It’s strange that I am simultaneously feeling very good and really crappy so far in this pregnancy. I have the same “woes” as usual – hormonal headaches, fatigue, and non-stop nauseousness. But I went into this pregnancy in good shape, in lots of ways. I am literally in pretty good shape, down about fifteen pounds (well, more now, thanks to the 24/7 morning sickness) and with a healthy exercise habit. And I guess I am just…I don’t know, at peace? with the whole thing. I am going to do everything my doctors tell me to do, I’m going to listen to my body, and I am going to know I did everything I could.
But really, it helps me tremendously to be back with Dr. Risky and the whole “Annie Team.” I practically skipped down the hallway to her office before my first appointment. She and her staff were all happy to see us and friendly and helpful and I love them. They were all a HUGE asset when I was trying to track down my missing medical records. Which, funny story. I wrote a letter and sent it to a bunch of higher-ups at the hospital and in the patient relations department. I received a call from an important person in the health management department the day she received my letter, and wouldn’t you know it? My records were found that very day.
Annie is excited in her Annie way. She runs up to me when I get home from every appointment and asks me if I saw the baby. When I show her a copy of the latest ultrasound and point things out to her she says, “Ohhhhh, I see it!” If you ask her if she wants a brother or sister, she will tell you what she wants – but it changes every day. I asked her what we should name the baby if he’s a boy and she said, “Princess Brother.” Her most common question is, “When can I play with my baby?” I am really excited for her to be a big sister, and to have a friend for life.
I am on the aspirin/anti-coagulant injections combo for my clotting disorder and it’s been okay so far. I had a fair amount of spotting in the first few weeks that was chalked up to the blood thinners, which was unnerving. My insurance wouldn’t pay for the blood thinner I had during Annie’s pregnancy, Arixtra, so I am on the much more commonly used Lovenox. The biggest difference I see between the two is the stomach bruising. With Arixtra, I bruised maybe every fourth shot. With Lovenox, I get a bruise and puncture mark with every shot. Now I’ll never be a pregnant bikini model!
So, anything can happen, but I am looking forward to the positive things. Like pregnancy hair! And feeling the baby move! And a couple more weeks of getting to choke down whatever food I want before I have to start choking down diabetic food! But most of all I am really really looking forward to May and seeing Annie hold a healthy, snuggly little baby.
Awww Heather, what a wonderful and positive attitude you have. I love how Annie is asking about the baby, she will be a great sister! You’re in my thoughts a lot, and I find myself checking your blog for updates way more often than I used to. It’s become a bit addictive, but you are a great writer, so it’s very enjoyable, no matter what you are writing about it. Much love to you all xx
I can’t wait either & it isn’t even my baby!! Ha ha ha (Did you get the tweet I sent you the other day???). I know things are going to turn out GREAT…I can hear your Mama Instict from here. What a lucky little baby to be born into such a Loving family! What a lucky friend I am to be able to share within your journey and your joy!! Thank you for sharing your family. It really is an amazing gift! One I am incredibly grateful for!!
I did, I replied to you!
Thanks for your response. I’m glad you got our best wishes. We didn’t receive your reply for some reason. Have a nice night. xo
I’m entering the last couple of weeks of a very complicated and horrible pregnancy myself – I’m in the home straight, so I’m sending all my positive energy to you and your little one.
It takes a strong woman to get through such a pregnancy but the rewards are so great!
I have my fingers crossed for you!!!
Just caught up with my blogs and am crying with joy. We all can’t wait for that moment. Such amazing news.
Rn Jen says:
From a nurse, don’t pinch your skin too tightly when injecting yourself and withdraw the needle before pushing the needle safety button. I find my patients bruise less often this way.
I will try a gentler pinch. I do always remove the needle before the safety button!
Jaime Maynard says:
For me I found I didn’t get bruises if I didn’t touch the skin after the injection, like at all, for several minutes. The first few times I would apply pressure or rub the spot of the injection cause it burned, but it left me with massive welts and bruises.
I am currently taking Lovenox as well and was having a lot of bruising until my nurse told me to try icing before and after. I use an ice cube directly on the spot I am going to inject for a few minutes before and again for about 5 minutes or longer after. It makes a huge difference. I started this about a week ago and have had no bruising since:-) Good Luck
You do sound at peace, Heather. I’m excited for all of you! I’m happy to hear you’re back with the right medical team. Enjoy all of it! May will be here before you know it
I am so excited for you Heather!
