New, 41 and unexpectedly pregnant with #4

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Registered: 10-12-2010
New, 41 and unexpectedly pregnant with #4
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Thu, 12-15-2011 - 7:04am

Hello, ladies!

I'm Brie, mom to Libby/19, Will/15, and Jake/11. Found out last week that we're going to have a baby in August. Was totally thrown for a loop with this news. I keep track of my cycle with an app on my berry, and last week I was having normal AF symptoms, but then I was having like a reverse period -- you know, the kind of bleeding that's really implantation. Took 2 days for me to look at my berry and check when I should be having AF, and discovered that I was 10 days late. Took a HPT and then just sat there for a minute dazed. I'm sure I looked very comical. Never a camera crew around when I need one. LOL

I've had two MCs and a very difficult pregnancy with Jake (had emergency abdominal surgery at about 8 weeks with him). With both the 2nd MC and Jake I had low progesterone, so, called the doc right after I found out I was pregnant and had my first ob visit the next day. First U/S (everything looks good, measured right at what I should) and bloodwork, and doc put me on progesterone as a precaution. Bloodwork came back great for HCG, but my progesterone was 16.7 so I'm on progesterone until February. I'm not throwing up, but I have nausea 24/7. Work is insane this time of year, so I'm exhausted, not sleeping well, feeling icky, and the nurse offered to put me on an anti-emetic when she called with the test results on Tuesday -- started that yesterday and already feel better. I'm also taking my prenatal at night with a big glass of OJ or grapefruit juice and hoping that will help some, too.

We just moved to TX this summer, and I was able to bring my job with me from NC, so that's a huge blessing. With all this OT I cannot imagine having to be out and about and among people for 10+ hours a day. Not having to be dressed is also a nice bonus. ;)

Everyone is thrilled that they're getting a new brother/sister. It was iffy for the boys at first, but Libby was on board immediately. My husband was shocked, but excited. We're both nervous given my history and my age, but trying to remain positive. And we've told about everyone. I'm not a good secret keeper. I also don't believe in waiting until it's safe. I don't feel there is a safe in pregnancy, not really.

Anyhoo, that's me. Looking forward to getting to know everyone!

Brie


Brie
Mom to Libby/17, William/12, and Jacob/8

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Registered: 11-01-2011
Fri, 12-16-2011 - 10:45am

Hi Brie!

Welcome and HUGE CONGRATS to you!

Wendy

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Registered: 10-12-2010
Fri, 12-16-2011 - 1:02pm

Thanks, Wendy. :)

I'm not really new to iVillage. I was here a looooong time ago, 1999 when I had my 2nd MC (was CL of that board for a while), and then through my pregnancy with Jake (CL'd the July 2000 expecting/babies board for a bit), but then the kids started growing up, I was in college, and you know how it goes. Just didn't hit iV anymore... which is why it probably is registering me as new. I'll have to get busy in photoshop and make a cute sig! I do love futzing around with that sort of thing.

The ultrasound confirmed our EDD as August 8. We're in Texas though, so I want to deliver in July. You know, because we can do what we want! Did I mention that I've decided to have a girl this time? Yeah. ;) The kids are not going to be happy if I give them another brother. And, if we have a boy, we'll just blame it on Daddy. LOL.


Brie
Mom to Libby/17, William/12, and Jacob/8
Community Leader
Registered: 11-01-2011
Sat, 12-17-2011 - 10:32am

ahh.. well welcome back!

Wendy

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Registered: 12-19-2011
Mon, 12-19-2011 - 11:50pm
Hi, here finally! I have a daughter 23, and son 8, and number 3 due June 22. Things going well, have had 3 great u/s. Very excited as we had 2 empty sac pregnancies last year. Wish you all well!
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Registered: 04-06-2006
Tue, 12-20-2011 - 4:04am

Hi Brie, congratulations! You seem pretty upbeat about the whole thing. Glad to know your daughter is also supportive. I think that being over 40 is no big deal at all as long as your attitude is OK. Enjoy the experience!!

I am 41 myself and had a baby in Nov. 2010. Just came here to check in, since I used to come often...

Take care!

Molly

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Registered: 10-12-2010
Tue, 12-20-2011 - 9:32am
Oh, Texas is hot!!! We had one of the hottest summers on record this year, and broke a record for triple-digit temps with 45 days, and I think 23 of those were consecutive. Never experienced anything like it, and soooooo humid. Official hottest day was 109, but my Jeep hit 118 a few times (not sure how accurate, but it stayed that way for a few hours while we were driving). So yeah. It can be miserable for us non-natives. Native Texans don't seem to mind it as much. They're out walking/running, wearing long sleeves.

We moved here in June. Just in time for the heat and the drought. TX had a huge mess of wildfires this summer (a few very close to us), just read yesterday that over 1M trees died from the heat/fires. But, when it rains here, it RAINS. We've been getting a lot lately, so I'm hoping we'll get out of this drought. My grass looks like hell (I won't water, not when I have to pay the water bill).

How did you appt go yesterday?

Brie

Brie
Mom to Libby/17, William/12, and Jacob/8
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Registered: 10-12-2010
Tue, 12-20-2011 - 9:38am
Well, Molly, my sense of humor waxes and wanes, LOL. I'm very cranky lately. I'm just so tired, bloated, nauseous and my prenatal vite is wreaking havoc on my digestive system. I know a lot of this is just the progesterone, so come February when I come off it, I think things will be better. But, we're excited about the baby, for sure. Trying to keep my eye on the prize. :)

Brie
Mom to Libby/17, William/12, and Jacob/8
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Registered: 11-01-2011
Tue, 12-20-2011 - 10:19am

OMG... that's hot!

Wendy

Community Leader
Registered: 11-01-2011
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 10:51am

How are you feeling now?

Wendy

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Registered: 10-12-2010
Thu, 01-12-2012 - 6:09am
Hi, Wendy. Much better these days morning sickness wise... though I'm still exhausted and have such a hard time sleeping through the night (was working at 4:15am this morning because I cannot sleep; thank goodness I work from home and can do that, LOL). Have our 3rd ultrasound this morning, and also a blood test to check for Down's I guess. But, things seem to be going well so trying not to get worked up over that. I'll keep you posted.

How are the triplets? Do you have names for the two you know the gender for yet?

Brie

Brie
Mom to Libby/17, William/12, and Jacob/8

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