36 Weeks {Baby #3}

Sunday, October 23, 2016

36 Weeks

Before I begin, I want to take a second to thank YOU ALL from the bottom of our hearts for all of your prayers! I truly believe they are working, as we had a pretty great appt. this week. 
How far along? 36 Weeks
Size? Head of Romaine Lettuce
Weight gain/loss? +20lbs
Stretch Marks? Just 2 tiny ones from prior pregnancies
Sleep? Still not complaining a ton, but contractions are waking me up several times a night  
Best Moment of the Week? I blogged about my 35 week appt. "The Tiniest of Pumpkins" so you can catch up there, but this week the best moment of the week was my great 36 week appt. We think our tiny guy may have hit a bit of a growth spurt right after my last growth scan. He unofficially was weighing in at 5.5 this week. While that's still tiny, it's a big jump in a week! All testing has come back normal as well. I also stayed at 3cm dilated which is crazy given the number and intensity of my contractions daily, but great that I'm holding there for the moment. 
Miss anything? Being pain free and not keeping track of contractions all day every day. 
Movement? Still lots of good movement.  
Food Cravings? Juice of any kind!  
Anything make you queasy or sick? Hunks of meat.  
Gender? BOY! 
Labor signs? Endless contractions.
Symptoms? Exhausted. 
Belly button in or out? In...it's like a cave, so it won't be coming out anytime soon! 
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? Not the greatest when I'm in pain! 
Looking forward to? Meeting our sweet guy, but praying praying we make it to 37 weeks!  

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The Tiniest of Pumpkins {Baby Boy Update}

Monday, October 17, 2016

Baby #3 Update
Since my last bumpdate, quite a bit has gone down. I had my 34 week appointment where we discovered I was about 1.5-2 cm dilated. I wasn't too surprised given my history and the fact that I contract like a crazy person all day everyday, but it's still a bit too early for that kind of cervical change. I was also measuring several weeks behind. I have always measured on the small side, but this time was more than what they like to see. So the new plan included...

Steroids for baby's lungs
Growth scan for 35 week appointment
Continued modified rest/minimal activity

Well, that night, I ended up going in to OBED for contractions that wouldn't stop with my max dose of Procardia, rest and lots of water. I was contracting every 2-3 minutes on the monitor but thankfully cervix was still the same as earlier in the day. They gave me a shot of Terbutaline to stop contractions, which worked, and I headed home. 

Last week, I had my 35 week appointment and growth scan. I knew in my head he was going to be on the smaller side, but when she started doing the measurements, I started to freak out a little.

IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction)
A term I'm very familiar with, given my former job as an RN in the NICU. While I know exactly what it is and have seen lots and lots of it, I never expected to see it on my own baby. Our tiny guy was weighing in at a whole 4lbs. 8oz (6th percentile). His belly was measuring less than 1%. To really put it into perspective for me was knowing that Hadley was a small baby, but she measured 5lb. 12oz at exactly the same gestation. 

There are several things that could be going on...chromosomal abnormality, some kind of infection, placental insufficiency or simply a small baby. While we are hoping and praying and praying and praying that he's just a tiny guy, we are waiting on some bloodwork to come back and will have a follow up growth scan in 2 weeks if I make it there. On top of all of this, I'm now dilated to a tight 3cm. For now, I will have twice weekly ultrasounds (BPPs) to ensure his well being. We will also being praying for this boy to GROW GROW GROW and stay put. 

This morning I had my first BPP of the week and he did great! Let's pray they all continue that way. He gave us a little sneak of his face, but he's pretty smashed up against my placenta. I don't think he looks like either one of my kids and doesn't he look chunky to you?!? Wishful thinking! 

We figured we better go ahead and paint the belly since we seem to be running out of time. I've done this with my other two so we didn't want to miss this one. Hadley loved doing it with me:) 
35 weeks 3 days

I will keep everyone updated as we know more, but for now, would you all mind saying a few prayers for our tiny pumpkin?

