Tuesday, December 22, 2009

we have a belly button!

parker lost his stump! so we are celebrating his 1 month mark with a real bath!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

brady's second birthday party!

Pictures will come later, I used my mom's camera mostly, so gotta wait for her to share them my way.

Of course, Train theme! He said choo choo lots all day. It was great to have a special day just for Brady after losing so much attention when his brother came home. He did great and was a good boy all day!

Friday, December 18, 2009

family fun at B's expense

last night daddy stayed in from his shop, rare, I know! We were both in a kidding mood, that sort of evening. Afte dinner he placed his plate on the counter above the wide open dish washer and left the kitchen to do what men always seem to do after they eat. I thought, what the heck, put it in the dishwasher! So I took his plate and fork and put it next to him in the bathroom and told him to try it again. A few seconds later, a smily Brady comes out to me with the plate and fork and hands it to me! That turkey (dad). So I sent B back to him with a diaper, as in hint, hint, change it! Dad sends him back with a tub of Lysol wipes. So I send B back w/ Parkers diaper. Dad plays dirty and sent B back with the witch hazel wipes. Brady was loving this game and was laughing running between us deliverying different things to one another. I stuck curious george up b's shirt, and his p'js down his pants- that's when dad added the diaper to all that stuff in his clothes and sent him back to me. :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Parker's hearing test

At the hospital, parker failed the hearing tests in both ears. So, we had a follow up appointment yesterday and he passed! We were not worried because he was getting startled from noises (brother, dog, chaos of the house in general).

The appointment was a breeze. I had to sit in a recliner and hold him and keep him calm. Since he had just been fed prior to the appt. he slept thru it, so I got to snooze thru it too! It was quite lenghty, but my sort of appointment! Anything that involves a nap, recliner, and cuddling with a cutie pie is a good thing.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

breastfeeding parker

Parker is such a gentle latcher, he opens and closes his mouth waiting for the nipple- he looks like Pac-man so that is what I call him while we are feeding.

He has been having some gas issues I think. I've done some research, since I dont accept the thought that is what I eat. (do your research, that is rarely or if ever the issue) Problems rarely occur from foods like onions, garlic, or spicy stuff. If it is a food problem it is most often from dairy products. Anyway... I have been wondering about an oversupply of milk/ forceful letdown. Poor little pacman sounds like he is drowning gulping down milk. I leak like crazy. This is all the worst at night when he sleeps well and have lots of milk. I found this information from LaLeche League, imo the best place to go for breastfeeding advice. http://www.llli.org/FAQ/oversupply.html I have noticed that while side laying he nurses the best and is far less gassy, and the milk spills out the side of his mouth. Excellent excuse to side lay while nursing! ;) I'll report back in a week or so and see if we have some results and can decrease my milk supply.

Monday, December 14, 2009

we're getting it

Brady is adjusting, finally. I am getting my good little boy back! He has been so helpful lately! :) 3 weeks it seems. Still not perfect, but we're getting there. We seem to have fallen into a routine at home that is working too, so I have to say that we are all adjusting quite well. Parker esp. adjusted to life outside the womb very well.


we got our tree! Parker slept in the truck the whole time, and Brady ran thru the snow the whole time.
check out those curls! Brayden has great naturally curly hair.

Friday, December 11, 2009

I wonder...

While responding to an email to my FIL about PJ sizes, the thought just occured to me that maybe B isnt sleeping thru the night because he is hot? Before Parker we slept with the heat at about 68, daddy was a little chilled, but used an extra blanket and was fine. B and I were content, he never woke sweating and slept thru the night most nights. Since Parker came home Chris has wanted the heat at 70 since Parker is a cold little feller. Brady has been waking lots and often sweaty. Other times when he crawls into our bed, orI put him back in his bed he throws a fit if I try to cover him with a blanket. He will sometimes wake at night screaming, like a bad dream, yelling for Mom. I dont know about anyone else, but when I am too hot I dream more, and I dont sleep well. Maybe he is just too hot? I will mention this to Chris and see what we can do. I dont feel comfortable puting a space heater in Parkers room. Wouldnt Parker be fine at 68, we dress him warm. Until recently he wore a hat at night.....

