Thursday, November 14, 2013

CF clinic with Colby

We had an early start. Had Colby fed and everything ready for a day in the city at 9:30 am. he slept all the way there (1.5 hrs), then continued to sleep while I shopped at Value Village. It worked perfectly because I got to feed him in the changing room (only place I could sit), he pooped through his sleeper while he ate so that made things more interesting :)

We got to the hospital just on time, my PFT's were first so my sister Kate and my Dad took baby sitting duty while I huffed and puffed and panted and held my breathe... over and over, turns out the machine wasn't working right, ended doing the panting test like 6 times! my lung function dropped to 71, it was 82 before pregnancy and 96 during pregnancy. my nursing bra is super tight so the pft guy thought that was why because my lungs feel great, the doctor listened and said everything looked clear.

Besides feeding Colby after PFT's either my dad or sisters (Aline & Kate who also had clinic) were holding him. My doctor even held him and put him back to sleep :)

I asked for an immunity blood test, I'm curious to see what I'm all naturally immune to without any vaccinations/shots.

I was 105.5 lbs at clinic, the dietitian wasn't there so she's going to call me and see if I can also start supplementing some high calorie drinks.

So with the drop in PFTs and weight they want to see me again in 3 months instead of 6 :(

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Colby pics, weight issues and breastfeeding

breastfeeding Colby
Click HERE to see pictures of Colby from birth until fb doesn't let me add any more :)

by far the hardest part of the whole pregnancy/birth/after birth has been my weight issues because of CF/breastfeeding and breastfeeding itself.

They weighed me in the hospital (day 2) I was 110 lbs. not bad after starting the pregnancy at 115 lbs and only being 124 lbs a couple days before birth. the scary part was weighing myself a few days later and being 106 lbs. then after getting sick from a clogged nipple pore (and subsequent inflamed/infected milk duct) I was down to 100 lbs. all in 2 weeks! to say I was worried is an understatement! my husband, parents and I had a quick brainstorm on how to add extra calories to my diet, to make sure I could continue to breastfeed and not lose weight.

My clogged nipple pore happened around day 3 or 4 but I didn't know it was that until middle of week 2. I had told the health nurse about the pain on my one side and she attributed it to milk let down. well it wasn't. and it only got worse until I got super sick. My sister came to the rescue with heating pads, cabbage, colostrum supplement, and lots of information about what helped her when she was breastfeeding. this whole time my mom had also been with me mon-thu while Abe worked and is truly a life saver!

week 3 has been the best so far since Colby was born, I'm feeling a lot more like myself and my energy is returning. I still feel weak if I do too much, my weight is around 105 lbs mid day (so after I have some food in me). I'm hoping to get it back to 110 lbs by CF clinic in mid November.
3 week 3 days

My extra calories plan:
Hemp protein powder drinks (100 cal per drink, 12 g protein, fibre & iron)
Prune Juice (extra cal and vit C to help with iron absorption)
3 big meals a day
Vemma BODE shakes

Monday, September 30, 2013

Unassisted Home Birth & Following Aftermath

Warning: this post may seem or actually be extremely emotionally written. I'm a new mom I think it's ok. My nice self will be back after these messages. 

Unassisted home birth experience:
Beautiful. Amazing. Epic. Forever my favorite moment. No regrets. 
A few words I would use to describe my labor/birth experience. 

This is my story. This was my birth. This is my moment to claim forever. I trusted my body, I used the tests and information available to make an educated and prepared decision. 

If people (midwives/doctors) would have given me #1 a water birth option and #2 a damn say in how I was to be monitored during labor, I would have been in the hospital because that would have been my best available option (not enough midwives to have a home birth in this area). 

How I got labor going:
Thanks to a fb friend I found out about black cohosh and used it to kick start labor. 

