Thursday, March 27, 2014

40 week update

Well it's my due date. Should I be excited? Maybe. I feel defeated still with no progress really. No contractions lately. But I have my induction scheduled and by this time next week I'll be holding my little man whose yet to be named. 

Weight 199.8 (weighed after a shower and again after drying my hair lol)

I feel ok. Pee 30 times a day, struggle to be comfortable, can't finish a full meal, wince with every kick and movement, and am emotional. I still love it. And I know it's almost over. It doesn't feel real yet. I feel a lot slower these days but in keeping up just with a few more breaks. I've been exhausted for about a week now. 

Yesterday I tried using my pump to induce contractions with minimal luck. Only had a couple contractions total. And my nipples were already sore so it didn't help any. Took a bath to relax too and that felt great. Today took a shower to get ready and sure enough at exactly 40 weeks I have stretch marks that are new. First ones this pregnancy. 

Trying to love the last few days. It can be hard. But I do love this belly and having him all to myself. Can't wait to see his little face and touch him. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

No progress

Today I had another NST. All looked good. Baby moved nicely and I even had a contraction. Babys HB spiked, then dropped, and steadied back out. It wasn't a strong contraction either. But dr was happy with it. My OB checked me, and no progress. Its so frustrating. He stripped my membranes Thursday and I had a lot of contractions that night, some Friday night but they stopped before I went to bed, all Saturday night and woke up several times to them, then all morning through early afternoon Sunday. Seriously I had a LOT of contractions and absolutely no progress.

I feel like my body is failing me yet again. Yes I can wait it out longer but why? My body fails me with getting pregnant. My body fails me to stay pregnant. I struggle so hard to have these babies, and now my body is failing to go into labor like it should. I know due dates are just an estimate, but still - no progress has me pretty bummed out right now.

The OB I like only does inductions on Wednesdays. He said he would induce me this week if I wanted, or next week. If I decide I want to go ahead this week, then he said just to call and set it up. I could hold my baby in just 2 days. Otherwise I will be holding my little man in 9 days. Either way he is close.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

39 week update

Weight 199 bp 113/71

Everything's still hanging in there. Last night I finally felt some contractions and they were enough to time. Too bad I needed to go to bed rather than try to keep them going. We went for a mile walk then later in the evening did the deed to try and help. Seemed to help a little bit. 

Constipation has still been bothering me and the 3 colace a day aren't helping enough. But for the most part heartburn has been under control which is nice. In the previous ultrasounds they said he had hair and I really can't wait to see how much. I'd love a head full of dark hair on him. 

I'm sleeping ok. When leiland wakes at night I have to pee because in awake. Falling asleep is still hard but I've been so tired lately I'm falling asleep around 11. Could be worse. 

Yesterday I had the weirdest ailment. My left nipple both itched and hurt so bad. I don't know why and it was incredibly frustrating. It seems better today which is good. 

Saw the ob today. Nst went ok. Saw a couple contractions which excites me lol. The on checked me and I'm now 2cm and dr can feel his head. I don't know what that means exactly but he's low. I asked the dr to strip my membranes. He doesn't believe it does anything but I'll take it on the off chance it helps kick start things. I've had a lot more mucus today since this morning so that's good. Having a few contractions but nothing consistent at this point. Did a little shopping/ walking earlier and now I'm bouncing on my ball. Tonight I'll go to grocery shop and just keep going. I'm part energizer bunny right? 

One more week till due date. There is a good chance I'll go past that but really hoping he decides to show in the next week. I can't wait to meet him and hold him. Smell him and kiss his little cheeks and face. Not much longer. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

38 weeks

Plus 2 days. Oops late posting again lol.

Thursday I have my OB appt aftr my NST. Unlike some previous NST appts little boy moved pretty good for this one. Then when I saw the dr he checked me again. He says baby is lower and I am now 1cm all the way through my cervix. Still not feeling many contractions or losing any mucus plug yet either. I've been trying to put two evening primrose oil capsules in daily. I don't feel like they are doing much at all. Oh well we press on lol.

I still feel ok but Im getting really anxious for him to join us. I have some slight cramping once in awhile but not much. I am sleeping ok but falling asleep is hard. I usually sleep on my side and many nights wake up on my stomach. And this week I've noticed I am peeing even more often. SO annoying but thats ok.

