On Tuesday Ryan and I went in for our ultrasound and doctor's appointment. If you remember correctly this ultrasound would determine if I would be having a scheduled c-section or not. The ultrasound showed that baby is still head down and very much in my pelvis. Baby is so far down that it was difficult to get a very good image on my placenta. After seeing our doctor we found out that they put my low lying placenta in a range of 1.6-2.4 cm away. In order for me to not need a c-section it needs to be 2 cm away. The reason for the range is that one image showed it was 2.4 cm away and the other image showed it was only 1.6 cm away which would mean a c-section. The doctor wanted to wait to make a final decision until she consulted with another doctor on Wednesday. So tentatively the plan was to do a repeat ultrasound on December 11th and then either have a scheduled c-section or the waiting game would be on for baby. I found out yesterday that Mayo Clinic in Rochester would allow me to have a vaginal birth with a low lying placenta but there are some risks that go along with it, so Red Wing decided to let me have a vaginal birth and then next week we would go over risks. Today the doctor called me and said that I have been the topic of discuss at the clinic. They decided to have me go to Rochester next week for a repeat ultrasound and to see a specialist in Maternal Fetal medicine. Rochester will decide if I am able to deliver in Red Wing or if it needs to be in Rochester. One of the risks of delivering vaginally with a low lying placenta is bleeding after birth and needing a blood transfusion. In Red Wing they do not have an anesthesia team that is there in house 24/7 where Rochester does. My doctors in Red Wing are being cautious and want to get a specialist opinion which makes me happy. Although its not ideal delivering baby in Rochester at least this way I can still attempt for a vaginal birth and that I will have all the necessary people there incase those risks become reality. The hope is to see the specialist next week and have them say that my placenta has shifted more and that the 1.6 cm doesn't show up and I can deliver in Red Wing.
These last couple days have been a slight rollercoaster ride. Initially I wasn't thrilled about hearing the words schedule c-section. At first I was fine with it and then I ended up bursting into tears on Tuesday night thinking about having my baby removed from my belly and missing out on the birthing experience. I've been waiting such a long time to get pregnant, carry a child and be able to birth this little human. I agree that whatever gets baby here safe and keeps me safe is the most important thing but thinking of a c section was just another thing to have to deal with. Different recovery, having to have more help then I really want once baby comes home and just this fear that Ryan and I would miss out on the whole birthing experience. Yesterday I went from hearing good news of not needing a c-section to hearing risks about a vaginal birth with a low lying placenta. So many emotions to deal with at 37 weeks pregnant. Granted things could be so much worse and I'm thankful that baby is healthy and that I am healthy. It just is a waiting game right now and still have worries about how our birth will go considering I really could go anytime. My blood pressure is still nice and healthy and the only thing I notice now is more discomfort while sleeping and maybe a bit more swelling in my legs and now fingers. Baby has also dropped even more and my Braxton Hicks are starting to get stronger and longer.
Last night my cousin Megan and I attended the Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion concert. This concert actually got rescheduled from October. I managed pretty well but my legs, feet and back were pretty tired by the end of the night. I did however have my belly rubbed for the first time by a complete stranger. Thanks to a drunk 60 year old woman for making that happen. Waiting in the worlds longest line to the ladies room was also pretty comical and I laughed as people walked by and checked out my very pregnant belly. The comments people said thinking I couldn't hear them or read their lips was pretty funny. Today I had a mini spa day and pampered myself with a pedicure and a massage and tomorrow I'm getting my hair done. Ryan and I have a wedding this weekend and I plan to make Christmas cookies with my mother in-law on Sunday. Our Thanksgiving was wonderful and filled with family and plenty of yummy food. I joined my crossfit family that morning and did our traditional Thanksgiving WOD. Ryan and I went and got our Christmas trees and decorated the house over the long weekend. I'll be posting another update next week after I see the specialist and also posting soon more photos form our maternity session. Crazy to think twenty days until baby's due date!
Ryan and I went in for our 36 week check up on Baby Buck today. Everything is looking good with our little peanut and right on schedule. Baby's heart rate was around 140, my blood pressure is also staying nice and healthy and I'm measuring right on track. We went over our birth plan with the doctor and got that squared away. Our birth plan could potentially change with the outcome of next weeks ultrasound and doctors appointment. It's crazy to think if my placenta doesn't shift we will be picking out our baby's potential birthday, but hopefully that low lying placenta fully shifts out of the way and baby's birthday will be a surprise for all of us.
