The Pearson Pregnancy - December

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Conceived Dec 3, 1997
Due August 27, 1998
Labor August 29-31
Born August 31, 1998

Even though a bloodtest would have indicated a pregnancy as early as the 11th, I really did not think I could be pregnant until around the 20th. I kept expecting my temperature to drop like it normally does before my period, but it didn't! On the 20th, Joe and I were driving up to Maine to visit his sister Mary, whose first baby is due in mid-February. I had taken a pregnancy test along with us just in case. In the car, Joe and I started writing down some of the things that could be pregnancy symptoms:

  • Lots of gas
  • Slight nausea when eating
  • Craving for hard-boiled eggs
  • My skin felt incredible to Joe
  • Slight stretching sensation in my abdomen
  • Hungry a lot
By the time we got to Maine, I had already decided I would take the pregnancy test the next morning. So on the 21st, I woke up and made my way to the bathroom. And low and behold, there were two lines on the test, indicating that I was pregnant!

While in Maine, I read some of Mary's What to Expect book. I had already read through What to Eat when You're Expecting a couple weeks earlier. I happily told Mary, her husband Theron, and his Mom that I was pregnant--though most everyone seemed to guess it before I said a word. There were some cramp-type pains that made my worries go wild, thinking I would miscarry like I did back in April, but no least not yet.

On Christmas Day I called and told my brother he was going to be an uncle if everything went right, and I told my parents "the rabbit died." A visit to my parents a couple days later blessed me with a broken toe, and made me wonder if pregnant women are somewhat clumsier even before their center of balance starts to shift toward the 2nd trimester.

On December 29th, I went in for the first bloodtest to confirm the pregnancy and show how far along I was. My HCG count was 7,876, indicating that I was about 3-4 weeks along. That fits quite nicely with the conception date, so I am elated!

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