Archives for the month of: April, 2017

How far along? 10 weeks 6 days 

Symptoms? I had 4 good mornings in a row with the nausea. So good in fact, that I even skipped my Zofran 1 day! And then it hit me like a tidal wave and left me laying in bed, calling my sister to come watch the boys. By the next day I felt much better again. I still get fairly nauseous in the evenings and at night, but as long as the mornings are good so I can take care of the boys easier, I’m happy. I think it’s interesting to note that the nausea decreased in the mornings around the same time as I stopped my nightly PIO shots at 9+6. It could be a coincidence but it felt related to me. I’m still on Prometrium 400mg at night and this morning I missed my 200mg morning dose so I think I’ll just be done with that dose now since I’m weaning off anyway and it’s less leakage to take it at night when I’m already in bed. I’m definitely less tired than I was before and requiring less Miralax 😉 and no Colace. Acne is still going strong. Weird pokes and twinges started this week and I can definitely feel my uterus tightening already. I had an irritable uterus with both boys as well and I remember little contractions starting around 10 weeks with Tru too. The boobs are getting much more firm and heavy. (And I never mentioned it but I actually started leaking milk right after I found I was expecting. That seems to have stopped now mostly.) I don’t really want to go without a bra (at home, in the morning, before I shower!) anymore because it’s uncomfortable. I’ve had restless legs for a few weeks but I get restless legs a lot regardless so, who knows. 

Weight? +4 total. 

Cravings/aversions? No cravings at this point. I’ve calmed down on the salads but I’m still snacking on vegis and Ranch dressing. Wouldn’t say I’m craving them though. I do have lots of aversions. Basically, food. Almost every day I eat ravioli because it goes down ok. I’m pretty tired of it now. 

Bump? It’s more round now I think. I also think that it’s getting obvious. Depending on what I wear, I think you can pretty much tell that I’m pregnant and about 4-6 months along. 😉 HAHA! Tru seems pretty intrigued by the idea that the baby is naked in there! 😉 He’s mentioned it a couple times. He flips back and forth between boy and girl predictions but Levi stays pretty solid on it being a girl. 🙂 

Best moment? 2 pregnancy-related best moments this week…. Seeing the baby waving it’s hands and kicking on the ultrasound at my appointment, and hearing it kick several times and move around on the doppler at home. Those loud blips and swoosh noises melted my heart! I thought mayyyyybe I felt baby flutter at 10+4. I was hunched over and my waistband was pressing in on my belly and I felt a little something move real low in my pelvis. On the other hand, could have been something entirely different. It’s still quite early to feel anything…. 

In other news, I need to do some updates on the boys! Lately they are playing outside a ton, riding their tricycles up and down the sidewalk. Levi pushes Tru around the yard in their battery-less Jeep and on the peddle tractor that Tru can’t quite reach the peddles on. It cracks me up because you would think Levi would get tired of pushing Tru around but actually, he enjoys it! Tru will say “Will you push me, Levi?” and Levi is quick to say “Ok!” and push him alllll over the yard. So cute! 

We bought some vegetable plants yesterday and the boys were so cute picking what they want to grow and carrying their plants around. We bought 2 each of yellow, orange, pineapple, and beefsteak tomatoes – all large varieties. The boys didn’t seem to really love the cherry tomatoes too much last year. Tru liked carrying the big ones around like apples and eating those and mass amounts of cucumbers. 😉 We also bought 1 each of cucumbers, watermellons, zucchini and yellow squash. 6 (so far) green pepper plants. 6 rainbow chard and 6 (so far) everbearing strawberry plants. Next year I’ll probably expand the garden but this year I’m keeping it pretty miniscule. I think the boys will enjoy planting and watching things grow. I know they really did last year, especially Tru since he was old enough to “take part” so to speak. 

Well, I’ll leave off now. This is getting long and I’m getting tired. I failed to take my 10 week picture today. If DH comes in before I fall asleep, I may still get it but I’ll post this without for now. 

