Monday, July 3, 2017

26 Weeks

I've done a terrible job with documenting this pregnancy.  My last post was at 11 weeks, so here's an update.  We found out we're having a girl on May 18th.  Logan was upset because he really wanted a little brother, but he got over the disappointment pretty fast.  Now he says goodnight to my belly every night and he loves to feel her kicks.  It's really sweet watching the kids experience this pregnancy since they're a bit older now.  They went to my 26 week checkup last week and heard her heartbeat, which they said was really cool.

We traveled to Oregon a couple weeks ago and it was nice to spend time with my family.  The kids got to do loads of fun stuff while we were there and the weather was amazing (in my opinion).  It was in the 60's and 70's during our entire stay, which was a welcome break from Atlanta's 80's and HUMID that we returned to.  Summers here are my least favorite, especially when I'm pregnant.  I basically turn into a hermit and hide in air conditioned places :). 

While we were in Oregon, I started having very sharp pelvic pains.  They come and go and don't seem to affect the baby but they still worry me a bit.  The doctor I saw yesterday (the same one that delivered Logan) said it sounds like they are just stretching pains, but I think it's something else.  They feel more like nerve pain and at times hurt so bad I can barely walk.  I will probably ask a different doctor for her opinion but in the meantime, warm baths and a heating pad (not together) seem to help alleviate the pain.  I've also been having Braxton Hicks contractions for at least a month. 

Baby is now the size of an eggplant and she kicks a lot, especially when I try going to sleep at night.  She might be a bit of a night owl.  She has certainly been keeping me awake at night.  She moves a lot when I eat and she seems to like hearing the kids talk. I have another ultrasound (and my glucose test) next week.  They will be checking her heart again now that she's bigger.  Prayers for a normal healthy heart are appreciated!

That's about all I have for now.  I will try to post more consistently going forward :).

Monday, March 20, 2017

Catching Up - Baby #3

It appears that I have been slacking quite a lot.  During my previous pregnancies, I started writing posts as early as 7 weeks.  While I got my "big fat positive" test at 4 weeks this time, here I am writing my first post at nearly 12 weeks.  Oops.

When I first started this blog, I was pregnant with Logan, so the title "3 Snookies" seemed to be appropriate since he was the 3rd member of the family.  I'm pretty happy with myself now because I'm carrying our third Snookie, so it finally makes sense again 😃.  Bear with me.... it's the little things that make me happy 😉.

Since I'm nearing the end of my 1st trimester, I'll briefly recap the past 8 weeks.  Nausea and exhaustion.  That's about it, lol.  I took a positive test on January 24th, 2017 and was able to keep it a secret (from ALMOST everyone) until I announced to my parents on February 10th, their anniversary.  The public announcement was on February 14th and I kind-of went all-out with pictures, making shirts for myself and the kids, etc.  Jason said I went a little overboard, but since this is most likely our last baby, I wanted to have fun with it.

Anyway, back to the symptoms.  I have nausea almost all day, every day.  It progressively gets worse throughout the day.  Multiple times I've thought bad thoughts toward the person who coined the term "morning sickness".  Lies.  All lies.  I thought I was tired with my other 2 pregnancies... after all, I did work full-time and was chasing a toddler with the second one.  However, this one seems to trump the others.  I have to plan my days out carefully because I'm fairly limited by my energy.  I run a couple of errands (max) in the morning and then I try to do a couple of chores when I get home.  After 1pm, though, I'm pretty much useless.  I've somehow managed to make dinner every night, even when I'm feeling super nauseated.  Also, I keep the kids alive all day, so... Boom.  My house might be a disaster, but we're all surviving.  I consider that a victory.  Another strange symptom I've had is the chills.  It's like when you get a fever and your body feels freezing cold, no matter how many layers you have on.  That happens to me every day, so I have to stay bundled up in blankets on the couch.

This pregnancy has had some fun up-sides, though.  Since Logan is 5 and Elise is 3, they both kind-of understand what's going on and they like arguing about whether the baby is a boy or a girl.  They both want a little sidekick.  I have a feeling that they'll both be super excited with whatever it ends up being and we should hopefully find out around Logan's birthday.  They also love me telling them how big the baby is.  It started out as a poppy seed, then progressed to a blueberry (which they thought was hilarious), raspberry, and now a fig.  Sharing the whole experience with them has been a lot of fun.

My food of choice has been:  nothing
Cravings:  chicken gravy (weird, I know)
Aversions:  I don't really care for chicken (at least when I have to cook it)
Weight loss/gain:  -10lbs

That's all for now.  Until next week 😊

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

1 Month Postpartum

Happy 1 month old, Elise!  I can't believe it has already been this long yet at the same time when I think about the past 4 weeks, a lot has happened...

Elise has had 2 doctor appointments since her original newborn checkup.  At birth she was 7 lbs 15 oz and 20.5" long.  At her 2 week appointment she was 9 lbs 1 oz and 21" long (I think).  Today she is 10 lbs 13 oz and 22.5" long.  I guess this leads me to the topic of breastfeeding... baby girl loves to eat! ;)  When we were in the hospital and for the first few days after we came home, we supplemented a little bit with some formula.  Once my milk came in (holy milk, batman!) Elise was all about breastfeeding.  She's a bit of a breastmilk snob now.  Jason has tried giving her the formula bottles when I'm out running errands but she doesn't want anything to do with them.  I think they have even turned her off of bottle feeding in general because he has tried giving her milk that I've pumped and she doesn't like drinking it from a bottle.  It might just be the bottle itself, though, so we might have to try different brands to see what she likes.  Anyway, I breastfed Logan and we overcame many obstacles (2 open heart surgeries & stays in the hospital, teething, growth spurts, working full-time, etc.) so feeding Elise has been a breeze in comparison.  My supply is pretty solid right now so I've been trying to pump at least once a day to build up a little supply in the freezer.

I guess I should backtrack a bit to our time in the hospital and updates from labor and whatnot.  Since I got an episiotomy, I had to be stitched up.  I don't know how many stitches I got but I think they have healed/dissolved because I haven't felt them or been in any pain for a couple of weeks.  I had contractions for about a week after delivery, especially when nursing but nothing since.  The postpartum bleeding lasted about 3.5 weeks but has pretty much stopped.  All the swelling and water retention from pregnancy went away within the first 2 weeks.  I almost have all the feeling back in my right index and middle fingers from the carpal tunnel I developed in the third trimester.  I thought it would go away immediately (along with the swelling) but it didn't. 

I gained a total of 36 lbs during the pregnancy.  When I weighed myself at 3 weeks postpartum I had lost 37 lbs.  Thank God for breastfeeding ;).  I'm wearing my pre-pregnancy jeans again but my belly is still larger than it was before.  My weight seems to have been redistributed to different parts of my body :P.

My hormones have normalized a bit... I did have some postpartum blues during the first week but they went away quickly.  During that time, I really wanted to go back and stay in the hospital. I think it was a combination of feeling so grateful for their support of my vbac and them waiting on me hand and foot ;).  Things were just easier there.  Once we came home, reality set in so I had some mixed emotions.  Emotionally I'm pretty cool now :).  My hair is starting to dry out, though, so I'm getting it chopped this weekend.  My skin has been fairly dry too, which is a welcome change from the usual oil slick.

All-in-all things have been going well.  Elise is a great burper so she hasn't had the bellyaches that Logan had.  As a result, she sleeps much better than he did.  She's still a baby, though, so we have a lot of room for improvement in the sleep area :).  We all love her like crazy, especially Logan.  He just adores his sister, "baby Halise" :).