Weight gain: I've gained 2.4 lbs. this week. Overall weight gain is at 6.6 lbs.
Maternity clothes: I've been lounging in leggings mostly this week and big t-shirts. Whenever I go out for doctor's appointments I typically wear a maxi skirt or my maternity shorts.
Stretch Marks: Just the one weird one on my left side, still applying coconut oil all over.
Belly button in or out: In, but super flat.
Sleep: I had a bit of insomnia earlier in the week, it was miserable. I moved to the couch so I wouldn't wake up my husband and I just watched paid programming and this show called "Jail" until about 4 in the morning when I finally went to sleep. Then I had another night where I just didn't feel comfortable in bed, so I slept on the couch until about 6:30 am and then was able to sleep in bed. It's been a weird week.
Best moment this week: My husband has been writing Daphne a song and this week he finished it and showed it to me. It is the most beautiful song I have ever heard in my life! I started crying by line 2, it's just so awesome to see how much my husband already loves our daughter.
Worst moment this week: Bed rest has definitely been challenging. I have to get up and sit on the couch or my exercise ball throughout the day because laying in bed just hurts. It's hard to keep up with my water intake because I'm usually sleeping. My husband keeps reminding me that even though I'm bored to tears because I'm doing 'nothing', I'm actually doing a big 'something' for Daphne and keeping her growing is the best thing I can be doing right now.
Miss anything: This may sound weird but I was thinking about these last few weeks before Daphne gets here and how our lives will change so much, and I realized that I already miss my husband. I already miss being able to just wake up and run out the door and get breakfast, walk around and just hold hands and do whatever we want. I understand we can still do those things with a baby, but it gets a bit more tricky. I just really cherish the years that we've had just the two of us and I know that as our children get older, I will be so excited to get them out of the house so I can have him all to myself again! haha
Movement: Daphne's movements are basically just her adjusting herself at this point, I usually feel her back/backside on my left side and her feet, hands and probably elbows and knees on my right side. She is pretty consistent though, I can always count on a few pushes and movements in the morning and a lot more movement at night.
Symptoms: Fatigue, nesting (which my sweet husband has graciously been doing for me), lack of appetite, mild nausea, frequent Braxton Hicks contractions, menstrual-like cramps, some abdominal pains, constipation, more mucus, leaky boobs and sore feet, legs and back.
Cravings: Sooo if you remember my 35 week bump update, I told you about how my amazing husband bought me 5 big packages of Reese's Cups. Well, this week's craving was definitely those Reese's Cups and I am slightly ashamed to admit that all 5 packages are gone. But they were sooo good.
Queasy or sick: I'm not sure what triggers it, maybe I need to be snacking more throughout the day, but several times throughout the day I just feel queasy and sometimes hungry at the same time.
Looking forward to: I know I said this last week but my Mom comes THIS WEEK! And I could not be more excited!! I'm so glad that she will get to be here for Daphne's birth and she is going to be such a God-send during those first few weeks of adjusting to life with a newborn.
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"5 positive pregnancy tests. 2 healthy babies. 2
miscarriages. 1 complete unknown. There is this misconception in our faith that if
we learn the lessons the Lord would have us learn in our pain, that we can
cross that hardship off the list and never have to walk that road again. That
if we walk around loudly enough in the victory of healing and acceptance that
the Lord would not allow the same pain to repeat itself. After all, why would a
good God heal us only to rip open the wound and leave us hemorrhaging faith all
I wrote these words two weeks ago; a couple weeks after we found out we were unexpectedly pregnant, one day before finding out that we would most likely be losing another baby in early miscarriage. The night that I saw that second line on the pregnancy test, I was honestly upset. I had no intention of getting pregnant, in fact it was my plan to not get pregnant this year. With the knowledge of every previous pregnancy has been excitement, planning and…
I clung to my husband's hand as we sat down and waited for
my name to be called. I realized that all of the other seats in the room faced
each other as I looked up and saw a mother-to-be with a hand on her swollen
belly, looking at her sonogram pictures. So I tried to hide my obvious jealousy
and the "stink eye" that I'm pretty sure she saw me give her.
I readjusted myself on the horrible couch and tried to hold
onto that little bit of hope that maybe this pregnancy wouldn't end in a
Looking over at my husband, he really didn't seem to be
worried at all. Selfishly, I wanted him to be wringing his hands and anxiously
bargaining with God. A very small part of me admired his denial.
My heart raced as they called my name. It's time.
We met the sonogram technician, she was chatty and all
smiles. A sonogram tech sounds like a great job until you realize that they not
only get to deliver happy news to happy parents, they also have to deliver the
To say that this pregnancy has been very different from my pregnancy with Daphne is an under statement! In many ways it was easier; morning sickness wasn't as intense, weight loss wasn't as drastic and the third trimester was actually way easier this time around. However it was super exhausting to be pregnant and chasing a busy toddler around!
I had been experiencing typical labor symptoms during the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy; strong yet inconsistent contractions, loose stool, spotting, losing my mucus plug (around week 37) and mid/lower back pain. I had a couple nights where I thought I could be in labor (we even went to the hospital once!) with more consistent and painful contractions. All in all the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy with Levi felt a million times easier than when I was pregnant with Daphne!
When I was waiting for labor with Daphne my doctor stripped my membranes to try to induce labor, she ended up doing it about four times and Daphne still came two days late…