Dear God, thank You so much for this wonderful week; For the great Dr appointment; For the baby moving around and growing so much; For all the fun we’ve had this week. Please keep Your hand of protection over this baby and our whole family. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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I had my prenatal appointment today with the new OB and I am happy to say that it just could not have gone better! She was so sweet and caring and kept asking me “What can I do for you?” and telling me “If you need anything, just ask us and if it’s something that we think would be a good idea, we’ll do it!” It was such a pleasant thing to have her asking me what I felt comfortable with vs how a lot of drs tend to just tell you what is “best”.

It was also interesting to hear that she delivered one of her children with my previous practice and loves them and knows I had really quality care there. I told her how I had really felt comfortable and happy with my prenatal care there and that it was really just the birthing experience that felt pressured and over-managed. I also told her that, if I need interventions during labor and delivery, I am fine with them. But otherwise, a less hands-on approach would be better. I explained some of the details of my birth with Levi and she was disappointed that I had the hemorrhage that probably could have been avoided and that I’d felt rushed during my labor. This Dr does think I have a very good chance of another successful VBAC. She wants to avoid induction (so do I even though I had a very easy induction) but because of the travel time (about 1.5 hours) to the hospital and the ease of being able to stop Heparin an appropriate amount of time before labor, it’s something she might consider at some point.

Another great positive was that this OB immediately said I should start taking Lovenox and aspirin when she was reviewing my history. I told her that I’m already on it and she was quite happy to hear that. What a change from usually having Drs telling me to stop it once I get to 10+ weeks! She said she wants to get my records from the previous practice and pretty much do everything exactly like they did. Her reasoning was that she doesn’t want to mess with what worked in the past. I went in there fully expecting that I’d have to negotiate and compromise on what monitoring I had, but as it stands now, she doesn’t want to cut anything out. Not even dropping to weekly NSTs vs 2x a week. She appologized for asking me to drive so far so often but really felt better just making sure we don’t miss anything. I never thought I’d be actually asking for LESS monitoring!

The last surprise came when she said she wanted to do a quick ultrasound. I didn’t get pictures but baby was waving it’s arms all around and kicking and just looked great! I could see the hands and fingers and it’s little mouth. ❤ The umbilical cord was pulsing with the heartbeat too which I've never seen before but was really cool! And I'm happy to say that the SCH appears to be gone now! The Dr didn't see any sign of it anymore so I am completely thankful for that. 🙂 My next appointment is in 5 weeks. They asked me if I wanted to come back in 3 weeks or 5, and much to my own surprise, I actually decided to make the appointment for 5 weeks.

I might be having the NT test in the meantime…. I haven't decided for sure yet but I think I might. I didn't with the boys and just felt no need to. It doesn't change a thing with how we feel about baby!! I guess I have to decide soon if I'm going to do it or not as it's usually done around 12 weeks.

At any rate, I'm so happy that things went well today and that we clicked so well. 🙂

How far along? 9 weeks 5 days (4-21-17)
Symptoms? I’ve had both good and bad days this week with the nausea. My best time is still in the morning most days. Which seems silly because it’s called “morning” sickness, after all. 😉 I gradually feel worse as the day progresses and by bedtime, I’m ready to fall asleep to get some relief. Some nights I feel sick throughout the night but not always. I know I followed this pattern with both of the boys but to a lesser extent. I’m having some minor breast tenderness again. It seems that they are growing some more. Fine by me! 😉 Still pretty emotional – I can cry about practically anything – happy, sad, totally neutral, it makes no difference. The acne is way out of hand! Enjoyng my second go at my teenager face. HA! Still a bit more tired than usual. I think that’s pretty much it for this week. 


Weight? After freaking out last week about being up 4 pounds for the pregnancy, this week I was surprised to see that I actually lost 2 pounds so I’m +2 at 137lbs. That feels better for how far along I am. 

