I’ve been a bad blogger lately & I’m sorry.
I should add that I’ve not “proof-read” this post like I usually do, so I apologize if it rambles and goes all over. Just consider yourself warned. 😉
This week was pretty busy with some other fall activities starting up, like the mom’s group at my church, plus a doctor’s appointment for me yesterday, on top of all the “regular” things we have going on. It’s been a good week, but I’m beat. I tell you – if I do not get 10 hours of sleep at night, I drag the entire next day. Do you know how hard it is to get that much sleep when your husband often doesn’t get home until 10 pm and you have 3 kids running around? Our kids all go to bed at a decent hour, but I certainly can’t sleep in! It’s tough. If I want to get my 10 hours, I need to be in bed, asleep by like 9:30. Um, that doesn’t happen very often!
Alright, so updates!:
Last Saturday, our church put on our annual “Game Day.” It’s a fun, free, community-outreach our church started last year with the hopes of getting our church more “visible” with the community. Last year, it had to be rescheduled twice because it kept getting rained out, but about 700 people still came. (We didn’t go last year as Nate was out of town on business & Joshua was colicy, which = me exhausted.) This year, the weather was a perfect 75 degrees & gorgeously sunny. Nate volunteered to help out and I later brought the kids down to have fun! We ended up spending all afternoon out and while we were all exhausted at the end of the day – and poor Nate was more than just a little sunburned – it was a fantastic day. I heard that somewhere around 1300-1400 people came! Praise God!
Lots of people – and there’s Nate on the right, with his green “Game Day” tshirt:
Nate’s sister, Jennah, and her husband, Craig, were visiting from out of town, and stopped by to see us, which was wonderful. Here’s Jennah, Joshua, and me:
Nate & Craig at the “Bungee Challenge”
Nate & Craig:
Our happy little guy:
Standing all by himself, outside the bounce house:
Very excited – and taking a couple steps too! (more on that later!)
On Tuesday, my church mom’s group started meeting again, and it was wonderful to catch up with good friends after a busy summer. All my kids behaved well in nursery/child-care and that was a relief for me too. This year, Nathan is the oldest child by far (we are pretty much the only ones who homeschool) and I had to explain to him that this year, he needed to be a helper and that he might not be able to play all the games the other little kids did. I had him bring a couple of books to read (not school books though – he’s not quite mature enough to be able to focus in an environment like that) and he did very well. I was very proud of him.
Wednesday, I had my 20 week checkup with my doctor. I brought all the kids with me, of course, as Nate was working. When the nurse brought us back to the room, Joshua decided he wanted me to hold him (he was in the stroller) and started crying. Emily & Nathan both started talking at once and it was a bit crazy for a few minutes. The nurse took my blood pressure in the middle of all this and was quite surprised to still find it low and normal. I had to laugh and tell her that I was “used to it all” because I really am. It funny though. The kids really weren’t being bad (and Joshua even settled down as soon as I pulled out a ziploc of magic Cheerios) – they were just being talkative and curious. But to people who aren’t used to it, I supposed it could be rather stressful. Good thing I am! Lol.
Little Luke is growing well and overall things look good. The doctor listened to Luke’s heartbeat with the doppler – she let Nathan hold the monitor and he was pretty excited about that. It took her a minute to find the heartbeat because Luke was moving all over and once she did, Luke kicked really hard. I felt it and the doctor even noticed and said “Whoa, did you feel that? I sure did!” I’ve been able to feel Luke moving for quite a while, but that was the first really big kick – so that was pretty neat.
I have an “anterior placenta” this time, which means the placenta is on the outside, so the baby’s kicks are cushioned for longer than if the placenta were in the back. So I’m not able to feel as much movement as soon as with the other kids. That’s ok – I know it’s coming! It won’t be long before I’m trying to dislodge a foot from my ribs so I can move or breathe!
At my next appointment or the one after (for sure), we’ll schedule my c-section. My doctor told me to pick the date and she’ll see what she can do! I think we’ll ask for January 24th because I’ll be 39 weeks 1 day and it’s a Monday, so the timing is good with family members watching the kids, etc.
Things are looking pretty good. However, I do have a small prayer request.
During my ultrasound last month, they discovered a small area of “blood pooling” behind the placenta. It is very small, only about 2 cm, and I’ve had no spotting or bleeding at all. Chances are good that it will resolve and just go away. However, it was concerning enough that I need to consult with the high risk doctor and get a repeat ultrasound with him to follow up. I’ll have that ultrasound in 2 weeks on September 29th. My doctor isn’t worried and I’m not either, but I’m still praying that this “spot” has disappeared and everything looks good. It will be nice to see little Luke again though!
In other “news,” Joshua is 15 months old today! And he is finally starting to walk!
I’m just going to say that one more time – Joshua is starting to walk!
He’s started taking more steps with our encouragement the last couple weeks, but this past week, he’s started to take steps on his own, and today he is trying to walk all over. He usually falls after 5-10 steps, but he is making huge progress and we are all very excited. He definitely has a little cheering squad here with me, Nathan, & Emily – and Nate when he’s home – getting so excited!
There’s my week. Nate has tomorrow off and we’re getting a few things done around the house, some errands done (heading to Stride Rite to get our chunky footed little Joshua some shoes!) and taking Nathan to his first soccer practice of the season on Saturday. He is very excited about that and I’m planning to go and take lots of pictures!