Friday, October 30, 2015

35.5 weeks *Baby S*

Today has been a tough day. I went to my doctor's appointment and was told I'm officially on bed rest. This little munchkin is trying to make her appearance a little earlier than we all would like.

I knew my body was making changes, but I wasn't sure just how quickly.

She's estimated around 5 pounds and 12 ounces. The doctor couldn't get an exact measurement of her because her head is so low. And she's sunny side up ... just like Asher was. The average weight for this many weeks along is 5 1/2 pounds.

I'm 80-90% effaced, and 2 cm dilated. This is the scary part. I have been on partial bed rest, but not complete. Apparently, that hasn't been enough. The doctor wants this little one to cook for another week if possible. By looking at me, and knowing how quickly I progress, this might not be possible.

Jake progressed somewhat quickly, but was born at 38.5 weeks. He was 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and 19.5 inches. My water broke the night before my schedule cesarean. I was 90% effaced and 1 cm dilated a week before he was born.

Asher progressed very quickly. I was 90% effaced and 1 cm dilated 3 days before he was born. My water broke and when I arrived at the hospital I was 100% effaced, and 1 cm dilated. They thought I'd have all night to deliver him because I was only 1 cm dilated, but he came within 15 minutes of the epidural being administered. He was a successful VBAC. We had him in about 1 1/2 - 2 hours after being admitted to the hospital. No joke.

The doctor said when I start having 4-5 contractions in an hour she wants me to call and come to the hospital. She doesn't want me laboring at home at all. I haven't had super regular ones as of yet... so that is good. Or if my water breaks, I need to rush myself in there. No explanation needed with that one.

I know that God is in control. I trust that God has his plan for our daughter and I. If she comes early, she comes early. I will do my best to do nothing... which if you know me... is near impossible. But, It's necessary. I have talked to the boys, and have people that are able to help me. This will be a stressful week for us, but we will get through it. I can't believe I'll be meeting this little princess soon.

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Love to you all!

Here is a recent bump date pic:

Thursday, October 29, 2015

34 weeks *Sprinkle for baby S*

What a fun weekend spent with my closest friends, celebrating the arrival of our baby girl. I'm still in shock that this boy mom is having a daughter. I'm beyond excited. I'm so incredibly happy. Sharing this moment, with my girls was unforgettable. Thank you Katy, Julie, and Liz for a beautiful lunch, and for all my friends that came to celebrate. 

34.6 weeks.
The set up:
The ladies:
 Thank you all for coming and celebrating our baby girl. I am so blessed to have such wonderful women in my life. Our little girl is one lucky lady... as am I! Tomorrow is my 36 week appointment... It'll be interesting to see where we are. Since I've been battling preterm labor, I believe she'll be here soon. I will update my blog tomorrow afternoon.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Jake's 5th Birthday Party.

I totally forgot to post Jake's 5th birthday party. Oops! I just saw it on my drafts. Well, I will blog quickly about it since it was a month ago now.

Jake had a super fun birthday week. We went to an Ice Cream parlor with family on his actual birthday, and then celebrated at BouceU with friends. I loved seeing the kids run like crazy in a padded place! ha ha. They also had some guys helping the kids while the bounced. It was an easy birthday party for me at 7 months pregnant. And it's exactly what Jake wanted to do. SCORE!

Here are some pictures from his birthday week:
Lunch date with mommy and Asher:
 Make a wish!
 Ferrell's Ice Cream Parlor with family. This place is SO cool! PS. I want to go back before we have the baby... ICE CREAM!
BounceU with friends:
Hubby and my big bro from college!
Preggie friends!
The crew:
Time to eat:
My 5 year old!
Made a few masks for the kids to wear! Teen Titan Go style.
Thank you for all that came and celebrated our first born's birthday. What great memories. :)

32.5 weeks // Countdown to our baby girl // Bumpdate

My first two pregnancies were so easy. I guess I just assumed that this one would be too. And for the most part it is. I literally never sit. I'm either running around at schools, doing things for the boys, or organizing the house, etc. Mainly it's running after and caring for the boys. Even though they are so amazingly helpful, they still ask a lot from mom. Food, activities, play dates, and so on.

My body is simply tired. Then at night... A little munchkin may join me and wake me up for the night. Or... the bathroom trips don't help. So.... where I may have been able to sit down for a second and close my eyes, it's non stop until bedtime.

I have irritable uterus. So, I get a large contraction that doesn't let up until I lay down. It's very painful. But, it also means I'm pushing myself too much. They usually happen at night. But, pending on the heat or what I've been up to, even early afternoon. On my last visit to the OB (last Friday), they did a fetal fibronectin test. To read more about that click on the following site: Fetal Fibronectin Test. It basically tests to see if I'm starting the process of labor. My test came back negative. Which means I tested negative on lining thinning, and I should be in the clear for the next 2 weeks. I'm no longer able to bathe the boys, and when I feel the pain coming on, I have to go lay down. My nighttime routine consists of laying around. Which is very difficult for me. I have figured out games and coloring actives I can do with the boys next to me laying down. Grant is super amazing, and such a good daddy/husband. He picks up the slack and helps me. :)

Our little girl moves like a gymnast. Acrobatic moves all day. Not just kicks... but, arms and legs rolling around all day. If I touch my stomach or anything does she bats it away.

I'm so very excited to be meeting her soon!

