Monday, November 23, 2015

34 weeks

My original due date was Jan 4th.  The ultrasonographer moved it up to Dec 26th when I was 20 weeks (which would technically make me 35 weeks, but we stick to the original when counting down so we know when she actually came).  Olivia was born at 37 weeks and Berlin was born at 38 weeks, so things get a little tricky when we are trying to plan on when this baby may make her debut!  I'm guessing sometime between the 18th and 21st.  HOPEFULLY not on Christmas :) The funny thing is, we were specifically trying to avoid having a December baby.  My birthday is Dec 5th and I've never loved it.  Jack and I tried for this baby for about 5 cycles before we got to April and I realized if we got pregnant that month he or she would be born around Christmas.  So we took a month off.  I won't go into detail, but let's just say that we had been tracking my cycle pretty well since we had been trying for a few months and during the whole two weeks when all possibility was there, not much happened.  Plus we were closing on our new house and moving in, which made things super busy anyway!  Fast forward a couple of weeks we need to start tracking things again since we are still wanting to get pregnant.  Jack and I were organizing some things in the kitchen when he says "when is your period supposed to start?"  I sat back on my heels and thought about it what day it was.  I was two days late.  This wouldn't be such a big deal, but I am NEVER late.  Sometimes early, never late.  My cycle is so consistent that Olivia and Berlin were born in the same week, two years apart!  I immediately took a pregnancy test and it was positive.  After 5 previous negative months and trying not to get pregnant in April, we stood in the kitchen dumbfounded.

It was all part of a tremendous blessing and left me with an even stronger belief in my Heavenly Father's love and recognition of me and my needs.  I get very sick for my first 17 weeks of pregnancy.  It starts at 5 weeks and doesn't let off until I'm good and humble.  We didn't plan on building a house at the beginning of year, but everything came together and it happened for us.  I could NOT have done all I needed to to help our family build and move if I had been sick.  But as soon as we were settled, here came the baby.  Whether we tried or not.   I don't even care that she will be a Christmas baby.  My trust in the Lord's timing has strengthened so much.  I was told in a blessing when we started this process (because I always need that extra encouragement that comes from God through the Priesthood in order to work up the courage to get pregnant again) that our baby was so anxious to come to our family, so if timing wasn't right for me December is her first chance to be with us, then we are more than ecstatic to have her then.  IN FOUR WEEKS! ...give or take :)

This pregnancy has been much like the others in all the major ways.  I wasn't able to take any prescription nausea meds at the beginning, first of all I was nervous about Zofran because of new evidence of birth defects (which info, of course, you always have to take with a grain of salt because who knows if it could be linked to things that happen anyway), but either way, when the nausea got so bad that I couldn't hold anything down for a long time and I'd take half a Zofran, I'd get a terrible migraine.  One of the worst days of my life so far was the day when I was 8 weeks pregnant, so sick I couldn't even keep water down, and had a migraine so bad that I had to lay in a dark room without moving my head or eyes...yeah I'd like to never have to re-live anything like that.  However, I did NOT have to get an IV this time around for dehydration!  So that was amazing.  The exhaustion this pregnancy has been worse, but that could be because I also have a 2-year-old and 4-year-old this time around.  Olivia wakes up between 6 and 6:30 every morning so I have to make sure I'm in bed by 10:30 in order to make it through the day.  Especially because I'm waking up 4 or 5 times a night now to turn over and get comfortable.  The heartburn is bad, the back and pelvis pain are bad.  This baby is moving all the time, but doesn't make me sore like the other two did.  She's very gentle and isn't pushing her feet into my ribs like Liv, or stretching down into my pelvis like Berlin. We are so excited to have three girls though.  Jack especially.  He is a dad made for girls I think. And if we are able to get a boy for our fourth and last then that would be awesome, but we are just so happy with whatever we are given and to have three girls will be an adventure.  A dramatic, hormonal, pink glittered, adventure.

We have decided to have her at the birth center in Lehi with a midwife.  It has been a very different experience than our previous two with doctors.  We had a doctor we loved for prenatal visits, but who was absent at both births.  In the hospital I had no one there for me the whole time to check and help with progress and with Berlin's I thought I wasn't progressing so I got the epidural, when in actuality I was in transition and had to sit at the edge of the bed while Jack was made to stand in the corner of the room and then I had her before the drugs even kicked in and then couldn't lift my arms to hold her afterward.  After trying to breastfeed, I couldn't see my baby for an hour because they wouldn't let me out of labor and delivery due to the late epidural that left me unable to get into a wheelchair.  Finally Jack lifted me out of the bed and into the chair so I could go hold Berlin in mother baby.  We wanted to try something different.  I'm interested to see how the delivery goes.  The midwives make the whole experience a lot more mother-led than a doctor does.  I'm responsible for tracking my vitals and weight when I get there, I do my own urinalysis there, and I monitor my diet and symptoms.  There are three midwives at the center and I meet with whomever is on call on the day of my appointment and then when I go into labor I get whoever is on that day.  There is a birthing suite at the center with a huge tub, bed, ball, and birthing stool (plus extras like TV, fridge, stereo, etc.)  The pain management techniques they use there are sterile water injections for back labor and nitrous oxide.