I think it’s wonderful that you are going into this with such a positive attitude. And it’s great that you can be back with a team of medical profeeionals that you have had a positive experince with and are comfortable with. I’ve had to find a new OB this time around, because my old Dr doesn’t do deliveries anymore I’m going to meet the new doc for the first time today, so I’m anxious to see how it goes. So far, I’ve had to deal with the office staff a few times for some insurance crap and they have been wonderful! I’m hoping that things are uncomplicated ( for both of us!) this time around, but I’m already having a little trouble with my blood pressure, so I get to see a high risk doc next week. But I’m hopeful, because like you, I’m going into this one having lost some weight and on an actual exercise routine! Not looking forward to gaining all that weight back that I fought so hard to lose though Like you, I am due in May, officially, the day after my daughter’s birthday in fact, but it is unlikely they will let me go all the way to the end. Most likely they will deliver me about 2 weeks early like they did with my daughter. So in actuality, we are looking at the end of April. My son was a preemie, due to me having preeclampsia, and they had to do a classical c-section, so it’s a bad thing for me to go into labor now…
I am wishign you the best of luck, and as I got through all my “stuff” I’m thinking of you and what you are going through at teh same time. Lots of prayers for an easy pregnancy and healthy baby are comign your way!
Sorry to hear that you don’t get to go with your old doctor, but glad the new place is friendly so far! I can’t go into labor, either, for the same reason.
I have my fingers crossed for you!
I love Princess Brother and I hope it sticks!
I’m so thrilled for you, Mike, and Annie! Annie will be an amazing big sister.
We just had baby #2 in May-it’s a great month Our daughter, who just turned 4, loves her baby brother and calls him her prince. If you have a boy, maybe convince Annie he can be a prince instead of a princess.
“Princess Brother” could be the new “Apple,” LOL.
Best wishes to you all! I follow you through Google Reader and was thrilled to hear your new.
Soooo happy for you guys! Hurray for Dr. Risky!!! All I can offer is moral support, but you have that in tons from me.
My husband has a clotting disorder that runs in his family. He is on a lifetime regimen of anti-clotting drugs. His mom also has it and she delivered four babies, so hang in there! Can’t wait to meet this one
Love this…congrats Heather
I have been reading your blog for years. I havn’t commented much, but I wanted to say that I am so happy for you and your family. I am also due in May with my second child. The first is just a couple of months older than Annie. I look forward to reading updates as you progress into your pregnancy.
Congrats to you, too!
Heather and Mike, I start most mornings reading your blog. Annie is so absolutely darling and she is a very lucky little girl to have such loving parents! I’m excited to hear your news and will be praying every day for your family and for another beautiful, healthy baby!
Princess Brother?! Hahahahaha! So excited and happy for your family!
We are ALL rooting for you Heather!! And….for baby Jack.
Just a thought……….
I love Princess Brother though, too. And so will the ladies.
I was on Lovenox injections when I was pregnant with my daughter and the bruising was BRUTAL ! It got so bad that during a trip to the ER for some light spotting the nurse brought a counsellor down to see if I was in fact being abused. Awful. One thing I did notice was that it didn’t bruise near as much on the inner thigh but I think that is only if you have some extra meat there So excited for you guys!
Wishing you the very, very best throughout this entire pregnancy, Heather. Can’t wait to “meet” the new little one!!!!!!!!
I’m so happy you’re back with doctors you trust. That makes such a difference. I can’t get over how excited I am for you and how cute Annie will be with a baby brother or sister! We are so lucky that you share your family with us.
Just take it day by day. That’s all you can do. Stay positive and healthy and know you have so many praying for you and your baby.
Everything is going to be fine. Better than fine! The universe owes you, big time! Wow, that ryhmes! I have good feelings about this. And that beautiful hair. I miss my pregnancy hair! It will never be the same, ever! So, enjoy the hair, and the rest, and the President!! Thank you again for sharing all that you do.
My heart is so happy for you and I will hold you in my prayers.
Oh I love your pregnancy updates. I’m just as excited now as I was when you were waiting for “Binky”.
Speaking of Binky, is this baby going to get a nickname?
Yes! Mike and I are currently debating some options!
May 12th is a really great day to have a baby…just sayin’ I’m OBSESSED with my birthday but I’d be willing to share it with your baby!!
Debbie B. says:
“Princess Brother” – love it!! – Annie is the cutest! So excited for you.
I’m not a commenter by nature, but I have been reading your blog for awhile and after reading this, I just couldn’t hold back my excitement for you, Mike, and Annie! Best of luck with everything – sending prayers for a happy, healthy baby come next May. ((and fingers crossed that Annie gets her “Princess Brother” – baby boys are all sorts of amazing!))
