Saturday, August 15, 2015

My Pregnancy Journey: Part 5 - A Special Kind of Luck

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." -John 14:27

Here's what's on my heart tonight:

It's been a rough month. (And not just this whole pregnancy thing - there are other factors that have made this a difficult summer.) I can't seem to go about things the "easy" way.  The hyperemesis (morning sickness) was brutal. It was devastating, to say the least, that the baby had a slow heartbeat and we had to just sit and wait for the baby to die, which took another week.

After the baby no longer had a heartbeat 3 1/2 weeks ago, I took meds to induce the miscarriage to speed things along.  2 weeks later there were some complications (think: gross woman stuff), I was still so nauseous, and the pain was brutal.  To spare you further details, I'll just say I ended up at my OB's office 10 days after the start of the miscarriage process.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Our Special Needs Journey:Part 25 - General Update for Past 4 Months

This is the longest I've gone between updates (4 months - I didn't think it was possible to be even MORE busy, but...  And I have spent all of the summer so far very ill (read these posts about getting pregnant - and losing the baby - and other complications).

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Late June I brought Bruce in to our new developmental pediatrician (I've switched all the kids over to this great doctor at Children's Specialty Clinic and they each needed a full diagnostic appointment). His hearing has increased - the Eustachian tube that was originally narrow has grown as he aged. So, that is really wonderful news!

The Doctor said he's considering an Apraxia label (pending a follow up eval in 3 months) which is a motor speech disorder.  I'm not concerned because even in just the past couple months he has really expanded and improved his language! He's made so much progress and very much on the right track.

He's joined his siblings at Fraser and now attends twice a week for Speech Therapy & OT.  We also had our first Behavioral Therapy session today.  After a long qualification & diagnostic process we've finally begun our in-home sessions. This basically means that a therapist works with Bruce AND ME on some behavioral and sensory issues.  A lot if it is learning some appropriate parenting strategies & practicing putting them into place with the therapist present.  So much of what I'm learning applies to all the kids though, so it's a really worthwhile thing!