Friday, March 27, 2015

The Journey To (Earthly) Baby #3: Weeks 17 and 18

March 27
How Far Along: 18 weeks (and 3 days)

Picture of Baby:
18 weeks

Maternity Clothes: Can get away with either on top but must be comfy or maternity on bottom.

Weight Gain: Weighed myself on 3/25 and was a mere 12 pounds up. Thinking the lovely flu played a part in that. Hoping to not be up by 5 pounds next week when my appetite is back to normal.

Picture of Baby IN the Belly:
17 weeks {above}
18 weeks {below}
All I can say is I NEED color and I NEED it bad. Poor pasty me...

Sleep: Been pretty good lately except for the night I was up every hour with the flu and the nights here and there that my pregnancy sleep insomnia hits.

Movement: Have felt the baby a little more consistently lately. Hoping in another month it is consistent. Dislike this anterior placenta business.

Symptoms: Been retching less!!!

Food Cravings: Nothing in particular.

Gender: My mixed symptoms are throwing me for a loop this go around. But sticking with my gut (its been right 2 outta 2 thus far) and going with girl.

Had my 18 week appointment this past Tuesday and PTL my placenta looked BETTER. Whatever was there has gone away some. Doc can't explain it but said everything continues to looks great. What an answer to prayer!!! Baby's heartbeat was 173 and my cervix was 30mm. AND my blood pressure was 112/62 (YEA)!!! Next appointment is the BIG 20 week ultrasound on April 6.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ten On Thursday

1. Sunny (well kinda) and warm (well kinda)...either way enjoying the last of the snow (earlier this month) before it melted away. (Mason didn't want the sun to melt the snow away...mama definitely did not share those same sentiments).
2. Molly loves (and I mean LOVES) the great outdoors. Comes in KICKING and SCREAMING :)
3. Went for a walk a few Saturdays ago at Brian's cousin's house. We were going to take Mase to the circus but the Dutch in me opted for a free fun day instead with the whole fam. It was a good choice cause the kids had a blast!!!
4. Then the following afternoon (Sunday) the kids decided to nap poorly so we headed out to the beach (Holland that is) for the first (of many) trips this year. Can't wait for summer!!!
5. This girl will throw a tantrum anywhere.'s all one can do at times!!! (We were at the mall play area).
6. This stud picked out his first pair of shades. Camo style. Dad would be proud!!!
7. They love shopping with mama...or maybe they just love looking at themselves in the mirrors?!?
8. STOMP ROCKET TIME!!! (This was a Birthday present). Yea for sun and NO snow. Don't mind the Pj look.
9. I left to run an errand with Mase. Brian said Molly threw the biggest tantrum in her 15 months of life. Refused to budge from the door. So when we pulled into the driveway 25 minutes later...there they were in the garage playing. We went to the backyard where the sun was still shining to play with Mase's stomp rocket. But all Molly wanted to do was swing. Girlfriend loves to swing!!! (And mama loves that she loves to wear mittens to keep those fingers warm).
10. Pregnant + stomach flu + chasing around 2 littles kids ='s a living nightmare. Thank heavens for moms who come to the rescue. I had my 18 week appointment (which I refused to miss) so instead of bringing my kids to my mom came to my house and then she took the kids to a park and back to her house until nap time so I could nap. Couldn't have made it through the day without her. And the hubby was a rockstar in the evening...letting me get my third nap of the day in...and I still went to bed for the night at 9:30. So glad to be feeling better!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Journey To (Earthly) Baby #3: Week 16

March 10 12
How Far Along: 16 weeks (and 2 days)

Picture of Baby:
Maternity Clothes: Mostly bottoms but some tops. Still wearing regular clothing too.

Weight Gain: Yeah didn't weigh myself.

Picture of Baby IN the Belly:
Sleep: Started sleeping with my body pillow this week. Sure this makes the hubby happy because now it feels like there are 3 people in our bed!!

Movement: Movement here and there but nothing consistent. Placenta is anterior.

Symptoms: Retching a lot and on occasion dealing with sciatic nerve pain. Tired. Tired. Tired. Boobs are definitely getting bigger (and achier). Still have acne (on back/shoulders). Started antibiotics (again) at 14 weeks. Take them every 2 weeks for 5 days...def make me feel more nauseous. 

Food Cravings: Not much of a snacker this pregnancy. Still prefer meat and fruit. Grape juice was a must buy last week. Can't drink orange juice lately.

