the cat's out of the bag.....

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

first off, let me say hello and that i have missed you all horribly. i know i have been gone a lot longer than i anticipated, but hey, that's how things go sometimes.

i figure it's time i let the cat out of the bag so to speak. it's earlier than we wanted to but i didn't want to just put excuse after excuse as to why i haven't been blogging. you ready......ok....here it goes......

we're pregnant with baby #2!!!

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yep, that's right, preggers! so why have i been gone so long you ask? well, it wasn't an easy road with mackenzie and it's proven to be twice as hard with this baby. i'm only 10 weeks at this point and it seems like i have a long road ahead of me. i've been suffering with extreme naseau that medication isn't helping and having some other complications that have had me on bed rest for a little bit. thankfully my wonderful god send of a mom flew in last week from out of town and has been staying with us to help out with mackenzie. i honestly don't know how i would have made it without her.

so instead of having fun blogging with all you wonderful folks, i have been crying over my toilet bowl and dreaming of large glasses of lemon water to quench my thirst - i am so damn thirsty, that's been tough. keeping fluids down has proven to be one of the toughest things right now. so if any of you have wonder tips to share with me besides the obvious - ginger, nausea wristbands and vitamin b6 i would love to hear about it. please share. i could use the help!
i probably won't be blogging regularly until i am functioning normally, so please bear with me. don't go.....i will be back...i promise. i need something to keep me functioning and i look forward to all the fun things headed our way for the holidays. so many creative projects to be made and i'm so excited to share this exciting journey we are on with all of you.

thank you for all of your well wishes and sweet emails, it was so nice to hear from you and i'm so sorry i haven't been able to respond. please know that i'm thinking of all you and missing this wonderful community so much. it's amazing what a big role it plays in my life now, i can't imagine not being a part of it.

take care and please comment, share your tips for other pregnant moms who suffering with extreme nausea, bed rest etc and help us to all get through these challenging times with each other's support and kind words.

so in the words of good ol'arnie- "i'll be back!"

55 comments:

  1. Congratulations!! What an exciting time:) Sorry you're feeling so yucky! I wish I had some profound advice about the nausea, etc. Hang in there...we're all here for ya :)

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  2. Congratulations as well!! It is always exciting to have another addition to the family.

    When I was pregnant I was so sick that I lost weight in the beginning. The best thing for me was just making sure that I had just enough crackers in my stomach to keep me from running to the restroom and that didn't even work sometimes.

    Good Luck!

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  3. Congrats!!! I had the same nausea problem, the wrist bands, pregger pops, and ginger were no help. The medication the doctor prescribed for me did help, but not right away. I found that if I ate a pretzels every half hour, or more, that helped. I feel for you! i was nauseous until the 5-6th month. I was teaching art when I was at my most nauseous state, there were a lot of quick running into the darkroom to puke. My students thought it was hilarious. Good luck!!

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  4. yay babies!! my second is about 5 months old now. and i don't know why everyone says #2 is easier. she never was. i definately feel your pain about "morning" sickness. all i ate for the first three months were green tea, almonds and grapes. maybe a bit of salad or homemade soup for supper. i truly believe the almonds worked better than crackers. i couldn't stand the pasty feeling of chewed up crackers.
    i was never on bed rest but i was super tired. i used to get my 4 year old to bring huge stacks of books into bed and we would read together until i fell asleep. she stopped napping along time ago but she would stay with me and look at her books while i dozed. probably not the best parenting advice but it worked for me (read: will probably not work for most children!). she was old enough to understand she had to stay with me and enough of a bookworm that she was content to do this a couple times a week.
    rest as much as you need to. i think i speak for most of your fans when i say i had no intention of going anywhere. i checked back everyday. glad things are well.

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  5. Congratulations to all of you!! How exciting?! I hope things start to look up for you and that you start feeling a bit better. I don't have any great tips other than what you mentioned, except sucking on those Mommy Pops they sell at the Maternity stores, but I do hope it all gets better. What a great, exciting new adventure! Looking forward to watching your belly, and your creativity, grow!
    Best to all,
    M :)
    http://Mandthe2Henrys.blogspot.com
    http://HomemakerPhD.blogspot.com

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  6. Congrats! Post when you can..we'll be here...I wish had a solution for your nausea...I'm thrilled for you...........

