I’m still alive. I’ve survived the first trimester . . . but just barely. My kids, my house, and my sanity are only a little worse for wear.
But first, let’s back up a bit. Since I haven’t been around much it’s probably best to start at the very beginning. Just before Thanksgiving I missed my period. I’ve been all over the place since I stopped nursing earlier in the summer so I didn’t think much of it. I keep a random stash of dollar store pregnancy tests to easy my mind when I need to reassure myself so I took a test and when it came back negative I tossed it in the trash and went on with my day.
Several hours later I was rushing around finishing up a few chores and I grabbed my bathroom trash to take out. When I glanced in the trash can I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. My previously negative pregnancy test now had two lines on it. Two lines. As in it was now the opposite of negative.
So I did what any reasonable person would do. I had my 10 year old babysit (and this NEVER happens around here) while I rushed to the nearest store and bought every pregnancy test I could get my hands on.
The results of those were pretty straight-forward.
If you know my pregnancy history you’ll know I had a mixed reaction. On one hand, I desperately wanted my toddler to have a sibling her age. On the other hand, my pregnancies are complicated and haven’t always had a happy ending.
So I panicked and made my doctor fit me right in . . . my family practice doctor since we are new in the area and he took one look at my history and kicked me out of his office as fast as he could. I got into the high risk OB pretty quickly after that and they did an ultrasound on my first visit since I have had subchorionic bleeds with every single pregnancy in the past.
Our ultrasound showed a bit more than we bargained for.
So things got interesting. And then I got sick. Really, really sick. Like I felt like I was going to die sick. I’ve always had hyeremesis during pregnancy. This was hyperemesis on steroids.
Which is why I haven’t been around much. All my energy has been used to try and survive each day. If I have any extra energy I might have brushed my hair a few times. We’ve had an enormous amount of help and are EXTREMELY grateful for that. We never would have survived otherwise.
Now I’m at week 14 and I’m starting to almost feel human again. Of course I’ve had a 10 pound weight loss (and I’m pretty impressed that I managed to keep it to that) and that’s only thanks to a massive amount of anti-nausea drugs. When the drugs weren’t doing enough to help my dr. sent me to the ER and started threatening to admit me to the hospital until things were more under control. Ten hours later they finally agreed to send me home with an IV and a home health nurse so I could get daily fluids at home.
That obnoxious little IV has been a lifesaver. The vertigo I’ve been suffering with for the last few weeks is almost gone. I was able to eat a solid meal and keep it down for the first time in 9 weeks. I’m sitting upright while typing this. That’s huge. I even managed to drive my kids to their weekly school class, which is amazing since I haven’t driven my car more than once or twice since November.
So now I’ve survived the first trimester. And I’m hoping I’ll keep feeling better from here on out. The scary part is I’m not creeping up on the time when I lost my 4th so the second trimester scares me a bit. I’ll breath a lot easier once I make it to the 25 week mark and these babies have at least a chance of survival.
I’ll still probably be moving a bit slow for a while but you should start seeing more activity around here. . . although if anyone has something interesting to share and wants to do a guest post I certainly wouldn’t turn that down.
In the meantime, I’ll be updating a lot more on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook if you want to follow along there. I’ll just leave you with a 14 week 3d twin ultrasound picture that will get me through the next few weeks until we get another peek.
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