James and I began this blog at the very beginning of our pregnancy with Wyatt to share and update our new adventures as we became pregnant and start the new season of parenthood. Sixteen weeks into pregnancy, I had to go into surgery to ensure our son would not come too early and shortly after, we found out Wyatt has Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). This is our humble attempt at being transparent and hopefully sharing the joys and love of Christ through this roller coaster ride we're on. And now to share even more with the new miracle on the way.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

27 Weeks and Such...

How far along? 27 Weeks

Total weight gain: about 13 pounds… That sounds like so much.  Yuck.  My goal is to not go over 30lbs. 

Maternity clothes?  Maternity pants and tops = a must!  

Stretch marks?  Nope.  Praise be to God! 

Sleep:  I tend to sleep pretty deep.  I do normally have to get up to use the restroom but unless it is closer to wake up time and then I do have a little trouble going back to sleep.  James has been awesome about helping Wyatt if he wakes up and letting me sleep.  Then when Wyatt wakes up at 4 am, I get up with him.  James = interrupted sleep, Casey = up and at ‘em bright and early. 

Best moment this week:  At the doctor’s office this week, baby boy showed us his face on the 4D scan.  I think he looks like Wyatt.  We’ve tried before but he would not cooperate.  He’d turn the wrong way or put his arms up so we couldn’t see.  AND to make it better, James was able to be at this appointment to see it live!  So exciting. 

Miss Anything?  My feet.  lol.  I can no longer see them when I look down.  

Movement:  Just like Wyatt, this kid is A.C.T.I.V.E.  You know that feeling you get when you’re on a roller coaster or go over a big hill at a higher speed?  Well, that’s about what it feels like multiple times a day.  It’s a love/hate relationship.  While I LOVE to feel him move, the feeling of my stomach “turning over” is kind of unsettling.  lol.        

Food cravings:  Right now I am loving chocolate milk.  Not the kind I mix myself but the thick, not so good for you, store bought kind.  

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not really.  There may be something here and there but not to memory.   

Gender:  It’s still a boy!

Symptoms:  So, after talking to a friend last night, I found out I have had some Braxton hicks contractions.  I didn’t think I’d ever had any before.  Not with Wyatt or this one.  BUT apparently I have.  I thought the “tightening” feeling I’ve gotten some was baby pushing down hard but I’m told that’s a contraction.  I had no idea.  Felt kind of dumb.  Whoops.  J  I think I expected pain instead of pressure or light discomfort.      

Belly Button in or out?   In.

Wedding rings on or off?   On.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy.

Looking forward to:   Holding this little boy!        

So, do you think they look alike? 

Some family ramblings.... 

We've experienced some sickness around these parts since Thanksgiving... I guess it comes in waves for the normal.  We got a taste of it for sure.  

Wyatt loves his baby brother and playing with my belly button.  

Right at Thanksgiving, Wyatt got some virus that gave him a fever, congestion and coughing for like 6 whole days.  We were able to manage the fever with meds but it faithfully would return as the meds wore off.  The congestion was terrible to eating and the coughing sucked for vomiting but we made it through it all.  We saw the doc once at day 5 of fever and she said we were doing all we could... fever broke and all is well.  PTL..  

When you have strep throat, you get high calorie, pear popsicles.

THEN... my sinuses started giving me trouble.  The trouble turning into full blown sinusitis (sinus infection) with a BLOWN EARDRUM!  OUCHIE!  That was not fun.  I haven't had an ear infection in many, many years and the pain was awful when my ear drum burst.  I was minutes away from driving myself to the urgent care place in the middle of the night.  I decided to wait until the morning and went then.  They gave me a steroid shot and a prescription to get filled if I didn't feel better in a day or so.  I did NOT feel better in a day or so.  I filled my 10 day prescription and eventually I felt better and my hearing came back... oh yeah, blown eardrum = no hearing in one ear.  

