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BABY!

Yes for the third time we are not finding out the sex of baby #3. While we might not be finding out it doesn’t mean we aren’t a bit curious so just like every other pregnancy we are turning to some old wives tales for predictions.

The Predictions Based on Gender Prediction Charts and Old Wives Tales:

Time of Conception: No idea .

Cravings: GIRL
It is said that if you crave sweet it’s a girl and if you crave salt you’re having a boy.  While I haven’t had any crazy cravings I have been happy to indulge in vegan soft serve and I did have a week where I couldn’t get enough watermelon.

Dreams: No dreams.
I haven’t had any gender specific dreams yet. I know that that when I was pregnant with Edith I didn’t start having any until my third trimester.

Sleeping Preference: GIRL
I have read that you prefer sleeping on your left side, you’ll have a boy and if you prefer your right side a girl. I prefer my right and always have and just find myself always switching to my right side.

Morning Sickness Severity: GIRL
Apparently extreme nausea or nausea that lingers all day means you are having a girl. This was the most extreme nausea I have ever experienced. From weeks 4-18 it was pretty much non-stop but even now at nearly 25 weeks I still have my days.

Mathematical Formula: BOY
You add your age (3+1) to your due date month (6) to your conception month (9). Odd equals boy, even equals girl. Mine adds up to 19.

The Bump Chinese Gender Predictor: BOY
I used the chart on The Bump. This one is based on your age not your lunar age.

Chinese Gender Predictor: GIRL
This test takes your Chinese Lunar Age into consideration.
Woman’s Birth Year: 1985 Month: 8 Day: 28 Time Zone: EST
Conception Year: 2014  Month: 9 Day: 25 Time Zone: PST
It’s a girl! (Chinese Age 32 at Lunar month 8)

Mayan Table: GIRL
Age of conception [ODD] + Month of conception [ODD] = Girl 

Hands- Soft or Dry?: Inconclusive 
Neil says my hands aren’t dry but they aren’t soft.

Citrus: GIRL
Apparently if you’re craving citrus, you’re having a girl.

Skin: GIRL
Apparently if your skin breaks out expect a girl. Well my skin has been TERRIBLE.  

High or Low?: Inconclusive 
I have no idea. I have also read that where you carry is based on your body type, whether you have a good set of abs before conception and pregnancy #. Since I don’t have abs and I’m on pregnancy #6 it’s hard to tell. 

Nature’s language:  GIRL
It is believed that nature communicates with humans through forms. In this case, if the mother’s womb is round, it is a girl. If it is pointed, it is a boy (source). I am feeling like I look pretty round so I guess girl?

Heart Beat: GIRL
Is Baby’s heart beat faster than 140 beats per minute (bpm)? It’s a girl. Less than 130 bpm? It’s a boy (source). Heart beat has consistently been above 130 bpm.

Gut Feeling: I want to say girl but honestly I’m always wrong. I was convinced Edith was going to be a boy and that Alder was going to be a girl .

TOTALS: 9 Girl, 2 Boy, 4 inconclusive.

What do you predict we will have? 

 

Sources:

  • http://www.home-remedies-site.com/boy-or-girl.htm
  • http://www.babyzone.com/pregnancy/photos_popular_pregnancy_myths
  • http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-baby/gender-prediction/old-wives-tales/
  • http://content.thebump.com/sitelets/chinese-gender-chart/
  • http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/

joy, tears, heartache and a whole lot of love. | life after a misscarriage

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The past few weeks around our house have been filled with joy, tears, heartache and a whole lot of love. Two weeks ago we were in a car accident that while only inflicted minor physical damage resulted in minor injury and discomfort for the littles and myself. After the accident both littles experienced a few nights of terrible sleep, misalignment, discomfort and a whole lot more mama and dada snuggles. Luckily we are all on the up swing and the kids love their new carseats.

