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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 26, 2010

28 weeks, Final Stretch

Today we finally closed the books on the Second Trimester, and moved on up to the Third and final lap. This has been a pretty good pregnancy so far, and I am hoping that we can finish this all out this way too. This weekend was a pretty interesting one. We had such a great weekend, with a few not soo good things that went along with it. I ended up leaving work early on Friday morning, after getting sick from indigestion. I thought it was just something I ate earlier, but, I would be proven wrong later. Allen didn't get in until Saturday morning early, so, we ended up running a few errands, and then going home to relax for the afternoon. It was soo great to get home, and get some stuff done around the house, then relaxing downstairs in the family room, taking a nice nap while it rained. We finally decided to get up and fix supper, I had bought some strawberries and angel food cake for us to have for desert, so, I started fixing up the strawberries, and Allen started preparing the ribeyes for the grill. Well, somewhere in this, I was cutting strawberries, and Allen needed where I was standing to get in the drawer to get a steak knife for the steaks. Somehow, I didn't stand far enough away, and Allen fumbled the knife, and it ended up stuck in my big left toe! Needless to say, I didn't move, Allen had to pull the knife out of my toe, then it was a whirlwind of trying to get a towel to wrap my toe in, and get band aides. Three band aides later, and Allen looking like he was about to have a melt down, we got my toe to stop bleeding and got everything under control. Poor Allen just felt soo bad about dropping the knife, I told him it was okay, I was alive, and Hayleigh was alright. We were both okay. Supper did end up being really good, despite the accident in the kitchen, and we spent the rest of the night relaxing down in the family room, watching movies.

Sunday was spent sleeping in to the rain, and then taking a trip to Terre Haute, IN for a sporting clays shoot for Allen to compete in. We had a really great time, Allen placed first in his class, and the weather held up long enough for Allen to shoot. We were planning on going past Babies R Us after we had supper, but, after having such a filling meal, and with it being evening already, we decided to head back, and go back in the next few weeks to get our crib set ordered, and finalize our registry. The trip back home was rainy, I didn't even take a nap, even though I was completely worn out. We finally got back home after 8pm, and started rounding stuff up and getting everything ready to start the work week once again. I wish I could say that was everything that went on for Sunday, but, it wasn't. I ended up getting sick from indigestion once again. Tums and rolaids have not helped any once again, and my appetite has diminished once again. To top everything off, I have my glucose screening tomorrow morning. I have been dreading this day for a long time now. Since I have PCOS, I am higher risk for gestational diabetes. The one thing that has eased my mind is my weight gain so far. I have been keeping it all under control, without really trying to watch what I eat. So, with all that has went on, I was fairly happy when I read my 28 wk update this morning. According to it, if I stay on track, I should only gain around 11 more pounds. Now, I am not obsessing over the weight gain, I have just been trying to keep it all under control. If I can come in, gaining around only 11 more pounds, I will be under my goal of 30 pounds. So, we will see how this all plays out.

So, drum roll please... Hayleigh at 28 weeks this week.
How your baby's growing:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

How your life's changing:

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Third trimester prenatal visits

Inside pregnancy: Weeks 28 to 37

Carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy

Gas during pregnancy

Childbirth classes

You're in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.

At this point, you'll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven't yet had follow-up testing, you'll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test. And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you're Rh negative, you'll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby's blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you'll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.)

Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant "creepy-crawly" sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what's known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it's relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.

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