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Epi what? (And a Chicken Update)

03/27/2013

Belle

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Unlike my eyes, this Vegan Food Truck did not suck. I had a vegan Frito Burrito and holy hell it was good. I’d like another one right about now actually…

It feels like I’ve been away from this space for ages. I had hoped to post when I got home from Texas on Monday but I was exhausted from the trip and drained from round, what is it, four? five? six? of eye drama. While in Texas I noticed that half the white on my left eye was super red and blood shot. Cue major freak out. I feel so bad for my friend- I tried to solider on and put my worries aside but think I failed miserably. (I’m sorry 😦 )

Monday I got home and promptly called my specialist in Louisville and made an appointment for Tuesday at 2 p.m. By Tuesday morning the eye was looking and feeling a little better, but still had that heavy, grainy feeling of inflammation that I’ve come to know so well. I did not, however, have light sensitivity or a uveitis headache (these are pretty distinct) so I was baffled. Maybe it was just a burst blood vessel since I’m pregnant and pregnancy has blessed me with all these damn spider veins all over my face and body (have I written about this? I should. It’s distressing).

Turns out I was wrong on both accounts – not uveitis nor a burst blood vessel. Instead I have a new type of eye inflammation to add to my list. Welcome Episcleritis or inflammation of the white part of my eye. In normal people this just happens and goes away, but in uveitis patients it should be monitored to make sure it does not “spill over” into the iris and lead to uveitis. I left with instructions to rest the eye, keep it moist with drops and not wear contacts until it clears up.

I’m so relieved this is not a uveitis flare, but am incredibly annoyed that I now show a second kind of immune-related ocular inflammation. Please, can a girl catch a break?

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Homer Simpson belly front and center. All I need is a can of Duff Beer.

Otherwise, it was so good to see my beautiful Texan friend. She will be getting married in mid-May and, sadly, I just can’t make it due to pregnancy and the financial stress of our upcoming move. We spent the weekend talking wedding plans, helping her find outfits for her engagement shoot and then she tried on her wedding dress for me which was so freaking stunning! I can’t wait to see her wedding photos and to see the “first look” pictures as I know she is going to knock her fiance off his feet!

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They have an adorable dog whose ears made me crack up every time he looked at me!

In Chicken news: the lump is continuing to grow. I bumped it on the plane on Monday, which was weird and left me sort of annoyed with myself. I’m still uncomfortable with this new Homer Simpson shape.

On Saturday my right boob decided that it was time to make a humongous mess and spent the entire day leaking more than either boob has leaked before. We are talking serious leakage people – like so much leakage that by the end of the day my bra was wet and uncomfortable. Boobs have been quiet and relatively leak-free since then. Such a strange thing!

I’ve been feeling the Chicken dancing away in my snugly ute for quite a while now. I have come to love these little pokes and prods and am starting to notice a regular sleep/wake pattern. The movements are always these  adorable “Awwwww! Chicken dance!” moments.  Friends and acquaintances have all said that these movements would eventually become uncomfortable and annoying but I just didn’t believe them. Surely Chicken Dances would always be a joy.

Hahahahahaha! Keep telling yourself that, Belle. Last night while snuggling down in the life raft (a.k.a. my pregnancy pillow) the Chicken did something and I found myself gasping and saying, out loud, “Gross!”

How terrible is that? It just felt… gross. This was the first time in this pregnancy that I have been extremely aware that there is another human inside of me. This is not some cute little embryo anymore. This is not the tiny three inch person I saw so many months ago on the ultrasound screen. No, this is a human, with two arms and two long legs and a very large head courtesy of the Professor. It was a very strange moment and a very strange feeling. I’m not looking forward to the next time he/she flops around like that!

Did anyone else have a defining moment where baby movements went from “awww” to “eeeeewwwww?” Anyone else have a boob that went bat shit crazy for 24 hours and leaked all over the place, just to quiet back down again like nothing was happening?

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  1. Shelley #
    March 27, 2013

    I know it must feel enormous to you but your belly still looks so itty bitty to me! Seriously, if we were side by side, people would think I’m due tomorrow compared to you! Crazy that we’re less than two weeks apart (ish- I think?). Never had any boob leakage, which I’m honestly a little disappointed by – I wonder if that means you’ll have an easier time breastfeeding? And never had an “eww” reaction to Turtle’s movements, but definitely “ow” and “whoa,” in addition to “aww.” I don’t think the aww will ever go away honestly. Feeling movements is the best part of pregnancy as far as I’m concerned!

  2. March 27, 2013

    I love the Homer Simpson belly- it’s adorable!!

    Sorry to hear about yet another thing wrong with your eye, but hopefully it clears up soon. 😦

  3. jak #
    March 27, 2013

    chicken bump is looking great!! it is still nice and compact. you make me look like i’m 2 months ahead instead of 2 weeks ahead. everyone tells me (politely) that i look like i swallowed a basketball. definitely jealous. i think my uterus is now overlapping my ribcage when seated. the next 3 months are going to be awesome, hahaha.

    love the dog photo! we’ve got a shep/malinois and his ears are off the hook. he moves them around independently like radar to keep track of the sounds around him.

    sorry to hear about your eyes:( i had a bad swelling episode with contacts and so have been sticking to glasses only for a year now with no swelling or other scariness, hopefully that works for you too. do you think it could be allergy related? have you ever been to TX this time of year before? perhaps the current allergens there are not what you’re used to and arent effectively squelched by your allergy meds?

