SUNSHINE192DAY's SparkPeople Blog SUNSHINE192DAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Migraine and Cluster Feeding... For those of you who might not be familiar with the term cluster feeding is when a breastfed baby feeds way more often for a couple days to increase the milk supply for a growth spurt. This is a very intense thing because it's 24/7 for those couple days and the momma can get a bit sore or frustrated from it. Some people even start to think their supply is going down and baby isn't getting enough which isn't true. <BR> <BR> So this is Benjamin's second cluster feeding and he's over 10 pounds... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 14:27:16 EST Benny's Name... I realized through a question on my last blog that I haven't posted Benny's middle name. I won't post his last name of course but his first and middle is Benjamin Charles. I called him Baby Bean before I knew for sure he was a boy (I thought he was from the get go) because he looked like one at 6 weeks. My mom suggested Benjamin and it wasn't something I had ever thought of using before but it fit so well! Then Charles is my dad's first name and was his grandfather's name as well. So there yo... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 23:26:54 EST The Days Go Faster Now... Benjamin is such a good boy! He sleeps most of the night but wakes about 3 am until about 4:30-5 am to eat and be changed. But he sleeps from 11 pm until then and then from about 5 am-7 am usually. He also takes a pretty big morning and afternoon nap. So far so good! We went to Benny's doctor today & he said he was amazed at how alert & mobile he is already. He can already roll onto his side by himself. At his appointment on the 19th he was 8 lbs 3 ounces & 20.63 inches long & today he's 9 lb... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:26:37 EST Well That Explains a Lot... I found out Monday that my tail bone was broken while delivering Benjamin. They not only didn't set it at the hospital which I was in from Wednesday of last week until Saturday, but they didn't even tell me they did that. I was also discharged with them knowing I hadn't had a bowel movement (which was because of the tail bone) and that's against protocol. Long story short, there were several things that happened that shouldn't have and should've happened that didn't. Anyways, I'm asking for a... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:10:23 EST BENJAMIN IS EARTH-SIDE! Could you all say a prayer and a praise for me? I had a very traumatic birth experience on the 15th although, praise God, we're both ok now. Basically they induced me on the 14th, a week late, and I had to have a medication to dilate me, a folly catheter, pitocin, an epidural in the hopes of further dilation, they broke my water, and that was just the first 18 hours. The next 3 were attempting to push and my doctor came finally and realized something that should have been caught long before, ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:34:05 EST Hopefully getting induced tomorrow. Please pray for us! With any induction the risk of c-section goes up so please pray just for God's plan for us and for a healthy and happy momma and baby afterwards. Thank you all so much and I'll update when I'm home! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:13:11 EST Baby Watch 2016 Update: I'm still measuring 42 weeks & my cervix is behind the baby's head so my Dr doesn't want to totally induce until next week because of the weight of risks. So he swept my membranes & then I felt very sick, almost passed out (no joke), vomited & now I'm better. Crampy but better. If we make it until the 12th I go at 11 am for a non stress test & ultrasound to check fluid & then if I'm dilated or if things don't look ideal for Benny to stay in safely I'll be induced that day. If all is well or i... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 21:34:01 EST Prayer Request... I need prayer. Not only is it Benjamin's due date and nothing is happening, which will lead to a decision on whether or not to induce labor, but my mom (the only one that can work right now as I haven't been able to) just got fired from her job. She was fired not because she wasn't doing her work but because she took time off to go to my doctor's appointment tomorrow. New owners bought the store that she works at and they all had agreed that she could go to all my appointments and that she wo... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 21:56:58 EST Praying as We Wait... As we are waiting for Mr Benjamin's arrival we are in prayer. I don't know if you have all heard or not but a boy that has been missing since 1989 was recently found. Jacob Wetterling's family finally knows where he is but they are in mourning for him because he was killed unfortunately. I heard about this story earlier this year since I was 4 when this happened. I prayed that they would find him and at least know and I'm glad they did. I've prayed for many missing people over the last 8 year... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 23:44:13 EST Still VERY Pregnant... I'm very grumpy this evening. My doctor preformed a non-stress test since my blood pressure was a bit higher than it has been (143/76) and I'm having contractions but I'm not feeling them. They're pretty good ones and Benjamin is handling them well. I am barely dilated at all so he decided to see if I'll go on my own and sent me home...I almost cried to keep from losing my mind...but I maintained like a good momma. I'm a bit swollen so I need to watch we wait...I'm 39 weeks and 1 day.... