Sunday, January 26, 2014

Baby #4- Week 9

Baby is the size of a grape.

My husband has been sweetly dealing with my extreme nausea, which has only let up every so often. Forgive me if this update is short. Between the nausea and fatigue not much has been getting done this week. We did do school on the couch, and my husband got take-out more than I care to admit to this week. Like I mentioned in my post about morning sickness, this is only for a season, and it means baby is growing.

Speaking of growing I now have nice little bump that has caught attention from a few people this week. It is the "I see you looking at me and trying to figure out if I just have 'mommy tummy' or if I am pregnant" look. The one where you catch them just staring. That is ok, I have 3 children I get my fair share of looks. 

I still have not been to the doctor, but hopefully will be calling about that soon. 

I have been eating a lot of pork and beef (my poor family) because the thought of chicken still makes me gag. Hopefully I can get a handle on all this soon.

 This is my new favorite lunch a big salad with spinach, lettuce, cabbage, cheese, carrots, turkey bacon, and ranch.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Baby #4- Week 8

Baby is the size of a raspberry.

I am always amazed at how quickly babies grow! To go from a blue err to a raspberry in just 7 days is a lot. I love reading about what is developing, and the new accomplishments each week. How God has desired a child to grow and develop is just a beautiful process.

We have all been a little off this week. I am not sure what is going on. No one is "sick", everyone just been tired, mostly. It is odd even the kids have been sleeping more, which has been nice since I have been extra tired, they have also been extra whiny. Hoping this week is a little better.

Since everyone was down we had a lot of comfort food.


Which leads me to my nausea, it is getting worse still. I was so excited about the chicken stew, and took my first bite (carrots) I thought it was ok. Then I took a bite of the chicken and started to gag. The kids liked it, so I know it was not the stew. The baby does not like chicken. We have altere our menu, and I am eating mostly beef with some pork. I will be cooking chicken some for my family, but on those nights I will be eating leftovers. Hopefully once my first trimester has passed I will be eating chicken again.

I have found that carbs help my stomach as well. I have made biscuits 3 times this week, and I will be making some bread tomorrow as well. 

Other than nausea and fatigue things are going well. My babies ask me every day if they can feel the baby yet. It is so sweet! I am looking forward to a doctor visit that is hopefully sometime in my near future!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Morning Sickness Remedies

I wanted to share some of what I do for "morning" sickness. I say it like that because I know very very very few people who have their first trimester nausea/vomiting in the morning only. I do certain things to help keep mine at bay. Although these things do work I still get nauseous, and I know it is not easy, but I also know it will only be for a season. That season may be 8-9 weeks or 7-8 months (like my last baby).

Here are the things I do that have helped me. I am greatful for the friends who have shared these secrets with me.

Lemon water- Drinking plenty of water is so important to stay hydrated even when your not pregnant, but you need it even more when you are pregnant. It helps keep you hydrated as well as baby, and also helps your kidneys function. Lemon in your water can help equalize the acids in your stomach, which are making you nauseous. Also, continuing to drink it after your first trimester can help as well. The lemon aids in digestion, which can help later on when the indigestion starts up. It will not help in the last month of pregnancy when the baby's feet are in your stomach causing the acid to come up simply because there is no room for it in your stomach, sorry.


Coke/Ginger Ale/Root Beer- I try to limit my intake of things that are not natural. I like to make things from scratch, and am looking into more and more organic options (with a tight budget and a growing family, I do my best to make wise food choices). I will admit I do enjoy Cherry Coke, and Root Beer has helped my nausea with time considerably, so I do what helps.

Eating- While I know this may not always sound like a good idea, it really helps to eat often. I try to keep nuts, cheese, turkey bacon, Greek yogurt, and anything with high protein around. I also to eat these snacks every couple of hours. When there is something in my stomach my nausea is not as bad.

SeaBands- I mentioned recently that a friend recommended these to me. They made all nausea go away until the last couple of days. Now they are definitely still taking the edge off. I still recommend them because they certainly help.


They come in a box like this, and can purchased at any pharmacy, or grocery store with a pharmacy. (I purchased mine at Walmart).


They look like thin sweat bands, with a small knob on them. There are two in a pack and you need both, one for each wrist.

Step 1: Place them on your wrist
Step 2: Place 3 fingers on your wrist. Place the outside edge of your ring finger on the first crease of your wrist. The knob should be positioned in the middle of your wrist just on the other side of your pointer finger.

The knobs press on a pressure point like acupuncture. 

Preggie Pop Drops- These are sold online or in maternity stores like Motherhood or Pea in a Pod. They offer Ginger or Sour flavors (lemon, sour apple, sour orange). They offer drops, hard candy, or lollipops.

Lemon Drops/Peppermints- Yes, they are full of sugar, but sometimes desperate times, you take what you can get! 

I have also been drinking lemon tea in the morning which seems to help most of the morning. Some people prefer peppermint tea. I have a friend who would put a tiny bit of ground ginger under her tongue. Unfortunately, sometimes it is trial and error, but generally everyone finds something. Hope you find this information helpful, and remember this too will pass.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Baby #4- Week 7

Baby is the size of a blueberry!

My hormones have kicked in full swing. I cry over the slightest thing and my nausea is getting worse! Just typical pregnancy, but I would not trade it for anything! 

