Last moments before my last birth.

Wow looking back on all my journeys is incredible. Thinking about the fact that I started all of this more then 11 years ago is crazy. I have basically been pregnant for the last 14 years between my children and everyone else’s. I started out on this journey hoping to help a family within my church and when that didn’t happen I was still so drawn to finding someone to help. I am so happy I followed through with what I knew I was supposed to do. As much as people tell me how great I am and what a blessing I am I really REALLY mean it when I say my family and I are really the lucky and blessed ones. I truly believe God answered my prayers and sent me the perfect families to help. He knew how important my relationships with these moms were to me. Don’t get me wrong all my baby daddies are incredible men as well but I was just drawn to help other women become moms. Ricky and I were so blessed to have our own children so easily and I know there are so many women who don’t have that same blessing. I really wish I could help everyone who wanted a baby.

Knowing these families and watching them love and enjoy their lives with their children is so fun to watch and see. The friendships I have cultivated with these women are so important to me. I know I can call any one of them and they would be here for me. (Not just because I had their baby/babies) haha. My body has grown, loved and birthed 7 babies! (Well 7 tomorrow) That honestly still shocks me! I guess because I have never seen them all together it just doesn’t seem real. I’m not sure why. My uterus has been so good to me and my body has done an incredible job at keeping these babies growing and safe. I am so thankful for that.

I hope that through this others are encouraged to find a way to help and give back. Obviously not everyone can have other peoples babies. Honestly most people can’t and that’s totally normal and fine. There are wonderful ways to help others though and I promise it feels so good to know you can do something for someone else to help them in their lives.

I know for me I will be emotional after this delivery. I’m emotional after all of them but knowing this one is really really it is a hard pill to swallow. Pregnancy has been essentially part of my identity at this point. I’m not sure what to do with my life when I’m not pregnant or preparing to get pregnant or have a birth. I had a good cry in the shower today knowing this is it and knowing how much I’m going to miss this all. It’s sad for me to think about the fact that I will never again have an ultrasound where I see a baby in there. I will never watch my belly grow and get round again as a baby grows. I will no longer feel those first little flutters of a baby starting to move. I will never again feel the big kicks and Jabs. This is the last time I will have counting and timing contractions. Last time pushing a baby out. I won’t get to park in expectant mother parking anymore! 😂 Seriously so many things I’m going to miss. Even the uncomfortable parts like, lack of sleep, hormone headaches, nauseous days, swelling, getting winded while walking or showering! Im going to miss it all.

It’s all been worth every single moment the good and bad. I know 99% of people don’t love pregnancy like me and I get it. If I had all hard pregnancies I wouldn’t want to do it either. Im just glad I did love it so that I was able to help others. I’m excited to see what’s in store for all these children I have birthed. I feel like maybe one of them will be a president! With 7 I feel like I have better odds then most? 😂

Thanks to everyone who has helped in anyway during any of my journey’s. I appreciate all the love, prayers and support I have received through all this. You all are part of this too! Please continue to pray for me after this. Like I said I know this will be a difficult transition for me. I need to take some time and see what I am supposed to be doing next.

For everyone asking!

I’ve gotten so many messages, calls and texts. I appreciate each and every one. It’s so nice to know so many people care about baby, me and the parents! So the update is we are STILL PREGNANT. 😂 I seriously can’t believe I am just walking around half way done laboring! Heck who knows now I may be more then half way because I haven’t been checked since Sunday morning before I left the hospital. Karen and Roger are not leaving they are staying until baby girl comes. Basically they get a St. Louis vacation before she makes her grand entrance.

On Monday morning I messaged Shirley on Facebook. She works at my drs office. Perks of knowing someone! I had tried to call the regular hotline number to see if I could get an appointment with Dr Sammons but the lady told me no. I said I really don’t need a whole appointment time even. I really just wanted to check and make sure she was at least still head down. That’s literally the only thing I cared about. So I said can anyone see me to check via ultrasound anyone. She was like nope sorry you are out of luck. 😂 So thankfully Shirley made magic happen for us and got us in at 10:30. I had also texted Dr. Sammons have I mentioned how much I love her as my OB. Seriously how many people get their cell phone number! I’m a lucky lady. I told her what had happened over the weekend and everything they told me. She said let me work on this I’ll come up with a plan.

