Friday, February 26, 2010

1st Ultrasound for baby #2

Yesterday I had my 1st ultrasound. It was so exciting to go in and take a look to see how this little baby is doing. I am measuring about 6 weeks, which is right on and we saw the little heart beating! Seeing that little heartbeat is so amazing. It was so reassuring to see the heart beating after having all the spotting.

I spotted for a week and a half and while the Doctor was doing the ultrasound, he was able to see why. In my uterus, I have a very small blood clot called a Subchorionic Hematoma. Mine is so small that it shouldn't make my pregnancy more difficult or high risk. Either it will bleed out or my body will just absorb it. I go back for another ultrasound in 2 weeks to just see how it's doing.

In the meantime, I've been feeling very nauseous, tired and I've been having a horrible time sleeping. To me, all those pregnancy symptoms are reassuring. It just reminds me that our little baby is growing!

Here is a horrible picture I took of the ultrasound yesterday.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Our Day

Today was a happy day. The first happy thing was when I went in to get Judah out of his crib this morning, he started clapping as I walked in his door. Everyone can use a little applause in the morning!

Then we went to MOPS and it was Tea & Testimony week. 4 amazing women shared from their hearts and each one had such a touching story. Each story was so unique and special and it was so nice for them to open up and share their personal stories with us. I love that we have so many unique ladies in our MOPS group. However, I don't love that we are already over half way through with the MOPS year and that I feel like I have only barely started getting to know some of them.

After MOPS, Judah and I came home so that I could get him some lunch and get him down for a good nap. Last night I made Chicken & Broccoli casserole for dinner and Judah thought the leftovers were delicious for lunch! It made me so happy to see him eating that broccoli and loving it. He's always been pretty good about liking veggies but, it's been harder for me to find vegetable finger foods that he likes. He seems to like the pureed veggies more so, it's always exciting when he eats table food veggies well.

After his nap, we jetted off to Costco and picked up the usual stuff. It's amazing that I can be in and out in 30 minutes (not exaggerating) and drop $120 in that short amount of time. Geez, that's alot. When we got home, Jeremiah gave Judah dinner before he headed out to his Fire Dept. meeting then Judah and I did bedtime together. When I was giving him his bottle before bed, he was holding my hand so sweet. We have listened to the same CD before bed while I nursed him since he was 5 weeks old and we still listen to it every night while we sit in the chair. It is so precious to me that he knows that music means it's almost bedtime and it really relaxes him.

He is taking a bottle just a couple times a day now and I'm no longer nursing him. When I was spotting a couple weeks ago, I figured it was best to stop. It didn't really phase him and I think it was best. Of course, it was emotionally hard but, I think I had a good reason to stop. I believe that it is normally fine to be pregnant and still nurse a baby but, I didn't want to do anything that could possibly make me bleed more. I nursed him for almost 13 months so, I think I can pat myself on the back for that.

Well, when I started this blog, my intent was to basically just journal our everyday life. This post has definitely just been a journal entry about our day. I hope it hasn't bored anyone terribly!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

This and that

What a fun and busy weekend we've had. Yesterday was our little cousin Liam's birthday party. He is turning 2 and his mom did a Thomas the Train theme. It was so cute! Later in the day, I went over to help Sally decorate the most adorable monkey cupcakes for my sweet nephews party. After church today was Noah's party. His party was all green, brown and yellow monkey stuff and it was so cute and fun. I can't believe that his 1st year has already gone by!

So, this morning I had nursery duty and let me tell you....I can hardly handle any child's snot these days that is not from my own precious Judah. Don't get me wrong, I love those kids in our nursery, they are all so special but, each time I wiped a nose this morning, I just about threw up. The nauseous feeling and crazy hormones have definitely kicked in. I feel bad for my husband, I think I am already much more moody this time around. Hopefully I'll learn how to somewhat control my mood swings sometime soon!

When I talked with my midwife last, she said that I shouldn't do heavy aerobics or intense working out right now. So, that means that I haven't been able to do my running or go to Zumba. I feel really bad about not being able to do the half marathon with Sally. I know that she understands but, I still feel bad about it. I was really looking forward to it and I knew that when we crossed that finish line, it would be the most amazing feeling of accomplishment.
My midwife did say that I can do walking and weigh lifting though so, I plan on continuing to workout.

Since we've had such a busy and on-the-go weekend, I plan on staying home all day tomorrow, cleaning and getting caught up on stuff. I'm looking forward to getting some stuff done and just having a good day at home.

Well, this post has just been a bunch of nothing. I better start thinking about heading to bed. Good night!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Answers

Back when I blogged about transparency, I was referring to this.........

The morning of February 7th, Judah woke up at about 6:30am and before I went in to get him, I took a pregnancy test. My husband and I had been trying for about a month and I was curious to see if I was pregnant, even though it was only day 29. Sure enough, a little + sign appeared and I was thrilled! I woke my husband up saying "this test isn't negative!!!" He was slightly confused at first and then really happy.

