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24 weeks (Baby FOUR)

Sorry there is no picture this week. Maybe I’ll get one this weekend. Doubtful, but maybe.

You can also check out the similarities/differences from 24 weeks with Baby #1.

How far along? 24 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: At my last check up (2 weeks ago) I was + .5 lb.

Maternity clothes? Nope. Just my favorite maternity yoga pants that I wear even when I’m not pregnant.

Stretch marks? no new ones

Sleep: Decent, though not enough. I’ve been getting up with Steven every morning around 4:30.

Best moment this week: Taking the kiddos to the Christmas parade. They all loved it this year!

Movement: yep

Food cravings: I’m doing good to have an appetite at all most days.

Gender: unkown

Labor Signs: nope

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: my husband

What I am looking forward to: Steven coming home on Saturday night

Weekly Wisdom: If you couldn’t eat cereal in the morning yesterday, or the day before, or last week, or the week before, there’s a pretty good chance it’s not going to end well to try to eat it the next morning.

Baby’s Development:


“Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.” -babycenter.com

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23 weeks (Baby FOUR)

I’m feeling like a terrible mother to this sweet baby. This year has been an insanely wild roller coaster ride, and we haven’t even gotten off of it yet. I’ve done a terrible job of documenting this pregnancy though, and I’m already regretting it. It’s more than halfway over, and I have yet to get to really enjoy this pregnancy the way I did the others.

If you’re interested in how this pregnancy stacks up against some of my others (because I’m sure you are haha) check out 23 weeks with Baby#1 and 23 weeks with Baby #2.

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How far along? 23 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: +.5 lb (on a good day)

Maternity clothes? nope, unless you count my favorite maternity yoga pants that I wear whether I’m pregnant or not 🙂

Stretch marks? no new ones

Sleep: decent

Best moment this week: Steven’s surprise birthday party!

Movement
: Yep

Food cravings: Mexican

Gender:unknown

Labor Signs: had a few Braxton Hicks contractions

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: having my own house

What I am looking forward to: Christmas

Weekly Wisdom: Write everything down. Everything. Pregnancy makes your brain mush.

Baby’s Development:


Baby’s little face is fully formed…minus the baby fat, of course. The next task at hand for baby: sprouting two teeny-tiny nipples!” – thebump.com


“Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.” – babycenter.com

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19 weeks (Baby Number Four!)

This entire year is a big blur. It has been one major event/crisis after another, and poor Baby #4 hasn’t gotten any blog space!! I feel terrible for it! I’ve actually taken several weekly pictures that never got posted. 😦 Now we are in the process of selling our home (moving in with my parents in 2 weeks!!), so we don’t currently have internet service at home. I’ve just been running up our phone bill with extra data charges. Oops. I just happen to have a spare minute tonight while we are at my parents’ house, and my husband went shopping for a tool to work on his car. 

How far along? 19 weeks, 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: +1 lb (Or so the scale says tonight. I think that varies depending on whether or not I keep breakfast and/or lunch down. Today was a decent day.)

Maternity clothes? Nope

Stretch marks? nope

Sleep: I have 3 kids, ages 3 and under, and weird pregnancy dreams.

Best moment this week: Snuggling with my boys at nap times.

Movement: Occasionally

Food cravings: none this week

Gender:don’t know (Daddy is working 6 days/wk, and we’ve had no time to go for another ultrasound!)

Labor Signs: nope

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: Nothing at the moment. I’m feeling really great.

What I am looking forward to: Buying a house!

Weekly Wisdom: Make lists. Lots of lists. And phone reminders. It’s your only defense against pregnancy/mommy brain.

Baby’s Development:


Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby’s skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.” -thebump.com

“Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.


Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.” -babycenter.com

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Things not to say to a pregnant woman

*Let me apologize ahead of time that I’m a bit worked up about this subject after a conversation with a friend this morning. I’m climbing up on a soapbox 🙂 I told her it might end up in a Facebook status rant, but the more I thought on the subject the more I had to say.

