Today I am 36 weeks pregnant. Today I had the same appointment I did at 36 weeks with Asher. Today I received the same results as with Asher and then some. They say "every pregnancy is different". This one started out very different, but looks like it may end the same way.
At 36 weeks almost 2 years ago I measured small at a check up appointment. They then sent me for an ultrasound which concluded that I had lost a significant amount of amniotic fluid. I was admitted and did not leave until Asher was born the next day. I was induced at 36 weeks and gave birth to a 6lb 6oz little boy. We were very fortunate and Asher avoided the NICU.
Last Thursday at my check up I learned that I was 3CM dilated and I yet again measured small. Today was my follow up ultrasound to check the growth and the doctors concerns. Today I was told I am losing amniotic fluid again. This time the amount was not as significant as with Asher, but they are monitoring it very closely because I am right on the border. Today I also found out that I have "old placenta" as they call it. My placenta as a lot of calcification and it is too early for it to be looking like that. Today I expressed my concerns of decreased fetal movement over the past week. I can literally go hours without her moving. I was told I should feel something at least 10 times and hour.
So what does this all mean? The concerns with all of this are that she is at risk for being a stillborn, the placenta is not providing the correct nutrients for her to grow, I could go into preterm labor, and the placenta could stop providing oxygen to her.
With all of that being said I am very scared. I have trust in my doctors and have multiple appointments this week to make sure little miss is doing okay. Adam and I are forming a game plan and trying to prepare for the unexpected. Our bags are packed and everything is ready.
Prayers would be greatly appreciated that Aubriella is okay and that she will continue to grow! I should have an update by Thursday this week!
I have not been able to post a new blog post in awhile due to how crazy life has been! Hoping to soon accomplish a new post for everyone to enjoy.
Room for 2 (Part 2)
Step one was to redo Asher's closet and make room for the baby's things. It was a total success and really helped ease my anxiety. Step 2 was to get Asher's big boy bed set up and to move all the furniture around. I am so happy with how their room has turned out. Asher has already made the transition into his big boy bed! He took to it so well and is actually sleeping better in it.
For those who don't know the story I'll quickly fill you in! This pregnancy was not planned. It was a huge shock to us and we had planned that Asher would be an only child. Our home was a complete renovation home. When we bought it, it had 4 bedrooms. 3 bedrooms upstairs and 1 off the living room downstairs. Well Adam and I decided we wanted a bigger master bedroom and knocked down a wall combining 2 rooms to make 1. So that only leave 2 bedrooms up stairs and 1 downstairs off the living room. Our son is only 22 months old and I do not feel comfortable at all with him being down there all my himself.
Originally when we found out I was pregnant we were configuring of how to put the wall back up. We actually decided not to put the wall back up and that we could make it work with the kids sharing. Asher's bedroom is on the smaller side and I was convinced that it would not be possible. But we made it work and I am really happy with the outcome! Eventually once one of them is old enough and asks they will be able to have their own room!
Since our bedroom is so big we were able to move the rocking chair and dresser/changing table into our bedroom. Which will be great when we are up in the middle of the night with her and wont have to disturb Asher.
You can check out the full closet reno here:
Before Baby Freezer Meals
As a first time mom 2 years ago, cooking dinner was the last thing on my mind. We ordered out a lot and sometimes had cereal for dinner. The first week or so family members and friends made us some meals. It was very nice and extremely helpful! This time around I knew things had to be different.
About 3 months ago I took a whole day and made about 10 crock-pot meals and put them in the freezer. I would pull them out as needed and it was super helpful with my husband and I's busy work schedules.
I was pretty impressed with myself! I took a whole day and had my 22 month old son home with me while accomplishing 20 freezer meals for once the baby arrives. I am obsessed with PeaPod. If you are not familiar, it is through Giant and is a service where you can order your groceries online, select a date and time, and have your groceries delivered! That is how I got all of these ingredients to my house!
I wrote instructions on everything so either myself or my husband can prepare dinner. By preparing I mean placing in the crock pot or in the oven. How simple is that!
Not all meals are pictured!
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It appears Asher is teething again. He is a super picky eater to begin with. It is even worse when his little mouth is hurting. 2 things I can always get my child to eat. Yogurt & Fruit.
Asher stopped taking interest in the other squeeze pouches I used to make him. I couldn't figure out why. He used to love them! I used Kiinde brand. Finally it dawned on me, the top wasnt the same as the store bought squeeze pouches.
Randomly out of the blue one of my best friends had texted me asking if I had bought the Infantino squeeze station yet. I hadn't but have been wanting to try it. 3 days later there was an Amazon package at my front door. There is was! My squeeze station! All thanks to one of my best friends.
Needless to say I have had huge success! Not only does Asher love these squeeze pouches because they are like the store bought ones, but I absolutely love my squeeze station! So easy to use and I feel like it makes the whole process of making these so much quicker! I highly recommend it. They also have a spoon attachment that I cant wait to use!
Smoothie Squeeze Pouches
Peanut Butter Banana: ( Asher's favorite)
I made about 25 of these. I place them all in the freezer and pull out as needed! Also with them being frozen I can take them in the diaper bag and they will defrost throughout the day and are typically defrosted enough when Asher is ready for one!
Here are the links to where you can purchase these exact products!
Well we have finally reached the point where it's time to pack for the hospital. With Asher I did not pack correctly at all. I had forgotten multiple things and was mislead as to what to actually pack. I read alot on pinterest and Google about what to pack, but honestly alot of those things did not seem necessary. So here's what I am taking to the hospital this time around!
I feel really prepared this time! I hope this helps all you expecting Momma's out there! I go for comfort!
The Hospital Bag:
I packed for Adam and I. Last time I forgot hair ties! How in the world did I forget hair ties! Also last time I tried bringing full size bottles and literally everything that was in my shower. This time I scaled it down but still have all the essentials!
Call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card. They will tell you if your insurance covers a pump and will give you a phone number to call. I then called the number my insurance provided me and it was a simple process. They verified my insurance and coverage, ask a bunch of questions, and ordered my pump. Also what was nice going through them is that they have pumping supplies at a discounted price. So along with my pump coming I also have milk bags, cleaning wipes, and breast pads coming too!
The hospital will provide you with a pump to use while there. I had a horrible experience and asked 3 times for someone to show me how to use it and if I was doing it right. I ended up being frustrated and not using it the whole time in the hospital. Once I was home, I had a friend come over and she taught me all the functions of my pump!
I love to be prepared and ready. Last pregnancy I went in for a check up and ended up not leaving. I was induced at 36 weeks. I thought we had a whole month still to prepare. This time around I know it is a little early but I want to be ready this time!
Momma of 2