i am thirty-six

Tomorrow will mark another year around the sun. It is not lost on me that last year was our last as a family of four, and this will most likely be my last birthday spent pregnant with another child. Soon we will have our third baby here with us, and that is the best present that I could ask for.

Have a wonderful week!

Emory

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34 weeks / 8.5 months pregnant

It’s been 4 weeks since my last pregnancy update. While we are waiting for little girl’s arrival, time has gone rather quickly.

Over these last couple of weeks, baby has improved her breathing and sleep cycles. She is breathing more like a newborn and waking and sleeping like one too! She also has her own immune system. She will weigh around 5 lbs and be approximately 18 inches long. Wow.

Milestones and growth aside, it hasn’t all been positive. Even though I have felt less worry and more confident during this pregnancy as opposed to my others, I feel as if there should be more to be stressed about. Around 27 weeks I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. This is something that I have not experienced before and hearing it came with a lot of tears.

At first, I felt completely defeated by this news. You try so hard to do everything “right” while you are pregnant. I ate healthily, avoided all medications, stayed away from household cleaners, kept my children germ-free, exercised twice daily, and more. To then hear that I had GD was, to me, like hearing, “Oh no, actually you’ve been doing a terrible job and you’ve been putting your body and baby in distress this entire time.” It was a huge blow.

That being said, after speaking with my doctor and nutritionist, they informed me that I was just barely over with my blood sugar levels. They were confident that it had nothing to do with my diet and exercise and everything to do with my age. The nutritionist told me not to change what I was eating or the amount that I was exercising but rather to start testing my blood sugars 4x a day. So I did.

My levels were always fine after my meals. It was that morning fasting number that I could not keep consistently down. Some mornings it would be above what it needed to be, and others it would be below. Because there was nothing that I could do to control it, I was then referred to a second doctor. Two weeks ago she prescribed a pill called Metformin. Rather than having to take insulin, I only have to take half a tablet each night to help regulate my morning blood sugars. So far, it’s working!

Next week I have a third ultrasound scheduled just to check on baby and her growth. All the prayers she is still strong and healthy.

Before I got pregnant (but while we were trying), I was always terrified that there would be something wrong with this pregnancy. I don’t know why, I just had a feeling. If it turns out that GD is the only issue and it’s with me and not our baby, then I will gladly accept that. Worries aside, we are still so excited to be here with our little girl. Whoever said pregnancy is easy was lying!

Here’s my 34 week update with Wilder and again with Remy.

Emory

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28 weeks / 7 months pregnant / 3rd trimester

Hello, 3rd trimester!! I’m thrilled that you are here. I am feeling as big as a house and am getting more and more excited to meet our newest babe.

In the last few weeks, baby’s skin has been turning pinker. She has been practising smelling with her nose, and for the first time ever, she can now open her eyes! She can also taste now.

She has doubled in weight over the last month and now weighs over 2 lbs. She is around 15” long!

The first set of pictures were taken two weeks ago. Directly above are the ones that were taken when I was pregnant with Wilder. I recycled the same outfit and location for both. How things have changed.

Emory

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30 versus 30

As I am settling into my third trimester, I am starting to reflect on my journey into motherhood. I am constantly comparing this pregnancy to my first. I was incredibly ill during my first pregnancy. I lost weight from vomiting more than 10 times per day between weeks 4 and 14. I began to feel better from 18 to about 28 weeks, and resumed a normal schedule. Then I was put on modified bed rest from 31 to 38 weeks due to contractions, dilation, and effacement. I swore that it would be my last pregnancy, only because I felt betrayed by my body at the time. Little did I know how much love and happiness children really do bring into your life. A few days after giving birth, I told my husband that I wanted 3 children, and immediately put that terrible pregnancy out of my mind.

Reflecting on previous blog posts, I really had no idea on what to expect. I bought so many items that I didn’t need, and was lacking on the essentials that I did end up needing. I knew that sleepless nights were ahead of me, but I didn’t realize the extent of that sleeplessness. Also, the sleep regressions that occur every few months during their first year. Those are so difficult! I was terrified of breastfeeding but definitely wanted to try it. That was the one thing that came so naturally to me, and we were able to successfully breastfeed for 19 months. (I hope to go longer with this baby.)

I was able to look back at the last maternity photos that I posted during Remy’s pregnancy. I said that I was 7.5 months at the time, but I think that I was a bit closer to 7 months. I still had that same dress tucked away, so I thought that it would be fun to recreate that session to the best of my ability.

I had this session outdoors, among the trees, in the same dress, with a similar floral crown, 2.5 years apart. My stomach is lower, my face is rounder, and I’m carrying more weight. This is me, at roughly 30 weeks (a little before) versus 30 weeks (a little after).

In the end, the fear, the love, the guilt, the ups, the downs, the everything. I didn’t expect any of it. Motherhood is messy and yet, so beautiful. My life truly began when I had Remy. I cannot wait for our rainbow baby!

Emory

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28 weeks

Helloooooo, 3rd trimester! It feels almost surreal to be saying that. In the early stages of this pregnancy, I felt like this day would never come. Now that it’s here, I can’t believe just how the time is flying by. Having a toddler around certainly makes the days go by quicker.

So much has happened baby-wise over the last month. From eyes, to nose, to teeth, to weight, it’s as if it picked these few weeks to become more like an infant, and less like a fetus. If that makes sense?

As for me, my heartburn has diminished, and my swelling has gone away! My Braxton Hicks contractions have intensified, however. I now experience them pretty much all day long, everyday. I’ve resorted to wearing a belly band- something that I didn’t have to do with Remy. But I was also never this big with Remy! I now weigh what I did when I gave birth to her, but at 28 weeks as opposed to 38 weeks. It looks as if I’ve swallowed a basketball.

My sleep has gotten worse, which makes my hormones worse as well. I feel like I’m getting along better with family members, but I seem to take out my pain and tiredness on my husband. I feel incredibly guilty for that, and can’t wait until my hormones go back to normal.

Until then, I’m glad that little babe and I have made it this far. As my doctor put it- two more weeks and we’re in the home stretch!

Thanks for joining me, everyone.

Emory

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to four (two on earth, one in heaven, and growing another). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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