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36 Weeks and Counting!

We have reached 36 weeks in this pregnancy and are slowly trudging our way towards 37!  Catriona has spent the last few weeks stubbornly not growing (she ended up dropping 4 weeks of growth total prior to this weeks doctors appointment).  So this week we did an ultrasound to check on her growth and the amniotic fluid levels.  Thankfully everything came out well.  She is estimated to be around 6 pounds 11 ounces at this point (which is amazing considering how small my bump is compared to when I was pregnant with Liam!) and while my amniotic fluid levels are on the lower end of normal they should be fine for the remainder of the pregnancy.  Her head is down, the contractions are becoming more frequent, and we are playing a waiting game to meet her.

I continue to have (what has become) my normal migraines, tachycardia, and passing out.  For the last week my symptoms have been somewhat relieved, I even had 3 good days in a row where I was able to be up and about without any chest or head pain, but for an added treat these last few days I have been enjoying some third trimester sickness (which is amazingly just like the first trimester was).   I have a cardiology consult tomorrow and am hopeful to find some answers to what can be done for this chronic chest pressure, shoulder pain, and episodes of tachycardia.  That said, I am very aware that any medication that could be given to relieve those symptoms for me has to wait until after Catriona’s arrival, so I am learning to live with it and take it easy when things really start to act up.

On Monday my sister-in-law came over to the house to take some maternity picture for us since we are currently unable to travel to the photographer that we used to do the maternity shoot we did when pregnant with Liam (Linden Photography in Central NH).  I spent some time this morning playing around on Photoshop and touching up the lighting on the pictures.  I am pretty happy with the results, and so thankful to Aunty Moonshine for taking them for us.  Though this has been a difficult pregnancy we are planning on it being my last pregnancy and I want to be able to look back on this time and remember how it has helped us grow as a family later on.  I wish I had enough Photoshop talent to reduce the (well-earned) shadows and bags under my eyes… you would think someone who spends as much time in bed as I have been lately wouldn’t have any but I can’t seem to sleep for more than two hours at a time thanks to our little girls efforts to escape the womb.

We continue to be grateful for everyone’s prayers and well wishes.  The support of our family and friends  has truly have been an amazing help in us pulling through this pregnancy!

Day 40

Day 40 of the selfie challenge

Today is just going to be one of those days…

It started with Liam waking up for the day at 6:30… In the morning… After I didn’t get home from work and settled into bed until 2am. Awesome.
Then after breakfast Liam went and his in the corner to poop and the. He brought the poop to me. In his hand. Awesome.

I am just going to keep this smile plastered on my face and fake it until I make it.

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At least he brought the poop to me instead of hiding it or tasting it, right?
It could always be worse.

Currently I have escaped to study at Panera (really, I accomplished a ton before taking this break). Hopefully there won’t be anymore diaper prizes for me when I get home 😉

Day 39

Day 39 of the selfie challenge

It’s lunchtime, and since I missed breakfast thanks to a wonderful sleep in (thanks to a wonderful husband) I am starving. Liam has started fully feeding himself this week. It is messy and wonderful all at the same time. It also consists of frequent reminders that he shouldn’t be putting his spoon in the dog’s mouth. I console myself when he does this by reminding myself that it is just helping him have a well developed immune system.

At this rate he might have the strongest immune system in the world.

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The bonus for me in all this is that I can now eat more of my lunch in one sitting!

Day 37

Day 37 of the selfie challenge: 365 Days of Momma

It’s Sunday! AND! I have the day off!!!!

That’s right, its my weekend off… I firmly believe that having to work every other weekend makes me that much more appreciative of the ones I have off.

This morning Liam took off after breakfast, grabbed a book and his teddy bear, and then proceeded to set himself up on the couch next to me to “study” with me.  That’s right, I used the “s” word.  Someone though it would be a brilliant idea to take a full course load in the summer during the most gorgeous weather of the year because the semester is shorter and it would be nice to just get the work done with.  The same someone is now incredibly worried that maybe, just maybe, she might not be able to keep up.  I don’t know who comes up with these brilliant ideas but they probably should have less of them.

