Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Blake's Birth story

I think that I am going to make this story a one part-er.  Not that its not as exciting as Leigha's, but there really wasn't anything too terribly exciting LOL and at this rate, who knows if I would even be able to finish it in a decent time LOL.

At this point in my pregnancy I was just SO UNCOMFORTABLE.  I had bad sciatic pain, and couldn't hardly walk, couldn't breathe, I was SO tired because I couldn't sleep anymore because everything hurt.  I was SO ready to be done being pregnant.

On Wednesday October 30th, I went in for a regular doctor's appointment.  I was scheduled to have an ultrasound so Richard took the morning off work.  The plan was after I dropped Leigha off at his parents, I would meet him at the hospital and he would go to the ultrasound and appointment with me and then would go to work.  I wanted him at the ultrasound because I wanted him to see the baby before we met the baby.

I get to the hospital and Richard had beaten me there and as he comes up to me he realizes that he locked his keys in his work truck.  After several phone calls to his office we decide that he will go to the ultrasound first, then while I'm at my appointment alone, he would go to the office and look for a key to his truck and then come back and give me back my car.

The ultrasound went really well for the most part.  Blake was measuring right on schedule for once...he had been measuring 2 weeks ahead.  I never did get to see a good shot of his face.  The little booger was determined to make us wait until birth before we saw his face, but at least the tech confirmed what I had been suspecting for a while, that he was head down and ready to go.

I started noticing though when the tech was getting her measurements, that there wasn't that much fluid around the baby as I remember there being with Leigha.  I wasn't sure if it was normal or not, so I asked the tech about it.  It was also a fear of mine when the doc scheduled the ultrasound, that there wouldn't be enough fluid and they would have to induce, and she said that it looked low to her, but I needed to ask my doctor.

This makes me nervous, but I was determined to only hear good news.  Richard leaves me there to go in search of keys.   I get my BP, weight check, etc and finally the doctor comes in.  She checks me and there is no change since the previous week.  We discuss at what point she would induce and I told her that I didn't want to go past my due date.  I was miserable and just wanted to be done.  She told me that at my next appointment if I hadn't gone into labor that she would schedule an induction for me.

I ask her about the fluid and told her my thoughts.  She said that the fluid was really low.  That the lowest they like is 6 and mine was at 3.  She asked me if I've been drinking enough water and resting enough.  Of course the answer to both questions is probably not since I have Leigha all day long.  I had told her earlier in the appointment that I didn't want a baby on Halloween, but she tells me that with the fluid as low as it was, she should induce me right away and asks how I felt.  After hearing those words, my fear came true and I started crying, but at that point it was no longer about what I wanted, it was all about him and what he needed to be healthy.  The doctor tells me that she will call the hospital and schedule me for an induction the next morning. 

I text Richard and tell him I'm done with the appointment and that we needed to talk.  He calls and I tell him about the induction that they had scheduled it for 6am the next morning on Halloween due to low fluid.  He immediately calls in to work so that we can get things ready. 

The next morning I got to the hospital at 5am and into a room by 6am.  I was dilated on my own to 2 nearly 3 cm.  They started the IV and pitocin at about 6:15.  Contractions started nearly immediately and were very manageable and didn't hardly feel them at all, I even managed to get an hour nap in at about 8 am surprisingly.

Things were going really well.  They kept coming in to up the amount of pitocin I was getting and to move the fetal heart monitor because Blake kept moving like a crazy man and they kept loosing him.  At this point still the contractions were very manageable, I hardly even felt them.

I opted to get an epidural early because I wanted to have my water broken and I was scared that if they did that, things would go really fast and I didn't really want to experience the intense pain that I had with Leigha again, so I scheduled to get my epidural at 11 and have my water broken about noon.  After getting the epidural the nurses had me lay on my left side.  When they broke my water, I was dilated to a 3, almost a 4.
That's when I started freaking out.  I couldn't hardly feel the contractions before I got the epi and I was scared the induction was going to fail and I was going to have to have a c-section to get him out.  I was bawling my eyes out and just basically pissed at myself.  I felt like the day was being wasted and we had been there FOREVER and nothing was happening and there was nothing I could do about it.  I couldn't stop crying.  I felt helpless and horrible for putting my baby in that position.  And I feel like I failed myself because I couldn't go into labor on my own.  I think I even freaked out the nurse because she asked if I wanted her to call the 'entertainment team" (haha!  I imagine a bunch of clowns from the peds floor or something LOL)