Today I have had some issues with my knee bothering me. I don't know if I slept funny of its just the added weight getting to me. My back hasn't been hurting as bad lately, and when it does hurt sitting really helps.

My bags are mostly packed. I have a few more things for my bag, but its mostly ready. Still need to charge my camera batteries and plan to grab last minute items like my charger, camera, cell phone, makeup, and snacks need to be packed too lol. The car seat is installed and now we are just waiting for him to decide to come.

I really don't want to be induced again. I just want to experience going into labor on my own. I don't know that feeling and just really want that. I also want an unmedicated labor this time and not sure I will get that strapped to a bed with pitocin.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Teething and Potty Training update

The past few days Leiland has been kind of warm and yesterday he wasn't eating much at all. I also noticed yesterday morning he was chewing his fingers, hands, and his arm all morning. So last night I look in his mouth and sure enough the very last molar has one tiny speck that is through. I am amazed his mood has been so good. We have a bit to go before its "through" but its started. And I am praying it comes through before this baby arrives.

Potty training isn't anything we've been working on though. With baby just around the corner I don't feel like its smart to push it right now. BUT the other day he wanted to be nakid - fine. Well he peed in the potty. He started to pee on the floor but stopped, told me, and went to finish on the potty. The next day at night we took pants off because they were sagging, so was his diaper. So we took that off. But he wanted to slide so I put undies on him. He didn't want to go pee. He peed while brushing his teeth (running water) and peed a lot in those undies. No biggie - accidents is a way to learn. The next day he got naked when he woke and peed in the potty twice before nap. I didn't push it that afternoon. Then Wednesday he got naked after waking up, peed once and played. Before lunch I told him to go pee while I made lunch. He did with no fight then put undies on so his bum wasn't cold sitting at his chair. He ate lunch then went to play. I noticed him crouching behind the rocking chair and I asked if he had to pee. He said no he was pooping. I said don't poop in your undies put it in the potty. It seemed to click and he ran to the bathroom to go. I'm happy I caught him before he pooped in his underwear. Pulled them off and he pooped out a tiny turd. He was so proud and stood up. I told him he had to sit and put all his poops out. So he took a minute (too busy trying to see the one he got out) but eventually kicked me out. He pooped (a ton) and called me in when he was finished. I was SO proud of him. I told him he could have ice cream for pooping in the potty, but he didn't want that he wanted candy. He was all excited because the day before we bought more jelly beans and now had more pink ones lol. His favorite. So after pooping he put a diaper on and took a nap. When he woke dry I was SO excited and stripped him waist down. He was so mad and had a small fit about it. Finally 40 minutes later I convinced him to sit on the potty and he peed again!!! We were both so excited. A little bit later he asked for pizza for dinner. How could I deny a kid who went potty so well. I kept telling him how proud I was so YES he could have pizza for dinner. SO I put a diaper on him to go get pizza. When we got home he was dry so I took it off and put undies back on him again. He peed once more before bed and I was SO excited. I let him watch finding Nemo in my room and sleep in my bed.

I tried making a huge deal out of it because really it is. He had a diaper all day Thursday because we were gone all day, and today he seems like he could be getting sick. I am still not pushing it, but really excited he is getting the hint. So I am thinking maybe a month or so after baby comes (once we've all adjusted) we will take away diapers and spend a few days naked making it work. But right now we are gone so often for appts I am not ready to push it 100%. 

37 week update

Weight 195
BP 123/80 something if I remember right

My brain no longer works these days. Yesterday I had my NST and OB appt. NST looked good and OB went well. I was checked last Thursday and she said 1cm. Yesterday he said the outside is a fingertip/ 1cm dilated but inside its closed, and that I'm 50% effaced. Honestly I was hoping to be a little more dilated at this point. With Leiland I was 3cm by now. Also on Monday I noticed I could see my cervix from the vaginal opening - WEIRD. The only thing I could find online was that its the starting stages of a prolapsed uterus. When my dr checked he said no that my uterus and cervix are just really low from the baby. So thats good news.

