Baby Boy Update: He’s Still Cooking!

I would say that baby boy is stubborn since he hasn’t made his arrival yet, but Charlotte was two days late. While I’m not sure I necessarily now want to wait until Sunday, if he were born on the 4th, it would be awesome. Why? Because Charlotte was born on Sunday, August 4th and our wedding anniversary is Sept. 4th. So if he were born on Sunday, Oct. 4th, I think that would be pretty neat. But only he will decide that.

I went to the doctor this past Tuesday (on my due date) and they did a non-stress test and ultrasound in addition to my regular check-up just to make sure he’s got enough fluid and is doing ok. He is doing great. He was moving quite a bit and had a strong heartbeat. The doctor stated they don’t like going over 41 weeks as there is no benefit to baby or mom past that date and it could actually increase certain risks, so they did schedule me for induction on Tuesday, Oct. 6th if he doesn’t make his appearance before then.

I guess only time will tell! I think we’re about as ready as we can be to welcome him home.

Currently: 40 weeks,  2 days

Cravings: Not much.

Weight Gain: Around 34 lbs.

Sickness: None.

Sleep: I’ve actually been sleeping really well – all through the night. I know this is precious as it will change very quickly, so I am thankful for this extra rest now. I won’t have to do much for Halloween to look like a Zombie knowing I’ll be lacking sleep!

Gender Prediction: 100% boy.

Mood: Excited. I can’t wait for all of us to meet little man.

Symptoms: Not much. my back hurts a bit towards the end of the day, but I’ve been resting more, so it hasn’t been as bad as my busy days.

Looking Forward To: Everything! Seeing him, seeing Charlotte with him.

Maternity Clothes: You bet! Although it’s starting to get colder here and my maternity jeans don’t fit so well, but that will only be an issue until next week!

Other News: I’m a little worried about how big he’s going to be. At my ultrasound last Wednesday (Sept. 23) they estimated him at 8 lbs., 4 oz. and they say they gain about an ounce a day, which would put him at roughly 8 lbs. 12 oz. He could be a big boy. Charlotte was 7 lbs. 13 oz.

I don’t have any new photos so hopefully the next one’s you see on this blog are of him!





Baby Boy Update: It Could Happen Anytime!

What a surprise. I’ve missed a few more weeks of updates! I see this trend continuing, but it’s not out or forgetfulness or laziness. We’ve just been busy between working, the new house and raising a very active toddler!

These past few weeks (month) have been crazy. I’ve been trying to get ahead at work for maternity leave and it’s hard as it’s a busy time of year. I’ve also been trying to get baby boys room put together. He won’t need much and we have all the necessities, but I like having things “finished”. The only thing we’re trying to figure out is a monitor for his room. We have an audio one in Charlotte’s room and are trying to figure out if she really needs one or if we should get a video one for him and leave her’s. Not sure I want to deal with two.

In addition to all the chaos, we decided to throw some more challenges into the mix last month – mainly big girl bed and potty training. Both have been going well, but need some finessing. But progress is progress and I’m excited to really only need to buy diapers for one kid!

We also had a follow-up allergy appointment for Charlotte last week as she is now on a preventative inhaler twice a day and a dose of zyrtec for her allergies/asthma. It seems to be working well. We also found out from her last appointment that she has more allergies. We retested certain foods – milk, egg, peanut –  and then added in some more of the common ones (all the nuts) and some environmental ones such as dog, cat, and outdoor allergens like certain trees, ragweed, etc. She is basically allergic to EVERYTHING! She came back positive on everything except cashews and brazil nuts. We’re still going to avoid all nuts as there is usually a lot of cross contamination. Her peanut did decrease a bit, but her egg skyrocketed and her milk is still really high. So we’ll retest again in a year and see where everything is at. The zyrtec and preventative inhaler should help keep many of these at bay, but I really hope she outgrows a lot of these, especially the milk and egg.

In regards to baby boy, this coming Tuesday marks 39 weeks! That’s one week until my due date, but he could come at any time. This time around is definitely a little more worrying only because we also have a toddler. Luckily we have some people ready to take action if we need help with Charlotte.

I’ve been going to weekly check-ups and last week they scheduled me for a growth ultrasound for this coming Wednesday as they say he is measuring a little small and just want to check (nothing to worry about). They also want to check his position. He was head down for a long time, but he may have turned a little sideways, so just a quick check. I can’t complain as I love seeing him on the ultrasound!

