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!
Well, it has been a rough couple of weeks for me. As it turns out, I am REALLY bad about taking it easy without constantly giving myself reminders. My husband has become a professional at telling me not to do things I am not supposed to do, and reminding me to stop and take breaks. I have become crabby, which is not a usual thing for me and I don’t like it. The kids, well, they have really taken to the encouraged independence. Liam and The Bean now put themselves to bed at nap and bedtime. I am trying to not miss the snuggles I use to steal when carrying them upstairs too much.
For Catriona things are going well, or at least as good as we can hope for! We had a very positive checkup at 23 weeks where she measured exactly on target (which is amazing for a little girl who is most likely going to be tiny!) and her heart rate was a lovely 145. Her kick counts have been perfect. The only concerning thing that has come up recently have been frequent Braxton Hicks contractions. Thankfully they are not following any pattern at this point and have only been over the 6 an hour allowed at this stage of pregnancy a handful of times. At the 23 week appointment they found an infection so I am hopeful that after a week of antibiotics things will calm down in the contraction department. Our next ultrasound is at 27 weeks and I am still hoping for a miracle! At this point, however, I am simply thankful to have made it this far.
At 23-24 weeks babies begin making a substance called surfactant. This is used by the body to help stabilize the alveoli in the lungs (The alveoli help oxygen get from the air to the bloodstream, but in order to do this they need to be nice and plump like a grape, surfactants help keep them from collapsing when you exhale). With the production of surfactant comes the chance for survival with pre-term births, so if something were to happen tonight Catriona would have a fighting chance, especially with the awesome hospitals in this area. 24 weeks was a big milestone for us. I celebrated with a braided chicken pot pie bread with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for dessert 🙂
On a personal note, because I am carrying so low this time (thanks to the less than stable environment my body created for Catriona) life is becoming uncomfortable. There are definitely times where it already feels like the last (everlasting) month of pregnancy. clothing is also becoming uncomfortable. Maternity pants with the cloth panel fall off of me because my belly isn’t quite large enough for them, but the ones with the low band are too tight for me to wear and do essential things like breathe, or not walk like a penguin. My go to pants of choice for this pregnancy are becoming yoga pants. I could sing a song for how much I love them lately. I see a lot of dresses coming up in my future as well. The plus side? My maternity scrubs are the most comfortable articles of clothing ever (even if one pocket does oddly fall right on the center of my expanding stomach).
I can’t believe how the time has flown, Liam is 15 months already! It has been so exciting to watch him play, grow, and learn these last few months. Everything happens so fast at this point, it’s like a neural explosion. Over the last 3 months Liam has:
- Gone from stumbling to run-stumbling
- Learned to say over 25 words, although he mostly refers to animals by the sounds they make, except our youngest dog, Bruise, who he calls Rooze.
- Learned how to walk backwards and spin in a circle
- Begun helping Conan and I with simple tasks (carrying light things mostly)
His favorite things right now are:
- Reading… By himself, to the bear, to Conan and I… This little boy loves to be the one reading the story.
- His big white bear, “Baby”… When Liam was born Conan’s company sent us a present, a giant white polar bear which I never named because I figured it would be too big to drag around. Liam has proven me wrong and he has named it “Baby”. The other stuffed animals are babies too, but there is only one Baby and he goes everywhere with Liam.
- Yogurt, cereal bars, and berries
- Going to the park
- The tub, this little guy loves his baths (and his bath toys)
He has had a lot of adventures over the last three months, including:
- His first sleepovers with Grammy and Grampy F.
- His second annual Flynnstock with Conan
- His first trip to the beach!
While I have tried (desperately sometimes) to be there for every single event it just hasn’t been possible and sometimes Conan and Liam are a two man team while I am at home with the puppy brothers doing homework or at work. We do our best with the time we have and try to make every moment count.
Today the three of us went out to lunch to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants and then to the park for some quality time (and to exhaust Liam before his nap). It was suppose to rain all day today so it was a pleasant surprise to be able to get out and about. My park plan however backfired as it was not just Liam that needed the nap when we got home 😉
And now a parting message from Liam himself and a few more of my favorite pictures from the last few months….
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I can’t wait to see what the next three months brings!
Day 42 of the selfie challenge
Sometimes I like to spend my Friday nights studying and day dreaming about pedicures. It’s not all that exciting.
Tonight is a frizzy haired and exhausted kind of night. I am in a dead panic at this point that I may have actually bitten off more than I can chew with 3 classes, two toddlers, and work this semester. It hasn’t even been a week and I am already getting cranky. I think it’s time to be firm with boundaries, refuse any social obligations, and take up any offers for babysitting for the next 7 weeks… Also heavily invest in caffeine related products and get use to not having any sleep again.
This is the kind of pedicure you get when the person who is performing it is watching the World Cup instead of your feet… The kind where half the polish chips off in the first week. (It’s been longer than that, I just haven’t had a chance to fix it.)
Day 41 of the selfie challenge
I would give anything for a foot massage right now. It was a two toddler all day kind of day, and although they are fun, they are also exhausting. Tonight I am treating myself to a beer and an hour of video games before bed.
The big smile is for the dark chocolate m&ms I snuck while the kids were having there afternoon snack… Go stealth mom.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
On a totally separate note, maybe Conan is right and our living room walls are brown not gray…