I’m actually blogging often(ish)!

May 12, 2012

But it’s somewhere else: http://wileydise.blogspot.com

And we’ve definitely gotten even more interesting!


February 1, 2007

We seem to have reached a consensus on names – in fact, we haven’t changed in a month, so I think these are the winners.


Boy: Trajan Alexander Jimenez

Girl: Dabney Alice Jimenez


I have to be honest – I like Trajan a little better, but I still think Dabney is awesome too.  The only other girl name that had me pondering was Sullivan.


We both really like these names and feel very comfortable and happy with them, so we’re hoping that our satisfaction will be enough for our families and we won’t get any grief from them, but we’ll see.  We’re a little more worried about Paul’s family because we aren’t even considering Albert Paul Jimenez IV, but we think they’ll understand.  But the only way to find out is just to wait.  I may have scared Paul the other day.  He was trying to build me up to be confident to defend our decision and I said something to the effect of I wasn’t even intending to listen to anyone who told us we had to do something different.  I didn’t really mean it mean – just I don’t think it’ll be an issue.

Appointment the Second

February 1, 2007

Our second appointment with the obstetrician was January 30.  Jack was also getting neutered that day, but his vet is half a block from the obstetrician’s office, so we planned to drop him off and then go down.  But wonders of wonders, we were running half an hour early, so we dropped Jack off with love and kisses and then went to La Madeleine where I proceeded to lose myself to an ode of reverie to a parfait.  Donkey was right, you have to be happy when there is parfait involved.


When we finished we went to the doctors office where we had the longest appointment ever.  We did an hour of questions and forms with the obstetrician’s nurse, Lynn, and then waited about 15 minutes to get a room.  The big perk here was that Paul got to see Buttmunch for the first time.  He hadn’t been able to come last week, so this was awesome!


Buttmunch looked great, but he/she was really active/wiggly, so we didn’t get a great picture, but we got to see awesome images on the screen.  Child is very accomplished – has four limbs, organs, and a great heart rate.  He/she was almost one inch – when I upload the sonogram picture it will show the actual length in millimeters.


Dr. Nash says that she really thinks September 4 is the correct due date and so we’re going with that.  However, if it weren’t for the connotations, I’d be tempted to tell people September 11, because I’ve read enough books to know that it gets annoying when you’re at your due date or the date past and everyone is asking why you haven’t had that baby yet.  Oh well, I’ll just resist!


We also decided on our prenatal scans.  We’re doing the First Screen method that involves an ultrasound combined with a blood test between 12 and 14 weeks and then will do an additional blood test looking for neural tube errors around 18 weeks.

1st Bloodwork Call

January 31, 2007

A couple of days after my first appointment, I got back from a bathroom trek and noticed that I had a voicemail.  It was my obstetrician’s nurse saying that she had some test results that she needed to discuss with me.  Of course, being the freak that I am, I started to get unduly anxious.  And of course she was away from her desk when I called back. 

We missed each other a couple of times, but about an hour later we were on the phone together.  She prefaced the conversation by saying that she had all my results and they all looked great EXCEPT one of them wasn’t.  Then she proceeded to go through each test result telling me the test first and then the result.  End result — I thought each test was going to be the one that was bad.  I was a freak for almost ten minutes when she finally got to the last thing and told me that my thyroid stimulating hormone was low, but within the normal range and so we would need to test it more frequently.

Some internet reading later I was convinced this was not earthshattering news and resumed my previously scheduled life.

1st Appointment — january 22nd

January 31, 2007

So, I didn’t go in for my first appointment until January 22nd because they want you to be more than just a little pregnant before this first visit.

 Paul couldn’t come with me because he had a meeting, but luckily this appointment didn’t have too much go on.  Of course the standard weight, pee in a cup, draw your blood stuff.  The big perk was that they did an ultrasound.  (Thought: what is the difference between a sonogram and an ultrasound?  I think one is the method (ultrasound) and one is the images, but this is mainly a guess).  I didn’t know that they don’t start with the cute abdominal method they show on tv, but with a foot long phallic object covered in a condom.  But no complaints here, because this little phallus gave us our first picture of little buttmunch.   He/she was under half an inch at this time, but had all limb buds and a beating heart!

They gave me a bag to sample different prenatals to find one I liked.

Bonus: they told me that if I was feeling well at this point (almost 8 weeks), I would probably continue doing so.  Interesting fact — apparently while some people really do have serious illness during pregnancy, for many people it’s just that they are not used to feeling a little sick or having to have conscious control of their stomach.  Well, I’m a pro at this, so I finally got a perk for being sick so much in my life.

When can we tell people?!?!

January 31, 2007

As soon as I was sure we were pregnant, my first instinct was to tell every one of our relatives and friends in the next five minutes, but then I realized we had an amazing opportunity in front of us.  At the beginning of March (14 and 15 weeks), we are going on a cruise with my parents, Paul’s parents, my brother and sister-in-law, my grandparents, and even my sister-in-law’s parents and will be all together for a week.

 Well, this opportunity to tell everyone at once just can’t be passed up and so we’re biting our tongues.  It is kind of fun though just looking at each other knowing that the other knows!

We’re Pregnant

January 31, 2007

So, apparently the rest of the world knew this, but the main sign of being pregnant is knowing that you are pregnant.  Well, I’d never heard this, but right at the end of the 2006, I looked at Paul and told him I was pregnant.  He basically said nah and I laughed and agreed and didn’t think about it for almost a week when I declared that yes I was pregnant.  In fact, I actually called and scheduled an obstetrical appointment before I’d even taken a home pregnancy test!

 I went to get the test at lunch and in stereotypical Wiley fashion, I picked it up at the grocery store and took it to Barnes and Noble to take the test so that I could then purchase books.  Of course — I approach any and all components of life as a reason to read books, digest and synthesize information!

 And that’s the first step of this saga of a soul.

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January 31, 2007

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