While the accident was a terrible event, little did we know that it wouldn’t be the end of hardships for us this month. I guess I should rewind a bit to a few days before the accident. We found out that we were expecting baby number three. A very exciting development that we were so looking forward to sharing but as life goes not everything works out. At least not at first. On the 23rd of December I started spotting and while I had no cramping or other signs of miscarriage I just knew. By the evening of the 24th I was bleeding more heavily and my midwife (who was heading out of town for the holiday) suggested that I go to the ER to get checked out. We were fortunate that our amazing friends were able to take Edith and Alder at the very last minute and Neil and I headed to the ER to inevitably find out exactly what we already knew.

After several hours spent in the ER it was confirmed that I indeed did miscarry at six and a half weeks. As we know all too well, nothing could have prevented this miscarriage. It was likely a chemical pregnancy and therefore the accident wouldn’t have been the cause. Nonetheless, it was still shocking and saddening.

So as you might already assume these last few weeks have been challenging for all of us. There is little time to grieve when you have two beautiful babes longing for your attention. There is also a part of Neil and I who are ready to just move on and try again. Because, as you might be wondering, this third baby is one we planned. One we want so badly to add to our little family and one that we hope will join us in the next year or so. So while there have been lots of tears and heartache this month we are looking forward to the start of the new year and the exciting adventures in expanding our family.

Pregnancy | The Waiting Game Ramblings

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As I write this post I am currently 40w1d pregnant. That is only 1 day past my due date but it honestly feels like forever, especially when Edith was 10 days early. I’ve had a feeling all along though that despite it being common for women to go into labor earlier with their second, third, fourth, ect that I was just not going to be that person. I also had a feeling that our midwife, Dr. J,  would not be able to make it to our birth and that we would have to go with a backup.

The funny thing is Dr. J who has been my care provider since around 12 weeks WAS my backup because my primary care doctor, Dr. A,  who is also a midwife was not taking births for July and August so per her recommendation we went with Dr. J who I have really come to love as well. So at this point we are onto a third midwife for the birth unless of course this baby decides they are so comfortable that they want to stay in until August 4th when Dr. A is back to work and would be able to attend; and while I would love her to be there I am really hoping we have a baby before the 4th.

Another interesting thing is that from the start I had a feeling that Dr. J would not be at the birth and when she told us she was going to be out of town July 14-22nd I figured I would probably have this baby during that time period although I also was still feeling like this baby would not be born early.  Well that time came and went and Thursday July 24th I went in for my 39 week appointment still pregnant but having contractions so I thought maybe today is the day. At that appointment Dr. J told us that she had to go out of town the following Thursday (today) for an unexpected family thing.

At this point I was hopeful that the contractions were going to be the real deal and since they continued for a few hours after our appointment I was sure we were going to have the baby that night or over the weekend. Well that obviously didn’t happen and Tuesday rolled around and I was feeling pretty down about the entire situation. I knew that unless I went into active labor in the next 24 hours that Dr. J would not be at our birth, that our baby would not arrive on their due date (FYI most babies don’t and I know that) and that we would be having another midwife, who I really like as well, at our birth.

In hopes of getting things going I had acupuncture yesterday afternoon and spent the remainder of the day (with the exception of a short trip to the market) relaxing and resting in hopes that contractions would start up. While I have had a little cramping and contractions since the acupuncture they haven’t been consistent.  That’s not to say the acupuncture hasn’t worked it just hasn’t worked fast enough or in time for Dr. J to attend the birth.

So now here we are waiting and hoping that this baby will make their arrival sooner than later. One thing that is helpful is that we have no showings of our home (we are renting and the landlord is looking for a new tenant because or lease is up 8/31) scheduled until Sunday and they are tentative due to someone putting in an application to rent the house.  This is a huge relief because seriously who wants to go into labor when there are potentially strange people that are going to be walking through your home?

Anyways these are my crazy waiting game ramblings. Trying to keep myself distracted, relaxed and positive because I know everything will workout and this baby will come when it’s ready (however I hope it’s ready soon!).

