38 Weeks – Baby Dolan #3

We are getting SO CLOSE!

This pregnancy has been very different than the previous two, but one thing that is SO refreshing about this being the third time around is that I have far fewer worries leading up to labor and delivery.  Now, don’t get me wrong…I still have my moments where I worry about the cord getting wrapped around the baby’s neck, or what if something happens during labor, or what if I go early before I’m ready (because of this worry I’m sure I’ll end up being induced….ha)…but for the most part, it’s very comforting that I’ve done this twice before and know what to expect.

Weight gained: About 27/28 pounds.

Symptoms:

  • Still hard to breathe at times (mostly in the evening around dinner time…I’m assuming because my stomach is full from eating throughout the day).  Drop, baby, drop!
  • Baby’s position is pretty uncomfortable at times, mostly at night when I’m sleeping (see below).
  • Swollen and puffy!  Retaining water like it’s my job.  My ankles are so swollen and unrecognizable each night–it’s crazy.
  • My stomach gets full VERY quickly, but it’s hit or miss–I feel like I can eat the exact same thing and get sick 30 minutes later from being too full, while at other times I am just fine.  Trying to eat slowly, but this is hard for me!

Movement: Yes, although they’ve certainly slowed down a bit.  More slow rolls, which I still love!

Food Aversions:  Not too many food aversions right now, but I am just trying to be cautious of how much food I’m eating to avoid getting sick.  I’ve been throwing up a few times a week and it’s completely unpredictable sometimes.  Still much better than the first trimester, though!

Food Cravings: Ice, ice, ice!  And ice cream, obviously.

Sleep:  Not great, but I’ll still take this over newborn sleep!  I’m waking up to go to the bathroom a few times each night, but the worst part is when the baby wakes me up (almost every night) due to his/her position.  S/he curls up into a ball on one side of my stomach, and it feels like my organs are being crushed.  I asked the doctor about this–not because I’m worried; obviously I have bigger babies and they like to stick their booties up!  But it’s strange I haven’t had that type of discomfort before with the girls.  He said it’s most likely because this is my third baby and everything is “stretched out in there”, so baby has more room to spread out and stretch my ligaments.

Stretch marks?  Not yet!

Miss Anything?  Sleeping on my stomach/side.  With the girls I was still able to do this somewhat, but this baby doesn’t like it at all when I sleep with my stomach touching the bed. 🙂

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: It’s really fun to talk to Kate about the baby because she “gets” it.  When Colleen was born, while it was the absolute CUTEST thing in the world to see the two of them together because they were both SO little (!), Kate also didn’t really know how to talk about the baby much during my pregnancy.  (Understandably…she was only 1!)  This time around, it’s fun to have a kiddo that gets it and can share in the excitement.  She loves asking what the baby is doing and LOVES to feel kicks and hiccups!

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? Officially off!  This is another thing that is different; I’ve never had to take off my rings, especially so early.  Around week 36 I gave up and have been wearing a random gold band from my childhood. 🙂

Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy but TIRED.  Brian has worked two weekends this month, which means I’ve been on my own with the girls all weekend.  One of the weekends it literally rained all weekend long, so not being able to run off some steam outside didn’t help!  I’m thankful I can at least escape to my parents’ house for a change of scenery.

New Baby Items:  Just ordered a new car seat!  Not for the baby just yet, but this will replace Colleen’s convertible car seat so we can fit 3 across in both cars.  I know people think (or will think) we are crazy for not getting a minivan or 3rd row vehicle, but we are going to try and make it work as long as we can.  Thankfully Kate is good about buckling herself in, and Colleen loves to TRY (she’s getting there!), so that is helpful.

Looking forward to:  Meeting this little guy/girl!  Still no girl name, but I’m thinking we won’t need one….

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(38 weeks with Baby Dolan #3 and 40 weeks with Coco!)

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(Soon to be) Party of Five

I’ve always known I wanted at least 3 kids.  When I was young and naive, I thought I could handle 4-6 (ha!), but now I have complete confidence that 3 is our number.  (If I want to remain somewhat sane, that is).  If Brian really wanted a 4th kiddo I could probably be talked into it, but the truth is that 5 in our family just feels RIGHT.

