Welcoming Nora Viviann

10 days ago we welcomed our third beautiful little girl into our family. I can’t even describe how full and blessed I feel. Our life is crazy and busy and full of love. Life couldn’t be better.

Nora Viviann

8lbs 3oz

18.75 inches

We are getting to know our newest little princess and adjusting to our busy life with three kiddos. I will share her birth story soon, I’m still collecting my thoughts.

I’m the very proud Mommy of three beautiful little girls. What more could I ask for 🙂

My Experience With “False Labor”

Today I am 38 weeks 4 days, the most pregnant I have ever been. Both Maya and Anna were born by this point already. Maya at 38 weeks 2 days and Anna at 38 weeks 1 day. So, really it wasn’t any surprise to me when I awoke to contractions in the middle of the night on Sunday (38 weeks along). Turns out it wasn’t the real deal since I’m still very much pregnant, instead I had my first ever experience with the not very aptly named, false labor.

In the wee hours of the morning on Sunday I awoke to find myself having some pretty uncomfortable contractions every 5 mins or so. I tried, to no avail, to fall back asleep. After a couple of hours I noticed that the contractions seemed to be coming more frequently so I got up and used my phone to time the contractions for a bit. They were every 4 minutes so I decided to wake up Lorne so we could head into the hospital because I was certain this was the real deal. We arrived at the hospital about 5 am (I’d been having contractions for 4 hours or so at this point). They brought me into a room to be evaluated to see if I should stay or go home. I was definitely having regular contractions according to the monitor but I was only 2.5 cms dilated, a mere half centimeter more than at my doctor appointment earlier in the week. I was bummed to hear that news.

After a bit of consulting between my doctor, the house doctor and the nurse it was decided I should walk for a bit to see if that helped move things along. So off we went to roam the halls of the maternity ward. After an hour of walking I made my way back to the room. My contractions had increased in both intensity and frequency during our walk so I walked in with fingers crossed. They hooked me back up to the monitor and checked me again only to find out I had not made any progress. I was sent home and told to return if things progressed or my water broke. But things didn’t progress, instead a couple hours after I got home the contractions completely stopped. Turns out I had false labor, which, while you are going through it doesn’t feel false at all, it feels very real.

Since the contractions stopped on Sunday I have had only occasional cramping and contractions, other than that just regular old Braxton Hicks. I had an appointment with my doctor today and I’m still only 2.5 cms, but she said my cervix was “very thin and stretchy” so it is primed and ready to go. She figured it was a matter of days at most, but there is no way to predict it for sure. I’m definitely ready to be done being pregnant and finally meet this little girl, but I also know she won’t come until she is good and ready. Let’s just hope she is ready sooner rather than later 😉

The Waiting Game

I have entered the waiting game phase of this pregnancy, I’ll be 37 weeks tomorrow. 37 weeks is considered full term, which means there is a fully cooked baby in this epic belly of mine. I have to admit I am not the biggest fan of this stage of pregnancy, this waiting game stage. I don’t like just waiting for things to happen. I don’t like not knowing when something is going to happen. I want to be able to plan for it and make sure everything is in place for the big event. But, life, especially pregnancy life, is just not like that. There is a lot of waiting involved. At this point, with only weeks, or even days, left until the end the waiting feels endless.

All things considered I am still feeling pretty good. I am uncomfortable a lot of the time, especially at the end of the day and at night when I am trying to sleep. Note I said trying to sleep. It feels like not much actually sleeping is taking place anymore between having to get up to pee several times a night and not being able to find a position that is comfortable for very long with this rather large belly to contend with. Even sitting on the couch trying to relax in the evening after the girls go to bed is often uncomfortable. I’ve pretty much reached the point where I am done being pregnant and ready to move on to mothering a newborn. Although, if she could stay put until after Maya’s first day of kindergarten next week that would be great 😉

My appointment with the doctor went well yesterday. My blood pressure was great and my urinalysis came back clean. I had been a bit concerned about my blood pressure as I’ve been battling a headache for a week now that just won’t go away, and I know rising blood pressure can cause that. So, yay my blood pressure is still great but unfortunately there is no known cause for this never ending headache, boo. I didn’t gain any weight this week, but I think that is pretty common this late in the game. The baby sounded great and my belly growth is right on track. I’ll be back there again next week for another check up. Until then lets hope the growth of this belly slows down because I don’t think it could possibly get any bigger!

