Monday, June 29, 2015

Childbirth classes

So tonight Daddy and I began a 6-week class on childbirth!!!  I can not believe I am getting to experience this!!  I just never ever dreamed it would actually be ME preparing for labor!!!  

It was very informative and fun. There are 7 other couples in there as well and the teacher is very nice and knowledgable!!  It's so nice to feel that closeness to Sean as he learns ways to help me relax and I learn what to expect my body to do to help bring this miracle baby boy into the world!!!

We are now 28.5 weeks along!!!  I hit the 3rd trimester last Thursday at 28 weeks!! We are truly on the home stretch now.  And now that I am not puking all day every day, thanks to the IV Zofran in my PICC line, I am really enjoying my baby bump and enjoying being pregnant. 


I feel baby Jacob moving and kicking all around everyday and it's such a reassuring feeling knowing he is doing okay and just getting comfortable!!  

His room is almost done. I haven't posted the pictures yet because I need to get the swag curtains hung but then I will be done and I will do a post on his room full of Pottery Barn Kids' Eli the Elephant. 

Yesterday, we had a get together of my Mommy closet group and we had a tea party setup for the kiddos and a professional photographer came and took pictures of the group and individual families. They were all so adorable, I can hardly wait to see Chloe's pictures. Here are just a few we snapped on our iPhone so they are no where near good quality but just wanted to share a few of them!!!

Here's the whole gang....... At the tea
party!!!!!  
 
And a few of my angel baby girl.....


 I will certainly post the professional shots when I get them in a few weeks!!  And now I get to prepare for our maternity/family session which is tentatively scheduled for 4 weeks from now at the end of July. My mom is making me a gorgeous white and baby blue chiffon long maxi type dress and I am going to have Chloe in something white with those same blue accents!!!  We are taking them down on the beach at sunset and I know my photog will capture some amazing images!!!  

That's all for now...... Getting closer and closer to holding our sweet baby boy!!!  Thank you for your prayers and well wishes and for coming with us on this journey.  And what an exciting journey this is!!!!!! πŸ’™πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ’™

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Baby Jacob update!!! 27 weeks today!!!

So this morning I went to my regular OB appointment!!  Everything is going great.... I can say that now, because baby Jacob has been causing trouble for momma the past couple weeks!!!!  
Since I last updated, Mr. Jacob It has been giving Mommy a run for her money. Basically the nausea and vomiting have been in full swing so badly that I went into preterm labor 3 weeks ago at 24 weeks along. It was of course was much too early, and I was admitted to the hospital. I was in there 4 days and they gave me the miracle drug of IV Zofran and of course I felt so much better. They were able to stop the labor and the Zofran stopped all the vomiting.  So the decision was made to have a PICC line put back in through which I can receive IV fluid hydration each evening and IV Zofran 24-7.  Taking Zofran by mouth just does not work for me for some reason. 

 It has made a huge difference. I got the PICC line put in a week ago today, and I have not thrown up one time since I started the IV Zofran!!!  I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to not be so sick with debilitating nausea all day, everyday.  Thank you Lord!!!

So this should hopefully keep me from going into preterm labor again and let me keep baby Jacob inside where he is safe for as long as possible!!!  

At my appt yesterday, I also got to get a sneak peek of him again!!  Everything looks great!!  The technician was able to get a few cute pictures...... 
Here is a shot of his face, missing most of his chin in the picture because he always is moving!!! 
And the money shot for Daddy...... He is still a BOY!!!!  
A few issues they have been trying to correct is my blood pressure, it is staying very low, like 97/43 kind of low, so they are watching that closely. Also my blood glucose test results came back, indicating I am anemic and have low blood sugar. Go figure!!!  Everything is low with me these days!!!  Sooooooo I am now on iron pills bc it can be very dangerous to have low blood levels while pregnant. It can also cause preterm birth. So we are trying to fix that, but just some small issues. Nothing big. 

All in all, I am doing very well now, and it feels so good to move into the third trimester today!!!  The one new symptom I am definitely having this week is swelling  of my feet and ankles. It just started about 4 days ago and man, I have never ever seen my feet this swollen. Here is a picture I took when I got home from work yesterday!!  Ouchie!!!!

I am so enjoying feeling him move all around and knowing he is doing okay and is an active little baby helps keep the nerves at bay. Every night about 10 pm is when he gets super active. Daddy lays beside me and gets to watch my stomach move all over and he loves to feel him kicking and moving in there. This is definitely a dream come true to experience these moments with my sweet husband. 

So I will close with the weekly pictures I have taken each week. I think I last posted belly pics at 20 weeks, so these will be from 21 weeks thru today at 27 weeks!!  



