Sadly the breastfeeding vs. formula feeding is still a debate amongst many mothers. My question is why?
Being pregnant after a preemie is one of the most mentally challenging things I’ve done. People often ask me what was the second factor on having another baby after Jaxson. My number 1 answer is: “Choosing the RIGHT DOCTOR!” And on February 11th, we were beyond grateful for the choice we made. I delivered a healthy baby girl via scheduled C-Section at 38 weeks which was our goal. I cried tears of joy on the operating room table as my OB held my baby girl up for me to see. it was such sweet relief! And to see how equally happy my Doctor was for us was the icing on the cake.
So here I am 32 weeks…8 MONTHS pregnant!!!!
To say I am grateful to have made it this far would be putting it lightly! Giving birth 3 years ago to my son at 22 weeks 6 days was scary and completely life changing. The experience really left my husband and I a bit terrified to try again. But with time, our hearts and minds changed. Going into this pregnancy, we knew it would be a lot different and would require a great deal to make it full term. But with lot’s of prayer, and an amazing OB here we are!! Our journey to this pregnancy started after having a miscarriage back in Feb 2018. After my check up to make sure I was healing well from that, we had a sit down with my OB to discuss a plan of care.
A few weeks ago we had a little gathering at our house to celebrate our second little miracle! Being that we are away from all of our Family and most friends it can be a challenge. But thankfully we have a little village here made up of a few friends who actually used to live in LA and are also now living in Dallas. So we gathered on the day the I turned 22 weeks as a way to to only celebrate finding out the gender, but also to celebrate the milestone of making it to 22 weeks and NOT in pre-term labor like with Jaxson.
If you’ve been following along on Instagram then you’ll know that my pregnancy has been moving right along! I’m in my 20th week and baby C is right on track. I began getting Makena (progestrone) injections at 16 weeks, in hopes of carrying full term! The auto injectors shots are administered behind the arm and they BURN! I mean literally my arm feels like it is on fire for at least an hour to 2 post shot. I’ve gotten 5 so far and the burning is sensation is getting more tolerable, but I have starting to have soreness and knots at the injection site. Ice packs are my friends :)
What a journey it has been thus far. A lot of my early pregnancy has been a blur and I’ve found myself in a constant state of survival. No kidding! So far I’ve had 4 beta blood draws to make sure my levels were rising, 3 ultrasounds to make sure baby is growing and doing ok, 2 ER visits to treat dehydration due to moderate hypermesis graviderum (again), a (routine) Pap smear, lab work which included about 5 viles of blood, oral progesterone every night and 2 antibiotics (because infection) oh and lots of nausea and vomiting which has resulted in me loosing 10 pounds 🤷🏽♀️