Friendliness Helps: When you’re new to the pregnancy scene, you’ll find yourself having to deal with a lot of medical people- those who you have to build a comfort and trust with, since you’ll be literally baring yourself to them. All the Expectant Mother books and magazines always commence your pregnancy journey by advising that you find an OB/GYN who you can be very comfortable around with, someone who will be friendly enough to give you time and care, and will take you step by step your 40 weeks, with a caring staff who’ll answer your questions and provide your needs. i’ve been really blessed to have not had to shop around, since the ladies of the place i go to for check ups exude friendliness, esp. the doctors that i have to regularly see. They’re not stoic nor condescending, but they realize how inexperienced I am to the whole thing, and reassure me about proceedures and concerns. Note to self: send gift basket to ladies at Plaza 4.
i look outside the balcony window and see the tree that first had pink blossoms clingling to the branches the first time we moved in. Now the blossoms have matured into white flowers that daily fall off their temporary home. The wind makes them dance a while before hitting the ground. It looks beautiful from inside, from our newly moved in apartment, sitting on our assembled neutral colored futon adorned with feminine cream and old rose pillows. i imagine myself, a young mother, holding a tiny baby girl under the shade, with her soft hair being softly caressed by God’s breath. And although she may not know what she’s thinking, she smiles by design, because there’s a feeling of love, a feeling she may not entirely know of and understand, but she feels it nonetheless. it’s the same feeling she gets when her dad tickles her toes and nubs her nose and picks her up when she cries. i know bad times will come, and scenes aren’t always so beautiful, but for now, this is what i imagine when i look outside our balcony window. listening to: You Made me Love YouF Crystal Gayle
as much as i love having emma kicking at me, and i can see my stomach every now and then pulsing with her movements, there are some negatives to pregnancy, esp. during the 3rd trimester: 1. lower back pain 2. sleeping discomfort, difficulty in turning and rolling 3. forget sleeping on your stomach for a while 4. trouble bending (limits cleaning, putting on shoes, socks, pants) 5. having to wear bottoms 6. sweet tooth kicking in 7. having your heels hurt even from a short stroll 8. not feeling all together glamorous 9. seeing how much you’ve physically changed, knowing you’ve gained 25+ lbs. 10. needing to crave water every 20 minutes, then needing to pee every 15… 11. needing to pee every 15 min. 12. being told not to carry things, knowing you can’t carry heavy things anymore although you know you’re stronger than linda carter 13. people constantly asking you when you’re due 14. people staring at you, with their eyes gradually travelling down to gaze at your stomach 15. stretchmarks 16. having trouble getting up from sitting, getting out of the car, getting out of bed 17. not being able to run, play with the kids, rollerblade, […]
she’s kicking me as i write this entry. she’s very fiesty this morning for some reason. yesterday was my first unofficial mother’s day. although she is not fully outside of my stomach, i still consider myself a mom, only because my mindset has been conclusively programmed already on protection and provision mode for this little one inside me. it was sweet how my siblings gave me a card during our family cabin trip this weekend, and although i had missed the mother’s day program that our church celebrates annually, the youth gave me a special cell call to greet me. i was able to go to my OB/GYN last week, as well as perform the NST and ultrasound for Emma/Noe, and the results were positive. My doctor gave me sensational news that relieved our worries of her low weight from my previous exam. From 1.16 lbs, she is now a healthy 3.4 lbs. with 1.5 months to go. Research says that babies experience the biggest growth spurt the remaining 2 months so by the time i give birth, emma will hopefully have grown to her full weight of a normal 6lbs or a little less. the doctor assumes that since […]
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current weight: 128 lbs. current craving: water as i write this, emma’s kicking or moving profusely inside. i haven’t been updating this blog, but i hope to do so more frequently now that i’m in my last trimester. perze and i met with the ultrasound doctor and they’re having some concerns with her bone growth, particularly her thigh bones. They are much shorter than the rest that they’ve compared her to within their charts, but the doctor also commented that their charts are based on caucasians and african americans, therefore, emma being an asian baby, she is much smaller than the rest. so the doctor said that genetics may be playing its card here. another factor may be the placenta being able to give nutrients and oxygen sufficiently enough to her, but i’ve done my first stress test where i was asked to sit on a couch for 20 minutes, just relaxing and being hooked onto a machine that records her heart beat and movement. this test administered proved positive results indicating that she is just fine. also, the doctor said her brain is developing beautifully, and everything else looks great, although still on the smaller side. so for now, […]
well, here i am on my 6th month and with only 3 more months to go, maybe even earlier. it’s getting harder to move and esp. get up because the weight of the baby affects my back and my legs, so i’ve gotten just a bit slower. perze and i have been narrowing down our choices for the crib and carrier which is the essential 2, and i’m beggining to pack for my hospital stay, as well as prepare some clothes for her first few days outside of my womb. everyone’s preparing for her arrival and my family have been the most exited for me, and i’m the most exited for them because it’s both of our family’s first apo. my brother even over-generously bought us a the octura 40 digicamcorder because he knew perze and i were looking for one to record her firsts. it was a humbling present, esp. since i don’t like getting very expensive presents. my body is going through certain paradoxes, like craving for sweets although after eating them, regret usually follows, so i balance it with my craving for fruit like strawberries, avocado’s, nectarines, and mangos. also, my tummy feels as if it stretches […]