Friday, August 23, 2013

Here Comes a Baby!

Yesterday was my 38 week doctor's appointment. Last week, when I got the test results back indicating I'm anemic, I saw a different doctor because my doctor was out of town. This week, my doctor looked at my chart, gave an incredulous chuckle and said, "Yeah, your blood count was really low. In fact..." He toyed around with his phone for a while and reviewed my chart for a few minutes. 

After thinking it over, he told me he wanted to induce me next week to ensure he would be the one to deliver the baby (on-call doctors delivered my other two!) and it would be during the day, because evidently the daytime staff tends to be a bit more attentive and on-the-ball for potential problems.

Apparently my blood count is low enough to be a bit of a concern and he wants to make sure he is there since he is familiar with my history and knows what to watch for. He also wants to make sure I am getting consistent care in case I end up needing a blood transfusion later on, after delivery. In the past, I've had issues with my blood pressure dropping way too low/losing more blood than usual after delivery.

I have very mixed feelings about this. I trust my doctor's judgment (he is at least 70 and is a high-risk OB/GYN as well, so he has tons of experience, and he's not too quick to jump on medical intervention), but I also have my reasons for really not wanting to be induced. And of course, the thought of meeting our son in less than a week is thrilling! Then there's the matter of my mom not coming until September 16 (because I assumed the baby would be late). Overall, however, Sam and I do feel this is the best course to pursue.

So, unless he decides to make his appearance on his own beforehand, our little guy should arrive on Thursday, August 29! It's hard to believe that within 6 short days we will have 3 sons!

Now, who wants to help me can the 300 pears I just bought? :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Project

I finally finished a project I've been working on for quite some time now! Some friends of ours were moving last year and gave us a huge, antique desk. I thought it would be fun to refinish it, but it's just been sitting in the garage. For Sam's birthday for one of his presents I told him I would fix it up. But next time I attempt to undertake such a project in the third trimester of pregnancy, would someone please remind me what a terrible idea that is? After many, many hours spent cleaning, sanding, priming, painting, finishing, and laying on the garage floor in awkward positions with an 8-month pregnant belly, I'm finally done. It's not perfect, but I learned a lot and I'm fairly satisfied with the result. And it's so nice to have such a large workspace! (The top of the desk is 3 feet by 5 feet.)

Before (with one drawer sanded)


I also picked up some fabric at Hobby Lobby and reupholstered an old computer chair to match (given to us by the same family).

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cow Appreciation Day

A few weeks ago was cow appreciation day at Chick-fil-a! It was almost as spontaneous as last year's experience--I decided about 20 minutes beforehand to take the boys. I crammed Wesley into a 12-month size panda bear costume, minus the head, and quickly painted a few spots on his face.

I discovered that Talmage doesn't have many plain black-and-white clothes, but made do with this sweater vest and a T-shirt underneath. We taped paper spots all over him and painted his face as well. They both found the whole endeavor hilarious!

And the free kids' meals were more than worth it! The boys also loved the balloon animals they got from the balloon artist there, and Wesley was determined to chase their big cow mascot around the entire time.

Sam and I also went later that night and got our free meals for dressing up like cows as well. It took a little bit of coaxing to get my down-to-earth husband to let me paint his face, but he was a good sport and we thoroughly enjoyed our night out!

The more acquainted I am with Chick-fil-a, the more impressed I am and the more I want to support them. Although I think the food is fine, their morals and family orientation are what make them so great!
I love that they have a huge sign right inside the doors when you walk in explaining why they are closed on Sundays and stating that they will continue to be. 
I love that they put books in their kids' meals.
I love that they stand up for their morals, even in the face of intense political opposition. 
I love that they have fun family events like this all the time (our local Chick-fil-a has a free weekly playgroup, weekly storytime (with free ice cream!), and fun themed weeks regularly with things like zoo animals, crafts, and even family campouts). 
The Chick-fil-a restaurants in our town even offer a free huge family-sized meal, (delivered to your home for free!), if you call and tell them you had a new baby! Like, huge platters of chicken and fruit and a big bag of cookies. I'm already looking forward to that night off after this little man comes. :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

37 Week Baby

Wednesday was my 37 week appointment. My doctor also had me go in for an ultrasound to get an idea of how big this guy will be. Talmage was 7 lbs, 7 oz and Wesley was 8 lbs, 9 oz. The doctor thought this one would be more around Talmage's size, but we were surprised to learn at the ultrasound that according to his measurements he was already 7 lbs, 4 oz with 3 weeks to go! That puts him in the 81st percentile. Way to go, baby!

