Well not much happening here in the S household. I have a million things on my mind and what I need/want to get done here before summer! We really need to finish painting and we would also like to finish our basement. I got the ball rolling today and had my friends husband come and take some measurements and look at what exactly I want done down there. So hopefully within a short time we will have a ton more room and a place for all of A’s toys!
I have still been feeling pretty crappy most days but I really have to say that it makes me feel a bit more confident with the pregnancy because I never had this with A. As well I have been told that it means that overall the baby is doing better. This is a great thing and I expect this baby to stay in my belly until at least August…due date being the 25th! I have found this week as well that I just really have no energy at times and could stay in bed all day if I was able but of course that just can’t happen! The only really concerning thing to me is that I have been having chest pains for a couple of weeks now. Very off and on but sometimes it comes on so strong that I have to stop what I am doing. Yesterday it was pretty much an all day thing which had me kinda freaked out but today has been a bit better. It is something I will definitely have to bring up with the high risk team when I see them a week tomorrow!
Of course I think the other issue is that I know too much. I can’t be oblivious to things that happen in pregnancy as most mothers can. I know all too well the horrible things that can go wrong and it scares me half to death. I am trying to stay positive though with this one and have warned “her” (haha) that I expect her to wait until the right time to make an appearance and to not be like her brother.
J and I find ourselves talking a lot about the “what ifs” and how we both feel. I think this has helped us cope a bit better with the whole idea of another baby. The preemie thing is definitely not something that we ever ever want to experience again so I just hope that things go smoothly!
I find myself wondering a lot how A will be with the baby and how the baby will be with A. It is the one thing that I am really looking forward to. I just hope that this baby is a great brother or sister to A! I think it is going to be very good for him to have someone else to grow up with and to play with. ALL of the moms I have met that have children after their special needs child have told me that it was the best thing that they ever did for them. So we will just have to wait and see!!!!
A has been good as well. I can’t believe that so many people seem to be getting sick lately but he has been overall pretty healthy! *knock on wood* He had some funky rashes happening late last week but I have no idea what they were and out of nowhere they just stopped happening.
His auditory therapist has been starting with switch toys (he does use them with EI already) and she asked if she could try it using his head to control. I said sure but didn’t really think he would catch on but sure enough he was pushing his cheek over to make the toy go. What a smart little man eh?!
On Thursday, A’s cochlear implant decided that it wasn’t going to work anymore and I tried everything but still wasn’t working. I then called United Hearing (where I order all of his pieces from) and the first thing the lady said to me was “are you sure that you are trying to turn it on with the right button?” Ummmm HELLO he has had the thing for a year and a half, there is only three buttons on it, I can do it with my eyes closed…yes I am using the right button! So she tells me that if I have replaced all of the other pieces that it is most likely the actual processor which is the only part of the implant that I don’t have a spare of (you cannot have spares of these). So she tells me to call Cochlear USA and talk to them. So I call there Thursday afternoon. Talk to the lady and tell her what is happening. She tells me that she will have to call his audiologist at Toronto Sick Kids to get his mapping program from them to put in on a new processor and then send it out. So I asked how long this will take. She says she will call Sick Kids on MONDAY and then it takes usually two days to get in the mail. Hmmmm so he has to go almost a week without hearing?! Call Sick Kids on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was upset and angry. I called Sick Kids on Friday and had them send them his mapping program to them right away. UGH people just don’t get it. Poor guy probably wonders what is going on.
And tonight I get a night out! Andrea (soon to be bride of my brother) and all of the girls from the wedding party are going to see Bride Wars. WOO HOO should be good!
Well it was one year ago today that grandma, A and I headed to Toronto Sick Kids for his sleep study and ended up admitted. I can’t believe how fast time goes and that it has already been a full year! It feels like yesterday that we were there.
In great news, A’s dietitian was here yesterday and he has gained TWO pounds in just under a month!!!!!!! He has not gained ANY weight in 13months so this is awesome. Nothing has changed except for the type of formula that he is on (we recently switched to Peptamen Jr) hoping that it would help with his emptying and possibly help him with sleeping. Peptamen is much more broken down than the Nutren Jr he has been on. So we are thinking that his body his metabolizing this new stuff MUCH better and letting him gain weight. We will have another weigh in, in three weeks time to see what it is like then.
A’s sleep has been improved this week which I shouldn’t mention because I always seem to jinx myself, but I am hoping that this will continue. I’ll tell you, ever since November it has been a nightmare and can’t be healthy for him nor for I!
This week we have also noticed a LOT more gagging with him. I am not too sure what this is from, but yesterday it was pretty constant and frustrating. Last night at 6:30pm he also had one of his new big spells that he has not had since my birthday on December 12th. They are so scary and I just wish that someone would figure out what on earth is going on with him when he does these.
As for some better news, A continues with his constant babbling. It is SO cute and daddy and I just laugh all the time at him because it is like he really thinks that he is talking. There are definitely new sounds that we are hearing and this is so exciting. Last night it sounded like he was saying “I could”. We are also hearing “b”, “d” and “n” sounds. And actually today is his 18month hearing age so we are hoping for more from him down the road. Like mama!
Understanding. It is really starting to show. Last night he was laying on the floor and daddy was on the couch. I would say “where is daddy?” and he would turn to look and smile. Then I would say “where is hockey?” and he would look at the TV. I kept going and he was just turning back and forth constantly!
As well when someone comes into the house he immediately starts babbling on and on and gets very excited. Yesterday he was doing some OT with his therapist (sitting) and grandma walked in. Well he immediately started babbling and smiling. I really think he is starting to recognize WHO people are.
This kid LOVES hockey. It doesn’t even matter what team is playing, if he sees it on the TV then he wants to watch it. If you are changing the channels and you put it on a hockey game and then change it again, he will complain until you put it back. It is very cute. Well most of the time! haha Gets a bit frustrating when you want to watch a show but he does NOT want to. Seems that he is getting his way VERY much lately! Who wouldn’t give this adorable guy his own way though????
In my last bit of exciting news!!!
Yes, we are pregnant again! This came as a HUGE shock to both of us but we are thrilled now that things have settled in. As you all know, I had a miscarriage on November 18th at about 5.5weeks. Well around Christmas I started to wonder why I had not gotten a period yet. Thought nothing much of it though but it was in the back of my mind. Pregnancy by the way was the LAST thing I was thinking! haha Aunt K had even asked me on Boxing Day if I could be pregnant and I said “no way!” Well December 30th I did a pregnancy test just for the heck of it and sure enough it was positive. Had NO IDEA how far along or anything. Especially since we had decided we were going to wait until after my brother and his fiance get married in May.
So I go to my doctor yesterday. He tells me that it is probably very unlikely that I am pregnant and that the positive result could be meaning that I had some tissue left over from the miscarriage. He said that you usually do not get pregnant IMMEDIATELY after a miscarriage. Well I told him that if I wasn’t then something was wrong because I have been very nauseous this week. So he sends me downstairs for blood work to check my HCG levels and tells me he will call me Monday.
Well I get a call this morning from him. My levels are 56,000!!! He said that puts me about six weeks. So I go for an ultrasound today at 2pm. Well I am 7 weeks and 3 days! We got to see the little peanut and its heart rate was 148. Very cool! So my due date is August 25th….lets pray that this baby waits until August!!!!