Monday, December 19, 2011


My brain is a hodge-podge spiral of everything lately.

I create posts in my head that never get written.

And, seriously, what else is new?

I want to talk about pre-natal testing (PNT). Whew, that's a biggie. I've been reading an article lately. In itself, it's not long. It's the 190 comments that are taking time to rifle through. And there are some doozies in there. Some make me gag because they're just so over-the-top syrupy and others make me fear for my life in this country and wonder if the author is my neighbor or co-worker. You can read for yourself here.

The article was published back in September, but I only just now learned about it for a reason that I will discuss sooner than later. I just need time to get my long list of thoughts together. I figure that people have wondered about my position on PNT, especially now that my pregnancy is common knowledge, but they're too polite to ask. Which is cool. So I'll just tell.

In a similar vein, I had an appointment with, as my friend likes to call it, my "nurse collective" last week. I am officially 3/5 of the way through my pregnancy and the baby appears to be doing well. He moves a lot and he has a great sounding heartbeat. I feel pretty good for the most part and if I could just get motivated to find a support group like "Pregnancy after Weight Loss" I might be able to wrap my brain around this whole upward motion of the scale thing. Trust me, I know it's a necessary part of the process, but I still sigh at every weigh-in. I need to get over it.

At my appointment, unfortunately, I also had to deal with a question about Playette that made me think. It brought up the whole "educate or get pissed or both?" feelings again. I swear, as more time goes by, this isn't as clear cut as it used to be. At least I'm not so quick to cry anymore.

There's also work stuff that is out of control. Like, really. They have gone straight nutty on me. I know I mentioned it briefly back in August/September, but because I wasn't ready to talk about the babe yet, I didn't get into details about why what happened really sucked as much as it did. Suffice it to say that coming back was not what I anticipated.

I've got reserve duty coming up (which caused more drama at work) and I am already thinking of how much I'm going to miss Playette and vice versa. My girl really tugs at my heartstrings lately and every choice I make seems to impact her to the core. I hope she doesn't hate me when I get back. The one good thing that will come of this is my getting to wear what I fondly refer to as "The Khaki Tent" again. Not only will I get more of my money's worth out of this rarely-worn gem, but it's super-comfy. So, yay for that.

Also, I want to touch on infertility. That's not something I've ever talked about openly. But it's real. And that makes me even more grateful for what's currently going on with my body.

I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful holiday season. If you have any specific questions, please either post here or email me and I'll add it to the lot.

We'll be celebrating in a unique way this year and I look forward to telling you more about that, too.

Soon...very soon.

Anything in particular that you want to hear about first? Majority rules.


Molly said...

WHOA. did I miss something here? Congratulations!!

Karly said...

Thank you for the link to that article. I hadn't read it yet. It was nice to hear the thoughts of someone who wasn't just "ZOMG prenatal testing!!!" but spoke more to how the tests are administered. I will admit to being the lone one in the crowd who doesn't really care about testing. People do a myriad of tests while pregnant, u/s, etc, and all are diagnostic and prenatal...what you choose to do with the results is the question. Changing awareness/attitudes toward those with 47, goes beyond shaming people who decide to take test (especially when it is legal for pregnancies to be terminated regardless of chromosomal issues). PNT is more of a symptom of a larger issue, rather than a cause...

Anyway, I never read the comments, but look forward to hearing your thoughts. Glad life is treating you well.

Karly said...

I guess maybe I shouldn't say I don't care about testing at all...just that I feel it's wasting time fighting a symptom, not a cause. Just to clarify. My kid is here. Whether she's the last person to ever be born with 47 chromosomes or not...doesn't change her inherent worth.

Becca said...

I'm too chicken to read the comments in PNT articles. Just like I'm too chicken to read the articles themselves. :-( Character flaw, I know - burying my head in the sand...

Looking forward to hearing more about the drama, and glad you get to wear the comfy khaki tent!

Alison said...

Very excited to hear more! I think any point you want to start sharing would be great.

Me said...

I TOTALLY missed something. Congratulations! !