Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The only downside to Christmas was the usual - being sick. For some reason, I'm sick every year at Christmas. It's usually nothing big, and it wasn't this year either. The kids and I were just full of snot and slightly sore throats from drainage. I slept horribly Christmas Eve simply because I could not breathe out of my nose at all. Two Christmases ago, we were at Kosair's Children's Hospital with Hannah because she had purple lips and was having a hard time breathing. In the end, they couldn't come up with any diagnoses other than a nasty virus. So.... I guess colds were better than hospital visits for sure. We're still getting over the snot. And many of our friends had the stomach bug this Christmas so I'm thankful we didn't have that issue.
For the most part, my back felt better this week. That was a blessing. I've started getting fatigued way easier than I was though. It's everything I can do to run an errand or two with the kids and not feel completely wiped out afterward. Honestly, I don't even have to go anywhere and I feel wiped out most days before lunch. Guess that's just the point in the pregnancy.
One of my very good friends delivered her first baby boy yesterday (they had 2 girls first). She was due 5 1/2 weeks before me. So I'm definitely getting very excited as the day draws quickly near!!!
Until next time...
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The weather around here has been a little nutty. We had a decent amount of snow about a week or two ago. Then shortly after that, we got a good deal of ice to slick things up a bit. Now I've heard they are calling for another 4-6in of snow on Christmas Eve. Fun stuff. I took lots of pictures and a few videos for those of you interested, see my last post. It started melting today, just in time for the next batch I guess.
James and I went to a nice, formal Christmas party on Saturday. This was our 3rd year attending and it's always fun. See pictures at the link in my last post as well. I borrowed a maternity dress that worked perfectly. I actually felt cute in it. Kind of hard to feel that way at this point. I feel like I've swallowed a basketball and my face is starting to look like a little round ball itself. :)
So more baby stuff... My midwife appointment was another short and sweet one. Gained 2 more pounds (up 29 now). Blood pressure still great. She didn't comment on the measurements but said everything looked and sounded good. I'll be back again next week. I did ask her about the contractions and she told me it's normal for just about anything to cause contractions at this point. I figured it probably was but wanted to ask just in case. I was actually having a great deal of contractions at our formal event Saturday but after I drank a bit of water they stopped. Guess I was a little dehydrated. I'm trying to stay on top of that.
I've continued to have a lot of back pain: location and intensity dependent on the day. Most of the pains are from the spasms I get on my right, mid-back. Sometimes it's the typical low back pain anyone gets at this point in the pregnancy. For the last few months, I've had the habit of waking up on my back with my arms overhead. (I fall asleep on my side). I have NO idea why I'm sleeping this way or how to stop. But when I do, I often wake up with back pain. Weird.
Anyway, I think I've written enough for the week. Until next time!
Monday, December 20, 2010
See pictures here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=251053&id=607147099&l=4d06f7af91
Can I even begin to tell you how exciting this is?! :) I LOVE taking pictures and my camera was on it's last leg. It was literally being held together with electrical tape!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Braxton-Hicks are getting much more frequent and stronger these days. If I've been sitting and I stand suddenly, I get a contraction. If I get really cold or anxious about something (like when I was watching Inception the other night), I get a contraction. It's really quite entertaining. I'm going to mention it to the midwife when I go back and see if she comments.
Sophia has started something new: playing in my ribs. :) I've really never experienced this with any of my previous pregnancies. My babies tend to be small (5.9 and 6.8lbs at birth) and I carry them very low. So I guess that means most of my interesting feelings and pains are in my pelvis and lower abdomen. Feeling the baby in my ribs is funny to say the least. I wonder if she's taller than my other two? Or maybe she's a jumper? haha We'll soon find out!
We're still getting over the snot here. Hannah's eyes are great now. The doctor did end up putting Benjamin on the drops as his eyes were just starting to look a little pink. She'd rather be proactive, all things considering. We just took him in because he'd been fussy and thought maybe he had an ear infection. Ears were clear though. Now if only I could get rid of my snot issues, we'd be set.
Until next time...
Saturday, December 11, 2010
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Speaking of health, I'm guessing all that snot finally took it's toll. Hannah now has double pink eye. She's on antibiotics and should no longer be contagious after lunchtime today. Now we're praying Benjamin doesn't get it... that won't be fun!
Friday was my midwife appointment. To my great surprise, even after Thanksgiving, my weight gain has slowed down! I only gained 1.5lbs in two weeks... better than I have been. So I'm at 27.5lbs total gain so far. It was a pretty short visit. Everything looked, sounded and measured fine. Back again next week.
I'm continuing to deal with the back spasm a bit. Could be better, could be worse. I guess I need to be grateful I'm not bedridden or anything.
Until next time...
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Then Sunday, we had our community group from church over for a potluck dinner. I didn't think to take pictures that night because there were quite a few people here (13 adults and 10 kids). It was a little more rambunctious but fun and lots of good food. So between the two good meals in a row, I'm sure Sophia got her fill. We'll see how much weight I've gained on Friday.
Overall, things seem to be going well with the pregnancy. I have a place on the right side of my middle back that gets a muscle spasm in it off and on, especially when I'm pregnant. That's really been bothering me lately. I'm constantly pulling out my rice sock to relieve the pain since I can't take muscle relaxers while I'm pregnant. My mom keeps getting onto me about carrying my 19mo old around. He's been sick for the last few weeks though and he's cutting THREE molars so I can't help but feel bad for him. Fortunately he's small for his age (only 22lbs), so better than it could be.
