December 31, 2009
My symptoms...I am so tired, but you probably knew that already. Now I am having muscle strain in my thighs. The pain is in my groin and in the back of my thighs. It makes it hard at night to sleep. When I get up or get down this pain is horrible. My DH wants me to call the doctor but I am trying to explain to my DH that this pain is from the added weight in my uterus. The only thing they will tell me to do is rest. Another pain I get is this painful full sensation when I have to pee. but once I go I feel a lot better. I attribute this to the lack of space in my body to accomodate a full bladder. I am going to the bathroom every 1-2 hours. and when I push it to that 2 hour mark that is when it hurts the most.
Other than that I am good. I am over the flu! I still have a little congestion but for those who know me, know that is quite normal for me with all my allergies. But I feel better.
For New Years Eve, my DH, BFF and her boyfriend are going to have dinner. Hopefully after dinner we can come back home and play cards. But I think my bestie and her man want to go out. If so me and my husband will watch the ball drop together. Regardless it will be a good night. I wish everyone a happy and safe New Years!
December 19, 2009
December 17, 2009
I am up bright and early to start the last of my 2 days of work. I think I have made it far enough and it is now time for me to rest before Bryon and Taylor make their debut. I am 33 weeks & thankful I made it this far. Financially it would have been hard if I was put on bed rest. I go to the doctor on the 23. At that time I will have him put me on official bedrest.
December 13, 2009
December 5, 2009
November 21, 2009
I need to call the doctor because I need to know if I can take anything for it. Let me know if you guys have experienced my problem too.
November 12, 2009
October 30, 2009
So I have been feeling a lot of pressure lately. A week ago I got the ultrasound that showed my cervix and babies were all doing good. But I still am having a lot of pressure along with Braxton Hicks. Well from the advice of several I called the OB back. So I went back in yesterday. They checked me out and all is good. But what they did do is measure my uterus. I learned that I am already measuring full term for a singleton. That explains all the pressure I am having. So that makes sense. They suggested I get a maternity belt from www.prenatalcradle.com. They actually wrote me a prescription because some insurance companies will cover it. If you go to the website they one they want me to get is the one that is full coverage and has suspenders. They believe this will help relieve some of the pressure. So I go back in 2 weeks for glucose test and another ultrasound. Also I am now going to the doctor every other week versus once a month now. They are allowing me to work because my cervix should measure in the 30’s and mine is in the 40’s. I have no swelling and my blood pressure is great. They said continue to work but limit time on my feet. When I get off work I am to come home put my feet up and rest. And the good part is ….no housework!!! My DH was there to hear that part!!!
October 27, 2009
I am so miserable because of my comfort level. I just can't do the things that I used to and I am realizing it. I ache and am uncomfortable most of the time. I am concerned that I will be taking off work sooner than planned. But I will do it for the sake of my babies health and my health. i am going to change some things in my life to make these last weeks of pregnancy easier for me. I want to carry by babies as close to term as possible. I know this is only going to get harder and I need to make changes to make it easier for me.
I don't mean to sound ungrateful but I have just never experienced anything like this in my life. I am greatful and when I hold my babies this will all make sense. The good thing is I am excited about the arrival of my babies. I can't wait to meet them face to face. I can't wait to see who's eyes they have, who's nose.
I dream about my babies and how they look. It wont be long before I will be posting a blog that my babies are here. That is when the real fun begins.
October 21, 2009
October 14, 2009
This week I had a little scare with my husband. He somehow got a staff infection and was deemed contagious by his doctor. So I immediately called my OB and they said as long as he wears pants to bed we were ok since it was only on his leg. Well to be safe he slept on the couch for 2 days. As of now the infection has cleared up & he is better.
I will be posting a video update in the coming days. Until then....
October 3, 2009
Or should I say babies kicks! Today laying on the bed I felt my very active babies kicking away. So I lifted my shirt & to my surprise I could see their little kicks on my stomach. I yelled for DH to come see too. He was so amazed. So then he began to give me zerberts on my belly & they kicked & kicked. I thought this was amazing.
Also just to let you know I picked my mom up Thursday from the hospital & she is home! Thanks for your prayers.
September 29, 2009
Yesterday, my mother went to the hospital. She was short of breath and my Dad did not want to chance it and called 911. So of course she was admitted. She is doing better today. Thank God. Hopefully she will be out in a few days.
Thanks for your continued prayers.
September 23, 2009
I also noticed this morning it is taking me longer to get ready in the morning. I get so short of breath in the morning.
Well until next time....