Thursday, December 10, 2009

prayer request

My heart is breaking for a little boy with cancer and his family. For what they have dealt with that no 2 year old should have to go thru, and for what comes next. Please pray for this mommy and daddy and thier son.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


wow, we got lots of snow last night and blizzard warnings till tomorrow morning I think. We're talking about 8" and it is still coming down. It was so beautiful, being the first snowfall, everything was evenly covered and there were no tracks or snowhills in it. Now there is dog pee and snow hills. Still pretty, but that calmness this a.m. was awesome!

Brady was so excited about the snow! "What's that!?" running with his stool between windows. The little bugger ran outside while I was nursing parker! He ran around the side of that garage and made it at least 20 feet into the snow, he was laughing and screaming (delightful screams). Me, the bad mom, couldnt help but laugh with him when I scooped him up to haul him back inside. Thank goodness he already had his shoes on and a sweat shirt! Brady went to daycare today (family, in home daycare, not a center). I am sure they will go outside today, hope so anyway, he is so excited and if he stayed home w/ me he wouldnt get to go outside.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

what a different maternity leave!

My leave has been nice and enjoyable! I am not an exhausted, anxious, and majorly depressed mommy this time around. :) I am trying to get closets in order, and house in order in general. Then I plan to do some fun stuff- sew and scrapbook! YAY! B is going to daycare a bit. We have to pay for it anyway so he is going. I'll keep him home a bit more later in my leave, I still require some rest and my tummy gets achey if I dont rest.

BTW- If my boss asks, I am still recovering, and it's most definately going to take a full 3 months to do so! :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

getting on the same page

life has been a bit chaotic in the last month. I think it started when Chris went hunting for a week when I was 38 wks, he disagrees. Funny thing is, here I am 2 weeks past surgery and I feel better physically then I did at 38-40 weeks.

So starting about then, I got pretty slack with Brady. I was too tired, and things just hurt. If he was doing something he shouldnt have done, I didnt bother with it unless it was something dangerous. (dad was barely around those 2 weeks to do anything too). I'd fall asleep in his bed, or he would fall asleep in mine. I'm telling you, I was worn down!

So Chris and I set the ground rules this weekend. Nothing new, but just that we gotta work on B's attitude and behavior for the sanity of the house. We did see some improvement over the weekend, there were some major tantrums too. but I think in a week or so he should be shaped up.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Parker's check-up

today we had Parker's 2-week checkup. (technically sunday he will be 2 weeks, but I think all doctors go on vacation at this time of the year.) He weighs 7lb 10.5 ounces, so that is an 8 ounce weight gain since leaving the hospital 9 days ago. :) and he is 21" long. Everything is checking out well. Scheduled a hearing test since he failed his at the hospital. We arent worried though, he gets startled from noises easily. But, might as well go thru with the hearing test anyway.

His skin is very... pealing... Not that it is dry- it is beautiful healthy skin underneath the layer of skin that is flaking away. Dr. said this is normal too, and once he looses this outside layer he should be fine. Interesting thing is that his face is perfect, and we have never oiled or lotioned his face- yet the rest of him is shedding. We have been using baby oil for a week, but are trying Eucerin(sp) per the dr.'s suggestion.

Got permission not to wake him at night for a feeding! I have had to do that just a couple times now, since he hadnt gained anything at the hospital. (if he slept over 5-6 hours I woke him to eat- so very strange after a kid like B!) Guess I havent really talked about Parker, have I? He is a sleeper! Sleeps all night. Down for the night around 7, wakes for 3-4 feedings most nights and up around 8. (B was up every 2 hours or more to eat for at least 8 weeks, never slept in his crib, cried lots, had to be held lots) Chris and I laugh that Parker has already slept more in his crib at 2wks old then B ever did! Parker is consoled by a paci (I was B's paci). Parker is a natural at nursing, I keep thinking that it would have been a shame for a nurser like him to be born to a non-nursing mom. He's such a pro we are already nursing hands free! So, such a different experience from the first time around.

