You Just Know


 You Just Know  

 I went in for my six week post-pregnancy checkup with my OB-GYN.  It was the typical checkup like I would receive at my yearly exam (don’t worry, I won’t go into those details).  Everything went fine.

She talked about how she and her husband went to Vegas to watch a Cirque Show and once of the dancers looked as if she could be pregnant.  She said they talked about it and her husband said he didn’t think the female was pregnant because all the weight was in her belly and that’s not possible.  My doctor said she thought about me and said that it was possible because that’s where all of my weight was.  I was flattered to hear her say that (but also know she must not have gotten a good look at me while preggo because my hips s.p.r.e.a.d!)

Anyway, she asked if I was interested in having another baby. Say what?!  I just popped out baby number one.  Can’t baby #1 have his first tooth appear before we have this conversation? Honestly, though, I did understand her reason for asking and told her I didn’t know.  She talked about how this one was a high risk pregnancy and the course of action she’s take if Milton and I became pregnant again.

She then looked at me seriously and said “The thing that really scared me about you is that your condition would not have shown up on any tests.  It’s a good thing you know your body.  YOU saved your baby!” 
I saved my baby.  What powerful words those are.  Especially when she says it and both of us look down at sweet Maximus.  I saved my baby.  Yes, those months of bed rest were worth it, but more importantly – I listened to my body.  I think about how often we listen to any and everyone around and often question ourselves.  Whether its relationship or career advice, we let our single friends steer us wrong and our jobless friends prevent us from taking a job that might not seem ideal. Why do we feel everyone else knows what is better for us?  And why do we depend so often on the wrong people to reach out to?

Maybe it’s time to listen to yourself and follow your own lead.  Will you always make the right decision? Of course not.  Will everyone always agree? Heck no.  But at least take the time to listen to yourself as you take time to listen to others.  I listened to my body and saved my child’s life so listen to your body and follow your heart. You might just save your own life.

10 Week OB-GYN Visit (10 weeks/ 2 days)

I always get excited and nervous about an OB-GYN visit.  I know that some of my fears can be put at ease but I am get nervous because I want baby Turner to be okay and healthy.

So, today was another visit and another ultrasound.  It’s amazing how much the baby has grown in just two weeks.  Luckily everything is going fine.  I had a little brown spotting this morning but the doctor said it was nothing to be worried about. She did suggest to hold off on doing something for a minute (watch the video to see what that is). Baby is starting to look like baby!  We’re on the downward slope now for the first trimester – which means announcing our news to our family and friends.

Next stop, Fort Benning, GA to watch my husband graduate from Airborne School and come back home to me for good after five months!

1st OB-GYN Visit (5 weeks/4 days)

The Monday after spending the weekend with Milton, I had my first OB-GYN visit on October 24 at 1:00pm.  As excited Milton was for us to have a baby, I wanted to get through the doctor visit to know that everything was going well.  This ended up being probably the longest doctor visit ever!

It started with waiting in the waiting room.  Two families with newborns were waiting for their appointment and one couple with their second child said this was definitely their last.  They shared baby stories and suggestions and I just eavesdropped.

Once Mrs. Turner (me) was called back, the first thing that was done was to pee in a cup and take my weight and blood pressure with the nurse.  From there I went into the doctor’s office (not a patient room but an actual office with a desk and chair) and talked with my doctor.  We talked a lot about medical history, the tests I wanted to have run and some of the things to expect.  She wanted to schedule some follow up tests based on our discussions.  I realized that I know a lot about my family history, but very little about Milton’s.  We definitely need to have that discussion this weekend.

From there I went into a patient room where we did my paps smear.  I asked the Dr. K about this bulge already sticking out and whether I was fat or having twins.  She said it was neither and that I was probably bloated (and would stay bloated for most of the time).

After that we went into another room for the ultrasound.  This was the part I was most excited about.  As they looked at the ultrasound, they said everything looked smaller than where they had me along in my pregnancy.  They asked when my last period was. I said I thought it was September 7 (because I really didn’t keep track and it was varied once I got off the pill).  However, I did know the last time my husband and I had sex.  Since he’s out of town, our date of “making baby” was easily trackable.  Once I told them that day, they realized I was less far along than the assumed. And because of that, the photo matched how far along I was.  So, no baby to look at yet.  Just a yolk sac.

So another ultrasound is schedule in two weeks.  And now I’m nervous.  I went home and googled different images of 4/5 week ultrasounds and couldn’t find any that looked like mine.  I pray that everything is okay and that Baby Turner is still developing okay.  I’m ready to start a family and be a wonderful mother.  Come on baby Turner, let’s start developing into a healthy baby!!!

October 26, 2011