The First OB Appointment
Yesterday, I decided to make my first “prenatal appointment”. I actually found a new OB/GYN for myself and for my developing baby.
I spent last week looking at websites and trying to find a doctor that I felt would be a suitable “match” for our family. My previous OB/GYN was pretty up front about sharing her negative opinions about the fact that I have a large family(I have children from a previous marriage and now my new husband and I have children as well). While I appreciate her honesty, I didn’t appreciate the negativity.
Because of my history of bleeding and spotting, I’ll be seeing the new doctor during my 8th week of pregnancy, instead of during my 12th week. I can download the new patient forms off the internet and fill them out for the first visit. I am slightly overwhelmed when I see how many forms there are to fill out! Who ever thought that paperwork was such an important part of a pregnancy?
Other than my husband, I’ve told my sister so far and emailed my best friend. That’s it. We’ve decided to wait until I am out of the first trimester before we tell the other children–that is if they don’t already figure it out. My teens are pretty astute. My “tweens” aren’t too far behind. I’m thinking that telling my almost 16 year old that her mother is again expecting should be a very interesting experience!
As we remember 2008 and look forward to all of the wonders that 2009 will hold, I think of the child that we are expecting. I wonder if our baby will be a boy or a girl? Given my history of miscarriages, I’m not sure I should even be thinking those thoughts yet. At least not until after the first trimester is over. Right now, I’m hoping for the best, yet I’m trying to prepare myself should the “worst” happen. Let’s hope that this pregnancy, just like the New Year, will be both safe and full of happiness. Happy 2009!