Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sick and Tired...

The title of this post is literal - I really am sick.  And holy cow, am I tired.  In related news, I'm tired of being sick.  But I'm not tired of being pregnant.  Am I on a tangent?

Focus, Kate...

So, for the last three days I have been descending slowly into a circle of Hell.  That circle is reserved for pregnant women who are sick and simultaneously caring for other children in the house and unable to take much of anything for their symptoms... such as coughing up lungs, splitting sinus headaches, glass in their throat and tissue box hoarding.  

But such is life... and life, as you know, goes on.

Today has been the worst day so far and, as luck would have it, I had an OB appointment so I knew he could check me out.  The good news is, Miss Hope looks great.  My OB has a pretty old ultrasound machine so the pictures won't be as clear as they used to be.  I was too out of it to take my usual video of the ultrasound which was a shame.  She was really dancing around today!!
Hope is measuring around 7 inches.  Did you know the easy trick to know the appropriate growth size of a baby in utero?  If you half the number of weeks you are, that is the amount of inches you should expect the baby to be.  So I am 14 weeks, 3 days - and Hope measured 7 inches.  If you think about it, it's true!  A full term 40 week baby should be about 20 inches - which is probably close to what most of us were.  Pretty cool trick, eh?  You're welcome.

The bad news... I have a sinus infection and a wicked cough.  He didn't hear anything to suggest bronchitis or pneumonia - but it sure feels like it.  So it's rest (ha ha) and fluids and wait it out.

Brian has been incredible today.  It's almost like he knows something is up.  He's been quietly and independently playing all day.  On my way out the door to the doctor he came out with the unsolicited, "Bye!  I hope you feel better, Mommy!"  He's just been such an angel today, thank God.

He even took it well when I told him we couldn't go to swimming this morning.  Tomorrow is his last class and I'm hoping I'll feel well enough to take him.  But if not, he really did get a lot out of the class already.  Remember the first day when he practically hyperventilated from crying?  Oh wait, that was me as he was clinging to my leg.  Well, look at him now...

Floating on his back!
Kicking while holding onto the barbell float!

Swimming with big scoop arms across the pool!
And a cheeky double thumbs up to me after every activity!
I'm so proud of him.  

For so many reasons.


  1. So sorry you're sick. Being sick when pregnant is the worst :( Your trick though - that's amazing! My term daughter was 20" and my 26 week sons were 13". How are you the first person that has told me this?!

  2. Feel better soon. I know with my daughter, who, by the way was born at 37 weeks and was a little over 18 inches, had me nauseas my entire pregnancy and my last few weeks I caught the worst flu ever so I totally feel your pain. Just try to rest as much as you can (I know that's easier said than done!) And have your hubby help! So thrilled to hear that Hope is doing well and dancing away in your belly! Hang in there!

  3. I was sick when I was pregnant with my daughter, and my son was 5, thank goodness I was sick in March and he went to all day kindergarten, don't know if I would have been able to take care of him that day or that week. I hope you feel better very soon, go drink some tea with honey and try to relax for 5 minutes :)

  4. He's doing so good :) I was lucky to get bad sick only once while pregnant, but I did have to take care of my husband with food poisoning once while pregnant and that was not fun! Hope (haha!) you get to feeling better soon :)

  5. I hope you are feeling better by tomorrow!!!
    I love the length trick! Thanks for the tip!

    I also love that they let you video your ultrasounds. I asked at my last one and they told me a fast and firm NO!

    Hang in there!

  6. That's an awesome trick, Kate. Thanks!

    Congrats to Brian for doing an awesome job in swim class. He looks like he's having a blast!

    Feel better soon! Sick while pregnant is exhausting (as if you weren't tired enough).

    Love and light~ Mary

  7. You should take him to school so he can say goodbye to his friends..A lot of Mothers don't bother to do it, but it's important that they see everyone and his teachers and wish them a nice summer...Just sayin'..Ellen

  8. Sending you much love... and wishes for a speedy recovery. Never good for Mommy to be sick.

  9. Kate you might ask another Mom friend to come to have a play date at you home with Brian while you could take a 2-hour nap. I'm sure another mom friend with a playmate would love to visit for just 2hrs and you could sure use the rest...Love & Hugs...Brian could go and visit you mom and meet her new friends and play go fish or some quiet card game of matching animals or some puzzle that would give you time to even sleep on your mom's bed for some rest. Sending lots of Love to Hope..time to get some dancing shoes in Pink of course <3

  10. I am so sorry you are ill - its terrible being sick. I am also pregnant (though a bit behind you - 13 weeks or so but am also high risk), have a 17 month old daughter and work full time without help in the house. I also caught what it sounds like you are fighting (though also have all day morning sickness in addition) and I struggled with it for 3 weeks - I did find out that being pregnant you can take an antibiotic called cephalexin (it was approved by 3 separate OB's I called) and after only 3 days of it I started to be able to at least function. I chose to stop taking it after 3 days but I did hear that it is safe for the baby (in conjunction with rest and fluids etc...). Just wanted to let you know in case you were looking for another alternative if your illness drags out....I hope you feel better very very soon!

  11. Hi anonymous Ellen. This is a swim class, not a year long class where children have formed bonds and relationships with the teacher and each other. You may have meant well. Perhaps you overlooked the context of her talking about Brian's summer class. But I think everyone will survive if he misses his last day. Try and consider your audience a little better, and remember that no one needs unsolicited judgmental advice about doing more. Especially not someone like Kate.

  12. Kate! You poor thing. I'm also preggo and have a 2.5yr old at home. I had a sinus infection too, and refused to take anything for it. I tried a ton of home remedies, but what worked was a netti pot (want to be their new spokeswoman...love this thing) and drinking apple cider vinegar. Not very appealing, I know, but I noticed a difference almost immediately! Take good care of yourself! Xo

  13. Hey Kate, one of the best homeo cures I know about is to mix 3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar with 3 Tbsp honey and 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and mix with 6 ounces very hot water. The honey coats your throat and relieves pain, plus makes the ACV pallatable. The Cinnamon is astringent and the whole thing works magic on sore throats and phlegmy coughs. I hope you feel better soon! Being sick while pregnant and parenting a kiddo is the worst.

  14. Can I throw in my two cents? Zarbees makes a homeopathic honey cough syrup for kids, but I used it when I was pregnant. Hylands makes a homeopathic adult version. I tried the honey-lemon-cinnamon and it didn't work for me. Haven't tried vinegar. I am sure you know and everyone is telling you, but it's really true that you need to drink lots of water.Feel better!


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