April 26, 2015

36 Weeks Pregnancy Number Three

How far along? 36 Weeks 3 days today (or 37 weeks 3 days based on my own "dates" but that's neither here nor there...) 

My last update was at 35 Weeks.
I know the flowers are silly but I feel like they distract from the poor quality pic. ;)
Total weight gain: 29 pounds.. I sit and then it takes me a while to get up again...

Maternity clothes? Clearly...

Stretch marks? I don't want to talk about it...

Sleep: Exhausted when I have to get up and go to the bathroom several times a night. If I don't drink enough then I sleep great. Go figure!

Miss Anything? Energy and moving quickly. I want to accomplish so much but I get really exhausted.

Movement: Yep! He feels like he's filling up my belly.

Food cravings: Iced tea (herbal) from a new tea place. Berry Patch Herbal is my current desire.

Gender: Boy.

Labor Signs: Braxton hicks- enough to be moderately uncomfortable but not enough to get excited.

Symptoms: Moody, uncomfortable, etc.

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? Way off.

Exercise: Not really. :( Shame-shame.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Super short tempered... I hate it.

Highlight of the week: We just got our maternity pictures made! The girls were adorable and I'm glad they're done. And... we got our yard planted! I painted the lamp post and did other really absurd things. I'm mad I tell you! I become absolutely driven to accomplish crazy tasks.

Tonight I packed my hospital bag just in case and charged my camera. We had a not so great ultrasound in respect to the size of baby boy (i.e. he's not so small) so our date may be moved up more than anticipated. Let's look on the bright side, I won't be pregnant for over 41 weeks this time!

Also, I hired a baby sitter one morning and got to get a lot of tasks accomplished. Ah!

Looking forward to:Getting the house clean (crazy right?) because the week after we are having the carpets cleaned. I'm really getting the nest ready. :)
Desperate times call for desperate measures- fast food and Frozen "picnic" in the middle of the day
In the meantime: The girls are a little burned out with me not having a lap to sit in or patience to call on. Claire has been a threenager deluxe. I know that pregnancy is hard on them as well... As a treat tonight after our maternity pictures we got ice cream at Dairy Queen. We totally bribed them to get through the shoot because there was so much drama  and so many tears just getting there.

Also, today we took a family day since Jacob has started planting so we wanted a down day just to relax and enjoy each other.

April 20, 2015

Conversations with Claire (3 1/2)

I saw this really cute post about Joanna's conversations with her four year old and thought I'd love to capture some of the same moments we're seeing.

Claire is also a complete chatty Kathy and we never know what is going to come out of her mouth.

This weekend I was sitting in the shade with my sister (in-love/law) with our coffees as the girls played. Claire came over and asked for a drink.

I said, "No it will turn your teeth black and is for grown ups. If you drink it now it will make you not grow. It's bad for you."

Without pause Claire said, "Then why do you drink it?"


Yesterday Sophie accidentally hurt Claire and after a few minutes of cuddles Claire went back out on the porch and pulled Sophie aside and used her motherly voice (i.e. overly bossy) and bent over and looked firmly in Sophie's eyes and said, "You hurt sister! You made sister sad."

With each word she did the sign language in front of her face for emphasis.

She repeated it all again with motions, "Sister is sad! You hurt your sister.  Sit down and let's have a talk."

She pulled Sophie down on the sidewalk and proceeded to tell her we use gentle hands etc.

Then she said, "Now you say I'm sorry!"

Sophie said, "Otay!" and leaned over and mumbled something and hugged Claire.

Then Claire said, "Now that "sorry" didn't make anyone feel better. Do it again and REALLY use your arms!'
(We were dying laughing in the house as observers to this.)

Right now Claire is obsessed with Spiderman and Bat man and wants a superhero/Spider man birthday party this year, a "My Little Pony" party for her fifth and a Bat Man Party for her sixth.
Gifts she wants this year:
- a Bat Man Doll
-a Spider Man cake with webs
-an Elsa dress and an Anna Dress (one for her and one for sister)
- a week at Grandma and Grandpa's house

When asked what she wants to be when she grows up she says she wants to be a singer, and that daddy wants to be a mountain man.

When she and Sophie play house/family she insists that Sophie is the daddy because "she has no hair".

