Friday, June 24, 2011

Dominic's first trip to the movies!

Today Lou and I took Dominic to see "Cars 2". It was his first time
going to a movie and he did great!! "Cars" is his favorite movie and
he has just about every toy Car that is out. It brought tears to my
eyes (darn you pregnancy hormones!) when I saw how excited he was when
the movie started! So many kids had to leave the movie early but D was
mesmorized the whole time! It was a really fun experience for us all!
The best part was that we got 3 movie tickets and a small popcorn for
$7.75!! Thank you and yahoo movies! :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Rheumatologist update

I mentioned in another post about the "other" issues we had going on right now. Here is the shortest version I can attempt.
*Years (2002) ago I had a positive ANA indicative of Lupus along with joint pain and other symptoms. I began treatment for both Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis with pill medication.
*I went years and years living with random flareups in multiple joints that literally leave me unable to move/function for about 3 days at a time. Including my honeymoon :(
*I went off of medication in 2007 after a talk with my rheumatologist at the time. I was able to handle the flare ups with pain meds and exercise.
*2008-pregnancy with Dominic=no flare ups and remission
*This pregnancy-I have had some pretty intense flare ups. First were in my knees and then moved to my shoulder and back. This is difficult when you can't take anything for relief. I was miserable, bed ridden, sleep deprived and mustering up every bit of strength to move/walk. Mind you, I am pregnant and needed to use the restroom multiple times!
*The high risk dr was concerned that if in fact, this was Lupus, there was a chance it could affect the baby so he (along with my neuros) wanted me to see a new rheumatologist and have about a bajillion blood tests done. Oh and a urinalysis---don't know what that little dinger entails??? I had to collect and keep a jug of urine in the refrigerator for 24 complete hours. Dominic was convinced it was juice and kept asking for it....GROSS!! lol
*Today I met with the rheumatologist to go over the blood work and my history. She believes I have Palindromic rheumatism and not Lupus. Closely related to RA and could eventually progress into RA. Basically PA causes sudden attacks of joint pain and swelling. The good thing is that my joints will not be damaged from the flare ups as they would with RA. The dr ordered even MORE blood work to run the Lupus and RA panels again. Until then I am one step closer to an answer. No matter what the test results I cannot go on any of the treatments for any of the above until after I deliever.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

10 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 10 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a prune
Maternity Clothes: I'm not in maternity clothes yet, but am pretty much living in yoga pants these days-kinda the same thing right?
Gender: Unknown
Movement: Nothing yet
Sleep: Exhausted 24/7! I've really been struggling with my energy levels lately. I fall asleep easily but am waking up before the sun almost daily. <--perhaps why I am so tired?! lol
What I miss: My back has been flaring up this week so I guess I miss Ibuprofen and Tylenol Arthritis
Cravings: Candy! I'm not a candy person at all but I can't get enough--especially sour candies (Sour patch kids etc)
Symptoms: tired and a wicked case of acne. :( I'll be happy when my hormones finally regulate again!
Best Moment this week: Watching the lil bean moving around & hearing the heartbeat at our appt
Next Appointment: June 29th with my regular OB and then a few days later, July 1st with the high risk doctor.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The manly-est place on Earth

 Today I surprised Lou with his Father's Day gift a bit early. We headed to Canton, Ohio to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Lou had been here as a child and has been dying to go back. I thought it was such a neat experience for Lou and Dominic to share together. We had a great time--especially reading about when the Cleveland Browns won Championships! My boys weren't shy to show their Browns spirit! Lockout what?!

                                      Happy Father's Day to all of you Dads out there!! :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How we got here..

Pretty picture huh? Well the road to get to that glorious moment wasn't as easy or attractive. I guess I'll start from the beginning-and I'll give you the condensed version (you're welcome lol)

October 2010-I had an MRI done during the summer showing that I had no new brain lesions. At this time Lou and I discussed when we would want to have another child.  In order to conceive I would have to be completely off of my Copaxone injections. So we came to the conclusion that I was in the best shape that I could be in at this time so it was time to discuss the subject with my neurologist.
We came together as a group and my doctor stressed that I was off my Copaxone for the smallest window of time before getting pregnant as pregnancy is believed to help offer a protective quality from MS. For most people this wouldn't be an issue-but I also have Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and do not ovulate properly. So it was on to my OBGYN to discuss our next step.

