Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Some Perspective

A friend shared this with me today and I thought it was HYSTERICAL. I tried to google and find the original author to give them credit, but apparently its been all over the internet and I couldn't find a reliable citing. I'm sharing it anyway. Its just too good.

This morning I was awakened by my alarm clock, powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service (of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) determined what the weather was going to be like (using satellites launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). I watched while eating my breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the US Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory. I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved automobile and set out to work, on the roads built by the local, state AND federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined and tested regularly by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door, I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US Postal Service and drop off the kids at public school.

After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enjoying another two meals which again so not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence thanks to state and local building codes, fire marshal's inspections during government-overseen construction (and possibly since), and the vigilant watch of my city and county Fire Departments. I find my home has not been plundered of all of its valuables thanks to the cooperation of the city, county and state Police Department.

I then log on to the internet (which was developed by the Defense Research Projects Administration) and post on freerepublic.com and Fox News Forums about how government involvement in healthcare is SOCIALISM which is BAD because the government can't do anything right.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Big Move

About a month and a half ago we came to the end of an era in our household. We've been co-sleeping with John from the beginning, but when I found out I was pregnant I knew a change was coming. I'll surely co-sleep with the upcoming baby, but its not safe to sleep with a toddler and an infant in the same bed (Toddlers don't have the same body awareness that adults do.) and we don't really have the space in our bedroom to make accommodations for a family bed. I didn't want to wait until the new one arrives to move John, because I was afraid he'd feel like he was getting kicked out for a replacement. So, we decided to go ahead and make the transition now, so that the two events will be separated in his little head.

I was pretty sad about this. I L.O.V.E. co-sleeping. Some of the best, most favorite memories I have of the first year of his life involve sharing my sleep space with John. Like, hearing him laugh in his sleep. Or the mornings when I'd wake up and he'd just be sitting there staring at me waiting for me to open my eyes. And when I did open my eyes, he'd lunge at me with joy, grabbing my face. Of course, some mornings he wasn't so patient and would start patting my face to get me going. I also love just cuddling with him as we sleep. I really miss all of these things.

Having said that, John has done WONDERFULLY sleeping in his own room. Its funny because I had so many people telling me that co-sleeping was a big mistake, and that I'd never get my child in his own bed, and that he'd never sleep through the night if I didn't "sleep train", and that bed time would always be a hassle, blah, blah, blah. As it turns out, none of that has been true. Bed time is a piece of cake, he sleeps through the night most nights (the exception is generally when he's been sick), and he seems perfectly happy with the transition. In fact, I think I was more distraught in the beginning than he was. I've gotten over it though. I'm totally enjoying the sleep I'm getting since the only time I don't feel sick these days is when I'm sleeping. ;-) (I can't wait until the new baby arrives so that I have another one to cuddle, though.)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Thank you, thank you

I just wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes and whatnot about my pregnancy and sickness. Although, all the references to morning sickness made me giggle a bit. And then sigh real big. I wish so badly that morning sickness were what I was dealing with. I have a condition when pregnant called hyperemesis. It different than morning sickness, although some do consider it a severe form of morning sickness. Mostly, its just in a league of its own. I had it before, with John. My mom also had hyperemesis, but just with her first pregnancy (my sister). She did fine with the rest. I had high hopes that it would be the same for me, but its not. This go round has actually been much worse than last time.

For those that asked about meds, the answer is yes, I've tried them. This time around I've tried Zofran, Reglan, Phenergen, and Compazine. Nothing has worked well. I'm the most disappointed in the Zofran, because the was "the" thing last time. I was on it until the day John was born and it worked great. Not so much this time. I've been doing a balance of Zofran, Reglan, Unisom, and B6 to keep things.... as good as I can get them. We might have to try the Zofran pump, which is not something I'm looking forward to. I'm gonna try adding Emetrol to my current mix first, and see if that helps.

I also liked Jaimee's advice about the gall bladder cleanse (because I have read about a connection to that in my research) but I can't find a cleanse I'm comfortable with doing while pregnant. So, my plan is to eat a lot of grapefruit, 'cause I've read that's good for cleansing the gall bladder a bit. (And, after reading about it I was craving grapefruits. As I do with most things citrus. I eat lemons like they're oranges.)

Anyways, for some women hyperemesis goes away mid pregnancy, so I'm still holding out hope for that. Mind you, as I mentioned before, I was on Zofran my entire pregnancy with John. BUT, it might not be that way this time. Right? Right?!?!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Good News/Bad News

Good news: I've lost a lot of weight recently.

Bad news: This is because I have been terribly, terribly sick.

Good news: THAT is because I'm pregnant.

Bad news: I had hopes that my second pregnancy would be different than my first. It is. It has been SO. MUCH. WORSE.

Good news: It will all end in September when a new precious one arrives.


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