35 Weeks Pregnancy Number 3

How far along? 35 Weeks 3 days today (or 36 weeks 3 days based on my own "dates" but that's neither here nor there...)

My last update was at 34 Weeks.
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Total weight gain: 28 pounds.. NOT doing well in this department. Above is me unbrushed, no make up and feeling MISERABLE. Being this heavy is not cool (for me). I'm at an all time high for my entire my life and my body is tapping out and saying, "Lady... enough is enough... we can't take anymore."

Maternity clothes? Clearly...

Stretch marks? Oh dear. This last week several sprung up. I hate to be vain but they are very discouraging.

Sleep: This is crazy. Call me a nut (no wait, please don't) but I vaguely remember this from my other pregnancies but I have serious restless leg syndrome. I feel like my entire body is itching, twitching, on fire at night. It is really unpleasant and makes sleeping hard.

I have complete and miserable insomnia and I'm exhausted. But if I nap then I can't sleep at night and the cycle goes on. Let's just have a baby and let the sleeplessness serve a more obvious purpose.

 Miss Anything? My old body and being pain free. I'm in serious discomfort right now.

Movement: He's wriggling a lot at night especially or first thing in the morning.

Food cravings: Just junk.

 Gender: Boy.

 Labor Signs: Some pinching but I think it's from dehydration.

Symptoms: Swelling, discomfort, restless leg syndrome, heartburn. You name it I've got it at this point.

Belly Button in or out? Out.  

Wedding rings on or off? Way off.

Exercise: Not really. :( Shame-shame.  

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty sad and kind of overwhelmed. I don't know why.

Oh wait, could it be people asking me how many are in there and acting in shock when I tell them how long I have to go still? Yeah.. maybe that doesn't help either.

Highlight of the week: We got the exterior of the house painted and new gutters and the ball is rolling on getting our backsplash done. I REALLY want to get this done before baby brother comes. Going to Amarillo for an Ethiopian Easter and meeting new friends was a lot of fun too!

Looking forward to: Family coming into town this weekend and that final (hopefully) ultrasound this next week (tomorrow now).

 In the meantime: The girls are so much fun. Claire is super clingy and wanting time with mommy. The girls play well together and Claire wants to protect her little sister. Spring has sprung and I'm getting geared up to work in the garden.. Who knows, maybe it will make labor happen earlier this time? ;)

April 9, 2015

34 Weeks Pregnancy #3

How far along? 34 Weeks today.

Where did the last two weeks go?! My last update was at a day shy of 32 weeks.   

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Total weight gain: 27 pounds.. the last two weeks I've been bad... Measuring 33 weeks at my appointment yesterday.  So... if you're curious.. that's about a 6 pound weight gain in two weeks... Uh-oh...

Maternity clothes? Yesss.

Stretch marks? Sadly... yes!

Sleep: Mostly decent but now actually favoring sleeping on my right side to get decent sleep... It's crazy how it changes!

 Miss Anything? Being able to bend over easily... and lay on my back... and eat however I want.  

Movement: Lots! He's fun and moves a lot.  

Food cravings: Not really... just not motivated to eat healthy right now. Tsk tsk.

 Gender: It's a boy.

 Labor Signs: Squat... I would like to feel more "pinching" and all again but nothing. I have had more very uncomfortable braxton hicks but nothing to write home about and I think it's more associated with my lack of water lately... :/  

Symptoms: Oh the swelling... the swelling!! I didn't swell so much with Sophie (number two) but this time I'm a swollen hot mess and pretty achy and miserable.

Belly Button in or out? Out.  

Wedding rings on or off? Way off.

Exercise: Not really. :( Shame-shame.  

Happy or Moody most of the time: A complete mood bomb. I hit a wall and every night at 6 pm I turn into a complete pumpkin. I'm exhausted, tired and don't want to move. Good bye second trimester energy!

 Highlight of the week: I got in the sewing mood and finished two car seat covers (summer and winter) and baby's official car seat cover set from Chicco came in and fits perfectly so he won't have a pink infant seat anymore! Yeah! Now it's black and grey.

I was pretty pumped to also make a minky cover for his newborn seat insert (which I didn't want to pay $20 for a new newborn insert that my babies only use for a few weeks).

I had to make my own pattern and wing the new born insert cover so I'm AMAZED it worked!

