Archives for the month of: October, 2020

How am I already almost 6 months along? This pregnancy has absolutely been flying by! Last week I had an appointment and follow up ultrasound. The high risk ob came in to talk with me after the ultrasound because baby’s legs are measuring small (even according to my dates going off when I think I ovulated, which are about 10 days behind the lmp due date they gave me) and apparently this can mean any number of things…. None of which is likely, according to her, and also, she looked back on my last pregnancy and Quayd’s legs were measuring in the 12th percentile when I was pregnant with him. That is something I was never aware of and obviously all was well with him. The Dr said she would recommend to my regular ob that I should have monthly growth scans, starting now. (I think my regular ob starts them for me at 32 weeks, but I can’t remember for sure) She didn’t recommend further testing, such as amnio or anything. Just that I do the nst’s as always etc.

Approximately 1lb 4oz of perfect cuteness πŸ’™ He was also head down and moving constantly!

So after that conversation, I went over to my regular ob for my checkup and we discussed changing my due date to match my 7 week ultrasound instead of lmp. That would make the baby’s growth more like a week behind, which while still a little concerning, it’s not as dire as his little legs being only in the 3rd percentile. Other than that, he looks perfect. Heart rate 150-something, brain and heart and all other organs look perfect. So I left with the plan to have a growth ultrasound next month and get on the schedule for a 39 week induction, as usual. I’m really crossing my fingers that I’ll go into labor a day or two before induction like I did with Quayd though. Having experienced both a spontaneous labor and 2 inductions, I can definitely say that the spontaneous labor was much easier (and less painful) on my body.

All that aside, this week was super stressful for me. I had this grand idea that DH should go with his parents on a 4 day, 3 night trip to visit his sister (all of 4.5 hours away). He was super hesitant unless my sister M could stay the weekend with me and the kids. We went back and forth on the plan for a week and he decided to just stay home, then I felt terrible for holding him back from going because he’s had such a stupid year and I felt like he needed to go. So finally, the day before he was supposed to leave, we decided he would go. I booked a one night hotel stay in the city and bought zoo tickets so the kids and I could have a little weekend adventure (along with M). It would have been fantastic except Quayd barely slept for 2 nights and that on top of insomnia left me feeling like a zombie all weekend. But we made it! We survived the weekend (I might have texted DH in a panic 2 nights in a row at 1am though). I sent M home the last night so she could sleep without listening to Quayd cry because I had determined that he would be cio as I simply couldn’t handle another 2:30-3am bedtime. But, thank the Lord, he didn’t cry. I massaged him with lavender and coconut oil before bed, diffused lavender in his room and gave him some Tylenol in case his teeth were bothering him (he’s cutting his top molars right now), then I went to bed and begged the Lord for sleep. You can imagine my joy when I woke up at 8am and realized it was morning and I felt like a regular human! πŸ˜‚ He didn’t even wake up for binky replacement services like he usually does.

In other pregnancy news:

  • I’m feeling a little more movement from baby now and the moves are getting a little stronger.
  • I wake up on my back a lot. :/ I’m really having trouble getting comfortable now. I sleep best with a pillow under the front of my hip so that I’m mostly on my belly. When I lay completely on my belly, the baby squirms around like it’s uncomfortable for him. 😦
  • I feel like all my motivation over the last month is dissipating. It’s probably mostly the weather but I’m definitely getting a little more uncomfortable now, especially in my hips and pelvis.
  • My mood is really unpredictable and I cry easily over stupid stuff. Everything feels aggravating lately.

I didn’t take any pics this week except to show my sisters the matching fam jams I bought. I am so stinking excited to give the kids and DH theirs and take a cheesy family picture. πŸ˜‚β€οΈ

Dear God, thank You for getting us safely and sanely through this past week and for helping me to finally get good sleep. Please help Destin to grow perfectly and to be a healthy size. Thank You so much for him. In Jesus’ name, amen.

