Archives for the month of: September, 2017

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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