If you knew my sewing expertise you would be equally as impressed and surprised by these accomplishments. ;)  

Looking forward to: My next ultrasound at 35/36 weeks to see if little guy is (hopefully) not as large as they were thinking... Prayers appreciated. ;)

Also, we're doing some house projects (some insurance claims due to hail damage etc. that we are working on) so I'm looking forward to getting them all DONE before baby comes!

Before Sophie came we painted our panelling, put in a new back door, and updated our kitchen (mostly).

This time we are getting our house painted, a few new windows and new gutters (part of the hail damage), and we really really want to FINALLY finish the kitchen and get some back splash done.

 In the meantime, The girls are still sharing a room but just recently we've napped them in separate rooms (the past two days) and they've each been happier with a little rest. BUT they miss each other and feel like they're being punished being kept apart. I absolutely love that. ;)
From Top left to bottom right: 1.) my little gardeners, 2.) the girls helping my cousin Tiffany at her wedding shower, 3.) the girls playing in the rain, 4.) the girls hugging at Claire's pre-school, 5.) Me and my sister at around the same age... this pic reminds me of Sophie! 6.) Girls in the rain again.
They are so sweet and keep talking about baby brother and how they will protect him and how he will lay around and do nothing (their "new baby" books point out how little a baby can do so they have realistic expectations). Well, Claire talks about all of this. Sophie just randomly hugs my belly and kisses it.

Every week when I leave Claire at preschool she kisses and hugs me and then kisses my belly and says bye to baby brother. *sweet*!

March 30, 2015

Notes on Pregnancy Number 3 And On Being Overweight and Pregnant

Things I want to remember...

This pregnancy is clipping along even though most of the time it feels like I'm frozen in time.
Starting out pregnancy number 3 at 30 pounds overweight. I picked the most flattering picture so just trust me. ;) Family vacay at Gulf Shores Alabama. This was the EXACT weight of the day I delivered number 2 for reference...

At almost 33 weeks I have hit the third trimester wall. I'm exhausted, I have insomnia and suddenly I feel like a bloated fish out of water. Does that sound miserable? Because I kind of am.

We met with our doula the other night and I realized this pregnancy has had stages though each one felt like it was never ending. So I decided to document them here quickly.

With each pregnancy I go through a season of intense, almost crippling hip pain. I can barely stand and walking takes a bit of time. I have to go to the chiropractor just to make it along and it feels like it's lasting forever. I would say in hindsight this season lasts about ten weeks.

Amazingly... it passes! I only suffer from hip pain in my right side the remainder of the time and mostly only when laying on my right side at night.

Also, I have gone through an excruciating section in each pregnancy where I am pretty convinced I have Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. Even writing it, it seems like no big deal. But crikey.. it is NO JOKE. And it really feels overwhelming and all encompassing.. but guess what?? Speaking with my doula I was actually shocked to realize it's mostly passed. It also lasts about ten weeks.

In this stage for me my area below my protruding belly (that's a nice way of saying it) is in intense pain all day. I can't stand on one leg and rolling over in bed is so intensely painful I can barely manage it. My lower back hurts and it feels like my hips are unhinged. It's an almighty, horrible pain that really is all-encompassing.   My inner thigh (especially my left thigh) was in pain all of the time.

But.. it's almost entirely gone now! It's so crazy. So even though my belly is bigger now I'm in less pain.. crazy huh?

Lastly, I have to write about weight gain.
24 weeks ish and feeling so huge and bloated with number 3. I know it's all perspective...

If you were always at a healthy weight when pregnant then kudos to you. You earned what you have so I support you and am thrilled for you. Seriously!

I have had one pregnancy of intense weight gain (after the bizarre abdominal surgery), a healthy pregnancy (number 2) with average weight gain, and now I started out 30 pounds overweight.

I can tell you that being overweight makes SUCH A HUGE difference in your pregnancy (at least it did for me). You really can't know the misery of standing, the weight on your joints (knees and hips) and even the pain of getting in and about of bed until you experience it. I never want to forget how bad this feels...

In my healthy weight pregnancy I started feeling really uncomfortable at about 36-39 weeks. With these overweight pregnancies I'm miserable for several months. Everything aches and it's hard to move from position to position throughout the day.

We pull into the garage and I seriously sit there for about 3 or 4 minutes willing myself to move and get out of the car.

