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post #21 of 62
Thread Starter 

Thanks Neaera and OrchideZ for your input.  OrchideZ, I can't believe they missed it before!  How does that happen?

 

I decided that we should get DH tested if we can afford it.  So now we wait to hear back from his insurance to see if they will help cover it at all.  If we were to have a child with CF and they needed surgery for bowel problems within the early days or hours (sounds common with CF babies), we would probably need to go to a hospital 9 hours away.  Our hospital has a level III NICU, which is great; but they don't have a pediatric surgeon.  At the very least, I would like to explore our options and know what is available.  Most likely, DH is not a carrier and it's something we can forget about.  The other thing I was thinking is that if DH does have the mutation, I will be done with having kids.  We're not planning a 3rd, but are open to the possibility.  If we are both carriers, I absolutely won't want to take the risk. 

 

OrchideZ, congratulations on your little girl!  I'm so happy that everything is going well with your pregnancy after 2 losses.  And I'm glad that things are less stressful for you now!  I hope I get to that place soon.  I had kind of crazy amounts of stress about a 2nd child even before we started TTC.  I feel like I don't deserve a 2nd easy pregnancy or healthy kid.  So I just keep expecting everything to go wrong.  I need to get out of that brain rut!

post #22 of 62
Cwill, I am crossing fingers that your insurance will cover the test. Hopefully he is not a carrier.
I can't believe my carrier status was not picked up w my first pregnancy either! That was at UCLA which has such a "stellar" reputation. We did not have a good experience there w the midwife team. My daughter's birth made up for that wink1.gif
Thanks for the good words! We really feel blessed.
I think you will have an easy time of things this pregnancy too. Just my strong hunch!
post #23 of 62
Thread Starter 

I'm feeling better already just having made the decision!  The other thing I found out is that the mutation I have is associated with a less severe form of CF.  So even given a worst-case scenario with LO inheriting 2 mutations, with DH having the most severe mutation, the disease would be a little more mild.  Still something I wouldn't want to wish on anyone!  But it's a bit of a relief.

 

 

How is everyone doing on patience?  Mine is thin!  I have just barely enough for DS and am still sometimes shorter with him than I would like.  But cats, dog, DH ... watch out!  I caught one the of the cats marking in the bedroom this morning and I could have murdered him.  He started spraying when I was pregnant the first time around, but mostly gave it up after DS was born.  I guess he doesn't like the pregnancy hormones in the air.  Since I've been pregnant he's had crystals in his urine and now is marking again.  I'm wondering if a diffuser would help, since it seems like it might be in response to my hormones???  Still.  So mad.  And our dog!!  We have a crazy dog.  I love crazy, high energy, ready for anything and give me more dogs.  Just... not when I'm pregnant.  He's not even bad in the house or our yard, just occasionally paces if he hasn't gotten his morning exercise.  The pacing is driving me nuts!!!  I just ordered a bunch of chews online so hopefully they get here soon and that can keep him busy while I'm trying to rest/accomplish things inside and not giving him the attention he thinks he deserves.
 

post #24 of 62
Cwill, you sound like you are thinking smart! Hope the kitty and dog can settle down for you. Our cat gets very clingy and broody with me when I'm pregnant but nothing more thankfully smile.gif
post #25 of 62
Cwill- I have very little patience as well. I try so hard to be patient but it is becoming more and more difficult. Ugh hopefully this passes soon!
post #26 of 62

Ugh! I just wrote a whole long post, hit something on the keyboard by accident, and the whole thing is gone. angry.gif I am way too tired and annoyed to try to remember it all again, so I'll try to post again when I next get the opportunity. 

 

The most important part was that I wish all of you having tests (including me, had the blood test on Monday) the best of luck with the results, the ability to relax & not worry for the rest of this journey and healthy babies! grouphug.gif

post #27 of 62
MyKittysMew, sending you and all mamas w tests coming up lots of good mojo & luck for good results!

