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Thirteen days shy of a year ago, I began taking Metformin. My periods were completely out of whack. They ranged anywhere from 40+ days to, at one point, nine months in between them. For nearly THREE years since I had gotten off birth control my life was a ball of insane hormones. Thank goodness I’ve got an incredible man by my side because I’m not sure how many would have dealt with the constant insanity.

But back to my point.

About two weeks ago, I began realizing that every time I took my morning dose of Metformin (I was advised by my new doctor at my first ultrasound appointment to continue taking it), an hour or so later, I would feel like death. Well, maybe not so bad, but I was nauseous and rushing to the bathroom because I felt like I needed to throw up. BUT, I also felt like I was going to have diarrhea. I know, not the most glamorous visual. One day I even had to call D home from work because I felt like I wasn’t able to keep a close eye on our foster daughter. What misery.

So.. I began skipping some of the morning dosages to see if my sickness was related to the Metformin. Sure enough, I’d feel like a million bucks on those days. Earlier this week, I used the messaging system (I suppose it’s like email) to contact my doctor to see if I could stop taking the Metformin or swap to something else. Quite frankly, I really wasn’t sure why I was still ingesting the stuff every day. I was never, ever diagnosed with PCOS (it’s typical to take Metformin if you have been). My blood sugar levels were a-okay and I’ve never been diagnosed with diabetes. I was told I was only taking it to regulate my cycles.

After a bit of back and forth communication with the nurses, we were finally able to talk on the phone today. After confirming all of the above, she spoke briefly with my doctor and came back on to say, “M, you definitely don’t have to continue the Metformin. Feel free to stop taking it.”

HALLELUJAH!

Oh my goodness. I am so excited that I don’t have to worry about this anymore. Every time I was skipping a dosage, I was wondering if I was doing something I shouldn’t have been, but I just couldn’t justify making myself sick when it didn’t seem I needed to be taking it. So hopefully, hopefully there will be less of the running to the bathroom and wanting to lie on the couch and sleep 90% of the day because I feel sick.

Adios, Metformin!

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Man, oh, man. What a week. I think this was my hardest one yet. I felt sick. I was nauseous and so, so tired again. I needed a giant pause button so I could catch up on sleep and then wake to get our lives back in order. Our laundry felt like it piled up and I was in absolutely no mood to cook this week. I felt so picky when it came to eating as well. Smells are my complete undoing — changing baby girl’s diaper has got to be the absolute worst thing in the world right now. My gracious! I need a clothes pin for my nose!

  • How Far Along: 10 Weeks (according to the doctor’s measurement) / 11 Weeks according to my last cycle
  • Total Weight Gain: The scale now says +2 lbs. My clothes definitely feel more snug.
  • Maternity Clothes:  I forgot to mention last week that I purchased a maternity swimsuit (mostly because my boobs felt like they were popping out of my other one and that’s inappropriate). I digress. I got it in the mail this week and the top is a little big because I don’t have a baby bump yet, but I’m sure that’ll change in no time. The bottoms, however, are comical. They’re entirely too big. I ordered the size I normally wear and — wow! — wasn’t expecting that they would have so much extra fabric to wrap around my non-existent baby bump. Needless to say, I can’t wear them right now or else I’ll look like the baby on the sunscreen bottle whose swimsuit bottoms are down around her ankles. I did — just one day — wear my maternity shorts. I’m not convinced I like them. They were roomier, but I just felt bloated and blah.
  • Stretch Marks: Negative.
  • Sleep: Sleep is still difficult. I wake up all. the. time. to go to the bathroom. All the time. But I also wake because I’m thirsty, so I have to keep water on my side table. This is a cycle, I’m aware. I have been going to sleep so much earlier again and I fall asleep pretty quickly. The problem is that I wake up around 2 or 3AM and feel so alert and awake. I practically twiddle my thumbs until I drift asleep again.
  • Best Moment Last Week: I figured out how we’re going to tell the grandparents we’re pregnant. My grandfather is addicted to scratch-off tickets. ADDICTED, I tell ya. I found these scratch off pregnancy announcements for them to scratch off when we see them in person (which we’ll do on July 27th). I’m really excited; it’s so silly, but it’s also very fitting. OH! Another big thing we did last week was take family photos with our foster daughter. Regardless of whether or not she becomes a permanent member of our family, we both want this documented and remembered. We never want to forget this time of our lives. It was such a joy to take photos with my friend, J. She was awesome and patient and does absolutely gorgeous work. I can’t wait to see the final product!
  • Miss Anything: Feeling comfortable in my own skin. I’m not a tiny girl, but I feel like a pretty big blob these days. I really want to feel great and be happy-pregnant-lady, but let’s just be honest and say that I don’t always feel the prettiest and definitely don’t feel thin.
  • Movement: Nuh-uh.
  • Food Cravings: I’ve wanted sugary things a lot this week. I’m trying to make myself NOT have those things and replace the cravings for sour punch straws with an apple or watermelon, but sometimes these cravings feel overpowering.
  • Food Aversions: I haven’t wanted Mexican food very much. (And this is insane for someone who absolutely loves it.) I’ve been turned off by seeing raw meat, but can usually eat everything.
  • Gender: Don’t know yet. Debating right now whether or not we want to find out.
  • Labor Signs: HA.
  • Symptoms: My boobs hurt off and on again — still very off and on, not consistently at all. I had a bit of a scare this week where I started bleeding a bit after a run/walk with the neighbor girls. I called the after hours number at my doctor’s office and the doctor who called back said that the cervix constricts and is very sensitive. The pregnant lady’s body is producing a ton of extra blood and those blood vessels can easily pop when the cervix constricts. She said not to worry – it is very common, but I felt extremely scared for a little while. My sense of smell is off the charts. I feel like a dog sniffing around our house to figure out where funky smells are coming from; candles I previously loved the smell of are complete turn offs right now. I never would have guessed.
  • Belly Button In or Out: In.
  • Wedding Rings On or Off: On.
  • Happy or Moody Most of the Time: I think this depends on how well I slept the night before.icon wink Weekly Diary: 10 Weeks
  • Looking Forward To: Telling our grandparents in person in two weeks, our nine year wedding anniversary on July 31st, and making it out of the first trimester.