Brady is adjusting slowly. Jealous. But we are working with him.

Well, the boys are calling me- we are having a family movie night. Night at the Museum 2, smithsonium.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Parkers LONG birthstory!

***edit to original post, forgot to leave out that during the c-section we discovered Parker was sunny side up, so that may have been why pushing was getting no where!*****

Parker’s Birth Story
(warning, I don’t leave out much!)

On Saturday November 21, opening day of rifle deer hunting season, I felt really off. Basically from my hips down I felt so weak and achy- sort of that flu like weak muscle feeling- but just my hips down. Chris was 1.5 hours away hunting, and all I could muster was diaper changes, food and the basics for 23 month old Brayden. After my nap (and Brady’s) at about 4pm I felt something odd and wondered if my water had broke. I investigated but couldn’t tell. So I laid back down a bit, then got back up and there was more of a gush of fluid and I knew my water had broke. Brady had just gotten up from his nap and he wanted to snuggle- but I was in freakout mode not sure what to do first. Of course, I called chris and said “I am not fooling, my water just broke”. He said he was on his way. I called a neighbor who came and got Brady right away, then I could think. My stuff was ready, Chris’s wasn’t, and Brady was mostly ready. Shortly my SIL and her husband were over and helping me function, in no time we were on our way to the hospital where Chris would meet us.

Once there around 6pm, they checked me in, hooked me up to monitors, and verified that my membranes had ruptured. While driving to the hospital some contractions had started. Around 7:30 pm my cervix was checked and was less then 1cm. Because I previously had a c-section and was planning to have a v-bac (vaginal birth after cesarean) they wanted me to progress as much as possible on my own without pitocin (which induces contractions). So, thru the night I walked, and walked, and walked. The nurses let me walk for 45 minutes, then hook back up to the moniters for 15-20 minutes, then walk again. Chris walked a couple rounds with me, but mostly slept.

At 4am, my cervix was checked again- just over 1cm. Pitocin was started, and around 8am regular 2-4 minute contractions were finally happening. (at no point did I ever have regular consistant intervals of contractions, there would be a few 2 minutes apart and then a break for 4 minutes, then a few 2 minutes apart).

Somewhere around noon I couldn’t think of anything but the pain. So we tried Nubane (sp). That worked for less then 30minutes. Did nothing for the pain, but I was able to concentrate on thinking about something other then the pain for that little bit of time. Shortly after that wore off I decided it was time to get checked and think about an epidural because I didn’t think I could handle the pain for much longer. Chris was getting frustrated because I would ask him to do something, like press on my hip- then yell for him to stop because it hurt.

1:45pm, epi was in place and I was 5-6cm’s! Yay for progress! Shortly after the epi, we had to stop the pitocin because my blood pressure dropped, and babies heart rate dropped. (this is where things halted with the birth of Brady, his heart rate never completely recovered so we couldn’t start the pitocin- so Chris and I were worried that there would be no chance for a v-bac) Both of us recovered quickly and pitocin was started again. During the entire, lengthy labor/delivery this was the only point that the babies heart rate dropped. Chris and I both napped in comfort for a few hours letting the contractions do their thing.

6pm- checked again- 10cm! fully dilated! Howver baby still needed to drop a bit more, since I was comfy and contractions were moving baby down (and baby doing perfect) we let the contractions drop the baby rather then pushing to drop the baby. Chris and I napped some more.

8pm- started pushing, baby had dropped. With each contraction baby would start dropping into the birth canal but then would go back up between contractions. We tried this bar thing that allowed me to pull myself forward- things looked better, but not great. After 2 hours the Dr. wanted us to call it. She said I was trying hard but she really didn’t think this was going to end in a v-bac. Prior to her coming in, the nurses and I wanted to try one more position. Since the epi had worn off already, so the Dr. agreed to 15 more minutes. So, this was me on my knees pushing- letting gravity help. Dr. was there, and let me push for 45 more minutes because it appeared I was making good progress. It was SO painful, different then the pain for the previous pushing, so I too thought there was progress. Finally there came a point were I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I was giving it 200%, and it just wasn’t happening. (plus there are extra risks involved with a v-bac) Sure, there were some tears because I was really hopeful to not have a c-sections, but I knew we tried hard. By this point the contractions were horrid, and I was angry at them because I didn’t need them anymore! I pushed thru them until the epi man returned (the contractions were manageable when pushing), and in seconds I was numb again.

