Friday, December 9, 2016

Baby 3 Pregnancy Journal: Week 30!

End of the day photo equals a tired face
with no make-up remaining. haha
"This baby deep inside me, ever so small, is a child of God. A child that God gave me to take care of whether for a day or for years. That care began at conception. Whether he or she lives or dies each day I am with him or her is a gift and has a purpose with eternal consequences. My baby is now a part of my life, my testimony." -Brenda Rodgers, "New Rules for Announcing a Pregnancy"

How Far Along? 30 weeks! Wow, so hard to believe we're already in the 30s!

"growing daily is his brain, which is actually starting to look like the real thing with those characteristic grooves and wrinkles. And now that your little genius can regulate his own body temperature and turn up the heat, he'll start shedding lanugo, the downy body hair that's been keeping him warm up until now." -What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th ed.

Baby Size? "...weighing in at over three pounds now (he'll be packing on the weight at a rate of half a pound per week for the next seven weeks)..."-What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th ed. 

At my last OB appt., it was noted that he is beginning to measure slightly on the smaller end of normal. She suspects he may just be a small baby as all my babies have been small. (My post-term baby was only 6lbs! I would be just fine with delivering another 6lb baby if we have a VBAC! Bigger babies are not for this small frame of mine. hahaha). My MFM (OB specialist) is regularly monitoring growth and watching for a repeat growth restriction situation. So far, that hasn't been the case. (hooray!)

Gender? It's a BOY! Huxley Nathaniel R. 

Weight Gain? (This is for my own record since I started out rather underweight). Still at a total of 19 pounds gained. I'm at the same end number I've reached the previous two pregnancies. At that point, I seem to always hit a plateau which seems to be the case already. 

I spy a Huxley baby!
 My boys (Tennyson- #1 & Huxley #3)
 have carried very similarly, and have
 had a special way of getting into rather awkward positions!
Belly? Feeling big! It's getting more difficult to carry Tennyson and Annelise. Often when we're out all together, David will lift and/or carry Tennyson and I will have Annelise. He also gets the double stroller in and out of the car for me. It's a big help!

Sleep? There's not much sleep happening these days, but I still manage to get through the days. Although, I easily fall asleep at any moment if sitting still long enough!

Symptoms? The usual pregnancy symptoms. However, there isn't one in particular is standing out at this point. Well, perhaps tired but that just to be expected. haha

Clothing? I'm so glad I did clothing shopping this pregnancy. It's been fun to put together actual outfits each day!

Movement? Slowing down a bit. Mostly, I'm just tired after a full day and haven't had the energy to do much additional activity. 

Baby Movement? He's still an active little guy! (Although one weekend he was much more still than normal and caused me to panic a bit. haha). I absolutely love all his movements. I'm really, really going to miss feeling a little one inside. 

Food Adversions? None. I love food!

Food Cravings? The desire for sweets has struck! Yikes!

What I Miss? Coffee. I would love to have one of those fancy holiday coffee drinks! Yum!

What I'm Nervous About? Of course, immediate and appropriate care for my other children during delivery will remain a concern of mine. They're simply not accustomed to any kind of outside care. 

   After delivery, it will be a push for David to assume complete care of our home, three young children and myself (if it's a c-section). However, he's very capable and I know he'll be able to do it well. I still believe he'll be the most appropriate person to help manage things while I'm unable to initially, even though it will be asking a lot of him. (He's a super dad/husband, after all!)

How Am I Preparing for Baby?
     We've started cooking and stocking the freezer! Our plan is to make one dinner and one breakfast meal each week for later use. So far we have:
     - lasagna x2 pans
     - blueberry muffins x12 ct.
     - quinoa, broccoli and cheese casserole x1 pan
     - baked oatmeal x1 pan

    I still have needed items sitting in my Amazon cart. I plan on placing an order in the coming weeks. I at least want items that would be immediately needed if a premature delivery situation were to occur. I don't think that will be the case, but knowing my risks I'd rather be safe than sorry. I can push purchasing other items to January. 

In Other News? 
1)  We had a playdate with some new friends recently. She has a four year old child and 3 month old baby. The oldest boy and Tennyson seem similar in personality, and got along really well. Tennyson was actually quite upset for them to leave! I held the youngest for just a little bit to see how Annelise would react. As suspected, she was very jealous and not pleased in the least. Hopefully, we can get together with them more. It's so warming to my mama heart to see Tennyson play with a friend. It will also do Annelise some good to get used to the idea of a baby being present and receiving Mama's attention. 

2)   Several individuals from the church we have been attending have very generously offered to throw us a baby shower and assist us when the baby comes. I'm so very grateful for their kindness. This does help relieve a bit of my concern and stress. 

3)  On a completely different note (and very personal one at that)- As the end of this pregnancy nears, I'm finding myself teary-eyed of this being the last. I'm grateful for this time and this child, especially since we thought our second child was our last. I realize that we've been very, very fortunate to have made it through so many risks and complications each time. As much as I may wish I had been born without the uterine defect that has place us at such a high risk, it is what it is. I must concede in it being too much risk to continue (it's also too much financial strain for high level of care each time). I have a responsibility to be present and care for our home and family. Perhaps God will grow our family in other ways in the future. And perhaps He won't. Perhaps, instead, He desires for us to remain a family of five and explore other opportunities. I'm prayerful to fully accept and obey His plan for our family. 

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