Kicks, contractions, sleeeeeep….

Two weeks ago: I have finally been able to give into the typical nesting impulses that pregnancy brings on. I’ve always loved decorating and setting up house, rearranging furniture, being creative and ending up with a homey, cozy space. Although I was frustrated that my body decided to be a little difficult and not allow me to keep working, I’m so thankful to be with my husband and have a little extra time to get our apartment ready before Flynn’s arrival (especially since I’m moving a little slower than before!). Continue reading

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Contractions! [@ 31wks]

Well this has been quite the week!

Last Saturday I had an amazing baby shower, thrown for me by some of my Grandma’s dearest friends. My sister and I had a fun road trip down to Houston and immensely enjoyed our time there. The baby shower made it seem all the more real that Flynn will be here soon! We were blessed with many items we need in order to be ready for his arrival. I was truly overwhelmed with thankfulness for everyone’s generosity!

Fast forward to Monday-  when I began experiencing frequent contractions. I went into work, but paid attention to the fact that the contractions were coming very frequently throughout the morning. At lunch time I went home and rested for a bit, hoping to get the contractions to stop. By the time I went back to work they were even more frequent and more noticeable. Not painful at all, but very tight. I called labor and delivery and told them what I was experiencing. The nurse told me to head home and rest for 2 hours, and see if they went away.

(Side Note:) This is the second time this has happened, by the way… the first time was at the beginning of May. I had to go into labor and delivery for several hours then, and was given a shot to stop the contractions.

So I went home and rested for 2 hours, counting the contractions. They got to 4-5 minutes apart… still not painful, but definitely frequent! I texted my brother and sister to let them know one of them would need to take me to labor and delivery shortly. (Ryan had left that morning around 4am to start his new job in Longview!) I was trying not to worry Ryan, so I waited to tell him anything was up until this point. He was, of course, concerned, and wanted to head back down to Temple. I was sure that this hospital visit would be the same as last time, and so told him to wait there and keep working until I talked with the doctors.

My sister came home, we packed up a few necessities (like a phone charger and snacks) and headed out. Once I arrived at labor and delivery I was sent into triage and seen by a nurse and doctor. They immediately began to monitor Flynn (he was fantastic the entire time) and my contractions. The doctor checked, and found that I was 2cm dilated and told me “congratulations, you’ve earned yourself admittance until this slows down”. I was sent up to a birthing suite and two nurses quickly and efficiently came in to get me set up. I was very disappointed about having to stay the night… however anything for the safety of my baby!

Long story short I was in the hospital Monday-Wednesday evening. My sister was a trooper and stayed with me both nights! I was given a series of steroid shots to develop Flynn’s lungs in case he was born within the week. I was also put on a magnesium drip to assist with his brain development. It was miserable for me, but good for him. It caused me to feel like I had the flu and also my face was HOT the entire time. I wasn’t allowed out of bed and had to have a catheter put in. Bleh! Exhausting. But again, good for baby.

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No shower, bed-rest, liquid only diet. Popsicles were amazing and HGTV kept me entertained.

I was taken off all IV’s Tuesday night, which made it much easier to sleep! Wednesday they simply continued to monitor me and checked my cervix for any change. Thankfully there was no change and I was discharged around 4pm on Wednesday. I was not put on bed rest, however, I was told to take it easy and rest whenever I felt the need.

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So INCREDIBLY thankful for my sister being there with me. She spent 2 nights in the hospital, got me lots of water, and was there for me the entire time. Love her.

Ryan and I made the decision that it was time for me to move up to Longview with him instead of continuing to work for 2 more weeks and risk Flynn being born there, where it would be more difficult for Ryan to get there.

My brother and sister helped drive me down. Good thing: because we filled two cars with the remaining items in our house plus my clothes! Eek! I was so thankful that my boss was okay with me leaving early. They were super understanding, and so sweet about it. They even threw me a going-away/baby shower lunch. 🙂

So now I am officially a SAHM! Crazy! It’s  just sinking in today, as I have finally (mostly) recovered from the hospital stay. I still get tired easily, but am not exhausted like I was most of last week. I’m super excited to finally be able to nest and get our home ready for Flynn’s arrival. My siblings helped me decorate most of the apartment, which was soooo much help. My sister is one of those who has an eye for laying things out and making collage walls look great! All I had to do was approve, and it was hung! It’s so fun to have all my decor out after living in a “staged” house for 3 months.