Wyatt was very interested in what the big boys were doing at Christmas1 

So yeah... Then Wyatt woke up one Monday morning with a gunky eye... pink eye.  I had an OB appointment that morning and couldn't get Wyatt in to see the pedi until after lunch.  I took Wyatt with me and just kept the hand sanitize in my pocket, gave him no toys (so that he couldn't drop them and someone have to touch them to pick them up) and kept him in the stroller.  He fell asleep in the car so I had him laying down in the stroller.  He was awake while the doctor was giving me my sonogram, which by the way, I have to be disrobed from the waste down and only covered with a sheet.  Wyatt then proceeded to LOSE HIS STOMACH.... it was a disaster.   I felt so terribly bad and I was stuck laying on the bed, as I was half naked.  Thankfully, I had a blanket in the stroller to help catch some of the vomit and direct it away from his cast.  My doctor was wonderful and got lots and lots of towels to help clean everything up.  Poor kid... and office staff.  I did my best but it was stinky and gross.  It'd been a while since I've had to deal with public vomiting.  We are usually pretty good about keeping it at home, where we have control and cups.  lol. 

gunky eyes.  :-( 

So, on to the pedi to have his eyes looked at.  Yup, Pink Eye it is.  While waiting I was able to better clean up Wyatt.  He did manage to get some inside his cast.  That's ALWAYS THE WORST!  Thankfully there was no ear infection to go along with the pink eye.  I was told they tend to go hand in hand.  The drops were great.  They helped the oozing gunky pretty quickly.  Wyatt did not like having us put them in though.  He's a trooper.  

Birthday snuggles!  

So that was Monday.  James started feeling bad at some point mid week.  He went to the doctor on Friday.  James NEVER goes to the doctor.  He's got the immune system or the tolerance of a super hero or something.  But he tested positive with strep and his doc suggested Wyatt and I come in... I didn't feel like I had strep but took Wyatt in.  What do you know... he tested positive.  Oh my.  

For my birthday, Aunt Robin made me a cake, Wyatt gave me a card, James made me breakfast pancakes and got me a waffle maker and we are lunch at Benihana. 

THEN on Sunday afternoon (my birthday) James started complaining of his eyes hurting.  It'd been almost a week so I didn't even think pink eye until he was laying in bed and said he had gunk... Oh. My. Goodness.... both boys with strep and pink eye.  Thankfully, Wyatt was finished with his drops and James could take them with him out of town in the morning.  There was no time for him to go in himself and wait for a prescription before he needed to leave.  

Wyatt has been waking up before the crack of dawn.... It's been exhausting but look at him.  He was playing with baby brother here.  

Monday, I was feeling sinus-y again and took myself in.  Thankfully it was not strep and WAS sinuses.  The doc gave me a zpack and sent me on my way.  

Somehow I manage to escape the pink eye and strep.  PTL.  Everyone is now healthy!  PTL again and again.  

With all that going on and it's still January, flu season and RSV.... we have decided to be a little more cautious with Wyatt.  I will not be going to Bible study and checking him into the childcare.  We will still take him to church, check him into little village with his buddy and let him be in the room with the other kiddos.  It's good for him.  We'll just give big time instructions on HAND SANITIZER AND HAND WASHING!  Lots and lots of all that.  If Wyatt gets a fever or upper respiratory anything, it can keep him from getting to get a new cast on schedule.  And we don't want to delay new cast.  They get gross. It wouldn't be the end of the world but it's just preferred.  I don't want him in it any longer than we already have to.  Cast life sucks.  

After some early morning snuggles, Wyatt thought I needed another buddy to watch cartoons with.

Speaking of cast life... Wyatt gets a new one on Tuesday.  Prayers for his anesthesiology as well as more progress on his scoliosis curve.  

Wyatt loves to dump out his legos and lay in them... What a mess!  haha.  
Daddy is so much fun! 
A little swing break at OT.  
Such concentration. 
Learning how to change batteries in his favorite toy.  
Awake at 4am, nap at 11... 
Baby brother at 27 weeks! :-)