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Meyer is SIX

Friday, October 14, 2016

Another year has snuck right by and our little Meyer man is SIX! This boy has changed and grown tremendously over the past year. I will get to that in a bit, but for now, let's re-cap his big day.
Meyer's birthday fell on the Saturday of Fall Break this year, so Andy and I went up to school a few days early to celebrate with our big Kindergartner. We had lunch in the cafeteria with him (ok he had lunch, we just visited...momma can't do cafeteria food at this current time). It was so fun to see how excited he was and to see all his little friends just as excited for him! 
After lunch, we went back to his classroom for a mini birthday party where we passed out these awesome Lego cookies to the class! 
Saturday morning was his actual birthday and we did our normal tradition of balloons and presents when he woke up. 
At first he acted like he might save some to open later in the day...
But once those Legos started appearing, he couldn't contain himself! He and daddy have a lot of work to do to complete all these new sets, and I know they are just devastated about it. 
Birthday donuts are always next on our agenda. Pretty soon he will need 2 donuts to hold all those candles! 
I know he is mine, but seriously, is he not the sweetest kid?!? 
He was very insistent about sharing his birthday with our 14 year old kitty, who had a birthday on October 1st. So he went rummaging through the candle stash and made a makeshift 14 and we had to sing all over again to his best buddy. She was less than amused. 
My favorite gift, and honestly his too, was this quilt I had made for him. I collected all of his personalized clothing from the first 5 years and had this made. The back of it is lined with his crib sheets. You really can't see the beauty and amazing details in pictures, but it's incredible. My talented sister in law's mom made it and here is her info for all of you who asked. You can tell her I sent you! 
Nita Reynolds
We had promised the kids we would do rides at the Fall Festival that morning. Since I'm on modified rest/minimal activity, Andy and my dad took them down there for a little while. It's pretty cool how the Fall Festival falls on Meyer's birthday week every year. 
That night, we took him to Zuki for some of his favorite things...shrimp. shirley temples, and fire!
Before his birthday, we talked and talked about what he wanted to do as far as a party, but he really didn't have his heart set on anything specific. So we decided to forgo a party and just do pizza and cake with his truly favorite people at our house. The grandparents and my brother and his wife came over for dinner and he was beyond thrilled! We kept on the Lego theme just for fun. 

So now a little bit more on Meyer at SIX. It's incredible how so much can change over a year. Meyer is in one sense a completely different child than he was a year ago, but he has also stayed true to unique self. He has matured SO much and has really been nothing but a pure joy this last year. Maybe 5 is a great age for all kids, but it was amazing for him. 

He totally rocked at starting Kindergarten and has enjoyed every single day there. I knew that all day school would be great for him. He thrives on constant stimulation and learning. To no surprise, he gets a perfect behavior report each and every day and I haven't seen one thing come home that he has struggled with. He's happy which makes us happy! 

Meyer is still our unique and one of kind guy. While his interests do include a few typical little boy things (like his love for Legos), he still much prefers real life things. He's daddy little side kick every weekend and loves being involved in any and all projects. Changing light bulbs, hooking up electronics, and putting things together are among his favorite past times. I asked him to go count the light switches and outlets in the baby's room the other day so I could change out the covers, and you would think he hit the jackpot of chores. Physically helping unscrew and change them all out was about equal to a trip to Disney World for this kid. He also loves to draw and create things...tape, glue, scissors and staples could keep him entertained for hours. 

We are SO incredibly proud of our boy. While he still presents us with daily challenges in his one of kind personality, we wouldn't change a single thing about our special guy. 
Mom and Dad LOVE YOU SO MUCH Meyer!

In true Meyer fashion, almost every single one of these answers were the same as last year. Did I mention we struggle with changing things up a bit! ha!

What Meyer says at age 6...
Favorite Color? Red
Favorite Food? Pineapples
Favorite Drink? Sprite
Favorite Game to Play? Pete the Cat board game
Best Friend? Daniel
Favorite Movie? Cars
Favorite Animal? Zebra 
What do you want to be when you grow up? Electrician