I have my regular OB visit today (14 1/2 wks) and will likely get my 1st trimester blood panel results today too. I already had a good nuchal scan and my maternit21 results this past week so hopefully this will reinforce those results. Can't wait to get a peep at baby and to hear her heart again. That never gets old, does it?
post #28 of 62
My mac went on the fritz, tried to get it repaired, it is still dead. I have to send It away, so I bought an iPad. Finally back online. Not much to report here. Blazing hot and praying it rains so our fields of corn won't be stunted. The corn is to feed our pigs come winter. Trying to get out in the evening to work in the garden, but between the heat and mosquitoes, oh my! I'm 14 weeks now, still low energy, not common for me, but sickness seems to be finally going away. Maybe low energy has to do w/ the humidity, never been pregnant in such humidity before. We are getting ready to start schooling August 5th, starting early to take more time off after baby. Otherwise, just hanging out I. Front of the window
air conditioner.
post #29 of 62
Thread Starter 

I hear you on the heat.  It's been so hot here!  We don't have a/c, but this is the first time I've been tempted to buy a window unit.  I don't know if it's hotter than normal or if pregnancy is making it harder to tolerate, but I definitely think the heat is part of the reason my temper is so short these days.  It's cooling off at night enough to make it tolerable most of the day; but come 5-6 pm, the sun is just baking the house and there's still another 4-5 hours of daylight to get through.  We usually hit 84/85 inside, which is not pleasant for sleeping.  DH would prefer not to buy an air conditioner.  I think he's proud that we don't use one.  But maybe if I increase the grouchiness just a little, he'll be convinced that it's worth it even if it's just this summer! 

 

Our garden is limping along.  I'm an apathetic gardener at best.  Negligent is probably more accurate.  When we lived in the south that was fine because it rained and was hot.  It took care of itself and we just harvested.  Here, it actually requires a little work!  I have to remember to water!  And pay attention to the temperature because it can still freeze at night, even with the daytime heat.  So, we get a handful of radishes, a handful of carrots, a little lettuce.  By the first hard frost, we'll have had a handful of tomatoes, LOL.  I don't know why we keep it up.  It's a sad sight to look at.

 

We're going on a quick overnight camping trip tonight.  DH has to work until 5:30 and has to work again Saturday so we're going to a spot close by.  I like the quickie trips though.  Low stress, low number of things to pack.  We won't worry about dinner because we'll eat before we go.  We'll actually be fairly close to civilization so we could even go to a diner for breakfast!  Camping with kids is so different, LOL.  So luxurious.  We've done backcountry camping with DS too, but sometimes you need to make it easy to make sure you actually get it done!
 

Good luck to everyone else on getting your blood results back!    I mentioned in the sex thread that I might look more into the Materniti21 test.  My OB said it wasn't available to me because I'm under 35.  But it seems like everyone is getting it so I think I'll bring it up at my next appointment.  Do you get another ultrasound, OrchideZ?  My OB only does the initial and 20 week scan as a standard.  But when I started with a midwife last time, she liked to do them every appointment.  It was so amazing to see DS for the first time, it was tempting to stay with her just for that!  It's interesting, different providers preferences. 

post #30 of 62
We are visiting family in NH and I am so grateful that they have ac. It is hot! I am (fingers crossed) finally getting over a cold I've had for a few weeks and am ready to feel good again. The all day nausea is gone but I'm starting to think my evening appetite loss/not feeling great may be morning sickness related and not just due to traveling/cold/etc. we have been traveling basically since June 21 (2.5 weeks in Greece, a few days at home, now NH) so I am more than a little excited to get home for good on July 21. My husband has been working from his company's Boston office and I've been getting up early (4 or 5am!) when he gets up to catch the commuter bus and then having a hard time getting back to sleep. This morning he had to go to NY and I was up at 3:50 to take him to the freaking airport. Sigh.
post #31 of 62
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Originally Posted by cwill View Post

I hear you on the heat.  It's been so hot here!  We don't have a/c, but this is the first time I've been tempted to buy a window unit.  I don't know if it's hotter than normal or if pregnancy is making it harder to tolerate, but I definitely think the heat is part of the reason my temper is so short these days.  It's cooling off at night enough to make it tolerable most of the day; but come 5-6 pm, the sun is just baking the house and there's still another 4-5 hours of daylight to get through.  We usually hit 84/85 inside, which is not pleasant for sleeping.  DH would prefer not to buy an air conditioner.  I think he's proud that we don't use one.  But maybe if I increase the grouchiness just a little, he'll be convinced that it's worth it even if it's just this summer! 

Our garden is limping along.  I'm an apathetic gardener at best.  Negligent is probably more accurate.  When we lived in the south that was fine because it rained and was hot.  It took care of itself and we just harvested.  Here, it actually requires a little work!  I have to remember to water!  And pay attention to the temperature because it can still freeze at night, even with the daytime heat.  So, we get a handful of radishes, a handful of carrots, a little lettuce.  By the first hard frost, we'll have had a handful of tomatoes, LOL.  I don't know why we keep it up.  It's a sad sight to look at.

