Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Baby Bump Update

I know I have been awhile in updating on how things are going with my pregnancy but I find by the time I get Elizabeth to bed and lunches made I am right to bed. Elizabeth is so excited about being a big sister and she tells her brother how cute he is and how much she loves him. She has even thought out how things will be when he is born and stated 'it will be a bit of a nightmare as she will have to stay with her Dad but not to worry as she will manage'.
As for how things are going just like my pregnancy with Elizabeth I feel great, no nausea, no food aversions, lots of energy during the day, I only can complain about not being able to sleep very well but that is it. The progesterone has definitely helped reduce the contractions and irritability of my uterus. I can now drive in the car without having to miss every little bump on the road as it would lead to contractions. I just have to make sure I lay down and rest, drink lots, no strenuous activity and wear very loose clothing (anything touching my belly leads to contractions). My last check-up showed no cervical changes so we will wait on the need for a cerclage. The only extra problem is I have placenta previa which may cause a whole bunch more problems that I really try not to think about. We are hopeful that it will move a bit and not cause too much trouble.
The baby is pretty active already for 17 weeks which I think sometimes causes contractions. I definitely have a pronounced baby bump now and am needing bigger clothes. I am still working and am on a very limited workload which my colleague and the Pediatrician's are very supportive. I hope to work as long as I can seeing that at work I can have the option of having slow days where I can get desk work done.
It absolutely frightens me at the thought of that in less than 8 weeks I will be as far as I got with Elizabeth. I find myself at work preparing to be off in an emergency by leaving notes for my replacement if I am off. I even in my head have made a list of what needs to be packed if I have to go to the hospital and I have to remind myself I do not need to pack yet. I cringe at the mess I was when I had Elizabeth, Daddy packed some items for me and I don't know where he found the clothing I had to wear the 10 days I was in the hospital. I do take comfort in knowing I am followed by a great High Risk MD who I see frequently so we take it one day at a time. I don't think I will ever feel the excitement or attachment to this little soul until he arrives safely and close to term.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

The Graduate

Elizabeth is officially done kindergarten and will be a big girl in grade 1 next year. Her class had a small celebration with some songs and treats which was cute. I have to say this year was not a memorable year for her at school and I hope that grade 1 will be better for her. I don't think her teacher understood (or wanted to understand Elizabeth's differences) Elizabeth's differences were almost an annoyance for her teacher and it did lead to some conversations and promises that things will be better next year. I hope the complaints of her 'selective hearing' and inability to keep still will be less and her new teacher will understand that her Auditory Dsysncrony and her CP are things she cannot control as hard as she tries. We are very blessed to have a great Special Education teacher who advocates for Elizabeth and works with her weekly.

Academically we are not worried for her, she does have some problems with numbers but we will work hard over the summer. Her report card of course showed her difficulty with paying attention (but that as explained is due to her ADD) and of course her printing is still behind and will have to be accommodated when she is required to do more written work.

Socially she has made huge gains and our previous concerns are less than before. She does at times want to be by herself to play and does voice that she cannot catch up to the kids when they play (I will address that with them next year when she is outside at recess). I can't say she has a close friend but there are a couple girls who she plays with and at least once a week she brings home a dinosaur picture/book from a friend at school.

I can't believe that in the fall she will be gone to school all day. It is a bit sappy but I still miss her when I don't see her all day when I am working. I am pretty worried how exhausted she will be as a full day will be very tiring for her but she will get used to it.

Now we have 2 months to enjoy the sun and have fun.