Anyone have any fun distracting things to do while I wait this out? 

Duck Walk

We are lucky to live within walking distance to a beautiful Portland park which is just getting more beautiful as they finish the renovations. It has always been our park of choice to go down and do a family walk, feed the ducks, avoid being attacked by the geese and play a little ball. Now that the boardwalk is open we have been really enjoying our walks and get down as a family 1-2x per week.

39w2dbabyno2 Last night we headed down for an after dinner walk and to feed the ducks. I won’t lie I was hoping the long walk loop would help an convince this baby to come out and join us but alas I am sitting on the couch 39w3d pregnant and s/he has still yet to join us Earth side. While we are anxious to meet baby #2 we have been really soaking up the moments as a family of three and have been a little more relaxed with Edith’s bedtime (which doesn’t always work in our advantage) and have been doing a lot more activities outside the house during the week than we would normally. Last night was one more of those beautiful moments together where we played, laughed and enjoyed the sunshine. Who knows maybe it will be our last Duck Walk as a family of three.

P.S. you can check out the YouTube video of our walk at the bottom of this post! 
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What is one of your favorite activities to do as a family?

 

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What’s In My Belly?

Today I am 35weeks2days pregnant which means this baby is coming soon! That being said it’s time to take a guess! I googled baby pool sites and surprisingly had a hard time finding very many options but settled on the site What’s In My Belly? So if you want to guess head on over via this link and put in your predictions.

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Here are some things to help with your predictions: 

Baby Lindsay Info:

  • Due date: born 7 days early
  • Weight: 8 lbs 3 oz
  • Length: 21 inches
  • Time: 8:53 am

Baby Neil Info:

  • Due date: born 11 days late
  • Weight: 9 lbs 6 oz
  • Length: 21 inches
  • Time: ~ 3 am

Baby Edith Info:

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  • Due date: born 10 days early
  • Weight: 6lbs 11oz
  • Length: 20.25 inches
  • Time: 1:28pm

You can read my post on The Predictions Based on Gender Prediction Charts and Old Wives Tales here.

Okay now that you have collected some info head on over to What’s In My Belly? and make your prediction!

Gender Predictions: Boy or Girl

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The Predictions Based on Gender Prediction Charts and Old Wives Tales:

Time of Conception: GIRL
We know exactly when we conceived and it was the night or next day after getting my IUD out and three days post ‘activity’. That being said girl.

Cravings: GIRL
It is said that if you crave sweet it’s a girl and if you crave salt you’re having a boy.  I have been craving both but in my first trimester it was all about sweet fruits. I guess I am still all about fruit, especially berries. I also love my savory foods but that’s not a new thing I have always loved savory more than sweet.

Dreams: ??
I haven’t had any gender specific dreams yet. I know that that when I was pregnant with Edith I didn’t start having any until my third trimester.

Sleeping Preference: GIRL
I have read that you prefer sleeping on your left side, you’ll have a boy and if you prefer your right side a girl. I prefer my right and always have but this time around I have been stressing less about making sure to sleep on my left side and have just been alternating through out the night.

Morning Sickness Severity: GIRL
Apparently extreme nausea or nausea that lingers all day means you are having a girl. Just like with Edith extreme nausea all first trimester and this time it was from about week 6 until week 16.

Mathematical Formula: BOY
You add your age (2 + 8) to your due date month (7) to your conception month (1+1). Odd equals boy, even equals girl. Mine adds up to 19.

The Bump Chinese Gender Predictor: BOY
I used the chart on The Bump. This one is based on your age not your lunar age.

Chinese Gender Predictor: GIRL
This test takes your Chinese Lunar Age into consideration.
Woman’s Birth Year: 1985 Month: 8 Day: 28 Time Zone: EST
Conception Year: 2013 Month: 11 Day: 5 Time Zone: PST
It’s a girl! (Chinese Age 29 at Lunar month 10)

Mayan Table: BOY
Seems to be basically the same as the Chinese Gender Predictor.