I've been cleaning like crazy this week (Tim is out of town) and think I overdid it on Wednesday. I was having a lot of sharp pains low in my uterus and in my back. Then a few lingered to yesterday morning. Dr said they aren't contractions though. SO just need to not do AS much (yeah right). Tim gets home today and Im so excited. I hated him being gone so close to my due date. It was only a week and he was only 8 hours away, but still. He gets home tonight and we are both ready to have him back.

I've still been struggling with food now appealing to me. Wednesday we got pizza and I only ate one piece and struggled to eat that much. My favorite meal right now is seasoned chicken breasts and chicken rice. This rice but Chicken flavor not creamy chicken. I usually cook two breasts at a time and put half the rice and one chicken breast in the fridge for another day. I can't get enough of it. Nothing else is appealing and surprisingly I have a really hard time eating when nothing sounds good.

I still feel huge and well don't expect that to change anytime soon lol. I pee non stop. According to the dr the baby is low, and I think thats why. I seriously could go pee every 10 minutes. And I have to lift my belly and move around to make sure I get out the most possible at once while going to the potty. With that, WHY do you get the tiniest little cup to pee in at the dr? Seriously I can't see what I am doing down there, let alone see which direction pee is going (it likes to change direction mid pee). I have to catch it which usually includes getting SOME on me and yesterday included some getting on my pants (awesome). They really do need a better way to collect pregnant women's pee. Thats just a cruel joke. Geez its hard enough to write my name on the tiny cup.

I have been sleeping alight. Leiland is still waking up, but I've opened his door at night and when he wakes up crying I call to him to come in my room, and he does. He walks in and climbs in our bed happily. This helps me go back to sleep easier. But it also means I'm not getting up to pee at night, so I REALLY have to go when I wake up.

I've been watching closely and I still don't see any new stretch marks. I suppose thats good. I use lotion when I feel dry but its not every day or even every shower. Shaving is really hard, even shaving my thighs is tough. I struggle to put on socks as well. I either chance falling over or can't breath when I lift a foot up. When I sit at the kitchen table I have to keep my legs open now to make room for my belly to fall between or I can't breath and it hurts. My belly hits the steering wheel now when I drive, and I can't reach to put the GPS on without smashing my stomach. Definitely feeling huge these days lol. I think one of my favorites is Leiland will run to hug me and bounce off my belly. He thinks its funny, but it actually hurts a little.

So yes, 37 weeks. Only 3 more weeks till he is "due". I used to think this guy would come earlier but lack of dilation is making me think he is in no hurry to get here. Next week Tim's mom gets here, and at that point I am ready for baby to come. Everyone keeps telling me to relax but I really want this house clean so I can feel ready for him when he does come. I still also want to cook and freeze some meals before he comes. Also do some sewing. So much to do still. Some days I am NOT READY for him to come, but others I just feel like I want him. NOW! So unsure lol.

Yesterday I installed his car seat - thats was a big deal. A little bummed it doesn't fit beside Leilands seat though. So he is on the opposite side of the car as me. I may switch the boys and have baby behind me, but we will see, not sure yet. Now I just need to pack the hospital bag. Still need to make the hat for little man coming home. Better get moving lol.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

36 week update

Weight: 194.2
BP: 123/81 (I think)

Oops missed another update. Lots going on around here and none of it really crucial to get its own post.

I weighed myself this weekend and hadn't gained since 34 weeks. Works for me. My bp at appts has been good and they haven't commented on my urine so that's good. 

I've been sleeping on my side more. Struggling to get comfy on my stomach but I wake up on my stomach and I'm comfortable. My back has been bothering me a lot and I'm not getting as much relief from the chiropractor. It's just so tight in my lower right pelvis. Some days it's ok and others I have shooting pains. 

I had started taking the red raspberry leaf tea pills 2 per meal (so 6 each day) and I'm just so forgetful lol. When we were out of town I forgot completely. So I am trying to remember and I'm pretty certain they give me bad heartburn. We will see but I'm fairly certain of it. I've also started daily evening primrose oil capsules orally and vaginally. 

The baby's room hasn't made progress just yet. Oops. Need to get working on that. His name is still undecided and rarely talked about too. But his swing and jumperoo have been assembled and are ready for him. We need to bring up his cradle soon and I still need to pack a hospital bag. Too much to do and too little energy exists. 

