Wednesday, May 15, 2013

14 Weeks

If you haven't caught on yet, we are expecting Baby #3...here is the announcement and the post with all the details.

14 weeks
Baby was clearly standing straight out on this day (holy pointy bump) and I totally need to clean our bathroom mirror!
 
I have still been feeling pretty good, apart from being so tired. I am slightly nervous about the heat this summer because I have already been feeling so hot, and I can't stay in the air conditioning when there are things to do like State Fair, Renaissance Faire, Zoo a la Carte, etc.
 
In other news, Lily & Liam are getting excited. Lily thinks it will be a girl and Liam thinks it will be a boy. Liam lifts up my shirt to say "I love you baby" and big sister Lily has been doing everything she can to prepare Liam for what's coming, saying things like "things are really gonna change around here Liam when the new baby comes" apparently she remembers or is just trying to scare him? Also when I ever I talk about the baby, they both run to get baby dolls and compete on who is the better care giver, who gives better bottles and who swaddles better, it is adorable.
 
Although I am exhausted and feel huge, it still amazes me that a woman can grow a little person inside of herself, and with this probably being our last baby, I am really trying to soak that all in, because when you stop to think about it, well, it's pretty amazing.

I have a pedicure on Saturday with my mom and sister and am so looking forward to the foot massage. I plan on getting pedicures during this pregnancy every 4-6 weeks.


Apparently there is only a lemon in there...it looks more like a watermelon at this point.

Pregnancy: 14w6d (getting this one in right under the gun)

Weight Gain: 9 pounds

Sleep: Okay with a "splash" {and I mean that literally} night sweats

Gender: Will find out at the end of June if baby cooperates

Feeling: Good, just dealing with indigestion

Cravings: Pizza, Chinese Food, Salmon

Health: So far, so good!

Movement: I felt my first flutter on May 6th (13w4d) and have consistently been feeling them daily since then.

Belly: Large

Frecklestache: I thought it deserved it's own weekly update...it's starting

Current Medications: Arixtra shots once/day in stomach for Factor II, taking prenatal and extra Folic Acid for MTHFR, still using the progesterone suppositories

Next Appointment: May 28th, just routine visit with Dr. J

If you have any "feelings" on the sex of Baby K, please vote in the upper right hand corner or leave a comment, I love to keep track. So far with both pregnancies the majority has been right.






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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

five.

Sometimes it feels like the girl that was born five years ago is a different girl than the one I see today.



She is bigger, stronger, more grown up and more full of life.

The fact that she was born so early, doesn't define her anymore, she seems like a different girl.




I often wonder about who I thought she would be someday. And If I could have bottled up everything that I wanted in a daughter, I wouldn't have even come close to how amazing she is.




She is a bit shy until she gets comfortable around you, often observing things before leaping in. She loves Scooby Doo and chocolate milk. Her favorite foods are cheeseburgers, french fries, strawberries, corn on the cob, pink fish (salmon) and broccoli. She is a quirky dancer (think Elaine from Seinfeld). She is a talented little artist. Her favorite color is pink. She loves school and her Froggy. She wants to be a palaeontologist when she grows up. She can be super silly or super serious (don't mess with her when she is concentrating on drawing). She gets over things fast and moves on. And doesn't seem to posses any of her mama's insecurities; never really embarrassed or self-conscious about anything, well unless you ask her who her "boyfriend" is at Playschool.




She is a great big sister.





She is an amazing daughter.



Her cousin Mason is her best friend.


I hope she will always know and feel how much we love her.



She is growing up.



It hurts...in a good way.




*****
We always watch her birth video on her birthday....she likes to say "aw, I was so little and cute", this year she heard Chris say "Happy Birthday" to her on the video. She proclaimed "Wait! Mama, was I born on my birthday?" I said yes. She replied "I can't believe that!"

I can't believe she is 5...Happy Birthday to our sweet girl...

(Birthday celebration post will be coming after this weekend)

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Expecting Baby #3

I don't think Chris or I ever made it a secret that we wanted more kids. And really we wanted to start trying after Liam turned 1, so that Liam and the new baby would be closer together, but I got a new job and couldn't really see myself telling a new boss, "Oh, by the way I'm pregnant and sort of have really high-risk pregnancies that could result in bedrest or a really early baby"

...so we waited

The new plan was to start trying in July of 2012.

With Lily we tried once (if you would even call it trying) and found out we were pregnant 2 weeks later. With Liam the first month we timed it right we were pregnant. So I was sort of thinking that we would try in July and get pregnant right away with a baby due in April 2013.

When June came I started feeling like maybe I wasn't ready to start trying for baby #3 in July. I had just stopped nursing Liam 3 months prior and finally felt like my body was mine again. Also, things were much harder with Liam, he wasn't a good sleeper and needed ear tubes and Chris was working 3rd shift and it was/is really tough on me, to try to get any sleep and then work all day and come home and basically be a single parent. I honestly wasn't sure if I could handle it. Oh, and then there's this....being a mom is hard! I know I write a lot on this blog about the good times, but believe me we have our fair share of "this sucks" moments. You might remember Liam painting the carpet red, that was one. Part of me also felt like what if we don't get pregnant right away, I was older and more out of shape and I felt like we would be pushing our luck.

So I told Chris and we had some serious talks. I kept bringing up reasons why I wasn't ready. Chris listened and understood. And then, I can remember the conversation exactly, we were sitting in Panera Bread and Chris said he thought it came down to two questions:

1. Would I ever regret having another baby? Of course, my answer was no.

2. Would I ever regret it if we didn't have another baby? My answer was yes.

I realized he was right, now was the time. Liam would eventually get easier {maybe} and I wasn't getting any younger.