Our friend Andy came and hung up a few more things in the baby's room over the weekend. The room won't be fully decorated until baby arrives and I can put a few more gender specific items in there. Overall though I love how the nursery has turned out so far. I'll be posting some pictures once the nursery is fully finished. Ryan and I also installed the car seat bases over the weekend in our vehicles. Not the easiest thing to do while being 9 months pregnant. Trying to tighten the belt while putting weight on the base and working around my large belly didn't go over so well, luckily my father in-law came to the rescue and was able to finish the job for us. Ryan and I talked on Monday night how its getting real now seeing the car seat bases in our vehicle.
Overall I'm still feeling pretty good. I have good and bad days, the days I'm not at my job working I feel better but I'm thankful I can put my feet up in between patients if I need to while at work. I'm definitely having more cramping and more braxton hicks contractions. The doctor said today that she thinks my belly has dropped from last week. I definitely think that baby is getting ready to make its grand entrance. I'm still doing crossfit and just taking it one day at time, but it still feels good to move.
We have plans to be at my parent's house for Thanksgiving and my in-laws will also be joining us there. My mom's family will be coming and I'm excited to see them since it has been a couple years since I have seen them. I'm in charge of making the stuffing and needless to say baby and I are ready to eat all the yummy Thanksgiving food! Maternity pants will be the best thing to be wearing that day. On Thanksgiving night to kick off the Christmas season, we have the tradition of watching the movie Christmas Vacation with Ryan's immediate family. Friday we will have our traditional soup dinner with my dad's family on the family farm and celebrate Thanksgiving with them. On Friday Ryan and I will also go get our Christmas tree and get that put up and spend Saturday decorating the tree and the house. We hope that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and good food. Ryan and I have so much to be thankful for this year! One of the many things we are thankful for is the outpouring of prayers, love and support we have received from all of our readers. God is so good and we are thankful for his never ending love for us! Look for another update next week!
A week ago today we had a little scare with Baby Buck. I was at work and went to the bathroom around quarter to ten that morning and noticed I was bleeding. Over all I had been feeling pretty good just more tired since sleeping isn't the easiest thing to do right now and was feeling pressure but thats been pretty normal for me also. Worry and fear immediately sank into my heart and I could feel tears well up in my eyes. I went out to the front desk and told the gals I was bleeding and was going to head to the hospital. I was told earlier on if I were to start bleeding with the position of my placenta to just go straight to the hospital. Luckily I work a block from the hospital so I headed right over. I called Ryan on the way, he was in the tractor at the time doing some tillage work. I told him to stay put and that I would keep him posted on what was going on. I was scared but at the same time figured everything would be ok since it wasn't gushing blood and getting Ryan in and out of the tractor isn't the easiest or quickest thing to do. My mother works at the hospital so I called her and she came and sat with me. When I got to the hospital the check in was pretty busy, luckily I saw a doctor I knew walk by and told her what was going on and she went back into OB and grabbed a nurse. They brought me upstairs to the birth center and immediately started monitoring baby's heart rate and for contractions. I was having mild contractions but nothing major and baby's heart rate was fine. One of the doctors came in and discussed with me what he thought was going on. Its not uncommon to have some bleeding now but they figured with the position of my placenta, how far down baby is in my pelvis and how I'm positioned at work all day caused the break through bleeding. They discussed with me cutting back my hours at work and recommended working every other day. They don't want me on my feet, all day long, five days a week and being hunched over patients all day. As they put it, baby needs to stay in there until at least 37 weeks. I was actually relieved to hear those words from the doctor. That morning I was feeling pretty exhausted and all I wanted to do was just be at home laying down. I ended up staying at the hospital and being monitored for two hours. The nurse midwife came in and had a nice visit with me also. I think I gave the doctors a scare though, I had many nurses and a couple doctors prepared for me and ready to transfer me to Mayo Clinic in Rochester if I was having heavy bleeding. At that point I was only 34 weeks and Mayo in Red Wing can't deliver before 35 weeks. I was sent home that day to do pretty much nothing but relax. I'm now currently working only three days a week and it actually has helped a lot to have a full days break between work days. For those of you wondering about crossfit, yes Im still able to keep doing crossfit. My mother actually beat me to the punch in asking the question about if I can continue crossfit. The doctor and I discussed what I can and can't do. They don't want me just sitting around eatings bonbons all day and doing nothing. They want me to continue to stay active but with more down time. For those of you wondering to, it had been 3 days since I had been to crossfit, so crossfit did not cause my bleeding. I have continued with crossfit since then and still feel best when I'm able to be active. The assault bike has become my new best friend! I will firmly believe that staying active throughout this pregnancy and eating healthy (for the most part) has allowed me to have such an enjoyable pregnancy and has also helped me to gain a healthy amount of weight. My goal will continue to do crossfit as long as my baby and body allows me to.