 




I don't notice the growth from day to day but he sure has pushed my "bump" into a definite "pregnant belly."
can hardly wait to hold him in my arms, and I know all this suffering that I have been dealing with be a distant memory the instant I see that sweet face!!!  
God bless you, until next post.....

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Daddy's Birthday

So yesterday was my sweet husband's birthday.  We mostly celebrated this past weekend and Chloe sure loves to celebrate anyone's "Happy Day", but especially her favorite person in the world- Her Daddy!!!  

Sunday evening we all went out to dinner to Daddy's favorite place. I gave my Sweetness a new Fitbit Charge HR for him to use while he exercises everyday during lunch. He has really enjoyed using it the past 2 days and watching his heart rate and his tracking his water and food intake. It's amazing what all these wearable devices can actual do these days!!!  


I also gave him a Clemson sport watch which he really loved!!!!  Anyone who knows my Sweetness, knows he loves his Clemson Tigers!!! 


And then yesterday on his actual birthday, I gave him one more present- this very nice razor from The Art of Shaving store. He had been eyeing it for some time and he said it gave him the best shave ever!!  I was so happy he was happy. 
Also we had a cake and ice cream celebration at MiMi's house last night. Chloe had to help blow out the candles and she really did blow out most of them!!!  

It was great fun to celebrate the man that makes our lives complete. He is such an amazing husband and father and I know Baby Jacob will love his Daddy just as much as Chloe does!!! I am one blessed woman to have him by my side to do this life with.  He has been an outstanding helpmate to me through out this very hard pregnancy, and I know he will continue to be an amazing help mate once Jacob arrives.  I love him more than he can even imagine!!!!!!


Earlier in the day, it was 'Crazy Hair Day' at Chloe's preschool and I posted this picture to face.book.  Her hair really wasn't crazy per se, but it was about as crazy as Momma could get it that early in the morning!!!   LOL πŸ˜‰


The next birthday coming up will be Baby Jacob's!!!!  Tomorrow we will be 26 weeks along-- it's going by so quick but still so slow at the same time as I am STILL dealing with nausea and vomiting on a daily basis that has never let up the whole pregnancy. It is still so bad that tomorrow morning I am having a PICC line put back in again so I can have IV Zofran and fluids to try to get me through  until the end safely.  

Tomorrow I will do an update on Jacob and all that has happened in the pregnancy since my last update at 20 weeks, complete with belly shots from each week.  Stay tuned.......



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Memorial Day 2015 vacation

My goodness, so much has happened in life and I keep meaning to update this blog and life is SO BUSY these days!!!  But I am going to try to catch up on all the posts I need to get in. 
A couple weeks ago, we both took off work on Friday and headed down to the Outer Banks in NC where Sean's family
Had rented a beach house for 2 weeks over the Memorial Day holiday. We went down Thursday evening and came back after 3 days of heaven at the beach!!!  We had a blast with aunt Joan and Uncle Bob as well as Denise, Bobby, Marissa and Mikie Gammer!!  



One of the highlights we found on the main road was Duck Donuts. daddy is now obsessed with them and we found out they just opened a new store right down the street from our house in Va beach!!!  


Chloe is such a beach baby, she wanted to stay on the beach day and night. But here are some cute snaps I took of her on our first beach vacation. 



Her and Daddy had a blast going out into the ocean. Chloe wanted to keep going out further until a big wave smacked her in the face and then she was pretty much done with the water, but the sand never lost its magic!!! 



She had a blast playing with her older cousin Marissa.  They dug a huge hole and they played in that hole for what seemed like hours. So sweet of Marissa to play with Chloe so much!!!



The next day Chloe and Daddy flew her Frozen kite with the princesses on it!!!


We took a day and went to see the ferry and went to a fish fry at the local firehouse......  We really had so much fun.  

Chloe and her cousin Mikie also had some great times playing.  Here they bonded over playing games on his iPad...... Go figure. 

Before we pulled out to head home, we snapped a few pictures and I absolutely LOVE this picture of my two luvies......
I didn't realize that I didn't get any pictures of Aunt Joan and Uncle Bob. That makes me sad.  I'm usually such a good picture taker, but pregnancy brain must be taking over. 

I will update more on baby Jacob and the pregnancy in my next post. So much to update. 

But this was such a nice weekend, we had the most perfect weather ever, never got HOT, just 75 degrees and windy. I got some nice sun and had that sun kissed glow for a couple days which I always like but I certainly am not a sun-worshipper so I stay pretty white these days!!!

What a wonderful time we had!!