So we tried in July. I had been charting since January and pretty much new my cycles. I charted and temped and we used OPK's and timed it right.

And...not pregnant.

This went on from July through October. Four months. I was obsessively peeing on ovulation tests and then pregnancy tests and it was getting, in a word, CRAZY.

People used to tell me I was "so fertile", but I started feeling like maybe I wasn't and I was mid-thirties this time around and maybe it wasn't going to work.

It was frustrating and at times I felt like "why are we doing this?" we already have two beautiful children, why are we stressing ourselves out and going through the disappointment every month.

I remember the second month crying when we didn't have a positive test. I felt horrible for crying, I know there are so many other people that go through months and even years of negative tests and I was crying after the second month. Chris sent me flowers at work that day. And I decided that I was going to have to look at the positive side, just like Chris always does (he was completely optimistic the whole time, by the way).

We stopped trying November and December because the due dates wouldn't work with my work schedule. I was happy to not be thinking about ovulating or when I was going to ovulate or taking tests during the holidays, cause I could totally focus on Christmas (which you all know that I love)!!!

I started thinking that maybe it wasn't going to happen because Liam still needed me so much, it helped me to think that way, because he did need me and I was worried about a new baby and how he would handle it (he still ends up in bed with me every night).

Not getting pregnant with this baby right away made me want to be pregnant so much more. I know I wasn't sure in July, but by October I was completely sure I wanted another baby and was even considering Chris' hopes of four children.

We tried in January and negative again.

After that, I made an appointment with my OB for April when I would be 35 to go over options.  I have super short cycles, about 24 days, I ovulate anywhere from day 14-17. I also had noticed since I was charting that my Luteal Phase (the amount of time after I ovulate and before I get my period), was usually 7-8 days, sometimes 9 if I was lucky.  That is considered a Luteal Phase Defect. I had been using Progesterone cream from the Health Food Store to try and lengthen it, but it wasn't working. I emailed my OB and got a prescription for Progesterone to use in February.

January 31st we started our 6th cycle of trying. I ovulated on Valentine's Day and started my progesterone 3 days later. I took a pregnancy test on a whim on February 21st (one week later), mostly thinking it would be negative. I took a shower and then looked at it and thought I saw a faint line.

I ran downstairs to our other bathroom to get a digital test and then waited impatiently for the results...

Pregnant

I couldn't believe it...

I took a pic, I was so happy!


 
I wondered how I would tell Chris. He was home that morning taking care of the kids, while I was getting ready for work. I knew if I didn't tell him that Thursday morning I would have to wait until Saturday morning when I would see him again. I knew after all this trying that I wasn't going to be able to wait that long. (Remember with Liam, I waited to tell him - how did I do that?!)

I had to tell him that morning...I got Liam and told him to give the test to daddy. Chris was having a grapefruit for breakfast on the couch in his pajamas.





Okay, I realize he doesn't seem that excited in this video, but I promise he was.

We told the kids that morning. Lily seemed excited, Liam didn't really get it.

I had bloodwork that night and then again on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday to make sure my numbers were doubling. They estimated when I would hit 10,000 and there would be a heartbeat and we had an ultrasound at 5 weeks 5 days and there was a little sugar snap pea in there and his/her heart was beating 154 bpm.

I haven't had any bleeding with this pregnancy, hardly any morning sickness (both other pregnancies I was sick, especially with Liam) and things have been going pretty smooth. I have just felt soooooo completely tired and exhausted. Working all day and then taking care of the kids pretty much exhausts me and I just want to lay on the couch.

On April 25th (12 weeks), I had my first appointment with Dr. J. He gave me a big hug and told me he has been waiting to see my name come through (I just love him!). He told me that they are going to treat me more like a "normal" pregnancy this time around. Not so many 24-hour urines, and appointments and ultrasounds, unless I give them a reason to. This is exciting and also makes me a little scared, but I trust them. I am Advanced Maternal Age this time around because I just turned 35, so I will be monitored more closely because of that.

My goal this pregnancy is to make it without bedrest all the way until my c-section, and of course to avoid pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome....no blood clots either.

The next day I had my NT scan (which had good results)...and we got to see our little sugar snap pea again. Heartbeat was 160 pbm. Lily and Liam both came and thought it was pretty neat to see the baby.

This baby reminds me of Lily on the ultrasounds because he/she hardly moves (Lily was just like that, Liam was a Ninja Warrior).
 
Our little sugar snap pea



This is a shot in between the legs...what do you think? We'll have to wait until the end of June to find out.


 
After we had a good ultrasound, we sent these out to family and friends.


We are due November 7th, but I will have a c-section before that. I am hoping for November 1st. So, I will be pregnant again during another hot summer...you know what that means...my frecklestache will be back (I hope not).
 
I was very happy to be public with this pregnancy, since I had pretty much looked like I was 5 months pregnant since about 7 weeks, it was getting hard to hide it.
 
One of the best things about being pregnant right now...my sister and best friend both are too, both due in September. We will all have little babies the same age.


Pregnancy: 13w2d

Weight Gain: 8 pounds

Sleep: Okay

Gender: Will find out at the end of June if baby cooperates

Feeling: Pretty good, haven't been very sick, just tired and horrible indigestion

Cravings: Strawberries, grapes, pizza, chinese food, hamburgers

Health: So far, so good!

Movement: Nothing yet

Belly:  Large

Current Medications: Arixtra shots once/day in stomach for Factor II, taking prenatal and extra Folic Acid for MTHFR, still using the progesterone suppositories

Next Appointment: May 28th, just routine visit with Dr. J Best Blogger Tips

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

An Announcement

We are making preparations around here....


kitchen

kid's bathroom
 
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I'll be back this week with a detailed post....



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