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Bridget's Pregnancy Journal

Week 17 ~ October 9, 2002
~ Feeling Flaky!

Hi! Well, this week has been busy!! My dad and his wife were here visiting for a long weekend, I had a follow-up appointment with the perinatologist for a level II ultrasound and an appointment with my regular doctor as well.

The ultrasound went great! Maddie and I picked Tom up at work and drove over to the hospital so we could all go together. The baby weighs about 9 ounces now and is doing great. The AFP blood-work came back normal too. I really feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief and just enjoy this pregnancy now! I never, ever get tired of looking at ultrasounds. I get giddy lying on the table watching that little peanut move around. I really love looking at their little feet! A friend, who is also pregnant, suggested that we try and snag an ultrasound machine on eBay. Not a bad idea, except, then I'd really get nothing done!

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I also had my regular monthly appointment too. Since I was pregnant with Maddie in Arizona, this is a new doctor's practice for me. It's one of those offices where there are a million doctors and they want you too see all of them. I'm not crazy about this, I'd rather just follow through with one throughout the whole duration of my pregnancy. Yesterday was the shortest appointment I've ever had! The doctor walked in, told me to hop up on the table, she listened to my tummy for ten seconds and then said, "Well, see ya in a month." I had some questions, so I had to stop her as she was walking out the door!! Geesh, I sure hope she's not on call when I go into labor! I have a feeling I would not be happy with her bedside manner. Or rather lack there of!!

Maddie is starting to get curious about my tummy now that it's getting bigger. For two days in a row, she's seen doctors and technicians rubbing and listening to my tummy. And of course, Tom has nightly conversations with my tummy too, which Maddie finds quite curious. So, on her own, she's lifting up my shirt to pat my tummy. She puts her face really close to my stomach, smiles and says, "Hi!" It's so cute. I'll have to get some pictures of her doing this.

I'm still feeling really good. I love not needing to nap. I've been getting a lot done around the house for a change! I need to start thinking of a theme for Maddie's room. Since this next baby is a girl, I'll just move Maddie's nursery furniture and bedding into the baby's room and get Maddie new furniture and bedding. I did this really sweet butterfly theme from Pottery Barn. I still really like it a lot. It's a pale yellow and a sage green. Not too girly, but definitely feminine. I remember being pregnant with Maddie, I was almost seven months and hadn't bought a crib or anything yet. I just couldn't decide. Then one Saturday, Tom put me in the car, drove me to the furniture store and told me that we were not leaving until I purchased some furniture for our baby! Lol!! I don't know why I procrastinated for so long, but I'm feeling the same sense of indecision! I don't what it is . . . something about being pregnant makes me incapable of making a decision. This really isn't like me, I'm pretty quick to make decisions and I'm not wishy-washy about them. Pregnancy makes me a flake!!

I've been feeling sporadic movement from the baby for a few weeks now, but for the past few days it's been a lot stronger and I'm feeling her jumping around daily. Did mention before how much I just LOVE this part about being pregnant?

Another really nice part about the second trimester is not waking up in the middle of the night to pee every two hours! I think this is also why I'm feeling more rested. I love going to sleep at night. Dreamland is such a fabulous place! My dreams are very vivid and often crazy. I had a dream the other night that I was going back to work, but had to bring Maddie with me. She was still a baby, but was conversing like an adult. It was very strange.

I've noticed with this baby that I'm feeling pressure 'down there' a lot earlier. By the end of the day, I'm achy. I don't remember feeling pressure like this with Maddie until I was well in my third trimester.

I'm finding myself feeling sad about Maddie not being the baby anymore. I'm a little worried about how I'll handle two, especially in the beginning. I remember having concerns about how I'd do with one, and we've done just fine. I guess it's a lot like the first, you just find a way to make it work. Fortunately Maddie is at an age where later on, she won't remember what life was like when she was the only baby. I know we've given Maddie a great start, I'm just hoping that we can continue to give her all the love and encouragement she needs and still be able to do as well with the next baby.

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