Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pregnancy Update: 13 weeks

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How far along? 13 weeks

Weight gain/loss: Down 6 lbs. The 1st trimester was pretty hard on me.

Feeling: Gross. My nausea with Grace was over by about 11 and a half weeks. With this baby, it just seems to be getting worse the farther along I get.

Maternity clothes? I'm wearing my maternity jeans or capris every day but most days I get away with a normal shirt. I don't think this is going to last much longer though.

Sleep: It's pretty hit and miss. Some nights are great, especially since Grace has been sleeping through the night again. But getting up to go to the bathroom multiple times is not helping and my hips have started hurting making it hard to get comfortable.

Food cravings: Food is nasty. I did have a craving for Five Guys last night which Mike so wonderfully helped me fulfill. Otherwise I've just been trying to find things that I can keep down. Taco Bell has been one of those things, which is odd because I normally hate Taco Bell. Mike loves it and so he's quite happy that I'm now eating it regularly.

Gender Prediction: Boy. Mostly because I've been wanting Taco Bell and Mike swears his mom craved Taco Bell with him so obviously it's a boy! :P 

Movement? Not yet. I can't wait to feel this little one!

What I miss? Deli meat!! Club sandwiches are my go to food at restaurants and I miss them dearly.

Best moment this week: Having one day where I felt like a normal person again.

What I'm looking forward to: Ultrasound on Thursday!!

Next Appointment: Thursday!

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Outside Fun

Well I spoke too soon about the first trimester nausea coming to an end. It hit me full force this past weekend and I have spent the past week trying to rest as much as possible while trying to keep Grace entertained. We have spent a ton of time outside this week. The fresh air seems to help me feel a bit better and Grace loves it of course. I even managed to work up the energy to get her water play table filled up. She loved it! Hopefully I'll find more energy next week to post more interesting things. For now, here's some of our outside adventures from this week!

My little model

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Pregnant with Broken Heart Syndrome

6 months ago today I went in for a routine gallbladder removal. Little did I know that the surgery would lead to 2 days in the ICU and weeks of recovery time due to a heart issue. My heart started racing during surgery and my blood pressure dropped severely. I was diagnosed with pulmonary edema and more importantly Broken Heart Syndrome, also known as Takotsubo syndrome. Read more about my surgery and diagnosis here. I'm happy to say that I am now fully healed.

As we started talking about the future, my health obviously stood out as a big issue. I had always planned on having at least 2, may be 3 kids. Both Mike and I came from two child households, so we never thought twice about it. We fully planned on having another baby a few years after having Grace. But that all changed one fateful day when I met with a high risk OB to discuss plans for any future pregnancies. The visit did not go well. I will not rehash it all here, but basically the evil OB guy (that has become his name in our house, I honestly don't even remember his real name!) said I shouldn't have any more kids due to my "heart attack" and that I should get my tubes tied right away. Read more about that visit here if you're interested, but be warned it's not pleasant.

After some reflection, more research, and a ton of discussion with Mike, my family, and my general practice doctor, I came to the conclusion that evil OB guy was totally insane and wrong. I did not have a heart attack. I had a cardiac event that I am now fully healed from.

To get more information, I decided to find a cardiologist who knew something about my syndrome and amazingly enough, I found one of the only specialists in the world on Takotsubo right here in Kansas City. He gets calls from all over the world about my syndrome and he was one of the first in the US to publish research about it. I quickly made an appointment with him and was greatly reassured by his words. Basically, he reiterated that I did not have a heart attack. The chances of recurrence are low. Only about 1 in 10. I need to stay away from stress as much as possible and not push myself too hard, but he make it quite clear that he didn't think I would have any trouble having a perfectly healthy pregnancy.

As I announced earlier in the week, we are now expecting our newest addition in late October. As soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I made an appointment with the high risk group associated with the same hospital as my cardiologist. They are one of the premier high risk groups in the area and I love them. At my first appointment, the OB said she was worried when she saw my chart because it said I had had a heart attack only 5 months before and normally they like heart attack patients to wait a year before getting pregnant. But when she heard that I did not have a heart attack, instead had broken heart syndrome, she immediately felt better and laughed it off saying "oh, you're fine then, in fact you're boring. You'll most likely see the nurse practitioner most of the time because you're pretty much a normal patient." Since I don't have any damage to my heart, they will simply monitor me at each appointment, and as long as everything continues to go well, I will be treated like a normal, boring patient. I'm completely happy with that.

Obviously we are being very aware of my health during this pregnancy and like I mentioned, I am trying to keep myself away from stressful situations as much as possible. I had to miss the funeral of a childhood friend of mine several weeks ago and I was devastated, but I knew that I couldn't emotionally handle it right now. I have to keep myself and this baby healthy!

Had I not gone to see evil OB guy, I probably wouldn't have been nearly as worried about this pregnancy as I was. I wish I would have just gone to see the high risk group I'm with now because they are wonderful. I have a great medical team who are confidant in my health and Mike and I are excited to welcome a new baby into our mix. I don't know how excited Grace will be, but that remains to be seen!

I am going to try to be better with this pregnancy about taking photos of my growing bump. So here's the latest one taken Wednesday at 11 weeks 4 days!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Easter (a little late!)

I need to play catch up with a few posts. First, some pictures of our Easter celebration in Wichita with my family!

We woke up Sunday morning and went to church. After church, it was time to hunt Easter eggs! Grace wasn't quite sure what to make of the eggs. For a few minutes, she liked picking them up and putting them in the basket.


After a while, she just started throwing the eggs on the ground, thinking they were balls. When she threw them, they would break open and her teddy grahams would fly everywhere. The dogs enjoyed their snack!

This was the best family photo we got of the day:

We also gave Grace an Easter basket full of goodies that I got at Target. Her favorite? This princess ball. She didn't want to let go of it. It has become one of her favorite toys. She refuses to roll it. Instead she throws it and then goes to retrieve it. It keeps her entertained for quite a while.

We had a great Easter weekend!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Big News!

I am so sorry for my sudden and long blogging absence! Due to some recent developments, I've taken a little writing break but I'm happy to say that I'm now back and excited to share our big news with you!

Grace is going to be a big sister in late October of 2012!!

We are extremely excited! We found out February 18th. I was only just 4 weeks at the time so it's been very hard to keep my mouth shut! I'm due November 3rd, but will have a repeat c-section sometime around 39 weeks.

I've been miserably sick the past 2 months so my days have been occupied with trying to keep up with Grace and getting as much rest as possible. Now that I'm nearing the end of the 1st trimester, I think the nausea is finally starting to ease up.

I am officially a high risk patient, but everyone is extremely optimistic that it will be a normal pregnancy. I'll post more about this soon! I just wanted to share the good news today.

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