About 1, My brother and his wife brought Leigha by in her Halloween costume which helped to raise my spirits.  They had come to our house that morning to watch Leigha while Richard and I went to the hospital, and since it was Halloween, they dressed her up and took her to Elizabeth's work so she could go trick-or-treating.  When she saw me, she was rather freaked out by the IV's and tubes and wouldn't come to me, but I was just so happy she was there, it was just what i needed to give myself a morale boost.

Anyways,  I laid on my left side till about 2 when the nurse came in to check me, I was at a good 4.  She asked me to roll over on my right side.  Within 15 minutes, the contractions started hurting so badly that I pushed for a booster dose of my epi, and called my nurse and asked why they were hurting so bad.  I was honestly scared that the epidural was wearing off and I was SCARED TO DEATH that I would have to have a natural birth. She checked me and I was at 7 cm.  She said that she could tell on the monitors that I was progressing quickly because of the way that the baby was reacting.   She stayed with me and pushed the booster on the epi again.  Still not really any relief.   At this point my brother (who is an EMT) was watching the contraction monitor and saw the numbers go from a steady 20-40 to sudden spikes of 98's and above.  He never said anything to me, just got Leigha and Elizabeth (his wife) and started to leave.  I never said goodbye because at this point I was hurting so badly that my nurse left the room to get the anesthiologist to increase the epi.

When she was gone they got crazy bad, she came back and because I was reacting so horribly she checked me again and I was complete.  She called someone over the intercom and demanded that they tell my doc to come NOW!!!  We knew that she was in the area, but she wasn't at the hospital yet, and was waiting till she got the call.  My nurse was yelling at the poor woman on the intercom, she wasn't nice about it and very demanding to the poor woman so I knew things were serious.

The anesthesia nurse upped my epi dose and gave me at least 2 doses of narcotics to help boost the epi faster.  (She may have given more, I didn't know) Richard was sitting next to me and told me that she would give me a dose of something and go talk to the nurse (who was still in the room) and tell her that she 'had given me this, this and so much of this, that she didn't want to give me anymore, but she really didn't want me to feel this'.  They finally started to take effect and could no longer feel the pain, but I could tell the contractions were still happening because of the pressure.  There was SO MUCH pressure.  Eventually I couldn't even feel the pressure in my stomach anymore because he was so low, everything that I was feeling was in my pelvis.  At this point I was still lying on my right side and I desperately wanted to roll over because I was facing the wall and monitors and I wanted to roll over to face Richard so that I could focus on him and not computers.  But they didn't even want me to move my legs at all because my nurse was scared that if I did, Blake would come flying out.

Doc showed up at 3:20, they put my feet in the stirrups and he started to crown without me pushing.  After she got her scrubs on I started to push at about 3:32.  Pushed 3 times during one contraction and he was out at 3:34pm.

During all this as Kevin was leaving with Elizabeth and Leigha, my mom was in the room with me and saw that I was progressing really quickly and called them when we kicked her and my mother in law out of the room to have them stay and go to the waiting room instead of taking Leigha back to our house, so the first person in our family to meet Blake (besides Richard and myself) was Leigha.  I had always wanted Leigha to be the first to meet him, so this was an extremely special moment to be only the 4 of us for a few minutes.  Especially since we weren't expecting her to be at the hospital until after I delivered and I called whoever to have them bring her to us.  Then we got the rest of the family to come in an meet him. 

Afterwards it turns out they had given me so many drugs in such large doses so that I wouldn't feel anything that it took about 4-5 hours for the epidural to completely wear off to where they would let me walk unassisted.  And they wouldn't let me move to the postpartum floor until after I could walk.  It had been an exhausting day and Richard and I just wanted to get into a room so I could sleep.  I had been been awake unable to sleep since midnight and I was exhausted.  However we never could get anyone to tell us when that would happen or why we couldn't be taken up in a wheelchair or gurney since I was beginning to get feeling back, I just couldn't walk.  We were finally taken up to a room after 5 hours (in a wheelchair no less) and just moving up 4 floors in the hospital took an hour.

