Going on 35 weeks

Today at the MFM doctor’s office, I experienced my new normal… contractions. Yeah they have been going off and on since week 32… I don’t really call my doctor about them because they don’t amount to anything in my case, thankfully. The nurse asked if I felt the contractions, yes. And if they hurt, no. And she let me know what I need to look out for and she did the ultrasound after the fetal non-stress test. The ultrasound showed a wiggly little girl, who has a great umbilical cord flow and a good amount of amniotic fluid still. She is taking practice breaths in the womb and we hope to keep her in as long as we can.

As for me? No signs of preeclampsia at this time. Last week my BP went all wacky but I changed a few things and pretty much rested, drank lots of water and put my feet up and my BP went mostly back to normal. I see my normal OBGYN on Friday to evaluate me again. I feel fatigued, very very very fatigued. It’s probably because I am constantly having contractions every day. But I am not swelling, so I am thankful for that. I feel the baby hiccuping daily, though her movements have slowed down , I can wake her up with a cold drink most of the times. When that fails I poke her awake. I am so mean 🙂

I can’t wait to hold my baby in my arms. My last baby.

In other life news – our homeschool co-op will start meeting more in person, and we are looking into joining outdoor activities with the groups. We have been attending digitally so far and will do some events online still for now. We don’t know the exact date we will join in person.

My oldest child turns 13 next month. Less than a full month until I have a teenager in the house. I know its crazy. I will also have a new born soon. In the meantime I am looking at preschool curriculum and play to help my daughter, since she isn’t attending daycare. And in the upcoming weeks both my kids will be hearing from OT and one from SLP as well. So we may be pretty busy in the next few months. I don’t mind it but I know things can get hectic.

I will write more about curriculum for toddlers (I am trying to find a free one bc young kids her age really need play…. but I want to find something that fits OUR needs.) We will start homeschooling in early August with my son, so I am excited for that as well. You can see my previous posts on Bookshark and Sonlight. We are using Bookshark this year and I want to find shows, and movies to fit with the curriculum to make it more fun.

34 weeks and counting

I made it to 34 weeks! At this time during my last pregnancy (with my daughter Lillian), we were being induced for preeclampsia. Both my Perinatal Doctor (fetal maternal medicine) and my OBGYN have me coming in once a week for check ups to ensure we catch anything early on. Last time I got this far, I caught the first symptoms of preeclampsia at home. I was able to call my physician and they urged me to go to the Labor & Delivery department at my hospital, and there I stayed.

With my first child, I knew NOTHING of preeclampsia or any other types of issues. I had gone into preterm labor a few time but they stopped my contractions at L&D. This was 13 years ago with my son’s birth. We caught my preeclampsia at my OBYGN’s visit, where my BP was so high the nurse made me lay down immediately. I was induced that same day.

So far my baby girl is looking healthy, she is moving around a lot, and the doctors are happy I have made it this far. They both say they would like to see me make it to 36 weeks but like everything in pregnancy, you never know what will happen next. The last few days I have felt sick, tired, fatigued, and today I felt really off. So I have been checking my Blood Pressure more often. My diastolic BP is raising a little, and my systolic has been up and down. Not a great thing, but its still with in normal range.

So just in case – I will start to clean up my house – repack my hospital bag and make sure my kids have food in the house for who ever ends up watching them. I could totally make it further this pregnancy but I am not going to assume things. I thought I would make it further with my daughter and ended up having her 6 weeks early.

Monday is my next BPP (biophysical profile) at my perinatal dr office, they put these things on my stomach to measure baby’s heartbeat and if I have any contractions. A few weeks ago I had some contractions that thankfully stopped, but now they are watching me more carefully. I get this test weekly. They also do a quick ultrasound (really fast) they measure fluids, breathing, heart beat etc of the baby. They give me a score and they decide if it was a good visit, so far so good.

I see my regular OBGYN next week on Friday. I saw a different doctor this week since my Dr was on vacation. But I did talk to the replacement dr about something I wanted to try in labor. I don’t want an epidural this time around because I had complications last time around. But I am realistic about the pain because usually my labors last days. I wanted to try the gas option to help take the edge off. The hospital I am delivering did not offer this option during my daughter’s birth but they do now apparently. And they stopped offering it during covid BUT they just recently started to offer it again, pending a negative covid test. So I MIGHT have a new pain relief option.

And yes I know about the pain relief shots, those don’t work on me.

I just get nervous about getting preeclampsia again because I get so sick. My kidneys stop working….I get put on medication and I have always had nicu babies. I have never gotten to keep one in my room…. I have retained fluid after labor and it sucks so badly. This is my last baby.

I had a doctor ask me why this is my last baby once…. I told them to look into my medical record….

The doctor I saw yesterday was going over my notes – about my pregnancy 13 years ago and she was shocked how horrible it went. I was re-admitted to the hospital for so many issues (heart failure, pneumonia, kidney failure) this was AFTER they let me go home… so we went over how I handle labor because there is a chance this woman may deliver my baby as well (you don’t always get your own dr, sometimes they aren’t on call). I have personally always gotten MY doctor but ….I really do not mind who delivers my baby as long as they know what they are doing and we are both safe.