Gender: Starting to think boy. Yes weight gain seems to come on quicker with girl pregnancies but tiredness this time around could be because yes I'm pregnant but I'm chasing around two littles. But with baby measuring so ahead and a heart rate of 152 I'm starting to be a little unsure of myself. Gut still tells me girl though...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

16 Week Appointment and A Scare

When I came home from my last OB appointment 2 and a half weeks ago I asked my MIL if she could watch the kids for my next appointment (which was this past Monday) as well. Told her I would need her at my house at 8:40am (for a 9:15am appointment). This past Thursday I got my reminder call from the office. I answered it but hung up before getting to the appointment time. Then on Saturday while looking at my planner I saw that I had wrote down 10:15 for my appointment. I had NO idea when my appointment actually was. I figured the 10:15 had to be correct. But I didn't want to chance it so this morning I called the after hours line...(my office doesn't take phone calls til 9am)...and said my call is not an emergency but that I was just trying to figure out when my appointment was. The call lady tried transferring me to the front desk but no one answered. She told me to call back in 15 minutes. (Let me say here that my office starts appointments at 8am so people ARE at the desk). Anyways when I called back (to the after hours line) they sent my call through to the front desk and someone answered and my appointment 1015. That's how this appointment started. And unfortunately it didn't get better from there.

Monday's appointment was suppose to just be a cervical check plus of course meeting with my doctor. I should have started worrying when the US tech started doing a full growth check (measuring ALL the baby's parts). She said okay now I'm just going to have you lay here and go get Dr. Jelsema. I immediately went into panic mode. I have had this ( her) US tech for at least 30-40 ultrasounds between Mase/Mols/and this pregnancy AND SHE HAS NEVER SAID/DONE THAT BEFORE. I could feel my heart pounding. She came back in without my doctor and said I am just going to have you lay on your left side. And then she stepped back out again to look for Dr. J. What felt like 30 minutes later (pry only 5) they came back in. I turned back on my back and Dr. J explained the concern but not before first saying that baby looked great. The concern was with my placenta. It is what they would call abnormal. Not really an explanation for why its abnormal...just that 2/3rds of it look great while another 1/3rd or so doesn't. Dr. J reassured me again (while the tears started falling) that its just something that needs to be watched. Any guesses what my blood pressure was after that lovely scare...162/92. Crap.

I met with Dr J just a short bit later and he reassured me again that baby looks great and that's what we are going to focus on. Once or twice a month he sees an abnormal placenta with a healthy baby. No reason why but it just needs to be watched. Baby Hemy was measuring SIX days ahead so we know my placenta IS working good. But since I have an abnormal placenta and since my blood pressure sky rocketed I WILL now be getting growth checks every 4 weeks for the rest of my pregnancy. (Oh and my BP recheck after laying on my side was 136/62).

Praying that my placenta continues to function wonderfully for at least another 20 (but preferably another 23 weeks). Didn't need this added stress but overall feeling pretty good with my doctor's many reassurances. As he said..."you're paying me to tell you the whole truth. I will not keep any secrets from you." Have I told you all before how much I hate pregnancy. So.stinking.nerve.wracking.

And just some other tid bits so I don't forget...cervix measured in at 32mm (3.2cm) and baby's heartbeat was 152.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ten On Tuesday

1. My shopping companions...Molly and Mario...
2. We met G&G Vugteveen at the mall. They were watching two of my nephews. Needless to say the boys had SO much fun together. And after much begging....finally got grandma to hand over 75 cents for this stellar ride!
3. Later that night I went back to the mall with this handsome dude (for something I had on hold). Sis was already in bed and dad was down and out with the flu. He loved his 1 on 1 with mommy. This 1 on 1 included escalator rideS...
And trying to get mom to buy Mario pj's and undies...oh and toys. None of which he succeeded at.
4. My sweet daughter and basically my life the month of February...
5. First Sandy ride...
6. He got a free stamper at Home Depot. And wouldn't you know his latest obsession is stamping himself...
7. We had a play date with our neighbors and Miss Stosija (the mom) let Mase take home this Mario visor. Happiest kid on earth!!! (Free in a McD happy meal from this summer). Even had to wear it to Cabela's later that night.
8. Naughty girl...throwing all her toys OUT of the tub. Had a pool of water on my floor.
9. So proud of my peanut for finally learning how to go DOWN the stairs!!!
10. LOVING the fact that Spring is just around the corner!!! Having fun playing at G&G's house!!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Molly at 14 Months (And A Week)