Bump? I think it looks smaller this week. Probably in part because of the Miralax finally working. 😉 Haha. TMI, sorry. I gave up on my regular jeans around 7 weeks because I just really don’t like that tight feeling on my belly. But the maternity capris I pulled out are still way too big although I’ve worn them a couple times with a band around then to keep them up. Otherwise, I’m enjoying the looseness of maxi skirts. 🙂 

Sleep? Not as good as it was. I’m tossing and turning alot and having so many weird dreams. I have been taking a nap during the day when I get the chance. 

Cravings/aversions? This week I only want to eat salad. At first it HAD to have Italian dressing. Now it HAS to have Ranch. I’m not even sure I want the salad as much as the dressing, although the crunch is really satisfying. I could go for a Coke Freeze anytime! That’s about it. All else is gross. 

Gender? Everyone is still enjoying specualting. It’s funny how pretty much EVERYONE is sure it’s a girl. Some people have flat out told me they are praying it’s a girl! I am being 100% honest when I tell you that I really do not have a prefence. We do have a girl name picked out (for 9 years now!) but nothing so far for a boy. But if we have a boy, we have absolutely everything we need. (Clothes, toys etc.) It just really doesn’t matter to me. My boys are great and I enjoy being their mom. I can’t imagine it being better or worse to parent a girl…. though I think it’d be really fun to have a daughter. 

My appointment with the new OB is in 3 days. I am nervous but also excited to see how we get along. I decided to write down a list of what I usually have vs what I would probably feel comfortable with as far as monitoring goes. I plan to ask her if we can work something out along those lines. I figure that if the MFM practice thought it was necessary, then we really should keep at least most of it. Not to mention, I just know myself and I would feel totally out of the loop and anxious. Here’s the list… After 12 weeks, I usually have: 

  • Anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks w/ cervical length 
  • Growth ultrasound every 4 weeks until birth 
  • NSTs twice weekly after 32 weeks 
  • Weekly AFI after 32 weeks 
  • Bi-weekly BPP after 32 weeks 

Here’s what I think I would feel comfortable with: 

  • Obviously they would still do anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks but I also want the cervical length, mostly because of the damage that Levi’s birth could have caused and I’ve never had a super long cervix. 
  • Growth ultrasound every 4 weeks. I really don’t think I could see myself being comfortable without this. 
  • NSTs once a week after 34 weeks. I figure that weekly appointments start around that time anyway. We might as well do an NST. I can’t imagine being comfortable with no NSTs at all. 
  • Bi-weekly BPP. I figure with this, I won’t be too concerned about AFIs, mostly because they proved highly inaccurate with Levi, although neccessary with Tru. 

My guess is the OB is going to think I’m crazy, but I’m ok with that. She will have to understand that I have had way extreme babying during my previous pregnancies and that is simply what I’m used to/comfortable with and it’s really not that excessive….. is it? If all else fails, I already scheduled an intake appointment with my old practice AND made sure that the Dr who was my primary before (the one who delivered Levi) will no longer be my primary and I don’t ever have to have an appointment with her. So that’s all taken care of. 🙂 

Dear God, thank You for another week of pregnancy with this sweet little baby. Please continue to watch over and sustain it’s life according to Your will. Please help things to continue to go smoothly. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Haha! That acne is cracking me up!

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Have you ever stopped to notice how pretty dandelions are? I hadn’t until the other day. So vibrant! And also, so tasty! I’ve already fixed them 3 times this spring. Yum! 🙂

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I bought this beautiful Easter Lily the day after Easter on markdown. I hope it comes back next year! I love my lilies. And incidentally, we had a great Easter but I never got around to posting about it. Oops!

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How far along? 8 weeks 6 days 

How big is baby? At 8+1, baby measured 22.35mm on ultrasound, which is almost an inch. 🙂 

Symptoms? I’ve had a few days that were better this week as far as nausea goes. Staying outside is still the best remedy I’ve found so far. Outside, sometimes I feel almost completely normal. I even crawled around my flower beds and weeded and trimmed bushes yesterday and I felt great! I think the house just has too many smells. I’m usually only taking 4mg of Zofran once a day and doxylamine at night. Putting a little lemon juice in my water helps me drink more. My boobs seem to have stabilized at their current size now (maybe a half size bigger) and I’m not having nip tenderness anymore. I’ve had some days where I’m really exhausted. Like today, I could hardly stay awake. But I’ve been less tired overall and I think I only took one nap this week. 😉 Still very emotional. I bawled, as in sobbed, while watching Storks earlier this week…. Seriously. Still taking my combo of Miralax at least once and Colace x3 each day. It helps sometimes… I think that’s it for the symptoms. 

