Tuesday, 20 February 2007

bee happy

So, the midwife came this morning. It was, basically, a paper-work session and it took an hour and a half. She's taken some routine bloods to test for iron levels, HIV, hepatitis and all that good stuff and talked to us about the variety of different scans and tests available.

I am in the age range where the probability of having a Downs Syndrome child starts to increase; however, we've pretty much decided not to bother to test for anything like that as we wouldn't consider terminating the pregnancy. It therefore hardly seems worth it.

She comes back again at sixteen weeks I think, and things start to hot up from there.

Then, B left to travel all round the world for various meetings, hopefully ending up at the Bee Chap's house for a second collection-run about four o'clock. They didn't get all the hives and kit in the two estate cars yesterday, so a second mission is required tonight and since he hasn't arrived home yet, I am assuming that all is going to plan.

I went to bed and slept for three hours, with the help of my three feline helpers.

Yay! for sleep. It rocks.

I've just arisen and am starting to think about pancakes.

For Lent, I am going to give up vomiting.

More tomorrow. Possibly with Added Bee Photos.

24 comments:

  1. Yes, giving up vomiting would be a good idea!

    When I was having Ewan I was sicker than the older two. I remember my obstetrician telling me that severe sickness can often be a sign of twins (double the hormones or something). It's only because he was so very good looking that I didn't kill him then and there for scaring the wits out of me.

    I'm just sayin'.

    ;-)

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  2. Yes, giving up vomiting would be a good idea!

    When I was having Ewan I was sicker than the older two. I remember my obstetrician telling me that severe sickness can often be a sign of twins (double the hormones or something). It's only because he was so very good looking that I didn't kill him then and there for scaring the wits out of me.

    I'm just sayin'.

    ;-)

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  3. Oh god. Thank you for those reassuring words. Not. :).

    When we had the scan three weeks ago there WAS only one heartbeat though. Although I guess that there could be two of the little critters in there hiding behind each other or something.

    *leaves to think about something else*

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  4. Oh god. Thank you for those reassuring words. Not. :).

    When we had the scan three weeks ago there WAS only one heartbeat though. Although I guess that there could be two of the little critters in there hiding behind each other or something.

    *leaves to think about something else*

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  5. Yebbut, if there were an abnormality, wouldn't it help to have some time to do some preperatory reading? You'll have much more energy for reading books before the birth than after it, trust me.

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  6. Yebbut, if there were an abnormality, wouldn't it help to have some time to do some preperatory reading? You'll have much more energy for reading books before the birth than after it, trust me.

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  7. Yes, but the testing will make miscarriage more likely. And the tests that just give percentage of risk are just unnerving.

    Scans are very good, I'd go by that myself. I know they won't show Downs, but I'd be reassured if they were all right.

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  8. Yes, but the testing will make miscarriage more likely. And the tests that just give percentage of risk are just unnerving.

    Scans are very good, I'd go by that myself. I know they won't show Downs, but I'd be reassured if they were all right.

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  9. I remember feeling really uncomfortable about my partner having that nuchal translucency test while she was pregnant with our first child. At the time I was working with a dance company consisting entirely of people with varying degrees of Downs disability. It seemed to me that having the test was pretty much like already deciding to proceed with the more risky amniocentesis if the results weren't good. Since that test carries a small risk of causing a miscarriage it all seemed to imply that we were already moving towards a decision about terminating the pregnancy before we'd even discussed it. Meanwhile the dancers I was working with were engaging and creative individuals.
    On the other hand, she thought that if we were going to have a Downs baby it would be as well to be emotionally prepared for it. I'm not sure if we would have been. The whole thing is just so immensely complicated.

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  10. I remember feeling really uncomfortable about my partner having that nuchal translucency test while she was pregnant with our first child. At the time I was working with a dance company consisting entirely of people with varying degrees of Downs disability. It seemed to me that having the test was pretty much like already deciding to proceed with the more risky amniocentesis if the results weren't good. Since that test carries a small risk of causing a miscarriage it all seemed to imply that we were already moving towards a decision about terminating the pregnancy before we'd even discussed it. Meanwhile the dancers I was working with were engaging and creative individuals.
    On the other hand, she thought that if we were going to have a Downs baby it would be as well to be emotionally prepared for it. I'm not sure if we would have been. The whole thing is just so immensely complicated.

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  11. That is very cool that theycome to you. Here you are expected to rearrange your life for medial assistance.

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  12. Vomiting is absolutely the most sensible thing I have ever heard of anyone giving up for Lent.

    Twins would be a double blessing, and, although the chances of Downs Syndrome are really very miniscule, they seem to be the most cheerful, loving people on the face of the earth. I find myself drawn to them.

    Waiting eagerly for the bee pictures...

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  13. Vomiting is absolutely the most sensible thing I have ever heard of anyone giving up for Lent.

    Twins would be a double blessing, and, although the chances of Downs Syndrome are really very miniscule, they seem to be the most cheerful, loving people on the face of the earth. I find myself drawn to them.

    Waiting eagerly for the bee pictures...

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  14. Vomiting is over-rated as a pastime. Giving it up is therefore recommended
    ;)

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  15. Vomiting is over-rated as a pastime. Giving it up is therefore recommended
    ;)

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  16. I add my vote to the giving up upchuck for lent. A very laudable goal!

    We always forwent the amnio tests on our three. So long as the scan was clear we felt OK to take the little extra risk. I'm still not sure what we would have done if anything had showed positive for downs, but thankfully all three of ours turned out hale and healthy. Good luck with this one.

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  17. I add my vote to the giving up upchuck for lent. A very laudable goal!

    We always forwent the amnio tests on our three. So long as the scan was clear we felt OK to take the little extra risk. I'm still not sure what we would have done if anything had showed positive for downs, but thankfully all three of ours turned out hale and healthy. Good luck with this one.

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  18. I'm not a big fan of scans either...but that's a whole other debate and I think you already know it!
    Good luck on the no-puking thing. I haven't got around to making pancakes yet so haven't given anything up.

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  19. I'm not a big fan of scans either...but that's a whole other debate and I think you already know it!
    Good luck on the no-puking thing. I haven't got around to making pancakes yet so haven't given anything up.

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  20. Good luck with the vomiting thing. Ack. Just one reason I've never had kids.. I am pukeophobic, mine or any body else's, except my cat, for some reason. But it's usually just fur.

    I can only think of the Eddie Izzard sketch where he's talking about being covered in bEEEs... covered in bEEEs..

    I love bees. Am a little envious... Good luck with them, too! :-)

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  21. Good luck with the vomiting thing. Ack. Just one reason I've never had kids.. I am pukeophobic, mine or any body else's, except my cat, for some reason. But it's usually just fur.

    I can only think of the Eddie Izzard sketch where he's talking about being covered in bEEEs... covered in bEEEs..

    I love bees. Am a little envious... Good luck with them, too! :-)

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  22. You have cheered me up Ally :-) I want to see your bee photos!

    Do give up vomiting. It really is overrated ;-)

    And thank you for your lovely reply to my latest (typically agonised) post. There was plenty of wisdom in your words, and I was very touched.

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  23. You have cheered me up Ally :-) I want to see your bee photos!

    Do give up vomiting. It really is overrated ;-)

    And thank you for your lovely reply to my latest (typically agonised) post. There was plenty of wisdom in your words, and I was very touched.

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