Thursday, January 28, 2016

11 Weeks

 (written on 1-14) 

So, this was the week that I had my primary care doctors appointment. 
She looked me over a little and then recommended a OB I should go to and that was it. 
I wish it wouldn't have taken so long to get a appointment for a 15 minute talk sesh, but what could I do. 
Anyways, now I am waiting for that doctor to call the OB and request that there be a appointment scheduled and for them to call me with the date and time. 
You have got to be kidding me, RIGHT! 
Tomorrow will be the third day that I have been waiting for this phone call and that is all I can take. I am calling tomorrow and seeing what is going on. I cant wait another 2-6 weeks for my first baby appointment. 
With Emma I had already had 2 appointments by now. I had already heard her heartbeat and found out her gender. 
This is all killing me that it has been so late with this one. 

Moving on to my belly...
this pregnancy definitely is showing way sooner then with Emma. I know that your second one you do show a lot sooner but holy cow! ...I feel like I am 6 months along already.  

I am still hungry all the time. I'm not really craving anything but I know I don't want any fish to come even close to me or even in the same room. I don't know if that has to do with my Cesar dressing fiasco but right now I cant even think about it without gaging.
I have been extremely tired with this baby. In the back of my mind I feel like it might be the new place that I call home. Hawaii just made me so excited to get out and see new things. I was so active there and made it a point to get outside EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  Here I could sleep all day long and not think twice. Living here I feel like I am forcing myself to try to love it. It is beautiful here with the mountains and all, but I have no where near the heart that I had in Hawaii. Saying that, this pregnancy I am A LOT more emotional. I think before this baby, Mike had maybe seen me cry, in the almost 9 years we have been together, maybe 3 times. The last 2 1/2 months I have cried every single day. I really don't like this feeling. 

I still have not taken a belly picture. I look homeless everyday with my PJs on, 0 makeup and unwashed hair. One day soon I have to get myself together and make it happen. 

Zero morning sickness once again. 

With Emma I was a stickler with applying lotion to my belly. I had no stretchmarks thank goodness. This baby I am doing the exact same thing. I am buying stock in the belly cream!

I am just really ready to have my OB appointment. Hearing the heartbeat and just finding out everything is OK will put my mind to rest finally. I am also hoping this next trimester I will be a little more active. I am starting to feel bad of Emma. She has watched way more TV then I have ever wanted her to watch. 

I finally got the referral # from the insurance company to make a appointment for the OB.
They don't have any openings for 2 1/2 weeks.
So here comes 2nd trimester with no baby check up.
February 1st can not come soon enough. 


(written on Dec 10th)

I found out I was pregnant with baby #2 one week ago exactly. 3 days ago I woke up with tremendous pain. I had body ackes all over, heavy cramping, throwing up, and the other lovely thing you do when your stomach hurts.
I couldn't even stand up straight  
Ohhh, it was terrible!
In the morning I had diagnosed it as morning sickness. 
I had never experienced morning sickness with Emma so I had no idea what it felt like. 

 I was invited to a friends house to make Christmas ornaments that day and didnt want to cancel, so I took a shower and tried to put myself together.  I thought I would feel better getting out of the house.
It was difficult!
 I was there for a couple hours, white as a ghost, still not able to stand up straight.
Looking back now I should not have went. 
Later in the night, and still all of my symptoms are there, except for the throwing up.
I was starting to get really concerned for my new tiny baby.

First, I thought I had the stomach flu. 
I was sure of it! 
Then I thought about it some more and I am now sure that I had food poising. 
The night before I had eaten some carrots and cucumber with Caesar dressing. 
That had to be it! 
Caesar Dressing! 

Side story.
Moving to West Virginia, I had to be switched to a different insurance.  In order for me to make a appointment with a OBGYN, I first have to make a appointment with a Primary Care Provider, then they have to refer me to a "specialist". 
The list of PCP is short. 
I called a bunch hoping to get a appointment as soon as possible so I can get in to a OB and make sure my baby is OK. 
Well, here I am, 6 weeks pregnant, that just had a day of being violently sick and the closest Dr. appointment I can get is January 12! 
Are you serious. 
I have been calling everyday to see if there are any new openings because they don't have a "waiting" list. 
So, once I have the appointment, I have to wait even longer to go see a OB that they recommend!?! 
I am making a appointment for the day after at the Dr. I want to see, and they hopefully will "recommend" that one. 
7 weeks from now I will be seeing a Doctor for my first baby appointment. 
I don't like that! 
With Emma, I had my first one when I was 7 weeks. I heard her heartbeat and saw her little body. This baby will be 12 weeks or more... intill I get to know he/she is OK. 
That does not make me feel good. 

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I called my insurance company's nurses hotline to get a opinion if I should be going to the emergency room.
They asked me all of my symptoms and asked me a ton of questions. 
They were absolutely no help. All I wanted to know was if my baby was OK if I had the stomach flu or food poising. Of course they don't know the answer to that.  

I am still not feeling 100%. 
Every time I eat something it is not a fun time. 
I try to drink as much water as I can to keep hydrated. That's no fun either. 

This pregnancy has definitely got off to a stressful start for me. 
I just hope everything is OK.
I wont know in till 7 weeks from now.  :( 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Adding On

(written on Dec 3rd.)

Emma is going to be a big sister. 
I cant believe it! 
A mother of two! 

