Monday, April 30, 2012

School's Out!

For two weeks... :)

Not quite the summer, but I'll take it. I had to work all weekend so this is my first day of break essentially. I've spent it so far sleeping. :)

Now that I'm up, I'll spend it cleaning, but I'm thankful for getting some me time, even if it's only for a few hours and just to catch up on sleep!!

I really am looking forward to going back though in the summer. This semester I'm going to focus a little better so I don't have to stress so much at the end!! But as I type that I'm already thinking of the MILLION things I'll have going on and how that will probably change. But I'm really going to try and have ALL A's going into my final Hesi's!!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

17 Weeks with baby #3!

Your pregnancy: 17 weeks

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

How your life's changing:

Starting to feel a bit off balance? As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, so you may begin to occasionally feel a little unsteady on your feet. Try to avoid situations with a high risk of falling. Wear low-heeled shoes to reduce your risk of taking a tumble; trauma to your abdomen could be dangerous for you and your baby. You'll also want to be sure to buckle up when you're in a car — keep the lap portion of the seat belt under your belly, drawn snugly across your hips, and also use the shoulder harness, which should fit snugly between your breasts.
You may also notice your eyes becoming drier. Using over-the-counter lubricating drops may help. If your contact lenses become uncomfortable, try wearing them for shorter stretches of time. If you still have discomfort, switch to glasses until after you give birth.

 My baby is the size of a turnip! :)

Everything is going well! I have another doctor's appointment in two weeks and another ultrasound in two weeks. We are still determined to have the baby's sex be a surprise, so no big reveal or anything after this ultrasound. We think we have the boy name picked out though and the girl name narrowed down to two. So that's exciting!! I'm starting to realize that when I finish my next semester we will have less than a month until the baby comes, so maybe I should start making lists (my absolute favorite thing in the world) and get ready to get ready!

17 weeks down and just 23 to go!


I passed my first semester of nursing school!!! It wasn't pretty and it wasn't the best grades I've ever gotten. But as hard as this is (Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Health Assessment and Fundamentals of Nursing) and doing it while working part time, with two young kids, and being pregnant, I'd have taken ALL C's!! (Which I wasn't far off from doing!! Yikes!).

I'm so excited that I'm done with this semester. I was terrified of not passing, which was a HUGE possibility. Unfortunately a few of my classmates didn't pass and have to take a few classes over again. I'm very sad for them but I know they will succeed this summer and be amazing nurses.

We get two beautiful weeks off and then we're back to the grind for another 14 weeks. I will be very thankful when this whole process is over and I can be a nurse and not neglect my family so much!

Less than a year until I'm done!! Keep saying prayers, we need as many as we can get!

Friday, April 20, 2012


I've been gone for FOREVER! I feel so stressed and overwhelmed and have FINALLY had a chance to come up for air. It's short lived as I have 5 tests in 4 days next week but I'm off for a bit today and thought I would catch up.

First things first: School is hard. This is by far the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I'm always stressed and overwhelmed and always feeling like a failure. I've questioned whether or not I thought I would be a good nurse because I'm struggling with some of the information. Luckily I work at a hospital and my co-workers have assured me that while school is important, I can still be a fantastic nurse without a 4.0 GPA. Thank goodness.

Secondly: Probably everyone who reads this knows already since I've posted on facebook, but if not, I'M PREGNANT. And slightly terrified...

I don't know how it happened! (Ok, I get the whole physiology of how it happened) but seriously we had so much trouble with the first two and were told we wouldn't have any on our own without fertility treatment. Well, there goes that! I'm 16 weeks and 1 day along and things are going fine. The first trimester was AWFUL. I threw up a lot. But now I've actually gained one whole pound and I'm on the right track! (I had lost a ton of weight from being so sick, so being up 1 pound is awesome and I wish it was more actually!). I started checking my blood sugar just to see if my sugars get too high and right now they are ok. Close, but ok.

Here is actually my babycenter update for the week:

Your pregnancy: 16 weeks


How your baby's growing:

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.
See what your baby looks like this week. (Or see what fraternal twins look like in the womb this week.)
Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

The top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel, and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. You're probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, fewer mood swings, and "glowing" skin contribute to an overall sense of well-being.
Soon you'll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling your baby move. While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. (And if this is your first baby, don't be too impatient — you may not be aware of your baby's movements until 20 weeks or so.) The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they'll grow stronger and you'll be able to feel them much more frequently.

So that's pretty cool stuff.

Obviously I have a lot of changes on my 30x30 to do. We won't be doing as many trips as we were hoping with three kids (3 and under, YIKES!) but I'm hoping to do some fun things before I'm thirty still. I'll get to changing that soon. Any ideas?? Send them my way!

That's all I got for now. Back to studying!!

I'll try to do weekly updates again, if I can.