Baby M Number 2: Meet our sweet girl

About 6 hours after I made my last post, I ended up going into labor. Crazy, right?

 

I’ll say it wasn’t without help, as at my appointment that morning, I ended up having a membrane sweep.  With the upcoming lab work and induction scheduled for the 20th, I decided I’d give a sweep a go to see if it would do anything.  I went through the rest of that Monday feeling nothing, until we went to our friends’ house for dinner and no 5 minutes after I sat down did my contractions start.

 

I toughed it out there for a good 2.5 hours, because I wasn’t quite sure if it was the real deal or not.  When I couldn’t talk through them anymore, I told S it was time to go home because I just wasn’t able to be around people anymore.  We got home and the contractions got closer together – starting around 7:30 pm they started getting closer together.  After an hour of going through the 5-1-1 rule, I texted my OB and she called me back to give me my options (I can’t explain how amazing she is – she didn’t have to answer me, especially since it was her day off, but she took the time to take care of me :)).  We called our friends who came over to be with T overnight and S and I headed to the hospital.

 

Once I got there, they checked me, and I hadn’t progressed at all.  I was feeling pretty defeated because I was in agony with no progression.  After giving me a few different options, I opted to receive some morphine to see if I could relax (at this point it was nearing 10 pm, I had worked all day, labored for nearly 5 hours with no progression, and they were talking about sending me home.  Being only 38 weeks, they couldn’t give me an epidural until I was 5 cm+).  Yes, I asked about the affects on her, and I was told she would be sleepy.  As I relaxed between contractions, as the morphine took no edge off the contractions themselves, I still felt her moving at her normal frequency so I thought that she wasn’t affected.

 

After awhile, I felt the familiar feeling of needing to push, but knew that I hadn’t progressed enough to actually be ready to push (this was a feeling I remembered far too well from T’s birth). The nurse came in and checked me, and I had progressed enough to be allowed an epidural with her gestational age.  Around midnight I got the first epidural, and after that didn’t fully take, I was able to get a little something different and I was able to start to fall asleep.  That was probably around 1 am.

 

It wasn’t much longer when the nurse and my OB came in the room to tell me it was time to push her out, that she was showing signs of distress.  In my half awake state I had noticed a change in her heart rate but thought maybe it was just her moving away from the sensor and the machine was actually picking up my heartrate.  In any case, it was around 1:30 am when I started pushing, and within 4 contractions, our sweet girl was born.

 

But the fun didn’t stop there.  Due to the morphine, she thought that breathing was an option and not a necessity. When they laid her on my chest I knew something was wrong, so they whisked her away, did a few things (none of which were invasive) and just as quickly as things became a scary situation, they were fine again. But that didn’t stop me from about losing my mind in those few minutes.  Since then, she passed every test and has continued to breathe beautifully.  Her pediatrician told us that it was 100% the morphine and she would have no long term affects.  Other than the second Apgar, the others were perfect.

 

And now that I’ve dumped all of that – here’s our sweet baby girl.  Thanks to my good friend Christina for these newborn photos.

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Evelyn Jean – born July 14, 2015

6 lbs 11 oz.  21 inches long.

Baby M Number 2: 38 weeks

38 weeks – another new week to put under my belt!  The past week did not come without it’s surprises though – but more to come.

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Top: Gap maternity; Skirt: Lularoe; Necklace: Premier Designs

How far along? 38 weeks

Baby size: A spaghetti squash, and about 19-20 inches in length and nearly 7 lbs

Weight gain: With the slew of appointments I ended up having, I gained 2 lbs, lost two lbs, gained a few more.  Whatever – total weight gain as of today (according to the nurse) is 12 lbs.  Thanks, GD.

Workouts: I went to pre-natal yoga last week and that was really nice.  If I’m still cranking on Wednesday, I might go again.

Maternity Clothes: Definitely.

Stretch Marks: None

Sleep: I really can’t complain about my sleeping, especially now that we have our new SleepNumber mattress.  Yes, amazing.

Gender: Baby girl

Movement: All the time

Labor signs: So the answer to last week’s question of progression is: YES! I’m sitting at 3 cm, 80% and -1 station.  Yay! On Thursday of last week, my kidneys started hurting so we ran some tests.  Most are within normal range for people with my kidney disease, but one is elevated that isn’t normal, so we’re retesting on Wednesday.  If that comes back the same/decreased, I’ll keep on!