My stats to date:
32.5 weeks 
18 lbs gained (This number will only increase quickly from this point on)
Still wearing some my regular clothes as well as maternity. I would just like to wear pajama pants all day if I could. ;)
New obsession: Honey Crisp apples with caramel sauce. YUM! And the apples have to be cold.
Ice cream, bean and cheese burritos, pasta, chicken pitas with feta cheese (pasteurized - relax people), and zucchini fries. 
Baby room is complete expect drapes. 
Clothes newborn - 6 months are washed. Working on 9-12 months.

Updated pic:
I go back to the doctor next Friday. Will update on my 34 week blog.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

30 weeks // baby girl // countdown mode.


30 weeks has arrived. 10 weeks OR SOONER until we meet our little girl. I had both boys early. Jake, at 38.5 weeks, and Asher at 36.5 weeks. So... my doctor has a feeling that we will see her around the same.

I went to my 30 week appointment and saw our little one. She's already head down! woo hoo! This could mean VBAC part 2. Some doctors look at it as a normal vaginal birth (after one successful VBAC), and others will always consider it a VBAC. Either way... a safe delivery is the most important thing. I've been through both, and would do either.

My due date is November 30. She is measuring a week and a half early just like the boys. She is an estimated 3.5 lbs already. The doctor said she has a good size head, so she's happy she's facing down already. She may just stay! Here's to hoping. I don't feel kicking as much as the feeling of her sticking out of my body. I feel body parts all the time. And more rolling motions. She's VERY active.

I have pretty easy pregnancies. But, this one has had more challenges. I believe it's because of the lack of rest I get chasing after my boys. I have developed an "irritable uterus" and now am forced to lay down after 6pm. The fear is complete bed rest or medication to stop contractions. Since I had both boys early (and especially Asher at 36.5 weeks), we are trying to limit lifting, exercise, and just relax when I can. It is almost impossible being a stay at home mom, with kiddos that only go to school part of the day, or part time. But, I'm doing better with my neat freak ways, and Grant as well as Amelia (our babysitter - who is like a little sister to me) are helping me at night.

The pain sensation that I feel is lots of pressure. It feels like my stomach gets extremely tight, and the only way to relieve it is to lay down... and on my left side. Even sitting down doesn't relieve the feeling. It's like a balloon filling with too much air and is about to pop. That's the best way I can describe it. It happens in the evening especially after I've had an active day. Some nights it doesn't happen... but, for the most part it does. The more rest I can get during the day, means a better evening.

But, other than that... everything is the same as the boys. Everything is going as planned... I don't get sick... I have energy... and we're back on the heartburn train. Looks like this baby could have lots of hair as well? hehe. We shall see soon enough.

Here is an updated picture of me...
And also, a picture of me at 30 weeks with all three of my pregnancies.

Jake - 29/30
 Asher - 30/31
Baby girl - 34/35
Pretty similar? I think so. I've gained about 17 pounds... but, I know after 30 weeks is when I gain the most weight. I'm trying to eat healthy along with wanting ice cream, skittles, and fried pickles. haha. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Big week for Jake!

This has certainly been a big week for Jake. He turned five, started T-K at his elementary school, grew 3 inches since May, and is starting fall T-ball, as well as continuing soccer.

I don't want to post the pictures of him at his school, because his school name is on them. But, I did take a few at the house before we left.

He was so excited, and he's loving school so far! I'm such a proud mommy. Here are Jake's updated stats:

Age: 5
Height: 3'11"
Weight: 54 lbs
Size: 7
Shoe size: 1
Fall sports: Soccer and T-ball
Favorite things to do: Disneyland, sports, going to the park, play dates with buddies, adventures with his brother, and chocolate.
 My oldest baby.
 Birthday celebrations. Fun breakfast, shopping, lunch, and dinner and dessert out with family!
 My boys on Jake's first day of school.
Asher was so excited to pick up Jake after school. When we were walking to the car, Asher grabbed his hand. Love these little brothers.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy 5th Birthday, Jake Bowman!

My oldest baby is FIVE. Why does five sound like such a large number? Is it because five comes with starting elementary school this year (T-K on Wednesday)? Or starting big boy sports (soccer as well as T-ball this fall)? Or becoming a big brother for the third time (this November)? I'm not sure. I just know that this little guy made me a mommy, and has changed my life forever. :)

Dear Jakey,

It's hard to believe that five years ago, you were born. Making me the happiest I have EVER been. I had no idea what to do, how to do it, or any direction from anyone. Your father and I just did it. From the moment below (the first time I was able to actually hold you), we bonded. Everything I had ever wanted. My first son. God blessed us with you.
When I brought you home we grew together. You have taught me perhaps more than anyone I know. I adore you. My love is so deep for you, your brother, and for your sister. I'm so incredibly lucky.

Over the last five years I have seen you turn into a little boy. Someone who is compassionate, loving, caring, silly, and smart. You have more friends than the average teenager. And all of them love to be around you. The joy you bring us and others is contagious. You are always so calm, cool, and collected. In every situation. You always have the right thing to say at the right time. Is this even possible for a five year old? Well, it is. You put a smile on all of our faces always. One of my favorite things you do is problem solve. It's incredible. You have the ability to look at a problem, and figure out a way to solve it or improvise.

Oh the places you will go! You are going to go far Jake Bowman, and I can't wait to see you grow into the person God designed you to be. Stay positive, happy, caring, loyal, and loving. You are special in so many ways. I'm grateful. You are a blessing to us all.

You are my sunshine, always and forever,

Your mommy.

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