According to our calculations, Lori just started her 8th week of pregnancy this weekend.  She’s still feeling pretty nauseous all the time as well as tired.  She’s “sick and tired” and she’s tired of being “sick and tired”.  I know that we’re both ready for the first trimester to be over with so that her hormones will level off some and she can get back to feeling better.  She still hasn’t told her boss at work that she’s pregnant.  I think that she’s going to wait until we’ve seen her doctor.  We’ve got that appointment scheduled for August 17th.  Blood work at 9:00 and the ultrasound at 11:00am.  The blood work is going to be interesting.  Lori has a huge fear of needles and she is convinced that she is going to get sick when they try to stick her.  I just pray that she has someone that is good at taking blood.  The thing with Lori is that in the middle of her arm where you would normally draw blood, she doesn’t have veins that just stick out at you.  So, they’ll have to either find somewhere else to take the blood or do a good job…or both.  I’ll be there with her, so maybe that will help ease her fear.  This is going to have to be something that she gets over pretty quick because this isn’t going to be the last time that they have to stick her with a needle.  Maybe this will help her get over her fear of needles.  Surely it will at least make it easier.

Her doctor’s name is Dr. Maunder.  He’s going to be giving us a DVD of the ultrasound.  I think that’s an awesome idea.  You gotta love technology these days.  It’s amazing what they can do now compared to when our parents were having children. Hell, they were lucky to even get an ultrasound back then.  Much less a DVD of the experience.  What a great keepsake though.  I guess we’ll have a little collection of DVD’s of our doctor visits.  That’s something that we will definitely look forward to.  I can’t wait to see our baby for the first time.  Right now, our little one is just about the size of a kidney bean.  But, depending on how good the ultrasound is, we may or may not be able to see it’s little arms and legs.  I’m sure we’ll be able to make out the head and body if nothing else.  When Lori told me about the appointment, I have to admit that I got a little choked up thinking about the upcoming visit.  Call me a lush, but I am just beside myself with excitement.  And I’m probably a little more emotional than most guys….or than most guys will admit.  I have no problem getting emotional about this kind of thing.  You have every right to whether you’re a man or a woman.  There should be no reason why a guy can’t get a little teary-eyed thinking about the child that he helped to create and bring into this world.  I’ll probably even shed a tear or two when we first see our baby on the monitor and hear its little heartbeat.  I admit it, I’m a sap.  And a proud dad to be!

I’ll talk to Lori after we get our DVD and see if perhaps we can put it up online for all to see.  If nothing else, I’ll at least put up the ultrasound still photo.  I’ll post an update after that visit to the doctor as well.  We’ll see how the needle experience goes.  I know that Lori will be a champ no matter what.  She’d better be.  I don’t want to have to help with cleaning up if she gets sick (even though I will and won’t bitch about it.  That’s what good dad’s do.)