Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Baby Update

I had my 17 week appointment last Friday. It was a long one, over 2 hours. My doctor had to go deliver a baby, so they decided to do an ultrasound while we waited. The little one looks great, right on track with growth.  I have a big, hour long ultrasound at my next appointment in September. Since I am getting older and have had 8 babies, they want to do a more detailed ultrasound, keeping an eye on my bladder.

Almost an hour of my appointment was them trying to get 12 viles of blood out of me. Yes, you read that correctly...12! It took 5 pricks and 3 different blood drawers to get the job done. Needless to say, I was a bit sick to my stomach and very light headed. They decided I was a good candidate for a new test for Down Syndrome. It required a lot of blood, but at least I won't have to get that giant needle inserted into my stomach. (I would refuse anyway) I really liked this new doctor too. She is funny and down to earth, and a bit older. At least she is not a "he" I will keep you posted with any new complications and whatnot's.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

17 weeks....sigh

I am 17 weeks today. I have an appointment with a new dr on Friday afternoon. (I'm picky) I have to admit, I haven't been too happy with the pregnancy. I can't really explain why, other than it just feels different. I tried to explain my feelings to Sean last night, but failed and seemed to have caused more concern than anything. This pregnancy, being our last, was suppose to be "special". We wanted everything to be fun and exciting. I have actually felt the opposite. I don't want to say that I feel like something is wrong, but.....I don't know how else to describe it. I have been having pains I have never felt before (in my lower right side and middle) I have also been feeling a sharp pinching like pain just under my left breast, which comes and goes. I just haven't felt "good" this pregnancy. I know they say the magic number is 35, and then it becomes harder (I just turned 36 on Monday.) but I had no idea what that meant. I guess this is it. It doesn't help that I am still having problems with my urethra. (Inflammation of the Urethra) As this baby gets bigger, more pressure will be put on it, which causes more discomfort. I cannot eat or drink anything acidic, which is pretty much EVERYTHING. No fruits, most veggies, sauces, spicy food, soda, coffee, tea and so many others. If I do, it feels like I'm urinating razor blades. There is nothing my specialist can do for me during pregnancy. (The treatment is saline rinses and Probiotics, which require a catheter and approval from an obgyn, mine said NO, which is why I am looking for a new Dr.) 

Okay, I'll stop complaining now. Pregnancy is a blessing, no matter how you look at it. I should be thankful I can have children when so many families cannot. Still, I am fearful for my next appointment....

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

It's official, we have wrapped up yet another school year! The kids finished their CAT tests today and they are free for the summer. Well, sort of. They will have a month completely off, but then I will be working with Declan, Cian and Fionn on Math and Reading for two or three days per week. It was brought to our attention during the reading part of the CAT test that Cian is WAY BEHIND. He couldn't even read the short sentences or paragraphs required to answer the questions. I knew he was slow at reading, but I had no idea just how behind he really was. I'm really upset about it. I feel like I have failed as a parent and a teacher, but in reality I know he has a learning disability and requires more work than the others. So I will be spending tuns of time with him this summer. Declan had a hard time with Math in terms 3 and 4. He actually got a D+ for term three, which was completely unacceptable, so he has been grounded from TV and video games for the entire term. He did much better on his final this term, getting an A on the final and an A- for the term. Amazing what a little extra work can do.

Just as the kids are done with school, Sean and I start our fall semester classes on the 19th, my birthday. Woopie! Sean changed his major to coding, or programming or whatever it's called. He's taking 12 credits this term and talked me into taking a class with him. I got approved for my BOG waiver this morning, so I can go to school for free this school year! Pretty awesome! I am registered for a US History class as well, but may drop it. I have no idea what I want to major in. So I guess I'll just get the basics out of the way first.

I have my 16 week Dr. app. on the 23rd. Sean and I decided not to find out the sex of the baby before it's born. Since this will be our last baby, we want everything to be a surprise. Mom is coming out for a short visit in October, so we will all have a chance to go to Disney and see the Halloween decorations. Mom has never been to Disney outside of the summer time, so this will be a real treat for her. Nice cool weather, you don't see much of that in AZ. It will also give Sean and I a night or two out together, ALONE for the first time since before Sam was born. (He's now two in case you were trying to do the math) We are hoping to stay at a hotel near Disney and spend the whole evening at Cali Adventure/Disney. You have no idea how excited we are!!

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful last week of summer. School started back up for the kids around here yesterday. Have a great rest of the week and weekend!