With Sophie's pregnancy I was just so shocked with how good I felt even late into the pregnancy. And with this pregnancy like with Claire's I am struck by the sad misery of so much weight. Not to be overly dramatic but this is my experience. And the difference is real.

I hope this wasn't too random but I wanted to share.

Later friends!

March 25, 2015

32 Weeks with Number 3

I've done a horrible job at documenting for this little guy. How cliche!

In this rare moment where BOTH girls are napping (and sharing a room no less) I will jot down some notes from this point in the pregnancy.
(The box in the background is a new carseat for Claire. Figuring out a 3 across configuration for a 2010 Honda Odyssey and two rearfacing has been no easy task! Actually we're going to have to move Claire all of the way to the back of the van when brother comes.)

How far along? 32 weeks (tomorrow).

Total weight gain: 21 pounds (but I started out 30 pounds overweight so...it feels like a lot more)

Maternity clothes? Yeah.

Stretch marks? Nothing new.

Sleep: My right hip has ached all through this and the last pregnancy so sleeping on my right side is mostly out of the question. Otherwise I've been okay sleeping, just going to the bathroom 2-3 times a night.

Miss Anything? Not really.

Movement: Yes. He's an active little guy and rolls all around. It feels like he's stretching his legs out straight and arching his back into my belly button.

Food cravings: Not really right now.

Gender: It's a boy.
Claire's new seat (Pioneer Britax), new crib, and new nap mats for the girls for "school" in June when daddy is working planting season and mommy is alone with a baby and two energetic children. ;)

 Labor Signs: A week or two ago I started having "pinching" and a real heaviness that was quite alarming. I had been hard at work in his room and we were shopping at Target (see car seat and crib above).

My doula said it was pretty normal for a 3rd pregnancy to feel some early labor stuff (I felt like this with Sophie right before she came). Sure enough I started listening to my body more, resting etc. and I've been fine since then.

 (I try to drink 3 of these a day. One by noon, one by 5pm and one by bedtime.)

Symptoms: When I don't get close to 100 oz. of water or when I eat out or travel I swell up. Also if I sit in one spot for too long (like staying up late working on a project). Otherwise I'm pretty good.

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? Way off.

Exercise: Not really. :( Sorry little guy. I like to walk but saw a loose pit bull chasing down a little animal last week while I was out. So I'm a little wary to get back out.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Very happy!  But let's be honest, when I'm pregnant I'm really short tempered... :/

Highlight of the week: Getting little guy's room all done. I made a solar system out of tissue paper and got them above his bed, and some water color paintings.
You can get a sense of the progression here. From top left to bottom right, blank walls, space decals on walls (that pealed off REALLY quickly), decals modpodged onto canvases as a last resort, hand made space art (that was fun!), rocket ship decal, framed art over diaper table, solar system over bed, baby boy's closet (all clothes from my friends... they rock!)
Consignment sale finds! Everything we've had has been pink so I tried to cheaply replace as much as I could (high chair, bath seat, bouncy seat etc.)

Looking forward to: Going to my little cousin's bridal shower this Saturday. My OB nixed the option of travelling 8+ hours past 36 weeks so I don't get to make it to her wedding.. Really sad about that. On that note, I hope to go into labor sooner than later with this little guy. I'm praying for before 40 weeks this time... but trying to get my heart prepared for either way. ;)

In the meantime, we've been enjoying time with these two girls. Family is such a blessing and they are so much fun. 1 1/2 and 3 1/2 are fun ages and they sure do love each other.

Check out 24 Weeks Pregnancy #3.
32 Weeks with Pregnancy #2
32 Weeks with Pregnancy #1

February 25, 2015

Dogs and snow

Snow and sun... it's a good thing I think. Valuable lessons were learned.. snow takes like ice and don't dig for brown snow in a yard where dogs live...

February 24, 2015

Snow 2015

A new year blanketed in white brilliant snow- cold walks are an adventure when little feet guide you.

February 23, 2015

Mommy Alone

At the end of a girls' weekend an hour or two to myself. Soup, latte, a fire.... Yes.

February 20, 2015

Sweet Treasures

The coffee shop was warm and inviting and that macaroon was delectable. But the company was even sweeter. Oh the treasure of friends.
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