I was just so nervous something crazy would happen like my water breaks or something and if she had flipped again we could be in trouble. Especially since it’s my 7th delivery and I was progressed so far already. I said I don’t want an arm falling out or birthing in the car! Wouldn’t that a a crazy birth story. So we all got to the drs office and Dr. Sammons was all ready to go with a plan. Because of the fact that I am already so progressed and that the baby has been known to flip so much her and MFM (maternal fetal medicine) decided it would be a good idea to induce us at 37 weeks. That will be Thursday. They also did the ultrasound and thankfully she is still head down!!! Praise Jesus I was so happy and relieved to hear that. That’s all I needed to know to feel better about our situation. So Unless she tries to come before that Thursday will be the day. She really likes to keep us on our toes though so who knows. We all feel pretty comfortable with that plan. We just want a happy healthy baby and a healthy delivery for me.

So honestly now that we have an official plan she has been so good and I haven’t really been having any contractions. Definitely not like I was. Part of me thinks she’s definitely waiting for Thursday now. I’m ok with that. Honestly I wish she would have stayed put for even longer but her safe delivery is our top priority at this point. Since Karen and Roger are in town we are just visiting and trying to pass the time. We went out to a delicious dinner at a new restaurant we hadn’t even been too. 801 chop house it was so yummy and I ate WAY too much. I already want to go back! The steak was delicious and so were all the sides. So if you haven’t been you should go! Today Karen and I went for manicures and pedicures because clearly that’s important before she arrives. I’m hoping since my feet and toes look so good that is all anyone will be looking at during delivery! 😂 😆

So that’s the plan for now. Let’s see when little miss decides to make entrance. We are all excited and ready whenever she is. Thanks again for all the support and well wishes.

Time to relax
We even ordered yummy drinks.

36 weeks and 2/3 days. Guess what’s happening?

Well I’ll start off by saying if Dr Sammons tells me she’s going out of town that’s how I know I’ll have an issue! 😂 So remember on Thursday I was 3cm and 50% effaced still. My Friday appointment went great actually baby girl FLIPPED! She was head down so the dancing, acupuncture, and cold pack stuff worked. I actually think it was mostly the cold packs but they were all still fun to do. What a relief. So on Saturday Ricky and I went to the farmers market for a bit to get out of the house and we took Bo to hobby lobby to get GG (our kids great grandma) a cute sign for her door. He enjoys the car rides and does well in stores. We came home and I took a nap. I don’t sleep much at night because she loves to kick and play.

I got up to go do a few pictures with our family photographer for something a little extra to remember this last pregnancy by. I wasn’t going to do anything but then one day getting in the shower I was looking at my body thinking this is really it. I am never going to look like this again. It’s really a bittersweet feeling. So I decided last min I was going to do something for just me if no one else. I may not always love the way I look or my body but I can’t forget the amazing things it has done. I’ve been so blessed to be able to get pregnant and carry my children and then five more for other women. Wow sometimes that even surprises me. My old uterus has been good to me and my body has held up well concerning how many babies I have grown and birthed.

Anyway after the pictures I told Ricky I was having a few contractions but nothing I was worried about yet. He came home and we were watching tv. The contractions kept coming so I decided I better start timing them just in case. Well they got pretty timeable! So I drank extra water and moved positions. All the things they tell you to do. I finally gave in and figured better safe then sorry I will go in to be seen. I wanted to make sure I gave Karen and Roger enough time to get here. So off we went.

