Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Monica (with the help of Domenique) threw us an amazing co-ed baby shower at her new house. The food was awesome, and there were some really cute activities such as make your own onsies. And of course, we got LOTS presents for our soon to be spoiled blueberry!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
- Blueberry's heart rate is good (around 144 I believe)
- My blood pressure is perfect
- My belly measurement is good
- The soreness I've been getting on the top side of my belly sounds normal and is probably just stretching and bruising from the baby kicking there
- My Glucose and iron tests came back good
Sleep has been a real issue because of leg cramps and the doctor told me to eat a banana before bed and stretch. Perry gave me a great leg massage yesterday and my sleepytime cramps were pretty minor last night. Thanks Perry!
Back to Dr. Galaif in 4 weeks and then my OB visits will be every two weeks!
In other news, we just started to receive some baby gifts. David and Dom bought us a stroller which was WAY too nice of them, and Meighan and Paul sent us some baby bath time essentials. It's exciting to start filling the house with baby stuff.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
On Sunday we decided on a glider for the nursery: the mighty Dutailier Intermezzo, upholstered in a nice sage microfiber. Its certainly more than we originally intended to spend, but it's rilly rilly nice and can move to the living room when its outlived its usefulness in the nursery. Now we only have one more piece of baby furniture to get--a dresser that can double duty as a changing table. We checked Ikea, but didnt find anything suitable, so we're still on the lookout. A lot of furniture places need 10 or so weeks lead time on orders, so we'll be cutting things close if we don't decide on something soon.
This Saturday is our Childbirth prep class at Day One, its ridiculously long, something like 10 hours. Oh and tomorrow we're meeting with a potential choice for a pediatrician.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
On another note, I went to a healthy pregnancy class at Day One yesterday. It was only me and one other girl which gave me the opportunity to ask all my stupid questions. I already knew most of what we went over but it was reassuring to hear everything from an expert so I'm very glad I went. My teacher was Ami, a midwife and a lactation consultant and a very cool lady. She didn't push the homebirth thing at all, but just meeting her and hearing a bit about it made me almost want to consider it. Maybe for the next one.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
- He is now almost 2 pounds - 1 pound 15oz to be exact
- Heart rate was 148 BPM
- Growth percentile is 55.5% - a bit up from the last visit
Blueberry was feeling camera shy from the waist up, but here is a video where you can see the side of his head (note the ear), his hands in front of his face, and a nice leg shot (look at those cute toes).
We missed last weeks picture, but here is week 26.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
- we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Resort in Poipu, sort of a splurge for us. The best thing about the resort was its huge pool area and saltwater lagoons.
- my blackberry fell victim to the ocean on our second day, I had no email access for almost 7 full days. This sucked at first, and then was amazing when I got used to it.
- frosty drinks at the Hyatt's pool cost $16.50 with tip (lucky there's only one of us enjoying them)
- we took a cool helicopter tour of the island, one of the highlights of the trip
- I'm still nursing a bad sunburn
In other news, we've placed an order last night for our first substantial baby item: the crib. w00t!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
- his heart rate was 153 bpm
- 1 lb 3 oz
- growth is 44th percentile
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I called Perinatal Associates (where we get our high def ultrasounds) to ask a few more questions. I got to speak to Amy, the genetic counselor that we met with on our very first visit. She talks a bit much, but was really really nice. She concurred with the ultrasound doctor that based on the literature that is out there now, there's nothing additional that needs to be done besides an extra ultrasound. All of the instances of "bad stuff" out there are when this condition is present with multiple other abnormalities, which thankfully there are none of. So for now, I feel pretty good about it all...
Oh and the doctor green-lighted our trip to Kauai at the end of October. Huzzah!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Yesterday I got my work-provided prenatal care kit in the mail. It contained:
- an Adobe logo branded onesie (ha, our first piece of baby clothing)
- (what seems like) every book in the What to Expect... series
- a cheapo diaper bag
- more booklets and pamphlets and bits of paper
At this point it seems like we have enough baby-related reading materials to fill an entire bookcase...
Friday, September 5, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Today I also got some good info on paternity leave with my HR deparment. Adobe offers no special company-paid paternity leave. There are 2 state/federal laws that I qualify for however:
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which is up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off.
