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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 41

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.

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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

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 27

Day 27 of the selfie challenge

Today was the final day of my IV class. The certification is complete just in time for my next semester of school to begin. The plus side is no more long commutes!
After class Liam, The Bean, the hubs and I all went and celebrated a birthday dinner with my grandma at her house. It was an awesome little gathering, and was extra special this year because my step mother, sister, and baby brother were all up to visit from Florida with a couple of my (adorable) nephews. We all had a blast and now I am home exhausted and putting my feet up for a few minutes before the bedtime routine begins!

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Day 26

Day 26 of the selfie challenge

I just love days when I get a ton accomplished AND get to spend a bunch of quality time with the kiddos. Today was one of those days. We had leftovers for dinner which meant virtually no time in the kitchen for me tonight. Between the two (apparently starving) toddlers, the hubs, and myself we almost managed to clean all of then out of the fridge. The kids just love my chicken in wine sauce (I suspect it’s the mashed potatoes I serve it with and the tenderness of the meat).

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The giant smile on my face is because as I was cleaning up the kitchen tonight I could hear the kids and the hubs in the living room making music…

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So of course I snuck in to take a picture 🙂
The poor pups suffered through the calamity.

Day 24

Day 24 of the selfie challenge
Liam an I had a busy day today! After a weekend of family activities we had today to get the house in order for the week. It’s back to work tomorrow. So we cleaned, weeded, and baked our way through the day. I really didn’t notice the lovely dirt smear on my face until I took the daily selfie while busy in the kitchen tonight. I hope the folks at the local market enjoyed my dirt smeared face!

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Liam and I made healthy banana zucchini muffins tonight… They are ok, but not amazing… The recipe needs tweaking before it lands up on the toddler approved page. Liam ate one bite and fed the rest to the dogs (who loved it)!

Day 16

Day 16 of the selfie challenge

Wow! The last two days were crazy at work, and the selfie challenge was certainly placed on the back burner. This morning I finally arrived home from work, exhausted, at a little after 8 am. The awesome hubs let me crash for a bit before dropping Liam off at Grammy’s house and going to play a round of Father’s Day golf with my da and brother. Afterwards I met up with everyone for dinner… We snapped this selfie as we were getting ready to head back home.

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And now I am cuddling up with the puppy brothers thinking about going back to bed. Those double shifts are just not as easy to recover from as they use to be in my twenties.

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Day 13

So here I am… At day 2 of my IV course… Exhausted. Math makes me tired. Actually, let me rephrase that; I love math, but repetitive math because sometimes people have trouble learning it makes me tired.
I get math, I have a hard time waiting for other people to get it too. So today I decided to take my heavy eyes to Dunkin Donuts for lunch.

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I am really not sure this is going to help the situation. It just might make me fidgety and exhausted at the same time, which is always bad news.

Did you know that statistically people perform better in mathematics in the morning? This afternoon will certainly be… Interesting. Wish me lots of luck.