Monday, March 2, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 38 Weeks! Preparing for Baby!

We're in the home stretch! My due date is in 10 days!!! It's crazy how fast its gone by. I definitely am feeling a bit anxious and like a first-time mom. Prepping for labor and having the unknowns of natural labor is a little scary! The baby is doing well and still measuring very big. I was checked and am about 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced. But really that means nothing in terms of how close labor is. I have gotten more real contractions this week but no patterns. My doctor thinks I will go at least another week. We talked a bit about what our plan will be and he is still very confident in me having a VBAC. Baby is head down and has dropped so it's very unlikely for a flip this late. He is only slightly worried about the size if I go past my due date. He knows I want to avoid induction and doesn't want it either but we will need to look at our options if I pass my due date. 

I am feeling pretty good for being 38 weeks and besides being exhausted I'm not miserable. Im not quite to the get this baby out of me stage but it is coming. I just can't wait to meet this little one and find out who it is! The triplets are getting so excited and know the baby will be here soon. They talk about it constantly. They are at such a cute age and I love seeing them get excited about becoming big siblings! I can't believe they wont be the babies anymore! We are almost ready too! The room is mostly set up and all the clothes, diapers, blankets etc. are washed. All the gear is set up and Ive been cleaning and cooking all the time.

Patrick is finally slowing down a bit at work. He passed his tests and is officially licensed! He is loving it and I am loving that his work hours are a bit more set/flexible. It's really nice that he can be home around 5 (or sometimes earlier!) everyday. Ive definitely needed it this week and it will be great with a newborn. 

Here's my 38 week update!

Sorry for the terrible picture with the awkward waistband line, i needed a picture and just took this before getting in bed!
How far along: 38 Weeks!

Size of Baby: A Leek! This one is kinda weird...
Total weight gain/loss: Friday I was up 26 pounds but i'm definitely slowing down in weight gain these last couple weeks.
Gender: We don't know and won't be finding out! (but we have our guesses and the family is all over the place!)
Maternity clothes: All maternity clothes, but that is when I actually get dressed. I'm to the point now where I am living in t-shirts and sweats or yoga pants and I am totally ok with that.
Stretch marks: The ones from last pregnancy have gotten darker and I think they may be slightly longer but I can't really tell. 
Belly Button: It's almost popped. Its weird actually because it seems like it pops further out as the day progresses. Its not nearly as far out as with the triplets though.
Sleep: Its basically non existent. Im trying to nap with the triplets which helps because I don't sleep long stretches anymore. Im up every couple hours either to pee or because i'm in pain. I can't really get comfortable or stay in one position too long.
Symptoms: I have a lot of aches and the round ligament pain is back. My back hurts especially if I hold the triplets a lot. I definitely need to take it easy and try to stay off my feet when I can.
What I miss: My sleep and energy. I want to do so much more but I just can't most days. Thankfully we have lots of family to help or else we would go crazy.
Cravings: Ive been really wanting anything sweet. Girl scout cookies could not have come at a better time. I have also been really hungry all the time.
Aversions: Nothing! Yay! Im so glad I don't really get these past the first trimester.
Best Moment: The baby dropped last week and it has been great to not get kicked in the ribs all day and struggle to breathe sometimes. Also because there really is no more room, the baby isn't really kicking as much as just rolling. Its really fun watching the full belly movements and this baby is active! The triplets have noticed and they are mesmerized (and slightly weirded out) when it happens.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Welcome 2015! And a few updates :)

Its taken me a while to get this post up but i'm finally getting it finished. We have had a very fun and busy beginning of the year! The past year has flown by and I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us. We have celebrated so many milestones and I can't wait for many more!

I'll start off with some life updates...

Patrick is in the middle of switching jobs, which we are so excited about because it will mean he is home with us more often and will be a much better career longterm. But it is a big transition and is a bit crazy right now. He has been in law since he graduated college and is switching into finance. They are similar but he is basically back at square one and has to go through all the training and testing again. He is so much happier though and is working at a company with one of his really good friends. He should be taking his tests to become licensed in mid February so by then everything should calm down. Just in time to prep for the new baby! For now he is busier than before with all the studying!

The triplets are 18 months old, almost 19 months now, and are so much fun. They are getting so big and its crazy how much they have changed. It is so cute watching their little relationships and personalities grow and they are starting to realize that life is about to change (in a good way!) We have talked a lot about the upcoming arrival and I think they understand a bit about what it means. It will still be a big adjustment (for all of us!) but I can't wait to see them be big brothers and sister and I think they are really excited too. They have all been really into playing with babies and point them out when we are out and about.

