The zoo we live in is…..

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GROWING!

Happy Birthday to me!
We are having another baby!

We are excited to announce we are expecting Baby Gloudemans 3!!

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For those following Instagram,  Grandpa passed away in early August, and  I contracted a parasite and E. coli in mid August.  We took a test the day of Grandpa’s wake, it was negative.  4 days later, I was in the ER with the parasite and needing fluids and they ran a pregnancy test (routine).  Turns out that came back positive!  Every one of our kids has  fun story how we found out, add this child’s to the list.We will be adding a blog post a week to chronicle the pregnancy, watch the bump grow, talk about all that comes with the growing family and more!  Expect to see (ideally) 2 posts a week about life in our family and once a week a pregnancy post.  I will also share items I find that I love to help with pregnancy, newborn, and on!

photo credit to EllieFay Photography & Design and Elaine Ruh

One morning at 3am while laying in bed with not sleeping Nolan, I wrote a poem that pretty much sums up our {grandpa and grandma’s} miracle baby.
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We prayed and prayed to God above
That he would bless us with another child to love.
As grandpas time grew near
We wanted it so bad for it to be while he was still here
This was news grandpa always did love,
But this wasn’t in the plans from above.
As grandpa passed and then came his goodbye date,
I was also supposed to be one day late.
We often hear  “as one life leaves another enters”
Maybe that would be where our story centers.
We took a test and it said no,
we were sad, but this is how our story was supposed to go.
A few days later I was very ill,
In the ER they did some tests to see which pill,
The doctor walks in with the results pile,
He had one test result that would make us smile.
Like grandpa living and smiling for 2 more days,
God and his love works in mysterious ways.
God, Grandpa {and Grandma} are working together, we have no fear
On Grandma Anne’s Birthday, Gloudemans 3 is due to be here.
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Bump Chalkboard from Chalk Full of Design

img_3012How far along? 5 weeks
Total Weight Gain? lost 8
Stretch Marks? no
Sleep: pretty good, but better with my half a unisom (and B6) for morning sickness
Best Moment this Week: feeling good enough to actually thing about and be excited about baby.  And Nolan’s 4th Birthday!
Miss Anything? lots of caffeine
Movement: no
Food Craving? jalapeno poppers and Mexican
Anything making you queasy or sick? Food–eating.
Bellybutton in our out? in
Wedding Rings on or off? on–actually falling off from the weight loss
Happy or Moody most of the time? happy
Looking forward to? growing baby
Labor Signs? no
Anything Else? I am feeling tired and queasy but I think that is baby more than illness.

img_3034How far along? 6 weeks
Total Weight Gain? up 2 (from illness weight)
Stretch Marks? no
Sleep: Nolan hasnt slept….so we haven’t really slept.  I take unisom and b6 for morning sickness so I get to sleep well, I just can’t get a full night’s sleep
Best Moment this Week: Just being able to resume normal life.
Miss Anything? lots of caffeine
Movement: no
Food Craving? jalapeno poppers and Mexican
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing specific but it will occasionally kick in in the late afternoon
Bellybutton in our out? in but it wants to be out already–I get super bloated after eating and extra water.
Wedding Rings on or off? on–actually fit now
Happy or Moody most of the time? happy
Looking forward to? growing baby
Labor Signs? no
Anything Else?

fullsizeoutput_f38aHow far along? 7 weeks
Total Weight Gain? up 3 (from sick weight)
Stretch Marks? no
Sleep: Nolan hasnt slept….so we haven’t really slept.  I take unisom and b6 for morning sickness so I get to sleep well, I just can’t get a full night’s sleep
Best Moment this Week: feeling good enough to actually thing about and be excited about baby.
Miss Anything? lots of caffiene
Movement: no
Food Craving? Taco Bell Steak Nachos
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing specific but it will occasionally kick in in the late afternoon
Bellybutton in our out? in
Wedding Rings on or off? on–actually fit
Happy or Moody most of the time? happy
Looking forward to? growing baby, doctor, announcing
Labor Signs? no
Anything Else? We told my siblings–we will be spending the next week at the cottage with them so it would be too hard to hide.

img_3240How far along? 8 weeks
Total Weight Gain? up 4 (from sick weight)
Stretch Marks? no
Sleep: Nolan hasnt slept….so we haven’t really slept.  I take unisom and b6 for morning sickness so I get to sleep well, I just can’t get a full night’s sleep.  Went to bed later than normal (double digits haha) being at the cottage.
Best Moment this Week: feeling good enough to actually thing about and be excited about baby.  Being at the cottage for Labor Day and having fun with the family.
Miss Anything? lots of caffiene, White Claw
Movement: no
Food Craving? pickled food.  Especially Kevin’s pickled kohlrabi
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing specific but it will occasionally kick in in the late afternoon
Bellybutton in our out? in, but thinking of coming out when I get super bloated–which happens after food and water.
Wedding Rings on or off? on–actually fit
Happy or Moody most of the time? happy
Looking forward to? growing baby, doctor, announcing
Labor Signs? no
Anything Else? We told many of our close friends and Alex’s siblings.

