A small scare

The other day, I woke up and realised the baby hadn’t moved much during the night.  Feeling a little worried, I decided to eat breakfast and wait to see if he would perk up (he usually does after breakfast).  When I didn’t feel much else, I went to the store and bought an ice cold, sugary drink, came home and drank it, laid down on the couch and waited.  Still only small movements.

I was terrified.  I waited for 2 hours…and nothing changed.  Baby was moving some, but not as much as usual.  I texted my midwife, because I knew I couldn’t do anything about it until after my lesson (I only had one that day and it was the last one of the year) and waited some more.  She replied after a little while and said that can be normal when the baby changes position and as he grows but it’s important to note any changes.  We set up a time for me to come see her anyway and for her to check and make sure he’s okay.  

All day, I avoided my thoughts as much as I could.  I washed some baby clothes and did a lot around the house.  There’s nothing like stress to give you energy.  I didn’t realise how upset I really was until I was sitting in her office as she asked me questions about the baby and movement.  

When I got up on the table for her to check him, I took a deep breath and tried not to cry.  Soon, though, I heard the most beautiful sound–his strong heartbeat.  I couldn’t hold my tears in any longer.  My baby was just fine…just giving his mom a heart attack already.  We listened for 5 minutes or so, and she reassured me that since his heartbeat kept changing and didn’t stay the same and it was all within the normal range, he was fine.  And, of course, he made a liar out of me and moved more than he had all day when she was there. I didn’t care, though…my baby is fine and healthy.  I’m so glad I went to see her and make sure, too, because his movements have changed.  I guess him being in the head down position has made a big difference in what I’m feeling.  Now that I know he’s fine, I’m not complaining.  

A quick update

So, since I’m up at 4:30 a.m. because my hips hurt too badly to go back to sleep, I figure I owe all of you an update.  Everything is going well.  I am just getting so darn lazy about  the way I look that I haven’t been taking photos, which means I have felt a bit more bashful about doing posts since I have no real good excuse for not having a photo.  

Last weekend was my baby shower, and it was lovely.  I had actually never been to a baby shower, so I didn’t know what to expect.  I was worried there would be all kinds of weird games or something, but the hostesses of my shower did an excellent job of making it enjoyable.  I will have to do a separate post with photos and maybe a video of the shower haul.

Also, last weekend was the piano recital that I hosted for my students.  They did such a wonderful job, and I am so proud of them.  

As far as the pregnancy goes, the only different thing that I’ve done is go to a new chiropractor that practises kinesiology.  She is so cute and tiny, but man does she get into the pressure points on my hips.  It’s like a whole body exercise for her haha.  Anyway, she has been working on my hips and legs/feet to drain my body of the toxins that are building up and get my hip to stay in place.  While it hurts really badly when she’s doing it, the first day, my feet didn’t swell at all (a miracle, really).  Then, when I had my midwife appointment yesterday, baby was head down!  Woooohooooo!  So, I’m going to keep seeing the chiropractor because I know she’s helped immensely.  If your hips are hurting badly or you have excessive swelling in your feet or legs, I would highly recommend a chiro/kinesiologist.  

I will absolutely make a more interesting update really soon.  Sorry I’m so on and off with blogging.  I really do enjoy it, but with the end of the school year (in Australia, it ends in December) and all that entails plus my laziness about my hair/makeup, I have not made it a point to sit down and write.  This is my last week of teaching piano, though, until after the baby (eeep!), so I will have more posts coming your way soon.  Thanks for reading.  

My pregnancy survival kit

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This photo found on BigW.com