 

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Oh, happy day! One more week closer to the first trimester being over! The weeks feel like they’re just flying by. I need to make a huge to-do list of things to get done and work on because every time baby girl goes down for a nap, I feel like it’s my nap time too. It doesn’t even matter if I’m tired or not — I take the time to relax. I could be a bit more productive.

I am feeling very, very happy and good. Sometimes very emotional and reactive. I feel like my logic flew out the window and my emotions have completely taken over my body. I cry at the silliest things. We went to see Despicable Me 2 this week and I was crying at a part that wasn’t even really sad or sappy…but I could not help it!

Let’s get to the list!

  • How Far Along: 9 Weeks (according to the doctor’s measurement) / 10 Weeks according to my last cycle
  • Total Weight Gain: Zero gain. I feel like I’ve gained weight. I feel like I look like I’ve gained weight, but the scale says I haven’t. I’m starting to feel like an uncomfortable blob in my clothes.
  • Maternity Clothes:  Well, today D and I went to Kohl’s and Old Navy. I purchased a pair of maternity shorts (they had almost completely sold out of them, so I went ahead and grabbed a pair while they were 50% off). At Old Navy, I purchased a maxi skirt that I think I’ll be able to wear for a long while, but it’s not a maternity skirt. Other than that, nothing else so far.
  • Stretch Marks: Negative.
  • Sleep: I wake up three to four times a night to go to the bathroom. It’s pretty obnoxious, but I know it’s part of the job right now. I’m strongly considering purchasing a pregnancy pillow. I sleep with four pillows right now and can never arrange them just right. I don’t know whether to get the Snoogle or the Boppy pillow. (Does anyone have advice?)
  • Best Moment Last Week: I told another good friend of mine about my pregnancy over dinner on Tuesday night. She and I were eating with a third friend who is weeks away from delivering her baby. It was the best night getting advice and hearing their stories and what they went through. It has been an extreme joy to tell our friends and family in person as we see them or feel comfortable telling them. We’ll still do a Facebook post, too, but face-to-face definitely feels so much more personal and exciting!
  • Miss Anything: My patience. I feel tired and worn down so often that sometimes I need to take a step back and not get frustrated when baby girl does something that babies do — throwing her food over her tray or screaming because she’s in pain over her teeth. I cried in the shower this week because I felt so overwhelmed.
  • Movement: Nuh-uh.
  • Food Cravings: Well, I’m currently snacking on popcorn, something I’ve never really cared to have much in the past.
  • Food Aversions: Not so much aversions as my taste just seems very plain. I want everything pretty flavorless. I saw scrambled eggs this morning that weren’t completely cooked (they still looked a little runny) and I couldn’t look at them.
  • Gender: Don’t know yet. Debating right now whether or not we want to find out.
  • Labor Signs: HA.
  • Symptoms: My symptoms seem so, so mild right now. I am tired, yes, but still stay up late at night. My boobs don’t hurt anymore. I have mild cramping every once in a while. I do get dizzy pretty easily and feel weak if I don’t eat frequently enough. I have had headaches more often lately so I’m trying to up my water intake even more just in case that’s from dehydration. (But I’ve read that can also be from increased blood flow, which also can cause the dizziness.) I go to the bathroom all the time. Oh! And good news — I’m not really having diarrhea issues anymore.
  • Belly Button In or Out: In.
  • Wedding Rings On or Off: On.
  • Happy or Moody Most of the Time: I’m happy and I’m moody. My emotions are a see-saw.
  • Looking Forward To: Our next appointment on July 29th. Taking family pictures this Sunday with baby girl. (Whether or not she becomes a permanent member of our family, we want to document and remember this time of our lives.)

