In a world with a 4 year old, a 3 year old, a 16 month old, a 3 month old and two soldiers you never know what misadventures await. Life is always springing the unexpected and I want to share them with you. Welcome to my world.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pregnancy Survey 29 Weeks

How far along? 29 Weeks 4 days  (1/22)
Total weight gain/loss:I weigh 209 and it hasn't changed in three weeks (thank heavens!)

Maternity clothes? Still a dumb question, maternity clothes, yes, duh!

Stretch marks? I've noticed one or two more, but really not bad

Sleep: It depends on the day, but I can be going to bed at 3 or 4 in the morning and still be up around 9:30, and then not getting to sleep again until Aidan & Aislynn's naptime

Best moment this week:Hearing my blood pressure is dropping, but that can change really fast

Movement: Most definitely, she loves to move especially at night

Food cravings: Not really anything specifically except Wendy's new sea salt homemade fries (my husband is strict on how many I can have ;(  ), I'm hungry all the time and still having to take nausea meds

Gender: A little girl, Rhiannon Brielle Adelaide

Labor Signs: Having contractions every day, some days worse than others but not enough of them to go to L&D, at least not since last Saturday, when I'm not contracting I'm having menstrual like cramps (yuck)

Belly Button in or out? Almost an outie

Wedding rings on or off? Not even a possibility for my rings to fit

What I miss: Feeling great and having energy to even just get out of bed

What I am looking forward to: All the suffering to be over and to have my beautiful daughter in my arms

Weekly Wisdom: Don't be afraid to ask your Dr questions about anything, they are there to help you

Milestones: Having to go to the hospital for labor, taking three hours to stop them and still having them all week, lots of cramping, but a good milestone is I've made it to 29 weeks without actually having the baby and my blood pressure has gone down. Maybe it will stay down.

Friday, January 14, 2011

An Aidan Story

Today you don't have to endure a boring monologue about how boring bedrest is (I think we all got that now). No, today I have to write about this incredibly funny, amazing and sad story about Aidan. As of the last like two or three weeks, he's figured out how to open doors and thereby requiring us to purchase doorknob covers. First set didn't work cause he figured it out, but these new ones are amazing and our little Houdini has figured them out yet. But we don't put one on the inside of his bedroom door because we want him to be able to let himself out in the mornings and to get used to the fact he has to stay in his room without being prevented.

This has caused some significant issues with him staying in his room at bedtime, this equals to a very ornery and upset Mommy at night. I try really hard not to, but by bedtime my nerves are fairly frazzled. Well, so two nights ago, I was having issues getting to sleep and finally around 3:00 in the morning I was finally starting to drift off, when I heard my son's little voice come out of the darkness. "Mommy, I scared." I sat up and he was standing at the bottom of my bed. I obviously asked him what he was scared of and he said, 'Skeleton.' That one word was heartbreaking to me because I knew it meant he'd had a nightmare and what parent wants to hear about their child having one.

I was so exhausted that I told him to climb up in bed with me and that he could sleep in Daddy's spot til Daddy came home in a few hours. So, my sweet little 2 1/2 year old crawled into my bed, laid his head down on the pillow next to me and drifted off to sleep. It was obviously comforting to him to be near me, but it was comforting to me as well. Maybe a half hour later, he woke up and told me he wanted to go to his bed. But when I told him that he could go, he said, "I want Daddy spot." I told him it was fine he could stay there, and then we both drifted off. When my Hubby got home, my son instantly woke up and told me "Daddy home."

Well, this morning when my Hubby got home from work and after falling asleep in our still running car in the driveway for 45 mins (poor tired guy), he came upstairs and found our son curled up in a little ball at the foot of our bed on the floor. I hadn't even heard him come in to our room, I felt bad especially since we've taken to keeping our window open just a crack with the fan going to keep the room cool. So he'd slept for who knows how long without a blanket on the floor. My Hubby picked him up and tucked him in between the two of us on our bed, but that lasted maybe 10 mins before he decided to wake up and wanted a graham cracker.

I hate the idea that my son has nightmares, but what parent does? But there is something about having your child come to you because they are scared and know you can 'protect' them & comfort them. I remember doing the same thing as a child, I even pulled the 'I don't want to wake up my parents, but I need to be close to them.' So I spent many nights curled up on the floor at the bottom of their bed until the sun would come up and then I'd go back to my room. Its crazy the similarities. Unfortunately Aislynn on the otherhand has night terrors and we spend two or three times most nights working to comfort her all the while she's fighting you tooth and nail. I guess such is the life of being a parent.

