Friday, April 11, 2014

J Man

Baby J arrived Tuesday morning at 9:05am safe and sound.

8 days late just like Princess.

He was 9lbs 15 oz, so quite a big guy for our family. The girls were both under 8 lbs.

It was a wonderful birth experience for us at the birth center; truly amazing.

Settling in together and the girls are over the moon that he is here.

Thank you for your prayers!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Slowly upward

I think the infection is clearing. Whew!  The girls are much better. DH seems to be making slow progress and I am getting there as well.

Still using mucinex to aid drainage in my head and hopefully break up the chest congestion.  Just a little bit remaining, but it does still stall my breathing a bit.

Little man is putting lots of pressure in my hips; I feel like things are starting to get ready.  Yay!  Still praying for a fast efficient labor once things start actively progressing, but just doing lots of stretching to get comfortable and aid his positioning.  He has been flipping from posterior to anterior randomly.

Pearl was a posterior birth and Princess was an anterior birth.  Much prefer the anterior:)  So lots of stretching and such to get him to be in an ideal way to exit.

Today was nice since we got to Mass together.  First time in two weeks due to the sickies.  We also made it to Confession this week with our Parish Priest.  Hurray!!  That was awesome.  He met with both DH and I and did a special blessing for healing for the whole family since we've been sick pretty much all of March.  He also did an anointing and special prayer of blessing for me as I prepare for childbirth.

Even though we still struggle physically, I felt so much peace after Confession and Anointing.  What a gift!

Keep us in prayer!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The colds continue

This spring has done a  number on my family.  DH is on his second round of antibiotics and steroid shot; the girls are coughing and goopy; and now I am coughing...

My stomach muscles are so sore and the struggle to breathe got to be too much this close to delivery that I called the birth center and they got me some antibiotics to get started on quickly.  Hopefully this will take care of this mess so I can be rested and ready for labor when it does start.

Signs of things getting set into motion the last few days, so hoping I have a little time to recover before little man decides on a birthday.  I think everyone is ready....except me.  This coughing is wicked and I really don't want to go into labor this way.  But God is Good and His grace is sufficient and sustaining.

Please keep us all in prayer for speeding healing!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

38 weeks-ish

Feeling pretty good. Had our 38 week check-up yesterday with the midwife.  I think DH is more anxious than I am about little man arriving.  He was asking the midwife when she thought I'd go into active labor and whether I wanted to be "checked."

I said, No thank you.  Midwife agreed.  She doesn't like to do checks until mama is at her due date; and particularly for someone who has delivered before, she doesn't like early checks.

Her guess is next week, but would like to be proven wrong:)

I am having a lot more contractions, pressure and now feeling like things are effacing and getting ready.  Yay. He definitely feels lower this week and she commented on that as well.  Outwardly checked his position and he is head down and low in the pelvis.  Good position!

The girls are super excited.  Albeit, they started coughing yesterday so I'm not happy about that.

My bag is ready to go with us to the birth center and I've been alternating between bursts of energy and getting things done around the house with feeling super tired.  The heat is just now creeping up and I am starting to swell a bit.  So much better than my summer girls though:)

Today we went out to gather ingredients to make homemade lactation cookies and also stocked the fridge with fresh produce and lunch foods.

Keep us in prayer!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

35 weeks

This was at 35 weeks (I'm now 37).  Not too far to go!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Right Now

Late Afternoon; Saturday.

Seeing--Sun filtering through the front picture window bathing the living room in late afternoon light. Two girls snuggling on the couch enjoying Daniel Tiger.

Hearing-DH watching Top Shot from his office.

Smelling--Tomato-Spinach soup simmering on the stove and baked potatoes in the toaster oven.

Tasting--orange juice.  So cold and quenching my pregnancy craving.

Touching--cushy pillow and our leather couch.  Wearing my softest maternity tee and yoga capri's.  So comfy.

Soaking it all in, this moment. Just sweetness surrounding this life.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The "Big Baby Stock-Up"

With this pregnancy I have made a few priorities that I feel the NEED to get done so as to be ready when little man picks his birthday.

The biggest priority has by far been stocking the pantry and freezer for postpartum meals.

With the girls' allergy patterns well established and our adherence to certain dietary avoidance's, I really wanted to be prepared for when I'm not able to be on my feet too much or things are a little crazy in those early weeks.

We avoid gluten and most dairy.  If we do dairy, it is mainly as a topping for DH and Pearl.  Princess and I are completely dairy-free.

