're just going for the regular u/s. Three weeks from yesterday!!!!
    ~ Ruth

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    Default 17 weeks

    17 weeks today!

    So thankful today. One of my students came up to me in the hall before class and pulled my clothes back tight so she could see my belly. Then she said, 'there's a baby with a heartbeat growing in there!' I thought I'd feel invaded with people touching my belly, but it's kind of sweet (right now). It'll probably get old.

    TGIF!!! I love that Fridays are Fridays, and that I start a new week on Fridays! It's going to be a great weekend, too. My dad left this morning, and other than Al judging a competition tomorrow morning and me playing prelude Sunday morning, we have no plans. Hopefully we can get some stuff done around the house and just relax. It's been a hectic week.

    I hope I start feeling the baby move soon. I had a dream last night that the baby was going crazy in my belly, and when I woke up I wasn't completely sure I had been dreaming or not. I think I was, though, because I'm really just imagining what it feels like - I have no clue.
    ~ Ruth

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