Posts Tagged ‘total exhaustion’

This Week

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

It’s been a week of ups and downs.

[+] Up: I felt the baby move for the first time a week ago.  We think it’s going to be a kickboxer like its mommy.

[+] Down: This kid requires more calories than I normally intake during the day and I can’t actually *eat* that much without serious indigestion.

[+] Up: My pregnancy pants fit and will hopefully last me throughout the pregnancy.  They also look better than my normal work clothes.

[+] Down: I’m getting fat.  (Yes, I have a complex about my weight.)

[+] Up/Down: I got my pregnancy tops in the mail from Old Navy.  The only problem: I overestimated my size and am having to exchange a few because they’re WAAAAAAY bigger on top than I am.

[+] Down: Got hit with really severe stress on Tuesday night that kept me home Wednesday with panic attacks and Thursday with the mother of all migraines.  I had to actually take narcotics for it because the pain was so severe and I can’t have any of the normal NSAID’s or triptans because of teh baby.

[+] Up: I’m almost to the halfway point of this pregnancy.

The stretch marks on THE TUMMY look like a little kid ran their fingernails down each quadrant of it.  I’d post a picture but I don’t think people want to be grossed out that much!

The next pre-natal appointment is Tuesday and we’ll talk about scheduling the next ultrasound at that point.  My guess: probably late February/early March to check for the pulmonary artery atresia.  We’ll also find out at that point if the baby will be Katie or Daniel.

A Pregnant Christmas

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

I spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day at home trying to get my new laptop to work.  We flew to Seattle on the 27th and got back today around 4:30 MST.  (Hence the pause in posting, OK?)

My mommy was nice enough to hem my maternity pants from Old Navy and Target.  I don’t even want to know how much material she had to cut off in order to shorten them adequately — let’s just say that I have a 27″ inseam and leave it at that, OK?  I also still need to find maternity tops because my current batch of shirts are not quite long enough to cover my growing tummy.  Thankfully, I still have skirts I can wear when the weather isn’t sub-zero.

I did have my Saturday vomiting time on the 27th just before we got the rental car.  (I then had to deal with Seattle traffic.  Oh flipping joy.)  I had nothing in my stomach so I was just dry-heaving.  The nausea hit again on Monday and while I did make it to the toilet on that one, laundry was still required to take care of the other thing that happens whenever I start vomiting too hard.  There was also the tired achy feeling I’d get if I didn’t sleep well which is currently making me doubt my ability to stay up until midnight tonight.

Catching Up

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

It was bloody cold (-20F) last Saturday and we had a storm with blowing snow… but I decided to go to Great Falls anyway.  When I hit the edge of Shelby (the nearest town to us), I got hit rapidly with nausea and puked all over myself and my coat and the front seat of the car.  Thankfully, I had a spare coat in the car as well as spare gloves and there was a big enough plastic bag to put all my outerwear into.  I still had to do a couple errands though and I was rather self-conscious about my appearance!  I finally got home, stripped off my nasty clothes, showered, and huddled under blankets.  With windchill, it was -42F outside and I wasn’t much warmer!!!

I got flattened with nausea and vertigo on Monday (in addition to complete lack of sleep) so I was just at work from Tuesday to Friday.  Friday, I had my pre-natal appointment and told Dr. Awesome that I wanted a flu shot.  I mean, I seem to be getting EVERYTHING going around (no thanks to certain of my co-workers who are incapable of washing their hands after they cough or sneeze) and even though I’m having a little bit of reaction to the shot (I’m mildly allergic to eggs), it’s probably the best thing for me.  We’re also temporarily upping my Effexor XR to deal with panic and anxiety right now from the pregnancy hormones.

The fun part of the appointment: the sea monkey did not want to be found for a heartbeat (probably because the little brat was somewhere around my back) so after 5 minutes of pressing on my lower abdomen with her Doppler reader, Dr. Awesome called over to the hospital and told them she needed to play with their ultrasound machine.  So… we marched over there 20 minutes later and they put more cold gel on my stomach and pressed some more.  They did see the baby and we *did* have a fetal heartbeat (148 for those interested).  The sea monkey looks a whole lot like Gollum right now!!!

I did finally get down to Great Falls yesterday and made out like a bandit at Old Navy!  3 pairs of pants for $40.  Granted, I need to take them to Seattle with me next weekend to get hemmed but that’s doable.  Target was also good though I think I might end up taking one pair back when we head to the airport next Friday. They also weren’t having a sale so I think I paid about $60 for the two pairs I got there.  I’m going to go on the Old Navy site and see about finding some tops that work (i.e. that are long enough to cover my belly).

Oh yeah… and I was actually somwhat prepared with a plastic bag when the nausea hit yesterday! I must remember to have saltines with me though…

One Trimester Down… Sort Of

Friday, December 12th, 2008

I’m at 13 weeks as of today which means I’ve survived one trimester of this.  Go me.

I am still totally exhausted.  I was home on Thursday because I was too sleep-deprived to function… and that’s saying something considering that I stare at a computer screen 8 hours a day!!!  Everyone keeps telling me that this will get better.  Anyone want to propose a date for this?!?!?!?

Oh yeah… I also need to go shopping for pregnancy pants tomorrow as well as find someone to shorten them.  This should be fun…

No Immune System

Friday, November 21st, 2008

I’m on Day 3 of almost-complete bedrest while trying to get over a really nasty cold that Jon gave me.  Well… not complete bedrest the first day because I had to go to Great Falls to see my FABULOUS Neurologist. I’d been playing message tag with her for three weeks and decided to just bite the bullet and go to see her.  (I was not disappointed.  Visits with her are like sitting at $tarbucks with a friend.)  She found something I could take for the really bad migraines that is pregnancy-safe (it’s basically Tylenol and caffeine) and she also gave me all the research she had been doing on pregnancy and migraines.  (I’m apparently her first pregnant patient.  This is actually not a bad thing because she’s researching all the current information instead of going off of whatever they would have told her when she trained to be an ARNP.)

Another plus: I got quite a bit of crocheting done on the Sea Monkey blanket while she and I visited.

Mostly, I’m just really frustrated because I’m not sleeping well and I think getting this cold is part of that as well as the pregnancy fatigue.  The Ambien that Dr. Awesome gave me isn’t working at the moment and I’m having coughing fits so I’m waking up frequently.

I do owe a big thank-you to Justin at Liberty Drug for transferring my prescription over today and filling it after I’d discovered that I only had a one-day supply left and wasn’t going to make it to my normal pharmacy.  It was a bright spot in my day.

Oh yeah… Heather from Dooce.Com is due a week before me.  The cats seem to be taking my pregnancy better than her daughter Leta is taking hers.

Squeezing Blood from Turnips

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Trying to get the energy to move at times is like squeezing blood from turnips. Seriously, there are days when getting up and starting my day is almost impossible. The sea monkey is just draining the energy from me. Then again, I’m not having any morning sickness so it’s pretty much the only way I know that he/she is still there and OK.

Also… could someone remind me not to boost myself up onto metal counters in such a way that I toss all my weight on my abdomen? It was a little scary to realize that I could have hurt the sea monkey today.