It started for sure at 4:30 Saturday morning. After only 4 hrs of interrupted sleep (about every 1/2 hr I was woken by pain) I couldn't sleep anymore, contractions were 30 min apart. 
I did some walking, ate some toast, still thinking it might be prep not active labor I had a shower to see if it would pause it and let me sleep. No such luck. Contractions were now 20 min apart lasting 40 seconds. It was 8:00 am. 

At 12 contractions were 10-13 min apart lasting 1 min. At this point I thought ok. This isn't prep, this is the real deal. 

I couldn't get comfortable, didn't matter what I did, lying down - in any position wasn't comfortable at any time, walking was ok in between but not ok during. The birthing ball helped for a bit but eventually the only place providing relief besides the shower (couldn't stay in there forever) was the toilet. Good thing too, at 4:30 pm I ran to the bathroom at the start of a contraction (5-8 min apart lasting 1 min)  and felt the urge to go poop and POP my water broke and it even splashed from the toilet to my legs & floor. The color was clear with white stuff in it. Perfect color :)

Soon after that the pool was ready. This is where I just chilled. My contractions stayed around 5 min apart lasting from 1 to 2 min (near the end). That pool was my haven, when I felt the urge to push and could feel his head I was so surprised THIS WAS GOING WAY FASTER THEN I THOUGHT! I wasn't even in that much pain and it wasn't unbearable!

Thus began the slow work of stretching my perineum. I knew I didn't want to rush this if I would, I would tear bad. I had only done the stretches with evening primrose oil once (noted for next time). 

I'm thinking I did this for a half hour, I pulled him straight out of the water, he cried almost instantly and it was the best moment EVER! Abe behind me with tears in his eyes helps wash him off, we waited until the cord stopped pulsing and he clamped and cut the cord. 

I delivered the placenta (after waiting for the gush of blood to signal detachment from the uterus). It was beautiful and whole. Then I drank a ton of raw lemon juice to prevent too much bleeding. 

I was able to breast feed Colby for a half hour and then he stayed up for hours. It was the best time. 

The next day:
Due to pressure from family members Abe called in and let them know what happened and it being a Sunday, got us to go to the ER and get checked out. Just our luck we got an ass hat of a doctor. Admitted Colby for low blood sugar (2.6) which is the low side of normal after he hadn't eaten much in the last few hours because he was being entertained by adoring family members... This began our stay in hell. I got only 1 hr of sleep. The wards blood sugar testers weren't working so every time before I fed him they pricked his heal and had to squeeze out a vial tiny vial of blood, I cried every time because it was all unnecessary. Even the ward doc was good with how Colby was doing. Said we would see my family doc in the morning (which was my plan to see her as soon as possible, had an appointment booked for the 11th just in case). Well my awesome doc discharged us because his levels were normal through the night. 

The ass hat had written we had come in worried about him being tired and lethargic. Out right lies. He will never be seen by me or my son and he only told us his first name. He put us through hell to prove his point which apparently was home births were dangerous and I could have killed my baby. Ignorant jackass ass hat. All the other doctors and nurses treated us great and were happy with how both of us were doing. 

Things I regret:
Not waiting one day to see my family doc
Not taking the newborn blood sugar to shove in the asshole doctors face. 
Not doing my research on newborn blood sugar levels so when the doctor wanted to keep us for an blood sugar that was end of the normal spectrum after not eating good during the last few hours (due to visitors and cutting his feeding to come in) that I could have said no with an educated reason and not have put all of us through that horrible night at the hospital. 

Notes for next time:
Do perineum stretching. 
If everything goes well with pregnancy/cf do the exact effin thing (and take blood sugar). 

I trust my body & baby/cf monitoring way more then a chained to the bed hospital birth. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

We made it to the due date

My 39 week appointment went great last week. I may have offended the endocrinologist when I was so happy about not seeing her again (until my follow up in January). I seriously could not contain myself though!

At the ultrasound he weighed in at 6.7 lbs (25th percentile) and everyone was really happy! My ob gave me great news: no inducing until 10 days overdue. I gave her great news: no more then one appointment per week, with how long we have to travel it just won't work. 