This was a ridiculous hospital stay.  The service was so horrible from taking 2 hours to bring me my pain meds to getting yelled at for pressing the nurses call button to not getting supplies and medications that my doctor prescribed/ordered for me.  It was an infuriating stay and if you know of anyone who will be delivering at St. Thomas Midtown hospital in Nashville (formerly Baptist hospital) please tell them to find someplace else to deliver. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I would like to introduce you to...

Blake Thomas

Blake was born on 10/31/2013 at 3:34 pm.  He weighed 8 lbs, 6 oz and he is 21 inches long. 
He has a HEADFULL of black hair that sticks straight up, and super chubby extremely kissable cheeks.

We are so in love.

Here is a picture of our little Halloween treat.

I will be posting my birth story and more and better pictures as soon as I get it all written and get some more sleep LOL. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

33 Week update

33 Week update

Join me on this wonderful journey as our family goes from 3 to 4

Today I am exactly 33 weeks pregnant.  My due date is still 11-12-13, although I am measuring 2 weeks ahead of schedule, just like I did with Leigha.  I started out weighing 235, and at my last appointment a week ago, she said I weighed 247, 12 pound weight gain...I'm pretty happy with that.
Cravings:  Fresh foods.  Fruit and some veggies, mainly soybeans, but salads also top the list as well.  OH and steak..I have been CRAVING steak like no body's business

Aversions: No fried foods.  I feel gross after I eat them.  I've never experienced that before so this is new to me.  Blake is trying to make me healthier LOL.   I hope I can continue it after he is born. 

Symptoms: Pain.  Everything hurts.  I think I pulled my hip a few weeks back trying to get out of bed and while it feels better, it hurts really badly if i lay on it for too long so sleeping isnt the greatest.  Basically though my entire body aches.  You know when you have the flu and your bones ache...that's what I feel like right now, but without the sickness.  Tylenol is my friend when it gets super bad.  

I am loving: That he is moving so much!  I was laying in bed the other day and he was kicking up a storm and me was practically shaking my entire body.  I have to keep remembering that this will more than likely be my last pregnancy ever so I am trying to remember or document every single movement on video.....haven't gotten very much footage, but I'm getting some.

Sleep: Is ok.  I still wake up every morning about 2 am...well 2:34 to be exact.  I can't tell you how many times in the last 3 weeks I've seen that time on my bedside clock.   It seems to be the time when the Tylenol and Zantac stop working at their best.  Unisom is my friend 2-3 times a week because I just need the help that a 1/2 pill gives me to get a little extra rest and help me fall back to sleep when I get up.
I miss:  Feeling good.  These days I'm in pain or I can't catch my breath, or I'm tired.  I just want to feel normal again. 

I am looking forward to: Starting to paint his room.  I am going to do that this week with Richards help because he needs to move some pretty big pieces of furniture so I can paint behind him.  Thankfully I don't have much to paint because the room is mostly brown already and that is the big color that we are using for his room.  I do have to paint a blue wall and green wall though and it will be set.

I'm spazzing aboutThinking that he will come early.  My doctor told me at my last appointment that if I were to go into labor at 34 weeks (October 1) that she won't stop it, that she will let me deliver.  This FREAKED me out....In a week I could have a baby.  Granted I'm not showing any signs of pre-term labor, other than a scare that sent me to L&D 3 weeks ago due to bleeding and contractions, but I just have a feeling he will be here sooner rather than later.

Best moment this week:  Being able to vacuum the floor in his room.  Weird I know, but the room he will live in has been used as a storage room so it was FULL of boxes of crap.  To me it means we are making progress.  

Milestones:  1 week away from potentially having a baby.  ZOMG! 

Movement: Painful and consistent and strong!
It's a...:  Boy named Blake

Exercise:   Non existent.  I know that it would probably help my pain if I could actually manage to do some exercises, but I just can't.  Getting up to chase Leigha around is getting really difficult and painful, but I have to do what I have to do. 