What I miss: In the very home stretch – so just pushing on!

Nursery/Other prep: Done.  I made a fun little washi initial piece for her wall (and for T’s too) and put up the triangles randomly.

Belly button, in or out: Flat, with a little, itty bitty bit poking out.

Wedding rings, on or off: On

Mood: It’s been hard, but the weather last week really was a nice break.  I swear I have reverse seasonal depression – give me 90 degree days and I’m more irritable than anything, and even borderline depressed.  But give me 60’s/70’s, I’m a happy camper!

Best moment this week: Knowing that my kidneys are doing really well.  And spending what little time we have left as the three of us.

Looking forward to: I’m ready to meet her.  I’m ready to see my big girl with our little girl.  I’m ready for baby snuggles.  And candy (can I say that – haha).

Baby M number 2: 37 weeks/4th of July

FULL TERM!  Wahoo!!  I never thought those two words would be uttered from my mouth with respect to my own pregnancy.  But here I am 🙂

First, I hit full term on the 4th, which is pretty fun.  We spent Friday night watching the fireworks at our town’s celebration, and then the 4th at a coworker’s house before we headed home to catch the fireworks on tv.  I mean, two 10:30 pm nights in a row for a 3 year old is a recipe for disaster. But that’s ok – holidays are fun and should result in a major throw off of schedule, right?  I didn’t get a photo of her on the 4th in her super cute patriotic outfit, but here’s the other one from Red, White and Blue day at her school:

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And then our family photo at the fireworks.

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The fireworks were probably one of my favorite memories as a parent so far.  T sat in S’s lap and was just in awe – she’d look back and me and say how beautiful they were.  I’m glad she appreciated them so much!  And the place we went was awesome!  Now that we know what to expect, next year we’ll take picnic stuff and things for her to play with.  Luckily we met up with a friend and her daughter so they could entertain each other.

Now, on to my weekly update.

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How far along? 37 weeks

Baby size: A honey dew, and about 19-20 inches in length and nearly 6.5 lbs

Weight gain: Had a little gain this week, but not much.

Workouts: None.  Walking is even starting to get uncomfortable because she keeps bumping up against a nerve that makes my legs about go out from under me.  No bueno, little girl.

Maternity Clothes: Definitely.

Stretch Marks: None

Sleep: I really can’t complain about my sleeping.

Gender: Sweet baby girl – confirmed again today

Movement: All the time

Labor signs: Daily BH, becoming crampy.  Progression, maybe?

What I miss: At this point, there’s nothing to miss anymore.  I’m trying to enjoy my last days/weeks.

Symptoms: BH still, the leg issue, cramping.  My BP is still great, my protein rose slightly.  But no cause for concern yet.  At my 37 week appointment this morning, she was measuring behind according to my fundal height, so I had a surprise u/s to make sure she’s good.  She’s measuring just a couple of days behind, but not enough to be concerning.  Estimated weight of 6.5 lbs (obviously can be +/- a pound).  But since everything else is still great, we’re going with it.  I didn’t get checked to see if there was any progression – I didn’t want to be disappointed.  I’ll probably get checked next week.

Nursery/Other prep: I pulled out the pack and play and set it up in our room.  Also pulled out the changing pad and infant inserts for the car seat and washed the head support (that was NASTY!).   I need to get those inserts into the car seat and then that’s ready to go.   Everything else can wait (like the infant inserts for the swing/bouncy chair, and bringing the tub up from the basement, etc.).

Belly button, in or out: Flat, with a little, itty bitty bit poking out.

Wedding rings, on or off: On

Mood: Definitely more irritable – but I’m trying to be better.

Best moment this week: The 4th of July weekend, for sure.  We spent time at the pool, at the park, with friends, and watched the Women’s World Cup Soccer game.  I’m not/wasn’t a soccer player, but it was amazing to watch.  And an incredible way to end a holiday weekend that celebrates our country!

Looking forward to: When this little one decides to make her arrival.  I’m still trying to soak it all up, but the leg pain/discomfort makes it really hard.  Oh, and our new mattress.  That will be really exciting to get later this week!

