Tuesday, December 13, 2011
One year ago today, we received our early Christmas present, when we found out that our FET cycle had worked and I was going to have a baby! Trevor will be four months old tomorrow. Part of me asks, where has the time gone? Part of me can barely remember not having him in our family.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Monday, November 14, 2011
In honor or Trevor's Three-month birthday, here is his birth story:
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Friday, September 23, 2011
All of my babies started out on the smallish side, but they all chunked up rather quickly once they were born. Trevor appears to want to be the fastest growing of the three of them. The kid has a killer appetite, basically when he is awake he wants to be eating!
I took him in for his 1-month well-baby visit on Monday. When he was born, he weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and now he weighs 10 pounds, 6 ounces! That's right, that is a 3 1/2 pound weight gain! There is a reason we call him our "Lil' Pig!"
We enjoyed the first couple of weeks of his life where he spit up very little, but unfortunately, he has become a "Happy Spitter" (for the most part, he's not bothered by it nor is it getting in the way of growth, obviously!) like his older brothers were. Not like Toby, who also was a projectile spitter, but he does spit up quite a bit and I am drowning in daily laundry.
He is starting to sleep longer stretches at night. He gets up twice during the night, for the most part. I'm exhausted though. I have a really hard time managing a nap during the day. So usually, I just have to make it on what little sleep I get during the night & "fake it till I make it".
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
My mom recently came for a visit, September 10-17. We loved having her here just hanging out doing the normal "daily grind" kinds of things. It was really nice & it was hard having her go home.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
On August 29, 2011 Thomas started the third grade.
On September 9, 2011 Toby started his second year of preschool, he goes three mornings a week.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
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Saturday, August 13, 2011
Today, I am 39 weeks along. Last night, I went to the hospital thinking I might be in labor. Turns out, I was having contractions every 4-6 minutes but they weren't doing much so Dr. Lee sent me home. If I was determined to get this baby out "on my own" I would be walking the neighborhood or going up and down all the stairs in my home, but since I have an induction set for tomorrow morning, with my favorite doctor, Dr. Thomas, I have been quite happy to take it very easy today!
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Thursday, August 11, 2011
On Monday, I found out that I'm walking around dilated to a 3.5-4. No big surprise since I have been having contractions on and off since Thursday, in fact, on Sunday, they got rather close (8-10 minutes) for quite a few hours. I did this with both of my other kids. It seems to be my magic number and then once I get past it, I just fly! Thomas I was at a 4 for a week before I delivered him. And Toby for 3 1/2 weeks before he arrived. I was at the hospital for less than 1 1/2 hours with each of them before they arrived. That is counting from the second I walked through the hospital doors until they were handed to me. I also dilated twice as many centimeters with Toby as I did with Thomas in that amount of time, I've done the math, and if this baby follows suit, and I don't catch on before I did with his brothers, I have about 45 minutes. That's not a lot of time considering it takes at least 15 minutes to take care of the little paperwork involved (I'm pre-registered) and get undressed.
It occurred to me that the contractions started 11 days after my last 17p injection. Interesting, huh? I guess my doctor was right when he said that the effects would wear off after 7-10 days.
I have been trying to notice every cramp, ache and twinge of pain. I'm trying my best to make it to the hospital before the contractions are right on top of each other and have me bent in two. The problem is, there usually isn't much time going from feeling relatively fine to being in pure misery. My sister made the statement that she thinks I've become sort of skittish...I believe she is right!
My doctor told me not to wait until they are five minutes apart and not to wait an hour until I've had regular contractions either. Once I am sure that they are the real deal I am to get to the hospital. Whether James is here or not! So I have friends on call to swing by, pick the boys & I up and drop me off at the hospital where hopefully James can make it before the delivery.
So, today, I am officially nine days away from my due date. I have an induction set for Sunday morning. It was going to be Saturday night but there was a conflict. Saturday night, Sunday morning...it really doesn't matter to me. You pick your battles in life, this wasn't one I cared to fight over. My doctor told me that since I'm already so far dilated, she's just going to break my water and give my body a chance before giving me any meds to bring on the contractions. Which I'm fine with!