Diet: Lots of fruits and meat. 

Goals for the upcoming week:  As always, drink more water.

Pregnancy #2 differences

I was thinking the other night while laying in bed during one of my 2 am insomnia sessions about the things that are different with pregnancy this time around.

I know that I am more stressed this pregnancy.  I think because I've now been there before.  I know that taking care of a newborn isn't as easy as I had thought the first time around.  And add to the fact that Leigha runs non stop (seriously, this child doesn't walk, running is the only speed she knows), doesn't do much to ease my mind at all LOL.  Ahh there is something to be said for blissful ignorance LOL.

I have been more lax about taking medications if I need them.  If I need a Tylenol, I'll take it without thinking twice.  Cold medicine? if its on the approved list, I'll take it.  Unisom, there is a box in my cabinet too.  Zantac has also been my lifesaver this time around too and I haven't given it much thought.  With Leigha's pregnancy I wouldn't take anything for the heartburn and I really didn't need to as long as I ate at least 1 pickle in the afternoon/evening.  This time around pickles stopped working about 12 weeks in...2 weeks into the heartburn, and thank goodness too because after eating so many, I didn't really want any more...still don't, I can't even eat them on burgers anymore LOL.

We agreed on the name so much quicker.  It took maybe 2 weeks.  I should have done this the last time, and forced Richard to narrow down a list, but I didn't.  Although come to think of it, we only needed to pick one name because we have known forever what his middle name would be.

I haven't been so anal about getting his room done as I was with Leigha's.  Hers was done about the time I entered the third trimester.  It was perfectly done, with the exception of making curtains which was finished the second week she was here.  This time as I sit here at 33 weeks, Blake's room is still a mess.  Granted its not AS big of a mess as it once was thanks to Richard helping me last week throw out and go through LOTS of boxes and things, but I know that it will either barely be done by the time he gets here, or will be finished shortly after...and I don't really mind.

Belly pics are pretty much non-existent.  If it weren't for the November birth board I'm a member of on baby center, I wouldn't take any. 

I know for a fact that I am MUCH bigger this time around.  Painfully bigger.  Can't hardly move bigger, Wake up crying because I can't move bigger.  If I didn't know for a fact it was only one...I would swear there were twins in there.

Poor Blake.  We have some definite second kid syndrome going on in this house LOL.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Leigha is 2!

Well technically she is 2 and 1 month and change, but I'm no good about being on time for anything LOL. 

She is a handful....go ahead and look up that word in the dictionary, it will have her picture beside it.  We are definitely in the throws of the terrible two's.  She is such an independent little girl which is wonderful, and horrible at the same time.

It means more messes, and more things I don't have to worry about doing for her at the same time. 

She has such a big vocabulary, and will repeat almost everything you say, which is totally cute.  At her 2 year checkup I was worried that she wasn't talking very much, at least I couldn't understand her very well, but a month later and she is talking up a storm.  I can only imagine what she is going to be like in 2 months.  I think we will be OK. 

She was 30 pounds and 35 inches tall.  75% percentile for weight and 95% percentile for height.  In other words she is perfect...and will be perfectly tall too :D 

She loves Umi Zoomi and her favorite part of the show is the crazy shake at the end.  I'm talking shaking her hands and head and squealing, and singing parts of the words.  Her second favorite is Bubble Guppies, again because they dance in the middle of it and girl likes to dance. 

She loves...LOVES macaroni and cheese.  Its the only thing that I am guaranteed that she will eat.  Well as long as its the elbow macaroni and yellow cheese sauce.  That gourmet stuff you get off the kids menu at some restaurants she won't touch it (which really irks me...its a kids menu...don't make simple things gourmet! grrrr!)

She is still not liking most foods, but sometimes on occasion she will try something.  We're working on it.  And because of this, she is now having to take a multivitamin every day.  Her iron numbers came back REALLY low at her 2 year check up so she is getting an iron supplement as well.  We will go back to the doctor at the end of October to have them recheck the numbers and if they are still low then we will have to put her in the hospital for iron treatments.  That is not something that I am looking forward to especially since I will either have a VERY newborn baby or be VERY close to my due date.  Neither of which we are happy with, but obviously will have to do it if we have to.  We will manage.

