Wednesday, November 22, 2017

27 Weeks with Baby Number 3

Currently 28 weeks 4 days days along! 




This Week:

Feeling a little anxious this week. Had a night of mild contractions and it kind of kicked my (and Ryan's) realization that we need to be ready into high gear. 

Baby This Week: 


The size of a camping lantern! 






Maternity Clothes:

It's cold and my winter coats won't zipper but I refuse to purchase a "maternity" coat when I could only be pregnant for such a short time. This happened with Sam and I just made it work. I did have to start wearing socks and shoes though which sucks. I hate bending down. 

Stretch Marks/Weight: 

Still no appointment this week and I do own a scale but apparently don't use it! ha ha! A couple small new stretch marks on the lower part of my belly that actually resemble vampire teeth marks. Weird! 

Movement:


Lots of movement and I love the stage in pregnancy when I can put my hand on my belly and feel a knee or an elbow sticking out. It's neat to feel the "hard" bones. 

Food Aversions/Cravings:


Hmm....I can't really think of anything actually. No strong cravings at all. Just cold water as I seem to be thirsty a lot. I just notice I am always STARVING in the morning. I literally eat 3 breakfasts. One when I get up at 4. Another at 6:30 and again at 8 AM. 

Symptoms:

Eep...LOTS of braxton hicks contractions and some real painful ones. Sometimes I am even able to time them. As the baby gets bigger, the end of this week I started feeling slight pulling on the cerclage area. No bleeding but defiantly pressure/pulling feeling. 

Then the usual pregnancy stuff. Heartburn, waddling, boobs out of control, can't see my feet!  

What I Miss:

Ummm..Wine? ha ha! I don't know but there is something nice about a festive drink while decorating our tree or wrapping presents. Not gonna happen this year. I also miss not hurting. Rolling over in bed is such a chore! 

Labor Signs/Health Update:


Eep. Yes. Contractions one evening which put me and Ryan into overdrive of terror. But they went away with some water and rest. 

Docs say it is fairly normal considering my condition and the stage in my pregnancy. I love my calm doctor. Ha ha! I'll be excited to see my ultrasound to see if my cervix is shortening or not. 

I started and now stopped the Iron pills I was told to take because of being anemic. They were just making me feel too sick. No matter the time of day or with food or not, they were making me so sick. 


Gender:

I can't wait to find out! I feel prepared for whichever gender it is. I find myself saying "he" sometimes when referring to baby which is interesting. I am finding my hair so limp and blah unlike when I was pregnant with Sam! 

Wedding Rings/Belly Button


My belly button is almost non-existent. My wedding ring is loose especially with the colder weather. 

What I'm Looking Forward To/Best Moment:


Looking forward to my parents getting home. The contractions hitting during their trip and hunting season kind of made me panic. Ryan was gone and so were the usual people (gone and had been drinking) in my life that I have on speed dial to drive me somewhere. It's so much different with Sam too. I have to consider care for him AND who will drive me to Ottawa. 

The best moment this week was getting our Christmas tree up in the livingroom! Sam is really into Christmas this year and while I am keeping everything easy and low key this year, I was delighted to see his face light up and co-operation with decorating. 



Daddy This Week:

Daddy has started some night shifts which is fun...HA! The change between day and night shift makes for weird sleeping and trying to figure out schedules. Our lives depend so much on weather this time of year. 

We decided that if I go into labor during a night shift, that someone else will drive me to the hospital and Ryan will just meet us there. It just makes more sense then me waiting on him. 

Ryan was home for the first night I had a few contractions. He was like out of a movie. Running around, yelling, just going nuts! So we had a little meeting the next day where we calmly talked about what he needs to do. We even made a step-by-step list for him. He just isn't the "calm" in a stressful situation but this scare might help him be more calm next time. 

Big Brother Sam:


Sam has had a better week and in good spirits. My belly is too big not to join him in his bed for story time. But he really likes that we can cuddle in our big bed! 

He likes to try and feel the baby now kick and is really curious as to when/how it will get out of my belly (through my belly button, duh). 