I'm doing twice weekly NST's and he's been passing those. Last week we had an ultrasound to check his size and cord. Everything looked good. Based on their measurements he weighed in at 6 pounds 8 ounces. The average for that gestation was 5.5 pounds. Tomorrow we have another ultrasound to do a fetal echocardiogram just to make sure everything is good. I'm not too worried to be honest. But never hurts to be sure. 

It's been really nice here so I want to start going for walks. Leiland and I could both use it. So could the pups lol. I just worry about making my back hurt worse. 

Baby still moves a lot. Not as many flips but he kicks the top of my uterus and to the right all the time. I feel movements that are crazy and all over. Reminds me of when a baby has a startle reflex. Do they do that in the womb? He also does something, which I have no idea what, where it feels like he is hitting my hip bones. I feel it fairly often and it's a very strange feeling to me. Who knows what he's actually doing in there though. 

I'm definitely feeling the third trimester exhaustion. I usually go to bed about 1030 and get up at 730. Not nearly enough because I'm just always tired. I wake to pee and when leiland wakes up too. One day I'll sleep but I realize that's years away.

Baby had a fetal echocardiogram that went great - no reason for concern. The tech also did a quick 3d pic of his face and Tim and I both immediately thought he looked just like Leiland. I'll take it, Leiland is pretty darn cute lol. Today was the 36 week appt after my NST. Everything is still good, measuring good, tested negative for group b strep., and only about a finger tip dilated. So basically nothing happening just yet. Works for me since Tim will be gone all this next week.

I have noticed a drop in how much baby moves. He's definitely getting big in there and running out of room. Before the echocardiogram I hadn't felt him move all day, but today he is a little more active. Especially late at night.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Teething update

Leiland has 3/4 2 year molars now. I had seen one spot of his bottom left break through but then it didn't seem to do a whole lot. One day he had a weird rash around his neck so I took off his teething necklace. Within two days he was a blubbering MESS. So after two days of that I put it back on and within a day he was noticeably better. Still a cranky mess but not as bad. The crankiness lasted a few more days and he finally let me see in his mouth. I can now see that the whole tooth is through there is just a little bit of gum left in the middle of the tooth. So it has to finish growing through. But he has 3 of his 4 molars in. ONE MORE!! I want so bad to see that last molar through before this baby comes. He has 7 more week to get that tooth through. I think thats possible.

33 week update

7 more to go.
Weight this morning was 192.8 pounds. I'm trying hard to keep it in check and not over indulge. 

Baby has been moving a lot but none of the craY flips. Twice this week we went to do the hd ultrasound. Baby refused to move either time. He was laying transverse with his feet up at his face totally bent in half. It's adorable except when you want pictures of that little face. We got a couple and he has the big cheeks like Leiland and his nose and lips look totally different. I can't wait to see him in a couple months. 

Yesterday in the shower I felt what I am pretty sure was a contraction. That freaks Tim out because its so early, but Leiland was late and I had a TON before he came, so Im not worried.

Today I started taking the red raspberry leaf tea but the pills. I read to start them about 32 weeks, but waited till today. Im taking 2x 400mg pills 3x a day with meals. So a total of 2400mg a day. At 36 weeks I will start the evening primrose oil.

I have been seeing the chiropractor in hopes to get some help on my back. I have been 3 times now. He was able to really loosen my upper back and my heartburn has been completely in control since he did that. Its amazing. I have to still take zantac when we eat pizza and last night when we had a tomato sauce based recipe. So I see him again this week Friday, then twice next week. After that (2 weeks 3x a week) I will start seeing him once a week till baby is born. For the most part I wasn't incredibly sore at any of the appts. Tim had been home and I didn't do much. But Tuesday I worked really hard doing lots of laundry, cleaning the master bath, and cleaning up the toy room. So when I went in yesterday there was no doubt that I was SORE. He could feel the extra tension and I actually walked away feeling better. I wasn't sure if I would feel relief right away.

Next week I begin twice weekly NST appts. Mondays and Thursdays. Then on the 21st we go in for another ultrasound but with the high risk specialist. They will just look at his cord and growth at this point to make sure all is good. Im a little nervous but happy for the second opinion. Tim is also doing all he can to come to that appt with us.

