I’m a little behind on updates due to our illness and travelling so here are two weeks combined:
17 weeks (April 1)
18 weeks (April 8)
Khloë was sick with bronchiolitis from March 31 – April 9. I talked about her illness here and posted an update here. Her phlegmy cough and clogged nose are gone. She is definitely sleeping and nursing better, and her disposition is back to normal. I missed my happy, smiley girl!
We spent April 6 – 9th in Kingston visiting family. Khloë and I made the rounds, visiting those who didn’t mind seeing a sick baby (and a sick mama). We spent a lot of time hanging out and shopping with my sister Crystal. My mom, Crystal, Keesje, and Aunt Margaret and cousin Brittini sent us home with tons of gifts (ie. clothes and princess stuff) for Khloë. She is so spoiled!
I’ve noticed Khloë’s skin has broken out again. The steroid medicine for her illness had cleared up the eczema on her forehead and temple but now it’s back full-force. She also has a rash around her chin from constantly drooling.
She is still in size 2 diapers and wearing a combination of 3-6 month, 6-9 month, and 6-12 month sizes, depending on the items. She’s approximately 14 lbs.
Khloë’s four-month needles are coming up next week!
…The Agriculture & Food Museum in Ottawa to be exact!
We spent the weekend at Serena & Cheepow’s. Our two year old niece, Zoë, liked having baby Khloë to “play” with. Mostly she would sit beside her and watch me change the baby’s diaper, dress the baby, or nurse the baby.
On Saturday Jordan and I decided to use his sister’s free pass to the Agriculture Museum to take Khloë to see the animals. We bundled Khloë up against the chill and put her in the stroller for the first time. She seemed comfortable and didn’t fuss.
First stroller ride
The museum is not all indoors. Basically you walk from building to building to see the animals. There were cows, pigs, goats, and sheep. We also listened to a talk about honey bees and saw the cows being milked. I think it would have been more enjoyable in better weather; it was muddy and a little cold when outside.
Look, it’s a cow!
Look, it’s a tractor!
Watching the cows get milked
Before leaving I tried to nurse Khloë in a quiet corner in the Learning Centre but she got really fussy and wouldn’t drink. I figured she was getting tired and needed her nap. We took her back to the house and I put her down for a nap. She seemed a little stuffed up but I didn’t think much of it.
By 1:30 am on Sunday morning I had to suction the snot out of her nose because she was having a hard time breathing. I kept waking up to the sound of her choking on mucous. Later in the morning, after nursing her, she was really fussy and nothing would make her happy–definitely not the norm for our girl. We all headed to church and I kept thinking to myself that I should have stayed at the house with her. Mother’s intuition! She cried almost the whole time and I spent the whole service in the nursing mother’s room trying to console her. She didn’t want to nurse and finally slept about 30 minutes. Her nose was still pretty clogged.
Back at Serena’s she finally had a good breastfeeding session and fell asleep for two hours. When she woke she had developed a nasty cough. I gave her some infant’s Tylenol because I was afraid she was getting a fever. The medicine seemed to improve her spirits enough to do a little photo shoot with her cousin.
Photo shoot at Aunt Serena’s
Khloë & Zoë
We got all packed up and made the 2.5 hour drive home; Khloë slept almost the whole journey. I gave her more Tylenol to help her sleep, suctioned her nose again and fed her. In between doses she was able to sleep but her breathing and coughing sounded awful.
As soon as her doctor’s office opened Monday morning I called and made an appointment. The nurse practitioner confirmed Khloë most likely had a virus and that we were to continue to give her Tylenol, nurse her as much as she wants, and let her sleep. She checked Khloë’s ears and chest, which sounded clear, and said that the mucous was all in her sinus area. Hopefully this illness doesn’t last more than a couple days; my poor girl is miserable and I miss her beautiful smiles. And I think she might be passing her cold on to Mama…
My oh my, 8 weeks old!
8 weeks old (January 28)
This post is a little late in the week but I don’t always have time to get on the computer. Not much new in development. Khloë is getting better at holding her head up but still dislikes tummy time. She loves to stare at faces. There are always plenty of grins when we put her on the change table; she knows she’s getting a clean diaper to poop in! She continues to sleep in a bassinet in our bedroom.
