Life has been busy these last few months, from dealing with a little one learning to crawl and walk, to dealing with a threenager, being pregnant, packing up to move, moving everything to storage, living with the parents for two weeks, moving again, and then unpacking and settling into a new home all while trying to finish our backyard - basically has taken up all our time besides the typical day to day items.
Despite that I thought that before this new babe decides to make her debut I'd try to do a little catch up with things. Though that could partly be because said babe is giving this mama contractions way too early so I'm stuck "taking it easy" in bed with nothing better to do.
Which brings us to update number one.
Baby 3 - For those that may not have heard we will be naming her Aurora Jeanne - nicknamed Rory. We are in love with the name - it feels right and perfect for this sweet little girl. Now, while we are super excited and anxious to meet her we'd all feel a bit better if she would at least stay put until I hit 36 weeks at least. While 36 weeks isn't technically full term, it is far enough along that we would avoid the NICU and most likely any complications.
The past few days have been a bit draining as I've had very long stints (3-4 hours at a time) of very strong and consistent contractions (lasting around 9-10 minutes apart depending). Not having any contractions with Rose and only having contractions for about 12 hours before my water broke with Haevin makes these a bit worrisome that Rory is starting to think it's a good idea to come out sooner rather then later.
So these contractions means a few things.
Thing the obvious - laying off Crossfit until I hit 36 weeks. While I'm full on willing to do this, it is a bit sad as Crossfit is my escape and release each day. Taking 10 days off from working out may not seem like a bit deal, but it kinda is. But obviously if it keeps baby girl cooking longer and safer longer then it's completely worth it.
Thing the second. Steroid shots. As I'm already a risk for pre-term labor it's pretty likely that this baby girl will follow suit. Considering my other two girls came at 36 weeks and 37 weeks, makes these bouts of contractions a likely precursor to another early baby. To play it safe I'm getting a couple of steroid shots which has been shown to drastically help pre-term babies, especially in the lung development department. So hopefully if Rory does come even earlier then my other two, the steroids will keep her lungs and development strong and healthy.
Other then that I'm just told to take it as easy as possible, but that I don't necessarily need to be on full bed rest. So that's what I'm doing. Braedon is amazing and picking up all sorts of slack and working from home when he can to help me with the girls and house crap as much as possible. My mother and mother in law keep calling/messaging checking in on me and offering any help as needed. Basically I've got it pretty good and am blessed to have such amazing support and love.
Besides that - as of now Rory is in the right position, strong and healthy, has a strong heart beat, is a good mover and perfect as can be. I'm dilated to a 1.5 and about 65% effaced (which is right about where I was with my other two girls at about 36 weeks). We will see how things go over the next couple weeks but will be keeping our fingers crossed that hopefully we at least make it to September!
|Me at 32 weeks - I don't have a more recent photo but I look more or less the same just with a bigger belly. ;)|
On to other news:
Rosealynn - Rose is doing great. Her threenager attitude is slowly fading away but she for sure still has some flair ups. More and more she wants to be my helper - which is great with a new babe on the way. She will do things "to make my heart happy" and because "she loves me" and it just makes me melt. She loves helping me with Haevin and is still my sweet sensitive loving girl.
|Anything arts and crafts is a favorite lately. Painting, cutting, gluing, etc etc.|
|Always wanting to give hugs and kisses.|
|Fun times at Lagoon.|
|Love these two.|
|Silly faces together.|
|Rose is very specific most mornings about how she wants her hair done (in pig tailes or a pony tail or one braid, etc). One day she woke up and told me she wanted Princess hair. This is what I came up with. She was thrilled with it, thankfully.|
|Loves feeding the fishes at the Gardens.|
|More shots of getting her hair done.|
|The tramp is a huge hit with the girls.|
|Showing off her muscles (specifically for me to send to her boyfriend Jackson).|
She also is a HUGE social butterfly. With the new house we've had quite a few people in and out for warranty items and every single person gets an earful despite how hard I try and get her to leave them alone. She keeps telling me "Mom I just love talking". Luckily everyone is so nice to her - especially our new neighbors who she really LOVES and tells me are her favorite. But seriously, our neighbors are amazing for being so nice to her and letting her talk with them and play with them. I'm feeling pretty blessed with our new neighborhood and glad that our family is feeling so welcomed.
