Thursday, December 22, 2005

Now What????

I went to the Doctor's office today to check out any progress baby's made. According to the last visit, baby was in the right position and had already begun to descend. (hooray!)

Today however, was a different story. We started the checkup normally... the Doc took my blood pressure and it was good. I had no sugar or protein in my urine, so that was good, too. He then checked the heartbeat of the baby, and for some reason, could not find it. Let me tell you all that when your doctor tells you that he can't find a heartbeat, you start to worry a little bit. I think he saw the look on my face so he reassured me and said this happens sometimes (though the look on HIS face told me otherwise). I inquired why he had the funny look on his face and he said, "Well, I think the baby changed positions, and that's why I couldn't find it. That's odd... the last time I saw you (which was 6 days ago), the baby's position was right where it's supposed to be. Today, however, the baby seems to be transverse.". I said, "Transverse... as in sideways.". He said, "Yes, sideways." So he felt up my belly and yup, he was right... baby is laying down across my belly. Once he figured that out, he then found the baby's heart. (phew!)

He then sat down on his chair with an obvious sense of seriousness. He told me, "I have to tell you this because I'm a little concerned... when this happens, the likelyhood of you giving birth naturally is about 5%. If the baby doesn't change positions within the next few days, then most likely, you'll have to have a C-Section." Eew.

I don't mind, I suppose, because I guess it's planned and this way I'll know what to expect, pending everything goes the way it should. But this sucks... the recovery time required will double and surgery wasn't really on my itinerary.

My friend told me something funny when I gave her the update. She told me, "Well, look at the positive side of things... now that you know when you're going to go in for surgery, you can have your hair and makeup done and your pictures will come out great!".

Yeah.. I guess.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Let Me See You Esther Rolle!

I was watching The Food Network (big surprise) and became quite sleepy as Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals show came on. I drowsily listened as I drifted off to sleep....

Somewhere in the middle of the show, she made a salad out of bitter greens, the most prominent ingredient being escarole. Yes, I was sleepy, so I misheard her thinking she said "Esther Rolle" (a favorite of the famous Jay.) the awesome actress who played the mother on the popular show, Good Times.

My lack of consiousness set off a random set of thoughts I'd like to share with you. (Keep in mind I was very sleepy, but also had Jay in mind.)

Jay has this awesome trait of making you laugh and laugh till your stomach hurts and eyes water. We associated Esther Rolle with SEVERAL things, one of them being "tootsie roll", namely that TERRIBLE song that came out in the early 90's, "Let me see you Tootsie Roll! (Esther Rolle) To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right.. now dip baby dip... dip baby, dip." Yes, I know stupid, but it does make you giggle. What's worse, is that I had a routine to that song when I was in High School.. eek.

There was also the original Tootsie Roll commercial with the owl. "Everything becomes Esther Rolle to me!". We imagined Esther changing from a tree to a tootsie pop back to Esther.. so on and so forth. Again, stupid, but we always laughed.

So in my state of sleepiness, I imagined Jay singing me a song about Esther Rolle. I drifted off to sleep, with a funny smile of my face. :)

Monday, December 19, 2005

I'm Done!

Hooray!!!!!
I'm officially done with my holiday shopping and sooo glad to say it. My awesome friend, Michael Ivey drove down from LA to visit the baby in the belly and we decided to paroozle the mall for any last minute gifts we needed to buy.
It was okay at first, then I realized how violent crowded stores can be. I'm very aware of my body and how much space it takes, especially since I have the medicine ball strapped to my belly, so I try to step out of the way when others aren't paying attention and whatnot. Sheez... with all the teenie boppers out of school and roaming free, it was damn near impossible to do so. Oh well....
So to all who haven't finished their shopping, GOOD LUCK!