She is in love with her Daddy.  She has to be wherever he is, doing whatever he is doing, looking at whatever he is looking at.  If his hands are above his head, hers are too.  Its so adorable.  She loves to imitate, but then again at this age, I suppose all children do. 

Where oh where has the time gone!  I am excited to see what you will do next, but I long for the days when you were a cuddly tiny squishy baby....I didn't get enough time with you then. 

Stop growing up little girl....Please stay little forever.

29 + 5 week update

Join me on this wonderful journey as our family goes from 3 to 4

Today I am exactly 29 weeks 5 days pregnant.  My due date is still 11-12-13, although the last 2 appointments I have gone to I am measuring 2 weeks ahead of schedule.  I started out weighing 235, and at my last appointment 2 weeks ago I weighed either 246 or 247, she moved the thing so fast I'm not sure what it said and I couldn't understand her when I asked but its not a big deal to me.  I'm going to attempt to not gain more than 10 additional pounds, but we shall see what happens.  I'm not going to stress if I do.
Cravings:  I'm still craving fresh foods.  I just bought a TON of produce at the store.  Apples, oranges, peaches, kiwi, but dang it now I realized I forgot the plums. :(

Aversions: Heavy fried foods and burgers, pizza and fast food are still on my list of things I don't want any more of.  I want home cooked, or restaurant cooked fresh foods..light foods, like salads and grilled chicken and stuff like that.  Although steak fries still taste amazing to me.  Go figure. 

Symptoms: Heartburn and hip pain.  I am now taking 2 Zantac per day to curb the heartburn and depending on what I have eaten, sometimes it doesn't even help.  And the hip pain is here to stay I believe.  The baby is so low my hips grind and yesterday while in Home Depot with Richard I was walking behind him and at one point it hurt so badly I was actually concerned with how I was going to make it out of the store because I literally could not take another step. 

I am loving: That I can now see my stomach flip and roll and kick.  Its one of my favorite parts of pregnancy.  No one has felt him yet though.  I'm waiting till closer to the end before I make Richard feel him, but I try to get Leigha to and she just doesn't sit still long enough. (This is the same as my last update so I'm leaving it)

Sleep: Is getting better. I still wake up at 2 am every night, but I'm getting better at being able to fall back to sleep.  Sometimes i need to take a half a unisom to help, but I only do that on occasion especially when I know I will be needing a good nights rest the night before.  I also think the pregnancy pillow I bought at the beginning of the pregnancy helps too.  Its nice to have something to prop up the stomach and put between my knees.  
I miss:  Being able to walk normally.  I am starting to waddle rather badly both because of the hip pain and because he is so low.

I am looking forward to: Getting his room set up.  I started cleaning it out a couple weeks ago and have sold my really big craft table so I at least have room for a crib if need be LOL.  I also ordered the crib bedding this week and it should be here Tuesday at which point we will start painting probably next weekend.  We have to do some major rearranging of furniture and sell more stuff, but its getting there. 

I'm spazzing aboutI still don't have all the things that I think I need.  However since my last update I have acquired a video monitor, some baby blankets, swaddlers, infant towels, burp cloths and have the bedding being shipped to me. I have also bought a changing table from a friend, but I have yet to pick it up.  I still need a crib/bassinet, changing pad, paint, 

Best moment this week:  Finding out I may have gestational diabetes and yes, I'm being VERY sarcastic LOL.  I had my 1 hour test this past Tuesday at 28 weeks.  I received a phone call from the office and I immediately assumed that I was anemic so I started taking iron supplements.  However when I called the office back a couple days later (I couldn't call earlier) she told me I had failed and needed to go back to do the 3 hour test.  I'm hoping its because of the half package or double stuff Oreo's that I ate as breakfast and lunch the day before.  Oreos are my weakness, pregnant or not.  I have since cut back drastically on the amount of cokes and sweets that I am eating because I really hope that it was just a fluke thing.  I will find out on Tuesday or Wednesday after that test is done. 

Milestones:  He is a STRONG little boy.  I have made it to the point in pregnancy when I am literally saying 'OUCH' when he kicks lots of times.  Leigha never did this, or maybe she did and the anterior placenta muffled it, but WOW, I have a future NFL kicker in here for sure! 