I typed up a 21 week update and it vanished into thin air, so I’m just going to include highlights from the last couple weeks in this post. Most notably, DH felt the baby move at 21 weeks. πŸ™‚ I was laying in bed one morning contemplating pulling out the doppler to listen to the baby since I still don’t feel him a whole lot and right then he gave 2 big kicks! DH felt the second one and it really surprised him since he wasn’t expecting that. πŸ˜‚ Like I said, I still don’t feel a lot but what I do feel is getting stronger. πŸ’™ I’m so looking forward to the boys getting to feel him!!

My follow up ultrasound is this week! I’m excited to see the baby again although I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last checkup already. Time is flying super fast right now! DH and I tried measuring fundal height, just for fun (obviously neither of us are medical people, so not to worry if we don’t get the right measurement) and it seems that I’m measuring on track as I got 21cm last week. 😁 My belly still feels like a really comfortable size for the most part. I don’t have a constant heavy feeling yet although a lot of days do end in a bit of a waddle and some discomfort now.

I’m working hard on getting projects done during this easier time period of pregnancy. I refinished our kitchen table and stained the dressers that we bought for T and L last Aug. DH is supposed to paint the kitchen chairs to match the table this week and we are searching for a corner bench to create a breakfast nook. We’ve had so much fun updating and working on projects this year. I’m excited about the progress we’ve made.

This table seats 4 and is obviously way too small for our family but it was my Grandpa’s and I really wanted to find a way to use it since it is pretty special to me. It’s really solid and I love the natural color. I stained it with a transparent white stain to tone the amber down and then coated it multiple times in clear coat.

Finished color up close.

I have a deep desire for things to be neat and clean lately. I guess it might be some early nesting energy or something and possibly just overcompensating for how gross the house got during morning sickness/DH’s radiation therapy. I want everything clean! The algae in the fish tank was really bothering me, so I bought some nerite snails last week and they’re doing an excellent job getting it clean in there. I feel so pleased with them, it’s ridiculous.

Other tidbits:

  • I’m up 24lbs, which is actually really good news for me, even though it’s a lot for 22 weeks. I’ve only gained 2lbs since 18 weeks, so I’m hugely encouraged that if I keep up with my current meal and snack options (lower carbs, high fiber and more balanced protein) maybe I can gain at a healthier pace instead of so rapidly.
  • My mood swings lately are horrible! I tried to make coffee a few days ago and the Keurig wouldn’t accept the pod (that I’ve used almost daily for over a year!) and some flies kept landing on me while I was eating breakfast. This culminated in me rushing to the shower to sob heavily. DH came to check on me after my sudden disappearance and was really surprised to find me crying about coffee and flies. That’s not usual for me at all and I hate the mood swings! Needless to say, DH quickly remedied the coffee situation.
  • I have a lot of acne, especially on my chest and it’s really annoying.
  • Some days I notice a lot of Braxton Hicks.
  • I’m not really craving anything strongly but sour stuff sounds good. Having major aversions to meat. Mild queasiness here and there but I’m not entirely sure it’s pregnancy related.

Sorry, you’re getting the end of the day, jammies shot. I meant to take a pic this morning but I forgot.

Dear God, thank You for a healthy week. Please help the ultrasound and appointment to go well and for our family to be healthy and safe. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Guys, I’m over halfway! It just occurred to me the other day, 20 weeks is the halfway point! (And realistically, more than halfway, given I’ve never been past 38+6) I announced this news to DH and he was equally shocked. How is it going by so fast this time?? Eek!!! I’ve started having thoughts concerning the birth… Who will be babysitting the kids, what will the hospital policies look like by Feb..still covid testing in labor and wearing masks and no visitors? I’m ok with no visitors actually because I was so worried about my mom and sister driving to the hospital in the middle of the night last time. Quayd’s birth went so fast that they weren’t there long anyway, before or after. Since it was the middle of the night, they couldn’t follow us to recovery, so they had to leave. Which is another thing I’ve been thinking about… I wonder how this birth will go? Induction? Spontaneous labor? Vbac again? I watched the video from Quayd’s birth and after I took a few pushes on my right side and then decided to roll over, I pushed for just over a minute. 3 or 4 pushes. Will it go that fast again? I mean, just because I’ve done this a few times before, there’s no guarantee it’ll be smooth and easy this time and I don’t want to get my heart set on another “perfect” labor if it won’t be this time. I guess I better start praying about it! πŸ˜…

