16 weeks and the size of an avocado!

Hello!  It’s been a while?  So much to update you on!  Per my headline, our son is 16 weeks now and for the most part I have been feeling good. In case you are curious, I will share some of my emotional and physical symptoms so far:

  • Near daily migraines!  I have suffered from them since I was 12 years old (I’m 40 now), so hopefully they will not visit you if you have no history of them.  I hadn’t had 1 in nearly a year and literally when I came to the end of the 1st trimester they hit me.  I tried to get by on Tylenol but eventually relented and now take a single dose of Butalbital.  It has been a God-send and I highly recommend.
  • I have cramps when I get in bed at night on and off.  My doctor says this is normal and as long as there is no bleeding, just continue to drink a ton of water, which will help.
  •  I do have days of extreme moodiness but I can’t necessarily blame that on my pregnancy.  I think life’s frustrations can just be exasperated when we aren’t feeling well.
  • I get a facial or massage every 2 weeks and highly recommend!  I go to a local spa that offers a $30 special every Tuesday, so the price is right.
  • I manage to get on my treadmill 3-4 times a week.  I do it first thing in the morning so I get it out of the way.  Bruno Mar’s 24K keeps me motivated and enthused.. ha!
  • The skin on both sides of my nose is EXTREMELY dry, red and irritated.  This has never been an issue in the past and my obstetrician said it is very likely hormonal from my pregnancy.  He recommended trying Aquaphor and it has been a big help.
  • My diet is in serious need of attention.  I crave bad stuff and have been indulging!  I’m going to try to start being more mindful and get more veggies, which is something I have been averse to for some reason (I usually love them?).

I can’t say I’m really showing just yet.  I had a little chub any way, so I’m sure part of it is now baby but let’s be honest… most of it is just plain fat!  In the next month or so I expect that to change.

On an unrelated topic, I have a 13 year old dog named Colie that has terminal cancer.  I noticed his neck glands were very swollen last December and assumed he was fighting an infection of some sort.  I waited a few days and after no improvement took him to the vet where he was diagnosed with lymphoma.  I was stunned and a bucket of tears for days as he rapidly declined… it was an absolute shock.  I was emotionally preparing myself to say goodbye when my husband said he would like for us to try chemo.  I had never heard of such a thing?! Long story short, we spent nearly $5k (it was worth every penny) and almost immediately after starting the treatment he drastically improved.  Doggie chemo is much different than it is for humans and overall they tolerate it well.  We gained a little over 6 more months with Colie before it returned.  We have decided not to seek further treatment and just keep him comfortable and enjoy every day with him.  I’m aware that being able to afford the treatment was a tremendous blessing and at nearly any other time in my life it would not have been an option.  I will never forget my husband’s love and generosity by suggesting that we pursue treatment and having the extra time with our boy has been a gift I will forever cherish.

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I share this story because it is a reminder that even though we can have something wonderful happening in our lives, more often than not, there is also a challenge we are also facing.  We seldom have it all at the same time now do we?  I know sadness and grief are in our near future when we face losing our precious dog and I’m scared to death.  It also turns my attention to thinking about the many obstacles that will face me as a new mom.  Fears and worries will also accompany the joys that will be a part of this blessed experience.  Wherever you are in your life, may my story be an encouragement in some way.  Life can be wonderful and so hard.  Often at the same time.

 

p.s.  I have an entire bag of Crinone gel.  I ordered too much.  If anyone is in need please let me know and I will be happy to donate it to you.  

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