For Tia- What I've been up to (OT)

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For Tia- What I've been up to (OT)

Tia asked in the virtual crop thread about where the time has gone.

I KNOW!!!!
This pregnancy has moved at warp speed. It's been crazy. The end seems to be moving faster and faster too. It was just Thanksgiving and now we're halfway through December and my husband and I are both trying to figure out how that happened and we didn't notice it.

I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the fact that my husband has been in EMT training since September. His last day of class is this Thursday and I'm soooooo excited for it. I've been single parenting it every Tuesday and Thursday and hubby has been having to make up his church work on other evenings so a lot of the home and school burdens went to me.

This pregnancy has been good and bad. Good because I am the healthiest I've ever been while pregnant as we discovered food allergies about 6 weeks into this pregnancy. I've lost 12 pounds since the start of pregnancy, but a lot of weight was packed on very quickly right around conception time (because of the allergies) so I'm still about 3 lbs heavier then what status quo was before becoming pregnant. However, I should be GREAT once the baby is born and getting back to my healthy weight. Yay!

The allergies have caused some complications. Mostly severe magnesium and vitamin D deficiencies. I also have to take calcium supplements as I can't have any dairy at all. The magnesium has been bad enough that I've had 2 different 5 round treatments of IV magnesium, along with oral supplements. But on the bright side, it's kept my blood pressure down this time. I've been bedrested and induced twice because of blood pressure. I also am not border line gestational diabetic this time either, which is just wonderful!

I'm really hoping to go on my due date or a day or two after. My parents can't travel down until my due date (Jan. 25th). Also, my hubby has his national EMT exams the first weeks of January (when I'm around 37 weeks). This is the first baby I want to have on my due date so I think I'm probably jinxing myself into going early. LOL

Carrie (PrincessLeia) is my birth buddy. She's also at Feb '08 with me so it worked out perfectly. She'll keep you updated when I go into labor.

I've officially hit that "I'm done" stage of pregnancy. Little boy finally is under my ribs and still is moving up a storm (even though he should be slowing down around now). I've started having braxton-hicks a lot and have trouble doing anything but the basic "needs to be done NOW" work. I'm ready to have my body back and be able to be a better mommy again... and yet I want to savor this as it's likely to be our last child.

So I'm utterly behind on crafting, including finishing up my swap Christmas Cards for here. But I'm thankful to not be bedrested, and to be the smallest I've ever been pregnant and to be doing so well medically.

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You sound sooo busy girl! Single parenting with your other 3 kids and being pregnant has GOT to be hard. It always amazes me when you moms do it.

January 25th is going to be here so soon. I can't believe how time flies. :eek: It feels like we were just reading your announcement. Congrats on staying so healthy this pregnancy too!!!

Take care of yourself. It's ok to let the little things slip...it's more important for you to be rested.

Thanks for giving us an update.

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I have let a lot go... which has been difficult but I've just had to. When my magnesium levels dip, I start getting severely depressed and exhausted but unable to sleep. It's just side effects of it. Hubby has actually been helping out a lot- hauling laundry baskets, helping fold, etc. But like this weekend, the kid's bathroom went from "just letting it go" to completely unsanitary. Thankfully hubby was able to scrub it down after I melted down about how unsafe it was getting in there. It's just not things guys think of in the same way.

I wouldn't be able to handle this if I was still teaching. I'm so glad I can just devote time to the kids. 3 hours in the car a day is a LOT. Hubby is making the trip whenever he can as it's starting to hurt to sit. I am so lucky to have a hubby who does so much despite his busyness right now. I also keep reminding myself that we chose to have him do EMT and the like NOW so he'd be home next month when baby is born. That matters most.

I can't believe how fast the pregnacies have moved for so many of us.

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time is definitely flying! thanks for the long update. I really don't know how you do it with the time in the car like that. I'm glad your BP is good though, but it sucks about the deficiencies.

baby boy will be here before we all know it, won't he? Wink

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I can't believe how busy you are! Hope you get a chance to rest over the holidays and gear up for baby J's arrival! Smile

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Thanks gals. Major rant ahead.

