Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pregnancy Update - 30 weeks

Goodness!  I just realized I have not mentioned this pregnancy very much nor do I have a single picture of me pregnant with this baby!
So here you go, Baby 4# at 30 weeks.  I am pretty excited as this means I only have 7 more weeks to go. (IF his lungs are mature when we do the amnio!)
This pregnancy has been the easiest and seems to have gone by the fastest out of all of them.   I think this is mostly because I have had little to no back pain which is my usual nemesis.  (With Will it was so bad I had crutches to get out of bed) and because I rarely notice my growing bump - it is usually concealed under a jacket or sweater. 
In the summer,  it's just out there no matter what so I always noticed it.

 I am on heparin this time instead of Lovenox solely due to cost.  It may be a little bit of a pain to do an injection twice a day rather than once but it is literally a 6th of the cost so well worth it. (I was on heparin with Joy and Lovenox with Paige).

I noticed that as soon as I started the heparin I suddenly did not want sweets at all and I crave lemon juice and other sour things like crazy.  I also have hardly gained any weight.   I started out at 115 and am currently 124.  With Joy I had the same exact cravings and weight gain so I am wondering if that is how the heparin effects me.  If so, I love heparin!

My one complaint and downside to this pregnancy is my varicose veins.  These popped up for the first time with Will and with each pregnancy they've gotten exponentially worse.

This time around they are angry and very painful.
I mean, look at that one wrapping around under my knee!  I don't know much about veins but isn't that like 500 times it's normal size?! (it is named "The Hulk - it is the only one that has a name) I have to wear my compression stocking ALL THE TIME.  (Another reason I planned for a winter pregnancy.)  I can share this gross picture with complete confidence that they will disappear completely shortly after I give birth - they have every other time.  In the meantime my leg looks like that of a 90 year old.  Only my left leg is like this, the other one is completely fine.

Last week I noticed a hard pea-sized lump in a vein near The Hulk and was worried because I was told that if that happens it could be a blood clot and I needed to get it checked out right away.  So I called my Dr. first thing in the morning and they told me to go to the hospital right away to get an ultrasound of my leg.  It turns out it IS a blood clot but not a deep vein one so there is basically nothing that can be done for it and it isn't a problem.  

At the start of the new year I put myself on a no dairy and no gluten diet.  This is an attempt to have a happy baby for the first time.  Every single baby has been completely awful with Paige winning the "Spawn of Satan" title.  I do not think I can go through another year like our first year of Paige so I am trying to eliminate any factors that might make him cranky.
(imagine this, with sound, 24/7 for an entire year) ((while trying to home school and work part- time))

 I was told to go off dairy and gluten when I was breastfeeding Paige because she had terrible tummy problems and the doctors thought changing my diet would help.
BUT no matter how long I gave up those things I was always told it was not long enough.   They would say "You'll see a difference in a couple of days." Then, after no change in Paige, they would say "Well, you should try it for at least two weeks,"  which then turned into a month and then 3 months (still with little to no change).   That is a long time when your diet usually consists of coffee, cookies and chocolate!  So this last time around I am preemptively "dieting" so that when my milk comes in there will be no way that there is an offending food substance to cause a reaction.   If the baby is still a horrible, screaming, monster after this, I will know it is not my fault and go back to eating normally.
  I will just have to accept that Josh and I are genetically incapable of producing content babies and I will cry a lot for the next year.

When I hit 32 weeks I will have to start going in 2 times a week for biophysical profiles (ultrasound that grades the baby on different things) and non-stress tests.  Then at 36 and a half weeks I will have my amnio.  If his lungs are mature then we'll induce right away, if not I will have to wait a WHOLE WEEK before they will do another amnio to check for lung maturity again.  It is very important to me that we induce before I hit 37 weeks since that is when Will died.  Please pray that his lungs will be mature for the first amnio.  I am more nervous about this since he is a boy - they have a reputation for being slower in the lung development area.

We don't have a name picked out yet for the baby.  We have a few that are in the running but ultimately it is up to Josh - who apparently does not spend hours everyday dwelling on the subject as I do. It'll probably be decided after we see what he looks like.

The girls are getting excited now and are used to the idea of a boy.  We aren't getting anything out or ready for him though.  We'll have plenty of time to take the pink things out of the nursery and get his clothes out of the garage after he is here alive and well.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Rain = Coffee

Warming up on this rainy day, 
with some coffee at Trader Joe's.
It goes without saying that we got some ill-favored looks when all three girls got a coffee.  

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Another quilt!

I can finally post my newest quilt!

I started it last January as soon as my broken wrist could handle cutting fabric and I didn't finish it until the week before Christmas.  

I could have had it done by March if I had just worked on it a little everyday but it fell to the wayside for months at a time.  
I instantly regretted the quilting pattern that I chose. The quilt is 72in by 78in - do you know how many times I had to stuff that quilt through my machine throat to turn it?!?!  Too many.  But it was worth it!

I am very pleased with how it came out. This one went to my Mother-In-Law for Christmas.  

And now to start on the next! I am very glad that I have many pro-quilters in my new Sunday school class and I already have learned a few nuggets of quilting wisdom from them. I want to have most of it done before the baby is born....but we'll see.

Monday, December 14, 2015


Today we went to see Santa at Bass Pro Shop.   It was way more fun than going to the mall and we got a free picture.  It's not the best but what can you expect?