Speaking of being sick, the kids and I have been fighting a yucky cold for over a week now. Mainly just congestion and/or runny noses with some of the fun that brings. It seems it may finally be leaving us as I didn't wipe nearly as many snot noses yesterday aside from my own. I sure hope so! It's very hard to sleep when it feels like there are corks in your nose.
Until next time!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Anyway, I had my last monthly midwife visit during week 28. From now on, it's bi-weekly visits. I was almost dead on with my weight gain, 26lbs. By tape measure standards, I am measuring behind. That was no surprise though, I always start measuring behind at this point. Since I was already having an ultrasound, there were no worries. My placenta has moved up and is no cause for concern. Yay! Sophia was measuring in the 45th percentile, right on target. The ultrasound tech said my measurements were probably a result of her positioning, way down in my pelvis. I find it interesting that my babies decide to stay as low as they possibly can while in the womb. It's nice that I don't typically have feet in my ribs. It's not so nice in the pain/pressure it can cause in my pelvis.
My blood pressure and vitals were all great. I haven't heard anything about my glucose test which was almost one week ago so that should mean I'm in the clear - hopefully! My back is still hurting a bit and the fatigue is there but manageable. The nausea went away with the stomach issues, praise God!
I've included the latest belly shot, taken at 28wks and 5 days. I think you'll agree - there is certainly a belly there! Of course it's always interesting to see what you look like in different maternity clothes, even on the same day.
Tonight I finished getting all of Sophia's clothes put away. It's becoming more and more real. I can't wait to meet her!
Until next time...
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
To try and keep a positive mindset in this post, as much as I'm aware, little Sophie is doing great. She continues to move around quite frequently. I can't help but daydream sometimes about what she may be like. Will she be stronger willed and dramatic like her sister? Will she be more laid back and energetic like her brother? Will she have medical issues (like Hannah's crazy jaundice, torticollis, crooked sacral dimple or Benjamin's need for a helmet) or allergies (like Hannah's dairy and soy issues)? Will she be a cryer or a content baby? Will she take a pacifier, suck her thumb (like Benjamin) or neither (like Hannah)? Will she be a Mommy's girl or Daddy's girl? What will she look like? When will she get her first teeth? How much hair will she have when she's born? Isn't it funny all the crazy questions that come to mind?
The exhaustion has continued. I've decided it must just be this part of the pregnancy. It doesn't matter how much sleep or rest I'm getting, I'm physically tired just about all day. So I'm trying to be careful not to overdo it - easier said than done during the holidays. I also started to get some evening nausea again. It's not quite as bad as it was during the early days of pregnancy but it's noticeable. It hasn't made me physically sick yet, just yucky feeling.
All that said, I must say, the day cannot come quickly enough. :) I'm ready to hold Sophia in my arms versus my belly. Of course, that doesn't mean I want to go into labor now. I want a full term delivery if possible. I'm glad Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are fast approaching... it should make the time go by much faster!
Until next time....
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday brought the effects of Daylight Savings. Honestly, the kids adjusted fairly well because I've been backing up their schedules for the last 2 weeks. By the time we 'lost' an hour, they were already adjusted 45 minutes worth. I can tell they've both been very tired in general lately but they're getting the usual amounts of sleep so I'm not sure what the deal is. Then again, as I mentioned in my last post, I've also been extremely tired lately. My latest theory is that it's the indoor heat / dry air that's making us sleepy. Wonder if I'm accurate at all there?
Starting last week, our next two months get crazy for the holiday season. Between James' jobs and other activities, things don't slow down much until January. So here's to praying for peace in the midst of it all!
This weekend I'm hosting a baby shower for a good friend of mine. She has two little girls right now and this will be their first boy. It should be fun. This week and next are busy for me on the babysitting side. But busy with babysitting means extra money so that's a bonus for sure. I have my next midwife appointment on Wednesday complete with glucose testing and another ultrasound to make sure my placenta is out of the way. Then I have one more women's conference on the weekend. But that one I'm not teaching anything, just attending, so that should be fun as well.
Sophia continues to do somersaults in my belly. I can tell how big she's getting when I feel her on both sides at the same time. James and I have been toying with the idea lately that maybe she'll be blonde or have blue eyes. Ha! Not a likely chance considering he's Asian but we can pretend, right?
Until next time...
Thursday, November 4, 2010
As for Halloween fun, we attended the Zoo party and Trick-or-Treating in our neighborhood. Hannah LOVED getting all the candy this year and very much enjoyed being Minnie Mouse twice. Benjamin's 'ears' kept falling down so that was a bit annoying and he wasn't a huge fan of the gloves, though he did okay with them. If you want to see more pictures of our activities, check out our last few posts.
The fatigue is quickly setting back in. I'm not sure if it was just having a busy week and weekend or if it's just that time of the pregnancy. I'm feeling pretty wiped out by 8ish, even if I get a nap in the afternoon. I do get up at 6am most days but I'm typically in bed around 10. I'd think 8 hours would be enough sleep. With the extra weight on my body, I'm starting to feel it more physically. A few weeks ago, I started doing Yoga again. I borrowed a prenatal yoga video from a friend and it's been great. I feel SO much better afterwards. I'm averaging 3-4 days a week with it.