My last doctor appointment is this coming Friday, so we’ll see what happens. I’m really hoping he actually stays put until at least the beginning of October as we have a lot of birthdays at the end of September. We’re pulling for Oct. 4! So far I am not thinning and am only 1 cm dilated, so hopefully he does stay put until at least due date, but they say it happens faster the second time around, so who knows!

Currently: 38 weeks,  5 days

Cravings: Not a whole lot. I just get hungry really quickly sometimes.

Weight Gain: As of last week, 32 lbs. Ugh.

Sickness: None.

Sleep: A little difficult. He moves a LOT at night when I lay down to go to bed. Sometimes it hurts, but once he settles down I am usually able to find a good position and get a decent nights sleep.

Gender Prediction: 100% boy.

Mood: Excited and anxious. I have no idea what to expect and I think that’s ok as I know I’ll need to be flexible, but not knowing how or when this is going to happen (and that it could be any time) is a little hard to handle. I’m just trying to soak in each day.

Symptoms: I had bad reflux last week, which is thankfully gone. My back has started to hurt more (in one specific spot) and I’m always tired. My energy level has certainly taken a dive. Not a good thing when you have a toddler on your hands.

Looking Forward To: Seeing Charlotte interact with her baby brother. I think she’ll be a good helper, but sharing may be a challenge – especially sharing time with mommy. But you never know. She could surprise us all and I think she’ll be great.

Maternity Clothes: Uh, yeah.

Other News: Last week I had a sprinkle shower thrown for me, which was really sweet. We also had one of my sister-in-laws come over that morning and take some family photos of us as I realized that we really didn’t have photos of all three of us together and I wanted to capture that before we became a family of four!

Here’s the photos we have taken over the past few weeks!





Baby Boy: Whatever-Week-It-Is Update

So I missed a few weeks. I wish I would have posted, but I honestly have had NO time. The past few weeks have been so busy and exhausting. We closed on our new house on July 15th and moved in the weekend of July 17th. The two days beforehand I spent late nights getting the kids’ rooms painted. The following Monday was the first day of the big oak tree removal at our old house (it was struck by lightning and was dying).

My parents actually took Charlotte up to their house in MN that week after we moved because it was just chaotic with the tree removal and moving in/moving out. It was a good move as she got some much-needed Grandma/Grandpa time and we got time to focus on the houses. To save some money, we had the tree removal guys take down the tree, but we cut it up/hauled it. Let’s just say this was a BIG job and Jed finished it up tonight (bringing back the last of leftover wood), but it all worked out for the most part. I’m glad people like free firewood as we really didn’t have to haul anything, just what we wanted for the new house.

My younger brother actually stayed with us that week as well to help Jed with the tree and to help me at the house with heavy lifting. It was a HUGE help and we really appreciate all he did (like getting our storage unit emptied).

The week after, we headed up to MN to drop off Kevin and pick-up Charlotte and head up to the lake for a vacation (which we hadn’t had since Christmas). It was important for us to take some time and get away during all this craziness and before baby boy arrives. While it may not have been a truly “relaxing” vacation (is there such a thing with a toddler?), it was fun and we had a good time. We celebrated my and Charlotte’s birthdays up there with my family (they came up about mid-way through the week). We took Charlotte to her first movie (Minions) and she sat through the whole thing. We went swimming in the lake, boating, went to the International Wolf Center (saw wolves on our dirt road, too) and a lot more. My older brother even surprised us and came up with his dog, Brock. So it was a full cabin (7 people, 3 dogs)!

We got back Sunday, August 2nd and since then have been juggling our time between the two houses as we’re getting the old house ready for closing tomorrow! Jed has basically been at the old house every day after work/late. So I’m ready to have him home with us! Oh, in between all of this, Charlotte turned 2! What!!!

So that’s the long and short of why I haven’t posted. Every night is a late night and we’re constantly doing something!

But, I do have updates on baby boy!

Currently: 33 weeks,  1 day

Cravings: Sweets still.

Weight Gain: Enough. I have no idea, but I don’t really want to know. I haven’t weighed in for a while so I have no idea.

Sickness: None.

Sleep: Still sleeping through the night, but it’s harder to get comfortable. Moving back and forth from side to side.

Gender Prediction: 100% boy.

Mood: Excited and tired. I’m looking forward to spending some time getting his room ready now that we’re in the new house. I have some ideas for it if I ever get time to actually work on it.

Symptoms: A little heartburn/reflux. Just depends on how I am laying and when I last ate. He moves a lot, which I love, but he’s head down, so his feet have now found my rib cage and sitting in certain positions is a little more uncomfortable.