My blood pressure was weird 128/90 but after 5 minutes of lying on my side it had started to go down. They said it could be my lack of sleep (1.5 hrs) and the fact my stomach (CF GI issues) was hurting. 
I weighed 125 lbs. exactly 10 lbs more then my pre-pregnancy weight. 

Skip forward 3 days (Sunday). I get my first taste of labor or preterm labor as some call it. Abe & I get super excited and it stops. *sad face* 


First we get our ultrasound. Baby is 7.12 lbs (over estimate most likely) - 40th percentile. 

This week I lost a pound and weigh 124. They don't say anything so neither do I! 
After taking my blood pressure (92/56) the nurse mentions that the ob will want to check me, I laugh and say she might want to but she won't because I'll say no. She looks shocked but says ok. Yay me. I'm not sure if she told my ob or my ob knows me better but she never asked!

Next appointment is in one week. 

**note to baby: please come before then, Love mom & dad. 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Pregnancy Photo Shoot - 37 weeks

My sister Chantelle was awesome and took pictures for Abe and I. Click HERE to see the album.

I've had 3 appointment days in the city to catch y'all up on.

Week 35 - Saw my high risk OB and endocrinologist. I had gained 1 lb from the previous appointment (3 weeks before) and was 121 lbs. Still blaming the diet because of my gestational diabetes the doctors weren't too worried.

Week 36 - Got an ultrasound and caught up with my ENT specialist, baby boy Harder was weighing in a 6 lbs! My ENT doctor said my next surgery would be in about a year and a half to two years... hoping to extend that longer by actually doing the nasal rinses I've been supposed to be doing all along :/ my bad.

Week 37 - Up to 124 lbs!!!!! this is 9 lbs heavier then my pre-pregnancy weight. hoping to pack a few more on before he arrives.
Got my strep B swab - it's negative!!.
Everyone was really happy with me (both the OB and endocrinologist). I also saw the anesthesiologist (in case of C-section)... wow what do I say? I'm not a fan? I understand their necessity but common "I see no reason for you not to get an epidural, it'll make things a lot easier for me in case of C-section" this is what is wrong with the birth process in general. its all about whats best for the doctors not the mothers. who gives a sh*t what is best mom and baby? grrr. rant over.

Next appointments are for week 39, I hope to have delivered before then :) we'll see, the baby will come when he is good and ready!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Cinnamon for GD - 32 weeks!

His little foot.
Yesterday was my appointment day in the City:
9:30 - Ultrasound
10:20 - High risk OB
1:00 - Endocrinologist

The ultrasound went great, our little boy's head is down already and weighing a perfect amount of 3 lbs. 9 oz. (40th percentile). I'm on the other hand not gaining at all, the doctor is just happy I'm not loosing weight. So right now I'm still 120 lbs.

He got an 8/8 reading on the ultrasound and the amniotic fluid was perfect too (4.?).

My blood pressure is still in the low spectrum of normal.

I get to wait another 3 weeks before going back! I was not expecting this but it makes me very happy, the less trips the better!

My blood sugar levels have been great, a big thanks to CINNAMON! I take a cinnamon pill before I eat and it REALLY helps keep them in good ranges, meaning I can eat more and have more options.

I've also starting drinking baking soda water when I swallow pills, its a great way to remember to drink it, helps keep away heart burn and my body alkaline.

Last night I went to bed with a sore throat and all night it kept me up, the only thing that somewhat helped was apple cider vinegar sprayed on the back of my throat and sucking a fisherman's friends to stop from coughing and irritating my throat even more. So we I got up this morning I made sure to add some crushed garlic and honey to my pill routine, drink some ionic silver (going to gargle with it too), extra vitamin C, hot tea and rest. As of 6:32 my throat is feeling a lot better, hope it continues healing this fast and tonight is better! 

32 Weeks

Thursday, July 11, 2013

My Health Philosophy

WARNING: this is a very personal belief, it may offend a lot of the CF community because it goes against traditional treatment and doctor recommendations.

