Pregnant for the 2nd time

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Pregnant for the 2nd time

I am so excited! I can hardly believe this is real! We tried so hard for #1 (Colin). It took over a year and 2 rounds of Clomid for us to conceive him. My doctor kept saying that she thought it would be easier this time, but I wasn't really prepared for it to happen so soon! I was planning on trying for 6 months and then starting the Clomid again. I am so glad it happened so easily this time. Although we weren't seriously trying this time, we weren't preventing. I was sure that AF was on the way. I left to go visit my parents in Texas (that's where I am right now). AF still hadn't shown and I was feeling pretty dizzy, so I decided to get some tests. I took them 2 mornings ago (3 of them) and they all came back positive right away! It was nice to be able to tell my parents in person. It stinks that I just called Mark at work to tell him, but there was no way I could keep it to myself until I got back home. (Colin & I are flying back to NC tonight). I can't wait to get back and see Mark. Colin will be 8 months old in 5 days. My due date is June 2, but since Colin came a week & a half early, I figure this baby will too. So, I'll probably deliver in May. They will be 15-16 months apart. This is going to be so much fun! My first appointment is Oct. 14. I have so many questions, I can't wait to go! I am really curious about if they will let me try for a VBAC. I labored for over 19 hours with Colin, but I wasn't dilating enough and his heart-rate was dropping. So, they ended up doing an emergency C-section. So, I don't know if they will let me try to go naturally or if they will just schedule another C-section. Well, Colin is fussing and I have to get packed so we can go back home tonight, so I will write more later!

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I have been feeling so dizzy the past few days. I have also had a lot of diarrhea. But, I will certainly take both of those symptoms over throwing up 5 times a day every day like I did last time. I am hoping to get through this pregnancy with no problems. I was a little nervous about getting pregnant again because if I did have hyper-emesis again the whole pregnancy, I don't know how I would take care of Colin.

I am going to try to eat as healthy as I can while I am pregnant. I also want to walk 5 days a week. That is my plan so that I don't gain too much weight and the baby and I can both be healthy.

I am wondering when I will start showing? I have heard that it happens much faster the 2nd time. And, since it's only been 7&1/2 months since I gave birth, I still have a large belly. I feel like I already look like I'm pregnant, but it's just fat. Smile I am still wearing my early pregnancy jeans. They are the ones I wore for the first few months when I pregnant before. After Colin was born, I wasn't ready for regular jeans, and I've never gone back. I am kind of looking forward to getting to buy a few more maternity outfits, though.

I am still thinking of so many things right now. I wonder if we have to get another crib or if we can make do with the pack-n-play for the new baby until Colin can move to a toddler bed. I am wondering if we should let the 2 share a room and keep a guest room, of if we should give them separate rooms and not have a guest room. I am leaning towards the separate rooms option right now. I am wondering what my doctor will say at my appointment. I think she won't be happy that I didn't lose weight before getting pregnant again. I am wondering what she has to say about VBACs. I need to still research that before I go so I can ask her questions about that. I kind of think in some ways it would be easier to just schedule a C-section. At least then, we would know exactly when it would be.

OK. I will quit blabbering for now. Later!

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Today I have some severe sciatic pain. Ouch! It just hurts sooooo bad to bend over, but that can't be avoided with Colin. I am still dizzy, but it seems to be getting little better. I am just so thankful that I am not throwing up. Smile

I need to do some housework, but I just don't feel like doing it. It is so hard to clean the house when Colin is so mobil. He is all over the place and he doesn't really like to sit still. I may put in one of his videos and see if he'll be content long enough for me to get a little bit of cleaning done anyway.

I just can't wait until we are able to tell everybody the good news. The waiting is killing me! Smile I'm also looking forward to my appointment on Oct. 14. Just 13 more days!!!

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My sciatic pain is still killing me. I have started feeling pretty sick. I still have not thrown up and I so hope I don't! I am going to try to go to the store today and buy some things that are easy on the stomach. I think I just can't handle sweet stuff for breakfast right now. I need to get some plain bisciuts and things like that.

I am not happy, but my weight is now at 176. I am so afraid of hitting 200 pounds this pregnancy. I just don't want to do that. I know I really need to eat healthy foods and walk a lot. Things have been coming up everyday to mess up my walking plans. That's frustrating! Hopefully I'll be able to go today though.