Sophia is REALLY starting to move around now. I mean, I've felt her for weeks but it's turning more into that 'alien in my belly' look/feel. It's quite entertaining. Hannah has enjoyed the few times she's felt her moving. She even knocks on my belly to 'wake her up.' haha
Until next time...
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
My next appointment will be rather long with a touch of fun and not-so-fun things. The not-so-fun glucose test will be a part of it. Then afterwards, I get to eat and drink a lot of water and have another ultrasound. Because my placenta was rather low last time, they just want to make sure it's not going to be a problem. I'm okay with that, I love ultrasounds! Then the usual appointment with the midwife afterwards.
The Braxton-Hicks contractions are finally back. Not that I missed them for sure. I'm having trouble falling asleep at night again. This is rarely a problem for me as I'm so exhausted by bedtime, I fall asleep as soon as I hit the pillow. I'm thinking my nice daytime naps are the culprit. So I'm limiting myself there.
Got a call from the cardiologist today. He said my ECHO/stress test combination came back completely normal. Yay...I think? It's frustrating to have no obvious 'cause' for these issues but reassuring to know nothing serious is wrong. So no more tests unless something crazy happens. Fortunately, I've been feeling pretty good these last few weeks overall. So that's a certain praise.
My inlaws come in town this week. We haven't seen them since July (they live in Florida and we're in Kentucky) and we probably won't see them again until Sophia joins us. It should be a fun time doing a few things with the kids. We'll probably go to an Elmo exhibit/learn-about-the-body thing one day. Plan on the huge Halloween party at the zoo one night. Fun at a farm one morning and then of course Trick or Treating Sunday night. All weather-pending of course. The kids are going to be Mickey and Minnie Mouse... I'm still finishing up their costumes. I'll think they'll be super cute. I'll be sure to include pictures once I get them!
I guess that's it for now! Until next time...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I have my new midwife appointment Wednesday (20th). I have a feeling I'll get some comments on my weight gain. When I went to the cardiologist last week, they weighed me. Assuming their scale is in line with the one at my midwife's office, I've gained 20lbs already with this pregnancy! Holy moly! I only gained 29 total with Hannah and 31 with Benjamin. Even if I slow down and only gain the recommended 1lb per week till delivery, I'm still looking at 37. Agh. I know I'm not overeating but I do need to be more mindful of how many sweets I eat. It's just strange... I swear I'm not eating any more (or exercising any less) then I did with the other two but my body is just acting differently this time. And some people from church are still approaching me and proclaiming "I didn't even know you were pregnant." Seriously?! You don't see this huge bump in front of me!?
My cardiologist appointment went well, though nothing new to announce. He still seems confused even after 3 1/2 weeks of me wearing a heart monitor. He wants to do one more test and then if it comes back okay, be done. He seems to think it's just the extra stress of the pregnancy on my body and bad heartburn on top of it. I guess only the good Lord knows.
Overall, minus the heart issues when they arise, I'm feeling pretty good during this phase of the pregnancy. They call the second trimester the honeymoon trimester for a reason I guess. My back hurts a little but usually only when I overwork myself during the day or pick up one too many kids too often. I'm not really feeling sick anymore. Just heartburn issues and being stopped up occasionally. With my first two, I had a really stuffy nose the entire pregnancies. I've only had the slightest issues with that so far. Fatigue depends on the day. I still nap about 4-5 days during the week when the kids nap. Since I get up at 6a, I'm usually pretty wiped out by nap time. So that's a blessing.
Until next time!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
So for week 22.... it was fairly relaxed really. We had several things scheduled over the weekend. However, we ended up unexpectedly housing some guests from Houston and so we canceled our other plans. These last few weeks have really been quite relaxed and I'm a big fan of relaxed!
There's nothing much new going on with Sophia. Continuing to move around a lot, which I love. On the not so fun side, the heartburn issues are getting even more persistent. It's weird. If I eat too much, I start getting heartburn. That one makes sense. But then when my stomach starts to get empty again, the heartburn returns. Can anyone explain that one to me?
I go back to the cardiologist Thursday to see what he'll say, if anything new. I'm going to ask him about the toll this issue may be taking on my body long term. If it is indeed a result of the pregnancy, we are considering this being our last. That said, we are not ready to stop growing our family and have always had hearts for adoption. Even if this does end up being our last biological child, we'll certainly pursue the orphan next. We'll see what the Lord brings our way!
Until next time...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
In the meantime, Sophia is definitely getting more noticeably active. I LOVE feeling her move around and it makes me smile each time. I'm sure it will begin to get a bit frustrating once she tries to keep me awake at night. But for now...
Hannah continues to be both excited and protective of her. My little guy, Benjamin, likes to wrestle and crawl around on top of everyone if they'll let him. If he gets on top of, or too rowdy with my stomach, Hannah is quick to remind him to be careful for baby Sophia. She's excited about playing dress up "when they get older" and sharing her room with her sister. I look forward to see the sisters interact as I had a sister and can't imagine not.
