39 weeks + 1 day, #2

I don’t see any impending signs of Tadbit making an appearance in the next few days. Sure, I’m more achy than previously, but what do you expect one week six days before the EDD? I truly wouldn’t mind Tadbit coming any time now. Although, I have a feeling she too will be a week-ish “late”. I finally (yesterday) packed everyone’s bags: mine (sans Crocs that need to be washed), Paxlet’s (in case he will go elsewhere) and Tadbit’s (coming home clothes). The only requirement I have of Tadbit is that she doesn’t arrive on the 29th of March or 1st of April. The first date is because that is when my stepmom thinks she’ll arrive: mid-way point between my dad and mom’s birthdays. And second, I don’t want an April Fool’s day baby.

Paxlet's art work. He made a couple of cards with these stickers too.

Paxlet’s art work. He made a couple of cards with these stickers too.

My next neuvola appointment is Monday.

I have (new) stretch marks! They aren’t so many and they are on the lower part of my bump, so I didn’t notice them until I really looked in the mirror the other day. The stretch marks aren’t huge and I almost didn’t realize what they were at first. But they are there now. I think they will fade somewhat quickly after I give birth, but if they don’t, I’m not worried about it. I’m actually sort of happy/excited about them. Battle wounds, you know!

Sleep has been harder to come by this week. I’m either waking up to pee, (although some nights aren’t too bad), Mr Siili’s snoring wakes me, Mr Siili wakes me because I am snoring, Paxlet wakes me up, I have a weird dream, I’m aching in my hips, have a headache or I wake just because. I haven’t been taking naps during the day either, it just isn’t my thing.
I tried Paxlet without a diaper at night (Sun-Mon) again this week and he massively peed at midnight. This event required a quick shower for Paxlet and full on bed change. It shattered me, physically and mentally. I was exhausted still when he woke at 6am. That was also the start of my hips really hurting this week and pregnancy.

Last night Mr Siili and I got a great show of Tadbit moving around. It was quite painful for me and a bit freaky for Mr Siili. Very alien-like. Tadbit really does wait until the evening when I am sitting and resting to make her big and painful movements. As nice as it is that I know she is doing well in there, I’m not sure I’ll miss these moments.

Why can’t my food desires ever be healthy? Ben & Jerry’s ice cream was on sale this week. Mr Siili and I bought 6 containers. One has been eaten already. Hey, we shared it! I may not have eaten it all, but I sure got the lion’s share of it. *not so sheepish grin*

Symptoms: My skin, especially that of my tummy has gotten quite dry and itchy if I don’t put lotion on it after a shower/swimming. In addition, my tummy skin is sensitive to anything touching it. I don’t want to be touched on my naked bump!

Last Friday bump down  on 24th (38+6)?
Last Friday the midwife thought my bump was a bit lower, but I wasn’t so sure. She also said baby’s head is a bit engaged. Then on Tuesday (38+5) as I was sitting in the swimming hall sauna, I thought bump was lower because it didn’t fee as if my boobs were resting on my bump anymore. Plus, I don’t think I got as winded while swimming, but that could have been me going slower than normal. I just happened to take a picture a few days earlier, but now that I’ve put the two pictures next to each other, I think I’m imagining things. Anyone else see a difference or is it just me?
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This week I started getting pain down the inside of my right thigh. Sometimes it is a dull ache and other times it is a shooting pain. I’ve had to stop walking a few times because of it.

Wet burps are gross. Thankfully I don’t get them that often, but still: gross.

I miss being able to walk normally, bending over to towel dry myself off, sleeping a bit more comfortably and other mundane things like that.

The doula and I were supposed to meet on Wednesday, but that has been changed to tomorow. I look forward to going over alternative and natural pain relief methods.

I think my moods have been quite normal, but I am sure Mr Siili would say something else. He is always of a different opinion than I am on my moods.

Milestones: Eeks, 6 more days until EDD. Less than 3 weeks of pregnancy, at most!

Misc: Today I took the bus downtown and walked around a store for 2 hours. Mr Siili and I had sex for the 2nd time this year. I washed two loads of laundry. Swept upstairs (instead of vacuuming). All of these were done with the hope of trying to get things moving along. Hahah

I took Paxlet swimming this week. He loved it! While it was fun, I won’t be doing that again until baby is here.

Mr Siili and I finally discussed baby names. Rather, I told him the list of names I have been gathering, he made fun of some, we discussed some and then he couldn’t remember any he had supposedly thought of at some point. I’m not too worried yet about a name, as I know he wants to see the baby before committing to a name. It was the same with Paxlet, but this time I know more what to expect. It would be nice to have a couple of names that we both at least like.