Looking Forward To: Closing on our old house so that we don’t have to keep splitting up our time. Jed and I joke that we haven’t really seen each other for a few weeks, which is kind of true because we’re usually at different houses getting things done. We’re also having a small birthday for Charlotte for Jed’s side of the family this Saturday, so it will be nice to catch up with the family and have the cousins over to play.

Maternity Clothes: You betcha!

Other News: I had my follow-up ultrasound last Thursday to check the placement of the placenta. Because I was so far along when they said I had placenta previa, I convinced and prepared myself for needing to have a c-section, which is what they recommend for this because of risks. So I went in thinking that I would be leaving needing to think of which day we would want to meet him. But I was shocked as the placenta moved and I am now cleared to have him naturally! I was so excited to hear this news! I was not expecting it. I am all about whatever is best and safest for the baby and myself, but I was not thrilled about having a c-section as that was not my preferred birth plan. So it all worked out! Great news to end a chaotic few weeks.

During the ultrasound he had the hiccups and they were able to see that he actually has hair! Not sure how much, but we saw a little. He is also head down, so he’s in perfect position! Now we just need to let him have more time to put on weight. He measured 4 lbs. 9 oz. and is in the 54% percentile for size (3 days ahead).

We had Charlotte’s 2-year check-up this past Monday and she is doing awesome. The doctor was impressed with her speech (at least that’s what I took from it). She’s a little chatterbox. She is 35″ tall (79% percentile), 26 lbs., 5 oz. (46% percentile) and her head is 47.5″ cm (50% percentile). So, she is kind of a string bean.

Below is a belated 30-week photo! I have a 33-week picture, but it’s on Jed’s phone, so that will be posted at a later date, along with lots of other photos from “vacation”, birthday, houses, etc.





Baby Boy: 28 Week Update

It is finally upon us! The week we close on our new house. Everything is going to get really busy, really fast and after last week’s drama, we’ll see how this week goes. We actually close on the new house on Wednesday morning and we’ll spend the evenings/nights getting the kid’s rooms painted and moving some items in Jed’s truck to get started, but the big move will be on Saturday morning.

Currently: 28 weeks, 6 days

Cravings: Nothing really. Ok, that’s a lie – cheeseburgers.

Weight Gain: Not sure. At my last checkup I had gained 22 lbs. so probably another pound or so.

Sickness: None.

Sleep: I sleep through the night, but it is getting harder to move from side to side to get comfortable.

Gender Prediction: 100% boy.

Mood: Excited. We’re so excited to get into the new house. It’s going to be a lot of change, but good change.

Symptoms: A little cramping here and there, but nothing that lasts or hurts. A little reflux depending on what I eat and when – especially if I eat anything remotely spicy before bed.

Looking Forward To: Moving and then going on vacation to the lake. I can’t wait to get Charlotte back up to the lake now that she is such a little explorer. I think we’ll have a hard time keeping her inside! It should hopefully be a good end to a crazy few weeks.

Maternity Clothes: For sure!

Other News: I had my follow-up ultrasound last week. You can read about it here, but basically they said that I do have placenta previa. A part of the placenta is covering my cervix (and baby boy’s way out). So I’m scheduled to go back in 4 weeks to check to see if it’s moved or not and at that time they will determine if I need to have a c-section or not. If I do, they said they usually schedule them around 36 or 37 weeks.

Also, this boy is a mover! He is very sporadic when he decides to move, but when he does, it’s all over the place. Charlotte was always pretty consistent, moving mostly at night when I was getting ready to go to sleep, but this guy moves in the morning, afternoon, night – whenever he feels like it. Luckily it’s not hurting yet, but I do wonder what he’s doing sometimes.





Can We Get A Break, Please!

Today started as a typical Thursday, but definitely did not end as one.

Everything was hunky-dory as I got Charlotte up this morning, we had breakfast, watched a little Curious George and then headed to daycare. I brought her eye drops with her as she has pink eye in her left eye. She’s been doing the drops well enough. I drop her off and head back home to get some work done before my ultrasound appointment.

My appointment was at 10:20 this morning and I got in there and got to see little man again, which is always exciting. The purpose of this ultrasound was to check the location of the placenta based on my ultrasound from last week. He cooperated really well for them to get all his measurements (he’s now 2 lbs. 13 oz.!), but he was good at hiding his face, so we didn’t get to see his profile. They checked his kidneys as well. Everything looked good – his right kidney is his pelvic kidney. The mentioned something about his left kidney (I should have had them write it down) about their being some sort of duplication, but I didn’t really catch it.

