Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

13 Weeks & A Nasty Cold

So I'm 13 weeks & I have a nasty cold. I started to have a sore throat Sunday afternoon and was just all around achy. I woke up yesterday feeling compleyely miserable. And today is even worse. Sore throat, headache, tired, body aches, stuffy nose and low grade fever. Blech. I guess the only plus is that because I am so stuffy, I can't smell or taste anything and so I'm not really too nauseated right now. Yay for a break from HG! But boo for just feeling terrible.

13 weeks

Jorge is working late tonight and tomorrow night. It might be cereal for the kids for dinner then. They'll be so happy! I have carpool duty today and tomorrow. Good thing I don't have to get out of the car for that. I'm still in the pj's I put on Sunday after church. Gross, I know. I don't have the energy to shower.

But look what Jorge brought home for me last night! After 9+ years of marriage, THIS must mean love!!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lydia's 3rd Angel Birthday

It's hard to believe that we lost Lydia 3 years ago (yesterday). So many amazing things have happened in the past 3 years.  I am convinced it is a direct result of her loss and the surrounding events and healing that took place in our lives during the aftermath. We miss her and all of our other babies, oh so much! But we are a forever family. We know that we will get to see our babies again. I'm so grateful for my knowledge of God's plan for me and my family. I am grateful for my Savior and His Atonement and grace that allows us to be healed and to become whole and to be together in our forever with Him.

We celebrated this year with this beautiful cake I found at Safeway. I knew we couldn't eat it all, but I loved the symbolism of the butterflies. Right after we lost Lydia a dear friend sent me a necklace that is fashioned from a butterfly wing. She reminded me that butterflies are a symbol of resurrection, hope, joy, and new beginnings. And so when I saw this cake, I knew it was perfect.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Jorge is the Birthday Boy!

Yesterday was Jorge's birthday! He doesn't like it when I tell people how old he is, so I'll say he was turning 21 again. But it was such a fun day! He was able to take the day off and we went and visited model homes. Its what he wanted to do! And then while Emmett and I went home for a nap, he went and got a massage. He earned it! He is such an amazing husband and father. Okay, so I'm going to embarrass him and brag a little.

So my hubs is the best ever. Seriously. I love that after 9 years he prioritizes my needs and health over whatever else he'd rather be doing.  I have been sick and exhausted for the last few months, he has really stepped up. He has always been the kind to just jump in and do what needed to be done most of the time, but there are certain things I prefer to do myself. Like loading dishes into the dishwasher or folding laundry. Its not that he does anything wrong. He just doesn't do it very often because I am a stay at home mom. I typically just take care of those things as I go about my day.

With me being sick this pregnancy (and mostly lying around as has been mentioned many times on this blog of late) he has just jumped in head first. He'll call on the way home to see if it was an OK day and I was able to pull myself together and get something in the crockpot or should he cook? Or should he pick up take out because would cooking smells bother me today? What about homework? What do the kids still need to get done? What should he prioritize? Does laundry need done or is that random smell in the house (and I'm the only one who can smell it) still there and he should be on a search for that tonight?

So when I saw this amazing camera on sale that he had his eye on for like the past 3 years, I knew I had to get it for him. I still had some money saved up from the contract job I'd done over the winter (long story for another time) and so I just bought it.

He loved it!!! I'm so glad we were able to celebrate the birth of this awesome man in our lives.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) Update

It's been a while. It's mostly the same old stuff. The first trimester just draaaags on forever because I am so sick. My days consist of me trying to keep food and liquid down, taking meds, vomiting and lots of lying around (in bed, on the bathroom floor, wherever my kids are in the house so I can keep an eye on them) because I am sooooo exhausted. And I can't forget about the weekly Dr appointment to check weight and hydration and viability. Now that I have 3 other kids, I do lots of reminding kids to do chores and homework. It's mostly from wherever I happen to be lying at the moment (in bed, on the bathroom floor, wherever my kids are in the house so I can keep an eye on them). My poor kids.

But in good news, I have had amazing luck with medications this time around! I volunteer with the HER Foundation (when I'm not suffering from hyperemesis myself), and there is an online support group I am a part of. The ladies there had some amazing suggestions for new medications. And fortunately for me, Dr. M is still my Perinatologist and he did the research and filled out all the paperwork to get me the new meds. I AM FUNCTIONAL! 

The first new med is called Kytril (in case there any HG mamas out there looking for help). I have it in a transdermal patch (called Sancuso). It goes on my upper arm. I change the patch once per week as it gives a continuous dose of medication. Its a category B drug in pregnancy which means there are no known risks to baby. (As always, consult your Dr for medical advice or before trying any medication.)

Photo from the Kytril prescribing pamphlet found here

The second new med is Diclegis. Yes, it is the same Medication that Kim Kardashian got in trouble for promoting on Twitter (only because she didn't properly display the FDA information, mind you). Its basically unisom & b6, but it is in a delayed release pill. It works way better than just unisom/b6. Which is good because it is stinking expensive! Over $200 for 120 pills! And I take 4 pills per day! (As always, consult your Dr for medical advice or before trying any medication.)

Photo from the Diclegis website found here

(By the way, If you ARE an HG Mom taking or looking into taking Diclegis, there are coupons to make it less expensive. Just google it. My particular insurance doesn't take a coupon. And we just use our HSA to cover it anyway.)

Paying the money for meds is still way cheaper than paying for a week long hospital stay - which is where I was heading at this point in my pregnancy with Emmett. I'm also taking a heartburn medication. Which most women say, but I'm vomiting! Its not heartburn! You'd be surprised how much difference a heartburn med makes. Seriously!

So let me tell you how much of a difference these meds make... Kytril has been my saving grace. I went from vomiting 10-15 times per day. I vomited literally anytime I tried to put food or fluids of any kind into my mouth. I lost 7 lbs in 5 days. I was severely dehydrated. So much so that after 3 different nurses attempted to get an iv line started they gave up and sent me to the ER where they could call in the Anesthesiologist to start my iv. 

Now I can eat a few high calorie foods and they stay down *most* of the time. I am drinking around 30-50 oz of fluids per day - its sparkling water of various flavors. I have a huge aversion to plain water still. But its fluids! 

I still vomit several times a week. Ugh. Tuna was NOT my friend last week and this week a cheese quesadilla was the enemy. And all sweets are totally off limits. So for me, the pregnancy cravings aren't worth it. I feel pretty nauseated ALL the time, and exhaustion, constipation, headaches, etc... make it worse. But I'm suspecting I'm having more of a "normal"  morning sickness experience this time around (heavily medicated mind you). But, I wouldn't know for sure. Its never happened that way for me before.

So basically I am surviving! And I'm 11 weeks today! I got to see baby on Thursday. I would have to say the only perk of being high risk is that I get to see baby every week. And every week I cry when I see that glorious heartbeat. Having so many losses makes ultrasounds traumatizing. I cry from relief and from joy! Jorge got to come with me this week which made it even sweeter. It was the first time he got to see baby in real time. 

Oh! And Monday is Jorge's birthday! And I can't wait until he sees his birthday present! I have been hiding it for weeks. For now, here is a photo of my ginormously stretched out uterus/belly for you all to enjoy. Haha! Please ignore my dirty mirror and bedroom. Like I said, I've been doing lots of lying around...

11 weeks

***I'm not a doctor. I am not offering medical advice or advocating any prescription medications. I am simply telling what I have been using to treat my Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Please consult your own Dr for advice and treatment for your specific situation.***