In no time I was wheeled into the OR. An extra nurse was called in to help get baby out as he/she was so low from the pushing. My epi man was fabulous. I vomited once during the c-section and he doped me up, he even gave me something for the shakes. At 11:36 baby was out, and we found out that it is a BOY! Chris took him back to get cleaned up, he weighed 7lbs 2.5 ounces and was 18.25” long. A head full of black hair. I got to see him briefly before they took Chris and him back. We were so excited for another boy!

They went to the recovery room to take care of baby, and I should have returned in about 30 minutes from being stitched up. However, during the pushing I tore my cervix and uterus up to my previous c-section scar (just above the pubic bone). So, it’s a good thing I didn’t keep pushing. So, after the baby was out- the epi man gave me this fabulous drug that relaxed me and helped me sleep! I think it lasted for an hour or more- it was so nice to sleep thru all that stitching (2 hours before I returned to recovery room). Chris was worried about me taking so long, but soon found out the details. While they were stitching I started feeling things again, so they injected the epi w/ more numbing drugs. My Blood pressure started dropping again, but epi man was on top of things.

Finally back to recovery to see my boys! I am numb from my shoulders down! I manage to hold my son, but just a few seconds since I am so numb. Then because baby had been born about 3 hours ago they wanted me to nurse right away. OK…. Arms numb… boobs numb…. LOL. Chris and the nurse helped sit me up, one held baby, one held the boob. About this time I turn white and feel like I am going to pass out. Blood pressure dropped again. 30 minutes later I am no better, still white and feeling off- I don’t really remember much about this time besides trying to decide what to do. I wanted to nurse my baby and not give him formula, but agreed with Chris and nurse that it was taking too long to come out of this and un-numb. So Chris fed baby formula w/ a dropper.

Finally, somewhere around 4am, I was ready to nurse baby and really meet him.

We struggled with his name. If it was a girl, we knew she would be Delaney Lynn. We agreed on Parker quickly, but not a middle name. When he was a couple days old, we agreed on Chase because it means Huntsman.

Parker and I were both monitered closely in the hospital because my water had broke so long before baby had been born. At first ped’s thought he might have a bacterial infections because his white blood cells where high. It took 3 days to get results from his blood tests. In the meantime he was given antibiotics just in case he did have an infection.

As soon as we found out the results of his tests, negative, we went home! Finally Brady got to meet his little brother and see his mommy for the first time in 5 days. We went home the night before Thanksgiving (11/25). Brady had a hard time not seeing mom for so long, and because of H1N1 he couldn’t come to the hospital.


i hope to get that birth story written brfore i forget! bottom pict is when b first met his little brother and got to see mommy for the first time in 5 days!

ignore previous post. wanted to move this info so I dont lose it!


My Milestones
Pulled Myself Up Alone - Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Crawled For The First Time - Saturday, July 19, 2008

Or Type Your Own - Thursday, May 01, 2008
At 4month appointment, Brayden weighed 16lbs, 14 oz and was 25" long. 95th percentile for both!

Rolled Front to Back - Thursday, April 17, 2008

Doctor Appointment - Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Braydens 2 month appointment, he weighs 13 lbs 1 oz, and is 22.5" long.

Discovered Hands - Sunday, February 17, 2008
This is so cute! Brayden just stares at his left first forever. Then he will open his fist, and his eyes will get really big! I dont quite think he has ficgured out that is what he likes to suck on though.

Lost umbilicord cord stump! Finally! - Thursday, January 24, 2008
and got his first real bath!

Baptism - Sunday, January 20, 2008

Came Home From Hospital - Tuesday, December 25, 2007
A very Merry Christmas for us!

I Was Born! - Friday, December 21, 2007
8:58 pm, 7lb 8 oz, 19" long. IT'S A BOY!

