Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pregnancy Pictures & Online Baby Pool

Happy Feast of the Visitation (OF) and the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (EF)!

It has been so much easier to share little updates and pictures over on Instagram this pregnancy, but I wanted to go back and record some more of those memories here on the blog too.  It's hard to believe that our "baby" will turn six this year, it's been nearly three years (June 13, 2014) since our last miscarriage, and that we have been blessed with another baby to love. We are so excited to meet her whenever she decides to arrive! Thank you all for the encouragement and prayers!

May 30, 2017

Saturday was amazing and I was so relieved that the nausea and hip pain was minimal for the baby shower! 💗 Sunday I wasn't able to make it through Mass without throwing up, and then was barely able to finish the drive home with the kids due to swollen ankles and leg/hip pain, even with using cruise control as much as possible. I spent Sunday through today in bed (on call doctor's orders) due to the swelling, leg pain, contractions, severe headache, and nausea. I came very close to calling someone to take me to the hospital last night. My mom had to come pick me up to drive me to today's appointment since I was still too weak to drive myself. (Thank you so much, Mom!) I got to see our baby girl, even though she was hiding her chubby little face behind her arms and feet, and be reassured once again that everything is still going well and the contractions are making (very slow) progress! It won't be too much longer before we get to hold her and see her wearing this beautiful rose covered gown that was on our doorstep when we got back home today! 💗#36andahalfweekspregnant #ultrasound #decadeofroses #takehomeoutfit #countingthedaystojune24

May 27, 2017

My baby girls❤️ We are getting all dressed up for a baby shower this afternoon!🌹#36weekspregnant #countingthedaystojune24

May 16, 2017

"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus." 
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

First thing I read this morning after waking up and it was exactly what I needed to hear as I prepared to take the older kids where they needed to go now that the other drivers are gone for at least a couple weeks. (I told our 15 year old that I'm taking him to get his permit in case I need someone to drive me to the hospital!) I haven't had the best attitude with all the extra challenges and crosses lately... I am trying harder to offer it up for my father-in-law and all those who are in need of prayer. Looking forward to meeting this baby girl, but hopefully not until after her Daddy gets back home! #tiredmomma #tryingtoofferitup #almost35weekspregnant #difficultpregnancy 

I've always been considered high risk, and they have all been hard (nausea throughout the whole pregnancy, preterm labor/bedrest with a number of them, etc) and my last (three years ago) ended in yet another miscarriage, but I think I might have been better at coping when I was in my 20s and early 30s! I also didn't realize how messed up my lower back and hips were (from last year's broken tailbone) before this pregnancy. Not much that can be done about it right now, but I've been seeing a chiropractor/physical therapist each week which is helping keep me somewhat up and able to walk, at least most days. It continues to get harder as baby gets bigger and at my last ultrasound she measured 2 weeks ahead of schedule and in the 70th percentile! The bad news is that it is very likely, with the current position of my previously broken tailbone, that I will rebreak it during delivery with the "good news" being at least it could "break back to where it should be." I'm trying not to worry... 

May 1, 2017

"Love can accomplish all things. Things that are most impossible become easy where love is at work." - St. Therese 🌹❤️ 

This has been one of my most physically challenging pregnancies, but every time I get to hear her heart beating, feel her kick, or see her sweet little face, it makes it a little easier to persevere and offer it all up. Thank you all for the continued prayers! We are so grateful for this surprise baby girl of ours and I can't wait to kiss those chubby cheeks of hers NEXT MONTH! 😍😘
 #icanfinallysaynextmonth #mayday #stjosephtheworker #orapronobis #32weekspregnant #butshesmeasuringover34 #countingthedaystojune24

April 30, 2017

So glad last week is over and the sun is shining this beautiful Sunday afternoon! I spent last Sun-Tues in bed, then finished the rest of the week catching back up at work and going back and forth to town for lots of different doctors appts - some for me and some for the kids. Thankfully everyone is finally getting over this latest virus that arrived Easter Sunday! Even though I have two more doctors appts tomorrow, and a couple more later in the week, I am really excited to get another peek at our youngest baby girl tomorrow afternoon! Please say a prayer that everything still looks good! 💗 #32weeks2days #countingthedaystojune24 #55dayslefttogo #ificansurvivethatmuchlonger

March 27, 2017

They love feeling the baby kicking and later this afternoon, since Sean and the four big kids are off on a road trip for the day (spring break this week!) to watch one of my brother's golf tournaments #GoBeavs, they'll get to tag along to my appointment and hear her heart beating too! 💗 #27weekspregnant #countingthedaystojune24

Telling his baby sister "a secret" ❤️ #bigbrotherbabysister #countingthedaystojune24

March 17, 2017

Yesterday afternoon (limping along) on my way to my doctor's appointment: 100 days left to go! Seems like forever (I'll never survive 14 more weeks of this!) and so soon (I haven't done anything at all to prepare!) at the same time. #99daystogo #26weekstomorrow #countingthedaystojune24

.: Online Baby Pool :. 