Diapers are still size 1 and clothing size 0-3, although some 3-6 month pants fit her. She has SO much clothing!
She’s getting big!
Aunt Crystal meeting her niece
This weekend my mom, two sisters, and nephew came up for a visit. Crystal met her niece for the first time and fell in love. 🙂 She brought a suitcase full of clothes and other items for her, too. My mom and other sister brought gifts as well. My girl is so spoiled! Also, our church threw a baby shower for Khloë and I on Saturday. Yes, SPOILED!
On October 6th, my mom and good friend Kendra threw me a baby shower. The theme was “Build Baby’s First Library”, meaning that instead of a card each person was to bring their favourite children’s book to add to Baby Girl’s bookshelf. She ended up with quite a pile of books!
Baby Girl’s library
There were some unique games to play, lots of tasty goodies, and an amazing cake made by another friend of mine. Many friends and family members came out to celebrate. I will never forget the love shown to Baby Girl that day! She was given so much stuff that, going home, our Jetta was completely packed inside the car and in the trunk!
Hanging out with my nephew
Reading a card
Cake inspired by my fave childhood book “Are You My Mother?”
Diaper cake made by my mom and sister
My sister Keesje and Ashe
My mom and I
My sister and I
And here’s a few pictures of some of the gifts:
Those cute baby hats were made by my mom!!!
Week 28 (September 23)
Hello third trimester! Although I think it technically began in week 27 but let’s just ignore that.
On the Friday of this week I met with Suki, one of the midwives. My blood pressure was normal and Baby K was growing appropriately. Her head was down in my pelvis and feet/legs up near my ribs. No wonder I keep seeing what I think is a leg pushing out the top of my belly! I’m also having Braxton Hicks contractions quite regularly. They aren’t painful but there’s definitely a lot of pressure and tightness in my belly when they occur. Baby’s heartbeat is 146 bpm. I’ve gained 24 lbs total.
Suki gave me 2 DVDs to watch since hubby and I aren’t doing prenatal classes. One is on comfort measures during childbirth and the other is a twelve-part series on common postnatal issues. We’ve started watching the one on comfort measures and have learned some techniques to use during labour.
One of the questions I asked my midwife was what happens once we get to the hospital. She explained that I first pick up my registration papers (I’ve already preregistered) and then head to Labour & Delivery. I should be put into a private birthing room with access to en suite bathroom. She mentioned that if my water breaks in the middle of the night but I’m not having contractions, I should only call her if the fluid is tinged greenish; otherwise that phone call can wait til morning. If I’m having contractions at night I can take Tylenol and Gravol to help me rest until morning (unless they are very close together and I can’t wait any longer to get to the hospital).
My next appointment will be October 10th and I’ll be going every 2 weeks now.
In other news, this was a very busy week! Jordan’s parents arrived from New Brunswick on Wednesday and left Sunday afternoon. They helped finish the new flooring in our master bedroom, moved all our furniture into the room, set up the nursery and hung pictures on the walls. Charlene and I washed, folded, and sorted really cute baby clothes; washed toys and the Exersaucer that was given to us; and cleaned and de-furred the Infantino carrier my sister lent me. We got so much stuff done; I am so thankful! Nursery pictures will come later when it’s completely finished!
After that exhausting week, I started to not feel well Sunday night at our church’s potluck dinner. We left early and I slept off and on from 7 pm to 8 am the next day.
Week 29 (September 30)
I’m experiencing a lot of intense Braxton Hicks contractions, just like the previous week. They tend to stop me in my tracks, they’re so uncomfortable.
Had more pains in the top of my belly yesterday while we were out shopping. I’m not sure what it’s from or if it’s just stomach pains unrelated to pregnancy, but they hurt enough that after picking up a white floating shelf and Scotch Guard from Home Depot we went right home instead of continuing on to Walmart. I found that if I curled onto my left side or held my hands underneath my belly while I was standing, then the pain would dissipate.