Baby M Number 2: 36 weeks

36 weeks. This time with T I was day-to-day, and this time I’m week to week.  It’s such a different experience and I’m pretty excited to get to experience it (although, being active at 36 weeks is a whole different ball game – and add nesting into it – shew!  I’m worn out most of the time).  This time, I’m coming into the office daily (and fielding the: you’re still here?? questions), doing laundry, running errands… It’s so different.

Top: Gap; Skirt: Lularoe; Necklace: a birthday gift a few years ago from my grandmother

Top: Gap; Skirt: Lularoe; Necklace: a birthday gift a few years ago from my grandmother

 

How far along? 36 weeks

Baby size: A papaya, and about 18-19 inches in length and nearly 6 lbs

Weight gain: Holding steady at the same weight since the GD diagnosis.

Workouts: Walking occasionally, but mostly just doing normal activities and putting my swelling feet up as much as possible

Maternity Clothes: Definitely.

Stretch Marks: None

Sleep: Still pretty good!  I’m up about 3-4 times but I seriously zombie walk to/from the bathroom.

Gender: Sweet baby girl

Movement: All the time

Labor signs: Daily BH, becoming more regular.  Some of which lately have been more crampy, but still not what they talked to me about a couple of weeks ago.

What I miss: It’s all the same.  But I’m trying to just go with it – I have a month left.

Symptoms: The BH and this weird pain/sensation sometimes when I walk.  She’s bumping up against some nerve or something which almost makes my leg give out sometimes when I’m walking.  And when it happens, it feels like the feeling you get when your funny bone is hit.  Last night it started happening on our walk, but I just kept on walking and she moved.  I’m sure it’s a sight to see – me walking down the hall and my leg buckles.  Yes, I hold on tightly when walking down any stairs, in case you’re wondering 😉

In addition to my weight being steady, so are my BP as well as my kidney function (I can’t say that with 100% certainty, but the dipsticks have shown no change in the 8 weeks I’ve been going – throughout the last trimester with T it steadily rose).

Nursery/Other prep: I bought some crates from Target yesterday to put toys and things in for her closet.  I also brought up all of the bottles and my pump to get those ready to go.  However, this time, I’m going to try this cool new system, the Kiinde, to see if it reduces the amount of washing that we have to do.  I also will receive my insurance provided pump tomorrow since I wore my Medela out with T (it will work, but I don’t think it’ll last another year+ of multiple times a day of pumping).

Belly button, in or out: Flat, with a little, itty bitty bit poking out.

Wedding rings, on or off: On

Mood: Definitely more irritable.

Best moment this week: Hearing that there are no plans for an induction as long as my BP and kidneys stay stable.  And then, these:

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I’m trying to capture all of these little moments of just me and my only baby girl before we meet our new baby girl.

Father’s Day was also fun – S loved his hat and the platter that T and I made for him (this is the before firing look).

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And of course the 4th year of doing the DAD photos.

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Looking forward to: The 4th! And hitting full term.  I never thought I’d ever be able to say that (I guess it’s still possible that I won’t hit it since she could decide to come on her own before then).  But I have a feeling that as long as I can handle it, she’ll stay put.

Baby M Number 2: 35 weeks

I’m here!  I made it!!  35 weeks!!!  This is big in my world with the unknown of how my kidneys will take a pregnancy!  We had a pre-term labor scare on Wednesday: I had contractions about 10-12 minutes apart for a few hours and since I wasn’t to the 37 week mark, I put in a call.  They had me come in to get monitored and make sure there was no progression.  No progression and baby girl took the contractions like a champ.  So I went home, rested for the rest of the night.  They’re still happening, and I’m guessing they will for the rest of the pregnancy.  But no big deal now that I know they’re not really doing anything.

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Top: JoJo Maman Bebe

 

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Well, that sticks out quite a bit now, doesn’t it??

 

How far along? 35 weeks

Baby size: A bunch of carrots, and about 18-19 inches in length and 5 lbs

Weight gain: Holding steady at the same weight since the GD diagnosis.

Workouts: Just walking, but even that is less and less with the heat that’s started to appear

Maternity Clothes: Definitely.

Stretch Marks: None

Sleep: It takes forever to get to sleep.  And I’m up a few times.  It’s fine – all prep 🙂

Gender: Sweet baby girl

Movement: All the time

Labor signs: Daily BH, becoming more regular, but still not doing anything.  Some are also crampy.

What I miss: Still carbs.  Not too much longer!