  • Molly thoroughly enjoys hitting people in the face. Daddy and I think you know what you are doing. You're laughing as you are do your patty gets lightly slapped and you are told NO NO. Sometimes this sends you into hysterics and other times you could care less.
  • On March 4 Molly climbed down our neighbor's stairs for the first time. And in the following two days she has climbed down our stairs multiples times. Yea Molly!!!
  • Molly is not a big television fan but does love her some Baby Genius (DVDs).
  • Molly has 9 teeth. Five teeth came in during the month of February. Saying it was a rough month is putting it lightly.
  • Molly loves trying on her shoes in her closet. She could sit in there for hours (with me) putting pair after pair on and off.
  • Molly is wearing 12-18 or 18 month clothing and size 3 Kirkland brand diapers. Size 3.5 or 4 shoes.
  • Molly's next well child check-up isn't until April 15. Guessing her to be upper 20 or low 21 pound range.
  • Molly still takes a 5oz bottle in the morning and gets a night time bottle but only drinks 1-2 ounces out of it before she hands it back to me/daddy. 
  • Bedtime is 7pm. Mollys been waking around 6:30/6:45am. (Wishing she would push this back to 7 or 7:30am).
  • Molly loves iPhones, remotes, and pushing the on/off button on my computer.
  • Molly loves look and find books, taking her socks off, and toothbrushes too.
  • Molly finally loves eating grapes and strawberries...just took us since 6 months!
  • Molly has been a once a day napper since she turned one.  She was fighting the morning nap so much that we just nixed it. Her nap always varies in length. Lately its been 2 hours long but sometimes its as short as an hour and a half and on really good days its three hours long. If we're just hanging out at home she's ready by 12:30 for her nap but if were out and about she can make it until 1:30...sometimes even 2:00. 
  • Ever since 9 months you have slept through the night. I can count on one hand since then how many nights we've been up with you. So thankful your such an amazing sleeper. 
  • Molly is a WOMAN in CHARGE. No body will get the best of her. She will fight back. (Oh and you can obviously tell she has a big brother).
  • I'm not sure if its a girl thing or a Molly thing but she LOVES to scream and whine. Its pretty much 24/7. The only times she's not screaming/whining are if I am carrying her around, I'm sitting on the ground with her, or if she is sleeping. Some days I can ignore it pretty well but some days it just drives me plain C-R-A-Z-Y. On those days you get time outs in your crib. She is worse with this with me or when I am around...lucky lucky me ;)
  • Favorite word (and person) is BY FAR mama. Occasionally says dada but Brian is typically referred to as are grandparents.
In her HAPPY place by her MAMA!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ten On Thursday

1. "Mom take my picture." (If you can't tell we were at Costco).
2. Them sitting together (at Costco) lasted about 5 minutes. Then Mason wanted to walk (typical for him). And a few minutes after that she started screeching because she wanted down too. And Molly down equals bad news.
3. On Saturday we made a Home Depot run for a couple things. Same story as above. Mols is as happy as can be UNTIL Mase wants down. Then she's too good for the cart too.
4. The kids and I went bowling with my parents and Cole and Brinley (whom they were baby-sitting) one day last week. It was a close game and in the end they (Mason, Cole, Brinley, and gma) were all winners!!!
And yes Brinley and Molly showed up wearing the SAME shirt.
5. Once up from her nap all she wants to do is wake her brother up. Gotta watch her like a hawk.
 6. The view I see 95% of my day. Good thing I LOVE her and her whining.
7. All ready for church in their hand me downs from cousins Cole and Brinley. (All the way down to their shoes).
8. Not sure why but this picture cracks me up. Watching some cartoons and refusing to smile before heading to church.
9. As much as they love the snow...mommy IS ready for Spring...please!!!
10. Christmas pj's in March? Couldn't resist this adorable hand-me-down from my sis. My girl is looking SO big.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ten On Wednesday

1. He still loves {everything} Mario...
2. My two {little} Valentines (from over two weeks ago)...
3. Unfortunately this little guy came down with influenza the day before Valentines...but he still managed to open his presents with a smile :)
Play doh + a chocolate bar = Happy Boy!!!
4. She loved "opening" her present...
Blocks + a chocolate bar = Happy Girl!!!
5. What my daughter's hair looks like when I'm not home...
6. Leaving the library after having us some fun.
7. We I picked up all their toys before leaving to go bowling late one morning. Within two seconds of being home he dumps out the blocks and she the letters. And then two seconds later they are moving onto the next toy. Anyone else's kids love to dump and not necessarily play!?!
8. And he's stuck. Of course mommy said it was because he had his bop in his mouth. (He's only allowed bops IN bed).
9. Brian sent me this picture at work one night. This would be Molly in her pooping position.
10. Mason said he wanted to snuggle Molly. (Notice his hand on her shoulder)? LOVE LOVE LOVE these two!!!