12th Pregnancy

Yes! 12! Can you believe it?? We weren’t planning on anymore, it just kinda happened – yes I know HOW 🙂 After trying for over a year for our 5th child, still breastfeeding, not even having regular periods, I just didn’t think pregnancy would happen so “easily”.

I’m now at 21 weeks. I have had 6 miscarriages and given birth 5 times to healthy girls.

I take Folic Acid and Baby Aspirin every day, but no Lovenox or other shots. I often thought that maybe MTHFR wasn’t the problem, that maybe I miscarry the boys, because we have 5 girls. Nothing else seemed to make sense. I miscarry when I take Folic Acid and Baby Aspirin and I carry to term when I don’t. It doesn’t make sense!

Imagine my surprise when we found out last week that this baby was a BOY! I really thought I couldn’t carry a boy and I was okay with that. A whole new world just opened up!!!

Anyway, I know I haven’t been blogging here or my other blog. I’ve been writing fiction books and taking care of my family. I do apologize for not being a better blogger. I still hope that between the blogs and information, I can help someone out there.

Have faith!!!!

Still Blogging – Just Elsewhere

This has become my “old blog”. I do still check it, just not too often. My new personal blog is: http://just2more minutes.blogspot.com and from there I started my author blog too: http://taliajager.blogspot.com

In my personal blog, I have discussed many more medical procedures and another miscarriage.

In my author blog, I discuss all things related to my writing career 🙂

I hope y’all will visit and follow me there!

Colonscopy

I recently had a colonoscopy and since I am younger than the recommended age for one, I thought maybe some other young people out there might like to hear it from my point of view. I have blogged about it, the possibility of ulcerative colitis, and the use of Rowasa on my other blog. Come and read!

http://just2moreminutes.blogspot.com

My Book

I have been writing forever – it seems that way at least. I remember coming up with stories in elementary school. I enjoy telling a good story. I may not always get the grammar correct or the punctuation where it’s supposed to go, but I believe my stories are worth telling.

My husband is convinced ebooks are the future and convinced me to publish on Amazon. That way people can buy my book while I look for an agent. So, my “first” book has been uploaded to Amazon. It’s $2.99. That’s it. It’s a long book, so you’ll get your money’s worth!

What is it about you ask?

Natalie Jarrett is a seventeen-year-old girl who falls in love with the wrong boy. When she finds herself in the hospital after one of his violent attacks, she can no longer turn a blind eye. Suffering from severe injuries, her doctor tells her she will never be the same again. Although injured and feeling guilty, alone, scared and most of all, damaged, everyone seems to expect her to return quickly to her normal life – but how can she bounce back when she blames herself for all that’s gone wrong?

So, please, go and buy Natalie’s Story on Amazon. If you like it, tell all of your friends! If not, tell me what I can do better!!

Natalie’s Story

Miss Me?

I enjoy posting over at Blogger. It’s a little more fun. But, I miss my dashboard here. I miss finding out how many people visited and why. Please come visit my other blog and follow me there!!!!

http://just2moreminutes.blogspot.com/

New Blog

I’ve decided to blog over at blogger for now. I am still keeping this blog and may come back to it again, but for now, keep following me at:

http://just2moreminutes.blogspot.com/

IUGR

I was told at my 36 week ultrasound that the baby wasn’t quite as big as she “should be”.

So, who came up with this term: AGA – Appropriate for Gestational Age? And WHO decides what that should be? I am a small, petite woman – About 5 feet and not pregnant I weigh around 115. Why should my babies be 8 or 9 pounds?

 In my research, I’ve read that a normal, full-term baby is about 7 1/2 pounds, that is what is considered AGA for a newborn. A premature baby is naturally smaller, but still considered AGA because the size is appropriate for the length of time in the womb.

SGA means small for gestational age. This is an infant below the 10th percentile on a standard growth chart.

IUGR means intra-uterine growth retardation and is often used instead of SGA. People may think it’s the same thing, but it’s not. An IUGR baby is less than the 3rd percentile and there is often abnormal genetic or environmental influences affecting the baby’s growth.

This make all IUGR babies SGA, but NOT all SGA babies are IUGR.

In my case, two of my babies were SGA, NOT IUGR. However, nobody was able to determine this in time. In this last pregnancy, I was told at 36 weeks the baby measured 34 weeks. She was in the 15th percentile. 2 weeks later, I went back for another ultrasound. I was 38 weeks and she measured 35 weeks, so she was now in the 10th percentile.

It wasn’t so much that she was on the small side, but it was that she was “falling”. And for this reason, I was advised to be induced. And because everyone was nervous, I went ahead with the inductions.

With my fourth child, she weighed only 5lbs 1oz. The placenta was calcified and my doula told me it was the thinnest cord she had ever seen. I do believe inducing was the right thing to do with her. She was small and something was up with that placenta and cord.

