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.





Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Baby Number 4!

Today I am 10 weeks! And I am definitely pregnant! I am already showing, although some of it is bloating. I feel more pregnant than I did at this point with the triplets! My body is definitely saying, "I remember this..." I feel pretty good but still have a bit of "morning" sickness. I haven't thrown up in a long time but just get sick to my stomach. I can't complain because its not nearly as bad as with the triplets. My appetite is all weird which is the hardest part because now I need it more than ever! Since im still breastfeeding, I technically am eating for 5! Ive been trying to sneak the calories and nutrients in with smoothies and bars. Other than being a lot more tired and a bit more emotional, im doing great!

Everyone is very excited for this new little one. I found out a month ago at 6 weeks after having a few weird symptoms and the babies acting a little odd. Im not sure if my milk could have changed or if it was related at all but I tested and it very quickly turned positive! I was very shocked although immediately excited. I didn't do anything too special to tell Patrick, but it was cute. I acted a little weird the night before but didn't say anything and I think he knew something was up. He was feeding the babies breakfast while I was getting ready and thats when I tested and found out. I went downstairs with the test behind my back and asked, "How do you feel about the number 6?" He looked kinda confused and said, "Um, It's ok, why?" I just said, "Because that's how many people we have in our family!" It took him a second, but then he got it and he stood up (knocking his chair over!) with a huge smile on his face and said "You're pregnant?!!" and I pulled out the test! He gave me a big hug and kiss and the babies squealed because of all the commotion. It was really cute!

The pregnancy was definitely a surprise to us but we had started the conversation about when we wanted to have another. We had decided to try maybe around 16 months so they would be a little over 2 years apart. I hadn't gotten my period back yet so it wasn't really on our minds that I could get pregnant. Now they will be about 20 months apart which is a little daunting to think about having 4 under 2! But, we have so much help and what's one more?!

I had my first appointment at 6 weeks and a few days and everything looked great. We had an early ultrasound because of the situation of not knowing when we conceived/last period and having had multiples before. That one showed just one healthy baby! We had another appointment last week with my OB and just heard one heartbeat again. We have our next ultrasound at 12 weeks but we are pretty certain it's just one!

The triplets don't really get it yet, although we have been talking about it a lot. They are just too young right now. To reveal to family, we were going to wait a bit longer but we were going up to Tahoe for a last of the summer trip, and some of them would have been skeptical since I wasn't feeling great and I was already showing a bit. So we decided to reveal to most of the family at a big dinner the first night everyone was there (last Saturday). We dressed the babies in "Im a Big Brother!" and "Im a Big Sister!" shirts and just waited for people to notice. It took a good 30 minutes or so and it was my Mom who said,"what do their shirts say??" Then everyone looked at them and freaked out! There were lots of shrieks and hugs and it was the talk of the trip. Of the few family members that weren't there, we Skyped them and asked if they wanted to see the babies, then they saw the shirts! We also tried to teach them to say baby while pointing at my belly, but it didn't work. They are still too young to get the concept.

Anyways, we are due March 11th and are not going to find out the gender so that will be a surprise! Ill try to post pregnancy updates often, but I dont think i'm going to do them weekly like the first. We'll see!