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January 2017

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I know I usually say "This month flew by!" but January actually seemed to drag on forever.  Cold snowy dreary days, and inversion blagh! I LOVE being outside and being active, so it's really hard for me (esp with young kids and being pregnant) to enjoy the winter. Besides the winter blues, January was a good month! To keep ourselves from going stir crazy inside, we got an aquarium membership (in addition to Thanksgiving Point membership) and I have been trying to plan more fun playdates with friends.
We found out we are having a baby GIRL this month! Which wasn't a surprise to us, because both Jared and I felt so sure it was going to be a girl before we officially found out anyway!
My parents came to visit this month…I've been missing them so much and bawled my eyes out when they left (darn preggo hormones ha). We went to the Midway Ice Castles for the first time. They were incredible!
Jared's sister, Staci, visited us twice so we had two big Antczak family dinners at fancy restaurants (this preggo mama didn't complain). My belly hasn't grown too much bigger this past month (compared to months 2-3 when my belly "popped" but don't worry, I'm still packing on the weight :p. I'm starting to feel baby girl move, and it is the best feeling ever!
The kids all had their yearly checkup in January. Dr. was slightly concerned with Ryan's growth because he is so little (practically off the percentile charts). He is a picky eater! I'm not too worried about him, but to help with some weight gain we started him on the pediasure growth  shakes.  Ryan is 22 lbs 30 inches (about 1%)... Lyla is 24 lbs 31.5 inches (about 20%) and... Kyler is 40 lbs 42 inches (about 20%).  I'm short on time, so that's it for this month's blog post! Enjoy the picture dump :) they are all out of order and I'm not going to take the time to organize them this time ha.
Lyla's hair is starting to get long! and I'm afraid less curly :(

Fun bday party!

This is real life. Lyla cried the entire checkup. Ryan was fussy for about half of it. Kyler was so nervous about the flu shot, but he didn't cry!

 Our fav twin friends came to UT for a visit from AZ!

 Kyler visited my grandparents in Ogden with my dad, and said "This is the best day of my life!!"

We told the kids they are going to have a sister with this balloon!

We finally upgraded to a king sized bed! This preggo mama needed more space ;) We had a fun little photo shoot!

Ryan didn't want to be in the pictures

 I'm 20 weeks! Just over half way baked since she will be coming a week or so early via c-section.

 Loooove this bed. So comfy and roomy!

These pictures are all out of order. oh well! This was our social media gender reveal photo. 

One of my favorite preggo craving snacks haha. Potato chips and mustard!

 Valentine playdate

Max's school musical!

They occasionally play nice together!

Love this family of mine! See you next month blog. Peace.

Baby #4

02 January 2017

The twins took several years of trying and many, many months of fertility treatments to get pregnant, but to our surprise, this one came naturally! We are thrilled! What a miracle this baby is.

I'm currently 15 weeks, and feeling blessed! We waited to share the news publicly, because we had some complications early in the pregnancy and weren't sure if baby was going to make it or not. Our first ultrasound showed an issue with the placental attachment. The day after my ultrasound the nurse called to tell me the news. She told me I needed to be off my feet as much as possible, pelvic rest, and no lifting…as close to bedrest as I could. She also told me that I would probably start bleeding soon (but I never did), because she could see blood between the uterine wall and placenta on my ultrasound, called a subchorionic hemorrhage.
I panicked, and was a huge emotional mess. It was honestly one of the hardest weeks of my life. Jared and my brother in-law gave me a priesthood blessing, and both of our families prayed/fasted for us. I really felt those prayers and was comforted in knowing that whatever happened would be Heavenly Father's will.

The next week I had a doctors appointment, and my doctor calmed our fears. She re-assured us that the placenta issue is common, and she expected a full term and healthy pregnancy! She also apologized for the nurse giving us unnecessary reason to concern. We had another ultrasound that showed us that the placenta was beginning to heal on it's own, and our baby was healthy and growing (actually a week ahead of schedule!) Our prayers were answered, and we are so happy!

I started showing super early this pregnancy! Within a matter of weeks I had a noticeable baby bump. Tiny with a little bloating at week 7 of pregnancy:

…and just one month later at 11 weeks, my belly had already "popped"

I was thinking it HAD to be twins again, because although I weigh significantly less now than my pre-pregnancy weight with the twins, my bump this time around is just as big or maybe even slightly bigger than it was when I was pregnant with the twins! Also, I have been more nauseous this pregnancy than I was with the twins. However, my doctor assured me, that I was just showing sooner and my uterus was/is growing larger, faster because my last pregnancy was twins, and my body remembers that extreme growth it went through last time. Plus, both of my ultrasounds had confirmed that it's just one baby; I just had a hard time believing it!

My friends were so sweet...I know they noticed my bump, but patiently waited and didn't say anything to me (just to each other haha) until I was ready to share the news. Some of my very honest friends just straight up asked me when I was due without me even telling them I was pregnant haha. Made me laugh. I can't blame them…my baby bump was hard not to notice, even at 11 weeks!

Our most recent ultrasound was at 13 weeks. Baby is doing great, and the placenta is completely healed! We had the non-invasive integrated screening done (tests for down syndrome and other genetic abnormalities) and baby is not at risk. My doctor also moved up my due date because baby is still measuring a week ahead. I'm due JUNE 25, 2017~

On Christmas Eve, we told Kyler (and the twins, but they have no idea whats going on) that we are going to have another baby. Kyler was so excited!! We asked him if he wanted a baby brother or a baby sister, and he said…."both! I want a baby brother and a baby sister! I want two babies…and... We can name them New Ryan and New Lyla!" It was such a funny conversation explaining that it's just ONE baby this time and that the baby would need a different name. We showed him the ultrasound picture and he said "Oh, it's a brother! I can tell, because he doesn't have long hair!" We find out the gender in a few weeks! Jared and I are both thinking it is a girl, but we will have to see!

Love this family of mine, and can't wait for another sweet baby to join us!

Photos by Jennifer Nichols