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Jude Grey – April Fools – Part 2

October 11, 2016

In honor of Jude’s birth week, I did my best to recall our pregnancy and his entrance into this world.

Spending Time on the Inside – Part 1 
April Fools – Part 2
Crazy Karla – Part 3
Happy Birthday – Part 4

I like a good prank. I actually REALLY LOVE a good prank. When I realized that I would be around 13 weeks around April Fool’s Day, I thought this was a great time to share our pregnancy. Is she immature enough to joke about a pregnancy? Did she not know it was April Fool’s Day? Only time would tell.

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At 20 weeks I was able to start working out again. Instead of running miles and miles, I began doing more weight lifting and cardio machines. I tried a few different belly support bands but I didn’t think any of them were worth the money I spent. At 27 weeks, I had to stop running completely because I was uncomfortable with the pulling I could feel. I missed the running but enjoyed walking multiple miles a night. As I got closer to my due date, Jared would be forced to walk with me in case I went into labor on the gravel road. The poor guy would work a full 14+hour day doing construction and then would have to walk with me for over an hour after work.

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Sometime between getting pregnant and having Jude, we did a hospital tour. We were shown the nursery, where to check in after-hours, and the birthing rooms. The nurse giving the tour brought up a few things that I knew I wanted to do immediately after Jude was born. These included skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding. I always saw birth plan templates on Pinterest, but after the tour, I felt as though my wishes would be respected, so I never made one. Thankfully, I also ended up not needing one.

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My due date was October 10th and at my doctor’s appointment on the 9th, the doctor told me there was a little progress. For the record, I doubt there was ANY progress but he just wanted to boost my morale. In hindsight, I am surprised I took the lack of progress so well. At that point, I was so sore from getting kicked in the ribs all day and my acid reflux was out of control. I left that appointment still pregnant with my (lack of) progress report.

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On October 12th, I woke up at 11:00pm to go to the bathroom. It took about an hour to realize that I wasn’t peeing my pants and it was actually time to have a baby!

Spending Time on the Inside – Part 1 
April Fools – Part 2
Crazy Karla – Part 3
Happy Birthday – Part 4

Jude Grey – Part 1 – Spending Time on the Inside

October 10, 2016

In honor of Jude’s birth week, I did my best to recall our pregnancy and his entrance into this world.

Spending Time on the Inside – Part 1 
April Fools – Part 2
Crazy Karla – Part 3
Happy Birthday – Part 4

As someone who has had kidney stones before, when I had to lay down at my niece’s birthday party due to stomach pain, I knew exactly what was happening. (You can call me Doctor PreviousExperience.) Soon after we got home from the party, I took some medication and went to bed. A few days later, I had this pain once again and woke my husband up in the middle of the night to take me to the hospital.

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On this cold February night, we arrived in the emergency room and got checked in. Before they would give me anything for my kidney stone pain, they said they needed to run a few tests. Once the results came back, the doctor told us he had good news and bad news. The bad news was he couldn’t give me anything for the pain I was having. The good news was that we were pregnant! He asked me to follow up with my primary doctor and sent me on my way.

After a few weeks of sharp stomach pain and many ultrasounds to ensure that the baby was in the correct place, I woke up one morning and no longer had pain! I began working out again and could do more than go to work and sleep.

Well that didn’t last long.

About a week after the pain stopped, the nausea began. Correction: the days of projectile vomiting EVERYWHERE began. I was working in a hospital at that time and I spent many lunch breaks counting the tiles in the bathroom while lying on the floor. You know you are not feeling well when all that you want to do is lay on the cold hospital bathroom floor. Yuck.

Saltine crackers. Ginger drops. Motion-sickness bands. Zofran. Phenergan. Advice from people that have never been pregnant before. Reglan. IV fluids. Cold packs. Teas. You name it, I tried it. Being pregnant was so hard but at the same time, I didn’t want to complain because there are so many people that would do anything to carry a baby of their own.

When most people become pregnant, they tell close family and friends. The first person I had to tell was the trainer at my gym because I had to cancel workouts due to my vomiting. The second person I told was our neighbor that does dog boarding. He was puzzled as to why I had not yet potty trained our new puppy. I finally had to tell him that I couldn’t handle the smells associated with potty training because I was pregnant. (Disclaimer: My dog DID get potty trained after I was 20 weeks pregnant) My husband, the dog trainer, and gym employee did a great job of keeping our secret until I was 13 weeks along.

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Spending Time on the Inside – Part 1 
April Fools – Part 2
Crazy Karla – Part 3
Happy Birthday – Part 4