Baby dropped! - Monday, October 22, 2007
Woke up this morning with the rib pain gone, and feeling pressure in my hip region. Dr. confirmed that the baby did in fact drop.

Heard Heartbeat! - Wednesday, September 05, 2007
HB was approximately 140bpm.

Heard Heartbeat! - Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The HB was approximatly 132bpm. The nurse listened for a few minutes and it ranged from 120bpm to 170bpm as the baby rested and moved around. (she said this is completely normal!)

Saw the baby kick! - Monday, August 20, 2007

Heard Heartbeat! - Thursday, August 09, 2007
HB was 152 bpm at 22 weeks.

Daddy felt the baby move for the first time! - Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ultrasound - Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The baby was VERY VERY busy weighing in at just 9 ounces! He/she measured 4 days earlier then the currant due date (but Dr. is keeping EDD as 12/14 for now). The beautiful heartbeat was 156 bpm.

Felt Baby Move For The Tirst Time - Sunday, July 08, 2007
I am about 17.5 weeks today.

Heard Heartbeat! - Friday, June 15, 2007
I am 14 weeks and the heartbeat was 156 beats/minute. Still wonderful to hear!

Heard Heartbeat! - Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I am about 10 weeks and heard the heartbeat at my first appointment, it was wonderful! Approx. 170bpm