I found out today. A day after Mikes Birthday. I just wish I would have taken the test yesterday so he could say he found out then. 
We stopped being "careful" just a little while ago so we were prepared for the news. 

I still don't really get the due date trackers. If anyone can explain them to me I would love to understand. 
They ask you for the fist day of your last period which mine was October 30th. (TMI) But I know for a fact that I got pregnant around November 19th..give or take a few days (TMI). 
It is telling me I am 4 weeks and 6 days pregnant. 
That's impossible!
In my mind I am only around 2 weeks. 
So...if anyone can enlighten me on how they come up with this? 

It says my due date is August 5th 2016.

Mike and I are both so excited. 
This will probably be our last baby so I am just going to take in every last second of this pregnancy. If it is anything like Emma's pregnancy it flew by and was a piece of cake. 

We have yet to tell anyone in our family's. Christmas seems to be the best time because we will be home. We weren't able to tell anyone in person with Emma, and they also were never able to hold her as a baby. They just met her when we moved here in July so they never saw any of the "real" baby stage. Its going to be nice to have them closer now to have pictures of all the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins holding the tiny one.

Well, here goes the journey to baby #2. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Twin Falls State Park

Mike, Emma and I took a drive south to Twin Falls Park to spend the day. It was the first pretty cold day so we tried to keep moving. 

Pioneer Home Stead
She is not a huge fan of the 'on the shoulders' carry. 
I hope she is not scared of heights like her mother...

Twin Falls is named after the two falls in the park...du.

2nd Falls

I think it would be nice to come back when it is not so cold. We saw everything that we wanted to see, but didn't spend a lot of time doing it. I think our blood still hasn't adjusted to winter yet. 

Chief Logan State Park

Mike had to go out of town for a little while, so I decided to take the kids on a little road trip to one of the state parks in West Virginia. When we go to these parks, we usually leave the mid morning so Emma can nap on the way. I packed a lunch for us and we were off around 10:30 am.  
We usually check out every playground the park has to offer...walk a trail or two...check everything else out, then go home. 
Well, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this park has a HUGE light display during Christmas. The whole park road is lined with the festivities. 

I decided that we had to stay till dark. 
We had driven almost 2 hours to get there, so it was only right to experience it. 
So...that was like 6 hours I had to kill in a park that was in the middle of knowwhere! 
These deer were amazing! 
People definitely feed them because they come right up to you! 
I have a couple pictures of them poking their head in my car. 
They were everywhere! 
Retired Coal Train 
There was a pretty lake that we spent a good while at. We watched the sun set here also. 
Pioneer Home Stead 
Bolo wanted in
We walked a trail 

This is a terrible picture of the lights...but my internet is sucks and I cant upload another better photo at the moment so this one will just have to do. 
It doesn't even come close to the lights that were displayed. 
 Overall it was a beautiful park that I would love to come back to. The only downside to this visit was that we were there for far to long...and Emma fell asleep during the drive to see the lights. She had to be in her car seat because I was alone,,,and driving, so she didn't get to see any. I wish I would have thought about that before I decided to stay the whole 6 hours. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

This cant be it

My baby is sick.

He has been diagnosed with Cushings Disease for around 8 months now. His heaviest weight was around 120lbs 
Hes was huge and swollen. 
Hungry and thirsty all the time with no desire to get up and move at all.

His pills for Cushings regulated him out and he seemed to be taking to them well. He got back down to his normal weight at around 85lbs. 

All of a sudden, within the last month, he has dropped so much weight it looks like it is hard for him to even hold himself up. 
55lbs is his current weight...and that was taken 3 weeks ago. I'm sure its lower now.

We took him to the vet and had his medication dosage checked.
His test came back a little high so we lowered the dosage. He has a UTI so that is being taken care of as well (cushings disease causes a lot of uti's), but the weight is still not under control. He no longer eats dog food...or any food if it were up to him. 
I have tried everything.
The roasted chicken from the grocery store, hot dogs, chicken livers, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, rice, hamburgers...he wants nothing to do with any of it. 
It has resulted to me force feeding him, which I am sure he is not getting the amount that he actually needs to gain any amount of weight. 
I am also squirting water into his mouth with a syringe because he has had no interest in water too.   

I am desperate. 
I am hoping that this is just a bump in the road.
I'm talking to the Dr. tomorrow. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Merry Christmas

Christmas Prep

Emma sent a letter to Santa this year. 
She wasn't able to write anything so she painted him a picture. 
Poor Emma Santa .
I thought I had prepared her to see the man in the big red suit. We watched movies, and read books. We talked about him for a couple days and I cant even tell you how many times I had said, "Ho Ho Ho.
None of that worked. 

The Little Beaver

The little Beaver is a state park that was close to Grandview. So after we explored Grandview we made a quick stop over to this lake. It was a really cold day so we didn't stay long to check anything out. We made our way around the lake to the playground for Emma, that's about it. 
After a quick playground sesh, we got back in the car and drove around for a little. I was really surprised how many trails there were being that it was such a small park. 

Beech Fork State Park

I am so so far behind on all of our activities that we have been up to lately. This internet thing is just killing me, so its been hard to upload photos. We are looking into just paying for the rest of the contract (a year and a half) just to get out of it.  
I took the kiddos to Beech Fork State Park and had a beautiful day exploring the area. 
 pretty lake 

This is the "beach" that I think gets pretty crowded in the summer time. 

We had a picnic and played on the playground for awhile.
This was a very pretty park that we may comeback to this summer.