Have you ever made a New Year's resolution to drink less caffeine or less alcohol? What about a goal to be more mindful and caring of your body? I’m here to tell you the easiest way to accomplish all your self-improvement goals at once is to become pregnant. The day Patrick and I returned to Atlanta from our honeymoon, I darted off to Barnes and Noble and asked a sales associate to direct me to the maternity section; of course, it was conveniently located on the children's corner where disguising myself was nearly impossible. I grabbed a copy of What to Expect when You’re Expecting and scurried off to check-out.
At home, I quickly scanned the book for the shoulds and shouldn'ts I would need to know to over the next nine months of pregnancy. While I love self-improvement books, I have never been as eager to read a how-to guide as I am now. After reading the chapters pertinent to myself and adding my name to a handful of apps for expecting mothers, I reached for the phone and called my OB in Buckhead to schedule an appointment. Did you know doctors offices don't schedule pregnant women for their first appointment until they are between 8-10 weeks pregnant? I swallowed my angst and called my mom to discuss the uneasy anticipation I would have to sit with for the 4 weeks preceding my appointment. Out of everything we discussed that day, her response was, “Carly, you live in Roswell, it’s time for you to look for a new OB that delivers at Northside. You are too far from your current office and need to find someone closer to your house.” Honestly, I was apprehensive enough without adding a change of doctors and offices into the mix; but I took her advice. With a referral from a trusted neighbor, I called Roswell OBGYN near Northside Hospital and scheduled an appointment with the highly acclaimed Dr. Richard Zane and kept my original appointment with my former doctor as a backup. My extra precaution was unnecessary as my first appointment at Roswell OBGYN was more than I could have asked for: Dr. Zane was genuine, comforting, and blessed with a light sense of humor and the appointment was on time and located less than a mile from Patrick’s office.
After the initial exam, which was much like a general OB check-up, Dr. Zane took Patrick and me into his office and allowed us to ask questions and voice any concerns. I asked about midwives, natural birth, yoga, the likelihood Dr. Zane would deliver my baby, potential side-effects, and how much wine was considered safe. Patrick wanted to know if my petite build would be okay and he was quickly reassured that the Roswell OB team would take care of us. Of course, we both wanted to know how long we’d have to wait to find out the gender and if we could take the NIPT blood test for an early reveal. As it turns out we took the blood test around 11 weeks, and we’ve waited until this moment to share the big news.
On Saturday October 14th, friends and family gathered at our home for an unforgettable gender reveal party hosted by our mothers. Ironically both of our mothers have ‘Lou’ in their middle names; thus, they’ve dubbed themselves “Missy Lou” and ‘Lynnie Lou.” The Lou duo adorned our house with a “Touchdowns or Toe-touches” themed party and treated our guests with two surprise baby cakes.
The highly researched and highest rated confetti poppers did not disappoint. We all gathered in our backyard and waited for the longest countdown of my life to fire our pink or blue surprise into the beautiful autumn sky. When shades of pink confetti filled the air, a big smile covered my face and all the worries of Patrick hoping for a boy disappeared. We looked at each other with goofy grins and after a quick kiss, Patrick dove into our pool giving his buddies a laugh to remember.
We couldn’t feel better about our decision to switch to a doctor that delivers at Northside Hospital - mothers really do know best. If you are expecting and have questions about delivery or are interested in learning more about the classes and services available at Northside Hospital, check out the maternity resources pages here. I’m excited to partner with Northside Hospital throughout my pregnancy journey and invite you to follow along as I post about my experiences over the next few months. They approached me after I announced my pregnancy on the blog and I hope that you will find this ongoing series to be both relatable and helpful. I’ll be talking about the growth and development of my #NorthsideBaby, preparations Patrick and I are making for Baby Milyo, the ways in which I have modified my yoga practice, how I am managing body image issues and much more.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post and I was compensated by Northside Hospital. All thoughts and opinions are my own.