Wisdom:

Putting on socks and shoes sucks at this stage of pregnancy. I've moved a kitchen chair to our door and have dubbed it "Momma's Chair" not to be used for anything else except to help my bend down to put on my winter boots. 


xo 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

26 Weeks With Baby Number 3

Currently 27 weeks and 4 days pregnant. 


Don't mind the bare belly. Wanted to show off my fancy new accessory! 


This Week:

Feeling just ease this week. Past that crucial viability week and now just kind of coasting for a few weeks. 

Baby This Week: 


The size of a bowling pin! 





Maternity Clothes:

I am loving maternity clothes although my "casual" at home clothes are lacking. I refuse to buy anything and just slump around in Ryan's shirts instead. I just don't want to stretch out some of my favorite lounging t's. 

Stretch Marks/Weight: 

No appointment this week but I am sure there has been some gaining going on. My stomach feels more pronounced and round then it did with Sam who was higher up and longer. No new stretch marks. 

Movement:


So much movement. This kid takes after its Momma. He/she is way more active in the morning then in the evenings. 

Food Aversions/Cravings:


Actually kind of a boring week with cravings. Between trying to be careful with a gallbladder friendly and blander foods to keep heart burn away, it's pretty boring. But I noticed this week a big decrease in my appetite. I can only eat smaller meals at a time. 

Symptoms:

God love the maternity belt! There are some days, I don't need it at all. I have no hip/pelvic/back pain. But there are other days that I feel like I can't even move. On those days, the belt helps me to still be able to move. Another fun one this week is the nausea and vomiting which I thought I was done with. Apparently, iron pills are really hard on the stomach and my tummy does not like them. And then the usual. Heartburn, sore back/hips/pelvic area, insomnia. 

What I Miss:

Ryan had one day this week that he had to do a night shift for snow. And I missed him. It's a little frightening to have him in the city and me alone during the evenings/nights. But I have a bunch of numbers on speed dial! Ryan also has been spending his weekend nights at the hunt camp so again a quiet house for me. I miss the extra hand to put Sam to bed. 

Labor Signs/Health Update:


Not a lot of update here for once because I get this nice long break from doctor appointments. I started the iron pills which suck. I am doing a pretty good job (I think) of listening to my body. I still get sore in the afternoons/evenings in the cerclage area. Just feels like a pulling pressure/pain. I have definitely started to get some not painful braxton hick contractions which is interesting. 


Gender:

Team Green! My skin has been so clear this pregnancy which if you follow wives tales suggests boy.

Wedding Rings/Belly Button


No changes but belly button is starting to get more shallow. 

What I'm Looking Forward To/Best Moment:


Looking forward to getting a couple more nesting projects done this week. Also crossed a couple more Christmas gifts off the list which makes me super excited. I really want to be prepared early for Christmas this year so that if baby does come, or I feel like a whale, it's one less thing on my plate. 

Daddy This Week:

Ryan I think has enjoyed my new found freedom as well but there was a couple nights where I had to snap him back into reality and boycott getting supper ready after getting Sam. I'd just be so sore and he would be lazing in the living room watching me cook, empty dishwasher, tidy up, entertain Sam and etc. No way Mister! Ha ha! I'd plop my butt down beside him and eventually he got the hint as supper started to burn. 

Big Brother Sam:


Sam's going through a little threenager stage again. For a while, we thought it had passed. Well it seems it is back. We are trying to help him work on his listening skills, patience and being less rough. He is really trying to figure out what he can and cannot get away with and how far he can push us. Ryan and I thankfully are pretty patient (and consistent in discipline actions) and are just hoping we can help Sam to get through this stage. We think it's good practice for when baby comes because we guess it will happen again when he is getting less attention. 





Wisdom:

Get a maternity support belt! It's well worth the $25 I spent on Amazon. Even for a preggers that isn't experiencing a lot of pain, it helps with your posture which helps in the back later on as the belly gets bigger. 


xo 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

24 and 25 Weeks with Baby Number 3

Currently 26 weeks and 4 days pregnant! 





