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29 Week Bumpdate

It’s that time again to gawk at the rapidly growing baby bump and to hear the scoop about what it’s like to carry ONE baby at 29 weeks versus four.  As my youth group leader, Marie, would say, “Fasten your seat belts” (and then she would wait for all of us to click our pseudo-seat-belts). Love you, Marie.

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I’m so excited we’ve made it to the 3rd trimester without any calls to the doctor, trips to triage, bedrest, etc! Once again, so thankful to have a “vanilla” pregnancy! At this point with our quadruplets, I was a week into my  in-hospital bedrest and fighting for every week. I’m so so thankful for FREEDOM! When I do complain about normal 3rd trimester symptoms, I’m quickly reminded of how minor they are in comparison.  How grateful I am to be out and about, on my feet, not drinking chalky protein shakes from a can, not being woke up at 5am for rounds and vitals, no late night monitoring sessions, and not living in FEAR!!!

I didn’t take very many bump pics with the boys. It was a strange way I tried to guard my heart in case we didn’t bring babies home. I regret it now, but here’s a comparison of when I went inpatient at 28 weeks. singleton-pregnancy-vs-quad-pregnancy-belly-shot

Yeowch! It only got harder from there!!!

Our baby boy should be measuring around 16 inches and right around 3 pounds now (bigger than Henry at birth)!!! His bones are fully developed, his eyes can open and shut, and I’ve felt him have hiccups 3x! Best part – his chances of survival outside of the womb in the 90-95%! Although, we’re planning on lots more weeks with him swimming in his soccer ball sac.

Here’s more about my not-so-extreme current state…

Symptoms: 

Third trimester hit hard last week. I was hit with exhaustion, shortness of breath, and different every day challenges, but this week is going much smoother so far! My round ligament reminds me when I’ve overdone it, but most things have been on the minor-scale of discomfort.

Highlights: 

We had another appointment at 27 weeks where we got to check on the little dude and see how well he’s doing. He’s measuring a little big and everything looks beautiful! What a relief and joy! I passed my blood glucose test with flying colors!

Brad and I got to take a day trip to IKEA last week to work on some big organizing projects and a couple of things for the baby’s room! So excited for things to start coming together! We’ve been purging a TON via donations, trash, FB Garage Sale sites, etc! (Keep in mind in true IKEA fashion 1 changing table = 10 boxes!) Bless Brad’s heart, he’s got assembly projects to keep him busy into JUNE!

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Cravings/Aversions: 

I have almost zero cravings in comparison to the “Great Steak Obsession” of first trimester.  Ice cream is pretty great. But really everything tastes extra awesome. However, my appetite has been more on the normal side versus FEED ME NOW!

Looking Forward to:

My pastor’s wife is throwing me a small shower with close church friends and family – so generous and special. I’m really looking forward to celebrating this life with them!

Again, looking forward to working on the baby’s room soon. The closet at least is cleaned out and ready to fill!

Every week that passes now my heart gets more and more excited about meeting this little guy and holding him in my arms! 

The Boys: 

Every week that passes, they get more excited too! They are interested in weekly updates and all got to feel him hiccup the other night! They like playing “tag” with him where they push on my belly and he kicks back wherever they place their hand.

Name: 

Still a secret. Still pretty sure of a first not certain of a middle. I’ll give you a hint: It’s neither Donald or Bernie.

And on that I’ll leave you with one more Bump Pic of his first voting experience today! #GetOutTheBump

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24 Week Bumpdate

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I can’t believe it’s been 4 weeks since our last “Bumpdate“. Second trimester is going smoothly so far! The biggest milestone we’ve hit so far happened this week – VIABILITY! If you haven’t experienced a high-risk pregnancy, you might be familiar with that term, but it’s a BIG DEAL. It means our baby could possibly survive if born today with major medical assistance. Certainly not interested in a NICU roller coaster this round, but it certainly makes things more “real”.

The bump seems to grow by the day. So funny that a couple of weeks ago I was still squeezing into my regular clothes, and now I’m all out there!

Last week’s appointment he measured 1 lb 5 oz, but he’s supposed to double in the next 3 weeks!!! He’s around 12 inches long. His brain cells are developed enough to have thought and memory, he recognizes familiar sounds, his lungs are developing, and he’s getting hair. Incredible!

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Symptoms: 

Mostly just the typical second trimester pregnancy symptoms, but nothing too horrible. I’m enjoying being able to do so many things at this stage. (For my quad pregnancy I was already 2 weeks into strict bedrest, and at home monitoring for contractions at 24 weeks!) 