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  7. Congratulations to you all! The only things that helped me with my nausea was ginger tea, and minty candy. What a great journey you are embarking on...enjoy!
    We look forward to hearing about it :) xx

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  8. Congratulations!!! I unfortunately don't have any advice to share (have never been preggers, myself), but I hope you feel better soon! :(

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  9. Congrats again Shannon! Sorry to hear that this little one is causing the sickness. Hang in there! What a great mom you have for coming to help out. Let me know if I can do anything. Hopefully see you soon.

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  10. The only advice I have for nausea is unisom. It is a sleeping pill. My doctor told me to take it at night, and I woke up feeling so much better! Hopefully that helps. A lot of my friends combinded it with vitamin b6, and said that helped a lot too. Hope that helps you out! Congrats!

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  11. Congratulations on the baby!I don't know that any of those remedies work, they never did for me.I can remember googling "GET RID OF NAUSIA?" and nothing other than what you have already mentioned came up.The first trimester is always the worst, and after that hopfully it gets better for you:)I'm sorry to hear that you are having complications, I had some in the 15th week in my 3rd pregnancy, I was in and out of Dr.s every week for the remainder of it. It is no easy journey thats for sure. I hope you and the baby are healthy.Take care..

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  12. So exciting! Congratulations! I hope the nausea passes soon, so you can feel better and enjoy this pregnancy. Take care

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  13. Congrats! What wonderful news. I had extreme nausea too as well as a scary bit about a threatened miscarriage that kept me in bed for a week. (That's how I found out there were two babies instead of one.) Anyway I remember lying on the floor in the back office where I worked with the lights out pretty much everyday! The only thing that kept me functioning was to eat pretty much constantly! Not alot just something. I kept crackers on my nightstand and I ate lots of Cheerios because that's the only thing I could stand most of the time. I had trouble gaining weight in the beginning because I was so sick all the time. I hope things get a little easier soon! I know mine went away around my 4-5th month or so.

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  14. Congratulations! I was beginning to wonder why you had been away for so long. I'm sorry to hear about the morning sickness. I had it bad with my last baby. The only things that worked for me were making sure I didn't drink and eat at the same time, wait an hour or so in between. Also I read somewhere that fatty salty foods help absorb some of the acid in your stomach. I would eat a few potato chips every few hours throughout the day and it seemed to take the edge off so I could make it through. I couldn't stomach water, it also tasted like dirt to me, so I drank a lot of fruit punch and sucked on those little pea size ice cubes. I cannot stand fruit punch but it worked while I felt sick. Go figure! What a blessing to have such a sweet mother who can come out to help you. I was sick the whole nine months but it wasn't horrible the entire time, I think I finally just got used to the nausea and pressed on. I had three other kids to take care of, what else could I do? :) Good luck!

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  15. Congratulations, you know what I'd recommend for the nausea, but I don't think you'd go for it. I hope you feel better soon, I'd love to see you at thanksgiving.

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  16. Congrats!!! You don't joke around do you? (in my interview you said you were toying around with the addition of another baby)
    I was just thinking that I hadn't seen a post up from you in a long time & that maybe my Bloglines was messed up again or something.
    Sorry that you are feeling SO sick. That stinks.
    Thinking of you and sending love your way.
    Get better soon. We miss you!

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  17. Congrats! I'm preggers myself...7mos with a boy! At least you won't have to sweat it out like I did this summer! Try the PSI Bands for morning sickness: http://www.psibands.com/ They totally helped me get through 4 mos of yuckiness. I got mine at RiteAid for only $14. Well worth the investment.

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  18. CONGRATS! That's such exciting news and I'm so happy for you! As my son turns one this weekend I've been thinking about just how much I missed his earlier days...now I can live through you for those times!!

    I look forward to reading about your pregnancy progress, and hope you feel better soon!

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  19. Congrats! I too had horrible nausea with both of my kidlets and I still have no idea what makes it better...good luck, hopefully you will only have a few more weeks of it...although I had problems with it up to week 24 with my last...I hope you can get back to normal, so to speak, much sooner than that!

