Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Week 11: Hawaii and less nausea

This past week has been extremely different from the last few. In the beginning of week 11, the nausea actually seemed to increase. About half-way through, I noticed I was feeling okay in the morning but still nauseous in the evenings. Talk about excited! On Friday morning we left for Hawaii. By God's great grace, I didn't even get nauseous for the first 9 hours or so of flight time. Once we arrived in Maui the nausea and fatigue really started to kick in. We had one more flight (to Oahu) which was only 45min long. When we finally arrived at my sister-in-law's place, I was beat. There is a six hour time change and so we wanted to try and stay up to get used to the difference. Our son slept all his normal naps along the way but our 3yr old daughter didn't sleep at all. We finally went to bed at what would've been around 2am our normal time. LONG day for sure! Now we've been here about 4 full days and have adjusted pretty well. We have 6 more to go which is awesome. Then we get to do all the travel and time change again. :)

Nausea has been super off and on. I felt great during the mornings for about 4 or 5 days and started getting nauseous in the evenings after dinner. Then yesterday and today, I've felt nauseous off and on all day again. Blah. Fortunately, my doc prescribed me some Zophran for the trip. That has given me some relief though not entirely. I've also been having tummy troubles ever since arriving....not sure what the deal is there. All that said, we've had a good time. My husband's bro-in-law is going to be ordained on Sunday and my husband is part of the process, that's why we're here. Of course it makes for a nice vacation as well! I don't really have the time and energy to upload pictures right now so maybe with my next post.

I was talking to my husband today about pregnancy stuff. I remember during my second pregnancy noticing I was somewhat bigger by my 11th-13th weeks. This time, comparing myself to pictures taken with my last two, I feel WAY bigger. Funny thing is that I've gained less weight so far but really feel a ton bigger. Oh well.... guess that's what happens when you're not in great shape prior to getting pregnant with your third. People are always commenting on how skinny I am (which I am very small for my size) and yet I have to remind them that you can be skinny and very out of shape.

Well, back to enjoying our vacation. It's nice to know my mom is taking care of our place while we're gone (thanks Mom!). Until next time...

Take Care,

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Week 10: First Midwife Visit

Week 10 was a bit more eventful than 9, so there's more to write about. :) Unfortunately, my nausea/vomitting seems to have worsened. I'm hoping it's just peaking with my hormones and will calm down soon. As I write this, I'm officially on day one of week 11 so we'll see.

One exciting thing: we officially settled on baby names... for the most part. If the baby is a girl, she'll be Sophia Joy. Sophia is Greek for wisdom and the meaning of Joy is obvious. If the baby is a boy, his name will be Daniel. We haven't agreed on a middle name yet, though we're thinking maybe Thomas. So that's the big deal for the week.

Yesterday, I had my first official pregnancy visit and at a new office. Both the office and the staff were highly recommended to me by multiple friends. It's the first time I've had a midwife as opposed to an OB so it'll be a little new for me. Over all, the visit went very well. I've only gained 2-3 lbs (which surprised me, I feel bigger). Blood pressure and vitals were good. Had all the routine things done (bloodwork, pap, etc). My favorite part, as always the first visit, was hearing the baby's heartbeat for the first time. There is just something so magical and miraculous about that to me. It's amazing to me that the baby can be barely over an inch long (from head to bottom) and yet technology allows us to hear that tiny heartbeat! I just smiled and smiled. Another plus, the midwive wrote me a prescription for Zophran to try and help with my nausea/vomitting issues. This Friday we're leaving for Hawaii and will be on three planes for a total of about 11-12hrs. We have a 3yr old and a 15mo old (who will be a lap baby). She said the Zophran would be better for the trip than Phenergan because it doesn't have the sedative effect. We'll see. I'm up for trying anything.

Speaking of Hawaii...that's the big prayer request of the week. In addition to the literal flight time, we'll have a 6hr time change. I'm pretty nervous about all that. We'll be gone for 11 days. My husband's brother-in-law is being ordained and my husband (a lay pastor) is part of the ceremony. We're excited about it. Fortunately, my mom is currently living with us so she'll be able to watch and take care of the house while we're gone. If I get any good pictures, I'll try to include some in one of my next few posts.

