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32 week check up!

Ummm…so I had my 32 week check up for Baby #3.  Like a week ago.  Isn’t that already a sign that you’re not a first born if it takes your mom a week to blog about her check up?

Anyway…nothing really to report.

  • Baby has a good heartbeat in the 140s.
  • I had no weight gain, but…
  • I’m measuring on track, maybe a little small.
  • My blood pressure is starting to inch up there, but definitely not a concern.  I just noticed that it was higher for me.
  • Baby was head down at this appointment, but I still feel really big movements, so I’m not convinced that’s where he’ll stay.

I go again next week for my 34-week check up and this time they’ll do a growth ultrasound to check his measurements, but I’m not really concerned.

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30 week check up!

This appointment just seems like a weird one.  This is the first one when you start going every other week instead of once every 4 weeks (at least at my doctor’s practice).  So, I go there and it seems like I was just there!

And again….another short one.  In and out in 5 minutes.  That’s what happens when you don’t have any questions, I guess.

  • I’m up 2 pounds from 2 weeks ago.  Yikes!
  • My blood pressure is good.
  • Baby’s heartbeat is good (in the 130s this time).
  • I feel lots of movement still.
  • No gestational diabetes.
  • I am starting to “measure small” though, so we’re going to do a growth ultrasound at 34 weeks like I did with my first 2 pregnancies.  No major concerns, just keep an eye on it.

That’s it.  See her in another 2 weeks!

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No gestational diabetes!

So, I had to take the 3-hour Glucose Tolerance test on Monday after having “not passed” the 1-hour version.  I passed!

It wasn’t too bad, but it certainly wasn’t fun.

  • 7:45 – I got in there by 7:45 am, having fasted since midnight (really, 8:00 p.m. the night before).  They took blood to get a baseline and make sure my levels weren’t too high to give me the glucose drink.
  • 8:10 – 20 minutes later, they confirmed that I wasn’t too high and could proceed.    Drank the drink.  The tech had informed me that it was more sugary than the 1 hour version, but I couldn’t tell much of a difference.
  • 8:30 – I had brought my work laptop and tried to get some work done.  Did okay until about 15-20 minutes after drinking the stuff.  I wouldn’t say that I was dizzy per se, but my vision got a little wobbly, so I just shut my laptop screen, drank lots of water and walked a bit.  It passed within another 15 minutes or so.
  • 9:10 – They took another sample.  I resumed working.  I kept drinking water.
  • 10:10 – They took another sample.  I kept working.  I kept drinking water.
  • 11:10 – They took the last sample.  The gal asked me how I was feeling and I said fine.  She said “The lab won’t tell me your numbers, just that they are really low.  They suggest you drink this apple juice and eat these crackers.”  Sure!  I was hungry by that point anyway.

The next day, the nurse called and said I passed.  No dietary changes needed.  Hip! Hip!  Hooray!


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28 week check up!

Had my 28 week check up with Baby #3 (still unnamed!) earlier this week.  Another quick appointment.

  • I’m up 17 pounds.  Disappointed with this since that’s higher than my other 2 pregnancies and higher than I remembered.
  • Heartbeat is in the 140s.
  • Movement is strong (despite being told the placenta is anterior (in the front), this baby moves quite strongly!)
  • Measuring right on track.

I had to do the 1 hour gestational diabetes test which was totally fine for me.  I drank it, didn’t feel bad, gave blood at the right time.  No news is good news.  EXCEPT…they called tonight.  I “didn’t pass” by 1 point. You need to be under 140 to skip the 3 hour test and I came in at 140.  So, Monday, I get to go in and take the 3 hour test.  Lovely.

Work was totally fine about it, but that will be my 3rd day “missing work” to some degree.  Today (Thursday), I worked from home because we had a new water heater installed.  Tomorrow (Friday), I’ll be working from home because we’re having a new furnace installed.  And now on Monday, I’ll work as much as I can while sitting in the hospital lab waiting area, just waiting for the times where I need to give blood again.  I do fine working from home in a pinch, but sometimes, it’s just easier to talk to people face-to-face.  In my job anyway.

I also have a bad cough.  That’s been going on for a week now and keeping me awake at night.  It got to the point where I was sleeping on the couch for a couple of nights to a) not wake up Jeff with my hacking and b) have some thing more sturdy to cough against and c) hope that sleeping upright would help.  It wasn’t really helping.  So I got a series of antibiotics.  I think it’s helping, but it’s day 3 and it’s still not gone.  IRG!

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It’s a Boy!!!

Once there was a boy who met a girl.
SEVERAL months later, boy asked girl out. She said “YES!”
11 months after that, boy asked girl to marry him. She said “YES!”.
9 months later, the pastor asked if they’d be together for the rest of their lives. They both said “I DO!”