I think I’m going to start working on that to-do list of things to get accomplished so I can stay accountable. Maybe I’ll publish them on here so it will be even more of a responsibility.icon smile Weekly Diary: 9 Weeks

  • July 8, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    fromheretomotherhood - I have a snoogle and it helps a lot. I thought the boppy was for nursing rather than sleeping while pregnant, but it might be good for both.

  • July 15, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    cirquedebaby - I think Boppy is the company’s name. I linked to the pregnancy pillow they make as well. I have heard both pillows are good — I suppose it comes down to personal preference?

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Holy moly. We got to see our baby on Monday! How freaking surreal.

Let’s start from the beginning.

My mom spent the night with us Sunday because she offered to help out with our foster daughter during the appointment. Thank goodness she was there with an extra set of arms because baby girl didn’t enjoy the hour and a half wait before we were finally taken back to the patient room. I was so anxious and ready for the appointment. The wait definitely wasn’t enjoyable, but the staff was excellent and kept us up-to-date about what was happening. In the future, I think I’ll NOT schedule my appointments for Mondays since they had so many immediate-attention patients they needed to care for first. (And rightfully so.)

When we got taken back to the room, I was asked to give a urine sample (which I’d already done because my poor bladder couldn’t take the long wait) and weigh myself. The nurse explained how the transvaginal ultrasound was going to go and what to expect. The doctor was still about another 30 minutes behind, but the nurse stayed in our room and we chatted about our foster daughter and her family. (Great, great staff at my new doctor’s office!)

Dr. Cowan came in and was so extremely nice and kind. The nurse introduced everyone in the room by name (all of us — my mom, D, and baby girl) and that impressed me a ton! They turned out the lights and I was situated for the exam. Above me on the wall was a television screen for me to watch the ultrasound. As soon as the baby appeared, I began sobbing. Tears were streaming down my face uncontrollably. The PA held my hand and passed me tissues, and the doctor held my hand after the exam was over and he addressed what to expect in the coming weeks.

Since I found out I was pregnant, I haven’t really cried those tears of joy or excitement. Being pregnant is something I’ve wanted SO badly, but there’s been this huge fear that now that I’m finally pregnant, something will happen and we’ll lose the baby. It’s like I’d been putting up this huge wall from getting too excited. But how could I not be overwhelmed and excited when I actually got to see the little gummy bear. (That’s totally what it looked like.)

The doctor was very happy and said everything is looking great. The baby looks perfectly healthy as of right now! Here’s our first photo of the baby; it’s not really the best photo, but it’s proof there’s a little human in there.

 First Ultrasound   06.24.2013

 

Ultrasound Stats:

Date: June 24, 2013
Measuring: 7 weeks, 3 days (a week behind what all the apps predicted)
Due Date: February 7, 2013 (this is the new, adjusted date)
Heartbeat: 160

I’ve been on cloud 9 since my appointment. I will do another weekly diary this coming weekend, beginning with week 8, since that’s where the doctor thinks I am timewise.icon smile First Ultrasound   06.24.2013

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D: Hon, I could really use something sweet right now.

M: What do you have in mind?

D: I really need a Wendy’s frosty.

M: *glare*

D: What? I”m pregnant?!

M: *busts out laughing*

D is certainly taking this whole pregnancy thing to an extreme. This whole conversation happened a) after we discussed taking photos to announce our pregnancy soon and he said that my timeframe didn’t give him time to “lose weight” and b) right after we had eaten the best meal — grilled pork chops, zucchini, salads — and had a long talk about how I want to continue to eat healthy and not give in to cravings because — dang it! I don’t want to gain tons of weight and I want a healthy baby.

This man kills me. Welcome to what I’m going to refer to as Husbandisms from now on. There have already been a few instances like this and I’m sure there will be tons more to come.

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