Our Miracle

Our 2nd miracle arrived on August 21. Levi Benjamin arrived at 8:18am weighing 8lbs 4oz and 19 1/2in long.  The cutie pie has lots of dark brown hair and beautiful blue eyes like his brother.

We are relieved to be through our final HG pregnancy.  I did end up having to get another prescription before Levi arrived.  This time the insurance denied the Zofran.  I had already tried reglan and phenergan with Zack and had bad results so the Dr had me try compazine this time.  My last dose of Zofran was at the hospital, through my IV, while we waited for the C-section.

I went into the OR feeling sick and 1/2 an hour later my amazing baby was here and the nausea was gone. It’s strange how this disease works. You are so sick, without a break, for months and the instant the baby is delivered the disease is gone.  I was so excited when I got to my room and the nurse offered to order me a “liquid diet” tray.  I couldn’t decide what I wanted so she ordered one of everything for me, I ate it all!  In fact that day I had two “liquid diet” trays and a huge tray of real food that night. It was wonderful!

But back to Levi’s arrival.  Jason was convinced we were having a girl!  He had a look of confusion when the Dr showed him a boy baby. 🙂  That was quite a surprise to him.  After Levi’s vitals were checked I was able to have him right away in the OR.  It was such a difference from when Zack was born and I briefly saw him before he was taken to the nursery while I went to recovery.  The hospital (RMH) changed it’s policy and no longer separates mom and baby after a C-section.  We were able to start bonding as a family right away.  I even got to give him his first bath that night.  The nurse put a little tub on my bed so I could bathe him.

Levi has been a perfect addition to our family. Zack loves his baby!  He has been teaching him about Thomas trains, I keep finding them “snuggling” Levi.  Zack has also learned to help burp him.  He’s always concerned about were his baby is.  They are going to have so much fun growing up together.

The boys are keeping us busy!  Life is very different with two.  We’re loving all the new things Levi is doing and watching Zack become a “big boy”.

We have been so blessed with our two miracle boys!

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What’s next…Placenta Previa

I started my post on Tuesday by saying I was hesitantly optimistic. Apparently I was right to be hesitant. We had our 19 week ultrasound yesterday. The baby was super active! The technician had a hard getting pictures because the little one kept moving on her. 🙂 I already knew we had an active little one in there. This baby can flip around for hours in the evening! Good thing it’s still tiny enough not to cause mommy any pain.

Everything seemed to be going well until the ultrasound lady went to get the pictures and came back saying she needed one more. I’ve had enough ultrasounds between Zack and this baby to know the abreviations for cervix and placenta. When she left the room I knew something wasn’t right. Jason kept telling it was, she probably just forgot a picture. When she came back with the pictures she wasn’t smiling, it was like she forgot and reminded herself to put on the happy “everything’s fine” smile for us.

So, just when I was thinking I might be getting back to more of a “normal” life with the help of the Zofran, something else comes up. The Dr informed us that I have Placenta Previa. One of my first thoughts was, can’t we get a break!? Now that my nausea and vomiting was getting under control and I was starting to be able to play more with Zack it was been taken away again. The Dr said I can only lift him in/out of his bed and car seat when needed. I also have to take it easy and not lift things.

I’m realizing today that it is much easier to be down when you physically feel horrible, but it is really hard when you’re body is finally feeling somewhat better. Zack has had many breakdowns today because he wants to be carried. He still loves to be held. Daddy’s arms are going to be full when he gets home tonight.

We have another ultrasound in a month to see how things are going. I looked up a few articles on placenta previa today and they all said this was an uncommon pregnancy complication. So, add that to the rarity of HG, and elevated liver enzymes from Zofran. I do not think my body likes pregnancy.

Only about 20 weeks left and we get to meet this little one!

More Zofran

I am hesitantly optimistic. At my last Dr apt my Zofran was changed from a 1/2-2 doses to 3 full doses a day. So, once again my days and nights are interrupted by alarms reminding to take my medicine. I feel like in the last week I have had more “better” days than I had been. 

The down side is that my liver reacted badly to the constant Zofran when I was pregnant with Zack. It caused my liver enzymes to be quite elevated and caused me to have black-outs. The black-outs were bad enough that I couldn’t drive and did not leave the house for months. Just walking from the house to the car was more than I could handle at times. 

I have noticed that I have been much more light-headed and weak feeling since I started taking the Zofran more often. We are praying that it does not get any worse. My Dr did blood work at my last apt to check my liver and so far my liver enzymes are in the normal range. He will keep checking throughout the rest of this pregnancy.

I asked him if there were any alternatives to the Zofran. He said the other options were not as strong and since I needed to take it more often as it is was, it would not make sense to try anything else.

On a happier note…Jason and I get to see the baby again tomorrow! We’re excited to get more pictures and see how this little one is growing.

Zack has been very loving toward his baby. He likes to pat my belly and give the baby kisses. He’s going to be a good big brother.