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  20. It's good to hear from you! Congratulations on baby #2! I'm sorry to hear your feeling so bad. Have you tried peppermint or spearmint tea for your nausea? I hope you are feeling better soon. :)

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  21. It's all my fault... and I'd do it again...

    Jeremy (the baby's daddy)

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  22. I knew it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had been thinking, hmmm....she's been away for a while and has been "under the weather", must be pregnant! Congratulations! I hope you feel better soon. I had extreme nausea with my pregnancy, but come to find out it was from a kidney stone blocking the urine up in my kidneys. Once they fixed that, I stopped throwing up severely, but it brought a whole bunch of other problems :) May yours turn out way better than mine and your first. I'll be keeping you in my prayers. Keep us updated :) Miss you!!!!!!!!

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  23. Congrats, and hang in there. Rest and take all the time off you need.
    I have a friend whose doctor prescribed Zorfan. She swore by it.

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  24. Congratulations! I am due in Jan with my 3rd! It is amazing that pregnancies can be so different. With my first, I was sick (not puking) week 7 and that was it. With my 2nd and this baby, I sick my whole first trimester...at night! I would strongly suggest you see about a prescription of Zofran from your doctor...it's a medication that they give to cancer patient to help with nausea. I have a friend that had to take it her whole pregnancy and was actually able to function/work, etc.

    Hope your nausea gets better!

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  25. Congratulations!!! Hope you feel better soon!

    I hear a lot of woman talking about preggie pops... they say they work wonders.

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  26. Congratulations! Sorry to hear that nausea is giving you a hard time. I found salty plums ( a chinese sweet), which are salted prunes worked wonders for me. I would just nibble on them whenever I felt like throwing up. But ummmmmm, they might not help much with your thirst!

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  27. So happy to hear that you are expecting. I will be praying for you-that's the BEST remedy for nausea. May the Lord hold you in His hand and lift you above the queasies while blessing your baby and your lovely family. Don't worry-we'd never leave you-love your blog. You inspired me to write my own and I find it therapeutic. I imagine I have lots of listeners and I owe them entries of intrigue and photos...I have 4 followers so far!!!wooHoo

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  28. Congratulations! I had the same thing with both of my pg's s far...the only thing that gave me any relief was Zofran. I took it before bed at night and then again in the morning.

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  29. Congrats!!! I feel your pain, dealt with it both of my pregnancies. Zofran helped, and I also used the Preggie Pops (and now they have drops). Corn Pops with milk helped me, and I normally do not eat sugary cereals.

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  30. Oh girl... I had 2 m.i.s.e.r.a.b.l.e. pregnancies that resulted in the 2 most precious things in the universe to me! Congratulations on your new baby, best wishes for some needed relief, and I'll keep checking back daily to hopefully hear that you are well enough again to wield your craftyness....

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  31. Congrats! I hope everything will get smoother for you. And as far as nausea my dear...a good cup of Chamomile, relieves morning sickness during pregnancy. Well Wishes!

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  32. Congratualtions! So excited for you! Nausea tips...I seemed to curb mine with a large glass of chocolate milk in the morning. But, I am not sure I really suffered from severe nausea...so this may not work for all. Best of luck!

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  33. Thanks for all your kind words, well wishes and support! You guys rock!!!! You made me feel so much better today just knowing you were all out there to talk to. thanks for the tips as well! Some of those I will give a shot.

    I'm currently on a prescription called Diclectin at the moment, but it just doesn't seem to be helping - oh well, what do you do? Me and the toilet will just keep on bonding...hahaha.

    Thanks again ladies - luv ya all!

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  34. CONGRATULATIONS! That is just fabulous!
    I wish I had some helpful words for you, but I was supersick when I was pregnant with Burke and it seemed like nothing worked. At least there is a glorious, wonderful prize at the end of the yuck, eh???
    Feel better- and I'm thrilled for your good news! :)

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  35. congrads. sorry to hear about the extreme sickness!

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  36. I had awful morning sickness with both my kids and I learned a lot of ways to make it better.

    I'll send an email so I don't TMI gross people out. :P

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  37. congrats on the wonderful news of bubba number two! all the best with it all.

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  38. Congrats!!! I had extreme nausea at the beginning of my pregnancy through the 5th month. I craved lemon water too. I found that the best thing for me was vitamin water with the B6. Can't remember the name of the particular kind, but I remember it was purple. I think I kept them in business durning those first few months. The second that helped me was lemon heads. They were just sour enough, but sweet too. None of the traditional methods helped me out at all.

