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Western North Dakota , United States
My husband, Allen, and I are high school sweet hearts. We started dating Sep.99'- I kind of followed Allen home one day, and never did leave, is Allen's story. November 02' we were engaged, and on November 22,2003 - we were married. Having been married for 6 years in 2009, marked the 5th year we had been trying to start our family. With the referral of a Fertility Specialist from a friend, our IUI attempts ended up being a complete success despite my doubts. We welcomed our sweet little girl, Hayleigh into the world on June 30,2010 at 6:28am after 37wks and 1 day of gestation. She weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 20 in long. We found out that we were Baby #2 on April Fool's Day- a complete surprise! Reid Allen was born 11/13/12 3:24am 9lbs 8.2oz 21", after 38wks 5 days. Our 3rd baby, Eva Jane, was born on April 19, 2015 after suffering a pregnancy loss June of 2014. We are currently anxiously awaiting baby #4 due 2 days before Eva's birthday, so we are having Irish Twins! Our family is so blessed and happy to be growing!

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Monday, April 12, 2010

26 wks.. Hayleigh- you will never know how special you really are!

We have made it to 26 wks today, and I could not imagine life any other way than it is right now. Hayleigh kicks constant now. I know when we finally get to meet her, I will really miss having these kicks and hiccups going on in there, even though it feels soo funny right now. I had a doctor's appt today. Everything went great.. I have only gained 2 lbs in the last 5 wks, so, that is great! I have gained a total of 12lbs according to my chart, which my goal is still 30 or less pounds for the total pregnancy. I am really proud of this. Some days it feels like all I do is eat, eat, and eat, and then being too exhausted to do much. Other days, I feel skinny, even though I'm not, and full of energy. Even Sandy was cheering me on, on my weight gain, after last appointment's scolding. Hayleigh's heartbeat on the fetel monitor ended up being 165 bpm. When Sandy was trying to take it, she was squirming around, and even kicked the fetel monitor in Sandy's hand. I felt it, and made a whooh sound, and Sandy commented on how she had just seen that kick, and how she had directly kicked the fetel monitor in her hand as well. She also commented on how active Hayleigh was, which is really a great sign for a healthy baby! I just hope she likes sleep after she comes. After the usual, I was sent on my merry way, and actually remembered to schedule an appointment  BEFORE I left. (After the last appt, I forgot, and we just left... but, we also just found out what we were having too!) I go back in 2 weeks for my glucose screening, which to say the least, I do worry about. I just hope to God, that it comes back okay. I have heard all about the second screening, after you fail the first, and I don't know if anyone would want to see what will come from that... not eating from midnight on to about 8am... no thank you! So, for now, set for Tuesday, the 27th of April.. 28wks along, to do the screening.

One thing that I cannot say enough, is that how happy I am to be bringing this little girl into the world. Everything is becoming more real, with every kick and move, she is getting stronger everyday! I just want to let this little girl know,  you will NEVER know just how special you really are to us, especially me! You are one of my dream come trues! With everyday that passes, I dream of who you will become, and what kind of a person you will be. I am sure that the acorn will not fall far from the tree. I just hope you have respect for others, and yourself among all, have the heart to help anyone in need, you have a appreciation for anything, no matter how big or small, good morals that everyone can see that you live by, and above everything, have love to share! You have taken sooo long to get here, we had to special order you straight from God, so, no matter what anyone tells you, you are a very, very special little girl! We could not be any more proud of you already! I promise to help you reach all of your dreams, try to make all of your wishes come true, and let you be your own person, and not criticize you for doing what makes you happy in life. You are a miracle!

The recap from the weekend: This past weekend was both great, and not so great. I'll have to do a whole blog on the not so great later. Allen mowed the front and back fenced in parts of our yard, and STRIPPED them both! I am sooo proud of him! He even broke out the weed eater and blower, and did a great job, trying to keep everything like I usually have it. I did get to mow too! I know, I know, not too great of an idea. I ended up mowing our very back part of our yard on the rider. I was surprised I could fit on it! Anyway, our very back part of our yard has no trees, and is completely flat and smooth. Mowing ended up taking me twice the time, since I went as slow as a turtle, jamming out to my stiletto radio as I went around the yard. I made sure and consulted Sandy about this all before I actually did it. Just as long as I took it easy, and did not go beebooping around and mowed no more than what I had in the very back- about 2/3 an acre, I would be just fine, as long as I stayed out of the heat too. Needless to say I was in total bliss, and totally relaxed after that. Kind of like I was mowing deprived in some ways I guess you can say. I ended up getting burst of energy and fixing two big dishes of cavatini for us too. Our weekend ended up being very productive, but pretty good to say the least.

I guess, I had better save the rest for my next post, otherwise, I will be here all night!

Baby Girl M.. Hayleigh's developments of the week:

Week 26 of Pregnancy

Major excitement: Your baby opens her eyes! On the flip side, you might wish yours would stay closed so you could get some sleep.

Your Baby in Week 26 of Pregnancy

What's up with your baby? She now weighs a full two pounds and measures nine-plus inches. And this week, her eyes, which until now were developing under fused eyelids, start to open. Of course, there's not much to see in there, but if your baby spots a bright light (or hears a loud noise) near your belly, you may notice an increase in fetal activity. (“Hey, I'm in here, Mommy! Where’s the party!”) What accounts for that response? Her brain is more developed and sophisticated

Your Body in Week 26 of Pregnancy

If a full night's rest has become elusive, welcome to the (sleepless) world of pregnancy insomnia. Between heartburn and leg cramps, bathroom runs and that big beach ball (with its protruding navel!) beneath your nightie, it's no wonder your body's having trouble calming down and drifting off. But there are lots of tactics to try that should help keep you in bed (and asleep!) instead of pacing the floor; these include daytime exercise, a daily dose of fresh air, and limiting fluids before you hit the hay.
Week 26 Pregnancy Tip: Baby's Movements in the Womb

Feel like you're carrying the Karate Kid with all the kicking going on? Your baby is actually practicing all kinds of movements that will eventually be used in life on the outside — including pedaling against your belly, a sort of prewalking skill. As your baby's nervous system becomes more developed, the movements will become much more coordinated. And as the baby gets bigger and stronger, the movements will become much more powerful…and occasionally, even painful to you. If your baby lands a good one, that tiny left hook might hurt — a lot. Another trick she may try — stretching that leg out so far that the foot becomes lodged between your ribs (ouch). Next time you come under attack, try changing positions or doing some stretches of your own. You can also gently push your baby back with your hand when your knee-jerker jerks a little too hard. You just might be able to send your slugger back into the corner of the ring!

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