So, I texted Sally and shared our happy news with her and then called my mom and told her. We had a good day, we were excited and very happy. Well, that night before I went to bed, I started spotting. I thought that I was either having implantation bleeding, that my test was wrong or that I was going to miscarry. The spotting continued on Monday and then on Tuesday I was still spotting. Tuesday was MOPS and I wanted to announce my pregnancy but, I didn't know what was going on. It was such a roller coaster of emotions to want to be happy but, to also be scared and not know what to think. I called my midwifes office to see if they could see me. They told me that they wouldn't be able to see until Monday the 15th. So, I just waited all week. The spotting continued but, didn't increase and I didn't have any cramping. I didn't even know if I was still pregnant or if the baby was growing properly. It was so hard to not know what's going on.


I went to see my midwife on Monday and she recommended that I have a blood test done to see how the pregnancy hormone levels were progressing. In early pregnancy your HCG levels are supposed to double every 48-72 hours so, my midwife had me get my blood drawn on Monday and then again on Wednesday.


Well, today I got the call that my numbers went up well! They were 3600 on Monday and then 5800 on Wednesday. They didn't double but, it wasn't quite 48hours either and my midwife says that she feels pretty positive right now that everything is fine. Yesterday I was still spotting but, today I haven't.


So, now I am going to start getting really excited about becoming a family of 4 and I am so thankful to God for protecting our little growing baby. I definitely can't take this for granted because I know so many women who have had miscarriages or had trouble conceiving.



I hope this post wasn't too much information. I just want to document what has been going on.

Our estimated due date is Oct. 17th and I am SO EXCITED!!!

Hello, Spring

I love spring. I think it has always been my favorite time of year. I grew up north of the Spokane area and when springtime started over there, the snow that had been on the ground all winter would start to melt away. Shortly after the snow was gone, little tulip and daffodil bulbs would start peeking through. It was always so exciting to walk around the yard and see what new things were growing.
I also love spring because that's when baby animals are born. We had a couple of outdoor cats and springtime at our house usually meant baby kittens. My sister and I could feel the baby kittens in the mommy's tummy and then later you could hear little meows coming from a bush. We would spend hours waiting to be able to see those little baby kitties. When we finally figured out where the momma cat hid them, we would play with them and then the momma cat would move her litter somewhere else and try to get away from us little girls again.

Now, we don't have cats so, I don't have baby kitties to look forward to (that's ok with me!) but, I still love walking around the yard and seeing what little plants are starting to peek out of the ground. This afternoon, Judah and I went and took a little walk around the yard. We took some pictures of the new buds and blooms and then I let him crawl around in the grass for a bit. We had so much fun getting some fresh air and sunshine.
Tulips beginning to grow.

Fresh buds on the trees.



Poppies!

Sweet baby playing in the grass.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Our Valentine's Day


Valentine's Day this year was so fun. My husband started the weekend off right by bringing home these beautiful roses for me on Friday when he came home from work. He put them in the garage and then he asked me to make sure he turned off the light in the garage. I opened the door and quickly looked (not seeing the flowers) and I was like....yes, the light is off. Then he asked me to really look again and then I saw them. What a fun surprise! Having flowers on my table makes me so happy. I feel like they make the house look so much better!

Sunday, my mom came over and spent Valentine's evening with Judah while Jeremiah and I went out on a date. We went to Il Granaio in Mount Vernon. It is an amazing Italian restaurant in the granary. They hand make the pasta right there and everything was so delicious. The atmosphere is really romantic and the food and service were really great. I had a seafood fettuccini and Jeremiah had the King Crab Ravioli. Yummy!

Going out on dates with my husband is so important. It makes me feel so much closer to him and helps us to just focus on our marriage. We are going to try to go on a date once a month, even if we just go to the beach and hangout together. It's just so important to spend that quality time together!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Retail Therapy

Today my dear husband stayed home with Judah and I went out on the town, by myself with no agenda. I did have a list with me but.....I can't really help that. It has been a hard week and it felt so good to get out and do a little shopping. I haven't done hardly any shopping for myself over the last year because we've been tighter with our money since I'm a stay at home mom now and also because I'm still not quite the same size as I was before I was pregnant. I found some cute things at the Gap Outlet for me and I also found some super cute Converse shoes for Judah. I've been wanting to get him some of those so, that was fun.

It's so nice to be able to go out, alone and know that Judah is home having a blast with his Daddy. They love spending time together and it warms my heart.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Meal Times


Meals at our house are very messy, or should I say "self expressive" these days. Judah is reaching that phase where he is wanting to learn how to feed himself. Feeding himself finger foods is no biggie but, he wants to learn how to use the spoon. He hasn't quite figured out that it isn't a good idea to fling the spoon up over your head when there is food on it. First put the food in your mouth and then fling the spoon, if you must.

