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Almost 30 Week Baby Hanken Update!

A post from Kelli–

A while back, I was able to share with you that I was pregnant….and all of the work and tears that have gone with it.  If you missed the post, you can find it here–

Since then I’ve told you a few times how I’ve been sick quite a bit too.  For a few weeks in December, I was going to the hospital twice a week to get anti-nausea meds and fluids.  It did help me feel some better, but I was still pretty nauseous.  At one point, I quit puking for about 2 weeks, but it just got to the point where I didn’t feel that it made me so much better that I could justify the time that I kept having to go up there.  I still felt nauseous all day, but just didn’t puke like I had been.  I ended up stopping going and was good for an extra week, but soon enough, the puking came back.  I has however lessened to 2 to 3 times per week rather than 5 to 6, so I’ll take that as a win.  I also haven’t been getting as horrible headaches as I had been, so I’ll count that as a win too!  I still have quite a bit of nausea, especially in the morning, but it could always be much worse.

Since I’ve been so sick, we did schedule another ultrasound at 28 weeks, last Wednesday.  I was a little nervous going in because I have been so sick, but excited all at the same time.  Jason came with too, so it was nice to be able to spend some time with him.  At the ultrasound, we were able to see our little one’s hearbeat so that was a relief of course.  I was quite proud of myself as I had predicted that the baby was head down with it’s butt up my right side and then its legs and arms stretched towards my left because I feel the sharpest movement on my left upper quadrant and smaller movements on my left lower quadrant.  I also have a harder spot on my righ upper quadrant and usually feel more of a rubbing rather than a jab on that side….and I was right.

We also found out that baby has hair!  It was one of the first things that the ultrasound tech told us.  Those little white spikes are hair.

Baby also cooperated enough so that we were able to get a good picture of their face!

At our previous ultrasound, we couldn’t get the little stinker to cooperate long enough to get a good face picture.  Here, we got a good one for sure!  Other highlights included finding out that the baby is an active little thing and has lots of room to grow and move around.  My fluid levels are looking good too.  We also found out that the little squirt is measuring 3 pounds 10 ounces, which I know is just an estimate and is measuring about 2 weeks large based on dates.

After a little bit of research, worrying and failing my 1 hour gestational diabetes test, I was pretty sure that I would probably end up with gestational diabetes.

I got the lovely privilege of drinking this lovely drink last Thursday morning.  It worked out pretty good as I had worked the overnight.  I drank it about an hour before I was done with my shift and was able to run down to lab and get drawn right away.  Initially they told me I had passed as I was under 180, but after a bit of research and talking with Kalissa and the OB coordinator, I found out I hadn’t passed and was one of the lucky ones to do the 3 hour test.

Since I had plenty of time over the weekend to wait and worry, I had pretty much convinced myself I had it.  I had all of the risk factors except that I was not of Pacific Islander decent and hadn’t had a large child before.  But as I found out this morning, I passed!!!  I was very excited for that mostly because all I’ve been able to eat and keep down is carbs.  There have been multiple times that I’ve been cooking supper for Jason and had to take a break to go puke because the sight, smell, and thought of raw meat has done me in.  I talked to my doctor today and she said that I likely have some insulin resistance, so I’m going to try to start walking more than I currently do and hope that helps also.

The other issue that I discussed with the OB coordinator on Monday is that my Hemoglobin continues to go down.  Prepregnancy, I was 13.5…a month ago was 11.2….and most recently was 10 something.  I have now earned myselft the need to start an additional Iron supplement which is notorious for causing constipation which I have already fallen victim to as well.  I’m taking 2 stool softeners now and am going to work on increasing my fiber and then taking Metamucil too.  Hopefully that works….

My other happy news started as not so happy news.  Since I’ve been 20 weeks along, I’ve started taking Zofran.  It has the potential to contribute to heart defects and cleft lip/palate, so once I had my first ultrasound to confirm those weren’t an issue, I started taking it.  I started with 2 per day and started to actually be able to eat and gain a bit of weight back.  I still was puking regularly, but being able to eat was glorious.  Before long though, my insurance started to get a bit bucky and only wanted to cover 24 tablets every 30 days.  If you can do math, you can tell that there is a little problem there.  I discovered though that I didn’t need an oral dose the day I got fluids because I got it in my IV.  I also tried not taking it a couple days that I didn’t work and that ended very poorly.  I always ended up puking and usually felt terrible throughout the day.  Finally, I found that if I just take one in the morning, I can get through work and can muddle through the afternoon feeling super nauseous, but without puking…usually.