(not to be confused with prescriptions e.i. vitamins & minerals)

From the FDA website:
A drug is defined as:
  • A substance recognized by an official pharmacopoeia or formulary. 
  • A substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.
  • A substance (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body.
  • A substance intended for use as a component of a medicine but not a device or a component, part or accessory of a device. 
  • Biological products are included within this definition and are generally covered by the same laws and regulations, but differences exist regarding their manufacturing processes (chemical process versus biological process.)
From Health Canada website:
What is considered to be a drug?
Drugs include both prescription and nonprescription pharmaceuticals; biologically-derived products such as vaccines, serums, and blood derived products; tissues and organs; disinfectants; and radio pharmaceuticals. According to the Food and Drugs Act, "a drug includes any substance or mixture of substances manufactured, sold or represented for use in:
  • the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of a disease, disorder, abnormal physical state, or its symptoms, in human beings or animals,
  • restoring, correcting or modifying organic functions in human beings or animals, or
  • disinfection in premises in which food is manufactured, prepared or kept."
Natural health products, such as vitamin and mineral supplements and herbal products, for which therapeutic claims are made are also regulated as drugs.

I will not go into the drug approval process (recently they phased out the LD50 process because of animal cruelty) this used to give them the toxicity data needed to find out what would be "safe" for humans.

My belief on drugs:

All drugs are toxic, in the LONG term aspect anything toxic to the body or disrupts the natural function of things is not beneficial in the grand scheme. Short term use of drugs such as antibiotics (some I refuse to take) to get rid of infection, I have no problem with for myself.

*I underlined infection because I do not treat bacteria growths (i.e. pseudomonas), I only use antibiotics for an infection (the only exceptions for this have been not CF related i.e. tick attached with rash). **I've never had more then a count 1 of pseudomonas in my sputum**

My Pill Box
Components I feel important and in some way I've found if ignored, can lead to getting sick:

  • Sleep
  • Missing supplements
  • Weather
  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Environment
  • Stress/Negativity 

Cell health:
"Healthy cells make healthy tissues, organs, systems and, ultimately, healthy bodies."

With my whole heart I believe in supplements that aid cell health, nutrients that we no longer get in our north american style diets, even in a raw diet the quality of raw foods have majorly declined.

I believe supplements are NECESSARY not only for my self (a CFer) but everyone. Prevention is everything and nutrition is one of the best ways to prevent sickness.

NOT God (know everything about everything), I believe they know human anatomy, drugs (what is written on the label and any history they have with them), diseases they've studied (I've met plenty docs who don't "remember" what CF is, in the local ER/Urgent Care)

Based on such little training when it comes to nutrition, I do not trust doctors (including my CF team) to know and or that they want to know about supplements, herbs or anything that is not a drug. Yes, there are exceptions, I have one in mind when I say this (not CF team). this is not their area of expertise, they are trained that only drugs can cure, prevent any disease although if you ask obvious questions like "does water CURE dehydration?", "does vitamin C cure scurvy?" duh. so according to the law (in US and Canada) those things should be either classified as a drug or are illegal to say.

To their credit Doctors are VERY restricted, this is why I do not rely on them for my health, I use their knowledge, power, resources to the best of my ability and choose when or when not to listen.

I do NOT approve of the fear some have inflicted on CF patients by saying "if you are not compliant you will never get on the transplant list", I've heard this so many times.
I'm listed in my files as non-compliant (reading my files is quite hilarious). My doctors do not know everything I do/try. My adult dietitian knows about most of my supplements...

All my doctors/team says "well if it works for you..." not sure if this is from my files and other doctors recorded failure to make us compliant or stop what we thought was best for our health (i.e. raw goats milk, no junk food, no shots, excess antibiotics)


I go to CF clinic (every 6 months at this point in my life).
I go to necessary appointments. Otherwise I avoid them, for the simple reason that they are filled with sick people and are breeding grounds for new super bugs (admitted to by our local hospitals and where CF clinic is).
So if I get an infection, its oral antibiotics as well as a strict "sick routine" which has so far consisted of me "moving" to my parents and my mom and siblings doing EVERYTHING we know to kill virus'/bacteria  and support my immune system in whatever my body is fighting. Last time I was hospitalized was when I was 17 (2005). At the time this article is being written I'm 25 (2013).