By the way, here are a couple of pictures of my kids using Daddy and each other as jungle gyms. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


So, honestly there isn't anything to terribly exciting about being on bedrest, kind of makes my life boring. I mean aside from the constant worry that Rhiannon is going to decide to come any day. Having gotten the steroid shots makes me feel better about her lungs at least, but there are so many other things that her coming early can bring. Not to mention long NICU stay and me having to move in with my in-laws so I can spend time with her. (Hospital is 2 hours away from my house.)

Anyway, about the only exciting things going on is finding I have no patience for my two toddlers, who feel the constant need to wreak havoc all over the house. Although I should be resting more, I find myself picking up their toys 6 and 7 times a day, just to avoid tripping and dying. Trying to get either one to really help me is near impossible. Plus I discovered yesterday that nesting has begun, I couldn't sleep last night thinking of all the things I'd like to get done and figuring out how to place furniture in our bedroom so we can accommodate a bassinet. I even did some organizing today in the baby's room, which is currently Aislynn's bedroom and my craft room. It felt good to accomplish something, but boy was I worn out and I really only spent like 30 mins in there. I pulled out all the newborn clothes and set up the changing table. The next part of organizing the nursery is to clear off my two tables and  make things accessible.

My life is really boring right now. Honestly I'd love to be able to go do stuff. At the elementary school here on post they're going to do a free dinner & movie night this next week, I would love to go and take the kids. They are showing Legend of the Guardians, but alas my Hubby works and I honestly don't think I could contain my children. Plus the whole bedrest thing, makes it hard to get away with stuff like that. I mean just folding one load of laundry tonight took all of my energy. I even have a couple more loads that really need to be put away and I have no desire to do so. Yet, I have the nagging 'nesting' need to do it. Grrr. I wonder does that mean Rhiannon will be here sooner? I've never had nesting before, so this is all new to me. Anyway, so that's how things are going for me. I spend ample time in bed watching all my DVRed shows, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer seasons (yes, I am a nerd!) and spending time on my computer when my hands aren't too swollen to do so. Yup, nothing too terribly exciting. I hope everything is going well for all of you. I will keep you all updated on things as things happen.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

28 Week Pregnancy Photo

Ok, I'm warning you that they aren't really the greatest pictures, but hey I actually remembered to get my hubby to take them for me. We'll try something different next week.

The Interesting Twists of Life

There has been a few new twists in this crazy Army Momma's life and I'm not particularly sure if I like them very much. Well, its been no big secret that this pregnancy has certainly been a very long series of trials for my family, me and just everything in general really. I've done the on again and off again bedrest bit (which really isn't as great as it might seem), the fear of a miscarriage with the spotting during first trimester and the never ending nausea, to name just a few things. But the further my pregnancy with our daughter has progressed there have been a variety of new and frustrating issues. None of my other pregnancies were easy by any means, I mean I ran a very real risk with my son of losing a kidney and had to undergo all kinds of not so great things to fix that. Now Aislynn's pregnancy itself wasn't too bad, still with the sick, passed a few kidney stones, but then there was the going into labor 6 weeks early and spending a week with her in NICU. Then the months of oxygen that followed.

The first sign of trouble with this pregnancy was the spotting, but it was so mild that they really weren't too worried (obviously still a worry for me with having had three miscarriages). Then we discovered I think it was just before 20 weeks that I have placenta previa. For those of you who might not know what that is, it's where the placenta is sitting over top of the cervix and it can be partial, a little bit and complete. So, I had to come back for another ultrasound around 24 weeks to see if it moved (usually they do as your uterus expands). Unfortunately, that was not the case for me since it appeared to be a complete placenta previa (still could move but the likelihood is slim to none). This means that even if I hadn't decided to have a repeat c-section, I would have to have one due to the risks of death for both Rhiannon and I. It also means taking it easy and with toddlers that's really tricky, but I've managed.

Then there is the horrifically awful weight gain and the incredibly painful swelling of hands, feet and legs. Now, I understand weight gain is most certainly going to occur with growing a baby inside of you, but when by like 24 weeks I'd gained nearly thirty pounds its really depressing. I now weigh over 200lbs, which is the heaviest I've ever weighed. Its mostly water weight which is kind of relieving, but still rough every time I get on the scale at the Dr's office and see the numbers go up.