Movement:Definitely on a schedule.  I have 5 times a day when I can set a clock by him.  He definitely already has his schedule down pat. 
It's a...: Boy, a boy...a beautiful baby Boy named Blake

Exercise:   Chasing Leigha.  She has become a hellion now and runs away from me at every request that I make...even getting into her chair and eating.  She is still doing this and it is still pretty much all the exercise I get...I'm starting to get winded really quickly these days.

Diet: Lots and lots of watermelon, milk and meats...mainly beef and chicken, and now fruit and water.  Water is amazing to me now, and nothing else tastes even remotely good.  

Goals for the upcoming week:  As always, drink more water.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

25 week update

Join me on this wonderful journey as our family goes from 3 to 4

Today I am exactly 25 weeks.  My due date is still 11-12-13.  I started out weighing 235, and today I weighed 245.  I'm going to attempt to not gain more than 10 additional pounds, but we shall see what happens.  I'm not going to stress if I do.
Cravings:  I'm still craving fresh foods

Aversions: Heavy fried foods are now on my list of things I just can't handle a lot of. 

Symptoms: Heartburn.  OMG the heartburn is so much worse than it was with Leigha.  I've had to resort to taking a nightly Zantac and more frequently one during the day as well. It is the most uncomfortable thing ever.  Pickles stopped working a couple weeks ago.  Good I guess considering I was getting sick of eating them.  And I used to love pickles. 

I am loving: That I can now see my stomach flip and roll and kick.  Its one of my favorite parts of pregnancy.  No one has felt him yet though.  I'm waiting till closer to the end before I make Richard feel him, but I try to get Leigha to and she just doesn't sit still long enough.

Sleep: Is getting better.  When I remember to take my Zantac, its much better.  Leigha is getting 4 more teeth in (her canine teeth) so she cries out in the middle of the night quite often, but doesn't really wake up, but that of course wakes me up.  I should probably turn off the monitor, but I just can't bring myself to do that yet.
I miss:  Sleep, and not have to pee every 15 minutes. 

I am looking forward to: Getting his room set up.  I STILL haven't started to clean it out which is starting to give me anxiety attacks whenever I think about it, but I have a definite plan of where i want everything to go and a slight handle on paint colors, which will be more locked in when I actually find a bedding set that I like.  The room will be in a frog theme, and I'm just trying to find one cute enough for my tastes.

I'm spazzing aboutNot having hardly anything for this baby but 3 totes of clothes.  I may have gone a little overboard.  Sure I have Leigha's swing and bouncy and stuff, but none of the major things.  No crib, bedding, monitor, diapers, clean room etc.  AND starting at the end of August, I start the 2 week appointments.  How in the WORLD is this going by so fast!  

Best moment this week:  I really can't come up with one.  I had an appointment today and the doctor said I'm measuring about 2 weeks ahead...that was pretty cool, but nothing I'm taking to heart.  Next time is my GTT test.  Ohh the drink, I can't hardly wait!  (kidding!!)

Milestones:  Oh oh oh oh!!!!  We came up with a name!  LOL.  How can I skip that?!  His name will be Blake.  Blake Thomas.  We were debating on 2 names and then had a new front walkway poured and I told Richard to put Leigha's initial in the wet cement along with her hand and foot prints and then I told him that I wishes the new baby could have something in it too and suggested that we put what his initials would be and it just kinda came out as BTH.  So his name is set in stone...LITERALLY!!! LOL

Movement:Definitely on a schedule.  I have 5 times a day when I can set a clock by him.  He definitely already has his schedule down pat. 
It's a...: Boy, a boy...a beautiful baby Boy!   

Exercise:   Chasing Leigha.  She has become a hellion now and runs away from me at every request that I make...even getting into her chair and eating.  She is still doing this and it is still pretty much all the exercise I get...I'm starting to get winded really quickly these days.

Diet: Lots and lots of watermelon, milk and meats...mainly beef and chicken. 

Goals for the upcoming week:  As always, drink more water.