My ultrasound and doctor's appointments went well yesterday. Due to the issues I'm having with my hips and lower back, and the likelihood of re-breaking my tailbone during delivery, my doctor has recommended scheduling an induction for June 17th, when I am 39 weeks pregnant, rather than waiting to see if I go to my due date on June 24th. I have never made it to my due date and have only made it to 39 weeks a few times. I'm guessing it will be sooner. After seeing my chiropractor/physical therapist today, she thinks the baby has dropped since last week and is wondering if I'll even make it to next weeks appointment. We'll see! Sean and our oldest son started the drive home today and should be back home by tomorrow night. Hopefully I can at least make it until then.

Would anyone like to try and guess when she will arrive? 

I'm not sure what it will be yet, but there will be a some sort of little prize for the winner. 

For reference, here are the past stats:

Captain: 5 days early, 10:24 am, 7 pounds 2 ounces, 20 inches

Rascal: 7 days early, 11:19 am, 7 pounds 11 ounces, 19 inches

Twinkle Toes: 10 days early, 12:55 am, 7 pounds 4 ounces, 19 1/4 inches

Chiquita: 21 days early, 9:54 pm, 7 pounds 4 ounces, 18 1/2 inches

Snuggles: 3 days early, 10:37 pm, 8 pounds 5 ounces, 20 1/2 inches (He was also due on June 24th, 10 years ago, just after I started this blog!) 

Rose: 10 days early, 11:49 pm, 8 pounds 1 ounce, 19 inches

Bud: 6 or 16 days early (depending on which due date you went with - cycle or early ultrasound), 10:02 am, 7 pounds 5 ounces, 20 inches

Update: Congratulations to the winner!

Prayer for a Happy Delivery to St. Elizabeth, to St. Anne, 
and to the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Elizabeth, through the great blessing which, at the birth of thy son John, thou didst receive from God, I beseech thee to obtain for me the grace that I may be preserved from all danger, and happily bring my child into the world! Amen. 

Venerable mother, St. Anne, obtain for me, through thy ever-blessed child, the Blessed Virgin Mary, that no accident may befall me, but that my child may come safe and sound into the world. Amen.

O Mary, Mother of my Redeemer, through thy high prerogative and thy only Son, I pray thee to obtain for me the help and blessing of God, that I may happily surmount the pains of delivery, and that my child may receive the grace of holy baptism! Amen. 

- prayer from Mother Love

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Baby Shower in May

My sister-in-law Meagan, sister Mary, and Mom gave us an absolutely gorgeous baby shower today! Thank you! We are so blessed to be surrounded by such loving and supportive family and friends. 

I'm 36 weeks pregnant today! We are getting closer as we countdown the days until her due date on June 24th, the solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist.  It's been a difficult pregnancy and I'm looking forward to finally meeting her when she arrives. I've never made it to my due date, so I am guessing it will be sooner rather than later, but hopefully after my husband arrives back home

.: Decorations :.

.: Mom-osa Bar :. 

.: Salad Luncheon :. 

While Meagan arranged flowers, decorated her beautiful backyard for the shower, and even took the time to freeze rosebuds in ice cubes, my mom and sister spent all day yesterday making all sorts of amazing homemade salads and Chicken Satay Spring Rolls for the luncheon! 

.: Family & Friends :. 

.: Cake & Cupcakes :. 

.: Gifts for Baby :. 

It's going to be so much fun to have another baby girl in the house. Everything she has been given is so darling. I can't wait to see her wrapped in the new blankets and dressed in the cute outfits. 

I have some incredibly talented friends who made us the sweetest gifts for our new baby girl, including a darling bonnet and necklace from Aleesa, Courtney and their Mom (Saong Jai) as well as a new saint doll from my friend Ann-Marie over at Trendzilly! Kristi (Paradise Jewelry) and Luzmaria (The Artsy Sand Piper) are waiting on us to finalize a name. We are working on it! 

Even though they couldn't all be here this weekend for the shower, four of my sisters, along with my mom and Meagan, all went in on getting us a stroller and car seat for the baby! 

.: Party Favors :. 

Meagan made Peppermint & Orange Sugar Scrub for all the guests to take home. 
It was such a fun afternoon. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate our new little blessing!