Waterfalls: Round 2

Where we went today. Post written and pictures taken by my hubby.

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I could be sleeping

I am still suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, but I wanted to have a little me time.

I have been watching videos of different crochet stitches since I don’t actually know many. I found the bean, and mini bean stitches and really liked how the pattern creates texture.

I decided to try the mini bean stitch on a small project. I am making a cotton washcloth. I’m sure I’m doing something wrong, but I think it is looking good so far.

I will probably make the 2 year old a blanket using this stitch next. It’s very easy to do, even being sleep deprived.

What We’ve Been Up To

Definitely not sleeping!

Our newest addition has struggled to gain weight nursing alone. She has a tiny mouth, lip tie, pushed in chin and shallow latch. She dropped from 7 pounds 6 ounces at birth to 6 pounds 12 ounces before she started gaining weight. She didn’t lose more than the 10% babies are “allowed” to lose after birth, but put her weight back on slower than the doctor likes to see. She weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces at her 2 week check up. A little low, but not alarming. We have to go back for a weight check at 3 weeks.

I can nurse her for an hour straight, but she’ll still act hungry and need a top off of either milk I have pumped or formula. So, usually I need to nurse and pump a few times a day to make sure I keep my production up. This leaves very little time for sleeping. She will cluster feed most nights, but even so I have to wake up the hubby so he can bottle feed her at least once during the early morning hours.

When she takes a decent nap (3-4 hours), we have the other kids to care for. There is no napping when you have 3 kids under 4!

The boys have taken to her quite well. They are curious, gentle (usually), and loving. Our almost 4 year old who definitely did not want a sister, doesn’t want to change her into a boy with his green laser anymore. 😛

They aren’t acting jealous of her at all. It’s especially surprising since they’ve been sick with colds, and I’ve refused snuggling to limit her contact with the germs. She is congested now, so my efforts weren’t a complete success.

The past few weeks have just flown by. We had a list of projects to complete while on our leave, and we hoped to get out and have a few fun outings too. Right now it seems as though we look at the clock, and half the day is gone before we have really woken up. Hopefully once the sickness leaves our house, and the baby figures out how to nurse better we will get more rest.

Delayed

I called the hospital last night an hour before I was due to be there, like I was told to. Unfortunately they had 2 women laboring, and asked that I call back in 2 1/2 hours.

We decided to bring our kids to our friends house who were going to keep them overnight, and get them settled before we called the hospital again. It worked out well, since I was able to say goodbye to my boys knowing they were settled rather than have them drop me off at the hospital before they got dropped off.

I got to the hospital around 9:30, but my medication wasn’t started until around 11:30. 😦

I just got a bit of good news. My medicine used to ripen my cervix was able to be removed before the normal 10-12 hours, so we can start the next step of induction. They plan on using a balloon device to help me dilate, and start my pitocin. Yay!

I was hoping to deliver this afternoon, and be released tomorrow, but my nurse thinks it will be Sunday.

I really hope I still have my friends after they have my kids so long. 😉

Getting ready

Trying to prepare for my induction tonight.

First step…leftovers for breakfast. Lol! I want to clean out my fridge, and get all of my dishes washed. My 3 sons will be staying with friends for a couple of days, and I expect my hubby and I to be in the hospital a couple of days too. I know my leftovers won’t be good, or what I want when we get home. 😉

I also want to get all of the laundry washed and put away too. With a newborn in the house my laundry pile will grow fast! Not that it doesn’t already with 3 boys.

My kids are extremely picky eaters, so I have to pack a cooler, and bag of other foods for them. I’m trying to make this trip easy on them, and my friends.

I think I’ve warned my friends about all of the strange habits my boys have. What I worry about are the unknowns about how my little ones will handle their first night away from mommy and daddy.

I’ve had clothes packed for a few weeks, but I want to go through everything one more time to make sure everyone has what they need.

Of course there is plenty of last minute tidying up to do too. Since I’m sitting on the couch watching TV, and writing a blog at the moment I’m not sure how much of my list will get done. Time is ticking away, and I think I’m in denial. 😛

False Hope

I was hopeful that my discomfort last night was the start of labor.

Nope. Just more of my body getting ready.

I have always felt at some point during my pregnancies that labor was starting, only to be disappointed every time.

Being scheduled for induction before my due date has always been a bonus for me though. I hate the discomforts nearing the end of pregnancy and once the baby is considered full term am more than ready to be done.

My first full term pregnancy was induced 4 days prior to my due date and I delivered the next day. So I was 3 days early, then induced and delivered 5 days early for my next term pregnancy, and my last one was scheduled for 39 weeks but moved up a day due to some low blood sugar readings with negative side effects. I delivered my last son 8 days early.

This time around I go in for induction at 38 weeks 6 days again, but in the evening. Unless by some miracle my body has actually started dilation and effacement on its own, I will most likely deliver at 39 weeks exactly.

Her movements inside me have become quite painful, so I’m ready. Going into labor spontaneously last night wouldn’t have been terrible, since our friends were willing to take our 3 sons. If it happens sometime in the next couple of days it will be more challenging. My oldest and their oldest start school Wednesday, and we live about 40 minutes away from each other which would lead to problems with transportation.

So, at this point if I don’t go into labor today, and make it out of the hospital by Tuesday our best scenario would be for my body to respond as usual and be forced into labor as scheduled Thursday evening. My oldest doesn’t have school Friday, so it works out perfectly for our kids to stay at their house.

Only time will tell if things stay on schedule.