Once I got to the hospital it was like the contractions were like haha never mind. I told the nurse I swear I was having them for like the last 2 hours! Well then they started again and were even getting stronger. The house Dr came in and checked me. I was 4cm and still 50% effaced. So that was a change from Thursday appointment. Because I am not 37 weeks though they can’t do anything to encourage labor. So they gave me some fluids and said we would check again after some fluids. I told Karen to wait until my next check for us to make a decision on what to do. So about an hour or hour and a half goes by and she came back in the re check me. You guys I was then 5cm! I called Karen and said I would feel more comfortable if you guys came. They were ready to go! So the hospital said they were keeping me over night for monitoring and they would keep pushing fluids and sugar water to see what happens.

I wanted to sleep but as everyone knows in the hospital that doesn’t happen. They came in constantly trying to get this girl back on monitors. One nurse was like no wonder you don’t get any sleep. I don’t mind too bad though we manage. Karen and Roger made great time and got to the hospital to say hello around 3am ish. They went ahead and went to a hotel since not much was happening. Once I got up they decided they were sending me home! 😳😬 That’s right I am literally 50% done having this baby and they are like go home and good luck. Just come back if contractions start coming again and get worse. I am sure I looked panicked because the nurse was like is everything ok? I said well I a mean this is my 7th baby and delivery we all know it can go fast at this point. She was trying to be kind and reassure me but I finally said well I am not trying to have a baby in the car! She was very sweet but also young. I know she was doing her job but I just couldn’t believe this was happening.

So I told Karen and packed up to come home. On the one hand I totally get it. They want her to stay in and healthy so do we I, but I can’t help to think I have NEVER been 5cm and not been in the hospital actually birthing! She is obviously trying her best to come out. To make things extra exciting I lost my whole mucous plug I think! I was losing a bit in the hospital I thought but couldn’t be sure. Well once I was home a huge amount came out. I was sure that was it! It was so yucky looking. I made Ricky come look because well I needed someone else to see it I guess. 😂 He wasn’t happy about it. So now I’m thinking how much faster will this make things? Dr. Google haha says hours/days. I am thinking soon for sure. I can’t imagine walking around have way done could last much longer. I guess we will see.

So now I guess we wait and see. I know whatever birthday she picks will be the perfect one. This is still my favorite part and I am so glad Karen and Roger made it safely for the birth. Whenever she decides it should be. I’m going to keep praying she stays head down! I actually may call the office today to just see if they had time for a super fast check just so it can put my mind at ease to make sure with all her moving she hasn’t flipped again. You all know how much I wanted to experience my water breaking naturally. I still kind of do but I will say I’m a bit more apprehensive now that I’ve naturally progressed so far. My fear is if my water breaks I really might have a baby in the car!

That’s all the information and updates I have so far. Let’s all keep praying for baby Mac and that her birthday is wonderful and that we all make it to the hospital in time. 💓

Happy 36 weeks! Did she turn?

I’ve been doing all the things to get her to go ahead and go in the right direction for exiting. Acupuncture twice a week, spinning babies moves, I even tried a bright light and music! Karen’s friend said it worked for her so hey why not. I’ll try it all! I found the brightest light I could and even danced a little to get her moving in the right direction. Out of all these things the most fun was definitely the light and dancing! I am really just trying my best to soak up each and every second of this last bit of pregnancy. Obviously we are so very incredibly excited for her to come but selfishly I just want to keep her inside longer.

I have been struggling to sleep at night. I pee a lot and getting comfortable is difficult plus she love’s moving about. As easy as it would be to complain about this I am still excited and grateful for these moments. I’ve been having off and on contractions still but nothing regular. I would love for her to stay in as long as she needs but I don’t really think we will make it to 39 weeks. I am excited to see what day she picks for her birthday though.

At my appointment today Dr. Sammons checked me again and surprisingly I am still 3cm and 50% effaced. She could feel something but wasn’t sure what it was so we took a peek via ultrasound and nope not a head. She was still laying sideways Or transverse as they call it. Her head was on my left side. I will continue to do acupuncture and hope that works. I am currently laying in bed with cold packs on my left side. Hopefully it encourages her to slide head down. Like I said I am trying it all. Worst case scenario we will try to manually flip her right before birth.