This Week:

At 24 weeks we have reached VIABILITY! What a relief and I feel myself relaxing a little. Week 23 was so stressful because it was just so important (mentally) that I make it to week 24. In fact the night before I kept waking up dreaming I was having contractions and bleeding. Stupid mind games! 

Baby This Week: 



A wide brim Fedora hat apparently in week 25! 



Maternity Clothes:

Big time! Can't live without maternity clothes now! I never buy maternity PJs because mine always fit but I am noticing that my baggy shirts are beginning to show the belly. Might have to switch to Ryan's shirts to sleep in soon! 

Stretch Marks/Weight: 

At my appointment at a little over 24 weeks, my prediction of weight gain last week was accurate! ha ha! It seems my body maintains a certain weight for a long time and then BAM all the weight gain in one week! Up 5 lbs in 2 weeks at my last appointment. Yikes. 

Not really any new stretch marks yet but I can kind of see them coming in. 

Movement:


From day one, this little one has seemed to be more active then my other two. The last two weeks its felt like it is almost trying to escape! 

Food Aversions/Cravings:


Not a lot of cravings these weeks. Just really hungry in general. I seem to get a craving for something and once I've had it, it goes away and doesn't really return. I am noticing my appetite has decreased in the sense that I don't eat as much in one serving. Running out of room I guess! 

Symptoms:

The pelvic, hip and back pain have been crazy these weeks. I finally caved and ordered a maternity support belt to try out. I am really hoping it gives me a little relief in the afternoons/evenings from the pain. 

What I Miss:

Once I hit 24 weeks, I gained back a little independence! I am still "taking it easy" especially in the afternoons because I experience some pain "down there" from the pressure of the day. But I am now dropping Sam off at daycare in the mornings which I am loving! So this week I can't miss anything with my new found freedom! 

Labor Signs/Health Update:


An appointment at 24 weeks revealed things are still looking stable and so he gave me permission to go 4 weeks (!!!) before my next appointment! He knew I had a long drive and said he doesn't see a need to see me. He also assured me that I can call or come in at any time if I ever had any concerns at all. 

At 25 weeks, I went and got the glucose drink/blood work done at The General on a rainy day. I couldn't have time to fit it into a regular appointment with daycare drop off, ultrasound and  appointment. So when the doc gave me a 4 week break, I knew I could get it done one of those weeks. Well I picked a rainy day and Ryan was off and came with me. It was so quick and I didn't even have to fast before hand! I got a call the next day with the results and while the blood sugars look good (never thought there would be a problem), they did tell me that I am anemic and would require to take something to help since it is so low. I guess that explains why I am so tired all the time. 


Gender:

I am very split on the gender. Ryan has been "boy" the whole pregnancy and I have been more flip-floppy. Week 25 I had a strong boy feeling having felt girl for a few weeks. In other words, we have no idea! ha ha! My Dad is convinced it's a girl and my brother's family are sure it's a boy! This little one sure is keeping people, including me, guessing. 

Wedding Rings/Belly Button


No changes but belly button is starting to get more shallow. 

What I'm Looking Forward To/Best Moment:


Because the blood work in week 25 went by so fast, we decided to run a couple small errands. I had promised myself I wouldn't buy or organize anything for Baby until after week 24. So we went to Buy, Buy, Baby and got a few small items. Soothers, wipes, thermometer and a cover. We still need a few more items that we'll pick up but it felt so nice to plan for a happy baby outcome by getting some things off the "to do before baby comes" list! My nesting heart is happy! 



Daddy This Week:

Ryan actually went away for a few days to Nova Scotia with my brother. He was a little nervous leaving me but all was good and I am glad he got away and had some fun. One thing that is an argument in pregnancy with us is that I BEG for a foot or lower back rub all the time and he never gives me one. Never has for any of my pregnancies. So, I told him that it's enough and he is buying me a message! ha ha! When I showed him the price, he mentioned the next day he would give me a foot rub. #success 

Big Brother Sam:


I apologize to everyone in contact with us in the next little while with Sam's loose use of the word "Boobs". We have been trying to explain to him that baby won't be drinking a bottle or milk from a cup like he thinks. That mommy will be nursing baby which means baby eats from my chest. He says, "but I have a chest" but then we have to explain that he doesn't have "boobs". Well now it's boobie this and boobs that...ugh! 




