Friday, June 14, 2013

My Week in Review

First of all, I've been a bad blogger.  I am having a difficult time finding the time to sit down and write anything meaningful.  I have been desperately trying to catch up on my blog reading, but I am still over a week behind!  Before softball season, I was constantly hitting refresh on my blog reader, just waiting to see if any of my friends had posted each day.  Now I just can't keep up, but I am committed to reading all of your posts and eventually I WILL catch up.

We have not told anyone about our pregnancy yet.  We are perfectly content in waiting until the second trimester.  Actually, I wouldn't mind telling a few people, but Hubby absolutely doesn't want to.  He's still in denial that I am even pregnant.  Although he did tell me the other day that my pregnancy brain is "cute,"  which I thought was cute.  haha!  He wants me to watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother that addresses the pregnancy brain issue!

This last week I have been absolutely exhausted, which I know is a pregnancy symptom, but it also could just be a result of lack of sleep.  We spent this last weekend in Southern California for a major College Exposure softball tournament.  My job for each of the games was to talk to all the college coaches that were there at our games.  It was so incredible the big name college coaches that were there!  It is a lot of fun to coach such a high caliber team of athletes that are being recruited.  As a result of the weekend, we were invited to U of O's team camp in a few weeks.  The Head Coach watched us play and I talked with him a bit.  On Monday, we got an email invitation to attend their camp.  They only invite about 2-3 teams a year to this particular camp, so it's pretty exciting, especially since they are one of the top programs in the Nation.

We finished playing on Sunday at 11:30am.  Our flight didn't depart until 8:45 that night, so we decided to take our van of girls to Hollywood.  We had 4 players traveling with us because their parents weren't able to attend the tournament.  Our goal was to see the Hollywood sign and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  We only stayed for about an hour and a half though, because we weren't sure how long it would take us to get out of LA and back to Ontario to catch our flight.  The girls were satisfied with our brief sight seeing and very happy that they didn't have to sit in the airport all day.  They wanted to go to Disneyland or Universal Studios, but settled for Hollywood since we were short on time.

Hollywood Sign
 


I cannot BELIEVE how many stars there are!  We saw so many!
 
Between the softball games, traveling, sight seeing, and then back to work on Monday, I have been exhausted.  And oh yeah, let's not forget the whole pregnancy thing.  There have been plenty of times I have thought I didn't feel very well, but no real nausea.  My boobs are not sore.  I can still eat anything I want without any aversions.  It definitely is hard to believe I'm pregnant when I don't feel much different than normal.  I didn't really have many symptoms last time either, so I guess that is just normal for me.

As if I didn't worry about this pregnancy enough already, I started spotting about an hour ago.  I peed, wiped, and tossed the tp.  But as I dropped the toilet paper, I happened to notice there was some color on it.  I questioned what I saw, so wiped again.  Just a tiny little bit of color, but not much.  I left it at that, but my mind was going a mile a minute.  I couldn't be spotting, could I?  I drank some water so I'd have to pee again and about 15 minutes later, tested it out.  This time there was quite a bit of reddish/brown.  Okay, I know it's not fresh blood, and I know that spotting can be normal.  However, that does NOT stop me from freaking out.

I immediately called and left a message at my clinic for a nurse to call me back.  It was 3:55pm on a Friday night.  I was afraid of waiting and then not being able to call all weekend.  The nurse called me back and asked if I had any cramping.  I had some minor cramping yesterday, but it didn't last long.  After this spotting incident, I did notice some vaginal discomfort, but it isn't really that painful.  It's just scary not knowing what it is.  The nurse told me she would call me back in a few minutes after she talked it over with Dr. Wu.

