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Last Wednesday I had my 6-week post-pregnancy checkup. Everything looked great and I was cleared to start my normal activities (most of which I had already started doing about 3 weeks earlier.) But he did say I could start working out again!!!! I have about 10 lbs to lose to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight before I had Lexi, but I really want to be back down to my weight before I had Landen, so its about 18 lbs total. I really want to tone up my stomach, it was almost completely flat before I got pregnant with Lexi, but the c-section has left a little bump that I really need to work on! So starting today I will be working out as often as possible and after Easter I will begin my diet, well its not really a diet it’s a change in eating habits but I will only be eating 1800 calories. I will be updating as I go along.

6-week checkup

How far along? 6-week post pregnancy
Total weight gain: 10 lbs
Best moment this week: Lexi started smiling at people
Sleep: getting about 4 hours straight
What I miss: I don’t really miss being pregnant right now, asking me in about a year or so!
What I am looking forward to: Taking the kids to see the Easter bunny.


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EVC Update

Well after having the baby monitored for a hour to make sure that she was strong enough to continue with the procedure. Finally the doctor came in, they located her on the ultrasound and made sure that she was still breech. She was so they proceeded to physically try to turn her after pushing on her for about 20 mins the doctor stopped and told me that he was not comfortable pushing on her any more. She was handling it really well but no matter what the doctor was doing she would not budge so he didn’t see any reason to continue to push on her. So now here we sit, she is still breech with her head in my ribs and her butt at my hip bone. So right now we are headed to the doctor on Friday to see when they can schedule a c-section, and hopefully she will turn on her own before then.

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38 weeks

So yesterday I was excited, I was going to for my 38-week checkup and going to get to see my little girl on the ultrasound. We were also going to be seeing how big she is and scheduling an induction so that Shane could come home for her birth. When the ultrasound started I knew something was wrong, where there was suppose to be a head I saw two feet then she moved up by my ribs and I saw her head. It didn’t take long before the ultrasound tech confirmed what I had already seen, our little is in the breech position. She also informed me that if we could not get the baby to turn that I would have to have a c-section. She got all the measurements and said that my little girl is measuring around 6- 6 ½ lbs. After about 30 mins I was finally sent to see the midwife, she immediately told me that this was not good and that I could not deliver the baby this way, it would be a danger to both her and to me. I was given 2 options. The first being a c-section, I know that c-sections are very routine but after giving birth to Landen and knowing that I could do it I would hate to deliver a smaller baby by c-section. The other option was to have an External cephalic version (ECV) where they will try to turn the baby from the outside of my belly. There are some risks in this and because of this there is still a chance of having to have a c-section so the procedure is done in the Labor/Delivery unit at the hospital. The procedure is about 58% successful, but is more successful on mothers who have had previous pregnancies. They will be monitoring her the entire time to make sure that her cord is not getting damaged or that her heart rate does not drop. I will be connected to a non-stress test before and after the procedure to make sure that both of us are ok to proceed with the ECV. Some other complications that can occur are that it may send me into labor and our little girl will be born today. It could also not work and I would still have to have a c-section. After speaking with the doctor, he seems to think that I am a good candidate to have EVC. Its hard sometimes to make these decisions about our children, especially when Shane is not here, but after speaking with him he is comfortable with my decision, which really helped calm down my fears. So today at 3pm I will be having a EVC, hopefully things will go smoothly and everything will work out.

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37 Weeks

How far along? 37 weeks OFFICALY FULL TERM
Total weight gain: 33lbs (have not gained any weight since 35 weeks)
Maternity clothing: none of my clothing fits since she flipped and dropped so I am basically stuck with sweats. I still wear my jeans but they are just not that comfortable anymore.
Best moment this week: visiting the doctor and getting to talk about a possible induction. I spoke to the midwife and she made me feel much better about the possible complications and she thinks that I would be a good candidate since I have already given birth naturally and since my baby was so big the first time.
Gender: TEAM PINK!!!!
Sleep: I don’t get very much, I cant get comfortable and have to get up and pee ALL the time. But I am trying to go to bed earlier to make up for it.
Movement: She doesn’t kick as much anymore, but she squirms a lot!
Belly button: poking out!
What I miss: wearing my own clothes. I cant to be comfortable in clothing again!
What I am looking forward to: Landen meeting his new baby sister. We talk about her all the time and he looks at my belly and says “come out baby”!
Milestone: I am officially full term, so she could come at anytime. It is amazing how fast these last 37 weeks have flown by! I cant believe that in less than 3 weeks I will have a new little on in my life!

At my doctor visit on Thursday, she said I was dilated 2 cm and 70% effaced! I next appointment is on Tuesday, they will do an ultrasound to see how big she is and then set a date for induction. Hopefully by setting a date for induction Shane will be able to make his plane reservations to and be able to get home in time for the birth!

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After being in labor with Landen for 26 hours and pushing for 2 hours, I decided that I was going to look for natural ways to aid in the labor process. I was pointed to Red Raspberry Leaf Tea and Evening Primrose Oil. At 36 weeks I began drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, its a natural remedy used by the Native Americans for years. It helps tone your uterus by helping focus the Braxton Hicks contractions making them more effective. RRLT is not used to start labor, it only helps prepare the uterus for labor. It is also shown to be helpful during labor and helps expel the placenta. I will definitely have frozen ice cubes of RRLT with me when I am in labor. Right now I am only drinking one cup a day, but in a few days I plan on increasing to 2-3 cups a day. It is recommend to drink 2-3 cups during the 3rd trimester but since I didn’t start until later I wanted to make sure I built up to it. At 37 weeks I am going to begin taking Evening Primrose Oil, it is used help your cervix prepare for labor. This can be used instead of stripping the membranes, which from my experience with Landen, is VERY VERY painful! I will do everything in my power NOT to have to go through that again. Again, this will not start labor it will only aid in your body preparing for labor. Lets just hope that ALL of this help and I dont have another 26 hours in labor.

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35 Weeks

This week was my baby shower! It was wonderful to be back around great friends and family, some of which I hadn’t seen in a while. I am thankful for my mom and my sister who put everything together and made my day so special. We all had a great time celebrating the new little girl that is about to enter this world, only 5 more weeks!

Diaper Cake made by my wonderful momma!

The fondant baby on top of the cake (she will last forever)

Thinking PINK!

I loved the feet cookies!

All in all it was a wonderful day. I wish Shane could have been here to celebrate with us, but at least I got to talk to him when everything settled down! We got a lot of beautiful clothing and a bunch of stuff that we needed. I cant believe in less than 5 weeks she will be here. Right now I am have a great time getting everything ready for her to come. I cant wait to meet our little baby girl.

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34 weeks

How far along? 34 weeks
Total weight gain: 29lbs
Maternity clothing: living in things that are comfortable.
Best moment this week: hearing my little girls heartbeat, its always nice to hear.
Gender: TEAM PINK!!!!
Sleep: insomnia around 3 am, but other than that I am getting plenty of rest.
Movement: her movement is getting harder, sometimes even painful
Belly button: starting to poke out but not all the way yet.
What I miss: sleeping in whatever position I want!
What I am looking forward to: Landen meeting his little sister.
Milestone: She is gaining weight and could weigh as much as 5lbs now

Next appointment 35 weeks

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