I’m going to post this without pictures for now because I haven’t uploaded them yet and don’t have time right now, but I’ll try to post them soon.

 

*This is the TMI version of the birth. Blood, amniotic fluid and all. If that disturbs you, I’d recommend skipping this post.*

 

*Birth is usually a beautiful event. It is also a painful and sometimes dramatic event. This birth was mostly calm, but I don’t sugar-coat the pain. Just know that it was all 100% worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing because this is the way that my baby came into my arms and I am so thankful and blessed to have him here.*

 

I have a few spare minutes so I thought I’d try to get the birth story written down. It’s already getting very fuzzy on timelines and details but that’s ok. It was an absolutely beautiful birth. Horribly intense but very short labor. 38 weeks 5 days, the day before I was going to be induced, I spent the day at home with the boys just spending time together, cleaning up the house and getting the last items thrown in the hospital bags. We skipped nap time in favor of an early bedtime. The boys were in bed by 8pm and DH and I went to bed a little before 9. Of course, despite taking Unisom and a natural sleep supplement my sister L gave me, I didn’t fall asleep until after 11 and sleep was very fitful after that. I had to be up at 2:40am to get ready to leave for the hospital, but I woke up a little after 2 with pain in my leg and nervousness running crazy, so I got up around 2:20 and got a shower, curled my hair and had breakfast. We left the house a bit after 3:30 and got to the hospital at about 5am.

 

 

Once we got admitted to our room, the nurse hooked me and baby up to the monitor, asked 20 million questions and tried to start an IV. She couldn’t get it after 2 tries, so she had another nurse come in and get it started. That whole IV process took over half an hour! At that point, she flushed an entire bag of fluid through me and started the pitocin at 2 at about 7am or a little after. She checked me to get a starting point and I was 3cm, 60% effaced and baby was -2 station.

 

 

The contractions started soon after but were very mild, very short and not too frequent. (registering around 50 on the toco monitor)The next set of nurses came on shift right after that. One was in training and had only been there a few days and the other was so young, she couldn’t have been there long herself. They came in every half hour to increase the Pitocin by 2 and check my blood pressure. At 8:59am, I texted my mom to tell her that the contractions were getting stronger. At 9:04, I told her they were close. The Dr come in right after that to talk about breaking my water. I told her I didn’t want to yet and she asked when I would want her to. I told her, maybe in 4 hours. She said that was ok, but a long time and maybe 2 hours would be better and she would come back to check later. I asked her how high we were going to go on the Pitocin since I was VBAC and she said that they don’t usually induce VBACs so she couldn’t answer that. Then she left. At that point I had cycled through laboring in the bed, in the rocking chair and was now on the birth ball.

 

 

By the time they had bumped me to 6 on the pitocin, I told the nurse that I wouldn’t be able to stand much more. My contractions were over 124+ on the toco and happening very frequently. (From my labor with Levi, I knew that the pitocin on 3 was already too much for my body and they had to turn it off. Pathetic I know, but my uterus responds very very strong to just a tiny tiny bit.) I texted my mom at 9:25 that the contractions were much worse and very close, then at 9:33 I told her she should leave the house to come to the hospital soon! (They have a 1.5+ hour drive too) The nurse bumped the Pitocin to an 8 and I knew I couldn’t go any higher. The pressure and pain were horrendous by that point and I asked them to turn it down. I was trying to labor kneeling over the bed, and later standing while leaning on the bed. They kept saying that we wanted this kind of contractions and it was good, but from having been in labor before, I knew this was wayyy too intense for my body. Labor with Levi was very manageable. I could walk around and stop to squat with the contractions. I could breathe through them (until transition) but with these, I couldn’t bear it. I was breaking down crying and moaning very loudly and no matter how hard I tried to relax into the contraction and breathe through it, I couldn’t. They were coming very fast and the pain was completely localized on my c-section scar and intense downward pressure. Finally the nurses asked the Dr what to do and came back to the room to flush another bag of IV fluid through me and turn the Pitocin down to 4. Which helped space the contractions just a bit, and dimmed the pain enough that I stopped hyperventilating. My face and then my legs had gone numb from not being able to slow my breathing down, and my vision was getting weird, which was exactly what happened in my labor with Levi during transition. I kept saying “I’d think I was in transistion if it wasn’t so soon.” And the nurses and DH kept telling me that I probably was and that I should let the Dr come check me. I decided to try getting in the shower first because I couldn’t handle hearing that I hadn’t made any progress yet.

 

 

I got in the shower to sit on the seat for about 5 minutes, if that. It felt amazing and calmed me down, but the Dr came in the room again and asked if I wanted her to check me now or in 2 hours. I decided to do it now, even though I hated to get out of the shower, because I couldn’t imagine 2 more hours of this kind of labor. I had asked her at my first check, when I should get the epidural line placed and she said I didn’t have to. But at this point, hearing me while I was working through the pain and having 3 more contractions just getting out of the shower, she said I should go ahead and get it placed. I’m not sure if she became concerned because of the pain I was having or what, but all the pain was still localized to the scar area and downward pressure. She had talked earlier about putting a pressure monitor in my uterus to make sure I wasn’t rupturing, (never knew any such thing existed!) but said my water would have to be broken first. I didn’t have any scar pain with Levi, so that was new! Anyway, the Dr checked me and said I was 8cm, then she left the room with no other comment. I thought that was weird since I knew she wanted to break my water soon, but she was very respectful of what I wanted and I appreciated that she wasn’t pushy at all. It was just so completely different from my experience with the Dr who delivered Levi. Night and day.

 

 

So, the anesthesiologist showed up right away (DH took a call from my mom right about then at 10:47am) and I was thrilled to see him! All through my pregnancy, I had been on the fence about getting the epidural dosed this time but I had decided I would go with whatever felt right at the time. I asked him what my options were for pain if I still wanted to get out of bed. (I had been to the bathroom about 800 times at that point and didn’t want to be stuck in bed or have a catheter.) He suggested a dose of fentanyl through the epidural line and said that would probably hold me over till the birth since the birth would be soon. I thought that was a great option! What I didn’t know was that it would make me itch all over and feel very warm, but it was worth it! He also gave me a shot of pepcid which was supposed to help the itching. I felt so much relief from the fentanyl! I was able to lay down in bed and rest my body. I had been shaking really badly through the pain and I finally calmed down and could breathe. At that point, my MIL, FIL, SIL and niece arrived. I was calm and able to talk to DH and my SIL between contractions for a little bit while everyone else waited in the waiting room. Then the contractions started hurting like crazy again and I was back in the dire pain situation again. I’m not sure how much time had passed. Maybe an hour? I could feel a warm sensation with each contraction. It felt like the water was flowing out of my body, but it hadn’t broken yet. I think that was the water bag bulging….

 

 

My parents arrived and I continued to work through the pain and contractions. My Dad stood by the bed looking quite helpless. I halfway felt bad for him and halfway found it quite humorous. He eventually left to go sit with my FIL. When I went to use the bathroom, there was quite a lot of blood and I got scared but the nurse said it was normal. After a little while, I was clinging to the bed rail, half sitting during the contractions, crying and starting to freak out again. The nurse checked me and said I was 10cm and my water bag was bulging. She said if we could break the water, baby would come fast. I was so scared to get my water broke, mostly because I didn’t know how I could cope with any more pain, but I agreed to let the Dr come break my water. My mom, DH and the nurses were all telling me to just let the Dr do it so we could get the pain and delivery over with. Right after the nurse left the room, I felt two pops around my belly button. A couple of seconds passed and then water started gushing out. It wasn’t nearly as much water as I’d had with Levi, but it was much less painful to have it break on its own rather than having a Dr digging in there with the hook. I was so relieved that the Dr didn’t have to break it. At this point, the contractions were so incredibly intense with pressure, but I still didn’t have the urge to push. DH went to get the nurse and she came back in the room a few minutes later. I don’t think she was at all convinced my water had gone but she called for the Dr. I told the nurse I wanted the pitocin off because I was contracting so fast and hard. She wouldn’t turn it off and I was like “I am obviously having the baby now. My labor isn’t going to stop.” But anyway, when she left the room, I turned the drip off. I know I shouldn’t have, but it seemed so stupid to have it still running and causing me so much extra intense pain.

