So Far So Good

Guess who baked muffins today? I did! And it was hectic. Little man started fussing the moment I started measuring ingredients. Into the bouncer with a pacifier he went. For the next 20 minutes or so I was running back and forth between him and the batter. I also got bread dough started. This is far and away my favorite blueberry muffin recipe. It’s light and fluffy and wonderfully lemony. The only change I make is to sprinkle a heavy layer of cinnamon and sugar on top. There’s always a fight for the last one.

Little man is such a sweet baby. He loves, loves, loves being snuggled. He’s a pretty decent sleeper, and he’s finally starting to get nursing down. Luke started off nursing for 40-60 minutes every hour and a half! Can you believe that?! Now we’re down to 20-30 minutes every 2-3 hours. Much better. He’s put on quite a bit of weight this last week. Little man is still wearing newborn sized clothing, but I don’t think that’ll last much longer!

As for me, every day is a little bit better. My feet are still a little swollen, but I can walk around with minimal discomfort! I’ve started doing a post-natal yoga sequence in the mornings. No surprise, it’s pretty painful! It’ll be quite a long time before I’ve fully recovered from this pregnancy. I have to keep reminding myself about that. I have been on bed rest and restrictions of some sort since December. My muscles and my stamina are long gone. I won’t get them back overnight. One step at a time, I will win this battle.

Other than that, life is pretty quiet around here. Grace is excited for summer. She’s going to be taking swim lessons and growing a flower fort. We are getting the garden ready this weekend. Can’t wait for fresh veggies! If you’ll excuse me, those muffins are calling my name…

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All’s Well That Ends Well

Wednesday May 15th, I got the call. Preeclampsia, get thee to the hospital. They started the inducing meds at 10 pm and I gave birth on May 16th at 11:08 am with only 10 minutes of pushing. Being induced is highly unpleasant. I went from relaxed to screaming, “I NEED TO PUSH!!!” in about five minutes. The pain was so much more intense, I completely panicked. Sadly, I was on the verge of hyperventilating and threw up during labor.

It was so worth it. Lucas is absolutely perfect. 7 lbs 2 oz with a full head of hair. We had to stay the full two days due to my preeclampsia. My blood pressure was high, and they struggled to get it under control. I will be on medication for the next month. But the swelling is finally going down.

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The doctor says it will take at least two weeks before its completely gone. Most of my pain and discomfort is gone. My skin is incredibly sensitive, but that’s not really a surprise. I was so dang swollen!

We are all settling in nicely. Grace loves holding her little brother, and he loves being held. I sleep better now than when I was pregnant. Chris is so overjoyed, I’m afraid he’ll burst. He is such an amazing father. I feel so blessed to have this beautiful family. So lucky. I’m actually pretty sad this will be our last child. I would love two more. But I know I could never go through another pregnancy like this. So I will be content with what I have. My little family is complete. And everyone is happy. What more could I really ask for?

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Why Am I Still Pregnant

Lord, why am I still pregnant?! I have gained 7 lbs since Wednesday. All water, all in my legs. It’s getting harder and harder to move my toes. Or bend my ankles. My blood pressure was 164/99 when I arrived at the doctor today. After an hour and a half, it was down to 146/74. Better, but not good. There’s protein in my urine which means more preeclampsia testing. Also, I’m not dilated enough to schedule an induction for Monday. Unless I do have preeclampsia. Is it wrong that my fingers are crossed?

Maybe it is. But I’m exhausted. This pregnancy has drained me dry. I’m running on empty. My body aches, and I just want this chapter to be over.

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The weather is finally getting nice up here. If only I could go for a walk! At least the baby should be here by planting time. I can’t wait to get my veggies in the ground. There’s nothing quite like eating a salad you grew yourself!

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Any Day Now

Feel free to show up any day now, little one. Mama’s feet are so swollen, the right one has a stretch mark. Seriously. No matter how high I elevate my feet, or how much water I drink, my feet are permanently swollen. Jiggling when I walk. Sometimes they swell so much, it’s painful. Sure, I could wear those special socks, but they would simply push the water into my thighs. Those bad boys are big enough, thank you.

I finally got the results for my group B strep test. I’m positive! I’ll have to be on antibiotics during labor. If I’m not on them for at least 4 hours before Sumo is born, he has to stay at the hospital for 48 hours to make sure he doesn’t get an infection. It’s always something.
We will get through this. One day, one step at a time.

As it is, little boy is still looking very healthy. That has never changed. That is the one thing we hold on to. Baby is healthy. It’s the only thing carrying us through this. Our son is healthy. For that we are thankful.

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Deep Breath

I hate waiting. It seems that’s all I do these days. Wait for baby. Wait for test results. Wait, wait, wait. Spent an hour and a half at the doctor yesterday. Blood tests and I had to be hooked to a fetal monitor. Sumo is fine, my blood pressure is still high. I can’t even remember what the blood test is for. My kidneys? Eventually the results will come in and I’ll know what I’ve been tested for. Although, now that I think about it, I took a strep B test last Monday and I still don’t know the results. Oh well.

Yesterday I finally became a true Minnesotan. I made (with a lot of help from Chris!) a tater tot hotdish.

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I used:
2 lbs browned hamburger
2 boxes all-natural cream of mushroom
1 small bag frozen corn
1 bag Trader Joe’s tater tots
1 bag of cheddar cheese
Salt pepper

Preheat oven to 400. Brown the burger, season with salt and pepper. Stir in cream of mushroom and corn. Pour into 9×13 pan and top with cheddar cheese and then pop the tater tots on. Bake for around 20 minutes. Done! It was absolutely delicious!

I’m going to spend the rest of the week with my feet up. I need to rest and relax. Take my mind off my numb fingertips and toes. Soon. Sumo will be here soon.

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