So the plan is to keep Mr. Flynnigan in for at LEAST 3 more weeks. I have a doctor’s appointment this Wednesday with my new doctor, who will be able to refer me to an OB, Endocrinologist and Pediatrician. We have to go through her first in order to stay with Tricare (Military insurance). Prayers are appreciated for this to all get sorted out quickly, for there to be appointments available SOON, and for Flynn not to act up until it’s all straightened out! 🙂

In the meantime I will get his room ready, continue setting up our house, and look for an online data-entry type job to help provide groceries 🙂 I’m also looking into Beth Moore’s online bible study: Children of the Day. I’m excited about possibly becoming involved in that, as well as keeping up with my blog. Oh, and plenty of pool time. 😉

 

 

 

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A little look at some of the decorating done at my new apartment! 🙂

 

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Owl scentsy and cage for Flynn’s Harry Potter nursery! Scored these cuties at Michael’s… both 50% off!
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Ryan’s Father’s Day gift 🙂

 

The Move!

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Our amazing moving crew!

Busy busy busy! This past weekend Ryan and I (along with the help of many family and friends) finished packing up our first home- loaded it all on a truck, and travelled to Longview to unload. It was an exhausting, exciting weekend.

Friday morning Ryan and I went to pick up the moving truck, and then had to go to a weigh station to have both my car and the truck weighed while they were empty. This is because we are doing a “diddy move” with the army… Where they pay for the cost of you moving yourself.
I ran by Shipley’s and got an array of donuts and kolaches and the work began! 10:30am-5pm was spent packing the truck neatly, filling it to the brim with furniture, belongings, and probably several items we don’t need. I can’t express enough how thankful we are for the help our my brother and sister, and friends who lent a hand. I helped organize, cleaned up trash, and ran some errands. It’s amazing how even those relatively simple tasks are exhausting to a third trimester preggo.

We slept hard Friday night, and both were up at 6am, getting ready to hit the road. 6:45am we grabbed our coffee and headed down the road. We arrived in Longview around 10:30am, and spent about an hour signing our lease agreement, and picking up our apartment keys. Ryan’s parents arrived as we were finishing, and shortly after some dear, long time friends came to help move in as well. Again, without their help, along with my brother, so much less would have been accomplished! The men were able to unload the truck while myself and the other ladies began to unpack and organize the kitchen. By about 4pm the guys had finished unloading items into our apartment and our storage unit. We ate a much deserved meal together at Newks… Conveniently 5 minutes away!

We spent some time Saturday evening setting up Flynn’s nursery. Ryan’s parents had bought us a crib and changing table, so it was fun putting those items together with them! I cannot wait to really get to work decorating his room. It will be so much fun!

 

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New crib and Ryan’s old rocking horse! 🙂
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New changing table. I love my in-laws.

Ryan and I had a hard time stopping, and kept working until about 11pm, when we both finally fell into bed.

Sunday morning we are breakfast with the in-laws and then set up the tv, and unpacked some of my decor. By lunch time I was ready to quit. I grabbed food for the guys and then took a nap. We left about 4:30pm- got back to Temple at 10:30pm. Again, so tired. But very thankful to have the move done. Unpacking is always more fun, and will be done at our leisure.

Ryan begins work next Monday at FMC. He is looking forward to starting his new job! We are so thankful for this opportunity, and look forward to being involved with this company.

I am experiencing fun pregnancy hormones- and do not look forward to Ryan moving while I finish up a couple more weeks of work here. Prayers are appreciated for wisdom & strength as we push through this final phase. We are currently staying with my ever-gracious sister, which is fun (because I have access to her closet). Thankful for her willingness to house us in our transition period.

I saw Flynn’s knee stick out of my tummy and he’s been super active. I think he’s doing rolls and practicing his football moves in there. Sometimes his movement are quite uncomfortable and I can’t help but think how much worse it’ll be as he gets bigger! However, I’m thankful he’s healthy and happy. Can’t wait to meet this little guy.

 

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Is this not the most hilarious thing you’ve ever seen!?

I’m looking forward to a baby shower this weekend. Some of my grandma’a dear friends are throwing one for us. Also this coming weekend: maternity pics!!! 🙂 this past Saturday some ladies through my mom a “Grandma shower”, and she is excited to show me all of Flynn’s loot from that… Including a homemade quilt!

I’ve been monitoring myself so that I don’t get too tired. I had checked in with my doctor about moving, and she said I’m fine. Just to relax when I get tired. I think I’m still recovering from the three days of moving. But thankfully no more contractions. Since I’m in the third trimester I have to take the glucose test tomorrow to be sure I haven’t developed diabetes as a result of pregnancy.
Last week I stretched some ligaments in my lower abdomen, which was extremely painful. Most likely the result of multiple factors, but a lot of it has to do with Flynn’s rapid growth in the last two weeks.

We are overwhelmed with all the support we’ve had through this entire transition/preparation season, as well as the Lords provision in every way! He is so good, and is leading us on a wonderful journey together. ❤️ thank you Lord!

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Good family friends for years. So thankful for their support, encouragement and help!
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My brother has been incredibly helpful during this move!

 

 

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Our new patio!
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Moving into the new living room!