Thursday, June 29, 2017

3rd Pregnancy: Week 27

How far along? 27 weeks
Baby weighs as much as a: Head of cauliflower
Total weight gain: 
Waist Measurement: 
Maternity clothes?  My go to outfit is my maternity jean shorts, a comfy shirt (not maternity), and a yoga top as a bra (comfortable and not as tight as a sports bra)
Stretch marks? None still, but I can feel the skin stretching across my belly.
Sleep: Sleep has been great. I have attended 5 births this month and sleep has been a necessity to catch up on sleep. Judah is actually the one having a serious regression. He must know the baby is coming and he will no longer be the youngest.
Best moment this week: No big story or anything. I've just really been enjoying my sons learn to play together and truly love one another. Shepherd has become such a softy lately taking Judah under his wing. Judah has had a hard time this month for one reason or the other and I can see empathy and compassion all over Shepherd. He'll guide Judah over to play trains with him or let Judah squirt a water gun at him endlessly. They are the best of friends right now, and I am praying this continues throughout adulthood.
Movement: Movement has been insane and all over the place. I don't remember movement like this until I was 33 weeks or something.
Food cravings: Nothing in particular. Nothing will sounds and then I NEED TO EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT. We went to Texas Road House and nothing on the menu sounded good except the Rattlesnake Bites, fried diced jalepenos and cheese.
Miss Anything? Nothing right now. I'm really enjoying my pregnant body this week. I may not say that in the weeks to come when I have a 15 hour flight followed by a 4 hour flight!
Gender: I'm still team boy, but only because I'm being a realist. Plus I'm pretty sure my budget will go to crap if I have a girl because I'll want to buy ALL THE GIRL THINGS!
Symptoms: None just a stretchy/itchy belly
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: Tired just because of the births I've attended but other than that I've been great!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

3rd Pregnancy: Week 26

Well this week was definitely one to put in the books for me. Marinda knew she was supposed to be induced at exactly 41 weeks, on Friday, June 16th. My mom and I had noon flights booked for June 15th. I had my clothes laid out anyway just in case she texted me she was in labor. 

Of course, on June 14th at 4:45pm, Colten text my family that contractions had been about 7 minutes apart for 45 minutes. I immediately went into go-mode. I ran to my room and threw my pile of clothes into my backpack and made sure I had all my camera equipment. We looked up a flight that left at 6:15pm and landed in Denver around 9:30pm (10:30p Texas time). IT WAS PERFECT.

Josh dressed and loaded up the boys in less than 5 minutes and helped put my luggage in the trunk. We drove to the airport, but it was all too good to be true. All the flights were booked to Denver. Southwest and United could get me to Dallas, but the flights to Denver were actually over-sold. I had zero chance of making it and a large chance of getting stranded in Dallas.

Defeated, we turned around to head home. Josh jumped in our other car to head up to church for our weekly small group that started at 6pm. I knew my pot roast would be undercooked because I took it out of the oven to prevent the house burning down. As I was driving through Cane's, I got the overwhelming feeling that I needed to drive. DRIVE NOW.

I called Josh and told him my plan. He was completely okay with it, to my surprise. I dropped the boys off at church at 6pm, threw tcar seatsats in our other car (almost literally), and set my GPS to Castlerock, CO. Everything was already packed in my car from going to the airport so I didn't waste anytime. I decided to drink the sweet tea from my meal and nothing else to decrease the amount of times I needed to stop. I stopped once to unload the bladder and fill up on gas.

I pulled up the parking lot of the hospital in Castlerock at 12:30am (1:30am Texas time). When I text Colten telling him I was here, he text back that I got here at the perfect time. MARINDA WAS JUST CHECKED AND SHE WAS 9.5 CM!!!!! In a sweat, I rolled my camera bag with my step ladder up to the 3rd floor right alongside my dad. We had made it there within minutes of each other!

