Monthly Baby Report

Friday, September 11, 2009
I had another doctor's appointment and got to hear my baby's heartbeat again. Yay. My hubby showed me how to use the voice recorder on my cell phone (he couldn't attend the appointment this trip), so I was able to record the sound of the heartbeat for him. It recorded very quietly but was still amazing to hear. I just want to pull out my phone every few hours and listen to it... reassure myself there's really someone alive in there.

Everything was good though... normal. I can't complain. I gained a whopping three pounds this month--that's four overall for my entire pregnancy. I'd like to say I'm feeling "quickening" as they call baby movements. There's all sorts of bumps and thumps down there. I have no idea what they are. I haven't gotten a fluttery, bubbling, crawling sensation they say you're supposed to feel, just quick little jabs here and there. So, it might or might not be baby.

Next month is the biggie appointment. I get to find out if it's a boy or a girl. It doesn't matter to me either way. I just want one or the other, and I'm uber curious to know which. I have a feeling I'll be a lot excited and little disappointed whatever answer turns up. Excited because I'll finally know and, wow, it'll be a ----, yet slightly bummed because it won't be the other gender. Can't have both... well, unless it was twins and that would totally freak me out.

The only issue that concerns me is my thyroid. About... well, exactly a year ago, I was diagnosed with Graves' Disease (hypERthyroid--or in other words, I had an overactive thyroid). So, I swallowed this radioactive iodine pill to kill off my thyroid, or most of it anyway, which in effect made me hypOthyroid--under active--and now I have to take a pill every morning to control my thyroid levels (the pill doesn't hurt the baby, by the way. I made sure of that).

BUT... being pregnant, my thyroid has been thrown all out of whack and has to be monitored more regularly so that I'm taking the correct dosage. This would be all good and well, except for the fact that my thyroid specialist and my OB-GYN had differing opinions about how to treat me--opinions that contradicted each other. It turned into one big mess with me caught in the middle and having no idea which doctor to believe (because I've had so much medical training and could tell which guy was right. Not).

This being a case of too many cooks in the kitchen, I decided to let just one of them check my thyroid. I feel a lot less stressed out after making my mind up. And life is once again good.

So, that's all the news I have on the pregnancy front today. It's probably more than you needed or wanted to know, ergo I'll try to hush up about my little boxer until next month... and then there'll be no way to keep me quiet because I'm gonna have to share what gender it'll be.

Until my next blog...


  1. Linda, you are on my prayer list about the thyroid thing. I'm glad you're less stressed. Stress isn't good, ESPECIALLY when one is in your DELICATE condition! Take it easy, kick back and enjoy this time. :0)

    I have the problem with too many cooks in the kitchen with my son. I am trying to sort it all out. I wish I had gotten that medical degree, but shoot! I just didn't! :)

    Have a great weekend. REST!

  2. Whee! A baby! I forgot you were pregnant. That's SO exciting. I never felt the fluttering with my first son, but the little pokes I felt were him. I realized that with my second. So you probably are feeling your little guy (or girl). :-)
    Sorry about the thyroid! At least you're aware of the problem. One of my good friends is going through almost the same thing. She's pregnant too.

  3. Robyn--Thank you. And I hope everything works out with your son. It's extra frustrating when two different doctors don't agree on something. You worry about putting someone's health at risk if you take the wrong advice. Very scrary.

    Jessica--Thanks for tellng me about the pokes with your pregnancy. That makes me feel lots better.

  4. That's so cool you could hear your baby's heartbeat and also record it. Is this your first?

    I had five babies, and I also am hypothyroid and all my kids turned out okay and it didn't screw me up too badly. :)

    I'm sure everything will turn out great.

  5. Ashley, yep it's my first. And thanks for letting me know about you. It's a relief to know other people survived the same situation. Thanks.

  6. I'm glad to hear that all is well with the baby. I hope the Thyroid issue gets worked out!

  7. How are you and the baby? Thanks for chiming in about the ebook pirates. Now that I've settled down, I realize there is theft in all business. Not that I like it, but it's part of life. I will monitor them more stringently now.

  8. We're good. The little one's been kicking a LOT more these past few days. I'm loving it.

    And just because there is theft everywhere doesn't mean you can't be offended when it happens to you. It's just not... fair.