Monday, August 29, 2005

12 Weeks... Monday the 29th, Morning Appointment

This morning we went to the hospital for a "combined test" - an ultrasound and blood work to test for down syndrome. The ultrasound portion looked good, now we wait for the blood work. It was so cool to see the baby moving, hear the heartbeat and seeing her hands and fingers! Crazy!

Unfortunately the picture they printed out just shows a blob, but on the screen it looked amazing.

Tonight we have to go to the OB for a 12 week checkup... I'll post after that.

Here is the picture they printed out for us. You can see how much bigger the baby is versus the picture from a month ago!


Sonja's pants are starting to get a little snug, some of her favorite shorts she has to leave unbuttoned if she wants to wear them. We will find out tonight at the Dr's how much weight she has gained, probably not more than a few pounds. She still has not thrown up, but has felt like she is going to be sick many times. She's very wacky about food too... she could be starving but nothing seems appealing enough to eat... she says that she walks into the caf at work where they have 50 different things to eat, and she cant find anything, even though she's starving. Everything we have read said that once you get into the second trimester that you are less nauseous, so we will see.

We are both getting excited about telling our families. My sister is getting married in Disney World on Friday, and we are flying down there on Wed. We haven't told my family yet because we didn't want to steal Candice and Justin's thunder from the wedding, and since we haven't told my family we haven't told Sonja's family either. That's ok, the Dr said that it's most risky until 12 weeks... so the timing really is perfect. This week is 12 weeks... we figured that at dinner on Sunday we would tell my family... I think my mom is going to freak out.

Last week my family came up to visit us in NY for the day... we were taking a walk, me, mom, candice and justin and they started telling me how Dad has always been setting "goals" for staying healthy... first Candices graduation, then my wedding, now their wedding, and they are worried that he may go down hill after their wedding with nothing to look forward to. They wanted Sonja and I to hint that we were going to have kids, so that he has something to look forward to. I just chuckled and laughed it off... boy are they in for a surprise.

I think we are going to egg them on during the week letting mom/candice/justin think that we are going to go along with their plan. Sunday at dinner we are going to say something like "So Candice now that you are married, when are the kids coming?" - her answer will be "We just got married, how about you guys?" and my answer will be "We are going to have kids soon" - mom/candice/justin will think that I'm just following their recommendation to give Dad something to look forward to... then I'll say "I was thinking March 14th sounded like a good day, what do you think Sonja?" Then when my Mom starts freaking out, I'll show her the ultrasound picture. :)

Anyway... I'll post an update after the Doc tonight... I'm gonna go back to watching the news reports about Katrina in New Orleans... looks crazy, good luck to those people stuck in that.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

So far so good!

We went to the first prenatal checkup yesterday... the "8 week" checkup and everything looks good so far. Sonja had to go to a local place and have them take blood to do about 25 tests. The Doctor said the due date is March 14th, 2006. She also took an ultrasound and prescribed some pre-natal vitamins with Omega 3 and DHA instead of the regular vitamins she has been taking from GNC. These vitamins have much higher amounts of the RDA's than the non-prescription stuff.

Next appointment is in 3-4 weeks or so (12 weeks), for a "combined" test to screen for chromosone problems and other issues. This is instead of doing an amnio. If there is any question as to the results of this test, then they would do an amnio. I forget the exact name of this test, but it involves both a high-power sonogram and blood work and it's done in the hospital not in the doctors office. We will be in Florida for my sisters wedding at the end of this month, so I guess she can do it before we leave or after we get back...

Here is the ultrasound picture. The round egg-shaped black circle is where the baby is. You can make her out on the right-most side of the black circle. (I use "her" because Sonja and I joke that if it was a boy we would name him Lucifer, but since we are certain it will be a girl that it will be Lucifina).


Thats all for now! I'm getting excited about telling my family when we are in Florida. Hopefully they dont find this blog in the mean time :) My Mom is going be overwhelmed, between my sister getting married and then probably the next day I'll break the news about her being a grandma... oy!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

This week stinks

So this week I got laid off, my watch (that I love) died, my car got broken into and they stole my laptop and ipod. Yay.

Sonja has been feeling randomly nauseous, especially in the mornings or after big meals. I have one of those electric-pulse watches that you wear on a boat to combat sea-sickness, and I had the idea to let her wear it to see if it works. She's in love with that watch now... I wanted to take it because I was going on a sailing race yesterday and she wouldnt let me. Ha!