When she called back, she said they had also consulted with Dr. Amato and neither doctor was too alarmed as it is not fresh blood, but they do want me to come in tomorrow morning for an ultrasound.  They want to provide me with some reassurance that all is well and to see if they can find the source of the spotting.  They also want me to take it easy for the rest of the evening.  Not bed rest exactly, but to stay off my feet if possible and no exercise.  Hubby and I were planning to have a movie date tonight, but I had already made the decision to stay home, so this was no problem.

I am so glad they are being proactive and bringing me in on a Saturday, although I am really disappointed Hubby won't be able to go to the appointment with me (it's another softball weekend of course).  I was looking forward to having him there with me when we find out if there is one or two babies.  I also would much rather have him with me if I get bad news, but I guess I've been down that road before so I know I can handle it.  The nurse did caution me that it will probably be too early to detect the heartbeat.  I will be 6 weeks tomorrow, but the heartbeat usually doesn't pick up until about 6 1/2 weeks.  Our first ultrasound was originally scheduled for Wednesday.  I hope that after tomorrow we still have need for that appointment.  Ugh.  This is scary stuff.

In other news, our local paper selects an All Polk County Softball team, basically the all stars for our area, and three of my players were selected and I was named Polk County Coach of the Year!  It doesn't really mean anything, but it is nice to get the recognition and I am so happy for my players.

I also was selected by a few blogger friends for the Super Sweet Blogger Award, which is super sweet of them!  This happened last week, but I have not had time to post about this yet, although I am really looking forward to it and to passing the award on to others.

Thank you for hanging in there with me, even though I am not posting very often.  I appreciate the well wishes from all of you more than words can say and I am so thankful for your friendship.

27 comments:

  1. i have been waiting for an update. glad you are well. and keep us posted on the US. if you are using any progesterone support they always cause spotting so i would not get too worried. but seriously how can you not worry in this process?!

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    1. I am doing PIO injections, but that never caused spotting before. I know it's fairly common, but you are right, how can we NOT worry?

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  2. I'm glad they're getting you in tomorrow. Sending good thoughts!

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    1. Thanks. I am so glad to get the u/s tomorrow too, if only to help me not to worry so much!

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  3. Praying for you! I saw a hb at 6 weeks 2 days. I hope you have reassurance tomorrow!

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    1. Thank you! I hope I do get to see the heartbeat, but I'll only be 6 weeks even, so I'm not going to hold my breath on that one.

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  4. I had spotting for a few weeks. Freaked me out but it ended up being no big deal. I think as long as it's brown it's not a problem. I sort of got used to it as part of my normal. I had a blood clot so they just told me to take it easy. Not exactly bed rest but nothing strenuous. I hope you get some reassurance tomorrow and you get lucky and see the heartbeat(s). I got heartbeats at 6w2d.

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    1. Jen did you have any cramping with the spotting? I just feel kind of a lot of pressure in my girl parts. I don't know what to think about it, but I'll find out tomorrow!

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    2. I know I had cramping off and on during those early weeks. Not sure if it was at the same time as the spotting (I seem to remember saying no when my RE asked if I was cramping) It was nothing intense. It always just felt a little like things were growing and settling so that part never bothered me.

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  5. So sorry about the bleeding. Of course stuff like that always has to happen, doesn't it? How scary and frustrating. I'm praying right now that you are able to sleep soundly tonight and that you'll have a strong feeling of peace about the situation. I'll also be praying that the appointment goes very smoothly tomorrow and that everything will look perfect. Please keep us updated.

    Hugging you through the screen...

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    1. Thank you so much for the prayers and the hug Em. It really means a lot. I can feel the hug coming through the screen :)

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  6. Sounds like you have been so busy and congratulations on all of your successes, Polk County Coach of the Year, Super Sweet Blogger (of course!) and
    U of O's team camp!!!! All very exciting.
    Sending much love and prayers your way. I hope you are being able to rest tonight and can go and get some peace of mind tomorrow at the ultrasound! I will be anxiously waiting to come home tomorrow evening and find out if there is one or two little ones! How exciting! Sending lots of hugs and good wishes! Auntie

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    1. Hopefully all goes well this morning and I won't be able to update on how the appointment went because I'll be busy with softball for the rest of the weekend. However, if they tell me I need to take it easy and just come home, I'm going to do that. But don't panic if you don't hear from me!