So, my belly has been covered in poison ivy for a week now but I’m finally starting to see the end of the rash and waking up itchy in the night less. It’s been pretty miserable. How did I get poison ivy on my belly (and back and thigh)? Well, deer season is in and DH decided that he’s not into the tree stands (that he bought last year!) and now he’s climbing trees, like a bear. Specifically a poison ivy covered tree which he then held onto like a koala bear for hours. 🀦 He knew it was poison ivy but figured if he came home and took a shower, he’d be ok. Which he did but he wasn’t ok. He did, however, succeed in spreading the poison ivy e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e with his washcloth. Then we went to bed and he fell asleep with his arm around my belly, like every night. Apparently he touched my back and thigh at some point too. The next morning he woke up and his eyes where swollen and itchy. In fact, everywhere was swollen and itchy, ears and all. My rash didn’t show up till the following day but show up, it did. 😩 Poor DH though, by day 3 he could hardly open his eyes at all and was just miserable. I was suggesting he should go to urgent care and get Prednisone but he wanted to tough it out a little longer and, much to my surprise, his eyes looked so much better the next day. He’s actually healed faster than I have even though his exposure was so much more. I’m guessing I’m just more allergic to begin with but also, my belly skin is super sensitive and stretched already, so anything would irritate it a lot. So anyway, I was gonna add a pic but it’s kind of horrible so I’ll spare y’all. You’re welcome.

Symptoms: Not much this week!! Can it be… I’m finally in the “honeymoon” stage of pregnancy?! πŸ€— The acne I’ve struggled with since the beginning has even calmed down a tad. πŸ˜€ Just a tad, but still!

Movement: I looked back on my posts with Levi and even though I felt him more than this baby, (and had more time to sit around paying attention) it did jog my memory about what his movements felt like with an anterior placenta, like I have this time. I’m feeling the baby a few times a day now, especially at bedtime and when I wake up but sometimes I’ll feel a little flutter throughout the day if I get a chance to sit down for a bit. The kicks to my bladder are getting stronger, for sure. πŸ˜…

Energy: I wouldn’t say I have an extra boost of energy beyond my non-pregnant self, but I’m definitely feeling a lot better than I have since June. I have been trying to get caught up on stuff that was neglected during morning sickness (hello, disgusting laundry room and carpet) and throw in a couple extra items in addition to my regular cleaning. I shampooed the living room and T and L’s room and got some stuff organized that was bothering me. I’ve also been trying to do extra school lessons with the boys whenever they’re in the mood. They’re super on board with my plan to be done with Mon-Fri schooling by Feb and just do once a week after that. Since we started school 2 months early when I found out I was pregnant, we’ve got a lot done already! I’m so proud of how well the boys are doing and how much they’ve learned already this school year.

Sleep: Not bad, all things considered.

Weight: I held steady at +22 for a week and I’m teetering on the brink of +23 now. Really trying to watch my carbs and sweets. πŸ™ˆ

Tru had his birthday this week. He’s 7. Is that crazy or what??!! On the one hand, I can hardly wrap my mind around him being that old already but also, I’m pregnant with my 5th child and my oldest is only 7? Say what?? Let me just tell you, 8 years ago when we were a month away from starting our first IVF cycle, I NEVER would have believed we would be expecting our 5th child a short 7 years later. God is good, that’s all I can say. πŸ’™

