The waiting game

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

15 weeks, 3 days pregnant
Second OBGYN appointment was great! There wasn’t much to the appointment itself, but there were many stages of waiting.
Here’s the breakdown so you preggos-to-be know what to expect …
  • Arrive at the hospital and take a number
  • Find a chair and wait
  • Register at the desk
  • Go back to your chair and wait
  • Get called in to be weighed and pee in a cup
  • Go back to your chair and wait
  • Get called into the appointment room
  • Wait … and wait
  • Go over your details with a nurse
  • Have the nurse take your blood pressure … and listen to baby’s heartbeat!
  • Wait in the office for the doctor
  • Meet quickly with the doctor, who tells you to make sure to book your next appointment before you leave
  • Go back to main reception area and take a number
  • Find a chair and wait
  • Book your next appointment at the desk
  • Head down to the blood collection area and take a number
  • Find a chair and wait
  • Register at blood collection
  • Go back to your chair and wait
  • Get blood taken, then … leave!
That’s a lot of please-take-a-number and a lot of waiting, huh? At first I was surprised that there were hardly any husbands/daddies there — just a lot of preggos, in various stages of hugeness. But by the time we left the hospital — a full three hours after we got there! — I kind of understood it.
I mean, you have these appointments every four weeks, and then every two weeks, and then once a week. And they seem to be the same every time — pee, weight, blood pressure, heartbeat, good-bye! I suppose they start to lose their specialness after a while, or maybe after the first child?
Repetitive appointments or not, I’m happy Darling Husband has accompanied me to everything so far. I want him to hear the heartbeat. I want him to get to know Dr. L. The nurse even showed him where to push down on my stomach to feel the top of the uterus — fundus, I think she said.
Maybe by the time Little Baby is getting a brother or sister, I’ll insist he go off to work and be fine going to the appointments alone. But for now, I’m glad we’re in every step of this together.

So what do you think?

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