Hands- Soft or Dry?: BOY
If your hands are dry-boy. If your hands soft-girl. My hands haven’t been dry until this week and I’m not sure if it’s because we are having a boy or just the fact that the weather is changing.

Citrus: GIRL
Apparently if you’re craving citrus, you’re having a girl. I craved citrus with Edith and this pregnancy as well. I love me some lemonade and grapefruit!

Skin: GIRL
Apparently if your skin breaks out, expect a girl and my skin has been awful just like with Edith. 

High or Low?: BOY
If baby is low, expect a boy. High, it’s a girl.–Well I am carrying low. However I have also read that where you carry is based on your body type, whether you have a good set of abs before conception and pregnancy #. 

Nature’s language:  GIRL
It is believed that nature communicates with humans through forms. In this case, if the mother’s womb is round, it is a girl. If it is pointed, it is a boy (source). I am feeling like I look pretty round so I guess girl?

Heart Beat: GIRL
Is Baby’s heart beat faster than 140 beats per minute (bpm)? It’s a girl. Less than 130 bpm? It’s a boy (source). Heart beat has consistently been above 130 bpm.

Gut Feeling: Seriously no idea. Leaning towards girl but really who knows.

TOTALS: 9 Girl, 5 Boy, 2 inconclusive.

What do you predict we will have? 

 

Sources:

  • http://www.home-remedies-site.com/boy-or-girl.htm
  • http://www.babyzone.com/pregnancy/photos_popular_pregnancy_myths
  • http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-baby/gender-prediction/old-wives-tales/
  • http://content.thebump.com/sitelets/chinese-gender-chart/
  • http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/

Baby No. 2: 24 Weeks

24 Weeks Belly Hugs and Kisses via Naturally FamilyWhat’s that two pregnancy posts in a row?!? (Don’t get used to it- haha).

How far along are you? 24+1 Weeks!

How I’m feeling:  I’m feeling pretty good. Energy is still good although I find that I do well M-W and then by Thursday (today) I start to feel tired until the weekend comes aka I have Neil home to wrangle sweet Edith.

Total weight gain: Errr… no idea? Still haven’t weighed myself.

Maternity clothes: I bought a few more items this past weekend. With our vacation coming up I figured I should probably get a few items that weren’t old t-shirts and yoga pants. I found a few cute non-maternity tops, a few new tanks, a maternity top and another pair of full-panel jeggings (best invention).

Sleep: Same.

What’s been going on this week: This week has been all about getting the house in order before we head off on vacation, packing for vacation and also getting outside! The weather has been beautiful so we have been going for daily/nightly walks. I also have been trying to get out of the house more with Edith.

Movement: Neil finally felt the baby move and I am starting to actually see movement!

Food cravings: This week I have been again all about the vegan quesadillas.

Food aversions: Peanut Butter is still my huge aversion. Also not feeling ginger.

What I Miss: Having a glass of wine or beer. Clothes that fit. (same as last time)

24 Weeks Out Take via Naturally Family

Baby No. 2: 23 Weeks

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How far along are you? 23 Weeks- seriously this second trimester is flying by!

How I’m feeling: I’m feeling pretty good! I am feeling more and more pregnant. I’ve been trying to be more active so that has helped with energy levels but I have my days where I just want to sleep all day.

Total weight gain: I haven’t weighed myself in 2 weeks so I am not sure. Last midwives appointment I hadn’t gained any additional weight ie. same weight I was at 17 weeks.

Maternity clothes: I finally had to move on up to the full panel pants because all my demi-panel are falling down due to my growing belly. I only have one pair of full panel jeans and a few skirts that works so I will probably have to buy a few more. I also am starting to really need tops as most of mine are getting to snug or short.

Sleep: Sleep is hit or miss. Some nights I sleep well and other nights I am restless. I have to say having a snack before bed and my Bump Nest seriously makes a huge difference. However, lately I go to bed and find Edith using my Bump Nest as a pillow- seriously I should have bought one for each of us.

