Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Reconstruction by key dates:

So, the timing of this pregnancy was not coincidental. I work as an actuary and recently finished up my exam requirements to move from an Associate of the Society of Actuaries to a Fellow. Yes, an FSA. Seldom has so much effort been expended to turn an A into an F. [That’s a bad actuarial joke, so feel free to not even get it.]

I thought an interesting way to get myself thinking through what I should be recording/blogging/etc. would be to reconstruct the key dates that have gotten us to where we are today.

April 30, 2010 – took CSP-RU exam and felt pretty good about it. Knew I completely aced the non-accounting questions and thought I may have figured out one of the accounting questions completely and hopefully at least got points on each.

May 11, 2010 – took EA-2B exam and rocked it.

May 12, 2010 – talked through performance on the exams and decided we were comfortable going ahead and moving towards getting pregnant even though we didn’t have my results on the exams yet. Theory was since I was confident I had passed EA-2B, the worst case scenario was that I would have to take CSP-RU again. Since it wouldn’t be offered again until the end of April 2011, assuming I got pregnant quickly, I shouldn’t have difficulty taking it as I’d still be on partial maternity leave.

May 15, 2010 – completed FE module. Assuming I had passed both exams, getting this module in before May 30 meant that I would be grandfathered into the older FSA requirements and not have to do a third content FSA content module.

May 28, 2010 – LMP

June 7, 2010 – Appointment with OB. Out of curiosity, I started tracking basal temperatures and monitoring for LH spikes over the winter/spring months. This had not produced any useful patterns. She said that even though we hadn’t been trying, we should go ahead and do some lab work at the start of my next cycle because I had good data and it wasn’t promising.

June 9, 2010 – got my first ever positive ovulation test. Proceeded to do two more in quick succession to make sure it wasn’t a mistake. Gone by just a couple hours later, so was not optimistic.

June 23, 2010 – positive pregnancy test! Do NOT believe those valid 6 days before silliness. Also, make sure and give test enough time to get a result before just tossing it. And thanks to Anita for confirming that a pale positive is still a positive!

July 8, 2010 – twins. Except that word really wasn’t used. March 2, 2011 due date.

July 22, 2010 – still twins, but now the word twins is used for sure! Back up to a March 10, 2011 due date

July 24, 2010 – buy a new bedroom set.

August 19, 2010 – still twins and they look much more baby like on ultrasound. Their size is closer to the March 2, 2011 due date, but apparently we are sticking with March 10.

August 23, 2010 – first perinatologist appointment. Both babies ace their Down’s screening. Perinatologist says March 2 date seems more likely. There’s a third space and an ovarian cyst, but definitely no triplet. I know we would have dealt, but I must confess that I was joyful at there not being a triplet. Triplets is just such a harder and risker ballgame.

Ok, so this post is really for me to keep things straight. Hopefully it gives me motivation to write out more of the story coming up...

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