34 weeks. Lots of news!

Well the last 4 weeks has been quite a whirlwind. During some of our ultrasounds baby B was measuring just a little behind in his legs. I didn’t think much of it but my dr decided to send us to a specialist just to make sure. She basically said worst case scenario would be dwarfism and best case would be he’s just short. Obviously that was not what anyone wanted to hear. We all want our babies to be as perfect as they can be. We had to schedule out the appointment for about a week or two after. Lucky they got us in pretty quickly! We were able to get great news this week that he looks just fine! Yes his legs are a little short but he seems just fine! What a relief this was for J and K! So we had our regular OB appointment today and he still looks good except for he won’t move to the head down position!!!! He likes to be transverse. He’s a stinker. So we will now be trying acupuncture! I’m also trying the warm on the bottom of my belly and the cold by his head to encourage him to move south! We still have time for him to get it together. Obviously I want to avoid a c section. I feel terrible and selfish sometimes saying that… obviously if it’s an emergency or nothing can be done then I just want him here safe and sound with his parents. I just know how hard it was physically and emotionally for me to heal after my one c section. It’s way more painful and takes a lot longer to get back to normal. So send me all the prayers and good vibes you guys have for a wonderful safe vaginal delivery! Exciting news J was able to feel baby B move around a bit! We tried to guess what part of his body it could possibly be! In all of his pictures he likes to keep his hands and feet right by his face! We’re actually impressed how he does it! He’s a little acrobat! So I have acupuncture next week then the next week A regular ob appointment. Then I go every week so at my 37 week we will have another growth scan at the specialist and then another ob appointment to check me! My dr will be out of the office for that appointment but will be back for the next one I believe! Oh we also did hospital tours while they were in town! That’s fun for them! I remember feeling excited to pick where I was having my baby. I wanted them to have the same experience that most get. Well I believe that’s all I have for right now. I’ll add some pictures for fun! kailynn wanted me to do a fun pose she said

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Happy 30 weeks!

Can you guys believe it!!! Pregnancy number 5 is almost over!!!! Here comes sad Rashel…. I just want to be pregnant forever and give all the babies to wonderful loving homes! I am excited to have a dirty martini after though! Who wants to bring me one in the hospital lol??? It’s so exciting because now is when all the fun starts happening! Braxton-Hicks, walking, mucus plugs etc etc. I’m going to the dr Every two weeks and then it will be every week! Baby B is little Mr. active! We are having lots of fun kicking and playing and making my belly look super weird lol. Im having lots of stretching ligaments! Ouch. I’m feeling the third trimester for sure! Peeing 7 times a night and walking and running out of air 😂 taking a shower and needing to lay down for a break before getting dressed! It’s all part of the fun! I have to say this sweet baby B has been so wonderful to me. He’s a real fun little guy. I’ve also been lucky and still haven’t gained any weight! I’m just all belly. To be fair I don’t normally gain weight really anyway. Maybe 5 to 10 pounds. I was already in the higher side of my weight then I wanted to be anyway. Before anyone asks yes I eat! A lot! Ask the girls I work with or Ricky who goes on late night Taco Bell runs or McDonald’s! I’m still eating lots of ice too! I love it!!! J and K are going on an exciting trip to Europe for 14 days!!! Happy babymoon to them! I can’t lie I’m super jealous. One day I will go and it will be great! Ricky has been taking all my pregnancy pictures for the most part so this week he decided he just had to recreate my perfect pose…. I still think I look better then him! Sometimes he can be pretty funny though. Here is to my last 9/10 weeks!!!!

29 weeks!

We are now 29 weeks. I’m doing great and feeling great! We have had a busy summer and now my kids are back to school! We had the sugar test last week and great news all came back fine! Things are definitely starting to get exciting now. I go to the dr every two weeks now! Baby B is a real wiggle worm these days! He likes to bounce and play. I’m so excited for these last few months. The end is always my favorite part. Minus the peeing all night and getting winded so fast! Today I took a shower and then had to take a break before getting dressed. Haha. J and K will be back to visit for my 34 week appointment! We are doing a 4 d ultrasound and hopefully some hospital tours! J has a super cute app that tells her the size of baby B as an animal! It’s my favorite part of the week when she tells me what animal he is each week! This week he’s a rabbit! That seems very fitting since he’s hopping around so much these days!

