Hope your feeling better soon, colds and pregnancy don't mix well!!
I just got a chance to read your intro. I loved your pregnancy test story! I remember telling DH that If I worked in advertising for a company that makes digital pregnancy tests, I would design adds showing women asking random people on the street how many lines they see on their tests . I'm sorry you didn't get an opportunity to try for a NCB with Ethan. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to decide to do a c-section in those circumstances. I hope you have a wonderful VBAC!
Connie we had some smiliarities with our first births but remember that each one is different. I didn't have any problems with Lily that I did with Brodie, my AF was fansastic and the BP was great. I hope BFing works out better for you this time around, that's another similarity we have.
Last night was another with not much sleep... I'm convinced it's the Sudafed keeping me up so I called my OB's office this morning to see what else I could take. So tonight I try Zyrtec-D. I was told that if my symptoms start getting worse to call them to get on antibiotics. She said we need to get this gone before I go into labor! She went through a whole list of questions about my symptoms, Gabriel's movements, etc to make sure I didn't need to come in to be checked. Everyone there really is very caring and I never feel like I'm just another patient
Jesse's feeling better today! I think he was able to fight off the cold. Ethan complained his nose hurt last night but he's been fine today.
I spent 2 hours at Walmart today - normal grocery shopping plus Thanksgiving. I did pretty good till I had to lift a 22 lb frozen turkey into my basket. Can we say BH?! My back's been bothering me since I got home too so I've spent a lot of time on my birth ball.
I'll try to get the story of how this pregnancy started typed up this weekend. My primary internet access is on my cell so I will wait until I have some time on the computer to do it!
What an interesting story. Interesting about the iron and thyroid levels. I have grave's disease and had my thyroid removed so have to take synthroid. id did not know that about iron and the hormones. I am going to look into that since I have all kinds of hormonal issues.
It sounds to me like with your last birth your body was telling you it was time for him to come out and I say good for you for listening to it. I think that took more guts in some ways then if you had gotten the birth you wanted. Do they have any idea why your placenta was failing?
I hope you feel better soon, sick and pg is no fun. I had a nasty cold at the end of my pg with DS and it sucked.
No, no explanation for the failing placenta. My OB said that if things hadn't turned out good, he would've sent it off for tests to try to find out what had happened. I think it was that my hormones were stable enough for me to get pregnant, but maybe not quite where they needed to be yet. If I'd had any idea that the iron would make such a difference, we would've taken a TTC break for a month or two to make sure all my levels were back to normal. The iron I take is made by my natural health place. It's plant-based, impossible to OD on, and has no side effects. My body responds really well to it!
I took the Zyrtec-D last night and slept! I wish I would've been able to sleep longer, but I'm happy with the 9 hours I got I'm still taking Mucinex with it as that really helps. Plus doing my neti pot. We ended up going out for breakfast and for the first time in days I ATE - a BIG meal. I didn't think I would be hungry enough to but once I started eating, I finished it! I take that as a good sign since with Ethan I had a good appetite all the way to delivery
I have a little time so trying to get caught up with my story...
The birth experience was Ethan was NOT what I wanted, but at least I had the baby we had tried so long for! The first few weeks with him were really rough. Turns out he had problems BF'ing and he went from 6 lbs 2 oz at birth to 4 lbs 14 oz at 2.5 weeks old. My supply never had a chance to get established, and despite herbs and prescription meds, I never was able to BF That was a big blow, both emotionally and financially. He was only able to tolerate organic formula, and we ended up spending $150+ just on formula every month. But he grew well, and has been near the top of the growth charts since he caught up!
Ethan has always fit the definition of a high-needs child. It's been a difficult but very rewarding challenge parenting him! We didn't know if we wanted any more children, but I started considering the possibility when he was around 17 months old. Little did I know at the time that Jesse was also thinking about it. When we started talking about it, we realized God had put the desire in us within days of each other! So after much prayer and consideration, we decided that we wanted another child. We knew how stressful TTC was the first time, and there was no way of knowing how it would go this time. We decided to not-try-not-prevent for a while and see what happened.
