Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halfway!! (Pregnancy Update)

I can't believe I am already halfway through this pregnancy! It's gone by so fast and we haven't had much time to prepare. We have been really busy with three toddlers running around and Patrick is pretty busy at work right now. I am very much in my second trimester now and feel great. I have gotten a lot, if not all my energy back which is awesome. I've been trying to soak up my time with the triplets as my babies for now because a lot will change when this new one comes! Plus towards the end I probably wont be able to do as much with them when i'm tired and huge! They are starting to understand a little bit I think. My belly is growing and they have noticed. They now all know how to say "baby" and point to my belly. In preparation we have gotten them some big sibling and new baby books as well as baby dolls. They seem to enjoy them! Although they really don't know what is going to hit them, it's nice to think they will do well :) They will get a good amount of practice too when their new cousin arrives in November.

We also had our big anatomy scan yesterday. We weren't finding out the gender so had to avoid that but thankfully the tech did a great job hiding it and we still have no clue (although she said she saw!). Everything checked out perfectly and our little peanut is growing great! But he/she isn't so little! My doctor suspects we may have a big baby on our hands both from the size of the triplets and because the babe is now measuring over a week ahead. If the triplets went full term they could have easily been well over 8 pounds each. So we are preparing for a bigger newborn which will be quite a change from last time!

I definitely feel big already and am carrying a bit different from with the triplets.

How far along: 20 Weeks (almost)!

Size of Baby: A Banana
Total weight gain/loss: At the appointment I was up 9 pounds.  
Gender: We don't know and won't be finding out! 
Maternity clothes: Yes! I am completely back in my maternity clothes besides the few things I can keep wearing like yoga pants/sweats and big t shirts.
Stretch marks: Just the few that I have from the triplets.
Belly Button: In, but definitely flattening.
Sleep: It;s ok but I am not as comfortable anymore and I wake up more often.
Symptoms: I am feeling a lot better! My energy is back and besides feeling big I really don't have any symptoms.
What I miss: Being able to sleep on my belly.
Cravings: I have a lot of random cravings. This week I really have been wanting fruit.
Aversions: Nothing!
Best Moment: Getting to see the baby and hearing that everything is going well!
What im looking forward to: Feeling the baby move more and feeling kicks on the outside! Patrick has felt a few but they have been small and I can't wait for the big moves and kicks that you can see on the outside!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Transitioning To One Nap! (And Breastfeeding Update)

Our babies are growing up! The last month or so the triplets have been showing signs of dropping a nap and going to just one. I have been excited about this because I am ready to do some longer fun outings and so are they! 2 naps also limit the amount of activities they can do, like music, library reading etc. But I have been hesitant to start because every time I think it's time they have a day where the two naps are very necessary!

Anyways, it's finally time and we have started the process. They have been fighting both naps and sleeping for less time totaling at most 3 hours. So if we aim for one 3 hour nap they won't lose any sleep! The way we have started is we are pushing their morning nap back later from what it was before at 9 or 9:30. They have actually been able to make it to about 11. That isn't an ideal time because they wake up starving and I think that is really what is preventing a longer stretch. Then they have taken another cat nap but I don't let it go longer than an hour because it's closer to dinner. I think in another week they should adjust a bit more and make it another hour in the morning. Then I can give them lunch before they go down and hopefully that will fix it! I am aiming for a nap from about 12:30 to 3:30 or so. We really aren't too far off and they have adjusted well!

After we get this routine down, we are going to do some breastfeeding training. My supply has dropped a bit with the pregnancy so the babies have been asking to nurse more often that before. I had no problem nursing on-demand before but now I am a bit more tender (and emotional!) and I want to get a set routine for then established well before the new baby arrives. I'm hoping that if we practice limiting and waiting now, they won't get upset when I am feeding the new baby and make them wait. There is going to be a lot of changes for them and hopefully this will help with jealousy issues from me nursing the new baby. I still want to nurse them, but I want them to have set times so I dont have 4 babies screaming for food!

