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It’s Been Too Long…

Sorry I have been gone so long, but the good news is that L our newest addition is here safe and sound!

After I had the version to turn her head down and nothing went wrong, I had kind of settled into being pregnant for a few more weeks.  I had people telling me that I had dropped, etc. but I felt the same as always.  My energy was low for the last several weeks, but I was able to keep going with the necessary activities like cooking, cleaning, and driving the kids around.

I was able to get through all of the fall commitments too.  J was in a play at school and the date for it was November 17th.  Cross country finished and everything kind of ended with the play. We did have Thanksgiving coming up, but we cooked the turkey  and made everything else from a box.  Pretty easy, but after I got it together, I was exhausted and rested the rest of the day.   My parents were planning on coming down for Thanksgiving since we couldn’t go up there.  It is three and a half hours away.  I talked them out of coming when I realized that my doctor was going to induce me on Monday the 26th if I didn’t go into labor on my own before that time.  I was sure I would be induced.

Black Friday was uneventful except my tailbone hurt so badly.  My husband wanted to go to a couple of stores and get me up and off of the couch.  We went to Tractor Supply and Lowe’s.  I walked all through the stores with no problem.  We ate dinner.  I was tired and didn’t load the dishwasher.  The kids watched a movie and played some video games as it was a long weekend, and we weren’t rushed to get them to bed.   I sat on the heating pad for my tailbone.  About 10 pm we were getting the kids to bed and I got up and felt a gush of fluid.

My husband wanted to go to the hospital that minute.  I kind of lost my head and I had to think about what I should do.  (I didn’t think my water would break for some reason.)I finally remembered to call the doctor to tell him about the situatiuon.  While I was waiting for the doctor to return my call I was loading the dishwasher.  My husband was wondering why I was doing that and I was thinking I needed to leave the house clean because I wouldn’t be back for a couple of days.  While I was loading it, J, my oldest son said that he would load it, which he did.  The doctor called and asked if I was having contractions yet.  I said no, and he told me to make my way to the hospital.  I asked if I could take a shower before coming in and he said yes, so I did.  My husband was ready to leave…now.

I hopped out of the shower, got dressed, and we headed to the hospital.  On the way there I did notice some contractions, but not terrribly long or intense.  After going to triage where they could obviously see that my water had broken, they put me in a room.  They gave me until 4 am to have some regular contractions or they would start some  pitocin to get the contractions regular.  Of course, I needed the pitocin.

From 4 am until about 8:30 I was doing pretty well with the contractions.  I was a 5 cm and decided that I was ready for an epidural.  The thing that I forgot is that sometimes the aneshesiologists are busy taking care of someone else.  Between 8:30 and 9:15, the pain was getting more and more intense.  It was almost unbearable for me, but I had no choice but to endure until the pain relief arrived.

Thankfully, I knew all about epidurals and I was sitting up and ready to go when she got in the room.  It was the fastest epidural ever.  This lady was fast and awesome at giving epidurals.  She even gave me a compliment saying that it was going so fast because I was “thin” and she could see the epidural spaces easily and without feeling around for them.  Yeah me!

Once the epidural kicked in, I was ready to go.  The pain subsided, and within 30 minutes I was ready to push.  I had her out in less than 30 minutes.  She had an apgar of 8 and 9.

We are so thankful that she is healthy.  We are amazed by how God can create such a miracle.  It is beyond comprehension.

Her stats:

11/24/12

7 # 12 oz.

19 1/2 inches.

With 7 kids, we are getting crowded here.  We have been shopping for a bigger house and plan to move next summer.

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Surprise!

I am still here.  I am now 37 weeks along.  I went in for an ultrasound last Tuesday to see how big our baby was as I have a tendency to have very large babies and found out that she is 7# 9 oz at 36 weeks.  That is pretty big, but not for me.  I had one son at 35 weeks and he was 7# 9 oz.  Also, I had my daughter at 36 weeks and she was 8# 1 oz.  So this little girl seems to be a little smaller than my others was at this point.

The surprise is that she is breech…I had no idea!  You could have knocked me over with a feather.  I think I’m still shocked.  This has never happened before.

I am going in for an external cephalic version tomorrow to see if they are able to turn her.  She is more like a frank breech with her feet up by her head and butt down.  They said there is a 50% chance that they can turn her.  If they can turn her it can cause distress for the baby, labor, cause your water to break, or they said she may flip right back.  There is only a 1% chance of complications.

