Thursday, October 15
Almost 36 weeks in this shot. Currently, I’m almost 37 weeks…
Things are pretty much going well. Apparently I was mistaken though, when I last reported that my platelettes were staying up. They had dipped too low, and then gone back up again, so we’re keeping a close eye on them. I’m making sure I take more chlorella and eating and drinking as much green stuff as I can. They’ve been staying up, but are not quite as high as I’d like to see them. And if they dip really low again here, they will put me on steroids. So I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen!
Otherwise, I’ve been having regular Braxton Hicks contractions more and more, and can tell my body is getting ready. I don’t know if I’m dilated to anything yet, and that is just fine with me. Honestly, I’d be fine not knowing until at least my due date. No need in getting myself worked up over a little number, right?
Mostly right now the thing that has been concerning me is this “sick season.” I’ve been mostly focused on just not coming down with anything, especially the swine flu (though I hate to even say it!) I’m limiting my family’s contact with the public as much as possible and making sure we’re eating healthy, avoiding sugar, and washing our hands after touching anything. As ironic as it is, I told Kevin the other day that I almost wished I could just keep the baby inside until spring when all the germs seem to dissipate.
So that’s about it for now… will post if anything newsworthy comes up.
Thursday, October 1
Yay! It’s October already! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. (Oh, and sorry again, that I don’t have any of the ultrasound pics up. I still need to either get a scanner or find a decent way to take a pic of a pic.)
So… things are going as well as can be expected. I’m tired a lot, but not too badly. I’m nesting a little, but find my size and energy level to be definite deterrents to that. I’ve been having heartburn here and there. Mostly at night, so I’ve tried to eliminate the late night snacking. Speaking of which, does anyone know good foods to eat to avoid heartburn? I’ve also been having lots of Braxton Hicks contractions. I’ll get one pretty much every time I stand up, and if I’ve been on my feet for too long… etc. etc. My platelettes are hanging in there I believe, and I’ve tried to be good about taking my chlorella and eating things that are high in vitamin K. So, yeah, that’s about all I’ve got to report- nothing new. I’ll be posting a new belly shot sometime next week. 🙂
Thursday, September 17
So, I had the second ultrasound today. (Sorry, don’t have the pics up yet.) All is well, our girl is still a girl. All her parts and what not looked good and healthy. The Doc that performed the ultrasound informed us that by her measurements, she is measuring about 2 weeks ahead, so we could figure on delivering around 38 weeks… etc. I figure, with my history, since I tend to go late, that should put me right about my due date then. Also, and I will try to put this as unoffensively as possible, but this particular Doc has a history of saying such things, you know, your baby is measuring large, you can expect to delivery early… and so on. So yes, taking that with a grain of salt. I’m so not into freaking out about my due date. Did that with Beau and it was sooo not fun, and not worth it. She’ll come when she’s ready. If it happens to be 2 weeks early, then hey, that’s cool, but I’m not expecting it at all. So yeah, that’s all. My platelettes are doing well, still staying up there. I’d like them to be a little higher, so I’m working on that.
Tuesday, September 8
So here is my little green belly at 31 weeks. Almost 8 months along! I’m having a hard time fathoming that… *blink, blink*
Things are going well, the babe is kicking around and moving quite a lot, and I’ve gotten used to her schedule of sorts. Currently, she’s got the hick-ups, which always make me feel like I’ve got them. It’s the weirdest feeling. Also, at my last appointment, we discovered that my platelettes had fallen below a “comfortable” level, so now I’ve got to go have my blood drawn every week until I deliver, just to keep an eye on them (the platelettes.) Fortunately, the first blood draw came back within normal limits, and hopefully it will continue to stay that way. (As long as I remember to take my chlorella!) Until then, I will be making buddies with the local vampires… uh, I mean phlebotomists! 😉 Also, we get to have another ultrasound here next week, which is always exciting!
