Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Week 14: Midwife Visit

By God's great grace, the vertigo has tapered off tremendously in the last week or so.  It's not gone but it's WAY more manageable.  Thank you ALL who've prayed for me and the family in those regards. 

Midwife visit was short and sweet.  Gained a couple of pounds.  Everything else looked normal too.  Got to hear the heartbeat again which is now in the 150s.  We have a friend and previous professor that is a retired OB.  He still volunteers time at two local clinics and he said he'd be happy to give us a gender peek when we return from our vacation (2nd wk of July).  We're scheduled for the official one on July 24.  Not that a two week wait would kill us but it's kind of neat that this same doc was also the first to tell us the gender of all three of our other kids.  So there's some upcoming excitement!

Looking forward to our July vacation to Florida.  Sadly, my mother-in-law will still be in the Philippines (after the recent loss of her brother).  Fortunately, we'll still be able to visit with the rest of the family, including those from Hawaii - who we only see once a year.  Everyone is very excited about that.  We're looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation and are thankful to have a live-in home sitter while we're gone. :)  Thanks Filicia!

Been getting some of the final pieces for homeschool this fall.  One really great buy was from a local homeschool fair.  I got some parts of a curriculum package I was specifically looking for 85% off the retail price of $200.  Yes, you read that right - and it was exactly what I was looking for.  Praise the Lord for sweet graces!  And then I got the math program I wanted for 47% off.  Not a bad deal either in my opinion as I haven't seen it sold much lower.

So, there's life in a nutshell.  Until next time...

Take care,
Terra

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Weeks 12 & 13: Vertigo Updates and a Moving Baby

Anyone that's known me or my family for any length of time knows that we tend to have the most random, out-there, 1 in 1,000,000 type odds when it comes to our physical health.  By God's grace, none of them have been life threatening, though there are some life-altering ones.  Seriously, in my short 30yrs of life, I've had spinal meningitis, 2 ruptured ear drums, shingles (as a child), P(itiriasys Rosea) - TWICE, and a 1/300 wisdom teeth post-op problem.  Then there are recurring neck/shoulder issues, funny red splotchy spots that appeared on my face when pregnant with my first (told they'd go away - never did), and my continued struggle with Benign Paroxsymal Positional Vertigo.  During week 12, I managed to get a pinched nerve in my shoulder. As soon as I recovered from that, one of my toes started throbbing for no apparent reason.  Come to find out, it appears I have cellulitis and now I'm on antibiotics for it.  Are you laughing yet?!  Ha!  I have to laugh - otherwise I cry.

I had a treatment for the vertigo on Monday of week 13.  While there, I learned I could hear through my ankle bone!  NO joke!  Long story - too long to write - but my doc said it's extremely uncommon (surprise?!) and likely caused by a bone in my ear that's shifted either up or sideways.  I can basically hear through my bones.  It's very likely the cause of my recurring vertigo struggle.  Need a CT scan to confirm it but have to wait until I'm no longer pregnant.  May need surgery or meds, may not. 

Again, I'm super grateful that none of these random issues have been life-threatening - truly.  I do often wonder why I have to continue to deal with one thing after another that it seems no one else has.  But God is so good to remind me (mostly through friends and His word), that He IS in control and none of this escapes His care.  He's allowed them to happen for whatever purpose and while I may not understand the reasons, I can trust He's in control.

Outside of the random health stuff - I'm quite certain I'm feeling the baby move now.  Just little thumps here and there but definitely starting to notice.  Feeling the baby move is probably my favorite part of the entire pregnancy experience.  I never cease to be amazed by the miracle of it all!

And lastly, I think we've finally settled on a girl's name: Lily Grace.  Our boy's name is Daniel Brian. :)  We should find out the sex sometime in July!

Until next time...
Terra