Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Count your many blessings...

I've been doing a lot of training for work this summer to expand my skill level at work, and because of this training, I've had to work a "normal" shift of 8 hours during the day...which means both Jeff and I are working at same time, leaving Wyatt with no where to go. And I guess technically that's not necessarily true, because I'm sure I'll always be able to find help, but it's especially easy when my sister is readily available. Thankfully this last training was only 2 days long (and not 2 weeks like the one a few months ago) and Grace was able to help me out a lot by spending the night and staying home with Mr. Wyatt. One of those days Grace took Wyatt to the park and took some cute pictures, so I thought I'd share:


And while I'm on the topic of being thankful, I wanted to share a recent experience our family had...
While we were deciding whether or not we should get pregnant again, I found out I wasn't going to qualify for my insurance benefits at work, and that they would end in March. It wasn't really unexpected,  but it was still rough, especially since we'd started talking about having another baby at the beginning of the year. So our insurance coverage ended and I started looking into other options, other insurance plans we could start up. Jeff's company is...less than desirable...and doesn't offer any benefits, let alone HEALTH benefits. (I'm still thankful that he has a job though, haha) And in my search for maternity coverage I kept getting more and more depressed--it's absolutely RIDICULOUS how expensive insurance is!! I mean, I found some decent plans, but then the deductable was an arm and a leg (quite literally...!) and the maternity coverage wouldn't usually start up for at least a year...

Jeff and I talked a lot about our options. We could start an insurance plan and wait another year before trying to get pregnant. But the insurance coverage wouldn't have been optimal and we would've had to pay a lot of money. We talked about a home birth with a midwife, but that was almost completely out of the question for Jeff--a last resort (he's a big-time worrier). We talked about waiting for him to find another job with good medical benefits...but that was even worse than any of the other options because there was no definite timeframe on that one--who knows when he'd get a new job, IF he'd get a new job...

It all boiled down to NOW or LATER.

...ultimately we decided not to wait. Obviously :) We decided that we wanted Wyatt and this baby to be close in age, and we felt this was the right time..and that somehow the insurance or home birth would all work out. Talk about a leap of faith...I've been nervous since the day I found out I was pregnant! BUT, things have worked out. I just found out last Friday that I've been qualified for AHCCCS insurance and that my maternity care has been covered. What a blessing! Jeff and I feel like a weight has been lifted and we can finally relax and enjoy this pregnancy...it's hard to be happy and joyful when the future is so unknown. But we ARE so thankful that this has worked out for us and we're getting more and more excited to bring another little boy into our family! I'm so grateful for answered prayers!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

20 weeks!

I've again reached the halfway point of my pregnancy and it's freaking me out. How does it go by SO FAST?! (And I guess I could ask the same about Wyatt...he'll be 2 in 2 months!!)

It blows my mind that he was small enough to fit in my tummy...and now he can barley fit on it! (Oh, and this is a clean bum on my tummy...just out of the bath!)

I like doing comparisons...these pictures are taken at the exact same point in my pregnancies...

...annnnnnnd...you know me...


So a little update:
Around 16 weeks my "morning" sickness FINALLY decided to hit the road...I haven't thrown up since and I'm only nauseous when I don't eat. Eating has now become pleasurable again, and I love that I've actually reached the point where I look pregnant and if I eat a ton I don't just look bloated...which, of course, then gives me reason to eat a ton...
I've been feeling baby boy move a lot more recently, but it's still not very much, and it makes me kind of sad...but I know as soon as he gets bigger there won't be a problem, haha!
Wyatt has been waking up during the middle of the night for the past week and a half...we found out the other night while brushing his teeth that he has his 2 upper canine teeth coming in, which we've heard is pretty painful and probably the cause of his night wakings (screamings). Last night though, I didn't hear him, so hopefully he's getting over it. He's also starting using more real words (and I say "real" words because he's been talking and using gibberish since he was born) and seems to have a new word added to his vocabulary every day...no sentences yet, but it's exciting all the same. He loves being outside and I can't wait until it cools down! (FALL IS ALMOST HERE!! YESSSS!) I can't believe how big and adorable he's getting and I'm sad that soon he's not going to be my baby, but the big boy...

Life is going pretty well, and I'll try and keep this blog updated more...I know I've been slacking pretty bad, haha!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I know you're in there...

When I went to get my ultrasound 3 weeks ago the technician told me I have an anterior placenta.
Which, of course, is fine, it just means the egg implanted on the far side of my uterus, closest to my belly button...which means that the placenta is in between me and the baby, causing a lovely cushion...and that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I have had a hard time feeling this baby boy move.

Now, it doesn't mean I haven't felt him at all, because I have, but at first it was REALLY hard to distinguish it as a real kick (and it only happened about a week ago)
...I figured this time around in pregnancy it would be super easy to know, and that I'd probably feel him a lot earlier, but not my luck.

WELL, being that this little guy is the size of an heirloom tomato...
...and during the ultrasound he was bouncing off the walls...
...and given the fact that I've been feeling him a lot more rencently...
...I decided to see if Jeff could finally feel him.

So last night we decided to watch a movie, and I had Jeff hold his hand on my tummy until he could feel something. With Wyatt I was about 18 weeks when I felt him move and I actually SAW it too...with this one, I'm already 19 weeks and have only felt some subtle movements on the inside--nothing that would translate to the outer world. Meaning, I've held my own hand to my stomach and couldn't feel anything when I did feel it on the inside...it's really weird.
ANWYAY, we watched the movie, (and ate homemade mango/raspberry milkshakes), and I'd ask "Did you feel that?" every 5 minutes or so...nothing.

So I shook up his world a bit. Literally.

And THEN, baby boy decided to make a big show, and he did a nice somersault for dad...
Perfect.