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Lauara's Pregnancy Journal

Week 23
~ Last Day of School and Doctor Appointment

Well, the day after I turned over into my 23rd week, we had our last day of school. I didn't expect it, but I felt kind of sad about it all. As I have mentioned, I work at my kids' school. My kids were in kindergarten and I worked in a first grade class. All school year, especially after I found out I was pregnant I was looking forward to summer break. Being able to enjoy being pregnant and not being on my feet so much. Well, when the day finally arrived, I almost broke down crying. I think part of it was because that "first" year of school for my kids was done. They will never have another first year. Now they are entering the "graders." You know, first grade, second grade etc. Makes them seem even more grown up and I'm just not ready for them to grow up that fast. I wish time would just slow down a bit.

Secondly, I didn't realize how attached I had become to the kiddos in my class. I'm really going to miss them. After spending so much time with them day in and day out and getting to know their personalities and their parents, they sort have became part of you. They were all so sweet too. Several of them brought me gifts for the end of the year and each and every one of them gave me big hugs, including the little boy that I specifically worked with. That alone just caught me off guard. He and I had a rough start trying to deal with his issues and many a day he told me just how much he didn't like me. I was really shocked when he gave me such big heartfelt hugs. Really made me feel like I made a difference in his life. I sure do wish them all of the best. Many of those kids I will probably never see again. I will not be working in that school district in the next school year, so I will have no idea what becomes of them. It really made me sad. Overall though, the last day of school was filled with fun and games and I will take away some great memories of it, as I am sure my kids will.

I also had a doctor's appointment this week. Thank goodness too since I am still dealing with this awful rash. It has spread and has not gotten any better and nothing I am doing seems to be helping at all. No ultrasounds or anything fun like that, so that was a bummer. But I did gain 6 lbs since last month-gasp! I knew I had gained some as I have been eating more and we were given lots of goodies that last week or two of school, but I wasn't expecting quite that much. My doctor didn't seem too concerned with it as I have only gained 9 lbs total so far. This is a great improvement over my weight gain with the twins. I think at this point with them I was already well over 30+ lbs, so I guess I can't complain too much. Still, I am trying hard not to overindulge. I don't need to gain lots of weight during this pregnancy as I started off overweight to begin.

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Also, my doctor took one look at me and my lovely rash and prescribed me some meds. Normally I really don't like taking any kind of medication while I'm pregnant, but I'll make an exception this time. I needed some kind of relief. He put me on a tapering dose of Prednisone where I take 6 pills one day, then 5 the next and so on. I noticed a difference after just the first dose. Of course I made absolutely sure it was safe to take (although I trust my doctor implicitly) and he assured me it was. Apparently the medicine isn't absorbed by the placenta and therefore safe. He did tell me that I have to make sure I take the full course of the meds though otherwise I could cause some sort of adrenal problems. As of now, things seem to be doing much better. I am still itchy, but not as bad and the bumps are almost gone.

Baby is doing great. He's really flipping and kicking around these days to the point where you can see my belly jump. He's a stinker though because every time I try to let the kids or hubby feel, he stops. Its almost like he knows that it is someone else besides me trying to feel him. Hopefully we'll catch him in the act soon though.

Other than that . . . all is well. I'm feeling pretty good and enjoying feeling this little guy moving around. Now we just need to see if we can come up with a name that we agree on. We can't find even one so far!

Until next time . . . hugs and belly rubs!
~ Laura

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