Woohoo! December Mums are taking over!
Desana 12/22/07, Freya 01/21/10
Yay for your lodge, chick! I will be stalking you!!
DS Henry 3/23/06
DD June 2/11/08
DH J 5/11/02
Oh wow!.....I guess there's no denying it anymore huh?
I'll probably post an intro tomorrow. I have a few things to do around the house before DH gets home. He's been in Ontario for the last week and a half! (I'm SO relieved that he's getting in tonight! )
Oh, and thanks for starting my lodge for me chicky. Geez...pretty soon it'll be time for the January moms!
woo hoo! you've almost made it Amber! Seems like the time has just flown by!!!
settling in with my cup o' tea...
I can't believe you have a lodge already!! Wow! Can't wait for your intro.
Congrats on the lodge! Hope you are feeling well?
Well, ladies, now that DH is safely back on the Rock, and is currently heading off to work, I have some time!
If you haven't already guessed, I'm Amber! I'm 27, married to DH Steve, who's 32. We met at Memorial University here in Newfoundland when I was 19. I liked his bum and he liked mine. I also liked that he tried to impress me by learning my favourite Dave Matthews Band song on guitar. We were engaged less than 3 months later (taking everyone by surprise), and we got married about 2 1/2 years after that in 2002.
Since I couldn't figure out what to do with my Neuroscience degree, and Steve was trying to get back to school to finish his Chemistry degree, things were tight for a while, and we decided that it would be a while before we started a family. Then, in 2005 I graduated from nursing school and got a job as an RN and Steve got a job last fall with his Chemistry degree. Things are still tight, but we're getting a handle on them. We both have massive student loans to pay off, but we figured it was as good a time as any! We had some issues to deal with first. I was on epival for bipolar disorder (type 2) and it's a class D drug. My family doc did not want me weaning from it, but after doing weeks of research, I decided that it was the best thing for me and we came up with a six week schedule to wean from it. I took my last dose December 12th and got my BFP Feb 4th, our second cycle TTC. I m/c'd on Feb 20th at 6 weeks. We were heartbroken, and we still think about that baby every day. But we decided that we would TTC again ASAP, so I started charting again. After AF we started TTC again and we got pregnant that cycle! The first tri was incredibly nerve-wracking, but this one stuck, and here I am!
I've had a fairly healthy pregnancy thus far. I did have some major back pain around 10-14 weeks, and couldn't sleep, so I got the occupational health doctor to order that I work night shifts, which helped a lot. Then around 20 weeks I started having major issues with 'roids. At 22 weeks I had minor surgery to have the offending bugger removed, however it was much more than I bargained for. It didn't help that the surgeon had no idea about treating a pregnant patient, and sent me home telling me to take tylenol for pain. (They usually give IV morphine for this surgery.) It took me until about 30 weeks to completely heal from that. Since then I've been doing really well. I'm not overly uncomfortable. I've had heartburn all of twice (and both times was pretty well self-induced). I have no swelling. My BP hasn't been an issue. I've gained about 10-12 lbs thus far (I've actually found it hard to gain).
Oh, as for the doctor issue, my old GP kept pushing me to go back on the epival (even though my psychiatrist disagreed) and I was not happy with how she treated me after the m/c, so I found another GP who I love to pieces. She saw me through to 28 weeks (she doesn't do deliveries) and then I had an appointment with an OB. At my first appointment with this OB, he berated me for declining the GTT (while examining and measuring my belly) and I never went back. My GP arranged for me to transfer care to another GP in the area that does do deliveries and I've been with Dr. D ever since. She's fabulous. She works at a teaching clinic, so I meet with both her and her family practice resident at every appointment. She agreed with me on the GTT issue and was horrified at how the OB treated me. She's also quite negotiable regarding the GBS swab (which is coming up next week...not sure yet if we're doing it or not). Anywho, that's for another post, I'm sure....
Oh, I should probably add that I'm using Hypnobabies! I really do like the course and got over my initial "this is cheesy" reaction. I'm moving on to Week 4 of the course today (I'm a wee bit behind). I'm really looking forward to seeing how it works in the moment. I was originally planning on having a midwife at the birth as a support person (midwifery isn't legal here), but those plans didn't work out. I was thinking about hiring a doula as well, but we're only allowed 2 support persons in the labor and delivery unit, and I really want my mom to be there. It's been a difficult decision, and I'm hoping it's the right one. I'm sending my mom some reading so that she'll be prepared, hopefully, when the time comes.
Well, if you've gotten through all that, you deserve a cookie! I'll try to be less verbose from now on!