Tuesday, November 01, 2005

No complaints

We were in and out of the perinatology clinic inside of two hours. In that time I learned a few things:

My stoic front is thin as paper.

Genetic counseling does not involve any counseling.

Genetic counseling does involve drawing useless, hangman-style pictograms.

I am older than I thought.

Teenagers are having babies on purpose.

My doctor filled out the AFP form wrong.

Recalculated, I might have screened negative.

They don't like to recalculate.

My bladder fills up with surprising speed.

Babies' hearts have four chambers, too, and you can see them all.

I am no longer blase about needles.

Amnio does, in fact, hurt.

A lot.

Like fire.

With cramps.

Jeff's hand should not be squeezed with the force of burning pain.

The tapping/pulling/fluttering sensation in my lower abdomen is not gas.

It is also not a boy.

She has ten fingers.

She has ten toes.

She rubs her eyes.

She looks like a person.

A baby person.

I am in love.

I am terrified.


Anonymous Jen-Again said...

She has wonderful parents.

She has the full power of the blogosphere thinking positive thoughts for her and her parents.

4:30 PM  
Blogger chris said...

I've been thinking of you all day. Hope all is well and you enjoy some well-deserved peace soon.

A girl! How wonderful.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I have been waiting to read this all day.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous vanna said...

what wonderful news to read! i am so happy for you and your growing little family!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

The baby is a ladybug! Congratulations. Hang on tight for this wild ride...

4:48 PM  
Blogger LabiaLady said...

oh my! how wonderful....

4:58 PM  
Anonymous leslie said...

been checking in all day. good to count those fingers and toes. and less than dazzled by the original calculations - huzzah for their bad math!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Anna H. said...

Oh, such good, good news...


5:08 PM  
Anonymous Kate W. said...

I am crying tears of joy for you! Just awesome news!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Dramalish said...

Heaven bless your little girl.

I love the "genetic counseling does not involve any counseling" bit. Dear God is that true.

Hang in there. And congratulations on your "she."


5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh bugs, a little girl. How wonderful.


5:22 PM  
Anonymous Milenka said...

A daughter. Congratulations, Bug! :-)

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Taylor said...

I've been checking in all day. I know you are in awe over this. Little girls are so precious.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Zeeks said...

Congrats from a lurker. And best of wishes throug the REST of the ups and downs.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Menita said...


6:14 PM  
Blogger Zarqa said...

What a sweet sweet post! A girl! That's great!

6:34 PM  
Blogger MC said...

How wonderful. Thinking of you.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Z said...

EXCELLENT and BEAUTIFUL...a beautiful little girl!! sorry it hurt so bad though.

7:09 PM  
Blogger sherry said...

Oh bug...congratulations! A little girl! Oh the joys...

7:19 PM  
Blogger Brenda Sumner said...

A beautiful little girl to snuggle and spoil! Yes.. amnio's suck... especially when you have to do it twice because of twins.

7:35 PM  
Blogger afrindiemum said...

amazing. thinking of the little one and wishing you peace.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous wessel said...

Yay!!! (Why don't they like to recalculate?)

I am SO happy that things are looking good. And you're having a girl! :-)

9:39 PM  
Blogger persephone said...

oh BUGS! oh. oh.

so glad.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous pixi said...

It must have been absolutely amazing to see her.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Millie said...

Yay for a little lady bug! And double yay for all the good news.

11:18 PM  
Anonymous deborah said...

Girls rock!

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, you made me cry. No fair.


-- Soper

5:46 AM  
Blogger VHMPrincess said...

The best thing I've read this week - a little girl! Here's sending more positive thoughts her way!

6:04 AM  
Blogger PJ said...

Congratulations on your baby girl. It's amazing that they actually look like little people after a while.

Sorry the amnio hurt, I'm glad it's over for you.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Soper, wouldja quit hogging the freakin' Kleenex already?

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Tine said...