I’m really so happy for you guys! And PLEASE POST EVERY DAY MY HEART CANNOT TAKE IT IF YOU DON’T.
Officially on Spohr Baby Watch ’13
ha, I promise!
Now I’m hoping it’s a Princess Brother!
It’s definately time your good karma comes around and supports you!
I will say two things: 1) there is a lot that can be done for nauseaness! I know you can’t get diclectin there, but it’s just a mega dose B6 with anti-histimine added. I just took B6 cause I couldn’t deal with the sleepiness of the anti-histimine. I also used Sea Bands, and surprisingly, Gaviscon tablets (the “foaming” type). I had called “MotherRisk” at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. They have an AWESOME hot line for morning sickness/nausea. By asking questions, we discovered that my nausea was partly due to heartburn in disguise! There were other tips that I tried, but those three were the big ones.
And really, you do NOT have to choke down diabetic food! I’m insulin resistant, and I would NOT go back to the “standard American diet” anymore. I get to eat low carb AND high fat (fat and protein do not raise blood sugar!!). I highly recommend http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/ as a fabulous diabetic resource. I know you love pasta, and you might be able to tolerate Dreamfields or Shiritake noodles, but with so many other awesome things to eat, you don’t have to “choke down” anything! Really! Start now instead of waiting for test results and you might avoid insulin injections altogether. Wishing you all the best!
I’m not sure what “diabetic food” is, anyway. I’ve been an insulin-dependent diabetic for 28 years with great blood sugar control, and I don’t eat any differently from my husband and kids.
I think it means not eating cake for breakfast. Which most normal people would not do. However there’s a few folks like me who, sadly, need regular reminders to not eat cake for breakfast.
wait – normal people don’t have cake for breakfast? What is this world coming to?
Diabetics CAN eat cake for breakfast, why not? Just use flax or almond meal instead of flour, a sugar substitute too. Really, there’s not much difference between a pancake and a “cake” when it comes down to the ingredients. I make flax pancakes and mug cakes all the time. Check out “Wheat Belly” for why wheat isn’t good for diabetics (or anyone). I don’t have much luck with his recipes LOL, but it’s still a great book.
That sucks when morning sickness remedies don’t work. There should be more research done in this area since it’s such a huge issue for many women. Isn’t Unisom for sleep? How does that help (well, yeah, if you’re asleep I guess you’re not throwing up? Is that the reason for the anti-histimine in the Diclectin?)
There is an ingredient in Unisom that helps with nauseousness. With HG, there isn’t a known cause, and since it only afflicts 0.3% to 2.0% of pregnant women, there isn’t a huge push for additional research.
Crazy WordPress! This should have been a response to TracyKM.
I will check out that website for sure.
When it comes to the morning sickness aids, I have tried everything. B6 & Unisom? Check. Sea Bands? Check. Heartburn Remedies? Check. But, I don’t get heartburn, so bonus! I’ve also tried every other traditional (and non-traditional) remedy. My OB said this time she is treating my morning sickness like I have hyperemesis gravidarum, which is why she gave me zofran immediately. Hopefully I won’t be sick the whole time, but since I was with Maddie & Annie’s pregnancies, and was sick during my pregnancy earlier this year, I am not holding my breath!
I am just so, so happy for you. Hoping the good news will keep spreading into my life too. I am generally an “everything will turn out okay” type of person and I’m going to apply that here as well!
So excited for you. I totally missed the announcement (if there even was one) but this is great news!
there was one, on Monday!
Congratulations Heather! (and Mike, and Annie!)
I am also due in the Spring, and my 2 boys have birthdays close to Annie and Maddie, so I think of you often and was so thrilled to hear your news. Wishing you continued peace, good luck, good health, good vibes, and of course a healthy Princess Brother (or Sister!)
Congrats! Yay for spring babies!
I have been reading your blog for years but I rarely comment. I am so thrilled for you, Mike and Annie. I actually miscarried in May (about a week before you did), am now pregnant again, due in May and am lovenox as well. We are right in track together! :-). Good luck with the pregnancy and with the injections!! (Regarding the bruising – I iced before and after with my last pregnancy and bruised like crazy. Plus I did the injection while standing up. This time I don’t ice and I do the injection while laying down. And I push the medication in very slowly. I still bruise but not as much. Maybe every 3rd or 4th time.)
I love reading what a positive attitude you have these days. Keep on taking good care of yourself and Baby Spohr, Heather.
I look forward to seeing pics of Annie with her new Princess Brother.