 

 

At that point, a few minutes before 1pm, I told the nurse that I wanted another dose of fentanyl. The anesthesiologist said that wasn’t allowed so I asked for a small dose of the epidural. Everyone was all “You don’t need it! You’ll be having the baby in a few minutes!” But I insisted that I did want it. I had pretty much made up my mind that I wanted something to take the edge off during pushing and in case I ended up with a million stitches again. So, the anesthesiologist came in again and I explained that I wanted only the very smallest amount of medicine possible. I wanted to be able to move my legs and change positions and push in whatever position felt right. Not to be numb entirely or unable to move my legs. He said he had just the thing and gave me a shot through the line. He said to lay on my back for 7-10 minutes to let the medicine work. I couldn’t though. I had to sit up. I couldn’t handle even one contraction laying down.

 

 

The Dr arrived right after that and checked me. She told me to start pushing. I had been sobbing and saying “I don’t want to push!” over and over. I feel kind of silly looking back now. 😉 But I realized later that the reason I didn’t want to push was because I was so worried I would hemorrhage again. That and I was afraid I would tear. Anyway, I still didn’t have the urge to push, just the incredible intense pressure I had felt all day. That and the horrible pain in my incision which was overriding every other sensation in my body. But the Dr just started counting, so I pushed. 3 pushes and his head was right there. I think I pushed through 4 contractions, 2 or 3 pushes each time. Once his head was halfway out, she said to stop and let my body stretch so I wouldn’t tear (with Levi I wasn’t told to stop and that probably caused a lot of the tearing). She said he would come out on his own with the next contraction. I impulsively reached down and felt Zane’s head. It was so warm and soft. I couldn’t wait to get him out! Once I had another contraction, out he popped at 1:09pm, with his right hand up by his face just like it always was in my ultrasounds. I think I pushed about 6 minutes. The nurse had covered my belly with a towel and I kept pushing it away and she kept moving it back. I was getting so annoyed! I wanted the baby right on me. His cord was very short so he couldn’t go on my chest until DH cut it about a minute after birth. (I wanted to wait longer but the Dr said they will only wait 1 minute – oh well) FINALLY, they moved Zane up onto my chest and it was such an incredible feeling. He cried, I cried…. 🙂

 

 

The placenta was out a minute or 2 later with no issues. The Dr said I had a tiny tear (Yep! I felt that happening!) and needed 2 stitches. Thankfully, the epidural had worked its way to where I needed it and the stitching wasn’t painful. During the pushing, I had sensation but not so much burning as I had with Levi. I’m not sure if that was due to the epidural starting to take effect or if it was just an easier birth. Either way, I was very happy with how everything went. I wouldn’t change a thing!! I lost very little blood and was up and walking to the bathroom less than 2 hours later. I felt amazing! Not like I had just had a baby. I have had seriously almost no soreness down there at all. I can’t believe the difference in healing this time. I am so thankful for how God worked everything out!! I know DH was praying all through the labor and so was I. I had my mom, MIL, SIL, and sisters S and M and of course, DH there during the birth and it was perfect. I had been on the fence about having so many people in the room again, but I don’t regret it at all. I know they were all praying for us and it just felt cozy and happy. I am also so happy that I got the Dr that I had that day. When I had a prenatal check up with her, I had told DH that I would be happy with her at the birth and she really was great. 🙂 And honestly, even though we had young and very fresh nurses, they did a great job and I am happy that they got to see us all the way through the labor and birth.

 

So, all told, I had 6 hours of labor, but only 3.5 hours of hard labor. If I had went into labor at home and waited to see if it was the real thing and called my sister to come watch the kids and had DH come home from work and then drove over 1.5 hours to the hospital – we likely would have either barely made it in time, or had the baby in the car. Of course, it’s possible that labor would have been slower without pitocin, but who knows how much more I might have dilated before labor started. I think it was a good call to induce and I don’t regret it even though I thought I might. And I am happy Zane was born without any distress aside from a few minor dips in heartrate during the labor. Just so thankful he was born safe and happy. 🙂

 

 

We stayed in the hospital for 2 days. We were going to go home the next day but Zane’s bilirubin came back at 5.1, so we opted to stay at the pediatrician’s request because of how bad Levi’s jaundice had gotten. They wanted to watch him another night just in case. The next day it was 7.8 but my milk was coming in at that point and he was out of the danger zone. 🙂 It was nice to have another day in the hospital, mostly because Zane had come so fast that he choked on the mucus all night that hadn’t been squeezed through his lungs. I felt better having the nurses nearby because I ended up buzzing them once when I couldn’t get the mucus suctioned out and I started to get scared. Obviously, he was fine. Also, he was so sore after the circumcision that I was glad he had a day to heal before coming home and being passed around and held by his big brothers. We missed Tru and Levi so much and they missed us too and ended up crying on the second night but we talked to them on the phone and they were alright. 🙂 Little Zane is 1 week old today!! He is such a calm and happy baby. He has woken up about 2 times a night, every night since he was born. Hoping that he keeps doing so well. I am so thankful for my Third Gracious Gift of God. 🙂

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11-11-17

8lbs 2.5oz 

20.5″ 

We are both doing great! Working on getting this breastfeeding thing down. 😉 Hopefully birth story will follow shortly while it’s still fresh in my mind. It was fast and furious, but it went beautifully. 🙂 

How far along? 37 weeks 6 days (11-4-17)

 
Weight? +40

 
Symptoms? I always forget to write down the weird symptoms that I have… and then I don’t remember them.

  • For one thing, my skin on my face has been really bad almost the whole pregnancy. I have eczema on my chin and forehead and bridge of my nose. I’ve had to use hydrocortisone on it at times to control the flaking. I really hope this clears up after the baby comes! But I am prone to rashy outbreaks at the best of times anyway due to having super sensitive skin.
  • I’ve also been extremely hot throughout this pregnancy. Always sweating and panicking about how hot it is! I’m driving DH nuts turning the ac on and keeping the heat really low. I argue that he can put on more clothes if he’s hot but as it is, I’m already sitting around the house in my bra and capris, sweating like a pig!
  • This isn’t really a symptom but, I finally have a linea nigra line! I had one with both of my past pregnancies but I didn’t know if I would get one this time because it only started showing up over the last few weeks. I don’t know why this makes me so happy to have it, but for some reason, it does. DH thinks I am crazy!
  • I had a terrible flare of the SPD pain and pain in my left thigh in the groin area last week and this week. (I shampooed the living room and master bedroom – stupid idea. I did it at 6 months and was fine, but 9 months is a bit different!) I went to the chiropractor to see if my pelvis was out and maybe that was causing the pain to be worse. It was out a little in the back but I guess there isn’t much they can do about the snapping and pain in the front. So, getting out of bed in the night has been a struggle. Once I’m up and moving, I’m fine. It’s totally manageable pain during the day. But rolling over at night is very very hard and painful and the grinding and popping in the joint is also gross.
  • I still have times of lightheadedness and queasiness but for the most part I am fine. If I skip taking my magnesium, I get charlie horse cramps in my legs and heart palpitations. That magnesium really helps!