Friday, June 28, 2013


I just realized that I have some really exciting news and that I completely dropped the ball on giving it to you.  Eek!  Sorry!

Anyways, before I get on with my update, we had our big anatomy scan last week.  Everything looked so great.  We got a great profile shot of the baby and I think it looks EXACTLY like Leigha did.  Richard and I decided to bring Leigha because I wanted us to find out the gender of the baby as a family.  Granted she did not know what was going on, it was still a special day.  The baby looked healthy and is developing right on schedule. 

Also, we are having a BOY!!!!!!  and we couldn't be more thrilled.  Honestly I think Richard and I were shocked.  Don't get me wrong, I wanted a boy, but I was convinced that it was going to be another girl.  Everything said girl...heart rate, Chinese gender predictor, and all kinds of other wives tales said it was going to be a girl...but regardless we are over the moon and in shock. 

No names yet...we haven't even thought of any, but we do have a list going....a rather LONG list, but maybe we can narrow it down before our son makes his entrance into the world.  :D

Anyways, now that the world knows about our beautiful baby boy, I will continue with the update.

Today I am 20 weeks 3 days
Join me on this wonderful journey as our family goes from 3 to 4

Weight Gain:  Starting weight: 232 (Can't believe I just admitted that).

Cravings: I'm craving fresh foods.  Salads, fruits, that kinda thing. 
Aversions:  Burgers and fast food and things of that nature are not so appealing to me anymore
Symptoms: Sore boobs, for sure!  I don't remember this with Leigha, but maybe since I didn't have a 28 pound child climbing all over me all day every day back then it wasn't so much of an issue.

I am loving: I am feeling him now!  I know that for sure.  He's a stubborn little booger though.
Sleep: Non existent again.  I am battling yet ANOTHER cold...second one this month. 
I miss: Sleeping on my stomach.  When I roll onto my stomach it immediately wakes me up because it hurts...its not uncomfortable, it HURTS

I am looking forward to: Getting bigger.  Honestly, I can't wait for this belly to keep growing and watching it roll and move as he keeps getting bigger. 
I'm spazzing about: We haven't even started on getting his room cleaned out.  It will probably take the remaining 4 months to get it done, it is such a mess.  It will more than likely be down to the wire for sure. Especially since we are turning a room that's purpose at the moment is storage, office, sewing room and library....LOTS of things in that room!

Best moment this week:  I got some baby boy clothes.  Nothing spectacular, just some really cute clothes and onesies and things.  I also got him a Thanksgiving outfit (even though he may not be here by then) and 2 Christmas outfits, and even a Halloween costume for next year!  I'm pretty sure this costume is guaranteed not to fit because I got it so early, but that's OK.
Milestones: I THINK I can feel him from the outside, but like his sister he is stubborn and doesn't want me to feel him at all yet.  He can be kicking up a storm, but the second I put my hand on my stomach, he stops.

Movement:  Definitely, and I am so excited about it too.
It's a...: BOY

Exercise:   I don't have the energy to exercise after having 2 colds in 1 month.  I feel like I have been beat up and spit back out.
Diet: Nah...just trying to eat more fresh healthy foods. 
Goals for the upcoming week: Kick this stupid cold...that's my main focus at this point.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

16 Weeks

Join me on this wonderful journey as our family goes from 3 to 4

I'm sorry that I have slipped back into my bad habits of posting every once in a while.  I had done so good for those past couple weeks, but Ah well.   Today I am currently 16 weeks and 5 days.  My next doctors appointment is on Tuesday.
Cravings:  The past couple weeks all I have wanted is Taco Bell.  I am so hungry for it, I cant stand it most days. 
Aversions: Not too many aversions. 
Symptoms: I can feel the baby now when I push on my stomach.   Its a hard little knot and I know its the baby and not my uterus because it moves around when I push on it. 
I am loving: That I'm starting to round out more.  I don't think I look as fat as I did in the past few weeks, but I for sure look pregnant now (or at least I hope that I do.)
Sleep: Completely non-existent at this point.  Leigha and I have been sick with a cold now for most of this past week so between her coughing spells in the middle of the night, my coughing spells and waking up to pee...I'm only getting 4 hours a night, and its a sporadic 4 hours at that.
I miss:  Sleep.  And being able to take medications.
I am looking forward to: Scheduling our gender ultrasound.  I dont know when it is yet, we will make the appointment on Tuesday, but i estimate it to be sometimes around June 18th...when I will be 19 weeks.  Although I am going to really try to get it for June 11th.  I'm being REALLY impatient and if I knew of a way that I could convince Richard to do an elective ultrasound I would totally do it LOL.
I'm spazzing aboutNothing really.  I still have my moments about 2 kids and all, but I think its getting better.  Millions of women are doing this every day and have been doing it for hundreds of years...surely I can too. 

