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HeatherMy name is Heather, I'm 32 and married to Michael (31). We have been married for five years and have one son, Matthew who is now three. We also have a nasty cat who is much much MUCH better with kids than he is with adults. He's not friendly by any stretch of the imagination, but he tolerates significantly more from them than he does from us. In more exciting news, we are expecting baby number 2 this Fall! I have not yet had my first prenatal appointment with my family doctor - that's this week so with a little luck my next entry will have some truly interesting stuff to share! (I'm currently 10 weeks.)

When I'm not playing the role of Mommy, I can be found working at my Father's small town Ontario pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician. This is a very exciting time to be a pharmacy technician in Ontario. We have just become recognized as a regulated health care profession. Sooo, at the moment many of us are scrambling through additional education and testing to achieve this new status with the Provincial Government. I have worked in the store since I was 14 years old and am now almost 100% sure this is what I want to be when I grow up (even though I have a BA in English/Linguistics and am certified to teach English as a Second Language). Michael is much more organized. He chose computer science in University and when he's not playing the role of Daddy you can find him working at IBM in Toronto. He's pretty sure the gig he has now is what he wants to be when he grows up.

My pregnancy with Matthew went fairly smoothly. I had constant nausea all nine months with him. I developed gestational diabetes in the sixth month and ended up on insulin by the end. My obstetrician had me induced on my due date so there would be no chance of me growing an extra-large baby. As it was, he was 7lb 6oz - quite a bit smaller than I thought he would be (the women in my family have big babies - 9 pounds at term is normal for them).

So far in this pregnancy I still have the 24 hour nausea - but it's actually worse this time. I've already been to the hospital once for IV fluids. This is not a fun game. If you can avoid it, I strongly suggest doing so. Though if you do find yourself on a week-long can't keep anything down stretch - having a Michael around to play nurse is great! Please note I am doing everything I can to keep the queasies down - Diclectin maximum dosing, gravol for breakthrough, wrist bands, antacids to keep the acidity levels down, and a rotating menu of stomach-friendly foods. French fries - baked, not deep fried - with very little salt are hitting the spot nicely at the moment. Also I imagine I'll be on insulin again by the end of this pregnancy. In three and a half years I didn't manage to lose any weight and my random blood tests are not looking good. But, after this week's appointment with my family doctor I'll be under my OB's full care and she's pretty good about being right on top of things like diabetes.

That's about it for now. I'm looking forward to keeping everyone up to date on what's going on throughout my pregnancy!

'Til next week!
~ Heather

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