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38 weeks

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Two weeks to go! Baby Heartbeat is at least 7 pounds now (more like 8 probably), and I am getting huge! My belly is way bigger this time, and so uncomfortable. Thankfully we're finally starting to recover from our nasty sickness. I'm still stuffy, and Andy still has a cough, but we have a little more energy now. We've been working really hard at trying to get everything ready for the baby to come. This week we got all of the birthing supplies ready, and we went shopping at Target for some necessities and finishing our registry. I even installed the baby's carseat base in the car. All that's left to do is scrub out the birth tub and fix the toilet. There are a few more things we'd like to get done, like organizing the utility room, but that's not a must-do.

This past Wednesday at the midwife, I had my Group B Strep test done. She asked if I wanted her to check me while she was in there, so I said go for it. Apparently I was already dilated to 2-2 1/2 cm, 50…

Easter and a slow recovery

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Well, this last week has been a doozy again. I didn't take many pictures because I've been really sick with the nasty RSV that we all got. But thankfully the fog is lifting and I'm starting to feel better. We had a bunch of people help take care of us by bringing dinner and watching Ruby for me. That was so helpful! Today I was able to at least get the house semi-clean and get a few things ready for baby just in case he/she decides to come early. Easter this year was pretty low key. We went to church, but just had risotto at home for lunch because I didn't feel well and didn't want to spread it. It was special though. Ruby looked for her Easter basket in the morning before church, and really liked it! She got some books, a few new choo-choo train track pieces, and some Easter eggs with Annie's organic bunny crackers inside. She comes up to me several times a day and says, "I wanna have one Easter egg." Yesterday Ruby said her first full prayer all b…

37 weeks

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Woo! Three weeks to go. I'm at what they used to consider full term, but the terms have changed recently. I believe it's now early term, and actual full term isn't until 39 weeks. But Baby Heartbeat's organs are all developed, and it would likely do just fine if it was born now. I had lots of Braxton Hicks this morning, but I also drank a big cup of red raspberry leaf tea, so that's probably why.

I've been doing my evening primrose oil and easy birthing formula again. I think that helped with my labor with Ruby. It really feels like it's getting close now. There's so much to do still though! Which brings me to talking about the second worst week ever (last week was officially the worst). After we got home from the hospital with Ruby, Andy and I went to birthing class with Amy, our doula on Monday night. That ended up being great. We got to practice mock labor, which I really think will help as far as getting mentally prepared for birth. The bad news is…

Scary RSV...

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Our poor girl got RSV this week on top of another cold she had a few weeks ago. It ended up being pretty scary! On Saturday evening we took her over to Guesly's house to check her out because she was breathing pretty rapidly with retraction. He admitted her to the hospital here in Stayton.  She got an x-ray and iv. The iv part was horrible; it made me cry. She hated getting it.  So once we got to her room, she got hooked up to iv fluid and antibiotics for her ear infection and lung infection. And she was hooked up to monitors that said she wasn't having enough oxygenation in her blood. So we had to keep oxygen going. We tried to get some sleep, but I could not sleep. I'm thankful to the Lord that I was awake, because I looked at the machine at about 12:30am and her heart rate was above 200. I called the nurse immediately and she had a high fever as well. The nurse called Guesly who decided we should transfer her to Doernbecher at OHSU in Portland. It was pretty scary. Th…

36 weeks

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I was 36 weeks yesterday, but didn't get a post up because we were in the hospital with our Ruby girl. :( At least I got a picture taken! We are home now and she is resting well. We're getting so excited to meet Baby Heartbeat soon! I've still been really uncomfortable, and after the zoo on Tuesday I was not doing well. My whole body ached and I could barely stand up to do the dishes. I was pretty short of breath for most things too, so I really thing I have low iron. I got some iron pills and took it, and that made me feel a lot better.

On Monday the midwives came for our home visit. It was pretty short because we've done it all before. :) We just have to arrange getting the birth tub here and we'll be good to go. On Saturday I had my baby shower! It was wonderful. Not only did we get lots of nice baby things, but everyone also said some really encouraging words to me. I've been feeling a little down and tired lately, so it was nice to hear about how Jesus sh…

The zoo and a fever

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I think this week has been the worst week we've ever had. Andy's been really sick since Sunday with a fever for two days and a cough, and just today Ruby has gotten the fever. It's also Andy's last week of Greek, so he has had a lot of assignments, reviews, a paper, an exam, etc. I've been pretty miserable with being super uncomfortable and not sleeping hardly at all. After the zoo on Tuesday my whole body was aching. Blech. And yesterday was my birthday and I did pretty much no celebrating. But such is life. I hope next week will be better! Tomorrow is my baby shower and my mom and sister are coming up tonight, so that will be a nice distraction. I told Ruby that we were going to eat the chocolate tart I was making with Grandma and Aunt Cindy, and she looked at me with furrowed brows and said, "You need to clean the house." Haha. Not going to happen. Sorry Mom and Cindy. :)  Napping. She has been having trouble falling asleep for her naps the last week…