Yesterday we had another check up for Baby Buck. Everything is looking good and right on track. I'm measuring right on schedule and baby's heart rate was in the 150-160 range. Baby's is very much running out of room and according to my baby app the movement should feel less intense but I haven't noticed that yet. Some days the baby's movement is so violent I feel like I'm being beaten internally! I can tell very much that baby is running out of room though. I'm feeling pretty good still overall. Sleeping goes in spurts and I have good and bad days but I figured its just preparing me for life with an infant. We finished harvesting corn on Sunday and have some tillage work to finish up still. It has felt like the longest harvest ever for all of us and I'm happy to be seeing Ryan more then ten minutes a day. I've been busy nesting, trying to get Christmas shopping done before baby comes and now getting ready for Thanks Giving. Our doctor's appointments will now be once a week and our next ultrasound will be the week after Thanks Giving. Ryan and I met our potential dula and really like her. If we are able to have a vaginal birth we will be having her come and help through out our labor and deliver. If we end up having a c-section we won't be using her. Prayers are welcomed that my placenta fully shifts out of the way! We will have another update next week on Baby Buck, hard to believe the count down is only 34 days now!
On Monday we had a baby check up and ultrasound to check on the location of my placenta. I was pretty excited to see our little sweet pea again but also nervous to know if everything was ok with how baby is growing. Baby is doing very well and all the organs look nice and healthy. Baby is VERY much head down and hanging out in my pelvis. I'm pretty sure baby has been hanging out there since the first part of October with the pressure and slight discomfort I've been having in my pelvis. Baby was so far head down that the ultrasound tech ended up having to do a vaginal ultrasound to check on my placenta. She tried a few tricks to get baby to move but he or she seemed very content down there. My ultrasound showed that I know longer have partial placenta previa but that I now have whats called a low lying placenta. If you remember my placenta was covering half of my cervix and now currently has moved out of the way but not all the way. I will have another ultrasound at 37 weeks which will put me at the week after Thanks Giving. The placenta needs to still move a certain amount in order for me to not have a c-section. The good news though is that because the placenta has moved so much already I'm now considered low risk and can have my c-section in Red Wing versus Rochester if I need one. The doctors have very high hopes that the placenta will move out of the way by 37 weeks. I'm measuring right on track at 33 weeks and heart rate for baby was at 160.
Ryan and I had our first labor and delivery class this week as well. It actually was more informative then I thought it would be and even gave me some reassurance that my decision to go with Hypnobirthing is the right choice for our labor and delivery. I was nervous that this class would actually make me more fearful of giving birth but it actually made me more excited about the process. I've been very consistent with practicing the relaxation and hypnobirthing breathing every day and actually look forward to it every night. If we are able to have a vaginal birth Ryan and I will also have a Dula with us during labor and delivery. I try to keep my thoughts positive as it comes to labor and delivery and retrain my brain into thinking that the pain that comes with it is pain with a purpose. Each uterine surge brings me one step closer to meeting our baby. I'm hoping that by doing crossfit it will only benefit me when it comes to the stamina and strength it takes to endure labor and delivery. I also fully trust to that God, Ryan and my support system will be there to help me through this process. When I practice the relaxation I actually envision Jesus by my side and that gives me peace and strength.
One of the things that has been driving me nuts lately is the comments I get on baby's due date. People seem to think that a baby born in December and close to Christmas is an unfortunate time. At first I actually did as well, this baby will get cheated out of having a birthday or birthday presents because of Christmas and I know thats what most people think. As the Christmas season quickly approaches it actually makes me more excited to be having our baby this time of year. The Christmas season is filled with so much love and excitement and brining a baby into the world at that time I think will make it even more exciting. Everything excites me about Christmas from the decorations, goodies, presents, and parties. I know that the true reason we celebrate Christmas is the birth of our Lord and Savior and this year I've been looking at this Christmas season a lot differently. I found myself googling the history of Mary. Sadly there isn't much history on Mary. We know that God took favor in her and that an angel appeared to her and told her that she would conceive and give brith to the Son of God himself. I find myself thinking about Mary and what she went through both emotionally and physically from that day forward. I feel that this pregnancy has brought me closer to God and I feel that motherhood will as well. God has this baby's birthday already picked out and as this child grows up and learns that Christmas isn't about the presents, he or she will love that their birthday falls around Christmas time because of the birth of our Savior. For those still concerned about our kid getting cheated out on their birthday, the people who know me best know how much I love presents, giving and getting! I will make sure that this kid will feel special know matter what on their birthday and you better believe this kid will get to celebrate their special day.
