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Week 29
~ A Bad OB Appointment

This week Hannah got to meet her cousin Parker who lives in New York. Parker is Sean's step-sister's baby that was born in December. Hannah had two cousins, my sister's kids who are 10 and 3 but having a younger cousin in the family is a new experience for her. When Hannah first saw Parker she was a little afraid of him. She saw him and said "baby" and when after we told her it was her cousin Parker she started calling him "Par-ter". Then she stayed as far away from him as possible. Hannah refused to come near me when I held him and had no interest in getting to know him.

After I held Parker for a while I sat Hannah in my lap, next to Parker. I had her touch his hand and she said "hi" to him. She stopped being afraid but still didn't have any real interest in who he was or what he was doing. As the afternoon progressed, about two hours after seeing Parker for the first time, Hannah started giving him her toys, blankets and stuffed animals to play with. She got very concerned and a little upset when Parker cried and she tried to soothe him by saying "shhhh" and patting his arm. I think it was a pretty good meeting over all. My big concern was that Hannah would be jealous of having a baby around and having me hold it. She really didn't seem to mind but then again, the baby wasn't on her home turf. I guess there's really no way to tell how she'll feel or act toward her new brother but letting her see a baby up close was a good experience for her.

On Tuesday I had an appointment with my OB. I'm not sure if I mentioned this before but the office I go to has six doctors on staff. When I go in for an appointment I usually rotate between doctors, making sure I've seen them all at least once before I deliver. There are two doctors that I just happen to see more frequently than the others but when I say "I saw my OB" it's a general term meaning I've seen one of the doctors at the office. They are all nice doctors and I have never gotten conflicting answers from them or been unhappy with the care I receive.

Anyway . . . I had an appointment on Tuesday, and what a disappointment it was. I saw a doctor that I haven't seen yet this pregnancy, which was fine. But she was concerned about my GTT results. UGH!!!! She said the numbers came back a little high and she wants me to do the three hour test. This is exactly what I was dreading. I don't want to go through having my blood drawn four times in a 3.5 hour time span. And I don't want to have to follow a special diet for three days and then fast before the test. And I don't want to have to worry about lining up childcare for Hannah. I am completely and thoroughly unhappy about this. I know I have to take care of the baby and do the right thing and think about what is best, blah, blah, blah!!!!! But this pregnancy has been difficult enough with my pinched nerve that I really didn't want to have to deal with this as well. So I will be calling this week to make an appointment for the three hour test sometime next week . . . either Monday or Tuesday, depending on what I can line up for Hannah.

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The other thing about my appointment is that the doctor wants me to have another ultrasound. When she measured the fundal height the baby was measuring larger than he should be and with Hannah I had decreased amniotic fluid. So the doctor wants me to go in and have the baby's size checked and check the amniotic fluid levels. I suppose I shouldn't complain about getting to see the baby on the ultrasound; a lot of women would be looking forward to the opportunity to see their baby again but this is just one more thing that is going wrong for me during the pregnancy. With Hannah I was constantly worrying that she was too small and having to have ultrasounds because of her size and fluid levels. I really thought that things were going to be different this time. The pregnancy itself was going well and the baby looked great and measured well at the 17 week ultrasound. I didn't think that at this stage I would have new things to worry about and be checked for. I thought I was in the home stretch and just had to wait it out till the delivery date.

I have been moved to bi-weekly appointments now. My next appointment with the ultrasound and OB will only be two weeks away. Hopefully the three hour GTT will go well and the other appointments will as well. Then once the next two weeks are over with I can relax and enjoy the rest of this pregnancy.

- Stacie

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