Hi there. Preggo here. I know I had dropped off the face of the earth for a while, and I do apologize for that. I think that all I have to say about that is that I’ve had a lot of adjustments to make!
I think the last update that I made was catching up everyone on my new job. (I can’t really remember right now, though, because that’s been forever ago and I’m typing this from work.) Maybe it was the 25 More Reasons for You to Question My Sanity blog. I’m not really certain – “pregnancy brain” has taken me over in a big way. I’m lucky to be able to remember my own name on some days. Most of my conversations consist of “uh . . . well. . . er. . . the thing with the stuff . . .” J has been a fantastic translator most of the time, though I still stump him sometimes.
Back to the point, work is going well. I’ve gotten into the swing of things here and I’m doing relatively well. So far I haven’t made the bossman angry, only slightly perturbed. (Trust me, you know when he’s angry.) For those of you who don’t know (or in case I really didn’t tell you about my job), I’m the receptionist for an engineering firm who is working to bring fiber optic cable to rural areas of the U.S. That’s only 1/10th of my job, however. My largest function is customer service specialist. Ideally I’m supposed to call customers when construction crews have repaired their lawns and make sure they’re happy with the work. Realistically I’m elevated customer support, tracking the complaints, relaying them to the appropriate individuals on the correct projects, and then conferring with those individuals if I hear that the work has not been completed to their satisfaction. I hear some relatively interesting stories. The folks I work with are all pretty cool which is difficult to accomplish in a company of 25+ people. Did I mention that the office is beautiful? It really is.
Annnnd more importantly, everyone has been really helpful and really supportive, especially after finding out that I have a little one expected to be on the way less than seven months after being hired!
Since I got past the morning sickness, I’ve been doing pretty well. I’ve been gaining enough weight but not too much and my blood pressure and circulation have stayed pretty good. I got a scare last week when they gave me a one-hour glucose tolerance test and I failed it with a 168 (140 is high and my personal norm is 100). I had to go back and have a three-hour glucose tolerance test which was absolute hell . . . and apparently I just barely made it through that one by the skin of my teeth. That’s a great warning, though – so I know now that I should be a bit more careful and a bit more selective in what I’m eating, then I should be kosher. Please no gestational diabetes for me!
Most of the time I’m just plain sleepy. Or hungry. At any moment I’m happy to accept a sammich or a nap, but both would be better. The little one has been flipping and turning like crazy. She’s alive in there! It’s still exciting and completely freaky to think about. My poor belly button has ceased to exist. But yay for me, NO STRETCH MARKS yet! My goddess tattoo has been hanging in there too, which I’m frankly surprised and oh-so-excited to see. I was expecting her arms to be reaching to Mars by now.
J and I have gotten her room cleaned up and I’m starting to arrange stuff. My brother-in-law floored us with a ton of gifts (he pretty much cleared my original Target registry plus a few things). I can’t thank him enough . . . everything from a pack n play to a bouncer to a diaper genie and a ton of other handy stuff. My mother in law went for the matching high chair and stroller/car seat combination for us. Thankfully that was the ice-breaker that J needed and he’s agreed to let me send a baby shower invitation to her, so hopefully we’ll be opening the lines of communication with her again. A lot of stuff happened . . . but it’s been a long time, we’ve all had time to think, and it’s time to move on. For those of you who are long distance, if you’d like to see our registries, both are under my name at Target and Wal-Mart.
Of course, emotionally I’ve been all over the place. I’m excited but scared to death. I haven’t envisioned myself a parent for a long, long time – quite the opposite, actually. So when someone changed my plans FOR me, it threw me for quite a loop. There are all the standard parent anxieties too, like “will I screw her up too badly?” but I’m sure that those never go away. For that matter, I’m sure that if I didn’t have those anxieties, then all of you should be seriously concerned. J is THRILLED. He’s literally bouncing off the walls. And he’s been so supportive and helpful. I have absolutely nothing but fantastic things to say about the way he’s adjusting to being a more attentive husband, and I already know he’s going to be an amazing father.
Father’s Day gift ideas anyone?
Well, before this gets any longer . . .
I can’t wait to meet our daughter!