Month 1 came and went and I was a bit disappointed when I got my period, but not much. Month 2 came and I knew we had DTD close to ovulation again, but I wasn't expecting anything to happen. I was laying on my back on the bed with Ethan and he jumped on my lower stomach. It felt like there was a small, hard ball between us when he landed on me. I remember thinking, "What the heck was THAT?!" and then I realized what it felt like... It felt like the hardness of my uterus when I was a few months pregnant with Ethan, only a lot smaller. I blew it off as I was only about a week and a half past when I thought I ovulated. A few days later I took a pregnancy test and almost immediately I saw two clear lines! I literally started shaking! I called Jesse into the bathroom and didn't say anything, just handed him the test. He looked at it, broke out in a huge grin, and asked if it meant what he thought it did. I was still in shock and barely could say yes, that I was pregnant! After 27 months of TTC to conceive Ethan, 2 months of not-trying-not-preventing and I was pregnant again!
This pregnancy has been totally different than Ethan's in almost every way possible. With Ethan, I had a day here and there first trimester where I was nauseous. This time, I had a day here and there where I wasn't! And I tried everything to help... I spent first trimester completely exhausted. Not good when Jesse had to depend on me to get him back and forth to work every day, and I had to take care of Ethan. There were days that all Ethan and I ate till supper were saltines because I was too sick to get us anything else. He didn't mind - he thought it was a real treat getting to sit on the couch and watch TV and eat saltines all day LOL
When second trimester came, I started feeling better. There were a few days where the nausea came back, but it was more bearable because it wasn't back-to-back. I felt flutters for the first time around 12 weeks! I couldn't believe it had happened so soon but there was no mistaking it! At my 20-week u/s, everything looked good but we left having no idea if this was a boy or girl. That was really tough for me. I felt like I was having a hard time bonding with this baby I was growing, and it would have helped so much knowing the sex! With Ethan, I was bonded once I saw the 2 lines on the test, but it took a lot longer this time. I still don't feel as bonded to this baby as I hoped, but I know it will come! He's a lot more active than Ethan was, and that helps some
Third trimester has been rough. The morning of my anniversary (Oct 19), I went to the ER with problems breathing and ended up being in the hospital for a few days with H1N1. I hate taking meds even when I'm not pregnant, but I try to avoid them even more when I am. I was on Tamiflu for 7 days, breathing treatments every 4 hours in the hospital, plus Robitussin with codeine. It took a week before I started feeling a bit better, but the congestion hung on for a while. Having the flu made us miss the semi-formal dinner at Jesse's work for making 5 years with the company, and obviously we missed going out for our anniversary These were events we were looking forward to since we've only been out by ourselves a handful of times since we had Ethan. A couple days after I got home, we lost one of our pet birds He had been involved in an accident almost a year ago with possible internal injuries, and I think that finally caught up with him. A few weeks later we lost one of our cockatiels - the one I was closest to That was really tough... We finally got to go out for our anniversary a couple weeks ago, and I had a great time till we picked Ethan up from my best friend's and I sprained my ankle! There was a hole in their yard just big enough for my foot to go into it. That's the leg with the rod and screws in it, and when I had it x-rayed to make sure it wasn't broken, the x-ray showed one of my screws is broken. So I have an appointment with an orthopedist Monday to find out what's going on with that. And a few days before we celebrated our anniversary, I got a raging yeast infection My best friend had squeezed a night to be able to watch Ethan for us, she couldn't do it any other time, and there is no one else Ethan is comfortable enough with to watch him. So we went out anyway but the night didn't go quite like we had planned... Now I have this cold! And a few nights ago I was up almost all night with indigestion that would send my gallbladder into spasms. Very painful!
At my 36 wk appointment Wednesday, baby Gabriel is still high (but I can tell he's lower than Ethan was), and I'm still closed tight. I hope he waits till after next weekend to make his appearance, and that we have the necessities ready in time (we have nothing ready now), but that he's here in time for me to recover before Christmas!
Connie you have been through so much with your babies! You are an amazing mother through it all and you do so well because you know you can do it and that you are a great mother. I can't wait to hear the story for this baby. I know that things didn't go as planned last time, but I have a good feeling this time.
Connie, it is strange how each pregnancy is so different from each other. You have been through so much, but here you are in your lodge and the homestretch to meeting Gabriel. You have been a champ! Keep it up! I'm cheering for you.