Oh friends. I have been through the wringer the past couple of weeks. My hyperemesis / morning sickness is pretty under control, and now I'm only getting sick once or twice a week. I've barely used my Zofran pump this week and things are going ok. I am grateful that the baby is healthy, but I feel like momma just can't catch a break!
I didn't feel stellar while we were in Austin, but I thought it was just from traveling and staying up late. Even though I was sleeping most of the day, I was just fatigued and weak. When we got home, I felt like I just couldn't catch up. No matter how much I slept, I was just still exhausted. On Thursday or Friday when I realized that I was only awake for 5-8 hours every day, and still couldn't focus on things, I called my doctor. My iron level was really low so I started on bigger supplements. They've helped a little, but supposedly take six weeks to fully kick in.
Last Monday I went in for my glucose test. I completely failed it and had to go back Wednesday for the three hour test. I didn't eat anything after dinner and by the time all of my blood draws were finished it was after lunch. Needless to say I was tired, sick and exhausted.
At Monday's appointment I was having some GI issues that I mentioned to my doctor. She said "Here take this and if it doesn't kick in within a couple of hours, call me and we'll discuss the next steps." Of course with my amazing luck, it didn't work. So in the midst of Houston's flood, we dropped Georgia off with friends (thank you M family!!! So much!) and checked in.
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I recovered within the next couple of days (not from the embarrassment, though), but I can't wait for my iron levels to pick up. I'm trying to sleep 10-12 hours at night, and I usually still feel like I need a nap. David has been out of town for the weekend and I'm just beat. Georgia told me I wasn't any fun, and I spent all day yesterday feeling so grumpy about anything and everything possible.
Oh! And right before we left for Austin, a small piece of a filling popped off when I was flossing my teeth. It started hurting Wednesday, so I went to see my doctor Thursday. Had to get a root canal first thing Friday morning. Ugh - seriously!
And now as I'm sitting here typing this, I have four or five HUGE patches of red, itchy skin on my thighs and calves. It feels really warm to the touch and itches like crazy. I've used some hydrocortisone, regular lotion and some organic essential oil type stuff. I guess I'll just keep an eye on it and hope it doesn't spread...
On the good side of things - I am loving not feeling sick and vomiting all hours of the day! On the nights I don't wear my pump, I'm usually nauseous in the morning for a couple of hours, but it has made me switch from drinking coffee and sweet tea at breakfast to juice and water, which is so much healthier.
My bump is small when I wake up, but by the end of the day I am feeling it! I have Braxton-Hicks contractions pretty much all day starting around lunchtime until I go to bed. My tummy just feels heavy and there's so much pressure. I feel like I'm carrying much lower than I did with Georgia. I think I've gained six pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight (which puts me at around 16 pounds gained over all, which is right on track). This is the first week my non-maternity pants and jeans have felt too tight, so I'm pretty much always in maternity jeans or a dress. Or David's sweatpants when I'm at home.
This baby is a wild one! Georgia hardly ever moved and never "passed" the kick count tests. This one? They want me to feel her kick 10 times in two hours. I usually count 10 times in any 10 seconds! It kind of has me scared for when she gets here. I have a feeling shes' going to keep me on my toes!
|I'm supposed to have as many liquids as possible, so I go get a strawberry shake from Potbelly's every single day. I'm not kidding. I guess I should be thankful they only have one size.|