Still, I have to be prepared because I have 6 other children that must be cared for.    I have pizzas in the freezer, 2 Stouffer lasagnas, stuff for spaghetti and meatballs, and money set aside in case they need to get food or want to eat out.  Thankfully, this time I have older children.  My oldest drives now.  What a blessing.  He can get them food or something that could be necessary.  My mom doesn’t know the area too well.  Also, 3 are teenagers, so plenty of baby sitters.

My mom is coming down to help 🙂  Thanks mom!

I don’t like the unknown, but I don’t have a choice!  A c-section with my 7th kid could be in my future.  That scares me to death, but I do not want to risk any danger to my baby.

I’ll check-in when I can!

Short Update

I am still around.  I feel like lately all I have to say is that I’m tired.  I keep meaning to update about what is going on around here, but I’m too tired.  Everything is an effort.

I am still keeping up with the kids and their activities, but the house has not stayed so clean.  I am relying on the kids a little more to help me keep up with it.  They have helped without much complaint thankfully.  I think staying busy with the kids has done me some good in this pregnancy as compared with my daughter 5 years ago.  Back then I sat and rested a lot.  Now with the kids being older, they are all doing something, so I run, run, run.  It keeps me from being too much of a couch potato!

I have stayed up with the menu planning, so dinners have been no problem!  Everyone is fed and happy.

Only 9 1/2 weeks until my due date.  The countdown is on!!

Very Behind In Posting

It has been another busy week!  I am hanging in there.  Super tired, but I am at least keeping moving as best as I can.

Here is what we have been up to:

1.  T turned 11 a few weeks ago.  I can’t believe that he is 11.  He was born 3 weeks before 9/11/01.  I remember that I was watching the Today show when it happened.

2.  R is still doing cross-country.  So we are carpooling back and forth A LOT.

3.  J tried out for the school play and got a part, so he and M are at school extra every M,T, TH, and F.  The school play is on November 17 and 18th, I think.  Now I have to pray that I won’t have this baby until after the play is over.  I am hoping for Thanksgiving week.   The play is the weekend before Thanksgiving week.

4.  I flunked the first Glucose Tolerance Test.  I had a 138 and the limit is 135.

5.  I passed the 3 hour Glucose Tolerance Test.  It wasn’t too bad other than I had a killer headache by the time I was done.  It was either from not having my normal cup of coffee or all of the sugar in that drink.  As soon as I got something to eat, the headache started to subside.

6.  T’s teacher has been out-of-town on vacation, and the sub lets them be wild.  We spent all night every night trying to get his studying done for the next day.  He was hard to calm down and focus.  His tutor noticed this too.

7.  There was a home football game last night.  J, M, R, T and my husband all went.  J and M went right to the tailgate party from play practice.  I didn’t see them from yesterday morning at 7:15 until this morning when they woke up.

8.  R has a cross-country meet today at noon.  It is an hour away, so I need to get moving to get him there on time.

9.  My husband is still cleaning on his side of the basement!  We have more trash than trash cans.

That sums up what has been going on here lately.  I hope to post more as I have been sitting more and there really is no reason not to.  I just need some motivation.

Have a great weekend!

So Tired, and So Busy

School is in full motion.  All of the activities have started.  I had 2 Cub Scout meetings, 1 Boy Scout meeting, Cross Country practices to pick up from, a Cross Country meet on Thursday, a Doctors appointment with one of the kids, etc.  I also had to run to the pediatrician’s office to get a copy of a shot record.  Today R had a Cross Country meet at 8 am.  We had to get up at 6:15, just to get there on time.  It is go, go, go.

I have been collapsing into bed, exhausted, each night.  I have been keeping up with the house work and laundry, but not much else.  Thankfully, my husband is continuing the momentum with the cleaning.  He and my son R want a tool and I said if they got the other half of the basement cleaned out that they could get it.  It keeps them both motivated!

I have a Doctor’s appointment on Monday.  I will be 28 weeks.  Crazy to think about.  I am hoping for having this baby around 38 weeks so that she isn’t too big.  That is 10 weeks or about 72 more days.  When I think in terms of days instead of weeks, I realize that she will be here before we know it.

I have almost everything that I need to get started except for the car seat/stroller that I want.  A nice lady gave me clothes, burp cloths, bibs, coats, etc. for up to 2T.  I will need to fill in with what I don’t have, but that was a huge blessing.  Someone gave me a crib, a portable high chair, and a pack and play.   I bought a bouncy seat and a car seat cover, to help keep her warm without having to put a snowsuit on her just to leave the house.  I would like to get a sling, but it’s not critical for a little while.  I am definitely thinking about getting ready.  As the belly grows, so does making sure I have all that I need a priority.

Here are a few pictures of what we have been up to!  Have a great weekend!