November 2010-Prepped with all the info from my neuro, my OBGYN decided that I would go off the birth control pill I was put on because of the Copaxone, begin treatment for the PCOS by taking Metformin (which made me super sick) and go off my Copaxone injections a week later. I would also be given Provera to begin a cycle so that I could start on 50mg of Clomid. (Keeping track of all these meds already?) We were pumped because we had a really good chance of conceiving the first time due to the sudden increase in all the hormones.....Fail.

December, January, February, March...FAIL

April 2011-Clomid is a tricky drug and you should only take it for 6 months, if you are keeping score I was running out of time. I was already off my injections for 5 months and time was ticking. We upped my Clomid to 100 mg and made an appointment with a fertility specialist. When we met with her I was at the beginning of my cycle so it was too late for a lot of the testing they needed to do. We decided that I would continue with the Clomid, get monitored for egg maturity and then induce ovulation with an injection of Ovidrel. If we didn't conceive this cycle-Lou and I would both undergo extensive and invasive testing and then attempt with an IUI.

Most people on Clomid find that they have plenty of mature eggs to choose from-hence the increased chance of twins or more. I had ONE. One tiny egg that was maturing very slowly which meant we were taking more than enough early morning trips out to Cleveland for ultrasounds. Finally we got the go ahead to inject with Ovidrel but even the nurse wasn't that optimistic about my lone follie.

May 3, 2011-(13 days past injection) It was the day after my birthday and I just wasn't feeling right. I honestly didn't think that it worked this cycle and was just so used to the disappointment that I didn't want to get my hopes up. We had a few dollar store tests in our house so I figured-what the heck...I did my thing and thought that maybe there was a chance I saw a very, very light 2nd line. I browsed the Internet to find out which test was the most sensitive, bought a test and decided to put my bladder to a 5 hour test. I dropped Dominic off at Lou's office and ran across the street to tan. Seriously, 4 hours must be my limit because I almost didn't make it back to Lou's office! I couldn't just waste all my hard work so I just tested at his office. (His secretary was gone for the day so it was only Lou, Dominic and I in the office). Booya-there it was. Another light, but definite second line. We were pregnant!

The shock of that test lasted a few weeks through blood tests and an ultrasound. When we finally heard the heartbeat at 6 weeks 2 days it finally got real. The fertility specialist (our 2nd because our 1st doctor just up and quit being a doctor altogether???!! lol) released me back to my OBGYN and wished us luck! :) We were able to see the little bean again another 2 times via ultrasound.

Now you are up to speed on the story of how we found out about this little miracle. The story isn't over yet as now I am in the mix of a slew of doctors and specialist but I'll save that for another post! If you stuck through and read through all this--bless you! If you didn't-I don't blame you!

Once again, thank you so much for all your well wishes and support. We lived through this process with only a handful of people knowing. I went through such a wide spectrum of emotions and I just want to thank Lou, my mother, Becky and Maggie for always being there for me!

Oh and to answer a few of your questions:
*We DO plan on finding out the sex of this baby-most likely in early-mid August
*I will have a repeat C-Section and discuss having my tubes tied with my OBGYN (I cannot get pregnant on Copaxone and after this baby-we have to continue with my treatment. It's bittersweet)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dominic has an announcement...

Yes! It's true! Dominic is going to be a BIG BROTHER!!!! Grasso Baby Part Deux is due January 15, 2012. I am currently 9 weeks and 2 days pregnant and feeling every bit of it! We saw the high risk doctor today (due to Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus/RA-I'll write more on that later) and were able to see the baby for the 3rd time already! Measuring right along at 9 weeks 4-5 days and the we heard the heartbeat as well for the 2nd time beating strong at 177 bpm.

The road to get to this point has not been easy but every time I hear that sweet little heartbeat I know it was worth every second. <3

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summertime "do"

Last week was a scorcher here and Dominic was a sweaty mess playing on
the playgrounds. I decided to try and give him a "small" haircut--who
woulda thunk that a 4 guard would buzz all the hair off!?! I was
shocked at first but day by day the new "do" has grown on me. I think
he looks adorable and I don't have to struggle with him each morning
to comb his hair! Bonus!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We're still here!

We finally have gorgeous weather here so D and I have been soaking up
all the sunshine we can! I really need to upload some pictures from my
camera so until then-the iPhone will have to do! This weekend we are
going to Columbus (the saddest place on Earth as of lately, love you
Coach Tressel!) and visiting the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium! I will
definitely have my camera on me for that!!