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This + That: Friday Phone Pics

Woah, this week has been a doozie! From gets trying to get into a school routine (yes, you DO have to get up every day and go to school whether you want to or not, Moseby!), to two curriculum nights on two different days, to OB appointments and toddler checkups and two sick appointments (go away, school germs!), and MM starting tap again.

Man, I’m tired just thinking about our week.

Excuse me while I go take a nap.

Here’s a few pictures from this crazy week, no rhyme or reason really.

First up: I don’t think I have shown y’all my new-ish custom painting from Mary Pratt, have I? Back in the spring I saw some nest paintings she was working on and fell in love (I also have a large bird painting by her from a few years ago in our foyer) so I asked her about making it a specific size to go over our living room mantle. She worked on it this summer and we hung it a few weeks ago. And I’m in L-O-V-E.  Happy Mother’s Day/anniversary/birthday/Christmas to me! (You can see her work that’s currently available here, by the way!)

Next up, I’ve been in a creating mood myself–I always do this when I’m pregnant. It’s like my version of nesting (’cause I don’t have the cleaning gene). This week I’ve been working on this little 4″ by 4″ cross stitch piece for the wall above the dresser. I purchased the pattern because it didn’t look difficult, but there’s like 20 shades of yellow alone and I’m going a bit cross-eyed with it. Pattern can be found here.  Hopefully I’ll be able to show it to you finished and framed in the next couple of weeks because we plan on moving the boys in their new room together in early September and getting the nursery ready at the end of September/early October.

Speaking of the baby (and another thing I’m working on/creating, HA!), guess who is about to be in their THIRD TRIMESTER in three days?! Uhmmmmm, it’s getting real, folks. Baby is measuring big like it has from the beginning and on Monday it weighed 2 pounds, 4 ounces and was 15″ long. I still can’t believe there’s an actual baby in there!

(Oh! And that’s a maternity tank top–my first (and only) piece of maternity clothing–a $6 clearance tank from Target!)

And this really has nothing do with anything so far, I just think he’s cute. 😉

{This is him at his two year well checkup this week. I wear him in the Tula when he gets his shots and he doesn’t cry. Not sure if it’s because he’s tough or the Tula is magical.}

And that’s all I got for you today. Hope you all have a great weekend. We’re going to spend ours nursing these sickies back to health–lots of sleep and some couch cuddles and relaxing. Sounds about perfect to me!

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Pregnant Woman Stuff: Real Talk About Preeclampsia & Gestational Diabetes

I was going to save all this for my second trimester recap post sometime next week (I’m 26 weeks today, eek!), but since my latest complications have consumed my life I thought I would share them with you.

{For a short recap: with MM I was diagnosed with pregnancy-induced hypertension at 20.4 weeks, preeclampsia at 26.6 weeks, and gestational diabetes at 28 weeks. I couldn’t control my gestational diabetes (I’ll refer to it as GD–bad acronym, I know) even though I never cheated on the diet (seriously never) given to me by the diabetic nutritionist at the hospital and ended up on four insulin shots a day. My blood pressure (BP) wasn’t well-controlled either and by the time I delivered at 37.5 weeks I had been in the hospital five times, had been on bedrest for three months, and my BP during delivery got up to 240/170.  With Lawson I was diagnosed with GD at 18 weeks (it was controlled by diet (yay for Keto!) and exercise except for my fasting number and I was on one insulin shot/day), pregnancy-induced hypertension at 19.6 weeks, and preeclampsia at 28 weeks. I was never on bedrest (my BP was well controlled with medicine), but delivered again at 37.5 weeks when my placenta started detaching (common PreE thing). Wait, sorry, this was supposed to be a short recap.}

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24 week comparison with my bio babies.

Fast forward to this pregnancy. I’m 95 pounds lighter (than with MM and 55 pounds lighter than with Lawson) and started this pregnancy at an “average” weight/healthy BMI and a VERY active lifestyle (working out six days/week hardcore). Every person that I mentioned my concerns over my old complications flippantly said something along the lines of, ‘Well, you’re so much healthier now so I’m SURE you’ll have a normal pregnancy this time!’

And while part of me hoped they were right, part of me always got my feelings hurt–because those people were implying that my weight gave me the complications of my last two pregnancies. That I caused and deserved them.

And I, too, bought into it. I fat shamed me. I always felt guilty for what my body did (or didn’t) do, all because of my weight.

