It’s Just A Cold…I Think

My family has been struck with illness. All 5 of us have it to some degree. My oldest son was the first to catch it, and is now the least ill. He only has an occasional cough. I don’t think I had the fever that the kids all had, but maybe I did without realizing. My temperature has been running high now that I’m pregnant anyway. The little ones and I have had nasty coughs. I feel so bad for them, since they haven’t really been able to cough anything out. They both coughed to the point of nearly choking on phlegm, and puking. My poor babies!

My husband was the last to come down with it, and it’s hitting him pretty hard today as he’s working a twelve hour shift. He has to work another tomorrow too.

I don’t think it’s the flu, but it could easily be bronchitis or lead to pneumonia. This chest congestion is awful. I’ve been giving the little ones a mucus thinner, so they can hopefully get the junk out before it settles in and becomes a more serious illness.

It’s especially hard to have the baby this sick, since he isn’t talking yet. He has definitely been extra cranky for a few days.

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Feeling “better”

My cramping has stopped! I still feel nauseated all day long. So, since I haven’t bled and I still have pregnancy symptoms I think all is ok with baby and I.

Now, I’m trying to decide if I should cancel my ultrasound that is scheduled for Tuesday. Of course I would LOVE to take another peek at my baby, but is the cost justified since I feel fine? Probably not. 🤔

I also have to contact my diabetes educator. My blood sugar is not responding to my insulin regimen. I started a night time dose to lower my fasting levels more than a week ago, and even though I increase my units by one every night my level is not dropping.

I have also had high readings after meals, so will most likely be adding a meal time insulin soon.

For now I am optimistic that all is well, even though I still worry about loss.

Cramping

I left work today, totally distracted and anxious because I started cramping. I didn’t have one random pain, they kept coming. I am between 8 and 9 weeks pregnant. This is my 7th pregnancy. I’ve had 3 losses, and I have 3 living sons.

I really wanted to be seen by my doctor for an ultrasound. Instead, I just have to wait it out. I was told to call back if I had bleeding. I was scheduled for an in office ultrasound next Tuesday.

I have a home Doppler, but since I am still so newly pregnant the odds of hearing the heartbeat are very low. I don’t want to stress out more if we can’t find it.

My husband did some online reading about cramping during pregnancy and he found it’s very common around 8-12 weeks. Especially when you’ve had multiple pregnancies.

I’ll try to relax and hope my cramping is “normal”. It’s just so hard when you’ve had losses. I am taking progesterone too, so I wondered if it might lead to missed miscarriage. I haven’t found stories to suggest it, but it still concerns me.

Blech

I am not enjoying this all day queasiness.

I am already showing signs of diabetes, so it’s really not a good idea for me to snack on carbs to calm the queasy feeling either.

Hubby and I were not feeling good about trying to fit another person in our small house, but thankfully we have come up with some ideas on how to make it work. I wish feeling better about that was enough to make me feel better physically.

I am waiting on my results from my last progesterone screening, and looking forward to my ultrasound on the 23rd. I’m trying to get excited about this pregnancy, but it’s hard when you are high risk with a history of loss.

A Baby Every Two Years?

I never thought I would be one of those people who has a baby every two years. Some people say it’s perfect spacing, I personally thought it was difficult. The boys get along really well most of the time though. Right now I have a son who will be 13 in May, a son who turned 3 in October and a son who turned 1 in September. My 3 year old refuses to potty train, so I have two in diapers. My next baby is due early September, but could be born late August due to scheduling an induction. So, within a month of delivery I will have a 4 year old, 2 year old and newborn. I really hope I will get my 3 year old using a toilet before then. 3 in diapers would be a nightmare!

I have dealt with infertility, and miscarriage, so I never expected to be a mom of children so close in age. Honestly I never expected to have another child after my first born. He was my second pregnancy, and conceived with the help of fertility drugs. We did try to conceive with the help of less invasive fertility treatments after having my son, but nothing worked. We did conceive twice naturally in 2010 and 2011, but those pregnancies ended in miscarriage. Then in 2014 I conceived again, but had early intervention with progesterone supplements. My son was born full term and healthy. To our surprise we found ourselves expecting again in January 2016. We we’re monitored closely and delivered full term again. Now, January 2018 has us shocked with the news of another pregnancy. I have had my hcg levels checked twice, and my progesterone level checked too. My hcg  more than doubled in under 48 hours from 816-1777. My progesterone level was over 17. Everything looks good for a healthy pregnancy so far. I will have my first ultrasound 1/23/18. I don’t expect to see much, but I’m hoping to get a glimpse of a flickering heartbeat.

I’m trying to imagine having my 3 little ones, and teenager this fall. It’s scary and exciting. 

We might be done after this pregnancy… that’s if my husband actually gets the operation he mentioned we should consider.