Hannah and Benjamin have both been very challenging lately. Hannah (who's about 3 1/2) has really started having a smart mouth and Benjamin (17mo) has entered tantrum stage. It seems that both have increased at once so we're really praying and seeking hard how to respond and discipline them both in their issues. We don't want to just change their behavior, we want to reach and change their hearts. By God's grace, this too shall pass.
Until next time...
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
On the more surprising side of things was my weight gain. So far, I'd only gained 3lbs. Well, add 5 weeks of less nausea and an increased appetite and add NINE pounds! Holy moly! My midwife gave me the benefit of a doubt and suggested a pound or two could probably be attributed to the nearly 30oz of water I drank before my ultrasound. She didn't seem overly concerned and neither am I. So far I've gained 12lbs and I'm 21wks. With my other two kids, I gained 13lbs in the first trimester alone! In the end, I gained 29 with my daughter and 31 with my son. So we'll see. I started off at 118lbs and 5'6 so I could stand to gain a little anyway. :)
Other vitals and everything were great. That's always a nice thing. I guess the next big and non-exciting test will be the glucose screening. I failed it the first time with my son and passed it with flying colors the second time. I'm quite certain my breakfast played a part that day. I'm going to request to do it fasting the first time to keep from having to mess with a retest for no good reason. Hopefully they'll let me.
We went out of town for my nephew's 5th birthday party this weekend. It was a very short trip as we left Friday morning and returned Saturday night (it's about a 4hr drive with kids). By God's grace, both kids did really well overall with the driving. My husband had to work so it was just me with them. On Saturday morning, I got nauseous out of the blue. That hasn't happened in a while. I ate a peanut butter sandwich and drank some Sprite. After about an hour or so, it passed. That was a blessing.
Until next time...
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
So what did he actually say? Well, he's not sure what's causing it though he doesn't believe it's structural (blockage, etc.) based on my symptoms and other factors. The ECHO will confirm that. He did seem to think it's pregnancy related - though not serious. He said my heart is likely just working harder with this fourth pregnancy. So...though uncomfortable, another doc says it's likely not serious. That's hopeful. We'll see if anything comes up with the heart monitor or ECHO.
Babywise... little Sophia is finally doing some flips. :) I say finally because I felt it was forever before she really started making 'noticeable' movements. I LOVE feeling the baby move during pregnancy. That is by far my favorite part. Now that being said, they can certainly make you uncomfortable at times but I still like it overall. It's such a joy and seems so miraculous to me. By the time I write next, I'll be able to give all the fun info from my midwife visit. We have our 20 wk ultrasound and I always love watching that. It's also reassuring if there are no health issues of course. I'm always curious to see how 'average' the baby is in size. I tend to have slightly smaller children (my hubby is Asian and 5'3") so that's fun too. A confirmation of the baby's sex from another doctor will be great too. You hear so many stories of the sex being wrong. I can't imagine! As much as we're aware, she's a Sophia!
I've also included a picture of me taken at 19wks and 3 days. There's no missing the belly!
Until next time...
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
At first, Little Bit wasn't in the best viewing position. From what he saw then, he thought it was probably a girl but didn't confirm yet. He explained sometimes at this stage, a little boy's 'parts' may not have descended yet and it was hard to tell for sure based on the baby's position. We continued to check out other important aspects of the baby to reveal a beautiful head, brain formation, heart chambers, etc. The placenta is in a good place so no fear of Previa. Then, the baby moved around a bit on her own to give us a crystal clear shot of her 'parts'. The doctor told us that while little boy's could often hide their 'stuff,' he was fairly certain there was no where for this baby to be hiding anything! He confidently told us we were having another little girl! We're super excited and so is our daughter. Our next big excitement will be seeing Sophia Joy's beautiful face early next year!
All that said, I'm convinced that a few more pregnancy 'wives tales' are simply myths.
#1: A woman's 'boy' pregnancies will be distinctive from her 'girl' pregnancies. False. So far, in many more ways than not, this pregnancy has mirrored that of my son's. And... she's not a boy.
#2: A woman can just 'feel' whether or not she's having a boy or girl. False (and don't get testy on me here, hehe). I've now been pregnant 4 times (though we lost the second early on). I'm one for three in the guessing game as I've 'felt' all the pregnancies were boys. You have a 50/50 shot at guessing right - some of you are just good guessers. :)
I feel like I've suddenly ballooned in size. Really, it's as if I woke up with a belly one day. I'll try to take an updated picture soon. My cardiologist appointment is Thursday so I'll update on that when I can. So far, my heart issues have been touch and go. Pretty regular for about a week and then barely noticeable the last two days... so that's a praise.
Until next time, take care!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sleep is going a bit better. Still waking up but not as often. Heartburn about the same. I'm doing a better job of watching my intake though so that's helpful.
I've felt the baby a tad bit more this week. That's really good since I haven't been feeling well. I do worry that after switching to a midwife, I'll still end up having to go to the OB now that I've got a 'heart issue.' (And may I clarify - I'm not anti-OB, I just switched offices specifically to have these particular midwives, that's all). :) My cardiologist appointment is before my next midwife visit so at least I'll have something a little more concrete. At that point, I guess I'll find out if I'm considered high risk.