I have another appointment tomorrow with another ultrasound so we will see if maybe this ice pack thing helps. Dr. Sammons did mention that it’s probably helping me stay pregnant because if she goes head down she will obviously apply more pressure and labor could start. So I will just keep waiting and enjoying all these last little fun bits. I love birthing and surprises so I can’t wait for her to surprise us with her birthday. Ps I’m still hoping for my water to break spontaneously! Let’s see what she’s up to this week.

How’s Baby Mac?

In week 36, Baby Mac is probably close to 19 inches (47.8 cm), and 6 lbs (2.7 kg), about the size of a papaya, although variation in the height and weight of each individual baby increases as they get closer to birth, and when your little one arrives they should be just the perfect size for them! At this point, if Baby Mac is still in the breech position, your healthcare provider may talk to you about ways to try to get them into a head-down (vertex) position for safe labor and delivery. Your baby’s digestive system still isn’t fully developed yet. Although Baby Mac has had plenty of practice swallowing amniotic fluid, they won’t be digesting food until they start eating on the outside.

Speaking of which, if you haven’t thought much about it yet, you should spend some time thinking about how you want to plan to feed Baby Mac once they’re born. Breastfeeding is an excellent way to bond with your baby and make they get the nutrients they need, but it’s not the only way to do things. Bottle feeding can also be an intimate, special time. Many parents feed their babies with some combination of these methods. And while it can be helpful to plan for these things advance, once Baby Mac arrives you should do whatever is right for you and your little one.

Ice pack on the belly!
Enjoy my sweet dance moves and big belly

35 weeks today and I was checked!

Little Miss is still moving like crazy and I love it. Yesterday our scans went great. During my non stress test they could see some contractions I was having. I had like 5 when I was there. So I made sure to drink extra water! I had dinner plans with some friends so I didn’t want to miss it. My blood sugars are all still looking good. It’s not so bad and the meals really help me since it takes all the guess work out of things. I was still having some contractions at dinner and even over night but nothing I couldn’t sleep through so I figured I am fine. Plus I knew I was seeing Dr Sammons today.

So at my apartment she went ahead and checked me since it’s my 7th pregnancy and I have been contacting. If I am being honest I didn’t really expect much. I just had it in my head that I probably wasn’t really progressing since I haven’t been working etc. Well I was wrong! We are 3cm dilated and 50% effaced!!! The 3cm is not really impressive to me because I know you can be like this for weeks especially since I’ve had so many babies. My body just kind of knows what to do I guess. But the 50% effaced on the other hand makes me think when I do start laboring I am probably going to go pretty quickly. I just hope Karen and Roger make it in time.

When the Dr was checking me she was like oh no… She says I don’t feel her head. I was like this seems impossible she’s been head down like the last two months! We know because we have so many darn ultrasounds each week. Literally yesterday at 4:00 pm she was head down. So she does a quick ultrasound and guess who has now decided to move to transverse. Yep baby Mac was like I like this spot now I guess. 😂 She really does like to keep us on our toes. So I have an appointment set for next week for acupuncture on Monday. It’s a good thing I am not working with all these appointments I have going on. It’s really crazy. I am hoping between acupuncture and some crazy spinning babies moves I can get her to go back to head down. Worst case scenario we will manually flip her like we have done before but we won’t even attempt it until I am in the hospital in active labor because we know she will likely try to flip right back.

Because she’s so active and clearly can move easily it makes me feel better about her weight estimate. If she really was extra big I feel like it would be much harder for her to more so freely. Also because I am crazy and curious I looked at my old blog posts to see how dilated I was with the others at this point and with the boys at 37 weeks I was only 1 1/2 cm with Greenleaf and 2cm with Oliver! I didn’t mention effaced so I am guessing I wasn’t or she didn’t tell me. So for only being 35 weeks I am definitely ahead of the game now. It makes me feel even better about our decision to not work. So I guess we are officially on baby watch! I’ve still been having off and on contractions today too but nothing that I can really time or hurts to bad. Oh also my blood pressure has been perfect still and I have literally zero swelling!!! It’s been so nice. Swelling really sucks so I am going to be so happy if I can avoid that all together. Also because of my healthy diet I weigh basically the same as I did when I got pregnant. 😂 Now if I could only figure out how to lose. Bit of weight after she’s born. I need to hold myself accountable and not eat all the sugar and sweets. All I want is a big donut right now though…..

