Friday, May 23, 2008

Birthday... & Update

So yesterday was my 27th birthday. Honestly, I had one of the best birthdays in a long time! My husband already had to drive up to Atlanta for a memorial day servive for all of Georgia's fallen service members in this war. So I went with him, for my birthday lunch. After the ceremony, he took me to Cheesecake Factory. Yes, it's a chain, but I just adore their food and dessert! We did fine dining in San Antonio and when we had our post-deployment trip to New Bern in April, so I feel I've been spoiled enough in the last two months anyway! Besides, I loved it.
I got my favorite meal: The Farfalle with Chicken and Roasted Garlic. Mmm!
And of course, Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake! We had a coupon that if we spent $60 we could get $20 off, and we were so close, we just ended up getting 3 pieces of cheesecake rather than 2 so we could use that. So we brought them home (we can never finish a piece in less than 3 sittings!)! Sooooo delicious!
Then I opened my present from my husband. He honestly is a terrific gift-giver. Sometimes birthdays are big, sometimes not as much, it all depends. I have asked for this gift for years now, but never felt like I "deserved" getting spoiled with it (since my $40, 12 year old Mr. Coffee one has worked fine). Yep... It's a true pump-driven espresso machine. Luckily, I had decaf espresso on hand to try out immediately! The espresso had the most rich crema on top, the most strong, fabulous taste! I am in heaven!


Anyway, on the pregnancy front, I hadn't been feeling that well. Yes, fatigued. But I have pressure everyday in my lower abdomen. Not cramps, just heaviness, a pressure is all I can call it. Yes, it worries me. I get twinges on my left side, but just twinges. I've convinced myself not to worry about an ectopic with no real reason. The twinges only last a few times a day. The pressure? About 30-50% of the time, coming and going. Sometimes worse when I sit, sometimes worse when I stand.

This morning, I had my first different/new symptom. I got up about 3 to go to the bathroom. I felt very dizzy, as in running into a door dizzy. Kinda nauseous. The same thing when I got up at 6. Definitely dizzy and a little nauseous. From what I know about myself, it's my blood vessels dilating causing my blood pressure to drop, thus the dizziness. It's called orthostatic hypotension. Since my blood pressure runs "low normal" anyway (like 90 over 60), & since it was low post-retrieval causing me to be in recovery 1.5 hours, go through another bag of fluids, and get me dizzy & throwing up after that... well it makes sense as a symptom for what I know about my body. I'm taking this as a good sign. I'm 5w2d now, right when I had my 1st intense doubling-over cramps last time. None so far, and please stay away is my prayer every single hour every day!

13 comments:

JJ said...

Happy belated Birthday!! Sounds like you had a really nice day=) The food looks sooo good!

andrea_jennine said...

Happy birthday!

Katie said...

Happy Birthday! Soooo jealous about that amazing espresso maker!

And about the pressure - had it. Promise. It felt like a tugging, wasn't painful per se, but definitely got me on an emotional level. If you go back to my January posts, I talk about it there, but you can just trust me on this one. It's normal.

And I am sorry about the dizziness. Sounds like something that you are used to, but I still know how scary it is.

Sue said...

Happy birthday, and belated congratulations on IVF #2 working!

Alex & Jill said...

Happy Birthday!! I'm SOOOO jealous of that birthday present! I eye them everytime I go into Williams-Sonoma. :) I'm happy to hear that it was a good one!

Chris said...

Happy belated birthday! Sounds like it was absolutely wonderful! Aren't May birthdays just the best? Mine is Sunday and I've just always liked the month and think peeps with May birthdays are equally awesome!

Adriane said...

Sounds like you had a great bday! That chicken pasta looks great!

I think the twinges and pressure sound very normal. I know, it's so hard to not worry!!

Searching said...

Happy belated birthday! Looks like it was a wonderful one! Oh, and that cheesecake looks divine!

Samantha said...

Just catching up - great news about your beta!!!

What a great birthday - I want a piece of cake like that!

Malky B. said...

Congrats on IVF #2 resulting in a BFP. It's very normal to feel dizzy when you get up while pregnant. A good tip is to sit on your bed for a little bit before getting up. All the extra blood pumping thru your body causes the dizziness. Of course low blood pressure can also be adding to it as well.

Ann said...

I'm not a doctor, but I remember a pressure, too. Now I think it was just my uterus working really hard on expanding. Of course, it's easy for ME to tell you not to worry; you're the one living with it!

kate said...

(BTW, this is Kate from the NC meetup)

I hadn't checked your blog in a few weeks (I've been popping in every so often to see if you'd updated), and MAN! What an exciting few weeks you've had! I am beyond thrilled for you, and I wish you all the best as your pregnancy progresses. I'm so happy for you!

WISHING...HOPING...and PRAYING said...

happy belated birthday, w/ the best present ever....a bfp! so exciting! keep checking back for updates and it sounds great so far! don't worry bout the little pains....totally normal. :)