  1. Body pillow.  I bought this in my second trimester.  While it helped some, it has really been a God-send these last few weeks.  I feel so comfortable with my body pillow and couldn’t sleep well with out it.  I also recently bought a back pillow that goes just under the bump and extends to the back.  I didn’t really need it when I first bought it, but the heavier baby gets, the better it feels to sleep with that back pillow.  It looks like the green pillow in this pic:Image
  2. Body lotion has helped me a lot with stretch marks.  I still have stretch marks and continue to get more, but those of you who have had them know how itchy they are–impossibly itchy.  So, every night before I go to bed, I slather my tummy with lotion and don’t have to be miserably itchy the rest of the night.  My favourite at the moment is Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar.  I can’t get this scent here and have thoroughly missed it.  This week, my friend from the U.S. sent me some lotion and shower gel in this scent, and I can’t get enough.
  3. Water, water, water.  I can’t seem to drink enough of it.  Several times, pharmacists and my midwife have asked how much I drink per day and I have been able to say easily 2 liters.  It feels so refreshing, especially with lots of ice.
  4. Chapstick. For those days when you’ve drank so much water and your lips are still chapped.  Maybe this happens more to me living in a desert, but I definitely love using it daily.
  5. Magnesium phosphate.  These have mostly rid my body of those pesky leg cramps.  I was getting them every night…and they felt worse than anything I’ve ever felt in my legs before.  My legs would literally cramp to the point that I could not move them.  I felt paralysed.  My midwife recommended taking one magnesium phosphate tablet before bedtime each night, and that has helped alleviate these excruciating pains.  ***Make sure to consult your doctor or midwife before taking any new supplements like this.  It helped for me, but I am not a doctor or professional, just a pregnant lady.***
  6. Journaling has helped me sort through some of the feelings that pop up while pregnant.  Will I be a good mom?  Who do I want involved in my child’s life?  Will the baby turn from breech?  These questions and many more that naturally pop up and leave me feeling a little crazy are quenched when I write it all down and am able to reflect on everything tangibly.  I have also thoroughly enjoyed writing out things that my husband has said or memories of this pregnancy.  Journaling is keeping me sane (and when I get out of the habit, I feel a little loco again).
  7. Music. Another keeper of my sanity.  Whether I’m in the car and listening to calming music that helps me think on my baby and my marriage or whether I’m sitting at my piano playing what’s on my heart, music is an extremely important facet of my life.  I’m hoping to have it aid in my labour and delivery as well, no matter what ends up happening.  
  8. Chiropractor. I know I have talked about this some, but going to the chiro once a week is keeping me feeling so much better.  When I wait for 2 weeks, I do not feel good.
  9. Prenatal massage.  Ok, so I’ve only had one of these back in September, but it was AMAZING.  I’m planning on getting a massage now at the end of each term in the school year to reward myself for a job well done.  I am done teaching in 2 weeks.  Might have to get another one then.
  10. Pedicure/painted toenails.  I went to a salon and just had them change my polish recently.  It was only $10 and worth the effort.  I feel so much cuter when my toes at least  have a little pizazz (even if they’re twice their size).  I’m thinking about going again tomorrow and getting a colour just to match my dress for my baby shower on Sunday.  ‘Cause I can.

What have you found to be essential on your survival list?  I might do a part 2 of this soon, because there are many more things that I feel like I can’t live with out.  Pregnancy sure has made me (more) high maintenance!

30 weeks! (and a few days)

This week has brought much more laziness than the past weeks.  I haven’t wanted to wear makeup or do my hair or the dishes or cook or anything.  I’ve wanted to lounge and shop and teach piano and do nothing else.  I guess the “extra” responsibilities feel tiring to me right now.  My groin still hurts, but only in the mornings now, for the most part.  

My feet are still swelling quite a bit, but I went to the podiatrist yesterday and she’s going to help figure out what’s going on.  I wouldn’t be concerned if it was just swelling a little, but my right foot swells constantly and hurts to walk on.  It was acting up before my appointment yesterday, which was good, because she really got to see what’s going on.  When she pressed on my swollen foot, it would leave dent marks (not good).  She said this means that my lymphatic system probably isn’t working properly.  So, she taped my foot up to give it a bit of support and I go back Friday to see what to do as our next step.  If it is my lymphatic system, I’ll have to go for reflexology massages (which sounds kind of awesome to me).  If it’s not that and the tape helps, I will have to get really ugly orthopedic shoes (not thrilled about, but I’d rather do that and not be in so much pain).  So, we’ll see.  I’m constantly amazed at how expensive pregnancy can be and how much more high maintenance I’m becoming with each week.

Speaking of which, I had a midwife appointment on Monday, and we talked about why the baby might be breech.  She mentioned that sometimes if the mother is holding onto fears or emotions that are distressing to her, the baby will sense that and want to be closer to her heart (aaaw).  So, as we started talkiing, a few things came up.  She suggested I go see a counselor or the homeopath I saw a few months ago for my cough.  We decided the homeopath might be the best option, because I’m already comfortable with her, we can talk through some things, and she can give me some remedies that might turn baby.  So, I will probably go do that next week since I’ve had 2 appointments and 1 more this week that are adding up to expensive.

We’re still waiting on the mattress (another week, boo).  I guess it hasn’t come in yet.  That’s okay, though, because I know the anticipation will make it that much better.

Thanks for reading!

29 weeks: flashing lights, fatigue, and toenail polish problems

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29 Weeks!