Blood Test Confirmed Pregnancy - Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Positive Home Pregnancy Test - Wednesday, April 04, 2007
My Journal
Thursday, March 13, 2008
We are at the end of week 2 of Brayden going to daycare. He is doing really well it seems. He has fallen nicely into thier routine, and it has created a nice routine at home too. He is growing so fast! Hopefully this weekend we can have a photo shoot and post some more picts! We love all the smiles he has, and we "chat" with him often. Brayden is still sleeping the way he was in the post below. Makes mommy so happy.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Brayden had his 2 month check up today. He is doing great still! Everything looks and sounds good to the doctor. He weighs 13lbs, 1oz and is 22.5" long. 75 percentile for weight and 55th percentile for length. I had lots of questions, but was reassured that we are doing well! He has turned the corner on his eating and sleeping habits too. (mom is so happy!) Up until he was about 8 weeks he continued to eat every 2 hours, day and night. 5 nights ago he started sleeping for a 5-7 hour stretch, then up to eat, and a 2-4 hour stretch then up for the day smiling. During the day he has been feeding every 2-4 hours. He is such a smiling and happy baby! Dad and I are just delighted to see his smiles and hear his giggles each morning, such a wonderful thing to wake up to! I go back to work full time next week. We recently had a trial day at daycare while I went to work. The day went beautifully!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Brady is 4 weeks old tomorrow! Wow! He is growing so fast and changing quickly too. He is much more alert and loves looking around. He still hasnt lost his cord stump, so we are still screaming thru sponge baths. Daddy likes to say that Brady is holding onto his mommy in every way that he can. First be not wanting to leave the womb, and now by not losing his cord stump. We can't wait to give him a real bath! We are all adjusting, Brady to life in this world and mom and dad to life with Brady.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Had our first dr. appointment today- Brayden weighs 8lbs 12oz, and 21" long! He is very healthy, and the dr. said he is doing good on breastmilk because he has grown so much!
Monday, December 31, 2007
We're slowly adjusting to life with Brady. We came home from hospital on x-mas day (because he was delivered via c-section). He is so handsome! Mom and dad love him to peices. We are breast feeding very well. He cluster feeds, he nurses (which takes an hour right now!), the sleeps for about an hour, then nurses for an hour, sleeps for an hour.- this cycle continues for 4-6 feedings- then he will sleep for 3-5 hours, and the cycle starts over again! very hard on mommy, but we should get out of this pattern soon. He hates bath time, we are learning to be fast! He loves the changibg table and getting his diaper changed. He makes lots of fuuny faces and noises too.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
We are being induced tomorrow! YAY! BAby should be here tomorrow or saturday. Sounds like it can be a long process tomorrow. Go in, they use a drug to ripen the cervix, that takes a few hours. Then they will start pitocin to start contractions, and/or break my water. Dr. guessed baby is 8.5-9 lbs. We're interested to see what the baby is. Dr. made me guess first, and I too said 8.5-9lbs. He said the mom's are usually right. We're so excited! and ready to meet our son or daughter really soon!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Just had my 40 week appointment. Not much progress, the baby is being very patient and seems to like the home I have created. I could still going into labor at any moment, that's what I am hoping for. Our Dr. thinks the baby is over 8lbs. Induction is not an option yet- my cervix is not favorable, and because of that they won't consider induction till a week past my EDD. The days are really hard. My body hurts so much and the tylonol is no longer helping much. It hurts to lay down on my sides or even touch them, Dr. said that is because everything is so stretched. My last day at work is friday, my EDD.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
We are ready to meet our son or daughter! Any day now it could happen. Obviously, we are hoping for sooner rather then later. But we know the baby will come when he/she is ready. Everything at home is ready, and the bags are packed. I am finding that we are keeping the house tidier, and the laundry is constantly being done. Just so we dont have to worry about coming home to a messy house when baby does decide to come into the world. My dr. appointments are uneventful. BP great, weight gain great. Appears to be a very healthy pregnancy. I'm still uncomfortable, and the days are getting longer. Nights are difficult too, as I am not sleeping much at all.
Monday, November 05, 2007
The last 2 weekends were our baby showers. They were both so wonderful and it seemed like everyone had a good time. This baby has so much stuff now, and I cant believe how different our house is going to be! Thank you everyone for all the fabulous gifts! We are greatful to have such wonderful family and friends. I love that I got to see some people that I dont get to see very often anymore. Our sisters and moms did a fabulous job planning the showers. Chris is bow hunting in Southern Ill. this week. I think he is a little worried about me because he is calling me so much. I am happy to see a concerned daddy. My mom spent the weekend with me, and we got the house even more ready for baby. My sister will be spending this weekend with me and we will do some shopping. Sorry mom, you got put to work and Emily gets to do the shopping! Just how it worked out!
Monday, October 15, 2007
We had our ultra sound today to see the size of the baby. Baby measured 1 week big. So the estimated due date will stay the same. At the Dr. appointment I was still measuring about 3 weeks big... so now we know what is exactly going on in there! It sounds like the Dr. will just keep an eye on my measurements and we may induce early if the baby stays on the big side. We got some really cute 3D/4D images of our chubby cheeked baby. I hope to scan them soon so all can view. Daddy and I are arguing over who's nose the baby has.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
