Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Culprit

As some of you know, I have been dealing with some pretty rockin' morning sickness.  Of course what makes this even more awesome, is the wicked diarrhea counterpart.  I am not one to complain, considering it took us 16 months and lots of heartache to get here, but the constant trips to the bathroom and the pain in the butt (literally) were starting to wear on me. 
Yesterday morning was no exception. 
You could literally hear my stomach gurgling all the way across our bedroom.  I couldn't eat breakfast, I just wanted to sleep, and in the end, I was a crying mess before work.  I decided to called Dr. S's office, because this just couldn't be normal.
His nurse Julie is so awesome.  She gets on the phone with me and says, "Oh Courtney, honey, you sound terrible."  Yes Julie.... I am feeling rotten.  We discussed what I have been eating lately, drinking lately, and the pills I am taking.  I could pretty much rule out anything I have been eating or drinking because I most eat organically and drink water all the time.   Like I told you on Monday, we were pretty sure it was my Metformin that was upsetting my tummy and now we know for sure it is.  Sneaky little bugger.
We decided to forgo the Metformin for now.  He said that while it is a good pill to take, I cannot continue to have diarrhea like this and be so sick all the time.  I can try taking it again in a few weeks and just starting taking a 1/2 tab at night, and then wait a few days, and then take another.  We are going to go really slowly with this.
I will say, I didn't take it last night and even though I am still nauseated this morning, it is more manageable and I am feeling a million times better.  I welcome all these symptoms.  I relish them, cherish them, and appreciate them. 
I am finding sleeping is starting to become uncomfortable.  My tummy is nauseated so it isn't fun to sleep on my stomach and my back is uncomfortable so I bit the bullet and ordered this awesome pregnancy pillow from Amazon.  It looks totally cool and I am hoping it will help be supportive. Isn't it cool?

They had the same ones at Target for $70 but of course, Amazon had them for only $60 and I got free shipping.  It should be here in 5 days.  I can't wait!

Have a good Thursday everyone!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Seven Dwarfs Complex- First Trimester

I think all pregnant women, including myself, suffer from something I like to call, The Seven Dwarfs Complex.
I'm not talking about Dopey and Doc; I'm talking about the other seven, little-known dwarfs:

Those are all the dwarfs in the first trimester.  I can safely say that I have been all of those dwarfs thus far in my pregnancy.  Especially Bloaty, Sleepy, Pukey, and Worrier....

This morning I am once again very nauseated, tired, and, since I am slowly starting my metformin again, I am having a massive amount of gastrointestinal distress.  It all adds up to a pretty outstanding morning. Not.
I am taking most of this in stride, but man, the diarrhea is really starting to kill me a little.  I hadn't been taking my Metformin for a while and then at my appointment last Monday, Dr. S wanted me to start taking it again.  I had completely forgotten that you had to start taking it gradually and I just went back to my regular dose.
I spent the better part of three days in the bathroom.  This may be a TMI, but it got so bad, I had to use Desitin to "ease the pain."  How awful is that?

I waited until last night to slowly try the Metformin again.  My tummy is pretty upset today.  I am going to talk to Dr. at my appointment next week and see if there is anything we can do.  I am making sure that these "issues" don't make me dehydrated, but man!  Drinking even more water than I already do, has me in the bathroom like every half hour.  Let's just move my office in there shall we?

I suppose I better get to work.  Besides, I feel the other dwarf coming..... CRABBY.

Have a good rest of the say!


Monday, April 18, 2011

What has it been? Like a month?!

Good morning all!

I can't believe it has been almost a month since I last posted.  How crazy!  I am so much to fill you in on.

Well, I haven't posted in a while because I have been keeping a secret:

I'm pregnant.

Yes, that's right; I am the sacred vessel. 

You don't know how many times I wanted to write, scream, and yell it from the rooftops, but I needed to wait.  My dad and Sandymom and my cousin S read my blog and I wanted to make sure they found out from me and not my blog.

The cat is now outta the bag and I will be back to posting like normal.  Here is the skinny:

I am 7 1/2 weeks pregnant.  I am due on Dec. 3, 2011.  Needless to say, Robert and I are VERY excited.  It is hard to be 100% excited because when you are an IF mom, you always have a nagging in the back of your mind and you are praying that everything goes smoothly.  I am trying to stay as positive as possible.
I am taking the prometrium twice a day as a precaution.  Dr. S said I only had to do it once a day, but I am not taking any chances.  I am also back on my Metformin and obviously a prenatal vitamin.  I am watching what I eat, taking it easy, and dealing with all my new pregnancy things.  My chest has been very sore and almost kind of swollen.  I am a pretty busty girl as it is, and when I read that I could grow a whole cup size in the first trimester; I could have thrown up. 
Speaking of throwing up, I seem to be doing a lot of that lately.  I was queasy, vomiting, and having diarrhea all last week.  It was just rotten.  It is funny though, when you have had such trouble becoming pregnant, you almost don't mind the constant vomiting.  Usually when I vomit, I cry, but that seemed to stop.  I just get it over with and I almost feel lucky to be doing it, because it is validation that I am actually and finally pregnant.
As with any IF mom, I am hyper aware of my body.  Every twinge, pain, gas bubble, makes me nervous.  I am trying my hardest to relax and just put my trust in God.  I know He will take care of me.

I have my next appointment on April 27th.  I am excited for it.  We already had our first ultrasound, but it was so early that we could barely see anything.  We should be able to see more at this appointment.  I am labeled as high risk so I will get an ultrasound at every visit.  I am grateful for that. :-)  Oh, and there is only one baby!  Haha!  everyone was sure it would be twins! Haha

It is kind of a relief to have the cat out of the bag.  I am sure some people in my position would have waited longer to "announce" it, but I am going to be excited damnit!  I want to be excited and positive, instead of cowering in my house for 3 months. 

Now I can keep everyone posted!  I missed you guys! 
Talk to you soon!