During my first pregnancy with Kate, I was caught up in all of the emotions of a first-time mom.  Obviously over-the-moon excitement, anxiety (am I gonna mess this kid up, or what?), and every single milestone felt like the BIGGEST deal.  When I was pregnant with Colleen I still had the excitement and some anxiety, but you are far too busy when you have a toddler to worry about every.single.thing like the first time around.  I did worry a lot about taking time away from Kate, and wondered how I would love another child as much as I loved her, but as soon as I meet Coco my heart just doubled in size–just as people said it would.

So now here we are again!  This time I have nothing but excitement when I think about the girls with their new sibling.  I know that siblings ADD to the joy in a family (okay…in between the fighting).  As cheesy as it sounds, I love the idea of giving them another playmate and (hopefully) lifelong buddy.

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34 Weeks – Baby Dolan #3

Weight gained: About 23/24 pounds so far.

Symptoms:

  • Very hard to breathe at times due to the pressure on my diaphragm.  I’m really hoping the baby drops soon!
  • Still a little tired, but after being diagnosed with anemia during my last visit, I think my iron supplements are helping with that.
  • Some heartburn and nausea…mostly from eating too much.  I’m having a hard time remembering that my stomach can’t hold what it used to.  I’ve gotten sick a few times/week lately for this reason, so I’m trying to be better about eating smaller meals.
  • I feel like I’ve never moved so slowly in my life!  Those that know me know that I like to do things fast: drive, walk, run (when I used to), open packages, clean, give the kids baths (I call them Express baths…ha), so this has been the hardest thing for me.

Movement: Yep!  The movements have slowed a bit because baby has gotten much bigger (should be about 5 pounds!) and is running out of room, I’m sure.

Food Aversions:  This is completely hit or miss.  Last week I told Brian I wanted sushi (veggie rolls…totally fine), but by the time he left to get them it sounded awful.  Usually my appetite is normal during the day and then completely unpredictable in the evening.  I’m trying to eat fruits/veggies in the morning and for lunch–that way I don’t feel as bad if I just have cereal and ice cream for dinner. 🙂

Food Cravings: Still popsicles and ice cream novelties, over here.  And also ICE.  Lots and lots of ice.

Sleep:  Starting to get pretty bad over here, but I still know that it’s 100 times better than newborn sleep…so no complaints from me! It’s strange because I’m used to getting up to pee 2-4 times a night just like in my other pregnancies, but this is the first pregnancy where the baby’s position has actually woken me from my sleep.  It feels like he/she is trying to break through my skin. 🙂  I’m not sure if it’s because this is a bigger baby or because he/she likes to flip around more than K&C, but it sure gets mama’s attention!

Stretch marks?  Not yet!

Miss Anything?  Not being hot all the time.  It’s so strange, since I’m usually that person who is chilly in the A/C and wears a hoodie in the grocery store because it’s so freaking cold. The weather has actually cooled off a bit (only 76 today as the high!), though, which I’m LOVING.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: As of my 34 appointment last week, baby is head down!  My doctor thought at my 32 week appointment baby was breech, and quickly told me not to worry because a. there’s still time to flip and b. he was completely confident he could flip baby manually if not (OUCH). Of course I did continue to worry until my next appointment, however, and was so relieved when the doctor I saw agreed to do a quick scan to see. And sure enough…head down! Now I’m just hoping he/she stays that way, because this little one loves to MOVE.

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? On, but getting suuuuper tight. This is the first pregnancy I’ve had this issue, and it makes me sad to go without my rings…but I think that will have to happen here soon.  I’m retaining water like it’s my job!

Happy or moody most of the time:  Pretty happy!  It’s helpful knowing I’m almost done with work, and this time around I don’t have that pit in my stomach about coming back (especially because of a current unpleasant work situation).  I feel like we’ve gotten most of our house projects done, now we just have the little things to catch up on before he or she arrives.

New Baby Items:  My mom got some new swaddle blankets and newborn outfits, which are very appreciated!  I also like to get a new coming home outfit for each baby, just to commemorate their arrival. 🙂  So I hope to get that soon!