So, since I don’t have much choice in the matter I’ll just try as best as I can to patiently wait. I’ll continue to keep myself occupied trying to keep up with the housework and making sure the laundry is always done so that everyone has clean underwear and their favorite shirt when I go into labor. And, of course, enjoying the last few weeks, or days, as a mom of two girls before a third little miss joins the group and shakes things up.

Prep, Prep and More Prep

I feel like I’ve been in prep mode forever. Between getting things ready for Maya’s big day next week, her first day of kindergarten, and getting things ready for Little Miss #3’s arrival and now getting things ready for my in-laws’ visit late next week I feel like I’ve been on the go and in constant preparation mode for months. Sometimes being a planner is annoying.

Finally, I feel like things are ready for Maya’s big first day of school next week and for Little Miss #3’s arrival. Now I just need to finish getting things ready for the in-laws’ visit. One day I’ll be able to sit down again and not worry about making a list of things that still need to be done or writing out a meal plan and accompanying grocery shopping list or deciding which part of my house to deep clean that day….one day. Probably not until I’m forced to by the arrival of baby #3 😉

I’m a planner, I don’t feel comfortable leaving things to chance. I don’t procrastinate and feel incredibly stressed out when things end up getting left to the last minute. I feel most at peace when things are ready well in advance and I don’t feel like I have to rush to get things done. Hence the fact that I’m already working on a meal plan for a visit from my in-laws that won’t start until late next week and figuring out what cleaning I can do now so that I don’t have to do it all in the last 2 days before they get here. Once my fridge is stocked and all the necessary cleaning is complete I will feel much better. The planner in my will breath a sigh of relief and I’ll be glad to be done with this crazy prep mode that taken over my brain the last couple of months.

Of course, I try to work in some time to sit and put my feet up, because my body just doesn’t have the stamina at almost 37 weeks pregnant that my brain wishes it did. I don’t baby girl to arrive earlier than she should because I’m over doing it 😉

Almost 36 Weeks

Definitely in the home stretch now! I had my 36 week appointment today and from here on out I’ll be seeing my Doc every week until baby girl decides to make her appearance. Things are still looking great. Weight gain is good, blood pressure still normal and the baby felt and sounded great to the doctor. Her head is down and she has definitely dropped a bit in the last few days. My ribs are thanking her for that!

We talked about whether or not I would get an epidural this time around. I’m kind of on the fence. I had an epidural for both Maya and Anna but the one with Anna didn’t work and I essentially had a natural delivery. So, since I managed to make it through that delivery without pain medication perhaps I can do it again. After some brainstorming with my doc I’ve decided to take a wait and see how I feel approach. If I’m feeling pretty good and arrive at the hospital already fairly far along then I’ll skip the epidural. I’m going to leave the window open and play it by ear.

Things are pretty much ready for our newest Little Miss to arrive, everything except a name. Lorne and I can’t seem to agree. We have a short list of names and have our definitely favorites but we are both being stubborn. I want my favorite and he wants his favorite. So, we are still working on coming to a compromise of some kind. Other than that, we are good to go. Car seat is here and ready, crib is set up and ready to go, her room has been freshly painted and decorated (minus the name art I had planned) and she has clothes washed and ready to wear in her dresser. We are ready whenever she is.

I haven’t taken any belly shots lately but Lorne got a pretty good one over the weekend during our trip to the Olympic Peninsula. I’d say I’m ready to pop. I don’t think my belly can get any bigger!