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:00:44 EST Not Quite Yet...But Do You Have a Prayer Request? Just waiting on God's timing for Benjamin's birthday. I am kind of hoping for Friday because Jesus saved me on that day, 8 years ago. But any day would be great. It'll be Thursday or Friday at the latest. I appreciate the well wishes and prayers and all the good birth stories y'all have shared with me. <BR> <BR> Now, how can we pray for you? You may remember that I pray with Benny every night and by myself in the mornings. I would love to pray for your needs and that of your loved ones! Jus... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:53:54 EST Special Weekend Update... As most of my regular blog readers know I usually don't have the time to post on the weekends. But I'm done with school until mid-October so I decided I'd just take some time. I have a very special way that I'm going to announce baby Ben's arrival both on here and facebook so that will be something to look forward to. <BR> <BR> I have the hospital bags packed and the baby's room done plus school is done. So anytime God calls Benjamin forth is good with me lol. I cannot wait to "meet" him! I ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:50:46 EST Finals and Another Eventful Doctor's Appointment! Well starting off I had an 8-10 page research paper due this week. I did great actually 203 out of a possible 210 so I'm sure I'm getting an A in Psychology of Personality! Yay! <BR> <BR> Thursday I had another of the weekly doctor's appointments for Benjamin. My doctor measured my belly and at 38 weeks and 1 day I am measuring a whopping 41 weeks! Baby boy is head down, still, and I have officially gained 9 pounds this whole pregnancy since the morning sickness and food aversion was so bad... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:04:29 EST Benjamin's Finished Room! If you haven't watched the before video you might want to before you watch this one. Enjoy and let me know what y'all think! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:44:43 EST Still No Benny... Hi everyone! Just wanted to drop a quick note to say this is finals week for me, so for the next couple days I might be missing in action. But there's no baby yet lol...I'll update as soon as possible or as soon as I have a baby in my arms! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 01:20:40 EST No Baby Yet... My doctor decided not to check me just yet because he didn't want to throw me into false or premature labor even though chances are Benny would be ok. However we are planning on any day now as he is head down and in my pelvis. They keep saying he's a very long baby so we'll see. Right now I have worked all day on this house so I'm going to bed soon! Have a nice night everyone! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:09:44 EST All is Well Wednesday! (There may be a baby bump pic too...) I finally got that mattress and box springs and got a friend to help bring it in and all is well on that front, finally! So everything is in the baby's/my room! Now to finish organizing everything... <BR> <BR> I am officially 37 weeks pregnant as of today so they will let Benjamin come whenever the mood strikes and God shouts, "Come forth Benjamin!" Tomorrow is another doctor's visit and, like I mentioned last week, he told me to bring bags with us tomorrow because he will check dilation and... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:55:10 EST Ticked Off Tuesday! Well, I had a great day up until I was supposed to pick up the mattress and box springs that I paid for a few months ago. This guy I know sold them to me and his parents own a well known furniture store and he works there. I've dealt with them multiple times with no issues and a very high opinion of both the store and the people. When I bought them it was with the understanding that he would have to store them until August. He said that was fine. <BR> <BR> Saturday I started contacting him ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:15:35 EST Still Pregnant lol... We've worked all weekend on the baby's room for Benjamin and I'm glad to say we're almost there! Thank God! My doctor told me last week that he would start checking my dilation this week and if I'm over a 4 I should plan on staying and having Benny...I'm to bring my bags to all appointments from here out which they are now weekly. Wednesday we will hit 37 weeks and I lost my plug a couple weeks ago. I know that doesn't mean labor necessarily but it can happen anytime now. <BR> <BR> I'm exci... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:43:06 EST Sorry About the Missed Day! I was working hard on organizing baby Benny's room! My cousin and her kids came by and helped and I am almost there. Hopefully, by the middle to the end of next week, everything will be completely done. I'm usually such a planner that this should be done by now. But I was so sick for so long during this pregnancy that I feel I have neglected things that should already be done, but I really couldn't do them any earlier. <BR> <BR> We have put together the changing table (it took 6 hours becau... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 23:29:54 EST 36 Weeks Today and Doctor's Appointment Update! Well the first of our weekly appointments was a bit uncomfortable but it went well. I had to be swabbed for the strep B test. Basically mom's can carry that without knowing it and it comes and goes so we need to be checked to make sure baby doesn't acquire it because it can be life threatening for babies. If I do end up having it I'll have to have antibiotics during labor and we'll be fine so no biggie there! I have also gained 7 pounds during my pregnancy, mostly due to being so sick at firs... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:13:15 EST Breastfeeding Class and a Doctor's Appointment! Well today starts the final countdown. Benjamin and I start the weekly doctor's visits this morning. I'll post how today's goes on tomorrow's blog. <BR> <BR> Last night however we met the lactation consultant for our hospital, Neva. She has nursed her own 3 children for a total of about 7 years and has been a lactation consultant for over 17 and an ob nurse before that. Not only did she give us all her private number to call anytime, day or night, that we have questions or issues but she in... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 07:16:31 EST Baby Shower!!! Yesterday we had Benjamin's baby shower! We are so blessed to have so many people who love us! We now have everything we need for him except a car seat which my dad is getting! We had about 25 people show up, everyone I really wanted there, and I'm including some pics for you guys (there's a LOT more but that's too many to post lol). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 8 Aug 2016 23:50:30 EST Feeling Better Today and Getting Things Done! I'll spare the individual details but Benny and I did a lot of errands today and got a lot done around the house. We also did more of mommy's homework than I had even planned to get done which was nice! Overall, I got my whole to do list done plus some! <BR> <BR> Sunday is my baby shower that is being thrown by my aunt and my mom. While I am insanely thankful for the love and support I am highly nervous. I am an only child so one would assume that I would be used to being the center of atte... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 23:21:15 EST Thanks Everyone! I just wanted to thank you all for the support the last few weeks and the kind comments on the painting in Benjamin's room. Today I woke up like the last 2 days and I couldn't ball up my fists and when I forced them my fingers would pop loudly when they went back out. They are also very weak. The other 2 days they improved through the day but not today. So I called my doctor and, long story short, I have pregnancy induced carpal tunnel. It will go away after Benny's born but my goodness. Afte... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 00:15:52 EST Benjamin's Painted Room! This is the completely painted room! Woohoo! Now my baby boy has a pretty room to come home to! Wed, 3 Aug 2016 12:20:19 EST Benny's Room Before Painting! FIrst, I feel silly for not seeing this before lol. But thank you to Platinum755 for helping me figure it out! An after video will be coming probably tomorrow or the next day! Let me know what you think about the color ideas! Tue, 2 Aug 2016 14:56:27 EST Help Adding a Video??? We are not totally done painting yet. Just 1 more coat on one of the walls and the closet left to paint BUT I can let you see a video of before! However, I need some help to do that. I used to be able to upload a video on here but now I can't find how to...? How can I achieve this??? <BR> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:08:54 EST A Praise and A Vacation Bible School (VBS) Update! First the VBS update: I was the craft director and it was wonderful! I got even closer with my church family and the first night we had 9 kids (including Benjamin of course) and the next 2 nights we had 16!!! That's amazing for having it for the first time in about 14 years and being a rural church. The last night a 3 year old named Gabe volunteered to pray. We're all thinking woah, wild card prayer and I could see his momma was worried. He thanked God for VBS and for his church and ended by ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:45:05 EST Well... My dad woke up not feeling well and decided not to go get his results of the cancer testing until Friday to keep others from getting more waiting... <BR> <BR> On the bright side though VBS at my church starts tonight! Here's praying some kiddos in need of God or in need of growth in God come! I'm hoping that we can show them God's love in the process! Talk to you all tomorrow! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:14:58 EST Baby and Painting Update! I should tell you all how flattering your concern is in me painting while pregnant. Thank you. I am using latex, low VOC paint that is approved by my doctor and I am taking an extra step in opening all doors and windows and wearing a mask. If I feel the least bit icky someone else will be finishing and I will NOT climb any ladders or foot stools. I have a person for that lol. <BR> <BR> I am painting 1 wall a very pale yellow and the other 3 will be a light gray. Right now the room is light p... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:45:24 EST Update About Appointment! Well Benjamin measured 35 weeks at our 33 week appointment Thursday. However, it took me forever to post this because I had some news to digest so to speak. My doctor and I were talking about the fact that the next birthing class isn't until late August and my doctor turns to me and says, "Um, yeah I wouldn't count on making that. I will be surprised if you last until mid-August..." I told him that months ago and he assured me that nope, Benny wouldn't come until September...jerk lol. <BR> <... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:51:21 EST Oh the Heartburn of it Allllll..... I only got between 4 and 5 hours of sleep last night because of the evil nemesis heartburn...but that's my fault as I forgot to take the medicine my Dr prescribed for that. I've been taking it for a few months so you'd think I'd remember but nope. I didn't remember until this morning. But Benny is doing well! What are the guesses as to how big we'll measure tomorrow? I'll update them and send the closest guesser a goodie and here's a pic to guess by! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 49... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:31:49 EST Almost 33 Weeks! Well I will be 33 weeks pregnant tomorrow by the doctor's count. I'm not so sure I'm not further along because Benny is measuring big. By-the-way, he was measuring 35 weeks 2 weeks ago (he was just 31 weeks really) so I'm taking "bets" to see what you'll think he'll be this Thursday at our next appointment! Put your guess in the comments and we'll send out a goodie, or multiple goodies, to the winner(s)! All in good fun! I'm guessing 38 weeks! <BR> <BR> We got a baby gift today from an inter... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:14:04 EST Sorry about the Lack of Blogs... I have been on here but not long enough to write a blog simply because I have had computer issues that have finally been fixed! My shingles are just about gone and I feel a lot better! I have a lot to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> I also got GREAT news about school. As some of you know I am going to school and have been for the last 2 years to get a Bachelor's degree in Psychology for Christian counseling through Liberty University. I've got 13 classes left in school after this subterm (my sch... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:04:07 EST Feeling Better...How are You? I'm finally not hurting or itching and it appears that the prayers for the healing of my shingles are working! Praise God and thank you all for lifting me and Benjamin up! He has been kicking more the last couple days too which is exciting! <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? <BR> <BR> Due Date Countdown: approximately 57 days left... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:38:24 EST LOOOONG Day! Well after just a few hours of sleep last night from helping a friend with a problem and shingles keeping me up I had a chiropractor appointment and a long day afterwards. I went to my cousin's house and played with her kids and kept her company, came home, did a 2 page paper, ate, laid down, did a 50 question test (got a 92%) and now I'm headed to bed a tired girl...Good night! <BR> <BR> Due Date Countdown: Approximately 58 days left.... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:04:04 EST Rash Issue Solved...It's Shingles... Could you please pray for me and my unborn son, Benjamin? I have the shingles and have to be on meds for it neither of which is supposed to be hard or bad for him but I'm still on edge and in pain...thank you all so much! Also, this is the same meds I have to be on before delivery...I don't think that is a coincidence at all...God knows when this baby is coming and He is making sure every way He can that we're safe and taken care of. Praise Jesus! <BR> <BR> Due Date in approximately 60 days ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:22:52 EST A Rash and Setting up a Nursery... WARNING: The 1st paragraph might be a bit TMI but the second paragraph is ok for all! <BR> <BR> So I noticed yesterday that I had a couple of small bug bite looking spots on my bum which were itchy. This morning it was really itchy and about the size of a quarter, bright red, and puffy. I called my ob/gyn just because I was on that antibiotic for a UTI and thought it might be yeast. However, the nurse basically said if it gets worse after benadryl and hydrocortizone cream to go to the walk i... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 22:36:37 EST Baby Ben's Check-Up! Baby Benjamin is doing well! Incredibly well actually. He is measuring 35 weeks and we are only 31 weeks and 1 day. I have officially gained a whole 4 pounds during this pregnancy lol. My blood pressure is 118/75 which is "perfect" the nurse said and his heart rate is around 145 which is also great! Thank God for good news! <BR> <BR> However, right now I'm praying I don't go into early labor at all. Mainly because I think they have my due date wrong and I have to be on medication for at lea... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:26:32 EST Bad Night... I kept waking up feeling like I was choking, maybe stomach acid or maybe my sleep apnea. I did finally get some sleep and woke up with sinus issues and now I'm sitting here feeling like I have not slept at all lol. But Mr. Benjamin is moving around a bit this morning and tomorrow we have a doctor's visit/check up. We'll see how much he's grown! I'm so proud of my little boy! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 63 days! Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:00:02 EST Anybody Need Prayer Out There? As always Benjamin (my unborn baby) and I are willing to pray for you. I don't believe that it's ever too early to teach a kiddo to believe in, trust in, and pray to God! It doesn't matter if you let us know your exact request or if you just say unspoken, because God knows. So please let me know if you or your family/friends need prayer either below or on a private message! Thank you all for continued prayer for my dad's cancer test results to come back negative in the upcoming weeks. We so a... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:45:42 EST Baby's First 4th (Technically)! Well Benjamin has thoroughly assaulted my insides this evening. He clearly does NOT like loud fireworks. Poor baby! I also wrote 2 papers and, not including my typed notes, they came to over 3,700 words...I'm exhausted! So I'll leave you with the Independence Day bump pic and say good night peeps! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:34:16 EST Well This Week Went Down a Bit... So Tuesday I was not too peppy and I thought I had just overdone it Monday so I shrugged it off. I found out that the little boy at church that had mumps but was vaccinated was diagnosed Monday with leukemia...he's 5 and has 4 brothers and sisters. He's going to have a lot of treatment to get well again so please pray for him! <BR> <BR> Wednesday I was feeling horrible and was having bad back pain so I called my doctor. Long story short I was having contractions, pretty good ones, but I was ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 02:03:29 EST I MAY be Nesting... I'm going to show ya'll what I got done yesterday and let you decide. I went to the chiropractor and grocery store, the I wrote a 600+ word essay for Philosophy and a 300+ word discussion for Theology plus I got a week ahead by doing my 2 replies for the discussion (100+ words each). I also did a quiz for each class, 2 loads of laundry (even folded them and put them away), cleaned all the furbabies' dishes, cleaned the fridge out, and watered the plants. Then, to top it off, I cleaned the bat... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:10:59 EST Highly Productive Monday! I was up just before 7 am today, bathroom break and Benny usually starts moving between 6 and 7 am and I love laying there and talking to him and watching him move! So far today I have cleaned the fridge out, visited my chiropractor, went to the grocery store, started a load of laundry, and completely cleaned my bathroom! It's only 11 am here lol. I still have school stuff to do and laundry to finish but that shouldn't be too difficult! Praise God for great, productive days like today! <BR> ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:07:37 EST Thanks for Praying for Us...Can We Pray for You? As always Benjamin (my unborn baby) and I are willing to pray for you. It doesn't matter if you let us know your exact request or if you just say unspoken, because God knows. So please let me know if you or your family/friends need prayer either below or on a private message! Thank you all for continued prayer over Benny and me being exposed to the mumps and for my dad's cancer test results to come back negative in the upcoming weeks. We so appreciate you all! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Co... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:26:22 EST Doctor's Appointment... Well we had Benny's doctor's appointment at 10:30 am and we didn't get to see the doctor until 12...during that whole time we had to wear a mask because I was exposed to mumps at church and just found out about it. I've been immunized but the child who caught it had also been immunized so out of safety we wore the masks. <BR> <BR> Benny measured 32 weeks again and so he's doing great. I lost just a tad bit of weight though so I am only up 1.8 pounds since becoming pregnant. That's of course... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:35:51 EST Starting the 29th Week! Benjamin has been on earth but not out of momma yet for 29 weeks! He's getting big and stretching a lot, these last 3 days I thought he was going to rip me open though lol. On Sunday he dropped a bit as well. We have another doctor's appointment tomorrow so we'll see how big he is now! At his last appointment Benny was 27 weeks and measuring 32 so I'm praying that they don't want to induce because of his size later on. If they do I'm praying God lets me know what I should do...sending love to... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:36:26 EST Update on Dad... I wanted to tell you that the outpouring of loving support and prayer has been a wonderful help and just to tell you more about my dad. He is not saved and currently he is 6'4 and down to just 136 pounds. He was born just under 2 pounds and has never really been able to gain weight so that's also a huge concern. Please also pray for his salvation. <BR> <BR> We won't know the full results of the testing done today for a couple weeks so please keep us in your prayers. I cannot imagine losing ... 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