Weight? Yeah. What about it? I’m struggling right now. I think I’ve already gained around 4 pounds. That hurts because I’m so early still to already have gained so much. But given how puffy my face, feet and calves are, I think I’m retaining water for some reason. We have had a couple really warm days and I tend to swell pretty easy in pregnancy. Anyway, I have been reevaluating my diet and I really haven’t been eating bad. In fact, there isn’t much I can stomach so I haven’t had much chance to over-indulge. I ate like a whole bag of salad the other night over the course of the evening for snacks. I just used a little dressing too. Not all dressed up with bacon bits and cheese or anything. So really, I’m just going to have to not worry right now. I know I’m doing what I can to not gain a ton. 

Bump? I think that it is becoming obvious that I’m expecting. It’s rounding out at the bottom more and more. I keep feeling little gas bubbles down low and wondering how I’ll distinguish between those and the baby. I’m really looking forward to feeling movement! I usually check on the baby with the doppler once a day if I get a chance. I love that beautiful little galloping beat. 🙂 

Cravings/aversions? Most cravings are really quick to pass and not fullfilling when I get them. I could still settle for a Coca-cola freeze most days (although I’ve only had 3), but I don’t want pop by itself at all. Most stuff sounds gross still but I can usually get things down if I nibble at them slowly.
 

Dear God, please continue to watch over this sweet baby and help it keep growing well and healthy and strong. Thank You for this opportunity to grow another precious baby. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

8 weeks 6 days – water logged, lost my colored chalk for my board, and wet hair…. wow….

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Well, I wrote an update at 3 weeks 4 days and 4 weeks 6 days and they just POOF, disappeared. That’s a bit disappointing. But anyway. My most notable symptoms from 3 weeks were: queasiness, hunger but not much appetite, metalic taste in mouth and excess spit, very emotional and crying over every. little. thing., occassional cramps, dia, dry cotton mouth feeling, bloated, heartburn, acne, and peeing alot. 

How far along? 4 weeks 6 days 

Symptoms? Pressure and fullness in my low pelvic area, feeling hungry quite often but sometimes feeling a little gaggy while eating. Not really any nausea this week to speak of unless I let myself get way top hungry. Some crampiness from time to time and pinchy pains in my ovaries. Low backache started yesterday which I saw on my updates with Levi around this same time. Usually running to the bathroom morning and evening quite urgently with some sort of dia. Also remember this with Levi as well. The ladies are feeling heavier and fuller, though that’s not neccessarily reflected in the way they look. Still having a bit of a breakout on my face. Not much else besides that. Feeling quite good really. 🙂 

Sleep? I am definitely sleeping better than I had been before I got pregnant. And also waking earlier. I feel more full of energy than usual, which seems odd, but I have fallen asleep several times when both boys were napping. 

Weight? I’m not sure what exactly I weighed at the beginning of the month. My weight has fluctuated a lot the last couple years. Most recently I’ve been around 133-139. So I’ll say 135 just to make it easy since I think I was around that when I found out. 😉 All that to say, down 1 pound this week and last. 

Bump? This morning I noticed that familiar little pooch I always get right above my pubic bone. I didn’t have that till quite a bit later with Tru! Seems crazy to already see that little bump popping up. 

Cravings/Aversions? I started craving cooked green vegetables before I even had my positive test. In fact, that is one thing that made me suspicious. I am especially enjoying sauteed asperagus, and spinache and kale with bacon. To balance out the healthy cravings, I have also had Taco Bell a couple times. As per my cravings every pregnancy. What do they put in it? 