Cravings/aversions? Nothing really either way. 🙂
Exercise? I actually did 2 days on the elliptical this week and once last week. I cut my time back the last 2 times though. But last week I was kicking myself for being so slack the last few weeks because it felt amazing to get that exercise in!
Sleep? Still mostly good. I wake up soaked in sweat a lot even though I haven’t hardly been using a blanket in months and I keep the heat/ac on 68 at night. I’m happy that sleep has been solid these last few weeks. I sure need it! Most days I could nod off for a nap if I let myself but I usually try to do other things so I can feel productive.
Bump? Well, last week I was sent for a bpp+growth scan at the dr’s clinic when Zane failed his nst (heartrate 120 and below – no accelerations – 1 movement) and the tech said he weighed 6lbs 10oz. I do not think that is AT ALL accurate though. I think he is probably close to 8lbs by now. I had another bpp this week (at the hospital’s center – my preference) and that tech and I talked about the issues I have with the clinic doing my ultrasounds. (I mentioned this before on here when I had my crap anatomy scan and asked the Dr for a do-over at the center.) Anyway, last week all the tech did was measure his fluid, leg, belly and head. AND, she only guestimated on his head measurement because she didn’t try to get the whole top in the shot. No check of his heartrate, brain, kidneys etc and no check that I saw for practice breathing which is standard on a bpp. Which was disconcerting since we were there because of a failed nst. The ultrasound was all of 3 minutes, maybe, which is very short for either a bpp OR growth scan, let alone both. I left not feeling too reassured. So the tech at the center was saying “Yeah, their reports are sent to the same system as ours and I can see them. I am surprised they get away with billing insurance for what they do. They barely look at the baby!” I felt very validated in my concerns when she said that. I told her how my anatomy scan was only a few minutes long and no internal organs were measured etc. I guess the clinic is bad for this as a habit. :/ Anyway… all that to say, bump is big and getting bigger while also being extremely itchy and covered in welts from the allergic reaction to the benzyl alcohol in the Heparin. BUT, I love it. I am ready to get this kid out but I do love the belly, even though it gets in my way. 😉 OH!! I have been waking up and putting my hand on the baby’s back in the morning and I can feel his practice breathing through my belly. It’s crazy!! He usually does it for a few minutes and then stops for a bit. It’s so cool. I wish I could film it because you can just barely see his back gently rising and falling quickly. I was finally able to show my sister L and DH also saw it one night. Amazing!

 

 

Alright… I had posted a few days ago about not knowing what the plan was for birth i.e. induction, c section or waiting it out since my Dr changed her mind or something. I took the post down though after a few hours because it was so negative and ranty. I had an appointment this week and the Dr I met with was able to come to a quick and easy solution. I had been praying that my talk with her would go well and that God’s will would be done. I am so happy that it went well and that I didn’t need to pull all the case studies out of my purse that I had printed off. It’s not that I don’t respect what the Drs are saying regarding inducing a VBAC, but their philosophies on the subject are very outdated. New guidelines from the American College Of Gynocologists are much more friendly toward inducing of VBAC patients when there are indications for getting baby out in a more timely manner. The risk of rupture when induced prior to 40 weeks IS slightly higher than spontanious labor, but only very very slightly. Inducing a VBAC after 40 weeks though is an even higher chance. Hence my desire to induce at 39, coupled with the fact that I don’t see Zane being happy in there much longer and my hope to avoid an emergency c section for baby in distress. The Dr I saw last week had said she would have me wait till 40 weeks and if no labor started, we would do a repeat c section without trying to induce first… you can see my predicament. Anything could happen still… obviously, but that is just part of life and it’s all in God’s hands.

 

 

This Dr was surprised that my previous Drs had induced a VBAC but I told her the way it went and how it was done and she felt comfortable with me coming in and them breaking my water and using a small dose of pitocin. (My dose was 3 last time for 1.5 hours, then they turned it off) So, that is the plan. And now I am super nervous!! I did ask her to sweep the membranes and she did. I had contractions for a few hours every 5-10ish minutes but eventually they faded away at bedtime. But I think (TMI) I lost part of the plug this morning, so that’s good. Still hoping something gets started this coming week and we can just have this baby out naturally. As happy as I am to have an end date nailed down, I truly do not relish the thought of being induced, but I see it as the lesser of two evils basically and definitely prefer it to waiting and then having a c section, or, worse yet, pushing Zane to stay in there longer than he is happy with.

 

 

 

The Dr said I am 2/more like 3cm, 50% effaced and baby is 0 station. The cervix is midway forward and very soft. She said we can’t use the foley bulb because I’m too dilated to need it, which is good. But she *thinks* labor will be very easy to start and fast once it’s going. I only hope she is right!! She repeatedly told me to head straight to the hospital with any contractions or breaking of water since I am 1.5+ hours away. I told her I would and that I hope she is right about this baby coming fast, although not in the car please. 😉

 

 

So, that’s it. That’s the update and the *plan*. It could still go either way but I feel a lot better knowing that we have something in place. And that I can stop the Heparin soon. 😉 I have felt very little sentimentality during this pregnancy, but now that we have an end date, I am feeling all kinds of sentimental. Planning to spend the rest of this week just soaking up time with the boys, getting the last few things done (I have a few more freezer meals made!!) and relaxing/sleeping. 😉 I think I’ll enjoy just taking naps all week when I can. I’ll admit, I am super nervous about labor/birth no matter how/when it happens. But I know that just like God created this baby inside me in His power and love, He will also bring us through this last bit. It will hurt, yes. But I am ready to meet this sweet baby boy. 🙂 I showed the boys on the calendar when we are supposed to “get the baby out”, as they say, and they are very excited and super ready to meet him! They have even talked to him in there, telling him to get out. Haha. I am so excited for them to meet eachother. 🙂

 

I know this was long but thanks for sticking with me to the end. These updates are really more for my personal journal than anything but I’m flattered that anyone actually takes the time to read them and post comments. I have grown to look forward to chatting with my readers over the years and it means a lot to know that you care. 🙂

 

 

Dear God, thank You for a good week and for Your blessings and guidance. I pray that Your will be done concerning the how and when of the birth. Please watch over all of us as we come to the end of this pregnancy. Watch over Zane and keep him safe and healthy. Thank You for how good this experience has been and for how excited the boys are about their baby brother. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

These 3 pictures are at 37 weeks 2 days with each of the boys. I am SOOOOO jealous of my first pregnancy self right now. That extra 15ish pounds this time around is super obvious. :/

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With Truett just 2 hours before delivery.

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With Levi

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With Zane.

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My SIL and BIL brought this over yesterday along with an adorable outfit for the little guy. 🙂

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The ultrasound tech wanted me to be able to show Tru and Levi what the baby looks like in there so she very sweetly gave me 3 – 3D pics to take home to them. He looks like a chubby little guy!

 

 

 

How far along? 35 weeks 5 days (10-20-17)

 
Symptoms? I flip between “I feel great!” and “I want this baby out yesterday!!” Some days I really do still feel good, but the pelvic pressure (OH THE PRESSURE!), SPD pain, and breathlessness do take their toll on me at times. Acid reflux and occasional queasiness have followed me the last few weeks. I’ve taken Zofran a few times when the nausea kept me awake at night or kept me in bed during the day. Definitely nothing compared to the first trimester though!

 
Weight? +38

 
Cravings/aversions? This question just seems silly at this point. 😛

 
Sleep? Surprisingly good! I think I get up to pee about 5+ times BUT, keep in mind that even non-pregnant, I still get up 3-4 times a night because of my bladder problems. The fact that I can currently fall right back to sleep is awesome! I am enjoying being able to sleep now while it lasts.

 
Exercise? Nope. It’s not happening. I don’t really think it’s going to. I get so winded that it doesn’t feel possible now. But, I am still doing stretches!

 
Bump? I feel like it’s smaller this week. Maybe he is engaged? I forgot to ask the Dr today. I had a BPP and NST today and since he was taking awhile to do the practice breathing that they look for, the tech measured his foot, just for fun. It was about 7.6cm, so another little bigfoot baby! 😉 Fluid was around 14cm. We are all getting really excited to meet Zane! Tru and Levi talk about him all the time and can’t wait to see him. Tru says he will help Zane with his seat belt and with opening the van door so he can get in. I think the boys are going to be really shocked when they see just how tiny and helpless a newborn really is. I have told them that Zane won’t know how to talk at first and Tru said “But he has a mouth!” We let Levi watch his birth video (I made it so he couldn’t see anything gruesome, just him appearing on my chest. He is still confused and thinks we need to cut the baby out. OUCH! He demonstrates with his hands on my belly. I asked Tru where babies come from since I didn’t know what his thoughts were. He said “From your butt.” in a really *obviously* tone of voice. It made me laugh!

