First things first. We finally took a bump shot. It’s one of the only pictures that we’ve taken of me since my bump started to emerge. It’s not at all because I don’t like how I look (in fact, I love it); it’s mostly a function of the fact that I’ve either been behind the lens or sick/unshowered/taking care of someone else who was sick since then. Sad but true.
Sorry, baby #2! You’ll just have to look at the bump pics I took when I was pregnant with Owen and look about 4 weeks ahead to see how I looked with you.
So, yeah. The blizzard canceled my bowling birthday party (yes, don’t laugh, we were going to go bowling — there are very few things a pregnant lady can to do enjoy herself at a birthday party!) BUT Benjamin, Owen and I still had a little birthday celebration at home.
As you can see from my red nose in these pictures, that “I’m so healthy and it feels so good” period from last week was short-lived. Another upper respiratory something-or-other has taken up residence in my nose/throat/chest and Owen and I are both going through tissues like it’s our job. A different kind of bump in the road.
I assumed this was just a cold and not anything more serious, but I’m still so tired of getting every bug and virus that passes through this house. Pregnancy has killed my [normally very strong] immune system.
Then yesterday I got a call from Owen’s daycare. A friend in his class who we have been in contact with has been diagnosed with Fifth Disease. I bet a lot of you are familiar with it, as it’s pretty common for kids to get at some point. It’s not a huge deal for kids — it’s a run of the mill virus with sore throat, stuffiness, fever, body aches. The thing that sets it apart is that after the virus runs its course, the kid breaks out in a red rash (starts on their face, Fifth Disease is also called “slapped baby syndrome”, and spreads to arms and legs). Unfortunately it is most contagious prior to the rash stage, so it is often spread before it can be identified.
The scary part about it, and the only reason I mention it here, is that it can be dangerous for pregnant women. Apparently 50% of women are immune to it (if they have had it before), so it’s not an issue for them. But if you are not immune, the virus can result in miscarriage (for a small percentage of non-immune women). I called my doctor immediately, especially given the symptoms I’ve been having this past weekend, and we decided to do a blood test to see if I have immunity.
Yet another lovely illness-related thing to worry about. I’m ready to be healthy again, please!