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Sunday, May 20, 2012


Would it be too much to ask to have a long weekend every week from now until the end of summer? An extra day to nap and lay around figure out how to deal with this pregnancy... I'd gladly take it!

In addition to my constant sickness (now mostly dulled down to a general feeling of motion sickness with the help of the Diclectin) I now have a new pregnancy symptom that everyone (except me) was waiting for - hormonal explosions.  I'm normally very level headed and have the ability to think before speaking but I've begun to lose the grip on my temper.  Poor Jules has been witness to a few meltdowns already this week, not to mention I now have a few co-workers muttering 'I hope this doesn't last all nine months...' when leaving my office.  I can't help myself, I feel like a volcano erupting when someone asks me 'What's wrong with you?' or 'What's your problem?' and then I feel frustrated because I suppose I brought this on myself.  After all, I'm the one who wanted to get pregnant.  I should have expected this.  I shouldn't be complaining!  So I keep it in and then explode when asked.  Sigh... 

In other, but related news, we had the donor and his partner over yesterday evening to tell them the news.  The donor was a bit blown away by it but excited and his partner was over the moon.  Since I rather burn our apartment down than cook, we walked the short distance to a Thai restaurant to eat and that thankfully turned out alright (they had very good ventilation so the smells we not overwhelming for me) and then came back to our place for some cake and ice cream.  

This morning we Skyped with Jules' parents in England (they are on board with being grandparents - yay!) and then have basically had a cycle of vegging, eating and napping.  Jules has almost finished setting up the venting of the air conditioner we bought out the bedroom window (all of our windows are crank out so she's been working on getting the rest of the window blocked out while venting the air conditioner).  This evening we're settling in to watching a new ep of Sherlock and ice cream.  Bryer's Vanilla... mmmmm....

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


So, after days of barely being able to tolerate eating anything due to my ever increasing every-moment-of-the-day-and-night sickness, my doctor prescribed me Diclectin today.  Now granted it is slow-release but three hours after taking my first dose I can start to feel a change for the better. I still have absolutely no desire for food but for the moment I have a nice break from feeling like I'm going to hurl at any second.  Hopefully it kicks in more and I can start feeling a little more normal. :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

As long as we have our health!

I'm passing time at Toyota waiting for my car to be ready (either a sensor is wonky or I have a super slow tire leak) so I decided to blog. Yay apps that make that possible.

Jules successfully had her ovarian cyst removal surgery yesterday. Things went relatively smooth for the most part. We had a scare after she had her IV put in. Within five minutes she got super hot and soaked through her gown. She got double vision and started retching non-stop. The resident doctor was called in and checked her out and within 15 minutes she was fine again. Strange and scary! After that she was fine and got through the surgery no problem. The nursing staff was so awesome there; we really like that hospital.

She had three hurdles to get past before they would discharge her - eat a muffin, drink water and apple juice and urinate. The first two were no problem and eventually Jules talked me into getting her coffee (twice) from Tim Hortons all the way at the other side of the hospital. The third, oh boy... At the threat of a catheter, she finally managed to go a tiny bit though we both agree today that she should have just let them do it. So, after eight hours at the hospital we finally got home and situated Jules on the couch where she's been ever since.

I stopped to get us some Thai soup we love for dinner and all was well for a while. I should have known it was going to be bad when I was eating and felt a little off. I guess I wasn't enjoying it as much as I usually do. I had walked a ton during the day and was feeling pretty worn out so I figured I was just blah in general. Within an hour though the heartburn started (it is a pretty mild soup) and an hour after that I was really feeling queasy. I decided to go to bed after making sure Jules was comfortable and drugged up appropriately. I don't know what I was thinking though because laying down (even kinda propped up) made the nausea even worse. I was debating getting up to try throwing up but I must have eventually drifted off enough to get passed it. I woke up every so often and felt sick a few times but would eat a cracker or two from a bag I put on my night table and would eventually roll over and fall back asleep.

Today I've been fine except for the small glass of skim milk I almost gagged on. I had a cheese sandwich that went down fine so I'll just keep track of the things that have started offending me and steer clear for a while. My list so far:

*Any kind of tomato based sauce
*My liquid B complex vitamin
*Coffee (I had been drinking decaf since January so I'm sad it has made the list already)
*Ground beef
*The Thai soup
*Bell peppers

As for any cravings, I think I actually do have two. Soup and bananas. I rarely ever have soup for a meal, maybe once a month. Since last weekend I've wanted broth based soup every day. I think this is going to drive Jules nuts because she's not a big soup person at all. As for the bananas, they aren't usually in my top ten fruit list but that seems to have changed this week. I can honestly say I've savored a banana now. I never would have believed that a week ago...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

5 weeks

The doctor's office contacted me this morning letting me know that my HCG levels tripled in 72 hours so that's reassuring.  I booked a prenatal appointment for next Tuesday.  They told me it'll be an hour with the nurse and 20 minutes with the doctor.  Holy cow, that's a long appointment.  They'll probably want to know some kind of medical history regarding the donor's side and I'm not entirely sure I remember everything the donor has told me (because like an idiot, I didn't write any of it down) so that kind of ruins our plan to tell the donor and his partner next Saturday when they come over to see our new place.  Nothing like Facebook messaging news like this... "So, I'm pregnant... Can you give me the details of your family medical history again?"

As for other people, I've only told my boss (I wasn't expecting to tell her so soon but a development at work prompted me to act) and a close co-worker.  Jules has told a few people in her circle as well as her parents.  I'm not sure if her parents have responded to the news yet or not.  I'm not really keen on telling anyone else until there's at least a heartbeat.

I stopped spotting a couple days ago and I no longer feel like my period is imminent.  I do, however, feel exhausted nearly every minute of the day and my appetite is almost completely suppressed (what a nice change!), not to mention my breasts are extremely tender (no more bounding down the stairs!).  Yesterday we went to visit my sister at her first apartment and I couldn't help myself, I had to lay on the couch almost the entire time we were there and fight the urge to fall asleep.  This morning I almost fell asleep in a meeting at work.  Crazy...

Well, off to eat dinner that Jules made and enjoy her last evening of normal mobility for a week or so as she has her surgery bright and early tomorrow morning.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I think the test I took today looks darker than yesterday's which is promising. As I mentioned in my post yesterday, last month I had absolutely nothing show up in the test line area on the dollar store tests so it would appear we're doing better this time around even though I feel the same as last month - I'm spotting daily with on and off minor cramping and feel the pressure like I'm going to start my period any moment:

I still have a standing order for a blood test so after Jules went for her pre-surgery doctor's appointment yesterday we both went to get blood drawn. Jules has her surgery on the 10th to remove two grapefruit sized 'things' on her ovaries. We have to be at the hospital for 6 am (ugh!). It's going to be interesting being the one not going in for surgery for once.

This weekend we're taking it easy and laying low, mainly because Jules is super stressed from her job (heavy emphasis on the 'super' - my poor girl) and I have a cold and feel like garbage. We're trying to get our money's worth out of our cable subscription by watching a ton of movies in between naps.

Friday, May 4, 2012

13 DPO

Faint line on the dollar store pregnancy test. Last month I didn't have anything register on one of the cheap tests...

We'll see...