Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Week

Well, we have made it to the week of Thanksgiving! We are literally just sitting around waiting for Milo! Ella has been out of school all week. Luca had school and his Thanksgiving Pageant on Tuesday and is off the rest of the week. He was so cute up there! He didn't sing any of the songs at the play but he sure did at the dinner table that night...little turkey :)

our handsome little guy!

After the pageant, we went downstairs to eat a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with all of the Little Feats families!
Before Ella was out this week, we went and took one last breakfast date at Beth's before Milo's arrival. This has become a little Friday tradition of ours...breakfast with the boys :)
I'm eating pineapple among other supposed "labor inducers", drinking things, exercising, relaxing...all the things that are supposed to work! Milo will be here in just two days if he doesn't decide to come before then. I was 5 centimeters at my appointment yesterday. She stripped the membranes as well. Still having contractions...I just need them to pick up the pace. She said I'm basically in active labor and that she's only had one other patient that was dilated more than me waiting for contractions to pick up. Our hospital has a very strict "no induction before 39 weeks" policy since they do not have a NICU. A part of me understands how smart that is. The other part of me thinks this is a joke and kind of cruel! I'm half way to the push point and baby has even descended into the birthing canal. O well, we will celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow and then get to welcome little baby Milo no later than Friday!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Still waiting for Milo!

You know you're 9 months pregnant when you would rather have a huge glass of ice water first thing on a cold sleepy morning instead of a hot cup of coffee. Crunching ice is the most relaxing and satisfying thing to me right now. That, and taking piping hot baths while covered in ice packs. I have no idea. We are so close to meeting Milo that I can't hardly stand it! We've been waiting on pins and needles since last Wednesday. I went to the doctor and was 4 centimeters dilated, 60% effaced and -1 station. The doctor didn't think I'd make it through the weekend, but here we are on Monday morning! We've timed contractions every day. They happen all day long, but just not close enough together! I've tortured myself with heartburn eating all the spicy food I can get my hands on. I've walked the mall until my legs feel like they are disconnecting from my hip joints. I've vacuumed and mopped my perfectly clean floors over and over to regulate these contractions. I've made Mike rub my ankles. I've tried it all! My body is moving forward but Milo is staying cozy. I've done this twice before and I've geared myself up to stay strong to the very end knowing that the day WILL come and he WILL be here and I WILL survive delivery and I WILL want to put him back in my belly at some point when things get hard :) but my mind and body are taking over what I know and I'm loosing my mental and physical strength! All I can think about is this sweet little baby. My excitement to have him combined with the fatigue from the laboring has just worn me down emotionally and physically. It's been a long road to have this baby. After our loss, we had to wait so long for the doctors to give us the clear. Then we had to wait longer for our hearts to be ready. Then once we got pregnant, we've waited through the pregnancy. We've waited so long for this little one and loved him long before we even knew if we'd have the courage and faith to try to have him. And now he's almost here! What a journey.
We are set to be induced Friday at 39 weeks if he doesn't come by then. I swore I would not have anything to do with pitocin this time if he and I remained healthy. Unlike Ella and Luca, Milo's heart rate has remained strong inside and he is doing just fine! However, induction is an offer I can't refuse while walking around stuck in a certain stage of labor while my body progresses and prepares to the point of delivering this baby. I see nothing wrong with a little pitocin at this point. Perspective :) I also have to consider that Ella was born in 5 1/2 hours and Luca was born in 2 1/2 hours and I'm already half way to the push point! Sitting around waiting to go into labor has it's risks (not dangerous ones...just painful ones haha). There is a cut off point in which you are allowed to get that glorious epidural and I'm nearing it every day as I progress with each contraction! What if there is not enough time to get to the hospital and get the hook up? Or what if I didn't get to the hospital? Yikes. I'd rather be induced. I go back to the doctor tomorrow to "strip the membranes". I had to google it. It doesn't sound totally pleasant, but, it may help put me over the edge before our induction Friday! Anyway, in the meantime, I'm going to put the discomfort and anxiety aside and try to focus on enjoying the last few days of having this little life inside of me safe and sound. And I'm going to take plenty of hot baths with ice packs all while crunching my ice :) It's baby time!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Waiting for Milo

We've talked so much about you lately Milo! Look at what you have to look forward to!
Luca playing in your room and talking about you! He wants to know when you will come out of my belly button :) He thinks you are stuck ;)

37 Weeks! We went to the doctor today. You are still head down! Mommy successfully gained the "few pounds" the doctor requested and then maybe 1 or 2 more :) You are being born into a family of over achievers! Dr. McLennan is going to check on us next week to see if things are progressing. We may be inducing at 39 weeks depending on how Mommy is feeling and how you are doing. That's only 2 weeks away!!!
 On our last ultrasound last week, you had plenty of fluid and didn't measure too big. But my doctor doesn't thing you'll be "petit" judging by the size of my belly. I'm trying to stay strong to keep you in there as long as you need. So to help, I'm treating myself to a massage today!
 Mommy has done a lot of work growing you and carrying you around, but you are chipping in too. See? You help me eat my cereal in the morning and provide a nice little perch for my tea at night!
 I'm still crafting away thinking of everything I can possible complete before you get here. I plan on devoting ALL of my time to you and your "crew". Ella and Luca will be right there with us. I can't wait for you to meet them! I am super proud of this little project...a fancy new kitchen curtain made from a $5.00 shower curtain from Target!
 I found this sweet little print for your room...
"Let him sleep. For when he wakes, he will move mountains"
Yes, yes you will little boy :)
On Monday mornings, I teach the preschool class for a homeschool coop that meets at our church. Luca and Luca and all his little friends found balls to shove under their shirts this week. I think they were mocking me!

 Milo, our church also threw the sweetest baby shower for you! It was so sweet and thoughtful and you were spoiled!!! So many came to celebrate you and we walked away with some of the most thoughtful, generous and special gifts. There isn't anything else we need for now we are ready for you!

 Opening presents was surprisingly difficult haha. I came with a cute scarf and nice fall outfit because it was windy and very cold outside. Not even mid way in, the scarf had to go, the sleeves were up and the hair was in a ponytail haha. What I really wanted to to do was strip down to my tank top! But I spared everyone. I cannot believe how many wonderful gifts we were blessed with. 
 Your big sister came to the shower with me and was BEAMING with pride to be the big sister. She helped me open your presents and played with all her girl friends. She was wild with excitement!
We are going to the doctor tomorrow to check on you Milo! Mommy is having LOTS of contractions all day and night...just not consistent enough. But we are thinking you can't be too far away from your birthday!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Reading Family Photos!

Ella, 6
Luca, 3
Milo, 36 weeks
Family of 4 and soon to be party of FIVE!!!