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My name is Kate and I am 24 years old living in the great state of Ohio with my husband Shane, our son Logan, 2 kittens Pickle & Kia, and we have a little girl to be named Heiland on the way!
My husband and I met online in Feb. 2012. We became instant friends and talked endlessly for 9 months before we actually started to date in Nov. 2012. Why did we wait so long to date? Some may say it is better to know a person inside and out before you commit yourself to them, others may say the distance had an issue with it, we just say, it was my fault. See, I was not exactly ready for a “committed committed going into the future” type of relationship just yet. I just got out of a nasty marriage and divorce and I needed time to find out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. Granted I made plenty of mistakes during this time but I do not regret them at all because I learned from each and everyone of them. It all made me stronger as a person and made me ready to settle down and plant some roots with someone. Anyways, we started dating. He lived 4 hours away from me & he would visit every chance he got. On Jan. 1, 2013 as the ball had just dropped in Times Square on TV he bent down on one knee, presented me with the most lovely ring I have ever seen and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I was no dummy, I said YES! As we started to make plans for my son and I to move to where he lived (he had the better job) and started to plan a wedding we realized that we did not need some big fancy wedding that would put us into debt or take 2 years to pay for and plan. On May 3, 2013 we went to a little tiny country church and got married. Only 2 people and the pastor were there and we would not have it any other way. The following week, we packed up the cars and started our new lives together as a family in southern Ohio.
My son is 5 years old and just started kindergarten and is doing so well! He has some behavior and learning disabilities but he does not let them hold him back from going for what he wants. He is a handful, I can assure you that! At 17 I got pregnant, the guy did not stick around and I was left with a choice. Adoption or to keep my son and it was not hard at all, keep. I knew that his biological father would never be in the picture or help us out in any mean but I was prepared for that & I was ready for the challenge. At 18, right after graduating high school I gave birth to my son. He was born with RDS (lungs were not fully developed) and that has caused some health issues as he grew older. Being a young mother I never really had the ability to grow up as those my own age around me, life was basically handed to me and I grew up and dealt with what I chose. I do not regret it. I do regret mistakes that I have made as a mother but all moms make mistakes and I think being a young mom you are bound to make more then as someone older who has been through life longer. You learn from them, you grow from them and you move past them. My son loves to talk, run, be the center of attention & anything Spiderman or Bumblebee from Transformers, he is obsessed with. Our relationship is the best! Him and Shane are amazing together. I could not ask for a better man to step up to the plate and take care and responsibility for a child he did not help create but love him so much as if he did. Logan loves him too!
This past Christmas we added on two very tiny additions to the family. Pickle and Kia are our kittens. We adopted them the day after Christmas and have had a joy with them ever since. Pickle is a boy and black and white. He is the playful, purring endlessly and antagonizer of the two. Kia is the girl and all black. She loves to cuddle, lick and be the main attraction. We adopted them just at 5 weeks old and can not wait to see how they grow up.
I am currently pregnant with our 2nd child. She came as a surprise & we love it! In August we found out I was pregnant and we knew we were in for a bumpy road. After Logan I had lost 3 pregnancies due to a very rare pregnancy disease that only effects .5%-2% of women. Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting with potential adverse consequences for the mom-to-be and the newborn(s). It lasts through out the entire pregnancy and sometimes leaves lasting health issues after the baby is born. At 5 weeks and 3 days HG set in for me & my OB/GYN started me on the basics for HG women. Trials of nausea medications. None worked and at 7 weeks I was in the hospital hooked up to IV’s for hydration and was being pumped with medicines to try and control the vomiting. After a few days stay, they sent me home with a home care nurse who would hook me up to an IV at home and I would have a pump in my stomach that would release medicine into my system every few minutes. The drug they had me on we found out I was allergic to once there was enough of it in my body. I almost died. We were told that our baby did not make it and were scheduled to have her taken out but we wanted one last ultrasound by a high risk specialist. They found a heart beat and our journey continued. At around 10 weeks I had lost 30+lbs, was unable to walk, talk, move and was having health issues. I was placed back into the hospital where they told me that I had gallstones due to the rapid weight loss and I would need to have my gallbladder removed after pregnancy and also that I had hypotension and needed to watch my activity levels and look out for spotting in my vision, dizziness and so forth. After a weeks stay they had me on zofran and benadryl as a nausea and vomiting releif combo. For 26 days it worked til I started to throw up again. We found ourselves making constant daily trips to the ER for hydration through IV’s and medicine through IV as well. With HG you never know when you will have a good day, good week, good month and then it all go downhill. It is something that is always in the back of your mind haunting you and sucking the joy of pregnancy out from you. At 13 weeks I was placed back into the hospital for further treatment. Constant running of the IV fluids, trials and trials of medicines, lots of tests and doctors coming in and out of my room telling me to try this or try that and nothing was working. We found out that I have hypoglycemia and need to have sugar on hand when I feel faint or dizzy. After some time they sent me home with the same medicines and set me on a plan to go to the hospital 3 times a week for IV treatments and medicine through them. As much as I would love to say it worked, it did not. We would go to the treatments one day and the next day be right back in the ER for constant vomiting. Now what people do not realize, with HG vomiting is more then just morning sickness. Morning sickness you are sick maybe 3 months, and you puke 3-5 times a day at most. With HG you are nauseous for 9 months, you are throwing up 7-10 times an hour 24 hours of the day. Alright back to my pregnancy, at 20 weeks they found a medicine combo that so far has kept me off of IV’s and out of the ER. Zofran and Vistril, I still have my good days and my bad days but with the help of medicine it makes those days livable again. HG has not permanently gone away but we are surviving. Heiland is due to arrive April 14!!
Do you want to hear waiting a long time to date? NINE YEARS! He first asked me out when we were 10, and we finally started dating when we were almost nineteen. I waited SEVEN years for a ring, but it was worth it.
I had an HG-like condition my first pregnancy. Zofran does not work for me, Phenergan only makes me sleepy, and I am allergic to both Reglan and Compazine. There was nothing they could give me. Luckily, the condition was diagnosed and appropriately managed for my secondary, so while I was still sick, it wasn't like HG.
Sadly, my dd is going through this exact thing.....she's due the end of may with a girl also. Hospitalizations and out patient IV treatments....still going strong for her....this will be her first AND last baby. I feel for you and have been searching to see if there is a board here for HG....