Monthly Archives: June 2011

So That’s What It’s Like!

The kids had a hard time visualizing how the baby is situated right now. I found this picture for them:
So, now they understand why heartburn is often & kicks are uncomfortable. No complaining here, that is for certain! Baby still has plenty of time to consider flipping around so no worries here either. Now to kick the constant Chick-fil-a milkshake craving…
edited: PookieBear and I just went to the kitchen and made delicious milkshakes in our BlendTec! YUM!
Ingredients: raw milk, plain yogurt, raw cocao powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and ice…  No more Chick-fil-a temptations for me! 

Last Minute Appointment with the High Risk OB

Well, I was calling the high risk OB’s office of Dr. S this morning to schedule my 3rd trimester follow up appointment. The receptionist was so super nice, put me on hold, and when she returned said that I was supposed to be coming to see Dr. S every month and I hadn’t been to their office since March. She did not know where the mix up happened, as I thought I wasn’t supposed to return until sometime during my 3rd trimester. The receptionist, continued and asked if I could come in today and they would squeeze me in. “Uh, okay?, sure.”

Well, everything turned out to be fine and the office staff and Dr. S was sorry if they alarmed me. It was such a blessing to see our little one, well, big one as I will explain in a moment. I wish Rhea could have made it, but with the last minute appointment, there was no way for Rhea to rearrange his schedule. I had the same technician as last time and she was wonderful. I dread ultrasound appointments like most people dread going to the dentist. I let fear seep in and have to fight it off with a stick. It is a constant battle I am afraid. The Lord is gracious and I know that as I release those fears to Him, my sanctification process continues its path.

Dr. S said we have a very healthy baby, in full breech position (which explains the heartburn and painful kicks down below) who happens to be measuring over 2 weeks ahead of schedule. She also said the baby is over 3 1/2 pounds (I am only 27w 5d)! Oh, and Dr. S happened to throw out too that the baby had a big head. Oh my! She checked my labs that I had run at my regular OB’s office this past Wednesday and she was expecting to see that I had failed my glucose test as that could account for the larger baby size, but no, I passed my glucose test! My thyroid panel was all within range, my iron was low, but I expected that. As my sister mentioned this afternoon, I probably won’t be needing the XS cloth diapers I purchased.

I go back to see Dr. S in 4 weeks. She did say that I would not be going past 39 weeks. Now with a big baby, I am thinking maybe that sounds like a good idea? ; )
I see my regular OB in 2 weeks. I can’t believe we are getting so much closer!

Oh, I guess you would like to see a pic or 2 of Mudpuppy? He/she was VERY wiggly today, so the pictures are blurry, but you can see the cute little nose and hand up by the face in the first one. The blob to the left of the face is the other arm.

It has been a blessing too, to see so many EA babies born this past week. Little lives out of the freezer, into the arms of their parents. Thank you Father!

What’s New at Our House

Well literally speaking, we have a new range! Our old one finally gave out and we had enough points saved to get this new range delivered and installed for a big whoppin’ $20!  I never realized how awful my burner output really was!

I have also been sewing some more. I made these PJ pants for Leevster &
 my 4yo nephew. 

Of course we made GI Joe PJ pants out of the scraps!
 Next, this past Saturday when Rhea was working, I finally got around to making slipcovers for our 16yo glider rocker. This rocker does not match our decor anymore, as we have all dark wood pieces now, but this chair is so comfy and I have rocked all 4 kiddos in it, I just couldn’t give it up. So, slipcovers it is! I had no pattern and with a lot of use from my seam ripper and lots of Velcro, I finally finished!

Then, it was time to make wetbags. These are reusable zipper bags to put soiled cloth diapers/wipes in when traveling or at home. They can also be used for carrying wet swimsuits or soiled clothes during the season of potty training! The bag gets tossed in the laundry with the dipes or other garments. The one above has PUL (waterproof fabric) on the inside and outside. I made 2 of those. One for me and one for my sister.

This bag I made in a larger size for our diaper changing area for our baby. It has cloth on the outside and PUL on the inside. BTW, I have NEVER done zippers before & they weren’t that scary after all! I used a free online pattern/tutorial for the bags. I have 2 more to make. A medium one for the diaper bag/travel and an extra for the nursery. I have also finished my CD stash, thanks to my sister’s help. We are ready to give this cloth diapering adventure a whirl! (well I am, but the other kiddos are still not too sure)

And finally, why you haven’t heard from me most of all…
Our entire house came down with “the crud”. The girls (including me) got it the worst, but we stayed on top of it with EOs, homeopathy, & herbal tinctures. Pookie and I sound the worst still as ours moved into bronchitis.  
28wk OB appt was yesterday. I had my 1 hour glucose test done, thyroid  blood work run, and the baby is measuring 2 weeks ahead of schedule! Sounds good to me, as we know I am not going to be going past 39 weeks. 
I did have a great visit with my OB yesterday about inducing. He wants me to labor at home and says as we get closer h will discuss with me some things we will try to get my body to go into labor early and me labor at home. I also told him how I “stall” during labor and in the past I have been given Pit and then I cannot stay on top of the contractions without and epi. I told him that at our homebirth that eventually the contractions got going again and everything was fine. 
He was very positive and said he wants to stay as non-invasive as possible and it will all come down to the NST results at the end. I have several friends who have used my OB and have been very pleased with how he handles L&D. Rhea and I are completely at ease with our choice in doctors. 
Well, I believe that about catches you up around here!
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