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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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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Crazy Dreams, Nesting, Butterball Turkey, and 30wks

Last night while soaking in the bath tub, 2 things occurred to me.

 One, I remembered what happened in my crazy dream from the night before...well, most of it anyway. Thought I would share that crazy story- maybe someone, or me could write a novel about this stuff and become rich and famous. I don't know what happened before this, but this is all spun around the Wizard of Oz... go figure. Anyway, there were no flying monkeys, just wolves after these cats. I was trying to save the cats. I don't know what happened, but suddenly I'm being told to grab the ruby red slippers off of the feet of they legs lying underneath my play house out in the middle of our old woods. Here is the funny part. I got the shoes, and put them on- they were way small! Then this Glenda chick, named Zora, tells me that there are 3 more pairs, and I have to dig them up all around the outside of my play house before the one chick gets there. I ask her what I'm supposed to use to dig with, she tells me to get a Mousekatool!!!! So, there I am with red ruby slippers on, yelling "Oh Toodles!!!" and I get my shovel. lmao... I found 1 pair, after selecting the shovel from Toodles, and then I woke up. Hayleigh woke me up anyway, thank God!

Okay, the second thing that occurred to me... You're gonna laugh at me again for this one. So, there I am soaking in the tub, nice and relaxed. I look like a big roasting turkey in the tub, with my legs crossed- they look like turkey wings, and I am slumped down in the tub, lying in the water. I don't know if you do this, but every once in a while I tend to look at the drain overflow cover. It is kind of like a mirror in a way. Anyway, I was just lying there, relaxed, and just happened to glance at that plate cover.... I see this big white spot, and think something is on the cover, and I'm trying to figure out just what it is. I moved, then I realized, it was me....MY BELLY. You could not see anything else but my big belly! Not my head, arms, anything, but my belly. Right then in that moment, I felt like a huge butterball turkey, just waiting for my popper to pop- aka belly button. (I doubt if it does, it didn't with Hayleigh) Talk about feeling big.

Anyway, enough with all of the crazy stuff. I've started nesting once again. In the midst of the nesting, I've decided to upgrade breast pumps. So, now I've been on ebay trying to snag a barely used Medela Pump in Style Advanced, and sell my Pump in Style orig. one at the same time. Don't ask me even why I've decided to do this... I guess that's just how the pregnant brain works.

Nesting meanwhile, has been in full swing in our house. I've managed to deep clean all of the house, minus the kitchen now, and have two large garbage sacks of stuff to take up to Goodwill this week. On my agenda after getting the kitchen done, our garage is the final thing needing a good cleaning, since it will be turned into a playroom area for Hayleigh and her big toys. Once I finish with the garage and the kitchen, it kind of scares me to what I'll be cleaning next. It wouldn't surprise me if I move to the truck- waxing it, and my lawn mower.

We now only have 9 weeks or less to go- We turned 30 wks today! Getting closer and closer to meeting Reid everyday!~  Since I'm kind of fluttered today, I'll end on how Reid is developed this week. Keep in mind this little guy is already measuring 2 wks ahead, so he is on the bigger end of the spectrum right now. I'm guessing him to weigh 9lbs and be 22" long when he is born- that is my guess. I feel like he will be really close to that size since Hayleigh was 3 wks early, and weighed 2oz shy of 8lbs, and was 20" long. Allen weighed 10lbs 15oz and was 21" long when he was born- so even if Reid does not make the 22" mark, I think he will be close to.

Week Thirty: Baby puts on pounds
You are 30 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 28 weeks)
  • Baby measurements are 16 inches and weighs about 3 pounds.
  • Length is 40cm and your baby's weight is 1.4 kilograms.
  • The head is almost 3.5 inches (8cm) in diameter.
  • The feet are nearly 2.5 inches (6cm) long.
  • The wrinkled skin is becoming smoother now.
  • In boys, the testicles have moved down to the groin.
  • The baby controls its own body temperature.
30 weeksFor several months, the umbilical cord has been the baby's lifeline to the mother. Nourishment is transferred from the mothers blood, through the placenta, and into the umbilical cord to the fetus. Their bone marrow is now responsible for red cell production. These red blood cells will continue to service your child's body by transporting oxygen and removing the wastes. Your baby begins storing iron, calcium and phosphorus.

The fetus now weighs about 3 pounds (1.4kg). He or she will gain about half a pound a week until week 38. Baby is getting fatter and beginning to control its own body temperature. Baby continues to put on fat stores and the major weight gains will occur in the coming weeks. Eyebrows and eyelashes are fully developed, and hair on the head is getting thicker. Head and body are now proportioned like a newborn.

Hands are now fully formed and fingernails are growing. Can be seen on ultrasound scans grasping their other hand or feet, this is helping with nerve development. Eyelids are opening and closing, and will often make rapid eye movements - a sign they could be dreaming.

You may be starting to experience some swelling of your ankles and legs. If you have not experienced any swelling yet, it is highly probable that you will, as approximately 40 to 75 percent of women will experience mild swelling related to pregnancy.

Your uterus is now about 4 inches (10cm) above your bellybutton. It may feel like you are running out of room as your uterus grows up under your ribs. However, your fetus, placenta and uterus will continue to get larger, you still have 10 weeks to go. The average weight gain during pregnancy is 25 to 35 pounds (11.5 to 16kg). About half of this weight is concentrated in the growth of the uterus, the placenta, the baby and in the volume of amniotic fluid. At this point, you should be gaining about a pound (500 grams) a week

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