Harvest has been a slow and steady process this year. The weather has not been very cooperative and has delayed us getting into the fields more then once. We are usually finishing up the first week of November and now we most likely won't be done with everything until the week of Thanks Giving. We had our second baby shower with my family and the nursery is slowly getting more organized. Ryan and I also were able to have a maternity photo session with our awesome photographer Mandi Johnson of Mandi Johnson Photography who will also be taking our infant photos. Here are a few sneak peaks that she shared with us, we can't wait to see the rest. Overall I'm still feeling fairly good, some discomfort and some days are harder then others but I still can't complain to much. I'm still doing crossfit five days a week and exercise still feels the best. We will have another update in two weeks when we head back for our next appointment. Its hard to believe that in just a few days we will only have 6 weeks left until our due date. Third trimester is flying by!
On Monday Ryan and I had our 29 week baby check up. We met for the first time the nurse midwife at our hospital and loved her! Everything is right on track and looking good. Baby's heart rate is 150, and I am only measuring one week ahead now instead of two. Ive noticed some change in growth in my stomach but not nearly as much as I did at our last checkup. Baby is still very very active throughout the whole day and likes to kick his dad in the face at bedtime when Ryan rests his head on my belly. We laugh at how much this baby moves around and it still amazes me when I can see all the movement on the outside.
Along with the normal checkup for baby I also received my TDap and flu vaccine. The flu shot made me feel run down for about 24 hours, but after that I was back to running on all cylinders. We also had some education on labor and delivery. Talking about certain options for our birth plan and what to expect over the next few weeks. Ive decided to have a plan but not a set plan. Im going in with an open mind considering anything can happen when it comes to labor and delivery. Ideally I want to have an unmedicated birth. But if I wind up with a c-section or needing some sort of pain relief we will deal with it if that comes about. The nurse midwife was really excited to hear that I want to try for an unmedicated birth and highly recommended Hypnobirthing to help with the pain management. She pointed me in the direction of a book and cd so once that arrives I'll start learning about it.
Im feeling pretty awesome! I have some minor aches and pains. Some days are better then others but for the most part I can't complain about being pregnant. I've said it before and I will say it again, I love being pregnant! I'm still staying active with crossfit 5-6 days a week. Since I hit the third trimester I feel like my workouts have improved, along with my movement. Some might think I am nuts but I love when we have grinder workouts, aka longer intense workouts. Give me a 30-40 minute WOD any day versus a short, high intense workout. I loved grinder workouts prior to being pregnant but with this style of workout I can find my pace early, stick with it, control my breathing and then when its almost to the end really crank up the intensity to finish. I honestly think crossfit is one of the main contributors to why I feel so well with this pregnancy. I'm hoping to continue up to the day I deliver. I have been sleeping fairly well. I have some days where I sleep really well and others where I toss and turn. No real specific cravings, food just taste good! Starting to get some hot flashes off and on especially at work when I have my mask on, but again pretty minor. The cool weather has been my friend!
Harvest got started and then came to an abrupt halt with soybeans not being ready and all the rain we have been having. It seems odd to be into October and have Ryan home for dinner every night. I know he wants to be in the field getting the field work done but I'm happy to have my best friend home every night and snuggled up next to me at a normal bed time. We have been able to get the nursery filled with furniture and slowly its coming together. We have a project to make some shelves for above the dresser and paint a small book shelf we just purchased. Its been fun finding things to decorate the room and I'm loving how its turning out. This Sunday I have my first baby shower that my boss and coworkers are having for me. I'm looking forward to filling the nursery with items off of our registry and feeling a little bit more prepared for the arrival of our sweet baby! Despite all of the turmoil going on in our world as of lately, I feel pretty blessed to have the life I have. I'm so grateful to God for my wonderful husband whom I fall more in love with each day, for our home in Minnesota, and that God continues to provide for us and keep us safe. As our world will continue to worsen, its hard not to be scared but we who believe knows how the story will end. The good Lord will prevail and we keep our hope and faith in him.
