Ticker says 5 weeks today. Fertility Friend says 4 weeks, 6 days.
I’m still pregnant. It’s going by SO SLOW. I hate these first few months. I think the hard part is feeling physically awful while feeling like the idea of a baby is so disconnected from reality. There’s no evidence of what will (hopefully) be a squishy, adorable baby.
I’m feeling weird–sometimes sick but only in that super empty stomach way, not in the motion sick want to die way. I don’t know if it just hasn’t hit yet or if I won’t be as sick this time. Nervous about it.
But even more nervous about having a miscarriage. Ugh. Taking it one day at a time. I made it through week 4. Now I have to make it through a long week 5 with few distractions…then during week 6 I’ll be getting everything ready for Igor and Rosie has her dance recital. During week 7 I’ll be counting down the last few days to picking up Igor. Week 8 I’ll have the distraction of Igor and Christmas. Week 9 is New Years. Week 10, if my insurance is back, I will hopefully be able to schedule an ultrasound and know how things are going inside. Week 11 Igor goes home. Boom, first trimester is about over. I’ve never felt really sick past week 12-13, so hopefully…yeah…
I’m having trouble eating enough to keep up with nursing and growing a baby. I keep feeling weak and shaky. I can’t seem to eat enough protein. I used to eat cheese but dairy upsets my intestines so I avoid it in large amounts now. I’ve been eating Ada’s dinosaur chicken nuggets in mass quantity. (One of the few foods Ada will eat, I’ve given up on healthy eating and now feed her ANYTHING out of desperation. Parents of gag reflex-sensitive picky eaters will know what I mean. Today so far the only thing I’ve gotten her to eat is bread.)
I know chicken nuggets can’t be the healthiest food, but they are like easy to digest after taste-free bites of protein. At least they don’t have any preservatives? Poor factory farmed, blended up chickens. :(
I’ve been taking 100 mg of B6 per day. Maybe that will also help morning sickness. It didn’t help with my previous pregnancies but I wasn’t taking as much, and I didn’t start right away with it before either. Who knows. I also need to find my sea bands!
About the insurance ordeal–For those who asked we have Anthem health insurance, but there is a third party company who oversees the benefits for Toyota employees. It’s called Mercer. They are idiots, clearly. The good news is after we submitted our appeal letter with documents they read it quickly. They called Tyler this morning and said they were reinstating the kids’ insurance retroactively but….NOT MINE.
Apparently when we faxed them the marriage license, social security cards, and birth certificates they specifically requested we left out a document that they didn’t mention they needed. Again.
They don’t have enough proof that I am dependent on Tyler. What the f$*@.
So we faxed them all 37 pages of our federal and state tax returns this morning. That better be enough information for them. I’m sure this Christina lady on the phone at Mercer customer service just loved receiving a 37 page fax.
The killer part is every time they act like it’s our fault, as if we’re too stupid to provide the correct documentation for them. They talk down to us and don’t give any straight answers to questions, or the answers they do give keep changing.
I’ve never heard of insurance companies needing so much personal info–our last insurance didn’t ask for any of these things, ever. My mom has Anthem for our family and she said she never had to provide any of those documents. Second of all, these people are incredibly disorganized and can’t seem to get straight what they need from us. I just want health insurance, is that so much to ask? It’s not like I haven’t been paying for it for several months already!
Hopefully they will find enough proof in the 37 pages of tax returns and reinstate my insurance pronto. Christina on the phone said it could take 7-10 days for them to go over it, just whenever they get around to it…
Thanks Christina. I’m glad my health and the health of my unborn child is so important to you.
After I get my health insurance back I’m going to write a big complaint letter to Mercer about their terrible customer service and disorganization. I’m sure it won’t do any good but it will make me feel better.
In other good news there are changes afoot with Tyler’s job at Toyota! They’ve offered a buy-out to employees that have been working there for more than 22 years. This means you can essentially get paid to retire early and keep your pension and health insurance benefits. You get $10,000 for every year you’ve worked plus two weeks of paid vacation for every year you’ve worked. That adds up to a lot of money and tons of older employees are taking the buy-out.
Do you know what this means for Tyler?
He’s already in training to move up to the next position. It doesn’t increase his pay much, but there are lots of opportunities opening up. I’m hoping he will be able to get an administration job in the plant where he wears a suit and tie to work and gets day shift instead of being a factory worker.
I don’t know what will happen, but it’s pretty exciting that over the next few years there will be lots of chances for him to advance. He was thrilled when he heard there was a buy-out. Big, big news at the Toyota plant!
Even if he doesn’t get a better job right away it would be pretty awesome if there were openings on day shift. I don’t think that’s too likely to happen right away because there are thousands of people who want to be on day shift and they do it by seniority, so I’m not getting my hopes up. Changes are good though, very good! I don’t like being stuck in a rut with no hope of change.
Twenty days until Host Boy arrives!
I still haven’t heard anything about Host Boy’s visa. They said we should hear any day now. Frustrating!! They should have gone through the embassy one of the days this week, so we’re just waiting on the Ukrainian side of the program to pass along the info. Hopefully all is fine and they would have immediately notified us of any issues, but you can never be too sure….as I have learned the hard way.
I feel like I’m waiting for so much right now! New baby, meeting Igor, changes with Tyler’s job…all things that have major potential to be awesome!
Lastly, a video of Ada last night telling me part of The Three Little Pigs…