I’m glad you’re with the team that is making you feel comfortable and at ease. At peace. With a positive attitude. I definitely believe the positive attitude helps reduce the stress level. Sending you and baby princess brother good vibes. xo
My friend is due 5/21 with her second.
Best to you always! Can’t wait to follow this part of your journey
Heather, Mike, Annie and all the family,
many congratulations on your news.
I too have had the heartache of a baby dying followed by two very medical pregnancies with the blood thinning injections and the pregnancy diabetes. My two are now 11 and 12 so I consider myself in the dark hinterlands of parenting.
I love your blog. Thank you for sharing Maddie and Annie. Your positive attitude is an inspiration and I too can’t wait until May to see the new baby Spohr.
with love and best wishes to you all xxx
So very very happy for you. I was on baby aspirin and Lovenox with both successful pregnancies (two miscarriages) and now am insulin dependent, so I understand about shots. The key is trying your hardest not to hit a vein. I still get big bruises though. Good luck with your pregnancy and I will be keeping you in my thoughts and good wishes.
So I was away from your blog for a few days (my 2 yo got sick on Saturday, then I got it on Monday night!! No fun!) and I come back today to see that you’re pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOO excited for you!!!!
I did a little double take as I read the first post…then I was like “What did I miss!?!?!?!” I don’t comment often, but read everyday and just wanted to send along my congratulations! Hang in there through the ups and downs and try to enjoy the ride.
This is so cool. She would have a blast with a Princess Brother. Congratulations Spohrs!
Just wanted to say congratulations and I am sending you lots of positive vibes for a happy outcome this time. Also, I am on Lovenox too and wanted to pass along a little bit of anti-bruise wisdom — I find that if I go in at a 45 degree angle and use the same hand as whichever side of my abdomen I’m injecting (a challenge for me on left-side days!), I don’t bruise nearly as much and often not at all. It also helps to depress the plunger suuuuuuuuuuuper slowly — doesn’t hurt quite as much.
Heather – I am so happy for you and your family! I bet Annie is so excited and will be more and more as the pregnancy progresses. Congratulations!
It sounds like you’re doing so well, mentally. I hope your body catches up so you can feel good overall.
When I did lovenox, I pinched the skin, pushed the needle in slowly (not dart-like at all), injected the medication as slowly as possible (so I couldn’t feel the burning) and then held the needle in for a few seconds. Once I was done, I iced for about 10 minutes and didn’t move for about half an hour. I usually did mine before breakfast or before I was winding down at night. No bruises that way. If I showered afterward or injected where my pants hit, I would get awful bruises. You’ll get a routine down like you did with atrixa and figure out what works best for you.
Wishing you lots of luck with this baby!
I’m looking forward to seeing Annie holding a healthy, snugly baby, too!
judi mitchell says:
geez, I take a week off and look what I miss!?? sincere congratulations and prayers for a happy, healthy pregnancy!
congratulations on your pregnancy. i will be praying for you guys. i also have a clotting disorder. during my pregnancy lovenox was a luxury and i couldn’t afford it for the majority. i had a donation of some in the beginning and i rarely bruised with it. i had to be on heparin for the majority of the time and that bruised me up like that was its job. i had more than one healthcare person take me to the side to ask if i was being abused. sometimes they even asked in front of my poor husband (as if i would admit it in front the presumed abuser.) anyway, all this to say, i empathize and hope you have a terrific pregnancy!
Expat Mom says:
I missed that you were pregnant again! That’s awesome! Congrats and here’s to a healthy pregnancy with all the morning sickness you can handle (because that’s actually a good sign).
The trick to stop the bruising with the Lovenox is to leave the little air bubble in the syringe, it leaves a little space and prevents visible bruising
(Learned that from the pharmaceutical rep during an inservice)
Heather!!! I’m so excited for you & the whole Multiplying Spohrs family! And I’m happy to hear how healthy you feel (felt) going into this pregnancy!! (I don’t know why they call it morning sickness when it seems to last all day for everyone I know–but at least you felt good before that hit!)
As for the shots! I can’t imagine. I have to do injections every 2 weeks & can’t imagine doing them every day & ending up bruised & sore from them. On the other hand they are helping you have a healthy baby so what’s a few jillion injection marks? So you look like a bizarre junkie (cuz who shoots up there, right?)
And I’m especially happy that you are back with your team of doctors that you feel so comfortable with and who know you well.
Life is good.
PS~Tell Annie “Princess Brother” is a brilliant name! I just love her!!!
*Your being pregnant & hopeful fills me with joy & love!!!!*