So the adorableness ensued this morning and Liam and I studied together for about 10 minutes before my urge to snap a picture completely overcame me.  Of course as soon as I picked up the camera phone he had to climb into my lap to get it…. The result is this:

Today’s selfie is less of me and more of us, but it is an awesome memory that I want to hold on to…. especially with the puppy photo-bomb in the second shot!

 

I do promise an update soon on my personal progress towards self acceptance of myself in photographs.  This project has turned into more than I originally planned.  What started out as something that was just for me has also evolved into a mechanism to show Liam my memories from his early childhood.

 

 

Day 36

Day 36 of the selfie challenge

Today I started out slow. I have been fighting a cold the last few days, and since Liam was at a sleepover last night with Grammy and Grampy F (and some cousins) I took the opportunity to hit up the generic NyQuil last night. That medicine, like most, hits me hard. I typically only take half doses, this time it still knocked me out for 9 hours. I felt so much better this morning when I (finally) woke up… So much so that I took off at a run.
First up was a couple of hours of school work over some coffee, then the grocery store, and then Liam arrived home!

He was all smiles and playfulness when he crawled out of Aunty Moonshine’s car. We had an awesome afternoon that included making homemade frozen yogurt! It was delicious! Now I am couch bound on puppy cuddling duty as the first snap crackles and pops of our neighbors holiday celebrations are sounding.

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On a totally separate note, maybe Conan is right and our living room walls are brown not gray…

Day 34 and 35

Days 34 and 35 of the selfie challenge

Yes, I know, I didn’t post yesterday… It wasn’t for lack of trying. More importantly, I did take my selfie, so today you get a double post along with an update on the exciting and terrifying things that are going on in my life.

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Yesterday’s selfie was taken at work on my lunch break. It was a busy day yesterday before work for Liam and I, as we ran around doing last minute errands before he got to spend an afternoon with Grammy and Grampy. My summer semester classes start this weekend (I really love online courses, they really are exceptionally convenient if you have the motivation to actually learn from them) and this last year of college (which I STILL can’t believe is actually starting!) is going to be a busy one as I will need to complete my internship for my nursing home administration license while continuing to work full time and hang out with the babies. Maybe busy is putting it mildly….

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Today I put the finishing touches on my internship request letter. I keep having mini panic attacks now, which I suspect won’t subside until I actually hand it to the nursing home administrator where I work. I would greatly appreciate any positive thoughts, finger crossing, and/or praying to who ever you believe in that I will get this internship that I so desperately want! This administrator is (in my opinion) the best there is, and I would love to learn from her.

Liam is off for an overnight visit with Grammy and Grampy F, as well as a couple of aunts and cousins. I am sure he will have a blast. Hopefully Aunty and Uncle Moonshine survive the car ride. Conan gets a fun night of household chores and puppies having panic attacks due to fireworks while I get school and work… I know, the Fourth of July excitement is overwhelming in our house. I have the weekend off!!! So the posts will (hopefully) get a little more fun filled tomorrow after Liam gets home!

And now a bonus puppy picture.

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Someone is getting his rest in now… Panic attacks due to loud noises are exhausting, even with daddy cuddles to keep you safe.

Day 33

Day 33 of the selfie challenge

Today I had some down time, mostly due to a bout of forgetfulness. I had packed up my laptop and my folded of work I had to accomplish to bring with me to get some recalls taken care of on my Ford and I forgot my flash drive with all my saved work on it…
So I passed the hour and half with some online shopping and good old web surfing, then celebrated my kid free time with an ice cream 🙂

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Caramel chocolate cookie… Delicious!

I love those kids, but a free day every once in a while is good for my sanity (and gets me extra snuggles when I get home!)

Day 28

Day 28 of the selfie challenge

Tonight we are going out on the town with some friends in downtown Dover NH to a new craft brew place called the Thirsty Moose. They have over 60 beers on tap here… I am loving it. Tonight I am starting with a North Coast Old No. 38 Stout. It is light for a stout, but delicious.

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