Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hormones are bad news

Now, I don't want it to sound like my part of this pregnancy is even comparable to my wife's, so remember that as I complain a bit.

Hormones and constant morning sickness do not make a pleasant person. It also is a recipe for drastic changes in mood. It's not too pleasant, mostly for her, but I get some collateral damage as well.

So we're at about the 7th week now. Our fist OB appointment is for this Wednesday where we should know more details. My wife is getting constant nausea, but hasn't thrown up yet. I don't know if that's good or bad, as I'm thinking that vomiting may alleviate some of the nausea. Or it could just be a peak of discomfort and go right back to the nausea she's been having.

So far we've found quite a few useful tools for dealing with the nausea.
  • Ginger of all types. She's been eating lots of Ginger Chews and that has helped in a quick response, short term. Also ginger root pills.
  • Tea has helped quite a bit. She's been drinking Peppermint tea, Ginger Tea, and the Yogi tea for would be mothers
  • Lemon sniffing. Sniffing a fresh lemon helps quite a bit. It's another quick fix for sudden nausea.
  • Lots of bread types of products. Whole grain toast, whole grain bagels, saltines are all very helpful.
  • Taking Unisom and B6 vitamins. Unisom is a class A drug, as is B6 so no worries there. Taking a half pill twice a day has helped quite a bit with nausea as well as sleep.
  • Massage has helped quite a bit. Anything from hands and feet, to legs, back, and shoulders. Stay away from the front, chances are she's tender/sore and won't like that.
  • Sour candy works pretty well. She's mostly been using green apple Jolly Ranchers. They last a while and work fairly well.
  • Eating 6-8 times a day in small doses. It's important to keep up nutrition, but not all at once. Having something in the stomach keeps it under control.
  • Lemon flavored seltzer water has done pretty good. Some other bubbly drinks include real ginger ale and root beer.
We still have plenty of things to try out, and as we find some I'll post them here.

Monday, November 10, 2008


So we've got official scientific opinion now, we're pregnant! It's scary and awesome all at once. I really can't wait for that day, which is projected to be near the end of July. It's really hard to put emotions to words right now. It's an awesome mix of emotions that are stirring up.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

All quiet on the southern front

So it's been a few days since we had implantation bleeding, or what we think is implantation bleeding. That means in a few days we'll be able to get an accurate reading on a pregnancy test. I'm really quite excited as this means we'll be well on our way.

I really feel that this is it. I think we've been successful in our efforts, and now it's a matter of cultivating that baby into a healthy being.

On another note, there is more news on early detection of autism. Autism is one of the scariest things about having a child for me. Early detection leads to early treatment and a more effective treatment. This is promising, but really finding what causes it has to be a priority.

I've read theories on vaccinations, which has been disproved, on TV, more research needed, pesticides, and about a million other things. What I believe is that it is more of a combination. For instance, hormones or pesticides or some chemical in our food weakens the mind and makes it susceptible to damage done by TV. Not to say that's my exact theory, but it has to be a combination, otherwise it would be easier to figure out.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Potential positive

Another piece of good news, the wife thinks she is positive. She's getting implantation bleeding, or what she thinks is implantation bleeding. I'm super excited and over joyed at the prospect.

Election night

The wife and I sent out and voted Obama today. It's exciting this year, and it is hard for me to tell if I'm really inspired by Obama, or if I'm more inspired by the prospect that this will affect my child.

Obama is a positive leader. He thinks long term, and does not seem to do things on the short term. He is a big thinking, and a thoughtful thinker. We haven't had leadership like this since I've been alive, and I'm really excited at the potential that lies in the future.

This shows that anyone, if they are gifted enough and driven enough can become president. The final frontier is now a woman in the white house, and I hope to live to see that day.

The other thing that has inspired me is watching video of Obama taking his two daughters to the voting. He teaches them the importance of their voice, and that's something I can't wait to teach my children.