44.5 inches 41st percentile
42lbs 36th percentile 

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32 Weeks {Baby #3}

Thursday, September 22, 2016

32 Weeks
How far along? 32 Weeks
Size? large jicama
Weight gain/loss? +17lbs as of Monday...+20lbs as of Thursday...I think we will reevaluate this next bump date for accuracy
Stretch Marks? Just 2 tiny ones from prior pregnancies
Sleep? Sleeping is still going good with just a couple bathroom trips each night  
Best Moment of the Week? This week has been a bit crazy with a trip to OBED and two doctor appointments checking on little man. Since last Wednesday, my contractions have been out of control, coming every 5 minutes at times. Sunday night they just kept getting closer and more painful, so I finally gave in and headed to the hospital. This isn't my first rodeo with this kind of thing, so I was being stubborn because I didn't want this to be happening again. After several days though, it was time to get checked out.
Once hooked up, I was contracting every 3-4 minutes. They did a Fetal Fibronectin test which came back negative. This is great news because it's 98% indicative that I won't go into real labor over the next two weeks. My cervix was also still closed. All great news, so they gave me Terbutaline to stop the contractions and let me go home! 
The next morning, the contractions were already back coming every 5 minutes. I headed back into my doctor's office where she confirmed no change in my cervix and prescribed me Procardia to try and get these contractions under control. It has definitely been helping, but I'm still having them and like right now they are 3-5 minutes apart! I was checked again today with no change. It's SO reassuring that these annoying contractions don't seem to be doing anything at this point, but it's exhausting dealing with them all the time. 
No bedrest as of yet!!! Doc said just modified rest meaning no working out and resting as much as possible with two little ones and a husband who travels!
So back to the best moment of the week? The continued reassurance of a closed cervix! 
Miss anything? Being pain free! 
Movement? Still lots of good movement. My favorite part of everyday!  
Food Cravings? Candy corn...again.    
Anything make you queasy or sick? Hunks of meat.  
Gender? BOY! 
Labor signs? Endless contractions.
Symptoms? Heartburn has improved with Nexium thank goodness!  
Belly button in or out? In...it's like a cave, so it won't be coming out anytime soon! 
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? A little irritable at times!  
Looking forward to? Meeting this baby boy....just not yet!!!

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28 Weeks {Baby #3}

Friday, August 26, 2016

28 Weeks

Hello 3rd Trimester! 

How far along? 28 Weeks
Size? Large Eggplant
Weight gain/loss? +15 lbs
Stretch Marks? Just 2 tiny ones from prior pregnancies
Sleep? Visiting the bathroom about 3 times/night which is making me crazy, but sleeping great in between.  
Best Moment of the Week? My 28 week appointment was pretty amazing. I was preparing for the worst, given this is when things started going south (for the second time) with my last pregnancy. I was hopeful since I'm on the 17P injections this time around, but my contractions are crazy all the time, so I can't help but worry. My prayers were answered when I heard my doc say, "thick and closed". Best moment of the week, hands down. 
Miss anything? Sleeping all night. It's on ongoing joke every night before bed when I ask Andy if he thinks maybe THIS will be the night I sleep all the way through just one more time. It never is and we just laugh that it will never be for quite some time!! 
Movement? His favorite times to wiggle around are right before I go to sleep for the night and the minute I wake up each morning. The other night I woke up to a crazy man literally having a dance party in there...never in my life have I felt a baby moving that crazy!  
Food Cravings? Clementines cold out of the fridge...all day long!   
Anything make you queasy or sick? Hunks of meat.  
Gender? BOY! 
Labor signs? I'm not fairly certain anymore...it's a fact. My uterus hates me. Constant contractions mainly in the evenings. Just a couple of nights ago they were every 4-5 minutes for over an hour before I finally just hoped for the best and went to bed. Definitely a huge reassurance at my appointment though that they don't seem to be causing any cervical change!
Symptoms? HEARTBURN. HEARTBURN. HEARTBURN. I'm seriously on a steady diet of Tums, which only helps very temporarily. I started Nexium yesterday and am hoping that works better than the Prilosec, and if not I may have to move onto the prescription stuff. 
Belly button in or out? In...it's like a cave, so it won't be coming out anytime soon! 
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? Good most of the time! 
Looking forward to? A continued healthy and normal pregnancy. 

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Back 2 Preschool {Hadley}

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Just a day after her brother went back to school, it was Hadley's turn to go back to Preschool! She started her second year since she was so young last year. It's exactly what Meyer did, and I love how it works out. She was over the moon with excitement to get back to Totten Hall. She has always been a lover of school! 
 She of course couldn't sit through an entire photo shoot pretending to be all sweet and innocent. We all know better! 
It's amazing how much older she looks and acts this year as compared to last. 
We decided to send her 5 mornings this year. She really decided for herself. We did 3 mornings with Meyer his second year, but that just isn't enough for her. She insisted she will go every day and really thinks it would be a good idea for me to let her stay all day. I think she is a little big for her britches. 
She has a great teacher and such a fun class FULL of her favorite friends! 

Good luck Totten Hall!
 I'm hiding my phone from 8-11 each morning. Be nice sister. 

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