I'm really tired, but Colin only took a very short nap. I am hoping after he eats lunch that we can both take a good nap. I still have so much housework to do, but I'm just not getting it done! I need a maid!! Lol

Just a week and a day until my appointment now! Smile

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I felt so much better yesterday! I have been taking the Zofran every 8 hours. Then the night before last I took a Phenergan and an extra B6 tablet. Yesterday I didn't really feel sick at all. Only when I let myself get hungry. So, that was GREAT! I didn't do the Phenergan and B6 last night and I am back to being a little sick today. So, tonight I will try the combination again and see what tomorrow brings. I will be so happy if I am able to keep the sickness away with meds this time.

A friend of a friend offered for us to use their crib! That is so nice. We were thinking we would have to buy another one, so this would save us a lot of money. I don't have any major needs for Christmas, but we could really use some more baby stuff for #2. So, I was thinking I would just put things on the baby registry that we need and when family asks for ideas, they can get something from there. I am doubting I will have a baby shower this time since it wasn't long ago that we had Colin. I would really feel bad if somebody gave me one anyway. I don't want to feel like I'm begging for stuff, ya know? Anyway, my birthday is also in January so that's another time I could ask for baby stuff.

I have a little bit of a cough this morning, and Colin keeps imitating me when I cough. Smile He's too cute! It's going to be so much fun for him to be a big brother!!

Well, I'd better go now. We have to take Oscar (the dog) to the vet this morning. $$$$$$$$ Sad

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I am miserable today. I feel soooooooooo sick to my stomach. I am fighting so hard to not throw up. I just feel like if I let it come up, then it's not going to stop. I know that's gross. I am trying to eat things that sound good to me and that aren't too fattening. I have had carrots, crackers and black-eye peas today. Sounds weird, but they all sounded like a good choice at the time. Now it all wants to come back up, but I am forcing it to stay down. I'm not sure how much longer I can hold it off. Colin is taking a nap right now. I was thinking about napping too but I'm afraid that I'll feel that much worse if I have to wake up in a few minutes. If my nap isn't long enough, I feel terrible when I wake up. Besides, I slept for more than 11 hours last night! I went to sleep right after Colin went to bed. I know that it is boring, but I might just have to do that for a while. I think my body really needs the rest. I have so much stuff I need to do around the house, but I just don't feel like doing it. Sad
I know that it is worth all of this in the end, but it sure does make for a long 9 months!

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Well, yesterday I felt pretty good. I was able to eat and not feel sick at all. But today is a different story. I just threw up. I am so hoping that will be the only time and that it is not the beginning of hyperemesis again. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, so maybe they can help me out. I feel terrible right now! I feel hungry and so sick at the same time. I don't know what to do. I guess I will try to eat/drink something for lunch in a few minutes. Poor Colin. I had to just put him in his play pen and put on a Baby Einstein video for him. I really want to be a great mom to him and it will be so hard if I am as sick as last time. I want my house to be clean, too. It is driving me crazy! I actually sent info to a maid service to see how much a one time super cleaning would be. I think it would probably be worth having it done. Anyway, I am going to end now and go try to fix something for lunch.

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Well, I ended up throwing up again yesterday, so 2 times yesterday. Today, I have only been up for 2 hours, and I've thrown up 4 times! I am feeling so miserable. I want to take good care of Colin and it's so hard to do when I'm feeling this way. I am also feeling depressed. I got this way last time too. I just start to feel so alone and like nobody understands how I feel. I have my doctor's appointment this afternoon. I am really scared to drive myself there. I am afraid of having to throw up while I'm driving. I'll keep my puke bucket in the car at all times now, but still, I am afraid of panicking while I am behind the wheel. I have no idea what I should try to eat. The thought of food or drink is making me want to throw up again. Well, soup does sound kind of okay. Of course I don't have any. Maybe I'll run out to the store really quick and get a couple of cans. I might also rent a couple more movies since Blockbuster is next door to the grocery store. It would be nice to just watch a movie and play with Colin today. I am really hoping he'll take a nap soon. OK. This sounds like a plan now. Maybe he'll fall asleep in the car on the way back and then I can put him in his playpen to sleep while I watch a movie and try to eat some soup. OK. Gotta go take a shower so I can go. Smile