#MicroblogMonday – butter fingers

I’ve heard it said that pregnant women can be quite clumsy and I have found it true, at least for myself. My most recent butter finger incident was yesterday as I tried to grab a carton of eggs out of the fridge. There were 8 eggs in the 10-pack carton (yes, we have 10 in a carton here). I managed to salvage 5 in a usable way: 2 went immediately to french toast, as that was my original goal for even taking them out of the fridge and 3 were put in a container for later use. The other 3 had to be tossed out as they splatted on the dirty kitchen floor.

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Almost too perfect not to photograph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I used two of the yolks to make mug cookies in the microwave. The first recipe I tried was Sugar Cookie in a Mug from No. 2 Pencil. Meh, it was ok. However, the second one I tried was a 5 minute chocolate chip cookie from Jo and Sue. Y U M !

I’ve mentioned microwave mug-recipes before with my 5 minute chocolate mug cake recipe (YUM!). I have since found a peanut butter cake (YUM!), snicker doodle mug cake (decent) and possibly another one or two recipes I’ve found. I’ll try and remember to share them soon.

MicroblogMonday For more microposts, go visit Mel’s post at Stirrup Queens.

Celebrating spring

Welcome to March’s ICLW.

If you don’t know what ICLW is, check out the explanation at Mel’s Stirrup Queens blog.

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A very short bit about me: I’m an Oregonian born and raised, but I’ve lived in Finland for the last 15,5 years with my Finnish husband, Mr Siili. Once we felt we were ready enough, it took us 3,5 years with lots of doctors’ help to get pregnant with Paxlet (2,5yr). Since then we have been surprised with a 2nd pregnancy (15 cycles after AF came back after breast feeding) and Tadbit is due in a couple of weeks, around Easter weekend. It truly can happen after only one time, if everything lines up just right.

If you want to know more, check the “A bit about me” tab at the top.

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The eclipse today at 12:23pm.

The eclipse today at 12:23pm.

Spring is in the air! Well, maybe lots of dust from the graveled sidewalks with a bit of pollen from the south is in the air. But the sun has been out lately, the temperatures warmer (+10C during the day at times) and the snow has been melting! We can see grass poking through in some areas, but I haven’t seen any flowers yet, although I have read of others in my town seeing them on FB. Don’t worry though, we’ll most likely get snow fall again next week. I knew it was too good to be true.

I plan on making a few more of these in spring colors.

I plan on making a few more of these in spring colors.

We don’t celebrate Easter in this household, so spring time fanfare is what it is about for me/us. This will be the first year I’ve really done anything to celebrate spring with Paxlet. He is now old enough to truly understand what is going on and help more with the arts and crafts. To help celebrate spring, I have bought a couple of trinkets to give Paxlet in the next week or two, in addition to the crafts we have done and will do.

The little chicks are to be put in the grass if it ever grows.

The little chicks are to be put in the grass if it ever grows.

My stepmom has said a package is headed our way and she packed some plastic easter eggs in the box. (I hope it arrives quickly!) It’ll be fun to hide the plastic eggs around the house for Paxlet to find.

In honor of spring or Easter, you choose, Paxlet and I have been doing some arts and crafts to help brighten up our house. We have sown some spring grass seeds and are now waiting for them to grow. It’s been almost a week and I don’t see any starts yet, I’m getting concerned. (We bought more grass seeds today, let’s see if we need to plant them.)

Our non-existent spring grass.

Our non-existent spring grass.

We, okay okay mostly me, have made some colorful sheep. They too are waiting for the grass to grow.
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We have also made some stained glass (tissue paper) butterflies to put in our window. I think they have turned out beautifully!
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I also hope to dye some eggs in the near future. It’s been years! since I’ve done it and it wasn’t really that much fun dying eggs by myself the last time I did do it. I am sure Paxlet will enjoy the colors and messiness of it all.

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Directions on how to fold the origami bunny basket/lantern, check out Origami Spirit‘s page. There is a very nice video to follow.

The sheep idea was found at the inadvertent farmer‘s blog.

38 weeks, #2

I put it off all week, but I finally went swimming this morning. It felt good to be there, even if making myself go there was difficult. Swimming is definitely helping my neck to not be as sore as it was, but it isn’t 100%. I managed to count the laps I swam today. In 30 minutes I did 15 laps, which is 750 meters (3/4 km, almost 1/2 a mile). That’s about half my normal swimming.
Each time I have gone swimming there has been a mummo/granny that has commented on my bump or surprised that I am still out and about and able. In fact, swimming is so much easier than walking. I actually feel somewhat graceful like a seal in the water, instead of a beached whale.

