Well, we finally completed our baby registry. What a project that was! I was prepared with a list of items that I needed to register for, which I had discussed ahead of time with my mom. After spending four hours betw
Jen V.

Well, we finally completed our baby registry. What a project that was! I was prepared with a list of items that I needed to register for, which I had discussed ahead of time with my mom. After spending four hours between Target and Babies R Us, I think we've got most of the items we'll need. Of course, I had to go home and edit a few items, but I'm so glad that I can do that online. It's hard to believe that my first baby shower will be next month. We also started Lamaze classes. The next available class wouldn't end until the first week of June, and seeing that I'm due June 11th, we figured we'd better take this class. It was great. We learned a lot about the anatomy of the body and how it changes during each stage of pregnancy, causing certain symptoms. Then we learned about the stages, signs, and symptoms of labor.

In fact, our instructor has been teaching this class for 20 years, and she decided to clean out her house, and bring all the free samples she has been collecting over the years. Needless to say, since we are a small class of only four couples, we each went home with two boxes of samples: diapers, disposable changing pads, lotions, baby wipes, formula, etc. I must say, we were grateful to receive so many free items.

I arrived at my monthly doctor appointment to find that my regular doctor had been called to deliver a baby. So, the nurse wanted to take my blood pressure (which had been running a little high) and then reschedule my appointment. Well, when she saw my blood pressure at 154/94, she freaked, which in turn made me freak, and wouldn't let me leave the office. Needless to say, I saw a different doctor, who sent me to the hospital for observation.



I had to spend the night there having my blood pressure taken every hour, had blood drawn, the baby monitored, etc. to determine if I had developed PreEclampsia or just had Chronic Hypertension (which sounded more likely to myself and the doctor). The baby's hear beat was perfect; my blood pressure was fine once I got to the hospital, and my blood tests were good as well. After doing another ultrasound, which showed the baby was doing great, I saw a specialist, who determined that I had neither PreEclampsia nor Chronic Hypertension, just a silly condition called "white coat syndrome" which means I get nervous at the doctor's office and my blood pressure rises.

I was quite relieved to hear that (and a little embarrassed), but I know my doctor is looking out for me and that makes me feel confident. I figure at least I got to test out the hospital facilities and get a few more ultrasound pictures for my scrapbook! The baby now weighs 1 pound and 15 ounces and is moving like crazy. Only three more months until we meet him!PregnancyAndBaby.com

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