When I returned to D.C., life got crazy, and I fell behind — very behind — in my blog. Though it’s been a while, writing about my experiences is a cathartic exercise, so I wanted to get back to it. I hope you enjoy the glimpse into my personal life — and there are quite a few updates to share. What I share is personal, it’s raw, and it’s my own. I hope reading my story helps you appreciate yours.
Before I start, you might be wondering what these stories have to do with being a military family. They have as much to do with being a military family as they do with being a family, period. I believe the commonalities between military and civilian families dramatically outnumber the differences.
Where to begin …
Well, I had a baby. In June my husband, Aleksei, and I welcomed our baby girl, Sophia, into the world. What a rollercoaster of an experience that was! I had a difficult pregnancy. (Not the worst. I’ve heard many stories that sound more awful than my own, but it was pretty tough. I was very sick for about the first 18 weeks.) The holidays were less merry than normal. (Sipping ginger ale might look like champagne, but — trust me — it’s a lot less fun!) I had all-day sickness, and dry heaving was part of my daily agenda.
An aside: If this is too much information (er, TMI), I can’t say I’m sorry. As a new parent, I’ve learned there is no such thing as TMI. My girlfriends and I talk about poop consistency and exchange pictures of baby spit up with questions like “Is this spit up or vomit?” on a regular basis. There is no such thing as TMI anymore. Period.
But back to the pregnancy! Once I got through the “morning” (read: all day) sickness phase, I was told I had polyhydramnios, which is a fancy medical term for too much amniotic fluid. This posed a risk to the baby, and I was required to go to the hospital for nonstress tests twice a week. During one of those tests, my blood pressure jumped. And, just like that, I was off to the Labor and Delivery ward.
Side note: I had fantastic medical care throughout my pregnancy. I chose to enroll in TRICARE Prime and opted to participate in Johns Hopkins’ TRICARE partnership. I never had a co-pay, and everything was covered. I am incredibly grateful for that. The one downside is the lack of pharmacy options. But that’s another story …
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