Friday, August 29, 2014

Baby #2 - 28 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 28 weeks
Size of baby: The size of a large eggplant (16 inches crown to heel and 2.5 pounds).
 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total Gain of 11 pounds (weighing in at 129 lbs). Gained a pound this week! Might have been that I tried to eat ice cream every night but gaining is gaining.
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 moves about 12-15 times an hour, sometimes more. She has to move at least 10.
Sleep: Deeper sleep in short increments. It gets the job done.
What I miss:  The stress relief of working out or a walk.
 
Cravings: Poblano Peppers. Berries. Peaches. Eggs and Avocado on toast. Pumpkin or Banana Bread. Mango. Salads. Avocado. Asparagus. Potatoes. Panini's.
Deterrents: Varies. Right now, I prefer cold foods rather than hot. It's weird but might be the heat?
 
Symptoms: Leg Cramps. Strong Braxton Hicks. Forgetfulness. Faintness in Warm Weather. Nausea after eating. Easily worn out. Sore feet.

Doctor Update: I go back next week.
 
Best Moment this week: Emma poked her fist out and I got a hold on it for a few seconds before she pulled away...it was a strange feeling holding her fist through my belly but kind of amazing at the same time.

Belly Picture: 
28 Weeks
 
Thank you for your prayers and support!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Baby #2 - 27 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights


How Far Along: 27 Weeks...and I'm in the third trimester!



Size of baby: The size of a head of cauliflower (14.5 inches crown to heel and 2.25 pounds).



Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total Gain of 10 pounds (weighing in at 128 lbs). Loss of 1 pound this week. I swear I am eating!



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: Lots of kicks and punches. She is mostly active when I am still.



Sleep: Deeper sleep in short increments. It gets the job done.



What I miss:  Running. I could really use the release of exercise right now.



Cravings: Berries. Peaches. Eggs and Avocado on toast. Pumpkin bread. Mango. Salads. Asparagus. Potatoes. Panini's.



Deterrents: Too much sugar. I can handle one little tiny cookie and that's about it.



Symptoms: Vivid dreaming. Strong Braxton Hicks Forgetfulness. Faintness in Warm Weather. Nausea after eating.





Doctor Update: I didn't hear from the doctor about my gestational diabetes test! So I think I'm clear from that. I go back in less that two weeks for another check up.



Best Moment this week: Finding fleece jammies for Emma and my sweet Arden who is so helpful.





Belly Picture: 






 
Thank you for your prayers and support!




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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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