Monday, May 09, 2005

30 week and 5 day OB appointment

Blood pressure - OK
Urine - OK
6 lb weight gain - OK!!!
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this. The way I ate the last 4 weeks I would have not been shocked if they said 10 lbs. (And no I didn't feel the slightest bit guilty eating that grilled chili-dog Bryan made me for Mother's Day!) Man if only every day was Mother's day I'd be in hotdog heaven!

Now I'll start to go every 2 weeks. I love my doctor. I got his OK on filming the birth. He was totally cool with that, he asked (in all seriousness) if I wanted to get a real production crew because they know someone. I'm not looking for all that now! I really don't even need it to be zoomed in on my bloody, overstretched vag either. It's just going to be Bryan and I in the room and we're gonna set it up on a tripod. I really just want to catch the emotion in the room and see and hear all the things that I'll miss being caught up in the moment. Kind of like your wedding were there to experience it but it's so different from that outside perspective. And it's not like I'll ever show anyone (unless they really, really want to see it and there isn't anything too humilating in there) but I'd never say "Hey want to see my vagina being ripped to shreds?" making them feel totally uncomfortable.

I got my moneys worth out of today's appoinment, it was 1 full hour long. Much different than the usual 10 minute in and out thing. I showed up with about a list of 50 questions, talked to them about my heart-attack inducing stress at work and they even hooked me up to the fetal monitor for 20 minutes. No particular reason for that but I came from work and she could see the stress on me and I think she really wanted me to take a nice breather so she hooked me up to that, turned off the lights and let me just chill to the baby's heartbeat. That's soothing in itself. I felt much better. (And I switch from saying he/she because my Doctor is a "he" but I have a lot of my appointments with the PA who is a "she" but today I spent a lot of time with both, I was extra needy).

She was concerned about my work stress. Physically healthwise I'm OK but she did say we need to work together (me, her and my employer) to relieve some of it. She said they could take me out of work (as appealing as that sounds I don't know if I'd qualify for STD being "healthy") and the last thing I want to think about is not getting paid for the next 10 weeks. I'll have enough of that in the future. She did give me a note saying I need a reduction of hours for the remainder of my pregnancy. They asked how many hours I wanted reduced (all of them!) but I figured I'd start with 10 less for a 30 hour work week. She said now that I have the letter the ball is in my hands and I can hold on to it or turn it in. I haven't figured out what I'm going to do yet but I might try to see if I can work 2 days from home but keep the 40 hours. I don't know how the whole pay thing would be handled being salary if I dropped down to 30 and I don't have enough vacation to cover it. I'm just not sure if reducing my hours will help, they will probably keep my work load the same (because they don't have anyone else to do it) and my deadlines can't and won't change so that may make me more stressed having the same amount to do in even less time! Maybe 2 days from home will be a good start.

Other news, Bryan got his diaper bag today. Check it out. It's pretty cool, I can't wait to use it!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry that your so stressed! I say just worry about you. Reduce your hours relax a little before the baby comes. Your going to have enough to do when little man gets here! The money will work itself out. Enjoy some time off to yourself. IF not completely then definitely turn in that slip and don't even work from home!I love ya and don't like to hear your stressed out. wish you could sleep in and take long baths , get ready at your own leisurely pace, go get a beverage(tea, decaf...) , go get lunch, come home watch t.v. ...Anyway I do wanna see your bloody vag please if you'll let me:0)LOVE, KELLI

9:12 PM  
Blogger loopis said...

I am super fancy with my own ultra male diaper bag. Even though I would have spent 100 bucks to not have to carry that god awful pinapple explosion bag wifey got, I won on this one on ebay for 10 bucks. :)

9:25 AM  
Blogger pretendingsanity said...

aww, when you get down to the two week visits, it gets so fun. Before you know it, you'll be having a baby!!!

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Tremulant Sings said...

I took about 15 minutes of video when Phoebe was born. When they were measuring her and all that. I had the nurse film me putting on her first diaper too. It's one of my favoritest videos. We didn't really want to film the actual birth though, as I don't think we'd watch that part very often.

1:50 AM  

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