33 weeks – Every day is another HUGE MILESTONE!!!
What a blessing it is for us to have made it this far. Rachel is definitely feeling the effects of carrying these babies for the last 33 weeks.
I am probably going to get in trouble for posting this picture, but I think she is beautiful, especially when she smiles!!!
At Kaiser OBGYN appointment
We had to move our Friday appointment with her OB to Thursday afternoon. Rachel has had a lot of swelling in her feet and legs. We just felt like it was a good idea to go in and visit the doctor sooner, rather than later. Rachel’s blood pressure was in a good range 129/83, she weighed in at 204.5lbs! (mostly water weight I am sure!) Her doctor recommended that she rest as much as possible, drink lots of fluids & if she feels more than 5 contractions in an hour to call L&D in Santa Rosa right away.
Rachel needs to drink 4 to 5 of these 55 gallon drums of water per day:
We left Kaiser and on our way home we stopped at target to pick up isopropyl alcohol for home made ice packs (recipe below) . Rachel had 5 contractions just on the way to Target!!! Following the doctor’s orders I tried to get her to call right away. We were told to go to Kaiser Santa Rosa as soon as possible, so off we went. After we arrived they took Rachel’s vitals – Blood Pressure, Urine, Blood Draw, Cervix. Everything was as expected. A little protein in her urine, blood platelets a little low, etc… Nothing new. They had a difficult time getting the monitor to work on Kaleo. He was being fussy and squirming all over the place. We were there until around 8pm and made it home by 9pm.
One cool side note – we heard a newborn baby cry out for their very first time as we entered L&D, a second baby cried out during our visit and then we heard a third one crying as we left. Hmm, a sign maybe??? 😀
Rachel’s feet and legs are swelling more & more with each passing day. I am not sure if it is the heat or the fact that she is carrying 3 babies. I had her try soaking her feet in an ice bath about a week ago and she DID NOT like that at all!!!
Here’s a tip that I found on the old interweb: Home made ice-packs.
- 2 cups isopropyl alcohol
- 4 cups water
- 2 – 1 gallon zip lock freezer bags (freezer bags are a heavier gauge plastic = more durable)
- Pour alcohol & water into a bag, try and remove all air bubbles prior to sealing the bag
- For added strength/peace of mind, place first bag into the second and repeat air bubble removal technique
- Freeze for about 10 hours
I just wanted to take a moment to remember all of the innocent people that lost their lives 14 years ago today. The world as I know it forever changed on that day – 9/11/2001
9/10/2015: Double Rainbow over the Freedom Tower – photographer unknown
Ke Akua Ho’omaika’i – God Bless…