J and I had our “20 week” doctor visit yesterday (yes, a week later) and had the anatomy scan done on little Tater girl. We haven’t seen her since our very first appointment at 9 weeks, so we were super excited, of course.
I told J in the very beginning that I wanted him to go to the first appointment with me, but after that it was up to him if he wanted to go to any (barring any unforeseen circumstances or problems, of course) since most appointments are short, routine, and nothing he would “need” to be there for. He said he wanted to be there for any appointments where we could see her, so…this was the next one!
We basically had two appointments…one with the sonographer, then one with the doctor afterwards. For anyone who has ever had a baby or sat in on an appointment with someone for their anatomy scan, it’s not quite as exciting as the first ultrasound. Because, these people are trained well and know how to identify all the little parts and to most of us, it’s just a blob on the screen. Sure, we could make our her little head, and arm and a leg, her little heartbeat, and her legs from underneath, but the individual organs and such that they measured…we weren’t seeing those the way they did. And of course our little stinker had her hands folder over her face most of the time, so we just barely got a glimpse of her little nose. The did get a pretty decent profile shot for us though, thankfully.
All the baby’s parts and organs looked normal and measured on track so that is always a relief to hear. She’s growing like she should and moving around like crazy. Though she was pretty still during the ultrasound, other than covering up her face!
Afterwards we went to see a daycare, and let me just tell you…trying to decide who is going to take care of your precious baby for probably more time than you will spend with her during the week is HARD. It’s not optional for us, we both have to work outside the home, and it’s a big decision. And one that I think is so hard to make from a 10 minute tour of a facility. I mean, there’s no glaringly obvious signs that say this place is dangerous or that the people who work there are going to endanger our precious baby, but…what place would be like that??? And in-home daycare scares me even more. Because…at least at a big box daycare there are inspections and regulations, more so I would think than an in-home facility. Granted, that’s only my assumption, I have no idea if it’s true but it’s a very real fear I have.
So, we’ve seen two daycares, and they both seem suitable. One is less money and much more conveniently located, but their wait list system leaves something to be desired. Not that there is a wait list, but the way they handle it. Like, we may not have any clue if they will have space for her until a month before. And then if they don’t, we’re basically S.O.L. The planner in me panics at the very thought. The other is a bit more money and a little farther out of the way, but there is no wait list currently for the time I would need to start her there. So, how do we decide?? HOW??
In other news, I am heading to Alabama tomorrow for a long weekend. Pre-pregnancy I planned a trip with a few girls from my cooking board, to meet up in Alabama for a Kenny Chesney concert to celebrate one of the girl’s 30th birthday. I will leave verrrry early in the morning (like 4am early) to make the 13 hour drive. Fortunately, I am so accustomed to driving a lot, and I don’t mind long road trips alone. Granted, I would not have planned such a long trip alone if it had come up after I was pregnant, but…I am perfectly capable of travel still! And not only do I get to hang out with some awesome girls, but I will also get to visit with my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew who live in Alabama on Sunday, before I head home on Monday.
Of course J and I discussed this trip way back when it was planned and he had no issue with me going, but I think now, with little Tater girl in tow, he’s a little less thrilled about me making the long trek on my own. But, I have no doubt that we will both be fine, and the trip will be so much fun! I’m excited for the concert…Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, and Old Dominion at the Auburn University stadium. All awesome artists!! And, you know the foodie girls are going to eat as much good food as we can get our hands on!
It’s been a couple of years since I saw my brother and the family so I’m super excited to see them, too. Those kiddos definitely grow waaaaay to fast.
It’s been raining for daaaaays here, flooding in Houston (which I will be driving through) and just overall nasty in this area so I’m praying that the trip is uneventful and the weather is nice to me. My last trip to Alabama included torrential downpours pretty much the entire drive through Louisiana and Mississippi. I’d rather not endure that stress this time around. Did ya hear that, Mother Nature?? Be nice!
Updates on the trip next week!!