Yay! Happy tears! Beautiful post. I hope I get the same glorious news as you from my level 2 and genetic counseling tomorrow. Thanks for the hangman tip.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Suz said...

Good news! I'm so happy for you guys and am crossing my fingers for excellent amnio results.

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Leggy said...

Yeah- 10 fingers & 10 toes & 4 heart ventricles. Here's hoping all reports come back glowing.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

A baby girl bug--how wonderful--congrats to you and the mister!

I hear ya on so much of this....

Hope the wait for the amnio results flies by :-)

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Molly said...

Yaaayy for everything being in the right place, and for a little GIRL! Best news I've heard all day!

6:57 AM  
Blogger Lala said...

See!! I knew that if I just sat here....and waited....and waited some more...I could be a powerful force for good in the life of someone I don't even know! But seriously...that's fantastic news, thank you for sharing it with us.

7:01 AM  
Blogger April said...

Bugs, you've been on my mind all week. Congratulations on finding out about your daughter.

I'm hoping and praying everything here for you.

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

Girl Power! Congratulations!

7:27 AM  
Anonymous laura said...

Holy cow! I have goosebumps, I'm so so so excited for you. Thank goodness it went okay, and what wonderful news. Good for you!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Debbie1788 said...

I am so excited for you Buggs! Girls are WONDERFUL!

8:30 AM  
Blogger Cricket said...

Congrats on your she person.

Hope all the stressful stuff comes back with zippo besides XX.

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Alexa said...

OH! You just made my whole day, and I needed it. I am so over-the-moon delighted for you, and your GIRL!

8:36 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Oh Bugs Baby! You gave me chills! Mozel Tov!!!

9:08 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

You made both my husband and me cry! I don't know you, but I'm thrilled for you.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Day said...

It's a she! How awesome! I'm sorry about the amnio, but shortly you'll get your normal results and can go about experiencing your pregnancy with hopefully a little less anxiety and a whole lot of hope for your completely normal and healthy little girl. Ah, this was good to read.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's beautiful, just like her mother. Jill

10:36 AM  
Blogger amyesq said...

Congratulations on your sweet, perfect little girl! What wonderful news!

11:05 AM  
Anonymous thalia said...

A daughter. I'm delighted. We'll all be here waiting and hoping for the next piece of news.

A daughter.

11:07 AM  
Blogger JJ said...

Ladybug! I love it.


12:38 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Amnios SUCK. They hurt, a lot. But then they are done. And the call to say all is well erases everything. Mine had to be done three times over the course of two weeks... stupid uterus wouldn't cooperate. Longest three weeks of my life.
Crossing my fingers for you guys.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Beagle, infertile blog reader said...

I love that she has this great nickname already . . . ladybug . . . it's perfect. Ladybugs are a symbol for good luck.

I hope every report from here out is ALL GOOD.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous T said...

Congratulations - wonderful news!

6:49 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Oh that's GREAT news!!

Congratulations on your BABY GIRL!!!

6:36 AM  
Anonymous thisgirl said...

Congratulations Bugs! Wonderul news!

8:11 AM  
Anonymous libby said...

Devo is a girl! Hmmm, Deva? Diva?

I am thrilled everything looks good, and hope you can have some peace soon.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Blue said...

Oh you made me laugh (at squeezing Jeff's hand too tight) and then cry ( at the rest of it)!
Wonderful to know things are going well.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

I'm thinking good thoughts for you and your daughter!!

11:52 AM  
Blogger kristenL said...

oh bugs
what wonderful news. I am so happy!

12:58 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Beautiful news. You have every right to be in love ... and hopefully we'll be able to help you through the terrified part with our words.

5:51 AM  
Blogger swannie said...

So relieved to get this update! Looking forward to more good news from you along the way.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Congratulations on your girl. I didn't know how much I'd really wanted one until I knew I was having one. The baby clothes are way better.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Pamplemousse said...

So relieved for you and Mr Bug. Here's hoping that it is smooth sailing for your little darling ladybug from now on.

5:59 AM  

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