I. am. grumpy.

October 18, 2010

Is grumpiness a symptom? Well it’s certainly one of mine! I found myself getting increasingly annoyed at patients today when they were being, um, slow on the uptake. I normally have a very loooooooong fuse when it comes to patients. Not today! Of course, I’m a good Southern girl, and I’m sure the smile didn’t stray. Was just seriously annoyed with everyone and anyone!

I also had a bit of nausea today – this morning for about an hour and again in the afternoon. It felt like low-level carsickness or low blood sugar. Definitely survivable. Now if only that’s as bad as it gets!

I got my letter in the mail today for my 12-week scan. I’ll be 12w 3d, though because of my late ovulation, I’d imagine I’ll actually be up to a week earlier than this. It’s at the end of November. Can’t wait!

You know what makes grumpiness worse? A horrible sinus face-ache for which you can take no medication!!!!!

(I hope to be more cheery next post 🙂 )


This is my little sister, Danielle:


It’s possible she may have a future in psychic crime fighting, or at least psychic pregnancy testing.

Psychic moment #1: The month after we had the chemical pregnancy, I flew home to Alabama to surprise my mom for her 60th birthday. While Danielle and I were planning everything, she said, out of the blue, “Are you pregnant?”. Cue shock from me as no one had any idea we had just started trying, and the plan had always been to wait until we got back to the US before getting pregnant. She thought maybe I was planning to surprise them with a baby bump! The thing is, if that pregnancy had continued, I had planned to tell them on my mom’s 60th!

When we were home in May, I told my mom and sister that we may try to have a baby before we move home. I told them because there were a lot of questions I couldn’t answer about when I’m applying to Physician Assistant school (applying for Autumn 2012 now) and when we were planning to move home and when we’re planning to move to Atlanta, etc etc. I also told them NOT to ask me about it because I didn’t want any pressure. I would let them know.

So needless to say, I haven’t told anyone yet except for Chris and the GP. I will probably tell all within the next month, just want to get some symptoms to know it’s real first.

Psychic moment #2: I talked to my sister on the phone yesterday to see how she’s doing. She just started Physical Therapy school. She said, “Do I have a niece or nephew yet??” NOT OK!! I told her again that I’d let her know when and not to ask me! Grrrrrr. Danielle, when you read this, it’s not my fault I had to lie to you! Stinkin’ psychic. 🙂



5w + 6d

October 14, 2010

Seems I’m further along than I thought! I spoke to a GP at my surgery today (if you can’t get an appointment, the on-call GP will ring you to discuss things). She was really brilliant. I haven’t had the best of luck at my surgery. The regular GP I go to is abrupt and difficult to understand, and I often feel a bit ‘dismissed’ by him. That may be all in my head, but I’ve never liked him very much and try to go as little as possible (easier said than done when you have to have your thyroid checked all the time).

The GP I spoke to today was just wonderful, and I’m planning on seeing her from now on. She walked me through everything and seemed really knowledgeable. So yay!

So according to the date of my last period (rather than by ovulation), my estimated due date (EDD) is now June 10th! Which makes my 5weeks, 6 days pregnant. I’m still not having any symptoms except sore breasts. I know I’ll wish them away later, but I’d like something just to let me know the little bean is in there.

So the GP gave me the choice of King’s College Hospital or St Thomas’ Hospital. King’s is closer and the midwives work out of my GP surgery, so for now I’ve chosen King’s. I can change after I visit them both. It would be quite nice to give birth overlooking the Thames and Parliament at St Thomas’….

So my first midwife appointment will be between 10 and 12 weeks, and my first scan is at 12 weeks. They will date me then, so my EDD may change.

The GP went through some basics with me, and I have to have my thyroid tested within the next week or so. I asked her about my running (I run 3 miles, 3–4 times per week). Those who know me know I struggle desperately with my weight (and have had a much much harder time since the thyroid conked) and have been a runner for a long time.

She basically said that cycling or walking would be better. Boooooooooooooooo. I’m not very happy about this. Everything I’ve read says that running in pregnancy is fine as long as it’s something you’ve been doing for a while and you make sure not to overheat.

So I plan to run today (haven’t run since finding out a week and a half ago) to see how I feel and just pay attention to my body and how it feels. If I have to switch to power walking, I will, but I’m going to play it by ear.


October 7, 2010



On our last night out before the big news!

The hub


Piper, our little pup-pup:


She's a little captain


October 7, 2010

So I’ve started a blog. Mostly because the husband and I (see above watching the England v USA World Cup game at a pub in London) have some big news to share with the family back home in Alabama, and I hope this will be a place for them to keep up.

So anyway – I’m pregnant! Very very early days (only 11 days post-ovulation), so I won’t be sharing the news yet. We’re seriously excited, though. Estimated due date June 19th – perfect timing for my teacher mommy in Alabama. 🙂

This is our second flirtation with a positive pregnancy test. In February last year we had a chemical pregnancy, which is basically a very very early miscarriage (ie, you get a positive test and then get your period pretty much on time after that). It was annoying, timing-wise, but we haven’t really considered it a real miscarriage as we only thought I was pregnant for one day.

After the chemical we took a break for a while because Chris was starting a new job and wanted to be in it for a year before we move home. Then, much to our surprise, it happened very quickly when we tried again!

Our grand plan is to have the baby here in London, then to move home within a few months after that. We’re hoping late August or early September, though obviously there are a lot of variables to think about! Actually I don’t want to think of all the variables now – jobs, housing, the flat we own here, getting a newborn a passport, trying to fly with all our belongings, Piper (our small Schipperke dog) and a two-month old baby – agh! Best not to think about that at the moment!