Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My little chunky monkey. 34/37 week bumpdate.

We went and had an ultrasound today because my little Elouise is measuring big.

Since Hazel was 9 pounds 4 oz, I have been expecting a big baby.

I am supposed to be 34 weeks 4 days pregnant and little miss Elouise is measuring 37 weeks. She weighs 6 pounds 6 oz. She has the chunkiest little cheeks I have ever seen and her little tummy is so precious. She will be a chunky monkey and I can't wait. The ultrasound tech also said she had hair... but mostly she just kept saying how chunky she was! 

Photo: This is Elouise looking at the "camera" with her hand beside her face. Look at those chunky cheeks!!!
This is her looking at the "camera" with her hand beside her face. Look at those cheeks!!

I'm a bit worried because she is still breech. So that makes me nervous... especially considering how big she is but the doctor said I have "plenty of fluid" so she definitely has room to move. 

The ultrasound tech said most babies who were 34 weeks measured at 4 to MAYBE 5 pounds. She seemed quiet impressed with how big my little munchkin is. That doesn't make me feel better. I had a little panic attack in the room waiting for the doctor.

The good news is is because she is breech still, I get to have another ultrasound in 2 weeks to see if she has flipped. Can you please pray with me that she flips in time? Have you ever had an babies who were breech? I need any advice I can get. 

How far along?: 34 weeks and 4 days. (Haha)

Size of the baby?: The app says 5 pounds and 19-22 inches. My little angel is 6 pounds 6 oz. 

Sleep?: Still sleeping good. I have pretty bad hip pain on my left side but I just got a heating pad and I'm hoping that that helps with the pain. 

Best moment this week?: Seeing her sweet angel face today!!!! She has really, really long legs and fingers and her face is so chunky and I can't wait to squeeze her cheeks! 

Miss anything?: Nope. I just can not wait to hold her.

Gender?: Confirmed that she is a GIRL again today! Go away bad dreams!

Bed Rest?: None.

Limitations?: I can't really bend over. It sort of suffocates me so I try not to unless it's necessary because I can't breathe.

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Hip and back pain. That's pretty much it though.

Wedding Rings?: On! And I got my engagement ring back!! Feels so good to have it back.

Looking Forward To?: My next ultrasound and her flipping (hopefully.)

Weight Gain?: Up 27 pounds. If I have her in 4 weeks (very probable) then I'll be up to 31 pounds and I am totally okay with that. I've pretty consistently gained 1 pound/ week which is normal so I'm feeling pretty good. 

The doctor said to hold out until 39 weeks (4 short weeks) and then we will probably induce. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

33 week Bumpdate!

I love being pregnant. 

There I said it. 
I don't ever want this pregnancy to end. 

Even with the broken out face, back aches, hips hurting, constant heart burn, and waddling. 

I love it. 

Every punch that wakes me up at 4 am. Every roll that makes me jump because it hurts so much. 

I am growing a human in my tummy. How amazing is that? It is truly a miracle. That an entire human, who could live outside of my body now with little problems, is just squirming away in there. I want to keep her in there forever. That may sound weird but hear me out. In my tummy, we have a special bond that NO ONE  could take away. I have her all to myself. No sharing. Also no crying. I love knowing that she is always with me and always safe. Once she is born I will no longer be in TOTAL control of her. She will be exposed to the outside world, which is an amazing thing... but it's scary. She's just my little angel and I want to keep her safe. In her bubble.

How far along?: 33 weeks 2 days. 

Size of the baby?: 19-22 inches and 5 pounds. 

Sleep?: I sleep great. Last night was the exception, I woke up around 4 am and couldn't get back to sleep. I was tossing and turning and had 100 things running through my head. 

Best moment this week?: She is getting so big that when she hits me on one side I can also feel it on the other side. It's like she's punching and kicking at the same time and my whole belly is affected. It is so cool. She's getting big! 

Miss anything?: Still miss being able to really push myself at the gym. Maybe I'm too competitive but if I'm not totally drenched in sweat after my workout, I don't feel like I really accomplished anything. I am ready to not be pregnant and be able to really push myself at the gym.

Gender?: Girl.

Bed Rest?: None.

Limitations?: It is officially REALLY hard to bend over. This morning I was changing over the laundry and I was picking up a bunch of clothes off the floor in the laundry room and I kept getting out of breath and had to stand up. 

Pregnancy Symptoms?: I officially did the weirdest thing I've ever done. I ordered a meatball sub from Subway, then walked across the street and got an order of hot and sour soup. It was the weirdest, most perfect combination. Back aches are all the time along with my hips hurting. And leaky boobs already. TMI? Definitely. 

Wedding Rings?: On.

Looking forward to?: My ultrasound on October 30!!! I can't wait to see her sweet little face!!! :) And see how big she is. 