We're going on a quick overnight camping trip tonight.  DH has to work until 5:30 and has to work again Saturday so we're going to a spot close by.  I like the quickie trips though.  Low stress, low number of things to pack.  We won't worry about dinner because we'll eat before we go.  We'll actually be fairly close to civilization so we could even go to a diner for breakfast!  Camping with kids is so different, LOL.  So luxurious.  We've done backcountry camping with DS too, but sometimes you need to make it easy to make sure you actually get it done!

 
Good luck to everyone else on getting your blood results back!    I mentioned in the sex thread that I might look more into the Materniti21 test.  My OB said it wasn't available to me because I'm under 35.  But it seems like everyone is getting it so I think I'll bring it up at my next appointment.  Do you get another ultrasound, OrchideZ?  My OB only does the initial and 20 week scan as a standard.  But when I started with a midwife last time, she liked to do them every appointment.  It was so amazing to see DS for the first time, it was tempting to stay with her just for that!  It's interesting, different providers preferences. 
Enjoy the camping! I'm dying to go. Gotta wait two more weeks bc of obligations.
Today my OB just listened to HB w a Doppler and no ultrasound. Still so sweet.
post #32 of 62
Hope everyone is cooling off! Can we talk about protein? I usually eat chicken, beef, pork...but nothing is appealing. I don't think peanut butter toast is really going to be sufficient in the long term. Any suggestions for proteins that will sit well? Bonus for easy to prepare meals that keep well for leftovers... Dinner is not a big meal for me lately. greensad.gif

Ps. I don't eat eggs or seafood greensad.gif
post #33 of 62
Maybe chicken broth? How about quinoa? That's a tough one! Hope you get your appetite back soon mama.
post #34 of 62
Got our 1st trimester screen results (bloodwork), baby is negative for down's or spina bifida which confirms what the nuchal ultrasound showed and also our maternit21 blood panel results. 15 wks and finally feeling energy and confident! I can tell that placenta is kicking in. Anyone else starting to feel good/more energy?
post #35 of 62
Chicken broth - do you think that will be enough protein? I don't even know "how much" I need, I just have this idea that I'm not getting much/any most days and it can't be healthy greensad.gif

OrchideZ, so happy to hear your good results! I think I'm wishing we had done the materni21 but my doctor only mentiond it as something you do if the NT scan shows an elevated risk so I didn't think about it. Ah, well.
post #36 of 62
Well, if its made from bones and is a good rich broth, you could add in whatever protein you could stomach to make it more hearty. I would recommend whisking in an egg yolk but you don't eat egg. Drinking/sipping on chix broth is better than nothing. Maybe add in some grated cheese, some bragg's, even a bit of brewers yeast if you really can't stomach much else.
post #37 of 62

polyhymnia-  What about Greek yogurt and cottage cheese? Do you like either of those? I have started to get plain Greek yogurt and use it in place of sour cream in recipes to help get more protein. Or add some honey and fruit  to it. Yum! My midwife suggests trying to get 80 to 100 grams of protein a day. I doubt I get that much but I try. I normally love meat, but not with this pregnancy, so I know how you feel. I have been eating more eggs too, but that doesn't help you... I agree about the quinoa. I even have some on hand and haven't made any yet, but I need to! My midwife said that the better (and more protein) you eat the less likely you are to have certain complications. So I try really hard to put away a good amount of protein. By this time when pregnant with my DD I could eat about anything, no problem. But not this time around. Everything has been different! 

 

OrchideZ- So happy for your great test results, energy and confidence! I am starting to have a little more energy but nothing like I did when pregnant with DD. I wish I could get my confidence up too. I had decided not to have a 20 week ultrasound but I have changed my mind because I think it would give me more confidence in this pregnancy. 

post #38 of 62

Oh and one of the things I love for a snack is dipping apple slices in vanilla Greek yogurt mixed with peanut butter! 

post #39 of 62
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Oh and one of the things I love for a snack is dipping apple slices in vanilla Greek yogurt mixed with peanut butter! 
mmm that sounds delicious! I will try it later today.
Good reminder too about eating Greek yogurt for protein! My kids eat it w either bit of honey stirred in or maple syrup. And cottage cheese too! So good for you. Could stir in brewers yeast to up the nutritional value too.
post #40 of 62
Just saw this black bean n quinoa salad and thought it was a good one to share...maple syrup in the dressing and adding avocado would make it even more nutritious.
http://ohsheglows.com/2013/07/19/cumin-lime-black-bean-quinoa-salad-quick-easy/
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