My doctor appointment this morning went great.
To back up a bit, we had to get up early (remember I mentioned that we’re not early-morning people here?) We had to get up at 7:30, so about an hour earlier than normal. The kids were fine, except both were coughing. Emily started getting really whiny & clinging to me while I’m trying to rush around and finish getting myself ready and then her. Thankfully, Nathan is pretty self-sufficient in getting himself dressed, shoes on, eating breakfast, etc. So I didn’t have to worry about him too much. He did follow me around, telling me many times that his “white blood cells must be busy killing the germs” but he thinks “they missed some because I am coughing.”
It was -6 degrees when we left this morning. Brrr, that will wake you up fairly quickly! We arrived at the doctor’s on time and the nurse called us back within a couple minutes. We go back, I get the usual weight check (I don’t even pay attention to the doctor’s scale anymore – I weigh myself regularly at home and I know that’s more accurate than the doctor’s where I wear boots, heavy sweatshirts, etc.), blood pressure (mine was fine), and general questions. All is well.
The high risk nurse came in after the regular nurse left and asked if I had any questions. Nope, I’m all set. She reminded me that I can call anytime if I need anything. Yep, nice to know, thank you very much.
In the meantime, I am anxiously waiting to see my doctor. Dr Barber, my favorite doctor. I am hoping she is as nice and understanding as I remembered her to be during my last pregnancy.
Dr Barber comes in around the curtain that my kids are happily playing in and the first thing she says is “ERIKA! So great to see you! CONGRATULATIONS! So you guys decided to go for another one, huh?!” And she hugged me. This was the first time anyone in this office has said Congratulations to me during this pregnancy. Apparently once you have the magic 2 kids – 1 boy and 1 girl, you don’t deserve a congratulations anymore. But my very sweet doctor congratulated me and that meant so much!
We got down to business. How am I feeling, etc. I told her how I’ve been taking extra magnesium (500 mg daily) and that has resulted in my migraines disappearing and only the occasional minor headache that is easily controlled with a simple Tylenol. My dr was intrigued and asked me how I learned that. I told her my PCP told me and Dr B was very interested. She wrote it down and said she was going to remember that for other patients later. See, isn’t that nice? My doctor isn’t afraid to learn something new – or for that matter to admit it! So refreshing! I mentioned my low vitamin D levels and she said yes, she’s seen a lot of that this winter.
Then I brought up the ultrasound. I told her what happened.
Dr Barber was wonderful. She said for one thing, she never requested for me to see the high risk doctor, she said that must have been the midwife’s opinion. Dr B didn’t think it was necessary and agrees I don’t need to see Dr J (perinatologist, high risk doc) anymore. She said she (Dr B) is perfectly comfortable managing my pregnancy herself, seeing as we did with Emily and all was fine. And that’s exactly how I feel. I was so happy to hear that.
My doctor also said that I will see her and only her for the remainder of my pregnancy. She said if the office tries to reschedule any appointments, I am to email her and she will personally fit me into her schedule. She wants to see me just as much as I want to see her.
As for the ultrasound, Dr Barber said she was very sorry it happened the way it did and she wanted me to tell Nate that she had nothing to do with it and if she had known what was happening, she would have stopped it and hopes he didn’t hold it against her. (He doesn’t, he just wants me to be happy. I’m happy now, so he is too. 😉 ) Dr B said she is going to talk to their office manager about what happened because they need to straighten some things out so this doesn’t happen in the future.
Dr Barber also said she herself thought it was highly unnecessary for Dr J to not allow children at the ultrasounds as it is a family business and she did not agree with that. That was nice to hear too.