Immune System:

For as long as I can remember, when ever I've gotten sick it was because some how I weakened my immune system. This is key to my whole philosophy. Lowering my immune system is one of reasons why I say no to the many drugs I'm told or offered to take, why I say no to activities that others are free to enjoy (mostly in winter because of the dry air and stress it puts on my body/immune system), why I take supplements that boost or strengthen my immune system (among other benefits), why I'm careful with my diet and avoid junk food, sugar, white flour, acidic foods, why I try and avoid stress in my life and negativity, why I so carefully consider anything that I KNOW will lower it because I KNOW its a huge possibility that antibiotics will follow and my GI suffers terribly while on them and not to mention how bad I feel during an infection and struggling to breathe, sleep, eat... I'll soon have a child to look after as well.

My health My responsibility:

When I start feeling bad (GI or Lung) its usually my husband who I tell first or notices first (duh) and he always asks "why?", if its GI usually its what I ate, sometimes I either forget or don't (inconvenience) to take my pills. If its lung... well that's a long list, the weather (too much dry air in winter, not dressed warm enough, in Canada winter is very tough on me), not enough sleep, missing too much pills, stress, bad environment (my bad choices) this has happened very few times and its gotten me very sick and I take FULL responsibility.

Since I was 14 I can account as to why I've gotten so sick I've needed antibiotics. That includes my 3 hospitalizations as a teen and the average once a year I've been on antibiotics since 2009.

Facts about me:

  • I've never been vaccinated
  • I grew up with most of these philosophies (credits to God, Prayers, Mom & Dad)
  • I've traveled all over the united states as a child & teenager
  • I've been to Mexico, 3 port stops while on a cruise 
  • Was raised with 2 younger CF sisters
  • From a family with 10 children (#5)
  • Raw cold goats milk, 1 cup after every meal from ages 5-12 (we owned the goats, they were sold when I was 12) my parents and I credit my childhood health (no hospitalizations) in a large part to this.
  • Homeschooled - GED grad
  • My lung function has hit low 60's at age 14
  • Was hospitalized 3 times in my teens, this was the first time since being under 1 (excluded polyp surgeries)
  • Each hospitalization after being 14 was in direct relation to actions/decisions I made (totally avoidable)
  • My mom was an RN
  • I had 2 second cousins with CF born before me (on my mom's side)
  • Was diagnosed because of Pneumonia at 3 weeks old
  • Grew up very petite, my non-CF siblings were also petite 
  • NG tube feedings ages 11 months - 2 years old
  • I've had 8 nasal polyp surgeries, 6 between ages 8-14
  • Live/treat naturally CF related arthritis
  • My parents were not "germaphobes"
  • Grew up with humidifiers when sick or feeling bad
  • Little to no junk food in my diet/lifestyle my entire life
  • Went on the "Hallelujah Diet" when I was a pre-teen for 3 weeks, FELT AMAZING (missed regular food so I stopped)
  • Took 5-7 Creon 10 enzymes each meal, 2-3 with snacks (since I can remember) until I switched to more natural alternatives at age 14. Not sure what enzymes I had as a baby, I know at some point we switched to Creon 10.
  • Have my red belt in Tae Kwon Do
Please feel free to email me, comment and/or ask me any questions. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

3rd Trimester

I've made it to the 3rd trimester!!
27 Weeks 5 days

I'm shocked the doctors haven't made a bigger deal about my weight... Last appointment I pulled the old CF clinic trick, eat a big meal before & do not use the washroom until after the weigh in... Their scale said 125 lbs. I've only gotten as high as 121 lbs on both my home & parents scale. With my starting weight at 115 lbs I'm happy to be getting no complaints!

