I have my 20-week ultrasound tomorrow!  I was very hopeful that we would find out that the subchorionic hemorrhage was gone, but after more bleeding the last couple of days, I’m pretty sure it’s not.  It could definitely be smaller though, which would be good news!  We’ll just have to wait and see.

In other news, we are back to school this week.  We’re splitting a week over this week and next week (because we still have craziness going on and can’t do school every day yet…plus I’m still catching up on stuff like quarterly taxes, paying bills and looking for insurance like don allred insurance ) and then we’re taking another week off to visit family.  When I looked over our school calendar for April, we’re only doing one week’s worth of school the entire month!  It’s been kind of nice to take a break, but it won’t still be nice when we’re still doing some of our school in July!

I’ll try to be back tomorrow to update after my ultrasound!

It’s almost time for us to dig back in and finish off our last ten weeks of this school year.  Can I just say that I do not feel refreshed and ready to get back to it?

I’m not sure where all of my extra hours I was supposed to have during this break have gone, but they have up and vanished.  We’ve been so busy anyway, I’m not sure exactly how we’re going to start squeezing school back in next week!  Oh well.  10 more weeks.  Just 10 more weeks.

One of the things we’ve added in that has kept us busy is taekwondo for the older kids.  They love it (mostly…Ava loves it and Kelvin is having some motivation issues, as usual) and they are just the cutest little taekwondo people ever, right?

I have two baskets of laundry calling my name and then I think I hear my pillow calling, too.  I know I haven’t been sleeping enough lately, so it’s time to fix that before we get back to the routine, too!

Right now we’re in the middle of a super-exciting spring break.  Where’s my sarcasm font when I need it?

We’re taking time off to be able to to deleaven and spring clean our house.  I’m almost done with the upstairs, but I still have the sewing/storage room and Chad’s and my room to do.  And next week we have to start on the downstairs.

I’m mostly dreading the kitchen, because since the main focus is deleavening, obviously that room will be the most work.  Too bad I can’t make it more fun by adding in picking out new kitchen cupboards and counters from here ! Haha. But alas, it will just be cleaning for now!

The funny thing is that we were having major attitude issues about school before we started our break.  Every day since then, Kelvin (who had the worst attitude of all) has been begging me to let him do “four days of school today”.  I know better than to hope this will last until we actually start school again!

I haven’t forgotten to come back and do my promised update on the subchorionic hemorrhage!

At my appointment last week (15 weeks, 6 days), the hemorrhage had grown a little.  It had been 4 cm around 12 weeks, but last Monday it was 6 cm x 2 cm x 3 cm.  So not enormously bigger, but not smaller like we were hoping, either.

I had to see a midwife who is not my normal care provider after my sonogram.  She told me my chances of continuing to carry the baby were only about 50%.  I was pretty shocked and crushed.  I was sure that getting well into the second trimester must have given me better chances.

Luckily, my doctor’s office called the next day after he reviewed my sonogram.  When I told the nurse what the midwife had said and asked some more questions about it, she told me she would talk to my doctor and call me back.  She called back with much better news.  My doctor thinks that since I didn’t miscarry after either of the gushing bleeds, my chances are much higher than 50% and he’s very optimistic that I’ll have a healthy baby at the end of this.  I was so relieved to hear that!

But since the hemorrhage is still there and does still pose risks, I’ll still continue having appointments every 2 weeks and ultrasounds every 4 weeks for now.  Which I don’t mind at all…the more we check up on Baby Girl, the more reassured I feel!  :)

GIRL!!

I’m so excited, and so is Ava!  Of course, I would have been happy either way, but I was really hoping for another girl to dress up in super-cute girly stuff.  Ava is just barely tolerating it anymore.

We also got an update on the subchorionic hemorrhage, but that’s for another post.  For this post, I’m just going to be thrilled that we’ll be having another little girl in a few months!

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It sure has been quiet over here in my corner of the blogosphere.  In case you were wondering why, it’s because as soon as I got taken off of bedrest for my subchorionic hemorrhage (which is not resolved yet), we came down with whooping cough.

Carter and I came down with it first and the big kids followed a couple of weeks later.  Chad is the only one who has still not shown any symptoms.  At this point, I think he just might get lucky and escape it!

The kids and I just finished our 5 days of antibiotics, which supposedly means we’re not contagious anymore.  I’m not sure I believe it, though.  We all still feel awful and I’m pretty certain I cracked a rib last night because the coughing fits were so bad (I wish I were exaggerating or blowing it out of proportion).  I’ve definitely had it the worst and I think it’s because I’m also pregnant.  I’ve been vomiting at least once a day from coughing so hard…sometimes after every meal or snack.  Carter has vomited a few times (mostly at night) and the big kids haven’t vomited at all.  I think the big kids got their antibiotics soon enough that it probably won’t get super bad for them.  They probably still will be coughing for a long time to come, though.  It’s called the 100-day cough for a reason.

So that’s why it’s been quiet here.  We’ve been staying home all the time because of course we don’t want to share our germs, but with three kids with cabin-fever, that certainly doesn’t equate to extra blogging time for Mommy!

If we ever get to the point where I’m having to research and help the kids buy cheap ebs effects at musicians friend , there is no doubt in my mind that we will have to turn the garage into a music practice area! I already sometimes feel like I need ear plugs just with them “playing” the piano and their toy instruments. If they decide to start up a band, they’ll have to set up in the garage for my sanity!

I guess without a doctor’s orders to take it easy, I just can’t seem to manage to put my feet up enough.  Just 2 days after getting the doctor’s all-clear to “use common sense” about my activity, the brown bleeding started up again.  At least it’s just brown this time, rather than the gushing red bleeding I’ve had in the past.  Apparently, I’m not so good at the common sense when it comes to activity.

But this answers one of my questions.  I hadn’t known if the spotting had stopped because the SCH had healed, but apparently it hasn’t.  So at least I know that now.  Silver linings, folks.

Could someone explain to me why my little people think they need radios and CD players and all kinds of electronic music devices in their rooms?  At their age?  Just wait until they’re teenagers and think they need even more advanced things like ashley electronic crossover ! Actually, by then, they’ll probably have even more super-advanced music technology and I won’t even know what half the stuff they “need” is!

I love it when I catch little moments like this between the kids.  Kelvin had the tablet on his lap and Carter crawled up beside him to see what he was doing.  Pretty soon Kelvin had his arm around his baby brother and they were watching a show on Netflix together.  It was just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!