Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Third Times the Charm!

Yes, I disappeared from the blogging world for a few months, but I have a FANTASTIC reason! We are expecting Baby #3 in September! Very, very, very excited! Lily is 100 percent convinced that the baby is a girl and she has already named her Isabella (still in negotiations on that one ....). Cort is indifferent and was just happy the Dr.'s office had books.

This is how Lily feels about a new baby :)

I am now 13 weeks and looking forward to the second trimester energy. We've been in survival mode since January. Since I have been pregnant, the kids and I have had the 24 hour flu, RSV, colds, sore throats, coughs, etc. We come out of quarantine just often enough to pick up the next bug going around. You can bet that we are ready for sunshine and the sickie season to be over!

Now I need advice from all you mommies! This is my third time around, but I feel like there are so many things that I want to improve about my pregnancy and labor and delivery. So I would love any helpful tips! I do have to give birth at the hospital because of the preeclampsia problems I have had with both pregnancies. But I know that a lot of the natural ideas work because I was able to stay off the preeclampsia meds with Cortland. The Hypnobirthing tracks and getting massages during the third trimester helped immensely!

So here are my questions:
1. How do you prepare for having three kiddos ages 4,2, and newborn? lots of freezer meals in advance? fun activities for the kids?

2. Nursing advice? I would love for the first six weeks of nursing not to be absolutely stressful and a pain. What resources helped you?

3. Is a doula worth if even if you plan to get an epidural?

4. How do you find more energy?

5. Any other advice you have!


Brett and Emily said...

Congrats!!! So exciting! Your kids are darling and this one will be just as cute. You have sure been through a lot the past couple months. Glad you are feeling better. What a lucky kid to get you for a mom.

Moderate exercise like Yoga, Pilates etc. helped me a bit with energy level, though it's still exhausting. :)

Andrea Lee U.R. said...

woohooo! I am so excited for you!! Very cool news!!

I have some tips on my kid blog about pregnancy.......
I think the Lord really just blesses you to step up to the new challenge. That is how it felt for me.
I do think that pumping every so often so that the kids could bottle feed the new baby has helped them bond with the new little one a LOT better.
Exercise is what keeps me going when I am pregnant. (and it helps me get back to normal faster after I am done) so I would say make sure you get that into you day......if you can.

Freezer meals are AWESOME!!

Wow! I am just so happy for you!! Hope you feel good. I wish I lived closer so I could come and watch your little ones while you take a good nap.

Aubrey said...

Wow, baby #3! You're a full fledged family! I'm so happy for you. I'd love to talk pregnancy and birth, especially since I just had a natural childbirth with the help of a doula. I'm feeling up for visitors if you'd like to come visit.

Julie Carlile said...

Congrats :) I don't have too much advice cuz I am awaiting my second and feel like I forgot everything. But good luck with it all. Can't wait to find out what you are having. Hopefully a little sister. :)

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Congratulations on the pregnancy! Also, you won a prize on my blog for the digital scrapbook kits! Send me your email address, please - Jocelyn