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  7. You might have them run a P4 just to make sure your progesterone level isn't low, that can cause spotting.. My first thought was you have twins in there, lots of girls that had twins spotted early on, you did good drinking lots of water and getting those feet up! Sending up some well wishes for you, but I think you are gonna be just fine! Can't wait to hear how your u/s goes as hard as it is, try not to worry (too much!) HUGS!!!

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    1. Thank you! I've been thinking about that P4. I will ask about it, but not sure if the lab is open since its a weekend. I'll be finding out in just 3 hours if there is one or two!

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  8. Ugh, so sorry that there's bleeding to stress you out and worry you. But your doctors are on top of it and don't seem too worried, so I'm sure it's going to be ok. But maybe it's a sign that you need to take it easy, you've been doing a lot! Softball coaching isn't easy! I'll be anxiously awaiting your update.

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    1. I'm not actually doing a lot of coaching. That is my husbands job for this team. I'm hardly even in the dugout during our games. I'm sitting in the stands talking to the college coaches. I don't do much at practice either, except monitor hitting stations. I'm not pitching batting practice anymore, I only hit grounders/fly balls occasionally (twice so far in the past month), and I don't have them throw to me anymore just to eliminate any risk. I definitely don't feel that softball is overly taxing, other that the time commitment.

      The fact that the docs didn't seem too worried is reassuring, but then again, they are having me go in on a Saturday, so I'm not sure what to think about that. I will find out in about 3 hours!

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    2. Although I did stupidly get hit in the back with a softball the other day, which of course worried me a lot! But then I thought of my sister being pregnant with 3 young kids at home already. I know very well she gets hit in the stomach periodically by those rambunctious boys all the time. Life happens. But I do try to be overly cautious on the softball field.

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  9. Your softball schedule alone makes me tired. I have no idea how you manage this. Of course I am sure it makes things so much easier doing something you absolutely love!

    Good luck this morning on your u/s and I am hoping with all my heart that you see your beautiful perfect baby on the screen. I am sorry that have to go alone though.

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    1. Haha! Thanks T. We do stay very busy with softball, that is for sure, but it's been our life for the past 20 years. It's just who we are. I love the fact that it is something that Hubby and I get to share together.

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  10. Glad to see you're doing well (besides the spotting scare - hope they figure that out tomorrow!) I can't believe how much you're doing with work, softball, and trying to have a life with your husband, it makes me exhausted just to read about it.

    I'm glad your players are doing well and it's awesome that you got nominated as coach of the year - congratulations!

    I hope you'll have time to update today and let us know that everything is ok with the babie(s)

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    1. I only work part time, so that really isn't a very big deal, and I have every Friday off. It's just that on the days I do work, I have to be there at 6:00am. I don't like early mornings, but it's nice to get off early afternoon! Basically, my life with my husband IS softball. We've been coaching together for about 10 years now and it is a lot of fun.

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  11. Its great to hear an update from you!! Keeping you in my prayers for a good appointment today :)

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  12. I can totally understand why the spotting would be so stressful. I am glad to read about everyone else's pregnancy experiences because while spotting is stressful, it also seems normal. I'm glad your Dr. is getting you in tomorrow. I hope you have a great weekend xo

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    1. That's the only thing keeping me sane right now, that they say spotting is normal.

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  13. I am so far behind on all my blogs and am just now getting caught up! First off, congratulations!!!!!!! Soooo exciting! 2nd, how did I not realize you and I went to the same clinic at ohsu?! Dr.Patton was my doctor but dr.lee did my retrieval and Dr.Amato did the transfer, while Dr.Wu was the main one that monitored me. Love their team!

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