I am going to keep you all up dated on my pregnancy/labor and we can hope I have a normal labor.

I just can’t wait to meet my baby. This will complete our family. ❤

31 weeks and still going good

I am 31 weeks pregnant this week. So far this pregnancy I have had to deal with spotting until 16 weeks, moderate asthma, horrible nausea (until 16 ish weeks), horrible acid reflux starting from the first trimester and only getting worse, retaining water weight (swollen hands / feet) and…. other fun stuff like head aches and such. Thankfully my drs were able to advise me on which vitamins to take to avoid the headaches and their solution works! The reflux is still a pain… my asthma and allergies are still annoying but I was just approved to take my Singulair for my breathing issues along with my two inhalers. My OBGYN seemed hesitant but my perinatal physician approved it right away.

Today at my 31 week visit my OB measured my fundal height at 34cm. She didn’t seem concerned and at my 28 week ultrasound the baby was around 2 1/2 lbs. So I think she is growing well. I am not sure what kind of perinatal appointment I will have next week, I know I am getting to the part of my pregnancy where my dr will stop all of my ultrasounds and start doing those other things… (I can’t think of the name but they sit you in a chair with things to monitor the baby) and you stay there for like 20 – 30 min. I only made it to ONE of those appointments last pregnancy before I was induced for Preeclampsia. So fingers crossed I will make it to more of those.

I have been trying to be more active by going swimming with my daughter. My husband first tried to talk me out of buying a maternity bathing suit saying I would only wear it once or twice but I have been using it two weeks now, every day pretty much. I don’t regret my purchase. I bought it on SHEIN. I measured myself and got the right size. I am pretty sure before shipping costs it was only $17 for my swimsuit.

https://us.shein.com/Maternity-Ruffle-Hem-Criss-Cross-Bikini-Swimsuit-p-2385958-cat-2378.html?scici=SearchEditSearch1maternity_20swim~~0

Thats the link to the swimsuit I got – I did review it on their site so you can look for that there. I like it.

This is a screen shot of the one I got. (Obviously their model) she looks amazing. I do like how it fits me though, I bought a large since I am not as petite as their model.

This weekend is my baby shower – its online and offline. Mostly just a small group of local family will be by to celebrate and then all my friends online. I wanted to just do an online one but family talked me into doing an in person one , but I told them it had to be at the same time bc I was not throwing two entirely separate parties.

I am registered at Target and Amazon, for those of you who asked. Here are the links:

https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/donna-hamlet-benjamin-hamlet-august-2021-albuquerque/1RXBPX66C3VNY

https://tgt.gifts/hamlet

So far I have gotten two gifts in the mail/dropped off by friends, so I have them sitting in my office waiting to be opened. I got a text from a friend that she is going to drop off a gift, but god knows when that is LOL. I know everyone is very busy. I know I am too. I am just thankful for everything received because it helps us with the baby. My daughter is excited to be a big sister. My son is excited as well.

Oh the plants!

I forgot to update you all on our beautiful tomatoes and such! So far they are all growing very tall and one of our plants has little tomatoes on it already! I have about 12 plants so I have to water them daily. I told my son if he waters them while i am in the hospital giving birth he can earn $$,for keeping them alive! But we haven’t lost any plants yet, its been wonderful weather. I put some pumpkin seeds out and they have sprouted already as well. I will start to post more photos on twitter of all the plants soon.

*SIGH* okay i need to rest – before I go do housework. But I wanted to update you all on stuff. I will try to keep you all in the loop when anything new happens.

My son (12 years old) got his first COVID shot today!

Today at noon, my son had his first COVID shot from Pfizer. We were notified via text & email by the NM DOH that we could schedule my 12 year old for his shot and they got him in the next day. My husband & I both have our shots already but it is so great to have my son finally get some protection from COVID. His sister is too young to receive a shot and we have a newborn on the way this summer.

My son has pretty bad shot anxiety, he hyperventilates and will try to hide. When we got to the facility he was fine, but as we got closer in line… he started to hold his arms close to his body and I had to hold on to him to keep him with me. When we got up to the front of the line, the person directing us actually suggested we use the “private room” to receive his shot . My son nodded and agreed. So they took us to a nursing station and the nurse took us to a private room with a cot. She then gave my son the option to either lay down OR sit with her for his shot. She asked him what kind of music he likes and played his favorite song for him on her phone. She talked to him, let him breathe and had him relax some more, and then gave him his shot when HE was ready.

I have to say I am impressed because even at his doctor appointments for his yearly shots they don’t take this much time out to help him. But today was amazing. So thank you Kathleen S, RN at Presbyterian Healthcare Services, for making my son’s first shot experience better. It meant a lot to us. And you could tell he was scared. People in line could tell he was scared. He is like this with EVERY shot. It’s very hard and we even offer rewards but he has a real fear.

I do hope it gets better as he gets older but so far … no luck.