Tuesday, August 25
So here’s the latest belly shots at 29 weeks. I have good news too- my gestational diabetes test came back normal. In fact my numbers were super low! I talked to my sister a bit about it and told her that I’d eaten a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter, honey and cinnamon on it the morning I took the first test, and she wasn’t surprised that sent my number soaring. So be ye forewarned, seriously no form of sugar, including carbs like whole wheat, before you take your GB test! I thought I’d be okay since I ate my toast in the morning then only ate protein for lunch and fasted an hour before I drank the glucola, but not so! Oops. Learned my lesson.
Sunday, August 16
Wow, it’s been over a month! It was a busy month too. We had the Flickr 7 days challenge, then the three birthdays, which included me turning 30, swimming lessons, short out of town trips and lots of fun. We’ve also had a few bummer things go on. Unfortunately, my sister, Ariel, miscarried about 3 or 4 weeks after I took that shot down there. She seems to be handling it well, despite it all, but it’s still sad. Then we lost my grandpa last week. School starts this week, and we’ve got more out of town trips coming up. Anyways… what does all this have to do with the pregnancy? Not much, except for making me tired and giving an excuse as to why I haven’t posted about it recently.
I went in for my monthly check up last Wednesday and did the blood glucose test where you have to drink that nasty glucola an hour before you come in and then they prick your finger and check to make sure you’re not developing gestational diabetes.
Well, I failed the test. By two points. (Insert eye roll here.) I have never failed the test before, so this came as a bit of shock to me. To add to that, my regular midwife wasn’t there, so I couldn’t ask her a bunch of questions about it. Soooo, tomorrow, I have to go back to the blood lab. (I’ve been calling it the “vampire booth” for giggles.) First, I have to fast for 12 hours. So I started fasting tonight at 8 pm. The last 6 hours of the fast I can have absolutely nothing, not even water. Then I go to the lab at 8 am, they will take my blood right when I get there, then I’ll have to drink more of the nasty glucola, then wait and hour and they’ll draw my blood again. Then they’ll draw my blood an hour after that, and again and hour after that, and again and hour after that. Yes, I will be there for four hours with a total of four blood draws. Oh, and just to make it even more fun, they’ll do a regular old blood draw to check my platelette and iron levels too. Yippee! Sorry to be dripping with sarcasm here, it’s just that I might as well have a sense of humor about this whole thing. Of course, I’m really hoping they find that I DON’T have gestational diabetes, but if I do, it’s not a really big deal. I’ll have to be more careful about what I eat (ie. lay off the sugar), and make sure I exercise more regularly, and they’ll keep a closer eye on the baby to make sure she’s not getting too big.
Other than that, things seem to be going really well. She kicks and moves around all the time, and I’ve begun to notice her sleepy and awake times. I’m getting tired again now that I’ve hit the 3rd trimester as well. I’ve definitely got to that point where I’m getting anxious to meet her and hold her in my arms, but not anxious enough to wish for labor. 😉
I will try to post a belly shot here soon, I know I’m way overdue for one. Hee hee… “overdue.”
My sister woke me up this morning at 7 a.m. with a text and photo of a positive pregnancy test. What a way to wake up! We figure she is around 4 wks along. We’re excited to actually be pregnant at the same time for once, even though I’m already close to 6 months along. So we seized the opportunity to take a fun belly shot together in our bikinis, since it IS summer (finally) and nice and hot outside. (Um, in case it wasn’t obvious, she is in the foreground, and I’m in the back.)
Tuesday, July 1
Here’s a 21 weeks belly shot. I am still feeling pretty well, but a bit sapped for energy here and there. I’ve been trying to be better at remembering to take my prenatal vitamin and my chlorella (I’ll explain that one in a minute) and hopefully after a week or two of sticking with it, I’ll notice a little bit of a difference. Otherwise, I’m just going to chalk it up to already having 3 kids and a busy schedule. Who wouldn’t be exhausted, right?