As always thanks for all the prayers and well wishes we appreciate them all. Let’s see what little Miss is up to this week.

How’s Baby Mac?

Many babies are now rotating from the breech position (head up) to turn head down into your pelvis. As they move into their birth position, Baby Mac will then drop lower in your pelvis. If this is your first pregnancy, this may happen soon, even weeks before you give birth, though in later pregnancies it often doesn’t happen until just before labor or even after labor begins.

At between 18 or 19 (45.7-48.3 cm) inches and 5-6 lbs (2.25-2.7 kg), the size of a bunch of carrots, Baby Mac is getting close to the size they’re going to be at birth! And most of Baby Mac’s organ and skeleton development is complete, although they’re still refining their abilities every day. Really, most of the work Baby Mac has left to do is just growing bigger and stronger. In particular, Baby Mac’s lovely lungs need a bit more time to prepare for the outside world.

What’s new with you?

Are you feeling ready to have Baby Mac in your home and your life? Even if emotionally that question might be hard to answer, make sure you’ve done what you need to do to prepare for your little one’s arrival from a practical perspective, like getting your little one’s sleeping space set up; getting some diapers, clothes, and any other basics; and looking into any necessary insurance changes you may want to make.

As you approach the end of pregnancy, you might notice that you’re squirting out a few drops of urine when you cough or sneeze, but Kegel exercises can help with this. You may be noticing an increase in vaginal discharge too. So if you need some extra protection in your underwear, pads can provide you with some extra assurance. And soon your Braxton Hicks contractions may start to happen more frequently, last longer, and be more uncomfortable. Again, this is a normal part of your uterus preparing for birth, and Baby Mac will be here before you know it!

Big belly 🥰
Happy 35 weeks
What a wiggle worm!

34 weeks!

Well we have made it another week. Things are looking good. I went to work on Monday and knew pretty quickly that I unfortunately was going to need to stop working. I was super winded and uncomfortable the whole time. By the end of my day I was having contractions again. As much as I HATED admitting that I was not super woman I knew that I needed to make the call. I would never forgive myself if she came early and it was because I was being selfish and wanted to work. That’s not fair to any of us. The good news is I’m not on any strict bed rest or anything. I am just taking it easy. I can obviously still walk and do things just when I get tired I have more opportunities to rest. Vs being at work and standing 8 ish hours a day. It’s much harder as a hairstylist to take the breaks I may need and eat and drink appropriately while at work.

Speaking of eating all my meals from my delivery meal service are pretty good! I was actually surprised by how much I enjoy them. They have a good variety and it’s so nice to not have to worry about the carb and sugar amounts because they are already made for diabetics! Because of this my numbers have all looked pretty good. I’m so happy I can control this with my diet and keep her safe. I definitely miss my sweets but I am working on finding other options. I found Keto ice cream and while it’s definitely not the same as regular ice cream it works. It doesn’t raise any of my numbers and I feel like I get a little sweet treat at night before bed. I even found some cookie recipes I may try. Who knows maybe I’ll stick with some of these things.

Because of all the changes I have actually lost weight now at this point. Karen was understandably worried about that part. I knew I had lost weight because my wedding ring barely stays on now! I figured it had to be because I was eating much more healthily compared to before. We made sure to ask the Dr and she confirmed that was likely the reason.

