Good idea to start this all over again!
I am enjoying reading everyones story.
WARNING! This is LONG!
I am Nina, I am 31 and have been married to Tom also 31 for 4 years.
We have 1 DD, Lianne who is 3 and 1 DS, Conor, who is 16 months. I am due about May 2nd with another boy.
My pregnancy story is pretty crazy!
I have an incompetent cervix...something we found out the hard way with DD. I spent 4 weeks on hospital bedrest and she was born at 32 weeks exactly. She spent 6 weeks in the NICU, she had a really hard time learning to coordinate suck swallow breathe so she could eat! I was also told that she would never breastfeed 100%. They were wrong! She figured it out at about 3 months and would never take a bottle after that. She nursed until I was about 12 weeks pregnant with Conor. My milk changes a lot and my supply goes way down when I am pregnant.
She walked at 20 months and is slightly developmentally delayed due to her prematurity. She has an IEP tomorrow and will start Sp Ed preschool in January to get the therapy she needs. I fully expect her to catch up by 5 (which is what the doctors in the NICU told us would happen)
With Conor, I had a cervical stitch or cerclage placed at 13 weeks. It was successful. My pregnancy was uneventful until the birth. I was forced into an induction. YUCK!
Conor had severe reflux as a baby and we thought he had grown out of it. But he didn't... it just became silent. He did okay nursing, but nursed for short periods of time often all day and night long. I swear he was nursing 20 times a day and waking up every hour at night.
He wouldn't have anything to do with solid food, EVER! I wasn't concerned about that until he was close to a year. I took him to the doctor to see if he had texture issues, but the doctor wasn't a big help. At the end of August/ beg of Sept we found out he was actually losing weight.... on the same day I found out I was pregnant! (remember that I said my milk changes a lot.) He was no longer thriving on my breastmilk... this made me VERY VERY sad. I felt really guilty until I realized that nursing him was the best thing for him. He was still developing fine. He was hospitalized in September for 17 days and twice since, in fact we just got home this weekend. (Thanksgiving in the hospital is FUN!) He had a g-tube placed in October and is strictly tube fed. He weaned completely shortly after the g-tube was placed and has started sucking his thumb. He started therapy for his food aversion and his reflux is finally under control and he is sleeping through the night. He still isn't gaining well though, and we have no clue why.
After Conor I had an IUD. It was painful going in and stayed painful, but the ARNP who placed it told me that it was normal and since the strings were there nothing was wrong. WRONG! In July I finally went to my regular provider thinking I had a kidney infection or a rogue bladder infection. I didn't and so she sent me for an ultrasound to make sure everything was fine. Turns out it wasn't! My IUD was imbedded in my uterine wall and had been the entire 9 months. It was placed wrong. The strings were still there so the Dr removed it in the office with a few pulls (OUCH!) He told me to give my uterus a month to heal and come back to discuss birth control options (he wanted to place another IUD!) OH! I guess I should mention that I was on my period when the IUD was removed.
Well I went back in a month for two reasons. To discuss birth control and because I was still having a pain by my hip.
The night before the appointment I had a dream that I was pregnant. I have never had a pregnancy dream when I wasn't pregnant or about to find out that I was pregnant. In fact a pregnancy dream is what caused me to take a test with DD.
So I went in and asked the nurse to humor me and give me a test.
She came back in 5 minutes later "You ARE pregnant!" I just about fell off the table! So much for birth control options!
So here I am 19 weeks with SURPRISE! I had a cerclage placed at 15 weeks and that seems to be fine. I had a follow up ultrasound done.. cervix is still long, but my fluid is really low. I am now starting to see the effects of stress on a pregnancy and need to take better care so that DR doesn't freak! Baby is still growing well though and I am feeling him move more and more.
We did want one more, just not yet. DH is a student in Network Engineering and almost done, we wanted him to be done and employed before we conceived #3.
I am a part time Sign Language Interpreter at the community college, a job which I normally love. This quarter has been really hard and after Conor's last hospitalization I had my classes taken away until the new quarter starts in January and was warned there might not be much work for me then. This is kind of a relief... Conor needs me and I need to take better care of myself. But at the same time adds more stress because we live off of what I make. Thank goodness we live in Washington State and my kids are covered medically and since I am pregnant I am too!
Well I am going to quit now.. if anyone gets all the way through this you deserve some