 
Labor signs? I guess now would be a good time to add this question. I wouldn’t say that it’s a “labor sign” per say, but I did feel baby kind of move down or something about 3 days ago. After that, the pelvic pressure because immense and I can feel his head in my pelvis. Like when I’m walking, it’s weird cause there is this roundness inside. Hard to explain…. anyway… I am also having menstrual type cramps off and on and BH contractions. I had a check up today and I am 2cm dilated. Not sure on effacement, if I am at all. But I’m thrilled to have 2cm out of the way already! Hopefully labor kicks off on it’s own. OH, and I found out that my group B strep test came back negative, which is awesome!!

 

 

The Dr I saw today had me schedule an induction for 39 weeks but then called me later and said she hadn’t realized I had a prior c-section until she looked through my notes. So she doesn’t want to induce with pitocin (and neither do I) so her suggestion was that I go in at 39 weeks and they break my water and see if I go into labor. Which is a big bucket of nopes for me! First, I don’t want to be on the clock when they won’t give me pitocin if labor doesn’t start. (SO different that my last clinic who pushed pitocin like it was the best thing ever! I really didn’t like it because it made my contractions unnaturally close. Like, almost no break at all. And that is why it was turned off after only 1.5 hours.) Second, I am in no rush to lose the cushion of the water because it can lead to distress in the baby and definitely made my contractions with Levi infinitely more painful but not more productive! Third, I feel like that is a recipe for a c-section and I only want a c-section if baby and/or I NEED one. Not just because we wouldn’t let nature take it’s course. Anyway… I have a check up with my primary OB next week, Lord willing, and I plan to talk all this over with her and get her thoughts and let her know how I feel about it. I do hope we can start with something simple like a membrane sweep and not try to get in a rush. Ultimately, I do feel that this group of Drs (at least most of them) are willing to hear me and not be pushy. I really appreciate that!

 

 
Dear God, thank You for this beautiful day and for the blessings we’ve experienced all week. Please continue to watch over our family while we make this big, exciting transition to adding another precious person. Please keep Zane healthy and strong and I pray that You will work out all the details of the birth according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

How far along? 34 weeks 6 days (10-14-17) I hit a wall today with feeling like I will be pregnant with this baby forever while simultaneously having worries over the birth. I had a cry while I was driving, being careful to make myself stop crying and blow the AC on my face before I reached my destination. Unfortunately, crying didn’t make me feel better and my nose was red, but walking around in the fresh air and sunshine and spending time with DH and the boys at a fundraising event DH was singing at made me feel a lot better. Emotional pregnant lady coming through! 😉

 
Symptoms? I suppose that being emotional could make the list! I also have:
⦁ Sore nips (STILLLLLLL) And I keep forgetting to say, they have been so dry that I started using my new cream on them. It’s helped quite a bit.
⦁ Very sore feet despite rubbing them with balm and soaking them in epsom salt frequently. I will say, all this balm has made my feet really soft!!
⦁ Increased pelvic pressure and mild SPD pain. It’s mostly the grinding at night when I roll over. But when I walk much or carry extra weight, it flares up. I think it was worse with Tru and Levi though.
⦁ And apparently horrible pregnancy brain because I can’t think of much else at the moment….
⦁ I certainly have the normal aches and pains of the third trimester…. the breathlessness (especially early in the day and right after laying down sometimes), tiredness and just general difficulty hauling my big belly around. But I can’t complain. I definitely am doing pretty well yet.

 
Weight? +37 according to my scale at home. The Dr’s office scale says no gain in 3 weeks. In fact, according to their scale, I’ve lost maybe half a pound. But since I always weigh myself first thing in the morning at home, I’m more apt to believe my scale. 😉

 
Sleep? I wake up several times a night to pee, which is nothing new, of course. But lately, the pressure from the baby makes me feel like I am barely going to make it out of bed, let alone actually get to the toilet! But sleep in general has been going well. I think that the combination of rubbing my feet and calves, drinking my 4 cups of raspberry leaf tea per day, and taking my magnesium has really helped with calming the restless legs syndrome. I still have times when the RLS drives me nuts. But honestly, I’m pretty convinced it’s the tea that has helped the most, even though I’ve never seen anything saying that it helps that issue.

 
Cravings/aversions? Nothing notable. Although I am enjoying my raspberry leaf tea lately. I’ve been brewing a quart at a time and drinking it throughout the day. I let it cool and add maybe 1/8 cup of sugar. Then I chill it and drink it iced. YUM!

 
Exercise? Still not happening…. ;P

 
Bump? I had a growth ultrasound yesterday and baby is measuring 6lbs even. That puts him in the 57th percentile. His head is wayyyy down in my pelvis. So low that they had trouble getting a good measurement. He looked great and was sucking those little fingers, of course. I’m convinced that is almost all he does in there! He had one foot by his face and in the picture they printed for us, his toe is touching his eye! He was facing my back and kept sticking his butt out. The tech kept digging the probe into my belly button while trying to take measurements and my belly was so sore after that! Even on a normal day, I can feel the heat radiating from my belly button when I put my hand over my belly because it is so angry at being stretched. Also, I think his fluid was 12ish cm. Last week it was 17.

 

 

Aside from that, I had a check up and NST yesterday as well which included the lovely group-b strep swab. I was GBS positive with Tru but not with Levi. Hoping it comes back negative because I don’t want antibiotics if I can avoid them. I have taken so much probiotics this time in an attempt to combat the daily maintenance dose I already have to be on.

 

 

Anyway, I had a contraction on the monitor so the Dr wanted to check for dilation while she was at it. Not much going on yet. Which is good, I guess. But I hope my body starts getting ready soon because I am SOOOO wanting to avoid an induction AND definitely worry that if I do end up going to my due date, baby will be too big and I’ll need a c-section. These were mainly the things I was crying about earlier…. Nerves regarding the when and how of the birth. But I’ll try to be sensible and remain calm… key word, try.

 

After my appointment, we did some stocking up on groceries for after baby comes. I have the meal components in a box and wrote a list of the meals with detailed instructions for DH or whoever is heating them up. I have anything that can be pre-prepped, in the freezer already. I still want to freeze several more meals but I think I have at least 8 ready to go so far. 🙂 Lasagna, meatloaf, tacos, chili, pot roast, venison and noodles, chicken fajitas, bbq meatballs, and a few frozen pizzas.

 

Overall this week was uneventful aside from Tru waking up before 6am Monday, saying that his belly hurt. I asked if he was going to throw up and he said no. So I made him a bed on my bedroom floor and was awoken a bit later to him throwing up. I jumped out of bed (well, as much as one can jump in my state) and called to DH to grab a towel. He threw one out of the bathroom but it was too late. Sadly, Tru threw up twice more that morning. But he was back to feeling like himself later in the day and was eating and playing again by noon. I don’t know if he was sick or if it was just his belly being off.

 

 

I have plans to attend a CPR class next week with my mom and several of my sisters. Levi had an incident at the birthday party that DH’s mom had for Tru last week (side note: need to post Tru’s 4 year update!) where he choked really bad on a gummy worm. It was a joint effort from DH’s sister and me to remove it and it left me and Levi both very shook up. He stayed pretty close to me for the next hour or so and I just felt nervous the rest of the day. I already had plans to take the CPR class, but that really cemented the decision for me, so that night I sent my RSVP. I wanted my sisters and mom to take the class too because they watch my kids and other kids all the time. When Levi choked so bad, I realized that I don’t know what to do really. I was able to get the gummy worm out, but what is the procedure if you can’t remove the object? That’s why I’m glad to be taking the class!