Weight Gain?: At my last appointment (last Wednesday) I was up 25 pounds. If I hadn't of had that one week where I jumped up 8 pounds in 4 weeks then I would be on track. Since then I've been gaining a pound/week (like my doctor wants). She said not to worry and to just try to keep it under 35 pounds all together. So since I have about 7 weeks (or less) left that would put me at 32 pounds total. I'm okay with that. I know it's not perfect but I've done my best. Now to just keep it at 1 pound/week from here on out. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Baby Bumpdate. Week 32

I was supposed to have a doctor appointment this morning to hear my sweet Elouise's heart beat and have a check-up but I got in the car and realized that I had left my purse in Jonathan's car and I had 20 miles to empty in my gas tank. My doctor is 20 miles away. So, long story short I rescheduled to Wednesday. 

So this past week and weekend, I got a lot of things accomplished and I am feeling like everything is becoming more real. 

-I ordered Hazel and Ellie Mae's Christmas outfits.
-I ordered Ellie's swing and her car seat. 
-I got Jonathan to get all Hazel's baby clothes from the basement to wash and organize so I've been doing that. I am so excited to see my sweet girl in my other sweet girl's old clothes. Plus I realized that girlfriend is LOADED down with 18-24 months stuff but she needs more socks, hats, and jackets.
-I cleaned out Hazel's dresser and closet (which they will be sharing) and started to get some of Ellie's things in there. 
-I got my nursing cover ordered and a car seat canopy to cover her up in the cold. 
- We got the glider from my sisters and just need to get it recovered or order new cushions. Anyone know where I can order new cushions? 
- Instead of a big shower, we're just going to have a dinner honoring and celebrating Ellie with really close friends and family, so I got all the e-vites out for that and reserved the room.
- I found the diaper bag I want to order and just need to find a coupon to babies-r-us to order it. 

It sounds a lot more impressive when I type it all out! :) Basically, I just did a lot of online shopping. Which made me realize I will be doing all of my Christmas shopping online. Much easier. 

How far along?: 32 weeks and 2 days.

Size of the baby?: 19 inches and 4.5 pounds. No wonder my belly is so heavy!! :)

Sleep?: Still sleeping great. Just have to get up to pee every couple of hours but I fall right back to sleep.

Best moment this week?: Going through her clothes and getting them washed and organized. Makes me so excited to see her.

Miss anything?: Being able to exercise really hard. That is my biggest struggle with this whole thing. I WANT to run and workout hard and sweat but either my heart rate gets too high or my round ligament pain starts and I can't keep going. It's hard to not be able to do the things I used to. 

Gender?: Girl. But I keep having dreams that she changed to a boy. I always wake up really sad. Let's hope that doesn't happen. I would be so sad. 

Bed Rest?: None.

Limitations?: Just a lot slower than I used to be. 

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Hungry all the time and my hips and back are always sore and I'm tired all the time.

Wedding Rings?: Still on.

Looking Forward To?: Going to Augusta in a couple of weeks to visit family and to get my engagement ring fixed/ possible upgrade! 

Weight Gain?: Stay tuned till next week since I didn't go to the doctor today. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekend Recap. I love fall.

I love the cooler weather. 
I love my hair not frizzing up as soon as I walk out the door. 
I love having the windows open letting the fresh, crisp air in and taking the stale air out. 
I love doing family outings and not having the worry if we will be miserable because we're all hot.

Speaking of hot... look at this hunk. His wife is a lucky lady ;)

This weekend was a fun weekend. We haven't had a good, family centered weekend in a while. 

On Friday, Jonathan got home from work and we headed to the Cumming Fair. It was so much fun. We met our new friends there and Hazel had so much fun playing with their daughter. We went to the petting zoo, got Hazel's face painted, ate corn dogs, a snow cone, and fried Oreo's. OH MY GOSH. Fried Oreo's. Jonathan and Hazel rode a ton of rides and she had so much fun. We didn't leave till around 10:30 and by then my feet were throbbing. But it was wonderful. 

Saturday, Jonathan had to go to work in the morning and Hazel and I headed to her first birthday party that was for one of HER friends. Not one of my friends' children. I had seen the other mom's in passing but never really talked with any of them. It was a little girl her Haze's preschool class. It was wonderful to get to know the ladies a bit better and to watch Hazel playing with her friends. I am so proud of her. She is such a social butterfly and her and about 4 of the other girls were inseparable. It was so fun to see. This being her first school experience plus not knowing any of the kids in her class, she really has grown so much in the short time that she's been going. It has been such a blessing for us both and I am so thankful. Not only are her social skills improving but she is also so smart. She came home from school the other day talking about consonants and vowels. I am so impressed with how much she is learning. 

After the party on Saturday, we met Jonathan for lunch when he got off work, dropped the car off to get an oil changed, and headed to a pumpkin patch (Burt's Pumpkin Patch) with our dear friends Aimee and Bryan. They are expecting their first little boy in March and we couldn't be more excited for them. 

The pumpkin patch was huge and they had the most beautiful pumpkins. We got some really great ones this year. Hazel even picked out a small one for Ellie. Sweet sister. After the pumpkin patch we headed back home to relax.