I had another Dr. appointment today. Now I start going every 2 weeks. I am measuring 3 weeks ahead. Previously I had been measuring 1-1.5 weeks ahead. So my Dr. set up an ultra sound at my next appointment to see if there is a big baby in there, or what exactly is going on.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Time is flying. Less then 3 months until the baby will be in our arms. Chris is working hard on the new office/craft room. We both agreed that the nursery would be painted and the crib set up by the end of October. Before opening weekend of rifle deer hunting we plan to have the clothes washed, diapers ready and bottles washed and ready too. Oh, the bags packed too! I think the next 2 months will fly. I am starting to get achey more often. I am out of my nesting stage too. I have had a.m. nausea for over a week now, and praying morning sickness does not return. The kicks are getting so strong and waking me at night too. Baby is a little confused on night at day. We have some names! The girl names were easy. We fell in love with one long time ago. We have a couple back-up names too. As for boy names, we finally have one we love. Hope to have at least one more before we head to the hospital.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Daddy got his first good kick! I think it startled him it was so strong. Go baby! Go baby! We were watching TV one evening last week, and Chris rested his arm on my belly and out of the blue the baby gave him a good kick. He was all smiles and thought that was pretty neat. Over the weekend daddy figured out how to get the baby to kick him more he just has to rub my belly really fast for a few seconds and it makes the baby go crazy kicking him. Daddy thought that was a blast, but mommy did not like that when he did it at her bedtime and the baby kicked her for 30 minutes!
Monday, August 20, 2007
I saw the baby kick! The kicks were strong, so I decided to watch to see if I could see them; sure enough! It was kind of weird actually, but neat. The baby was doing arobics for about 30 minutes tonight, so I just sat on the couch and enjoyed feeling the movements and watching them pop my belly up. Chris hasnt felt the baby move too much. As soon as he comes by and puts his hand on my belly the baby stops moving. Must be relaxed from dads hands! Chris said he is excited to feel his first good kick.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
I had another appointment today with my Doctor. The baby was yet again active, and the heartrate was 152bpm. Weight gain is still right where I should be (even though it frightens me to watch those numbers climb on the scale!). We are still measuring 1 week early (consistant with the U/S 4 weeks ago), but due date remains the same. Between the u/s and measurement I am 23 weeks- but Dr. is sticking with 22 weeks. I am having lots of braxton hicks contractions lately, and the Dr. said because of my physical job outdoors that I really need to drink more water. I am drinking a ton already, but I will up it! Also I need to empty my bladder before it is full, because that can irritate the uterus and cause contractions. Gosh, I already go to the bathroom a ton.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Surprises are in store! Of course you all know that we are not finding out the sex of the baby before the baby arrives- so we all have that surprise! The other surprise will be the babies name. Chris and I decided not to share the names we have picked with our family and friends until the baby is here. We do intend to go into delivery with at least 2 girl names and 2 boys names ready.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Chris felt the baby more for the first time tonight! I drank a glass of Orange Juice, which always makes the baby move around. He patiently waited with his hands on my belly, and in just a few minutes later he felt it! He said it felt like a ripple, maybe the baby rolling over. Two days from today is our 4th anniversary! Wow, 4 years already~ seems like yesterday.... Chris has been busy working on the house. We have 3 bedrooms, currently one is our bedroom, one a spare bedroom, and the other an office. We are building an office/craft room in the basement so the nursery will be in the old office on the main level. I am excited for both rooms to be done, and lucky to have such a handy husband!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I have come to a realization that what is ~normal~ or what I perceive as ~normal~ will never be ~normal~ again. Abnormal is my new normal. Pre-pregnancy normal was, feeling rested and 100% good. And that was the vast majority of my days. This is something I have not experienced since easter! (and if I was tired or not feeling 100% pre-pg, I would drink a pot of coffee and take a concoction of meds in my cabinet and go on with my day)As this pregnancy has progressed, each day has been a new day with new feelings and emotions. First trimester was days on end of feeling not so great, and I longed for just one day of feeling ~normal~. I was exhausted! And longed to feel not tired again. These days I have my energy back, but there is just no such thing as ~normal~ anymore. I am always feeling a bit different... I have not slept a whole night thru in months! Something always aches too. Yet, I am doing just fine and smiling thru my day (most days anyway!). When this baby does arrive, I definatly dont think my ~normal~ will return! So feeling normal and having an ab-normal day is my new normal, and I am ok with that. (BTW- we are 20 weeks this week! HALFWAY point! woohoo!)
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