Best moment this week:  Realizing that I am feeling this baby kick already.  At first I felt flutters, but now I'm feeling kicks.  I know its still too early for Richard to feel it, but I'm enjoying this little one kicking away.  Its much harder than it was with Leigha (than I remember anyways)
Milestones:Nothing that I can think of other than the movement and feeling the baby in my stomach.

Movement: Just a little. 
It's a...: No clue!  But we're CLOSE!!!!
Exercise:   Chasing Leigha.  She has become a hellion now and runs away from me at every request that I make...even getting into her chair and eating. 
Diet: Lots and lots of watermelon, milk and meats...mainly beef and chicken. 

Goals for the upcoming week:  Get rid of this stupid cold!!  And drink more water.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Week 14 update

Join me on this wonderful journey as our family goes from 3 to 4

This has been a crazy week so far.  Leigha has become more active than ever.  I never thought it would be possible.  She is also testing my patience like never before.  She is hitting and kicking more and its really starting to wear on my nerves, she runs away, doesn't listen, won't walk when holding my hand and just falls so it looks like I'm just dragging her across the floor, she screams non stop when I'm on the phone and has discovered that she can throw things...HARD and I'm usually her target.  I'm just feeling abused and unloved at this point, which is ridiculous I know because its typical toddler behavior but its hard when no one will back me up.  Especially when she hits and kicks me, if there is anyone else in the room, they usually don't say anything, and since she doesn't listen to me...well you get the idea.  

When she gets like this my mind automatically goes to thinking I can't do this with a newborn, and that I don't think I want to go through this stage again.  I'm scared she will hit/kick the new baby, or just basically become a holy terror once he/she comes in November.  I need to figure out a way to calm myself down.  I know this stress isn't good for the baby which is proven because of the Braxton Hicks contractions I've been feeling the past few days.   I have talked to my doctor and she told me I need to rest more.  Kinda impossible with Leigha, but I try.  

Anyways, thanks for listening to my back to my irregularly scheduled update...

I'm currently 14 weeks and 4 days.  Due 11/12/13
(not entirely sure how that happened.  I just realized I was 14 weeks when I had to call my doctor yesterday...oops!)

Weight Gain:  I'm not going to have this category anymore unless I go to the doctor for an appointment because I just don't weigh myself otherwise.

Cravings:  I haven't noticed any cravings this past week.  Again I just haven't really wanted to eat much.  I kinda wanted taco bell, but not strongly enough to get any.  Although come to think of it I did devour nearly an entire large jar of pickles in 3 days.

Aversions: Chinese. Richard brought some home the other day and while I forced it down, i just really didn't want to eat it.

Symptoms: I'm definitely feeling the baby move a little.

I am loving:  Not much this week....its been a bad week.

Sleep:  I finally got some Unisom so I have slept good the past couple of nights.  Not the best, but better than i have been.

I miss: Feeling normal.  I wanna be back to me.  I'm sure this is all hormonal and has to do with me not having taken my depression meds since finding out about this baby. 

I am looking forward to: Finding out what this little bean is in a couple of weeks.
I'm spazzing about: Still freaking out about 2 kids.  

Best moment this week: Having dinner with my family and sister in law last night for her
birthday.  Not baby related, but still one of the few highlights.

Milestones:Starting to feel movement. 

Movement: Just a little bit.

It's a...: No clue!

Exercise:   Chasing after Leigha

Diet: More water

Goals for the upcoming week: Try to figure out a way to de-stress and drink more water.  I've got to stop these contractions or I'm afraid my doctor will put me on bedrest. :(