Marinda labored for a short 30 minutes after I arrived in her room. Her water broke shortly before she began pushing to her surprise! One of my favorite quotes was Marinda talking about how warm her water was when it broke and my brother nonchalantly said, "yea. It was probably around 98.6 degrees." Marinda worked hard pushing for around 2 hours and 15 minutes. The nurse moved her on her side several times and put her legs and feet in all different positions to give baby boy enough room to come out and get in the right position. Marinda pushed to "Push It," "Under Pressure," "Ice Ice Baby," the edited version of "You Can Do It," and others. The best was when the doctor said, "whatever is playing right now is what the baby will be born to, which at that time was "You Can Do It."" Colten quickly changed it to "Don't Stop Believin'," and baby Graysten was born the next set of contractions! 

Graysten Stanley Peak was born at 4:05am weighing 7lbs 3oz and 19.5in! Other than my own babies being born, I don't think I've ever been so proud!!!!

This is what I look like after driving ~8 hours & staying up all night at a birth.
A picture my brother took as I was taking the above photo

How far along? 26 weeks
Baby is as long as an: English hothouse cucumber 
Total weight gain: 234 pounds
Waist Measurement: 37.5 inches
Maternity clothes? Really just my jean pants and shorts. Alas, I think my maternity clothes are lost in the attic of my in-laws.
Stretch marks? None.
Sleep: Well I have slept deep and long when I can! After getting to Marinda's birth and losing so much sleep, it has taken me a full 5 days to recover. Plus it doesn't help that the boys have been sick and been getting up in the middle of the night.  
Best moment this week: Witnessing Graysten being born!!!! It was definitely top 5 highlights of my life! Watching my brother and his wife work together so intimately within a room that only a select few are allowed into was such an honor. Its moving to be at a birth, in general, but I LOVED being there for my family.
Movement: Movement happens all the time especially right when I try to fall asleep. I have, in the past, felt all the movement down south, but lately I've felt movement on either side too.
Food cravings: Nothing in particular this week.
Gender: My money is still on a boy. AND WE STILL DONT HAVE A NAME!!! AHHHH! Seriously, we have nothing.
Symptoms: Nothing other than just being super tired from driving to Denver and staying up all night. 
Belly Button in or out? Out!

Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: Still on cloud 9 from meeting Graysten. By the way, I LOVE HIS NAME!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

3rd Pregnancy: Week 25

This entire week I have completely been on edge. My sister-in-law blew right through her due date on June 9th, and now we sit on June 13th still waiting. You would think I would be used to birth work enough that I can sleep without losing a wink, but THIS IS DIFFERENT. IT IS MY SISTER-IN-LAW CARRYING MY VERY FIRST NEPHEW! I cannot handle the anxiety. It could also be that Judah hasn't been sleeping through the night. Maybe he feels the change coming and that I am about to leave him for a few days. Maybe he isn't sleeping through the night knowing that I am pregnant and we have been constantly talking about the milk being that baby's when he or she gets here. Who knows? BUT I CANNOT SLEEP!

My guess date was the 11th, and obviously baby still isn't here. There are only a few guesses left from our family, and no one guessed the 16th, her induction date. Our plan is to fly out this Thursday, the 15th to be ready for the early induction the next day. I am so excited! I have guesses on a name, but we shall see (I think the middle name *might* be Lawrence, my brother's middle name. We will see).

(Once I find my picture I'll post it!)

