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Week 12 - April 13, 2006
~ Doctor’s Appointment

I waited a few extra days to post my journal this week because my doctor’s appointment was on the 12th and I wanted to be able to write about it. First things first, I gained what? 4 pounds? Ugh! I have got to start eating more fruits and veggies. I will start today because I have to go grocery shopping anyway. I’ll just throw in a few extra apples, maybe a banana or 2, some grapes. Oh yeah, veggies. Not really wanting any of that lately. I guess I could swing some green beans. I have a great recipe that I got off of the internet called “Brookes Green beans”. It involves sautéing some garlic in olive oil, then throw in the beans and sauté covered for a few minutes. Then sprinkle in some soy sauce and turn heat up slightly and sauté covered about 5 more minutes. Season with a little salt and pepper, the recipe calls for ginger, but I like it better without. Umm . . . umm . . . I think I am actually craving some green beans.

Anyway, about the rest of the appointment. So I brought my girls to the appointment with me because I thought that they would get a kick out of hearing the baby’s heartbeat. So after waiting a ridiculous amount of time, the nurse finally calls me back to wait in the exam room another ridiculous amount of time. Finally the doctor comes in, and it is crowded. The exam room is not exactly designed for 4 people to be in at the same time. Since Brooke has already snagged the only chair, I stand Rachel at the bottom of the table by my feet. After all, from what I remember from my last 2 pregnancies, this is a fairly modest appointment, right? Just a little belly showing. So Dr. C goes through the routine questions about how I have been feeling, yata-yata. And then he starts to push my pants down so that he can get to my belly, however, his idea of how far down they needed to go and my idea of how far down differed considering my 8 year old was standing right there. With him not understanding that I don’t want my pants to go below my hairline, and my not making it clear except by my pulling them back up, a bit of a tug of war ensues, until I finally whisper, “I don’t want her to see me like this.” “Oh, I am so sorry.” So he allows me time to move my daughter to a more modest position in the room. Then the hunt for the heartbeat begins. Nope, not there. Nope, not over here either. After a few minutes of trying he tells me that because I have a tilted uterus (it leans back towards my bottom--I learned this at my last appointment) that it is probably too far back to hear the heartbeat at this point. So he suggested we go over for an ultrasound. Well, who wouldn’t love the chance to view their baby before the usual 20 weeks?

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We mosied on over to the ultrasound room, and I hopped on up on the table. The tech squirted some cold jelly on my belly and away we went into our little baby’s world. It was so much different then I thought it would be. I expected it to be a little more like a blob. I couldn’t believe how proportionate it was. It looked like a miniature 20 week baby. The girls thought it was great, and we got to hear the heartbeat. Swoosh-swoosh-swoosh. 163 beats per minute. We only got to look at the baby for a couple of minutes as all Dr. C wanted was the heartbeat, but we did get 2 souvenir pictures to take home and show off. It was funny because Rachel asked the tech as we were leaving, “Well, what is it? A boy or a girl?” She was only a little disappointed that we couldn’t find out yet. Brooke is hoping that we have a girl because she already has a brother at her dad’s house, and she says that 1 brother is enough. Rachel on the other hand is hoping for a boy. At first, I was totally shocked by this, but after some thought it came to me that Rachel has been the little princess of the family for 8 years. Why would she want to share that position with another sister? It makes since. Both of my girls are so different in their personalities, with Brooke being a tom-boy (for lack of a better term) and Rachel being so prissy. They are really like night and day and I love them so much. I can’t wait to see what our new addition adds to our family.

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