I am 33 weeks pregnant and it is finally sinking in how crazy it is about to get. We still have a lot to do and we are in the home stretch! Its crazy to think at this point in the pregnancy with the triplets we were already in the "it could be any day now!" phase. Im so glad I have another 7 or so weeks left to prepare. I am feeling really good though but I know that wont last. With Patrick being busy more of the day I am handling a lot more of the triplets duty. Its been going well but i'm so excited for him to slow down a bit again. Declan was up most of last night sick and congested which was hard. Im hoping its just a quick cold and wont pass to the other two or me but i'm not wishing too hard. I also have a slight feeling it may be ear related which i really hope not. Ill have to do a day in the life soon before and after the new baby! I had an appointment last week for the baby and everything looks great. Baby has moved head down which is awesome and still is measuring big, already 5 pounds at 32 weeks! We talked about induction but I do not want to do that unless totally necessary. My doctor thinks I will be fine to deliver a big baby, we just will have to be wary of shoulder dystocia. That worries me a bit but my doctor isn't concerned. He also is very confident for my VBAC which i'm so excited about!

We are taking the triplets to the snow this weekend as a last little getaway before the baby. Although we may do something else if the weather stays nice and i continue to feel this good! There is not tons of snow this year, but we should be able to find somewhere to go sledding with them and enjoy it!

Ok, so here is a pregnancy update and (late) 18 month post for the triplets!

32 weeks and 3 days

How far along: 33 Weeks!

Size of Baby: A Pineapple
Total weight gain/loss: At 32 weeks (on Friday) I was up 22 pounds.  
Gender: We don't know and won't be finding out! (but we have our guesses and the family is all over the place!)
Maternity clothes: All maternity clothes. I have actually been good lately and want to dress cute (I mean sweaters legging/jeans and boots) but i'm sure soon that will change as last time towards the end i lived in big t shirts/ sweatshirts and yoga pants or sweats.
Stretch marks: The couple I have from before have darkened a bit which is normal but no new ones yet. Im not surprised though because this belly is nothing compared to them! I have been keeping up with moisturizing to keep from getting itchy.
Belly Button: Its almost flat. Im not sure it will pop out this time around as it was very late with the triplets but who knows.
Sleep: Loving my pregnancy pillow but the sleep in surprisingly good! I do have to get up a few times to pee but thankfully I don't have issues with falling back asleep. Im getting a bit more uncomfortable but thats to be expected.
Symptoms: Definitely needing to slow down and take it easier. My back hurts more especially from carrying the triplets around but not too bad. The round ligament pain is back but not too bad and i am having a lot more Braxton hicks.
What I miss: Cuddling, both Patrick and my babies!  Also I miss being as active as I was although i'm still very active just can't overdue it.
Cravings: Not much this week although over the weekend I was seriously wanting all things salty.
Aversions: Nothing! Yay! Im so glad I don't really get these past the first trimester.
Best Moment: Well the best and worst was having Declan be sick all night last night and today. He was just so cuddly and sweet and wanted to nurse (which he hasn't wanted much of) and I loved it. Owen and Evie knew something was up too and were being so sweet to him and were very well behaved today which i was very thankful for since I didn't sleep much.
Declan
Owen
Evelyn
Weights and Lengths: At 18 months just after Christmas, O was 24 pounds 12 oz. and 33 inches, D was 24 pounds 9 oz and 33 inches, and E was 23 pounds even and 32 inches.

Eating: The have 3 meals a day with several snacks and nursing varies. They all nurse when they wake up, before nap and before bed but the length changes and sometimes they will only nurse for a minute. My milk has come back so they are more into it. O never really lost interest but now all three are back. 

Sleep: They go to sleep around 7:30pm still and are up around 6:30 or 7am. They are taking only one nap and sleep from around 12:30-3 or 3:30 pm.

Clothes Size: All in mostly 18 month sizes with a few 2t things fitting and a few 12 month sizes still fit.

Milestones: Their words are just exploding and they are working on sentences. They also are really getting into climbing and doing things themselves. Definitely getting more assertive and acting like 2 year olds!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 26 Weeks!

I have been meaning to put up a weekly pregnancy post since 24 weeks but its taking me until now to get one done. We have been very busy with the start of the holidays. Thanksgiving was great and we spent some quality time with family. Patrick had a couple days off and it couldn't have come at a better time. He has been very busy lately and is trying to get a lot of work done now in preparation for Christmas and the new year (spoiler alert: A new job is in the works!! More on that later). We are working hard to get a lot done for the new baby in the next few weeks and hopefully will be pretty much done by Christmas. I am starting to lose energy again as I head towards the third trimester and with three 17 month olds, I need as much of whats left just for them!

As for the rest of the pregnancy, it is going smooth. I can't complain much because its a walk in the park compared to 3! But I also don't know how I did it. Im starting to get back pain and nerve pain and its really hard to think I have 14 more weeks! I am enjoying it though and I can't wait for March!

We had our last appointment a couple weeks ago now and have another in just under 2 weeks. After that it will be on to every 2 weeks not 4! The baby looked great at my last one, still measuring BIG. We don't really know how accurate it is but babe was around 1 pound 10 ounces at just shy of 24 weeks and 12 inches! So we are prepping for a big one which really isn't surprising with the size the triplets were at birth but it makes me a little nervous!

