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    Oh, and I forgot to add my 33 week belly pic -

    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Fa la la la la la la la la.....

    Yay! It's almost Christmas! I've only got 5 1/2 weeks until my due date!

    It has been so nice having DH home now that school is out - I'm sure by January I'll be sick of him but we are having a great time spending time together as a family.

    It's so nice to be able to send someone to change the laundry loads for me so that I don't have to go up and down the stairs with baskets of clothes - I hope he doesn't feel like all I am doing is bossing him around

    Baby Boy is SO spastic! He is always jumping and squirming and jiggling around! My belly looks like I have a million bouncy balls inside constantly bouncing!

    I am getting excited and anxious for the birth. My friend had her baby this past week and I went to visit her in the Mother/Baby Unit at the hospital - it was so weird to be there! To walk down the hall and hear all the newborn cries....see her little tiny baby girl all wrapped up and sleeping......AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I think time is going too fast!

    I've been doing some more organizing in the nursery - I think I've got the dresser figured out - it is hard to fit another wardrobe in a dresser when you're used to it only being used for one kid! But now I have it figured out - they each have a drawer full of clothes - socks, shirts, pants, etc. Then the middle drawer is full of pajamas for both kids - so Ella has half full of her PJ's and the other half is full of baby boy's sleepers. Now I have to get some containers to put under Ella's bed that I can fill with clothes (things that are still too big, etc).

    I had some really bad cramping one morning this past week - every few minutes I'd get this horrendous pain, I'd be cringing and saying "OW!" and Ella kept wondering what was going on LOL. Thankfully it only lasted a few hours and then stopped. But I probably should get my hospital bag packed after the holidays instead of waiting until the last minute like with Ella
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    36 weeks 4 weeks to go!!!!

    I am feeling supremely large and whale-like. None of my maternity pants with the full panel go over my belly anymore, I have to wear them under it, and they dig in like crazy! I'm living in sweatpants at home.

    We had a GREAT holidays! It was a lot of fun and I got lots of help with Ella so i was able to take it pretty easy. We spent 3 days with my mom, stepdad, and sisters over Christmas, and 5 days with my dad, stepmom and grandparents after that. My sisters are a huge help, and DH was just awesome. Yesterday he let me sleep in until 10 am

    I go to see my OB on Monday, and every Monday after that until I have the baby! I'll be having my GBS test on Monday. I'm wondering how much weight I gained over the holidays Hopefully it'd not too much! I'd like to end up at about 30-35 lbs gained in total, and before the holidays I was up by 23 lbs, so we'll see how I do! I'm getting so excited, but still a bit nervous for the delivery - just wondering how its going to go!

    My one friend had her baby girl on Dec. 18th, and another friend had her baby boy on Christmas Day! Now it's just me we're waiting for - I'm getting so excited to have a small little bundle of baby to hold and cuddle again!

    Today we're going to Walmart and I'm going to pick up all the things I don't have yet for baby - NB diapers, nursing pads, etc. Then I will be all set, I can pack my hospital bags and just spend this freezing cold month of January inside waiting for baby to come! I also still have some organizing to do in the nursery - we're picking up under-the-bed boxes today too so I can finish that.

    I'm totally behind in taking belly pictures - I've got to do that this week for sure!
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    I had my OB appt today and my GBS swab. It was a good appt overall - my BP is excellent and my belly is measuring right on. The GBS test wasn't nearly as bad as I remember from last time Also, I am up to 163 lbs - up 29 lbs in total from pre-pregancy. I think I'll have to blame that 6 lbs in 3 weeks on the holidays!

    We talked about my concerns with tearing during delivery this time - she noted that I have healed EXTREMELY well after what happened last time. She said she'd never be able to tell that I had that many stitches (60) and I look perfectly normal 'down there'. She said I should totally feel comfortable asking the nurses or the Dr. to do perineal massage during 2nd stage labor this time - if she is there for my delivery then she does it herself, and she usually does as part of her practice. She made a note on my chart as well that I would like to have it done, so that any of the on call doctors know when I go in for the birth. So I feel better about that - she said I seem 'stretchable' and I've healed very well, and she thinks I should have no big problems this time.

    Baby's HR was at 135, and she thinks he'll be a good size - about the same as Ella was, 7 lbs 8 oz.