At the end of the month we will have our next baby check along with our 32 week ultrasound to check the location of my placenta. After that our appointments will be every 2 weeks and then once a week starting at 36 weeks. These next couple months will fly by! Enjoy photos of the baby bump and some of the fall fun we have been having!
Hey folks, well we are passed the half way mark and sitting at 25 weeks and one day. This morning I had my doctors appointment and glucose test done. We met a new O.B. doctor today and are starting to make the rounds on meeting the doctors that could potentially delivery our baby. Prior to this we have been doctoring with our awesome CPN and we will continue to see her for some of our appointments. This O.B. doctor was very nice and very caring and I would be thrilled to have him deliver our baby. Where we are doctoring whoever is on call that day will deliver our baby so hopefully it is one that we feel comfortable with.
Baby is doing very well, heart beat is sitting in the upper 140's and my blood pressure is nice and healthy. Head to heel baby measures at 13 1/2 inches and weights 1 1/2 pounds. For my short torso self there is no hiding my pregnancy. I am measuring ahead of schedule at 27 weeks versus 25 weeks but as of right now our due date is still December 19th. I told Ryan I can really feel the baby up by my rib cage and measuring ahead would explain that, my uterus is right about there. Baby is very active! Around 23 weeks is when Ryan was able to start to feel the kicks and at 24 weeks I could visibly start seeing the baby's movement on the outside! Talk about a weird, but very cool thing to see! I'm still amazed that have this blessing growing inside of me and every bit of movement I feel makes me thank the good Lord above that he put us on this path. I have had no issues with my placenta previa so far and will go for my follow up ultrasound at 32 weeks to check that. I'm still doing crossift 5-6 days per week and loving every minute of it! I even have moments where I will get a big burst of energy and I almost feel like my old self again at crossfit.
Besides a normal baby check up, I also had my glucose test done to check for Gestational Diabetes. They gave me my orange flavored Glucocrush and said bottoms up! The drink itself is actually not that bad, it tastes like flat orange pop, reminds me of a sugary drink I might have had as a child. The aftermath however of the Glucocrush was not fun.
You are allowed to eat that morning but not allowed any sugar. I had some eggs for breakfast but not nearly my normal breakfast that I usually have. Once they administer the drink, you have to sit for one hour. You aren't allowed to walk, leave, eat, chew gum, or even drink water. After the one hour you have your blood drawn. By the half way mark I started to feel pretty crappy, all that sugar just sitting in my stomach and even started to feel faint and pretty tired. Once I had my blood drawn you better believe I booked it to the cafeteria and bought a piece of banana bread and had an apple and yogurt waiting for me in the car. By a hour or two later I was feeling back to my normal self. I checked my test results and found out I do not have Gestational Diabetes!! Whoop Whoop!! Thank God that test turned to to be ok because the 3 hour fasting test would have been awful. Ryan and I will head back for another check up in a few weeks and after that I will be going every 2 weeks and then eventually once a week.
Its hard to believe we are only 15 weeks away from meeting our sweet baby. For some that may seem long but for myself and looking at events we have coming up on the calendar and the start of harvest those 15 weeks will fly by. The hard wood floors came for the baby's room and will get installed next week. After that we will get the crib and dressers ordered and start preparing even more for the arrival of baby. Ryan and I had a very quick August and ended the month with a trip to the Minnesota State Fair. We look forward to going every year and indulging in some yummy fair foods! We even picked up a few cute items for the baby while we were there.
It is crazy to think we are in September now and before we know it we will be seeing combines and tractors out in the field. Harvest is my favorite time of year and I can't wait to start cooking with my oven again, baking all the yummy apple treats and wearing all the cozy sweaters. I can't forget about bow hunting to! Opener is just a little over a week away and I'm hoping to get out and hopefully get a deer to help fill the freezer. My hunting clothes might be tight but I'm still determined to get out there. Don't worry this pregnant lady won't be climbing a tree this year, I wish I was but best to be safe and hunt from a ground blind.
I hope all of you are doing well and enjoyed every last ounce of summer you possibly could! Enjoy some photos of the last few weeks and look for another baby update the first week of October!