So now we're just in the last phase and waiting for our girl!  It's pretty nice to be in my final months and weeks during the holidays because it keeps us busy and excited for other things in the meantime. Plus, how magical would it be to have our brand new family member with us on Christmas morning (please, please?)  Liv and Berlin are excited as well and have been so sweet talking about their new baby sister.  I can't wait to see them with her...If they can wrestle her away from her dad.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

St George

A couple of weeks ago I went down to St George for Tasha's baby shower and took Berlin with me.  In the car I stocked her up with new shows on her iPad and a bag of jerky and she was so great on the trip :)  We had dinner with my best friends first thing, did a Costco run, and then all weekend had lots of downtime and great conversations. It's pretty awesome to be pregnant at the same time as Clar and Tash.  Tasha's baby shower was Saturday and we had soup and treats and it was cool to see some of my old friends and school staff (Tasha is a counselor at the middle school).  We also went to Clar's house to just sit and talk in chairs in her driveway while Berlin terrorized her cats.  When Tracy caught the cat for her to hold I thought her heart would explode from happiness.  We missed Jack and Liv terribly but it was such a nice relaxing weekend.

 I'm such a sucker for Dairy Queen mud pie blizzards so I always have to make a late night trip when we are in Hurricane.  This particular time I was looking so forward to it, then took it back to Tasha's to find that they GAVE ME THE WRONG BLIZZARD.  Seriously, I was so mad.  Sweet Kassie got a mud pie though and traded me.  Cause she's pretty amazing :D

Monday, November 16, 2015

Snow Day

The first week in November we had our first snow! Last year the first snow day was right on Christmas Day so this was pretty early and we were very excited :) Olivia woke me up and dragged me out of bed to look out the window.  They built a snowman with Jack and, even though it melted overnight, were able to play throughout that first day.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween 2015

My favorite holiday is over!  I'm usually so sad waking up the next morning, but this year I'm actually pretty glad to have it over with.  We are that much closer to December and meeting our new little girl (and being done with pregnancy!  Yay!) Yesterday was such a great day though, Jack played Legos with the girls all morning and I took a long, hot shower and watched Practical Magic in bed.  We went up to Fashion Place Mall, ate lunch and pumpkin pecan cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory, and then did some shopping.  Every store in the mall had buckets of candy for the kids to go trick-or-treating at!  Someone had placed a trick zombie baby in a carriage outside of their storefront and the baby would pop up when someone stood in front of it.  Jack and I thought it would be hilarious to tell our girls to go look in it.  So mean, I know.  And so unlike us.  Needless to say, our girls spent the rest of the time in the mall looking over their shoulders trying to avoid that creepy baby.  Berlin kept saying "Mama, no baby. No like that."

After a quiet afternoon we got the girls dressed up in their costumes.  About a month ago Berlin was looking over my shoulder as I browsed Pinterest and saw a girl with deer makeup on.  Ever since then she has asked to be a deer for Halloween and at least twice a day would remind me "Mama, Halloween Bay paint her nose and ears in hair."  I made her costume for only a few bucks and she looked so sweet in it!  Olivia had a hard time choosing a costume and I was worried she'd make issue and want to wear her ratty Snow White dress (she rarely takes it off).  So last week I asked her what she wanted to be and we started drawing up ideas.  She drew some pretty cute ones ("I could go as a french fry! Or a giraffe!  Or a bowl of chips!)  As soon as she thought of a ballerina and I drew it up though I saw her eyes light up and knew we were done.  We met up with some neighbors and went door-to-door on our street.  We really have the best neighbors and community here in our new house. All of our close neighbors had made special treats for the close kids on our street and our girls got personalized baggies of goodies and little mummy cans of toys.  One family was projecting a movie onto their garage for the kids to watch, and later some friends brought Jack and I over homemade cider, hot cocoa, cake pops, and caramel apples.  The girls were pretty done after just our street and wanted to go home, hand out candy, dump out theirs, and eat it.  I told Olivia she could have some and then we'd eat the rest in the next few days.  She said "Mama, let's eat ALL of our candy tonight and just see how happy it makes us!"  At one point when the girls were helping me hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters Olivia decided she'd put a handful of our community candy into her own personal bag to hand out to kids. I warned her that her own candy was in there as well and she made a big show of being so great at sharing.  She got mad when the kids wouldn't pick out of her bag so I encouraged them to.  When they left she looked down and yelled "Hey!  That boy took my chocolate!  That was MY chocolate!"

Jack went to grab he and I the traditional JCWs Halloween takeout while I put the girls to bed and then we watched Halloween Wars and The Walking Dead while eating and snuggling up on the couch.  It was perfect.

Fall 2015

October is my favorite month of the year!  I still need to upload and pick through all of our photos from Cali for a big post, but for now let me put up some pics of what we were able to cram in between our vacation and Halloween :)

Four trips to Cornbelly's (our fave fall destination) where we went down the big slide, the girls jumped on the air trampoline, played in the huge enclosure full of corn kernels, went through the corn maze, played on all of the toys, watched pig and goat races, raced ducks in water troughs, and ate lots of candied nuts, roasted corn on the cob, and drank our weight in homemade kegged sodas.

One morning we made the beautiful drive up to Sundance and looked at the fall leaves.  We walked up and down the paths there, sat by the fire, and ate brunch at Foundry grill. 

 Berlin nearly went into a food coma after encountering her first buffet.  She was in heaven when she saw the huge serving bowl of yogurt and fruit, the mountains of waffles with cream, and the dessert table.

We carried on our tradition of watching a movie together after church each Sunday. The girls call it 'Family Movie Day' and we pop a big bowl of popcorn (Jack sticks to his bagged version) and blow up the air mattress to park in front of the TV in the living room.  Olivia always lines her toys up on the couch to watch the movie with us.

This baby girl is still baking and we hit the third trimester at the beginning of the month!  

We watched the pumpkin drop with our traditional group at Hee Haw's (Amanda and Jack's dad and his wife, Paula).  Liv did NOT like the pumpkin drops and made me take her to the car when she saw that they intended to drop a car.
We carved pumpkins as a family.  Berlin's didn't hold up well since it was a small pie pumpkin that we had the longest.  Two days later the bottom jaw softened up and her's could be found flat on it's face most of the time.

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