I have realized that I've either been pregnant or nursing since December 2008. I've been sharing my body for almost 5 years straight - and counting! I'm not complaining about it - glad I've been able to do so but that is a long time. :)
Septtro and I also had not been away together since well before Rilynn was born (that'd be nearing 5 years or more). We had the opportunity to go to Charleston together for a couple nights so we took it! It was SO wonderful to spend so much uninterrupted time with him. He makes me laugh. Also, he's quite handsome don't you think?
The weather was seriously perfect! It wasn't too hot. And it rained the day we left.
Last week my mom and I took my nephews for several hours so my sister in law could have some time to herself. She's expecting too...another boy! So either there's gonna be a huge swing towards the blue team or we'll even up in a few weeks. We took a trip in our van together. The kids never get to ride together in the same vehicle so there was much giggling and chattering.
|we were parked for this picture in case you wondered|
My babies push me WAY out. I get it. But please be nice. I sort of feel like a circus sideshow when out in public now. People stare at my belly. And then me. Although I do get nice comments too. Just a few days ago, a lady told me I looked "so cute" while dressed for cow appreciation day at Chick Fil A. So considering how large I am at this point and that I was dressed to look even more like a cow, that comment was a breath of fresh air.
|I think wearing black is def more trimming while pregnant :)|
I had a routine appointment this afternoon for the baby. Heart rate was 160s then 140s - this baby likes to move! But neither of my girls have EVER been in the 140s. Which I know doesn't mean anything. Just makes me wonder. :)
I was told today that the attending OBs (who oversee the nurse midwifery program) now want me to have a growth scan next week because I've had a previous csection and a large baby. Never mind the fact that my large baby (10 lbs 3 oz) was actually not my csection baby. And that both my girls heads were 13 inches (a tad below average). I was told they just wanted to document I was counseled on the "possible" weight of my baby - as an ultrasound measurement can be up to TWO pounds off at this point - and that I would not be pressured into having a csection again. So what's the point? I asked. Standard of care, apparently. You know, good ol CYA. Honestly, I'd love to see my baby via ultrasound again. But the main reason I had a csection the first time was because I had a late ultrasound and was told my baby was going to be huge and my best bet was to be induced (she was 8 lbs and 4 oz). So, although this is a different practice and I'd love to trust that I won't be pressured to do something I don't want to do, it's just sorta scary territory for me. And I'd rather not even have it done. I asked to be able to forego that growth scan. I haven't heard back regarding what that may mean. I've already been told the OBs initially didn't want the nurse midwifery practice to care for vbac patients at all. And I've been told if I didn't comply with other things that I could no longer be under their care. But the Lord has been teaching me that He is in control and not me. And I can't make anyone understand my perspective. It's frustrating. But no matter what they say - I have to do this or not - I know that ultimately God controls the outcome. And I'm simply not in the mood to stress over anything else any more.
If I do have the ultrasound, I'm going to at least ask for them to flip on the 3D again so we can see his or her sweet lil face again. :) Oh man I cannot WAIT to find out if this is a little boy or girl. I can't wait to hold them and know what they look like. And smell their soft, newborn skin. I told the baby today I wouldn't mind if he/she came sooner rather than later. My EDD is August 2nd but maybe, just maybe, this one will surprise us a bit early? Time will tell!!