Here we are 20 weeks and at the half way mark of my pregnancy. On Thursday Ryan and I had our 20 week doctor's appointment. This was an important appointment because we had our 20 week ultrasound. The ultrasound is to check the baby's anatomy and organs. It was fun to be able to see baby Buck especially since the last time we got to see baby, he or she looked like a little blob with stubs for arms and legs. I've had many people ask me the last few weeks if I have been feeling any movement and as of Sunday night the baby has been very active. It was hard to tell at first but I have been feeling baby for the last couple weeks but wasn't sure if I actually was feeling little kicks or not. On Sunday night though a couple days shy of turning 20 weeks those little kicks became very apparent. Feeling baby is one of the best feelings in the world. I can't help but smile every time I feel them, even to the point where I start to laugh. Baby stays pretty active all day long and it makes me fall more in love with this kid every day! It is still a bit to soon for Ryan to feel the baby but in a couple weeks he should start to be able to .
I'm measuring right on schedule at 20 weeks and its hard to believe my uterus is above my belly button already. Pretty soon it will be up to my rib cage and baby will have no where to go but out. Our ultrasound turned out to be really good for the baby. He or she is looking very healthy and was head down at the time and actually cooperated pretty well for the sonographer. When she first put the wound on my belly we got to see baby's spine and it looks like a little reptile growing inside of me. Pretty cool to see baby actually look like a baby now. We did however find out that I have partial placenta previa. This is were my placenta is at the bottom of my uterus covering up part of my cervix, half of it to be exact. Complete Placenta Previa is where it fully covers your cervix and in cases like that you have a scheduled c section. Since mine is only partial I will go back for another ultrasound at 32 weeks to see if the placenta has moved as I and baby have grown. Most cases the placenta does move. If it doesn't, I will got to Rochester Mayo for another scan and they will determine if Im considered more high risk and if I would have to have a scheduled c section down there or if the Red Wing Mayo would be able to do it. What can happen with Placenta Previa is it can lead to vaginal bleeding, early contractions and preterm labor. The doctor put me on pelvic rest meaning, no intercourse, vaginal exams and I'm now more limited to what I can do with working out. If my cervix was completely covered I would be on restriction from working out all together. After the 32 week ultrasound I will know more and either be kept on pelvic rest or the restrictions will be lifted and I will be able to try for a vaginal delivery.
I was bummed to hear of this diagnosis but after the fear and worry lifted I found out that this is actually pretty common in pregnancy and for most women the placenta does move. It only occurs in 1 out of every 200 pregnancies in the third trimester. It's also frustrating to know I will have to modify things more with working out but Im happy to still be able to move. For those of you who are worried about me continuing with Crossfit, don't be. I have awesome coaches who have helped me modify everything thus far and I will continue to listen to my body and focus on movement more then weights. That is the awesome thing about crossfit, it can be modified for anyone. If bleeding does occur I need to head to the hospital asap. I know God has a plan for this baby and pregnancy. I fully trust that whatever happens at our 32 week ultrasound is meant to be. I'm just so thankful to know that baby is healthy and that everything looks normal.
Overall I'm feeling pretty good. I still have some low back, pelvic and hip pain but I figured this will be the norm from here on out. Sleep is starting to get harder as I have a hard time staying comfortable. I still feel best when I'm active and moving. I am however amazed at how people have zero filter when it comes to saying things to pregnant women. Im not going to lie some remarks are hard on my self esteem but Im trying to not let them get to me. I know there will be plenty more comments to come from people. Having a spouse in a wheelchair we both hear comments all the time so its just one of those things you learn to deal with. Ryan and I have started to register for baby items and last week went and looked at strollers and car seats. We had a few good laughs at how many parent fails we had when it came to figuring out all the baby gear. I bet it was pretty obvious to the workers at the store that we are going to be first time parents. It definitely will be an adventure trying to figure out this whole baby thing with Ryan by my side. I'm actually excited to be able to start writing more about life with a husband in a wheelchair and a baby in tow. Our little blog recently reached a reader all the way from South Africa. Pretty amazing to know that we are able to connect and help someone that far away. I'm hoping that our experience as first time parents and all the ups and downs that come with having a child and a spouse in a wheelchair will be able to help those in a similar situation.
My next doctor's appointment will be the first week of September where I will have my glucose test done to check for gestational diabetes. I'm slightly nervous about this test since people who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome have a higher chance of having gestational diabetes. Prayers for a good result on this test are welcomed. August will be a busy month for Ryan and I with something going on every weekend and then before we know it harvest will be upon us. I hate to see summer end but fall is my favorite time of year! We hope that all of you are enjoying the summer and that you get to soak up these last few weeks of the summer season. Enjoy checking out photos of Baby Buck!!