Happy 25 weeks

Things are going well. Baby B is enjoying life on the inside. He likes to kick and play often. We love our fun time together as long as it’s not in the middle of the night. Haha. I’m definitely getting more stretching ligaments if you have had them you know they are zero fun. If you haven’t let me try to explain. It’s basically like you move from any normal position and all the sudden it feels like someone has a huge sharp knife and they are stabbing you with it. Every time you try to move or adjust the knife is being twisted viciously. This happens always by surprise you never know when to expect the knife fight but let me tell you I always lose lol. I’m still eating all my ice! I love love LOVE crunching on ice. I’m definitely getting more round and I freaking love it! People can tell now so that’s great. I look super cute in clothes! Now out of clothes not so much… I have had a few Braxton-Hicks from time to time usually when I’m busy at work and not drinking enough water. I asked Dr. Google since it seemed a bit early and of course he said it’s normal when you have had a few pregnancy’s. I guess number 5 counts as a few! I also followed up with my real dr who also said yep it’s fine! I still feel super lucky I haven’t gained any weight yet and I feel great. Sometimes I get a bit winded and I can’t eat a ton but that’s all fine! Our next appointment I will be 28 weeks so it’s basically a all day appointment since I have to do my sugar test plus another ultrasound since baby B wasn’t very cooperative at the 20 week ultrasound. Then I’ll meet the dr and then get to go home. I’m not allowed to eat two hours before my test so when I leave I’m sure I’ll be starving! I wonder if it would be frowned upon if I ordered a pizza or something and delivered it to my dr office while I wait??? I sure hope my sugar test comes back good this time. Last time it was close so they made me do the long 3 hour test! Then we get to go see my Dr every two weeks! This pregnancy is flying by. I love and hate the end! I’m so happy and excited for J and K to get their sweet baby boy! Plus I’m so excited to give birth and see what he looks like! I just always feel a little sad that I won’t be pregnant anymore. I feel so incredibly blessed that his mommy and daddy picked me to help keep him safe until he is big enough to go home and live with them. I can’t begin to explain how humbling and special that is to me! Everyone loves to say what a incredible person I am, but really the incredible people are baby B’s parents! To put that kind of trust into anyone is incredible! I’m so happy out of all the people they could have picked they chose me. I also can’t help but be a bit jealous this sweet baby boy gets to go live by the ocean! What a lucky boy he is! Now let’s see what baby B is up to this week! Plus a few pics!

Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds, reaching 13 inches (over a foot long!) in length and more than a pound-and-a-half in weight — taller than two juice boxes stacked one on top of the other and almost as heavy as four of them. What else is going on this week? Your baby’s skin is turning pinker — not because he’s getting overheated (in fact, the amniotic fluid is perfectly climate-controlled, keeping him at an always comfortable temperature), but because small blood vessels, called capillaries, are forming under the skin and filling with blood. Later this week, blood vessels will also develop in your baby’s lungs, bringing them one step closer to full maturity — and one step closer to taking that first breath of fresh air. But at 25 weeks pregnant, those lungs are still very much works-in-progress. Though they are already beginning to produce surfactant, a substance that will help them expand with oxygen after baby is born, the lungs are still too undeveloped to sufficiently send oxygen to the bloodstream and release carbon dioxide when she exhales.

The lungs aren’t the only system that’s gearing up for air intake. Your baby’s nostrils and nose are starting to work this week (it was previously believed that the nostrils stay plugged up until around now in the pregnancy, but the latest research shows they open much earlier and stay that way through all three trimesters). That allows your little one to begin taking practice breaths. Of course since there’s no air in there, your baby is really only “breathing” amniotic fluid, but it’s the practice that counts, right? Baby could also be able to smell various scents in utero by this week, too, and if not that sense will kick in by the third trimester.

23 weeks!

Happy 23 weeks to us! We have a dr appointment this week so that’s always exciting! Then we will have another ultrasound at 28 weeks to try to get a few better pics of baby B and his heart. Things have been going just great. He is definitely getting more active and likes to play in my ribs! I can’t even be mad because it’s impressive that he can get up there. I’m getting excited that we are getting so close to all the exciting stuff now. I’m still eating my ice and loving it! We have been enjoying summer and swimming! Well mostly the kids I like to lay there and watch them haha. Also we went to Walmart and I found a Dino head to wear we thought this was hilarious! Let’s see what baby B is up to this week!!!

At around 11 inches long and just over a pound, this week marks the beginning of some serious weight gain. Your baby should double his weight over the next four weeks alone (and you may feel as though you do, too). His skin is a bit saggy since it grows a lot faster than fat — but soon he’ll start to fit his frame as fat deposits fill things out. By the time your baby is born, he will be pleasantly plump and filled out, from chubby cheeks to chubby toes. And although at 23 weeks pregnant, your baby’s organs and bones are visible through his skin (which has a red hue due to developing veins and arteries beneath), he’ll become less transparent once those fat deposits settle in.

You’ve probably heard your developing baby’s heartbeat through a Doppler a number of times already (though you never get tired of hearing it), but by now you can also hear it through a standard stethoscope. What a heartthrob!

20 week ultrasound it’s A….