I want to get to just nursing them in the morning, before naps, in the late afternoon/before dinner, and before bed. I am going to start the process by telling them to wait a few minutes when they ask and slowly increase the time to making them wait all the way to the next session. We have been doing a lot of talking about the new baby and I think they are starting to notice something is different and they can say baby and point to my belly. But they have no idea what is really coming and what is going to change!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pregnancy Brain is Back

...and in full force! A few years ago, I always laughed when pregnant friends and family told me about their pregnancy brain. I wasn't sold on it being an actual thing. Well, once I was pregnant, I changed my mind! It definitely happens. It wasn't terrible with the triplets, but I did tend to forget things.

But this time, i'm in for it. I have already started forgetting things and it's worse. I don't know if it's because I have a much busier life so there are more things to forget or what, but i'm only 13 weeks! Anyways, I thought I would write down a few of my mishaps from this week so that I will remember them and just cause they are hilarious.

1. On Thursday, I packed up the kids and we were going to bring Patrick lunch at work and then head to the park to meet a few friends for a picnic. I've driven to his office hundreds of times, but this time I forgot where it was and made a wrong turn! Thankfully I realized pretty quickly and figured out how to get back to where I needed to go.

2. Friday morning, I was going to take the trips with me to go grocery shopping, and we had a big list. I got them dressed and loaded up and we headed out. We got to the store, I parked got them all out of the car, put Evie in the Ergo, walked to get a cart (about 6 parking spots away), loaded the boys in, and then finally realized that I wasn't wearing shoes!! Thankfully, Patrick had left a pair of flip flops in the trunk, so I put those on and continued on (now wearing shoes like 3 sizes too big!).

3. Friday I also went to get gas and drove up on the wrong side! I went looking for it on the passenger side and was very confused until I realized. Worse yet, I have never had a car with the gas on that side, it's always been on the driver's side!

4. And then we can't forget how terrible my vocabulary is now. I am always forgetting what things are called and forget mid sentence what I am saying. Today I forgot what a "laptop" was called and asked Patrick to bring me the "mini desktop thingy." Like what? Seriously. It's a problem. Patrick just laughed.

And those are just from the last couple of days! 27 more weeks of this!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

12 Weeks; 14 Months

Well we officially have just one more baby on the way! Yesterday we had our 12 week appointment and saw our very active little peanut again. We had the NT scan and everything looked "perfect"to my doctor with the little one! He/she put on quite the show and was oh so cute! The heart beat was right at 160. We talked a bit about plans for the birth and have decided we can go ahead and plan for a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) like I was hoping as long as everything stays going smooth! My next appointment is at 16 weeks and we can't wait!

How far along: 12 Weeks!

Size of Baby: A Lime
Total weight gain/loss: I lost a little weight in the beginning but I am up 2 pounds now.  
Gender: We don't know and won't be finding out! 
Maternity clothes: I have started wearing my shorts and pants again but I dont need different shirts yet.
Stretch marks: Just the few that I have from the triplets.
Belly Button: In.
Sleep: Not too bad although I am waking a little more often.
Symptoms: Mostly I'm just tired. My morning sickness is basically gone now.
What I miss: Having more energy.
Cravings: Everyday it changes. I am finally getting a good appetite back and today I really wanted a burger. Guess what we had for dinner? My husband is the best.
Aversions: Nothing! It's about time.
Best Moment: Seeing the baby again. Its so fun and this time around we have way fewer appointments and even fewer ultrasounds so we really cherish them!
What im looking forward to: Having a better apetite and getting a bit of energy back.

Also, the triplets are 14 months old!! They are getting so big! They are talking up a storm and getting into tons of trouble. They are at such a cute stage though and are so fun playing together. 
Weights and Lengths: I think the boys are over 23 pounds and Evie over 22 pounds.

Eating: They are all still nursing 4 times a day and have 3 meals and multiple snacks throughout the day.

Sleep: They go to sleep around 7:30 and are up around 7. They are taking two naps still but we are close to dropping to one. They sleep for 2 hours in the morning but only about an hour in the afternoon and they take longer to fall asleep and talk for a bit.

Clothes Size: All of them are in 12 and 18 months sizes.

Milestones: All walking, running, and talking! Some of their favorite words: Mama, Dada, ball, park, dog, again, and up.