September 22, 2009
September 12, 2009
You will need:
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup any fruit juice
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 cups frozen strawberries
Mix all the ingredients together untill smooth and enjoy. I prepare it at night and have one at night and save the left overs for the morning.
Everything else is going well. Just can't wait till we get to see our little ones and learn the sex.
Untill next time...
September 10, 2009
September 4, 2009
So I started back to work a few weeks ago. The students have been back for a week and a half. Lets just say I am exhausted. Over the summer I didn't do much so now going back to work has proven to be hard. But I will make it. I feel well but just I sleep a lot too.
I spoke with my professors at school. I will finish my master's in December, God willing. We came up with a plan if I should go on bed rest and they are so determined for me to graduate that they are willing to work with me. Thank God.
My mother is doing good. She can't wait till the ultrasound. I am taking her with me. Just think in July a doctor said we should just let her die. But instead she is going with me to see the sex of her grand babies!
So I am going to cut this short.
Oh I forgot...I am definetly feeling my babies move! I love feeling them move.
August 22, 2009
So today I decide to use my fetal heart monitor and listen to the heartbeats. Normally baby A is lower and to the left of my belly button and Baby B is up higher and to the right of my belly button. So I started on my right looking for Baby B. I could not find any signs of a heartbeat. But I didn't panic because I am not a doctor and I figured I just didn't know what I was doing.
So I move to the left to find Baby A. But I started above my belly button and I heard a heartbeat. It registered at 149-150 beats/minute. So I figured Baby A moved up a little. Well I decided to listen where I normally hear baby A and sure enough I heard the heartbeats at 150 beats/minute.
So now both babies are to the left of my belly button. A is below the button and B is above my belly button. So now I am wondering if that unusual feeling I have felt was baby B moving to the other side.
I called my husband and told him and he told me that the babies are playing in my uterus together! So cute.
August 20, 2009
This week I went into work. My first official day back is tomorrow and the first day for the students is next Wendesday. I ran into a few coworkers while I was getting myself ready and the word is out that I am pregnant. People were coming to congratualate me. I saw some of my students roaming around. I am actually looking forward to the first day of school.
The babies and I are doing fine. I use my fetal heart monitor and listen to their little heartbeats. I love listening to their heartbeats. My DH tells me to not do it so much so they can rest! In fact after I post this i will go listen real quick! I am still spotting but very light. I am not too concerned with it.
Well that is it until my next update.
August 3, 2009
This past weekend I spent it with my sister and my BFF in Cleveland. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the concert. Well While we were there my sister's friend had some oatmeal raisin cookies and I asked her to bring me some to church. I said only bring them if they DON'T have nuts.
So Sunday she hands me a baggie with the cookies in the bag. I put them in my purse to eat later. After getting home last night, I wanted a snack. Then I remembered my cookies. So after eating one, my mouth started itching. I knew right away there had to be nuts in the cookie. Let me explain, my nut allergy is severe enough that I have to carry an epipen.
So I immediately called my sis and had her call her friend to find out if they had nuts. In the meantime, I rinsed my mouth out and brushed my teeth so hard. I was gagging and trying to get rid of any nuts left in my mouth. So I felt the wheezing coming on. I knew that was the second sign that this could be getting more serious.
My sister called back and confirmed what I already knew to be true. My sister's friend apologized. She said her mother made the cookies and she didn't think to ask if there were nuts in them. My sister explained to her how serious this could be for me.
So my husband wanted me to lay down. I didn't want to because I know that some allergic reactions can happen instantly and some can take a while to hit you. So I did not want to sleep in fear of my throat swelling. He asked if I could have the epipen. I said if it is life or death for me YES give it to me. But I was trying to hold out on taking the shot. So I did use my albuterol inhaler to help me breathe.
Slowly, I felt my breathing coming back to normal and my mouth stopped itching. But my stomach felt so nauseous. So needless to say I am ok now. I will discuss this with my doctor because my concern is, if I am allergic to nuts how will that effect the babies when I eat the nuts. I am usually careful when eating baked goods but I just assumed that when I said I can't have nuts that when she gave me the cookies they did not have nuts in them.
On another note, I have a friend who is also 14 weeks pregnant and she also went through fertility treatments. She started spotting last night and will see the doctor today. Please pray for my friend as she has had one miscarriage and is fearful it is happening again. She has fought uterine cancer and PCOS. Please pray her baby is healthy and she is healthy. Thanks!
July 31, 2009
This weekend I am going to Cleveland with my BFF and we are going to stay with my big sis. We are celebrating my BFF's birthday by going to see John Legend and India.Arie. I can't wait. I like to travel and I know that gettin up and going is going to come to an end shortly. So I am having fun while it lasts!
