Friday, May 29, 2015

April Showers

I have a billion drafts that I'm going to try to get posted soon. So brace yourself for some very outdated recent events. Quite riveting, I know.

Here is our April in pictures.


This picture melts my heart. I had just picked up the kids from school and had to pull over to get sick. And then I started crying because that was just what I did for most of April -- throw up and cry. I was just about to pull out of the parking lot when I looked back at Harper who started saying the sweetest prayer for me to feel better and for the baby to be safe. She and her brother are perfect reminders that this is all worth every moment of misery. She really does have the sweetest heart!

It was their Easter celebration that day and they were hopping around like bunnies

 Our Easter was extremely low key. As in we grabbed some eggs and picked over Easter basket gifts at Walgreens the night before and called it good. We dyed some eggs and they hunted for them the next morning and as you can see, clothes were optional for both. Ha.

can you guess which egg was his favorite?

keeping their expectations low for next year ;)

the hunt was on

we looked over and she had peeled one of her eggs and was eating it

I did at least get them dressed in Easter-y clothes (from last year, but whatev). We didn't make it to church. We did attempt to go to my mom & Tim's house for lunch but it didn't go so well and we were back home shortly after. Here they are posing in front of their eggs. Harrison told us it was a tradition and they had to do it. Oddly it is something he remembers and reminds us to do every year. So Rick dug them out of the garage and stuck them in the ground just for this picture. More procrastination at its finest :)


My mom took the kids with her to work one day when I was back in the hospital. She's a high school teacher and the kids were super excited to go and see all the teenagers and "help" teach them.

not sure what he was saying "yes" to, but I'm sure it was important. Ha!


This is the aftermath of the Great Flood of 2015. It's a much smaller scale than the actual floods going on in Texas right now, but it was the highest flood water our bathroom has ever seen so I feel it is noteworthy.  

I was lying on the couch half supervising the kids and half trying not to die, and clearly the supervising-the-kids part was not going so well. I heard Harrison say something along the lines of, "Mom, there's a little bit of a water problem going on in the bathroom, but don't panic." I go in there and the "little" water problem was 2 inches of water covering the entire floor and seeping down the hallway carpet. It was running down from under the cabinets and I immediately thought a pipe had burst because the faucet was off and there was no water in the sink or the tub. Uh, nope. Upon further investigation it was determined that Harper had plugged the sink, left the water on, flooded the bathroom, realized it maybe wasn't such a good idea after all, turned off the water, unplugged the sink, opened the drawer and pulled out all the washcloths, tried to mop up the water with the washcloths, put the soaking wet washcloths back in the drawer and closed it, and then quickly abandoned ship and pretended like nothing happened. So all the soaking wet washcloths were what was causing the water running down into the cabinets and not, in fact, a burst pipe. I guess she should at least get some credit for trying to solve the problem, but this was not exactly my train of thought upon first discovering her mischief.

Here are a few pictures I took of the 2 days we were at Texas Children's for Harrison's procedure.

feeling good after taking the happy juice
Right before they wheeled him back he put these two stickers on my shirt. One for his momma, and one for the baby. Such a sweet boy.
Day 2
He earned a trip to Toys R Us on the way home for being such a trooper
And the next day, it was my turn for the hospital. Last time I had to go in before getting home health set up. Rick said we needed to document our "date"
While I hibernated for most of the month, Rick took the kids to do some fun things and give them some extra attention. 

haircuts and go-karts

he texted this picture to me...a hat that Harper picked out for him. I'm sure he didn't look creepy at all taking this selfie. HA!

The rest are just random pictures of how we spent our days.

LOTS of Netflix. Found this old gem -- the original Care Bears Movie. I loved this when I was a little girl! My kids were underwhelmed though. :/

Just one of the many examples of how friends took care of us. It seems silly, but I almost cried when I realized she not only bought us fresh fruit, but she cut it up for us too.

Lots of days spent in bed. This little guy knows just how to cheer me up.
As does this little sweetie

and this guy, too! Side note: Both kids are up to date on wedding dress fashion thanks to TLC binge watching.
Kooter, aka Fat Bastard, has been fully appreciating all the bed rest.
One light saber as a weapon and the other as a microphone
This is the result when you give them freedom to dress themselves
and this is the result when you give them freedom to find their own breakfast
and this is the result when you give them freedom to sleep wherever they want
They always keep me quite entertained
LOTS of using their imagination to prevent boredom
forcing a little vitamin D
finding joy in the little things

The best medicine I could ask for

Thursday, May 28, 2015

17 Weeks

I haven't done a pregnancy post since week 13 so I thought I'd document how the second trimester is going. I'm doing a little better, especially from an emotional standpoint. I'm still feeling pretty awful but it's getting a little more manageable at least. I'm smiling a lot more and crying a lot less. The steroids have helped a lot and I'm able to eat a little more variety of foods. I'm still vomiting, but now it's more like 1-3 times a day instead of 10-15 like it was the first couple of months. But the nausea is still pretty constant and I'm still having a hard time getting enough fluids down to keep me hydrated enough, so I'm still needing IV fluids. When the nurse was here last week she had to call my blood pressure in to the doctor since it was only 80/58 (from dehydration) and I got lectured for not calling her sooner. 