Looking forward to:  Wrapping up at work–only 19 days left as of today (but who’s counting?!).  I will definitely not miss that drive everyday, that’s for sure.  I’ve also started to nest at home–which is MUCH different than nesting with no kids and even nesting with one toddler.  Whew!  I’m planning to take a couple of more days off work to get some last minute nesting projects done before baby, while the kiddos are at the sitter’s.

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27 Weeks – Baby Dolan #3

Almost to the third trimester!

Time is flying by now that my nausea has subsided (it went away completely around 18 weeks, just like with Kate).  This baby is moving…a LOT!  And check ups with the doctor are going smoothly, so far.  Hoping for an uneventful third trimester, just like the others!

Weight gained: About 16 pounds so far.

Symptoms:

  • Some heartburn and acid reflux.
  • Tired.  Very, very, tired.  Thank the Lord for caffeine!
  • Already at the point in pregnancy where I feel pressure on my diaphragm and it’s hard to breathe.  I LOVE having this blog as documentation, because I was able to go back and found that this didn’t start with Kate until about week 30, it didn’t start with Colleen until sometime between week 28 and 33, and this time it started hitting me around week 24.  Yikes!  One of my doctors (who had FIVE kids) said each pregnancy just gets a little harder and more uncomfortable, though, so I know I’m not alone.

Movement: Yes…a LOT!  I will never get tired of this.  Starting to feel kicks in my upper right torso, so I’m thinking baby is head down–hopefully!

Food Aversions: It’s been SO darn hot out that my appetite has kind of been all over the place.  I mean…who wants to eat warm, comfort food when it’s 92 and humid?  I was on a good salad kick but even those haven’t sounded great lately, either.  Hoping I get my full appetite back soon, or I might just need to stick to smaller meals throughout the day.  I really didn’t gain weight the last week or two and I’m sure this is why (well, that and because there’s little room left in there…already). 🙂

Food Cravings: Ice cream.  Well, specifically mini-Drumsticks.  And popsicles.  Brian and I don’t usually get ice cream for our house because we could destroy a gallon in one night, easily.  I’m LOVING mini-Drumsticks and chocolate popsicles, though.

Sleep:  Sleeping pretty well!  Just getting up a lot to go to the bathroom (I think last night it was 5 times? ha), but other than that, I’m sleeping like a rock.  (With some CRAZY dreams!)

Stretch marks?  Not yet!

Miss Anything?  Sometimes a nice, cold beer on a hot day.  I’ll have a couple sips of Brian’s to hit the spot, which helps. 🙂

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  Kate has really started to take an interest in the baby lately.  When I seem tired she says, “mommy, is the baby making you tired?”  So.sweet.  She will also come over randomly and just kiss my belly.  It’s been such a neat experience having an older sibling who “gets it” this time.  Colleen understandably still doesn’t get it, but I can’t wait to see her with the baby, too!

Also, this baby has hiccups a LOT!  I don’t remember Kate getting them at all, and so when I felt them with Colleen, it always made me laugh.  It’s just the funniest feeling.

Belly Button in or out? Oh, it’s fully popped already!  Probably happened around 24 weeks?

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy!  I had some bad stomach pains the week we were in Hilton Head that bummed me out a bit, but thankfully nothing since then.

New Baby Items:  Nope!

Looking forward to:  Hoooopefully passing the glucose test in a couple of weeks, and then starting to see the doctor every 2 weeks!

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I felt so much bigger than I did even with Colleen until I compared the two side-by-side…looks about the same to me?  Hmmm…..

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28 weeks with Colleen vs. 27 weeks with BD3

20 Weeks – Baby Dolan #3

It’s amazing how quickly your 2nd/3rd pregnancies go, especially once you start feeling “normal” again.  Can’t believe we’re at the halfway point!

In the beginning of my pregnancies I’m always leery of something happening, and am almost scared to think of or really imagine the baby being here.  I think that is normal to an extent, but now that we’re in the 2nd trimester and things are looking great, I’m REALLY excited thinking about this little one and what he/she will add to our family.  I cannot WAIT!

