Sunday, July 27, 2008

Back from vacation

Coming back from vacation is never fun . . . why can't it last forever? I went out for girl's night dinner tonight with some friends . . . I'm so exhausted from being on vacation! I have to go in for my bloodwork tomorrow, and then my big ultrasound is on 8/8/08.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It's back . . .

Well, I'm having a wonderful time at the beach on vacation (despite a little tropical storm). I handled the morning sickness on the trip down pretty well, and only threw up once so far! Unfortunately, I got a call from the midwives . . . I have ANOTHER UTI . . . but it is a different bacteria this time. So, unfortunately, it is back on antibiotics I go!

Friday, July 18, 2008

16 week appt

I had my 16 week appointment today! All is going well . . . I'm measuring right on target, and the baby's heartbeat was 155. I wasn't able to record it this time, but hopefully next appointment! I was cleared to travel for work next month, and I'm off for my vacation in North Carolina tomorrow morning - a week at the beach! I was given a prescription for our 20 week u/s and for bloodwork (an AFP - to check for spina bifida/Down's Syndrome, and a glucose check to make sure I'm not dealing with early onset gestational diabetes). I had a work conference this week - I can't believe I actually got away with "hiding" the pregnancy . . . or, at least, no one asked if I was pregnant.

I'm still dealing with morning sickness, but all is going well!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

15 weeks 2 days . . . an update (and a whine)

Let's see . . . I'm 15 weeks and 2 days today. Not much to update about . . . just time to whine, I guess! We went to our niece's high school graduation on June 26, and the phenergan was wonderful! I didn't get sick in the car, and I made it through the whole event without getting sick. Unfortunately, our nephew was sick while we were there . . . he just looked so miserable!

I returned to find out that once again, I had a urinary tract infection . . . so back on antibiotics for me! I just can't seem to catch a break sometimes. I guess I shouldn't complain - in the scheme of things, these are all minor problems - just annoyances/inconveniences, really. I am just so frustrated with the UTIs . . . this darn Strep B infection doesn't want to go away at all!

Of course, on Friday, DH decided it was time for HIM to get sick. On Sunday night, I guess I decided it was time to join him. The sore throat and the congestion started to set in. DH went to the doctor on Monday - he had a nasty sinus infection (just like our nephew) but the antibiotics made him feel better quickly. I wasn't getting any better . . . just got worse and worse all week. I was fairly certain I had a sinus infection, too, despite the fact I was taking antibiotics. I knew I needed to wait to finish my course of antibiotics before a doctor would do anything else for me, so I waited until Thursday afternoon (July 3). I was told to wait out the weekend, but call if I got worse.

We spent the Fourth of July at a friend's house for a bbq . . . well, a rained-out bbq. Naturally, they have a cat, so I couldn't stay in the house too long, and we ended up leaving fairly early. I swear, I think we used to be fun, but it is starting to feel like a distant memory! I wasn't feeling well that day, and was having some bad cramping, so we spent the night on the couch watching fireworks on tv.

By Saturday, I was officially miserable . . . temperature, sore throat, tons of congestion, and nasty headache. I made it through Saturday, but was up most of the night unable to sleep because I felt so awful. I stuck it out on Sunday, too, but it was a rough day. Because I was taking medicine for the congestion, I stopped taking the phenergan on Thursday or Friday. . . I didn't want to tempt fate by taking too many pills at once! Unfortunately, my morning sickness was back full swing . . . and all I can say is that puking with a sore throat and full sinuses is just horrible. By Sunday night, I couldn't speak because my throat hurt so much, and the sinus headache was causing my eyes to water and my head to feel as if it was about to explode.

When Monday morning arrived, I called the doctor first thing to get in for an appointment. Before I went in to see him, I ran to the midwife and left another urine sample to see how my UTI was doing. Naturally, he put me back on antibiotics . . . for a sinus infection! Thankfully, the antibiotics seem to be working for me, and I'm finally starting to feel better! I was actually worried - I've been known to be resistant to antibiotics in the past, so this is quite a relief.

The good news is that I got the results from my urinalysis today . . . and it was negative for Strep B!! I'm officially (albeit possibly temporarily) infection-free! That is such a relief for me . . . I hope it stays that way for the rest of this pregnancy.

I am definitely feeling movement. It isn't strong yet, and it isn't constant, but I can feel it when I'm standing or sitting now, too. Sometimes it is just a flutter or a bubble, but sometimes it has felt almost like a tap or a palpitation. I'm looking forward to the future as this little one grows!!

What else can I add? Oh yes . . . I've learned a valuable lesson I should document. Note to self: no more ice cream. DH bought this yummy delicious light chocolate cookies and cream ice cream, and with my sore throat I just thought it would hit the spot. I had a tiny little bit of it . . . maybe 1/4 cup? Not even a full serving size!! Apparently, the baby doesn't seem to like ice cream, because EVERY time I eat ANY ice cream, I end up throwing up. I might as well just dump the bowl into the toilet! The bright side is at least ice cream doesn't taste as bad coming back up as some foods. I think it is time for me to stay away for a while. It makes sense . . . I'm a bit lactose intolerant on a good day, so I guess a few spoonfuls of ice cream really just aren't agreeing with me right now.

Next week is a crazy busy week with work. I'm in meetings all day every day, and I'm trying to figure out if there is any chance I can disguise this pregnancy from my clients at these meetings next week. I'm not quite ready for everyone I work with to know yet . . . I think as an independent contractor, I'm worried that it will negatively affect my business. We shall see! Then, on Friday we have our next appointment with the midwife!! We'll get our prescription to do the quad screen (to check for problems like spina bifida) and for the 20 week ultrasound. We then leave on Saturday for a week at the beach with our friends. I can't believe how this summer is already flying by!