Friday, April 19, 2013

At 38.5 weeks...HE came along!

Well, we welcomed a third beautiful little man into our family!

Samuel Elliot was born at 5:30pm April 11th and was 7lbs, 4oz, and 20 inches of pure sweetness.

I'll have to post the birth story later when I have time (ha).  But for now, here are a few pre and post-labor photos.  Enjoy!

38 weeks

"Labor" day tradition: baking cookies while contracting!

38.5 weeks with contractions 4 min apart-
heading in to the hospital
Checking the contractions and heartrate
Enjoying a hearty cup of ice chips :)
And out he came, 40 min after hospital arrival.
Natural birth.
My oldest, William, 4 years
Second-born, Alexander, 19 months
Sweet newbie, Samuel, 1 day old.
My three sons :)
Love them.

Monday, April 1, 2013

37 weeks

This isn't a full update- just a photo and a bit of commentary. 

I like to take photos each week the last month of each pregnancy.  It's always amazing to me how fast the body grows during that time...just take a look below at my 36 week shot (posted last week) and now, the 37 weeker. 

36 weeks

37 weeks

Yeah.  Bodies are so amazing.

It took having a miscarriage, going through (now) three pregnancies, and having children to fully appreciate the capacity of what the female body can do.  God designed us amazingly well.  It has also enabled me to appreciate and love my body for what it was created to do and be.  I can truly say I am far less concerned these days with looking a certain way or depriving myself of certain foods to fit a certain body shape and just loving every part of what He has given me, however that may look.  Once I accepted this, my body settled into the form and shape it was naturally inclined to be.  At this point, I am content with my physical form in a way I never have been.  Now, I'm just working on my inner person- and that, I'm afraid, will be a lifelong journey!

Thanks, Lord, for the unique way you create each of us.  I'm learning the more content I am in You, the less I seek from this world and the clearer Your truth becomes. 

Content is a good place to be.

"For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise You because I am FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made.  Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." 
 -Psalm 139:13-14


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

36 weeks

How far along: 36 weeks

Total weight gain: 22 lbs 

Maternity clothes: I'm in the sweatpantsonly phase.  I don't even care.

Stretch Marks:  Surprisingly, no. 

Sleep: I've been catching z's as much as humanly possible.  Both my boys still nap from 1-3:30pm so I dive into bed the minute they're down.  I also go to bed at 9:30pm and sleep until 6am.  I'm storing it up, and basking in the beauty of it- before I start injecting caffeine into my veins in a few short weeks.

Best moment this week: Well, we bought a home two weeks ago- a welcome relief.  Now onto packing, cleaning, and preparing for this little tyke (and moving two weeks after he/she is born).  Lord, be with us all...I'm not even thinking about it.  I can't.

Miss anything: Cute clothes.  Yes, I said it.  I've worn the same three outfits every day for the last three months, I think.  I also want to run, sweat, and run some more.  I miss real workouts.  My iPod misses me and my running shoes are accumulating dust.

Movement: Yes.

Food cravings: Nothing really.  Just trying to eat all the fiber I possibly can, for obvious reasons.  Those who've been preg understand. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Gender: Still not a clue.

Symptoms:  Pressure, jabs to the ribs, mild contractions, more pressure, thirsty (and peeing) all. the. time.  Trying not to complain too much but the final weeks are rough!

Belly Button In or Out: Depends on where the baby is positioned.  Mostly in, slightly out if a lot of movement is taking place.

Wedding Rings on or off: On

Happy or Moody:  Stressed...and trying to put the coming chaos out of my head!

Looking forward to: Meeting the peanut!  Getting the move outtatheway so we can just adjust and fall into a schedule.   

Recent photo: Here's the 36 weeker:
I'll try to post again before go-time...
can't believe it's almost here!

Monday, February 25, 2013

32 Weeks

How far along: 32 weeks

Total weight gain: 18lbs, no gain from my last appointment. 

Maternity clothes: I'm rebelling.  Lately I'm only going with maternity pants.  Extremely stretchy shirts under cardigans are my go-to.  So tired of my maternity clothes this third time around!

Stretch Marks: Nope.

Sleep: Pretty good.  Going downhill from here, I bet!

Best moment this week: Selling our house...after only 8 days on the market!  In total shock and so thankful for all the prayers from friends and family.  Now onto looking at homes!

Miss anything: At this point, I'd take no skin breakouts and shirts that don't ride up/pants that don't fall down, no change from last time.  SO want a margarita lately too :)

Movement: Yes.

Food cravings:  Nothing unusual lately...I've gotten really into Sriacha.  On eggs.  That probably explains the baby's movement.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Gender: Still not a clue.

