Thursday, October 29, 2009

Our first Doctor's Visit!


Today Jason and I met with Dr. Lillian Morris of the Women's Healthcare Association of Santa Monica. We had about 20 minutes with her today, and she seemed like a fun, loving and caring doctor- I'm really excited to be working with her through the next 9 months as all of this progresses into a new life!

What we realized immediately when we arrived at the office is that the medical building that all of our appointments will be in is LITERALLY right next door to Jason's new jobsite! It could not be MORE convenient! And, with parking being $12 a pop, being able to PARK at Jason's Jobsite will also be convenient! When I initially found the clinic online, I liked the fact that it was in the vicinity of Jason's new jobsite, because I knew how hard it will be for him to peel away from work in the middle of the day to go to an appointment, so I figured having it be nearby would make it easier- i had no idea it was THIS near by! We can see the jobsite when we sit in our Doctor's personal office! Too funny!

The first thing that we did today was confirm the pregnancy with another urine test (no blood test this time- that will be on our next visit), and sure enough, the Doctor confirmed what we already knew...we ARE pregnant! 5 weeks and 2 days to be exact! Next, Ash got her blood pressure taken and weighed...the blood pressure was a little higher than usual (Typical "White Coat" syndrome) and her weight was a little higher than usual (typical Pregnant lady syndrome!)- nothing alarmingly off though. As Ash was in the vitals area, the nurse wanted to confirm that I was with my husband and asked "You're here with your Husband, Correct?" I confirmed and then she asked "And his name is David, right" ", it's Jason" we both laughed, then looked int he hallway an there was Jason, with an inquisitive look on his face "Who? David?, that must be the boyfriend, I'm the HUSBAND" the nurse was so embarrassed! But she was adorable, and just apologized nd giggled her way into the next office.

Next, we were put into an exam room to wait for Dr. Morris. We weren't sure what exactly would be done in our first visit- an ultrasound, just a consultation etc...When we sat in the room we saw the huge ultrasound machine, and saw that on the screen it said "Laub, Ashleigh" so we figured we were going to get a vision of the little bean today! Very exciting! Jason took a few photos of me sitting on the table and of the machine (Weirdo) until Dr. Morris arrived. She took us into her office so she could ask us a few important medical history questions. She got the lowdown on my family history (Cancer cases, other hereditary abnormalities etc) thing she asked BOTH Of us that was odd was she asked if we were either Jewish or French Canadian (At first we were shocked she would ask if we were French Canadian...Jason had on a CANADA shirt from his recent trip, and we thought maybe she was just inquiring!)- but really, a disease called Tay Sachs runs in those cultures, so she was just ruling that out. So after all of that was taken care of, the Dr. looked at us and said "Ok, let's see who's in there" I thought that that was such a cute way to put it! It showed me that this doctor has some personality and is excited like we are about the new life forming inside me.

When we got into the exam room, the Dr. did warn us that since we are just at the beginning of the 5 week stage, there may not be much to see, but she at least wanted to check it all out to make sure we were were we SHOULD be and that everything looked ok inside. I won't go into details about this next part, but it was kind of comical....I get most of my medical knowledge from television (Grey's Anatomy anyone?) so I always thought Ultrasounds were done by putting the gel on the belly, and then having the wand run over the OUTSIDE of the stomach to see inside...apparently THAT kind of thing goes on farther down the line in Jason and I kind of giggled when we saw the Dr. pull out a condom and some lubrication and put it on a wand...when I saw her grab the condoms, my first thought was "Umm...did she forget why we're here? OBVIOUSLY we weren't using those to get into this situation, and we're certainly not going to be using them now!" but she of course, had ANOTHER reason to use it!

So, as she had initially thought, we are too early in the pregnancy for an untrained eye to actually SEE anything on the ultrasound screen. She assured us that at our next visit (10/19) we'll be able to see the baby's heart beat...we're not sure if that means we'll get to see just the fluttering of a heart or if we can actually hear it.

Every week, we receive an email from which gives us an update on the progress of our pregnancy, and what is happening to the baby that week- it has been amazing to learn how quickly the little baby is growing inside....9 months seems like a long time to carry a little body inside...but when you think about it, that little body is being created from a few cells and in 9 months time becomes an entire PERSON it's mind blowing. The body is capable of doing some amazing things- creating life is one of them!
The main thing we got out of our first doctor's visit is that everything is A-Ok. The doctor said that the fetus is sitting right where it should be at this stage and that everything looks fine. She said she was happy with what she saw, so therefore WE are happy with what she saw.
We're anxiously awaiting our next appointment so that we can get to know this little person even more!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Symptoms Are Fun!