The girls have been looking forward to seeing Santa for quite a while now.  Claire hasn't been able to decide what she wanted and kept coming up with weird suggestions that I tried to discourage. Mostly those ridiculous things you see on tv around Christmas time like Stompeez and similar absurdities that I would throw away a few days later.  (We don't have room for that kind of junk!)  Luckily, she went with "You can just surprise me."  Phew!

Sweet Joy has a very specific list. She wanted a Sophia doll. socks, and a purple dress or shirt. Reasonable, small, and inexpensive suggestions. Santa can do that.

Apparently the Santa at Bass Pro Shop is a "photo op only" Santa and does not talk to the kids. You can write him a letter while you wait in line and put it in his mailbox,and you'd better because he won't ask you if you've been good and what you want for Christmas - he won't even give you a "Ho".  He just sits there and endures, probably questioning his life decisions with each screaming child that is taken off his lap.

Joy telling Dad what to write.

Paige surprised us all by being nice to Santa and sitting on his lap all by herself.  She did not cry at all and she is very proud of her picture with him.  "That me!" she says.

After Santa, we shot at the shooting range,

admired the reindeer,

and rode the carousal....

all for free!

Paige was not too sure about the whole ride thing.

We also just enjoyed walking around the store, looking at the fish, waterfalls, and taxidermy.

Afterward, we went to get our Christmas tree. I can't remember the last time I actually enjoyed decorating the tree. What a pain it is!  There are so many rules!  So many different ways to break ornaments! And a huge shortage of branches that can bear the weight of any ornament.  We got it done though.  I only have 4 ornaments in need of some glue gun repair.

This upcoming week is our busiest one before Christmas.  Next Monday our "to do" list will be complete and I can relax and enjoy the season.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Autumn Apples

It's that time of year again.
  The time when I give caramel apples to my girls and try to get a few good pictures of them eating them.  
Why do I do this?  I don't know, it's tradition.

Monday, November 2, 2015

That's what our baby is made of.....

Today was finally the day when we got to find out the sex of Tompkins baby #4 and make sure everything was growing well. (which I was concerned about since I haven't gained any weight and my tummy JUST started to poke out a little bit ago.)

We were so happy to find out that all looked good with the baby and were super surprised to find out that it is a BOY!
Needless to say we are ecstatic. Well, Josh and I are but the girls are not so happy.  They don't want a "naughty boy" and Claire is "Disappointed in the Lord" for giving us a boy.
I was fully prepared for and wanted another girl.  Mostly for economic reasons but I really enjoy my girls and would have been perfectly happy with one more.  

It's because of this that I have been so irritated with people this time around saying things like "I bet you want a boy huh?"  "Your poor husband!  That better be a boy!" or chanting "Boy boy boy boy boy!" in my ear everytime I pass them by.  I understand that our culture assumes you want to have the one gender you don't have and that people think they are being funny or sympathizing with me because, obviously I want a boy, right?  Maybe it's all these male pregnancy hormones racing through me that are making me more annoyed than I usually am but I am just glad that we finally know and can move on.

Here are some thoughts that have gone through my head today about having a boy:

Hurray!  I don't have someone else's hair to do before we leave the house!
This complicates our rooming situation - nah, Paige and the boy can share rooms for a looooooong time.
I am so happy that Josh will finally get his son!
I won't be able to say "Come on girls!" to my entourage anymore
Ugh!  We have to buy a whole new genre of clothes, toys, games, etc.etc.etc.
I can finally get rid of our baby girl clothes!
Paige is my last baby girl! *tear
Maybe we should try for one more boy so this one doesn't grow up alone in his maleness....

Yes, things will be quite different in our house come March.
 We are celebrating a healthy baby boy and praying for his safe arrival.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween 2015

 I originally had big plans for costumes this year.  The girls were going to be Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, the 3 good fairies from Sleeping Beauty.  It would have been so cute and of course Paige would have been Merryweather, the chubby, blue, fairy.  After my original fabric purchase at Goodwill my mom and I realized that they still needed, capes, and hats and that the dresses had to be sewn completely from scratch.....x 3.  We decided (after a trip to Joann) that these costumes were not only going to be a huge hassle and time consuming but also very costly.  So right there and then we decided (upon Claire's request) to go with the Disney fairies instead.  

I already had Paige's costume, Claire's and Joy's we found at Goodwill for $6 and $5 and the wings are from the dollar store.  Yes!  My kind of costumes!  Of course each costume needed a little help to fit better and make it a little more special but I spent about 40 minutes on the 3 combined. 

Silvermist - The Water Fairy

Rosetta - The Flower Fairy

 and of course, Tinkerbell - the Tinker Fairy.

 We had a lot of fun on this photo shoot.  However, as we were getting ready, Joy decided to touch the curling iron to see if it was on. So she had a big white blister on her finger and of course her poor finger burned like crazy for the next 3 hours.  We were already in too deep to call off the picture session so we gave her the only thing from my mom's freezer that was easy to hold and would stay cold long enough - a  frozen sausage wrapped in foil.  (after we got to the park we realized we could have/should have cut it so it was....smaller.  This is why Joy's hand is behind something in most pictures.

Paige reenacting the Little House on The Prairie intro.
Joy smiling/crying through the burning finger pain.
 Laughing at Paige in between shots.

Luckily, these girls are just as happy (if not more) with the switch in costumes and I have enjoyed a stress-free costume season.

Happy Halloween! 
 Next year we'll need a costume idea for four!