First pregnancy checkup is now scheduled for next Tuesday, April 13, at 3:30.

That is all. Now I’m either going to puke or go back to sleep. I haven’t quite decided yet.

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Progesterone gel: because natural pregnancy related fatigue was not enough

Every night I get to use the wonderful progesterone gel. I started Tuesday I think… Or maybe it was Wednesday. Whatever, I started last week. I. Am. So. Tired. The people I’ve talked to online said that they were tired the entire time they were on it, but it wasn’t as bad after the first week. Fingers crossed that it’s the same way for me! I’m just lucky that I didn’t take classes like I had considered because I honestly don’t know how I would have made it through them. Falling asleep in class is generally frowned on.

Saturday was a terrible day with the nausea. I felt like crap the entire day & missed a night out with our friends. Even if I could have gotten it together enough to leave the house, there was no way I would have been able to handle a Mexican restaurant.

The nausea hasn’t been bad today. It’s still there, but it comes & goes, which I can handle. It’s the fatigue that’s getting to me. All I want to do is sleep. Really, that’s all I want to do. It’s hard for me to form coherent thoughts, which explains why my posts are so erratic right now.

I have no idea how long I’ll be using it for. I just keep telling myself that it’s worth it because it will help us have a baby this time. I’d really like to go to sleep & just have someone wake me when the first trimester is over.

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Might stay off my birth board for the next few weeks

I’m not active on babycenter like I was last pregnancy. I think it’s because I’ve been through a lot of the first trimester stuff on the boards. When I miscarried half of my board was entering their 2nd trimester already, so I’ve read it all.

I’m at the tail end of my birth board since I’m due at the end of November. Now it ranges from about 6 to 11 weeks along and as with every birth board, we’ve got a lot of miscarriages at this point. Reading the posts doesn’t upset me. I feel sorry for the women going through it and I wish I could actually say something that would make them feel better.

For now I think I’m just going to lay low & count the days until my ultrasound. It’s difficult for Misha to go the day I’ve made the appointment (April 9) & I really want him to be there. I’m going to try to schedule it for the next week. I actually like that better because I’ll be past the 7 week mark & the longer you wait, the more you see. The difference between my first and second ultrasounds was amazing.

A small part of me wants to have the ultrasound as soon as possible, but a bigger part wants to wait. Plus, If I wait they’ll have my blood work back & we can talk about where my levels are at. I’d re-read this post to edit it & make sure it makes sense, but I’m too tired to care.

Oh, and I totally had my first crying episode today. I was reading a story & it was a little sad & sent me into tears. So glad Misha wasn’t home for that.

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pork chops & applesauce

Okay, not exactly. It’s actually Cheerios & apple juice. The nausea has finally let up some today and that’s what I came up with to eat. If the nausea stays gone I’ll try to eat some real food. Now just to try to find something that won’t result in heartburn.

I’m trying not to complain too much because I’m so happy to finally be pregnant again, but how many weeks until the first trimester is over?

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I gave in & took a Zofran tonight. I was determined not to take any unless I wasn’t able to keep anything down. After flushing my dinner (& continuing to feel so queasy that the room was spinning) I gave in and took one of the lower strength ones.

I’ll do a post tomorrow about how wonderful the progesterone gel is. That is if I can wake up long enough to post it.

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Pregnant ladies need to chillax

On my first birth board a bunch of women were claiming to feel their babies move at 7 weeks. They were convinced. ‘I feel flutters! I know it’s my baby!’. It cracked me up, but it annoyed me at the same time. One swore up & down that it felt like ‘little butterfly wings’ and when she said “Hi baby, Momma loves you.” The movement would increase.I’m not sure if that’s crazy or simply delusional.

I had to say something. You know, cause I’m that person. I informed them that they had gas. There was no way they were feeling their babies. Just wasn’t happening. They went ape shit. Wanted me off the board. Lot’s of ‘I don’t care what she says, this is my baby & I know what I feel.‘ So on & so forth.

