Saturday, October 27, 2012
Yesterday afternoon I had spotting and it was too late to go to my obgyn's office, so the nurse advised me to go to the ER. After hours and hours of waiting around at the ER and a few tests, I found out that I have a gestational sac but they couldn't see a fetal pole. They tested my hcg and told me to call my doctor's office today. I did call today, and was told to go in on Monday to see if my hcg levels have doubled, and I'll need another ultrasound in a few weeks. I had more spotting this morning. I'm kind of nervous, but I know spotting is common, and I know there's nothing I can do about it. My husband is telling me to keep my mind off of things, so we went for a walk and did some yardwork, and we'll go to the gym in a bit.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
We did the first official thing of the pregnancy today - we went to a first trimester class at my ob-gyn's office! The class was kind of useful - I found out a handful of things were okay that I had thought were banned, like using products with salyclic acid, doing ab work, flaxseed, and Claritin. I think I will take a conservative approach though and not use things if I don't have to. I was actually able to give up virtually all caffeine without a problem! It helped that I started to cut back when I first started trying, so by the time I got pregnant this time I was already almost not addicted. Anyway, the class was okay - there was just one other couple there, so we got a lot of individual attention.
Unfortunately, after the class we found that both of our cars - Jess's and mine - had been towed! Street cleaning! There was a sign, but I hadn't read it in my rush to get to the class on time. We had to make a bunch of phone calls, take a bus, and walk on foot, and pay huge $$$ to get our cars back, and we both got tickets. It was my fault - I was the one who insisted on parking there instead of the building's garage, and then told Jess to hurry up right after we parked - so I paid. I felt awful. I also missed an extra hour of school beyond what I'd planned to miss.
Oh well, what's in the past is in the past, right?
EDIT: Since so many people are asking about flaxseed, I'm adding what I had learned (or thought I had learned) from the internet - apparently flax, like soy, messes with your hormones and I read that it isn't recommended in pregnancy. However, in my class today, the nurse told me that a) a tablespoon of flax in my smoothie is fine, and b) not to look up every little pregnancy-related item on the internet. Oops, too late.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Okay, so many apologies about this picture:
1) It's blurry.
2) Please ignore gross wet paper towel in background.
3) There really is vertical line there, I promise you. The directions on the test said it didn't matter how faint the line was - if it was there at all, it was a positive test!
I found out just over a week ago and have been dying to share the news ever since. So far only my parents know, and a few Sparkers who noticed my suggestive status updates. Not even my in-laws know yet! Jess, my baby daddy (haha), didn't want me to share the news yet, especially since when I was pregnant back in April we told my parents, his parents, and I shared the news with SP, and then I miscarried hours later. I started off terrified that something similar would happen this time, but now I'm 44 days along and feeling more confident. Plus, I read something online that calmed me down: Miscarriages are common (enter some statistic here). There's nothing you can do about it, and if you have one, you just try again. I don't know why, but that concept calms me down.
Anyway...I'm 6 weeks and 2 days today, and according to the internet I'm due somewhere between June 15-19. I have a first trimester educational class at my doctor's office this Wed., an appointment with a nurse about a week later, and my first ultrasound in about a month. Also, since I have a blood clotting condition, I have an appointment with the hematologist to learn how to give myself anticoagulant injections - FUN. Ugh.
My symptoms have been very mild to this point, for the most part I'm feeling really good. The less fun stuff - major mood swings, feeling bloated and a little achy, being tired, and slight nausea, do come and go, but they haven't been bad (yet?).
So...if you're my friend on FB of course I know you won't say anything about it there... but I'm so relieved to be able to have an outlet to blurt out my happy news SOMEWHERE! (here!)
Monday, October 08, 2012
First, thank you so much to those who have been checking in on me...some of you multiple times. It's not like me to be as absent from Spark, and some of my favorite Sparkers noticed. That's so sweet.
Now here's where the writer's block comes in. I don't want to write about my current state of affairs. I feel like I'm living in maintanence kind of, except that I weigh 20+ pounds more than a healthy weight. What I mean is, I'm eating mostly normal portions of usually healthy food without thinking too much about it, and I'm exercising probably 3-5 times per week without too much fuss - strength training and jogging, mostly. I've been feeling good. But, like I said, I weigh too much. A lot too much.
