Some of you continue to insist that I am, in some fashion, interesting. You've even gone so far as to pose questions. To that end:
1. From Kim: "So does little sister have a name yet? Or any considerations for a name?"
Little Sister does not have a name. In fact, part of me wants to wait until our next ultrasound on Tuesday (16w1d) to be certain it is a she. Nonetheless, Todd and I are compiling a list. Perhaps you can help. We want a name that is relatively traditional, but not too common. It needs to be identifiably female. And it can't sound too redundant with Hannah (e.g. Savannah and Susannah are out). It's also important that it age well and not limit her when it comes to her future.
Any suggestions? Oh, and please don't tell me about someone you hate with that name or a friend's dog with that name, etc. This is hard enough with our own biases.
2. From Liza: "How many weeks are you now, and what are your perinatologist, OBGYN, etc. saying about how things look in there?"
I'm 15w4d today. And my doctors say everything looks wonderful. We have a really active baby (much harder to find on Doppler than Hannah was) who is doing all the right things and measuring dead-on. Our next appointment is our Level II ultrasound next week. If all goes well there, I'm not sure how long it will be before we get another. Since the baby looks healthy, the next item of concern is my placenta, and we won't really be able to tell or do anything about that until 33 weeks or so when we can do an MRI. Speaking of, my specialist says that even if that MRI comes back clean as a whistle, he doesn't want me to attempt VBAC. He said it's simply not worth the risk and we want the absolute best team ready and waiting to make sure we've got the best outcome, regardless of whether an accreta/increta is visible ahead of time.
3. Also from Liza: "Deserter has ONE s, sweetie. I'm not being an arse, though, I
promise--I actually think it's really cute that you mis-spelled the
word, because my spelling always went to heck when I was pregnant."
Ah, how I wish I could blame it on pregnancy. Despite my love of English and the art of written communication, my spelling has always been atrocious. I do my best to clean it up, but when it comes to something non-work-related (read: blogging), I let a lot slide.
4. Since she's on a roll, Liza again: "I actually WAS a bit annoyed by your disappearing act, because after
the first few days with you I always worry that something has happened
to the pregnancy. If you still want to disappear, why don't you get
someone from IRL to agree to update and let us know if anything bad has
happened? That way, no news is good news (well, not GOOD exactly,
because I for one kinda miss you when you don't post for a while, but
you know what I mean)."
I do know what you mean. And I guarantee you that if something goes wrong I will have someone spread the word. So for the time being, no news is truly good news. Especially since it likely means I have paying work.
5. From Ollie: "I hope the boob issue is really no issue at all. Good thing the exam showed nothing wrong."
Here's the skinny on the boob. About a month ago I had a really achy spot on the side of my left boob, up near the lymph nodes. It lasted for about four or five days and then went away. It was a burning sensation that came and went and left me rubbing my boob in public without noticing. This past weekend it came back. And since my mom was here she made me call the doctor. By the time Monday rolled around and I talked to the nurse she agreed that I should come in for an exam since it was only happening on one side (both are pregnant sore, but this was different). So I did and the exam revealed nothing out of the ordinary. Our best guess is that a growth spurt is felt more on that side because it's my bigger and more productive boob and may just be gearing up faster. But if it recurs, I'm supposed to come back and get an ultrasound.
Get this: she also mentioned, all casual like, that it's safe to get a mammogram while pregnant. My slack-jawed horror at the mere thought of having my pregnant boob smashed between two plates cannot be underestimated. I don't even like a stiff wind right now!
Any more questions? I'm here to help.