Monday, December 12, 2011

ultrasound update and food allergy woes.

I swore I'd post this week to announce the results of the ultrasound, and of course I don't. I have excuses, tho. (don't we all?)

Was so excited Monday to see my blueberry I could hardly sleep the night before. DS had experienced an allergic reaction on Sunday (more on this later) so we were kind of nervous about him going to another sitter on Tuesday, but I really wanted DH to come.

I get on the table for the vaginal ultrasound and the crazy technician starts looking at my ovaries and taking measurements? EXCUSE ME? I become this very annoying broken record. "Is the baby ok? I don't see it. Is it in there? Is there a heartbeat? Is it a baby?" With quite the loud sigh she briefly shows me the heartbeat. I tear up and then it's back to the damn ovaries. LOL. Finally she gets around to measuring the baby and decides I conceived on oct. 25th making me due 7/17/12. I realize afterwards that we didn't have sex between the 15th and the 27th, so we must have conceived on the 27th and they're going to short me two days at the end of the pregnancy, but I'll argue about that later if need be. I don't anticipate going two weeks overdue since ds was only a week over.

Seeing the baby was great, but it just looked so different from what I remember seeing ds. He was moving around and you could see little arm buds. This little tadpole just sat there. I think it wasn't as good of a machine, but it was our baby all the same. We heard the heartbeat. DH got that huge smile he gets when he's really happy, and life was grand.

We then go to a waiting room to see the actual doc and while waiting I get a picture text from the sitter that ds is having another severe allergic reaction.

That is the picture of a very itchy, unhappy 20 month old. Totally killed our post ultrasound high. The situation was ds stopped his allergy meds on Friday in preparation for skin testing on Wednesday. (how did those two appointments get to be only a day apart?) 30 minutes after he arrived at the sitter on Sunday, he got hives and facial swelling, and same thing on Tuesday while we're at the appointment. Two different sitters, and he hadn't had anything to eat either time. We suspect he's allergic to dogs, they're both dog homes, and his allergy meds were just preventing him from having reactions until we stopped them. Benedryl resolved the situation in both cases.

On Wednesday, the allergist confirmed that the benedryl doses disqualified him from the necessary skin testing, but that we could do blood testing. The blood draw was AWFUL. They had to use a super tiny needle. He had to be held down, and they had to constantly move the needle around inside his vein to keep the blood flowing. It was very painful and lasted nearly four minutes. He was so tired at this point, anyway, so it was truly horrible. He didn't nap well once we got home, and woke up several times that night just needing me to be there. That was a stressful day.

On Thursday and Friday I couldn't believe the how much happened in just two days. I really needed time to process. I announced the pregnancy and the allergy issue on facebook, birth clubs, and allergy forums. Received comments, concerns, and congratulations. I was so happy our new baby was healthy, and wishing our boy was healthy too. Worrying if this next baby's allergies will be even more severe, etc. I know the next one may not have any allergies at all, but part of being a mother is to worry about your kids.

Next OB appt is Jan 3rd, just to take vitals and listen to the heartbeat with a doppler. DS's allergy results won't be in for a while, maybe as long as two weeks, but since he's back on his meds we haven't had any more reactions and I don't expect he will.

8 week 6 day belly pic. Finally in some more form fitting maternity pants since I've announced at work. Those oversized pants I'd been in looked terrible!

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