And the Doctor Said…

We had our first bi-monthly (of two) OB visits this morning.

Things that have me excited:

1. We’re at 33 weeks, which means only 7 more until Tucker arrives.

2. I only gained two pounds this visit, one pound less than expected at the two-week point in what has been averaging to be 6 pounds a month for the last 4 or so months.

3. Tucker’s heartbeat is still strong.

4. The doctor seems to think he’s head-down at this point… a very good sign (not sure if he’s sunny-side up or face-down though).

Things that have me flummoxed:

1. The tips of my thumb and forefinger on my right hand have been completely numb for about two weeks. Cause: carpal tunnel.

2. Heartburn only when I roll over from my left side to my right side.

3. Tucker’s knee or foot likes to lodge itself beneath my ribs. Ouch. This started last night.

4. Wondering if my belly button will ever become an outie. It’s quite shallow these days.

5. Wondering how long linea nigra takes to go away after delivery.

Things I’m not really looking forward to:

1. Whooping cough vaccine. I saw a news story about a month and a half ago about the epidemic that seems to be afflicting more of those in the Northeast. I had meant to ask the doc about it at our last visit but spaced it, so I brought it up today and he said “yes, we recommend it for you both.” We had to get to CVS anyway to pick up some RXs and asked if they administered it. They do. But they said if we’d gotten the TDaP booster in the last 10 years, we didn’t need it. So now both Jason and I have to run down to UNMH to figure out if we’d gotten it. Some quick research says that this particular booster (which includes vaccines for Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis or Whooping Cough) wasn’t available for adults before 2005–it would seem that NO Pertussis vaccines were available for adults or adolescents before 2005 anyway. I’m leaning toward my not having it at all, and possibly Jason having it when he was applying for the Peace Corps in 2005.

2. Group B Strep test. I had read up on this a little bit before today, but both the MA and the doc let us know that this will be happening at the visit. Yucky.

3. Weekly doctor visits beginning September 13-14…these are invasive and uncomfortable. But this one also is exciting because my progress will be closely monitored up until delivery.

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Drum Roll…

This is the blog where I share with you our baby’s name. Only a handful of people know it, and now we’ve decided to release that information to the rest of the world…save the doctors and nurses at the hospital and the person who does the birth certificate (we’ll let them in on it a little later).

When deciding on the right name, we had “the right name” all picked out for a little girl. And while our lips are going to remained sealed on that, lest we end up with a baby girl in the future, I will say that it is a family name, coupled with a well-matched power name. According to Jason, power names have X’s and/or R’s in them.

The name for the boy was a lot more difficult. We had a great name… for three years. But when it came down to crunch time, we had to pass on it because of my family’s tradition of only naming our babies after relatives who’ve passed away (if we were going to name them after relatives, that is). The name we had chosen was much too close to my mother’s.

So we toyed around with some other names like Xavier, and some others that have now been lost to me.

The name we settled on? Tucker. As in:

This is one of Jason’s dream cars. He has a model of it an everything. We also found the Hot Wheels version at the toy show a few weeks ago.

 

 

Some of you may have noticed that I address the baby as THe baby. This is because I’m being clever. His first name is Tucker, and his middle name is Henry.

NOT as in this guy:

(although we tossed around the idea of naming him Tucker Henry J … Henry J is another car!)

Instead…

He’s actually named for this guy:

 

He’s my grandmother’s brother and my mother’s favorite uncle. Since Jason didn’t want to name our boy after himself which is a tradition in his own family–his father, brother, and nephew are all Christopher, and many of my family’s names have been taken: Benjamin Jerome (my cousin) is named after our great-grandfather and our grandfather respectively, and my brother’s Hebrew name is Moshe (again for our grandfather).

This leads us into the Hebrew name… which we’re still not 100% on. Mainly because I find cool names in different resources, but not the SAME cool names… which makes me wonder about the validity of all of the resources. So far, we like Oz (עוֹז) which means “strength.”

And we like it ’cause of this:

 

**Question: How’d you come up with your baby’s name(s)?**