Symptoms: The BH, and restless leg – OH the restless leg.  That’s been going on for a long time and I’m over it.  Not a symptom, but our hospital bags are packed (yeah – Wednesday made me realize I should probably get on that).

Nursery: I made one of the two pack and play sheets, with the rest of the fabric hanging out in my office to make them.  Maybe this weekend.

Belly button, in or out: Flat, with a little, itty bitty bit poking out.

Wedding rings, on or off: On

Mood: Definitely more irritable.

Best moment this week: I have two: 1. Last Sunday at the Renaissance Festival. It’s usually our Father’s Day tradition but the forecast is for 90 and that wouldn’t be fun for anyone.  We let T pick out a princess dress and the workers there were so wonderful with her.  We let her get a Merida bow and had her hair braided like Elsa (complete with glitter, of course).  She was so darn cute.

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2. Spending Monday night with T.  It was so fun – after we dropped S off at home she and I met up with a friend for a paint night and dinner.  She did amazing and it was so fun to spend some one-on-one time with her before she becomes a big sister!

We also ordered her big sister gift, and I’ve decided on gifts for the nurses.

Looking forward to: Father’s Day!  I’m excited to have T give S his gifts!  And a weekend that I wasn’t sure I was going to have the ability to be up and around is always welcome 🙂

Baby M Number 2: 34 Weeks

Another week down, another week closer to meeting baby girl!  My appointment last week was fantastic, so I have another week until my next appointment.  I’m feeling good and excited that we’ll make it to 35 (unless she has a mind of her own, which is totally possible!).  Once I get to 35 weeks then I start the weekly appointments.  I’m still thinking July 4th will be go time, but we’ll see – I would actually love our two girls to have birthdays exactly 6 months apart!

Last week I posted some photos that S took during our maternity shoot, and we received our sneak peek last night.  I can’t wait to see more – Danielle with Danielle Good Photography is so talented (and, I’m so lucky to be able to call her my friend).

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Gosh I just love what I’ve seen so far. She captured exactly what I was hoping for!

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Top: Lularoe. Cami: StitchFix. Leggings: Lularoe. Necklace: Stressless Necklace

How far along? 34 weeks

Baby size: A savoy cabbage, and about 17-19 inches in length and 4.5 lbs

Weight gain: Haven’t gained anything for about two months.

Workouts: Just walking.

Maternity Clothes: Definitely.

Stretch Marks: None

Sleep: As the summer gets into full swing, it’s harder for me to sleep, but that’s because I don’t like to sleep when it’s hot around me.  But I’m not too exhausted, so I’m getting some good rest in there.

Gender: Sweet baby girl

Movement: All the time – more rolls than anything.  The other morning T was laying with her head on my stomach and she got kicked a few times – it begins already 😉

Labor signs: Daily BH.  But still nothing timeable.

What I miss: Still carbs.  Not too much longer!

Symptoms: My feet have started minorly swelling, but elevation fixes that and my OB isn’t concerned.  Hooray for a summer pregnancy 🙂

Nursery: Pretty much complete.  I whipped up some curtain tiebacks last week and have those up.  I want to make a couple of pillows for decor, but it’s not high on my priority list.  Since she’ll be in our room for the first couple of weeks or so, I bought some fabric to make pack and play sheets since we only have one.  That fabric is washed and ready to go, just need to cut and sew!  The only other major thing that needs to happen is getting the bottles out and sterilized, not to mention finding a place to put them.  I also ordered my free pump (thanks United Healthcare!) so that will be ordered on the 25th.

Belly button, in or out: Flat, with a little, itty bitty bit poking out.  Will I go outtie this time??

Wedding rings, on or off: On

Mood: Since it’s getting a little harder to move around, I’ve been more irritable (oh yeah, and hotter, but still raining).  I realized earlier this week that I don’t know what being active this far along in a pregnancy feels like since I was on bedrest starting at 32 weeks with T.

Best moment this week: Having S come back.  I don’t like it when he’s gone.  And the fact that I’m not on bedrest!!

Looking forward to: A fun weekend of friends!  T has a birthday party on Saturday, then an adult party on Saturday night followed by an adult/kid party on Sunday.  I like busy, but not stressfully busy, weekends!