For Tru’s birthday we went to the park the day before, like he wanted. Then we got pizza AND pop for supper. I picked up some presents that he had been looking at the day before when I had taken him to the store to get an idea of what he wanted for his birthday. He picked out double chocolate fudge cake mix, blue icing, red and green candles, a number 7 candle and eyeball sprinkles. He made the cake mix almost entirely by himself 😭 and I baked it into cupcakes for him. We had been planning to go to a harvest party on his birthday, so we gave him his presents the day before. But as it turned out, Tru was up in the night with a sore throat (which was gone by morning) and coughing, so we stayed home in case it was anything more than his throat being irritated from playing outside in the wind the day before. We had a good day anyway and rented a movie on YouTube to finish the day out. 😊

Tru’s cupcakes πŸ˜‚

DH stepped up his pic taking game this week. 😁

20 weeks 1 day

Dear God, thank You for a wonderful week and for Tru enjoying his 7th birthday. Thank You so much for him and all the love and joy he spreads to everyone around him. I love his humor and his sweet personality. Please watch over and protect him and us all, In Jesus’ name, amen.

I had a checkup and the anatomy ultrasound last week at 18+3. Baby was measuring 18+4, overall with his belly measuring a bit over 19 weeks. He weighed approximately 10oz and everything looked great with all of his organs, etc. He’s definitely still a boy! Cervix was 35mm and single pocket fluid was 4.5cm. So basically, everything was perfect. πŸ€— Unfortunately we didn’t get a good profile pic as he wasn’t in a great position and the sonographer was a little rushed by the end. She was very thorough but the ultrasound took almost an hour and by the time we got to the end, she was ready to move us along to our next appointment. The dr ended up calling me the next day to say that they want me to do a follow-up ultrasound in 2 weeks because according to the due date they gave me (2-9-21 going off LMP) baby is measuring about 10 days behind. But if I go off the due date the RE gave me at my first ultrasound, he’s right on track. I’ve tried to let my ob know (and my RE even sent them a note) that my due date is 2-19-21 but they just aren’t hearing it. So, currently I am planning to do the follow-up ultrasound on the day of my next checkup, which is 4 weeks, not 2 weeks but I think it’ll be better for me to do it then. I’m an hour and a half from the hospital and I have to arrange childcare and be gone all day, so it’ll be easier for everyone for me to just wait a month. Although waiting to see the little guy again is tough! πŸ˜…

Symptoms: The problems I’ve been having with being lightheaded and out of breath are still very much present but I have days that are better and worse. I’m trying to drink more water and get a little extra salt in my diet.

Sleep: Even though I’ve been fighting a mild cold or something for a week now, I’m still sleeping pretty good most nights. I had one bad night last week where I traveled around the house trying to get comfortable all night but thankfully the rest of the week was good. I’ve been making an effort to go to bed earlier the last couple weeks. Since naps are an impossibility around here, I’m trying to make sure I get 7-9 hours a night, minus 4-6 bathroom trips. πŸ˜†

Weight: Finally weighed myself and freaked out a little. I’m up 22lbs already! 😱 I brought this up with my dr and she said we can plan to do the glucose test at 25 weeks instead of 28 weeks and see if that might be an issue. I’m just praying my weight will plateau for awhile and watching my carbs and sweets in the meantime.

Bump: I finally felt baby move for real for sure, no question at 18+6. Since then I’ve felt a couple more light taps but nothing too strong or crazy. As for the pokes I felt a few weeks ago, that was probably baby too but I think he has to be in just the right spot for me to feel him. I finally realized that the weird shocks I’m getting in my bladder that almost make me pee myself are indeed the baby bouncing on it. We didn’t really see much movement from the baby during the ultrasound, so I was still feeling really nervous afterwards but it’s good to know that even though I don’t feel much, everything looks good with him and it’s probably the big poofy anterior placenta that is keeping me from feeling much of anything.

I asked DH to snap a pic for me and this horrible grainy thing is apparently his best effort. 🀣

Dear God, thank You so much for good news from the anatomy scan and for these little pokes I’m feeling from the baby. Please continue to make this pregnancy progress smoothly and healthily right on through. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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