Things have been pretty status quo since my Ob appointment last week, I continue to navigate through the nausea by eating constantly, it usually does the trick, but sometimes it backfires and I end up feeling worse than I did before I ate. I'm just trying to go with the flow and do what I need to do to get through it all. I find that the toughest times for me are when I am with people for a lengthy amount of time and I have to figure out my meal and snack situation. Last night I attended a focus group hosted by my health system's marketing team, we sat through 2 focus groups from 6 - 10pm, observing people answer questions about where they'd go for cardiac care, and their reactions to our advertising campaigns. The market research company that held the focus groups fed us pretty well, and if anyone from my team was watching, they would have noticed me eating throughout most of the evening.
Monday I received a call from one of the nurses from my Ob practice, she said the results from my urine culture came back, and I have a UTI. She said it's nothing to worry about, it's very common, and they were going to put me on amoxycillin for a week. I was not surprised to learn of the infection, I had been having minor symptoms for awhile, but I just chalked it up to pregnancy and all of the things going on in that vicinity. I'm a bit nervous, however, because in the past, regular amoxycillin has not gotten rid of my uti's, I've needed to move to macrobid to knock them out. I am hoping things go differently this time, I will be back there in a couple of weeks for an appointment, and they will be able to re-check me.
I have my 1st trimester screening next Wednesday, I was able to go to the MFM's office (where I will have the screening done) to do the blood work portion of the test. The results will be in by our appointment, so we'll meet with the genetic counselor first, then have the ultrasound. I vacillate between being really anxious about the test, and thinking everything will be fine. I guess I will just have to cross my fingers just take it as it comes. Not as easy as it sounds, but I will just have to do it. Luckily, we have a nice distraction coming up, we are headed out this afternoon to Long Beach Island, NJ. R's best friend and his wife and daughter rented a house for 2 weeks, and invited us to join them for part of their trip. We made these plans months ago, before we had even undergone the IVF. It turns out they are pregnant with their second child, so when R's friend told him the news, R told him about our news too. I was fine with it, I knew that it would be too stressful trying to hide it for 4 days, this way if I have issues with nausea, it won't be a big deal. I'm a bit nervous about the car ride, it's going to be a good 4-5 hours, depending on traffic, and I told R that given my UTI, I will definitely need to stop to pee multiple times during the ride. Hopefully Smiley will cooperate and nap/watch DVD's the whole trip, and will not get too antsy.
I am looking forward to getting away and being distracted from my nerves of the upcoming screening. It will be nice to spend some time on the beach, and to visit with our friends whom we haven't seen in awhile, they live in New York and we're lucky if we see them once or twice a year. Their daughter is about a year younger than Smiley, I'm sure they will have a lot of fun together. My bathing suit situation is pretty ugly, I barely fit into 2 of my suits, I refuse to put on my maternity bathing suits, it's too soon, and they would be too big anyway. When I wore them during my pregnancy with Smiley, I was much farther along than I am now. I will just make them work, and when all else fails, keep the cover up on :)
So I am really in the home stretch of my 1st trimester, it's hard to believe. On July 2nd when I received my beta results, I could not imagine that I would make it this far. I sometimes beat myself up for looking farther ahead, thinking about baby furniture and accessories...bringing out the high chair again and activity mat, do I buy a breast pump or rent one again? I think that I am jinxing myself and need to keep those thoughts at bay. I realize that sometimes it's o.k. to let those thoughts in, it would be unnatural if I didn't, and in reality, thoughts don't "jinx" people. This is all out of our control, whatever will be will be. I can only continue to be cautiously optimistic, and before long, we will have a clearer picture (literally!) of what will likely be.