Saturday, February 23, 2013

We are alive.

We are alive. I am 10 weeks along today. Most of my friends, sisters-in-law, and pretty much every woman I don't know gets to experience morning sickness so I won't mumble on and on about it. I forget each time how our home changes for a few months as I direct traffic from the couch and hang on John's leg as he is walking out the door begging him not to leave me in such a state. The older four kids have really stepped up in every department which is something so beautiful to see.

My levels have been great and I need to record them so I remember next time and I don't spend hours googling HCG and progesterone levels to make sure I am on track.

I guess I have to look at the positives about the first 15 weeks.  I usually lose about 10 pounds.  My grandmother was worried sick about me losing weight and I told her, "Oh don't worry, I make it up the last half."   

At 5 weeks: HCG: 101 Prog: 47 (I have never been in this range)
At 7 weeks: HCG: 13,000 Prog: 96 (Holy Smokes!)
At 9 weeks: HCG: 103,000 Prog: 27 (Back on the progesterone. I drop every time so I am not worried.)
At 10 weeks: HCG: 101,700 Prog: 63 My HCG dropped which caused me to panic.

The nurse reassured me that it is completely normal and tends to level off and even drop at this stage. I still didn't like it. Our doctor called to confirm it was completely normal. I am grateful he understands how woman think and overreact. We went to Kansas City for a conference and had the chance to visit my grandmother. I went with the intention of getting a picture of the kids with her and I some how only got a picture of myself with the kids. I love that.
Me and my eight children
Waiting to ride the two-story carousel
Dominic at the Lego store for the first time!
The girls in utter shock at the American girl doll store.
Baby at 10 months.
She was baking all day this day.


  1. Lindsay....YEAH!!!! SO good to see this blog and catch up with you!!! (I check every night to see if you updated). I'll be praying that you'll feel better soon and so happy to hear the kids are helping out. PLEASE let me know if I can help you in any way! I'd LOVE to bring a meal or do something for you. Please let me know if I can, okay? :)

  2. Glad all is well! Lemon water and triscuts were my saving grace for morning sickness.

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  6. Reading your levels makes me think my doctors range for normal progesterone is off. Two pregnancies ago I had a level of 11 at 6 weeks and they were not worried I miscarried. This past pregnancy I insisted on them giving me progesterone and I was on 200 mg of progesterone a day and my levels at 8 weeks was 15. I ended up miscarrying (3rd in a row). I must have a progesterone issue.
    Congrats on such a beautiful family!

    1. Kathleen-I am so sorry for your losses. Your doctor is misinformed. If your progesterone was that low, you needed more like 400mg of progesterone pills and injections on top of that.I urge you to find a Napro doctor-you can look on the website fertility for one in your area. I have a progesterone deficiency also. When my level was at 11 at 8wks with my last pregnancy, my doctor told me to expect miscarriage any day. Through the mercy of God my son made it and is perfect and healthy at 13 months. I hope that you find someone who can help you and save your next baby. God bless you and your family.

  7. So glad to see an update! I always lose weight at the beginning of pregnancy because I just can't eat, but I have extra pounds to spare and I definitely pack it on the second half, so it balances out. :) Sorry about the morning/all-day sickness - it's amazing how much we forget about its intensity until we're actually in the throes of it. I hope it eases up very soon.

    We live in KC and are pretty near that mall with the American Girl store. I think *I* was as excited as a little girl when it opened! I only have boys so far, but have gone in there to buy gifts for my sisters and it's amazing. I joked with my mom that I want Caroline for Christmas for myself.

  8. Congratulations on the new baby on the way! My 2nd child right now is 10 months old...and i remember finding your blog last year and we were had identical due dates. (my Zaylee was born April 5th) But, how exciting that you are expecting again, what a blessing!! I only have 2 children right now and we are planning to homeschool as well... and was always worried how I will be able to homeschool during those couple beginning months when i am so nauseous. How do you do it?

    PS: i love the pic of you with your 8 children. You and your children are so beautiful.

  9. So glad to see a post, I check in every day and have been praying all is well for you all.
    Hope the pregnancy ickies are done soon for you. When do they usually let up for you? Mine is 17 weeks...ugh.

    I CANNOT even imagine taking mine to the American Girl Doll and Lego stores...we'd never make it out! ;)

    So much fun.
    God Bless and continued prayers for you and your wonderful family!

  10. Was just getting ready to email you and let you know we were praying for you and baby!! I could have figured it as much... hope it is smooth(er) sailing as baby gets bigger. I just passed 19 weeks and lost a ton of weight and am on progesterone (like gangbusters) like the rest of my pregnancies too. Thank you Pope Paul VI institute for their work on figuring out that one... whew!

  11. Glad to hear all is well! I wasn't sure if you had stopped writing for Lent or not. : ).
    I know a couple of people who don't get morning sickness and it seems so strange. I had subchorionic bleeding early on with my last pregnancy and the ultrasound techs were so glad to hear I was feeling sick because to them not feeling sick in my situation was a bad sign. Sure enough the baby was just fine and my fattest, most jolly baby so far! It is always difficult in the thick of the Ickies to be 'happy' for morning sickness, but apparently it is a sign that your body is doing what it should and that something to be thankful for!

  12. Precious children. How do you find out your HCG and Progesterone levels? My doctor never talks about those things when I go see him for my pregnancy appointments.

  13. I want to chime in and say that we work with Dr. Thomas Hilgers in Omaha, NE. He started the Pope Paul VI Institute. He has helped me with all of my pregnancies. I have a severe progesterone deficiency that puts me at a high risk for miscarriage. He monitors my levels and helps me know what to do (usually supplement with bio-identical progesterone throughout my pregnancies) to keep my babies safe until they are full-term. Any woman throughout the country can contact his office for more information. They are so helpful!!! His research and work is amazing!

    Lindsay - congratulations on your pregnancy. I am SO glad you have found a doctor who monitors your HCG and progesterone levels. AMEN!!!!

  14. i don't get morning sickness but i do get a complete zap of energy to due my pre-existing health issues. i share your sentiments about clinging to your husband in the mornings.

    i will be certain to pray for your intentions during my upcoming labor - any day now.

    pax Christi, lena

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