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Weeks 11 & 12
~ Merriment

Wow how the time has flown! I can't believe it. It's been a hectic couple of weeks with the holidays. Christmas was wonderful! My mother-in-law and brother-in-law came over and spent two nights at our place. The kids loved it. My brother-in-law, Grant, lives in New York so the kids only get to see him every few months when he comes to town. My mother-in-law lives about two hours away. She took the boys to her house for two days after Christmas which would have provided some much-needed relaxing time for me, but I caught a cold. Being pregnant and queasy is bad enough, but with the cold too I just felt like I'd been run over by a truck. This is the first day I've felt close to normal in almost a week. Plus with the coughing and being nauseous, every time I cough I have to try not to gag. I think it just triggers that reflex.

I do love the holidays. Luckily for me, they don't end quite so soon. My birthday is near the beginning of January, so it just keeps on going. I've always loved my birthday being two weeks after Christmas. Every year I just ask Sim to take me to a fancy restaurant for dinner. The past few years we've been going to The Melting Pot. I really enjoy that. Last year I started working at an office with about five other people in my department. It was the first year since I moved out of my parents' house that I'd received gifts for my birthday. I have to say, I didn't think gifts mattered, but they do. Call me shallow. It was really exciting to be able to open presents for my birthday.

On the pregnancy front, I had my 12 week checkup, and everything was great. I heard the heartbeat, and it was just such a relief. I am very good at worrying. On the negative side, the doctor continued to annoy me. I went through my list of symptoms with her (embarrassing as this is)- constipation (cannot explain the uncomfortableness), gassiness, excess saliva production, nausea, etc. She proceeded to tell me that she's sure I had all these symptoms with my other two kids, I just didn't know what to look for. Excuse me?? I think I would remember not being able to use the bathroom for a week and needing to swallow every five seconds. Also, I asked her about the nuchal translucency test. I hadn't had this with either of my other kids, but I've read that it's fairly standard now. She said I wasn't having one since I'm not over 35. That was contradictory to everything I had read, stating it is recommended it be offered to everyone regardless of their age. Plus she was just really condescending. So, I decided to switch doctors. My appointment with the new one is later today. He was recommended to me by my PCP. I lose out on everything I've paid to the first doctor, but I think it's worth it.

That's about it from here, it's been wonderfully busy. I hope you and your families have had a lovely and relaxing holiday, and Happy New Year!

~ Stephanie

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