So all this sounds so negative and I guess on the health side, it is. However, the week itself was not bad. We had a weekend of gorgeous weather here in Louisville. In one day I went shopping with my mom and the kids, went on a picnic and to the park, flew a kite with my daughter and painted finger and toenails with her. Sunday we went to church as a family, ate a great lunch at Qdoba (my favorite place!), took a nice, long, breeze-filled afternoon nap and rested in the evening. It was a great weekend! This coming week, my husband and I celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary so that's exciting! Even in the midst of uncertainty and heartache (literally, hehe), God has been good in bringing me joy.
Until next time...
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I did get my ultrasound rescheduled and it's only a day later. So September 22nd is the planned day. James and I were talking about it again the other day. Though we both kind of want another girl, we're both pretty convinced it's a boy. The pregnancy has been most similar to that with Benjamin, for whatever that's worth. Then again, I've thought all of my pregnancies were boys... hehe We'll just have to wait and see. I'm really excited to see the ultrasound too just because I don't feel the baby all that much. I remember feeling Benjamin much more by this point in the pregnancy. It'll just be nice peace of mind.
One of my closest college friends came and visited during week 16. That was nice. The last time I saw her was under sad circumstances as she lost her second child to SIDS. It was nice to chat, get to know each other better as mamas and have our husbands involved as well. Before then, she didn't really know my husband well because they haven't lived here since I got married.
In the next week or two, I plan to begin preschool homeschooling our daughter Hannah. We're using Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum and I'm pretty excited about it. I've been prepping myself and arranging our schedule to fit it in to our day to day routines. We're also starting a homeschool co-op on September 13th so I'm really looking forward to that.
Benjamin has been pretty miserable this week trying to cut a tooth. I've been able to see the tooth right under his gum line for about a week now. He started drooling again, had a low fever for a few days, constantly has something shoved in his mouth and has been crying like it's the end of the world. We took him to the doc just to rule out anything else (which she did), so we're just waiting. I feel bad for the little guy but it's been very draining on Mommy as well. :)
I think that's enough for now! Until next time...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Week 15 was pretty busy. I already wrote about my midwife visit so I won't repeat that. I'm supposed to find out the sex of the baby on Sept. 21. However, I just found out that I have to work that day (I nanny a little boy, usually twice weekly) so I'm going to have to move it. Hopefully it'll still be close to that day! In addition to seeing the midwife, my husband and I were busy with a wedding. We do premarital counseling through our church and being a pastor, my husband periodically marries the couples as well. So Friday night we had a really yummy dinner at a local restaurant. I ate WAY too much and was very uncomfortable. Well, I guess it made Little Bit uncomfy too because not once but twice I felt very noticeable kicks/jabs in my lower belly. Though I could always be wrong, I'm pretty certain those were the first noticeable movements I've felt this pregnancy. Hands down, my favorite part of pregnancy is feeling the baby move. To me, there is just something so amazing about having a tiny human growing and moving inside of me.
Then Saturday night we had the wedding for the couple. It was an outside, country wedding and was so cute! The food there was fabulous as well. Now that food isn't making me so queasy, I'm eating more and therefore dealing with heartburn. Monday night, I took my mom to see a Mercy Me concert up at the Kentucky State Fair. It's been a while since I've been to a concert. After a lot of walking, we enjoyed a great concert in a stadium with beautiful weather!
Speaking of weather, it's finally cooled down here a bit in Kentucky. It's been in the 80's with the occasional breeze versus 90s-100s! I LOVE the fall! I'm sure we'll still get a few more heat spurts before it's over but for now, I'm enjoying it.
Until next time...
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Other than that, not much exciting happened so I'm going to 'cheat' a little and tell you about my first day of week 15 (my midwife visit). :) It was super short and sweet. Blood pressure great (112/66), weight gain good (3.2lbs since last visit 4wks ago), and heartbeat sounding nice and clear this time. For some strange reason, I actually enjoy my prenatal visits. It's not like I do anything fun while I'm there. It's just that every visit gives me the reassurance I need that things are still moving along well. I'm already having a noticeable amount of pressure 'down there' so I mentioned that to her. She said it was very common with third pregnancies or more. My tummy is having a much more difficult time digesting food this go around so that's not been fun either. Then the fact that everyone keeps commenting on how 'little' weight I've gained or how 'tiny' I still am really bothers me. I wanted to make sure my midwife wasn't concerned. She said I can 'blame' the small tummy on a long torso and the fact that I'm only 15weeks along (which is what I keep trying to remind everyone). She said my uterus measures exactly where it should.
My next appointment is not scheduled for five weeks but it's done that way so they can do the ultrasound at the same time. For some reason, they prefer to wait until 20 weeks to do the anatomy scan. SO, September 21st is the big day if the baby cooperates! James and I are hoping for another girl this time, partly for practical reasons and partly cause I want Hannah to have a sister somewhat close in age. My sister and I are 18mo apart and I couldn't imagine it any different. Hannah will already be nearly 4 years older even if it is a girl. We'll see. We'll obviously be happy either way. A girl will be Sophia Joy and a boy will be Daniel Brian.
In my last post, I mentioned Hannah getting used to being without her beloved blanket for sleep times. She had a rough first few days but is doing great now so that's good news!
Until next time...