Ei5oApU7Sse7ntrx3XKxUgWe went to our first appointment, expected to be at 8 weeks 5 days based on a 28 week cycle.  Since my cycle isn’t normal, after the ultrasound and measuring, it was found we are 7 week 5 days.  This is a 35 day cycle which is what I consistently had before Nolan so we weren’t to surprised.  That explains the negative test we took and why it was positive a few days later (5 days early).  The due date has bee moved to April 26–Grandma’s Birthday.  I mean, come on!  Signs from above, we get it!  We know you are intervening and we so so appreciate it! Love you Grandpa Ken and Grandma Anne, thanks for being our guardian angels!

The ultrasound notes indicated a hemorrhage in the uterus.  This can be very normal. Since I haven’t had any bleeding, they are not concerned, but since I have negative blood type, they gave me the Rhogam shot in case it is absorbed and to keep baby safe just in case.  I will need it again at 28 weeks and then after baby’s born, they will take blood type and if baby’s is opposite, I’ll need it again.

3647f568-15bc-4227-bdba-61052d6cc1d4Doctor and the nurse we have been with for all 3 pregnancies are all praying for a normal pregnancy with a normal 13 visit schedule with only 1 more ultrasound! We are praying for a happy healthy pregnancy.

Here we have all 3 initial ultra sounds done between 7 & 10 weeks.  Have any gender guesses?  You’ll have to wait until April to find out, we aren’t finding out before then!

img_3486How far along? 8 weeks
Total Weight Gain? 7 from sick
Stretch Marks? no
Sleep: I can never get enough!  Nolan has had a good week, but I still feel tired.  I sleep like a rock when I do though!
Best Moment this Week: Seeing baby, the heart beat, and knowing if everything is ok!  Also, finding out my good friend Amy is expecting a month before us.
Miss Anything? this week I haven’t really.
Movement: no
Food Craving? This week I was pretty good
Anything making you queasy or sick? Empty stomach, Random times in the day
Bellybutton in our out? its in but when I bloat in the evening it already wants to think bout going out.
Wedding Rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time? Mostly happy, but I have my moments
Looking forward to?  sharing the news publicly
Labor Signs? no
Anything Else? no

img_3562How far along? 9 weeks
Total Weight Gain? 7 lbs from sick
Stretch Marks? no
Sleep: I can never get enough!  Nolan has had a good week, but I still feel tired.  I sleep like a rock when I do though!
Best Moment this Week: telling neighbors
Miss Anything? not really
Movement: no
Food Craving? no
Anything making you queasy or sick? empty stomach and even more random times just feel queezy and gag
Bellybutton in our out? its in but when I bloat in the evening it already wants to think bout going out.
Wedding Rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time? mostly happy but things set me off that shouldn’t, and then I apologize.
Looking forward to? photos with Ellie!
Labor Signs? no
Anything Else? I have been teaching gymnastics and going to Barre class this whole time.  My doctor said I should remain active but not start anything new.  I have taught and been in class a while now so I have continued.  I do have to say, with being tired, nausea, and such, it is getting harder every week.  With gymnastics, we have to clean up every day and picking up is definitely getting harder…but its also when I bloat the most so I have a nice little belly to work around while lifting.

IMG_3743How far along? 10 weeks
Total Weight Gain? 8lbs
Stretch Marks? no
Sleep: I wake to go to the bathroom about once a night.  Nolan gets me up quite a bit more.
Best Moment this Week: photos going well with Ellie!
Miss Anything? Energy
Movement: no
Food Craving? no
Anything making you queasy or sick? hunger or mornings or even some random times.
Bellybutton in our out? its in but when I bloat in the evening it already wants to think bout going out.
Wedding Rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time? happy
Looking forward to? Pictures with Elaine!
Labor Signs? no
Anything Else? no

How far along? 11 weeks
Total Weight Gain?
Stretch Marks? 
Sleep:
Best Moment this Week:
Miss Anything? I really wanted the Reds or a White Claw during the packer Brewer Picture in Picture Alex had going.
Movement: I actually thing I might have!  I did at this point with Stella!
Food Craving? no
Anything making you queasy or sick? hunger or mornings or even some random times.
Bellybutton in our out? its in but when I bloat in the evening it already wants to think bout going out.
Wedding Rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time? mostly happy but I feel anger coming up faster and the immediately regretting it but its too late I already yelled/made a fool of myself.
Looking forward to? Sharing with everyone today!
Labor Signs? no (I did start having contractions/braxton hicks with Stella at 16 weeks and Nolan at 20 so I wouldn’t be surprised if they start soon)
Anything Else? We feel beyond blessed to have this miracle baby.  I am so excited to love and care for this baby and watch it grow!  I am terrified for the hormonal emotions when doing Nolan’s 24 EEG next week.

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