 

 

Wow, I didn’t mean for this post to take such a heavy turn! I want to end on a good note, so I’ll just say, it was a beautiful day today with the weather and I enjoyed being with my little family. The boys got to play in bouncy houses and we encountered some very sweet, small town people. One vendor gave me half off on a sign I bought to give as a Christmas gift, plus she gave the boys each a treat for free. I won a storage container from another vendor. DH had the opportunity to bless people with his music and gave away some CDs. He played at 2 events today but I brought the boys home after the first one. They worked on a craft they were given at the event, then took naps while I got some much needed rest. Then they played with their new dry erase markers (literally their favorite thing right now!) and we had a quiet evening. Overall, a very nice end to a fairly quiet week. 🙂

 

 

Dear God, thank You for the beautiful weather and the family time you blessed us with this week. Thank You for Zane looking so healthy! Please bless us with a beautiful birth in whatever way is Your will for him to be born. I pray that he will be born at the right time and be healthy and safe. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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How far along? 32 weeks 5 days (9-29-17) I feel like I just typed up my last update! How has a week gone by already? At the same time, I feel like things are slowing down just a bit now.
Symptoms? Acid reflux is a bit worse than non-pregnant at the moment. I’ve really had very few symptoms this week. A few episodes of lightheaded and breathlessness.
Weight? About +35
Cravings/aversions? Nothing either way. Except I’m still not feeling Taco Bell or seafood.
Exercise? I had 1 day on the elliptical. I was going to have 2 days but I spent all my time the second day on stretching. It just felt so good to stretch my back/hips/neck! 🙂
Sleep? I probably would be sleeping ok except I have a cold and have had a sore throat/stuffy nose off and on for probably at least 3 weeks now since seasonal allergies have really flared up. The other sleep inhibitor is that I wake up to pee and don’t feel the baby move, then I lay there and poke at him and worry until he finally moves. Hopefully he will be great at sleeping through the night once he’s born, since he’s already sleeping through the night, apparently. He used to kick me all night but not the last few weeks. His patterns have changed a lot lately.
Bump? Oh my, I just looked at a picture of myself in the hospital right before Tru was born and my belly was smaller then than it is now. I have to admit, I am nervous that this guy is going to be a big one! One exciting thing I’ve noticed is that I can feel the general shape of his body through my belly. I could with Tru too but not with Levi. I thought it was because I was heavier when I was pregnant with Levi, but it must have been because his placenta was anterior, because this time I am heavier than ever but can still usually make out what side he is laying on. 🙂 He flops back and forth between the left and right. I prefer when he lays on the right because I can feel his kicks better. But, however he’s comfortable….

 

So, this week on Sunday after we got home from church, my sister’s L and K came over and I went into power nesting mode. K entertained the kids and L kept me company and helped move stuff around. I finally got out the baby clothes and washed most of them, moved Truett’s dresser to my room for the baby’s clothes and rearranged Tru’s room. When DH got done changing oil in the vehicles, he helped move the crib to Levi’s room and convert it into a toddler bed. Levi loves it and is so happy in his big boy bed! 🙂

 
Monday we stayed home and I tried to get more stuff done. L came over again in the evening to spend the night and watch the boys on Tuesday.

 
Tuesday I had an NST and Dr visit. Both went well and I was in and out of the office in under a half hour I think. I met another one of the Drs. She was super sweet and I really liked her. She wants me to alternate NSTs with BPPs every other week. I told her that whatever she thinks is best is fine with me. But it turns out that the hospital I go to for the BPPs will only do them WITH an NST. So I should be having NSTs every week with BPPs every other week. But it’s all subject to change as the Drs at this practice are all over the place with the different ways they do things. I’m just trying to go with the flow really and not stress about what they decide to do. This Dr did say that she absolutely does NOT want to induce labor, which was funny because my primary Dr just said at my last visit that she won’t let me to go past 39 weeks. …. We shall see what happens!

 
Wednesday we went to story time. L had stayed the night again Tuesday so she dropped us off while she went and applied for a job (She’s getting her first ever job!), then we went to the park and pond and ran some errands. I had a visit with the chiropractor and he said my hip was much better than last time (and I haven’t had any pain recently) so that was great news! 🙂

 
Thursday we went to visit my sister A for a few hours. The boys had a blast playing with their cousin. 🙂

 
Today we’ve just been hanging out at home. I tried to get a few things done around here but I’ve had very frequent BH contractions all day so I’m just taking it easy now. I’m not really concerned about them since they aren’t painful. Just don’t want to encourage them along.

 

I never quite finished this update but I did take a picture. 🙂

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How far along? 33 week 5 days (10-6-17)
Symptoms? SPD pain when I walk and at night when I’m laying down. A pillow between my legs relieves some of the pain but it pops and grinds a lot in the night. Acid reflux has really flared up so I’ve upped my Zantac. It does help a good bit. I really should try drinking some Aloe Vera as that has always been helpful. I am definitely having some swelling but it’s still not too awful. At the beginning of the week I had a lot of cramping and BH contractions. I had them for about 9 hours one day every 10-15 minutes or so (wasn’t really timing them) but they weren’t painful so I wasn’t too concerned. I drank tons of water and laid down and they finally went away around midnight. I told my Dr and she wasn’t concerned. She said she would be surprised if I wasn’t having anything at this point. I’ve had significantly less since then which is pretty much par for the course in all 3 of my pregnancies. I always get less and less BH the farther along I get. So strange….
Weight? +36-37
Cravings/aversions? Same.
Exercise? HA! It didn’t happen this week.
Sleep? Overall, not too bad.
Bump? SO HEAVY! I feel like this kid already weighs 8lbs in there. And he looks huge on the ultrasound. The next growth scan is next week so I’m interested to see what he weighs approx. He has definitely developed a wake/sleep pattern. I’m not fully in tune with it, but I know sometimes he will not move for 30+ minutes and overnight into the morning he hardly moves at all even when I poke at him. I’m not gonna lie, it stresses me out. The part of pregnancy where monitoring kicks is so important is just really anxiety inducing for me. I do try to be faithful with his kick counts and I love that the app stores all the data so I can see a trend in when he is most active.

 

I had a regular checkup this week on Tuesday. No idea why they made me see the Dr two weeks in a row, but when I tried to get out of that appointment, the nurse said they wanted to see me. Even the Dr didn’t know why the other Dr had said to come back so soon. Haha. But anyway, I hadn’t met this OB yet and I’m glad I did. She’s actually the Dr who founded the practice (which I didn’t know until later). She was really nice and just made me feel at ease. She’s a quiet, calm personality which is what I like in a Dr. She’s also a much older woman and just has that reassuring grandmotherly feel about her. So, I’ve met 5 of the 8 Drs there so far and 3 of them would be my top picks for the birth. The others were plenty nice enough, I just didn’t feel that connection. We’ll see!

 

Then today, Friday, I had an NST and BPP. I wasn’t happy with how it went because they buzzed Zane twice during the NST and shook my belly twice during the BPP to make him move and I just felt like they should have waited for him to move on his own. Anyway, the day was super busy but productive. Up at 5:15am to get ready. Had myself and the boys out the door at 6:20. Made it through crazy traffic (Thank God!) to my appointment at 8am. The boys sat in their stroller and drew on their marker boards the whole time. I was so happy with them! I gave them a treat once we got back out to the van. Levi declared that his first ever fruit roll-up was good. 😉  The appointments were done around 8:45, so I decided spur of the moment to seize the day and wipe out some Christmas shopping. We stopped at 3 stores and got shopping almost completed for 7 people. Then we picked up lunch and met DH at work for lunch together. Finally back home just before 3pm. The boys ended up taking an over 3 hour nap! I finally woke Levi up! I’m just so stoked to not have much shopping left to do. But the last few people are the hardest ones on my list (naturally), so I may have to enlist DH’s help in figuring out what to get them.