    • March 27, 2013

      Ha! The Chicken lump looks compact b/c of how I’m sitting. Trust me… I’m a master at positioning myself in photos to minimize 🙂 I also had only had breakfast that morning. Lump gets more lumpy as the day goes on!

      The eyes stink, but I’m glad its not uveitis. I asked about allergies and they said that given my history, it was most likely immune related. If this particular kind of inflammation comes back a second time they will run more tests. As for right now, we’ll just let it run its course and heal slowly. Hopefully this is a one-time thing. I did a quick bit of Googling and saw a few mentions of a potential correlation between episcleritis and hormonal fluctuations, which would make the most sense.

      • jak #
        March 27, 2013

        ohhhhh. that would make sense (hormonal fluctuations, etc). but if that does explain, wonder why it wasnt triggered with all the ivf meds? maybe those just arent the right kind of hormones…?

        • March 27, 2013

          You know, I’d have to check my chart, but I think I did have a small flare after my IVF retrieval. I also know I flared after having OHSS and after my miscarriage. I’ve always linked it up to stress, but I wonder if drastic hormonal shifts could also trigger. autoimmune flares. There is so little research on this stuff!

  4. Shinara #
    March 27, 2013

    Blue bonnets!!! Boy you two are living dangerously sitting on the ground like that. I remember fire ants everywhere, when I visited Texas last.

    Hmmmm….maybe I need to go get that bigger bra now after reading about your leaking episode. I’m two weeks behind you, too, and no leakage yet. I hate bras and mine will be too tight for extra “pads”. Bras are devices from hell. I want to be FREEEEE! Ok, enough of that.

    My booter boots and “swims” in noticeable patterns, too. Every couple days, though, the little one’s very quiet and I wonder where is the little baby? There were three days where I felt nothing; so, I took matters into my own hands and I woke the booger up. I was in the car and decided to put on some booty ass kicking music. Well, that worked! So, now, whenever I come home from work, I put on the Gypsy Kings or something equally danceable and the little one starts dancing! Yay! If nothing else I will give birth to a guitar playing fiend who’ll make the ladies or men melt. ..because s/he’ll have my husband’s eyes.

    By the way, according to my Chinese sister-in-law, big heads in babies are a good sign for a smart babe. So you have a genius percolating in there! 😉

  5. March 27, 2013

    That sucks about the new eye problem. I hope it clears up soon and without any further complications.

    I honestly wish I could say that I’ve had the boob leakage problem. Because of my breast reduction surgery I’ve been very worried that I won’t be able to breastfeed at all and was really bummed that nothing was coming out of my boobs. That didn’t seem like a hopeful sign. But the other day I decided to try squeezing them myself and, lo and behold, liquid came out! I was so excited I wanted to tell everyone. lol

    As for gross fetal movement…for the most part I love it and never get tired of it, but I had one incident where the baby kicked my cervix (I can’t wait for this kid to move out of the breach position!) and I could feel a gush of CM hit my underwear. Ewwwww.

  6. March 27, 2013

    Wow, I can’t believe you can feel so much movement when your bump still looks so little! Yeah, I’m actually grossed out right now at the thought of a grape-sized fetus in me, so I can’t imagine how creepy it’ll be when the thing starts moving and I can see it from the OUTSIDE. Anyway, glad to hear the breathing issues and eye issues are under control — I was panicking that your lack of posting meant something bad! Phew!

  7. heatherwallen #
    March 27, 2013

    Hi there, I think I’m either one day ahead or behind you (can never remember – I’m 26w3d) and my pokes and prods from the twins have also taken on a less than cute feel from time to time recently as well. The one that gets me the most is the deep inside mash on my bladder (or cervix? no idea) that just feels … disturbing. Then there’s also the “get out from under my ribs please” problem, but I think that has to do with the fact that there are two of them in there 🙂

  8. March 27, 2013

    You look adorable!!

    The last month or so of my pregnancy I would get these crazy multi-location flops where I could feel a sudden movement under my ribs AND in my lady parts. Those always made me stop in my tracks and gasp. They weren’t painful per se, but very ‘take the wind out of you” worthy. I always loved feeling her moving in there- it was always reassuring, and to me, such a special time to have my little buddy in there wherever I went.

  9. March 27, 2013

    Yes, when Apple’s foot felt like it was going to punch out through my bum I was kind of grossed out haha

  10. March 28, 2013

    Yes! I definitely remember moments of eeew-ness and thinking that the movements in my tummy were actually quite gross and creepy. Some of the weirdest movements were being kicked in the vagina, from the inside!! Those always made me jump.
    Enjoy all of the movements anyway!! 🙂

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