Another super fun symptom that I've had this pregnancy that I never had in my other two is ptyalism. Which is basically just a fancy way of saying I have gallons of extra saliva and have had to resort to carrying around a spit cup to prevent even more vomiting caused by swallowing said gallons of extra saliva. Which basically means I am a sexy beast and Rick had no idea exactly how lucky he was going to get when he promised the words, "for better or for worse." I mean, it really doesn't get much hotter than your wife laying around in your clothes filling up cups with spit. Folks, I'm keeping it klassy-with-a-capital-k around these parts. I honestly can't believe I am actually admitting this to the world...but I am trying to keep it real and this child is going to know full well what it took to get her here. Ha! I had never even heard of it before but my doctor said it's more common in HG pregnancies. Thankfully it's only for about half the day at least. 

I'm still nowhere near my normal capacity for activities but I'm getting out of the house a little more lately. I even made it to church on Sunday for the first time in months. I wasn't even in the auditorium for 30 seconds before I began weeping. Singing & worshiping is exactly what my soul needed. The truth that God is so good even amongst trials and suffering is such a beautiful and emotional thing. I've been depressed lately and a huge part of that is because I've been feeling spiritually dry and I have been desperately missing that fellowship with God. I needed to be refueled and it was powerful being back there singing to the Lord and thanking him for His goodness. I didn't make it all the way through the service before having to leave but it was still so worth forcing myself out the door to try.

I went back and looked up what I wrote about how I was feeling during my last two pregnancies. I had HG with Harrison but not quite as severe. But so much of it is exactly the same. I wrote about crying every day, feeling hopeless while looking at how many days are still ahead, peeing my pants, puking in the car on my commute to work, and shutting my office door at lunch and curling up on the floor under my desk. I didn't have my first vomit-free day until week 22 and I'm praying I'll get that same relief this time. I knew I had a rough pregnancy with him but it's funny how you really do forget how bad it truly was once you meet that precious baby. 

Meet My New Best Friend
I Just Got Kicked When I Was Already Down
A Joyous Day!!!

I have my anatomy ultrasound next week. I'm excited but also a little nervous! Placenta previas are almost always a fluke thing and I'm not at any higher risk of having one than I was the first time, but I will feel so much better to have that confirmed by the ultrasound! I know it's silly to worry about something that is almost certainly not going to be an issue and is completely out of my control anyway, so I'm trying to just be excited. It will be fun to see Nugget wiggling around on the screen. It's hard to believe I am getting close to the halfway mark of this pregnancy!

16w4d belly shot
Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 17 weeks

Size of baby: 5 1/2 inches from crown to rump. About the size of a large onion.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I've gained back some of the weight I've lost so now I'm netting a loss of 5 lbs from pre-pregnancy weight.

Maternity Clothes: It was confirmed that all my maternity clothes got donated, but thankfully I was able to borrow a bunch of clothes from a friend. Definitely needing maternity shirts but somehow I'm still able to fit into (and button!!) the majority of my normal shorts and jeans. But I mostly prefer to wear Rick's t-shirts and no pants when we are hanging out at the house since anything tight on my waste makes me even more nauseated. Once again, keeping it classy.

Gender: We found out we are having another girl! She still doesn't have a name but she sure is one loved little sweetie already.

Movement: I'm feeling her move more and more. It's my favorite thing about pregnancy. The kids haven't felt her yet but Rick finally did this week. He was talking to my belly and blowing strawberries on it and she kicked him in the mouth. The look on his face was priceless.

Sleep: It's still pretty rough falling asleep at night but it's gotten a little better. Once I'm finally asleep it's great (other than the big kids sneaking into our bed in the middle of the night and flopping around everywhere!)

What I miss: Feeling good and actually looking forward to doing fun things with the kids instead of dreading them and then just feeling like I'm surviving through them. I'm so ready to be myself again!

Cravings: I'm able to eat a few more foods but I rarely ever crave anything or even have an appetite for anything in particular. It's still mostly based on what I think I can keep down or choosing the least gross thing to throw up. 

Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, dehydration, buckets of saliva, sleepy during the day but insomnia at night. One good symptom I noticed is that I don't have to shave my legs nearly as often. Woo hoo!