Tru and Levi have been very interested in the concept of their being a baby in Mommy’s belly. They have enjoyed looking at pictures and Youtube videos of unborn babies. So sweet how excited they are! They are also mostly holding strong to their predictions of baby being a girl. 

Dear God, thank You for this beautiful blessing, coming at such a sweet time. Thank You for all of Your blessings on us. Please continue to bless and protect this pregnancy according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

5 Weeks

Nausea has been the headline event this week. I didn’t have morning sickness this early with the boys aside from an occassional queasy moment. This type of sick started closer to 7 weeks with them. This time, it was scattered queasiness before 5 weeks, but the day I hit 5 weeks was just constant sickness. It feels something like being extremely carsick and trying to hold back the gag reflex many many times per day. Understand, I’m not complaining. Simply stating how I feel. So Sunday through Thursday were constant queasy to very nauseated days. Thursday I tried taking what had helped me with Levi (when I finally tried it after weeks of intense misery). Off brand Unisom Sleep Tabs. The ones with doxylamine succinate. I took that along with a Homocystex Plus (the methylated b-complex I take since MTHFR prevents my body from absorbing other forms of b vitamins). Anyway, I felt better right away… But I also fell asleep on the couch and was very tired for several hours. Obviously. Then Friday I woke up feeling completely normal. I contemplated freaking out but I remember this happening with Tru a lot. So I just tried to enjoy my shower without feeling sick and ate without trying not to gag and then I cleaned my bedroom and closet and got summer clothes out for the boys and got rid of an old chest and other junk. It was a productive day! My SIL had us over for pizza for our 3 birthdays this month (I’m almost 28, ya’ll!) and once I ate supper, I felt a little sick. This morning, Saturday, I’ve been back to being sick again.

Sorry for that long-winded, run-on paragraph about my tummy. Despite all that, this week flew by! As everyone continues to speculate on how many babies are in there, I am definitely counting down the days until our ultrasound (6 …. 5 if you don’t count the day of, since it’s in the morning 😉 ) On the one hand, we have no reason to suspect multiples on an unmedicated, natural cycle. But then, the 2 follicles we saw on ultrasound, the high and fast doubling betas and the early onset of morning sickness have my family all voting twins. I have no idea really. I keep trying to see if I have a gut feeling about it. I really just don’t yet. But I will say that everywhere I turn, stuff keeps popping up about twins. And I saw a family at the grocery store pushing a stoller with TRIPLETS! Haha. I’ll be happy either way. 🙂 

How far along? 5 weeks 6 days 

How big is baby? They boys have really enjoyed me showing them pictures of what the baby looks like now. I gave them each a dry lentil to hold today because that’s how big baby is supposed to be tomorrow at 6 weeks. They thought that was great. I am a bit confused though. At 5 weeks baby was supposed to be the size of an apple seed. Maybe I just see weird apples because all the apple seeds I’ve ever seen were clearly bigger than a lentil. ??? 

Symptoms? Some of the pressure and fullness in my low abdomen that I felt last week is starting to come back again. From right around the time I found out I was pregnant until midway through this week, I’ve been running to the bathroom morning and evening with “The Dia”. But halfway through this week, all that stopped…. Long enough that I gained back the 2 pounds I lost. I am feeling a little more tired this week with some lightheadedness when I stand up. And of course, the aforementioned nausea. 

Weight +/-? 0 

Bump? I definitely feel a firm bump just above my pubic bone. I really don’t remember feeling that so soon with the boys. This evening, DH remarked that he can see a bump at the bottom of my belly. It’s definitely noticable to me, especially when I look down in the shower. The rest of my belly seems to have shrunk but that little spot has a lump under it. I’ve already had to open the button on my pants when I’m sitting because it is very uncomfortable. So funny to have this happening so early. 

Cravings/aversions? There is very little I can stand the thought of right now. Granny smith apples, potatoes of any sort, and pickled eggs are about all I can even think about. Occasionally, noodles sound ok. Everything else = gag. I made a special stop at the store this week to look for edible food but I failed. 