We also had an amazing Halloween with our little Peter Pan! He did so well trick-or-treating. Now we need to come up with a 4 person costume idea for next year! :) 


Wisdom:

Halloween candy is DANGEROUS! 

xo 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Nova Scotia Girls Trip - Part 2

Thursday we woke up to a BEAUTIFUL morning! One of my favorite things at the cottage is enjoying a drink (in this case coffee) on the deck. The water is just so calm and peaceful. It just feels refreshing to the soul. 


We were heading to Peggy's Cove that morning which is just a short drive from the cottage. I love Peggy's Cove. I think it's one of the most beautiful places in Canada. My favorite part is that during tourist times, there is a page piper playing. I think it is such a pretty sound.  


It was super busy because apparently September/October is cruise season. It was also really windy but we still took our time walking around and taking in the site. 


Had to take my bump pic too when I had such a beautiful backdrop! 


I resist buying "souvenirs" now because we are there so often. I walked around and looked at baby stuff sometimes but most were not gender neutral. Except in a shop at Peggy's Cove I saw these little Nova Scotia Tartan booties and couldn't resist!! 


We quickly stopped at the memorial site for the Swissair crash and then to Finer Diner for lunch. Their seafood chowder and tea biscuits are SO good! 


We settled back into the cottage and some girls took off for errands. I rested and then we got ready for our boat ride! Except the girls had another thing up their sleeves! The sneaky buggers some how managed to hide a surprise cake and present for me as an early 30th birthday celebration! The cake was so delicious! One of the best cakes I have EVER had! 


We loaded up the pontoon and with Captain Ron at the wheel, we floated all along the Bay! 




That evening we warmed up, chatted and played some 1's and 5's! It was a great evening in! 


The next morning we all slowly got up and had a big pumpkin french toast breakfast. We played salon and got ready for our day/night in Halifax!

First up was walking the harbor waterfront! Right at the end of our walk we saw the famous Tugboat! 


Our supper plans were made at Henry's House who's food, atmosphere and historic site is famous! Cousin Natasha joined us for supper and it was SO nice to see her and catch up! 


We were all pretty beat after all our walking on Saturday. We relaxed the rest of evening and packed up our bags. I was a little sad that our girls trip was already over but ready to see my handsome boys! 


I am pretty fortunate that not only do I have a great group of girls that I feel comfortable travelling with but that I could squeeze in one last "hooray" before I am a Momma of two! 

xo 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

23 Weeks With Baby Number 3

Post written about the week prior. I am currently in my 24th week.



And because I keep telling people I am SO much bigger at this point then I was with Sam, a little comparison shot! Oh and I am SO much more tired looking! ha ha! 



This Week:

1 more week until viability! Actually if we happened to have the baby this week, the doctors would attempt to save it. 

Baby This Week: 


Baby is apparently the size of a Barbie Doll this week! 




Maternity Clothes:


I find myself going to my maternity shirts more this time then last. Last time I tried to squeeze myself into some non-maternity shirts but this time I am trying to get wear out of what I have, while I can because it will be the last time I will be using them. 

Stretch Marks/Weight: 

No new stretch marks and I have no idea where my weight is at. I feel like I have grown a lot in the last couple weeks. 

Movement:


I love the point in the movements when you can see movements from the outside. Always shows me how strong those little arms or legs are! 

Food Aversions/Cravings:


Not a lot that I don't like. Still avoiding fatty foods to help keep Gallstone problems at bay. This week I had a craving for a caramel frap with lots of whip! When I head to the city for my appointment next week, I am totally getting one! 



