What a weekend so far! It's the busiest one I've had in a while. I think I held my own pretty well for 35 weeks preggo.
Friday morning I went to my chiropractor. I'm basically seeing her once a week at this point to get adjusted and make these last weeks of pregnancy more comfortable. She can only do so much for me, but it's better than nothing. I don't even want to know how I'd feel without her adjustments. She also employed the Webster Technique while I was there. The Webster is a technique that chiro's use on preggos like myself to help their babes turn because mine, bless her little heart, is still breech. She basically pressed really, really hard on some important ligaments that support the uterus to help them loosen. This basically gives the baby more room and my uterus more flexibility for her to turn. Space is scarce for her these days, so turning is either a chore that my body is making too difficult for her or she's just being stubborn. Whatever the case I want to start making an effort to help her turn. She just may turn on her own around 38 weeks, but for now I can at least try to help her along. I have an ultrasound on June 15th to check her position. If she turns before then, great! If not we'll see what my midwife has to say about that.
How old do you think a child should be before they are allowed to play outside by themselves?
I live in a neighborhood that is considered very safe. The other moms in the neighborhood will let their kids, some as young as three, play outside with out any one watching.
Phoenix is now five and a half. I've never let her play outside with out adult supervision. She wants to be able to play in the backyard by herself. Our backyard is pretty big, not fenced and you can see parts of it from the street because we live in a culdesac.
Who are you? Are you a boy or a girl? I'm already 16 weeks pregnant with you and I feel great. Sure its getting harder to get up or move. And sure I get out of breath a lot, especially if I walk a lot. But other then that I feel grade. And sure I have to pee like every hour, but I feel great. I never really had any nausea with you baby. I never vomited or been sick like many women I know, and its a plus. I have been so emotional this week that its driving your daddy crazy. There are moments that I get so irritated with him for no reason what so ever, but he has been a really good sport about. Makes me dinner, wakes up early to make me breakfast, and tries to be there when ever I need him.
As some of you know, I live in North Pole, Alaska. Most people expect it to be cold here, but they don't expect for it to be hot. Summer temperatures normally range between 70 and 90 degrees, which feels really hot after a long winter of below 0 temperatures! On top of that, it is usually dry, so there are days when we can't go outside with kids due to wildfire smoke.
When I was 10 days "overdue" with my first child, I agreed to my Ob's suggestion that we should induce. When I was induced, they started me on pitocin and simultaneously broke my water (which didn't hurt). I got "stuck" at 9cm for a couple of hours and during that time, I finally agreed to the epidural because I couldn't take it. I couldn't take that advanced labor (and my daughter was also facing forward which is more intense) for such a prolonged period of time, and was too exhausted to concentrate on relaxation methods any longer. After the epidural, they upped the pitocin again. And two things happened.
I dilated to 10.
Baby's heartrate became erratic.
My doctor emphasized that we had to push her out now now now. Well, as I said, my daughter was facing the wrong way, and it just wasn't happening fast enough - so I was horrified to hear that I had to have a cesarean.
So my first child was born by cesarean after an induction (I got stuck at 9 cm, agreed to an epidural, pitocin was increased, baby's heart rate became erratic, and I couldn't push her out fast enough). We decided to try for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) and we found both a supportive, wonderful doctor and a hospital capable of responding to an emergency should that arise.
At 3 days past 38 weeks, my water broke. I didn't have any contractions at that time (morning), but called my doctor anyway to let her know, and also to find out what she wanted me to do. She told me that if I felt calm and safe, it was ok for me to stay home for a while and see if labor starts on it's own, but in the event that it didn't, in 24 hours we would have a cesarean.
I stayed home and tried to relax. I trusted that my body knew what to do. I talked to my baby, which I know might sound silly, and told him it was time for him to come out to Mommy and Daddy's arms and that we loved him and couldn't wait to meet him.
Of all the frustrations in the world, potty training is one of the worst. I thought we had done well. We had our daughter trained by 2 1/2, she still had accidents a couple times a week but nothing major. We thought we were laughing, all those people who warned us it would be hard, what did they know?!
Fast forward a year, she is 3 1/2 and I'm 7 months pregnant with #2. Two months ago the accidents started getting a little more frequent, almost everyday. Not fun, but doable. We'll keep a closer eye on her.
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We LOVE going on roadtrips. In fact, we just took a mini one this weekend so we could go shopping and to the zoo. We had fun - and I won't lie, there were some rough spots, but it was fun. It was great to create more memories with our family and hopefully we'll continue to do these little trips (and bigger ones!) in the future!
But with three kids, there's a lot of planning that has to happen. Not only is there a TON to pack, but we have to make sure we have snacks, drinks, and all the essentials for diaper changes and spitting up while in the car. And while we're on the road? Where are we going to eat? What will we see? Where should we stay? It's exhausting before we even get on the road!
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