9 weeks today people! And that is a wonderful thing. I am so awed and grateful and excited and happy.
Now for the whining:
I gotta be honest and tell you that I am also tired and miserable. My life has become a battle between which symptom will be worse. It’s nausea vs heartburn. I’m wearing sea bands during the day. No joke, I have bruises from them. I have purchased at least 5 different over the counter heartburn and acid remedies. Nothing really helps. Eating is a chore. I try to find the happy medium between foods that I feel won’t make me sick and foods that won’t give me heartburn. Many of the traditional remedies for one ailment makes the other worse. Right now I’m eating pretty much dairy and carbs. Sometimes meat or fruit. No veggies, no juice, absolutely no tomatoes. My pre-natal has started to bother me too, so I’m down to a chewable adult vitamin and extra folic acid.
And I’m tired. I’ve got clients at work this week which means longer than normal days for me. Also forced cheerfulness and conversation. And frequently, by the afternoon I’m ready to curl up in a ball and cry I’m so exhausted. I come home from work, change into my PJs and stay on the couch for most of the evening. In bed at 9-9:30. It’s rough and thank goodness for Strawberry and her infinite patience and sweetness.
But still, I’m so so grateful. An online friend with the same due date has been experiencing no symptoms and feels fantastic. And yet, it took her 2 years and IVF to get pregnant. Given the choice, I would certainly choose the road that I’ve got. As the cliche goes, I count my blessings.
Next up, our first pre-natal visit with the OB on Friday 9/26. We aren’t sure yet if we’ll end up delivering with the OB. I’m interested in exploring the local birth center. The only real drawback is that it’s a long 45min-1 hour drive away. Travelling there for pre-natal care will be a PITA. My OB is 10 min from my office and 15 min from Strawberry’s. Just one of the decisions that we’ll need to make in the coming months!