 

Well, I think that’s about it. 🙂

 

Dear God, thank You for a good and productive week! Thank You for all Your blessings. Please continue to watch over Zane as we near the end of this pregnancy. Thank You for him. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

How far along? 31 weeks 5 days (9-22-17) Yes, I missed my 30 week update. Last week was crazy! I’ll try to do a little recap below.

 
Symptoms? Queasy, breathless, some swelling that comes and goes. Restless legs and the occasional grab of round ligament pain. Pain in the front of my pelvis…. I know there are a few other things but I’m drawing a blank right now….. I guess I still feel pretty good. 🙂

 
Weight? I forgot to weigh myself today. I think about +33-34ish. It’s hard to tell with the swelling. I was +31 and then dropped to +29, then up to +34 overnight and have been bouncing up and down. All I know is, I am definitely feeling the extra pounds!

 
Sleep? Not so good. For some reason, Zane will oftentimes push his feet out really hard if I try to lay on my right side. (I looked back on my updates with Levi and he didn’t like me laying on my left side.) It’s almost like he isn’t comfortable that way. So I have been sleeping mostly on my left but waking up on my back a lot.

 
Exercise? I got in 2 days last week but only 1 this week. It’s getting harder to motivate myself to exercise instead of taking advantage of the boys’ naptime to catch up on some rest myself!

 
Cravings/aversions? I am definitely feeling more aversions to foods. I am not able to eat as much at a time (FINALLY!!!!!) and lots of stuff just doesn’t sound as good. I am totally ok with that as I feel it is a good thing at this stage of pregnancy (and weight gain). 😉

 
Bump? Oh boy! I feel like it stayed modestly sized for quite awhile after the initial bump poppage happened. But now it is definitely feeling larger and heavier and much lower! Next week is the start of our weekly (for now) NSTs. The Dr asked me at my appointment last week if I wanted to do them once a week or twice. I told her, let’s start with once and if my anxiety gets the best of me or if anything comes up, we’ll go to twice a week. She was happy with that plan. 🙂 I also asked her if she is comfortable with me going to my due date and she said no, she wants to induce by 39 weeks. I was/am hoping to avoid induction (and definitely hoping we can safely birth baby without a C-section) and I know my Dr would much prefer I go into labor on my own as well. So here’s hoping that labor starts on it’s own before the induction date if baby is ready and happy to come out.

 

 

Ok, so last week was so busy and I’m already forgetting the majority of how it went…. Sunday: Went to church, stopped at the store so I could buy some glue on nails (to match the dress I bought for maternity pictures), picked up a pizza for lunch and drove to the park for our family/maternity pictures. After that was done, we went to my parent’s house (my mom had been overseas on a trip for almost 3 weeks at that point) and I helped Dad get stuff cleaned up. He had been working on the brakes on our truck since they had went out on me a few weeks prior, so we took our truck home.
Monday: I sat around the house all day worrying about the baby because he hadn’t moved much. I debated whether I should go get checked out and finally by 7pm or so, I decided to go to triage for peace of mind. DH stayed home with the boys, which was good because I didn’t get home till midnight. Baby was fine, obviously, but they did comment on his heart arrhythmia which was very pronounced that day. The Dr said to follow up with them about it. They also checked his fluid which was good at 12.1cm.
Tuesday: Up bright and early for my check up and growth ultrasound. My brother went with me to watch the kids because I didn’t have anyone who could babysit. The ultrasound measured baby’s fluid around 13cm. Zane weighed approx 3lbs 14oz. I was shocked that he is that big already but the tech said that was *only* the 61st percentile and wasn’t too big. They watched his heart for a long time because of the arrhythmia. Unfortunately, the Dr didn’t have the ultrasound report before I had my visit with her, so I don’t know if everything looked good or not. I’m hoping that it is all well. I mentioned that the soles of my feet have been itchy so she sent me for labs and they came back good. 🙂
Wednesday: I took the kids to story time in the morning and we hung out at home the rest of the day. In the evening, I was just getting ready to start supper when DH called on his way home. That’s rather unusual so I knew immediately something must be wrong. He did, in fact, go off the road into a ditch. The roads were wet because it had been raining all day. He did a 360 through a soybean field and took out a road sign. Thank the Lord, he was not hurt at all! He missed a power line pole by just a few feet. That could have been significantly worse! His back was a little sore but that was it. His car looks worse for wear with the passenger door smashed and the mirror missing, but aside from ripping the brake lines out, it is fine. He managed to get it out of the ditch and into a very sweet family’s driveway. The man helped him fix the brakes so he could drive home. We were so thankful for his help and for God keeping DH safe. 🙂
Thursday and Friday: Are totally coming up blank in my memory… Oh dear…. OH! I remember now… I cleaned for 6 hours straight on Friday. I went into full-on nesting mode and everything that seemed *gross* had to be cleaned. (Note: Everything seemed gross.) DH got sucked into my cleaning frenzy and we didn’t eat supper until super late. But the house was clean(er) and I was happy(er)…..Until the next day when I woke up so sore I could hardly function and had to take Tylenol just to move. Which wasn’t good because…
Saturday: The big walk/fundraiser for our local pregnancy center. They provide so much incredible help and resources to the moms, dads and babies/young children in our area. I didn’t know how I would make it for the whole walk, but I did! DH played music at the event also. Afterwards we went home and relieved my MIL from babysitting and I laid down for a short but extremely needed nap. Then we went to DH’s cousin’s wedding. I was wiped out at the end of that day!

 

 

Shew! That was longer than I realized. This week was less crazy but still a little busy. My sister came and stayed a couple days with us and babysat Levi while I took Tru to his follow up with the Pediatrician. He gained a half pound and hasn’t had an unexplained fever or belly pain in awhile, so we are supposed to go back in December to check in. 🙂 The church had prayed over Tru a fever weeks ago and he has been doing great. We very much want to continue on with him feeling better!! The Dr just said to keep him on stool softener for now. He is back on moderate amounts of dairy and not taking Prevacid. 🙂
We did a little shopping after the appointment since it was just me and Tru. I plan to have a one-on-one day with each of the boys in the next week or so. They desperately need to have my full attention for a day! I can’t believe how mature Tru is lately. Like today, we were going to a little street fair type of thing and he asked me if there would be rides there and if so, would that make his hat blow off. I was surprised that he thought ahead like that! He moved to a big boy bed last night and was so excited about it! He was asking to go to bed a full hour+ before bedtime. Awhile later he decided he didn’t like it and was scared, so I went and snuggled him for a bit. He still couldn’t sleep so I promised him we would go buy a nightlight for his room today. I arranged all his 500(ish) stuffed animals around his feet like he likes to have them and he finally fell asleep. He woke up this morning and announced he likes his new bed and wants to sleep in it tonight! Levi asked him “Why?” (of course!) and Tru said “All my animals are waiting for me.” SO CUTE!!! We went and bought him and Levi both a nightlight for their rooms and they were even excited to take naps. Score!! 🙂 The plan was to get Levi moved to the crib-converted-to-toddler-bed tonight, but I didn’t get it done yet. Maybe tomorrow.

 

Ok, this is getting too long.

 

Dear God, thank You for your protection and provision for us these last two weeks. Thank You for keeping DH safe. Please continue to watch over and protect each and every one of us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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Where has the time gone? When I counted up how many months old Levi is now, I was surprised that he is 30 months old! He is such a big boy now too. He’s grown into such a sweet and compassionate boy. He loves to give kisses and hugs and “smuggles”. He still likes to hold my hair but not as often as he used to.

 
Daddy is still Levi’s very favorite person, or so it seems. Almost every morning starts with him asking me “Where’s Daddy?” and when I reply that Daddy is at work, Levi is always disappointed and asks the ever famous question “WHY?” I always tell him that Daddy goes to work to make money so we can buy things. Oftentimes Levi will come back with something that he wants to buy – candy, toys, marshmallows or whatever is on his mind that day. 🙂

 
“Why?” is definitely a favorite word in this house. Much over-used. I do my best to answer all the “why”s , but sometimes I fizzle out of answers and come back with the cop-out answer “Cause”. So now when I ask Levi why he did something, he answers back with that annoying little “cause”.