Sunday, Jonathan went to work again and Hazel and I headed out to get her Halloween costume. A consignment store here was having their costumes for 40% off. Hazel had originally wanted to be Snow White (even though she's never seen the movie) so I searched and searched and couldn't find any that were nice. I found an Ariel that I was IN LOVE with and thankfully it fit and she loved it too. It came with a crown, high-heel shoes, and a wand (along with the dress) and it was $10. It's a really nice costume that probably cost $40 last year. I was so excited to find it at a great deal. We also got her the cutest little boots. I love finding a good deal. After that we headed home and Jonathan came home from work and we had lunch and relaxed. READ: Mama was exhausted from wrestling with the other 100 mom's at the consignment store. So we watched football, painted pumpkins, and hung out until church at 6. I love that our church offers a night service because with Jonathan working so much it is really the only time we can go as a family. I am so in love with our church. The more involved we get the more it feels like home. I want to encourage you if you go to a big church to get involved. It makes all the difference in the world to walk into a huge church and be able to wave and smile at a lot of people you know. 
you know I can't post a blog without a bump pic. :)

This has been the longest post ever. I just really enjoyed this weekend and spending time with family and friends. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Elouise Bump Date- Week 30-31

I am now going to the doctor every 2 weeks!! Really makes it sink in that she will be here very, very soon!

So we went on Monday, everything was great but my uterus is measuring 2 weeks ahead. I'm measuring 32 weeks when on Monday I was 30 weeks and 3 days, so when I'm 34 weeks (at the beginning of November) we're going to do another ultrasound and see how big Elouise is. If she's bigger than normal then we will possibly talk about inducing early... around 37-38 weeks. Which means I have 6-9 weeks till she's here. Holy cow. Anyone else freaking out by that? 

I am also starting to really, really feel the need to get everything ready for her. We have a lot to do and less time than we thought to do it. 
Let's make a list shall we?
1. Buy a new car. 
2. Replace the floors in the main living area.
3. Get all her clothes organized.
4. Get car seat and swing.
5. Have a baby shower.
6. Get all of my Christmas shopping done in November.
7. Get glider from my sister and get it re-covered.
8. Get a present from Hazel for Ellie and get a present from Ellie to Hazel. 
9. Rearrange our room to fit her things while she's nursing and going to be in our room.
10. Have a baby.

Now that we're all completely overwhelmed let's get on with the update!

How far along?: 30 weeks and 4 days.

Size of the baby?: Head of lettuce- 18 inches, 3.2 pounds. She's probably closer to 4 pounds though.

Sleep?: Wonderful. I love sleep. When I get up to go to the bathroom I always waddle though because my hips hurt so much. 

Best moment this week?: I love feeling her moving around in there. I feel like she's always moving. And the fact that Hazel tells everyone that she's going to be a big sister. She is the proudest big sister of all time. haha!

Miss anything?: No.

Gender?: Girl.

Bed Rest?: None.

Limitations?: Well I talked to my doctor about the stabbing pain in my lower stomach when I'm exercising and she said that it was probably my round ligament and as long as when I slow down or stop and the pain stops that it is okay. She said to monitor it any make sure it's not contractions but I am confident it's not. She just said to stop or do a different exercise when it starts and not to "push through it." 

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Round ligament pain when exercise, hurting hips, nesting.

Wedding Rings?: Still on.

Looking Forward to?: My baby shower and getting things organize for my little angel!

Weight Gain?: Up 23 pounds. Yikes. Not on Monday but my last appointment I had jumped up 8 pounds (when it should have been 4-5) so that was no good. But I've been better about exercising watching what I'm eating, and picking healthy options, so last appointment. I had gained 2 pounds in 2 weeks which is normal. I was hoping for no weight gain because I had gained so much but when I talked to my doctor she said that it would be ideal if I didn't gain more than 35 pounds (that's the goal) so I'm on track with that and she's not worried. She said to just pick healthy options, eat lots of veggies and it will all be fine. If I make it to my due date and keep gaining 1 pound/ week then I'll gain 9 more pounds which would put me at 32 pounds for the whole pregnancy and honestly I'm okay with that. I'm not going to count calories or stress out about if I really am craving something unhealthy but I'm going to make an effort to not gain MORE than 9 pounds the rest of the time. And if she's bigger than normal then it will be even less because I'll be having her sooner than 9 weeks!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Just some things.

As I get older, I realize that this saying couldn't be more true.  

No matter what you're going through there is always someone who has it worse off. 
AND, you aren't the only one with problems. EVERY ONE has something that is going on in their life that doesn't make it happy-go-lucky. Sure, there are days when you have the best day of your life and nothing goes wrong... but those days are rare compared to the trials of life.

I think that God made it this way. 
If we were 100% happy all the time we would think that we don't need Him. The days where its 73 degrees, sunny, fun-family day planned, where you get to eat your favorite foods, and no one is yelling or fighting are rare days. BUT, then when those days do happen, it is like heaven on Earth. In my humble opinion, if everyone had no worries or troubles, then in our confident, little heads we would think that we got our life in order and don't need any help from Him.
We need God. Always. 
During happy days. During sad days. During mad days. 

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people think that the whole world is out to get them and NO ONE in the world could understand what is going on to them because it is the worst thing that has ever happened in the history of humanity. 

This is never the case. Sometimes people just need to open up, let their feelings out, and talk it out. Then they realized that their problems aren't as big as they thought. 

There is no problem too big for God.