Symptoms:

The heartburn is getting bad this week. I think the baby is higher now which is making heartburn bad. Tums sometimes doesn't even help. General soreness. 

What I Miss:

I miss Sam and my independence. My parents (and sometimes Ryan) have been doing all the daycare drop offs and pick ups. While I am SO thankful for all the extra help when I am on limited duty, I miss my morning chats with Sam. And my parents raised me to be a very independent woman and having to step back and let other people do things for me is really hard. 

Labor Signs/Health Update:


Kind of coasting this week until 24 weeks. Keep quiet until we get to viability and then I will start more driving and light activity like walking. 


Gender:

There are a couple people that think that we actually know the gender of the baby and are just keeping it between ourselves. That is very much not true. While I admit it has been tempting, we are very determined now at this point to wait until D-Day. We each have our own prediction though. What's yours?

Wedding Rings/Belly Button


No changes but belly button is starting to get more shallow. 

What I'm Looking Forward To/Best Moment:


Looking forward to getting to Saturday and being 24 weeks!  

Daddy This Week:


My husband hates doing laundry and he is on laundry duty all himself. ALL laundry now has to be done by him and he hates it! ha ha! Ryan has also had a lot of late work days which has been hard on all of us. But when the weather cools down before snow, it will mean a few days (maybe even a couple weeks) of more time at home for him. 

Big Brother Sam:


Sam started "hockey" (aka: skating) this year and it has been a fun activity for all of us. He is so excited and I feel us soaking up this time doing fun things with him while he is still our only child. 

He seems to be "getting" the fact that my belly is bigger and I can't do as much. He thankfully doesn't seem resentful of the baby but does keep asking why Baby isn't here yet. 


Wisdom:

Cereal, toast, microwave nachos and cheese and crackers all make excellent supper choices for a toddler when you aren't allowed to move much and Daddy isn't home. 


xo 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Nova Scotia Girls Trip - Part 1

Happy Friday! 

A yearly girls trip is something that is SO good for the soul. That time, traveling without children or spouses and just sitting back and enjoying some girl talk! For a couple of years I thought a trip to Nova Scotia would be fun but hard to organize. When I sent the word out that I thought about this Fall for a girls trip to the East coast and I was actually super surprised by the resounding "yes" that came from many a friend. 

The day was finally here and 7 of us (1 met us at the airport) loaded up in my new van to head to the airport! I was so pleased that all our luggage fit in the back! ha ha! 



It was a nice short and uneventful flight with Stacy (Tracey) and the rest of us girls getting a shout out before getting off the plane! And cousins Vicki and Barb were waiting at the gate to greet us all and drive us to the cottage! 

It was a quiet first evening in. Getting settled into our designated rooms, grabbing some pizza and staying up chatting. 

The next morning it was miserable outside! POURING rain. But we decided to get ready anyways and head to Lunenburg to view the Bluenose. We had a great musical ride to our destination with church camp and Disney songs! 



The Bluenose is a really nice iconic Canadian thing to see. We had lunch at The Old Fish Factory and headed home to get dry! 




We drove the lighthouse route on the way home and enjoyed seeing the Scarecrow Festival in Mahone Bay from the vehicles! We also stopped at a local favorite, Lola's for a little shopping. It's a fun little store with LOTS to see. We also drove by Queensland Beach but didn't stop in account to all the rain coming down! 


We headed back to rest and dry off. Some of us headed to grab supplies. I happened to luck our with our trip masseuse and got a nice long foot rub! Something my husband NEVER gives me during my pregnancies despite my begging! Ha ha!  



Jill was the chef that night and made everyone a delicious spaghetti supper! She made enough for the week! ha ha! 



Cousins Greg and Carolyn stopped in for a visit and brought us a family favorite, Nova Scotia brown bread! 



Stay tuned for part 2...

xo 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

22 Weeks With Baby Number 3

Figured I'd do some skipping ahead as with some things I missed out on some updates but I did take pics!





This Week:

Keeping things fairly quiet but glad to be passed the 22 week mark! 

