Thursday, May 29, 2014

Baby 4 Week 11: Nest Feathering

Week 11

This felt like a long week... not in a bad way, we just did a lot. It felt so long that I thought I was 12 weeks today.

I went on kinda a crazy purgy nesty thing Friday-Tuesday. I started dumping closets, selling furniture, putting tiny things in mason and jam jars: crayons, markers, paint brushes, wiggly eyes, balloons, beads, pipe cleaners, popsicle stick things, glitter, pins, chapsticks... I had to buy more jars. Eric came home Tuesday and said the living room looked empty... like we were moving. But I feel much better. We are going to have a garage sale on Saturday.

Then the nesty part. I am super cheap. Most of our furniture is from craigslist. We don't have a lot of decorations because... I just can't bring myself to spend money on stuff that isn't necessary. I walked into Target and I was just... overcome. I wanted to fully decorate the boys' room for the first time. Frames, wall thingies, oh god there were these baskets... I could have easily spent $200. Actually... I could have easily spent $700 because then (with an empty basket because I have control of my nesting urges) I took Eric over to the nursery furniture and I decided we needed a new dresser/changing table. NEED.

We left with only what we came for. I went online and started searching for the dresser/changing table of my dreams. Nothing was big enough, or what I wanted. Then I went to BabiesRUs... and there is was.

Not the crib... next to it... THE changing table I have been imagining that for some weird reason I couldn't find anywhere else. But it came out to $670. Ugh. Our current changing table

I got for $65 on craigslist, almost new. I have a hard time spending money on like... anything... I found a BabiesRUs employee and asked if there is like... a time of year when they have amazing sales... cause I'll wait! Seriously... I'll set up a tent next to the dresser I want and wait for a sale because there is no way I'm paying that much, but we really need it. Four kids will be sharing one room and the closet and little dresser we have are already full. I'm stalking the bay area craigslist, maybe I'll find one there, and I'll keep an eye out for sales!

We also need a new dining room set... because I sold ours. Haha.. yeah really. I had a good reason though, the chairs were wobbly and breaking and the table was way small and only sat four. We will be a family of six soon, and just like Ash needed his bunk bed assembled before he was born, this baby needs a place at the table.

So we hit the furniture stores. I hate furniture stores. We have only purchased one thing from a furniture store, the boys' bunk bed... and that's after looking everywhere else. I just remember reading somewhere that furniture stores mark up their prices by like... 80%... and it just infuriates me. I just walk around being angry at prices. But after checking craigslist and all the cheaper stores I decided to look around. Yeah. I can't spend $1000 on a table. I thought I could, I picked one out. I picked out the chairs. I got the price lowered. And then... no. I took the guy's card and ran.... and went back to craigslist.

I decided to check the bay area craigslist instead of the Monterey bay one and looked through pages and pages and pages of tables. I learned there are some horrifically ugly tables out there. But I also think we found one I like. So we are headed up to the bay area tonight and hopefully it's as good as the pictures! And only $330 for an espresso table with six chairs. I could justify spending the $700 I'm saving on the dresser I want... but I've met me... I can't. I'm really excited about the table though.

I feel good. We ate out a lot Friday-Tuesday and I really am feeling it. I didn't eat a lot... but we don't normally eat out at all. Instead of eating a whole burger and fries and a shake (what I wanted) I'd do like... just the burger, or chicken... but it was still too much and there is just no way you can run (even after a 2 hour jog on the coast) that much sodium and crap off. So I'm chugging water and eating a lot of fruits and veggies... not that I mind. Plums, grapes, and baby carrots are my current obsession.

I've lost 6 pounds, mostly in the last couple weeks. I don't think it has anything to do with my diet and more to do with Indy breastfeeding less and less. Last week he went 5 days and he really doesn't ever ask for it, but sometimes I offer if he's being fussy and I just need him to be still and quite for a bit. So, I'm not concerned about the loss, it is very normal for me to drop weight when a baby weans... but I also kinda hope he keeps breastfeeding through the pregnancy.

Talk to you next week when I'll REALLY be 12 weeks!

What this week was like with my other pregnancies:
                       Milo, Week 11: Feel The Burn, Overall Uneventful
                       Ash, Week 11: The Brits'll Screw You Every Time
                       Indy, Week 11: No Tequila With This Lime!

- Cori

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Baby 4 Week 10: If it wasn't for the bump...

