Well, the good news is that our problem definitely isn’t basic fertility. Which is to say that I’m pregnant again.

We’re cautiously optimistic that this third time I’ll be able to carry to term. This time — crazy notion — we started out going to the OB instead of my regular doctor. (Hey, in my defense, it was a free blood test or a $35 one. Seemed like an easy choice.)

This time they’re pulling out all the stops. They did a basic exam — always a treat, as you ladies know — and blood work. Twice, actually, because they wanted to check that HCG levels doubled in 48 hours. Which they more than did, so we’re good to go there.

My progesterone levels are a  bit low, so they wrote me a prescription for that. (Now if only I got to take it orally… Yep, I just shared that gross detail. Deal with it.) The only comfort there is that we’re nipping this in the bud.

We’ll also get an early ultrasound at 7 weeks, instead of 10. That means, if all goes well, I’ll be slapping up a proud first picture of embryo Perry on January 4th.

As the moms already know, though, it’ll really just be a picture of a little blob of cells. Not that 10-week sonograms are all that detailed, either.  But hey at least the lil sucker will be getting lots of attention, which should make it interested in sticking around. If, you know, it had actually developed a brain yet.

Actually, I figure this one is fated to go through. Why? Because the tentative due date would be August 21st — aka 2 days after my own birthday. And the universe just loves those little jokes, like putting you into labor on your birthday. Or just making you 40 weeks pregnant and therefore perpetually uncomfortable on your birthday.

Anyway, not too much else to report on that front. I’m trying to figure out a sane way to hit the nutritional guidelines. It’s a fight.

I’m not a huge fan of veggies, so I got some dried apricots which count for leafy greens/yellows. I’m going to the store later today to get spinach, which counts as Vitamin C, iron and a leafy green.

I’ve almost got the protein thing down, but grains are killing me. I don’t eat cereal at the moment, and I just can’t enjoy more than a couple spoonfuls of oatmeal. Which leaves bread and beans. And the occasional whole wheat tortilla when I make Mexican foods.

I cheated with some multi-grain Wheat Thins, but I have to monitor those because of the sodium. Same with too many canned beans. Ugh.

So I’m probably going to have to break down and cook beans myself. I know it’s relatively easy, but it doesn’t feel easy. It feels like one extra step too many.

Alternately, if I’m breaking down and making stuff I would rather buy, I can pick up some whole wheat tortillas and make my own chips, which would be low in sodium. And taste uninteresting. Whee.

It’s a process. As long as I remember that I’m just not going to get it perfect — and as long as I remember not to beat myself up about it — I’ll survive the next (hopefully) 7.5 months of pregnancy.

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1 Jenn December 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I mostly lurk but wanted to wish you all the best. Sounds like you are doing the responsible and smart thing by finding foods that fit the guidelines and that you can enjoy.

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2 Andrea December 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

A very big congratulations to you guys!!!! I'm crossing fingers and will look forward to updates – I'm glad the doctor is taking precautions early to make sure things go well!

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3 Lisa December 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Congratulations!

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4 Abigail December 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Thanks to all of you for your well wishes. I'm excited… if a little trepidatious.

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5 Marcia December 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Congratulations Abby! I have an August baby and he is a gem! I am so happy for you and Tim.

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6 lifeisfullofsunnydays December 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Congrats. I am going to put you in my prayers. I hope this is an uneventful pregnancy and you get to have the joy of waddling. ;)

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7 Deedee December 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Congratulations! I wish you all the best. For fruits and veg…maybe a juicer?? Maybe it would be easier to drink them than eat them? I don't know. I love all fruits and all vegetables (except brussels sprouts) so not sure what would make them easier for you to eat but juicing does seem to be popular these days.

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8 Ro in San Diego December 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Congratulations! I will keep positive thoughts for you.

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9 Tanya December 23, 2012 at 6:07 am

Lovely news! Congrats to your family. Seems like you’re in good hands with the gyno.

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10 Cynthia December 23, 2012 at 6:45 am

Eighteen years ago, after a perfectly ordinary first pregnancy, and then three miscarriages in a row, progesterone suppositories saved my fifth pregnancy. They made me suffer horrible morning sickness, but every moment I hugged the toilet was a celebration of life! My son is now a college student and has been a great joy to us. My hope and prayer for you is that you also receive such a blessing! And by the way, you really don’t need as much grain as they tell you. Do the best you can and don’t sweat the small things. Love and best wishes!

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11 Nancy December 23, 2012 at 7:31 am

Congrats!
My daughter was an August baby.

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12 Catseye December 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Congratulations and best wishes to you and Tim!

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13 Joyce December 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I'm happy for you and husband. Congratulations! Please, please, please try crockpot oatmeal. I never liked oatmeal til I tried this. It's almost like pudding. Look at Allrecipes.com for the recipe and helpful hints in the comment section.

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14 take_flight December 24, 2012 at 5:43 am

Congratulations!

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15 Kerry December 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

Aw, good luck to you all! Look out for a sleeveless black dress for the last trimester–it’s the coolest, most flattering, body-skimming garment out there for pregnant ladies. As for grains, try wheat berries–the texture is firmer than oatmeal, kind of like rice, and you just boil them for 30 minutes or so and drain. They also play well with a variety of diced veggies or fruits and make a good base for a salad. Cooking Light has some good recipes for its use.

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16 karla December 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

How ababout home made tortillas with home made salsa? How do you feel about avacadoes and tomatoes and onions? Best of luck!

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17 Petunia 100 December 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

How wonderful! Congratulations to you and Tim. Best wishes for a healthy, full-term pregnancy. :)

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18 Nicole Berry December 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

That's wonderful news! Congrats!

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19 Andi January 2, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Congrats! I was just reading an article about cooking beans. Apparently as long as you rinse the beans, you can steam them in a standard steamer in about 40 minutes (which works for me cause I always forget to soak them overnight). I'll let you know how it works out!

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