Here is what is packed away:

Ground Beef in 1lb. portions
pork loin cut into chops or pieces for stir fry
chicken breasts
pulled pork, already cooked.
Boston Butt Roast, ready to go into the slow cooker
Guacamole single packs (easy to pull out for dips or toppings)
Hearty Hamburger Soup
Pumpkin Pucks
Tater Tots and French Fries
Vegetable Soup
Vegetable Chowder-- sub coconut milk and hold cheese till end and top individual bowls.
Gluten Free Waffles (a treat)

Canned Tomato Products
Chicken and Beef Broth (also some homemade in the freezer)
peanut and almond butter
Applesauce (jar and squeezy packs to take to co-op)
GF and regular noodles (ordered the GF ones from Amazon)
spaghetti sauce

Still to get or make for the freezer:
Gluten Free Chicken Tenders
Grain Free Coconut Flour Muffins--Blueberry
Garlic Soup
Lactation Cookies
Spinach Tomato Soup
Breakfast Egg Muffins
Steam-able Veggies (love when these go on sale; so easy for DH to put together a meal with them)
GF bread (waiting on a deal)

Other items to have on hand:
Toilet Paper
Paper towels
laundry detergent
cleaning wipes
updated medicine cabinet

Fun treat:
I made GF chocolate cupcakes and stuck them in the freezer so we can pull some out when little man is born and have a little birthday party together.  I think the girls will enjoy that.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Made it to March

Today we are 36 weeks.  Almost there; I need to get to 37 weeks (next Monday) in order to deliver at the birth center otherwise I'd get sent to the hospital.  Boo.

So, we are praying that I get to the 10th and then all bets are off.  Granted I'm due at the end of March, but for some reason I keep thinking I'll go early.  Maybe all the STUFF I keep doing.  I am not good at not doing things, especially pregnant.  Still doing lots of cleaning, cooking, lifting small children, etc.

Maybe I can rest a week and then pick up my speed again:)

DH and I are battling allergy colds right now.  He is worse off than I am, though.  He went in to the Dr. this morning and had to get a shot and a script for other meds.  I had two tired days and then my energy returned; still sound congested and my ears keep popping, but doesn't seem to be an infection.  I have my weekly midwife appt. today so I thought I would see what she wants to do--meds or no meds.

The girls and I continue to plod along with schoolwork.  I say plod, but really its not.  Pearl is in her next math book and we continue with Along the Alphabet Path (Elizabeth Foss) with our literature reads, lots of Bible Stories, starting Lent this week so moving into that, some handwriting, reading at her pace (this has been going better lately as it's more "Pearl-led" and less mommy forced:)

I'm starting to get my plans together for her 1st grade year, thinking how that will work with an ever eager Princess and a new little man to join our crew.  Getting a supplies/curriculum list together; planning to attend two homeschool conferences (just registered for one!), and thinking of summer plans (trips/visits, conferences, baptism, vacation)

So prayers for us in these next few weeks, getting ready to welcome this little guy. A little nervous about that, but trusting in His plan!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Stomach Bug

The random stomach bug caught me this week:(

Two days, 5 lbs. lost, dehydrated, almost 34 weeks pregnant.  Wowzers!  That was crazy.  Had to go into the birth center for fluids and monitoring since contractions picked up.  But little man was great and after EVERYTHING evacuated my system, I was able to start fresh and start re-building with foods and fluids.

A little scary and just horrible feeling, but thankfully on the mend.  Trying to rest and restore and look at ways I can slow down these next few weeks.  There still seems like so much to do--mainly: fill the freezer!  I want to double some meals to put aside and get all that ready for the rest of the family.

The other projects are generally making our bedroom a nice cozy post-baby retreat where everything is ready to go for sweet new baby and family snuggles.  So cloth diapers getting prepped, blankets washed and put into baskets; everything lined up.

I also need to get my lesson plans done for our co-ops so I can just hand that all over to a few other mamas.  I'm at that point, where I think I am just ready to be done leading and just things go.  Hard to do, but when I got sick this past Friday, it was so nice to hand it all over and say "good luck!"

I should do that part more often:)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Settling Down

We returned late last night from the last trip planned for "before baby."  It was an exhausting weekend in more ways than one and we returned to exhausting work ahead of us.

There is much to be tidied up and put away trip-wise and their are several projects on the books to complete in the next few weeks.

We are 32 weeks now, so anywhere from 5-9 to go-ish.  We'll see when little man decides.

Right now though I am reminded that I need to space out my energy.  Only take one what is crucial and let the rest slide or delegate at home or ask for outside help.

Today is a day where I feel a bit daunted with what is ahead of me.  Preparing our home for a new little one, preparing our hearts for a new little one and for me to prepare to birth this little one...who isn't feeling so little anymore.

One step in front of the other; begging for grace and stamina in the times I am up and for much needed rest when I am able to.

He is Good and His Grace is sufficient.