I asked her if we could get another ultrasound. At first Dr Barber said she didn’t think she’d be able to because the baby is healthy and everything looked good so she wouldn’t be able to justify another one with insurance. However after looking at the ultrasound report more closely, she discovered that the tech hadn’t been able to get a full view of our baby’s heart, so she is going to order another ultrasound because of that. She said THAT warrants another check. Now technically, the baby is fine and healthy and the report says that, but is justified to check again. So Praise the Lord, we will get another ultrasound! It is scheduled for February 6th and Nate has off that Friday so it should work out well. And best of all, it’s with radiology, not the whacky peri and his crazy rules. Now Dr Barber did tell me that she can’t personally guarantee radiology will let my kids in – she said she has heard that sometimes they refuse, but at least there’s more of a chance this time and we’ve personally had experience where they have let our kids come back, so hopefully all will be well.
I am so happy. It was a great appointment, it couldn’t have gone better in my opinion. Not only did my doctor listen to me and validate what I had been saying all along, but God did answer my prayer and we will get another chance to see our little guy again (and hopefully get some good pictures!) and furthermore, I can now email my doctor anytime I need to or want to! So no more trying to get around scheduling people and nurses! Yay!
Thank You, Jesus!
I also asked Dr B about my due date and the fact that our little guy is already measuring ahead. She said she’s going to leave my due date where it is – June 21st – because I did have that early dating ultrasound. At this point, she’s not too concerned about me going into labor early because I never have in the past. However if I do start showing signs that I may as we get closer to that point, we’ll re-evaluate. Right now, I will probably have my c-section on/around June 15th.
On another good note, the kids were very good. Nathan, who always likes to talk non-stop to the doctors, was very good and quiet this time. I will admit that I bribed him before hand – I made a reeses chocolate pie last night and I promised him a piece after dinner if he was quiet at the doctor’s. He was, so he gets his pie! I don’t usually like to bribe my kids, but once in a while… you know?! 😉 It did work! 😉
I stopped at Target on the way home. I had heard they had a lot of baby stuff on clearance so I figured it would be fun to check it out. I love Target. I rarely shop there because the nearest one is 40 minutes away, but I much prefer Target to Walmart. But Walmart is 10 minutes away so we go there more. Target is just so much nicer, so much more classy, and cleaner. And the employees are nicer too – and they always look happier! But Walmart does usually have lower prices, so I can’t complain too much!
So back to my Target trip:
They had some great deals. I had to look around for a bit first because stuff was really picked over and hidden, but I ended up buying:
-a Graco Duo Stroller (seats 2 kids = perfect for new baby & Emily this summer!) for only $32 – normally $90!
-a Baby Trend Flex Infant Carseat for only $50, normally $100!
-plus a couple of smaller items – blanket for $2.50, 2 pk of sleepers for $2.50, soothies for .50 cents, etc.
I was so thrilled! I love getting bargains but I honestly didn’t expect to find this great of deals. They also had an Eddie Bauer bassinet on sale for $30, normally $160! I had wanted to get that for Emily but it was more than I wanted to spend so I didn’t. I didn’t buy it this time because we don’t need it, but for someone who does, it’s a steal!
I was so happy to find that Graco stroller! All we have now is a regular single seater Graco stroller. I really like it, but if I want to get back into shape this summer and take walks, it will be hard to just put the baby in there and drag Emily behind me. Translation = we walk very slowly & I don’t get the exercise I need. I had considered putting a duo stroller on my to-buy list, but I really didn’t want to spend $100 or more on one. So finding this stroller today was a big find for me!
And the carseat was great too. I just posted yesterday about my Baby List and we did need to buy one. I wasn’t positive about which brand of carseat I wanted to buy, but the Baby Trend was on my possible list – it’s rated very highly with Consumer Reports. And finding it today for half (or less!) of what I had planned on spending on it was fantastic. Plus I did check and we can still return these items within 90 days (as long as we have the receipt of course, Target is pretty anal about that.) So if we open it up and don’t like it, no harm done, we can get our money back.
So overall we had a great day!
We are missing Nate a lot. I’ve had several “Where Daddy at?” questions from Emily, but so far, we’re managing. I feel better just having gotten out of the house too.
Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to go to church for the Mom-to-Mom get together in the AM, because Emily is still coughing. But I got out today and I have a couple ideas for getting out later in the week if we need to.
And most of all, our baby is healthy and we are getting another ultrasound! Yay!