Week 10

If it wasn't for the bump I would not know I was pregnant. Sometimes I'm cold when I shouldn't be, and I'm occasionally a little nauseated, but that's something I'm very prone to anyway. My appetite remains low but I've bee really good about making sure I'm getting enough calories and protein... and not succumbing to my chicken and stars or ramen cravings like I did last time. My normal diet for the day varies but I usually do plain Greek yogurt and berries or the green smoothie for breakfast; veggies and whole wheat pasta or homemade soup (I cook up a big batch every Monday) for lunch; and sometimes dinner is soup again... or quinoa and veggies... rice. I snack on nuts, fruit, dried fruit, more yogurt, cheese.... I haven't been eating much meat but I'm getting around 70g of protein a day which is pretty impressive in the first trimester! I've mysteriously lost 5 pounds... which definitely didn't come from my belly.

I have been really focusing on my back this week, and will try to continue to for the entire pregnnacy. I believe it was around 18 weeks that I had my big, mysterious back injury that landed me in the ER. I am determined to avoid that kind of back pain this time. I'm being sure to not skip my back exercises on weight lifting days, I'm sitting on a yoga ball when I'm at the computer, I've already started pelvic rocking, bird dog exercises, supermans (as long as I can lay on my tummy!)... and keeping up with my planks. I'm running, but less.... still dedicating the same number hours to cardio but trying to not run on concrete or for as long. My back is already hurting a little... and hopefully this all helps!

I got my medical records for 2 of my births, I'll write about them next week after the third arrives, which I'm told is on it's way.

What this week was like with my other pregnancies:
                       Milo, Week 10: Still Hate Food, Dead Baby Scare
                       Ash, Week 10: Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater
                       Indy, Week 10: Quarter Way!

- Cori

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Baby 4 Week 9: Elaborate Pillow Configurations

Week 9

A few nights ago I was in bed trying to get comfortable and an unexpected urge came over me... I went in the bathroom, got on Milo's step stool and dug out my big preggo pillow from the top shelf of the linen cabinet! Super soon for this! My elaborate pillow configurations usually don't come into play until 20 or so weeks. But it was perfect. Guess my body is just keeping things interesting.

I've barely been sick this week. I haven't thrown up once this pregnancy and I've barely had any nausea since Mother's Day. I went on a really nice 9 mile run on Mother's Day and thought the fact that I didn't feel sick was a fluke... but I've felt good since!

I had a burger on Sunday too. Oh my god it was awesome. I've been able to keep my protein around 70-90g a day, but I only eat meat a couple times a month. I took 3 bites and was full... but ate half of it because it tasted so good. If you are in south Salinas go to the Bahama Grille and get the BG burger... it's officially my pregnancy craving.

I'm on a desperate search for maternity jeans. The only ones that I have liked are the ones I'm wearing in this picture, they are the Motherhood Maternity Indigo Blue Secret Belly skinny jeans. The way my body is, I just have to have the secret belly, all the way over the belly, kind of jeans or they just roll off my body. Well guess what... looks like these got discontinued and these are from my pregnancy with Indy... and I've been wearing them since I had him too because I just never really fit in my pre-Indy jeans... so basically they are falling apart. So that's a problem.

Talk to you in a week when we hit double digits!

What this week was like with my other pregnancies:
                       Milo, Week 9: I'll Be in Dentures in No Time
                       Ash, Week 9: Time Traveling, Proven, Belly Bean
                       Indy, Week 9: Amnesia, Will Smith, & Carbs


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Baby 4 Week 8: Thermostats, Scans, and Scales

Week 8

This little one has been pretty kind to me. I'm nauseated, but no more than I was leading up to the pregnancy... which I assume was because I had messed with the medication I was taking, Metformin. I haven't thrown up at all. I am cold most of the time but that has been a trend in my first trimesters. I decided to finally look up why that is. One source said it was my Kidney Yang... um... yeah... so I moved on sifting through threads and threads of women saying "I'm cold! Why?" and other women saying "Yeah me too!" Eventually I found a couple resources that said most pregnant women warm up because of estrogen and progesterone, but sometimes the opposite happens. We don't know why. One said that maybe the body overcompensates and cools itself extra in response. Basically... we don't know. Unless you know, please share!

What else... I have a nice little bloat bump going. Actually something weird with that... kinda...

So when I went in for my first appointment with Dr. Gilbert he used a little hand held ultrasound on my belly... and then I went in a week later for my legit ultrasound and she did an ultrasound on my belly that time too. I was only 7 weeks. I thought that early you have to do a transvaginal scan... not that I was looking forward to it. I wonder if it's because I've had so many babies now, my uterus is higher sooner? But that doesn't seem right. Maybe now I've just graduated. Thoughts?