So it's been almost 1 week since we found out we were expecting (We initially took 2 tests...both of which came up positive....a few days later, still not convinced, Ash took 2 more...again, both positive...and then, 2 days later, STILL not convinced, Ash took 1 more...positive assured, she now fully believes she's Pregnant!). As the pregnancy has progressed, it's more obvious to Ash that she didn't need to pee on a stick to know for sure there's a little one growing inside...the symptoms have been hard to miss!

Ash has been nothing but tired lately! Coming home at 6, eating (more on that later) and then dozing off on the couch! Thank goodness it's flu season so she can blame her fatigue on feeling flu-like to her co-workers and suspicious friends.

If you're reading this blog, you are obviously a close person in Ashleigh & Jason's life and therefore you know that Ashleigh is not the worlds biggest eater...well, throw those old ideas aside, because Mama is eating! Normally, Ash eats small bits and pieces every couple of hours...but recently she's been hungry enough to eat full meals every 2 hours! At lunch one day she ordered fish & chips and ate the ENTIRE plate....ALL of it. It was so out of character that one of her co-workers looked at the plate, then at her and said "Wow Ash...I've never seen you eat so much!" A little embarrassing, yes...but once the word is out then it won't seem so strange.

Jason always teases Ash that her nose is broken- because she can NEVER smell anything that he smells (Ash's note: Why does that mean MY nose is broken? Maybe it's HIS...duh!). Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, Ash started noticing that every time she walked into their bedroom she smelled this OVERWHELMING musty smell...especially in the closet. She asked Jason if he smelled that- he had no idea what she was talking about. As the week went on, more and more smells started being so bold- but still, Jason smelled nothing! After Ash remembered a story her friend Jen told her about HER sense of smell during her first pregnancy, Ash had her first idea that she may be pregnant. 3 weeks later, it was confirmed!

This isn't a symptom that Ash has been feeling, but one thing we've noticed is that the CATs have been acting funny. This could be due to many reason: a) Jason is out of town b) they are sensing the change in my hormone levels c) they're cats...who the heck knows why they do what they do! But, Earl has been a bit distant. He'll hop up and begin to cuddle with Ash, but as soon as he gets near her belly, he'll shy away and leave the area. It's making Ash pretty sad, because she would love for Earl to be a big cuddle bug friend for the little one, so hopefully he'll come around with time. Chase, is the complete opposite- he's NUTS! Granted, this could be due to the fact that he's a kitten, but he has been acting EXTRA ridiculous this week. Keeping Ash up all hours of the night- scratching the door, hurling himself at the door, trying to open up the door by the door handle (Seriously) with Earl, hopefully this behavior changes with time!

There are a few other changes going on, but those 3 are the top ones we've noticed so far. Most of the books or articles we've read talk about morning sickness beginning somewhere between weeks 6 and 8...Ash is praying that she is spared from that symptom! She's been asking her belly to be kind and do without that portion of this cycle...we'll see!

The first Doctor visit is next Thursday- we're hoping to be able to get an ultrasound and actually see our little Poppy Seed (That's how big the baby is supposed to be at 4 weeks).

More on the Laubsters later!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Our first blog entry is an exciting one for sure! On Sunday Evening, we found out that we are expecting our first child! While we were surprised to find out so soon, we are ecstatic that it's all happening so quickly! We set out to officially begin trying to get pregnant on October 1st...and given the timeline of my cycle, we're almost certain that THAT is the day we conceived! Though few who know us would be surprised to learn that we set out and accomplished exactly what we wanted on the exact day we wanted to do it...who would have thought our unborn child would act the same way? I can tell already, this is a match made in heaven!

Now, this is a bit odd, but as of right now, no one is reading this blog...we haven't announced our pregnancy to anyone...yet. As far as we can tell, we are only 4 weeks along at the most in this pregnancy...still a very scary and uncertain time in the realm of pregnancy. We have our first doctor's appointment next Thursday at 10:45am to meet with Dr. Morris at the Women's Health Associates of Santa Monica. We are both thrilled with this Doctor's office as it has the women's health vibe that Ash wants and is literally located right across the street from Jason's new jobsite! We just hope that our personalities and views for this pregnancy mesh well with Dr. Morris and that a beautiful relationship is formed!

That's all we'll write for now...we're planning on letting Ash's family know at Thanksgiving and Jason's family the very next week. It's been hard even in the past 3 days to keep it a here's to hoping we can keep it a secret for 3 more weeks!
We are so excited about this next stage in our lives and cannot wait to meet this little baby growing inside!!
PS- Ash is feeling well...just tired and hungry...all the time!