Once the ultrasound was done, the doctor came in to give her diagnosis on the placenta. The good news – it’s not what my doctor was worried about last week, which was a blood vessel issue. The not-so-good news – I do have placenta previa and some of the placenta is covering part of my cervix on the left side. So they said they wanted to see my again in 4 weeks to check if it’s moved or not. Seems like it’s a 50/50 chance at this point since I’m already this far along. Honestly, if I went with my gut feeling, I don’t think it’s going to move, but I really hope it does. If it does not move, then the recommendation would be to have a c-section around 36-37 weeks. So we’ll wait some more and see.

After my appointment I went home to continue to work. A little before 1 p.m. I got a call from our daycare provider. She stated that Charlotte had lunch and was outside playing afterwards and that something must have bit or stung her as her check and right eye were swollen. She said she was very uncomfortable and that I should come get her. Luckily I was at home and daycare is close to our current house so I got there within 5 minutes. I walked in and her whole right side of her face was swollen and she was definitely uncomfortable and I could also hear her having a little difficulty breathing. So my plan was to drive her down to the ER, but I was too worried that something would happen en route, so I called 911. Let’s just say I was a little emotional at this moment. The paramedics showed up within a few minutes and we went into the ambulance to have her checked out. They said they thought it was an insect sting – probably a bee or something. They listened to her lungs and said she sounded ok and said I could either take her down to the ER in my car or they could take her, but they were comfortable with her current condition to let me take her if I wanted. I decided to take her since she was calming down. So we get in the car and start out trek to the ER and within a minute she starts throwing up. She threw up twice, so I pulled over and checked on her. She was obviously upset about that, but seemed to feel better getting it out. So I continued to the hospital constantly checking her in my rear view mirror.

Hanging out in the ER

Hanging out in the ER

When we got to the hospital I got her out and took off her shirt that was soaked in vomit and noticed she started getting hives where the vomit had made contact with her skin. Good thing we were at the ER. We got in immediately and started the question/answer segment while they took her vitals. Without knowing exactly what happened to her, the doctor said he believed it to be a bee sting allergy, but it was definitely an allergy with her symptoms – swollen, hives, vomiting, some shortness of breath. So they gave her a shot of epinephrine, an oral steroid, an oral antihistamine, and an albuterol treatment. They also put in an IV for fluids. This poor girl has been poked and prodded way more that I would like and she’s not even 2 yet! But she’s such a trooper with everything. Recovers fast from any needles, takes medicine well and she was even talking to all the nurses and doctors and telling them it was a “Butterfly”.

So they kept us there for 4 hours of observation. The hives went away very quickly with the shot, so that was good. Upon discharge we were given 3 prescriptions and told to have a follow-up with our regular pediatrician tomorrow. We’re also going to need to go back to our allergist and have her tested for bee stings sometime in the next 6 weeks. We also now have more EpiPens, just in case.

Mommy's on the left, Charlie's on the right

Mommy’s on the left, Charlie’s on the right

I can say that when we decided to have a child, I never thought about these possibilities. I thought about asthma, since I have that, but never thought of how much she would take on from our family gene pool. My brothers each have allergies – my older brother and grandfather on my mom’s side to eggs. My younger brother to legumes and bees. The milk allergy is not in the family, so I’m hoping she grows out of that one! So her list has extended to include: milk, eggs, peanuts and now, probably bees.

It would probably be an understatement to say we did not win the health jackpot with her, but there are much worse illnesses and things that can/could be and I am so thankful that these are all manageable things. And with all of these hospital and doctor visits, it amazes me how awesome of a little human being she is. She is such a care-free, inquisitive little girl and takes everything in stride, always cooperating. All the nurses were amazed at how well she did. Hopefully we don’t have to seem them again anytime soon!

Anyway, we got home and rested and ate some dinner and took a bath. She ended her exhausting day in a humorous way (a first), by pooping in the tub. And that was exactly what we all needed at the end of this day – a little humor.

I Spy...Turds!

I Spy…Turds!


P.S. – In addition to all of this craziness, we’re moving into our new house next week (closing on Wednesday)! So we’re trying to get things packed and also get our current house wrapped up, which is going well. The buyer of our house sent her inspection items and we’re moving forward, so hopefully everything else from here on out runs smoothly. At least that’s what I’m praying for. I don’t know how much more I can handle!