So basically everything is still going good. I am still sleeping on my belly but not as often. I am on my side more and a pillow between my hips is helping. I am starting to get tired more but not so much that I can't do things. I am still keeping up with Leiland for the most part.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

32 week update

Holy cow less than two months till I'm due. I still feel like it's forever away but I know it will go so fast.

Weight 192

I'm really loving how much this little baby moves. I get to lay in bed first thing in the morning and when going to bed and just enjoy him. He's so sweet already. And all mine. I just love feeling him and knowing he's all mine. No one else feels him the way I do. Everyday. Every time he starts to move everything stops so I can just feel him. He's all mine and in a couple months I'm going to have to share him. I will seriously miss this time with him. 

I'm starting to notice a few red spots on my belly but not enough to show in a picture though. I'm sure I'll get more but not as many as I got from sweet Leiland. All my shirts are too small and don't keep my tummy covered. I only have one pair of jeans that I like and fit well enough. The weathers been really nice here and I don't own enough short sleeve shirts. 

The dogs don't seem to notice things changing. Leiland seems to be understanding. He will hug brother and give kisses too. We put the crib together and put the bedding on so he can see changes happening. He loved seeing it when I showed him where brother would sleep. My good friend Cherie just had a baby so he sees his friend with her baby brother and I hope that helps. He has seen him twice now. I'm trying to put together a gift for Leiland from baby brother. 

My biggest stresses lately are the worries about leaving Leiland when I go in labor, where I'll take him, and how he will do. I'm also really stressing over names. I live the name Landon but worry about how popular it is. Tim however doesn't want to consider any others. I just don't know but if we don't find one we both love better that's what he will be called. 

I called and scheduled my first chiropractor appt for Friday. I hope it helps my back. Too much walking or cleaning is just too much for me. They also work with infants if I decide to take him and I'm seriously considering it. I hope it goes well. I'm a bit nervous. Now I just need a good foot massage. I also scheduled an appt for an hd ultrasound. We waited a bit longer than I wanted but hopefully we can still get some good pictures. I can't wait to see his little face. When we went with Leiland all I could think was he had the most kissable lips. And maybe this guy will have hair. 

Speaking of hair with the amount of heartburn I've been having this little guy should come out looking like a monkey. I had heartburn with Leiland but not this bad. I need at least 150mg Zantac to touch it. And sometimes that doesn't work. It's usually at night but the last couple days it's been all day and makes me feel like ill puke. Or have that puke in your mouth reaction. I think it's a lot to do with his position but I'm not certain. I'd still love to see how he is and if he has some hair. How cute would that be? 

So yes 8 more weeks. Can't wait to meet this handsome devil. Can't wait to see if he looks like Leiland. Can't wait to hold his little hands and kiss those tiny toes. And to just smell him from my arms. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

31 week update

31 weeks today - I can't believe its roughly 10 weeks till we meet this baby (had Leiland at 41 weeks). I used to think I would go early but honestly I don't think that anymore. I am still sleeping ok, and on my stomach. The baby is kicking like crazy and moves so much. I have NO CLUE what sort of position he is in this week though. I feel pretty huge though, and small red dots are beginning to show signs of a few new stretch marks. No biggie though. I didn't weigh myself today but last week I was at 191.4 so not a big gain while we were out of town. NO FOOD sounds any good these days and thats seriously frustrating.

Last week at my app all went well. BP was slightly higher then usual but its still normal. He measured the fundal height for the first time and said I was measuring good. He's not worried about baby's position and won't be till 37 weeks. But he said if he stays breech they won't schedule a c-section because they will give him a chance to turn up till I am in labor.

If average size he is about 18 inches and right around 3 pounds.

Thats so crazy to me. He certainly feels that big. I struggle to breath a lot when I am laying down depending how he is positioned and I can feel all his little kicks and movements. I love feeling a foot glide across my stomach. He also seems to jump in there because he is a NUT. I notice he still easily settles when we are busy a lot but as soon as I am sitting he goes crazy. I must say I absolutely love it and can feel him getting even more active the past few days.

I have had crazy heartburn. I take zantac almost every day now. Sometimes I need it twice and that doesn't always help. I try to eat frequently but its so hard because nothing is ever appealing.