- California Paid Family Leave (PFL), which allows up to 6 weeks of partial pay (roughly 55% but it is capped--I would not get the full 55%), paid by the state. It runs concurrently with FMLA, but it takes 1 week to "kick in"
Additionally, if you take more than 30 days of "Baby Bonding" leave, you need to pay for your own benefits. (health ins, life ins, etc)
After considering it all, I think I'm just going to screw the "Baby Bonding" leave, and use my upcoming sabbatical with a couple weeks of PTO tacked on when blueberry arrives. I think we will need all the money coming in that we can get, although it does annoy me that I am paying for the CA PFL (in taxes) and won't be using it...
We better get a refund if the baby comes out dumb! (just kidding Blueberry!)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We were out of the office before we knew it, sent on our way with more prenatal vitamin samples. One thing we did learn is that the doctors at this practice trade off the oncall pager weekly. If blueberry happens to come during non-business hours--which I imagine is quite likely, it is possible it could be delivered by a different doctor. Dr. Galaif said we can schedule some of our future appointments/checkins with each of the other doctors, so we can get to know all of them. I get the feeling that this is how a lot of practices do this.
I took the day off, so I dropped Heather back off at work and enjoyed the rest of the day. The next big date is the second trimester ultrasound on Sept 18th, where (hopefully) we'll find out whether its a boy or a girl!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The doctor told me I had great results and gave me a report which reminds me very much of the citywide test score printouts I would get in reading and math in elementary school. The results were pretty similar too. I'm in the 97.5 percentile. I was a smart kid.
After the screening we met with a genetic counselor to talk about me being a carrier of Canavan disease. Basically, if Perry is also a carrier then the baby would have a 25% chance of having the disease which could be determined by amnio. A nurse took Perry's blood (right after she took the blood of a woman who was carrying around a puke bucket and did NOT look well) and we should have results in 3 weeks or so. Hopefully, since Perry is very un-Jewish we will be ok. She also went over our family histories and made us both very late for work. We won't have results for a few weeks.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The checkup started off well. The doctor wanted to hear blueberry's heartbeat with a fetal doppler, but was having problems finding it. We got a little worried there, and I think the doctor could tell, so she moved us over to the other room to do a quick ultrasound to confirm everything was OK.
She found the blueberry pretty quickly, so that was a relief. It looked much more "baby-like" this time, and it was kicking around like crazy! We watched it for about 2 minutes, and in that time, it kicked 3-4 times. It looked a little bit like a bean jumping around in a mini-moonwalk.
Here's a short clip i filmed on my digicam showing a nice kick at about 20 seconds in:
Monday, July 21, 2008
- Cystic Fibrosis (which Dr. Lam actually tested me for and was negative)
- Canavan Disease
- Familial Dyautonomia
- Bloom Syndrome
- Fanoconi Anemia Group C
- Gaucher Disease
- Glycogen Storage Disease
- Maple syrup urine disease (is it wrong the mention of this makes me crave pancakes?)
- Mucolipidosis Type IV
- Niemann-Pick disease type A
The nurse was very sweet but after she took my blood, I realized she only took a small amount. I guess she didn't realize I was getting a bunch of tests, not just the 1st trimester screening ones. So she had to stick me again, this time in the other arm which didn't work out so well for her... or for me I should say. She had to call in the veteran nurse to stick me once again. Now I have bandages on both arms and I didn't even get a free juice out of it. I should have results in 2 weeks.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
- he is Asian
- we had just watched it again when we were in Brooklyn
We received a huge stack of booklets, pamphlets, and other materials to start reading.
- Heather is approximately 7 weeks, 3 days along. There are lots of pregnancy websites out there that compare the size of the fetus at this stage to a blueberry--thus the name of this blog.
- The due date is Feb 15th--this means there is a chance it could be Valentine's Day, or it could fall on a Friday the 13th!
- Our little blueberry measured in at 13mm (a hair over half an inch)
- Dr. Lam said sushi is okay, as long as you stay away from the high mercury stuff
Oh, they also gave Heather 5-6 packs of various prenatal vitamins--free stuff rules!
Without further ado, our first look at the blueberry:
Our next scheduled appointment is July 30th, where I will get to meet Dr. Galaif (Heather has already met her). Our next scheduled ultrasound will be on August 6th, which will be the first trimester combined screening.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
- Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
- The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth
- Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth
- Belly Laughs (yes, the Jenny McCarthy book, I figured Heather would enjoy this one)
I was going to order the What to Expect When You're Expecting book that I've heard so much about, but the reviews on Amazon made me think it is the worst possible book for Heather to read, so I'll leave it for now.