But here’s the kicker: I STILL have pregnancy-induced hypertension (21.3 weeks when I was diagnosed this round) and I still have gestational diabetes (25.1 weeks when I was diagnosed this round; at 15.3 weeks my blood sugar was perfect (85) on the one hour test–2.5 months later my blood sugar more than doubled on the same test). Now it’s just a waiting game to see when I start spilling more protein in my urine so I can get my PreE diagnosis (I’m guessing in the next three weeks). I’ve only missed one workout my entire pregnancy so far (the BP meds make me feel like I have mono 24/7 (totally not kidding) and I skipped one of my yoga classes because of it and then felt crazy guilty afterwards), I eat low carb, and I’m crazy active and I STILL got the same complications.

While I feel vindicated (yay! my weight didn’t cause the problems!) the complications still suck big time (wait, my body stinks at pregnancy!).

So that’s where I am now. Smug and depressed, ha!

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Pregnancy Reveal Photos & First Trimester Purchases

I’m going to be honest here: my favorite thing about pregnancy (other than the kicks–I LOOOOOOOVE the kicks) is buying stuff.

I know you’re sitting there shocked right now.

Yeah right…

So I thought I’d share with you purchases I’ve made during each trimester–for me and the baby. But I didn’t buy too much this first trimester…mainly because I didn’t even figure out I was pregnant until 8.5/9 weeks and then I sat there in utter disbelief for two weeks!

For Me:

Due to my abdominalplasty and muscle repair last June I have a very tight stomach–there is no loose skin which is a beautiful thing unless you’re pregnant. I’m not worried about stretch marks (been there, done that thanks to MM & my genetics), but I do want my skin to be as moisturized as possible for the stretching it has to do as the baby grows. I bought l’occitane almond supple skin oil at ten weeks along and religiously apply it twice a day all over my tummy and on my belly button and tummy tuck scars.  My skin definitely doesn’t feel dry and the smell (almond) is nice too.

For Baby:

When I found out I was pregnant I was shocked. And not a good kind of shocked. More like the I’m-the-smallest-and-fittest-I’ve-ever-been-and-I-have-a-flat-tummy-and-now-I’m-pregnant shock. I found myself scared (the preeclampsia and my muscle repair holding during this pregnancy are my two biggest worries) and pretty bummed about it all. But I realized the more time I spent on Etsy looking at baby items, the more okay (dare say excited) with this pregnancy I became. (It’s amazing how many new items there are on the market, like those precious blankets for monthly photos or baby turbins or the dock-a-tots, etc.) So once we decided on names at ten weeks and I realized that both started with a ‘B’ and that got me to thinking about doing a gender neutral bee nursery since I love bees. I started looking on Etsy and found SofiaBedding who would make custom crib bedding for me (I ordered all the fabrics and had them sent to her directly).

And I love it. Stay tuned for sneak peeks in the upcoming weeks (it’s currently sitting in the upstairs hallway waiting for the boys to switch rooms).

For Someone Else:

First, let me tell you how we told our kids.

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When I was almost 12 weeks or so we decided it was time to tell the family (we really were that in shock those first few weeks!) so I planned a special dinner for the kids. We went with a yellow and black bee theme for Baby B. Thankfully my “good china” is yellow and black so I didn’t have to buy anything special. 😉

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It’s hard to read but the menu says:

Appetizer: Baby carrots with ranch dressing

Entree: Baby back ribs, new potatoes with baby spinach, and warm buns in the oven

Dessert: Baby Ruth candy bars (and these bee cookies pictured above)

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And, y’all, my super smart, inquisitive eight year old had NO idea the entire meal. So after dessert we told them to lift up their placemats where we had put an ultrasound photo. Their faces were priceless.

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Moseby kept saying, ‘O.G.M.! O.G.M.!’ (instead of O.M.G., ha!!)

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The next day we met my parents & grandmother and C.’s parents at P.F. Chang’s for lunch before MM’s art show (coincidentally this is where we announced we were due with Lawson on her sixth birthday–she always picks P.F. Chang’s for her special occasion meals, haha).

I had brought grandparent gifts to announce the pregnancy–these puzzles–but they had to put them together first.

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My mom actually put the word ‘Baby’ together first and then ‘2017’ and figured it out. We gave each set of grandparents this gift (ornaments found here).

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And what’s a celebration without cookie cake?! 😉

To announce to the world (at 21-ish weeks) on July 4th that we were having a fourth we did a whole ‘Happy 4th’ theme–the kids shirts were done by my friend Tracey, C.’s shirt came from here, and my shirt came from here. I bought a “Cooper, Party of Six” sign too.