After 1 year of “happily ever after”, girl told boy that they’d soon be a family of three. He said “YES!”
A few months later, they met Phinehas Jeffrey.
Boy said “This is fun, we should do this again!” And God said “YES!”
18 months later, they met Stephen David. Boy said “Life with 2 boys is fun, we should do this again!” And God said “YES!”

18 months later, come April, they’ll meet their next child – another boy!
Life will be crazy. Life will be LOUD. Hands and hearts will be full!

Alternate titles for this post include:
-What’s your favorite boy name from Bible, not including Phinehas and Stephen?
-How does 3 under the age of 3 for 5 days sound?
-Further proof that specializing in boys just makes good financial sense…


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Ultrasound tomorrow!

Our 20-week anatomy ultrasound is tomorrow and I’m excited (which is to be expected, of course). For our previous 2 pregnancies, we asked the ultrasound tech to write the sex of the baby in an envelope, then Jeff & I opened it up together, later. This time, we’ll be doing something different.

This time, because it’s only 2 days before Thanksgiving, we’re going to do a Mini Gender Reveal with family. The tech will still write the gender in an envelope, so that we don’t find out right away. But this time, I’ll get the results to a cake decorator (without me knowing) and she’ll bake a typical gender reveal cake.

Then on Thanksgiving, we’ll be celebrating with my side of the family and we’ll cut the cake to find out! I haven’t ever been to a gender reveal party, but I like the idea of a mini reveal with family.

So…what will it be? Boy or Girl?


I’d love to have another boy. They’re fun! And how fun would it be to have 3 boys close in age, growing up together? So fun!

I’d love to have a girl. This might be our last child (you never know) and I think it’d be great to have the experience of having a daughter. So fun!

Old Wives’ Tales?

How you carry says Girl since I’m carrying high. (But I’ve carried high in my last 2 pregnancies. Both times with boys. I think that’s just how I am.)

Heart rate says Girl since the heartbeats have all been above 140. (But, again, both pregnancies were with boys and they were always above 140.)

Cravings says Boy since I’m craving salty instead of sweets. (This is the way I was in the last 2 pregnancies too. I am baking sweets a lot, but I’m not eating many of them. Have the munchies at night? Give me some Chex Mix.)

Acne says Boy since I don’t really have any (girls will steal your beauty…apparently)

Cold Feet says Boy since I have do have cold feet. You know, when it’s cold outside.

Wedding Ring Swing says Girl since holding it over my belly on a string makes it swing back and forth instead of in a circle.

Chinese Birth Chart says Girl.

Mayan Birth Chart says Girl.

Husband Gaining Weight Theory says Boy since my husband isn’t really gaining weight either (in fact, he’s slowly losing weight — but that’s due to his cheapness at eating lunch out and giving up soda/pop)

Morning Sickness Theory says Boy since I haven’t had any.

Girl Indicators: 5. Boy Indicators: 5   So there’s a 50/50 shot at being right!

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16 week check up

Had my 16-week check up today!  It was kind of a wacky day as I was supposed to be there at 8:20, but was running late, so I was able to reschedule for 11:15 that morning.  Honestly, I was tempted to just skip the appointment all together.  But they offered to see me yet that day, I went for it.

Pregnancy wise, things are going well. That’s why I was tempted to miss it.

My doctor was out at a delivery, so I saw one of the midwives in her practice. She couldn’t find the heartbeat with the doppler, so she did a quick ultrasound.  Baby is moving well, but was in a weird spot.  (Or at least not in a spot that she was expecting.)  After she located baby with the ultrasound, she was able to pick up the heartbeat with the doppler.  So that’s a relief.

The midwife wasn’t super experienced doing an ultrasound, but she does think that the placenta is anterior — meaning in the front of the baby.  I had that with Phinehas too.  It’s not a health concern in any way – it’s just kind of a random thing of where it attaches.  But it does mean that I won’t feel movement as strongly or often as I might otherwise.

At least that was my experience in the past.  Since Finn was my first pregnancy, I had no idea of what was normal for movement. Then when I was pregnant with Stephen, what a game changer!  Big kicks!  Often movements!  That’s probably more what most women experience.  Not necessarily better.  Not necessarily worse.  Just different.

Pregnancy-This-Far Summary:

  • Heartbeat in the 140s, which is exactly the same as both Phinehas and Stephen were at this point.  (Does that mean it’s another boy?  50/50 shot!)
  • I’ve gained probably about 2-3 pounds.  A little more than I had with my other 2 pregnancies.
  • Starting to feel movement!  Nothing super consistent, but at least a couple of times a day, I feel movement that I know is baby.  That’s fun!

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