17w6d Amnio Results

Best morning wake-up call ever:

Our genetic counselor called this morning to let us know that the results of our amnio, and everything turned out normal!  Yay!

This means that Baby Z tested normal on nearly all chromosomal disorders, including Down syndrome, trisomy 13, trisomy 18, and sex chromosome abnormalities (such as Turner syndrome and Klinefelter syndrome).  Since an amnio is more than 99 percent accurate in diagnosing these conditions, J and I are pretty thrilled by these results.

In other news, J and I and Baby Z are on our way to San Francisco over the long Labor Day weekend!  I’ve been to almost everywhere else in California but have never been to San Francisco, and since J used to live out in the Bay Area during his management consultant years after college, he’s going to show me all his old haunts this weekend.  I was originally hoping to do some kind of a wine tour, but now with Debbie Downer here in my belly, I guess we’re sticking with a food tour instead 🙂

See you back on this blog next week!  Have a safe and happy Labor Day!



17w4d oh boy

I’ll be the first to admit that I know practically next to nothing about boys (or men, for that matter).  Ever since we found out that Baby Z is a boy last week, I’ve suffered moments of pure anxiety when I think about bringing up a little boy versus a little girl (most of them are pretty ridiculous, but I’ve never claimed to be a rational person).  Thoughts such as:  What if he is more interested in video games than people?  When will he starts noticing differences between genders?  (And ask me to explain?) Should I take special care to always be fully dressed around him??  What if I walk in on him touching…umm?  (Shudder)  How do I provide him with positive male role models (other than J, of course)?  How much snuggling and kissing is too much?  Should I encourage him to play with both dolls and trucks?  What if he’s only interested in trucks?  Or in dolls?  

And the list continues.

Truth be told, I’d probably go through the exact same mental process (breakdown?) if Baby Z were a girl.  J tells me that I’m a “circular worrier” – worrying for the sake of worrying and not for any solutions.  I tell him that this what all women do (Is this something that I’ll have to explain to Baby Z later too?  Sigh).

Anyway – on a related note, this morning I came into work to find this article sent to me from my husband sitting in my inbox:  Pediatricians Decide Boys Are Better Off Circumcised Than Not

In all my meandering worries about Baby Z this past week, none of them involved circumcision because honestly, it just didn’t cross my mind!  I always thought that circumcision was an aesthetic or a religious choice – one in which you can take it or leave it.  But according to this article and to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are many health benefits to circumcision, including a lower risk of urinary tract infections, less likelihood of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, and reduced chances that men will spread HPV to their female sexual partners, protecting them from getting cervical cancer.

As much as I hate to think about Baby Z’s future sex life (um, yuck), this is one of the first decisions that J and I will most likely have to make as parents regarding Baby Z’s health immediately after he is born.  And I think the answer is…yes to circumcision?

Oh Baby Z, it’s times like these that I (almost) wish that you were a girl instead…Mommy understands girls!

17w1d Weekly Obsessions

Here are some boy-ish things that I’m obsessing over this week:

1.  Halloween costume inspired by the Disney-Pixar movie UP.   (J and I also did our engagement photos to UP – the opening montage gets us every time.)

2. Lion Coat.  Raaaarr.

3.  Mark my words, if Baby Z is not in an animal costume, he will be dressed as Superman.

4.  DIY obstacle course.  Genius.  This is how I’m going to sneak out for manicures.

5. My lil monkey

6.  Mustache binky.  Ha.

7.  Sweet quote.

8.  For J and Baby Z

9.  If I know my folks…this is going to be all too true.



17w0d Vein-ity

Your baby’s the size of a sweet potato!

Your baby’s getting ready to bust a move. At five and a half inches long and almost 7 ounces in weight, he now may be large enough for you to feel him twisting, rolling, kicking, and punching his way around the womb. Plus, he’s developing yawning and hiccupping skills (you may feel those soon, too!) and his own unique set of toe and fingerprints.

Oh, my aching back! If you’ve uttered those words more than once this week, here’s why: Your uterus, now about the size of a cantaloupe, is causing your body’s center of gravity to shift, pulling the lower back forward and pushing the abdomen out (so now everyone can see that you’re pregnant!). On top of all that, joint-loosening pregnancy hormones are wreaking havoc on your muscles and ligaments, adding up to one big ouch!

(Source: What to Expect and The Bump)

OH MY GOD, I was getting dressed for work this morning when I spotted these faint bluish spots on the backs of my knees…AM I GETTING VARICOSE VEINS?!  This is one of my biggest pregnancy fears.  I’ve seen several of my friends with varicose veins during their pregnancies, and for a couple of them, these yucky veins never went away after the birth of their babies.  Varicose veins don’t harm the baby, but they are unsightly.  I know this makes me sound horribly vain (or shall I say, vein), but I’m already losing my waist, butt, arms, diet, face, and all control of my bodily functions to Baby Z, must I give up my legs as well!?

I’ve done some research into varicose veins, and this is what The Bump says about them:

What are varicose veins?

Veins carry blood from your organs back to your heart, which means they’re basically working against gravity. This ain’t easy, especially in a pregnant lady. That’s because, thanks to your expanding uterus, increasing blood volume and changing hormones, your veins are under even more pressure than usual right now. And in the spots under the most pressure (usually your legs, but sometimes your rectum and vulva), blood can accumulate, which results in swollen — varicose — veins.

What are the signs of varicose veins?

You’ll notice veins are visibly dark purple or blue and are twisted and enlarged. Sometimes your legs might ache or feel heavy. Varicose veins may also cause your legs to swell and itch. The pain normally occurs if you’re sitting or standing for a long time — so make sure you change positions often.

What’s the best way to treat varicose veins during pregnancy?

To improve circulation, prop up your legs whenever possible, exercise, avoid tight clothes and shoes, get lots of vitamin C and try not to gain more weight than your doctor recommends. Compression hose can also help, as can sleeping on your left side (so your uterus doesn’t press on the vena cava, a major vein on your right side).

What can I do to prevent varicose veins?

To prevent varicose veins — or at least keep them under control — try to keep excess pressure from building up, especially in your legs.

BABY Z, DON’T YOU DARE GIVE MOMMY VARICOSE VEINS!!   (Oh, and happy 18 week birthday pumpkin.)