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

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

 
Weight? +38

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 
Exercise? Still not happening…. ;P

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Well, I think that’s about it. 🙂

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Ok, this is getting too long.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

Some favorites right now:

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Weight? +28 to 29lbs

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Weight? +31

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How far along? 26 weeks 6 days (7-19-17)

 

 
Symptoms? Hardly any this week. Some back and SI joint pain (which resolved after a visit to the Chiropractor) and a bit of popping in my pelvis when I roll over and first get up. I’ve had a bit more acid reflux than usual so I started taking pepcid again, which really helps. I’ve had a bit of cramping and more Braxton Hicks but I’m definitely drinking a lot of water and resting when I can.

 

 
Weight? +26

 

 
Sleep? Mostly good, except the boys have been sick so they’ve been in our room and I check on them in the night when they are in their own rooms. And a couple nights I woke up and didn’t feel the baby moving, so of course I stayed up until he kicked a few times.

 

 
Cravings/aversions? Pretty calm on this front. I’m liking burrito bowls lately. That’s about it. The boys had earned free meals at Taco Bell for being in a local reading program, so I took them there this week to get their meals. I actually was able to eat there too and it didn’t make me feel sick. Yay!

 

 
Exercise? This week was busy! I only used the elliptical once. But that’s ok. My weeks usually aren’t quite this busy so hopefully I can get back on course next week. Hoping I don’t get sick with what the boys have!

 

 
Bump? Lots of baby hiccups happening lately! I think he had them at least 4 times yesterday. I think there is a pattern to the times of day that he has them too but I haven’t paid too much attention. I remember that Tru had them at the same times every.day. Zane has had some really busy days of movement and then days that have made me start to worry. I’ve done kick counts a few times to reassure myself.

 

 
Baby buys? I ordered a new car seat for Zane. It already came in the mail and I really like it! Lightweight but feels sturdy. I found a used swing for $45, and since I regret not having one with Levi (and I only borrowed one for a bit with Tru), I bought it. It goes side to side or front to back and converts into a bouncy seat. Hopefully Zane will like swinging. 😉

 

 
Best moment? Tru finally sat still long enough today to feel the baby kick with his hand on my belly. I asked him “Did you feel that?” and he said “Thank you, Baby!” 🙂 ❤

 

 

 

I had my 26 week appointment and growth scan this week. I met another one of the Drs in the practice. I liked her pretty well. She was a bit rushed and that always annoys me, but I do understand they are busy. She was happy that I want to try to vbac again and thought that was a good choice. I get tired of going over the same information with each new Dr, but I guess that’s standard in a group practice.

 

 

 

The ultrasound went really well. I had the same student tech in the room that was there last month, and she got to practice again, which is super fun for me because she’s new at it and loves watching the baby. 🙂 Then the regular tech got to work and measured the brain, head, belly, and a leg. She looked over the heart again, kidneys, bladder and spine. Everything looked to be measuring within a few days give or take. His head is smallish around the 30th percentile, but he has a big chubby belly around the 80th percentile. So cute! OH!! Annnnnd, he was head down! I’m not sure that he will stay that way, of course, but it was good to know that he was at least trying to get into the right position. His back is along my right side and his feet are over in my left side. His fluid was good, around 15cm, I think. And he weighed approx 2lbs 5oz, so he grew about a pound in 1 month. They didn’t say what his overall percentile was but they said he wasn’t too big. The cutest part was to see him holding his toes with his little hand. Such a precious baby. 🙂

 

 

Quick rundown of the week and update on the other little guys: Sunday we had church in the morning. I went to the store to pick up a few things afterwards while DH took the boys home. (Neither of the boys took a nap that day, or any day this week until Tru took a short nap on Friday!! :O ) We were home for a bit before DH had another church to play at that evening. It went well. Levi took along his toy guitar because he was determined to “play with Daddy”. I didn’t actually let him but I kind of wish I had. It was sweet. Monday we went to the Chiro and ran errands and picked up the boys’ final prize from the library (They’ve been getting prizes all summer for checking out and reading books. We read over 100 books in the last 2 months!) Tuesday I had my Dr appointment so my sister K went with me and entertained the boys in the waiting room. Afterward, we went out to eat and bought the swing and some books and dvds for the boys at a second hand store. Wednesday we had story time and had to rush home because I thought the cat was out of water and it was suuuuuper hot that day. Cat was actually fine, but I had to take laundry to my parents house and that ate up the entire day. Thursday, my SIL came over with her kids and that is when we discovered that Levi was running a fever. He was so snuggly all afternoon and his eyes looked weird. He climbed up in my SIL’s lap and she said he felt hot, so I checked his temp and it was 102.6…. Later that evening, Tru came down with a fever. They both slept in our room that night. The next day, I had to babysit for my cousin. It was a long day… Levi’s fever was gone but he was still a little under the weather. Tru ran a fever all day. Today, Tru is still running a fever over 103 and has diarrhea….. And just like that, we have entered cold and flu season. Yay. I’m glad that Levi got better so fast but I feel bad for Tru that he is still sick. Poor kid.

 

 

Dear God, thank You for the good ultrasound that we had and for the fun we had this week. Please watch over Zane and keep him growing safe and healthy. Please watch over Tru and Levi and help them get over this sickness and back to being healthy and happy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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This week’s picture brought to you by the camera that ran out of battery before we could take a better shot, and some tired, midnight procrastination.

