Life with the Bs

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Birth Story

Hello!  I’ve been trying to find time to blog but it’s pretty difficult when I’m a 24/7 milk machine.  Asa Robert was born on November 3rd.  His birth story is not the one I had planned!  In mid October, he went from head down to breech.  Because I was diagnosed with Cholestasis, I had to deliver at 37 weeks.  I was given induction orders for Monday, November 2nd in hope that he would turn on his own.  My doctor told me to come in for an ultrasound on Monday afternoon, if he was head down, I would go straight to the hospital for the induction.  If not, they would take all of the needed measurements and I would have a external cephalic version on Wednesday or Thursday to try to turn him so I could have a vaginal delivery.  Asa was measuring big this entire pregnancy (which is funny because my other 2 were 6lb babies) but that Monday, they told me that his head was off the charts big.  The doctor was worried that even if the version was successful, I would have trouble delivering him because of the size of his head and end up with a c-section anyway.  Her advice was to go ahead with the c-section.  Having a c-section has been one of my biggest fears.  I could not imagine laying there and knowing that I’m being cut open.  I was also really worried about the recovery time.  We had been praying and praying that he would turn and I thought maybe this was the reason that God had made him breech and was not answering my prayers, I wouldn’t be able to deliver him anyway.  I was hoping that they would say go straight to the hospital for your c-section because I really didn’t want time to think about it.  However, since it wasn’t an emergency, they scheduled it for the next day.  I was scared but I also felt a sense of peace about it because the decision was out of my hands.  I had also heard horror stories about versions so I was relieved that I wouldn’t be experiencing one.

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Asa weighed 7lb, 13oz and was 19 inches.  His head didn’t look all that big to us but they said at 14 inches, it is on the big side.  We also had to stretch the neck of his going home outfit to get it over his head!  He’s had some trouble gaining weight because my milk was late to come in so we have been nursing, pumping, and supplementing every two hours (again, I’m a milk machine).  We go for a weight check today and I’m hopeful that he has gained!  My recovery has definitely been harder than my vaginal deliveries but I’m feeling pretty good now.  Steps and getting in and out of bed were difficult but I’m getting around better each day.  Asa Robert 073

Asa shocked us with dark hair and olive skin.  We will see what his skin tone is once all of the jaundice is out of his system.  We are all so in love with this little guy and getting used to being a family of 5!

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Third trimester update

I made it to the 3rd trimester!  Finding out what you’re having at 11 weeks makes for a very long pregnancy.  Having two kids that aren’t very patient doesn’t help either but the end is near.  We’ll be meeting this little guy soon.

How far along:  28 weeks

Baby size:  A large eggplant

Total weight gain:  21 lbs

Sleep:  Not so great between bathroom breaks and back pain

Maternity clothes:  Yes, I’m huge!  I have a number of people ask when I’m due and when I say November, they’re shocked because I look like I’m due next week.  I’ve also gotten the “are you sure it’s not twins” comments.  Being 5’2, there is no where to go but out.

Food cravings:  Carbs and ice cream

Food aversions:  Meat.  Tomato sauce gives me horrible heartburn so I’m steering clear of that too.

Symptoms:  I’m being tested for Cholestasis of Pregnancy.  I had this condition with Janie and I’m itching again.

Appointments:  I’m seeing the perinatologist in a couple of weeks to discuss the plan.  With Janie, I had amniocentesis to make sure her lungs were good and then they induced me at 36 weeks.  We’ll see how my bile acids come back and go from there.

Movement:  This boy is very active!  He is the most active of all 3 pregnancies and favors my right side.

Gender:  Boy.  His name is Asa Robert.

What I miss:  Sushi, wine, and sleep

Nursery progress:  It’s complete.  I’ve had wonderful friends and neighbors pass all kinds of stuff to us.  I think we have all of the necessities covered.


Nursery and a name

It’s funny how things are much more simple with baby #3.  Nurseries have also changed a lot since the other two.  I decided to skip the bedding set and theme this time.  They say not to use bumpers, a quilt, or pillow.  So what do you need…..a crib and a sheet.  I actually did go out and get a dust ruffle after we put the crib together…..Target clearance for $7!

The room that we are using was a guest room so we had a dresser and two night stands.  We passed the bed on to Tim’s sister.  Tim and I refinished the furniture right before we got married and used them in our first master bedroom.  There was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (well, maybe not tears) that went into refinishing the furniture so I wanted to use it.  Then I saw a deal at Target for a free bassinet with crib purchase.  I really liked the crib but it only came in cherry and grey.  I knew cherry wouldn’t work with the rest of the furniture and I loved the grey but how could I get that to go with the walnut stain?  After perusing Pinterest, I decided we could go for rustic with grey and wood.