Then I had an amazing idea!  The medication I am taking comes in 2 forms.  One you swallow like a pill, the other dissolves under your tongue.  I talked to my provider today and got her to write me a script for the dissolving one in addition to the swallowing one I already have in hopes that insurance would approve it as a new prescription and help pay for it.  And I was right!  I got a call that they didn’t have enought to fill the script until tomorrow and when I asked if they knew my balance after insurance, they told me it was $3.90!  I was so excited!

Lots of people ask if we have names picked out.  I always joke that I have a list and Jason has a list but “we” don’t have a list.  I keep reminding Jason he named the dog Puppycat and should have his naming priviledges revoked and he keeps telling me that Bob and Steve are great names for either a boy or a girl.  We have kind of agreed on a boy first name and a girl first name, but I kind of pulled the “I’m pregnant with the baby” card and told him he had to choose one of my preferred girl name combos.  He finally chose one.  It wasn’t my one I wish he would have chosen, but I do really like the other one too.  I’m kind of sappy and always want names after family members…and this one accomplishes that too!

So that’s the update on my little one!  We decided not to find out if it’s a boy or girl.  I think it’s a girl, so does Connie.  Everyone else seems to think it’s a boy.  Mom and Jason don’t really have a thought either way.  Jason will say he hopes for a dinosaur.  Mom says she’s just thrilled that I was able to get pregnant.  So what are your thoughts?  The only reason I think it’s a girl is because I had a dream that it was.  I’ve looked into some old wives tales and they tell me either way–heartbeat has ranged from 135 to 160 early on and was 150 today, I’ve been super sick, I’ve been slow to show, carrying high, haven’t noticed to many changes in my hair or complexion (but I usually don’t really pay attention to it)….So what are your thoughts???


Jason’s Famed Carhart Sweatshirt

A post from Kelli–

For as long as I can remember, Jason has always had a certain Carhart sweatshirt.  It has been through the ringer–quite literally–many times.

For the longest time I would offer to buy him a new one if he would just get rid of his old ratty one.  He always refused, once telling me that I could get hime a new one, but he wouldn’t wear it because his facorite one was just so comfortable.

Here’s the famed shirt.  It was once a lighter off white color more so than it’s gross and stained gray.  Each time I washed it, I would point out its stains and flaw and offer to get him a new one.  He kept saying no, so eventually I quit offering.

Each time I’d point out its flaws and eventually quit fixing them, hoping that he’d eventually just quit wearing it and throw it away.  Here you can see that its ripped on the side from the rib area through the arm pit and up about half way down his arm.

His mom and I would conspire about how we were going to throw it away, however if we tried to take it from him, he’d keep questioning us and want to know where it was.  Here you can see that the bottom waist band had come off.  For the longest time, he’d just let it hang there until for some reason it got cut off.  I don’t know if he got sick of it or if his mom cut it off.  Either way, I pulled it out of the wash the other day and told him I was going to just throw it away because it was getting a bit ridiculous.

Much to my surprise, he said okay.  My jaw about hit the floor.  He said that since the bottom waist band got cut off, his belly gets a little cold, so he doesn’t really want to wear it much anymore.  So I could throw it away.  Just like that…..You can bet though, if I knew that a few years ago, I’d have just cut that darned band off.  I even offered to buy him a new one.  He said he didn’t really need any as he had gotten some new ones from the Co-op and started wearing some of his previous “good ones” for chorse because he got the new ones.

So into the garbage it went!

And that is how the lovely Carhart sweatshirt met its end.  I tell ya, Jason is about the most easy going guy that I know.  And that something that I completely love about him!

My Latest Chalk Painting Project

A post from Kelli–

As you know, mom and I love chalk painting.  We both have many pieces that we have worked on and added to our homes over the years.