 

When I was pregnant with my first son I came to the conclusion, for many different reasons (including a recommendation by my doctor), that I wanted to experience birth with no pain medication. Who knew that such a personal decision would bring forward the opinions of so many people I knew! Many of them even being people who had no opinion about anything in my life prior to that moment. I heard everything from, “Why?!” to “Oh, you’ll want that epidural honey!” to “Wow, you’re crazy.” I can’t think of a single person that told me, “You will never regret it,” or “It’s really not a terrible experience.” (But that’s the not-so-scary truth.) And the crazy thing? I’m not sure any of those opinions came from people that had done it. Actually, one of the most popular things for people to tell me was how I would really want an epidural, but theirs didn’t work, so they got some other pain medication. Um, great argument there gals. I even  remember someone asking me, just a couple of hours after the birth of my sweet son, “So, are  you going to do that again?” I wish I could remember who it was and their face when I said, “Sure!” Two more kids later and I think everyone finally understands that I’m a little stronger, and hard-headed, than they first imagined me to be.

Unfortunately, that’s the one piece of advice I give other moms who have a desire to have a natural birth, “Be hard-headed.” Why, in this day and age of all-about-me must moms throw a hard-headed fit to have a child without pain medication? All the ridiculousness over a stinking epidural! It should not matter to anyone a single, tiny bit if their sister, friend, cousin, sister-in-law, daughter, grandaughter-in-law, or next door neighbor chooses not to get one. They were created to ease the mother’s pain during childbirth. They are not intended as life-saving devices.

Over the last year or two, I’ve had many, many moms-to-be contact me with questions about or seeking support on their choice to go med-free in the delivery room. Sadly, most have shared the same experiences. Very few people in their lives are supportive of their decision. Why? That is so sad. Pregnancy and giving birth should be a happy event, filled with smiles, encouragement, laughter, and love. If you are one of those Debbie Downers saying, “You can’t,” “You’re crazy,” or “That’s stupid,” or rolling your eyes and saying, “Oh-kay. If you think so…”  I ask you to take a look at your motives. Is there really any good reason for your comments? I highly doubt it, and if there is a reason at all, it might have more to do with you than them. I’m also quite certain that if that mom-to-be had said hurtful things about your choice to have pain medication in labor, you would be very offended and have hurt feelings. I’ve even heard stories of my friends and aquaintances being told these things in the labor and delivery room! Let’s take a moment to think about that situation. Is it really a good idea to say anything mean to a mother in labor with no pain medication? Joking aside, unless you were there when the child was conceived, you do not have the right to be in the delivery room in the first place. If the mother allows you to be there, even if it is just for a few minutes while she is the early stages of labor, that is a privilege! That is a very private and special time and experience. Your job is to be supportive, calm, and probably quiet. Not condescending, not rude, not ugly in any way. I simply do not understand why everything we are taught about being kind and helpful suddenly goes out the window when a woman chooses natural birth. It’s almost as if she’s committing a sin.

If someone chooses to go straight to feeding their baby formula, that’s okie dokie with me. If a mother chooses to get an epidural, that’s okie dokie by me too. What’s not okay with me, is doctors, nurses, family, friends, and mere acquaintances being rude, unsupportive, and even mean and making fun of mothers because they want to experience something that God made their body to do with less medical intervention. There’s no excuse for such ugliness.

So to those moms that want to go pain med-free, I say – You can do it! It’s a wonderful experience, and you won’t regret it. It’s hard work more than it’s pain, and worth every second.  And the whole no catheter thing is pretty great too. Oh, and getting up to take a shower as soon as you want after the baby is born… And leaving the hospital 24 hours later…

 

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Hold on Sweet Baby

Note: This is Part 3 of the story. If you want to start at the beginning CLICK HERE.