I may have talked about this in my previous pregnancies, so I apologize if this is a repeat. I have idiopathic thrombocytopenia when I am pregnant, which basically means that my platelettes, you know the things that make your blood clot, get inexplicably low. In my first pregnancy, if I remember correctly, my platelette count was quite low, and I had to be put on steroids to elevate them. I still ended up hemorrhaging after giving birth to Drew. But not to worry, I was well taken care of, and obviously, things are okay. I do remember being very pale for a good month after Drew was born though. The second time around, somebody turned us on to chlorella (thank you Nancy!). Chlorella is basically green algae, and super high in vitamin K, which will naturally elevate your platelette level. I took chlorella throughout my pregnancies with Beau and Selah when we realized that my platelette level was dropping again, and got great results both times with no post partum hemorrhaging! So anyways, same story here, my platelette count is slowly dropping, and I am taking my chlorella again. I’m always bad about taking it during the first trimester, along with the prenatals, just because I’m already nauseated then, and the vitamins kind of add to it, especially when you can’t keep your stomach full. So, I’m back at it here, and hoping it will make a little bit of difference in my energy level. There you go… long story. 🙂
Monday, June 22
Hello… just checking in. I guess I’m officially five months pregnant now and at the halfway mark. November still seems like a long way away to me though. I’m doing pretty well so far, but definitely starting to feel, well, pregnant. I’ve got 3 different pillows to help me sleep, I can’t get up too quickly, I’m often uncomfortable when sitting down…etc. etc. Last week, we started swim lessons with the kids, and after the first two days, I was EXHAUSTED! I was starting to worry that maybe my iron was low, but after talking to my midwife, we kind of determined that with 3 kids in tow, and swim lessons ( did I mention I have to get in the water with Selah, which equates to almost a 30 minute long squat while holding 25 pounds out from your body) and it still being a little early, it’s probably fine that I was so pooped. Apparently it can take up till the 24th week to “get your energy back”, not that it’s that much. Anyway, we’ll be keeping an eye on me to make sure I keep doing well. Otherwise, baby girl is an active one, always moving, pretty much all hours of the day (to the best of my knowledge, hee hee.)
Thursday, June 18
Here is a somewhat decent pic of our baby girl’s profile. You can also see her spine really well in there too. And the little dark part above her spine, is her heart I believe. All four chambers were in good working order.
Thursday, June 11
Well, me and my pregnant belly survived a cross-country trip and have been safely back at home now for half a week. I’ve reached the point now where I can no longer fit into my regular shirts. They ride up and expose my burgeoning belly. During the trip, we had a lot of driving, which meant a lot of sitting and I was able to feel the baby kick quite a bit, which was comforting to me. I also realized I am already starting to have Braxton-Hicks contractions. They seem pretty prominent especially when I had full bladder. Hee hee. After we got back, I was sitting in bed one night and realized I could feel the baby kick from the outside so I risked disappointment and got Kevin to put his hand on my belly. In the past, this has always been sure to stop the baby from moving, but this one didn’t, it kicked right as Kevin put his hand on my belly and then a few more times. That was pretty neat, and really early. Usually this doesn’t happen until we both can physically see the baby’s movement. I had a check up Monday, and all seemed well. The baby’s heartbeat was in the low 150’s. It seems to me that along the way somewhere, I heard girl’s heartbeats are a smidgen lower than boys. Both Drew and Beau’s heartbeats, were often in the 160’s, sometimes a little higher. So I’m wondering if this little one may be a sister, but we’ll be having the ultrasound Monday, so hopefully we’ll get to find out that day. Also, I’ll try to do a belly shot at some point today. Check back later…
Friday, May 22
So I clicked on over to stare at this page, and didn’t really think I had anything much to report, but then I remembered something… and then promptly forgot again. Isn’t placenta brain wonderful? I’ve noticed that I’ve had issues putting words together when I typing lately. Meaning that when I try to spell out any certain word it comes out with all the letters jumbled up. For example… while trying to type out “example” it first came out as “eamxole;” then ” exmple” then I finally got it after the third try, after spelling “finally” “third” and “after” incorrectly. I attribute this to the lovely placenta brain syndrome, which I had at one point found an actual medical name for, and can’t remember now. Go figure.