Some other updates with Rose is she did some swim lessons this summer and loved them. We did four weeks back to back to really try and give her a good foundation to work on and i think it did just that. The thing she struggled with the most was floating on her back when the teacher took their hand away. She kept telling me that she "can't do it" to which we'd make her do burpees (the new rule in the house if you use the word "can't") and told her that all we asked is that she would try. So the last week she tried really hard and did it every single day. She was so proud and so was I.
|Working on that float.|
|Getting in the pirate spirit.|
|All the pirates booty!|
|Pirate masks with Grandma and Grandpa Mc.|
|The pinata was the one thing she has been asking for for the past few months. I pulled up amazon to let her pick her own and this was the winner with a big gasp and a "can I have a pirate party!?" :)|
|Roses and lace. Red and yellow. Perfect. :)|
We are looking forward to the next few months as Rose will be starting her second year of preschool next week and starting dance lessons at the end of September. We are both excited. She keeps showing me what moves she will do in her dance class and I think she will just love it. Basically Rose is wonderful and sassy and sweet and full of life. Just how we like her.
|Haevin is in the "I must use a fork myself" stage.|
|Loves going on rides.|
|Daddy reading bed time books.|
|Girl loves to come give me snuggles while I work.|
|Or sit on my lap while I work.|
|Or ask for hugs nonstop.|
|She also loves to feed the fishies! :)|
|That daddy daughter relationship though. :)|
|More trampoline lovin'|
|This girl loves to play in the water table and will come away soaking every single time.|
|Crackers and snuggles while Rose does swim lessons.|
Haevin is following the same patterns of growth that Rose did - tall for her age, higher on the weight for her age, and a giant head. I don't understand how my little 6 pounds early babies somehow become so big around 18 months, but that's just the way they decide to grow and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Some of my favorite things Haevin does right now are:
- Tickle monster. She will lift her hands up by her eyes and wiggle her fingers and say "tickle tickle tickle tickle" while you chase her or she chases you. Always with this mischievous sparkle in her eye.
- Her "I'm mad/pouting" face. Oh laws. I've yet to capture it on camera but it's perfect. She huffs and puckers her lips, scrunches her eye browns, and looks down at the floor like she just can't believe you are saying/doing whatever you are saying/doing. I laugh every time.
- Saying I don't know - which comes out as her saying "No know!" with her hands up by her face in a "I'm not sure" type fashion.
- Her excitement and love for her dad. I thought Rose was kind of a daddy's girl around this age - Haevin tops her. Don't get me wrong, when it's just me and her or when dad isn't around she loves me, gives me hugs, snuggles, kisses, the works. But if dad is around she literally wants NOTHING to do with me - even to the point of telling me to "away" if I try to give her a hug or touch her. She loves Braedon. She snuggles him like no one else. When he gets home it's like Christmas every time. It melts my heart to see their relationship. Plus we all know that no one can rough house as good as daddy, so of course he's the favorite. ;)
|So much sillies.|
|The girls giving Rory some hugs.|
|My world. :)|
|Holding hands. :)|
Braedon is still working is tail off at his regular job, working at Crossfit, and then putting so much work into taking care of us girls and getting our backyard finished. The tramp is done, excavation is basically done, Sprinklers are done, Spook's dog area is done, fence should be in by the end of this week. We are slowing but surely getting there. Next up is finishing up our garden bed that we have planned, and then once it's a bit cooler we will do top soil and sod! And then of course it will probably be onto the basement as we don't know how NOT to have a project of some sort. I'm so grateful for Braedon and all his hard work and amazed at all he can do especially while I'm not of much help.
|So much dirt.|
|So much work.|
|I'm such a good helper... ;)|
So there you have it - the quick catch up in the Goudie house. Things are good. We are happy. Blessed. And grateful for all we have. Looking forward to cooler temperatures, my body back and meeting our newest sweet girl (though hopefully not till September).
|Love this man.|
Loves and hugs. :)