Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Checklist and Registry {Second Baby}

I've already started thinking about what I'm going to need and want for baby #2. We really aren't going to need much, but there are a few things that I've been considering. Some of it is a stretch and not necessary, but maybe I'll splurge somewhere. This baby shouldn't have all hand-me-downs, right? Also, I've decided to go ahead and create a registry at Target and Pottery Barn Kids. I figure I should take advantage of the perks like the $50 coupon savings booklet and 15% off completion offer.


The Nursery:
Crib/Crib Mattress- We are going to get an extra crib that my parents have since they have two at their house. I'm actually going to put Owen in it since it has a dark stain and then I'll put the white crib in the new nursery. I just feel like white is more gender neutral. We will need to buy a new crib mattress to go with it though.

Twin Bed- We are also getting a twin bed that my sister has been using in her apartment. She's moving out mid December after she finishes school. I'm thinking we'll set up the twin bed on the other side of Owen's room since the rocking chair will be relocated to the new nursery. It'll be nice to be ready for the transition to big boy bed whenever that comes. 

Crib Bedding: Crib Sheets (2-3)/Crib Skirt/Bumper pad- I've already picked out a crib sheet that I love and ordered the skirt and bumper pad from carousel designs. It arrived a few weeks ago. I've shocked myself by already having this done.

Waterproof Mattress Pads (2)- Since we aren't planning to move Owen out of his crib, we will need a couple more for this little one.

Dresser- I'm planning on moving the white dresser from our dining room into the new nursery to double as a changing station.

Changing Pad and Covers (2)- I'll probably just pick these up at target or buy buy baby.

Sound Machine- We love the one we have for Owen. We'll just grab a second one. Here's a link to it at Target.

Hygiene:
Diapers- Since we won't use our cloth until this one is over 10 pounds, we'll need some newborn and size one diapers on hand.

Wipes- I love pampers sensitive wipes. It's all we use. Made the mistake of buying huggies once and it was a terrible mistake.

New Wet Bag- I've been wanting two wet bags for a while but haven't got around to buying one. With another baby on the way, I realized we are going to really need it. We purchased our second bag from Planet Wise. Here's a link.

Feeding:
New Pump Tubing- I'm hoping my new hospital has pump kits. I guess I should ask about that before delivery. It's nice to get insurance to pay for it.

New Pump Bag- This is one item that I'm thinking of splurging on. I absolutely hate my pump bag that I used with Owen. I had the messenger style bag by medela. It wouldn't have been my first pick because it doesn't zip shut, but I bought it off Craigslist. It is way too big (like it barely fit in my locker at work) and inconvenient because it doesn't have one of those nifty zipper compartments for easy access to the pump. Also, there are some really cute pump bags out there. They can be a little pricey. The prices I've seen range anywhere from $100 to $185. I'm considering bags that I've found on Etsy. Here is the link to the one pictured below.


Isn't that bag so much cuter than the bags that come with breast pumps these days? My only concern is that it too seems to be messenger style and I'm not sure it zips closed. Apparently she customizes though. These breast pump companies need to get on it and make some cute bags.
 
Milk Storage Bags- I used target brand with Owen and they worked great. They are also cheaper than a lot of other brands.

Bibs- I'm planning to purchase these after the baby is born (so we know what colors to buy). The bibs we've used with Owen are really ratty and stained.

Travel:
New Diaper Bag- I've already got one (SkipHop brand) that I never used with Owen. It was given as a gift and I loved it too much to return it so I kept it since I knew we'd have other children one day. I'm sure we'll continue to use the old ones as well since they are in pretty good condition.

Double Stroller- I've done a little research on this. I have loved our Bob stroller for running and walking at the nearby parks, but I'm not sure what to do when I have two little ones. Plus, since I'm planning on having Owen in a preschool/mothers day out program next fall, I don't know if I'll need it. I'm wondering if I should consider something that's doesn't put the kids side by side. I've heard some complaints that the double Bob's are too wide. However, I've also heard that tandem styles can be unstable and prone to tipping over. Given that I always use the stroller outside (ie. not trying to get through tight isles or doorways), I'm thinking that wide shouldn't be a bother. So I'm back to thinking about a side by side double stroller but don't want to break the bank.


This is the baby trend expedition double jogger. It's priced at $189.99 at Target right now. The reviews are looking good. I like that it comes with cup holders and a compartment for keys/phone on the handle bar. I'm considering it after talking with a friend of mine who said that her sister in law loves it.

Infant carrier- We bought a bjorn carrier a few months after Owen was born. I liked it okay. The hard plastic in the back got uncomfortable very quickly for me. I didn't do very good research before Owen was born about baby wearing. For example, I didn't realize that having your baby in a face out position isn't actually a good position for baby in a lot of carriers (including the baby bjorn). I'm looking into Ergo carriers and Boba carriers this time. I'm thinking that baby wearing may be more of a necessity with child #2.


The ergo carrier pictured above is the new version which does allow baby to face out and maintain a knee even or above hip and C-shaped spine position. I also like how the ergo and boba carriers put the weight of the baby on your hips (similar to when you go backpacking). This means that my frame and not my muscles are what holds the baby. Both carriers also seem to have a good amount of padding in the shoulders.


Second Carseat- We will re-use the infant carseat carrier that we used with Owen, but then we'll need another one for later.