I'm having a bad day. My mood has just plummeted for no reason, which scares me a bit. It makes it difficult to take care of the children (DH is away for the night at his second to last EMT class). Of course, now I'm having BHs too and my fingers have swelled a bit. It's always something.

I feel so bad that I keep resorting to sandwiches or what my kids call snack supper. (It's basically healthy, but I sort of let them graze on fruit, then give them cheese and crackers, then some deli meat or summer sausage...etc) We've been eating a lot of sandwiches, apples and Christmas cookies and I'm so sick of it.

My hubby wanted to help so he made a gift card holder today and it's really nice... but I wanted to bawl because even though he was helping me because I've been so overwhelmed, he took away a chance to HAVE to craft that I was looking forward to. I won't tell him though because it was really sweet of him to think of me and want to help.

Wednesday is not going to be a good day. We have to pick up the kids at 2:45 and then stay in town there. We're thinking an hour at the library, then eat at the Chinese Restaurant (because that'll kill more time and the kids will like it), then back to the school, where I'll find us seats in the church while hubby takes Caleb to the bathroom to change into his suit, then we'll swap and I'll change the girls. Then I'll go sit again and he'll take the kids to the gym to run and walk around for about 30 minutes until it's time to drop Caleb off at his class and the girls and he will join me in the church for the service/program. We'll get home past their bedtimes.

We can't come home between because if we did, we'd be home for 30 minutes and have to turn around again and go out to eat. We tried it last year... we were almost late and didn't have seats. I can't do that again this year, but I'm already exhausted thinking of tomorrow.

Thursday will just be hubby's last day of class and taking the boy to school. I think. I hope.

Friday we have to stay in town in the morning because we will join Caleb for his Christmas dinner at the school. So we decided to help in Anna's classroom. They're decorating cookies. So drop them off at school, go to chapel with Caleb, go back to Anna's class and help decorate, then kill 40 minutes until the start of lunch.... have lunch (where the only thing I can eat is the ham). We probably won't be done with lunch until 12:30-1pm so we may as well stay up in town until it's time for Caleb to come home. Then, we had the church grandma offer to watch the kids that night and darn straight we're taking her up on it.... even if the first half of the day is breakneck speed.... it'll be the end of a crazy week. We're going to do SOMETHING. Probably a movie.

Sigh. I just need to get through this week and then things calm down. I can handle the extra sermons of next week better then the hurry up and wait game of this week.

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Geesh! I can see why you said on FB you need to take it one day at a time ... if you need to vent or anything, we're here! :bigarmhug:

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Wow Michelle, if you go back and read through all that your post started so sweet and uplifting and then you totally did go downhill fast. Smile I am sorry your day went so sour so quickly. I am so glad you are healthy and so close to being done. I know how hard those last few weeks are. Hang in there girl.

BTW, is your DH going to be an EMT in addition to a pastor??? He'll really be busy then huh???

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:eek: It has moved fast! Can't wait to "meet" the little guy! I hope your DH can come home and give you a break soon. It's hard on your own.
Praying for you.

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Thanks for the update Smile wow you are very busy. I was thinking of you this week while at the kids christmas concerts. I know you live far from school like I do and with the concerts all on different days I was thinking how crazy my week was and then thought how you did the same thing while being ready to deliver! I give you so much credit! take some you time if you can Smile

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Yeah, Wednesday and Friday were insane with the Christmas program and Christmas supper for the oldest, and cookie decorating in class with the middle child. Her program is Monday (just before preschool pick-up) and on Sunday we have the church Christmas programs (luckily OUR church just across the street).

I've had 2 IVs- one Wednesday and one Thursday. They have helped a lot. I'm exhausted from all the running around and baby boy is throwing contractions at me, but that's likely from all the activity. I got Sunday's bulletin and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day's bulletins done today so I can take it easy next week. I even got a nap today. Yay!

There is only one day I absolutely can NOT go into labor on. That's 37 weeks exactly... and hubby will be out of town. But I'm optimistic that I'll go full on to my due date.