I’m still taking my PIO shots. And giving them to myself, I might add. I had with Levi a few times but it’s so hard to reach back there to my butt cheeks. But, it is possible with great acts of contorsion! I’m also taking Prometrium, 1 pill morning and 2 at night. I’m also on Lovenox of course and have been since ovulation. Baby aspirin (always), Macrodantin (UTI suppression), B-complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E. I do need to ask my dr about the Vitamin E though because I don’t want to overdo it with the blood thinners. 😉 

Dear God, thank You for this week and for the reassuring beta and progesterone check. Thank You for the morning sickness as I am hoping that means the baby is healthy in there. Thank You for all the blessings that You have poured out on us this week. Please continue to watch over and sustain this baby according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
7 Weeks 

I am sitting on my porch, enjoying the sunshine. On a yoga ball. Wrapped in a queen size comforter. I’m sure I look like a sight! But the thing is, I feel less sick outside. So I’ve been outside almost the whole day. It’s breezy and cool but nice. The house has smells. Smells everywhere! And it makes me sick. So today we let our pig out of his pen to run around and eat grass. He loved it! We ran errands and now DH is mowing the yard for the first time this year. It’s so green and beautiful and so nice to finally enjoy being outside again after the winter. 

I didn’t do a 6 week update. Mostly because it would have been really short and read “I’m sick with a cold and morning sickness. I have 2 blisters in my mouth, a sore throat and I’m constipated up to my eyeballs (TMI – you’re welcome).” But I thought I’d spare you that update. So, you’re welcome. 😉 

Thankfully, the combination of Doxylamine Succinate at night and Zofran a half hour or so before I get out of bed, has finally helped me make some progress toward feeling somewhat normal and being able to function. Sometimes I have to take Zofran again in the evening because I feel worse in the evenings. But if I can get by without it, I try not to take it. I felt like I hit a wall last week but thankfully, things are looking up now that I have more coping tools. Taking meds is not ideal at all but I am thankful for the option when needed. I have been breaking my 8mg Zofran pills in half, which is usually enough, for now. I really don’t like to keep talking about this aspect of pregnancy though because, even though it has been rough, it’s really not a big deal in the scheme of things. It’s just for a short time. Plus, we’ve had lots of company with my family stopping in to help with the boys and such. That’s been fun for the kids and good for me too on days I don’t feel like leaving the house. 

So, anyhow…. Onto the Q&A’s. 

How far along? 7 weeks 6 days 

Symptoms? Well, this is TMI but… a daily routine of Miralax, 3 Colace, lots of granny smith apples, and probiotics has finally gotten me feeling alot better. I think the combo of Zofran and PIO is the main source of my issues rather than the pregnancy itself. Aside from that, I have some pain in my side from time to time. No idea if that’s pregnancy related or just me. I’m pretty tired by 8-9pm and have taken a few naps here and there when I’ve had time. My sniffer is on-par with our beagle’s nose’s capabilities. I have lots and lots of acne (gross!!). More tired than usual and rather emotional. And…. That’s about it! 

Sleep? I’ve slept pretty well lately, weird and vivid dreams aside. Probably thanks in part to the Unisom everynight. I do get up to pee several times and I REALLY have to go. I actually fell back to sleep on the toilet. Embarrassing and sad but, true. HAHA! 

Weight? I think I’m up by 1.5lbs. But that’s well within my normal weight flucuations so it may come and go. 136.5 

Bump? It’s definitely more pronounced and rounded at the bottom of my tummy but I don’t think it looks much different with my clothes on. My jeans don’t feel comfortable at all and I’m much more happy in loose fitting items. 

Cravings/aversions? I think that eating beans actually helps my morning sickness and I noticed that when I was pregnant with the boys too. I was reading a blog the other day and that lady said the same thing. Maybe there’s something to it? All I know is, I made a big crockpot of soup beans with bacon in them and I’ve been snacking on them every day. Aside from that, I HAD to have a coca-cola freeze today so we went to 2 gas stations to get one. And I HAD to have nachos, but they were gross. And I had been thinking about a soft pretzel for a whole week but it was gross too. I haven’t really CRAVED anything, but sweetened puffed wheat cereal hit the spot every morning for breakfast this week and I usually don’t like cereal. Everything else is NASTY and I don’t want anything to do with food. 