Migraines have also been a massive plague to me, which sucks but I was diagnosed with them a while back so it isn't too surprising to have them now. But last week there was a fairly drastic change in the intensity of the migraines and a massive increase in swelling. I was concerned about pre-eclampsia and so I called the Dr's office. They wanted me to come in that same day and get my blood pressure checked. Then they could better decide what to do next. Long frickin' drive to town (though that is no fault of anyone but myself, good Drs and hospitals are worth it to me), I got there and we found my blood pressure was kind of high for me (134/80) and I normally run 100/60. So, I had to do this 'real great' 24 hour urine test and then get my blood drawn.

So, I had to wait over the weekend for the test results, which I was going to get at my appt that was technically yesterday (seeing its after midnight). Monday night I started having contractions and I was a little worried, but after a hot soak bath I had one more and then nothing. Thank heavens! So, we went to see the Dr for my 28 week appt and I admit by this point I was nervous, wondering what was going to happen. Luckily I weighed in at the same weight as last week (which was a relief). Then on to all the fun of the actually appt. My blood pressure was still elevated at 120/80. This is where my life takes the most crazy and stressful twist. My tests all showed slight elevation in things (what exactly I'm not sure), but being elevated means having to do those stupid tests every couple weeks and praying that things won't escalate into full out pre-eclampsia.

So, now I have to see my Dr once a week, go to Labor & Delivery for a check up on blood pressure and the baby. Oh and bedrest for the rest of the pregnancy. I'm seriously praying that God will send me miracle help so that I can actually do my bedrest the way the Dr wants. It isn't modified bedrest this time, he wants me to be strictly in bed and I'm not sure how to do that with toddlers. I hate asking for help, but what choice do I have. We'll see what my LDS ward can do to help me, even a little bit of help is better than none at all. The goal of all of this is to get Rhiannon to 34 weeks (6 weeks a way) and if we can make it till then, then our next goal will be 37 weeks. At that point we'll do the c-section. (kind of nice not having to be pregnant for quite as long.) I also had to get the steroid shots to speed up the development of her lungs. I had the first one yesterday and I have to get one more later today. Plus do the 'oh so wonderful' glucose test. Yeah for me! Not!

So, that is my interesting twists of my life. What new Misadventures await me? If anybody has any suggestions for me to make life easier, getting to actually have bedrest, I really am all ears. I'm sorry I've gone on so long, but I needed to get it all out. Plus what a great way to remember things then to write them shortly after they happen. Now with this whole bedrest thing maybe I can actually do more blogging than I have been.

Alright now, I'm off to bed. I have a lot to do in the morning. Goodnight all!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pregnancy Survey 27 Weeks

How far along? 27 Weeks 1 day  (1/6)
Total weight gain/loss: I put on another 11lbs, but its most definitely water weight

Maternity clothes? This question is kind of pointless, cause I won't be not wearing maternity clothes til a while after having the baby.

Stretch marks? Still just the couple new ones

Sleep: Since Tuesday, I've been on new meds for my migraines in hopes of getting rid of them and help bring down my blood pressure. So, yesterday I slept all day and I do mean all day. If I hadn't needed to go to town to drop off a test at the hospital I'd have slept most of today.

Best moment this week: Aislynn crawled up onto my bed and pointed to my tummy saying, 'Baby.' I love that my kids are excited (well as excited as a two year old and one year old can) about the baby.

Movement: My daughter is a mover and a goer. I love it!

Food cravings: PB & J sandwiches

Gender: A little girl, Rhiannon Brielle Adelaide

Labor Signs: Lots of cramping but nothing else, still worried about having an early delivery

Belly Button in or out? Still just alittle shy of an outie

Wedding rings on or off? Not even a possibility for my rings to fit

What I miss: Energy!

What I am looking forward to: Being done and enjoying our little girl in our arms!

Weekly Wisdom: Don't be afraid to ask your Dr questions about anything, they are there to help you

Milestones:Another not great milestone: I may have pre-eclampsia. I've had this great increase in swelling over the last week and my migraines have gotten worse along with it. So, naturally I got worried and the Dr's office decided they wanted to check my blood pressure. I normally run 100/60, but on Tuesday I was 134/80. I had to take a 24 hour urine test (which was gross) and then get a blood draw, and in a few days we'll know if I have the protein in my urine that means 'pre-eclampsia.' I've decided that this pregnancy is out to test me, I just keep reminding myself I'll get to have a cute baby girl out of all this.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011