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So I ended up throwing up 5 times today. That was not fun! Anyway, my doctor's appointment went well. She did an exam and said that my uterus is growing and that everything looks great. She was suprised to see me so soon. She said she looked on the schedule of appointments and saw my name and said, "She's pregnant again?" I told her that she was right when she said we wouldn't have any problems this time. She is really nice. I really like her, so that's good. She told me that it will be perfectly fine for me to try a VBAC. So, I guess I'm going to attempt that. If I still haven't gone into labor by 40 weeks, they will go ahead and do a C-section, but if things go like last time, I will go into labor on my own and a little before my due date (a week & 1/2). I am kind of excited that I get to look forward to the anticipation of when it is going to happen. So now my due date is set at June 3. She wrote me some prescriptions for Zofran and Reglan. I got those filled tonight. Hopefully those will help with the throwing up. I am so glad that I am feeling as good as I am right now. It's very encouraging. The nurse also gave me several samples of different pre-natal vitamins. Some of them have a time released dose of the B vitamins which is supposed to help with the nausea. I took one of those tonight too. That would be good if that would help. So, everything is looking good. I am really excited now. Mark told his co-workers today. I am just waiting for Colin's big brother shirt to get here so I can take a picture of him in it and e-mail it to everybody. That's going to be cool! Smile

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I've been having good days and bad days. Sometimes I feel pretty good and other times I just feel really bad. Some days I throw up, somedays I don't. I cannot tell you how happy I am that I am not as bad as last time though. This weekend was a little crazy. Yesterday morning I had a couple of severe cramps. They really scared me. They were so bad I couldn't move or anything. I called the doctor's office and they told me to go to the ER. I didn't have any bleeding or even spotting, I just had that pain. They did an ultrasound and saw the baby. His/her was beating and everything looked good! They found a cyst on my left ovary and they think that might be what was causing the bad pain. So, they just sent me home. They diagnosed it as a threatened miscarriage, but it really wasn't since I didn't have any bleeding. We were so relieved to find out that everything is okay with the baby. I haven't had any more of the cramping either. It was just one of those weird things that happens and I got worried about it. Better safe than sorry, right?

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I don't really have much pregnancy related to add today, but I wanted to write something. I did send the e-mail out with Colin wearing his cute shirt that says, "I'm gonna be a big brother" So I think everybody knows now. I felt like I needed to go ahead and announce it because I am already getting a baby belly. Smile I am 8 weeks today, and I think I look like I did when I was 17 weeks last time. I haven't thrown up in a long time, so I am very happy about that! I just feel a little icky all the time, but it's managable. I really need to get busy working on Colin's baby book so that I can start the next one soon. Smile

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It's been a long time since I wrote in here and so much has been going on!

We have decided that we will move back to Texas. Our house is on the market, we have been to Texas to look for a new house and we are ready to go as soon as the house sells. We will live with my parents until a new house is ready for us. We are just praying that our house will sell really soon.

I have not been doing too well with the sickness. I have days where I throw up all the time, and some days I do okay. I have been to the hospital once to get IV fluids. It was so hard to go because I don't have anybody to take care of Colin. That's the main reason we are moving to Texas. We need family around for times like that.

My diahrrea has not gotten any better. So, I've had it several times a day, every day, for 14 weeks now. I have lost 10 pounds. My doctor is referring me to a gastro specialist. I am waiting to hear when that appointment will be. Proabably this week. I have to go back to the OB doctor next week. She's been seeing me every week since I've been so sick and losing weight. At least I get to hear the baby's heartbeat once a week that way. Smile

Colin is growing so fast! He is cruising around the furniture now and pushes his walker all over the place. We have seen him stand alone (not holding on to anything) a few times too. We also saw him trying to stand up without pulling up on anything. He is going to be walking soon. I'm sure by his birthday he will be all over the place! Smile It's going to be so much fun to have this baby too.

I have decided also that I am not doing a VBAC. I am scheduling a C-Section and getting my tubes tied. We only wanted 2 children anyway, and I just don't ever want to be pregnant again since I get so sick. If we are still here, my doctor is going to do the surgery the last week of May. I guess my new doctor in Dallas will do about the same. I am so anxious to get moved so that I can find a new doctor and let them know my history and everything.

Well, that's it for now. I'll try not to wait so long to write again.

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So, since I posted last, I had a weekend of IV fluids at home. I was throwing up a lot while I had them, but once I got fully hydrated and I came off the fluids, I felt much better. It's been about 3 weeks now and I haven't thrown up since!

I did see the specialist and they wanted me to take this powder stuff mixed with liquid 3 times a day. I could never handle it, so I just didn't take it. Everytime I tried, I would just gag. My diarrhea has gotten much better. I don't have it as often and I'm gaining some weight now. So overall, things are much better.

The house has still not sold, so I'm wondering if we will be here for the birth of this baby. If we don't get a contract in a couple of months, we'll just wait until after the baby is born I guess. I can't move when I'm just a month or so away from being due.