 

 
DH went squirrel hunting recently and both boys were totally enthralled with the whole process. Once the squirrel was cooked up, Tru and I declined eating it (Tru says he’ll try the next one though) but DH and Levi enjoyed their meal together – squirrel fricassee. Now Levi is anxious for DH to go hunting again! Deer season is right around the corner so I’m sure he will be thrilled with that. 🙂

 

 
Levi is getting better all the time at helping pick up toys and do little jobs to *help* Mommy. He is unmotivated at times to clean up toys but once Tru and I are working with him, he usually does a good job and you can see the satisfaction that both boys have over a job well done. Once we get everything picked up, I usually run the vacuum. Levi always runs to get his toy vacuum and sweeps nearly the whole time that I do. So cute!  I’ve found that if I have the boys clean up in the afternoon with me, they will usually keep the messes picked up the rest of the evening. I’ve even heard them reminding each other to not make a mess. It’s really cute how they work together.

 

 
What is not so cute is how they fight together. We have been relatively fortunate that they haven’t really been too aggressive toward each other…. until recently. Now I’ve seen them becoming more easily ticked off and this has resulted in frequently hitting and pulling hair etc. We are working on it but there’s only so much that I can do. I have noticed that sometimes having them sit together side by side in time out actually helps them not be so angry with each other. Anyway….

 

 

 

A few days ago, Levi learned how to climb out of his bed (playpen). He’s pretty well outgrown it anyway but we hadn’t decided what to move him to yet. This morning, Truett climbed out of his bed (crib) for the first time ever! (Unbelievable considering he turns 4 in 3 weeks and has never climbed out yet) I think it is time to make the switch to big beds for both of them. Tru already has a big bed in his room, so that is easy enough. Now I need to figure out what to do for Levi. This morning he came running into my bedroom bright and early and declared “I done sweepies! (sleeping)” I was most definitely not done “sweepies” myself so he sat on my floor and played with a toy for a bit until I got up.

Some favorites right now:

  • Riding bikes on the sidewalk. DH and I want to get the boys some powered 4-wheelers soon. I imagine they would have so much fun with those!
  • Bubbles!
  • Dry erase boards!! Oh, the sadness these cause when it’s time to put them up….
  • Playing with the cat. I.e. chasing it and trying to pick it up. Thankfully it puts up with the boys, mostly.
  • Playing in the sandbox either here or at the park.
  • Going to the park and giving me multiple anxiety attacks watching the boys navigate the playground equipment. Last week we went and Levi started to fall face-first down the steps. He wasn’t hurt but my panic level rose considerably! (Same park he broke his leg at last year)
  • Feeding pigger with Daddy. Those boys and DH love that pig. Me? Not so much. But I’m happy for them to have their noisy, stinky garbage disposal.
  • Coloring with Mommy. Levi isn’t big on coloring alone but if I color with him, that’s the best. 🙂 I think I enjoy it even more than he does. 😉

 

 

Levi really loves to work on ANY type of art project, or *schoolwork*, as he refers to it. 😉 Tru does work in his preschool books and Levi likes to be included. I found some preschool workbooks really cheap and some of them have things in them that Levi can do. He especially enjoys putting stickers on the correct shapes and he’s getting the hang of circling items. I’ve started letting him cut pieces of paper with kids scissors too. He will sit there and cut paper until it’s nothing but confetti. He knows all the colors quite well. He can count pretty far, I think I’ve heard him go past 12. He’s getting the hang of some letters now too, but can’t recognize them by sight yet. Tru loves to watch Leapfrog DVDs, and even though Levi doesn’t like to sit and watch TV at all, he hears what is playing and I hear him singing the songs off of kid shows sometimes. Kids are such absorbent little sponges! So receptive to learning.

 

 

I wish I could remember some of the cute stuff Levi has been saying lately. Hardly a day goes by without him saying something funny that makes me laugh. I need to jot it down but oftentimes I’m driving or busy and can’t write it down, and later, I’ve forgotten. I also wish I had more video of Levi talking. I realized the other day that I haven’t taken much video lately and lots of the cute transitional phases of Levi learning to talk, haven’t really been recorded. 😦 He talks like such a big kid now. Anything Tru says, Levi repeats. Tru will say “Can we go to the little cart store, Mommy?” and I will answer him. Then immediately, Levi asks the same exact question. He learns so much from Tru!

 

 

 

Dear God, thank You for this beautiful little boy. This sweet little caring person who calls me Mommy. Thank You for the blessing of getting to love him and take care of him. Thank You for all the love and joy that he adds to our family. Please watch over him and protect him as he grows and learns. Keep him strong and healthy physically, mentally and spiritually. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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How far along? 28 weeks 4 days (8-31-17) I skipped writing my 27 week update but I did take a picture. I skipped taking my 28 week picture though. 😉 I can’t believe I’m in the third trimester now!

 

Symptoms? I’ve been having some low back/hip discomfort and tightness – I wouldn’t really call it pain, just uncomfortable. I also still have the restless legs pretty bad. I’ve had some shortness of breath here and there but nothing too bad. OH! And the return of the need to take that good ol’ Milk of Magnesia again. 😉

 

Weight? +28 to 29lbs

 

Cravings/aversions? I just really can’t stand the thought of seafood and I am back to wanting a nice big salad. 🙂

 

Sleep? Not good. I’ve never been a good sleeper. In fact, some of my earliest memories, around age 3-4, are of laying in my bed, unable to fall asleep. But during pregnancy, I always have this sweet phase where I sleep really well. But I think that is wearing off and I’m back to my usual insomnia again…. 😦

 

Bump? Wow! It feels heavy all of a sudden. I can definitely tell that this baby is getting bigger and heavier all the time. Before, I hardly noticed my belly, but I can feel the weight now! I bought a belly support band a couple weeks ago and I’ve worn it a few times. It does help, but I also feel kind of constricted with it on, so I don’t wear it too much. We might take the boys to the zoo in a week or two and I plan to wear it if I’m doing any long amounts of walking. Zane has changed position after being in the same spot for a few weeks. He was head down with his back on my right side, facing my left hip. Now, I’m not sure how he is in there but I miss his other position because I could feel his kicks better that way. But, as long as he is comfortable…

 

Exercise? I’ve done the elliptical twice this week. I’m not sure if I’ll have time to squeeze in another day or not. I like that it seems to loosen my body up. Oddly, I’ve had some muscle stiffness lately. I’ve been doing a LOT of stretches lately. They help, to a degree.

 

 

I’ve started doing kick counts more regularly recently. I downloaded an app yesterday to make it easier. It’s nice to have the app and be able to track his more active periods and get an idea for what his normal time is to pass the counts. This part of pregnancy always makes me nervous. Maybe even more so than the first trimester.

 

We have a 4D ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow!! I am so excited! I really waffled on whether or not to do it because of the expense. But honestly, I really wanted to do a 3D with Tru and Levi and I just don’t want to pass up the opportunity again. Hopefully it goes well and we get good pictures!

 

I was reading back on my pregnancy posts from Tru and Levi, and I think this pregnancy feels more similar to how I felt with Truett. I feel pretty good really! I am definitely in the nesting phase as there is just so much I want to get done lately and I get one thing done and don’t really feel any better about my to-do list because there is always another thing I want to do. Most of the stuff is really not vital at all to get done, but don’t try to tell my nesting brain that! I froze one meal this week when I made a double batch of meatloaf. I have more ideas of things I can double and freeze as I do our regular cooking. But if anyone has a good freezer recipe, I am completely open to ideas!! I don’t have a ton of positive experiences with freezing meals. (For example, potato soup was a horrible idea!) So, if you have a tried and true recipe, please do share! Thank you!