Oh well, it's just a learning experience and my floors keep up well. Before I know it, it'll be summertime and we'll be able to have lots of picnics outside.

Judah's other new thing is that he loves to try and feed me. When he isn't hungry anymore and he's lost interest in his food, he looks and me and says "ahhhhhh". He loves to give me bites. It's too cute that he tries to get me to take bites the same way that I've tried to get him to eat.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Transparency

I haven't blogged in a few days because I'm a pretty transparent person. I just can't hide my feelings well and if I have something to say that I'm not quite ready to share, I better just not talk or write.

I have something going on in my life that is a blessing but, it is also scary and is requiring alot of faith and prayer at the moment. So, if you are reading this, please just pray for me to have faith and trust in God.

Today I have felt very blessed to have some awesome women in my life. Women that are transparent with me. These women share their lives openly and it is so refreshing. It's amazing how we can feel so vulnerable when we open up, whether it be we open up our homes or our hearts but, when we open up our lives, we can really bless other people. When we open up to other women, we can be so self-conscious and we can get so caught up in wondering what people will think. God has amazed me time and time again though, at how encouraging other women can be. The funny thing is, they don't usually know how encouraging they are.

So tonight, I am trying to not be too transparent, but still share a little of my heart. I am thankful that I know some really encouraging people and hopefully, I'll be blogging soon with FULL transparency.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Happy Things

5 Happy Things For The 5th
•Today the sun was shining all day. My mom and I went for a walk outside and pulled Judah in his red wagon. I am so ready for spring. Judah needs to learn how to walk so that we can play outside!
•My mom came over and spent time with Judah while I went to the gym and ran a few errands.

•No sugar added Ice Cream. That is a happy thing!

•Judah fell asleep in my arms tonight before I had a chance to put him in his crib. He hasn't fallen asleep in my arms in literally months and I so enjoyed it. I sat and rocked him and didn't want to put him down.

•Tomorrow is Saturday and I'm planning on working in the yard with my hubby. We pruned our apple trees and I'm excited to get rid of the prunings. Call me strange if you want to but, I sure do enjoy working outside with my man!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pretty

Judah has been so full of new words lately. It's been so fun to hear his sweet little voice say "shoe" and "cheese" and his other little words. His voice is so precious and it melts my heart.

Tonight when I walked in from being at the gym, Jeremiah told me that he taught Judah a new word while I was gone. Judah can now say "pretty"! I guess the whole idea was for him to say "Mommy Pretty". What a sweet little boy and what a sweet husband I have.

In other good news, Judah drank alot more water today. For the last 2 weeks, he has just pushed anything to drink away from him. Anything and in any cup/bottle/straw. Anything.
Well, today we went and played with Sally and cousin Noah and Judah got to use one of Noah's sippy cups for water during lunch. He drank and drank so, we are borrowing it from Sally. I really hope he continues to drink well from it. Thanks Noah for sharing!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Everday can't be easy right?

The last couple of days, I've just been in a little bit of a funk. I think it has alot to do with that fact that I've been running around doing lots of errands and stuff for too many days in a row and I just needed some time to be home and get caught up on stuff. I'm normally a pretty scheduled and routine kind of person and life has just gotten all shaken around. I wish I could say that I like change, that I embrace change but, the truth is......change is hard for me!

So, today Judah and I stayed home and I got lots of things done. I did the laundry, mopped the kitchen floor, cleaned up after the dogs outside (even if that wasn't fun, I loved the fresh air), sorted through stuff and just got all caught up. It felt so good and I think Judah was happy to have a day at home too. We need to get back into a routine and have more balance in our lives.

Tonight I went to the gym. Per the 5K training schedule (remember, you do that one first and then you do the 1/2 marathon training), I was supposed to run 2.25 miles. I ran the first mile and then my stomach started hurting so, I power walked the rest of it. It got me down a little because this was the first evening that I haven't been able to do exactly what the training plan calls for. But, I did the full distance and that's what matters. I know it was harder tonight because I haven't eaten that well the last couple of days and I haven't slept enough.

So, tonight I'm going to bed alot earlier, tomorrow I'm eating alot better and tomorrow night, the treadmill and I will be better friends again. Everyday can't be easy right?

Here's a cute picture for today. This boy has great hair, I absolutely love it.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Pants on the ground

Today after I put Judah down for his nap, he didn't go to sleep. No, that silly boy was playing in his crib and he took his pants and socks off. He dropped his blankie, pants and socks on the ground and when I went to see why he wasn't sleeping, he was standing there, looking so proud that he had undressed himself. I'm really glad I had him in a onesie today because I'm sure he would have removed his diaper and shirt also.


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