Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Baby #4: First Trimester Recap

Today marks my 14th week of pregnancy! To be honest, I actually forgot about it (surprise, surprise), but thanks to my handy-dandy little phone app, I not only received a reminder but learned that our little bundle of joy is the size of a lemon (3 1/2 inches long) and weighs in at roughly 1 1/2 ounces!! His or her liver started producing bile this week and the kidneys started functioning, which means from now until birth he/she will be able to urinate into the amniotic fluid when needed (a little disgusting, I know :)). God is so amazing, putting such complex miracles together piece by piece in the womb.

The first trimester went by fairly uneventfully, and I say “fairly” because, it’s still me, so of course there were a few events!! :)

My first appointment was not technically scheduled until the 10th week (I believe), but I ended going in a week early for an ultrasound, after two separate occasions of spotting (one lasting several days, one lasting for only a few hours). Praise God, the baby was fine, as was I. The baby measured a few days smaller, than what my cycle calculated, so they temporarily moved my due date back 4 days (to October 23rd), but said they wouldn’t set my official due date until the 20 week ultrasound.

Morning sickness was not bad at all comparatively speaking to the girls (pregnancies 2 and 3) and lasted a mere 3 1/2 weeks compared to the 7 I had with both of them. By 10 weeks, I was almost completely over all morning sickness, minus a light gag reflex I can’t seem to shake, that Treyton finds hilarious.

My energy was pretty low – being almost nothing until about 12 weeks, but even now, remains lower than normal.

After my 9 week appointment, I received a call from the doctor saying I had some glucose in my urine and they wanted me to come in for a simple blood test to rule out diabetes. I did that, and failed that test, so I had to go back in to take the 1 hour glucose test, which I not only passed, but (and I quote) “Passed with flying colors”.

This was great news. They weren’t actually concerned with my having gestational diabetes, so early in the pregnancy, as much as they were concerned that I had developed actual diabetes, in between pregnancies and was coming to them a diabetic (without knowing it). This last appointment that I had, my urine tested positive for glucose again, which the doctor said she was not concerned about, after me having passed the 1-hour test. She said sometimes women just pass glucose throughout their pregnancy, it’s not all that common, but that it does happen. My older sister, Skye, actually did this with her first pregnancy, too.

I had my second appointment last week (at the 13 week mark). Everything was great. My blood pressure was 102/62, I put on only 1 pound, and the baby’s heart beat was 165.

The doctor set my next appointment in 5 weeks, I will be around 18 weeks, at which time we will do our ultrasound as well!!! I believe it’s set for May 23rd.

Praising God for a healthy happy pregnancy so far!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Weekend

We had a very busy and exciting Easter weekend.

Friday night Tim and I attended (for the second year in a row) the simulcast for Secret Church put on by David Platt, it was a 6 hour (plus) teaching on the Cross and Suffering. It was AMAZING! IMG_1639Saturday morning, Mommer, Alexa and I went to get some manicures and pedicures done. This was Alexa’s first experience and she loved it :) She smiled almost the entire time, I mean you could barely see her eyes she was smiling so big!!IMG_1641That afternoon, Mommer, Treyton and I had some sewing time. Treyton and Mommer worked on a pillow case while I worked on making two dresses for the girls. IMG_1652

Afterward Mommer put together another dress for Alexa using the same pillow case pattern. They all turned out really cute!!  IMG_1649His pillowcase turned out awesome – he actually tried to convince me that his pillow is softer now :) So cute. IMG_1655 Resurrection Sunday

We spent Easter at my sister and brother-in-law’s house, as is our tradition. They do a really great job making it fun for the kids. They do an Easter egg hunt, crafts and this year they even got a pinata. IMG_1661This was Audrey’s first year participating in the Easter Egg hunt, and she caught right on. She was so excited to pick up eggs, she couldn’t stop there she collected eggs, leaves, rocks and anything else she could find. IMG_1666Treyton and Ryan prided themselves on finding the “tough eggs”. IMG_1669Alexa was also excited and found a record number of eggs! She was so quick I barely saw her picking one up. IMG_1668

My little niece Madison is so adorable, she loves to be held, and she will walk up to almost anyone (she knows) and asks to be picked up. My kids have never really been like this, so it’s nice to have a niece who is so warm and cuddly with me. IMG_1677

For the pinata, the little kids got to go first, up to the big times, every one got two different turns. Here is Uncle Aaron helping Audrey hold the bat (it was a little heavy for her). IMG_1681Alexa wasn’t that interested in it, she only took 1 of her turns (2 hits), and didn’t want to go again. IMG_1684

Treyton did some serious damage to the pinata on both rounds, but Ryan, the oldest cousin in the group, ended up breaking it completely open. The boys were pretty excited about the entire thing. IMG_1689

Here we are collecting the candy for the kids! IMG_1698

It was a great Easter!!

Thank you Skye and Aaron for all your hard work!!