 

Baby M Number 2: 33 weeks

One more week down.  I can’t shake the ticking time bomb feeling, and I don’t think my OBs can either.  My BP has been rising and so I go back today instead of next week for another appointment.  I’m sitting here with essential oils and spa music in an attempt to stay calm.  No time for bed rest with a very active 3 year old 🙂

First things first, this past weekend we had maternity family photos taken.  I saw a photoshoot on Pinterest that I fell in love with, so we did our best to find a scene that was similar.  Luckily (I say that – but with it bring it’s own unique set of challenges) this spring has been so rainy it was pretty easy to find – gorgeous tall grasses and green, green trees.  Just up the street from us was a lot that is up for auction so we went and took some photos.  I don’t have the official ones yet, but S snapped a couple, and I can’t wait to see them!!

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I also finished the nursery curtains this week!  They are everything I dreamed they would be!  After having them up for a few days I realize I need to make some tiebacks because I made the rod pockets a little tight, but that will be pretty easy I think.

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Pure excitement and pride on my face!

 

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There they are – in all of their glory!  And they do a fantastic job of blocking out light.  More nursery to come later – we’re still organizing and getting things ready and I don’t want to reveal it all until it’s ready for baby girl.

Ok, onto week 33.

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Top: Lularoe Irma blouse; Neckace: Premier Design

 

How far along? 33 weeks

Baby size: A head of cauliflower, and about 17-19 inches in length and 4 lbs

Weight gain: Haven’t gained anything for about a month and a half now.  But I know she’s growing.

Workouts: Just walking.

Maternity Clothes: Definitely.

Stretch Marks: None

Sleep: Still having a hard time falling asleep and I’m still getting up early.  But it’s ok – all preparation for what’s to come.

Gender: Sweet baby girl

Movement: All the time.  She keeps acting like she’s going to pop out of my side, so that’s pretty interesting 🙂  She also likes to move up and press on my lungs and it sort of takes my breath away.  Or maybe that’s the BH.  I don’t know.

Labor signs: Daily BH.  But still nothing timeable.

What I miss: Still carbs.  What I wouldn’t give for a big bowl of pasta followed by some ice cream. Or a donut.  It is National Donut Day and all.

Symptoms: Well, my BP has been steadily climbing (but still in normal range). It’s a little scary to think about bedrest with a very active 3 year old, but I have to remember that by this point with her, I had already been on bedrest for a week. I feel great, swelling is minimal (I have very slight swelling in my left foot in the evenings that’s alleviated by elevation – don’t worry, I’ll be mentioning it today), and my proteins are on par with where they were with T as well.

Nursery: Almost done!  Crib set up, curtains up, clothes washed and in drawers or on hangers, shelves installed in the closet.  Misc. junk that we hid in the closet has been relocated into the basement, just need to figure out how to store a few of T’s toys that we don’t want to get rid of yet (like this little dragon ball pit thing – I think that will be used again).  We went to Target yesterday to pick up some registry purchases (technically a registry, but mostly storage things – hangers, trashcans, laundry basket).  So those are all squared away now too.

Belly button, in or out: In, but flat

Wedding rings, on or off: On

Mood: I’ve been less likely to hold it in this week, but it’s been my way of letting stress out.  But most of the time, I feel calm.

Best moment this week: Having my family in town.  It’s been really nice to get some things done that take a whole lot longer with T running around.  Getting those curtains up was definitely my proudest moment in awhile.  I also got to watch my little girl rock Bible School.  I came in to meet them one afternoon and she was dancing and singing in the backseat.

Looking forward to: 33 week appointment in a few hours, and S coming home.  He went off to Finland on Monday for work, but I’m ready for him to be back with us.

Baby M Number 2: 32 weeks/End of the school year

I can’t believe that the school year is over!  Our little girl is done with pre-school and will start pre-k in the fall (she’s early on this – but we decided a “hold back” at 4.5 was more appropriate than at 2.5 – she can understand more and be occupied easier).  I’m so thankful for the pinterest fad of taking photos at the beginning and end of the school year, because a) it’s nice to hold onto those memories and b) you can see just how much change happens in a short period of time at this age.

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She’s now (at least I think) about 30 lbs and just over 36 inches tall.  She’s wearing a 3T and size 7/7.5 shoes now and is able to write her name and spell it for us!  She can also sing her ABC’s in Spanish and has started speaking Spanish with our bilingual next-door neighbors (or, I should say she responds to what they ask her).  She loves her friends, teachers, and going to school.  She can use scissors, is getting closer to coloring in the lines, and is SO proud to become a big sister in the next month/two months.

