Friday, June 28, 2013

Life as of the end of June

I've complained too much on this blog recently and figured I'd better give everyone an update.  I always hate it when someone tells me only part of a story and not the resolution, so here's the resolution for our most recent situations.

My toe is better now, thank goodness.  It was about a week before it felt normal again, though.  We've also been battling colds and other illnesses around here, some pregnancy related and some not.  It's an odd feeling to be the beginning of Summer and coughing, sneezing, and hugging the humidifier like it was Winter again!  But despite illnesses, I'm grateful for how amazing our kids are and their ability to self entertain.  They are SUCH good kids.

Katie's potty training is going amazingly well!  I'm astounded at her progress.  She tells us when she needs to go, or even more often, takes herself to the bathroom, and doesn't fight us when we take her for a potty break.  Once she started potty training in the day, she quickly has figured out how to control her bladder better, and that has also translated to nighttime.  Again, I'm just blown away.  We've been letting her wear panties to bed, even, with a waterproof mat under her, but she hasn't wet the bed yet.  I fully expect some more accidents, but after going a full week--and beyond--now without a single accident, day or night, I think we can call that potty trained, and we can definitely say she's been the easiest and funnest to potty train of any of our children, bar none!  What a blessing!  GO Katie!

Lee loves being out of school and has finally decided that he is excited for another sister.  He's so tender and sweet--he was most worried there would be too many girls in one bedroom.  But the promise of eventually finishing the basement has got him much more relaxed about it.  That, and also getting to go on fathers/son's outings with daddy all by himself...

Annalisa is being a good helper and maturing way too quickly.  She certainly has a full social schedule with her friends stopping by almost daily to see if she can play.  She gets invited to more birthday parties than anyone else I know and loves to tell us all about her many, many best friends.  Have I mentioned how much I love our neighborhood and the opportunities our kids have here?  It's fantastic.

All in all life is going well.  Naptime is my favorite time of the day, followed closely by bedtime.  :)  We're happy and as healthy as we could hope for right now  Our garden is growing rapidly, our worms are multiplying like crazy, Cody loves his job and our kids are learning and growing every day.  And that's what life is like for us!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fun kids, Fun daddy

Cody has quite the reputation around our neighborhood.  Some call him "fun dad," some call him "fun Cody,"  some just ask if they can go play at Cody's house instead of Lee or Anna's house.  Why, you might ask?  Because he loves to play with the kids!  He puts them on his shoulders and races around, he tosses them in the air higher than any mother feels comfortable with, he lets them see the worms and races them on their bikes... he's just fun to play with.  Last week we went on a neighborhood playdate to our local (very small) zoo.  It was several moms with a bunch of kids and Cody was the only dad available to go.  The next morning he said to me, "Wow, my legs are really sore!  I can't figure out why; I didn't work out or anything..."  And then I reminded him, "Well, you did do broncos with about 15 kids for a couple hours yesterday."   We had a good laugh.  They sure love him.  I do too. :)
Hudson insisted on sitting so far away.  We promise he was not exiled.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Anterior Placenta

Pregnancy update/journal time!  I'm now over 21 weeks along.  I have hardly felt the baby move at all... I have felt her, but it's very faint and less often than once a day.  I'm also not gaining weight (yet) and have been having awful headaches, which I have never had before during pregnancy.  Needless to say, I started to worry, as I always do.  I was excited for my most recent doctor's appointment to get some questions answered. 

The first thing they always do is check blood pressure and do a urinalysis.  My last urine sample showed some protein, which also had me worried.  This time my blood pressure was higher than normal for me.  Normal is around 95/60, this time it was 126/67.  I know.  Not high at all, but seeing that 1 in front of the first number kind of wigged me out, especially because I know high blood pressure, protein in the urine, and headaches are all signs of pre-eclampsia... and what can I say?  I'm a Downton Abbey fan and pre-eclampsia has me more worried this time around than last time.  So that was the first order of business when talking to my doctor.

Good news, my urine was completely clear this time around and my doctor was kind to remind me that 126/67 is NOT high blood pressure in the least.  He checked my ears and nose and eyes and said that I have some pregnancy-induced sinus congestion that is probably causing the headaches.  He prescribed a pregnancy safe nasal spray... more on that later.

Then we checked the baby's heartbeat.  It's been tricky to find, but we've always found it before.  Katie was also really hard to find--but this last appointment was the first time my doctor simply couldn't find it.  Those 3 or 4 minutes of searching and searching are about the most nerve wracking thing ever for a mom.  Finally my doc went and got another doctor who came in and found the heartbeat.  It was very quiet and very deep, but definitely there.  My doctor said it was what he would expect if the baby was about 8 weeks along, not 21.  I was just relieved to know everything is okay.  After that, my doctor explained that I have "Anterior Placenta" which simply means my placenta is tilted back instead of forward.  I've always had that, I know, with all my pregnancies, but it seems to be more and more noticeable with each subsequent pregnancy.  It makes finding the heartbeat difficult, feeling the movement difficult, and makes me not show out front quite so predominantly--but won't affect the baby's growth or development in the least.  What a relief. 

