Friday, September 09, 2005

spilling the beans

Ok, so I wrote about crazy that we've told the kids and I am right in the head (well, as much as I ever am), I can write about it here.

I went for a checkup at my primary care to get a refill on my synthroid. I had used up all of my pleasejustrefillitonemoretimeIllcomeinforanappointmentsoon's. Coincidentally, I was a few days late and had taken a pregnancy test (I'll pause for a moment here while those of you who know me in real life gasp).

Well, at my exam, my uterus was measuring way up by my belly button. Completely not normal for the five weeks I would have been. The nurse practitioner asks if I have a history of fibroids, which I don't. She leaves and talks to one of the physicians and then comes back with a referral for an ultrasound to find out what the heck is going on. On it she has written "ob, abdominal mass." She suggests that I try to get in day, if possible.

Of course, with our insurance there is just one radiology chain that we can use and the soonest they could get me in was something like 8 days later (that time is a blur in my mind). So there I am, dreaming up all the horrible deaths I am going to suffer as a result of this mass. Bill and I were both freaking out.

I finally have my appointment and thankfully get a nice tech. She is getting ready to start and tells me that she will do a quick external scan to "see what we're dealing with" and then switch over to an internal one.

So as soon as she puts the doppler on me, WHAMZOOM! GIANT BABY REVEALED! MOTHER STUNNED. I start blacking out as I hear her laughing and then asking me repeatedly if I'm ok. I get somewhat of a grip on myself and stare at the screen, feeling totally unconnected to what is going on. The tech takes some measurements and hat I'm about 20 weeks. Did you hear that? Halfway.

The only pregnancy symptom I had over the summer was fatigue, which I easily attributed to a horrific move. I had horrible cramps and bleeding which, in retrospect, must have been threatened miscarriage or something else. Certainly not periods.

Bill and I took some time to process this. After about a week I started feeling movement. Crazy. Just plain crazy. Find out you're pregnant. A week later see a giant baby. A week after that feel movement. I'm on a fast track, here. As I've told a few friends, the only thing that could be better (?) would be to have gone to the er with food poisoning and delivered a term baby. Nuts.

We told the kids a few nights ago. You have never heard such squealing. Coincidentally, Hope and Emma have been begging for a baby sister (or twin baby sisters, in Hope's case), for the past few weeks. We had just finished eating dinner and I said to them, "Well, you know seven has always been my lucky number..." They went nuts. We didn't even have to say anything else. At some point one of them asked when the baby will be born and we told them. Clara was silent for a moment then said, "So you have been pregnant for 4 1/2 months and are just now realizing?!" Thanks, Clara. I already felt dumb enough, lol.

Now to tell other family members.


Anonymous Leslie said...

Hi - it's Leslie from the old Oct02 list - what a surprise (but a nice one!)

9/09/2005 12:02 PM  
Blogger kmckiernan said...

Wow, what a crazy way to find out! Congratulations!!!! =)

9/09/2005 12:08 PM  
Blogger knitdaisyknit said...

Congrats to you! And what a wonderful story to be able to tell your baby!

9/09/2005 12:24 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Too Funny! I wish that had happened to me! :)

9/09/2005 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Morgan said...

OMG that is funny!!! I'm shaking my head because I probably could have been the same way ....

I am very happy for yoU!!!!

9/09/2005 3:48 PM  
Blogger Tori said...

Congratulations! What fun news! and the pregnancy is about 1/2 over! Hee Hee!

9/09/2005 10:04 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

GRETCHEN!!! I'm so happy for you guys. Congratulations!!

9/09/2005 10:33 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I knew first. SHE'S MINE!!!

9/09/2005 11:37 PM  
Blogger Belinda said...

THANK YOU. I was BUSTING to tell the Oct. 02 list. You're killin' me here!

Much love from Belinda and Bella, who would dearly love to have just ONE more sibling...can you send some of that fertility mojo my way?

9/10/2005 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Hello, you!
I have a book I could lend you called The Seven Silly Eaters Hee! It totally fits now. :)

Congratulations, Gretchen and lovely fam.


9/10/2005 1:20 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

Wow! What a wonderful surprise! Please keep us posted.

9/10/2005 11:14 AM  
Anonymous sewinmama said...

Holey Moley! My preg with Claire was about like that except no bleeding like that.

Congratulations! Please keep us updated!
Jennifer and Claire (oct 02)

9/10/2005 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GRETCHEN!! Oh migosh, omiGOSH!! WOWEE!! I'm excited for you!! CONGRATS!! :-D -- Viki

9/11/2005 10:17 PM  
Blogger Sessy said...

COngradulations and wow what a story to tell that little one!!

9/14/2005 7:44 AM  

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