If I go into labor on my own, I am trying to accept the reality that I probably won't get an epidural. It's a harsh reality to accept especially since having Toby almost five years ago, all I've ever dreamt about if I had another child, beyond not having another premature baby, was getting an epidural. I really don't want a 3/3 record! Sure, I go fast, but let me tell you, it still hurts like HE*L!
I still have no idea if I'll make it until Sunday. Actually, I'm uncertain that I'll make it until this afternoon. Yep. Skittish.
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Saturday, August 6, 2011
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Friday, August 5, 2011
I took the boys blueberry picking on July 1st with a group of gals from my ward (church). We had never really done anything like this, and I wasn't sure how much Thomas and Toby would like doing this sort of thing. I was also nervous about the bees. Thomas is deathly afraid of bees even though I don't think he's ever been stung. I don't have a lot of patience for his little outbursts concerning bees! And Toby had been stung for the first time only a few days earlier, so he also wasn't the biggest fan of bees!
Fortunately, the bee situation was very minimal and the kids had an absolute blast! I think we might go raspberry or peach picking later on this summer!
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Thursday, August 4, 2011
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I woke up Saturday morning and felt a little funky in the tummy. Which wasn't a huge surprise since Toby had been dealing with some kind of funk the day before. Nevertheless, this kind of funk isn't good for staying pregnant (I have a pattern!). So, I stayed in bed, stayed on my left side, and hydrated and hydrated and hydrated, trying to make up for the numerous trips to the bathroom that day. I felt some tightening of my abdomen which I was pretty sure were contractions.
By about 4:30 PM, I decided maybe it would be best to go to the hospital. I quickly grabbed my toothbrush, contact case, and glasses and figured if I needed some other things, James would get them later. James packed a small overnight bag for Thomas and Toby and we were all off to the hospital. (Later on, James called a friend who was ready to come retrieve the boys from the hospital if this was "the real deal"!)
I got admitted to the hospital and was taken to the maternity wing triage. They got me hooked up to some monitors and it was quickly determined that a) the baby was NOT under any kind of distress and b) I was having some fairly regular contractions. I was hooked up to some IV fluids even though it was determined that I had done a fairly good job at keeping myself hydrated (I told you so!). Well, after the first bag of fluid, my contractions were coming every 2-3 minutes. I was, in the nurses own words, "not behaving at all" and "do you want to stay the night here?" A quick call to my doctor (who was in the hospital delivering a baby I assume) and it was determined that I needed to be given some terbutaline to try to stop the contractions.
I was surprised but in a good way. I assumed that since I was past 34 weeks, I would have the baby. The nurse told me that I could have up to three shots of terbutaline to try to stop the contractions but after that, they'd probably stop the medical interference. After the first shot, I could feel my body relaxing. It took a second shot to stop them completely but it worked! After about six hours at the hospital I got to go home.
At this point, we are hoping for a couple more weeks. There is some worry that the baby's lungs are not fully developed yet, but he is past the point where he can receive the steroids (34 weeks is the cut-off). And the other concern is his immune system. Once I hit 37 weeks, I can have a new goal at making it to 39 weeks and getting induced. I'd really, really, like to try out that thing called an epidural!
I am not on bed rest but have been told to "take it easy"--whatever that means. For me, that means that I am making more of an effort to literally put my feet up more often during the day. I am staying well-hydrated. In the meantime, we are finally pulling the baby things out and trying to get organized. It is a slow process, right now it looks like we just moved in again. But, I figure if he were to be born this week, he'd most likely spend some time in the NICU so we still have some time to get ready for him. It will be OK.
Posted by Emily Snow at 8:20 AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Yesterday, I saw my perinatologist, for the last time, hopefully. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the guy (he's one of my favorite doctors), but if I don't have to see him again it's because the rest of this pregnancy will have gone relatively smooth.
