I am just over 16 weeks pregnant and I’ve recently told Chris, “I feel like I just woke up from a coma.” Pregnancy isn’t easy for me. With Greta, I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum when I was 12 weeks along and it lasted until about 22-23 weeks. This time around, it hit right away at 5 weeks and now that I am 16 weeks, I feel like I am starting to finally breathe and semi-function again. Although the last 11 weeks have been a blur, the hyperemesis seems to have downgraded in the last few days to typical throw-up-a-few-times-a-day morning sickness (knock on wood). A welcomed change!
After giving birth to Greta, I got Bell’s Palsy where the entire right side of my face (even my taste buds on the right side!) were paralyzed for about 4 months. The doctor linked it to the hyperemesis and the extreme weight loss and malnutrition I went through while pregnant. And unfortunately, since I have had it before and never 100% recovered, the chances of my getting it again are high. However, we are hopeful that getting all the weight loss and sickness out of the way right off the bat will give me plenty of time to focus on getting my immune system and nutrition in check. So while that is the focus of this pregnancy, my mind is finally start to be able to think about the fun stuff. Like, there’s a baby in there! This is really happening!
Our conversations now consist of the possibility of a boy or a girl and names, just for fun. At first, it was definitely a boy in our minds and now, we’re thinking girl and Greta is adamant that it is a sister. We haven’t even scheduled an ultrasound to find out which it is, but we’re thinking that will happen sometime at the end of November? And then, of course, the nursery!
When we were buying this house, before knowing we were expecting, this small blue room across from ours with no closet was going to be the office, but now it will be the most perfect nursery. I’ve started a pinterest board to collect ideas and we’ll most likely get started after the holidays. Is there anything better than decorating a nursery?
I never thanked all of you for being so supportive and celebratory after our announcement (and really the whole 2.5 years of secondary infertility). Thank you! It’s so fun to share happy news with you, our virtual friends.
Ps. An embarassing story of finding out I was pregnant with Greta.