We had our ultra sound today. Chris was right there by my side for the whole thing. We were both beaming the whole time. The baby was very active (thanks to the sugar mommy ate before the ultra sound maybe?) doing flips, flops, kicks, and punches. The baby measured 4 days bigger (EDD 12/11) however the Dr. is leaving our EDD as 12/14 for now. The baby weighs just 9 ounces today, so he/she has lots of growing to do in the next few months! The heart was beating perfectly, and all the organs looked great. The placenta is where it should be, baby is head down, and the fluid sac is perfect as well. Chris thinks he saw a boy body part, but I dont think he knew what he was looking at. So we gotta wait and see! After our U/S we saw the doctor. Chris and I heard the heartbeat- 156 bpm. She had a hard time keeping the heartbeat under the dopler because the baby was so busy. I am enjoying the pregnancy right now. Morning sickness disapeared at 16 weeks, and most days I have a good amount of energy.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
I felt baby move for the first time! I wasnt sure at first, but after feeling it again a couple more times for the next few days I am sure now. The best way to describe it was a flutter. I cant wait to feel it more!
Friday, June 15, 2007
Had my 2nd doctor's appointment today. Heard the hb again, that was approximately 156 beats/minute- nice and strong. Set up appointment for ultra sound, July 11. Chris will come with too! Cant wait for him to hear the hb!
Monday, June 11, 2007
We are now into 2nd trimester! Woohoo! I still have the morning sickness gripes, I am beyond ready to be done with that! My next Dr. appointment is friday, cant wait to hear the heartbeat again. Chris's little sister got married this last weekend, we were both fortunate to be in the bridal party; however the long weekend wore me out! Up until now Chris has said he has wanted a boy, now he says he wants a girl. I cant decide if I want a boy or a girl. We already love our baby, we will be happy with a boy or a girl!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
These days I am feeling so much better. Starting about a week ago the morning sickness started to ease- but I thought for sure it would return. However! Each day I am feeling better. My energy is also returning. Prior to becoming pg I thought "if I am tired, I will just sleep more and go to bed early". That doesnt work. Early pregnancy take so much out of your body- pure exhaustion! About 3 more weeks until our next appointment, I cant wait to hear that beautiful heartbeat again! Just 2 more weeks till 2nd trimester starts, time is flying.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I had my first doctors appointment today. It was very long. Lots of questions, and blood/urine samples. She also listened for the heartbeat and I was fully prepared to hear nothing. I am around 10 weeks, she said 50% of the time they dont hear it at 10 weeks. As soon as she put the dopler to my belly we heard it! It was heaven. Kind of makes all this crappy morning sickness worth it. The hb was about 170 bpm, which is she said is very strong and sounded great. My m/s seems to be easing up a bit too. :-) I dont feel so awful ALL the time, just once in awhile.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Calling it "Morning" Sickness is an understatement. Did a man come up with that? It started around week 5, and has gradually gotten worse. Currently I am just shy of 8 weeks and have nausea pretty much 24/7 (some smells, sites, and even thoughts make me gag). I am hoping this is the worst, but so far I am getting worse each day rather then better. I cant wait to start feeling better. I have not gained a pound yet (or lost either!). Most food is repulsive, I eat because I have to. And actually eating light every couple hours helps ease the queeze. Chris is great. He is preparing all our dinners. I need my protien, but cant stand the site of it raw. He has really picked up all my slack here at home too. I am incredibly tired, and require a ton of sleep. Working 60 hours a week is taking its toll on me too. And on a postive note- I have my glow! Supposedly by now my body has increased blood supply by 50%.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
I cant deny it any longer. Morning sickness started about 3 days ago. I feel queezy all the time, esp. when I wake up. So I put some crackers by my bed and I eat them before I get up. I am trying to keep my tummy full, because shortly after I feel hungry I feel the worst. I can deal with feeling queezy, but feeling like I could vomit all day long really isnt fun.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I have the scent of a dog! It is driving me crazy. Everything smells so strong. Chris thinks it is comical that I am always saying "that stinks!". Unfortunatly I am noticing the bad smells more then the good smells.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Wow, we are so excited! We are starting to spread the news. Originally we agreed to wait to tell everyone for a little while, Chris got a little excited and started sharing at work and before he knew it pretty much everyone knew. So, we are telling everyone now! We plan to tell my family easter sunday when they are all together for breakfast. We will probably tell Chris's family sooner as they wont be together easter sunday. It is so exciting sharing our news and seeing the big smiles we are receiving. I Love that Chris is so excited and ready for this too. I knew he was, but this really confirms it all. By the way, please sign our guestbook!
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
After 7 months of TTC, we did it! We are expecting #1. I sort of had a suspision that I was pregnant before testing, but when I saw a second faint pink line on the test I was still a bit doubtful. So, at 5 in the morning, I went to the store and bought more tests. I also got a small easter basket and bib that says "our little tiger" and has a tiger on it. This test was digital, and said PREGNANT. I had no doubt any more.I placed the digital test and the bib in the basket. Put it in Chris's bathroom and waited for him to wake up. For those that know Chris, I would not dare pounce on him screaming "I'm Pregnant!" or I would be reporting a black eye too. He isnt a morning person. So, 5 minutes before he walked out the door he woke and saw it. He was so happy.