I was looking for stretch marks the other day, I don’t see any new ones still.

I am finding myself waking at night and not able to get back to sleep as easily. Especially when it seems that Mr Siili takes that instant to start snoring. I know he is tired, so I don’t poke him to get him to stop. Thankfully Paxlet mostly sleeps through the night. When he does wake, it is usually enough that I go cover him back up and tell him to go back to sleep.

Tadbit is a wiggler. As much as I love feeling her movements and getting reassurance that she’s still alive and kicking in there, it quite often hurts when she moves! She loves to stick her bum out to the right side or right up under my ribs. She also kicks/punches/headbutts me right in the lady bits. Ouch!

I seriously crave junk food. Anything sweet, chocolately, salty, you name it! Going to the store today after swimming with only an apple in me was not the best of ideas.

I don’t think there are any new symptoms this week. My bump still gets in the way, I’m achy off and on, tired when I don’t sleep well and minimal swelling. I still waddle like a pro and walk slower than ever.

I miss being able to stretch my back and being able to turn over easily in bed. I know these will come back soon enough, but it sure makes things more challenging until then. I also miss not getting so winded with a short walk. Achyness is part and par for the course, I can live with it still.

I have a neuvola appointment tomorrow. I think it will be a normal appointment: weight, hemoglobin, urine and blood pressure checked. We’ll listen to Tadbit’s heart rate and check the fundal height.

While this isn’t exactly pregnancy related, being pregnancy has affected the dentist appointment. I broke down and called the dentist on Tuesday. I have two teeth on the bottom (one on each side) that are bothering me, one of them painfully so. It ended up that the tooth on the right had a huge cavity and/or chunk missing form it and was infected. I needed two sets of numbing shots and even then I just about jumped out of the chair when the dentist drilled too far. In the end, he packed the area with medicated cotton and put a temporary cover on the tooth. If the pain continues or gets worse, I have a prescription for it. However, in the meantime, I am not to chew on that side, which is a bit difficult because it is hard to chew on the left side also. And once Tadbit arrives, I am to make an appointment to get x-rays and then get both teeth fixed. I sure hope the pain stays away and that the temp filling doesn’t break.

My stepmom has said that they have mailed a package our way. I’m excited for it to arrive and to see what has been put in it.

I wrote earlier this week that I finally met with a doula. I’ll be meeting her again next week. We’ll go over some natural pain relief techniques.

I am very much looking forward to labor and delivery. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Last time I was naively ready for it. This time I feel more prepared for it in that I know what to expect from the pain and I hope to relax through it as much as possible. The biggest concerns or stresses are not knowing when Tadbit will decide to arrive and what will happen with Paxlet. But, even those things I know will work themselves out.

Earlier this week, as Paxlet and I were walking home from daycare, he wanted to hold my hand. It was one of those sweet and pure moments that melted my heart because he wanted to be connected to me. And then probably within the next 10-20 minutes he was fussing and throwing a tantrum because I asked him to wash his hands or use the potty. I love my little boy! I’m excited for him to meet his sibling, but I know it will also be a time of change. My little boy will no longer be an only child? and !

#MicroblogMonday – Meeting my doula

I met with the doula today. I feel as if we are so much alike! There are so many things about our lives and ways of parenting that it made talking to her easy. She’s lived in the US for quite many years, even though she is Finnish. She even lived on the west coast not too far from my hometown.

We discussed Paxlet’s birth, my hopes for this time around, her own births and many more topics that had nothing to do with my impending labor and delivery. (Random topics like pets, parents, in-laws, American coffee vs Finnish coffee, baby led weaning, bilingual kids, diapers, etc.) We also discussed why I wanted a doula: to have someone there with me, in case Mr Siili can’t make it if we can’t get someone to watch Paxlet. And it would also be nice to have someone who is there for me and to advocate for my wishes if the case comes up that something needs to be dealt with.

All in all, I really don’t have any worries about this upcoming birth. Even though Paxlet’s birth was an entirely new situation and a bit scary, it was a quick labor and delivery. Nothing horrible happened, unless you want to count the few stitches I needed from tearing. In my opinion, I have no trauma that needs to be worked through. However, there are a few things I would like to try differently this time around. I hope that because I do know what is going to happen that I can be a bit more relaxed (in body and mind) and more focused, thus making the whole experience less painful. Hopefully. I would also like to try and deliver while on my knees leaning over the back of the bed and not flat on my back. The only major “problem” at the moment is not knowing when Tadbit will arrive. In her own due time, I know.