What’s been going on this week: This week I have been trying to catch up on housework and have really been working on getting our downstairs room in order. Edith and I have been stuck inside for most of the week due to the rain so we have been trying to find dry places to visit such as the library and playdates.

Movement: More and more each week!

Food cravings: This week I have been all about the vegan quesadillas- seriously craving all the time and well I want one right now. Also really good raspberry jam.

Food aversions: Peanut Butter is still my huge aversion.

What I Miss: Having a glass of wine. Clothes that fit. (same as last time)

Baby No. Two: 20 Weeks

Baby#2-20WeeksHow far along are you? 20 Weeks- Half Way!!

How I’m feeling: Well pregnancy-wise I feel fine but I have been crazy sick with a cold for the last 10 days. I am just now really starting to feel better. I have to say it’s probably this pregnancy that has prolonged my cold (side effect of pregnancy right?) Last week was survival mode since not only was I super sick with a cold so was Edith; we were quite the pair all week. She is feeling better now too and I’m hopeful that we will both be back to normal by next week.

Total weight gain: 6 lbs. Yes, this is less than at 7 weeks but between being sick with no appetite (don’t worry I have been getting enough calories) and improving our diet (less bread, pasta, dining out) I lost a few pounds. Really not concerned because I have been eating enough calories just from better food sources (more veggies, fruits, whole grains and lots more water).

Maternity clothes: I found a few pieces yesterday at a consignment shop but honestly I am at the point where my shirts barely cover my growing stomach. I haven’t bought any non-workout maternity tops so I think I might need to get a few things soon.

Sleep: Sleeping has been going alright with the exception of last week but that was all cold related. Also the Bump Nest is insanely wonderful however I battle Edith every night because she loves to use it as a pillow (we co-sleep/sidecar). Seems I need to get one for her and Neil as well.

EdithMarchPicnicWhat’s been going on this week: This week I have been trying to catch up with housework and we have been enjoying the insanely beautiful weather! I also have been getting back to workouts and can’t wait to share those soon. Friday we head to our 20 week ultrasound which is both exciting and nerve-wracking.

Movement: More and more each week! Looking forward to when E and Neil can feel it too.

Food cravings: Gummy candies. Strawberry licorice. Hummus and crackers. Pizza. Salads.

Food aversions: Peanut Butter- yuck.

What I Miss: Having a glass of wine. Clothes that fit.

Outtakes:

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Baby No. Two: 17 Weeks

It’s been far too long since my last post.

17 weeks

How far along are you? I’m 17 weeks 1 day!

How I’m feeling: I am feeling good! I still have afternoons that are a bit rough especially if I have been running around all morning but otherwise I am starting to feel back to normal. This was around the same time I started to really feel better with my pregnancy with Edith.

Total weight gain: 8 lbs.

Maternity clothes: I finally bought some maternity workout clothes from Old Navy and they are working out so well. Seriously so much more comfortable than my non-maternity workout gear. I also bought some pants but otherwise that is it. I will need to get some new shirts soon as mine are getting pretty short and I will probably need to actually get a maternity swim suit soon as well.

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Sleep: Sleeping is a bit better because I finally bought a new pregnancy pillow. I ended up going with the Bump Nest instead of the Snoogle and I’ll blog about that all another time. I have been going to bed between 8-10pm and sleep until 6-7am. On nights when I eat before I go to bed I don’t have as many wake ups but I still have nights with 1-2 hours of insomnia.

What’s been going on this week: I had my latest midwife appointment on Tuesday and everything looks great. We went over my blood tests and they were all good and I will be going back again in March. We need to schedule our 18-20 week ultrasound soon as well. Other than that spending a lot of time working on getting the house in order and it’s a never ending project with a 19 month old.

Movement: Just a little.

Food cravings: No major food cravings although we did have potatoes a few times this week. Otherwise no major cravings.

Food aversions: Hummus.

What I Miss: Having more energy at night.