I have been feeling lots of itsy bitsy little butterfly kicks this week, and enjoying each one. That is by far my favorite part of being pregnant, feeling the baby move. And that’s all I can seem to remember for the moment. If I think of anything good, I will of course come back… if I remember to come back… You see how it goes…
Sunday, May 17
Well… it’s taken me much too much time, but that is a different story… that involves termites, and an off limits play-room. Okay… now I have to tell you. We have termites eating one of the outside walls of our playroom. Well, there is a little hole in the wall (courtesy of the boys) and the termites found it, and have made their way through, and decided to swarm the playroom early last week. Those suckers have wings! Yick! Anyways… the playroom is where I take my nice natural light shots of my belly, and I couldn’t get in there for a few days afterwards. Termites have been “taken care of” but still need to be terminated. Ehem.. but anyways…
here’s the 15 week belly shot!
Tuesday, May 12
Wow! It’s been much too long since I’ve posted an update in here. Shame on me. It’s also been a month since I’ve taken a belly shot! I’ll try my best to take one a.s.a.p! I did have a midwife appointment last week and all is looking good. We were able to hear the heartbeat again, and several kicks as well! Already have an active little person in there. We also have a date for my ultrasound, in which we intend to find out the gender of the baby, and that is June 15! Can’t believe it’s so close already!
And with that… I have a funny story to tell that I should have told a while back when it first happened. Better late than never though, right?
So you know for a lot of women, being pregnant gives them what I call “super pregnant smells”, by which I mean that you can smell all kinds of things you never could before, and the scents of most things are quite strong. (By the way… my husband must be part bloodhound because he can smell like this all the time. Poor thing.) So a little while before I had gotten pregnant, I had bought this hand-soap that I thought was really nice and smelled good. It was made with real honey, came in a cool dispenser, and the price was right. After having it for a while Kev asked if I would please get a different kind (preferably one with no scent) the next time, claiming that this soap smelled like ferrets. Have you ever smelled ferrets before?! Not good. So, not wanting to gross him out, I agreed, still explaining that I sure couldn’t smell that particular scent. Fast forward about a month, and a few weeks pregnant me walks into the boys bathroom, and lo and behold it reeks of ferret! There I see the culprit, the special honey soap sitting on the counter and it smells awful! Ha ha!
Of course I had to go tell Kev that I knew exactly what he was talking about now, and I will never doubt his sense of smell again. I’ll also be really glad when mine goes back to normal. 😉
Monday, April 27
I’m a little hesitant to say anything, for fear of jinxing myself… but after I wrote yesterdays post, and pretty much all day today, I’ve been feeling much much better! Still need to make sure I eat on time, and often, but it seems to be on it’s way out… (HOORAY!) We went to THE hot springs pool yesterday evening, and I slept very well last night. That was very nice, however, my body did not want to wake up this morning. I think it realized just how much I needed that kind of sleep, and I felt like going back to sleep pretty much all day.
I seem to really be liking Mexican food lately- in fact today I was craving gazpacho. One thing that has always happened to me in each of my pregnancies, is that I end up with a list (not too big) of things I WONT eat, instead of a list of things I’m craving. The cravings come and go. Right now the thing at the top of my “WONT EAT” list, is chicken. I know. How inconvenient is that? It doesn’t help that Chicken was the main theme of the Everdayfood mag this month. I can barely stand to look at the pictures, and my stomach is turning just writing this… so ehem… I’m finished.
I really like marshmallows right now too- that is a weird thing for me. I have never been a fan of marshmallows… who knows?! Ha ha!
Sunday, April 26
Well… I don’t have much to report except that I’m still feeling sick. Today it kind of feels worse than it has in a while, and I’m wondering if that means it’s going to go out with a bang? (Please, oh, please be on the way OUT! The morning sickness, that is.)
Oh, and the other thing… I am pretty certain that I can feel this little guy kicking every now and again. I know it’s REAL early for that… but I honestly don’t know what else it could possibly be. (And I’m pretty good at differentiating between gas and air bubbles and what not…this IS the fourth time around…) Any of you mothers ever experience that, or at least THINK you did?
Thursday, April 16
Starting to push out a little bit at 10 weeks and a handful of days. Still pretty nauseous and tired a lot. But actually able to think about food without wanting to hurl, sooo I think this must be slowing down a bit. Yay!
Saturday, April 11
So this week I had my first midwife appointment. (Side note: I LOVE my midwife! She is awesome. She has delivered all three of my kids so far, and I’m so looking forward to working with her again this year!)
