Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pregnancy survey

I've been doing a lot of surveys recently. If there's anything you'd like me to blog about just say the word... and yes, I *would* like to write about going into labor and having this baby. But that's out of my control for the time being. =)

About the Mommy:
Name: beck
Age: 26
First child?: No. Second pregnancy, second child.

About the Daddy:
Name: Superman
Age: 28
First child?: No. He already has an adorable daughter from a younger (and less-prepared, less-experienced) wife.

Finding out:
What day did you find out?: Ha! That's a very good question. And I give my mother a hard time for not remembering how she potty trained us... Oh! I suspected (and pretty much knew) I was pregnant right before I left for these people's wedding. But I waited to take the test until I got back so Superman could find out with me. I told him of my suspicion before I left and we decided to give it time and take the test when I returned.
How did you feel when you found out?: Nervous. Excited. Appalled (but not really surprised) at my uber-fertility.
Who was with you?: Um, no one. Just me and my pee, thanks.
Who was the first person you told?: My husband of course.
How did they react?: Very happily. =)
How did the daddy react?: Very, very happily.

Telling the grandparents:
How did your parents react?: My mother carefully read the "I'm the big sister!" shirt on her only granddaughter and then didn't say anything because she wasn't sure if the shirt was supposed to mean anything (we said nothing.) Of COURSE the shirt meant something! I wouldn't do that if I wasn't serious! Then later she asked if the shirt was a message and I said, "YES." Then they both said something along the lines of, "wow, congratulations!"
How did his parents react?: General joy and hugs and congratulations all around.
Are they helping with baby names?: Nope. No one picks our baby's names except me and Superman. And we have a hard enough time as it is.
Have they bought anything for the baby yet?: I don't think so? Maybe? I don't remember.
How often do they call to check on you?: Every so often. Or we see them.

About the pregnancy:
When was your first appointment?: I don't know. June?
When is your due date?: IN FOUR DAYS
How far along are you?: 39 weeks
Pre-pregnancy weight?: 120
Weight now?: 160
Have you had an ultrasound?: Three, I think. No. Four.
Have you heard the heartbeat?: Many times
What was the heartbeat?: It's varied. Healthy range. Once the baby kicked the wand. That was funny.

Sex of the baby:
What do you want?: Whatever we get! Boy would have been nice, but girl means they can share rooms for longer and we have more time to fix up and move out of this house!
What does the daddy want?: Whatever we get!
What do you think you are having?: I really thought it was a boy this time, as did others. We were all a little shocked to be wrong.
Have you had your big ultrasound yet?: Yes.
If so, what are you having?: Not a boy. The other kind.
Are you happy with what you're having?: Absolutely.

About the birth:
Do you know what you are taking with you?: Clothes, camera, car seat. Peace of mind (please.) Not much else.
Who is going to be with you?: Hopefully a healthy husband and labor coach Peggy.
Are you going to videotape it?: Absolutely not. I have no desire to videotape it, my husband has no desire to videotape it and I can't imagine my child would want to watch such a videotape. No one else gets a say in the matter.
Natural or medicated?: Natural unless there's a need or reason for medicated.
Do you think you will need a c-section?: Not as far as I know, but every labor is different.
Will you cry with you hold your baby for the first time?: Last time I was too exhausted. Definitely on an emotional high, but not the kind that involved crying. This time, I don't know. I tear up *thinking* about it, especially when we introduce K to her sister for the first time, but who knows what will transpire when the moment is actually there. I'm usually distracted by something incredibly mundane whenever I'm supposed to be soaking up a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
Do you know what you will say to the baby when you first hold him/her?: Probably something like, "Hi! Hello! Hi little baby! It's ok... shhhh... hey look! It's you're daddy! And I'm your mommy. I'm the one you've been hearing all this time. OK now smile for the camera!"
Are you scared about the labor?: Not scared. Not jumping up and down in anticipation either... Hoping it'll be shorter than the last one and praying I'll go into labor without any assistance from drugs.

Do you have a name picked out?: Yes. And it took us a long time.
Girl names: She has one (two, actually.)
Boy names: We have THREE ready to go for whenever we have a son.
Is your baby going to be named after someone?: No, though she does share the first name of a fellow blogger's daughter.

Other random questions:
Where was your baby conceived?: And you think I would share this even if I did know? Inconceivable!
Have you felt the baby move?: Have I! Anyone who wants to can feel the baby move.
What race will your baby have? Eh, 5k. No, marathon. No, 100 meter. No, I think 5k.
Do you have stretch marks?: Do I ever. Pretty much wherever you see my stomach stick out, I have stretch marks. My abdomen is one, huge, giant stretch mark. And don't get me started on the veins of Halloween-costume-worthy proportions.
What was your first symptom?: Exhaustion. But, having a (sick) one-year-old can do that to you too, so I wasn't sure.
What religion will the baby know? I plan to teach her about several. And hopefully she'll have a meaningful relationship with God.
What music or interests do you want the baby to know?: Whatever music or interests she wants.
Will your baby have godparents?: No. What are godparents supposed to do, anyhow?
Who will the god mommy be?: N/A
Who will the god daddy be?: N/A
What is the baby's room theme?: Why thank you so much for asking! Old carpet, unfinished drywall and old sheets for curtains. Seriously.
What was the first thing you bought for the baby?: I have not purchased a single item for this baby. I'll probably buy a manual breast pump soon though. Electric pumps and I didn't get along so well last time.
Are you ready to be a mommy?: Ready? I already am!


  1. Wow - 39 weeks. I never got that far. Well done! Can't wait to hear the good news.

  2. lainey345@yahoo.comJanuary 20, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    I can't believe your due date is so close. Good luck!