I thought for sure it was too late to get a doula, but I have one now! We’ll meet again next week to discuss natural ways of pain relief, if Tadbit doesn’t decide to come before then, which I don’t think she will.

MicroblogMonday For more microposts, go visit Mel’s first post about MBM at Stirrup Queens.

37 weeks +1 day, #2

Last Thursday after I published the 36 week update, Mr Siili and I watched a TV show or two. One of them, Kroll Show, was new to both of us. After about 5-10 minutes of this show, I was telling Mr Siili how stupid it was and that it was going to make me cry. He laughed and we kept watching it…until I reiterated the same sentiments and really actually started crying in earnest. And then I started cry-laughing because I was crying over something so stupid. Mr Siili thankfully turned it off at that point. Talk about weird emotions and reactions that can only be because of pregnancy hormones!

In the two weeks since I last saw my midwife, my weight has gone up 1,4 kg (3 lbs). My weight gain this time around is still roughly compared to last time: a total of 18,1 kgs (39,8 lbs) so far. Seeing the the number in pounds makes it feel like SO much weight gain, which it is, but I honestly don’t think I look  like I’ve gained that much. It’s either all proportionately distributed or the weight has mostly gone to tummy and face.

I ordered some purple harram pants from a Groupon deal a bit ago and they arrived today. They are cute and comfy, even at this stage (yes!), however they will most likely be indoor only pants, once I’ve given birth. I have “stooped” to wearing sweat pants in public, I might even wear these out in public too. But once I can fit into my mat jeans and other pants, that’s what I’ll do.
(I write stooped, because I just don’t wear sweatpants in public. It feels too weird to me.)

No new stretch marks still.

I’ve had a few nights where I couldn’t get back to sleep for a while after Paxlet woke me or I’ve needed to pee. One night (early morning?) I was kept awake trying to remember the name of a guy that had a crush on me, 20 years ago. I think his name is/was Gabe. I really can’t complain too much in the sleep department, especially since I have the possibility to go back to sleep or take a nap while Paxlet is at daycare.

I honestly don’t remember Paxlet kicking and poking me this painfully! Tadbit truly loves poking out my right side with her bum. OMG She hurts me! It’s still mostly in the evenings when she does her painful movements. Sometimes she wiggles and pokes so much that I start to feel a bit physically ill.

My only cravings as such are still junk foods. And no true aversions to anything.

I’ve got to talk about it: hemorrhoids. Ugh! I had some with Paxlet, but never that bad. This time is worse and in the last day or so they have gotten irritated. I need to go to the pharmacy to ask about some cream, but I just haven’t gotten there yet. I also keep forgetting to ask my midwife if there is anything I can do about them. Maybe this next week when I see here again on Friday.

Other pregnancy symptoms are breathlessness, some swelling in fingers and ankles/calves (I decided to take ALL rings off this morning as the two that never come off were feeling a bit tight during the night), achy hips, being extremely warm/hot (I’ve only been using one blanket most of the winter and that is unheard of for me) and whatever else comes with pregnancy.

I miss being able to move around normally (this bump really gets in the way), walking (without waddling or getting breathless), bending over, cleaning (not so much) without being in pain afterward. It truly is a chore to walk up our stairs.

I can’t wait for Outlander, the 2nd half of season 1, to start again on my due date. Who will arrive first: the TV show or Tadbit? I’m also getting more excited to see Paxlet meet his little sister and see how he interacts with her. Right now it is so cute when he gives my bump a kiss at night.

We’ve had sunny weather the last few days! That makes me feel so light and giddy. They days are getting longer (sunrise 6:50 am, sun set 6:20 pm, but not dark until 7 pm-ish), the temperatures are fluctuating more wildly (-5C at night and +5 to +10C during the day) and the snow is melting!! I know it can and most likely will snow again, but these signs of spring right now are so wonderful!

I’ve seen anywhere from 37 to 39 weeks be considered full term. I think here in Finland is 38 weeks. In any case, we’re almost there!! I think Tadbit is going to be a bit stubborn like her brother (and mom).

Two of my teeth are a bit sensitive to cold and are a bit achy when I chew. One on each side. I probably should call the dentist, but…
I woke up with the start of a cold sore this morning. I haven’t had one in ages!!
I have a bit of a rash, eczema-like, on the inside of my thighs. It’s right where they touch each other the most. I think this rash came about because of how hot and sweaty I get some nights. It isn’t itchy or anything, just annoying.
Even though I went to the chiropractor on Monday, my neck has decided to not cooperate and is stuck and sore again. I think this will just be something I have to deal with until Tadbit is here.