Lastly, I am planning to tell my job that I am pregnant. I waited because it was none of their business to know. Since I am a teacher they have not seen me all summer. I know my principal will be happy for me but maybe a little annoyed. He has to find me a long term sub. I teach American Sign Language and finding a sub can be hard. But that is not my problem. Also I need to discuss with my principal about me being on my feet. I know while in class, I can teach from sitting. My OB is already concerned with me being on my feet when school starts back. I plan to discuss with my OB further on my next appointment. But this is the problem at the end of last school year they kicked me out of my room and gave it to a teacher with more seniority. I was told I would have to be a traveling teacher. Which means I get a cart and push my stuff around from room to room. I want to tell my principal they need to find me a room. He is really good and I am sure he will accommodate me especially if I have a letter from the OB.
July 27, 2009
Today I went shopping looking for some clothes. Let me explain, prior to getting pregnant I love shopping for clothes especially for deals. So I thought shopping for maternity clothes would be fun too. WRONG! After going to 3 stores I finally found a cute pair of khaki pants at Sears. And they were on sale!!!
Here are a few stores that have some plus size maternity clothes and my opinion of the clothes:
Motherhood Maternity: There is a small section for Plus Size maternity. The clothes look like old fashion maternity clothes but the fit of the pants are pretty good. Especially for us girls who got junk in the trunk! The clothes are a bit pricier but you may be able to find a deal. And the return policy sucks. You can only return for instore credit. But on the website there is a bigger selection than in the stores.
JC Penney: The clothes are more trendy in here and decent priced. However in the store they only go up to 16/xl. So if you need larger you can go on their website and order. Lucky for me I can squeeze my but into the 16s
Target: It is hit or miss there. Some of the clothes are cute but they look so cheaply made and for the price they want I usally don't find much. They do have a good selection of women's sizes. But if you can catch a sale item it may be worth it.
Old Navy: I have not bought anything from here yet. When I went to check out the clothes the prices were ok but again the clothes looked real cheap. But I have heard that the sizes run really big and they are roomy.
Sears: They have nice quality clothes and decent prices and stuff on sale!!! However some of the clothes looked like something my mother would wear. But I did find a nice pair of cargo pants there.
Burlington: Don't even waste your time.
Those are the stores I have been to. I bought a Belly Band today from Motherhood Maternity that I think will come in handy. I will see how I like it and if I do I will buy a few more.
July 26, 2009
Although I will be glad that I will not be getting stuck in the ass anymore, I am a little worried. I have been wondering will I start bleeding as result of not taking the PIO. I am trusting in the Lord to keep my babies safe.
My DH has another theory. He feels the PIO is making me spot. He thinks when I stop the PIO I will stop spotting. Does anyone have any experience with this or know if there is any relationship between PIO and spotting? I googled it and found some information.
By the way...I am 12 weeks and 6 days today!
July 23, 2009
July 16, 2009
July 8, 2009
July 2, 2009
June 26, 2009
June 23, 2009
Morning Sickness: This occurs pretty much anytime but the morning. I went grocery shopping today so I can have food so I can eat small meals but more frequently.
constipation: i think that is from the PIO. i am finished with those shots in about 2 weeks. I have to take some fiber supplements to help with that.
Fatigue: I wake up around 7 with my DH then ready for my 4 hour nap at noon. When I wake up I am ready for bed!
Cramping: I do get cramps from time to time.
Spotting: i had a little scare last week after the u/s. I started to spot. It only lasted a few hours. The doctor on call said it was my cervix bleeding and caused from the vaginal u/s.
Hopefully in a few days I will be feeling better and will do a video update. Until then...
June 16, 2009
So my preggo symptoms...it seems that they are worse since not being at work daily. At work I kept little snacks in my room and would eat periodically. Well being at home I don't do that...so I am dealing with the morning sickness. I do need to eat more often while at home. for the record, I had sugar cookies for breakfast today...they were yummy!
The OHSS has subsided!!! I am back to normal. I went to water aerobics last night and it felt great to get in the water and just jump around. I am glad that OHSS crap is over.
Other symptoms include...frequent urination, constipation and gas! The joys of pregnancy.