Speaking of baby sister, she’s growing so much, and so am I!

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Top: Motherhood Maternity; Skirt: Lularoe; Earrings: Premier Design

 

How far along? 32 weeks

Baby size: A jicama, and about 17 inches in length and 3.75 lbs

Weight gain: Still about 12 lbs.

Workouts: I’ve been wearing my Fitbit and as long as the weather cooperates, I try to take a daily walk, whether it’s at work or at home.

Maternity Clothes: Definitely.

Stretch Marks: None

Sleep: Having a hard time falling asleep, and I’m getting up with the birds.  But it’s ok – it makes mornings much more pleasant because I have my time to adjust and mentally prepare for the day.

Gender: Sweet baby girl

Movement: All the time.  Hiccups are more frequent, but not like they were with T.

Labor signs: BH are “more frequent” but nothing nearly relating to timable or painful.

What I miss: Carb.  ALL. THE. CARBS.

Nursery: I’ve started the curtains and they should be done (I hope) within the next week.   Crib skirt was made by my awesome friend Rachel with ModFox, and I was successful with my attempt at a crib sheet.  I have the real fabric laying across our ironing board ready to go, but the curtains are my priority right now.  I also have the vinyl triangles cut out, I just need to put them up.  Oh!  We also made a trip to Ikea on Monday and bought some shelves for the closet to help with organization and I bought some boxes for the dresser drawers in an attempt to keep things organized.  I cut off all the tags of the clothes we bought in Vegas to get those ready to be washed.

Belly button, in or out: In, but flat

Wedding rings, on or off: On

Mood: I’ve actually been pretty good the past couple of weeks.  Getting up earlier has really helped with that.

Best moment this week: Just seeing the sun again!  It’s been a rainy, cold May here in CO, which is not normal.  I also was able to have my sewing lesson that I was gifted for Mother’s Day and that was really fun!

Looking forward to: 32 week appointment this afternoon, and my family coming in for the week!  A lot of progress on nursery organization and washing will happen this week – I might even jump the gun and pack the hospital bags!

Baby M Number 2: Week 30/Mother’s Day

Two more weeks down, and halfway to my first goal of making it to June.  But I mean, really – May is halfway over.  That’s crazy to me.

Mother’s Day was last week, and it was a nice day that I spent with my girl and guy.  It was a crazy day too, weather wise, as we woke up to this:

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And by the afternoon, we were dressed like this:

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That’s a Colorado spring snow for ya!  T was so excited to build that snowman – most of the time our snow is so powdering you can’t form a snowball.

I also spent last Saturday celebrating the graduation of a dear friend from nursing school.  I also was able to meet up with a mom friend of mine who I met when we were pregnant with our firsts.  She’s also pregnant, about 9 weeks behind me, with her third, so we took a moment to grab a belly shot.

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Two pregnant mommas, both in our black tees and lulaore maxis

 

So baby #2 update time:

How far along? 30 weeks

Baby size: A cantelope, and about 17 inches in length and 2.5 lbs

Weight gain: Still up about 12 lbs from the beginning – the gestational diabetes diet makes it hard to gain weight – I actually lost a lb.

Workouts: Well, when the weather’s nice, I get out for walks.  But it hasn’t been too nice lately, and we’re in for another week of rain showers.

Maternity Clothes: Definitely.

Stretch Marks: None

Sleep: I’m back to getting up multiple times a night to use the bathroom. Comes the territory 🙂  I pretty much sleep walk there and back though, so it doesn’t affect me too much.

Gender: Sweet baby girl

Movement: Still moving a ton.  And it’s all over – one day high, one day low.  Sometimes (like this morning) she’ll roll from side to side.

Labor signs: None

What I miss: Carbs?  Does that count, haha!

Nursery: Fabric for the curtains should be delivered today!!  Crib skirt was shipped yesterday.  I need to schedule my private lesson that S bought me for Mother’s Day to help me me make a curtain so I can make all of the others.  It seems like it should be pretty easy, but it’ll be nice to have someone holding my hand through the first one or two.  I also ordered curtain rods yesterday!  I’m also going to attempt a crib sheet – I bought some cheap fabric to practice with before my expensive one comes in.

