Friday, October 23, 2009

3 More Weeks!

It was a good day. Went to the doctor today. We were scheduled for a growth ultrasound. My belly always measures a bit bigger than it should so doctors always want to do measurements to make sure the baby is not too big before delivery. You would think they would learn after having a few 6 pounders that it's just me... not the baby. He was measuring to be about 6 lbs. 2 oz. at this point which means if he continues to grow at a normal rate then he should weigh in at just over 7 pounds at delivery. This would be our biggest baby although he is still far from being TOO big.

As I laid back and the ultrasound began, the tech noticed that he was in optimal position for getting pretty good special 3D ultrasound shots. Wanting to get the shots while she could she offered us a last minute special on the 3D ultrasound. It is normally $250 dollars for a 3D simply because there is no guarantee the baby will cooperate and it can be quite time consuming. Knowing that she could get good pictures quickly she offered us the ultrasound for $25 dollars but we had to make the decision quickly before he moved. We definitely agreed to it!

It was so great to see his sweet face. I can see a little bit of all 3 of the other kids in that little face but I'm sure he will have his own unique little look about him. He smiled several times during the ultrasound. Already hamming it up for the camera. :)

I was also quite pleased to finally get to schedule my c-section for November 16th at 9:30 in the morning. As long as we don't have anymore pre-term labor episodes, that will be his arrival date.

We topped the visit off with a swine flu vaccination. It seems to have already worked it's way through the kids relatively easily but we decided it's not such a bad thing to be protected against any future exposure.

Here are some pictures of that sweetest ever little face!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Flower Girl Dreams Come True

A few years ago, we went to a wedding. One of Josh's good friends, Nolan, was getting married in Kentucky. Emma was 2 years old at the time. At the reception, she was in awe of the flower girl. You could just see the wonder in her eyes... You could see her thinking, "How did this little girl get to be so lucky to wear this beautiful dress and be the center of attention (sort of)?" That day, "flower girl envy" was born. We have been hoping since then that one of our friends or family members would get married and ask her to be the flower girl. As the first girl grandchild on both sides, I got the chance to be the flower girl in several weddings. It's definitely an experience I hope every little girls gets to have sometime. Finally, Emma's chance came this past September when my cousin Sarah got married. Emma loved her special day. I was tickled pink to see another little girl about 2 years old following her around with that same wonder in her eyes that I noticed a few years ago...

Brewing Excitement and H1N1

Here I am, finally, with a blog update for you! Our family has been through one thing after another over the last week or two.

Last Friday night, at only 34 weeks, I started having contractions about every 10 minutes. After being up and down all night with the pain alternating between my stomach and back, we decided to call the doctor at about 9 am Saturday morning. Of course they told us to come on in to the hospital. We quickly realized that we were nowhere near ready for this baby to come, but wanted to be prepared, just in case. We jumped into gear and packed bags for us, for the kids to stay at Mimi's and for the baby. I realized, I did not have anything purchased for the baby yet. No Diapers. No Baby Wipes. No Baby Wash. Even the car seat was down underneath the house in desperate need of being disinfected. We grabbed what we had and made the hour and a half trip to the hospital. After several hours of being monitored, they gave me a shot of Terbutaline which put a stop to the contractions. While waiting for my discharge papers, we were surprised to see my mom and dad walk into the room. We had called them early that morning to let them know what was happening but had told them there was no need to drive to the hospital. They didn't listen. They made the 3 hour trip from N-ville only to arrive as we were being discharged. It was a great surprise though. It was my mom's birthday so we ended up spending the rest of the day visiting with them.

The following Tuesday, I was just recovering from our excitement over the weekend, when it came time to drive back to K-town to take the girls in for their yearly check-ups. We decided to come up the night before and spend the night at Mimi's to make the day a little easier on everyone. As I kissed them good night that night, I noticed that both of the girls were running fevers. My only thought was that the timing was actually good since we would be at the doctor's the next day anyway. We found out the next day that both girls were in the very early stages of the H1N1 flu. We quickly got prescriptions of Tamiflu for all of the kids and myself. It took all day to get that taken care of between looking for a pharmacy that wasn't out of the suspension formula for the kids and trying to get my doctor's office on the ball. It was a little nerve-racking since the younger kids and me (since I'm pregnant) are in a high risk group for complications. We have all done okay so far though. Everyone seems to be on the mend now. No more fevers just a few coughs and runny noses. The kids were on fall break the first part of the week anyway but having them at home couped up all week has been almost too much for any of us to bear. They are so ready to get out and run around. Even with the cold weather, I think we will be going to the park very soon!

Photo Sessions

I hate taking the kids to cheap photography studios that have left me feeling disappointed and frustrated. I also hate the price tag of those wonderful photographers out there even though their work is usually gorgeous and painless for the kids and I. But, after one last straw last year at one of those cheapy places, I vowed never again to take the kids to any such place. Since then, I have been studying a bit about aperture, shutter speed and other such photography subjects. I have always loved taking pictures but now I am just making an attempt to be knowledgeable about the subject. I won't say that I am anywhere near professional yet but I have been very satisfied with some shots that I have taken over the last few months with the kids. I got a few great shots of each of them. Shots that are frame worthy and came without any tears - major accomplishment! I can't wait for baby Noah to get here so that we can get some great sweet baby shots of him too.