Weight gained: About 10 pounds

Symptoms:

  • Tired, mainly in the afternoon and evenings (ha).  I started taking iron supplements because I’m always borderline anemic anyway, so I wanted to see if this will help.

Movement: Yes!  I’ve been feeling flutters (which have since turned into kicks) for awhile now.  I’ve been trying to get Brian to feel the kicks for the last week or two, as they’ve gotten surprisingly powerful!  (Updated to add–he felt the baby kick at 21 weeks!)

Food Aversions:  Still preferring veggie meals over meat based, which is just fine by me.  And pizza sounds pretty bad, too.  Too many memories of first trimester puking after downing cheese sticks or cheese pizza…

Food Cravings: A little bit of everything!  I LOVE loving food again.  I’m really craving salads/anything cold now that the weather is heating up, which usually happens this time of year.  Mexican food almost always sounds good, as does ice cream (of course)!  I’ve gotten in the habit of eating 3 or 4 ice cream bars in the evenings….

Sleep:  Just got over a horrible cough/cold that kept me up at night, but thankfully over that hump and sleeping much better now.

Stretch marks?  Not yet!

Miss Anything? Starting to miss beer.  It never sounds good (can’t even stand the smell of it) in my first trimester, but now I’m really missing the taste.  Especially now that the weather is getting warmer…..a cold beer sounds refreshing!

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  We had our “big” ultrasound on Friday and baby looks great! No anterior placenta (which explains all of the kicks I’ve felt so early).  Baby is measuring in the 89th percentile for weight, because we make big babies!  The belly (and arms/legs) are all measuring 1.5 weeks ahead, too. 🙂

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Feeling great!  Really enjoying pregnancy right now.

New Baby Items: Not yet!

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Looking forward to:  Enjoying the best trimester. 🙂

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That little button nose…be still, my heart!

 

 

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16 Weeks – Baby Dolan #3

So, here we are at 16 weeks pregnant already!  (Well, I guess I shouldn’t say “already” because time has gone by so.slowly.)  I’ve really struggled with morning sickness this time around, starting like clock work at almost 6 weeks exactly again.  It reminded me a lot of my pregnancy with Kate, although then of course I could just come home, lay down after work, and sleep!  To be honest it really took a toll on me for awhile…it started to affect my mood and I just felt like an all around bad mom/wife/employee/friend.  Thank goodness Brian has been so understanding and helpful, as I’m sure I haven’t been the most pleasant person to be around the past 3 months.

Thankfully around 13 or 14 weeks I started to feel good in the mornings, and only sick in the evenings.  Now I’m down to only getting sick a few times a week, so I’ll take it!

Now that I’m through the worst part of pregnancy (for me…hopefully), I’m more excited than ever to experience the fun parts.  The baby moving (my favorite), seeing my belly grow more and more each week, and seeing the girls get to feel the baby, too.  It really is the best thing in the world, and I love imagining both girls as big sisters to their new sibling.

So without further adieu, here’s my first official update this pregnancy.  I thought about changing things up and not doing the same format this time around, but for consistency’s sake, I’ll stick with it.  I don’t want Baby #3 to think they are being cheated already. 😉

Weight gained: About 5 pounds so far.

Symptoms:

  • A little nauseated in the evenings.
  • Headaches are becoming fewer and farther between…thank goodness!  I had one last week that lasted about 3 days.  Whew.
  • More tired these days, but I’ll take that over the nausea!

Movement: Not yet, but I hope soon!

Food Aversions: Meat still doesn’t sound *great*, although I’ve been able to eat some intermittently in the past week or two.  Peanut butter also doesn’t sound too good (but almond butter does…go figure), which is strange since it’s usually one of my favorite foods.  And vegetables…I’d say I went a good 6 weeks without eating a single vegetable.  I really do miss them, believe it or not…especially my salads!  I would say overall, it’s still pretty hit or miss with my food these days.  With Kate and Colleen, I could usually find at least 1 food that consistently sounded good during the first trimester….but this time around, it’s been pretty unpredictable!