Tim installed the planked wall.  It was pretty easy to install but it was a little more costly than I had hoped (around $300 for the wood).   We painted a bookshelf that has been in all three nurseries (it’s been white, red, and now grey).  I kept our rocking chair to rock our grandchildren one day….little did I know.  My mom and I picked out fabric and covered the off white lamp shade.  I used the rest of the fabric and my little sewing skills to make the banner above the crib.  Janie, my sewing guru, was at a friend’s house when I sat down to sew so I had to learn how to tread the needle without her.  Luckily, they have the steps numbered on the sewing machine!

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Here’s a close up of the picture on the left.  It’s a free printable in a Goodwill frame!

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I saw a pallet sign on a friend’s Facebook page and I loved it (thanks Ashley).  Tim has access to lots of old pallets from work and I have a friend that was able to make the stencil for me.  We used paint that we already had so this was a free project.

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We are ready for a baby!  As you can see above, his name is Asa.  After lots of deliberation throwing out names and Tim vetoing most of them, he finally said yes to one.  So Asa Robert it is!

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Pregnancy update

I’ve never been pregnant and blogging at the same time so I thought I better do at least one of these.  I kept pregnancy books with kids and it’s fun to look back.

How far along:  14 weeks

Baby size:  A lemon this week

Total weight gain:  I just went to the doctor yesterday and I’m at 5lbs.  I gained 20lbs with my other two pregnancies.  I’m ahead of where I was with them this time.  I’m also AMA (advanced maternal age) so I hope that slower metabolism doesn’t work against me!

Sleep:  Good and lots of it!  I hit a wall each day in the late afternoon and often end up taking a nap after work.  Growing a baby is hard work!

Maternity clothes:  I’m wearing some maternity shirts because they are longer but my jeans still fit, so far.

Food cravings:  Carbs and ice cream… wonder I’ve gained 5lbs!  A fellow pregnant friend posted about loving honey toast.  It sounded good so that has become my go to breakfast.

Food aversions:  Meat

Symptoms:  Nausea and fatigue.  The nausea comes and goes but thankfully, I’ve never gotten sick.

Appointments:  The kids got to hear the heartbeat yesterday.  Nolan said, “That’s cool that he knows how to gallop!”  The next appointment will be an anatomy scan with the specialist, since I’m AMA.

Movement:  Not feeling any movement yet but I felt it at 15 weeks with Nolan so I expect it soon.

Gender:  Boy!  We found out with the Harmony test at 11 weeks.

What I miss:  Sushi and wine.

Nursery progress:  Target had a deal on a crib and bassinet so we have those.  I also bought a newborn to 3 month lot of clothing from one of those Facebook sites.  I think I have Tim talked into a planked wall behind the crib.  I’m excited for him to get started!



Hello!  I can’t believe that I haven’t posted in two months.  I have some updates and one big one for you so stick with me!

  • Nolan’s baseball team won the 5/6 World Series!  That was pretty cool and he was excited.  They even got trophies!

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  • I sprained my ankle walking into the garage.  My ankle rolled and all my weight went onto the side of my foot.  Ouch!  It’s been two weeks and I’m still limping around.  My foot is pretty colorful.  I wish I had a better story!
  • We had our third and final placement was Safe Families.  The 3 year old was with us for 6 weeks.  She was a sweet little girl and we sure do miss her but she is back with her family so that’s a good thing!

Now for the big announcement…..I’m pregnant with a baby boy due in November!  We got involved with Safe Families because I felt like our family was not complete.  Looks like God agreed!  We picked up our last placement on a Monday and I found out I was pregnant that Saturday.  Janie was thrilled and cried tears of joy.  She can’t wait to have a baby around.  Nolan was not interested in becoming a big brother.  However, I think he’s come around a bit now that he knows it’s a boy.  We’re still a little shocked but very excited!

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A hard goodbye

We had to put our almost 13 year old boxer to sleep this week.  The life expectancy of a boxer is about 10 years so we saw this coming for awhile and I thought I was prepared but I wasn’t prepared at all.  It was so hard to say goodbye to Baxter.  He was one of the first things that Tim and I did together.  We got him the year before we got married so he was with us through one wedding, two homes, and two children.  His life changed dramatically when he became a brother, no more doggy daycare or visits to the PetSmart Santa.  He was a great with the kids and always watched out for them.  He was born before the digital age so this is a best I can do with his puppy pictures.

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It’s been a rough week!  Our memories of Baxter will live on and maybe one day we will be ready to add another four legged friend to the family.

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Custom vent hood

I can finally share our custom vent hood!  As I mentioned, our microwave died about 6 months ago.  I knew I didn’t want to replace it with another above stove microwave.  I had to sell Tim on the idea of a custom vent hood because let’s be honest, he would be the one doing all the work.  I can use a hammer to hang a picture but I don’t really trust myself with power tools and he doesn’t trust me with a paint brush.

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We removed the dead microwave and cabinet.  Then we purchased this range hood.  Tim built a box for it, did the trim work, and added the additional tile (the grout is still wet in the last picture).  Sounds so easy but it took a couple of weekends.  I just love the way it turned out!

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I’m not 100% happy with the items on the shelf.  I might be swapping them out.  A neighbor suggested hanging the clock in the frame.  I would love to hear your ideas!


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