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on May 23, 2014

We are so close to welcoming a new baby girl into our family.  My belly is a taut, squirming drum full of hopes and dreams about to become a reality.  Our family is about to irrevocably morph into something mostly the same but also very different. We are so, so close to meeting the new little person I’ve dreamed about for the past 9 months, wondering who she will look like, what her personality will be like, how everyone will react to her grand entrance into the world.  Soon those questions will be a distant memory and we won’t be able to imagine a time that she wasn’t here.  That I hadn’t memorized every curve of her face, every soft wrinkle, every coo and squirm and warm snuggle. So close to the bone-crushing tired of being a parent to a newborn, especially with two big-but-still-small kids who need so much attention and especially reassurance that while...

The Push and Pull

on May 9, 2014

I type this post with one hand as Collin sleeps on my chest, Rory fidgets in my belly because Collin is squishing her, and Carter is begging for a snack.  (He just got himself some yogurt and I am reminded that independence is one of the benefits of his getting bigger.)  Just a snapshot of life lately.  At 36 weeks pregnant, we are on the verge of a huge life change and I think it’s pretty electric in the air that life as we know it is going to be capital-D Different.  And soon. Life is such a dichotomy right now. Sometimes it’s so hard I just want to scream, run and hide.  When the whining is incessant, the NEED is just so, so, so intense, and the anger swells inside my chest until it boils over and I find myself screaming like a lunatic and wondering who the heck I am.  But then other times it’s EASY.  When my guys are playing nicely together in their room, giggles...

24 Weeks Pregnant

on Feb 16, 2014

Since this is my third pregnancy, it’s really not all that surprising that this is my least documented one.  With Carter I had a whole pregnancy journal that sits on our bookshelf.  With Collin, I was pretty good at weekly blog updates.  But now, I’ve managed a few measly updates in 24 weeks of pregnancy.  Sorry, Rory! As it’s most likely my last pregnancy, I’m trying very hard to enjoy every bit of it. Despite being tired and sore, I really do enjoy this part of being pregnant.  My belly is fully “popped” so it’s pretty obvious I’m pregnant and not just chunky.  And I’m finally getting some of the delicious movement that I love so much.  My placenta is up front again, so the movement] hasn’t been as prolific as it was with Collin’s pregnancy, but I’m enjoying feeling the thumps and bumps and finally some little...

37 Weeks Pregnant = FULL TERM!!

on Aug 20, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Making it to the 37 week mark today! I never thought I could be so proud of myself for being so lazy, but I have to keep reminding myself that I’m actually doing something very important by forcing myself to do nothing. When I started dilating and having contractions almost a month ago, I’d really prepared myself for having a preemie, and I was scared to death about it. But with each day that goes by, I’m grateful for Collin having that much more time to be prepared to face the world…whenever it is that he decides to come. Will we actually make it to September, after all? My doctor’s appointment this week was relatively uneventful since it’s perfectly normal for a 37 week pregnant woman to be where I am right now. I have progressed since last week…I’m now 2 cm dilated and 75% effaced, and his head is really low...

36 Weeks Pregnant

on Aug 13, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Amazing how even when I’m keeping the couch warm, I didn’t have time to blog last weekend. Or maybe it’s just because I’ve been too busy holding my breath! It’s amazing how quickly the weeks are flying by, even with nothing going on. I thought they would start to drag toward the end, but thankfully that’s not the case. Highlights over the past two weeks include my first baby sprinkle with my wonderful moms’ group, Modern Moms of Tampa. I was an hour late for it because my doctor’s appointment took forever (see below) but the ladies held out in the HOT park until I got there and it was so nice. We got all kinds of goodies including lots of diapers, wipes, bibs, and even a few handmade goodies…a cross-stitched bib and a crocheted hat. So sweet! I’m so lucky to have such a great group of moms as a support...

34 Weeks Pregnant

on Aug 2, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Hmmm…I won’t say this week has sucked completely because I am grateful for every day that I keep my little Collin in my belly, but it has certainly been a trying week. After being told I needed to take it easy at my last doctor’s appointment, I cleared my calendar quite a bit. We still did manage to get in a fun playdate with my moms’ group, where we got all of the current preggos together for a picture and dished on being pregnant while the kiddos played nicely. (I LOVE Carter’s new-found independence!) Thursday I had another doctor’s appointment and while again, she wasn’t planning on checking me, I made her check me, and then I watched her face grow concerned when she realized that my cervix had effaced 50% over the course of one week, and his head (previously breech) was already very low. While the word bedrest was...