Monday, March 24, 2008

Random Baby Thoughts

First of all, I'm sorry if my blog has been a bit baby-centric lately. I would like to expand my blog topics to include the non-baby related items of note in my life, but lately it seems that everything I do or think about relates to the being currently residing in my uterus. So I'm afraid that you are are going to have to bear with me for a little while. That or stop reading.

I'm 13 weeks today. "Only" 191 days to go per my ticker...I must admit that I find the "only" clause a bit ironic. By the most conservative measure, this is the last week of my 1st trimester. Baby Center tells me that I'll start to get that infamous burst of energy soon. I really hope they're right. As Jeramy pointed out, I was already pretty lazy and this whole pregnancy thing isn't helping.

We spent a lot of time with Jeramy's family this weekend between his Aunt Em visiting and Easter. Aunt Em is definitely my favorite of Jeramy's aunts as she has a very sarcastic sense of humor which suits me. So of course we spent a lot of time discussing pregnancy, babies, labor, etc and somehow through all this we came upon the issue of babies with big heads. Have I ever mentioned that Jeramy, like his father, has a really big head? And I mean physically large here. Being the paranoid prone person that I am, I suddenly find myself worrying about trying to birth a baby with a enormous head and the potential for C-section. I've been watching a lot of baby birth shows on the Discovery Health channel these days, which has led me to decide that a C-section is not what I want. I really think Discovery Health can be nearly as dangerous as Dr. Google.

Talking pregnancy with families, or at least our family, always seems to lead to discussions as to whether people want a boy or a girl. For some reason these discussions never cease to irritate me, especially when somebody states a preference. I mean for one, I have absolutely no control over gender so it does no good to tell me that you prefer a girl over a boy or vice versa. Two, I can see advantages and disadvantages to having a child of either gender and will honestly be happy with whatever I end up with. And I'm not about to procreate endlessly until we end up with the "ideal" gender combination in our family. Finally, is somebody really going to love a baby more or less just because they are a boy or a girl? Perhaps, but I certainly hope not. So whenever somebody states a preference, I usually retort by saying that I can think of a whole lot of wonderful things about having a baby of the opposite gender and leave it at that. But I still let myself get worked up about it afterwards.

Saturday night we went to a birthday party for our friends' 7 year old. It was at this large warehouse filled with those enormous inflatable toys. Even adults got to go on them...well non-pregnant adults per the signage. So I got a bit of a glimpse of what kind of dad Jeramy might be one day as he bounced around and ended up in a rubber-ball war with a bunch of little boys. ("They started it", he told me). Admittedly there were times it was difficult to see him, since he was surrounded by a mob of 1st graders. Unlike me, Jeramy is really a lot better at playing with kids and seems to enjoy it. Perhaps we'll balance each other out. I joked that we should rent the place for his 30th birthday, especially when we found out you could bring alcohol if you brought a banquet license. Tipsy adults and large inflatable toys would be a very amusing combination. Provided that nobody got sick, that is.

13 comments:

Kathy V said...

Oh yeah I can see your point about how adults in large inflatable toys could be amusing. Although like you said, alcohol and bouncing could create disasterous results. I am glad you had a nice time at the party and a sortof nice time with the relatives. If people start talking about gender you can always tell them you were hoping it was an alien cause then it wouldn't matter if it was male or female. Just kidding! Does that mean you are looking forward to finding out spot's gender or waiting until spot arrives?

Kathy V said...

Atleast for now, mine kinda has that E.T. look. So maybe I am having an alien.

Jen said...

Spot is totally alien like right now too. So that would be a good response. But we will find out the gender, hopefully in mid-May. So hopefully that will put an end to all gender commenting.

Maria said...

Happy 13th Week!! That's so awesome!!

Jennifer said...

the big head thing hits home as my hubby has a big head and was born w/ one (his family was thrilled to point this fact out to me this weekend after i showed them the ity-bity baby hat i knitted in hopes of delivering a baby w/ a head small enough to fit it lol).

love the big inflatable toy party for a 30 year old idea...the alcohol sounds both fun and dangerous ;)

thx for stopping by the blog. can't wait to start knitting fun things for the lil pumpkin. also, glad to have found someone due close to the same time as me (especially someone due a couple weeks before me - how are you feeling? i'm at 11w2d and had to leave work because the nausea was too much today :( )
take care!

Jendeis said...

The birthday idea sounds great! John Dear would have a fabulous time.

Re: large heads and trying to avoid c-sections. SIL used to sit on one of those large stability balls to help stretch out down there. I think you are also supposed to do perineal massage at some point so that you won't tear. Try looking at the Bradley Method website - I think they talk about that somewhere there.

Monica Fayth said...

wow! 13 weeks already. seems not that long ago that you got your bfp.

oh, did you know the batcave has changed some so you should come back :)

Wendy said...

Oh boy can I relate to big heads and delivering vaginally. I delivered baby #3 by C-section after 2 easy vaginal births, but baby #3 had a different daddy. My second husband has an enormous noggin, and my son was just like him. The doctor actually apologized afterwards! His head was so big that they had to use forceps to get him out thru the incision.

But, the good news is that the c-section was no big deal. The pain and recovery is different but no worse. Seriously, not bad at all. The end result of a happy, healthy baby was the goal and that's what I got (big head and all!)

Good luck!

Katie said...

Congrats on the second trimester!

Jewels said...

I like that you’re talking "Baby". I mean, I love your knitting an all but it's ... well... funner to talk about spot. KWIM? I'm not much of a knitter, I was going to try to join your club but I am an idiot with those metal thingies.

(Pst...So yeah, come back to the cave :) )

Nicky said...

I always remind people that the baby's gender was determined several months ago, so they don't have any more say in it than I do. At 13 weeks, though, it still kind of resembles a puppy, which is even less work than boys/girls.

Laura said...

Congratulations on your 13th week!Doesn't it feel wonderful? :)

Jen said...

Congrats on having less than 191 days to go! Yay!