    We actually canceled my appt for next Monday - she was going to have me reschedule it as she has a conference to attend, but seeing as how things are going so well and I am not having any problems, we decided just to cancel that week. I'll see her then next at 38 weeks 3 days, and the week after that (assuming I don't have a baby )
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    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Well, it's 37 weeks today! Yahoo for full term!

    Once Monday rolls around and MIL is back in town, I am totally ready for little Mr. to come any time. I'm way more impatient this time than last - I've been sleeping horribly and getting tired of all my aches and pains. I might as well be sleeping horribly with a newborn!

    Although Ella has been a really horrendous sleeper this week too. The past 3 nights she has just screamed bloody murder at us in her crib, nearly hyperventilating until we take her out and let her watch her favorite show in bed with us Although yesterday I refused to do that, since we watched her show in our bed right before I put her down at 8:00. Eventually she went to sleep around 9:30 after we had a snuggle, read a book, got a teddy, and said our prayers together (I was praying she would go to sleep!)

    So I'm not too ecstatic about the possibility of TWO babies keeping me up at night, but I'm feeling ready anyways. Although Ella is still in her crib. I have been wanting to switch her to the bed for WEEKS but I need the doors to be put up on the bedrooms and the guy who is putting them in keeps coming up with new various reasons on why we can't have them yet......the doors we wanted are out of stock........we need new door frames too.......he has to put them on order.............BUDDY I AM ON A SCHEDULE! I need doors on the bedrooms! So I can switch Ella to her bed! BEFORE the new baby comes! BAH!

    OK, maybe I'm not ready.........
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    37 week belly photos (about half a week late!)



    There is my little watermelon! Isn't he cute? I think I might topple over at any given second.

    Well, only 2 more days until I am 38 weeks! My hospital bag is all packed! All that's missing is the clothes I'm going to come home in - because I'm still wearing them now! But I've got all my toiletries, PJ's, baby things, etc all ready to go. The car seat is installed in the car and I'm ready to rock and roll!

    I've had a few random painful contractions over the past day or two, but nothing regular or consistent. Mostly just TONS of pressure on my bladder (baby has dropped) and really uncomfortable squirming from little Mr. in my belly. Hasn't he run out of room yet?

    MIL is still out of town - the weather has been so bad that flights are canceled, etc. Hopefully she gets home this weekend so I don't have to fret!

    Anyways, things are going well - I got a mild yeast infection a few days ago, but it's already feeling better with treatment. Go to see my OB again on Monday - not sure if she'll do an internal check or not!
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    38 weeks!

    I had a real treat last night - MIL and FIL came and picked up Ella after supper and took her for a sleepover! DH and I went to a movie (something we haven't done together in over 2 years) and had a toddler free night! I stayed in bed until 10 am this morning when Ella came home!

    And she was SO good! She's had a few sleepovers before at my Mom's but not with MIL. It was great to have them do this because MIL is the one who will be watching Ella when I'm in the hospital, so now I know things will go smoothly! She went to bed late and got up early, but she only woke up once during the night and went right back to sleep. She had tons of fun with her Grandpa and Grandma and Uncle and didn't miss us at all! (OK, so she did miss us a little, she gave me a big hug when she got home this morning ) But I feel lots better about having her stay with them while I'm in the hospital - I knew she would probably be fine, but it's nice to have a trial run! At least she didn't keep them up all night!

    So - 14 days until the due date! I'm getting so excited! I keep opening drawers to look at little boy clothes....I can't wait to have a little bundle to dress in them! I've been watching lots of Baby Story on TLC this past week - LOL, just reminding myself about hospitals and birthing and crazy contractions and epidurals! I think probably last time it would have scared me to be watching that show so close to the due date, but this time it's oddly comforting and exciting!

    I've had a few painful cramps/contractions over this past week, but nothing regular or anything. Last night I was cramping pretty bad for a few minutes, but then again I did eat a lot of popcorn at the theater.....LOL. Baby is constantly on my bladder, I've got to pee WAY more often, so he's definitely dropped. But my ribs still hurt. LOL.