Belly button, in or out: In, but flat

Wedding rings, on or off: On

Mood: I’m definitely more irritable.

Best moment this week: Mother’s Day with my family.  Even though T had an epic meltdown (in the middle of which she informed us that the world does, in fact, revolved around her), I was able to take an hour nap with her and enjoy a nice afternoon.

Looking forward to: 30 week appointment on Monday!

Baby M Number 2: Week 28

Hello 3rd tri!!  I can’t believe there’s only a few weeks left (and I say few with a reason… more to come on that).  I feel like we just found out we were pregnant, but at the same time I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever.  I’m trying to enjoy it, as I’m pretty sure this will be our last (again, more to come).   Anyway…

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Top and pants: Motherhood Maternity; Necklace: Premier Design

How far along? 28 weeks
Baby size: A coconut! About 16 inches in length, and about two to two and a half pounds in weight!
Weight gain: Up about 12-13 lbs from my first appointment.
Workouts: Walking more
Maternity Clothes: Definitely.
Stretch Marks: Nothing.  But I have a ton of little red dots all over my stomach.  Just a fun family trait
Sleep: Pretty good!  I know I turn from side to side quite a few times during the night, but I’m not getting up (usually) to go to the bathroom or anything.
Gender: Sweet baby girl
Movement: Girl doesn’t stop from about 5:30 am until after dinner.  But I’m enjoying it.  Although, couple that with her sister’s motor mouth and something’s always moving in our house 😉
Food cravings: Still on the sweet stuff. But now, I have a fun diagnosis of gestational diabetes (very easily controlled with diet – which I needed to be doing anyway)
Aversions: None
Labor signs: Braxton Hicks have been picking up but not regular at all usually.
What I miss: Nothing really.
Symptoms: Where do I begin.  Although, I don’t know if these are actually symptoms?  Anyway, here goes.

At about 32 weeks pregnant with T, I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia.  Well, it turns out that I actually have an underlying kidney disease that progresses like pre-eclampsia in pregnancy.  IgA Nephropathy to be exact (suspected… at this point I’m very early stage and low risk to progress.  If progression occurs we’ll biopsy to make sure).  We found it about a year after T was born when I tried to get a supplemental life insurance policy.  My nephrologist gave us the green light to try for a second baby, knowing that things will not be normal during a pregnancy.  So my morning sickness ended around 22-24 weeks, I had 3-4 weeks of enjoying the pregnancy (we even went to Las Vegas for a quick “babymoon” if you will) before the typical 3rd tri testing started and my additional testing.  Lab work has started coming in and my kidneys are hanging in there, but there’s definitely a big difference between what was going on at 8 weeks and now.  While I’m not considered pre-eclamptic yet (my BP is fantastic as far as I know), I’m still being cautious about when it could turn that way.  Other than high protein, I don’t have any other symptoms… no swelling, normal BP, no headaches, no flashers or floaters in my vision (more than normal… I have a large number of floaters), or flank pain.  So, I’m taking mini goals.  First goal: Carry this baby through May.  Ultimate goal: 35 weeks. That’s June 20.  Everyone chant with me… you’ve got this kidneys!  Give that baby girl time to grow!

Nursery: Nursery is painted!  I bought a crib skirt from my awesome friend Rachel with ModFox, and it will be custom with fabric I chose.  I’m going to attempt to make curtains when the fabric comes in, as well as a crib sheet.  If I’m put on bedrest this time, I’ll have time to do it.  Here’s the fabric scheme I’m putting together to go with the artwork I bought from Sarah Jane Studios.

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Dot fabric – crib skirt. Herringbone (to be paired also with a solid coral for the bottom) – curtain. Yellow ikat – crib sheet.

Belly button, in or out: In, but pretty flat.
Wedding rings, on or off: On
Mood: This week has been hard with all of my test results coming back.
Best moment this week: The photo S took of T and I last night (see below).  He was watching the draft and she and I were working on a sticker activity book.  While I see flaws in the photo of myself, I’m forcing myself to focus on this sweet image of me and my first baby girl.
Looking forward to: A nice warm weekend.  We have a yard sale, a church event, and a birthday party for T to attend.  And my 28 week appointment on Tuesday – I’m ready to discuss a game plan with my OB!

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