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I had my last ultrasound this afternoon. And I don't mean my last internal cervical check, I mean my last ultrasound for the remainder of my pregnancy! I've been lucky to have the opportunity to see my little baby every two weeks and take home pictures. I've never had such a collection of in-utero images! Its been a fun progression to witness on screen.
This time Baby was very active, as usual. I was also told s/he is breech. Its early yet and there's tons of space in there, thanks to my previous pregnancies, but I still didn't like hearing that baby was right-side up. I texted my dear friend and doula guru who told me to do inversions. I'd done them with Landon because he was transverse the entire pregnancy. All the kicks, punches and elbowings were only felt on the sides of my waist and once in awhile he'd push really hard outward and i'd feel a long hard mass all the way across. It was pretty easy to tell. I should've know this one was breech based on the movements. Everything I've felt for weeks has only been very low in my pelvic area, so low that when i'm sitting i sometimes have to stretch my back upward and give Baby a little more space for little hands and feet. I've felt nothing at all above my belly button. Actually, I haven't felt anything within a few inches of my belly button. Low and not slow.
SATURDAY AUGUST 20
We are in the Dells! It was a long drive, but not really that bad. My butt was a little soar but not terribly. I'm surprised! We spent today stoking out the pool at our hotel. Landon and Kiley love it here. There's a slide and two pools, a water basketball hoop. There's even a hot tub I can dangle my feet in. I can't do much more than that but it'll be worth it to be pregnant and watch my two little ones have so much fun. Tomorrow we'll venture out to a water park!
SUNDAY AUGUST 21
Today was a good day...a little cold for water-parking, however. Halfway through the day Landon requested to go back to our hotel and play in the inside pool! He was shivering! We didn't care either way, this was his trip, he was running the show. As long as he was enjoying himself we were enjoying ourselves. Mike was worried I wouldn't have any fun since i couldn't go on any rides, but I had fun watching them have fun. I had fun wading with Kiley in the shallow end and helping her down a few little slides.
We went to the store today to get some utensils to make hotel eating a little easier. Bad idea. We walked out with Little Debbie cakes times two, chex mix and ice cream. Not the healthy trip I planned on. But we only vacation here once so why not.
MONDAY AUGUST 22
Still in the Dells. Yesterday we had to sit through a two-hour time share presentation but it went well. It was our ticket to being in the Dells so we were willing to suffer through it. The presentation itself actually wasn't bad and we got to tour one of the little cabins, which I will admit was way better than our little hotel room. After that we finished that we met with a very nice guy who was hoping we'd by a time share package. But Mike saved him the trouble by telling him right away that we were here for the vacation, that we rarely take them and we wouldn't be here if this wasn't offered to us. He left us alone. It was either Mike's honestly or the two energetic kids chasing each other around all the tables, screaming with excitement! We read some tips for getting out of a time share thing faster and one highly recommended idea was to bring your kids...check...and to let them be loud...check...and to let them run free...check. I have to say the kids did well. ;)
So off we were again to the water park. Today was a lot nicer. We went to a different place but poor Landon didn't last long because he developed a rash the from the day before. He had trouble walking and would cry after going down slides. But eventually he toughened up and was able to have more fun. We walked into an indoor section and there it was, my ride, the only one I could manage during pregnancy...the laaaaaazy river. Sign me up! With Baby sleeping snuggly in my belly and Kiley cuddling in my arms, I drifted down the river, passing the same props and people many dozens of times. Kiley fell asleep for most of the ride. It was her nap time by them. I was feeling quite comfortable...until I'd say 45min later when my butt started going numb. I readjusted as best I could and kept on drifting. I was very relaxing. Eventually Mike and Landon came back for me. Mike had to help me out of the tube. I hadn't thought of an exit plan, which made me happy Kiley had slept the whole time they were away. Kiley wasn't too happy to be woken up but the word "food" cheered her up. It was dinner time!
TUESDAY AUGUST 23
On our way home. It was a fun vacation, but boy am I glad to be off my feet for awhile! Baby and I got a lot of walking in the past few days. I don't think any amount of walking worked off the Little Debbie cakes I ate, but I'm sure it helped a little. They were super good and i ate a lot of them and i enjoyed them thoroughly. We had a great time. I swear, nearly every trip to the Dells since 2010 I've been pregnant. It at least feels that way! But i do recall one year when i was able to go on some slides. I will never regret being pregnant, though, never! I never feel like pregnancy keeps me from doing anything. Pregnancy gives me more than I can ever ask for. I love being pregnant! I was more than thrilled to be obviously pregnant on our vacation. It was funny seeing people's reactions as i walked past, as if they'd never seen a prego at a waterpark before. They'd smile and say quietly, thinking I couldn't see or hear them "aww look, she's pregnant". Yes I am, and i'm only halfway!
Kiley slept the entire drive back from the Dells! She never sleeps that long in a car. And when she woke up she seemed exhausted and disoriented. She only ate a tiny portion of the lunch we gave her. I wondered if she wasn't feeling well. When we got home and I carried her inside I thought she felt warm. Uh oh. I laid her on the couch all limp and took her temp...101.3! She was so quiet and calm and not herself. I turned on her Tangled, her favorite movie, and gave her pillows, a blanket and some water. Wasn't more than a few hours later when her temp measured 103.4! I sat her up to place a cold cloth on her back and she was burning up! She felt three times her weight, being that she was slumpy. Poor girl. I laid with her. Landon kept coming up to her and giving kisses. He's such a sweet boy. I knew i was running the risk of catching what she had, since my immune system is basically null right now, but i couldn't leave her. Eventually she fell asleep. I got Landon into bed. He seemed in good spirits so here's hoping he doesn't follow her into sickness. I decided i wouldn't get sick, i simply wouldn't. I needed to remain positive and simply care for her.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24
Mike let me know that Kiley's temp had dropped to 100. Much better but not done yet. She was acting more like herself too by the time I picked them up on my way home from work. It was good to see her smiling again, my Smiley Kiley. Landon appeared ok too, thank goodness. I'm feeling good too! Here's hoping it was just Kiley's thing.
THURSDAY AUGUST 25
I feel great today. A little tired, but not sick! Another day's success. Kiley's temp has gone down into the 90s again so I think she's officially on the mend. She had no other symptoms so it was a little odd, but I'd rather have no other symptoms to deal with!
I didn't bring enough food to work so I went to Lunds and got an awesome salad. I added every veggie i could, dorned it with craisins and almonds and filled my body with healthy goodness! Baby was happy, moving around after that. I love that!!