Tuesday, January 17, 2006

A bare-bones post from one who is suddenly fleshy

My visit with the OB this morning started off with the following:

"How on earth did you manage to gain five pounds in two weeks?"

Jeff, from across the consultation room: "Cake."

And he's right--I did eat a cinderblock-sized portion of lemon cake at work the other afternoon, between hearty meals--but only partly: he failed to mention The Southern Cafe's macaroni and cheese, the entire flat of tangerines, the half-tub of (reduced fat!) ice cream that I ate over the sink, one spoonful at a time, the other night. And the fact that I can't stop eating, well, anything that is within my reach. I have never experienced this absolute inability to control myself before. Damned good luck that I passed the GD screen.

. . .

Aside from the not-exactly-desirable weight gain (depending on whether you count it pre-stims or from my first OB visit, I'm already up either 17 or 23 pounds, and I still have eleven weeks to go--but I'll take it, and thank you very much), everything looks OK. The oh-so-advanced tape measurer The Good Doctor used on my belly indicated that growth is on track. The heart, it is a-beating. Her head is currently pointed cervix-ward. And I start twice-a-week antenatal testing on the 7th, at 32 weeks, with a slew of semi-routine appointments and tests and even birthing classes before that.

My goodness. I just can't believe I'm here.


Blogger Lindy said...

I'm just so happy you're there! And can we all just make a pact to count from as of the first OB appointment instead of pre-stims?

I gained about 40 lbs with G., including 6 lbs. in a single two-week stint. I maintain to this day that most of the gain at the end was swelling.

4:34 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Woo-hoo! That is all awesome news. :)

6:01 AM  
Anonymous Lala said...

I believe it and it couldn't happen to a nicer, more deserving blogger.

6:29 AM  
Blogger Suz said...

I'm so glad that you're doing well and yes, I firmly second Lindy's pact. Counting pre-stims would just be way too sad.

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Tine said...

Yay for you! All good news, including the weight gain. If anyone's scolding you for it, s/he should just shut the hell up. You're supposed to gain 25-35 lbs., so you're right on track, girlfriend.

I'm right there with you on the eating thing. My husband is speechless at the amount of food I can down in a sitting (or a standing). Last night I ate an entire bag of microwave popcorn all by myself in about 12 minutes.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Catizhere said...

It took you 2 WHOLE WEEKS to gain 5 lbs?? Heck, I think I do that daily!

I too am insatiable right now. I'm only 13 weeks!

I'm not even hungry, but I'll eat a whole bagel with cream cheese, a few freeze pops & and an orange while I'm making dinner. (Which gets "tasted" often)
I just know I'm going to gain a bunch of weight.... I gained 64 lbs with Maggie (she says sheepishly) Luckily, I lost 85 so I the way I see it, I'm still ahead of the game.

Anyway, congrats on feeling so good & that she's doing well.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Mellie said...

My how time flies. I'm so glad you're THERE and that all is good. You are a true inspiration.

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Jenn said...


I can't believe you are here either. Congratulations :)

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Wavery said...

I think that's perfectly lovely. I'm so happy for you.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

Wonderful place to be, my friend. So v thrilled for you and the lass.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

The way I see it, you'll gain what you need to gain. Here we are at the other end of the spectrum (not in terms of weight gain, but fundal height, etc) and that's causing some concern too. We never can win can we?

Congrats on being this far, and way to go baby for going head down!

9:48 AM  
Anonymous wessel said...

Wow, Bugs! Soon it will be time to send you to the barn. :-)

I had to laugh at the cake comment. My hotel had "complimentary" choco-chip cookies, so I ate about 4 a day. No wonder I came home with 4 extra lbs, in only one week! Wow. It's magic.

10:11 AM  
Blogger LeggyP said...

Hell, I've gained 3 pounds in the last week just from all the damn Chubby Hubby I've been eating to console myself.

Congrats on making it so far. I remember when I got to 32 weeks with The Cutie Pie, I just felt so relieved that if I went pre-term, he'd be small, but viable. It was like a big weight off my shoulders.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Menita said...

Wow. You're there! Wow. And go for all the cake you want. You've earned it.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Cat, Galloping said...

I'm sure I was up more than that by this point and in the end I gained 38 or 35, depending on where you were counting from. Most of it dropped off without too much trouble-- you'll be fine! So glad you're here.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous akeeyu said...


1:25 PM  
Blogger Cricket said...

29 weeks? Lordy, when did that happen?

1:42 PM  
Blogger tonya said...

Yee haw! Sounds like things are just going swimmingly, and I'm so glad. I say, eat cake. Your body will tell you what it needs. :)

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Z said...

believe it! you're here and doing great! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Day said...

Congrats girlfriend - this is what you worked so hard for! Before you know it, you'll be holding that cuddly little baby bug in your arms! I'm SO happy that you get to experience this.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

You've worked WAY to hard to get here to count pounds. AS long as you are within a healthy range for you, don't worry about the 25-35 'normal' gain.
I gained 60lb+. Clara is only 8 months old and I'm almost at pre-preg weight. It really does come off pretty easily.
You just have to keep two things in mind. Fat is essential for brain development (not yours, the baby's ;-)) and chocolate makes happy babies. (no joke, there's some study out there that verifies this!) So enjoy your icecream and cake, it's good for the baby!'

8:35 PM  
Blogger sherry said...

...and we're SO happy you are.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Let her eat cake! You can have your cake and eat it too. Damn, I had one more cake reference but now its gone. You are so tiny that your body is probably still craving more calories no matter how much you eat. Enjoy every moment, you deserve to be Here.

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Overwhelmed! said...

Bugs- I'm so happy to hear that all is going well. Hooray! I sure do enjoy reading your post. :) Can't wait to see your pictures when she arrives!

2:05 PM  

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