The Old-Fashioned

I love old movies. When Animal and Mineral were about 18 months old, and we went through that phase with twins were you can’t.go.anywhere (twin moms know what I’m talking about) we watched old movies every day. Mostly musicals, like Sound of Music, Singin’ in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and The Music Man. We watched them over and over. (Years later, when my sister-in-law and brother-in-law’s son was a few years old, we asked what we could get him for a holiday or birthday gift. My sister-in-law said he’d like some videos — but she specified not to get any musicals.)

My children consider me old fashioned because I will not get them a Wi*i, DS, Ninte*ndo, etc. We only have two TVs — one downstairs, and one in our guest room. We eat dinner together every night that we’re all home. While I cook, I wear a really cute paisley apron I got online.

I let my kids run all over the neighborhood with their friends, which is not very au current. It hearkens back to my own childhood, when I did the same thing. (Nowadays, I could probably be arrested for it.)

I found out I was pregnant with #5 in much the same old fashioned manner: I went to the doctor because I felt sick, and he told me.

Yes.

Overall, I felt exhausted and unmotivated. I didn’t want to take the kids out. I didn’t want to cook. I didn’t want to blog — obviously, since I didn’t for a few weeks. I actually told My Chemical Romance that I thought I might be having a depression; I didn’t feel sad but I just wanted to sleep.

My first step was seeing the hematologist. I was certain that my general exhaustion and lethargy was due to low iron. I don’t know who was more surprised when my hemoglobin came back at 12.1 — nice and high — him or me. He asked me a few other questions, but we didn’t determine anything, and I left with a shrug and a promise to come back if I didn’t feel better in a few weeks.

Next I called an endocrinologist. I told the nurse my symptoms, and talked about my thyroid issues post weight loss surgery, and she said it sounded like an endocrine issue, but I needed a referral from my primary care provider first.

I saw him the next day. I said, “I’m so tired I can’t keep my eyes open.” I said that after I sat up, from laying down on the examination table with my arm over my eyes, trying to catch a few minutes of sleep. He had me pee in a cup and give a blood sample. Then he came back in and told me I was pregnant.

Yes, I was shocked. Yes, I was surprised. No, I wasn’t planning on being pregnant, and being pregnant after weight loss surgery. No, when I was eating vico*din sandwiches after my recent surgery, I didn’t realize I was pregnant. My cycles have been messed up — forget it, I don’t need to share that much info. I’m pregnant. That’s really all you need to know.

I’m due in mid-December. I’m having a homebirth, although I’m also seeing a homebirth-tolerant OB because of my weight loss surgery. I’m going to have growth scans every two months, which grates my “ultrasound is dangerous” belief, but they are medically prudent. I am going to wear a sleep mask during the scans so I don’t find out the sex.

I’m not quite “excited” yet, but I’m kind of looking forward to doing the things I haven’t done before: not finding out the sex; extended breast-feeding; elimination communication; cosleeping. I’m trying to focus on those exciting things. And, other than the tiredness, I feel fantastic. No sickness, no nausea, no heartburn or indigestion. I feel great.

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6 Responses

  1. W T F!!!! OMG!!!!!!

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    congrats!! Aren’t you going to have to monitor your nutrition like crazy because of the weight loss surgery? What are the complications you need to watch for? And how far along again? Weren’t you stopping at 4?

  2. LOL! I remember our no-musicals conversation. Nathan LOATHES them, so he’d never allow Chris or me to watch one if he’s in earshot. He’s musically challenged in every sense of the phrase!

  3. Awwwwwwww Erica – I am so excited for you!! (and you will get there soon!!) You told me not too long ago that you wanted another baby (and while I didn’t say it, I was thinking that you were a little crazy – but I have to admit now that you are – it sounds amazing!)! As I told you before I am the middle child of 5 kids and am grateful for all of the siblings!!

    As an adult, it is really wonderful to have so many siblings, including an older sister (from my dad’s first marriage) thaI I only met about 6 years ago. We all miss our parents but having each other makes it a little easier.

    BTW – being a December baby myself (12/31) I can tell you that the little guy/gal is in good company 🙂

  4. Holy moly mama – CONGRATULATIONS!!! So excited for you – now send some of that baby dust my way 🙂

  5. Congratulations, Erika! How exciting! I hope that your energy is back to normal soon – I missed your blogging 🙂

    P.S. – I thought it was funny that you deemed a discussion about your messed up cycle to be TMI. After sharing the intimate details of your toilet time and ass adventures, that seems tame 🙂

  6. Congratulations! And how fantastic that it’s all going well, I hope it continues this way and you have a healthy and safe pregnancy, birth and baby.

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