 

Thursday arrived. I was officially 40 weeks pregnant, and my husband was somewhere on the coast of Maryland.  I went about my day as usual. I had a checkup with my midwife. The look on her face when I told her where Steven was is  something I’ll never forget. I’m certain she thought I’d lost my mind as I calmly explained I didn’t know if he’d be home anytime soon. I remember laughing as I showed her a picture one of his co-workers had posted on Facebook that morning.  Only we could have this kind of crazy stuff happen…

Friday arrived. Our baby was officially late. I kept hearing over and over, “Wow, I bet you’re ready to have that baby!” or “You’re OVERdue? I can’t imagine!” At 40+ weeks, it’s not really a big deal though. The baby had dropped, so I wasn’t terribly uncomfortable other than being tired. It was just a waiting game to me, and each minute that passed was a minute closer to Steven coming home, whether that was before or after baby arrived, I didn’t know. I really wasn’t sure if I wanted our little one to wait it out or just hurry up and be born so we didn’t have to worry about it anymore.

 

Saturday arrived.
With a jolt.
At 4 a.m.
And a trip to the OB floor of the hospital.
Much to my relief, the on call doctor assured me everything was fine, but my body was definitely showing early signs of labor. God was giving us an unexpected notice…and hopefully time to get daddy home. Oh praise Him! As soon as we left the hospital, I started calling Steven. Another bump in the road. He was now somewhere in the mountains of West Virgina, wading through snow, waist deep in some areas, with zero phone signal. The same was true for all his co-workers too. It would be 6 or 7 before they got back to a phone signal. A little after noon (after 1 pm there), he just happened to be walking out a line (in search of the two guys that had been sent to do it earlier that morning) and found a random spot higher up with a small signal and took the opportunity to call me. If those two guys hadn’t had trouble, he wouldn’t have been looking for them, and he probably wouldn’t have called until that evening. Once again, there was God. Always there with a bigger plan than what we could immediately see. I told him what was going on, still not sure if he would have any way of getting home. His company was short on trucks in the area, so I knew he couldn’t just drive one home. He didn’t hesitate, “I’m coming home. Let me work on it and call you back.” That was the longest afternoon and evening ever. He was in rural West Virgina. Everything there was closed on Saturday. No one was answering the phones at the small airport an hour away from him. The one car rental business in the nearest town closed at noon, an hour before I had talked to him. I was praying fervently and very anxious. Finally, at almost 10 pm, he was able to reserve a rental car online. It was 2 hours away from him. It was 12 hours from home, and he couldn’t pick up the car until 10 am the next morning. I could hardly sleep that night. I laid awake for hours praying.

 

Hold on sweet baby. Daddy’s on his way.

 

39 weeks

This was the last belly picture taken. I believe it was taken the Friday before he left. 

PART FOUR…

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35 weeks (#3)

 

How far along?35 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 20 lbs.

Maternity clothes? Definitely

Stretch marks? This is my 3rd pregnancy. I prefer to not even pay attention to them.

Sleep: Decent. I’m pregnant and two toddlers crawl in my bed nearly every night; I don’t expect it to be fabulous.

Best moment this week: Lincoln told me several times, “Mommy, you’re the bestest ever!” and “Mommy, you’re my bestest friend!”

Movement: Does this kid ever not move?

Food cravings: Dr. Pepper (bad, bad, bad!)

Gender: don’t know

Labor Signs: Baby has dropped (Yay, I can breathe!), baby is head down, lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, and a few real contractions here and there.

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: my husband

What I am looking forward to: Getting new flooring in my bedroom this weekend and taking the boys to Pumpkin Hollow!

Weekly Wisdom: No matter how desperate you get for food, do not give in to McDonald’s for breakfast. I felt yuck.

Baby’s Development:



Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that he’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore (Ha!) , but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.” –babycenter.com

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25 weeks (#3)

 

 

I have been horrible about posting these pictures and updates this pregnancy. 😦 Thankfully we have been taking the pictures (and I manage to get them up on Facebook occasionally), but getting them put up on the blog hasn’t happened like I hoped it would. Apparently that’s what happens when you have 3 babies in 3 years! On another sad note, I realized this morning I put the shirt pictured above in the dryer, and I’m pretty sure it shrank…a lot. Pregnancy brain.

How far along? 25 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 14 lbs.

