[full of it]


Posted in Uncategorized by susieyarbs on May 13, 2010

oh hey, i’m pregnant! i’m going to see if i can answer every question that’s been asked of me in one fell swoop.

“how did you find out?”
i peed on a stick. i think what you’re really asking is, “were you trying?” or “was it a surprise?” in which case the answer is, we were trying. and it wasn’t as easy as one might expect, but i might write more about that later.

“how long have you known?”
about two months. everybody tells you to hold off spreading the news until the second trimester, you know, “just in case,” and i figured i’m close enough.

“how far along are you?”
based on my LMP, i am 11 weeks and 6 days. i’m not getting any kind of early/dating ultrasounds, so this is as close to exact as we’re getting.

“how do you feel?”
like hammered dog shit. throwing up maybe 4-5 mornings a week, nausea almost all day. worse than the nausea is the exhaustion — it’s overwhelming. i want to sleep for fourteen hours and then take a nap. at work i can barely put one foot in front of the other. i’ve never had mono, but i imagine it feels something like this. in fact, all of my recent entries complaining about work making me tired is really pregnancy making me tired, and work exaggerating it. that being said, it is starting to get a little better. oh, and also, my skin is suddenly a desert. so dry, so itchy. yesterday i got some coconut oil and shea butter, mixed them together and microwaved them to make it a liquid, then smeared myself. twice.

“what about your RA?”
i stopped taking my meds as soon as we found out. all of the ones i was taking were “safe” during pregnancy anyway, so i don’t really have to worry about any exposure it may have had. the humira stays in your system for about ten weeks, so it’s just now clearing out. i should get a remission starting in my second trimester. pregnancy does something that relieves autoimmune conditions. i’ve read that pregnancy suppresses your immune system and that’s why it helps, and i’ve also read that it just heightens your body’s differentiation of self and non-self. even though i don’t think the remission is in full swing yet, i still feel pretty good. no handstands or lunges, but it’s not really slowing me down.

“OMG are you/john/[family member] sooooooo excited?”

“when are you due?”
november 26, day after thanksgiving.

“when are you finding out the sex?”
we’re not. surprise! and no, i have no motherly intuition about which it is, nor do i have a preference.

“have you had any cravings?”
no, not cravings per se, just things that i can actually eat. the ultimate cliche, pickles, being one of them.

what else? we found midwives we like. it’s two women, we’ve met both of them now and they’re fantastic. we had my first appointment about a week ago. all appointments are done in your home, which is also fantastic. it was mostly paperwork, then poking on my belly, nothing super exciting.

i started eating gluten again. just a few days ago. trying to find food i could stomach was a challenge in itself, and restricting it to gluten free things was literally making me cry. i was eating the same foods over and over and it was killing me. anyway, i’m still not eating a lot of it, definitely not nearly as much as i was before. so far my joints feel the same.

so, there you have it. lil baby yarbs!


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  1. anne said, on May 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm


    can’t wait to say hi to bay-bee yarbs in person next week. love you!

  2. Rachel Austin said, on May 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Yay! I’m so excited for you! Love ya.

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