A friend over to play and ride go-carts.

Chasing after the friend on the Polaris.

Watching kids chase each other.

Hatching out some new chicks to replace the ones who keep being eaten.

Day old chicks.

S finishing up the Summer Reading Program. He was the only one that cared about getting his picture taken.

Our clean basement!

Our new shelves that have our stuff organized!

Extra food and Christmas stuff. I still need to go through the Christmas stuff and get it organized. Our pantry is small, so I put extra stuff down on the shelf.

I’ve Been Tired This Week

Sorry for the lack of posting this week, but the energy that I had has left me.  I hope it is temporary…but I’m not sure.  When I was pregnant with my daughter 5 years ago once I hit the exhausted stage, it never left until I delivered her.  I keep telling myself that this pregnancy is different, because I was in pretty good shape when I got pregnant, but I’m still not completely convinced.

I haven’t been sleeping very well, so that may be part of it.  With this 3 day weekend, I have been able to sleep in a little bit more, so I hope that helps.

I have been continuing with the cleaning here and there.  The mornings are my best bet to get something done.  I did get the coat closet cleaned out and 2 bags went to Goodwill.

Also, I got our game closet cleaned out.  I took the games that no one plays with and put them on a shelf in the basement.  If no one plays with them for a while, they are going to Goodwill too.

Our basement is about as clean as it can get.  I am amazed that we have gotten this far!  We need to move  a big self with extra food on it to a better spot and put up another bookshelf or two.

I also am working on the laundry room shelves to make them more functional.  I cleaned off 4 of the stationary shelves and I talked my husband into putting wheels on the wire shelf in the laundry room so that I can move it and clean under it.  It has been nice to have the shelf, but it is too low to clean under, so that has made it a pain.  With 6 kids I need to clean under it regularly.  Also, we have a gravel driveway and this is our main entrance into the house with the kids, so tons of debris come in with them.

We are making good progress.  Most of the work is being done by others in the house right now.  I just don’t have the energy.  But done is done!

Tomorrow I will be 27 weeks.  This pregnancy is going pretty fast.  A break in the heat would be really nice.  I can’t decide if it is the heat or the baby sucking all of my energy.  I’m hoping for the heat.  Even if I don’t end up getting more energy, I have gotten a lot done in preparation for this baby!

Here are a couple of pictures of the coat closet.  I forgot to get the before, but I at least got the during.  I hope you have a great long weekend!

A lot of stuff pulled out of the closet and put on the steps to reorganize.

Another pile going to Goodwill!

Yet more stuff to get organized.

Shelf after!

The bottom of the coat closet all cleaned out!

Sewing Retreat

I love to sew, but with young children, it is hard to find time in my schedule.  I am not that good at it that I can pick up and start sewing from my last attempt.  I have to go back over the directions and figure out where I was when I left off and then by the time I do this someone needs me and the cycle starts all over again!  After many attempts to get some sewing done, I have given up unless I have some simple mending to do.

However, my sewing group does a couple of day retreat every so often.  My husband is awesome and allows me to go on these retreats.  He just took off two days of work so that I could go on a 4 day retreat with my sewing ladies.  I love to sew.  I’m not that good at it, but I love getting together and sewing, eating, and conversing with my friends!

We drove to a sewing retreat house a couple of hours away.  It had room for 10 people.  It also had tables for each person, a fully functional kitchen, 2 bathrooms etc.  We had 8 ladies all together.  We each brought 2 dishes to share.  However I think we all brought a few extra goodies.   We had plenty of food, too much really.  We ate and laughed, and sewed for 2 1/2 glorious days!

I got 2 projects done in the first day and a half.  It was awesome.  I even ran out of things to do for a moment, but one of my sewing ladies went through her stash and pulled out some of the cutest fabric for a baby blanket for our new baby.  In just a matter of a few minutes I had hours and hours of work to do to make a very cute baby blanket.  It is  green and pink and very cute.  I am doing a disappearing nine patch.  So cute.  I will show you a picture of it when I get it done.  Be warned…it may be a while.

Here are some pictures of the weekend.

Jean hard at work making a project for her soon-to-be grandson.

Millie sewing a baby blanket too!

Sharon, Marlene, and Bobbi checking out the food.

Donna cooking up a storm!

My coffee-themed table runner. I can’t believe I got it finished!

The dessert table.

A handmade doll that Jean made.

Sharon working on a Super Queen sized Christmas quilt.

Heidi our only non-sewer. She is a scrapbooking queen. She was just as busy as we were.

What a fun weekend.  I can’t wait to do it again!