Now onto a few questions I have gotten:

A lot of people have asked if i have a feeling on the gender even though we aren't finding out. I honestly don't know. It changes often. At the very beginning I thought girl and then it switched to boy. Now I really don't know and keep going back and forth. Patrick thinks its a boy now but thought girl in the beginning too. The rest of our family is pretty split too. So it really will be a surprise! Feel free to guess!

I also have been asked a lot about how it compares to triplets. Honestly I basically feel like a first time mom! The pregnancy is so different and my care is obviously different too. I am carrying differently, but part of that is because there is only one. I basically felt closer to 30 weeks pregnant at like 16 weeks with the triplets and you really cant describe what it's like with 3 even when my belly wasn't big yet. Plus, I never had to prepare for going to term or a natural delivery. There was much more caution with them. Although 6 weeks doesn't seem like that long I was preparing to deliver them at any time basically from 24 weeks on. This time is just so different!

Ok and finally here is a belly picture from a couple days ago... You can see my belly is a bit more vertical... I think baby is breech right now because he/she is kicking my bladder! And I feel a hard head on top of my belly. Not worried yet since it is still early but we will see what they say at the next appointment. At 24 weeks the babe was transverse, still moving tons!



How far along: 26 Weeks!

Size of Baby: A Head of Lettuce
Total weight gain/loss: At 24 weeks I was up 14.5 pounds.  
Gender: We don't know and won't be finding out! 
Maternity clothes: All maternity clothes. I love being pregnant in the winter as opposed to spring because winter clothes are much more comfy while still looking cute!
Stretch marks: Just the few that I have from the triplets.
Belly Button: In, but definitely flattening.
Sleep: Definitely needing and loving my pregnancy pillow.Im waking up more and have to pee all the time but its not too bad. I miss sleeping on my stomach.
Symptoms: I'm starting to get more tired and my body is more ache-y. My back hurts more especially when carrying the triplets around a lot.
What I miss: Being able to sleep on my belly and really cuddle my babies. 
Cravings: This week has been great with thanksgiving but I have been craving a lot of sweets.
Aversions: Nothing!
Best Moment: A couple days ago Owen was nursing and the baby kicked really hard where he was laying. He pulled off and said "Whoa, Baby!" Then looked at my belly and started trying to play with the babe. The other two came to join as well. It was the cutest thing. It was the most interaction they had and makes me so excited for the arrival!
What i'm looking forward to: Finishing the nursery and enjoying the holidays. We are getting our tree this weekend! This is the more like the triplet's first Christmas as they were so little last year and now we get to watch then experience it all.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Little Life Update

Well what's new, we have a busy life. There is so many things I want to blog about and they never happen and then just turn into a jumbled post. Oh well.

Patrick is in the middle of another trial so he is working long hours. Im basically on my own with the triplets all day since he isn't really getting home until 7 or 8 most nights. Hopefully he will be done soon but I'm not holding my breath. Bless his heart though he really has been trying and is super exhausted. He makes breakfast before he leaves every morning and tries to bring me home treats and cravings at the end of the day. He's such a sweetheart.

I am feeling very pregnant now. I got my energy back some but now it is getting harder to sleep and I'm starting to get all the annoying symptoms: sore back, round ligament pain, braxton hicks etc. I'm loving feeling the baby though! He/she is a crazy one and moving all the time. Patrick can feel it too and even the triplets! Well at least Evelyn I know has. She gave me the cutest surprised face when it happened.

Speaking of them, they are 16 months now and getting into everything! Its such a cute age though. They are starting to understand a bit more about the baby and say "baby" and point to my belly all the time. They are talking up a storm and picking up new words all the time. Its crazy how fast they learn! They are developing the cutest little relationships and I love just watching them play.

They are getting so big!! Where did my babies go?!

Declan

Owen

Evelyn

We are staring to really prepare for the baby now and are starting the nursery. Its sort of been a storage room so we need to clear it out and organize. We want to get most of it done this month because the holidays will be very busy and then i'll be very pregnant and my due date will be just around the corner! It's gone by so fast this time and we haven't really had much time to enjoy it. Im already almost 23 weeks! Since we aren't finding out the gender, we aren't going to do too much in the nursery until after the baby arrives. He/she will be in our room for a while anyways. We are painting the room yellow and grey and are mostly going to do patterns for now. Depending on the gender we may add more specific stuff to it later.

There is far less to plan for only one baby and most of the big ticket items we already have. We really are just trying to mentally prepare for it and get the triplets ready to be big siblings. We have done a bit of shopping for a few outfits but not knowing the gender prevents a lot! We aren't getting a new stroller or anything and there are only a few new things I want to try this time around. We do need to get more cloth diapers and I am slowly adding to our stash.

We have talked a lot about names and we finally have them set! (I think...) This time around we are not going to share until the birth. More waiting! But really we have a couple names for each gender and are going to decide at the birth which one fits best.