Archives for the month of: July, 2019

First things first, I talked to the nurse at Zane’s pediatrician’s office this week and the dr also emailed. The plan currently is to run another follow up test in 3 weeks and see if Zane’s bloodwork comes back better. The dr was encouraged by the slight improvement last week. The nurse said the dr would call and consult with a pediatric hematologist, just to be sure that his plan to test again is ok.

But seriously, how perfectly beautiful!

All of this concern with Zane got me thinking about cord blood banking. I thought about it in the past but didn’t go through with it, but this time I ordered a kit and it came today. I thought it might be good to do at least this once. It’s a donation/storage package, so we are actually able to help someone now while still storing for our own potential use.

My nst and bpp went well this week. I chatted with the dr about how I’ve been having these episodes of breathless/lightheaded/heart racing at least 1-2 times a day, often for an hour or more. She said she could send me to the ER (I was currently having an episode and my heart rate was 115 but blood pressure was only 122/76) or I could call the cardiologist later who I saw back before I got pregnant with Zane. He had prescribed me a beta blocker but I got pregnant like a week later and never took it. He didn’t see anything life threatening going on but did note an arrhythmia… I think. Honestly, I forget what he said… 😌 Anyway, obviously, I opted to call the cardiologist. I’m sure I’ll feel better once the baby is out though. Aside from that, the ob just did a quick pelvic exam and said I’m 1cm but nothing interesting going on in there. πŸ™ˆ Thankfully my group B strep test came back negative. Yay!

Aside from the breathless/lightheaded/pounding heartbeat thing, my most prominent symptoms are:

  • Heartburn – I’ve never had this vicious of heartburn and acid reflux. It feels like a fire breathing dragon in my throat. I take zantac when it gets really out of hand because the reflux chokes me and makes my throat sore. If the old wives tales are true, maybe I’ll have a baby with hair!! πŸ˜ƒ
  • Stretch marks – I see the ones Zane put on my belly (I never had any on my belly until I got a few faint ones around my belly button) and now I’ve added quite a few to my inner right thigh and both legs on the top.
  • Exhausted – not every day, but I’ve had a few days where I was so tired that I hardly could hold my eyes open. In fact, I drank my coffee and fell back to sleep one morning. πŸ˜‚ Thankfully DH was home and kept an eye on the kids. Gotta get that sleep when I can!
  • Restless legs – and arms!
  • Water tastes gross – just another one of those first trimester symptoms that likes to pop up again at the end. Thankfully the nausea has been almost absent this week.

I added several meals to the freezer this week, bringing the total to 14. I’m running out of good freezer meal ideas but I still have a bunch of chicken to cook up. I froze:

  • Grilled chicken that can be served on a salad or something easy
  • Venison and noodles
  • Spanish rice
  • Chicken Alfredo pasta bake

I need to take a better pic. I just snapped this real quick but my goodness, I look haggard. πŸ˜‚ Weight is up 33-34lbs.

This is the 3rd time this year that we’ve had a nest of bluebirds in the bluebird box we bought. 14 baby birds total!!

The little wrens that nested in my hanging basket of flowers flew away a couple days ago.

DH and I celebrated 11 years of marriage this week. 😊 He bought me a beautiful pot of succulents (I prefer my flowers still alive and uncut) and a very sweet and thoughtful card. We didn’t get to have a date night or anything but it was still a blessed day. My dad stopped by with a card and cookies. πŸ˜‹

Dear God, please continue to lead us gently through these last few days of pregnancy. Thank You for all the blessings of this past week and for the excitement of getting ready for Quayd. Please help Zane to keep getting good test results and to be healthy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

It’s been a long week but also, productive. The house feels more ready, I got a couple more meals frozen, I stocked up on some essentials, got the hospital bag packed except for a few last minute items and somehow even managed to get a few things done outside that needed finished. I also went with my brother and his wife to their anatomy scan. I know the gender and I’m about to pop waiting for them to tell the rest of the family at their gender reveal!!! πŸ™Š

The frozen meals I’ve made so far include:

  • Meatloaf
  • Chicken and noodles
  • Vegetable soup
  • Chicken fajitas filling
  • Prepped meat for chili
  • BBQ chicken x2
  • Shepard’s pie x2
  • Lasagna

I have 3 more foil pans, so I’m hoping to make a few more double batches when I cook dinner this week to freeze.