 

 

Dear God, You know I have had some extra worries this week. Please continue to carry us safely through. Watch over little Zane and sustain his life according to Your will. Please keep him safe and healthy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

 

How far along? 29 weeks 5 days (9-8-17)

 

Symptoms? Nothing new. I get queasy if I miss a dose of Unisom and have to take Zofran if I want to get anything done if I miss a couple days. I still get very out of breath at times, but this is definitely to be expected at this point. I get random, mild round ligament pain but not nearly as much as with Tru or Levi. If I don’t properly support my legs with pillows when I’m laying on my side, I get pain in my pelvis. I can’t complain. I still feel really good. More heavy and lazy than usual, but not too bad. If I’m on my feet a lot, I might get some swelling, and some discomfort in my hips. So I whine and get DH to rub my back. 😉

 

Weight? +31

 

Cravings/aversions? I just can’t go there with seafood.

 

Exercise? Zero days this week. Aside from a very small bit of light stretching, I haven’t done any kind of exercise. I babysat my cousin’s 5 year old son 2 days this week and DH was off for Labor Day so we took the boys to the lake for their first ever fishing trip. (They didn’t catch anything but they loved it and were so adorable!) I had to run errands on thurs, and on tues I cleaned and sat around the house. It’s all good though. I am taking advantage of time that I have to rest right now and not too concerned about sticking to a schedule. Hopefully next week.

 

Sleep? I’ve been giving myself a foot massage every night because it seems to help with the restless legs. Sleep isn’t the best right now but I don’t seem to need as much lately.

 

Bump? Lots of practice contractions. I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but they are a lot stronger this time around. The Dr said that’s because of having gone through labor before. My bump feels extra low and heavy. I still think Zane is a bigger baby than Tru or Levi. I tried looking at my blog entries with them but I’m not sure what they were weighing at their growth scans around this point. We have a check-up and growth scan in 4 days. I’m really curious to see how much he weighs! Zane is having hiccups about 5-8 times a day/night. Tru had them really often like this but Levi did not. They last around 10-30 minutes and I notice that they are around the same time every day. It’s pretty strange really…. My sister is working on some maternity pics for us. I am excited to see how they look!

 

 

I’ll be honest, this week has been hard for me with anxiety. I’m not sure why exactly. I had a few very rough days/nights. I’m sure all the changing hormones aren’t helping.

 

 

We had our 4D ultrasound last week at 28+5 and it was great! The tech said we would have had better pictures if there was more fluid (Oh, please tell me we aren’t going to repeat the low fluid issues that Tru had!) but we did get a few good ones. Z just sucked on his fingers almost the whole time. The tech kept saying how much she wished he would move his hands so we could get better face shots, but I thought it was adorable how he just kept sucking away on them. I think it was his left hand he was sucking on, so I wonder if he will be left handed? The tech said he already has hair and showed us his hair sticking up. SO cute! He definitely looks to have my super huge nose. 😉 I think he has more of Tru’s chin and forehead. From the side, I see Tru. But straight on I think I see a lot of Levi. I guess time will tell!

 

 

Dear God, thank You for carrying us safely though this week. Please continue to watch over and protect Zane as we approach the end of this pregnancy. Thank You for all your love in blessing us with this beautiful baby. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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So, you know how I had talked about Truett’s belly pain and dry heaving/throwing up episodes? Well, a couple weeks ago I took him to the Dr and he was quite concerned that Tru is still having random episodes of fever, albeit not quite as often as last year. (9 or 10 episodes this year, approx 7 without being sick at all) He sent Tru for blood work and an abdominal x-ray that day. I got really shook up because he mentioned one of the big, scary ‘C’ words while we were going over things. So I spent that night freaking out and worrying. Thankfully, the results of the blood work were in the next morning and showed no obvious problems (although his C-reactive protein was right at the cut off for high but his Dr said that can happen and it’s ok – It’s worth noting though since it’s always high every time they test it.) and when his x-ray results came in, they said he was really backed up, despite not seeming constipated, and his Dr said to give him Prevacid and stool softener and follow up in 4 weeks and do a repeat x-ray. We haven’t gotten to that point in time yet but so far so good with the Prevacid etc and I also started him on a daily probiotic for infants and toddlers. We are supposed to make sure he eats at least 11 grams of fiber a day. I wrote down everything he ate for a week and he easily gets 14-20+ grams a day.

The Dr didn’t really think Tru has acid reflux and since these episodes happen whether he has eaten recently or not, neither do I. But it’s worth trying the Prevacid a few weeks and seeing what happens. And he’s also off dairy temporarily, which is no fun for him since he loves cheese and yogurt and the substitutes just aren’t the same.

We also got a prescription for a rash that Tru has around his mouth that looks like a strep-type rash. The ointment did absolutely nothing for it so for now we are assuming it’s not anything contagious, but it sure doesn’t look good.

Then, last Thursday, Levi came down with a fever, as I mentioned in my last post. In less than 24 hours, he was better. Tru came down with a fever that same night but it didn’t go away and he just got so sick. His chest was so rattly when he tried to breathe at night, he coughed all night, his throat was so sore (he kept asking “Why it hurt when the spit goes down!?”) and he was just so clingy and sad. So, Thurs night is when the fever started. Sat night he coughed all night long and cried so I stayed home from church with the boys on Sun. Monday, after another even worse night, I called his Dr and they got him right in. After his Dr looked him over, he said he wanted to do a chest x-ray to check for pneumonia and also because he should have done one last time to look for lumps in his lungs that could be caused by another big, scary ‘C’ word. (For some reason I just can’t even bring myself to type it). So, shook up again, we headed over to the hospital for the x-ray. Would you believe that Tru was actually disappointed that he didn’t get blood drawn this time?! I guess the more stuff you get done, the more stickers they give you. Crazy boy!

The next morning, Tuesday, the nurse called to say that it was indeed pneumonia AND bronchitis. Tru had a terrible night the night before and was on his second day of not getting out of bed without me helping him. In fact, I put a diaper on him because there was no way I was going to make him get up when he was so out of it and weak. I hated to get him up to leave the house but no one could get his prescription for us that day so we went and got it and I was able to get him to not only take his medicine but also eat a burrito!! That was a big score since he hadn’t eaten much at all in days. We had bought 7 different flavors of Powerade the day before (he had only peed ONCE all day) and I had been cycling through them trying to get him to try sips but he wasn’t into it. I did finally convince him that taking sips of ice water would help his cough, so all day and all night whenever he coughed, he would dutifully take a sip of water. Considering that he ran a fever for 5 days, it was imperative that he drink at least sips!

Praise God, by Wednesday Truett got of bed on his own and actually played with toys and had more energy. And today we have come a full week from when he first got sick, and while he still coughs at times, his throat feels better and his chest isn’t hurting. Plus, no fever since Tuesday night! I’m so thankful for our friends and family who prayed for him. I’ve never had an experience with pneumonia and I know it can be serious, so I’m very thankful that he seems to be past that and getting back to normal. But boy is he grouchy!! Today and yesterday were tough as he has just not been himself. Breaking down crying and screaming and acting out of control over little things. It’s been really frustrating, for him and for us! I’ll be so happy when he fully feels himself again and can be a happy little boy.

We still have to follow up about the random fevers and the belly pain etc, but I do feel a bit better knowing the bloodwork was good. I plan to ask his Dr for more information on the x-rays, whether he still wants to repeat them or not. And I definitely feel that I should mention here, his Dr is not at all a fear-mongering type. In fact, he’s very laid back and doesn’t make me feel stupid when I ask all kinds of questions. I really like him! Actually, he was my Dr when I was a kid. I was thrown off when he mentioned those other scary possibilities but I also appreciate him being honest about what the random fevers could mean because that helps me to know more what I should be on the alert for. And also to not just accept that Tru has to always have fevers and not get answers. We really do need to figure this out!

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