I went in yesterday for my routine visit. Which means an external and internal ultrasound, assessment of the baby, the amniotic fluid and the condition of my cervix (whether it has thinned out anymore or if I was now dilating). It also could have meant a culture being sent off to find out the odds of me going into preterm labor within two weeks. But, as luck would have it, my cervix hadn't changed at all over the last three weeks, so the test wasn't warranted.
I was elated to find out that 3.0 had turned sometime over the past few weeks. I knew something had changed, but I wasn't sure what the changes were. I am feeling movement on the right AND left side of my tummy. Well, he is now head down so apparently I am feeling his legs moving around a little more freely than they had been. His head is really, really, really low. Which explains my overactive bladder (there was a night last week where I slept for seven hours and got up six times, that's how bad it is).
Anyhow, my perinatologist said the baby looks fantastic, the amniotic fluid looks great and my cervix looks absolutely normal for being 31-weeks pregnant and since we're taking care of the 17p injections at home, there is no reason to come back to see him unless I do go into labor over the next three weeks. I'm still at risk to have a preterm baby (50/50 chance), but there is nothing more he can do and now it's just up to me to pay attention to how I feel & call my OB whenever I think there might be changes going on.
My lower legs and ankles and feet continue to swell (some days are better than others) and he said to keep a watch on them and maybe mention it to my OB the next time I see them (I go to a practice and see five different docs), which is on Friday.
I got this 4D image of 3.0 yesterday. Unfortunately, his hand is covering part of his face, but it gives us a glimpse of what he looks like...he looks like Thomas & Toby. I particularly think he looks like Toby.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
On Saturday, I reached my 30-week mark of this pregnancy. This the longest pregnancy, ever, I swear! The baby is oblique, which is slightly better than his transverse position that he had been in over the past couple of months. Basically he is sitting diagonally in my uterus. His bottom is wedged down toward my pelvis and his head and feet are in the lower quadrant of my uterus. It is very uncomfortable at times. My high-risk OB tried to take a picture of his face a while ago using a 4D ultrasound machine and his feet were covering his face, so he's kind of in the half-way, backwards somersault position. I am told he "still has plenty of time to turn", but, each week I get less and less hopeful because it seems like to me he is stuck. But maybe he's just not uncomfortable enough yet to try to move! At 37 weeks, if he hasn't turned, I will go to the hospital and see if my OB can turn him. It is done at the hospital in case my water breaks or the baby goes into distress and then they can hurry and do an emergency c-section to get him out. If my OB is able to turn him, then he'll be left in until I go into labor on my own or I reach 39 weeks, in which case, it has been agreed upon that I can be induced, because I had my other two kids extremely fast! If he isn't able to be turned then a scheduled c-section will be performed, not necessarily that very day but the next day or two.
And then there is the prematurity risk. I am approaching the time where I went into preterm labor with Toby. The first time was at 31 weeks and the second time was at 33 weeks. They were able to stop him both of those times. Then, at 33 weeks, 6 days, I went into labor again and they didn't try to stop him, because I was close enough to that magical "34 week" mark and he had had the steroids to develop his lungs. My docs are keeping a close watch on me. Things ARE starting to progress ever so slightly but not enough to do anything differently or take any kind of medication. There is a test that I am doing now that detects when your body is getting ready to go into labor within the next two weeks. I've taken it once and it came back negative and the next time I do it will be next week. If it comes back positive then it is time to start on the steroids to develop the baby's lungs. At that point, I will just watch for signs of labor and if I do go into labor then I will be hospitalized to stop the labor and try to keep him in until at least 34 weeks, like Toby. I really hope I can make it to 36 or 37 weeks and I'd be thrilled to have to be induced at 39 weeks and be able to take the baby home with me when I left the hospital. I continue to take the 17p weekly injections, and take my last one at 36 weeks. Time will tell if this medication is helping me, my doc says that once I take the last injection at 36 weeks, if I WAS one of the women that it helped, I should go into labor at between 37 and 37 1/2 weeks along, because the medication typically stays in the system for 7-10 days.