Monday, August 9, 2010
So... more comparisons. Nausea and sickness-wise, this pregnancy has been almost identical to my last (with my son Benjamin). As far as timing, intensity and so forth, that is. So far my face has not broken out. With Benjamin, it broke out like I was a teenager again. With Hannah, I had amazingly clear skin - about like now. Emotionally, I think my hormones are starting to level out. I've always been an easy crier but it seems to be back to normal again.
I've had a few nights difficulty sleeping well. I'm falling asleep okay but waking up very often throughout the night for no apparent reason. Of course half the time I've rolled onto my back (I'm a side sleeper) and I'm not comfortable. Maybe that's part of it.
Today we decided to take my daughter's beloved blankets and replace them with a "Build a Bear" gift. She sleeps while sucking on the edges of the blanket and has since she was 1. We wouldn't mind for her to continue if she didn't keep it in her mouth. It just gets really gross and has to be washed constantly - obviously not hygienic. She was super excited this morning as we made the trip very special (we've never been to Build-a-Bear). She chose a gray kitty cat and had a lot of fun with it. However, when nap time came, all excitement was out the door and she was incredibly upset. Pray for a smooth transition as there will probably be a few rough sleep times.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
So baby-wise... nausea continues to be touch and go but WAY better than it was. The Zophran was definitely a life saver in Hawaii. I tried to only take it once per day and occasionally I didn't take it at all. I actually did not get physically sick until the very end of our time there. Then, it was probably lack of rest and continued change of diet. I continued to have tummy troubles until we returned home but things seem to be normal again there. :) I've been super tired but I have no doubt that is due to jet lag (6hr time difference) and pure fatigue from doing so much while we were there. Now I'm trying to get the house back in order and I need to make a grocery run. Life in the fast lane again!
I'll close with the pictures of Hawaii I've been promising. Enjoy!!! http://jamesandterra.blogspot.com/2010/08/hawaii-pictures.html
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Nausea has been super off and on. I felt great during the mornings for about 4 or 5 days and started getting nauseous in the evenings after dinner. Then yesterday and today, I've felt nauseous off and on all day again. Blah. Fortunately, my doc prescribed me some Zophran for the trip. That has given me some relief though not entirely. I've also been having tummy troubles ever since arriving....not sure what the deal is there. All that said, we've had a good time. My husband's bro-in-law is going to be ordained on Sunday and my husband is part of the process, that's why we're here. Of course it makes for a nice vacation as well! I don't really have the time and energy to upload pictures right now so maybe with my next post.
I was talking to my husband today about pregnancy stuff. I remember during my second pregnancy noticing I was somewhat bigger by my 11th-13th weeks. This time, comparing myself to pictures taken with my last two, I feel WAY bigger. Funny thing is that I've gained less weight so far but really feel a ton bigger. Oh well.... guess that's what happens when you're not in great shape prior to getting pregnant with your third. People are always commenting on how skinny I am (which I am very small for my size) and yet I have to remind them that you can be skinny and very out of shape.
Well, back to enjoying our vacation. It's nice to know my mom is taking care of our place while we're gone (thanks Mom!). Until next time...
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
One exciting thing: we officially settled on baby names... for the most part. If the baby is a girl, she'll be Sophia Joy. Sophia is Greek for wisdom and the meaning of Joy is obvious. If the baby is a boy, his name will be Daniel. We haven't agreed on a middle name yet, though we're thinking maybe Thomas. So that's the big deal for the week.
Yesterday, I had my first official pregnancy visit and at a new office. Both the office and the staff were highly recommended to me by multiple friends. It's the first time I've had a midwife as opposed to an OB so it'll be a little new for me. Over all, the visit went very well. I've only gained 2-3 lbs (which surprised me, I feel bigger). Blood pressure and vitals were good. Had all the routine things done (bloodwork, pap, etc). My favorite part, as always the first visit, was hearing the baby's heartbeat for the first time. There is just something so magical and miraculous about that to me. It's amazing to me that the baby can be barely over an inch long (from head to bottom) and yet technology allows us to hear that tiny heartbeat! I just smiled and smiled. Another plus, the midwive wrote me a prescription for Zophran to try and help with my nausea/vomitting issues. This Friday we're leaving for Hawaii and will be on three planes for a total of about 11-12hrs. We have a 3yr old and a 15mo old (who will be a lap baby). She said the Zophran would be better for the trip than Phenergan because it doesn't have the sedative effect. We'll see. I'm up for trying anything.
Speaking of Hawaii...that's the big prayer request of the week. In addition to the literal flight time, we'll have a 6hr time change. I'm pretty nervous about all that. We'll be gone for 11 days. My husband's brother-in-law is being ordained and my husband (a lay pastor) is part of the ceremony. We're excited about it. Fortunately, my mom is currently living with us so she'll be able to watch and take care of the house while we're gone. If I get any good pictures, I'll try to include some in one of my next few posts.
I guess that's it for now...
Until next time, take care,
Friday, July 16, 2010
The nausea/vomiting battle has continued. Food just isn't as much fun right now. I eat because I'm nauseous, not usually because I'm hungry. If I eat anything past dinner, it'll probably come back up so I've started refraining from that. The smell of just about everything grosses me out so I breathe through my mouth a good portion of the day.