On Tuesday Ryan and I had another check up on Baby Buck. I am officially 17 weeks and 2 days along and feeling great! I always seem to get slightly nervous before a checkup. Its a weird feeling knowing that there is a baby growing inside of me and not really knowing if baby is doing alright. I am not yet feeling any movement but hopefully with in the next week or two I should be. But if my placenta is in the front of my uterus I may not feel movement. We won't find out where my placenta is located until our 20 week ultrasound. Baby is doing well though! The heart beat was a strong 160 beats per minute again and even got to hear the baby kick a few times. I can't help but have the biggest smile as soon as I hear the heart beat! Such an awesome feeling knowing that there is a life growing inside of me. My blood pressure is sitting normal and I've put on another couple pounds since our last appointment. Since I'm incredibly short waisted and short in height there is no hiding this baby bump. God blessed me with boobs, hips and long legs for a short person, but literally no waist. Even my doctor said there is no room for this baby to go but out! 9 months will be interesting!
Ryan and I had our first prenatal class on Tuesday night. It was a nice review on nutrition and early stages of pregnancy but mainly information on stuff I already knew or have already read about. I am still continuing with my crossfit workouts and surprise myself at how I'm improving with movement on certain lifts even while being pregnant. Humidity is not fun to work out in, I feel extra slow and sluggish but I still manage to keep moving. I feel best when Im active and moving. Im so thankful that Im able to continuing doing what I love for workouts. Work however is starting to become a struggle. As a dental hygienist leaning over patients all day is causing a lot of pain in my low back, pelvis and hips. My body changing and all the ligaments that are stretching don't help in this matter. Im also experiencing round ligament pain in my belly from all of the ligaments stretching there. I order a belly brace that is supposed to support your belly and low back so I'm hoping that wearing that at work will help. It doesn't matter how much I stretch or foam roll, my posture at work seems to be my biggest struggle with pain.
I had the week of the Fourth of July off from work and it was the most glorious week ever! Ryan and I celebrated the holiday with some friends at their cabin on July 3rd and enjoyed fireworks that night on the lake. July fourth we took in the Vasa parade and then had a BBQ with my family. It was nice to just hang out, relax and play with our nephew Jack, plus eat all the yummy food! Later that week we celebrated our nephew Owen's first birthday and we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. We went to Stillwater and ate dinner at one of our favorite restaurants called LoLos.
I also took the week to get organized. I cleaned out our closet, along with a few others and ventured into the guest bedroom/hoarding room that will become the nursery. A few trips to target to buy rubbermaid bins, a trip to Goodwill to donate all kinds of stuff and we are one step closer to the nursery. We will be painting the nursery, putting in hardwood floors and of course buying baby furniture. We did buy our first piece of furniture, a nice chair and ottoman that glides and swivels. I'll be doing a couple posts on the baby's nursery as it comes together. In just a few short weeks we will be having our 20 week ultrasound along with our 20 week checkup. Please say some prayers for us and baby that all looks well and that baby is developing right on track. Ryan and I chose to forgo any genetic testing that they offer. We are excited to see our little baby and pray that he or she is healthy! Crazy to think we are just a few weeks away from the half way mark. This pregnancy is really starting to fly by along with the month of July already. We hope all of you had a fabulous fourth ofJuly with your loved ones! Stay tuned!
Im officially 13 weeks and 5 days along! On Thursday Ryan and I had a baby check and the little nugget is doing well. We got to hear the heart beat after some prodding around on my stomach, it was faint but we could still hear those 166 beats per minute. Doctor assured us as the baby and I get bigger it will be easier to hear the heartbeat. 13 weeks can be harder to find and hear but luckily she was able to find it. Ive gained a whopping 2 pounds so far but my belly is definitely growing. I started to notice around 9 weeks my belly popping out and by 10 and 11 it was becoming more evident. Im feeling amazing! The heat and humidity isn't fun, but Ive been managing it well. My energy is good but felt like it has been the whole time. Im still doing crossift 5-6 days a week and loving it. I have noticed though the days its been really hot and humid my energy crashes as soon as we start working out. I move slower but Im still moving and it feels really good to finish each workout even if I am last. There are days it is hard to see the girls lifting all the heavy weights I was used to lifting and really pushing themselves in their workouts but Im just happy to be there. One workout at a time! I've been trying to change my mind set for each workout and focus on form and movement and not so much strength. Ive also been trying to train my brain into thinking that after I have the baby and return to crossift that it will be the perfect opportunity to start over, start fresh. Work my way back up with weight and really perfect my form before tossing on all the heavy weights again. My goal is to continue my workouts as long as I can through out my pregnancy and to hopefully show others that you can workout while being pregnant, even crossfit!