However, with my fifth child, she weighed 6lbs 3oz, the placenta was fine, and I heard that the cord was a little thin, but not bad. One of the nurses said that she showed signs of being an IUGR baby, that her proportions were “off”. I didn’t see it. Was it “new baby syndrome”? Maybe. Still when I look back at pictures, nothing seems wrong. Maybe I should have gotten another opinion? Maybe I should have waited a few more days? Maybe I should have tried the castor oil?

*SIGH* I can’t keep harping on what I should have done or could have done though. I must move on. If we had another child and the same thing came up, I would definitely look into it more. That’s all I want anyone to do, research it.

Low Lying Placenta

There is so much information out there about low lying placentas and none of it was right for me. I wanted to share my experience for those of you looking for help and information.

At my 18 week ultrasound, I was told my placenta was about 2cm from my cervix. Nothing to worry about, they said. It will migrate up. Placentas almost always migrate up. Okay, no problem, no worries. I, for once, didn’t worry. Everything I read online said most likely my placenta would migrate up.

Imagine my surprise when I went for my 28 week ultrasound and found that my low lying placenta was now 2.1cm from my cervix. Oooohhhh… a whole .1cm of movement. And then, my family doctor was so worried she insisted I see an OB.

They said if I have a low lying placenta, I could bleed in labor and delivery. I could hemorrage. This worried me. But, I kept the faith. I kept hoping that it would change. I prayed.

I went for another ultrasound when I was 36 weeks. Finally, improvement! The prayers had worked. My placenta was now over 4cm away from my cervix!! This was perfect! Of course, they did find that the baby wasn’t as big as they’d like her, ending up labelling her “IUGR” and that led to a whole other set of problems… but the placenta problem had resolved.

If the ultrasound technician hadn’t told me to get another ultrasound when I hit my 3rd trimester, I would have waited until I was closer to my due date to have it, sparing myself the weeks of worrying after that 28 week ultrasound.

So, for all those wondering if your placenta will migrate later on in pregnancy, I am proof that it IS possible. It can migrate after 28 weeks. Don’t let an early ultrasound prevent you from delivering at home or even vaginally. Insist on having an ultrasound around 37 weeks instead.

Spit Up or Reflux?

Payback is a witch.

Of course after I typed that last post, my little angel started spitting up constantly. I don’t mind changing my clothes once… twice… five times, but over that, every day, is getting old. And yeah, I’m running out of shirts… Walmart, here I come!

So, for the past weeks, I’ve been dealing with A LOT of spit up. I’ve done lots of different things to try and help my poor little girl, but nothing works.

  • She spits up when sitting up, laying down, or up on my shoulder.
  • She spits up within seconds of letting go of my nipple and keeps spitting up until I think there can’t possibly be any more in her and then she spits up again.
  • She also spits up an hour or more after I finish feeding her.
  • She spits up while she’s still nursing – YES, that is possible.
  • She spits up real liquid looking stuff, thick looking stuff, and sometimes yellow stuff.
  • She usually burps, so that’s not a problem.
  • She only cries occassionally when spitting up.
  • She has to have her clothes changed 5 or more times a day.

What have I tried?

  • I’ve tried nursing in different positions.
  • I’ve tried nursing for shorter amounts of time, but more frequently.
  • I’ve tried different positions after nursing.
  • I’ve tried adjusting my diet.

What makes me think it’s NOT reflux?

  • It’s not projectile.
  • She’s gaining weight.

I’ve talked with the doctor and she doesn’t want to start medication if it’s not necessary. I don’t want to put her on medication if it’s just spit up, but I don’t know how to tell. I can only hope the doctor will know. She will go for her 2 month check up soon, so I plan on bringing it back up then. And I’m sure I’ll be wearing a new shirt – from Walmart 🙂

Complaints or Blessings?

It’s funny how other people complain about things I think are blessings. I’m sure there are things I complain about that other people think are blessings.

What? You ask.

Sleep. How many times have I heard a new parent complain about the lack of sleep they get? Billions. They all whine about not being able to sleep through the night. I, however, enjoy those one on one middle of the night feedings. I do love my sleep and come morning I am always tired. But, looking into the big, round eyes of my baby girl at night – when all is quiet – is so worth it.

Diapers. Many parents complain about changing diapers, especially stinky ones. I don’t mind. I love the tiny little diapers that go on the tiny little babies. And I don’t even mind the smell of breastmilk poop!

Spit up. It happens. Not a big deal. Throw the shirt in the wash and put a new one on. Out of shirts? Run to Wal-mart and get a few more.

These complaints are silly. Especially to those who had a hard time conceiving or have lost a baby. We don’t mind not getting 8 hours of sleep. We have no problems changing stinky diapers. We are capable of changing our shirts when they get dirty. And we do it without complaining about it.

Now… taking a bunch of pills every day… I can certainly complain with the best of them about doing that!!! 😀

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