How far along? 25 weeks
Baby is the size of an: acorn squash
Total weight gain: 23 pounds
Waist Measurement: 37 inches
Maternity clothes? I've mainly been wearing nike shorts, yoga pants, or my maternity shorts. I just wear longer shirts, but not maternity shirts.
Stretch marks? None, but today my belly was super itchy in one spot and I realized that it could potentially be a stretch mark coming on.
Sleep: SLEEP IS THE WORST. Between the anxiety of getting a phone call in the middle of the night, Judah's sleep regression, and my lack of bladder control, sleep is not coming. It has been taking me 30 minutes to an hour to go back to sleep after Judah wakes up, and who knows how long it takes me to fall asleep at night even when I'm tired. 
Best moment this week: I have loved going to the pool this past week. We went 3 times and have already got our money's worth. It's $100 for our entire family for the month of June, but it is $30 for our whole family to go one time. I plan on going tomorrow and many times next week after I get back from meeting baby Peak.
Movement: Lots of movement down low in the uterus (just like last pregnancy). 
Food cravings: Nothing this week. Everything has been normal. I've even added eggs back into my diet, which I haven't been able to eat almost my entire pregnancy.
Gender: I'm still thinking it is a boy, but we shall see!
Symptoms: Just some vomiting in the morning a couple times this week.
Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: Anxious and excited for baby Peak to arrive.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

3rd Pregnancy: Week 24

Today marks exactly two years I've been nursing Judah. I cannot believe we've made it this far especially since I struggled to feed Shepherd for 8 months. I never planned to nurse him this long, but it is amazing the difference it made for me staying home instead of pumping at work. A real baby nursing made all the difference versus a pump. My body clearly doesn't respond to it.

Judah doesn't nurse every single day, but most mornings he does and I don't refuse him. Mainly because this gives me a good excuse to stay in bed longer and cuddle. Do I nurse him before bed? Absolutely not. Our bedtime routines are already long enough, and I don't like to prolong those. I don't think I am producing much, and it is definitely a comfort for Judah. We have already been discussing almost daily that the new baby will get to have mommy's milk - not Judah. 

If Judah doesn't wean himself by the time this baby comes around, I plan to feed baby 3.0 and let Judah nurse afterward with whatever is left. I planned on doing this anyway with a pump to make sure I have a big enough supply in case I am gone for a birth, etc... So Judah will just take the place of that and I'll just pump once a day.

I've had plenty of nay-sayers with continuing to breast-feed Judah until this age, but there is plenty of research showing this is absolutely normal and he is still getting nourishment that is beneficial. Plus we are getting some great quality time together and we both love that. Anywho, here is to celebrating two years of nursing - a year more than my goal!

How far along? 24 weeks
Baby is as long as an: ear of corn
Total weight gain: 17 pounds
Waist Measurement: 
Maternity clothes? I've just worn comfy clothes, dresses, and my pregnancy jean shorts this week!
Stretch marks? None that I have noticed.
Sleep: Sleep has been horrible, but no because of pregnancy. I've had an entire week of (TMI) diarrhea with no other symptoms. One night I woke up every 30 minutes. Most nights I've just had to get up once or twice though. My doctor wasn't worried at day 5, but he told me to come back at day 10 if it persists. THIS IS COMPLETELY MISERABLE!
Best moment this week: This week we celebrated Judah's 2nd birthday. HOW?! How did this happen so quickly? We had a "Choo Choo I'm Two" birthday party, because, duh, I had the banner I kept from Shepherd's 2nd birthday and it was perfect. We had friends bring water guns to enjoy a water fight and no gifts. It was absolute bliss. 
Movement: Despite the horrible di di, baby 3.0 has been kicking away which is a complete relief!
Food cravings: No cravings especially this week with me being sick. I was lucky enough to eat toast during some meals.
Gender: We still don't know!
Symptoms: Nausea and vomiting have come back this week mainly because I haven't been able to eat much.
Belly Button in or out? It is still kind of in, which I'm worried about because my chiropractor said how around my belly button dips in is not a good indication of the positioning of baby

Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: Just exhausted and puny. I've still been going hard trying to host and lead all the things we've had this week, although I've had to skip two different get-togethers! These are what I have attended and hosted just this week: Wednesday night small group, Thursday open table (hosting two families for dinner), Saturday my son's birthday party and family grill out, and Sunday night s'more night. I've pressed through, but man, I have felt crappy! Pun intended.