After the appointment I went to get my prescription filled and found out our insurance won't cover a non-generic label for it without written request from my doctor.  There isn't a generic label of this nasal spray, either.  Blah.  So, the pharmacy contacted my doc and I hope to hear back soon.  In the meantime I'm still having headaches, still blowing my nose every ten minutes, still congested.  But the baby is healthy and well.  Last night I woke up in the middle of the night and was turned just the right way that I was feeling our little girl squirm all over the place.  I was so excited that I didn't go back to sleep for about fifteen minutes--just reveling in her movements and knowing all was well.  Silly mommy Lisa.  I know I shouldn't be so worried, or losing sleep over this already, but I just needed that moment last night to feel my new baby and know that she was alright and that all was well.  I love her already.

And as a reward for reading through this very long, very dry mini-novella, I'll now reveal the name we're seriously considering:  Elsie Marie.  Marie is my middle name, so that's the family connection, but as I've been casually browsing for names I came across Elsie in the 1910's census and it seemed to pop off the page at me.  That was even before we knew she was a girl, and I was purposefully looking for boy names.  Since then, I've tried looking for more names, but just can't get over Elsie.  So unless something else sings to us louder than this, we may have already found our 4th baby's name!

Friday, June 21, 2013

A quick visit

Cody's parents surprised us with a quick visit last weekend--just one night and a yummy breakfast, but it's always nice to see them.  With my pregnancy-aggravated motion sickness and extreme fatigue, traveling is basically out of the picture right now, so it was a treat to have them come here.  Like I said it was a very brief visit, but we did have enough time to show off the garden and for Grandma and Grandpa to get in a little bit of snuggling with the kids.  Mom was particularly impressed with our 5 foot tall peas that are starting to produce.  Thanks for coming!  See you soon!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What do you do in the summertime...

... with a broken toe, that is?  On Sunday, in our rush to get ready in the morning, I was talking to Anna while walking instead of watching where I was going and I ran straight into the bathroom door frame.  Ouch.  duh.  I feel so stupid.  But I'm about 88% sure I broke my pinky toe.  It has been throbbing non-stop for 3 days now and I can barely walk. 

So, again I ask, what do you do in the summertime with a broken toe?  You can't chase your kids around outside or take them to the park.  You can't go out and pull weeds.  You can't keep up with your laundry or dishes or potty training 2 year old.  You can't walk around the kitchen cooking.  You can only do the things you hate doing: watch TV and put on a movie for the kids, which makes me feel even more lazy and rotten inside.  Mostly what I do in the summertime with a broken toe: cry.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Baby #4 is a...

Girl!!







 *No Lees were permanently scarred in the making of this baby.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

19 Weeks

Can you believe I'm really 19 weeks along today?  Me neither.  I don't know if it's been busier this time around or I've been taking more naps or if I'm easily distracted or what, but this pregnancy seems to be going very fast to me.  It's good because I'm not stressing over it so much and I know I won't be very comfortable in just a few short months, but it's also slipping by so quickly that I'm worried I won't have time to prepare everything.

Things that have been sucking up my attention:
The kids helping daddy build and hang a bat house by the garden
-My sweet, sweet children!  Lee finished school and we are already completely in the summer routine.  Keeping the kids mentally and physically stimulated without wearing myself out is a challenge.  The trampoline is helping, and we took the training wheels off of Lee's bike and now he is really proud to ride his bike (and does extremely well). 
-Our gorgeous yard and house, keeping it clean and upkeep on yardwork and the garden.
-Potty training Katie, which is going surprisingly well.  She does very well if we take her potty every forty minutes or so, but doesn't yet consistently tell us she needs to go.  I'm hoping if she has enough success for long enough with our encouragement, that pretty soon it will just be habit. Maybe? 






-Cody's new work schedule and position.  I suppose it really is taking up more of his time, but I have been relying on him so much that when there's a slight change in our schedule it kind of throws me for a loop.
-My  own weak body.  Far too often I forget that the reason why I feel miserable is because I'm growing another beautiful human being inside me and that I should be happy, or at least content, with the aches and pains and headaches and food aversions because it's to be expected.  But usually I'm not content, just grumpy and focus on my pain and discomfort now instead of what the future is going to bring.  Yep, gotta work on that one some more...
 -And all those little things that seem to come up all day every day and are so important at the time but a few days later you've completely forgotten about them.

But, like I said, it's going fast and here we are at just about the halfway point of this pregnancy.  Yesterday we had our big ultrasound.  Cody's always wanted to have a baby where we didn't find out the gender until it was born, but I'm far too much of a worry wart to do that.  This time, Cody came up with the idea of having the Ultrasound Tech write down the gender and seal it in an envelope, and then we'd make some kind of a party out of revealing what it said.  I figured this was a pretty good compromise, so we asked my sister Sara to make a cake that is either pink or blue inside and when we cut it open, we will find out if we are having a boy or a girl. 

What does it say in this envelope??
The reveal party is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday June 7 at 7:00 PM.  You can come if you want to!  Or, you can check out the blog tomorrow night after I have a chance to post the video here.  It is going to be fun.  But other than that, the ultrasound went very well.  Baby #4 was wiggly and heartbeat happily thumping away at 146 bpm.  The growth measured perfectly at 18 wks 6 days (exactly where I was yesterday) so I guess my estimated due date of Halloween was spot on.  Like Katie, this little one didn't have a huge desire to show off its face, but everything else was easy to get a picture of.  It's always such a huge relief to see the 4 chambers of the heart, the pearly string of spine, the arms and feet and little mouth sucking away on a thumb.  It is amazing to get that little peek into the world of our growing baby and realize that in just another 20 weeks or so, we will be holding a precious bundle of joy and new member of our family!