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I’ve been terrible about posting, I had my 28 week checkup nearly a week ago and haven’t given an update until now. Really there is not so much to say. I had my sickly sweet orange drink, and apparently am fine in the glucose tolerance department because I’m sure they would have said something by now if I weren’t. The drink really is vile. If I think something is too sweet, you may be sure that it really is way too sweet. I also got my H1N1 vaccine and my Rhogram shot (which they nearly forgot, which caused and annoying delay, but I got it). I suppose I should call and get the H1N1 for Margaret, since we apparently have vaccine now, but I’ve been feeling lazy, and she’s going to need two doses a month apart on account of her young age. That’s going to be a bit of a pain. If you’re wondering what the Rhogram is, it’s to keep me from developing antibodies to my baby’s blood. I’m A-, and the baby is most likely A+ and so I get Rhogram shots in my third trimester and at the birth so that neither this baby nor any future sibling I might badger my body into conceiving needs a transfusion at birth.

The pregnancy itself continues to go well. I’ve been having some noticeable Braxton-Hicks contractions, which I never had with Margaret. (I mean, I’m sure there were some Braxton-Hicks because there are supposed to be, but I never felt a thing.) It’s mildly troubling to me because it’s different and because they are actually more uncomfortable than my early labor contractions from last time. Last time around I GMed through two hours of contractions at 5 minutes apart because the contractions were so very mild that it didn’t make sense to call the game off. It’s pretty clear that I’m am getting the noticeable Braxton-Hicks contractions this time around because I am exerting myself more. I have this toddler, you see. She is convinced that Mommy has superhuman strength and endurance, and is essentially indestructible, and it’s really no use trying to tell her differently. Margaret also thinks that my belly makes a good bouncy cushion, and while I try to dissuade her she sometimes catches me by surprise.

We still don’t have a name for the little boy. Margaret was clearly a Margaret from very early on. We wanted to see her first before it was completely a done deal, especially since we weren’t 100% certain of her gender beforehand, but there really wasn’t much controversy or even much discussion needed on that decision. Boy names are harder. Warren and I both like William and Alexander, but both of those names are perennially in the top ten list on the
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I’ve been terrible about posting, I had my 28 week checkup nearly a week ago and haven’t given an update until now. Really there is not so much to say. I had my sickly sweet orange drink, and apparently am fine in the glucose tolerance department because I’m sure they would have said something by now if I weren’t. The drink really is vile. If I think something is too sweet, you may be sure that it really is way too sweet. I also got my H1N1 vaccine and my Rhogram shot (which they nearly forgot, which caused and annoying delay, but I got it). I suppose I should call and get the H1N1 for Margaret, since we apparently have vaccine now, but I’ve been feeling lazy, and she’s going to need two doses a month apart on account of her young age. That’s going to be a bit of a pain. If you’re wondering what the Rhogram is, it’s to keep me from developing antibodies to my baby’s blood. I’m A-, and the baby is most likely A+ and so I get Rhogram shots in my third trimester and at the birth so that neither this baby nor any future sibling I might badger my body into conceiving needs a transfusion at birth.

The pregnancy itself continues to go well. I’ve been having some noticeable Braxton-Hicks contractions, which I never had with Margaret. (I mean, I’m sure there were some Braxton-Hicks because there are supposed to be, but I never felt a thing.) It’s mildly troubling to me because it’s different and because they are actually more uncomfortable than my early labor contractions from last time. Last time around I GMed through two hours of contractions at 5 minutes apart because the contractions were so very mild that it didn’t make sense to call the game off. It’s pretty clear that I’m am getting the noticeable Braxton-Hicks contractions this time around because I am exerting myself more. I have this toddler, you see. She is convinced that Mommy has superhuman strength and endurance, and is essentially indestructible, and it’s really no use trying to tell her differently. Margaret also thinks that my belly makes a good bouncy cushion, and while I try to dissuade her she sometimes catches me by surprise.

We still don’t have a name for the little boy. Margaret was clearly a Margaret from very early on. We wanted to see her first before it was completely a done deal, especially since we weren’t 100% certain of her gender beforehand, but there really wasn’t much controversy or even much discussion needed on that decision. Boy names are harder. Warren and I both like William and Alexander, but both of those names are perennially in the top ten list on the <a href=” http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/”>SSA site</a>, and we are reluctant to give a child a name that is too common. They’re also iffy on the nickname front; I had to resort to threatening bodily harm to prevent some people from calling me “Liz” and I doubt a child of mine will take kindly to having to constantly battle against “Bill” and might not like being abbreviated to “Alex” either. We could go for namespace confusion symmetry and name him George, which is neither too popular nor too nickname-prone, but while we’re both exceedingly fond of Warren’s brother we’re not so sure we love the name as much as we love the man. I’ve been through the entire list of popular baby names, and there are no clear winners. We may have to just compile a short list of those we can live with and take it to the hospital with us. I’m hoping that actually seeing the boy might clarify what we should name him. At least we can guarantee him a name that is less weird than any of his cousins to date.

Last weekend's visit to <lj user=chenoameg>'s reassured me that Margaret will probably be OK with a younger sibling. I got to hold Meg's baby while Meg folded laundry, and Margaret was not only fine with that, she seemed to be instinctively much gentler with the newborn than she was with me. We had all had a rousing game of make funny noises while holding the clear plastic container over your face, which I promise you is more fun than it sounds. I'm not sure how well Margaret will take to a newborn that we take home and keep instead of just visiting for half an hour, but it was certainly a positive indicator.
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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: November 20th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
We had all had a rousing game of make funny noises while holding the clear plastic container over your face, which I promise you is more fun than it sounds.

Vouch.
enugent From: enugent Date: November 20th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
We had the same problem with boy names being much harder. In our case, it was somewhat exacerbated by the fact that we didn't want a name ending in 'N', since that's what our last name starts with. (We both find that names are harder to pronounce if the last sound in the first name is the same as the first sound in the last name.) Guess what the dominant last letter in male names is right now?

I hope you guys find something you like.

I wish I could see some of these goofy games! I don't know when I'm going to be able to get to Boston again, but the chance of seeing Margaret is definitely a draw.
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