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Erin and her son Lincoln

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Delivering Worries

Written by Erin Hill. Posted in Diaper Duty

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Baby is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 18!

While I’m excited, my nerves have got the best of me. I wasn’t nervous having my son. I suppose it’s because I had an awesome pregnancy, and I was ignorant to any complications that could have occurred during delivery and after. I purposefully didn’t read up on any of that and put my faith in my doctor and her guidance.

As you may know, this pregnancy was a whole lot different that my first. However, everything I went through wasn’t pregnancy related. Maybe that’s good? With my son, my thought was “Ah! What could go wrong?” With this one, it’s “What WILL go wrong?”

I’m getting a c-section again and since I had my appendix out in Sept., I’m told it’ll be a bit more complicated this time. Scar tissue is forming, and I may still be healing so there are challenges for the doctor.

A lot of people keep telling me that I’ve been through enough so I’ll be OK. Well, why would my “troubles” stop? Ever since my surgery, I’ve been hit with pains, infections, the flu, and a bladder infection. Every week it was something so I can’t help but think it’ll continue once I have another surgery and a baby! And, I can’t even start on my concerns for baby and all she’s been subjected to. I’m anxious to hear her cry and for them to tell me she’s perfect.

But, I’m pushing those thoughts aside as best I can. I’m going to have a baby! YAY!

How did you cure your worries about your deliveries?

(The next time you read a post from me, I’ll be a mother of TWO!)

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Begin the Countdown to Baby 2

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I’m due November 25, but scheduling a C-section for the week before. So, today marks LESS than a month until baby 2, or Baby Dosa, arrives! Yipee!

It’s so strange how different this second time has been. Not so much with how I’m feeling physically, but just the stuff we didn’t get to do as far as the thinking and planning. There has just been so much going on – so much more than I expected. When you’re busy with a three-year-old, renovations, getting your appendix out, and rolling into the holidays, it really takes the time away from baby dreaming and planning.

I am very excited now. (Not that I wasn’t before, I just forgot to be!) Finally, I’m pulling out the baby stuff and getting it ready. Little onesies and pants and socks are appearing and getting washed and organized and put away. I was smart enough to pull everything out early and assess our situation, make lists of what we needed to buy and do, and get rid of the stuff I know we won’t be using. Now, it’s crunch time, but I'm not stressing. I know baby will come when she comes, and she'll have what she needs -- ME!

What did you do your last month before baby? Was it really different the second (or third, or fourth) time around?

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When do you teach them to 'just say no'?

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Addiction is in my family and while I don’t obsess over it (yet), I often worry that Lincoln has this terrible disease. I feel crazy sometimes, but I’ve seen this disease ruin a life (and really mess with some other people’s), and it’s pretty much the number one thing I worry about happening to Linc. Out of all that could happen I worry most that he’ll become an addict.

How and when does this discussion about drugs and alcohol come up? I’m not going to talk to a three-year-old about it, but what about when he’s six? Seven? My family member started chewing tobacco at 10 and was in to drugs and alcohol at 14. When asked why, he says “I just felt like doing it. So I did for 26 years.” Today, he has been sober for almost two years.

I’ve never done illegal drugs, and I’m not sure how much I have to offer with a don’t-do-drugs speech except to use some examples of my family member’s life. How much of an impact will that have? Addiction is a disease. If he’s got it, how can it be stopped? From what I’ve experiences, it has nothing to do with your class, education or upbringing. It just is.

I believe I never did drugs because I never had the opportunity, I never really gave in to peer pressure of any kind, and I just had to take one look at my family member, who was deep in his addiction when I was in junior high and high school, to know I did not want that. My parents never talked to me about drugs.

When and how have you talked to your kids about drugs and alcohol?

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It's an appendix!

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The last few weeks have been -- uhhh -- eventful. I had an appendectomy on September 14. (Reminder: I’m pregnant – 29 weeks at that time.)

Now, I'm going to go into this story only to back up my plea to all the moms out there to PLEASE listen to yourself! Moms have a reputation for putting their own issues on the back burner for the good of the family. I shake off an ache here or a sore throat there and keep pushing to get dinner ready or Lincoln to gymnastics. It's what we do. Sometimes (usually, I hope) it's OK. Sometimes, it isn't. This time for me, it wasn't the thing to do, and I knew it even if others didn't.

I had gone to the emergency room on the 10th complaining of stomach and side pain. I was sent home that day only to return the 13th because I wasn’t better. My head, my heart and my pain told me to go back.

At my first visit I was told I had the flu and probably pulled a muscle from being sick. I wasn’t that sick and pretty much begged them to keep looking for something. They said they did all they could (ultrasound, some GI stuff, etc.), and I should go home, take Tylenol and apply heat to my side. I went home and did what they told me to do. I figured I went there for help and that they are trying to help so I'll listen. I never got better.

When I came back on the 13th, I had a CT scan. This was ordered by my OB, but not the greatest thing to do on a pregnant woman. I assume that's why this usual (on only) next step for a non-pregnant person wasn't taken the first time. The CT scan showed I had appendicitis. Surgery followed the next morning where it was found out that my appendix had actually burst but contained itself (and all the "junk") in a sack. This could have been a lot worse. I was given medicine to prevent preterm labor and also some shots to develop baby girl’s lungs, brains and bowels in case she made her debut since abdominal surgery is risky when they’ve got a big baby to work around.

So, I tell you this tale because I want to make sure you listen to yourself. I sort of did but didn’t in this situation at first. For whatever reason baby and I were protected from something very serious – had I waited it out any long, I may not have been able to write this blog post for you or had some kind of different news to report to you all about baby girl. I thought I had gone to the right place where they could help a pregnant lady (I won’t tell you where, but you can probably guess), but that particular doctor was a little scared of the situation – or so I was told by my OB.

I’m on the mend. Baby girl is kicking away in there and as far as anyone can tell, she’s unharmed and waiting for late Nov. to meet us all. I hope the decisions I made these last few weeks for her were good ones. I wasn't prepared to make life or death decisions just yet for her or myself, frankly.

Did any of you have an appendectomy while pregnant? Anyone have any surgeries while pregnant?

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'Tude in the Womb

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I never put together that how a baby is in the womb could be an indication of how the kid will be out of there. Baby #2 is very different in there than Lincoln was, and when I think back, his time in my belly was a pretty good sneak peek into the little guy he is today.

Linc is a nice, calm, sweet little boy. He didn’t move much when he was baking, but I attributed that later to the fact that he had no room (remember, the boy was 10 lbs, 7 ounces and 24 inches long at birth). He doesn’t get upset easily and is pretty laid back. Hallelujah. I am blessed. He’s exactly the same now as he was during those first nine months plus.

This girl, however, is worrying me. She moves constantly. Honestly, constantly. If something rests on her (my computer, my desk, my pants) she kicks like heck. “Get it off! Get it off!” What’s she going to be like on the outside? Crazy!?!

Were your kids actions in the womb an indication of how they were as babies or were the two very different?

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