Best Moment this week: Continued belly kisses from excited siblings and Rick feeling her move for the first time when she kicked him in the face. Lots of sweet moments that I'm so grateful for!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Holy flooding, Batman! And other happenings.

We had torrential rainstorms earlier this week. Monday night I woke up to an alarm on my phone notifying me that we were under a tornado warning. We retrieved the kids from their room and put them in bed with us while I stayed up watching the radar. The next night our phones went off no less than 5 times due to flash flood warnings. Our house was safe but there was terrible flooding in our area. A few of my friends were stranded over night at various places when they were caught by the rising waters and were unable to get home. We got close to 8" of rain in the span of a few hours.

This is just 5 minutes down the road from our house. This was definitely a day where I was thankful to be home bound!

Part of the roof collapsed at the hospital I frequent. My OB was at the hospital and had to deliver all the babies of women whose doctors couldn't make it in.

His doctor's office is just down the street from the hospital and I had an appointment with him the next morning. We were able to make it there okay by taking a few detours around the streets that were still flooded. The rest of the clinic opened late but since he was already there from the night before it didn't affect my appointment time and the waiting room was a ghost town. Which was a good thing considering I had both the kids with me...their preschool building flooded and had to be canceled for the rest of the week.

They did great!
Harper twirling for the documentary her brother was filming

Harrison guided us through the "secret passageways" of the building


Backing up to Tuesday, I got a call from Harrison's teacher. He got an insect bite on his foot on Sunday. I had been putting cortizone cream on it, but while he was at school it really started to bother him and his foot got so red and swollen that they couldn't even get his shoe back on. So I picked them up a little early and took him to the pediatrician. It was infected so we got some steroid cream and antibiotics.


And since they had great behavior at the doctor, I treated them to happy meals (barf) at their request. I feel obligated to document what happened next. Harrison was adamant that he wanted a cheeseburger...even though he has consistently refused to try one for his whole entire life. Not only did he voluntarily try a normal-sized bite without hesitation (he is the pickiest eater and never tries full bites of new food without a huge fight), but then he happily scarfed that sucker down, commenting repeatedly on how scrumptious it was. KETCHUP, MUSTARD, ONIONS, AND ALL. I seriously wondered what had happened to my son because up until this point in history, he had also refused to try condiments of any kind. I was astonished! And proud! Despite the fact that it was McDonald's and not at all nutritious or really anything resembling a true cheeseburger. Haha.



And yesterday marked day 3 of doctor appointments with both kids in tow. I was planning to take Harrison out of school so I could take him to the allergist while Harper was at school, but since it was canceled she tagged along. Even though he had allergy testing done last year and didn't shed a single tear because it's not painful at all, he flipped out this time. There is NO reasoning with him when he gets like that either. So 4 of us had to hold him down kicking and screaming until he finally realized we weren't lying and it didn't, in fact, hurt.

Harper eventually came out of hiding when she realized we weren't actually mutilating her brother like it sounded based on his pleading and screaming.

The test results were frustrating. It appears he may have grown out of some of his existing allergies (huge yay) but tested positive for a couple of others. One of them was soy, which is heavily linked to vomiting and GI issues so it's worth eliminating from his diet to see if it helps. But I didn't realize it's in like 90% of everything in our pantry. He also tested positive to peanuts, but I have a hard time believing that considering he eats them regularly. It is possible to be allergic to something before ever having a reaction (it builds up in your system over time) but I am skeptical on that one. He'll have the blood component test next to see if it confirms he is allergic or if it was a false positive, which have a 10% rate of occurrence. He still has a tree nut allergy but a few of them tested negative since last year, so now he will have an oral food challenge in the office to see if he's able to ingest them without a reaction.

After his appointment I felt well enough to take him to get a much needed haircut. It worked out well because the barber shop we wanted to try was having an open house which meant free lunch for us that I didn't have to prepare. :)  I love his new stylish summer cut! He is getting so big on me.


Mother's Day was very low key this year. I didn't feel well enough to go anywhere so my mom came over and Rick grilled while we watched the kids play in the backyard. 

intrigued by a worm

the best Mother's Day gift was getting to listen to Nugget's heartbeat on my new doppler

Rick picked this up for me...he's so selfless like that


And a few other pictures from our recent "adventures." I use that term loosely these days. :)

I'm not usually a bath type of girl but I've been making it a point to take one every night instead of a shower. I'm having huge insomnia issues and I have to admit that I'm enjoying my relaxing baths!
We ventured to the park. Harper complained the whole time that her legs were tired and it was way too far to walk. It's like 2 blocks. Life is rough.

I had to stop and throw up along the way which is always lovely. But hey, people let their dogs poop everywhere so what's a little vomit? We got out of the house and got a little exercise so I'm counting it as a success.
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