Food Cravings: Early on in my first trimester I was all about pizza and cheese sticks.  Thank goodness for the pizza place here on our campus at work!  It’s about all I could stomach, even though it didn’t always sit well with me afterwards.  Chipotle has been my latest craving over the last few weeks…those burrito bowls, man.

Sleep:  Sleeping pretty well, although getting up at night to go to the bathroom started pretty early on.  Other than that, can’t complain!

Stretch marks?  Not yet!

Miss Anything?  I miss enjoying food, but that is getting better by the day.  Other than that, not really!

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  I got to hear baby’s heartbeat this week (152 BPM), which was music to my ears!  I saw Dr. Dupler, one of my favorite doctors in the world.  No questions or concerns so far in the pregnancy, so fingers crossed it stays that way.

Since I’m finally feeling better, I’ve also started to re-introduce my workouts…slowly but surely.  I lifted weights 2 weeks ago for the first time in maybe 6 weeks, and I was sore for 4 days!  I didn’t realize how much I missed it.  I also NEED to be better about getting my steps in!  I usually averaged 10K a day up until January….now I’m lucky if I can average 6K.  This is my goal over the next couple of weeks–to change that!

Belly Button in or out? In but on it’s way out….already.  Yikes.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time:  Pretty happy!  Since I’ve started to feel better, my mood has improved drastically.

New Baby Items:  None yet!  Obviously we are all set on baby items, and clothes-wise we have plenty of gender neutral things for the baby in the first few weeks, at least.  I’m happy we won’t have much to buy this time around!

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Little One

(*Written January 24, 2018)

Dear Little Baby,

It’s been 10 days since I found out you would be joining us!  I still cannot believe we will be a family of FIVE.  You are the one who is going to complete our family!

It’s funny—you’d think with already having 2 healthy babies and (luckily and thankfully!) very uneventful pregnancies, I would be less worried this time around.  But…not so much.  I am DEFinitely more distracted (hello, two young kids!) and don’t have as much TIME to worry, but the worry is still there.  Just today at work I was furiously Googling “5 weeks pregnant no symptoms”.  Then I go back to my blog post when I was pregnant with Kate and read over and over again the part where I state I didn’t have any symptoms until week 6.  We shall see!

*It’s a bit ironic that as I was typing this I left to head into a meeting, only to notice I missed a call from my doctor’s office.  I spent the WHOLE meeting convinced it was bad news…ugh.  Thankfully I just got off the phone with the nurse who said my HCG levels look good, as do my progesterone levels.  I get checked tomorrow and they should know more then–fingers crossed!

Trying to think positively, though, we are absolutely THRILLED to have another little one joining our family!  For a while after having Colleen, and especially in the last year (age 1-2 is REALLY hard for me and Brian!), we just felt so content with our family of 4.  That, and I couldn’t possibly fathom having our chaotic house currently with a newborn in the mix.  Um…no thanks!

But in recent weeks things have seemed to calm down just a bit, and more importantly, it just felt like it was time.  While I am incredibly happy with both of my girls and our little family, I KNEW our family wouldn’t feel complete to me without just one more little person.  I told Brian I needed to get through the holidays (who wants to be sick and nauseous at Christmas?!) and January/February seemed like good times to “hunker down” and stay on the couch.  Honestly I didn’t expect it to happen right away (although with my history…why am I surprised?!), but it did!  And, again, I feel VERY lucky in that aspect.  I told Brian, if there’s only one thing to be good at in life…I guess that’s a pretty good one.  🙂

So, here we are.  I can’t wait to see who this little one will be!  When I found out I was expecting Colleen, I experienced a wave of emotions.  Kate still felt so young, and as a mother of one child you simply can’t fathom loving another child so much.  And then you meet your next little one…and BOOM.  You can’t imagine life without them as SOON as you meet them.  So I know it will be the same way this time around—and in fact, so much of my excitement comes from thinking of giving Kate and Colleen another sibling to love!  Yes, it’s true…siblings fight and drive you MAD.  But to see them play together and giggle and comfort each other?  There is really nothing better than that.