    Only 3 days until my next appointment - and it's marked as my 39 week appt, so i think she may do an internal check. She did one at my 39 week appt last time with Ella. We'll see! I'm getting a little anxious!
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    So, I had my appt on Monday when I was 38 weeks 3 days, and my belly was measuring 40 weeks I KNEW I felt huge! She said he's definitely bigger than Ella was - he'll be around 8 lbs she thinks. His HR was 140.
    My BP was excellent as usual (110/70) and my GBS test came back negative! Hooray!

    She did my first internal check - I was a fingertip dilated and 50% effaced. Baby is at -2 station. I'm happy with those numbers - I wasn't expecting much, but I'm glad to hear I'm at least 50% effaced. With Ella around that point I was not dilated or effaced at all, and I gave birth about a week later, so I know the numbers can mean nothing!

    And, I've gained 3 more lbs - making my total weight gain 32 lbs, and bringing me up to 166 lbs.

    My next appt is Monday morning if there's no baby before then.

    Well, after the appt I was feeling pretty optimistic for a baby this weekend, but now I'm not so sure.......I'm getting really anxious and just wish he would come out!

    My back is severely aching - but it's not lower back pain, so I know it's not back labor. It's up high between my shoulder blades and closer up to my neck as well. It's KILLING me! I don't know if it's from my enormous belly or what, but I don't know how much more I can take of it. I want to lie down all day.

    I was woken up by a contraction last night shortly after midnight, but it was just the one, none after that. I was up about 3 times to pee. Thankfully I went to bed around 10 and didn't get up until 8:20 am, (except those times to go pee) so at least I got a sufficient amount of rest.

    Anyways, I'll be 39 weeks tomorrow and I'm getting really impatient. I'm WAY sore and Ella is being a clingy, whiny little thing lately. I don't have the patience to deal with her when I just want to lie in bed all day - which of course I can't do. Today I cleaned the living room, vacuumed, did the dishes and made sloppy joes for dinner. So I'm not being a lazy lump but I sure wish I could!

    On a brighter note, tomorrow night I am going out to Boston Pizza with some girlfriends to have a girls night out without any of our kiddos. That will be nice! DH is working so MIL is going to put Ella to bed for me so I can go out. Then Saturday Ella has her first swimming lesson! Also I'll have to get groceries on Saturday.

    Then Sunday (oh please please let me have a baby before Sunday!) is church - I was hoping I wouldn't be there! People are starting to have very pitiful eyes when they see me waddling around! But after church (again, barring a baby arriving) we're having a birthday dinner at the IL's - practically DH's whole family is born in January so they have one big party to celebrate. So i hope I can make that - but I'd much rather have a baby by then

    Well........vent over. I'm ready. Baby, come on! I'm READY!
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Yesterday I was 39 weeks. I had some painful contractions throughout the afternoon and evening and thought maybe I was in luck but they died down around 9 pm. So far overnight and today nothing else has happened. I guess I will be going to see my Dr. at our appt on Monday morning! I was hoping not to make it, but now I guess I will. Maybe I'll have made some progress over the weekend.

    My upper back is severely aching - I can only imagine it's because of my small-ish frame holding up such a large belly, entirely in the front and EXTREMELY low down.

    Here it is! Any moment now I'm going to fall flat on my face!

    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Today was my 40 week appt (at 39 weeks 3 days). My cervix has had NO change from last week and is still quite closed and hard My baby boy is, I believe, making on offer on my uterus. He has so much enjoyed his 9 month lease of the space that he'd like to take up permanent residence. We'll see what the bank says about that. Personally, I don't think he can afford it.

    So, now it's up to me to evict him. I've got an appt scheduled for Feb. 5th (which I hopefully won't need) at which point my OB will send in my induction papers to be carried out on Feb. 9th. Yes......there is an end in sight, but it's FEBRUARY 9TH! Ok, I'm calming down. That IS 10 days after my due date.

    Other than that, all is well - BP went up a bit - it's normally 110/70 and it was 120/70 today. My fundal height went DOWN this week Last week it measured 40 and this week is only measuring 38 1/2, which we determined is due to the fact that he has descended WAY down in to my pelvis. Of course, there's no fooling me - my belly is as large as ever!

    Well, I think I'll eat the other half of my pineapple and maybe even go to the gym to use the treadmill later on Wish we had one at home!
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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