Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Week 7: Still Struggling

I wish I could say that I'm feeling hunky dory and all things are smooth as pie... but the reality is, week seven definitely left me still struggling. To spare repetition from the last post, I'm mainly having issues on the nausea/fatigue side. It's truly off and on all day long. It's much worse in the mornings and again after dinner. So right now, I'm not feeling so hot. BUT, I do have much to be grateful for and that's another blessed little life growing inside of me! :)

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...
Terra

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Week 6: Yuck and Yawn

So if I ever doubted I was pregnant, this week proved otherwise. Holy moly... I woke up at 6weeks, 1day both nauseous and tired... and it hasn't stopped. Well, that's a little over simplified. The nausea doesn't last allllll day, though it does last off and on a good part of it. Starts in the morning as soon as I wake and lasts until 10ish. Kicks back in around lunch. Wavers throughout the day and then settles in for good again right after dinner. Fortunately, I haven't physically gotten sick yet...I just feel like I will.

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...
Terra

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Walgreens Deals

Somehow I forgot to post the last visit as well.... So here's today and last time! :)

Today:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4746479&l=3d76c6e2bd&id=607147099

Last visit:
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Enjoy!

Week 5 - Getting in the groove

So week 5 came and went pretty quickly. The week was a bit stressful because we lost our 2nd pregnancy during week 5. Obviously, we can lose a pregnancy at any given time but we had that particular fear hovering over us. By the end of the week, we felt a little relief.... until we got news that a friend of ours (who was likely due around the same time as me), DID miscarry. Our hearts broke for her and we continue to keep her and her family in our prayers. It's just a reminder that even if we are able to 'get pregnant easily,' we cannot guarantee anything. We have to trust in the sovereignty of our great God and believe that He is in full control.

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.

Until then...
Terra Santos

Monday, June 7, 2010

Week 4 - We're Pregnant!

Soooooooo..... unless you're on Facebook, you probably think I've fallen off the face of the planet. WELL, this post is to prove otherwise! :) Last Wednesday, I found out that we're expecting again! I waited a day to tell James so I could plot out how to best surprise him. You can check out my last post to see how (the picture Hannah made).

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,
Terra

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Another blessing on the way!


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!



Take care,
Terra Santos