I had a neuvola appointment on Wednesday, with the midwife and doctor. Everything looks normal and good. My blood pressure was a bit higher than normal for me (the top number), but it isn’t so high that there is any concern. My cervix is soft (softer than previously? I have no clue) and shorter. I was sure the doctor told me my cervix was closed, but when I looked at my notes it says 1,5 cm. The doctor did a very quick ultrasound check to make sure Tadbit is head down, which she is. However, she was so quick that she had the machine off before I could even ask to see the monitor also! I most likely won’t see the doctor anymore until after Tadbit is born. I’ll only have midwife appointments. The next one is next week’s Friday.

 

I’ve now been swimming 3 times so far and I’d still like to live in the pool for the next couple of weeks. I also bought a 10 time card today; it would be Murphy’s law if I were to go into labor before I could use even one time of it next week.

I’ve got my hospital bag mostly packed. I still need to do something for Tadbit and Paxlet. We have no idea where Paxlet will go, if anywhere, yet, but I think it will be best if we at least have a bag of clothes and stuff ready for him.

I mentioned back at 29 weeks about emailing a local doula group. Well, I did email them and for the longest time one lady replied saying that she just wanted to say hi, but that she most likely wouldn’t be around Easter weekend (if Tadbit so happened to arrive on time) and that her husband’s work schedule basically made it impossible for her to be a doula to me. I had basically given up on the idea of a doula, but just over a week ago, someone else emailed me. We’re meeting on Monday to see if we are a match and if she could be of help to me (and Mr Siili) during labor. I’ll update more once I talk with the doula.

Mr Siili and I had sex for the first time this year. This is also much later in pregnancy that we ever DTD with Paxlet. I noticed for the rest of the day that I had many more tightenings and uncomfortable Braxton hicks. Hmm, there may be something to this sex business and getting the baby out.

I thought to drink some Raspberry Leaf Tea (not just raspberry fruit tea) to help with labor when it does start, but now I’m not so sure. My midwife had nothing to say about it, as it is an “alternative path medicine” and she doesn’t know anything about it. Although she did say it couldn’t hurt. However, upon reading about it a bit more, it says a women shouldn’t drink this tea if a previous labor was 3 hours or less start to finish (that was Paxlet) and if you have endometriosis (I do), among other things. Now I’m not so sure if I should drink it or not.

I’ve been noticing the last week or so that I am definitely having my share of BH and bump discomfort. This isn’t necessarily new, but what is new is my attitude towards them, most of the time. I think it mostly has to do with the fact that if Tadbit arrives now, she should be just fine. And so, I am finding that I mostly carry on with what ever it is that needs to be done without worry about could it send me into labor. I am at the end of my pregnancy and there is no way around the discomfort and labor to come. It will happen and it is not a bad thing to happen anymore. So, if the pain is really bad, I’ll stop for that instant, but will generally continue on what I was doing. However, I do play up the pain and discomfort a bit for Mr Siili. :D It doesn’t get me too much extra sympathy.

#MicroblogMonday – Birthday, thoughts & shopping

Happy Birthday to my mom. She would have been 57 years old today.

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I went swimming for the first time in ages last week. Let’s just say I want to live in the pool for the next few weeks.

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I went to the chiropractor today. The first time I’ve been there in almost a year. The second time I’ve gone when pregnant, but this time I was much further along, so no way I could lay on my tummy. He was still able to treat my neck and most of my back. My neck feels better, but I don’t think it will stay “better”. My back is feeling pretty good at the moment, however it wasn’t that bad when I went in. I hope swimming tomorrow helps all bits involved.

After the chiropractor, as I was going to get in my car, my mind was miles away in my own thoughts. I banged my forehead into a sign. I had a major headache for at least an hour and now I am left with a “pretty” wound.
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I found a 5€ bill on the ground on my way to the chiropractor. Then I spent way too much time and money at a clothing store and 2 flea markets today. I bought myself some clothes, Paxlet some pajamas, shorts, a book, stickers and some baby clothes. My goodness, I had almost forgotten how cute baby clothes are!

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All in all, it’s been a decent and SUNNY day so far. Time for me to go get Paxlet from daycare. What should we have for dinner?

MicroblogMonday For more microposts, go visit Mel’s post at Stirrup Queens.