My AFP results came back positive with a small chance for the baby having Down Syndrome. We had to make an appointment with the Women's Insitute and talk to a genectic counsler and do an ultrasound. We didn't see any soft signs on the ultrasound. We decided not to do the amnio because of the risk of miscarriage. It doesn't matter if the baby does have problems, it doesn't change anything. We would NEVER terminate and it wouldn't change how we love the baby, so it wasn't worth the risk to us.

We did find out that we are having another boy! We are very excited. Since they will be so close in age, it will be really great for them to both be boys. I know they will love playing together. My due date is now the 31st of May. I can't wait for the time to get here when the C-Section will be scheduled. I am ready to not be pregnant anymore. Smile I am having all the pains that come with pregnancy and I have so little energy. That's really hard when I'm trying to keep up with Colin, who is almost walking now.

We need to get started on making party plans for his birthday next month. I can hardly believe it's almost time for that already!

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I could feel little boy move from the outside last night! It was so cool. Of course, he stopped right when Mark put his hand on my belly, but I was glad that I was able to feel it. Smile He seems to be down so low. He likes to be right near my c-section scar. He also puts a lot of pressure and kicks on my bladder. When that happens, I have to RUN to the bathroom. Smile I'm so glad that I am a little more than halfway through the pregnancy now. I can't wait for May to get here!

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So, our house has now sold and the movers will be here in 15 & 1/2 days. I have so much packing to do!!! I am feeling really stressed right now. We went to Dallas over the weekend to house hunt some more, but we still don't know exactly what is going to happen. We will live with my parents until we close on a new house, which will probably be a couple of months at least. I just really hope we can get settled before the baby comes!

I have been so hungry lately! I want to eat all the time. I'm suprised I'm not huge now. I feel so big, but really I think my belly is small compared to other people due around the same time as me.

I've got a new set of stretch marks. (LOVELY) :roll: I'm afraid I am getting PUPPPS again. It started in my stretch marks last time, and I can't stop scratching them now. It's so miserable.

I have a new doctor set up in Texas. My first appointment with them is Feb. 28. I will fly in on the 25th with Colin, so I'll have the weekend to kind of get settled at my parents house before this appointment. That should be good. I need to set up an appointment once we get there to take a tour of the hospital as well.

This baby is so active! Especially in the evenings when I am trying to unwind from the day and relax. He moves all over and kicks like crazy! I was able to put the remote control on my belly the other night and watch him move it around. It just amazes me. Smile

Colin turned 1 last week. I can hardly believe it. We have his first haircut scheduled for this Saturday morning before his little party we are having for him. He can walk now, but chooses not to most of the time. Smile He is just so sweet. I can't wait until May gets here so that I can love on this little sweet-pea as well. Smile

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Well, here we are in Texas. We are moved in with my parents until the house is ready. We were told we have probably 6 more weeks before we can close. YIKES! This baby is scheduled to come via C-Section in 9 weeks and that's IF I don't go into labor on my own before that.

I LOVE my new doctor. She is so nice. She found that I am dilated just a little bit, so she put me on pelvic rest. She was concerned aobut my blood pressure, but it was perfect at my visit yesterday. I got to have another ultrasound in her office and then another one with a specialist. Everything is looking good now. I'm not concerned about the Downs after all those ultrasounds. I know that it could still happen since it doesn't show up on u/s 50% of the time, but I'm not worried about it at all.

I have some days where I have such bad pressure I am just sure the baby is going to fall out. I just try to take it easy when I feel that way and it's usually better the next day.

I still feel sick to my stomach a lot, but haven't thrown up so that's good. The doctor found that I am super anemic, so I have to take iron supplements now and they make my stomach hurt so bad! But, I have to take them. She said that if I don't get my numbers up that I may need a blood transfusion during the C-Section, and I know I don't want that!

Well, that's about it for now.

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I am now on bedrest. Sad Last week I went to the doctor and my blood pressure was high so she sent me to the hospital for observation. After a couple of hours of laying still in the bed, my pressure went back down to normal, so they sent me home on strict bedrest. I am only allowed to get up to go to the bathroom. It is so boring! I am misisng Colin like crazy. My friend, Amy's, mom is taking care of Colin at her house while my mom is at work. Then, my mom picks Colin up from there and watches him for the rest of the day. We are closing on our house next week and Mark's dad is coming into town to help with the move. He will stay for a week to take care of Colin and then Mark's mom is planning on coming after that. I chose May 27 as the C-Section date, but I am thinking it won't go that long. I believe I will either go into labor before then or my BP will get so high that they will have to go ahead and take the baby. We'll just see what happens I guess. I think I am just hoping for an early delivery so I don't have to be miserable anymore. Smile