Well on Friday we had our big ultrasound! J and K flew into town on Wednesday so it was nice spending a bit of time with them! We spent time in a old town st. Charles and then had dinner at our house where we had a buffet of st Louis! We had pork steaks, imos, toasted ravioli, white castles and gooey butter cake! It was a success! My kids thought it was the best dinner ever haha. So on Friday we did the whole ultrasound and baby B really was active but didn’t want to roll over so I’ll have to do another ultrasound at 28 weeks to get a few more pictures of the heart. Everything looked perfect though! Baby B is growing well and is about 12oz I believe they said! So when they finally got to the sex of the baby I for one was shocked 😳! Turns out it’s a BOY!!! now let me explain why I was so surprised. After we did our transfer where they put the baby in the dr said well she’s all in there! I was pretty mad thinking he told me the sex of the baby after it was decided we didn’t want to know! So needless to say this whole time I thought I already knew it was a girl and I just had to keep it a secret! They said it was a boy and I just couldn’t believe it! I’m so very excited for J and K. So now we are already at the half way point so now it gets more exciting each week!!!! Oh and baby B is moving a lot more now and is definitely getting stronger. He really loves waking up at around 4 am to kick and play me not so much. Good thing I like this little guy! I’m glad he’s letting me know he is there even if it is too early. So here is what baby B is up to this week!!!

You’ve got a heavyweight in your belly at 20 weeks pregnant (well, in baby terms, anyway). Your little champ weighs about 10 ounces and has a height, crown to rump, of about six-and-a-half inches. Think small cantaloupe (and probably as sweet too). While your baby is definitely getting bigger, there’s still plenty of growing room in there, which allows him to twist and turn (and allows you to feel his acrobatics!).

Curious about whether that melon-sized belly has a boy or a girl inside? Now’s your chance to take a peek! Though the external genitals in both male and female fetuses still have a way to grow, you’ll be able to find out your baby’s gender via the second trimester ultrasound , usually scheduled for anytime between 18 and 20 weeks. This routine exam gives your practitioner a chance to see how things are going in there (and wow, are they going!). If you’re carrying a girl,  your baby’s uterus is fully formed this week and the vaginal canal is starting its development (which means that in a few decades, you might be a grandma!). Your little girl also has primitive eggs in tiny ovaries now, seven million of them. By birth, that number will be down to two million. If your fetus is a boy, the testicles have begun their descent this week, though they’re still in the abdomen waiting for the scrotum to finish growing so they’ll have a place to go in a few weeks.

( I’m not sure why my daughter looks like this lol)

19 weeks!

Hey guys. It’s been a bit sorry I’m a slacker. Our dr appointment a couple weeks ago went awesome! Baby B was a stinker and we couldn’t find the heart beat as usual. This is also my body’s fault it happens a lot something about the way my uterus sits and the placenta is always up front. So we got an extra ultrasound! I’m very excited that next week baby B’s mommy and daddy get to come for the 20 week ultrasound! I can’t believe it will be the half way point!!! I’m already getting sad. As I always say I’m not sad like I want the baby lol. I’m sad that I won’t be pregnant anymore! I’m crazy and I know it but the last half is my favorite and it goes by so incredibly fast! I’m finally showing enough that people can tell it’s a baby and not just fat woohoo. Also great news I’m still not gaining anything!!! Believe me this is normal for me and baby is just fine! Miss Ellie from my belly, my first surro baby just turned 4 this week!!! I can’t believe it she so pretty and perfect. She has started ballet and is keeping her parents very busy. I’m excited to go visit the girls soon I hope. Obviously after baby B comes! I’m starting to feel tiny movements every once in a while if I’m super still! I can’t wait for the good strong kicks and jabs! I’m really hoping baby B’s mommy and daddy get to come for another visit so that they can feel movements later on! I’m still feeling great. My back does hurt some but that’s normal too. My job doesn’t make that any easier haha. Oh and surprise I’m back to craving ice! It’s by far my favorite pregnancy craving. I think that’s all I have for now. I’ll post my updated belly pic and a pic of how big miss Ellie is! Let’s see what baby B is up to this week!

Six inches long this week and just over a half pound in weight, your baby has gone through a bit of a growth spurt and is now the size of a large mango. What’s more, your little one has a cheesy varnish. Say what? You read that right — a protective substance called vernix caseosa (vernix is the Latin word for “varnish”; caseosa means “cheese”) now covers your fetus’ skin. It’s greasy, white and made up of lanugo (that downy hair), oil from your baby’s glands and dead skin cells. This waxy “cheese” may not sound too appealing, but it’s there for good reason: Vernix protects your baby’s sensitive skin from the surrounding amniotic fluid. Without it, she’d look very wrinkled at birth (sort of what you’d look like if you soaked in a bath for nine months). The vernix sheds as delivery approaches, though some babies — especially those born early — will still be covered with it at birth, so you might get a look at your baby’s first anti-wrinkle cream