I’m 9 weeks along now (well… really close to 10 actually) and we were able to hear the heartbeat this week. That was a great relief to me! I don’t know why, but the more pregnancies I have, the more paranoid I become about losing the baby. (maybe I’ve just read too much on the internet…) Oh, and my “Official” due date is now November 11th. I don’t know why, but this has happened to me more than once. I find a due date calendar on the web, and then when I go into the doc office, it’s always a few days different.
We were also able to get insurance stuff ironed out and taken care of this week, which is also a great relief. I wasn’t sure if we were going to get stuck having to pay for this whole thing out of pocket or not this year! Thank the Lord, for coming through and providing. Woohoo!
Still dealing with the morning sickness, but have found a fairly decent distraction: I’m reading the Twilight books. Again. Whatever works. Hopefully only a few more weeks of it! I’ll take another belly shot as soon as I remember. I seem to be popping out a little more this week.
Tuesday, March 31
I give you the belly shot!
8 Weeks along. Not much to see, accept fat. 🙂 And if you think that I am showing, let me remind you that the baby is about the size of a raspberry right now.
Monday, March 30
Well… the morning sickness isn’t getting much better. It’s getting stronger. I try to keep reminding myself this is usually a good indication. The good news is that I’m 8 weeks along today, and I’m hoping that this will cool off in about 4 weeks. I discovered that York Peppermint patties seem to help out quite a bit, which is nice at night, when it comes on full force. A little bit of sparkling water seems to help too. Sigh… I’ll survive. I’m surviving.
On the mental forefront, I have to say I still haven’t come to grips with the fact that I’m going to have a little baby here by the end of the year. I guess I’ve been focused more on the FOUR kids part. I’ve definitely been a little sensitive about what people may say and think about us having four children. We’ve gotten a range of questions so far. Mostly people asking if it’s a religious thing. To which I think, really? It’s just four kids… that’s really not that many! (I know it’s not as common these days… but seriously… And the answer to that question is no, by the way. We weren’t planning on having four kids, we weren’t planning on not having four kids either. Uh, and that’s pretty much all I can say without going into the details. But we are happy about having a fourth, and we are excited to add another member to our family.
Thursday (Oh… thank goodness… it’s almost Friday) March 26
Today was kind of rough. The weather is icky, which doesn’t help my mood, and I can’t go outside and get any fresh air (way too cold!) and that helps with the nausea, which has arrived with back-up. So I just kind of hung out on the couch for a while, getting up only to do the necessary. Later on, went to change a stinky diaper… (need I get into how horrible that is when you are already nauseous and super sensitive to smells?!) … let Selah run around sans diaper to air out a little bit. Then a few minutes later, realize it’s just tooooo quiet, so I go check on her. Guess what? She pooped again, accept now she’s stuck her hands in it, and wiped it in various places, and is trying to pull some pants on… etc. So I whipped her up and stuck her in the bath, clean her up. Go back to the room, and start to scrub… then the dreaded blinkies start in my right eye. Blinkies would be what I call the flashes, that indicate that I am getting an ocular migraine. People, this is the second one I’ve had this week. I had one Tuesday as well. I was positive Tuesday that they were a result of hormonal change, but now I’m thinking they are stress triggered. I don’t know. I just wished they wouldn’t exist at all! So, thankfully, Kev was able to kind of keep and eye on they boys, Selah took a nap, and so did I. Slept a good 2-3 hours I think. I’ve been sleeping a ton too. No big surprise there.
I’m doing better this evening, but still pretty nauseous. I’m annoyed that it seems to be ruling my life at the moment, and it’s all I can think about. I’m trying my best to come up with things to do distract myself. It’s going okay… Hopefully only 4-5 weeks left of it. Everyday is a one down… right? (I really hate to think that way… but it’s how I’m dealing with it right now.)
So, taking a cue from my bloggy buddy Rebecca… I’m going to have a separate page for all the baby stuff… unless it’s really important, and everybody that reads would actually want to know. This is for the people (and largely myself) who actually care what the size of my uterus is. I’ll put the newest posts at the top… you’ll have to scroll down for comments… 🙂