Best Moment? I found the baby on the doppler at 7 weeks 2 days! Incredible! I didn’t have my doppler that early with Tru but I found him at 8+5 and I tried earlier with Levi but didn’t find him till 8+1. I thought I’d try it this time because the baby was measuring so far ahead. It only took like, a minute! I think it was around 150-160 bpm. I wanted to post the audio clip but I can’t figure out how to share it on here. Anyway, yeah, best moment. 🙂 It makes it feel so much more real and I feel like it’s really bonding. 

Next ultrasound is in 2 days, Lord willing. I really hope the SCH will have absorbed by then. I’ve been trying not to do much lifting etc. I haven’t used the elliptical since the day before my last ultrasound. If it all looks well, I hope to start using it again, gently, of course. I did a terrible job at staying fit with the boys! Although, with Levi I was on couch rest for months due to previa, so there was nothing I could do about that. But if I can do better this time, that would be nice. 

The boys are still talking about the baby a lot. They are aware of it often. Like Tru always saying “Don’t sit on the baby, Levi!” when Levi climbs in my lap. And they still love to watch youtube videos on the developement each week. It’s pretty sweet. I showed them a profile picture of an 8 week baby yesterday and Tru was asking me if it only had one eye! They like to speculate on whether it’s a boy or girl. Tru says boy but Levi is still adamant that it’s a girl. 😉 

Dear God, thank You for Your grace this week. Thank You for the gift of hearing the baby on the doppler. Please continue to watch over the baby and all of us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

3 weeks 4 days

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4 weeks 6 days

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5 weeks 6 days – it’s funny how you can see the nausea progress along with the bump.

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6 weeks 6 days and no stomach for applying makeup

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7 weeks 6 days and a shampoo crisis lol

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A face I’m sure you’ve missed 😀

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We’ve talked about buying a minivan for YEARS. Probably even before we had kids. And now seems like the perfect time. So today we finally bought our minivan! 
I know it sounds crazy to want a van, and honestly, we were both leaning more towards SUV recently. Primarily for the 4WD feature. But the ones we looked at just didn’t make sense as far as getting a kid in and out of the 3rd row seating with 2 car seats in the middle seats. And putting 3 car seats together is an absolute no because of all the fighting that goes on when the boys are close like that in the car. Also, it didn’t seem there was enough room in the back for my big ol’ double stroller. Vans are roomy and practical so a van it is! 
We bought a Kia Sorrento.(ETA: not Sorrento, a Sedona…. my brain!) Hopefully it lasts us many years! The boys really like it and so far, DH and I feel like it was a good choice. Usually I drive a full cab truck, so a van doesn’t feel big to me. I’m really liking all the room in the back for groceries and not worrying about them getting wet in the back end. 🙂 Yay!!

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Yesterday I had my second ultrasound. It went great! Baby has nearly doubled in size from 10 days prior. Still measuring 5 days ahead! And with a beautiful heartrate of 166. 🙂 Thank You so much dear Lord! Please continue to bless this pregnancy. In Jesus’ name. 

The SCH is still very much there. Maybe even a bit bigger. But it looks like it’s healing and the Dr seemed very unconcerned at this point. He kept saying that everything looks good. 🙂
I seem to be starting with a UTI despite daily suppression with Macrodantin. So the Dr switched me to Macrobid for a week. 