Well stay tuned tomorrow for video update of the first ultrasound
June 15, 2009
June 3, 2009
May 31, 2009
May 28, 2009
May 27, 2009
May 20, 2009
May 19, 2009
All I can do is continue to pray. I will continue to pray that I will have a successful pregnancy as well as pray for my friends who have learned they will not become mothers right now. I pray for continued strength for me and those going through their IVF cycles. I am praying that what ever the outcome for me that God will strengthen me and provide me with guidance. I believe that it is already decided by God if I will be a mother or not. But as a Christian I will continue to show faithfulness to God.
I know that regardless of the results of my Beta, it is all in God's hands.
May 18, 2009
May 16, 2009
So what will I do during this time. I have made a list of things I will do to keep my mind off pregnancy:
build a card house
paint a water color picture
write my autobiography
crochet some socks
sew a dress
LOL...I wont do any of those things! I will probably go insane like every other woman during their 2ww. One thing I may seriously do is make some jewelry. I haven't done that in a while and I may make a few pieces. Anything to get it off my mind.
During this 2ww I am wrestling with do I POAS or not. My doctor strongly suggest waiting until 12 days past the transfer to test. So only time will tell if I will do that. One thing I do know is I will not go out and waste money on HPT. I ordered some strips a while ago and have 7 under my sink. If I do POAS, I will be using those.
Well that's all for now.
May 14, 2009
May 12, 2009
May 11, 2009
May 7, 2009
So since I have been on my meds, I have been psycho! I am up and down and up and down. I thank my husband for being so patient with me. The worst part of the meds is the drowsiness. I feel like I have not had sleep for days when in reality I have had more sleep now than I have ever had in my life.
Since I am so delirious and tired now I will have to end this post now and update later.
May 3, 2009
Now that I have gotten that out the way, lets talk business. These meds are driving me wacko!!! I am serious. Anyone who is thinking about IVF should know the roller coaster you will be on while on these meds. They warned me but now I am really experiencing it. I am tired, I am hot, I am happy, I am sad....where does it end. I can't wait until I trigger to stop this emotional roller coaster. But in the end it will all be worth it. In nine months when I am holding my son or daughter, this roller coaster will fade away.
Yesterday was blood work only. I am responding well to the medicine and will return for an ultrasound and blood work again tomorrow. So tomorrow I get to see my follicles!!! I know they are growing because I feel them!
I will update as soon as I get some good news!
April 27, 2009
This time has gone by so fast I am just so amazed at how time flies. I went into this thinking it was going to seem like a long time but it is going by very quickly.
I was predicting to my husband that by the end of next week we will be doing egg retrieval. How nice it would be to retrieve my eggs on Mother's day. I am definitely scared about the coming days but I know God is on my side.
If you are reading this please say a prayer for me and my husband.
April 24, 2009
April 17, 2009
April 12, 2009
So as her daughter was getting her hair done she asked me, "Robyn, when are you going to have a daughter?"
I chuckled, "Paris, I don't know but hopefully soon. Why?"
" Well I am ready for you to have a daughter. I want you to have twins"
All I could do is laugh because this child has no idea what my husband and I are about to undergo. And deep down inside we want twins so we can have 2 for the price of 1!
Who knows why Paris ever said that to me but I thought I would mark down she said it so when I get pregnant with twins I will let Paris know she got what she asked for.
April 9, 2009
Today, I had my mock transfer. I was nervous because all I could think about was that damn dye test and the pain of that. The mock transfer was not as bad as the dye test. So the results of the mock transfer were good and all things are ready to go.
I am really nervous about starting this whole procedure but I know I have God on my side and everything will work out fine. I will post more once I start the Lupron!!
March 21, 2009
So we have been cleared financially and everything is in order. Over the next few weeks I will be posting more about this quest. Yesterday I received a shit load of meds and needles and I have no clue what to do with them. And the kicker is...that's not all the meds.
In the end I know it will be all worth it. Because this time next year I will be holding our first born child.
March 4, 2009
First let me give a brief history of my husband and I. We have been married for 1.5 years. We knew right away that we would not wait long to have children. At least that was the plan. After a year of "trying" we looked sought out the help of doctors. Well, I sought out the help because I assumed I was the reason we were not pregnant.
After seeing my doctor, she felt from her initial examination that there was nothing wrong with me. She ordered my husband to be tested. That's when it came to light what was going on. We were not getting pregnant for reasons related to my husband. From my doctors advice we sought out a fertility specialist.
So that brings me to today. I never would have imagined I would even considering fertility options. Today we decided with the help of our doctor to pursue IVF treatments. This will be a costly endeavor for us especially during this economic downfall of our country. We will soon be starting the process for IVF.
The first step is to attend a class! I have decided to blog my experiences so that I may be help to another couple facing the similar situation.