Thursday, February 23, 2006

2nd Doctor Appointment

Well, we just got back from our second appointment!  For the first time, we heard our baby’s heart beat!  At 144 beats per minute, it is perfect for 12 weeks.  Of course our next question was, “So, do you hear one or two heartbeats?”  The doctor then explained that you can only ever hear one heartbeat at a time, but he’s pretty certain that we will just have one baby in September.

At the second appointment, they normally draw blood for tests, but our good doctor decided to wait until Susan is feeling a bit better.  It was reassuring to hear the doctor say that "the sicker you are, the healthier the baby."  We're still pretty sure that's just an old wives tale, but it felt good nonetheless.

All along, Susan has been very strong, in spite of being sick.  We heard today that she has been sicker than most.  Luckily, the scientists have developed a shot that helps 80% of women who have severe morning sickness.  The main ingredients are vitamins B6 and B12.  We hope that this will help with the morning sickness. 

Whether it helps or not, morning sickness normally goes away between 12-14 weeks.  Today, is 12 weeks and 2 days.  So, the end is (hopefully) in sight….

Please keep Susan and our baby in your prayers.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

What's in a Name?

There have been plenty of famous people or characters with the last name Jones.  Some of these names have quite a history, which we probably won't want to associate with our child.  However, here are a few entertaining options.  We invite you to sign-up or login below to add your own suggestions.



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Morning Sickness

Why is it called Morning Sickness when it lasts all day?  Or when it is particularly difficult in the evening?

And why is it that all the advice about managing morning sickness is either contradictory or unrealistic?  Here is a list to debunk much of the advice out there:

  1. Keep a box of crackers by the bed.  This is probably the most popular advice we've heard.  Of the many folks who have shared this, only one threw up regularly during her pregnancy.  Pretty good statistics, eh?  No.  For the most part, this is advice given from women who don't know what is like to throw up 4 times in a day. 

  2. Eat small, frequent meals.  This falls into the “unrealistic” category.  When you are really sick, the thought of eating can make you more sick. 

  3. Only drink water two hours before or after a meal.  It is true that water with a meal is a recipe for disaster.  But, it also means that your meals have to be four hours apart.  Doesn’t that seem to contradict “Eat small, frequent meals.”

  4. Prenatal vitamins will help you feel better.  Perhaps they would, but when the thought, smell, and aftertaste makes you sick...

Apparently, only half of pregnant women get the dreaded morning sickness.  Susan wasn't that lucky.  Some days are substantially better than others.  We are anxious for two more weeks to pass to see if Susan is like most women, for whom morning sickness ends at 12-14 weeks.

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