I guess that's it for now...

Until next time, take care,

Friday, July 16, 2010

Week 9: Cow Appreciation Day

Week 9 came and went with little new. That's not a bad thing really.... it means nothing new and bad happened. It just doesn't pose for as great of reading in my journals. :)

The nausea/vomiting battle has continued. Food just isn't as much fun right now. I eat because I'm nauseous, not usually because I'm hungry. If I eat anything past dinner, it'll probably come back up so I've started refraining from that. The smell of just about everything grosses me out so I breathe through my mouth a good portion of the day.

One fun thing we did do as a family this week was attend Chick-Fil-A's National Cow Appreciation Day. For those of you unfamiliar, if you dress like a cow and come into the restaurant on that day (July 9), you get a free meal. Free food? Always up for that. So, all four of us (yes, all of us) dressed as cows. I took Chick-Fil-A's 'starter kit' from their website and printed a few copies. Then I stapled the spots/signs to our outfits (old clothes that were mainly black or white). Hannah and I wore our ears in pigtails to look like ears. Benjamin and James had ears taped to headbands. The kids and I also had our noses painted brown. Check out our picture! It was a lot of fun and we were more creative this year than last. Maybe next year will be even more entertaining as there will be 5 of us. :)

Other than that, there's really nothing exciting to report. My first appointment with my midwife is Monday. This is a brand new office and staff for me so I should have plenty to share about. I'll keep you posted!

Take Care,

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Week 8: Sick

So now that week 8 is over, I'm telling myself I'm one week closer to feeling better. Right? OH how I pray! I'm finally physically getting sick, not fun. And it's way worse in the evenings. Last night, I was putting Hannah to bed and had a sudden urge to be sick. When I rushed to the bathroom and threw up, she started crying. I felt so bad for her. I tried to tell her I was okay, I'm just a little sick. She told me she didn't want me to be sick. I explained that I didn't want to be sick either but sometimes we get sick anyway. Then she sniffed the air and said, "Mommy, what's that smell?" When I told her it was the vomit, she yelled "Ewwwwww. That's yucky. Mommy, you stink!" So much for empathy. :)

The fatigue is not horrible right now, so that's a praise. I've learned that if I get something on my stomach soon after waking, I can stomach a cup of coffee shortly afterwards. If I get that cup of coffee, I can make it till the kid's naptime - at least so far. By God's grace, about 5 days a week, I'm napping while the kids do so that's a HUGE help.

Then I have a great husband and mom. I feel really bad because I've let the house go a bit and I always start feeling the worst right after James gets home from work. Both he and my mom (who's living with us temporarily) have been cleaning up the after dinner mess. Then one will bathe the kids and the other clean up the rest of the house. And all while I sit staring blankly into a wall feeling like any movement will end badly. So I'm incredibly grateful for them. Just tonight, after dinner (and a busy day at work), James took both kids out for a 'date' so Mommy could get some rest. Seriously great.

I realize I've spoken about not much other than feeling gross. Well, that pretty much sums up the week honestly. I need every bit of grace every morning I awake.

In other news, I had a checkup for my BPPV (positional vertigo). I started having extremely dizzy/nausea bouts shortly after Benjamin was born in April 09. After 5 months, a lot of bloodwork, 2 MRIs, and 5 doctors, I was finally diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. The BPPV itself is officially cleared. However, as a result of the last 6 months of therapy, my vertical balance is, as the doctor described it, extremely abnormal. Ha. That just made me laugh. Of course it is! So now, instead of therapy for positional vertigo, I'm doing vestibular rehabilitation to try and retrain my eyes/ears to understand my vertical head movements properly. Tell me that's not just crazy? :)

Oh...and here's a picture of our 4th of July 'attire.' I don't dress us alike often but I like to play on the holidays. :)

Until next week...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Goodnight - nice song

A friend shared this song with me and I really like it. For everyone who's lost a loved one...

<a href="http://matthewsmith.bandcamp.com/album/goodnight">Goodnight by Matthew Smith</a>

Take care,