This time around it’s belly pictures. Everyone is showing their baby bumps at 5-8 weeks. Really? You think you have a “baby bump” at 5 weeks? You’re bloated at best, just fat at worst, and most likely pushing your abdomen forward and arching your back. (Yeah, we can see that your back is arched in the pictures.)

I get being excited. I am excited. I want to feel flutters but I’m willing to give it time. My pants had just gotten tight before my miscarriage and I’m looking forward to getting to that point again. It’s all part of being pregnant, but I see no need to rush it. Enjoy it as it comes & stop annoying the sane pregnant ladies.

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You need a better bedside manner lady

I get a call at 8:47 this morning from the nurse I don’t like at the OBGyn office.

  • Me: Hello
  • Nurse: “Season, we got your blood work back.” (long pause & a sigh) “She’s gonna put you on progesterone.”
  • Me: “So, does that mean my levels are low?”
  • Nurse: …
  • Me: “This is something I need to know. Are my levels low?”
  • Nurse: (another long pause) “Your level is 18.9 and she wants you a little higher. You’ll need to come back in for blood work in one to two weeks.”

I get off the phone freaking out a little because I have no idea what 18.9 means. Is that low? What should it be at? Is the progesterone going to be enough? Gah!

I do a little search on progesterone levels in early pregnancy I found a wonderful page that calmed my nerves. During the first trimester, the progesterone levels can range from 9-47. The normal level for 5-6 weeks pregnant is between 12 & 20. At 18.9, I’m actually doing fine. I’m thinking she should have said that my levels are good, but the doctor wants to see them a little bit higher just to be cautious.

I start on the progesterone gel tomorrow. Lena has it on order because we didn’t have it in stock. Here comes the real nausea! Guess I better have a good meal tonight in case I don’t feel like eating much for the next month. It’s okay though. It’s worth it to me even if it turns out to be an unnecessary precaution.

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Isn't that a contradiction?

I am craving hot chocolate yet at the same time the thought of it makes me want to puke. I mostly feel okay unless I think of food. I was telling Misha that I was going to make potato salad & had to throw the phone down to run & throw up. Pregnancy is so odd. I haven’t needed to take any Zofran yet, so hopefully I can continue with that.

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Should have stopped before the churros

This is a story about puke. It is all about puke. I wouldn’t read it if I were you, but it’s here.

I’ve been craving churros, chocolate ice cream, & hot chocolate from Hugo’s for weeks now, so we went there for dinner with Dan & Tara tonight. They’ve changed the items on the plato de vegetales & it is so lame now. Two of the things on it are sour & pungent to the point that they almost made me barf at the table. I ate around them, but then sat there with the plate in front of me for more than 10 minutes. Tara moved the plate to their side of the table & Dan had to smell it until the waiter finally came to clear dishes.

I wasn’t feeling great after that, but decided that I wanted those damn churros. They were really good & I left feeling only a little queasy. About 5 minutes after leaving, I had to use a barf bag. I managed to hold off until we got home then lost my entire dinner in the kitchen sink. Have I ever mentioned that the garbage disposal in that sink is broken? Yeah, that was fun.

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Not complaining

I’m not complaining since I refuse to have morning sickness & if I did happen to be nauseous right now it would not compare to the last pregnancy.

However, I will say that I would really like for it to cool down in Houston. Sometimes when one is feeling nauseous if they breathe in cold air it helps calm the nausea. Hypothetically, were I to attempt this today (not that I have since I’m not queasy at all) I would be met with muggy air that is not conducive to regular breathing, much less cleansing breaths.

This hypothetical nausea could not be considered Zofran worthy, but is annoying none-the-less. It would be making eating difficult since hypothetically I would become queasy almost every time I thought of food. Especially chocolate.

Donuts sounded good last night & I was afraid I was going to have to sit on Misha so he wouldn’t drive across town to the 24 hour Shipley’s so I could have fresh donuts.

One awesome thing is that as I expected, my dad has not contacted me to get together for lunch like he threatened to. Hey, at least he’s consistent!

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