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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Describe your pregnancy...cravings, sicknesses, etc.

With Kayla I started out with very early symptoms - three days after I had my embryos transfer. The first signs I had were bloating and cramps (probably implantation cramps) and some dizziness. Five days after the transfer, I started waking at night to pee and then 7 days after the transfer is when my stomach started acting up and the hot flashes started. I kept all these a secret as to not jinx it. :)

After that, my main symptoms were my stomach. I never actually threw up, but I had this constant state of hunger. I could eat a huge meal and I'd feel like I never ate. But it was an awful empty feeling with queasiness mixed in. I basically was always feeling sick. I would come home from work, force myself to eat whatever J had put in front of me and go to bed. I was also EXHAUSTED! And the hot flashes - those are what really got me close to throwing up. Thankfully these were during the winter. I never would have lasted with those in the summer. The worst one in my first trimester was the bloody noses. Oh, how I don't miss those. Luckily the stomach issues, hot flashes and bloody noses left after the first trimester. The exhaustion stayed. But then I got major swelling. In April (She was born in August), I had to take off my wedding ring. By May I could only wear flip-flops. It was horrendous and I was eating everything I was supposed to. It was just uncontrollable. I was even told by friends that my feet and ankles were "disgusting". One friend's hubby even asked if my ankles were broken. LOL In my 3rd trimester the exhaustion was so bad, I had to literally go lay down and take a nap on my lunch break every day at work. Luckily they had a room with a couch - their "infirmary". That room saved me - it was my only way to get through the day. The only cravings I had really were spicy foods. I lived off buffalo wings for much of the pregnancy. I had an aversion to eggs - couldn't stand the smell of them, so poor J couldn't eat them either. And I had no desire for anything sweet. I also ended up with knee problems towards the end - which didn't get better until I was into my pregnancy with Alysa.

With Alysa - my symptoms came "much" later. Besides some bloating, I didn't feel anything until I was about 6-7 weeks along - much later than Kayla's 3 weeks. Otherwise, the stomach issues were the same, but worse and they lasted almost the entire pregnancy. Thankfully my hot flashes and bloody nose problems didn't plague me this time around. I didn't have nearly as much swelling either, so my weight gain was better. I really didn't have any food cravings or aversions this time around. I didn't eat quite as good as I did with Kayla, but I still gained less weight. Go figure.

With both pregnancies I had a lot of sciatica problems. This really goes along with my back issues from car accident many years ago. I knew it would come. But in spite of the negative symptoms, etc. I LOVED being pregnant with both girls. I loved to see my stomach grow, I loved wearing maternity clothes - I just loved the idea that I was pregnant. I find it fascinating and amazing. Most of all, I miss feeling them kick and squirm - even though they both enjoyed dancing on my bladder. Every move they made, brought a smile to my face.

You can hop on over to A Little Mommy Talk to see what other Mommy's had to say.

posted at 7:44 PM  

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Jennisa said...

Someday they will know what we went through to have them!

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

Thanks for you comment Sue. I think you had it much harder though, dealing with infertility. At least with morning sickness you know the longest it will last is 9 months.

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

sounds like you had some rough pg symptoms, but I know all of it was so worth it to have the 2 beautiful girls you have!

At 6:57 PM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

The flip flop part made me laugh. I forgot that I could only wear ugly, black leather slides for my pregnancy with Mark. I was so huge nothing fit and luckily it was a warm winter because I couldn't button my coat. I loved being pregnant too.


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