    Hope you find something that helps.

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  39. Oh my gosh! I was kind of wondering about you! Such happy news! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Hang in there through the rough days, they make it all worth it at the end, don't they :)

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  40. Congrats! I was miserably sick with my daughter (I'm hoping it'll be better the next time around but you're not really encouraging me with that idea...)but the only thing that helped me was a Vitamin B6 & B12 shot and acupuncture. Keeping food in my stomache was IMPOSSIBLE so the "lots of little snacks" thing didn't work for me.

    Hope you feel better soon! Maybe only a few more weeks of sickness...they say the first trimester is the worst-it certainly was for me...

    Congrats!!

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  41. Congratulations! I've just got a copy of 'Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year' by Susun Weed as we are preparing for conceiving our first. So I cant tell you how well these suggestions work but, the book recommends..

    -drink a cup or two of Rasperry Leaf tea or infusion each day
    -try any one of these homeopathic remedies: Ipecac 30x, Nux
    vomica 6x, Cannabis 30x
    -sip Peppermint or Spearmint infusion first thing in the morning. this is a stimulating eye-opener and effective anti-nauseant.
    -Wild Yam root (Dioscorea villosa) is specific and powerfull for nausea of pregnancy. Take sips of the infusion throughout the day.

    they are listed in order of increasing strength, good luck
    Mx

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  42. I am currently pregnant with baby #3 and am extremely sick as well. I threw up all day until about 5 months with my last pregnancy so that is what i am expecting here. I feel like a pro with this whole nausea thing.....the only thing that works for me is lots of SALT! I eat a small handful of potato chips every hour or two (I know...gross) and ichiban soup at least once a day. If I think about it too much I am HORRIFIED but the only alternative is to keep nothing down, so at least this is calories....
    With my first pregnancy diclectin helped a bit at night at least, but no meds seem to be working now. I find taking care of my 2 girls soooo hard, especially feeding them, I can barely even walk into the kitchen much less open the fridge.
    Someday we will laugh as we retell these stories....it helps my mental state even to write this all down right now! If you ever need some encouragement feel free to email! caroeric@telus.net
    Congratulations by the way.
    Caroline

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  43. Big, huge congratulations! I was just catching up on your blog today and I'm so happy for you!!!

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  44. I know I haven't been following you a long time... but congratulations!

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  45. Congrats! I hope you are feeling better soon- at least it is for a good cause :)

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  46. Congratulations!

    With my first pregnancy I was very sick and even lost weight, so I can feel where you're coming from. With my current pregnancy a few friends gave me the advice to eat a protein-rich breakfast, first thing, rather than carbs and this has made a world of difference! I ate anything that packed a protein punch: from a protein shake, to a half steak, to a bowl of Kashi's Go Lean cereal, to eggs; and I felt piles better. I suppose the theory is that it mostly takes protein to build a baby and if you don't take extra in, your body has to convert your own, the by-product making you really nauseous...

    Best of Luck!

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  47. OMG!! Congratulations - sorry to hear your 1st tri is so problematic. I ate applesauce and toast almost exclusively for 3 weeks.

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  48. congratulations!!
    nicola
    http://whichname.blogspot.com

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  49. Congrats! I hope you have found something that works for you. I was the same way with my little guy. It was so bad, I was in bed for three months (that, or hanging over the toilet). Nothing would work. But what helpped the most (and this worked for my mom, too) was to have ice tea. For some reason the ice tea just settled my stomach and got me hydrated. I know, I know...the caffeine, but really, it's not enough to worry about and is considered okay to have while pregnant. Try that if your still figuring it out.

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  50. OHHH MY GOSSSHHHHH! Congrats! I should have read this before emailing you the other day. So happy for you Shannon! But sad that you've been feeling sick. I hope it passes soon!
    Congrats again :)

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  51. Rub lemon rind on the inside of your lips

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  52. Congratulations! How exciting!!

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  53. to be a pregnant is really a charming thing because you are going to birth a child that belongs to you so shannon congrats and hope you will enjoy the best of your life and the pain is really a little thing than the pleasure so once again congrats....

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