Training for a new event

Having made the decision way back in October not to risk injury by pushing my post-op hip into training for and running the Olympic Trials Marathon in January, the new idea on my mind was to try for another baby.  Over the past year I’ve been having this feeling that our family isn’t quite complete, like there is another soul out there waiting to come in.  Well, apparently he or she was READY and it was meant to be because it didn’t take long for the thought of, “yeah, lets try for another one” to transpire into “woah, I’m pregnant!”  And “Woah” it was.  This being my fourth time around, you’d think I’d handle it like a pro and it would be no big hiccup, but this time has been different.  I had morning sickness with my first child, puking a few times a week throughout pregnancy and feeling pretty sick all the time.  Pretty common experience for pregnancy, annoying but manageable.  The second and third children came along much easier with only mild sickness and a few puke sessions.  This pregnancy has been a whole different story.  Even before I took a pregnancy test I was turning up my nose at certain foods and gagging at the smell of Aaron’s post-run body odor.  Aaron claimed I didn’t even need to take the test because he could tell by my heightened senses that I was preggers.  And it only got more intense from there.  A week later I was having all sorts of food aversions and puking 1-3 times a day.  Over the next week  I couldn’t drink water, only lemonade, soda, and vitamin water and I was tossing it back up 3-5 times a day.

I normally like to take a conservative, holistic approach to managing illness, so I was all about the peppermint oil, ginger tea, lemon drops, small frequent meals, acupressure wrist bands ect.  My midwife recently moved to the Copper Canyons in Mexico to train indigenous midwives among the Tarahumara (the same group of native indians in the book “Born to Run”), so I emailed her to ask for a referral of another midwife in the Boulder area.  She gave me the name of another midwife and I went to visit her and get some more ideas on how to manage the sickness.  She told me some more natural remedies and I tried most of them but nothing helped.  Over Christmas weekend things got even worse to where I was pretty much laying in bed all day (Aaron has been “Super Dad” lately)!  I hadn’t held down anything for longer than two hours and was shivering while feeling dehydrated and very weak.  I had lost a couple of pounds in the past week and was feeling SO hungry but couldn’t seem to get more than a few bites in at a time.  Tuesday morning I called my regular O.B. in tears.  She got me right in that afternoon and did a quick ultrasound to make sure it wasn’t a molar pregnancy or twins (which it wasn’t).  Just seeing the little fetus with blood pumping right through his/her heart made me smile and feel comforted about this frustrating sickness.  My O.B. said I had  Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness and she prescribed some meds right away.  Its now Thursday and I am starting to feel a bit better.  I puked only three times yesterday and held down a lot more liquid.  I’ve slept better and no longer have the chills.  I am hoping things continue to improve and I can start to get my energy back.  I still feel pretty sick but its definitely an improvement from where I was on Sunday.

We announced our pregnancy to the kids on Christmas morning and Abe said, “Oh I just thought you were sick!  I didn’t know you were in labor or something?”  Haha, it was a good opportunity to teach them about pregnancy and labor.  Breanne and Ali were super excited and curious and ever since Sunday have been putting their hand on my bellie saying, “Baby” in the sweetest most tender way.  We invited them to join us for the 20 week ultrasound in March which also happens to be Breanne’s 6th birthday!  Right now I’m just about 9 weeks along and hoping that the morning sickness subsides a bit in a few weeks.  The baby is due August 3rd, but based on the fact that all three of my kids have  been 9-16 days early, we may get another July baby (Abe and Ali are July 15th and July 11th).

As I face the challenge of enduring the morning sickness and staying positive, I realize its all preparation and training for the additional challenges ahead, not just in pregnancy and birthing but also in raising another child throughout his or her life!  When we face difficult things in life it helps to remember that God is mindful of us and is standing by.  He will not give us more than we can bear and will not leave us comfortless.

The following story is a great example of how the Lord teaches and molds us through life’s trials.

There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three which says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” (Malachi 3:3) This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study. That week this woman called up a silver smith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silver smith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot–then she thought again about the verse, that he sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.

She asked the silver smith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silver smith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”

He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy–when I see my image in it.”

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you.

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  1. Congrats! That’s great news. And you have four extra years to brush up on your Portuguese before Rio de Janeiro 2016.

  2. Jami

    Nanners! We need to talk! 🙂 Congrats. I’m so excited for you and hope you start feeling better!

  3. Julie Crossley

    Nan, first of all Congrats!! and sorry for the hyperemesis!! Are you taking zofran? It helped me tons but would give me stomach cramps but at least the throwing up and nausea would stop. I also took pepcid or prevacid. Eventually I got IV phernergan. But darn it I was allegic to it. The IV fluids helped the dehydration. I know it isn’t easy, but definitely worth it!! It seems unfair for some pregnant women not to feel the intense nausea/vomiting while others struggle their whole pregnancy. Stay tough!! : D. BTW your due date is about on with my first baby–August 2nd—when you were describing your Christmas nausea/vomiting the memory of that time came back to me as well as an ultrasound in March ;D. I had her on August 2nd. Never lucky to go early. Hope you do!! Two weeks early would be nice!! JULIE C. FRB

  4. Mana_V

    Congrats to you and Aaron. I am a little sad I will not be able to cheer you on in Houston next week, but the Lord obviously has bigger and better things in store for you 🙂 I hope you get over the sickness soon!

  5. Tara

    Congrats! Favorite part, “whoa, I thought you were sick, I didn’t know you were in labor or something.” Ha ha ha ha. Gave me a good laugh!

  6. Kassi

    Nan, you really are super woman!! I love your perspective and courage. You have great faith and are a wonderful role model to all women! Thanks for sharing your life! Congrats on a new addition to your family!! I can’t believe you are on 4, and I am on 1!!

  7. Michelle Lowry

    Congratulations! Sorry it’s been a hard experience. Loved the story about refining silver.

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