Maternity clothes? Yes, but by some miracle, I can actually still wear my pre-pregnancy low-rise jeans! Woohoo!

Stretch marks? no new ones

Sleep: What’s that? I think I once heard that word, about 2 1/2 years ago. 🙂

Best moment this week: Taking the boys to see Super Why Live last night

Movement: Lots

Food cravings: watermelon

Gender: don’t know

Labor Signs: nope

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: the lake

What I am looking forward to: Getting new flooring in and painting our bedroom and bathroom!

Weekly Wisdom: Don’t assume locking the door will keep your 2 year old out of the bathroom.

Baby’s Development:


Let your spouse put an ear to your belly — he might be able to pick up baby’s heartbeat (no stethoscope required). Inside the womb, the formation of tiny capillaries is giving baby a healthy pink glow. Baby’s also soaking up your antibodies, getting the immune system ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and baby will soon perfect the blink — perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.” -thebump.com

“Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn’t much more than an average rutabaga, but she’s beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she’ll start to look more and more like a newborn. She’s also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you’d now be able to discern its color and texture.” -babycenter.com

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Week 16, Baby #3

I can’t believe we are already at week 16. I have been taking the “weekly belly pics” since week 12, but alas, with 2 toddlers already running around, they haven’t made it to the blog. In fact, all of them aren’t even on Facebook yet. I did get the new carseat ordered last week though. I’m slowly checking off the to do list.

A few things have changed since my last post.
First we have decided to go “team green” and find out the sex of the baby at the birth. We’re pretty excited about it. Second, we have changed from seeing an OB/GYN to seeing a midwife for my prenatal care and will be having a homebirth. More on that later, but we are definitely looking forward to the experience. No picture for now, but I’ll be taking one this weekend.

How far along? 16 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: According to the midwife’s scale, I’m up 8 pounds. Pretty sure it was only because I went to see her right after eating a huge lunch though. Most days I’m doing good to see the scale up 3 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Some, but it’s not a necessity. I’m just tired of wearing my old clothes and wanted to wear my new stuff I bought last week. I am looking forward to wearing the rest of it later.

Stretch marks? no

Sleep: decent

Best moment this week: Coming home today and hearing that Lincoln used the potty (even #2!!) for the baby sitter all day with only one accident!

Movement: none that I can feel, but he/she sure was moving around to escape the doppler today at our appointment.

Food cravings: none

Gender: no idea

Labor Signs: nope

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: having a life – Work has been crazy lately.

What I am looking forward to: Vacation next weekend!!

Weekly Wisdom: A pregnant woman should consume 80-100 grams of protein per day. That’s not easy.

Milestones: none

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7 Weeks (Baby #3)

According to thebump.com, “Baby’s brain — both hemispheres! — is growing fast, generating about 100 new cells every minute. Arms and legs are emerging as joints start to form, and a permanent set of kidneys (baby’s third!) is now in place.”

How far along? 7 weeks, 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: I don’t know.

Maternity clothes? nope

Stretch marks? no

Sleep: What’s that?

Best moment this week: Hearing that Lincoln was the only kid in his Sunday school class that already knew the memory verse for the month!

Movement: none

Food cravings: none

Gender: no idea

Labor Signs: nope

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: sleep

What I am looking forward to: our appointment on Friday

Weekly Wisdom: A pregnant woman and two toddlers have no business going to the grocery store unsupervised!

Milestones: none

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39 Weeks

How far along? 39 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: I have no desire to know.

Maternity clothes? Yes

Stretch marks? ugh. Do we have to talk about that?

Sleep: It depends on the night.

Best moment this week: I did what is probably going to be my last photo session for a while with a sweet little girl named Becca.

Movement: Lots!

Food cravings: None this week.

Gender: Boy

Labor Signs: Just lots of random contractions.

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: regular clothes

What I am looking forward to: Holding my baby boy!

Weekly Wisdom: I’m all out of wisdom this week. Sorry.

Baby’s Development:


Your baby’s waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.” -babycenter.com

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