I’m Pregnant

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PregnantOn March 10th I ended up in the ER with shortness of breath and chest pain. I had had it for several days and felt like it was time to go in and get checked out. I spent about 6 hours there and found out from the blood work done that I was pregnant. I was only about 3 weeks along and they were shocked it showed up that early. The HCG levels show pregnancy at 25, my levels were 26- only one over.

They never did figure out what was wrong they assumed that my symptoms were from either pregnancy or from my hiatal hernia. They couldn’t do any x-rays since I was pregnant so I was sent home. The next day, I was in a flurry of activity. I was supposed to check in with my doctor since I had been in the ER, call my OB to make an appointment, and I was on 10 different medications and needed to find out which ones were not safe for pregnancy.

The week before I had requested a switch for my PCM and so by this time, I had no idea if I had been moved over yet and to whom. I made a bunch of phone calls and found out who my new doctor was and I also had to call all my doctors who had prescribed me all the different medications. Half of them were safe to stay on and were very much needed and the other half I had to get off of.

It was a crazy week trying to figure it all out and I was thankful for the patience of all the doctors and specialists while they helped me figure everything out and while I made multiple phone calls trying to figure out what to do. It was a mess, but thankfully we have it all under control now!

Were you trying to get pregnant?

I know the main question I have been asked is if we were trying or if this came as a shock to us? The answer is easy: we planned this. I know this may come as a shock to some who know our situation with Adam, and also to those who knew that I wasn’t even sure if I ever wanted another one.

If you have been following my blog for awhile you may remember a post called The Great Baby Debate where I listed a bunch of concerns and worries pertaining to having another baby. That was several years ago and things have changed. It took me a long time but then this past December, my husband and I finally had a chance to sit down to talk about what we wanted to do.

Up until this point, we had always beat around the bush when we talked about it, but now it just seemed like we were ready. We both decided that we wanted one more and then we would be done. We had been praying about the right time for years and I had previously checked with all my doctors and was given the ok as long as I called them as soon as I was pregnant.

Jon was supposed to deploy in April, but due to some health problems everything was up in the air. We decided if he went we would wait until he got back to try and if it got cancelled we would try immediately. When the deployment got cancelled we started trying immediately, we knew that this was the perfect timing since he probably wouldn’t deploy again for awhile.

What about Adam?
Adam will be going to school in the fall into a special needs class. I think it will be good for all of us and make it easier on me. He is very excited about being a big brother and I think it will be good for him to have another sibling. As far as therapies, things are getting a little easier. We found a place closer to us for OT and so that will cut out some driving time plus he will be getting some therapy at the school.

How do I feel?
Pregnancy-wise I am feeling ok. I was dealing with the shortness of breath in the beginning and then last week the morning sickness (all-day sickness) started. I was sick in bed all day Easter, but this week has  been a lot better!

As far as I am feeling about this pregnancy. I am feeling pretty good about it. I am happy we are pregnant and excited to meet this little baby! I have moments of panic where I wonder how am I going to handle two, and how will I make it to all the therapies with two kids and when my husband deploys, but I know we will make it through.

How did we announce it?
We told our immediate families first. Then yesterday we announced it on Facebook. Here’s how we announced it:

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  1. Phew I was just getting ready to text you because I realized that this post wasn’t up yet and you said it was going up today so I got nervous for a few minutes! So happy for you and I love all the answers to your questions!

    1. haha yeah I know I was so crazy busy today and I kept telling myself, I have to get it done since I told everyone I would!! LOL Thanks, hopefully it answered everyone’s questions! 🙂

  2. we tried for 7 years and heard the same questions. With your pregnancy history why would you do that again. with children who have special needs how can you handle it. I have heard it all. I personally want to say I am excited for you. we are 17 weeks now

  3. Congrats!!! Adding a second child won’t be as difficult. You are lucky to already have Adam in therapies. When I found out I was pregnant with our youngest, we still didn’t know what was going on with our oldest.

  4. Congratulations! We were also on the fence about having a second child and then *SURPRISE* someone else made the decision for us. Now we’re awaiting his arrival any day now. It sounds like all the stars aligned for this baby to make an appearance in your lives at just the right time.

    I hope it’s a healthy and low key pregnancy for you.

  5. Kathryn –

    Congrats! I have 4 kids and one who I am getting tested who has learning disabilities…but I can honestly say that having more children is much easier than having one! They play with each other and become each other’s playmates – like having instant playmates….even from the start! Little ones know how to comfort little ones so well and make them laugh!

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