Quayd passed his nst in the first 5 minutes this week, so the dr said I could leave early. This was actually his first nst that they didn’t have to come buzz him to get the accelerations. I had the group b swab done, so I should get those results this week. I described to the dr the contractions/cramps that I’d had 4 evenings in a row and she said that becomes more common the more babies you have, with 3rd/4th time moms oftentimes calling her with false labor. It seriously felt like the real deal starting up a few times… Consistent contractions every few minutes that lasted about 1min each but didn’t get more intense over the hours. This has been accompanied by tightness in my low back and intense pelvic pressure. My friend suggested that it might be prodromal labor and after a quick Google search, I’d say that’s exactly what I’m feeling.

At any rate, the dr checked for dilation and she said I’m about a fingertip with a soft cervix and baby’s head is nicely down in there. She said she’d love to be wrong but doesn’t think I’ll go into labor on my own before our induction. Which is fine, even if I do wish I could have an un-augmented labor. I’m more interested in getting Quayd out at the time and in the way that is best for him. And seriously, only 3 weeks left, Lord willing!!!

As far as symptoms go, I’m wiped out. The heat index this last week was reaching triple digits for several days in a row and I simply can’t tolerate it right now. Even walking from the car to the stores etc makes me feel faint and nauseated. Morning sickness is definitely coming back on a less extreme scale. My most bothersome symptom right now though is the breathless/lightheaded feeling with racing heartbeat. Sometimes it’ll last for several hours at a time and it’s extremely difficult for me to do anything until it goes away. Even sitting is too much sometimes, which makes grocery shopping and other public outings very challenging to get through. The SPD pain in my pelvis is still entirely right-sided now but it’s bearable. It takes me a minute to get moving when I first stand up, but once I’m walking, I’m ok. There’s a good bit of pelvic pressure but obviously it’s not doing anything to my cervix. Also, I’ve gain 34lbs.

I thought it would be fun to do a little comparison from about the same gestation with each baby….

Tru

Levi

Zane

Quayd

One more note: I took Zane to get his labs done again and I got the results back yesterday. I haven’t talked to the dr yet though, so I’m not really sure if it’s good news or bad. For my untrained eye, I see he’s still not in the normal ranges on any of it but it is closer to normal than it was 2 weeks ago. I’m hoping that means that he’s fine and we only need to have another follow up. But again, I really don’t know. I’m sure his dr will call tomorrow though and hopefully we get good news from him! Prayers are always appreciated. πŸ™‚

Dear God, thank You for a busy and productive week. Thank You for any progress Zane is making towards having good health and please continue to bless him and heal him. Please bring Quayd safely through the rest of this pregnancy and help us to have a safe and healthy birth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

This week has been better than I expected. I’ve managed to focus a lot of my anxious energy about Zane’s upcoming bloodwork into cleaning projects and getting baby prep done. I’m so thrilled to say that the c diff infection appears to be totally gone now and Zane has been eating and playing as usual.

Because we don’t know to what extent his immune system is able to function right now, I’m trying hard to keep everything ultra sanitary. Bring on the bleaching and scrubbing! In addition to the deep cleaning, I was able to:

  • Get all the baby clothes washed for the second time (darn c diff making me have to redo everything😠) and put away in Quayd’s own dresser!
  • Made room in our dresser for Zane’s clothes until the boys’ new dressers come in. (They were 8 weeks backorder when we bought them. 4 weeks to go!)
  • Made another freezer meal
  • Sterilized all the bottles and breast pump… Again…
  • Sterilized the binkies and whatnot and got them packed
  • Ordered the remaining baby items we need
  • Got the hospital bag almost packed
  • Sorted through tons of stuff in our room and the kitchen and got it almost all reorganized
  • The baby bed is clean and ready to set up
  • The carseat needs a new chest clip, which I ordered, and then it’s ready to install

I’ve kept Zane home all week except for a drive on the weekend to check out an SUV that DH thought about buying. We also went to church. Mom watched him yesterday so I could run errands with Tru and Levi. They’ve been doing so great with the summer reading program and the activity challenge that the library has this year. They were so excited to go pick up their prizes. πŸ™‚

I also took them with me to my nst/bpp/growth ultrasound today while DH worked from home and took care of Zane. The appointment went well, although Levi was very fidgety which led to the ultrasound tech trying to hurry through the process so we could leave (to be fair, the boys already had to sit through the 20 minute nst). I was disappointed though because I’d hoped they’d enjoy getting to see the baby but because of the fidgeting around, the tech barely showed us Quayd’s profile or anything. 😦 Ah well… Only a few more weeks until he’s on the outside, Lord willing.