I'm working out every day and not that this is anything new, but tracking my diet carefully. I am starting this pregnancy heavier than any other pregnancy... only a few pounds heavier than with Milo, 14 pounds heavier than with Ash and 24 pounds heavier than with Indy. But was was interesting was that even though I weighed much less with Indy, I gained sooner and more rapidly even though I was running and hadn't changed my diet. I ended up gaining more than any of my other pregnancies I believe. Usually what happens is a baby weans, I lose a bunch of weight suddenly and then I get pregnant. However I'm still breastfeeding Indy and despite running about 15 miles a week (more before races), plus strength training and eating a whole food plant based diet, the scale has not budged in a year. Oh well. Hopefully that just means I'll gain less. I usually track my weight here, but I'm unsure if I want to. I might just not worry about it. So far I have not stepped on the scale at prenatals and I think I will refuse to the entire pregnancy even if I weigh myself at home. I'm doing everything I can to be healthy, I don't need a doctor looking at me like I'm eating a dozen doughnuts for breakfast.

I'll be 9 weeks on Thursday, I'll check in again then! Thank you for reading!

What this week was like with my other pregnancies:
                             Milo, Week 8: Baby Induced Anorexia
                             Ash, Week 8: Ice Ice Baby
                             Indy, Week 8: Lion Baby

Monday, May 12, 2014

Unexpectedly Expecting!

Unexpectedly Expecting!
On April 1st I took a pregnancy test. I know... who takes a pregnancy test on April Fool's Day right? But I was 2 weeks late and... ok how can I explain this. Here... look that this chart:

Yes this is how I was trying to not get pregnant... same way I was trying to not get pregnant when we conceived Indiana. Tracking my ovulation, and I was doing pretty great. So I should have ovulated on March 10 (day 19 in my cycle) and it felt like I did... so no sex... until day 24... then I started spotting a few days later... gah! Am I ovulating again?? So panicked... I tell Eric he isn't allowed anywhere near me because I don't know what is going on and as far as I'm concerned I'm a pregnancy waiting to happen. So that's why I needed to take a test April 1st... because by then if we were pregnant it would show up, and since we hadn't had sex again there was no way we could be less pregnant and it not show up. Negative test on April 1st and another negative on April 4th...

Well apparently we were REALLY relieved to not be pregnant... and celebrated... because that's when we made this thing... it looks like that very day...

It's a... blob!

I had been feeling sick for almost 2 months... so I didn't think much of the nausea... but I also didn't start another cycle. I waited patiently... but towards the end of the month I told Eric to go get another pregnancy test. He came home with 4.

I took all 4 tests... just in case...
So it's 5:30am on April 23th... Eric is up with Indiana trying to get him back to sleep... which wakes me up and I have to pee so... might as well pee on a stick. Two lines. I told Eric something like I hope he is handling that baby ok, because we're having another. He basically spends the rest of the day wandering around the house saying "How did this happen? I didn't even get to try? How did this happen?" Even though I have insisted that you can get pregnant even if you pull out... Eric still kinda insisted pre-ejaculate fluid was a myth. So I guess we can stop having that debate.

I thought that I would do a beautiful pinterest worthy announcement photoshoot complete with matching outfits for the boys, holding chalk boards with some like "coming this Christmas" or something else adorable. I spent all morning fantasizing when I walked in on a scene that snapped me back to reality.

Indy was dipping the house phone in yogurt and painting the floor. And really... what better way to announce that we would be having a fourth baby... right?

I went ahead and made an appointment with Dr. Glibert because we needed to date this pregnancy. As much as I trust birth... I know that with my medical history an induction may become necessary and I want to be sure dates are exact. So we had an ultrasound and my estimated due date is December 18th. Unfortunately, I will be messing up my pattern of a baby every other year (2009, 2011, & 2013) and I also broke my New Year Resolution of not getting pregnant in 2014. But that's ok... we'll have another baby by Christmas and that's pretty cool... and crazy.

I have no idea what I want to do as far as this birth. Hours after having Indy I looked at Eric and said I would never give birth in a hospital again. Nothing to do with birthing in the hospital, I had a great birth... but because we were about 4 hours postpartum and I wanted to go home. The postpartum prisoner period is the worst. So I have ordered my charts from each of my births and I'm considering a home birth. I'm still very open to a hospital birth too... I'm sure there will be many more posts on this topic.

Milo, Ash, and Indy are all excited. Milo is 4 1/2 years old, Ash is 3 and Indy is 14 months old. At the ultrasound Milo said we are either having a boy or a girl, Ash said we are either monster or a ghost, and Indy is almost pointing to my belly when I ask him where the baby is... he usually points to my boobs. Good enough.

Even though I was pretty up beat about it, finding out I was unexpectedly expecting with Indy was a little rough. While we didn't plan this pregnancy, I'm really excited about the whole thing. The pregnancy, birth, baby... totally ready to do this and share it with all of you.

I'm going to include links to the corresponding blog posts for the week of pregnancy I'm in from my previous blogs in each post. Fun yeah? I think so.
                            Our Announcement Post With Milo
                            Our Announcement Post With Ash
                            Our Announcement Post With Indy

- Cori