I was having some cramping and pain, so I ended going to get checked out. Turns out I have a small yeast infection (very common in pregnancy), and I have had one with each of mine. Funny thing is it has always been near the beginning, like my body gets off balance and then is fine the rest of my pregnancy.

Thanks to the pain though I was able to see my little blueberry on the screen. Baby has a good strong heartbeat. I am measuring a couple of days smaller which has been normal for me as well. I typically can figure out my due date by the "3 months back and 7 days ahead" rule, but my doctor always adds a couple of days.

My nausea has kicked in, and it seems to be doing well. This time is not nearly as bad, but I am not sure if it is this particular pregnancy or the "SeaBands" (and I am not willing to take them off to find out). 

I did one small project this week. I usually have several projects that I am always working on, but when I new baby is coming there is always more to do. This was to switch out all of my "regular" clothes with my maternity clothes. I did 4 loads of laundry and packed them away. I am quickly outgrowing things. The nurse who did my ultrasound was able to find the baby using an abdominal ultrasound, so my uterus is just now above my pelvic bone. That means I have a nice small bump. My body seems to have developed it rather quickly. Now do not get me wrong I love bumps, but when you are bigger than the lady at church who is two months ahead of you, you feel a little self conscious.

I cry at the drop of a hat. It is usually pretty bad, and this time with the cost thought of my mother-in-law not here to share in some of the joys, it is a little worse.

I am looking forward to, hopefully, settling everything with our insurance so I can get my first appointment scheduled. I cannot wait to hear the heartbeat! That is something that never gets old.

We are thanking God for our newest blessing! The big brother and sisters are excited as well. My two oldests keep putting their hand on me asking to feel the baby, but I remind them it will be a while. I love their excitement! Emma is certain the baby is a girl, but Ray-J has flip flopped, and Cathy Belle is showing some jealousy. She has tantrums when someone else is in my lap, she will try to push another child away if they try to snuggle with me while she is in my lap. This is all new. Up until about 2-3 weeks ago she has been a "Daddy's girl" and she still is (she works him), but she has become very jealous of me and my lap. Oh the drama of girls! We are secretly hoping for a boy, but we will love a girl equally as much!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Baby #4- Week 6

We are so excited about this new sweet life that God has blessed us with! 

6 Weeks: Baby is as big as a lentil!

I am not nauseous anymore thanks to a friends insight into using Seabands. They are typically used by people with motion sickness. They are placed on pressure points on your wrist. They have little buttons (knobs, knots, whatever you want to call them) that press into those pressure points, and your nausea disappears! I was a little skeptical, but these work great! I still have a wave sometimes where a smell, or certain foods will turn my stomach, but the majority of the time I feel great. Until I had tried these my nausea just kept getting worse, and like I mentioned last week my nausea came on early and strong. It is so nice to be able to function!

I am more tired, which is normal, and have had a few dizzy spells.

I am craving beef! Cheeseburgers, Stew, Steak, Roast, hearty beefy items (with my son I probably ate my weight in cheeseburgers)

My stomach seems to be getting bigger faster this time as well. I am not sure if it is just used to doing this, or if I could be further along than I think I am (very unlikely).

I am dealing with insurance (another post and rant!), so it may be a while before I actually see my doctor. Fortunately, there is a walk-in OB clinic that I will most likely be going to sometime in the next few weeks.

My sweet church really values children, the way they should be, and they always make a big deal about pregnant ladies. This morning I received a gift bag with Sprite and crackers (the gift bag could double as a vomit bag as well).


One thing this pregancy has done is brought out some discussion about children, families, and birth control between myself and my husband. We do not advocate the pill, IUDs, or anything that effects your hormones that could cause abortions, or in the long run cause health problems for the woman. Maybe I will share our consensus with you once we have finished our discussion

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Baby #4

We were excited to find out that baby #4 is on the way. My current due date is September 1st, but my doctor usually changes that, so we will see. I have also only made it to 38 weeks and a few days with the other 3, so we fairly certain this baby will make his/her appearance around late August. We have two other birthdays around that time, my step-sister's is on the 18th, and my step-mom's birthday is the 24th. I am guessing the 22nd, but it is still early. I am hoping to give weekly updates, so here we go.

Week 5:

I am so nauseous! I am not usually nauseous until around week 7, but I was actually a little nauseous before my test turned up positive.

I am craving beef, corn, and black beans. Really it love any form of protein which of course will help my nausea. 

I am drinking lemon water, and root beer (not the best, but my nausea is gone with the first sip, and we all like those "miracle cures"). 

A friend of mine recommended the Brewer's Diet, associated with the Bradley method, for me to try, so as soon as I have an appetite I will start that.

My emotions are so high! We are so excited, but I have this constant lump in my throat. My mother-in-law was always excited, and would help with the kids while I got things ready, watching them for appointments, and watching them when the baby was born. We know God has a plan, and we know she is in a much better place, but it is still difficult for those left behind. We will miss her as we celebrate the milestones of this pregnancy. 

Also, here is how we shared the news with Facebook.





The caption to this is "Next year we will need another stocking."

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! May God richly bless you!


All ready for bed in their new Christmas jammies.