Other than that, the heartburn is getting really bad and pretty much everything is getting smashed inside of me. I am uncomfortable and not sleeping well. My skin is acting up. And my feet are swelling from the heat. Pretty much the only thing I have going for me is that my hair is thicker (it always is when I'm pregnant) and I haven't gained very much weight--only 11 pounds so far.
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Saturday, June 4, 2011
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Thursday, June 2, 2011
James returned home from his last work traveling trip (until after the baby arrives & I am on my feet again) tonight. He spent 11 days in Germany. This was probably the best experience the boys & I have had while he was gone. Go figure, since the next time James goes away, we will have three children! They behaved and I, for the most part, kept my sanity. The weather has been nice so we have been outside a lot and that helped! The only bump in the road was on Tuesday when I found out I may have to go to the hospital to get the steroids to develop the baby's lungs. I wasn't too happy about facing that while he was gone, finding last-minute babysitting for the boys and such, but it all worked out. It turned out that I didn't need the steroids after all/just yet.
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Monday, May 16, 2011
Toby stopped taking regular naps nearly 1 1/2 years ago. But, every once in a while, he will take a random nap. Yesterday was one of those days...he had preschool, then lunch, then gym at the YMCA. We came home, he hopped on the couch with his "beautiful, tickle-y, moon-star blankie" and was out cold within 15 minutes! He slept for over two hours, and then I decided I better wake him up. I thought for sure that he'd be awful to get to go to sleep later on at night, but I was wrong, he went right to sleep & then slept about 45 minutes later this morning!
Posted by Emily Snow at 8:33 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Before we moved from Germany, Toby was almost potty-trained. He had #1 mastered, but still struggled with #2. Once we moved, he was a mess, having accidents, of both kinds, left and right and that was how it was until mid-September, until we moved back into our house and I think he started to feel some sort of normalcy. In other words: he was your typical kid with potty-training and major life changes!
Once we started getting into a routine again, and he had a sense of "where we lived", control over his bowels was no longer a problem. But, it was surprising to find that his desire to stay dry all day had left, even though he had already gotten over that hurdle once.
Day after day, month after month, he would have at least one accident. It became a power struggle for us. For some reason, he decided he did not want to use the toilet, especially if he was asked to. It was most frustrating. I tried every trick in the book. I was open to every single suggestion. Some things would help, some days were better than others. Things improved, but there was still at least one accident a day, usually between 2 and 3 PM. And when he would have an accident, he didn't care--he didn't care if he had the sensation of feeling wet or dry. He would take either. It didn't matter. Which you can imagine, added to my frustration. And after his fourth birthday, in January, I became increasingly frustrated by his bad attitude!
And, then, a few weeks ago, James requested that I buy some Jelly Belly jelly beans. Not for Toby, but for James to snack on. Toby was with me the day that I bought the jelly beans, and he was most intrigued by them. An idea came to me: why not try to use these as incentive for Toby to use the potty? Now, don't get me wrong, I had tried something similar, I had tried M&M's and Skittle's and neither of these helped. But Toby continued to be interested in trying all these colorful jelly beans, so I set the rule that every time he peed in the toilet, he could have two jelly beans! I am THRILLED to report that he has turned a corner! I still have to remember to remind him to use the toilet every few hours, but there isn't a power struggle any longer and very rarely an accident!
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
James' mom & dad came and spent a week in Maryland with us while Thomas & Toby were out for Spring Break. We did little day trips nearly every day. On this particular day, we went to Gettysburg. During the time that we lived in Germany, a new visitor's center was built in Gettysburg. It is really, really nice. After we toured the visitor's center, we drove around the grounds--the kids loved it!
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Saturday, April 16, 2011
I signed the boys up for a little Easter egg hunt that was held nearby. It also included some games. Unfortunately, the day of the hunt ended up being rainy & cold so they had to move it indoors. Better than canceling it completely, I guess. Well, at least the kids thought it was fun. I don't have any pictures of the actual egg hunt, because I had to help Toby.
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