Lung function has not gone down, it actually has gone up! We'll see if I'm as lucky during these last few months of pregnancy. 
He is sitting really low and I'm very thankful for that. 

My sugar levels have been great and the endocrinologist has been very happy with my numbers. 
June 13, 2013

My lungs have been bothering me a bit these last couple says with a dry cough. Anything I cough up is clear so that makes me happy! I've lowered my garlic intake to reduce the chance of bleeding issues during & after birth and I think that's why I got the cough. 

I've managed to schedule all my doctor appointments to one day every 3 weeks... It's quite a relief. Hoping it stays this way for at least another 2 months.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Managing Gestational Diabetes

Today was CF clinic as well as a prenatal check-up.

I found out a water birth is not an option :( this is very sad news because this was how I always envisioned giving birth.

If I can manage my gestational diabetes without insulin I will not have to be induced at 38 weeks! this is my goal and I have taken steps towards achieving that goal.

My levels from the glucose tolerance test (75 g)

Fasting      4.3                                  
1 hr          13.1*                              
2 hr          8.6

Fasting    >5.3
1 hr         >10.6
2 hr         >8.9

So again I only failed my 1 hr and passed the 2 hr but supposedly they ALL have to be normal to pass so therefore I am officially diagnosed with gestational diabetes. My OB has set up an appointment for me with an endocrinologist next thursday, CF clinic also wants me to see the Diabetes Education Clinic ASAP. I'm just trying to schedule all these city appointments together so we don't have to spend a fortune on gas.

Managing GD
3 low GI meals and 3 snacks a day, walking 15 after each meal, chia seeds, hemp protein powder, taking blood sugar levels and exercising.

Chia Seed Info:
Chia seeds are said to have:
  • 2 times the protein of any other seed or grain,
  • 5 times the calcium of milk, plus boron which is a trace mineral that
  • helps transfer calcium into your bones,
  • 2 times the amount of potassium as bananas,
  • 3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries
  • 3 times more iron than spinach
  • copious amounts of omega 3 and omega 6, which are essential fatty acids...
Sugar Absorption
Chia slows the impact of sugars on the system, if eaten together. Chia gel creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, which slows the conversion of carbs into sugar. That means the energy from the food is released steadily, resulting in more endurance. This is clearly of great benefit to diabetics in particular. 
Chia is reported to be beneficial for a vast range of issues, for example:
  • weight loss/balance
  • thyroid conditions
  • hypo-glycaemia
  • diabetes
  • IBS
  • celiac disease
  • acid reflux
  • lowering cholesterol
Hemp Protein Powder info:
Hemptein® hemp protein is produced by the mechanical milling of hemp seed cake (defatted hemp seed) and is offered in either a 43% or 50% protein content powder. Hemp protein powder is an all-natural source of plant-based protein that is free from gluten and lactose, but rich in nutritional goodness. Hemp protein powder can be added to power drinks, smoothies or yogurt; sprinkled over a variety of foods, fruits or vegetables; used as baking ingredient or added to nutrition bars for a healthy boost of protein. 
Four tablespoons (32 grams) of hemp protein powder provides 130 calories of energy, contains 16 grams of highly digestible, high quality protein, 6 grams of dietary fiber, and more than 25% of the RDI for B vitamins, iron, copper, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. 
Hemp protein powder provides a source of iron, folate and B vitamins for expecting women and children. It is a terrific, natural alternative for vegetarian and vegan diets. Hemptein® hemp protein powder is an ideal alternative to the use of anabolic steroids for increasing muscle mass in athletes and body builders or for people who just like to work out or stay in shape. Hemp protein is a source of arginine and lysine which play a key role in stimulating the release of hormones that promote muscle formation. It is a source of glutamine which helps increase protein and glucogen synthesis in the body. It is low in fat, low in cholesterol, low in carbohydrates which help build muscles without gaining fat weight.
 I plan on having chia seeds with every meal and adding the hemp protein powder to my smoothies.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

It's a...

