Thursday, June 23, 2011

Now for a little something besides Feed Me Friday...

Pin It Now! Once again, I have to say I have been such a bad blogger!  I feel like a broken record, I keep saying that and yet I don't get any better.  The only things I have posted in forever are my Feed Me Friday posts.  So I guess I will do a little catch up though I doubt anyone is still reading the blog, since there is nothing really to read!  : )

Pregnancy is going well and I reached 32 weeks this week.  Kind of a scary week for me cause this is the week that I got put on bed rest for gestational hypertension when I was pregnant with Avery.  

At my appointment 2 weeks ago my BP was already up (147/87) but since is hadn't reached 150/90 my doctor said it wasn't good but we didn't have to go on bed rest yet. 

I had an appointment again today and everyday this week I have been stopping by grocery stores and pharmacies to take my BP (wanted to be prepared if it was high), it's remained under 150/90 but continues to be in the 140's and 80's.  At the appointment it was 143 over 84 (lower than it has been), my doctor still wasn't happy with it but not overly concerned.  We looked back at my charts from this pregnancy and my first and noticed that with both, my blood pressure is always low at the beginning but right around week 20 it starts creeping up.  We decided to go ahead and run some blood work just be be sure there were no signs of pre-preeclamsia (which luckily came back normal).  

So for the rest of the pregnancy (or at least until something changes) I have to take my blood pressure at least once a day.  If it's 150/90 or higher I have to take it a couple hours later and if it's still over 150/90 I have to call the doctor, if it reachers 160 or 100 I have to call immediately.  I also have to rest and relax anytime Avery is sleeping (so during nap and after she goes to bed I am on bed rest).  Can you say there goes the house!!!  I don't know how I am going to keep up with her and keep the house clean!  Oh well, such is life!  And I have to start having weekly appointments.

So, that's all the "bad" stuff but there is good stuff too!  : )  The baby is already head down (yes, I know, she can still flip back to breach but Avery was NEVER head down so I am hoping this is a good sign).  My scar from my first c-section is not close to where the placenta attached.  And as of now we are still good for attempting a VBAC.  YAY!!!  I know it can still change but I am trying to stay positive and hope for the best!

Besides the pregnancy, we are doing great and have had a busy start to the summer.  We have been spending lots of time with friends, going to the park, the pool, spray grounds, lunches/picnics, and even went strawberry picking (Avery loved that one, she sat herself down right in the middle of the row and was eating strawberries straight off the vine, she was covered in strawberry juice, it was so cute).  

Last week, Eric had a training in St. Louis so we decided to go with him since my sister lives there.  My dad also joined us (since her just retired) and we had an incredible week.  We went to Grant's Farm, the Botanical Gardens, the Butterfly House, The Magic House, and the Zoo.  Avery loved everything but I think her favorite was probably the Magic House.  If you are ever in St. Louis and have kids you HAVE to check it out, it is amazing!!!    

 The Magic House

 Grant's Farm

 Botanical Gardens

 The Zoo (her favorites were the hippos and "baby" elephants- not really babies but still smaller than the adults)

We also got to go spend a morning in my sister's classroom.  She is a Montessori Toddler Teacher and Avery had so much fun working in her classroom.  I was really impressed with how well she did (all that Tot School really paid off). She did a wonderful job at getting works out, concentrating on them, and then putting everything away.  She was such a little sponge and soaked up everything!

Avery's new big girl room is ready and we are planning on moving her into it tomorrow night.  We actually have had it ready for almost 2 weeks but we didn't want to move her into it before going to St. Louis and then putting her into a pack and play while there.  Then when we got back from St. Louis we wanted to give her a couple nights to settle back into her sleep routine (each night of sleep in St. Louis got a little worse, not fun).  So it looks like tomorrow will be the first night in a big girl bed.  Any advice or suggestions on how to help her transition would be great!  Right now the plan is to do the bedtime routine as close to the same as possible.  Then tell her that she needs to stay in bed cause it's time to go to sleep (avoiding saying "not to get out of bed" since kids don't hear the not).  Then if (or rather when) she gets up, going in, going back over staying in bed, putting her back in bed, and leaving again, then repeat, repeat, repeat, until she's asleep.  I'm so nervous about it!  Not sure if it's the not knowing how it will go, the fear of it going horribly, or the fact that my baby girl is moving into a big girl bed!  

Ok, it's getting late and I'm tired, so it's off to bed for me.  Hopefully I don't wait so long to post again!  Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their summer!


  1. I am excited to hear how your VBAC goes. I possibly might attempt that when we decide to have another one.
    Glad to hear an update from you! =)

  2. I'm sorry you have to worry about checking your blood pressure so often and possibly going on bed rest :( But that's so exciting that things are looking good for a VBAC! Good luck! Nate's still in his crib, so I don't have any advice to give. I'll be learning from you. You never know, some kids take to the change with little or no problems. Hopefully it will go well for Avery! Good luck :)

  3. feel better!

  4. Good luck with the VBAC, I'm glad everything is looking good so far. I hope your BP stays down too.

    I think your plan for switching Avery sounds good. Sounds very similar to what we did with Max. After getting out of bed lots of times the 1st night he began getting upset. If she does get upset just make sure you remain very neutral and don't talk much except for "night, it is time to got to sleep." (then she won't begin to think she can stall) Good luck! The first night we put Max back in his bed 72 times (I tallied it). Eric will get a good work out. After 3 days he'd learned not to get up. He's 4 and we've never had a problem with him getting out of bed after we put him to bed.

  5. Thanks ladies! I am doing much better after the weekend. Eric and my mom made me take it really easy and my blood pressure was much lower today. Hopefully it will stay low!

    Thanks for the advice, Amy! I really appreciate it! It's so nice getting some tips from someone who has gone through it. We ended up pushing it back a night because Eric won a big award so we went out to celebrate. So, we are on our 2nd night and things are going well. Don't want to say much for a couple days cause I don't want to jinx ourselves but definitely a good start! Thanks again!

  6. I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly. Those pictures are absolutely adorable.

    I wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway. I hope to see you around again soon!

    Your blog is so cute; I am glad I found it!

  7. Glad you are getting back into blogging. You have been missed and don't worry you still have readers ;) We have not transitioned into the bed yet so looking forward to hearing your story about it. So, excited for you about the positive news about the VBAC. Will keep you in my thoughts :)

  8. Thanks ladies! Once I'm sure how things are going with the new bed I will have to do a post on it but I don't want to speak too soon! I'm keeping my fingers crossed about the VBAC but keeping in mind that things can change and the most important part is getting her here safely, no matter how badly I want the VBAC to work out. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I am sending you healing prayers as I also had this problem with high blood pressure when I was pregnant with my son. The bed sounds like it is going well and I hope my son does as good. I am sticking around no matter how much or how little you post.