Monday, March 30, 2015

Baby #3 13 Week Update

I had planned to start these at 12 weeks but at that point I was still barely making it to 9:00 pm. So here we go...!
Photo taken at 13 weeks...the abs gave up early this time around!
How far along? 13 weeks, 5 days

How big is baby? About 3.25 inches and a whopping one ounce.

Best moment this week: Getting to see our little one again on ultrasound. 
Can you see her/him waving at you? Hello, internets!

Movement: Maybe felt some flutters this week when I was laying on my belly? 

Sleep: I will still pick a nap over almost any other activity but I can finally stay up until at least 10:00 again. Getting a little energy back. 

Food cravings/aversions: Aversions have been on more of a day to day basis this time, which makes meal-planning a week out really tough. We have eaten out more than we should, but sometimes I just can't stomach the thought of whatever it is we had planned. I had a very odd week-long aversion to peanut butter at one point but it's definitely back in the rotation. Salty things seem to take the edge off the nausea better than anything else.

Gender: Unknown. But my mom put in her guess....she declared GIRL while I was with them over Spring Break. She is very rarely wrong (like, I don't remember the last time she was wrong). We will find out definitively on May 11.

Symptoms: This time the nausea seems to have outlasted the overwhelming fatigue...which is opposite of my first two pregnancies. So while I have a little more energy I'm still feeling pretty icky, especially in the afternoons and evenings.

What I miss: Brushing my teeth without gagging. Every.single.time. 

What I am looking forward to: Feeling this little one move (and knowing for sure it's not just gas) =)

On the to-do list: Move Andrew into Jackson's room! Both boys are very excited about the move. Andrew's bedding came in and he was so excited that it matches Jackson's. Now we just have to get the actual bed.

Daddy is.... very ready for me to start feeling better. Though I have to say I have been dramatically less worthless over the last week (hopefully he agrees). 

Jackson is...still insistent it's a girl. He's told his whole class he's having a baby sister. I saw another mom at a birthday party this weekend and she said "you're having a girl right?" because apparently that is what her son said Jackson said. =) Every time he talks about the baby (which is often) he says "My baby sister...." We remind him that the baby could be another brother, an idea he pretty much refuses to acknowledge.

Andrew is...two. He is actually now a month older than Jackson was when he was born and I have a hard time wrapping my head around that. Now, they are very different children but he is giving us a run for our money these days. I'm very glad baby is not coming for another 6 months! I remember how different Jackson was by 3 compared to 2 1/2 and praying that's the case for Andrew too.

Comparisons are fun, right? Here's the side-by-side of 12-13 weeks with each pregnancy. Otherwise known as "wait, you're only how far along?"

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Break

We've found lots of evidence lately that Spring has finally arrived in Texas!

Roly-poly's everywhere...

Longer days which means more time spent outside in the warming weather...
Andrew often "flies" like a super hero as his preferred gait!
And Spring Break! We got 3 whole days off this year, so we headed to the Cabin in the Woods. Since Amber was going to be a single mom most of the days due to her hubby's school and work commitments, I invited her to join us on our East Texas retreat.

Jackson and Andrew were eager to show their friends all over their favorite place in the world.

We went on a nature scavenger hunt and the kiddos found all sorts of interesting leaves and flowers.

Andrew even taught Alex how to drive the tractor!

One day, we took a little field trip to the zoo in Lufkin.

Everyone was impressed by the free-range peacocks that were really putting on a show for us this visit.

The weather wasn't ideal for our visit. The forecast included rain most of the days we were there, though we were lucky enough to avoid it all but the last day. With the weather pretty dreary, Pop, Tristan and the cardboard fort came to the rescue for entertaining four little ones!

Thank you Grammy and Pop for the warm hospitality, delicious meals and patience with all of our kiddos! We had a great, relaxing time. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The last 10 weeks

Y'all, it's past 9:00...and I'm still up! Crazy! So maybe I can get back on the blogging here's a little update on the last 10 weeks of this pregnancy...

January 20 - Positive Pregnancy Test @ 3 weeks, 6 days gestation
You all know I'm a planner. This pregnancy was absolutely no different. I was confident I was pregnant, it was just a matter of being patient enough for the test to say so. As it turns out, I am not patient (I know, big surprise!). I took five negative tests in the preceding days, although I knew rationally it was too early to get a positive. The morning of the 20th was the big day--the day it was actually biologically possible the test could be positive. I took the test when I first woke up and the second pink line didn't immediately appear so I got in the shower. When I got out of the shower, I saw the faintest, yet still very much there, second line had appeared. Yay!

With our other two pregnancies, I pretty much just handed Justin the test and that is how I told him we were expecting. This may be our last baby (especially after the last few weeks when I've had many thoughts of "never again"), so I thought I would try to make it slightly more special. I quickly put together this little card for him while I was at work that day and gave it to him while he was cooking dinner later that night.

3 kids in car seats put us in minivan territory, y'all. 

I look happy and radiant here. This was before my soul was sucked out with 8 weeks of constant nausea and fatigue.

Week 4/5 Symptoms
Not many, just tired. A few passing moments of queasiness/dizziness, and really hungry in the morning. That all changed at precisely on February 2nd at 5 weeks, 6 days. That is when the constant, all day, every day except when I'm sleeping nausea started.

Week 6/7
Lots of nausea. Just like with my other two pregnancies, I wasn't vomiting but felt like I could at any point, and if I didn't eat something high in protein every two hours it got even worse. I had the sea bands, ginger candies and ginger ale. Nothing really helped for long. I went to a conference for work in Dallas when I was about 6 1/2 weeks. The conference sessions were informative, the hotel had a great view of downtown Dallas and I got to see some old friends, but perhaps the best part of the conference was the night I stayed in, ordered room service, watched The Bachelor and was asleep by 9. Glorious.

Mmmm bacon mac n cheese.

Week 8
Finally! Doctor's Appt Day! The day I had been waiting for to get to see this little person on screen! (And to make sure there's just one of em in there because I had a nightmare about twins). Ultrasound confirmed the September 30th due date. Doctor also gave me a prescription for the anti nausea medication Diclegis which has proved to be wonderful. I was still exhausted, but the nausea was more manageable.
Baby looked great with a strong heartbeat--167 bpm!

Weeks 9-12
More of the same. I kept telling myself I would be turning the corner soon (since that is what happened with my first pregnancies) but the relief seemed far away. This is when I started to feel like this pregnancy was different than my first two. I've had lots more nausea in the evening and at night which was not the case with the others and the ickiness in general has just been more intense. I will be 13 weeks tomorrow, and finally starting to feel a little better. The fact that I am still up and feeling somewhat productive (if you consider sitting on the couch blogging to be productive...I do--don't judge) is encouraging. At our 12 week appointment, the doctor had trouble finding the baby's heartbeat, so we got to have a quick ultrasound to take a peek.
Baby was fine...just wiggly. Heartbeat was at 171 bpm. Look closely and you can even see the little one's ears! (This is a view from the back)

So there we go, we're all updated. Hopefully I can keep up now. Off to bed!