Its been 9 1/2 hours since his shot and he is feeling great. No issues. Fingers crossed he continues to feel fine.

Don’t let me forget to tell you about how our homeschool curriculum got delivered today! We chose to switch to Bookshark this year and wow that’s a lot of books! But they look interesting and I just need to set up the instructor manuals before next semester. I am excited about these books and my son was looking through them and looked interest in some as well. See my previous post about homeschool curriculums, where I explain more about bookshark.

This week has been eventful, we got to see our baby girl on ultrasound this week and so far they are saying shes about 2 1/2 lbs and in the 54%.

We got to see a 3d image of her face. She almost didn’t show her face to us, as you can see her umbilical cord is actually in front of her face and at one point she had her hand COVERING her entire face. Sneaky baby.

So far, pregnancy is decent. I am starting to swell more, I am 28 weeks this week. I am trying to not over do it because I get into a lot of pain and lose energy very quickly now a days. We are hoping to make it to 34 weeks at least. For those of you who aren’t aware, I have had two premature births. So, this one is being monitored. I usually get pre-eclampsia…. not fun.

Anyways in my free time I am also gardening… here is what it looks like right now. (The potted stuff at least).

We have tomatoes, basil, cilantro and oregano growing. We also have flowers (lilies and wild flowers) I am looking forward to everything blooming eventually.

Maybe my garden will look nice by the time I have my baby shower, I have a few family members who are vaccinated that will be coming to the backyard baby shower and a few friends online going. I am thankful for everyone who is welcoming my baby into this world with me.

Annnnd I think that is all that is new with us right now. Its been an eventful week! I am just so happy my son got his first shot though. It makes me feel better as a mother ❤

It’s not really a switch… sort of?

So my son and I are finishing up the 7th grade year, finally. Last year was our 2nd year homeschooling, after pulling my son out of public school at the end of 5th grade and de-schooling him over the summer. We finally found a type of curriculum that we enjoyed together, we tried a few the first year and it was HARD. I thought I was not cut out to homeschool and going back to public school was not an option with how horrible they were to him.

Just a small note- this is NOT sponsored. I am going to be telling you how I feel about the curriculum I BOUGHT with my own money, as we go through it…

So last year we used Sonlight, we enjoyed it for the most part but the science portion shocked me, (Note that I am not that religious) and I found I did not agree with WHAT they were using to teach what they considered “science” and even my friend who was on the phone with me as I read a passage from the book we were using was like “Oh no” .

For 7th grade we used, 2020’s All subject W package from Sonlight, below is what was included.

7ASPW

We loved the reading selection, we loved the poems, the language arts was comprehensive, the experiments were fun, and math was great but we saw areas of improvement. And that’s when I found out that sonlight also had a sister company, bookshark. And bookshark is a more secular version of sonlight, which is what I wanted. I looked through the next curriculum and decided that we did want to move over. So we get the same teaching style, with all the amazing books, but toned down a bit for our religious preferences.

So for 8th grade, bookshark the books for 2021 look like this (below)

If your child isn’t a reader, this probably wouldn’t be for you. My son LOVES to read. I showed him the book selection and he can’t wait to get them.

Now lets talk price… I know many people think a curriculum like this costs a lot, and decide to go with an online one because they THINK it will cost less… but in reality with many online ones (not all), you end up paying THE SAME COST just over the school year ….. I know I did when we did a digital / online curriculum, AND my son learned better with hands on materials.

I got a 20% discount (which seems to be the basic discount they give everyone, honestly I have not seen it change) WITH taxes AND with me adding on some extra spelling books (we need to focus on spelling and handwriting), it cost me $995 for the ENTIRE kit. Same with Sonlight, it was roughly 900$ last year as well. If you look up similar curriculums they are similar as well.

I plan to let you all know what I feel about this curriculum in the up coming months. My son will finish up his 7th grade sonlight program soon and we will take a break, I will have a baby and then we will start the school year back up again with bookshark.

If you are one of those people who wants to know the methodology of these programs here it is directly from their website: (Bookshark)

Sonlight has a similar type of statement but their website is a bit different from bookshark:

Now my son is turning 13 soon and the only issue I see us running into is … running out of curriculum with these companies… both only go up to certain levels and I am not informed if they are going to be making any more … for instance my son is on level I for book shark… BUT bookshark only has levels listed up to J…..so after this do I just find another curriculum or will they be expanding? I have been contimplating online high school for 9-12 grade for my son but if that doesn’t work out (if we don’t like it), then where do I go? That the issue I am seeing with these homeschool programs, many of them run out of materials… too soon for my liking.

The level J says its for ages 14-16… but I graduated at 18. And no I was not homeschooled but I feel like there should be more levels… anyways I am looking into that now so that it doesn’t come back to bite me in the butt in a year or 2.

I do know of other programs we could use, I just need to prepare myself. Sonlight and bookshark are not the only homeschool curriculums I have seen do this… I have noticed a lacking of actual high school materials. My son does better hands on with his materials so online school kind of bugs me. But we will see where things go in the future.

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