I'd like to lose weight. I went to an ob-gyn about my inability to get pregnant (or remain pregnant, I guess - I had one miscarriage for sure at 5 weeks and may have had another at just under 5 weeks, not sure because my hormone levels were so low), and he said that losing weight might help me with my fertility. I didn't want to have to go out and buy new size 12 pants for work. My complexion is not happy these days either. And my jogging is slower and even a long walk starts to make my lower body achy these days. All due to my weight. So I'm in a state of indecision. I know what I have to do to lose weight, but I know that the process makes me hungry and to not feel good a lot of the time, and that I always gain in back in the end, so it's so hard to motivate myself to get started with it again. And I've written all this stuff before which is why I didn't really feel like coming back and writing it all over again..except that I felt like I owed everyone an update.
By the way, the ob-gyn said he thinks Jess and I will have luck on our own, and to keep trying for a few more months. If I'm not pregnant by my 35th birthday, in December, he'll start me on clomid and if that doesn't work within two months he'll refer me to a specialist.
One other thing - I am switching gyms. The gym I'm leaving is cheap, and you get what you pay for. There are constantly cardio machines that are out of order and they don't have my favorite kind of elliptical, the weights are always strewn all over, the class schedule just keeps getting worse and the studio was out of commission for the past few months without ANY classes, the A/C didn't really function over the summer, and the final straw was when I went to another location of theirs a few weeks ago and was told that I could no longer visit that location. So I have 60 days left with this gym - I'm canceling just after a payment was made so I need to go through two more payment cycles, and Jess and I are joining a gym closer to home - a 5 minute drive (or 1.2ish mile walk) vs. 15 minute drive (if there's no traffic) and about 5 miles to the old gym. The "new" gym is actually in a dumpier building, but we tried it out a few weekends ago (for free!) and they have all the machines I like and told us that sometimes it's TOO cold there in the summer (a good thing - once you start exercising!). It's slightly more expensive for both of us in total since my current gym allows me to bring a guest so Jess never got his own membership, but actually cheaper per person since there is no annual fee. There is no Body Pump but I haven't gone to a Body Pump class in months anyway - there are other classes that are probably similar, but I've been just working out on my own lately. They charge $5 extra per Zumba class which I don't like, but I just won't go to those classes. The most important thing is that Jess can go to the gym more often - without having his own membership to the old gym, and with it being a little out of the way for him, he was only going once or twice a week - Saturday and Sunday - if even that (sometimes our weekends have been busy), and he really wants to work out more. He might even go to the new gym in the mornings before work, since he doesn't have to be at work until 9 (and I have to be at work at 7:45 and usually go the gym in the afternoon while he's still at work).
Monday, August 27, 2012
I went to Cape Cod several weeks ago, but finally just got an email with the pictures from my MIL...and wanted to share!
First is me doing one of my absolute favorite activities, boogie boarding.:)
Next we have the gloomy gray beach. Notice nobody else is in the water that day except me. :)The waves were big and super choppy, and it was raining a little.
Here's my surfer boy, AKA Mr. SeppieSusan.
Here's the two of us. I thought I could still get away with wearing that bikini despite the fact that one side's underwire mysteriously disappeared. I had a friend suggest I just take out the underwire on the other side because it's pretty obvious. Duly noted.
Here he looks naked.:) But he's not!:)
MIL (on right) and I catching a wave.:)
Mother and son.. a rare shot of him boogie boarding (he's usually either on a surf board or not in the water, period):
The annual puzzle...not quite done! Plus a very lazy boy:
I don't want summer to end! :(
This evening I went for a 40-minute, 3.3 mile jog, and then Jess and I made spring rolls for the first time ever! It was easier than I'd expected and different, delicious, and healthy. We soaked each wrapper (and doubled them because they ripped easily), then put in a filling made of stir-fried carrot, mushroom, garlic, onion, and mint, and rice noodles. We also improvised a sauce made of soy sauce, white wine, garlic, vinegar, mint, ketchup, mustard, peanut oil, and brown sugar. Kind of cool to try something different.
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