Here you can see my dresser turned entertainment center–

Here is a cupboard that I painted that now resides in my dining room–

I’m happy to tell you, I have a new project!  A few months ago, I bought a big cupbaord that I’m planning on fixing up to put in my bedroom.  With our little one on the way, I need to get a baby room set up.  After some talking, the room that will be best is the room that I currently store a lot of my sewing things in.  In order to get things situated and rearranged, I need to get the spare room set up, the baby’s room set up and then get all of my sewing supplies and things gone through and work on finding new homes for some of the things….or space in my closet.  At this point, I thing that I’m going to go through and sort and donate lots, and the rest I’m going to store in my closet and my newest cupboard.

As you can see, this is a pretty large cupboard.  My plan is to sand down the top, stain it, and varnish it.  I then want to paint the bottom and plan to put it in our bedroom.  I’m going to get a big mirror to put over one end and then put our TV on the other end.  Our room is shaped a little bit odd, but I think that this will be best to store lots of sewing supplies.

I really like too that each of the doors have their own kind of latch.

My plan is to get some white or off white chalk pain and then paint the bottom.  I want to wax it and age it just a bit.  After I’m done, I’ll get the hardware washed up a bit and remount it.  Sounds like a perfect plan right?  Should be able to get it done quick right?  WRONG!

I went to the store that I’ve always bought my Annie Sloan chalk paint at to findout that they no longer carry the Annie Sloan brand products.  Not all hope is lost though as they now carry the Dixie Belle brand chalk paint.  I messaged the owners of the shop to see how the two kinds compare and to ask for some pointers, but with the holdiays they have limited hours over Christmas break.

So I have some questions–because I know you are all so good about helping–

  1.  Have you ever used both the Dixie Belle and Annie Sloan chalk paints?  How do they compare?
  2. Can I still use my same brushes?
  3. Do they cover the same?

I’m sure that they owners of the shop will get back to me soon.  I’m hoping to work on some sorting and throwing away over the next few days to get things organized.  I know that once baby comes, I might not have as much time for hobbies, so I want to make sure that the things that I keep are the things that I love and the things that I want to spend my time and resources on.

Overall, its a change and update that I’m needing to do…knowing that a baby is going to be needing a room in a few–just less than 3–months is really starting to light a fire under my butt!

A Night with My Bestie

A post from Kelli–

A few weekends ago, I got to be the babysitter!  Craig had a work Christmas party that was in Clermont and coincidentally, I happen to live between their house and Clermont!  I was pretty darned excited!

I had a few things that I needed to get done, but other than that, it was going to be a hang out night!  We had Lucy’s birthday party the next day so we needed to make orange fluff.

He was pretty excited that I let him lick out the cool whip container!  As you can see, Puppy is close by, hoping that he drops the container.

He loved licking out the container.  I had to stop him from attempting to eat the actual fluff though.

I turned around to grab a spoon to mix things and this is what I saw!  Apparently he didn’t think he was getting enough of the whipped cream out!  Soon after, he put it on the floor for Puppycat as he was concerned that she wasn’t getting any!

He also found one of my puke bags I keep around the house and decided that it made a great hat!

After his normal bed time, I laid him down on the couch, shut off the light and put some Blippi on for him.  There was no use in laying him down in bed as Kalissa and Craig would be back by 10, but I figured if he slept a little, that would be ideal.  I headed over to the dining room where I keep my sewing room and figured I’d do a bit of ironing.

Before long, my buddy came to hang out!

He got climbed up on my sewing bench–

And was ready to help!

He was getting them all laid out and whenever he’d pick one up, he’d tell me that it was nice!  We talked about how pins are sharp and he couldn’t touch them and that the iron was hot, so he couldn’t touch that either.  It was so fun just watching him hang out with me and play with the blocks that I made.

We had to take a little bathroom break and decided to get his pajamas on.

I just love hanging out with him!  He’s getting to be so much fun to hang out with–I can actually have a conversation with him and he tells me about fun things that he’s done at mom’s!  Facetiming with him is also a blast!

I told mom and Kalissa the other day that I hope to have a fun kid just like Carver!  Needless to say, I would be thrilled for him to keep me company any day of the week!