How far along? 25 weeks 6 days (8-12-17)

 

 

Symptoms? Having some pain in my right SI joint. I have another appointment with the Chiropractor next week so maybe he can help me get it worked out. We went on a date last night and stayed overnight in a nearby city. Today we did a lot of walking at a conservatory and art museum, and I could feel the tightness and soreness but some stretches definitely helped! I’ve had some more swelling in my feet and just a bit in my hands. Not uncomfortable though. Just the average end of second trimester stuff. Starting to notice the weight of the belly more but not so much that it has slowed me down too much… unless I’m trying to roll out of bed. Haha!

 

 

Weight? I didn’t weigh myself this morning since we were at the hotel. Earlier this week I was +25. I’m sure it’s a bit more now though with the swelling.

 

 

Sleep? Pretty good as long as the restless legs don’t show up. My body has been waking me up earlier which is actually really nice. I still get up maybe 4 or 5 times in the night but I pretty much sleep walk to the bathroom and back. I’ve actually dozed off mid-pee a few times lately! Ha! Strange but true.

 

 

Exercise? 3 days on the elliptical. I felt so good lately that I upped the intensity (barely) to give my legs a bit more strength. DH rubbed his hand over my leg the other day and was like “Wow! Your legs feel really strong.” Haha! They’re not “really strong” by any means but I am happy to be building back a bit of the strength that I lost while laying around so much. I really need to get motivated to do some back and arm work. Just a bit. Nothing too exciting.

 

 

Cravings/aversions? So, I walked up to the counter when I was buying my coke freeze the other day, and the lady at the counter said “So, is it a pregnancy thing, or….?” And I just started laughing and confirmed that yes, definitely a pregnancy craving. I mean, I like freezes but this is getting silly! Obviously I’ve been in there enough lately that they recognize me. Which is sad because I go to 2 different locations depending on which side of town I’m on. The only real aversion I have is seafood. I usually LOVE seafood but I just can’t right now. DH and I talked about going to a crab shack on our date but I couldn’t stomach the thought of it. I think the seafood thing comes from eating some mussels right at the start of morning sickness. I couldn’t even throw away the shells that were on the counter because I couldn’t look at them. DH had to take them out!

 

 

Bump? I feel like Zane is a very strong baby and maybe a tad on the big side. My next growth scan is actually in 3 days (HOW has it already been 4 weeks since my last appointment? I feel like I was just there!) so it will be interesting to see how big he measures. I know he’s still very tiny but he feels robust in there. I still don’t know how he is situated, but I feel body on the right and limbs on the left. For a day or two, I could tell he’d changed position, but he went back to this spot later so it must be comfortable. Hiccups are down low again, whereas, they had moved to the top of my belly for a few days. And the crotch kicks went away too. Last night I was laying behind DH while we watched a show on TV and Zane kicked and kicked his back. It was so funny how hyper he was in there. I’m learning his pattern of movement but it seems to change every so often to a new pattern. Lately he’s been a night owl, which I love. Sometimes he just pushes one little item out on my side and holds it there until I put my hand on it and he jerks it away. I always think that’s so fun how we are connecting with each other for a moment.

 

 

As I mentioned, we have our 26 week appointment in a few days and I just can’t believe how fast the time flew since my last checkup. I have this appointment scheduled with a Dr I haven’t met yet, so I’m interested to see how that goes and if we are on the same page. The Dr left it in the air as to whether I will have a growth ultrasound at 28 weeks or if I’ll wait till 30 weeks, but I think they start bi-weekly appointments at 28 weeks anyway. (They don’t) I can’t get over how fast this pregnancy is flying! In a way, I feel like March and finding out was a long time ago, but not really.

 

 

I have started to get things ready here and there when it makes sense. I remember when I got to the third trimester with Levi, everything was so much harder to accomplish and I was happy for everything I had done earlier. So, I cleaned out Levi’s closet last week and all the receiving blankets and burp cloths and bibs etc were still in the nursery organizer in his closet. I went ahead and washed them and moved that to my room. I’ve got about 14 bags of diapers stocked up since I found sales and had coupons. I’ve probably got 25+ bags of wipes. I cleaned out the dresser in Truett’s room that was wasted space. I cleaned out his closet and moved stuff around so that I could make better use of it. The freed up closet space meant that I might be able to use the dresser for Zane’s clothes. I was going to buy a new dresser (and still need to) but money is a tad tight at the moment as we had to fix some things on DH’s car, so if I can hold off on that purchase for now and use the old dresser for awhile, that’s great. 🙂

 

 

Dear God, thank You for a beautiful week and for the time DH and I got to spend with each other and bonding with Zane. Please keep him safe and help him continue to grow strong and healthy. May our appointment go well and his ultrasound be good. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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I have to share this story because it is simply too precious not to. The other night we were driving home late at night and the boys wanted to sing Christmas songs. Jingle Bells is seriously one of Tru’s favorite songs and him and Levi sing it all the time. After we sang for awhile, Tru said “Can you talk to me?” When I asked him what we should talk about, he just wanted to talk about “things”. So we did.

 

After awhile, Tru asked me “Is Levi asleep?” At this point, Levi hadn’t made a peep in quite a long time so I thought he probably was. I asked him “Levi, are you asleep?” and he quietly answered back “No. God’s talking to me.” I asked him what God was saying to him, and Levi answered back “He wuvs me.” When we got home awhile later, he told DH the same thing.

 

 

I was quite shocked and also touched. It just melted my heart. Levi had been asking me from time to time “God wuvs me?” And I would always tell him “yes”. But he hasn’t asked me that since. I wonder if God decided to just tell Levi – Himself – that yes, God loves him. And why wouldn’t God speak to a young, innocent child? They don’t know to be skeptical. Surely if anyone could be spoken to and hear from God, it would a sweet little baby.

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