quad screen

I had my last blood draw for a while today. We did the Quad Screen. It's the test where they check for Down Syndrome and open body cavity defects like spina bifida. It's optional, and I assume that's because some people would have the baby no matter what, and some would like the option of not having a severely disabled child. I have opted for the test every time, and spent the 5 days it takes to get the results back sweating bullets. I honestly do not know what I'd do if this test came back with a problem. I'd like to say that I'd just not have the baby, but after this long I'm kind of attached. So that's on my mind.

The next appointment, we get the "big guns" ultrasound. We find out the sex, count the toes, watch it suck it's thumb....and for the first time we can get it taped. Some doctors tape it, some don't. This midwife does. I'm sure I'll post a link to it.

I want....

I thought I'd list some of the foods that have caused me to scream/whine/cry/run out at 2 a.m. because I just can't live without them:
  • Cottage Cheese (pretty typical of every pregnancy)
  • Peanut butter & jelly (triple layered...also a usual suspect)
  • Beets. Especially with the cottage cheese.
  • Pineapple. And I've added it to some pretty in-pineapplely things lately (mayo, tuna...)
  • Tuna. Since pregnant women & kids are warned to eat no more than 1 can/week, I have had to control this one. But jeez, that one is awfully good.
  • Ultra-processed cheese product (cheese whiz/velveeta). Gross!
  • Shrimp. Tons and tons of shrimp.
  • Spaghetti and meatballs. Actually just meatballs.
  • Cheeseburgers (only early on. now they sound awful)
  • Salt. Which is odd. I don't normally eat any salt.
  • Oatmeal. With butter and brown sugar. Mmmmm...
  • Philly cheesesteaks. Or at least a decent hoagie. Is that too much to ask???? Too bad the nearest good one is about 2,000 miles away.
  • Water. I know that seems odd, but I drink an ungodly amount of water every day now. I think about it all the time. It's my favorite thing right now.

Thank God for prenatal vitamins, or this kid would be screwed.

my new favorite thing to read every day...

(besides Think Again which will always have my heart) has got to be world wide rant. I don't know how I can across it, but it's seriously funny. And Andy over there was cool enough to mention Tpalooza for me (thank you thank you thank you).

Here's and example of why I love them so.

Taken from "the Fine Print":

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Read it all here. It just gets better.

But a warning--if you have a weak bladder due to, oh, I don't know, pregnancy, you might want to hold off.