This?  This I want to remember.
March 13, 2009

After a series of unsavory interactions with my obstetrician, Donald and I recently decided to change doctors.  If I had to describe this experience in a word, that word would be: painful.  As it turns out, bashing our heads against rocks and letting seagulls pick at our brain matter would have caused less trauma than getting my medical files successfully faxed from one office to another, NEVER MIND the act of actually selecting a new doctor.  But find a new doctor we did, because we are nothing if not annoying persistent.

Yesterday afternoon was the big day.  I put a spare change of underwear in my purse, just to satisfy my fear of *cough* botching the urine sample, and we were off to the doctor’s office.  AND IT WAS AWESOME.  Totally friggin’ awesome.  We selected a doctor at a teaching hospital, and both the doctor and the medical student were remarkably sharp.  They cared and were interested in my pregnancy, asked a copious number of questions, answered every question we had, and generally behaved like gentlemen.  That alone was a huge step in the right direction, as our last obstetrician’s mannerisms could be effectively used to PROVE that man had evolved from monkeys.  Or brainless slugs.  Or some weird Jurassic combination of the two.  But on top of that, both of them spoke English.  ENGLISH, GLORIOUS ENGLISH.  I had almost forgotten what it was like to hear words like “pregnancy” and “baby” and “heartbeat” without a heavy accent.

I was very nervous for the first appointment with the new doctor, but then something amazing happened.  My baby, the one that I could now discuss in ENGLISH, GLORIOUS ENGLISH, hauled off and kicked me in the middle of the appointment.  It was the first time that a baby kick literally took my breath away, and then it just kept going.  Thump, knock, THUMP THUMP THUMP, bam, POW!  So the doctor poked at my uterus and counted centimeters and let us listen to the heartbeat and gave us a new, earlier due date and all of that wonderful stuff, but very little of it registered 100%.  For a long time, I wasn’t alone in a room with three men.  I wasn’t even alone in the office with two doctors and the boy I married.

I was alone in the world with my healthy kicking child.  Thump, pow, KNOCK, bam, THUMP, POW!


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  1. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on March 13, 2009

    that’s so amazing!!  wow, so very cool that he was kicking up a storm.  And I am so glad for you that you have a new doctor and that the experience was such a good one (and that they both speak English).  I agree - that’s definitely a rare thing these days, depending on where you live especially.  I’m very happy for you :)

  2. By SAJ on March 13, 2009

    You guys are smart! I stuck it out with a doctor I didn’t totally love and it only got harder and harder. In the end she did a good job but had hardly any bedside manner.  Congratulations you guys! It’s all so exciting! Forrest is going to be a big brother! I’m so happy for him. (And all the other critters too of course, I’m just partial to Forrest, naturally)

    :)

  3. By kbreints on March 13, 2009

    oh yeah, the most amazing thing ever… that and listening to your baby’s heart beat… that is right up there with it!

  4. By Kimberly on March 13, 2009

    Congrats on the kickage!!

    And I think you are very smart as well. Our first obgyn was a tool. He made me feel like shit the entire time I was pregnant and then almost killed the baby during delivery (no lie). If it hadn’t have been for the fact that I was 21 and scared TO DEATH - I would have switched doctors early on.

  5. By on March 13, 2009

    Is that the first time you felt the baby? I’m almost 19 weeks, and I don’t think I’ve felt the baby yet…I can’t wait!

  6. By erin on March 13, 2009

    Isn’t that the most amazing feeling in the world?  So happy for you. :)

  7. By Lori on March 13, 2009

    What a great post!  Grow, healthy baby, grow!  Congrats on switching doctors.  I did the same thing with 6 weeks to go.

  8. By Stephanie on March 13, 2009

    Awww I love the thumps!! Ours is now doing HUGE rolls, it’s insane. They completely knock me out.

    We switched people like..three times, I think. It’s important to find who you feel comfortable with.

  9. By mommyknows on March 13, 2009

    Good news! A good DR is very important. I love mine. He delivered ALL four of my kids. English is important :)

    oh yah, I just tagged you :) (sorry)!

  10. By on March 13, 2009

    I couldn’t help but notice that twitter:

    Sarah:  “I like my dad”

    Donald: “I guess he’s alright. I mean, he tolerates me having sex with his daughter.“

    Donald…..  I know where you live.
    I’ll be down tomorrow before breakfast (19 times) to discuss this.

  11. By Jenna @ Newlyweds on March 13, 2009

    so glad that you found a doctor you really like that makes all the difference in the world especially when it comes to delivery.  And how excited to feel the baby really kick! 

    And I just LOL at your dad’s comment above, how funny!!!

  12. By Jaye - canadian-mom.ca on March 13, 2009

    Yay! Isn’t that the most amazing feeling? And DOUBLE YAY for your new doctor!!
    I’m so happy you found the “right” doctor. I loved my OB/GYN and couldn’t have imagined having a doctor I didn’t click with.  Keep us updated on baby’s movements :)

  13. By Indigo on March 13, 2009

    That is so great that you love your new dr. I’ve been to the same dr for about 20 years, and she moved to another state last year, so I had to poll all of girlfriends to find a new OB/GYN. I’m so nervous.

  14. By Melissaand3boys on March 15, 2009

    Awesome…and you will always remember it.

  15. By Napmom on March 18, 2009

    Congrats on the new doctor. 

    Kicking is the best part and is what I miss most.  Enjoy every minute of it - even if you do deliver a bit earlier than expected.


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