Sunday, July 22, 2012

Normal days at nearly 41 weeks pregnant

Life seems a little too normal these days. Tomorrow, I'll be 41 weeks prego and going in for an ultrasound, non-stress test, and midwife appointment. At this time this year, I thought I would be holding a newborn baby, or at least feeling like his arrival was imminent. It all seemed like it was so close 3 or 4 weeks ago when I had lots of pre-labor signs, but those all pretty much disappeared, and now I just feel like a normal, tired, pregnant lady who must have another month or so to go. Here is a strange list of things that, as of a few weeks ago, I never thought would happen BEFORE Isaac was born:
  • Joel mowed the lawn again.
  • We cleaned some more clutter out of our house.
  • Joel did some major weeding and tilling in the garden. still needs more work.
  • I redid our budget through the end of this year.... AND did a tentative budget for 2013. Say what?
  • We opened a savings account after I finished said budget - this is just too normal. I felt ridiculous walking into the bank pretending like I shouldn't be in labor at 40w5days. 
  • We have been using fine china for the past week - paper plates. The strange thing is, we have still accumulated another back up of dishes
  • I went to the dump with Noah! I don't think I was comfortably driving at 40 weeks pregnant with Noah.
  • We bought Noah training pants and underpants because he decided that he wants to go on the potty more often than not. He is far from potty trained, but he made it through a couple nights without wetting his diaper. What timing he has!
  • AND - I'm sick. bummer. I was trying to stay healthy, but quite a few nights last week with very little sleep did me in. I'm exhausted, have a sore throat, and a terrible urge to cough even when it seems totally unproductive. Most of the symptoms only occur at night, but the exhaustion and wanting to fall asleep while sitting up is constant.

Most of these unexpected things end up being great (even though I would rather be holding Isaac) because it will mean that I have less to keep track of after Isaac is born. This time has also made me think about how different the first week with Isaac will be from the way the first week was with Noah. I'm not taking an 8 week reprieve from my job - being a SAHM is my job! Those 6-8 weeks off from a job after having a baby really make the process seem so set apart from the normal grind of things, but I'll be going back to normal (WONDERFUL) mom stuff as soon as Joel goes back to work a couple days after Isaac is born. I know I will have to recover, but Noah will still need the same kind of attention that he needed before. I still want to have that sense of a set apart time to celebrate the new life, so I'm still brainstorming about how we can do something special as a new family of 4.

And, thankfully, strangers don't think I should pop at any moment, so they don't bother making the comments. I don't feel like I'm going to pop at any moment, so that makes sense. I took the below picture at 39 weeks 5 days after we went blueberry picking and I don't look much different other than tired from being sick.

I stayed home today and sent the guys to church because I didn't want this cold to get worse and I could use some quiet rest in the house. I think after I post this, I'll be heading back to bed. I hope some more sleep will give me more energy and I can do something active this afternoon. Maybe I'll go for a run...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Spending time with my sweet boy

I'm pretty excited to meet Isaac and get the next "chapter" (so cliche) of our life started. Everything normal, like housework, seems boring and like such a drag... I'd rather be sweeping the floor with a baby sleeping in the bouncer in the kitchen, and I'd rather be doing newborn clothes with the rest of our laundry. I've still been managing to get things done even though I would prefer to procrastinate a bit longer, and I'm surprised that we don't have clothes backed up a couple weeks.

But, I have been putting some of the nit picky stuff off and have been taking advantage of this time to enjoy spending it with Noah. I love him SO MUCH and am thankful that while I'm waiting, it means more devoted time with the little man. He is so sweet and growing up so fast. I think he is going to be an awesome big brother!

I've been trying to get a few pictures of the fun memories these will turn into. Here are a few from this past week:

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Hospital Bag and an Isaac and pregnancy update

I finally started packing my hospital bag. I didn't really feel the urge to pack a bag because I didn't really know which birth plan we were going to have. I wanted to try for a VBAC (because it would be healthier for me in the long run), but several things had to check out before the midwives and specialist could agree that it would be a good idea. I had one person basically tell me that it couldn't happen because I was destined to have another huge baby, probably would have gestational diabetes and should think about whether or not I want to risk it (I do not have gestational diabetes and it has been checked in a few different ways). But I had quite a few other  midwives and a specialist who were supportive and who told me that we just needed to wait and check things out and that the chances of being able to try a VBAC were good.

We got great news from an ultra sound 4 weeks ago that Isaac wasn't even close to heading down Noah's weight path, and then we had another ultra sound on Friday that confirmed that he was still staying on the smaller side (compared to Noah). He is in the 75th percentile for size at this gestational age but Noah was above the 95th at birth. Isaac was measuring 7lb 4oz at 37 weeks and 4 days, but they estimate that he should only put on another pound - 1.5lb by week 40 (Noah was 10lb 11oz at 40 weeks and 4 days). So, after going through a lot of tests, meetings, and waiting, I finally have the go ahead that attempting a VBAC would definitely be a good idea. They had to check so many things out before they could recommend VBAC, that it is nice to finally have a real answer. Now, the trick is for my body to actually kick into labor!! I could still end up with a c-section after a trial of labor or if I never go into labor, but I'm hoping!

I'm basically going to experience everything for the first time. Apparently, I was having contractions with Noah at the end, but I didn't know it and didn't go into labor -  so, I can't really recall a difference in the real contractions and the braxton hicks contractions I had with Noah. I google things and sometimes actually ask real, living people.

Since everything has been so crazy with waiting for answers, I've gotten in the habit of not sharing anything about the pregnancy. A quick summary is that it has been going great! I had some sickness in the beginning, have heart burn at night, have ligament pain when I wake up or stress something by the way I'm sitting... but that is about it. In general, I've been able to move a lot better in this pregnancy and it has been a huge blessing! I can still garden, take care of the chickens, feel like I want to run around and walk normal at almost 38 weeks!! I had issues with joint pain, back pain, ligament pain and stress on my stomach with Noah that made it really difficult.

the mostly packed bags

I figured I'd share my bag so far because I'm having fun packing for the hospital. I'm trying to go simple, but I'm also being realistic that we live an hour and a half away from the hospital and might end up just "needing" something I decide to leave at home. So here is my list:



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