Thursday, February 04, 2016

Lettering/Art Challenge

I found this challenge last month and did it for a few days. (You can check out my instagram to see what I came up with). My friend, Nicole got me some watercolor pencils while I was in the hospital so now I am needing some inspiration. So, I am going to start the challenge for February. Yes, there are only 29 days in February... 30 is a bonus prompt since it's called "30 day challenge" lol.

I can't wait to get started! There is also a facebook group to help with how to hand letter. Just click on the photo above for the original post.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

35 Weeks

So much has happened since my last baby update...
Almost two weeks ago I experienced some bleeding. My midwife checked me out and said it was coming from my cervix, so she recommended I go to the hospital where they would have quicker access to an ultrasound machine.

We were in triage forever waiting for a Dr. I had my blood drawn and put on monitors, all that good stuff, in the meantime. I had another exam, and that Dr. agreed that the bleeding was from my cervix. The ultrasound tech came in next. They couldn't see any evidence of a placental abruption. So, that was good, but they also wanted me to stay for a few days to make sure I didn't have any more bleeding.

So, for the next four days I stayed at the hospital with intermittent monitoring of the baby and one more ultrasound. It was pretty uneventful and boring. (and I will miss the quiet) The Dr. who was working with me has recommended I have a hospital birth because there is a chance that I will have bleeding during labor and it would be better to already be at the hospital. They can't confirm or deny I had a placental abruption. It's very frustrating. But, most cases of abruption can't be confirmed until after birth and they've examined the placenta. I just hate having to be cautious and deliver at the hospital when there may be no reason to. But, I'm more interested in being safe than sorry.

So, as much as I hate it. That is what is happening. I had my last appointment with my midwife yesterday. She gave me some recommendations for nurse-midwives who can deliver at the hospital. One group works at a clinic right across the street from me, so that would be convenient. My midwife also wants me to come back to her for my post-partum check ups so she can see the baby :D And, of course I'm doing that.

The student midwife at my appointment made the comment that this was like a break-up and I needed to get a pedicure or something after the appointment. :) It's so true, though. Being at the end of your pregnancy and having to leave the midwife you really like, and having to give birth in a hospital when you were looking forward to just staying home. It is not a good feeling.

The good news, though, is there hasn't been any more bleeding and I'm confident my baby will make it to term. In the hospital I had to prepare myself for the possibility of having a c-section. I was even given steroids to help our baby develop if that were to happen.

Pictures from my second ultrasound. I've only had a 3D ultrasound with Elena, so when the tech asked if I wanted to see some 3D I was all for it. The detail always amazes me. I can't wait for her to get here. She can wait about 4 weeks... but I'm so excited.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

31 Weeks

Yesterday marked 31 weeks for me and baby! :)

I had an appointment with my midwife. We talked about where I will be having this baby. The closer I get to d-day, the more I am leaning towards birthing at home. It's just all around more comfortable and easier.

My only concern was what the plan would be if I hemorrhage again. We decided we would do active management of labor. I would be doing this regardless of where I deliver. My midwife also reassured me that everything they have available at the birthing center (medication, etc) they will have with them for a home birth.

Baby was still too small for my midwife to tell if she's head down. I had been feeling around my belly the night before and could only make out my baby's back. It was on the left side, but at my appointment she was belly up. so, she's still moving around a lot.

I'm starting to feel pregnant. My pelvis was sore last week. I got a muscle in my butt massaged that helped a ton. So, now I'm not so much in pain, just not always coordinated when walking. lol.

9-ish more weeks to go! We are looking for a van and still have to get a carseat. Other than those two big things, we pretty much have everything ready.

Speaking of ready... Here is the baby's corner of my office. The wall I painted coral and peach. Yes, that "E" is a hint to the baby's name. But that's all you get ;) I've started a little diaper stock pile in the bottom of the bassinet. I think I'll be good on diapers for almost two months.

A close-up of the mobile. It's not in my belly picture because a certain 3 year old pulled some of the circles off. So, eventually I'm going to get that put back together. It actually wasn't finished, anyways. Those squares of tape are going to be replaced with something not as visible. :)

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Meal Plan for This Week 10/2

Well, I almost made it. $109.09 was my total. Obviously, (I hope it's obvious) the photo above doesn't include everything I purchased. I had already put everything away and drug them back out for the photo. So, a few were missed.
I really could have kept the total under $100 if I had taken a calculator with me... I was $10 off when I got to the checkout at Grocery Outlet...
This is definitely a process of learning from mistakes. I will need to spend even less next week!

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Lunches  (all served with veggies)
Meat Sandwiches
PB & J Sandwiches

Spaghetti w/ green beans
Burritos w/ corn
London Broil w/ honey roasted carrots
Stromboli w/ kale salad
Quinoa Chicken Nuggets w/ roasted acorn squash
Sausage and Pepper Grilled Cheese

PB Quinoa bars
Kefir Smoothie (we have lots of frozen fruit)