Friday I had an OB appointment. Hubby and I walked into the office and noticed that it was empty. There was one guy sitting there, I can only assume waiting for his wife. We signed in and was told the doctor was not in that I would be seeing the nurse. Ahhhhhhhh! Now it all made sense. This has happened one other time. I was told that he was in emergency surgery. I did not have a problem with not getting to see him. I would want to know I could count on my doctor to be there for me if I needed him so all was ok.
So the nurse called me back, weighed me, took my blood pressure, checked my urine and listened to the heartbeat and that was pretty much it. Blood pressure was 110/70, urine was good and heart rate was in the 140s. She did not do the fundal measurement.
So now I start the twice weekly appointments. First one is on Tuesday. We will get to see the little guy again and then have the NST (Non-stress test) to check the baby. This is where they hook my belly up to a monitor and check the baby for about 20 minutes. I guess they listen/record to the heartbeat for that long and they like to see spikes in it for when he moves around. So it should be interesting. I am hoping hubby can go so he will know what I will be doing for the next several weeks, in case he can’t make it. He has been great about going to all of my appointments with me. I love that he is able to be there with his work. But we are coming up to his busy time and there won’t be many opportunities for him to make a lot of the appointments in December. But that is how we pay the bills. 🙂
As promised here is the post on the Liebster Blog Award.
Thank you, cmdcupcake at http://chroniclesoftheconceptionallychallenged.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for a Leibster Blog Award! This award is granted to up-and-coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers who deserve some recognition and support to keep on blogging.
The instructions are:
1) to answers the 11 questions written by your nominator. 2) to nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers. 3) to write 11 of your own questions for each nominee to answer.
Here are the questions I will answer:
1. Why did you make the decision to start trying to conceive and how long have you been trying? Hubby and I knew right away we wanted kids. But since our entire dating relationship was long-distance, we decided to wait about 5-6 months after I moved to Chicago, to be with him, to start. (I turned 37 3 days after we got married so I knew time was critical.) Had I know it would have taken us as long as it did, I would not have waited. Hindsight is 20/20. It took is 3 years to get to being pregnant with this baby.
2. What is the worst thing someone has said to you during your TTC journey so far? “Just relax. It will happen.” “I started walking on the treadmill and lost about 5 pounds, then I got pregnant.” “Why do you want to rush into having kids. You just got married.” To name a few.
3. When and why did you start your blog? Do you have more than one blog? I started before I got into IVF #2. I had already gone through 3 failed IUIs, multiple procedures and a filed IVF and I really needed an outlet for what we were going through. I thought it would be a good way to connect with others who have had similar struggles and also thought it might help people who were going through what I was going through. This is my only blog. Only a few close friends know about it though and no family other than my hubby.
4. What do you do for a living? Is it your dream job, if not what is? Currently I help my hubby out with his business. So I get to work from home. Prior to meeting him, I worked as a tax accountant in St. Louis. I was at one of the Big 5 firms for 5 years, then went to work at a client and was there for 9 years before moving up Chicago. I telecommuted at the last job for the following year and then that was the end of that. I have enjoyed helping my husband with his work, in whatever way I can (keeping the books, tagging along and being his official photographer, videographer, etc.) Last year I started a little business of my own. I have always loved to draw so I started a business where I can recreate your favorite photographs into pencil or pastel works of art. 🙂 It has been a little slow to take off, but The few jobs I have had I have really enjoyed. I don’t feel very comfortable saying the name of the business as right now I enjoy keeping this blog anonymous, but here is an example of what I can do.
5. What is your favorite book? I don’t really have a favorite book. As we get into the Christmas season, I am quite fond of the Christmas books by Donna VanLiere. Very heartwarming and easy reads. I also just picked up her memoir “Finding Grace.” I haven’t started it yet, but will be doing so shortly. She also struggled to have kids and ended up adopting.
6. How do you relax when TTC gets tough? I can’t say that I would have a good answer to this. I was almost always thinking about TTC. It really takes over your life, especially when you have absolutely no control, which I hate. Typically I would try to watch some mindless TV in the evenings.
7. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live? Actually I love living right where I live. But if I could travel anywhere, it would be Italy or the UK. I also want to visit every state in the US before I die. I have visited 32, so only 18 left to go. Most of them are in the Northeast and the Northwest. If I could have tagged along with hubby on his trip next week I would have been able to mark 2 more off the list (Montana and North Dakota), but it would be too tough on my body. Oh well.
8. What is currently playing on your iPod? As sad as it sounds, my iPod sits in a dock on my desk and I rarely play it. But that will change soon as we get closer to Christmas. I will be playing Christmas music a lot! 🙂
9. What is your favorite TV show? I really enjoy the Amazing Race. Love to see the world without getting off the sofa! LOL
10. What is the most useful piece of advice you have been given (doesn’t have to be fertility related)? It is actually a quote my mom taped up on the kitchen cabinet when we were kids. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
11. Dog or cat person? Definitely a dog person!
Ok. Now to the questions I will pose for 11 other bloggers. And forgive me, as time is ticking away, I am going to steal some already asked questions that I found on another blog.
1. If you could meet any person (real or fiction) who would it be and what question would you ask them?
2. How did you meet your spouse/partner? Was it love at first sight?
3. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
4. Do people in real life know about your blog? Why or why not?
5. What is your greatest fear in life?
6. Who has been the most positive role model in your life to date and why?
7. What about your infertility journey is most difficult for you?
8. What is your most favorite comfort food?
9. What possession do you love and would be heartbroken to part with?
10. What do you do to he your spouse through the struggle of infertility?
11. If you were a billionaire how would you choose to spend your time?
Here are the bloggers I have chosen!
Thanks for reading!