Cravings: Milk, peanut butter and jelly

Aversions: none

Symptoms: Groin pain, swollen feet, flashing lights, Fatigue

This week has brought a bit more discomfort, but I’m thankful for my job which allows me to have the rest I need in the morning.  The biggest pain has happened in my groin area.  It literally feels like someone has repeatedly kicked me there (and maybe little man has and I just didn’t realise how much).  The midwife says in the third trimester, a new rush of prolactin happens that does allow hips, groin, and joints to loosen even more in preparation for the birth.  

My feet continue to swell on days where I’m up in constant activity.  Also, my poor toenails look awful, but I can’t bend down to paint them anymore.  I’m thinking about going to see how much it would be for someone to just change the paint on them (although maybe I should just splurge and get a full pedicure, but the cheapest ones I’ve seen over here are still $50).  

A few times this week, I’ve seen “flashing lights.”  Of course, as soon as this first happened, I called my midwife and asked whether or not I should worry.  She said as long as it’s not accompanied by headaches or feeling generally unwell, it’s not a sign of preeclampsia.  Whew!  Not only that, but my blood pressure readings have been on the low side every time, so we’re not concerned.  She said it’s fairly common for pregnant women to get this with out preeclampsia.  It’s just an indication of blood pressure change.

Oh man, have I been tired this week!  It hits me every morning after I’ve had a good breakfast and a bit of time to relax.  Then, I need another nap.  Luckily, my job allows me to have the mornings to rest since I don’t teach until after school most days.  So, I’ve been taking 45 minute or hour long naps whenever I feel like this, and it makes a huge difference in how I feel the rest of the day.  Part of the reason for this fatigue has to be the fact that we’re sleeping on a 20+ year old mattress.  The good (no, great–no, amazing) news is, we have ordered a brand new mattress that should be here next Tuesday.  I can’t wait!  We also found a lovely bedframe to go with it, so I feel like our room will finally look like a grown up room and not just a couple who’s trying to make it with hand-me-downs.  I can’t wait to try the new mattress and see if it helps us both in how well-rested we feel.  Poor hubby says I’ve been keeping him up with my movements and noises each night.  I don’t remember moaning, but he says I moan in pain every night (hips still bother me, but they’re starting to get a bit better, and I expect that will improve more after next week).  We also upgraded from a full (double) to a queen.  Cannot wait.

That’s pretty much it for this week!  I’m gonna go take a nap.  Hope y’all have a great day!

Leibster Blog Award

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I’d like to thank Daily Blessings for nominating me for this award.  I’ve yet to have an award on this blog and am delighted to have this one as my first.  What a blessing!  This award is granted to up-and-coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers who deserve some recognition and support to keep on blogging. I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little better through this questionnaire.

The instructions are:

1) to answers the 11 questions written by your nominator.
2) to nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
3) to write 11 of your own questions for each nominee to answer.

Here are the questions I’m answering:

1) When did you start your blog & why?  

I started laughingpromises in January of 2012.  I had been watching a lot of youtube pregnancy vlogs but realised that I wanted something a little more private to vent my feelings and emotions on about our journey toward ttc and pregnancy.  I chose the title because of the Scripture that talks about Abraham and Sarah finding out they were going to have a child at an old age.  I’m by no means old, but the fact that Sarah was given joy and delight in her old age and described it as “laughter.” You can read more about that here.

2) When was your “a-ha” moment on your fertility journey where you decided to get serious?  This came about 2 years ago, long before we started ttc.  I realised I had a problem with fertility when I had no period for months on end.  After a long journey of trying to figure out what was out of balance, the Lord led me to see that it was an intolerance to gluten and soy.  Btw, I was charting the whole time, too, so that I would know when things started to balance themselves again.  So, even though we got pregnant on the first try, I had a long journey off the pill and trying different things before my body was hormonally balanced.

3) If you could start from the beginning, would you change anything during your TTC journey? If so, what?

I can’t say I would change a thing.  I have no regrets about the timing or anything else.

4) Favorite coffee drink?

Coffee in Australia is different.  The menu is confusing.  Nevertheless, they still have lattes, so my favorite is probably a vanilla latte (or caramel).  I also love flat whites with some sort of flavored syrup (hazelnut is nice).

5) Pets? Tell me about them.

I have two guinea pigs: Guster and Spence.  We named them based off of the show Psych, and they are quirky little guys.  Guster loves to eat and will come out into the main part of their cage whenever I’m around because he knows he’ll be getting food out of it.  Spence used to be chill and relaxed, but when I was in America, he got out of the cage and my husband had to chase him around the yard to try and catch him again.  He’s never been the same since.  Incredibly skittish, but he’s still really cute.