Besides the physical changes I have also noticed a big internal change in myself. The term motherly instinct refers to and inborn tendency to want to protect and nurture one's offspring. Almost all mothers both human and animal alike eventually come to feel this way after they have a child. I however think for some women that maternal instinct kicks in while they are pregnant. I have this mama bear urge to protect this growing child inside of me and to protect my family. I noticed that I have started to view things differently about life and I also notice how others parent their children. Observing how people communicate with their children, how they discipline them and even how they carry themselves in front of their children. My friend Lauren and I had a conversation about how its vital to let your kids know that they are important and that they have your attention. That means not always having a set scheduled and really living in the moment with your kids. Putting your phone down, and taking time to actually be with your kids. We also talked about how as parents really needing to work on patience and that you and your spouse are on the same page when it comes to parenting your kids. I don't want to be that nagging parent that is always yelling at their kids. Kids learn by example and one of the goals I have as a parent is to really watch what comes out of my mouth and even the tone in which I communicate.
Along with this maternal instinct I have also noticed this deep sense of peace in my life. I really feel that God has made a big change in my heart and that this growing belly is a contributing factor. A couple weeks ago Ryan and I were at his cousin's graduation party. She has made the brave decision to join the Army and will be leaving at the end of August for basic training. As I was looking at all of her pictures throughout her so far young life and then seeing photos of the day she enlisted I had tears welling up in my eyes. I started to think about how her parents will have to say goodbye to their first born daughter and let her spread her wings and fly. I thought about how every decision they helped her make throughout her childhood has lead her to this chapter in her life. It made me think about this growing baby inside of me and how Ryan and I will be on this journey soon. Raising a child to make the best decisions they can, protecting them as much as we can until we have to let them go. How fast those 18 precious years will go!
Maybe a month or so ago they had baptism at our church and 4 women stood up and gave their testimony and then were baptized. One of those four was a young girl in elementary school. I was in tears at everyone's testimony but when this little girl gave her testimony I was a mess, almost sobbing and definitely doing the ugly cry. To hear here speak about her love for the Lord and what he has done in her life so far was something I will never forget. Her parents have raised her so well and her faith will take her far in her life. This little girl made me think of our child and how teaching them about Jesus and faith at such a young age really does matter and really does influence them in their life. Ive always been a sensitive, emotional person but I think having this child will make me even more so. I think God is preparing my heart for a love I can't even comprehend yet.
I feel as if I am glowing inside and out. Dressing this baby bump is making me feel more beautiful then I ever have and I think its because of this peace I feel in my heart. I'm enjoying this pregnancy way more then I ever thought I would and even though its still early and Im not 9 months along I have a feeling I will miss these moments of watching my belly grow. In another month we will go back for another check up and at the end of August we will have our next ultrasound. Ryan and I spent Father's Day with both of our dad's and even got to sneak in some time with our Nephew Jack. Seeing Ryan and Jack together melts my heart. Jack was pretty quick to figure out how to climb up onto Ryan's lap and seeing them interact with each other makes me so excited to see our baby do the same. Ryan is going to be a great dad! We hope all of you enjoyed Father's Day and have been enjoying the start of summer!
It was an interesting Spring for Planting this year in Minnesota. We were able to start planting on April 23rd a week later then last year. We planted the 23rd through the 25th and had to stop due to rain. It rained the whole following week and temperatures dropped in the the 40's and 50's. We were able to start back up planting corn on the fourth of May and finished on the seventh. We started planting beans on the eighth and God blessed us with a beautiful week of sunny and warmer temperatures that allowed us to finish planting beans on the twelfth. Mothers day weekend was beautiful and then it rained the whole following week. In seven days we had anywhere from 7 inches to 9 plus inches of rain on various farms. The result of a heavy amount of rain like that so early on in the season caused numerous washing and on one farm that is located near the Vermillion River caused the loss of 35 acres due to flooding. We can't replant this area because there is still standing water and it will be to late in the season by the time it dries out. For some farmers in the area all the rain caused delays in finishing planting. We were fortunate to get all of our crops in. With the rain it also has put delays on spraying for weed control. Ryan and I took our ranger out on Sunday to do some crop checking. In Ryan's opinion our crops look 85 percent satisfactory. The crops have good potential to do well, we just need Mother Nature to cooperate. Enjoy of few photos we took this spring!