Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ultrasound, First Dr's Visit, etc


This has been a very exciting and stressful week: We had our first appointment with my OB, we got some potentially horrible news, and my new mantra is "don't throw up".

Our appointment was pretty great until I met my OB. It started out with an ultrasound, and this time the ultrasound showed a baby with a strong heartbeat! Having been through an ultrasound where you are expecting to see a baby and see nothing, just seeing your baby for the first time... it is pretty amazing!

I followed up the ultrasound with a nurse taking my vitals then met my doctor, real charmer that one. My doctor began the intro by berating me for getting pregnant so soon after a miscarriage, asking why I was on progesterone, and acting like I was dumb for counting my last miscarriage as my last period (despite the fact that is how many, including my other doctor, advise women to count when they are pregnant RIGHT after a miscarriage). This is also when we got some potentially very bad news, they found an unidentified mass on the ultrasound and don't know what it is.

Last night I was reading an article about Teen Mom and how Maci doesn't want Farrah back on the show because she did porn and she doesn't want her son on the same show as a porn star. My first reaction was to be kinda dumbfounded, I mean Bentley has been on the same show as Amber who was abusive and using drugs. I just don't understand how being an adult and consenting to have sex and tape it for money is as bad as abuse and drug use? Doesn't equate for me! That discussion had a lot of people talking about how Farrah doesn't DESERVE to be on a reality tv show, which again had me question do any of them? They are on there for getting knocked up as teenagers, and 2/4 have had a second child out of wedlock; I'm not religious but I do believe children deserve a stable home, which marriage can be a foundation for.

Thinking about Teen Mom made me think about other reality shows featuring pregnant women. I have heard of "I didn't know I was Pregnant", now they are casting a show for women who got pregnant overseas and are looking for their baby daddies. I'm surprised and disappointed that there are no shows for people like me, or just people who are responsible about their pregnancies. Maybe shows featuring pregnant women who actually are worried about their babies won't make good tv? Maybe nobody wants to watch a show that talks about women's struggles conceiving and carrying? I don't understand why there isn't a show, especially when so many of us deal with problems conceiving or within our pregnancies!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Burlington For Pets


This entry has been on my mind for sometime, about three weeks to be exact! Every so often my mom and I get together to do our shopping. We don't do all of our shopping together, in fact in general I like to do my grocery shopping midweek when everyone is at work and the foods get marked down; but we will shop for just about anything together!

Three weeks ago we went shopping and our trip took us to Burlington! I have never paid much attention to their pet section, but this time I did. I was amazed by their LOW prices on dog toys, and even more ecstatic to find a clearance section which I shopped in to get percentage off already good prices!

I got:                                                               I paid                       Retail
Zoe Treats x 2 (in different flavors)              $3.96                        $10.58  
Brushes x 3                                                    $3.96                        $12.00
Tennis Ball Toy                                             $1.98                        $6.99
Pink Fox Water-bottle Toy                            $1.98                        $8.99
20 pk veggie rolls (dog chews)                      $2.99                        $16.00
Prudence Dog Treats                                      $1.98                        $7.19   
                                                                       $16.85                       $61.75

Shopping at Burlington I paid about 1/3 of retail prices, and lets face it this stuff is pricey! I jumped when I saw a HUGE bone for my dog for $9.99 rather than $19.99 today (at another store).

I will concede that my dogs do probably get more than some. I buy my dogs some of the best food, Taste Of the Wild, although it is a top tier food it is still reasonably priced at around $43 for a 30lb bag delivered to your house free with amazon prime! My dogs get some kind of dog chew just about everyday, and I buy them new toys fairly often... They have their own chest

That is an older picture of it from an earlier post New Dog Parent Pack, must haves for new dog parents! but in general it stays pretty stocked and gets filled when I come across good deals! When I think they could spread the wealth then we go through it and donate some things they have a lot of to the local animal shelter, not that the person at the front desk ever says thanks, but I do like that things my dogs no longer play with, didn't like, etc can make another animal happy =)

The point of this post is if you have a spoiled pooch but like your money than look at Burlington for their toys and treats! Point #2 if your dogs "treasure chest" looks like the one in the above picture and you don't have a LOT of dogs, consider donating some items to make another animal happy!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Pregnant RIGHT after a miscarriage


Two months ago we got exciting news, after two years of trying we were finally pregnant again. My first pregnancy ended in miscarriage at about seven weeks and since then we hadn't been able to conceive. After a few trips to both our doctor and a fertility specialist, who refused to do more than basic testing since we were young and it had ONLY been two years, we were elated to see those two pink lines. If you hadn't guessed from the title, this pregnancy didn't end well.

Right before we left for my husband's work trip I found out we were expecting. We were both happy of course, despite me being sick. I only knew I was pregnant for about a week when we lost the pregnancy. We had already seen my dr. to get a referral to an ob (needed by insurance) so we could schedule our first apt around 8-10 weeks. He had assured me I was worrying to much about this pregnancy and that at least we know we can conceive, the first miscarriage was probably just a fluke...

A trip to the er, some blood work that showed hcg around 1,000, and an ultrasound that showed nothing later, they said very little to me. The ER Dr. just told me to not lose hope and that I should check up with my regular Dr. to have hcg work done to check the levels and then proscribed an antibiotic. I miscarried at home and never bothered to pick up the antibiotics nor visit my doctor to be told what I already knew, I had lost the baby.

Miscarriage can mess up your cycle, having already been through one I know that; however when my period was just a little to late and I was feeling really exhausted all the time I decided to check anyway. The first pregnancy test came back with a really really light pink line and then the control. Pink means your pregnant, but I always like a second test when I have a light pink just so I know it isn't my mind playing tricks with an evap line. The second test came back MUCH darker, so we are pregnant!

I recently went back to the dr. I think I am around 6.5 weeks right now, so there is a ways to go until we can breathe easy. The visit went about the same as the first one only he didn't insist on a pee test, I insisted on a UTI test (negative, but dang I have to pee alot!), and we both agreed on HCG which should tell us something about the pregnancy. In healthy normal pregnancies the levels should double every 2-3 days, if mine are going up really slowly or not going up than we know there could be or is a problem. If mine are doubling it is a good sign, although by no means does it make us safe from miscarrying again. They drew my blood tuesday for the hcg and I'm going back tomorrow, then should hear back either tomorrow night or saturday morning. Assuming it is good news and the pregnancy sticks than in a couple weeks we should have an ultrasound and see a heartbeat, meaning this time we are pretty safe!

Week 2 Challenge Results

This week was a huge bust. The only thing I managed to do 100% everyday was my water. There is a reason this week was a bust though, more than that I just didn't feel like doing any of it.... I'm pregnant! I'll write more about that in a follow up post but just so you know the fatigue is kicking my ass! I literally am so zapped I have a hard time doing most anything half the time!

Just to recap, here were my goals this week:
#1 Drink one glass of water per day
#2 Eat salad for one meal per day
#3 throwbacks, also continue with week one challenges!
      The throwbacks were walking the dogs daily and chores daily

I did #1, but #2 we probably only did 4/7 days. 4/7 days is still a huge improvement to having salad once or twice a week, but our goal was kind of a light cleanse. #3 was the one I did horrid on, my poor dogs haven't been walked in days and my house needs some cleaning!

Now that this week is over it is time for a new week challenge, one that hopefully I pull through and do all of my challenges ALL the time!