Symptoms:  Some variable pressure in the lower region, some Braxton Hicks, puffy fingers, itchy skin.  All that fun stuff :)

Belly Button In or Out: In

Wedding Rings on or off: On

Happy or Moody:  Happy

Looking forward to: Finding a new home, preparing for the baby. 

Recent photo:  Here's the 32 week shot! 
We are down to the 2 week appointments...
baby'll be here before I know it!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

30 weeks

How far along: 30 weeks

Total weight gain: 18lbs

Maternity clothes: Mmmhmm.

Stretch Marks:  Nope.

Sleep: Sleeping really well, actually.  Not overly uncomfortable yet.

Best moment this week: Hmm, can't think of a specific moment this week but this baby is still a mover.  Love the movement :)

Miss anything: At this point, I'd take no skin breakouts and shirts that don't ride up/pants that don't fall down ;)

Movement: Oh yeah. 

Food cravings:  Guacamole.  On.  Everything.  It's kind of gross what I've put it on...I'll spare you.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Gender: Still not a clue.

Symptoms: A little tired.  Ever-ever-ever growing bigger.  My first ever experience with Braxton Hicks (never had these with my other two pregnancies).  I have quite a bit more false contractions/cramping this time around...just the natural progression of a third pregnancy, or so I hear.

Belly Button In or Out: In

Wedding Rings on or off: On

Happy or Moody: A bit of both.

Looking forward to: Getting through selling our house and moving to the next one...all while in my third trimester.  With two tinies running around underfoot.  Nothing is crazier that having two littles, being huge, and trying to clean at last minute to prep for showings.  Boooooo.  Sell house, sell!

Recent photo:  I'm thinking the belly is bigger this time around at this point.  Just compare...the first photo is with Will, the second with Alex, and the third with this one! 

Will, 29 weeks

Alex, 28 weeks
Baby #3, 29 weeks

Yup.  Bigger.  And 10 weeks left of growing!

Friday, January 11, 2013

25 weeks

How far along: 25 weeks

Total weight gain: 14lbs

Maternity clothes: Oh yeah.

Stretch Marks: Nope.

Sleep: Sleeping great!  Still sleeping on my stomach, kind of.  I try anyway.

Best moment this week: Lots of movement- this baby wont let up.  Also, hearing from my doc that this one is apparently running large, a week ahead to be exact.  My last two always measured small so this is a healthy change!

Miss anything: Red wine, normal pants, shirts that fit properly, sushi, lox... (ditto from last time!).  Also missing hard core workouts.  I love running and stopped a while back because I felt I was getting too short of breath and really crampy.  I miss it.  Thankfully I've still been walking at least 4 miles a day at the gym, at the fastest pace I can manage safely.  I need to do something or I get crabby and restless.

Movement: Often- again, this baby is a mover.  This makes me nervous.  My second son moved quite a bit in the womb and is non-stop out of the womb as well.  I was hoping this one might be a little more docile and chill but I'm guessing that's a fat chance. 

Food cravings:  Steak.  I am absolutely not a steak-craver.  I don't even really like red meat but every time we've gone out lately I've ordered sirloin and all have been worth every bite!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Gender: No desire to find out!

Symptoms:  A little tired, that's it.

Belly Button In or Out: In

Wedding Rings on or off: On

Happy or Moody: A bit of both.

Looking forward to: Getting the glucose test over with next appointment.  That stuff is nasty.  I also failed the first test with my firstborn and had to endure the 3 hour second test (I passed).  I can't imagine trying to fit that time allotment into my schedule these days with two other littles.  I'm going on a no-sugar fast for good week before this one!

Recent photo:  Here she is!  Green shirt is back for this one.

That's about it.  I'll keep y'all posted on the glucose exam.  Pray that I pass it, will you?  Thanks.

Monday, December 10, 2012

20 week ultrasound

I have a fascination with ultrasounds.  If you haven't yet had children, you may think they look weird and aren't that interesting but MAN, when it's your own little one thrown up on a screen- it's mind boggling to witness. 

Here are a few from our most recent (20 week) ultrasound with child #3.  I never tire of it!

Here are the nose and top lip, and I think an arm (all facing camera).

Arm bones/hand

(I don't buy the "higher" heartrate is a girl, my second son's heartrate at this ultrasound was 175!  My first son's was 160.  This kiddo  was 167 so could go either way and I'm betting boy at this point).

Leg and foot



The best 4D we got- but still not great.  The kiddo had his/her arm in front of his face the whole time.  Nose looks scrunched because the camera moved at last min.  The big mass on the right side is the placenta, baby is on the left, arm in front of face :)

Anyway- love these. 
So fun to get a little sneak peek in there! 
Still praying the results are good and all is well! 
See you in a few weeks :)