She has been really tired, and SUPER hungry, but when she does eat she's full after 10 bites, but then starving again in an hour. Also she mentioned some "tightness" on her stomach today when her trainer at the gym asked her to do pullups.

She got on the scale for the first time today and was 3.5 pounds heavier. I keep telling her it's all in the boobs, but she's not buying it.

Our first pre-natal checkup is on Tuesday morning.. I'm going to go with her. I'll post after that... I guess we are starting our 9th week... 31 to go. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

7 Weeks

So far everything has been great. No morning sickness... the only symptoms that she has had was on Sunday she had indigestion where she would burp and it would taste like vommit, and this morning she had a little bit of an upset stomach and she was only able to eat 1/2 a bagel... but nothing came back up!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Some tips from March of Dimes for pregnant women

I took a very long set of pages from the March of Dimes website and summarized them for Sonja. I'm posting them here for others to reference:

Foods to avoid:

* No hot dogs, lunch meats or sausages (unless cooked and served steaming hot, then only in limited quantities due to nitrates)
* No fish, including "ready to eat" cold seafood
* No raw or undercooked meats or fish
* No soft cheeses
* No unpasteurized juice or dairy products (cider, fresh milk, etc.)
* No raw or undercooked eggs (meringue, etc.)
* No raw veggie sprouts (including radish)
* Dont eat any food that has been out of the fridge for >2 hours
* Dont eat any food that has been in the fridge/freezer a "questionable" amount of time

Foods to eat lots of:

- Fresh vegetables (4 servings)
- Fruits (3 servings)
- Whole-grain cereal and breads, tortillas or rice (9 servings)
- Dairy products that provide calcium: milk, cheese or yogurt (3 servings)
- Protein foods: meat, poultry, fish, nuts, eggs or beans (3 servings)
- Liquids: water (8-10 glasses) and milk or juice

Foods that are especially important are:
- Iron-rich foods: red meats (beef, pork), dark meats (turkey, chicken), and (fully cooked) egg yolks
- Foods with some iron: prunes, beans, lentils, almonds, walnuts, dark green vegetables or blackstrap molasses
- A small amount of fat for cooking or adding flavor; oil (olive, canola or vegetable) or butter.

General things to avoid:

* No cleaning the litter box or handling cat poop
* Strong household cleaning products and their fumes
* Pesticides
* Tap water (filtered or bottled are better)
* OTC & prescription drugs of any kind unless discussed with your doctor
* X-Rays
* Alcohol
* Stress

Finally, wash your hands with soap and HOT water after handling raw or undercooked food or going to the bathroom.

20% chance? hah!

Sonja took a pregnancy test yesterday and it was positive! The first full month off of the pill and Sonja is pregnant... insane. Everything I've read says that if both the man and woman are healthy and everything is right, you only have a 20% chance of conceiving in any given month. We laughed for about 3 hours last night, and Sonja half-jokingly said she is in denial until the doctor tells her she is pregnant.

She made an appointment with her doctor for August 2nd...

Meanwhile, she's been taking (with my daily reminders) pre-natal vitamins for 2 months now and I'll make sure she continues :)

She doesn't drink alcohol more than a glass of beer once a month, so that's not a problem. She doesn't smoke or drink caffeine, so that's no problem either. Now we just have to hope she doesn't have the same 6 months of morning sickness that her mom had.

IM GONNA BE A DAD! WOO!

Monday, July 11, 2005

Day 35 of a 31 day cycle

So... Sonja is 4 days late. It could be because she has been so stressed at work, or- we know what it could mean. I think she is going to take a pregnancy test tonight. This is a little exciting and very scary!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

We have a line!

Finally yesterday morning Sonja got the "hormone surge" line on the pee sticks that indicates ovulation in 24-36 hours. Of course, she forgot to pee on them the day before so we didn't know if she was 12 hours away or 36... but whatever. The egg "lives" for 24 hours, so it's all good. We did some baby-making last night and also this afternoon. Two weeks and we will know if we were successful. Wow! She should get her period around the 5th or 6th of July - if she doesn't, then it's time to use the "real" pee stick... the pregnancy test stick! Crazy... I always assumed when I was younger that my chick would tell me "I'm pregnant" and I would be freaking out... but this is exciting! I probably wont post again until period-time... lots of stuff going on.