My back seems to be bothering me less the past couple weeks which is really nice. I still plan to see a chiropractor and get a massage but I haven't scheduled it because it hasn't been killer bad and we were out of town.

So thats this weeks update. Down to counting down thats for sure. I can't believe how soon he will be here. I can't wait to meet this little man.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Another Molar

Leilands bottom left molar broke through the skin. Just barely but it's poking through. He's been overly cranky but hasn't had his usual stinky poop. Either way a little more work needed for that to be "through" then just one more and done with molars. I'm really hoping they are done before the baby comes.

Potty Training

2 years 8 months old (32 months)

Potty training is in full effect. We took a trip January 1st-14th and right before Leiland started wanting to be naked more. So in the morning instead if changing his diaper I let him be naked. Day 1 he held all his pee till nap time so he needed a diaper on. Day 2 we got naked sooner and he peed on the potty before nap. I didn't push it anymore after that. I can't remember if we had a third day he went naked but I think we had another day and he peed again before nap.

We just got back from our trip and I intended to wait till Tim was back to work, but Leiland keeps asking to be naked so I let him. The little frog potty is in the living room so he can go as he pleases. One day I offered for him to pee and he tried but didn't go so went to play more. Then I saw a funny look from him and told him to go try to per on the potty. He tried and went. Yay. Another day he sat to try and didn't go so back to playing. Then he went over by himself and peed on the potty again. He's definitely starting to get it. 

So today I didn't push it but got him naked after he'd been up a bit. He eventually went pee on the potty after numerous times of me asking him to try. Yay he went. So then he took a nap bi told him not to per in his diaper when he woke and he said ok. So when he woke I could feel he was dry so I told him again not to pee in the diaper. We came downstairs and I took his pants and diaper off. He was really mad about it because he was still cranky. So we played and I asked over and over if he had to go. He was crossing his legs and did a little dance at one point. I tried sitting him on the potty because he's been almost an hour and he just cried and taught me. So I sat down and said I'd play with him again after he tried to go pee. So maybe 5 minutes later he jumped up because he'd started to pee on the floor. He stopped peeing and he ran over to go on the potty. That is progress from the last time we tried. Last time I caught him 3 times peeing on the floor and ran him to the potty and he wouldn't pee. So this is better. 

This is the first day he has done any naked time after nap. He usually wakes wet in the morning as well as after nap. So we are trying. He can hold it for a couple hours. Yesterday when I tried right after nap the diaper was warm from him just peeing. So today we caught it early. 

Because he seems to be getting it I let him choose from his underwear what he wanted to wear. He was reluctant till daddy got excited about a pair. So he chose woody and buzz. We will see if he pees in it. I know that's part of it so I expect some accidents. 

Because it's winter I'm finding it really hard to let him be naked all day. It's far too cold for that. He doesn't complain but freezes. So hopefully we are making good progress with not doing all day long. He's also been extra cranky so not sure what his deal is but he's not his usual self right now. 

But that's our potty training progress so far. I'm so proud of him. It's later then I wanted but he finally seems to be getting it. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

28 weeks

Oops a few hours behind. 

We're out of town and on Georgia time. I can't sleep. 

Anyway not much happening this week. I still feel like I pee every 20 minutes but this week I'm back to being constipated. I bought some dried prunes to give a shot and see if they help move things along. I've been really uncomfortable for awhile now. Only two other times had it gotten this bad. In September when we went to San Diego and October when we went to Minnesota. Both began before the trips. 

Baby is still kicking good bi thought he may have shifted to be breech but then he went back to transverse. Now he seems to float between the two. I really struggle to know what position. He seems not so active lately and just a few kicks here and there. So we will see I suppose. 

I haven't heard from the dr office regarding my 3 he glucose test yet. It's ok though not sure I want to know while on vacation. I do t know if they'd just tell me if I passed or failed or if it was a fail if they would go in detail about how to make changes. Ugh I just hope I passed. 

Some days I feel like I'm getting huge all of a sudden and others I feel a good bit smaller then I was with leiland. I need to take a new picture soon. I'm so behind. Heartburn has been crazy bad though. Especially when he is sitting more vertically and up towards my ribs. 

While here we've been playing the name game. Some additions to our list are 


We shall see. I just don't know. 

So that's about it right now. Not much.