So I took it easy. I felt very fragile and had some problem with spotting, so I quick all exercise (even mowing the lawn on a riding mower could cause me to bleed) and laid low. I saw the OB and we had two early ultrasounds to make sure everything was alright. The blood test revealed that I was low on progesterone, so I started taking a supplement for that and I started feeling so much stronger, but I still had to limit my activities.
|Here's baby #12 - 8 weeks in the top photo and 10 weeks in the bottom photo|
I was very tired through the first three months, so I was unable to get out of bed before the children most days, and that meant that my blogging time was just not there anymore. Starting about three weeks ago I began to feel so much better and as of 12 weeks gestation I no longer had to take the progesterone as by then the placenta takes care of that. I had gone through nearly every test known to womankind and they could find nothing wrong with me - in fact some of my test results defied logic they were so good!
One very big change for us with this pregnancy is that I am seeing an OB and we are planning a hospital birth. Due to the serious nature of the complications I experience with Esther's birth (hemorrhaging before and after she was born) and my age (which is considered a pregnancy/birth high risk factor). As I said, we had two early ultrasounds, which I have never had before, and they were fascinating! The second showed a very active tiny baby in there! Even the OB was impressed with his/her activity level! This next week we will be having the "BIG" ultrasound. I do not want to know if this baby has Down Syndrome, but I will ask them to take a very good look at the heart. The only thing I really want to know is if this baby needs to be born in Seattle due to life threatening problems, other that than, I only want to know if it's a boy or girl!
I would have come back sooner, but over 2 weeks ago I developed a bad cold that developed into a sinus infection. I finally went in Monday and they put me on antibiotics. Today is the first day that I do not feel sick - health is such a wonderful things that we take for granted when we have it!
But that is not all that has happened around here - here are some highlights of our late summer/fall:
|Our family on the last day of our week long camping (the church campout was the last few days)|
|Reuben got braces in August, but didn't lose his ability to make funny poses for the camera!|
|Reuben then ended up with a spiral fracture to his tibia - case on until thanksgiving, then boot cast until Christmas!|
|Esther celebrated her 3rd birthday by eating an entire icecream cone by herself|
Also, Daryl rebuilt the engine for our 12 passenger bus so we can now go places all together as a family again!
|And the biggest, most challenging change has been that Esther got glasses a couple of weeks ago - it is not easy getting her to wear them, and she's already broken the first pair (but I duct taped it together until the replacement frames come in)!|