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For Baby AND Me:

I was in Sams one afternoon and saw these comfy-looking fabric-covered loungers for the pool. I swear the baby spoke up and said, ‘Get us one of those NOW!’ So I did. We are having a great time floating around my parents’ pool in it, let me tell you. The baby has good taste in pool floats.

And a random purchase I wasn’t planning on yet: I always debate on whether or not to even get a diaper bag (I always end up ditching them after a few months), but decided to get Frye Melissa Shoulder bag (in Cognac) like my cross body (that’s now on sale!) since it was on sale for $199 (almost 1/2 off and Frye never goes on sale!). It can be a diaper bag, sure, but it can also be just a bigger purse down the road.


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First Trimester Recap

Written on Tuesday, May 23rd at 14 weeks, 1 day. 

Pregnancy

I took these when I was 8.5 weeks pregnant (yep, I had no idea before then!)…think I was just a wee bit pregnant?!

So by the time you’re reading this I’ll probably be mid-second trimester, but I thought I better write it while it’s fresh on my mind.

Pregnancy

A little over 9 weeks. 

How I’m Feeling: Other than the past Sunday (our last day in the northeast) when I puked, I can’t even tell I’m pregnant. Well, other than lusting/needing/craving a mid-day nap (that of course I never get) something fierce. I’m also almost always cold (I’m not anemic and my thyroid is good for all y’all armchair doctors, haha). And I have had a constant runny nose for the last month, ugh. Oh, and my hair is dull and my nails are thin. So maybe I CAN tell I’m pregnant. I haven’t missed my normal gym routine {other than going out of town}–still doing five days of cardio machines, plus three Zumba classes, and one yoga class a week currently (I’m at the gym every day but Sunday). I even added RPM (spin) back to the my weekly rotation at the end of my first trimester so I’m working out even more than before. Take that, first trimester exhaustion!

A little over 12 weeks. 

What I’m Craving: A wide-range of things! Some days it’s quiche or chicken pot pie or chicken salad. It’s random and has no rhyme or reason. Though the craving for a McDonald’s cheeseburger or a chocolate chip bagel with strawberry cream cheese nags at me 24/7, not going to lie. Oh, and peanut butter. Always peanut butter.

(With MM I craved watermelon, sweet tea, and chocolate-covered potato chips. With Lala I craved avocados, steak, and frozen peach margaritas. So this baby is trying to keep its gender a mystery with its cravings.)

Pregnancy

14 weeks (measuring 15 weeks, 1 day)

Any Movement: Nah. And I found out today at my appointment with the specialist that my placenta is anterior (in the front) again which means my placenta will act like a buffer for baby kicks. Which stinks because that’s my favorite part of pregnancy! Plus the muscle repair has left me COMPLETELY numb down the center. It’ll be a while before I feel this kiddo.

Pregnancy

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Weight Gain: I’ve decided not to weigh–or well, look at my weight–during this pregnancy. I’m crazy active and I eat fine and I’m not going to worry about the weight. To be honest, my body changing and getting rounder again is hard on me emotionally. I can’t add the worry about a number on the scale to that. As of now I’m still in all my pre-pregnancy clothes, but the waist is getting tighter (but they’re still buttoning, woohoo)!

Pregnancy

Nine weeks pregnant. 

Complications: None yet. It’s just a waiting game because we know they will come. I’m taking my first 24-hour urine collection right at 14 weeks (to get a baseline for protein spillage–I’ll do these urine collections often during pregnancy to look for protein spillage which indicates preeclampsia–if you see me carting around an orange jug you’ll know it’s just me and my pee, HA!).

Pregnancy

12 weeks pregnant. 

I’m taking my first one-hour glucose tolerance test next Tuesday (so I’ll be 15/16 weeks-ish) because we want to catch my gestational diabetes as soon as I start having blood sugar issues. There’s a chance I might not get gestational diabetes again (I do weigh 95 pounds less than I did with MM and 55 pounds less than I did with Lawson), but given my history with PCOS (and the insulin resistance it causes), I’m not holding my breath. In fact, I’m starting Keto (or at least low carb) again in the next couple of weeks so adios carbs.

13.5 weeks pregnant (on a jetty in Plymouth).

Oh, and I’m now 36 so there’s a good chance I’m getting an amnio since I’m old (AND adopted (lack of genetic history)). Fun times.