Baby This Week: 


Baby has apparently grown from a pint of ice cream to a large kale smoothie. At my last ultrasound at a little over 21 weeks, the baby was measuring at 1 pound! 

Maternity Clothes:


Going strong! Living in maternity bottoms except for regular yoga pants. I am mostly sporting a maternity shirt and a cardigan or sweater or jacket over top! Now that the belly is more pronounced, it is more fun to dress the bump! 

Stretch Marks/Weight: 

Minimal stretch marks actually except for the old ones and my weight is up 5 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight according to my 21 week appointment. 

Movement:


Lots of movement! I swear this kid is on my schedule because even on weekends at 5 AM it is up having a party. It is as if it knows my work schedule and usually I am awake by that time. Ryan was able to feel baby move from the outside for the first time on September 27 at a little over 20 Weeks. 

Food Aversions/Cravings:


French fries, meats...the usual are gross. But really have had cravings for chocolate and pickles lately (#typicalpregnantlady)! So weird! I hated pickles with Sam! 

Symptoms:


I think the worse symptom is the general soreness this time. I feel like my pelvic bones and hips "relaxed" a lot earlier then before making me feel like I'm at the waddling stage already. 

What I Miss:

Lately, I have been missing alcohol. I don't want it to sound selfish but some nights I would just really like a glass of wine. When out for our girls trip in Nova Scotia and I had the fish, I SO badly wanted a cold beer with it. 

Labor Signs/Health Update:


Well things were looking really great! Stable cervix, no gallstone attacks. All was well. Then at 21 week and a half weeks, I was told my cervix was dangerously short and I needed a cerclage. I had the procedure the next day which was simpler then expected. Recovery has also been fairly easy as well. I am just so thankful for our awesome healthcare system and being closely monitored by the high risk clinic. It gives me nightmares to think about the fact that I would have likely had a loss at over 20 weeks if I had not been this closely monitored. Post cerclage, Doc thinks all looks great and cerclage is doing what it is suppose to!  



Gender:

Still team green! We had a really fun appointment a week after my cerclage. The ultrasound always confirms your birthday and mine happened to be the next day! So I mentioned that. During the ultrasound she switched it to 3D so we could see the face and it was SO neat! She stayed far away from the gender area and so far no doctors, nurses or techs have let it slip! They actually genuinely seem excited to have a couple who aren't finding out as it is rare. 

Wedding Rings/Belly Button


No changes but belly button is starting to get more shallow. 

What I'm Looking Forward To/Best Moment:


Seeing the baby in 3D was a highlight of this pregnancy. It looks like a little baby rather then just bones! I would also have to say all of the birthday treats in the last few weeks! With the gallbladder diet I still try to be careful but have been enjoying some nice birthday meals and treats! 

Daddy This Week:


Another rough time for my poor husband. This man will seriously deserve a medal after this pregnancy. He was by my side pre and post op and I was so glad to have him there. He has been taking such good care of Sam and I. For my 30th birthday he planned an awesome weekend away that unfortunately had to get canceled and we never got a lot of the money back. I felt awful but he never even flinched. He still made it a special birthday and continues to do most stuff around the house and check on me all the time. 

Big Brother Sam:


Again, I was worried about Sam catching on to me being in the hospital again and the surgery stuff. But we tried to keep things as normal as possible and he didn't seem to notice or change his mood any. My parents and Ryan have been doing most daycare drop-offs/pick ups which I think Sam is getting use to. But boy do I miss him! The daycare drives we would chat and sing. When he gets home he wants to get straight to playing and doesn't want to visit. I officially don't fit with him in his bed anymore so we have stories and snuggles in our bed before he goes to sleep. 


Wisdom:

I don't know who invented the cerclage but thank you. You have saved many a babies. A few women have reached out to me about their cerclage experience. Unfortunately, most of us had to have a loss before a cerclage was considered for our next pregnancy. I wish there was some way of making cervical checks more standard from 15-24 weeks for all pregnancy women. It would prevent SO many pre-term births and losses. 

xo