Monday, December 3, 2012

100th Post!

You guys! It's my 100th post! 

Sorry I've been MIA lately - I was hoping to find time to write something reflective and profound for my 100th post but alas, all you guys are going to get is verification that I am still alive and a few quick updates regarding the little guy in my uterus. 

I had my first prenatal appointment with my new OB today - she was fantastic, but we had to wait an hour just to see her, than another half-hour after I undressed for the ultrasound. We were there for two hours and fifteen minutes when all was said and done. I was seriously agitated, especially as I was laying mostly naked with an open-in-the-front hospital gown, waiting to make sure my baby is still alive. 

But the good news is, he (or she) IS still alive! The babe looks SO much bigger, with a clearly defined head and little nose and arms and everything. At one point, he had his hand on his face in a very "woe is me" fashion. It was amazing. He measured at 11 weeks on the nose, although according to my RE's previous measurements, I should be at 11 weeks 3 days. I think it's a pretty inexact science, so I'm going to continue believing that my big 12 week mark will be hit this Friday. I've already noticed my nausea is starting to feel better too, being less frequent and less severe than it's been. And I'm still pretty tired, but definitely feeling a little more energy also. 

I have more good news, in that I was offered a new job today! At a new company, getting out of the higher education field. It's only a little bit more money and the benefits don't seem to be as good (and they're more expensive), but it's going to be a tough decision on whether or not to take it. A few months ago, I felt completely stagnant in all facets of my life. I knew something had to change, whether that be moving out of town, getting a new job, or getting pregnant (or some combination of the three). Now that I'm pregnant, I feel way less compelled to move forward on the job front. I'm very comfortable where I am, very supported, and I have a good reputation. It would be so much work to start over at a new company while at the same time getting more and more pregnant, preparing for this huge, life-altering change. AND there's the maternity leave. At my current job, I've been promised 12 weeks - 6 paid, 6 unpaid (which is the max through FMLA). However, FMLA only kicks in when you've been at a company for a year or longer. 

So I have quite the dilemma in front of me. Such a different dilemma than I pictured a few months ago when I applied for this job. I'll have to let you all know what I decide. 

One last thing - I've been a terrible commenter lately. I've been reading along as usual, but mostly from my iPad instead of my computer (because I'm in bed all. the. time.) and it's a super pain to comment with the iPad. I'll try to be better about it! 


  1. Congrats on the job offer! After 18 months of applying, I'm just now getting job interviews. Of course. Guaranteed LITTLE OR NO LEAVE. Imagine if we lived in any other industrialized nation where we would actually have paid leave. Sigh. Good luck with the decision!!

  2. Yay! I'm so glad you and the little one are well. How exciting to be able to see your babe's features. Whatever decision you make, it will be the right one. : )

  3. Good luck with everything! Sounds like everything is coming together. I'm glad you and baby are doing well.

  4. Happy 100th post! I'm so glad it's such a happy one for you:) The job offer is exciting, but sounds like its gonna be a pretty tough decision. I don't envy you that! You'll make the right choice. Try not to stress too much and just focus on growing that little one right now.

  5. Happy 100! and yay for the little one!! So exciting to be at 12 weeks! :)
    Congrats on the job hun though I do not envy you that decision, that is tough. We are lucky enough to get statutory maternity and paternity in the UK, and although mothers through surrogacy aren't entitled to anything until the law changes in 2015 I know that we are still lucky that the law is about to change. I really hope that the decision comes easy to you!

  6. Amen to the laying in bed all the time! Or rather, for me, it's been the couch. I'm 12w4d today and I actually almost feel like a normal person. I thought I had turned the corner about 2 weeks ago and then, bam! The nausea hit me like a ton of bricks on Friday. I'm so glad to be feeling better today - I hope your nausea doesn't return like mine did.