I’ve been having leg cramps wake me up the past few nights. YEOW! Thankful for no back pain, swelling, reflux, or major discomforts…yet. 

Highlights: 

Last week we got another peek at the growing guy at my 23 week appointment. He is soooooo active in there. Even when I think he’s having his “rest times”, he’s in there going a mile a minute! I think he’s enjoying all the room his brothers pre-stretched out for him! #OneBabyPerks

We also registered for a few things on Amazon and Target for fun, and for the perks of registering! {WAY better gift bags than when we registered for the boys and got a few coupons!}

And we officially have diapers in our home after a 6+ year hiatus! They were a steal on Amazon Prime Now, so I took advantage of the price!

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Cravings/Aversions: 

Everything tastes so good still, especially anything Mexican. I’ve had a donut craving for the entire pregnancy and finally gave in earlier this week with a glaze donut from the famous Longs Bakery. I should have given in earlier, because now the craving seems satisfied!

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My only real aversion is cleaning out leftovers from the fridge, and I pretty much had an aversion to that prior!

Looking Forward To: 

Still looking forward to figuring out his room space, getting a crib set up, and collecting more things we’ll need for his arrival, and counting down every week that gets us closer to holding him!

The Boys:

The boys are getting more excited the bigger I get! Ha! They talk to him daily and take care of me so well!

Name: 

Still leaning pretty heavily on a first name we like, but it’s not official. The boys are trying to convince us to let them pick four names for a middle name and draw it out of a hat! Not sure we’ll give in!

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We continue to be so grateful for how you are all sharing in this joy with us! Thank you for letting us share this unexpected part of our journey with you! Our hearts are full! 

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20 Week Bumpdate

Finally I have something more to show for my 20 week Bumpdate! 

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First off, if you missed the big gender reveal, go here first!

This week was a BIG week. We had my 20 week appointment and anatomy scan ultrasound, which confirmed that everything is going GREAT!  I’m so amazed by God’s amazing mastery in forming us from the beginning: to watch the four chambers of the heart with the blood flowing in and out, the kidneys, his rounded belly, the perfectly formed bones of each finger and toe – it’s astounding!

Our baby measures around 6 1/2 inches from head to bottom (the size of a banana) and he weighs 12 ounces, which is a little ahead of schedule! Good job, Little Buddy! Developmentally he should be practicing swallowing, is covered in vernix (white substance on his skin to protect it from irritation from being submerged in amniotic fluid), and might even be opening his eyes this week.

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Symptoms: I’m certainly more like myself than 1st and the beginning of the 2nd trimester. Nausea is pretty much non-existent, and the extreme exhaustion has subsided. I still have bouts of fatigue that hit me in the evenings, but it’s dramatically improved.

I’ve really enjoyed getting back to an exercise routine, even if it’s modified. I think I’m finally starting to graduate to the “pregnant girl” at the gym instead of the one who needs to push it and work off the holiday pudge.

My round ligament has been the biggest complaint of the week, which I’m sure is due to all the stretching and growing that has seemed to really ramp up this week. And in the evenings the outside of my belly just is sore. {Growing pains, eh?} 

The 20 week scan this week was a huge reassurance, which has helped tremendously with my emotions and fears.

Highlights: This week’s ultrasound was definitely the biggest highlight of the week, but I also went through some hand-me-down maternity clothes. I’ve made it to 20 weeks in my own clothes, but I know it’s not going to last much longer.

Another highlight has been the frequency of movement I’m able to feel. Little Dude is a party animal. The poor ultrasound tech was like, “Can you just be still for a quick second so I can measure you?” He reminds us of Clark when he was in my belly. (Oh dear.)

We’ve also been working on updating our downstairs flooring, which is something we’ve wanted to do since we moved in 8 years ago!

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Cravings/Aversions: Once again, pretty much EVERYTHING sounds good. No real aversions or serious cravings.

Looking Forward To: I know this is probably the “easiest time” of my pregnancy, so I’m trying to soak it up and enjoy a singleton pregnancy. I’m looking forward to starting to get ready for his arrival with collecting baby things, getting a crib, etc. I’m frequently distracted by all things baby on Amazon. Oh yes, I was ordering envelopes, not an Ergo.

The Boys:Last night, I loved listening to the boys talk about how excited they are to hold their brother and get new things for their brother. So sweet how they are already connected.

Name: We are leaning pretty heavily on a first name this week that pretty much the whole family loves. We’ll see if it sticks. Still open to suggestions if you want to leave them in the comment section!

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