The End is Near #baby4

by jessicalieb on January 27, 2015 · 1 comment

41 weeks

As of today I am 41 weeks and 2 days pregnant with baby 4. I’ve had a lot of doctor appointments lately since they like to keep a watchful eye on babies that decide to go past their “due date”. Since all of my boys have been “late” I fully expected to be here at 41 weeks and still pregnant. I was hopefully that I wouldn’t be pregnant but alas I am.

I thought for sure that I would have this guy over the weekend but the weekend came and went and he still snug inside. To be honest I’m a little relieved that he stayed put a few extra days. Both Joe and I have been battling colds and being sick and in labor is no fun.

However, things are progressing nicely. Baby 4 is looking perfectly healthy and is estimated to already weigh around 10lbs. My placenta is healthy and I have a good deal of amniotic fluid left. As of yesterday afternoon I was 4cm dilated, 50% effaced and at about station -3. He’s in the birthing position and we’re ready whenever he is. Since I’m nearing 42 weeks they scheduled for me to be induced on Thursday morning at 6:30 am.

Last night I was awakened several times by some strong contractions and the feeling he was pushing his way down. They weren’t consistent enough to time but painful enough to wake me up. Joe also developed a slight fever last night before bed and I was extremely worried I would go into labor while he was sick. However, this morning he appears to be much better (no fever) and I’m still pregnant.

As of right now I feel very fragile, like if I moved just a certain way this baby would pop right out. He’s very low and my contractions are still strong yet inconsistent. I doubt I’ll make it to my induction on Thursday morning based on how I feel right now.

Fingers crossed.


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Flywheel Giveaway

by jessicalieb on January 21, 2015 · 1 comment

One of my favorite exercise classes is cycling. I haven’t been to a class in awhile and since I’m due to have baby 4 any day now it may be a few more weeks until I can attend a class but I’m looking forward to trying out the new cycle classes offered at Flywheel. I’ve also heard wonderful things about the Cycle and Barre classes they offer.

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Flywheel offers indoor cycling with unprecedented amenities, including stadium-style seating, custom-made indoor cycling bikes, and complimentary towels and indoor cycling shoes for riders. In addition to indoor cycling classes, Flywheel also offers FlyBarre, a total body sculpting class that quickly reshapes the body for lean, strong and elongated muscles through small intense interval exercises choreographed to contemporary and inspiring music.

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Triangle Flywheel Special Offers:
As an added bonus, Flywheel offers moms in the Triangle a great child care deal with Right Time Kids!, so they can have peace at mind while they’re working to stay fit. Located right down the street from the Flywheel location at 1028 Oberlin Rd., Right Time Kids! offers Flywheel class-takers a discounted rate of $6/hour vs. the regular $10/hour rate for childcare.

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Waiting for Baby and Binge Watching

by jessicalieb on January 17, 2015 · 2 comments

Tomorrow is my due date. Therefore we don’t have a lot planned just in case baby 4 decides to make an appearance. Joe has also been working from home a little more to help care for the boys since my mobility has decreased and my braxton hicks contractions have increased. During afternoon naps I try to lay down for a rest but usually watch a show on my iPad.

I’m taking binge watching to a new level.

I just completed all seasons of Bones and just started watching Numb3rs.

Netflix Streaming Pioneer Woman

I also occasionally watch any HGTV Show like House Hunters or House Hunters International and of course The Pioneer Woman. Sometimes I’m productive while I watch my shows and will fold a basket of laundry but most of the time I’m timing contractions or resting my giant belly.

I have a feeling I will probably continue to watch plenty of shows on Netflix after baby 4 is born since I’ll be cuddling and nursing a newborn for the next few weeks.

A new baby is a great excuse to catch up on my Netflix binge watching…

What to watch next?


Pregnant Thoughts on Waiting – 39 Weeks

by jessicalieb on January 12, 2015 · 0 comments

Measuring 39 Weeks

Yesterday marked 39 weeks of carrying around baby boy number 4. Over the past several weeks I’ve watched as friends, some of whom had due dates after mine, welcome into the world their new bundles of joy. As an “experienced” mom I know that due dates are just estimates and the baby will come out whenever he wants but I can’t deny that I’m anxious to hold this sweet little boy in my arms instead of my womb. All 3 of my boys were at least a week past their “due date” so I’m expecting this guy will also be late… I guess that’s partially why I’m OK with still being pregnant.

I’m excited to meet this sweet babe but I’m also excited to NOT be pregnant. It’s uncomfortable. Sitting hurts, standing hurts, sleeping hurts, eating hurts… I’m certainly ready for this baby to be outside of my body. Despite all the discomfort, I am desperately trying to soak up these last few days with my 3 big boys. Things are going to change in the Lieb house (for the better) but of course there will be a transition period and who knows how well the brothers will fare.

I’m expecting Jude will be the least phased by the addition of yet another brother. However, I wonder about how Noah and Simon will handle someone else vying for my attention. Because Noah was so young (16 mo) when Simon was born he doesn’t really know much beyond life with little brother Simon. Noah is a “typical” middle child and is always looking for my attention and affection. Simon is most certainly the baby and is easily jealous and protective of his mama. So a new baby is certain to throw a wrench into their normal lives. But they will adjust.

So while I’m excited to meet baby boy 4 I know the days of our current family life are short. I have no doubts that life with 4 boys will be new and exciting and challenging and filled with great joy but for the next few days I’m going to soak up every minute of life with just 3.

3 Boys


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Every Friday night our family has a pizza night. It’s a such a common occurrence our children are often disappointed if we don’t have pizza on Friday night. Pizza Night is usually pretty low-key. We either order a pizza or make our own at home, it extremely rare that we go out to get pizza. […]

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The Reality of Nesting during Pregnancy


Nesting is a cruel joke played on pregnant women. Your hormones and instincts get your brain thinking that all the things need to be cleaned and organized but your pregnant body can’t keep up with your brain’s crazy demands. The left side of our bedroom is ready for baby 4… all the baby items are […]

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