Wednesday, May 4, 2011

21 weeks... and sick

Today marks twenty one week’s pregnant J Once again (like every week), I can’t believe that we have made it this far!! OVER half way for a “normal” pregnancy…and only thirteen weeks away from delivery (hopefully). It’s so hard to believe that time is going by so quickly…and that everything seems to be going smoothly. Praise the Lord!

At 21 weeks, I’ve gained right at thirty pounds…give or take a pound or two. Babies are VERY active most days. Eli being the most active (I think because he is so low in my tummy)…we feel like he is going to be our wild child. Easton is our tap/break dancer, depending on his mood… and Elliana is the calm child (for now). I’m still fairly mobile. Was up and down pretty much all day Saturday, and Sunday I just took it easy. I even took a two hour nap!! Blood pressure has been great for the most part, and slightly elevated every great once in a while.

*shrug* I had to go to the doctor today, but not Dr.G. I actually had to make an appointment with my family doctor, Dr.W. For the last several weeks I have been struggling with allergies (at least, that’s what I chalked it up to be). The last two days have been horrible. The night before last I might have slept with a fan blowing directly in my face (not the smartest thing that I could have done…) because I was SO hot. I woke up yesterday morning feeling kind of froggy, but nothing huge. However, THIS morning…not so great.

I felt slightly stupid for going to the doctor because of allergies, BUT I wanted to make sure that’s all it was. Sure enough, after checking my eyes,ears, throat & lungs… Dr.W informed me that it was in fact, allergies. But at least I know for sure that it’s allergies, and won’t be adding that to my list of pregnancy worries.

Let’s just say that the last two nights combined, I have only slept for about 8-10 hours. Which is not good for this pregnant lady. I like to get at least 8 hours EACH night. Needless to say, I’m running on empty.

Last night was the worst. I was burning up, but couldn’t have the fan blowing on me because I’m so congested, and my throat is already sore. This morning at like 6am, I woke up coughing…and (I know this is gross) something came up. You’d never seen a fat pregnant chick move so quick… I jumped out of bed and ran to the bathroom for fear that I was about to throw up all over myself (and Clif). When I went to the bathroom sink… it was blood. Gross! It’s from where I can’t breathe through my nose, so I’m sleeping with my mouth open…and then everything is getting dried out… it was just ick! I did manage to go back to sleep for about an hour though.

When the last call alarm went off, I knew that I had to get up and get ready for work. I went to say something to Clif and had practically NO voice at all. Greaaaat. I knew it’d be a fun day trying to answer phones at work. Which it did prove to be.

I slept pretty good from about 10-12, then I had to pee. How lovely. THEN I come back to bed, and I can’t find a comfortable position. And THEN when I’ve almost drifted off to sleep…someone would start tap dancing on my rib cage. I love the feeling… but I am telling you, this no sleep thing has GOT to stop. It’s killing me.

On top of the no sleep, because of my allergies… I have a KILLER headache, pretty much all day long. Which on a non pregnant day, it wouldn’t be bad. I’d pop a few Excedrin migraine and be fine. NOPE. J Tylenol it is. And unfortunately Tylenol doesn’t do jack for me.

On the bright side of things (sorry for all the complaining)…I added up my FMLA leave, and the LOA that I will be allowed to take… and it doesn’t look like it will be too bad after all. I am praying that I will somehow be able to get an extension on my LOA – that way I won’t have to go through the hiring process again. But we will see, and He will provide.

Another thing on the upside… sometime last year, Clif enrolled us both in AFLAC insurance. It will also cover any children we have in the future, until they are eighteen years old. Apparently, some people slacked off on paperwork, and the insurance didn’t go through (or something to that effect). Well, when we found out that I am expecting TRIPLETS, Clif called our AFLAC rep and told him the news. He informed Clif that the paperwork had not been turned in until X amount of days/months after we filled it out. The insurance has to be in effect for ten months before the babies are born. So we just assumed that the babies would not be covered under AFLAC. Well… Clif got a call from our AFLAC rep yesterday – and they are TRYING to get us covered!!! It’s not a for sure thing yet – but it would be AMAZING if it happened, and SUCH an answer to prayer.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with AFLAC insurance – the plan that we purchased will pay $720 per day (per child) that the babies are in NICU, This money doesn’t go to the hospital, OR the insurance company… it comes to me & Clif.

So anyways…we are PRAYING PRAYING PRAYING (!!!) that the Lord allows this insurance to be underwritten (or whatever needs to be done) so that the three little E’s are covered. It would be SUCH a blessing, especially with me being out of work for so long. But we will see…

Our next appointment is on Wednesday (a week from today) on the 11th. SO looking forward to this appointment because we get ANOTHER ultrasound. J We are pretty excited to see our Little Love’s again. Though – really, the only reason that we get to see them is because wild child, Eli didn’t want to get off of his belly long enough for us to get a front view of his heart. BUT I am okay with that because now we get to see all three of them, and hear their little beating hearts. SO looking forward to it.

Will update more when there is more to update on!!


Raquel said...

So sorry to hear your allergies have been acting up but glad to know it's nothing more serious. :-) I will be praying everything works out with the insurance, too.
And I know it's so annoying going without much sleep but maybe the Lord is trying to prepare your body for it before the babies arrive. That's how i tried to look at it during my pregnancy.
Let us know if you need anything. :-)

That corgi :) said...

sorry about the allergies; that would be hard to deal with when you are just trying to get the best sleep you can get! so glad to hear all the little ones are moving around a lot!!


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Allergies actually become much worse during pregnancy! I always got them really bad in the spring when preggo too. I actually went on Singulair for the course of one pregnancy, because I just couldn't breathe otherwise. It helped, but you have to be careful because it can make the blood pressure go up.

The Great Elephant Symposium said...

I'm sorry about your allergies. I hate throat and ears get itchy, my eyes watery, stuffy nose...Ugh just awful :( I hope it gets better for you!! I'm praying that your insurance can come back with good news for ya'll!! Will be thinking of ya'll next Wednesday!!

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