Oh, and I just had an extensive muscle repair less than a year ago and I’m going to need another csection. The amount of worry/stress/craziness I have over this is ridiculous. I’m sure I’ll talk more about in the future.

Oh, wait, I forgot (that’s how used to pregnancy complications I am!), I have two large cysts on my 1/2 ovary. With my other two pregnancies I had one large cyst (the corpus lutuem) but it went away once the placenta took over (10-ish weeks). Nope, this round they keep growing! One is 3.5cm and one is 4cm which is pretty uncomfortable. There’s talk of surgically removing during pregnancy if they continue to grow.

Oh, and I found out I am a CF carrier. Now we’re waiting to get C. tested and if he’s also a carrier then we’ll have to have an amnio for that.

About the Baby: It is measuring 95th percentile and 8 days ahead. They promised me it wasn’t gestational diabetes making it big (way too soon–and this is 95th percentile in LENGTH, not weight) that it looks like this will just be a big baby. Oh, goody! ::insert eyeball roll here:: #gimmemeatinybabyplease

Oh, and because of my pregnancy we had to change our Costa Rica trip that was planned in mid-May (which was to make up for our ten year anniversary/babymoon trip to Italy in 2015 that we couldn’t go on due to C.’s dirt bike accident, ahem!) to a northeastern trip because of the possible Zika risk in Costa Rica. When I mentioned to my OB friend that we had a trip planned there (a level 2 risk country by the CDC) she literally laughed in my face and was like, ‘Uhmmmm, NO!’…so off to the northeast we went because there is certainly no Zika in Maine. HA! (This baby better be appreciating all my sacrifices!)

 

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Is #4 a He or a She?!

I know it’s the question on everyone’s mind (and it’s always on my mind).  So drumroll please…

Baby is totally smirking at us and all like, ‘I know what I am, but you don’t! HAHAHA!’ It’s a sarcastic baby, I can already tell. At least I know it’ll fit in where with out brood!

We know (and have since 14-ish weeks) the gender.

But we don’t know.

That’s not confusing or anything, huh?

At our 14 week ultrasound I told the sonographer we weren’t going to find out, but that I wanted her to find out if she could and print off 5 copies of the gender shot (I had brought 5 envelopes with me) so I could give it to my embroidery ladies and Etsy shops.

Pregnancy

Because y’all know me too well…I’m going to slap that baby’s monogram right on it as soon as it pops out.

And she easily found out what we’re having (which would lead me to think it was a boy, but who knows).

It’s been confirmed with another ultrasound and genetic testing…but we don’t know.

C. wavers back and forth between boy and girl. My dad, mom, mother-in-law and myself say boy. The kiddos and my birth mom say girl. C. had his tarot cards read in Salem (random!) and the man predicted a boy without even knowing I was pregnant.  Even those prediction charts don’t know!

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{I found this little poster here, by the way.}

{I have been buying a few girl things though *just in case* (I have plenty of boy stuff, but sold or gave away all of MM’s things last year so I have absolutely nothing). Oh, how I’m trying to rein in the urge to buy every Well Dressed Wolf, Matilda Jane, Sweet Honey, Persnickety, Blue Dove piece I see…oh, the list of little girl brands I love goes on and on. Must.stop.shopping. (’cause this baby may very well have a penis and won’t be able to wear a dress! HA!)}

As for names we’ve chosen Bonnie Grace or Benji Harris. ‘Bonnie’ means both baby and beautiful–our beautiful baby. ‘Grace’ is after my grandmother, Mama Grace. We chose ‘Benji’ because it sounded like the perfect name for a big, cuddly bear of a guy. ‘Benjamin’ does mean son of my right hand and many Jewish families name their last son Benjamin and this IS our last baby…. ‘Harris’ is after my grandfather, Papa Cleve (his and Mama Grace’s last name was Harris). We’re calling the baby “Baby B” until it arrives since both names start with the letter B.

And going with the whole Baby B thing we’re doing a bee-themed nursery since I love bees. Lots of tan/natural with black accents. I’m actually really excited about decorating the nursery (Moseby’s old room once he and Lawson move in together in the next month or so) and you’ll probably get tired of me talking about it!

 

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Happy Fourth!

…from our FOUR kids.

Yep, hold those sparklers folks–come this fall we’re going to have FOUR children!

I’ll give you a second to pick your jaw up off the floor.

It’s okay. I was that shocked too.

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{Lots more info to come, promise! Check back tomorrow for the full story.}

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