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Western North Dakota , United States
My husband, Allen, and I are high school sweet hearts. We started dating Sep.99'- I kind of followed Allen home one day, and never did leave, is Allen's story. November 02' we were engaged, and on November 22,2003 - we were married. Having been married for 6 years in 2009, marked the 5th year we had been trying to start our family. With the referral of a Fertility Specialist from a friend, our IUI attempts ended up being a complete success despite my doubts. We welcomed our sweet little girl, Hayleigh into the world on June 30,2010 at 6:28am after 37wks and 1 day of gestation. She weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 20 in long. We found out that we were Baby #2 on April Fool's Day- a complete surprise! Reid Allen was born 11/13/12 3:24am 9lbs 8.2oz 21", after 38wks 5 days. Our 3rd baby, Eva Jane, was born on April 19, 2015 after suffering a pregnancy loss June of 2014. We are currently anxiously awaiting baby #4 due 2 days before Eva's birthday, so we are having Irish Twins! Our family is so blessed and happy to be growing!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

9wks and Comparing Pregnancies

Tomorrow is 9wks for baby #2. While this pregnancy has been easier in some ways as of now, I can truthfully say that when I am pregnant, I am a big ole hot mess of snot the first trimester. Both this pregnancy and when I was pregnant with Hayleigh, I struggled with being congested 24/7 until after the first trimester. At least this time around, I am better prepared! With Hayleigh, I gagged and threw up every night when I would be congested, trying to cough it up. This time, I guess my body has learned how not to throw up, or else my stomach is a little bit more prepared.

I went to the hospital over the weekend with a broken tooth, causing an infection/pain in my jaw, and my congestion had gotten soo bad that I have been having to apply hot compressions daily, just to clear my nose up half way. When I saw green snot, and had the pain start in from my tooth, I knew I could not try to put it off anymore. It was not doing me or the baby any good to be tough. So, I went in, and got checked out. They went ahead and prescribed me a zpack antibiotic- safe for me to take while being pregnant. The doctor said that should take care of my tooth as well, buying me a couple of weeks to get the infection gone before we move, and to give me a chance to find a dentist and an ob as soon as we get moved. 

In the other ways of being better prepared... I am sick of coughing soo hard that it makes me pee my pants! SICK OF IT! I know TMI... Ohh well, get over it I guess. Anyway, I finally went out and got me a pack of depends pads to cure peeing my pants, and picked up some more Sudafed 24hr dose. Sudafed seems to be the only thing I can take besides Benadryl, and works 100% better than Benadryl, without knocking me out. So, other than being congested, and a little dizzy from my sinuses draining, I've felt great....a little tired, but great. I'm not had as much nausea with this pregnancy, but I think that is due from me learning to snack A LOT. I think throughout the day, I take care of Hayleigh, camped out in my bedroom, rest, eat, pee, eat,blow my nose, drink iced water, eat, enjoy a quite bath after Hayleigh is asleep, eat, then sleep, and repeat. And Bras, yes bras..... I know my boobs are far bigger than they were when I was pregnant and after I had Hayleigh. OMG! I feel like I have soccer balls for boobs this time. I've already had to go up 2 bra sizes! TWO!!! gesh! Maybe this time I can actually produce milk like a factory, instead of trying everything possible to try to produce any. I had better as big as these things have gotten! Needless to say, I can no longer go into a store and just buy a bra by the size it is on the rack without trying it on first.... I learned that the hard way after getting home, and not even being close to getting the sucker on! So, after 2 bra exchanges, I now try EVERYTHING on. 

As far as things I have not been prepared for.... GAS. Yes, gas. The first night I started my zpack, I had to take two to kick start it off. That night, I woke up out of a dead sleep with an incredible pain in my abdomen. I knew I was not having problems with the baby, but could feel this pain moving- a lot like a really hard contraction- from what I remembered being in labor with Hayleigh. The pain moved all the way down to my bottom, and I found myself getting sick over the pain, and running to the bathroom. Let's just say that any problems I have had of almost being constipated, are completely cured now. My first thought through all of the pain was relating it to being in labor, and thinking to myself, I don't care about being tough this next time I'm in labor- I'm getting an epidural! 

Among other things, I've become more emotional over things, which was to be expected. I'm a little bit more moodier, but I've also got a lot more on my plate this time than when I did when I was pregnant with Hayleigh. Sure, my grass looks like it is a foot tall- probably is, my house is a disaster- there are boxes everywhere, but, I am taking care of Hayleigh, me and the baby foremost. Those things can wait for now. I would rather have a healthy and happy family, than a clean house, and freshly mowed perfectly stripped yard, and be miserable. 

Other happenings.... let's see, Allen is coming home to visit for a week on this Sunday night!!!! It is very weird that he has been gone 99% of my pregnancy so far. I know it really bothers him, because it bothers me. I wish he could have been here when we found out we were expecting. But, things don't work out like we want them to. I also go back to work tomorrow, and Friday for my last two days of work. 5am is not looking too great to me right now, considering I've been lying in bed until 10-10:30 the past week, trying to let my body rest all I can to help fight this sinus infection off, and grow a healthy baby at the same time. 

I am getting anxious about moving. I just want to kind of get it done and over with. I hate being in limbo, and would just like to be over this sinus crap already, and enjoying being outside playing with Hayleigh as much as I can. 

Hayleigh had her last wellness check up on Monday, here in Olney. Of course, I got the third degree about vaccinations, and about Hayleigh still drinking milk out of a bottle. It doesn't really bother me anymore. I feel like I know my child more than the doctors do as far as her eating habits go. She will not drink milk out of a sippy. We tried cold turkey, but she does not like milk in general- I never have really either, so I am not pushing the issue until she turns two, and then I will just supplement a different way- pedisure, or something else. I know I will definitely be getting Allen and Hayleigh vaccinated against whooping cough before this baby comes, along with any family that will be visiting after the baby is born, and I will have to wait until after I have the baby to receive the vaccination. The baby will be born in the winter months, and that is just one thing I worry about- colds, and sickness. As far as vaccinations go, we will probably still stick with the two and talking for the most part. From what we have researched, I would rather wait a bit, before starting vaccinations- it is what we are comfortable with, and may not agree with or work with what others believe. 

Anyway, we are all doing good for the most part, just getting anxious to see Allen, and anxious about the big move as well. 

Baby #2 developments for the week: 

How your baby's growing:

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.

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