She said he weighs approximately 5lbs 3oz. I noticed that his head is measuring about a week ahead but his leg and arm measured a week behind. I forget what his belly measured. I’m not sure what percentile he’s in or what the fluid level is either. My drs office may let me know later, I’m not sure. He’s currently on my right side, facing out mostly. I feel his knees in my belly button constantly! πŸ˜‚ And he’s my first baby to really and truly kick me in the ribs. It tickles and feels weird!

After the appointment we went to the pet store to buy a betta fish. The boys picked a bright red one. Then we stopped for lunch and milkshakes. I’m glad we were able to get out of the house and spend some time together. πŸ™‚

Symptoms this week are:

  • So breathless, lightheaded and pounding heartbeat, especially when I get too hot. It doesn’t take much to overheat me right now either!
  • Weight is at +33-34lbs
  • Pelvic pain on the right side, particularly around my inner thigh
  • Round ligament pain, mostly on my left side
  • Extremely weepy. I cry about literally anything and everything. It’s getting on my nerves so bad! Half the time I really have no idea why I’m even crying at all, which is just embarrassing. 🀣

Dear God, thank You for a productive week and for helping me get things ready for the baby. Please watch over us all this week and I pray that Zane will keep staying well and that his labs will all be good next week. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Y’all, it took me 9 whole days to get the 3 loads of baby laundry washed, folded and put away. The same day that I finished it, I got a call from the pediatrician’s office that Zane had c diff. So now I need to wash it all again since I washed it with our laundry.

That’s the least of my concerns right now though. We got some concerning and very unexpected blood test results on Monday from when I took Zane for his routine labs prior to scheduling his sleep study (to make sure he doesn’t have sleep apnea). Those results led to more testing which revealed a c diff infection that seems to be clearing up now, thank God. Unfortunately, repeat labs for the other stuff didn’t show much improvement from the first test a week earlier.

We had a visit with his dr and he said we have to wait 2 weeks to test again and see what happens. In the meantime he needs to stay well and not get any fevers or illness. This has been such an incredibly stressful week and I feel like I’m on the verge of panic and functioning in a fog several times a day. This 2 week wait is already testing my patience and I’m only 6 hours into it! I would appreciate all the prayers for Zane to get good results on this next test and for us to have a healthy and happy attitude while we wait.

This would be stressful at any time but 5.5 weeks from the induction date is just crazy! Half of my brain wants to baby prep and get excited about the upcoming birth but the other half can’t form 2 thoughts in a row that aren’t full of stress and fear. I’ve been crying randomly all week and just can’t seem to collect my thoughts and stream them into something productive. DH has been my calm voice of reason and I’ve been trying so hard to not let the kids see or feel my stress.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

This verse needs to be my moto right now.

I’ll admit, I’ve focused on the pregnancy very little this week, which is sad but understandable I guess. I did, however, have a good checkup and nst this week. My mom watched the kids and I took advantage of the time alone to just think and pray. Baby was sleeping at first on the nst but he woke up after getting buzzed (just like last week) and passed with flying colors. Next week is our growth ultrasound/bpp/nst and I am planning to take Tru and Levi with me so they can see Quayd on the ultrasound. I think they’ll be really excited. πŸ™‚ DH works from home that day and he should be able to keep Zane while we go since Zane doesn’t usually wake up that early in the morning.

I froze 2 batches of Sheppard’s pie this week when I made a 3rd batch for supper. I have a few more meals on my list to freeze. Hopefully I’ll get more cooking done this coming week. I’m at the point where I’d rather someone else cook and me eat, but I’ll try my best. πŸ˜‚

Other pregnancy related stuff:

  • Gained about 34 pounds
  • Pelvic pain is better on the left side and is now almost entirely focused to my right side.
  • Baby changed position and now my belly is lopsided. I have no idea how he is positioned now and I just hope he’s still head down.
  • Restless legs and breathlessness are my most annoying symptoms currently.
  • Swelling comes and goes but isn’t bad considering its been almost 100Β° all week!

We took the boys to watch fireworks and get ice cream on the 3rd and they loved it!! It was really a nice display this year. I’m always so thankful for our freedom and it’s something I think about frequently. I’m glad we have a day dedicated to celebrating and enjoying our freedoms.

Dear God, this week definitely hasn’t gone according to my expectations or preferences but I know that You know what the future holds. Please help it be good things and help Zane be healthy and happy. Please give us calm and assurance as we wait, that everything will be well. I pray that the test results will come back great and with no issues at all. Thank You for Zane and for the blessing that he is to us. Thank you for all my children. Please watch over Quayd also as we near the end of this pregnancy journey together. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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