June 5th, our dog Andromeda, kept licking and fussing over me. My breasts were so sore, and my nipples felt like someone was pinching them. I was tired, but ravenous. I was three days late for my period, so we decided to go to Walgreens and bought a box of two digital tests for $15.
June 6th, I took the test at 7:15 am. Jana had trouble sleeping the night before and was still in bed. The test flashed for about 30 seconds, then went blank. I took a deep breath and petted our dog and my most constant kitty-companion, Tanis, waiting for what would happen next. My eyes focused on the results... I shook my head, surely it was a hallucination. Andromeda stood on her hind legs to see what I was staring at with such wonder, and I whispered to her that it said "Pregnant". She began to dance around, herding me into the bedroom where I managed to sob out, "Jana! Darling! We are pregnant! We are gonna have a baby! a baby! a baby!" She woke sleepily, blinking at me with confusion, then smiling sweetly as she said, "Wonderful! I heard you! I am excited, I'm just still asleep". The rest of the day was a sweet haze, as I checked the test strip 100 times at least, confirming each time that it was true, the test was positive.
I called my parents and Jana's parents, and told them the good news. We were all scared to get excited, fearing another loss.
June 11, I went to the Women's Clinic at the health department, where they told me that I was indeed pregnant. I began the process of enrolling in WIC, foodstamps, and Medicare.
I worried from June 10-14 over some spotting in the morning when I wiped, but it soon disappeared, leaving an increase in morning sickness in it's wake.
The exhaustion is fading, and the breast and nipple soreness greatly decreased with nightly applications of Palmer's Massage Cream. The headaches and nausea are still my constant companions, as well as abdominal discomfort and gas. Seems that my IBS is not happy with the "Baby Doozers" slowing down the process of digestion, and at times I wish they'd leave me a little more oomph at the end of the day.
Still, all in all, I can't complain. I recount my symptoms joyfully, and smile wryly as I get sick, because I know it is just my baby, telling me everything is going well.
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