Friday, May 23, 2008

More pregnancy stuff. . .

Okay, Wednesday was awful! I threw up in the morning and in the evening (despite the Zofran pump) and just felt miserable (headaches, exhausted, etc.) all day. Thank goodness for a spectacular mother-in-law who came over, took care of the kids, made lunch (with plenty left for dinner both that day and the next) and cleaned a few things (I noticed the microwave had been cleaned). So, I was able to sleep for a while.

Thursday was much better!! I felt a lot better! I actually had some energy to function, fewer headaches, and kept all my food down. Yeah!!! I also attended our Quarterly Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment Meeting. But, was exhausted by the time I got home!

Today, is going pretty well. So, I'm hoping this pattern will continue. . .

Okay, sorry, to those of you who read my blog, about all the posts about my pregnancy stuff. Since this is the only journal I write in right now, I figure it's the best way for me to remember, so I can look back on it all. Plus it gives me another avenue to vent :-)

I will get some more interesting posts up soon with pictures.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Zofran Pump and other thoughts. . .

Yeah for the Zofran pump!! Thanks to this nifty device, I've kept all my food down for the last two days! Hip hip hooray!! The home health nurse came on Saturday and got me all hooked up. It's like having a tiny IV type thing in my leg to give me constant nourishment of anti-nausea medicine deemed safe for pregnancy. After throwing up at least 6 times each day on Thursday and Friday last week, I was sooo happy to get it! I'm finally starting to get some energy back. Maybe I will make it through the next 6 1/2 months!

I was thinking today about how grateful I am for the gospel and for a worthy priesthood holder in my home! On Saturday night, after I got the pump and the nurse left, I threw up one more time and it was a doozy! I had lots of stomach acid (bile) coming out my nose as well as my mouth (along with everything else from my stomach--water, some food) and it burned!! I was hurting and crying and trying to figure out how to get the burning to stop. I finally went out to the living room and, through tears, asked Simon to give me a blessing. He immediate came back to the room and did just that. The burning subsided almost immediately and it was a very nice blessing. I am so grateful for Simon being able and willing to do that.

A realization dawned on me today about a specific way in which the guidance of the Holy Ghost was especially helpful in our planning this pregnancy. Last week when I was vomitting multiple times a day and had zero energy, I was praying through tears (crying had become a common occurance over the last few weeks--my kids were kind of in awe of it and showed lots of concern for me--sweet, fun kids) and wondering why when I had prayed about getting pregnant I had gotten an affirmative answer if it was going to be so awful. I was honestly wishing that I were filling out adoption paper work rather than being so sickly pregnant. Also, I had thought about waiting until after June (when we have a family reunion in Nashville) to get pregnant since I knew I'd probably get feeling sick. But, I decided that we probably shouldn't do our family planning around vacations.

So, we prayed about it and felt like the time was right. Anyway, to get to my point. . .the Zofran pump is very expensive and using it will cause us to meet our deductible and the 20% we pay after that will most likely use up the remainder of our max out-of-pocket expenses for the year. Therefore, if we had gotten pregnant one month later, the baby would be born in the next calendar year (2009) and we would've had to pay our deductible again for all the birthing expenses and our out-of-pocket max would've started back over. Point being, we would not have been able to afford the Zofran pump if that had been the case. So, we are blessed that my pregnancy is starting and ending in the same calendar year.

So, I am grateful for the gospel in our lives, the help from the influence of the Holy Ghost in making decisions, and for Zofran :).

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mother's Day

My day started off great when Simon and Chloe (Aaron was still sleeping) brought me breakfast in bed! It was delicious--french toast and eggs. After eating it I stayed in bed for about another hour (hoping to keep it down. . .). Well, about 10 minutes after I finally got up, everything left in my stomach came back up. Oh, well. So, I barely make it to church, but I had taken some medicine and it did start to kick in (if I keep it down, it usually gives me a couple of hours of relief), so I made it through church. Our ward had all the women go to the Relief Society room for the last 15 min. (the men took over primary, nursery, etc.) and the youth served us cake and fruit. It tasted good. And it wasn't until I got home that any of it came back up. . .

Okay, now for the meal that actually stayed down that day! We went to my mother-in-law's for dinner and it was delicious! Esther made a brisket and chicken enchildas that tasted wonderful! And my sister-in-laws had also made beans, Spanish rice, and guacamole. My contribution. . .the paper products. I couldn't eat too much, but what I did eat tasted great and it stayed down!! Yeah :-) So, I've decided that I need to eat brisket with every meal (it seems as though beef and potatoes stay down better than most other foods. . .)

I didn't take my camera to the dinner, so I "borrowed" the following picture from Vipha's blog :-) Thanks, V! We had our meal in the backyard of Esther's apartment complex. It was a BEAUTIFUL day!! The weather was great!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Gratitude

Okay, since the last couple of posts were mostly me whining about how awful pregnancy is, I decided I need to include a post about some of the things for which I'm grateful! I am glad that I am able to have children (though I think adoption is just as good!). I have two wonderfully cute and affectionate kids. I have a fantastic husband who just finished doing all the dishes (even the handwashing ones!) and cleaned up the kitchen after having put the kids to bed. He's a great husband and father. I'm also very glad that they now have a generic form of Zofran (the best anti-nausea medicine I've had during pregnancy). No, Zofran is no miracle pill, but it does help, and thank goodness for that! I took one about 1/2 hour ago and I think that's why I'm feeling well enough to be typing this! I am glad that I am able to keep down some food :-) I'm grateful for having good friends and a supportive family.

For instance, a few weeks ago I had a playgroup at my house. I totally emptied my stomach about 10 minutes before everyone got here and was feeling pretty miserable. My good friend Joni came in and could immediately tell that I felt awful. Throughout the playgroup whenever one of my kids would get upset about something or just need something, Joni would jump up to take care of it for me. It was really nice. Those small things can mean a lot!

Also, my mother-in-law is a great help! She watches my kids for me about once a week for a few hours. Normally, I am productive around the house or running errands (or taking my mom to a doctor's appointment) during that time, but a couple of weeks ago, I basically just came home and took a nap--it was nice.

And, my sister-in-law Vipha brought us extra taco salad stuff for dinner a few weeks ago and it was great! She's a fantastic cook. I need to take lessons. . .

Also, my sister, DeeAnn (who lives about 45 min. away) came down last week with her son Josh. The kids had a great time with their cousin and it was nice to have someone here! Also, she unloaded, loaded, and ran my dishwasher for me.

And, of course, my mom, who lives with us, is disabled and therefore cannot physically do much, is a help. She has managed to unload and partially load the dishwasher a couple of times (and plans to make it a daily routine), plus she often offers to keep the kids in her room while I take a nap (though she normally wants me to take Aaron for a nap too--he tends to get into everything. . .) and she's just a great person to have around for some adult conversation during the day and emotional support. She's trying her best to be as independent as she can be in her situation.

Okay, well, those are my thoughts of gratitude for the day--I could take up pages and pages about how great each individual member of my family is!