Today was an amazing day!

We got to see our baby for the second time and find out if it was a boy or girl... I've had a gut feeling it was a boy the whole time and I was right!!

I retook the glucose test and should have results (if they are bad) in a few days.

Everything looks good even though the little guy gave the ultrasound tech a hard time with the position he was in. Stubborn, just like his daddy.

I gained 1 kg (2.2 lbs) so that made the doctor happy, I have to admit I was a little worried about my weight.

On a side note our washer/dryer is arriving soon!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lots of Changes - 2nd Trimester!!

14 weeks today! wahoo!!!!!! as of Monday I've only thrown up twice.

My CF clinic is 1 1/2 - 2 hrs away depending on traffic & road conditions. So is my high risk pregnancy doctor.

My first wish was to have a baby at home but midwives wouldn't touch me with a 10 foot pole. Huge disappointment there.

Second wish was to have the baby as close to home as possible. That meant getting baby doctor #2 close by. whether I get her or not depends on if she is comfortable with me & my CF and of course no complications come up.

Then there is my amazing family doctor who is also seeing me until I'm accepted by the local obstetrician.

So I was like "yay only 3 doctors" That all changed today, my high risk doc wants monthly pft's for my lungs & ultrasounds to monitor the baby's weight & health. So that adds CF clinic monthly instead of the once during the pregnancy as I was planning on.

What I am looking forward to is finding out the sex of our baby in about 4 weeks!!!!!!!

There was concerns about me having diabetes already because of my numbers but I sort of cheated on my blood glucose test... So hopefully that's what caused the high numbers! diabetes? NO THANKS!

We got to hear the little baby's heartbeat, so incredibly cool I will NEVER get sick of it. 130 bpm. So who knows maybe a boy??

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Bump Ahead!

Happy 23rd Birthday to my beloved Abe!!!

I had started Letrozole (fertility drug) in September. December was my last month. I prayed & hoped it would work but I didn't get my hopes up, Abe & I were already planning ahead. We'd wait a year - save up some money for artificial insemination. Abe would get one more summer with me in bikinis. 

Being the Christmas holidays I wasn't really paying attention to timing and when I checked my cycle beads app I realized... Hey I'm 4 days late, with this drug I was always very punctual, sometimes even early. 
Then I started to think, my boobs were more sore then usual, I'd been napping a lot & peeing like crazy! 
Silly me didn't have a pregnancy test around but I did have an ovulation one and after googling it the next morning I decided to see what it would say. Well it was positive. 
I got my husband to buy a pregnancy test before work, I'd take it the next morning. 

~The Test. 
Abe was very particular he wanted us to find out at the same time. 
So I took the test & placed it on the sink & we waited... Both looked... A very dark plus sign was all I saw, I WAS FINALLY PREGNANT!
We told all our family members within the next few days. I called the fertility clinic & they set up an appointment for an ultrasound - February 13th. 
I called CF clinic & got in touch with the dietitian & physiotherapist. 

~More pills. 
I right away ordered my favorite prenatal vitamins from iherb - New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal: Multi Vitamin, Herbs, Minerals. I also starting drinking a cup a day of mama's red raspberry brew, as I've hit my second trimester I'm taking 2 cups a day. Ordered vitamin B6 (100 mg daily) & ginger (1 capsule a day) to keep morning sickness away, my sisters have had horrible morning sickness during their pregnancies.
9 weeks old

I'm so very thankful that I've only thrown up once and if I don't let myself get too hungry I don't get nauseated either!

~Our little sweetheart. 
February 13th seemed to take forever to come but it finally did! We got to see our sweet baby move its little hands & I saw the heart pumping. The ultrasound machine didn't have sound & it was too early to hear the heartbeat anyways. 
Doctor Elliot confirmed what my apps had said, our due date is September 19th. He also referred me to the high risk pregnancy specialist I'll be seeing, that appointment is March 21st, 6 days before my 25th birthday!