Tadpole is one active baby!
Today’s OB visit consisted of lots of paperwork, lots of waiting, a quick chat with one of the doctors there (who is very cool), a LOT of blood drawn, and one very awesome ultrasound. The bloodwork will test for any illnesses and see if I’m a carrier of anything more serious (like HIV or CF) and I’ll find out the results of those in about a week. Fingers crossed everything turns out healthy!
The ultrasound was to measure the baby to see how big it is and to just check and make sure everything looks/sounds normal. The poor technician had to follow Tadpole around my stomach because s/he was an active little thing. Quite the swimmer and, I swear, was showing off some developing acrobatic skill for us. Some of the coolest moments were when s/he waved at us and flexed all the fingers, when s/he stretched, and when s/he looked right at the camera straight on. Because the skin is still transparent, we could see the full developing skull. Pretty creepy but it’s the Halloween season and I think s/he was still in costume.
“Look, ma, I’m a skelly!”
Amazing for something only three inches long…
I go back around 17 weeks (just after Thanksgiving) for a quickie checkup. I’m not sure if I’ll be far enough along to know what the gender is but we’ll see. I’m still hoping for a girl, but, honestly, I’ll be happy for a healthy baby and that’s all.
Insurance and Irritation
The only irksome part of the day was our insurance company. Normally I wouldn’t gripe about this but it’s a little frustrating. After we got married, I switched us to joint insurance for a variety of reasons: we needed it, I needed better coverage (dental, maternity, etc.) and Stephen needed coverage period. After shopping around, I signed us up for a really nice plan with BCBS. Dental, Vision, Maternity, the works.
We’re still in the 12 month “preexisting condition” period. The financial lady at the clinic today told us that most insurance companies will not include maternity under that umbrella if you conceive after the policy has been put into effect.
We aren’t so lucky.
So, I had to put down a hefty “down payment” on my unborn child today and we will be paying out of pocket for everything. The insurance company is refusing to cover a single penny of any of it.
Here’s to hoping there are no complications or surprises as we get deeper into debt.
It will all work out, though. We’ve been in rough financial spots before and this is no different. We manage to make it through every time and I believe we’ll get through this as well. It’s not like we can take it back or anything.