Aside from that, he said I can stop progesterone support at 10 weeks if my bloodwork comes back good. I’m still waiting on that to come back but I’m definitely looking forward to weaning off of that. The prometrium is so icky and messy, though I’m mostly used to it now. I usually take the 2 pills at 11pm once I’m laying in bed. Then I take the next dose of 1 pill at 7am and try to stay laying down at least another hour. Then I take the PIO shot in the evening. I was taking it at 3pm but it was getting difficult giving it to myself as my butt cheeks are kind of hard to reach myself with a 1.5″ needle. 😉

I’m still taking Zofran, usually 4mg around an hour before getting out of bed. If I can make it through the day on just 1 dose, that makes me happy. 🙂

Since I’ve been released from my RE’s office, I have to find an ob. I am very hesitant to go back to the practice that delivered both of my boys. On the one hand, they are familiar to me and I’m mostly comfortable there. But then, Levi’s birth was a huge hours long battle between me and the ob who just couldn’t comprehend an uncomplicated natural vbac. She pressured me for hours to get an epidural (Nearly shouting “Get the EPIDURAL!” at me) even though I pacified her by getting the line placed sans meds. I wasn’t in enough pain at that point to want the meds and the only reason she wanted me to take the epidural was so she could speed up my already great labor with pitocin. In the end, and only by the grace of God, I avoided another dose of pitocin. After the birth, the Dr pulled on the umbillical cord trying to remove the placenta just seconds after I delivered the baby. I begged her not to but she continued. Whether that caused the placenta to tear and then become a piece of retained placenta followed by hemorhage or not, who knows?! But it didn’t help. I almost lost my uterus. They were this close >•< to doing a hysterectomy to stop the bleeding. The best part? I have it all on video. 

So all that to say, if I go back there, I’ve requested a different Dr for my primary. But here’s the thing, that is an MFM group. And aside from taking blood thinner, I’m certainly hoping that this pregnancy is not going to be high risk. I’m not sure how I’ll handle my anxiety if I go to a regular ob practice though. I probably won’t get nsts or growth scans or afi checks. And if you remember, we found out Tru was in distress at one of my nst/afi checks and delivered him via c-section right away. So going without that will scare me, because it could have gone completely different without that appointment. But on the other hand, if I find a compassionate dr, I’m confident that we can work together to find something that fits for us all. And the bottom line is just placing my trust in God. That He will make sure we get any testing we need and provide for a safe, healthy pregnancy and birth. 

SO, today I scheduled an appointment with a regular ob. This time, when/if I’m met with ignorance (as I have been in both previous pregnancies) and am told to stop my Lovenox, I have my wonderful, knowledgable hematologist to back me up and say that it is absolutely neccessary!! She will gladly send them a letter confirming that my combo of clotting disorders makes treatment a no-brainer. BUT, because I’m afraid this regular ob may not work out for me, I also called the MFM group to set up an intake appointment. The descision remains to be made until after my first appointment with the regular ob in 2 weeks. If we click and I love them, I just might stay there. They deliver at the hospital I had the boys at which is an absolute neccessity because that hospital has been so wonderful to us in the past. Very pro-family and focus on keeping mom and baby together. They are also very helpful with breastfeeding etc. 

Shew! I had no intention of writing a book! I guess I just needed to write it all down and sort through everything. If you made it this far, you rock! Not only that but you probably also think I’m crazy. 😉 

I posted this recipe last year but it’s that time of year again!  I just fried a batch today and they were delicious! 🙂 
I love dandelion greens! It is probably my favorite part of spring. I probably should have shared this recipe earlier in the year but, here goes.

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Step 1: Find dandelions. A LOT of dandelions. I try to fill a large pot.

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Step 2: Using a knife, cut around the root system to lift the plant out of the ground.

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Thoroughly wash the plants. I prefer to cut off the hard bottom part.

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Step 4: I like to fill a large bowl with water and really swirl them around for an extra good rinse.

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Step 5: Fill the pot with water and bring to boil for a few minutes. You don’t want to over boil them. Just soften them a bit.

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Step 6: Meanwhile, fry some bacon in a large skillet

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Side note, the flowers taste so extra good. 🙂 My favorite.

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Step 7: Drain greens and add to frying pan. Fry for about 10 minutes, tossing around frequently.

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Step 8: Serve on your most fancy dinnerware. I suggest serving with a side of southern style cornbread and a protein.

There you have it! Healthy eating and weed control in one. Obviously, don’t pick dandelions that may potentially have been sprayed by weed killer or peed on by your dog etc.

Enjoy!! 🙂

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