My doctor's office is awesome with ultrasounds--this is the 5th one I've had with this pregnancy, and it's so fun when they flip on the 3D! He was pretty set on staying hidden behind the placenta, so we couldn't get a full view of his face, but we got a couple of pretty good shots.

I love seeing his chubby little face all squashed in there! It really is amazing what they can do with technology. Sam and I think he looks a little more like Wesley, but it's hard to really get a good idea with him being so squished in there.

And we were also surprised to see this:

This is a shot of the base of his skull, right above his neck. See that hair sticking out in horizontal lines down the middle of the photo? Maybe he'll have more than our first two. I guess we'll find out before too long!

I showed Talmage and Wesley the 3D pictures, and I wasn't sure Wesley could really pick out the baby. So I asked him to point out the different facial features and he could totally see it! He loves looking at the pictures.

Everything is looking good for delivery. I learned that I was already at a 3, which was encouraging, although I started progressing early with Wesley as well and he was 10 days late, so I'm not putting much stock into it! I am trying to make sure we're ready though.

I also learned that I am quite severely anemic. The blood test results came back and my hemoglobin level was down pretty far (normal at this stage of pregnancy is 10-11, mine was 7.6). "Severe" anemia is classified as being under 7, at which point hospitalization and blood transfusions are likely possibilities. Because of problems I've had with my first two deliveries concerning blood loss and blood pressure dropping way too low, we're really going to have to stay on top of the issue or I may end up with several blood transfusions when I deliver. 

Right now they have me on iron supplements (which make me super nauseated...hello again, first trimester) and they're hoping to boost my hemoglobin levels up one full number by the time I deliver. (Anemia takes several months of treatment to recover from.) As much as I didn't really want to have that issue, it's so comforting to know there is an actual reason behind my complete lack of energy and inability to exert myself.

We are so excited to meet this little guy--it's hard to believe that he should be here within 3-4 weeks! Some say adjusting to 2 kids is the hardest and others say adjusting to 3 is the hardest (you run out of hands). I'm trying to focus on making the transition as easy on my older 2 boys as it can be. There is definitely anticipation in the air!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Kaitlyn's 24th Birthday

This year Sam decided one day wasn't enough to celebrate my birthday, so we had a whole birthday week! We did something fun just about every night, from mini-golfing to eating fast food while the boys played on the indoor playplace. :) On my actual birthday, we stayed home and Sam made me dinner while the boys played "hit the streamer" with balloons.

Then we ate dinner. Sam took a leaf out of our dating history and made us black bean burgers. (And that face is just too cute!)

I simply can't get over my boys!

This was my "birthday cake." I think I'd take cookies and ice cream over cake any day! (Especially Blue Bell!)

After dinner I opened presents, including this book from my family.

It was a great day & week! I can't believe I'll have 3 kids at 24, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

35 Weeks

Tomorrow will mark 36 weeks of pregnancy for me! I'm not sure if I want the clock to slow down or speed up--there is still so much to do before our little guy makes his appearance, but we are getting so anxious to meet him! And I definitely feel like he's running out of space inside. It's such an odd feeling to sit down and have your rib cage hit a hard body part. I guess we'll just try to be content with the way time passes in its normal state. :)

Talmage is getting really excited and loves telling people, "Guess what??? We're going to have ANOTHER BROTHER!!!" I think he will be a great help when the baby is born. Wesley knows all the right answers to the questions we ask about the baby, but I'm not sure how much he actually understands. He often rubs my belly and points out the baby, and if you ask him what the baby says he states, "Bom, bom, bom..." (as in the sound of the baby's heartbeat from my doctor's appointments). He knows that certain items are the baby's and refers to the nursery as the baby's room and the crib as the baby's bed. Both boys are extra clingy right now, though, so I think they are feeling the transition hanging in the air. Hopefully we can make it as pleasant as possible for both of them!

We also booked my mom's plane ticket for September 16. I was a little nervous about having her come so long after the baby's due date (the 4th), but both of my boys have been late (Talmage 4 days and Wesley 10 days) and we want to make sure he has made his arrival by the time she comes! It's hard to plan in advance for these things, but we're looking forward to her visit regardless of when the baby comes.

I need to talk to my doctor at my next appointment about the possibility of me being anemic. There have been certain things about this pregnancy that have increased the likelihood of that, and I have been eating ice like crazy lately! As in, I went through 2 10lb bags of Sonic ice in 1 week. Eating 20 lbs of ice in 7 days seems to be a bit unusual. It is ridiculous how much I seem to rely on it! I read online that craving ice like that is a big indicator of anemia and I have had several dizzy/lightheaded spells which have also made me wonder. Has anyone had other experiences with a crazy ice craving?

All in all, things are going quite well. This little man will be here before we know it!
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