Yesterday at my appointment with Dr Sammons she said my fluid levels looked to be in the normal range now. She said she didn’t measure but she said by the looks of her she looked perfect. So I was excited for todays growth scan to see what they say. They measure her head, belly and leg bones to determine the size. First thing they said was the fluid levels were down even more from last week! Woohoo. They are now completely within the normal range! It’s funny because remember Dr Sammons told me they tend to increase and peak around 32 weeks and then they would likely level out. Well here we are at 34 weeks and they are now leveled out and fine. I love that I can trust her with all my pregnancy stuff. Baby Girl is also still head down!!! We all know how happy this makes me. She knows what to do and is clearly prepared for her grand introduction to this big world. We haven’t done any more checks for dilation or anything since I don’t want to risk it stirring anything up. Next week though she said she thinks she may want check me since it’s baby number 7. She estimated 4 weeks or less for baby to arrive. She doesn’t think I’ll make it to a 39 week induction. I am totally happy with a 37/38 week birth. I feel like that’s a good amount of time in and she would be safe to come out. I’m just a bit sad it’s really almost over now. Oh also at the growth scan they estimated her weight again! They said as of today they would estimate 6.8 pounds!!!! 😳😩😬🤣

On one hand I am glad she is healthy and her chubby cheeks do make me think she could be a good size already but on the other hand I know these ultrasounds can be off by a good amount because they have done this to me before. Except they had us so scared the baby was going to be too small. So it’s hard for me to know or trust this. Roger’s other two daughters were big babies when they were born though. 9 and 10 pounds! So I’m pretty excited to see how big or little this girl is going to be. She could be my biggest baby yet if they are right! As of now Everett has been my biggest at a bit over 7 pounds. He was honestly also my easiest birth so maybe the bigger they are the easier they will come. That’s what I’m hoping and telling myself at least.

I’m looking forward to easter this weekend and having a family dinner after church. I’ve been occupying my extra time by watching call the midwife on Netflix. It’s a great show if you need anything to watch and there are like 13 seasons! I’ll have plenty of time to watch them now. I’ll post what baby Mac is up to and some cute pictures.

How’s Baby Mac?

Right now, Baby Mac is measuring in at somewhere around 18 inches, the size of a savoy cabbage, and weighs in the neighborhood of 5 lbs. But your baby still has some growing to do, and your little one’s lungs, brain, and central nervous system will keep rapidly developing. Baby Mac’s immune system is still not yet mature, so your little one will depend on your body sharing antibodies to help them fight future infections. What other exciting developments are happening? The vernix caseosa, that slippery coating that protects Baby Mac’s skin, is now covering their body as they get closer to delivery day. Your little one is also peeing up to a pint (473 mL) a day, and preparing that tarry meconium for their first poop.

What’s new with you?

As Baby Mac gets stronger, you might feel yourself struggling a little. Try to get as much rest as possible, to stay active with movement you enjoy if you can, and eat a range of nutritious foods that help you feel good. This won’t make all of your symptoms go away, but it can help you feel as good as possible — and your due date is on the horizon now.

What symptoms might you be dealing with in week 34? Confusion and blurry vision can be fairly common as your hormones rage. Third trimester symptoms like swollen feet, constipation, and hemorrhoids may also be at a high point right now. And while these symptoms are common, if uncomfortable, side effects of pregnancy, make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you notice your vision changing, headaches, pain in your upper abdomen, and/or if your hands or feet swell suddenly, as these could be signs of preeclampsia, which is dangerous for both you and your baby.

Your hormones are also preparing your pelvis for delivery, so you might notice some new symptoms, including increased vaginal discharge and the need to pee more frequently. And your expanding belly and pelvis could cause an increase in lower back pain at this point. As annoying as these symptoms are, just remember that these changes are your body’s way of helping your body prepare for labor and delivery.

It’s also time to make sure that your hospital or birthing center trip and your return home are planned out. Is your bag packed? If you already have a little one at home, do you have someone on call for babysitting? If you have a pet, do you have someone ready to pet-sit? Do you have any details to sort out at work? And even if you know the way to the hospital or birthing center, it doesn’t hurt to review — after all, you never know when Baby Mac is going to decide to make an appearance! If you’re delivering at a larger hospital, it’s also a good idea to double check what entrance you’ll want to go in and what paperwork you’ll have to deal with on your way to the delivery room. If you get all of these ducks in a row, it will leave you with a lot less to stress out about in advance of the big day.

My belly is definitely feeling big!