One fun thing we did do as a family this week was attend Chick-Fil-A's National Cow Appreciation Day. For those of you unfamiliar, if you dress like a cow and come into the restaurant on that day (July 9), you get a free meal. Free food? Always up for that. So, all four of us (yes, all of us) dressed as cows. I took Chick-Fil-A's 'starter kit' from their website and printed a few copies. Then I stapled the spots/signs to our outfits (old clothes that were mainly black or white). Hannah and I wore our ears in pigtails to look like ears. Benjamin and James had ears taped to headbands. The kids and I also had our noses painted brown. Check out our picture! It was a lot of fun and we were more creative this year than last. Maybe next year will be even more entertaining as there will be 5 of us. :)
Other than that, there's really nothing exciting to report. My first appointment with my midwife is Monday. This is a brand new office and staff for me so I should have plenty to share about. I'll keep you posted!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The fatigue is not horrible right now, so that's a praise. I've learned that if I get something on my stomach soon after waking, I can stomach a cup of coffee shortly afterwards. If I get that cup of coffee, I can make it till the kid's naptime - at least so far. By God's grace, about 5 days a week, I'm napping while the kids do so that's a HUGE help.
Then I have a great husband and mom. I feel really bad because I've let the house go a bit and I always start feeling the worst right after James gets home from work. Both he and my mom (who's living with us temporarily) have been cleaning up the after dinner mess. Then one will bathe the kids and the other clean up the rest of the house. And all while I sit staring blankly into a wall feeling like any movement will end badly. So I'm incredibly grateful for them. Just tonight, after dinner (and a busy day at work), James took both kids out for a 'date' so Mommy could get some rest. Seriously great.
I realize I've spoken about not much other than feeling gross. Well, that pretty much sums up the week honestly. I need every bit of grace every morning I awake.
In other news, I had a checkup for my BPPV (positional vertigo). I started having extremely dizzy/nausea bouts shortly after Benjamin was born in April 09. After 5 months, a lot of bloodwork, 2 MRIs, and 5 doctors, I was finally diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. The BPPV itself is officially cleared. However, as a result of the last 6 months of therapy, my vertical balance is, as the doctor described it, extremely abnormal. Ha. That just made me laugh. Of course it is! So now, instead of therapy for positional vertigo, I'm doing vestibular rehabilitation to try and retrain my eyes/ears to understand my vertical head movements properly. Tell me that's not just crazy? :)
Oh...and here's a picture of our 4th of July 'attire.' I don't dress us alike often but I like to play on the holidays. :)
Until next week...
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
On the pregnancy front, not a great deal of new things going on this week. Which, in my opinion, is a fantastic thing this early in the pregnancy. Just trying to get over the sick hump. I keep praying it's a normal pregnancy and I only have 4 or so more weeks of this.
I did switch doctor's this week. I loved my OB (and staff) where I was with Benjamin. However, in the last year, they've gotten off the charts busy and big! I called because I needed to reschedule an appointment and they told me it'd be at least another month before they could get me in. If that was the first time it'd happened, it wouldn't be as big of a deal...but it's not. So after asking around and getting recommendations, I switched to an office just three miles further. I'm really excited about the change though. I'll actually have a certified nurse midwife to assist my doula with delivery. Also, the hospital where I'll be delivering is known for working very well with moms trying to have natural deliveries. Unless an unforeseen medical issue comes up, I do plan on attempting another natural delivery like I had with Benjamin. My first appointment is around 11 weeks so I'll be sure to keep you updated. Fun stuff! :)
The trip to W. KY this weekend went well overall. The sleeping situation was interesting but to my surprise, it wasn't the kids disturbing my sleep - it was the noisy neighbors!
I guess that's it for now... I need some rest!
Until next time...
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Then the fatigue... how do I forget that part? I'm sleeping around 9hrs each night and still so tired during the day. It's all I can do to stay alert and chipper enough to entertain and care for the kids. After dinner, I'm pretty much wiped out. Oh...and that's even when I get to nap when they do!
I praise God that these symptoms mean things are probably continuing in that belly of mine. Of course all of that is still in His hands.
This past weekend we got to enjoy a nice, fun and relaxing trip to West Baden, Indiana for an elder's/elder's wives retreat. That was great. The downside was that my BPPV (vertigo) was hitting me on top of the baby sickness so I was not without issues for sure. But still...over all it was wonderful.
I'll be traveling to Western Kentucky this weekend with the kids for my niece's bday party. It'll be good to see family but I'm really not looking forward to the 3hr drive (with all this sick feeling) or sleeping in the same room with both kids. Should prove entertaining for sure.
For now, that's all I have. I really need some sleep (surprise!) and it's not even 10p!
Until next time...
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Towards the end of week 5, I was suddenly slammed with fatigue. With my previous pregnancies, I remember being so tired and 9-10hrs of sleep a night still not being enough. I've felt that same pull for the last several days. I've been trying to get out of the house a bit more so that I'm not tempted to lay around and do nothing while the kids wonder what's wrong with me. Hannah has been particularly entertaining. She'll ask me what's wrong and I'll tell her that Mommy's just really tired. She then reminds me, "but it's not night-night time yet." Oh - how I know! Benjamin is in the process of dropping his morning nap which makes it tricky as well. He's in a bad mood by 10ish but if he naps, his afternoon nap is pretty much non-existent. So while I'm super-tired, I'm having to keep him awake! Oh...and did I mention he cut THREE teeth last week?! Yeah... and I wonder why he's been cranky? :)
Speaking of the kids... Benjamin started all-out walking last week. I posted a video in a separate post. He's officially on the move.
