Sunday, August 18, 2013

The End is in Sight!

For months now I have been craving to blog.  I miss it.  I take lots of pictures and always wish I could blog later, but I never do.  I do 95% of my online activity on my phone and iPad, neither of which blogs well.

I miss my blogging world.  And with the impending birth of my first baby, I am hoping to get back into it.  I'd like to do reviews on baby carriers, cloth diapers, etc. as I venture into that world very soon.

Speaking of that world...I am officially nine months pregnant.  While it seems some days like it flew by, it has been a long 39 weeks.  I was sick for half of these 39 weeks.  Ten weeks in, I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum which was left me sick, tired, weak, and emotionally exhausted.  I lost over 10% of my pre-pregnancy body weight and went weeks and weeks without eating more than 100 calories a day.  Read more about HG HERE.  Had it not been for my amazing husband and family, I do not know how I would have survived.

Because of how debilitating the HG was, I had to drop out of school for the semester on a medical withdrawal.  This led Jon and I to take the plunge and move back home where we are from.  We bought our first home in May and have enjoyed living close to family all summer.  I promise that someday I will post about our lovely new home. :)

Since these have not been cross posted on Facebook...Jon took it upon himself to take a picture of me every time I was in the hospital for fluids and medicine.  Looking back on these, I am SO happy it is over with and that my baby girl is almost here.  

My first time ever hooked up to an IV.  

I cannot even tell you the sense of relief when the IV started to kick in and revive me.  

IV's make it FREEZING!

This was my last (and longest) stay.  Four days and three nights in the hospital hooked up to the meds that helped me pull through.

It is nearly impossible to recap the entire spring and summer, but with fall around the corner and baby due to pop any day now, I am hoping to be able to keep up from now on (you know, since I'll have tons of free time).

Because of my experience with HG, I am now a chapter leader for the Ayden Rae Foundation.  This foundation serves women and their families struggling with HG by offering support for these women around the world.  I encourage you to educate yourself on HG so that you can help a woman in need should you come across another sufferer.  It is not morning sickness and there is nothing more frustrating than trying to explain to someone that crackers, ginger and seabands do not help cure it.

I'll be back soon!


1 comment:

  1. Welcome back to blogging! I love your blog posts and your blog! I love even more that you are almost ready to welcome Baby Girl! I can't wait to meet her!