6) What’s one thing that not a lot of people, if any, in the real world know about you? (Don’t worry, cyberspace is safe)

Hmmm…this is a tough one!  Ok, this might be a little silly, but it’s what I can think of atm.  If I had all the money in the world, I would still buy a practical car.  I am not into cars much.  Don’t get me wrong, I would want a nice car, but not any more expensive than the average person drives.  

7) What is one piece of wisdom you can give to someone who is in your current situation? Whether that is as a mom, a wife, a TTCer, etc?

One piece of wisdom I can give to other wives is to never ever talk badly about your husband to anyone.  This is a habit I’ve seen many friends get into, especially talking with their moms or best friends, and it ends up being detrimental to the relationship in a lot of ways.  Yes, we need to vent sometimes, but be careful who you vent to.  Husbands need respect whether they’re sitting there with you or not.  My mom told me this and I have found it invaluable in my relationship with my husband.  I not only find that I talk to him about my problem first, which then resolves the issue because we talk it out rather than hold grudges, but those around me have respect for him because of the respect that I have for them.  Don’t be fooled, ladies…our role is very powerful.

8) Celebrity Crush??

Haha this might be one thing most people don’t know about me.  I have two that top my list: Jude Law and Hugh Jackman.  

9) One thing you love & hate about winter?

I love the cosy nights inside with a comfort food.  I hate how long it can last.  I’m grateful to live somewhere that at least has mostly sunny winters (much like FL, actually).  I am depressed with out the sunshine.

10) Favorite holiday/s & why?

I know it’s cliche, but I love Christmas.  I love the festivities and the decorations and the music and the smell of new wrapping paper.  It’s so fun.  I also love my birthday, but that is a purely selfish thing.

11) Will you follow and support these other fine bloggers listed?

Absolutely!  I am happy to follow them and hope they follow me, too!

 

And the nominations are: 

  1. Searching for Middle Ground
  2. Jenn at Future Fords
  3. Not-So-Fertile Girl
  4. Lovely Transitions
  5. Travelnole at Natural Birth
  6. Michelle at Oats n Bows
  7. J. at Dreams of Midnight Feedings
  8. Kelly at Life is Good Today
  9. How We Are Learning to be Parents
  10. Belle at Scrambled Eggs
  11. LoveHopesAndBaby

And here are your questions, Bloggers!

  1. If you could move anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
  2. Your husband is gone and you have the whole house to yourself.  What do you do?
  3. Hair: Short or long?  
  4. Daily Hair: Up or down?
  5. What kind of music do you most listen to?
  6. If you had all the money in the world, would you buy a new house or a historic house to remodel?
  7. Beach or mountains?
  8. Pedicure or manicure?
  9. You have $5 in your wallet.  What would you typically spend it on?
  10. Guilty pleasure?
  11. What’s the best thing about where you live?

I hope you enjoy!  Please follow the other bloggers, too.  I know they’d appreciate the followers and support.  Thanks!

Placenta encapsulation

The last two days have really brought me back…to the age of oh-so-dramatic 14.  I remember feeling so upset about the silliest things…and knowing they were silly but not being able to stop needing a good cry or fit.  Welp folks, 14 year old Sam has made a reappearance.  For reasons I don’t even understand, everything upset me yesterday.   

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Placenta pills. From birth-pools.com

This brings me to my next thought.  Because I have tendencies toward depression and major mood swings in the past, I have researched placenta encapsulation and decided to “give it a go.”  The benefits include: 

  • they contain your own natural hormones
  • perfectly made for you
  • balance your system 
  • replenish depleted iron
  • give you more energy
  • lessen bleeding postnatally
  • been shown to increase milk production
  • help you have a happier postpartum period
  • hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state
  • helpful during menopause

My husband thinks it’s disgusting, as I’m sure many others do, but I am willing to try it knowing that I won’t have the crazy fluctuations of hormones that normally come with giving birth.  I suppose having it encapsulated makes me feel a little more detached from the thought of actual consumption.  I truly believe that the Lord has given us this organ for a reason and a very useful reason.  It may seem gross to our western society, but I am looking forward to the benefits.  

For more information, go to: 

Passionate homemaking

Placenta benefits.info

Would you ever consider consuming your placenta somehow?

 

Confession

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Photo courtesy of Skyrim: off the record, a fellow wordpress blog.

I love Skyrim.

Today is my day off, so naturally I have done loads upon loads of laundry and played skyrim in between.
I fight dragons with my two handed sword, and well…I am basically awesome.

What is your guilty pleasure?