This weekend, James and I have the blessing of going on a super awesome retreat with the other elders (pastors) and their wives, of our church. We're SO excited! We leave early Friday morning and will be back Saturday afternoon. The kids will be with a capable babysitter during that time so pray for peace in their little hearts. :)
I woke up this morning feeling nauseous, not so fun. But I'm in week 6 now so I'll save that for the next post.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
For those of you that have followed our blog for a while, you know that I've journaled/blogged all three of my previous pregnancies. Which brings us to a point of clarification, our second pregnancy ended in a miscarriage (see here and here for details).
This means, Lord-willing, I'm going to start my weekly pregnancy blog updates again. Aren't you so excited? :)
Right now, you can pray for our trust in God and His sovereignty. Because we lost our second baby, we always have the fear of that happening again. We've had dear friends lose many more than one and our hearts break for them. I've battled with some stomach cramping for several months now but when it greatly intensified the night I found out I was pregnant, it sent fear all through me. I've been to the doctor within the last month, had several ultrasounds and they've yet to figure out a problem so I'm hoping it's just digestive. Anyway...so there's the request.
We're starting to think of names again. All of the names I really like are the most popular ones in the country. Not that I'm totally against that but I'd rather have something a tiny bit different. We've obviously got some time to think about it though.
A few people have asked if we want another boy or another girl. Great question - as if we get to choose! :) We really don't have preferences as of now. In general, I'd love another laid back little baby like Benjamin was. But I can't promise that was the 'boy' in him for sure. The 'drama' of Hannah is a bit much but again, how do I know that's all 'girl' and not just all 'Hannah?' Hmmmm....
So I guess that's it for now! How's that for a blog update!?
Until next time and with much excitement,
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Most of you probably know by now but we're expecting again! By my most recent calculations, the expected due date is around February 7th, 2011. We're super excited and that means I'll *try* to start my pregnancy posts again like I did with the other kids. We'll be sure to keep you posted!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Here are the goods: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4514194&l=4bb7b3976d&id=607147099
Saturday, May 15, 2010
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Sunday, April 4, 2010
Today we celebrated a wonderful and beautiful Resurrection Day!!! Praise the Lord for Jesus Christ!
For now, Easter and other April pictures... Enjoy!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
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Friday, February 19, 2010
Benjamin just finished another round of antibiotics for his 3rd back to back ear infection. Hopefully that is taken care of. We go back to the "helmet doctor" Wednesday and the "head doctor" the following week. It's possible he may only be in the helmet a few more weeks. We'll see what the docs have to say.
Hannah has the typical snotty nose. But when doesn't she? :) Other than that, she seems completely healthy now. Her post-op ear checkup was great. Thanks to the pneumonia, we now own a nebulizer.
James seems to be fairly healthy, though we recently learned he has high cholesterol. So we're working to lower that.
I have finished my first 3 BPPV treatments. I initally started with two positive ears and a negative center (positive is bad/negative is good). This last visit, I was positive on the left and center but no longer on the right. So in a sense, that's two steps forward, one step back. BUT, because I'm no longer positive in both ears, I can try some at-home therapy for the next 4 weeks instead of in office. I have exercises that will take about 20-30 min that I have to do twice a day. In four weeks, I go back to the office to see if I've made any further progress. This also means no neckbrace for at least four weeks! Pending no crazy dizzy spells of course. Whoo hoo!
So there you have it. Our funny/always sick family! We've hit 3 1/2 deductibles already this year. And we have a pretty hefty deductible. But God is good and He continues to provide! We praise the Lord it "seems" we're on the upward swing of sickness.
Until next time...
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
BUT I also got a diagnosis for my biggest health issue! After 5/6mo of testing, I was diagnosed with BPPV. You can read my recent post on that for details... I had my first treatment this morning. Overall, not complicated. I'm a bit nauseous/lightheaded with a potential headache in the works...otherwise, okay. By God's grace, I have lots of wonderful friends/family helping us through it.
Benjamin had his 9mo well check the other day. He's just under 50th percentile for height (whoo hoo!) but just under 10th percentile for weight (despite the fact he eats all the time!). He's average with progress. Doc is not concerned that he's not crawling yet (cause he rolls all over the place). Hannah was not crawling at this age yet either. Overall, he appears to be in good health so that's a praise! The "helmet doctor," as we call him, said he may only have to wear the helmet for another 5 weeks. That's exciting. We'll see. It's really not that bad. Just a bit bulky and stinky (from where his head sweats). And it's a little harder to cuddle.... :)
Hannah is doing well. She loves to sing now and is enjoying learning new songs. She's very helpful and does a great job picking up when I ask her too. She's definitely a girl (and a child of mine) in that she can cry at the drop of a hat. That takes a bit of grace on my part for sure. She makes me laugh all during the day though so it brings sunshine into our home.
James is still working hard at Meijer. Nothing new and exciting to write about there. But we're grateful for the job. He continues to serve part-time as a corporate chaplain and he's now an official non-staff pastor at our church.
God is good and we are grateful! That's enough of an update for now. New videos coming tomorrow. New pictures on our flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesandterra/