Monday, August 18, 2014

Baby #2 - 26 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 26 Weeks...and four days. This is the last week of my second trimester, yay!
Size of baby: The size of a Scallion (14 inches crown to heel and 2 pounds).
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total Gain of 11 pounds (weighing in at 129 lbs). My morning weigh in today showed I've accidently lost the 3+ pounds I gained last week. I should be gaining 1 lb/wk now so I need to watch this and be sure I at least hit 130 this week, if not a little more to make up for my loss.
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular tops and maternity pants. Dresses are a mix. Regular dresses are turning into tunics, just in time for Fall, y'all!
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
Movement: She mostly moves during the night and at my lunch break. The doctor wants me tracking her movements now since I am high risk for pre-term labor. I have to make sure she moves enough throughout the day and  her active period is long enough. Emma's active period is at 2 AM, so I'm staying awake to be sure she moves at least 20 minutes. Silver lining - I'm getting back in sleeping shape for a newborn.
Sleep: I am completely exhausted, though I started sleeping a little more deeply. Short, deep sleep has been kinder to me than long, light sleep...so this is a blessing to say the least.
What I miss:  Eggs benedict. I'm craving that like you wouldn't believe.
Cravings: Berries. Peaches. Scrambled Eggs. Pumpkin bread. Mango. Salads. Asparagus. Potatoes. Panini's.
Deterrents: Y'all...it's a sad day. Sweets are making me sick to my stomach. I can only handle a small amount. My sugar-holic days are over...for now.
Symptoms: Vivid dreaming. Strong Braxton hicks which I keep an eye on per doctor's orders. Forgetfulness. Faintness in heat, church has been a struggle but the Deacon's wife shared with me it's much cooler in the front rows so I'll be moving up front.

Doctor Update: I had my gestational diabetes test on Friday, no news is good news. I'm hoping I don't hear from them this week. I also ended up with a unscheduled appointment with my doctor. She checked me and I'm not dilating yet, which is wonderful news. She discussed breathing exercises and lots of pointers to help me stay calm and avoid contractions. She isn't shy about being concerned about the pregnancy and the seriousness of this situation but continues to be incredibly supportive. I am thankful for such an incredible OB, I think I'll keep her :) I'm not on bed rest so this is something to be thankful for!
Best Moment this week: God-given strength and confidence.

Belly Picture: 
26 wks + 4 days


 
Thank you for your prayers and support!


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Baby #2 - 25 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 25 Weeks. I can see that third trimester coming!
Size of baby: The size of a Rutabaga (13.5 inches crown to heel and 1.5 pounds).
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gain of 14 pounds. +3 in a week, hahaha. I mean, it was my birthday.
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular tops and maternity pants. Dresses are a mix. I'm digging the stretchy. Dresses are much more comfortable than pants!
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
Movement: She loves to move at night and she isn't shy about letting me know if she'd like me to roll over.
Sleep: I am exhausted. Bags under my eyes are my hottest fashion statement. I toss and turn all night now that my belly is getting bigger and it's hard to breathe deeply.
What I miss:  Cookie dough and brownie batter.
Cravings: Green smoothies. Raspberries. Bananas. Mango. Salads. Grilled Cheese. Salsa. Homemade warm chocolate chip cookies. Chicken Salad.
Deterrents: bar-b-que. Anything strong smelling.
Symptoms: Tiredness, heartburn, vivid dreaming/night terrors, cravings, hormonal, emotional and a little bit of faintness.

After the follow up with the doctor, she found my cervix is shortening and softening which is what it does to prepare for birth. It's too early for this. I was given very specific instructions to be very careful. I am not to exercise, no strenuous activity, no continuous activity for long periods, no lifting more than ten pounds, no lifting Arden, etc. If things don't improve, I could end up on bed rest. We are hoping that by taking it easy that doesn't happen.

My doctor said she wanted us to make it to 35 weeks (Oct 17) which means Emma would be 2 weeks preterm. That doesn't sound like much but in baby development it is. It's likely we would be in the NICU for a while BUT this is just a possibility right now. We could get lucky and carry to 37 weeks like we did with Arden. We, along with our doctor, are concerned but keeping a positive attitude! So, prayer warriors, we need all the prayers and positive vibes we can get!
Best Moment this week: Enjoying a nice birthday weekend with family.

Belly Picture: I forgot. whoops!



Thank you for your prayers and support!


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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Baby #2 - 24 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 24 Weeks. Goodbye 5th month, hello 6th month.. 
Size of baby: The size of a Cantelope (11.81 inches crown to heel and 1.32 pounds).
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gain of 11 pounds. No gain this week.
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular tops and maternity pants. Dresses are a mix. I'm digging the stretchy. Dresses are much more comfortable than pants!
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
Movement: She's a funny little mover. Kyle has been feeling her more and more.
Sleep: I am sleepy often but it's part of the gig!
What I miss:  Cookie dough and brownie batter.
Cravings: Green smoothies. Raspberries. Bananas. Mango. Salads. Grilled Cheese. Salsa. Homemade warm chocolate chip cookies. Chicken Salad.
Deterrents: bar-b-que. Anything strong smelling.
Symptoms: Tiredness, heartburn, vivid dreaming/night terrors, cravings, hormonal, emotional and a little bit of faintness.

We did have a little scare this week. I'd been having strong braxton hicks for the last week and spoke with the doctor on Wednesday. She told me to monitor and time them. Thursday, I had some strong braxton hicks and what felt like real contractions. They became regular and predictable at about 5:54 PM.  I was having contractions at three minutes apart. They were NOT painful, just uncomfortable and the on call nurse was concerned so she sent us into the hospital. Obviously, it is wayyy to early for that. They hooked me up to a fetal monitor, monitor for my contractions and also an oxygen monitor. They confirmed that they were, in fact, real contractions yet small contractions. I had not dilated at all and my fluids were good. They gave me an IV anyway and did an ultrasound on the baby and my cervix to confirm it was all ok. It was. Around 11:30 PM my contractions began to fade away and I was able to be checked out around 12:30 AM to go home. We didn't get home until after 1 AM. They asked me to increase my fluids from 72 oz of water a day to at least 80. Kyle suggested 96 oz which is 5 of my 24 oz bottles. I also received information on how to prevent preterm labor. I have a follow up with my OB this week so we'll see.

I have been having only a braxton hicks or two per day since.
Best Moment this week: Finding out everything was okay with Emma and I.

Belly Picture: 
24 weeks pregnant


Thank you for your prayers and support!


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Baby #2 - 23 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
 
How Far Along: 23 Weeks. 
 
Size of baby: The size of a large mango (11.38 inches crown to heel and 1.10 pound). We're about to hit a serious growth spurt and the baby will double her weight in the next 4 weeks.
 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I forgot to weigh this morning! (Update***Total Gain of 11 pounds)
 
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular tops and maternity pants. Dresses are a mix. I'm digging the stretchy. Dresses are much more comfortable than pants!
 
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
 
Movement: She likes to move at 4 AM, 7:45 AM, 2 PM and 9 PM with other random movements through out.
 
Sleep: I feel rested until about 10 AM, then I'm struggling to focus. At 2 PM, I usually get another wave of exhaustion. Sometimes, I sleep on my lunch break.
 
What I miss:  Cookie dough and brownie batter.
 
Cravings: Green smoothies. Blackberries. Bananas. Mango. Salads. Grilled Cheese. Salsa. Homemade warm chocolate chip cookies. Chicken Salad and ok fine... French fries.
 
Deterrents: bar-b-que. Anything strong smelling.
 
Symptoms: Tiredness, heartburn, vivid dreaming/night terrors, cravings, and a little bit of faintness.
 
Best Moment this week: This week was kind of rough all around. BUT on a non-Emma related note, finding out everything is A-OK with Arden's heart was the best moment ever.

Belly Picture: I'll post one tomorrow if I have time!



 

Thank you for your prayers and support!


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Baby #2 - 22 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
 
How Far Along: 22 Weeks. 5 months of pregnant! Phew!
 
Size of baby: The size of a spaghetti squash (about 11 inches crown to heel and nearly 1 pound).
 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total gain of 10 pounds.
 
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular tops and maternity pants. Dresses are a mix. I'm digging the stretchy. Dresses are much more comfortable than pants!
 
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
 
Movement: She is so shy about moving for other people! She lets me know when she wants me to roll over or change position though!
 
Sleep: I never feel like I've slept enough.
 
What I miss:  Sleeping through the night.
 
Cravings: Green smoothies. Blackberries. Grapefruit. Watermelon. Salads. Grilled Cheese. Salsa. Homemade warm chocolate chip cookies. Chicken Salad and ok fine... French fries.
 
Deterrents: bar-b-que. Anything strong smelling.
 
Symptoms: Tiredness, heartburn, vivid dreaming/night terrors, cravings, and a little bit of faintness.
 
Best Moment this week: Martha heard Arden having a "conversation" with Chloe this week and though most of it was undecipherable, Martha heard Arden tell Chloe she was having a baby sister! So sweet!

Belly Picture: 
22 Weeks and four days.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support!


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Hospital Bag Checklist

I compiled a list of things to pack in my hospital bag from several fellow bloggers and friends before packing it up. I'm going to be needing this again sooner than I think!

Mama's Bag:
  • 2 Nursing Gowns. - You won't want to wear pants.
  • 2-3 Nursing Bras
  • 1-2 nursing tank tops and a cardigan. (wearing normal clothes helps you feel better)
  • 1 pair of really loose pajama pants.
  • Sweatpants and t shirt to wear home from the hospital - be sure it's loose and comfy
  • Slippers to walk around in.
  • Flip-flops to wear in the shower.
  • one size up boyshorts from target to wear while at the hospital - I wanted these nice and loose and the hospital underwear they give you are HUGE.
  • Socks - I didn't want to use hospital socks bc I'm a germ-a-phob
  • Hair ties.
  • Brush.
  • Headband for labor to keep your hair out of your face.
  • Travel size shampoo and conditioner.
  • Travel size body wash and lotion.
  • Travel size deodorant, toothpaste and new tooth brush. **Buying travel size allows you to have everything packed/ready to go and not trying to remember everything when its hospital time!!! Plus showering will make you feel human again.
  • Mascara - you just had a baby, put on some mascara and be proud of yourself.
  • Soft Toilet Paper - This one's important. Hospital toilet paper is not your friend. This might be the most important thing.
  • Cell phone charger.
  • Camera.
  • Books to read. There is a lot of waiting.
  • A blanket or lovie that you've been sleeping with for the baby to have. Arden was comforted by my scent.
  • Going home outfit for the baby - I used the hospital's little baby clothes while we were there to avoid bringing too much.
  • Baby socks (can also be used as scratch mittens but most little newborn clothes have the sleeves with the foldover mittens.
  • Pillow from home.
  • A cheap, color pillowcase so it doesn't get mixed up with hospital pillows. It will probably get all sorts of stuff on the pillowcase so be prepared for that.
  • Pediatrician information.
  • Pre-natal vitamins.
  • All paperwork you may need.
  • ID information.
  • Stool softener.
  • Little handout gifts for nurses and visitors.
  • List of who to call.
  • Extra small bag or space in your bag to stash everything from hospital bassinet.
  • Lanolin.
  • Boppy.
  • Extra boppy cover.
  • Neosporin. Arden had a gash on her head from my pelvis.
  • *be prepared for any clothing, etc to possibly end up stained so don't bring your favorite stuff*
Daddy's Bag:
  • Snacks. We brought apples, granola bars, etc.
  • a sandwich or two if you have time to make it before you leave.
  • Bottled drinks like water, gatorade, etc.
  • Sweatshirt - I kept the room freezing, it was summer and Kyle asked his parents to get him sweatpants and a sweatshirt!
  • Sweatpants - see above
  • Socks
  • Blanket and pillow - hopsital ones aren't that great.
  • Twin sized blow up mattress - didn't do this but Kyle says next time he will. He was uncomfortable on that pullout chair thing they gave him.
  • Phone charger.
  • Books to read.
  • ID information.
  • Clothes for 48 hours.
  • Chocolate for your wife once she is allowed to eat again.

Things to use from the hospital:
  • Baby clothes - their little t shirts are great and prevent rubbing the umbilical cord!
  • Baby hats
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • baby blankets
Things to take home from the hopsital:
  • I stocked up on diapers, wipes and anything that was in her bassinet.
  • a couple of the little baby t shirts.
  • hospital blanket.
  • hospital hat
  • pads from the hospital -yes they are huge but you can't buy anything that's as soft as those.
  • Any kind of prescription creams or ointments or tucks pads they give you.
  • Pain meds if you are prescribed any.
  • inflatable donut to sit on for the next few days.
  • Nasal sucker thing. The hospital has the best one ever.
  • Pacifier.
  • The awesome hospital jug they give you. Love that thing.

Other things to not forget:
  • Car seat...obviously. We had ours ready to go when I was 35 weeks pregnant, just in case.
  • Important paperwork. Have your husband focus when they tell you when to turn in what. Pain meds made it a bit foggy for me to remember how to get her SS card and birth certificate.
  • If you have a dog, have someone take home something the baby has worn to let the animal smell the article of clothing. This helps them to be familiar with the scent and not freak out when you bring home your tiny human!


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Baby #2 - 21 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
 
How Far Along: 21 Weeks. 5 months of pregnancy!
 
Size of baby: The size of a carrot (about 10.5 inches crown to heel).
 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total gain of 9 pounds.
 
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular clothes and maternity pants. I'm digging the stretchy.
 
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
 
Movement: She loves to move around at 4 AM and late in the evening!
 
Sleep: Sleep is going well enough.
 
What I miss:  Sleeping through the night.
 
Cravings: Green smoothies. Blackberries. Grapefruit. Watermelon. Salads. Grilled Cheese. Salsa. Homemade warm chocolate chip cookies. Chicken Salad and ok fine... French fries.
 
Deterrents: bar-b-que. Anything strong smelling.
 
Symptoms: Random fits of gagging, tiredness, acid reflux/heartburn, night terrors, cravings, always hungry, light headed, seldom headaches and good ole laziness!
 
Best Moment this week: Kyle felt Emma kick again! She has been shy for him.

Belly Picture:  This was taken at 21 weeks and 4 days.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support!


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