Postpartum:
Soothies- Soothies are the best! Click here for a link. They are little gel pads that stick to your nips in the early days of breastfeeding. They do exactly what they say they do- soothe. I only used them for the first week and a half or so. I plan on stocking up with about 3 packs since each set lasts 3-4 days.

Breast pads- I still have my organic washable pads that I plan to re-use, but I'll need to grab a small pack of disposable for the early nursing days. I remember the engorgement and leaking as my body was adjusting and figuring out how much milk it actually needed to produce. Also, I preferred the flat pads as opposed the ones with creases in them. Target brand wins again in my book.

Colace- I had a bottle of this handy last time and I'm glad I thought ahead that way. I plan to do the same this time. It's a good idea to keep things nice and gentle on the postpartum tush.

Pads- I prefer Kotex brand because they have a more cotton like feel. I made the mistake of having a different brand handy when I got home from the hospital. I don't remember what it was, but they stuck to my rear and my stitches. Let me tell you, I only let that happen once before I was headed to the drug store to find a different option.

Some New Breastfeeding Friendly Tops- I didn't realize how picky I would be about breastfeeding before Owen was born. I just didn't put much thought into it. I quickly realized that I hated having to pull my shirt up to feed. This fact sent me to Target 6 days after Owen was born so that I could find some good tops. That was the fastest shopping I've ever done in there.

Mothers Milk Tea- I still have a little bit of this left from Owen, but I'll probably grab another box. Some people hate the taste, but I kind of liked it. I loved sipping on my tea while Owen was snuggled up nursing.

Raspberry Tea- I actually purchased this tea during my minor freak out after my 36 week appointment where my doctor told me that Owen was likely already 7 pounds. I drove all over town after that in search of this tea. I was freaked that Owen was going to stay in until after 40 weeks and be absolutely huge. I was only able to drink a cup (maybe two) that afternoon and evening. By the next day, I calmed down and didn't drink any and then my water broke that night. I ended up being left with an entire box of tea (well, minus a few more packs that I passed off to my friend Laurie who was still pregnant). However, I enjoyed drinking it during my maternity leave. It's supposed to help tone the uterus and decrease postpartum bleeding. Plus, I liked the taste.

There may be other items that I decide to replace after we get going with this little one but I think that does it for now. I'll have to update later with what we actually decide to splurge on and what we decide to forgo. After all, these little babies really don't need all these crazy gadgets. Some of it sure does make life easier though!



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Little Blue Truck Birthday Party

As I mentioned yesterday, we had Owen's party last Thursday. One of his favorite books from the past year has been Little Blue Truck. We decided to go with that as our theme. I placed one of the invitations in a frame by the front door to help remind people of the "theme".


 Patrick designed the invitations. He did a great job with it!


We served up two crock pots full of chili along with pigs in a blanket for the little ones who probably wouldn't eat chili. I added a chocolate fountain to the menu after coming across our chocolate fountain while cleaning out for baby number two. We've never used it even thought we've had it for our entire marriage. I immediately decided we were breaking it out of the box.


We used small cake doughnuts to represent the line, "His heavy duty dump truck tires were sunk down deep in muck and mire". I also added some strawberries and thick pretzel sticks just because who doesn't love those dipped in chocolate?

Patrick's margaritas were present again this year. Adults only though! Love that he made a sign this year after last year when one child walked up and thought it was lemonade. Luckily, we caught him before he drank any. We learned our lesson.


And of course, there was cake. I ordered cupcakes this year instead of a sheet cake. There were way too many left over. I think everyone got their sugar fill from the fountain. Owen really enjoyed his though. Well, the icing anyway:)


I enlisted Patrick's mom to make cookies as the party favors again this year. This time they were little blue trucks and little red 2's. They were so cute!



I think that about wraps up the party info. Owen had fun and I think everyone else did too. It was so funny to compare his response this year to last year. He was definitely way more interested in opening his presents. Also, he totally nailed blowing out his own candle. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

22 weeks

November 22, 2014

This week was a lot of fun and busy! Owen turned 2 on Tuesday, on Wednesday I got the pleasure of hosting my dgroup for a Thanksgiving feast, and Thursday was Owen's birthday party here at the house as well.



Photo thoughts:
I'm pretty sure I'm bigger than I was with Owen at this point. Just second pregnancy I guess. My tummy muscles know what to do! Also, I feel like the girls don't seem as out of place. I think the belly helps balance things out:)

Pregnancy symptoms:
Varicose veins are looking terrible and painful at times. I'm so thankful that I don't have to wear shorts. I don't remember them hurting with Owen. It makes me sad to look at them but I try to remind myself that it's part of bringing life into the world and totally worth it. Heartburn is manageable with zantac. Sleep is great. Baby moves a lot. 

Boy or girl: 
We had a total of 9 little boys at Owen's birthday party. Among our friends that joined us, there wasn't a single girl. As we were sitting around watching them play, people began to speculate that maybe this baby is a girl because surely the odds are in our favor.

Food aversions/cravings:
I've decided I'm just picky and take forever to figure out what I want. Breakfast is pretty consistent with eggs on Ezekiel bread or oatmeal with blueberries. Lunch is hard. Sometimes I eat Owen's leftovers which usually consists of Publix brand chicken nuggets, apple slices, cheese, and carrots. Sometimes I make tomato soup. Every Wednesday, I eat a sandwich from Ashley Macs because my friend Mandy picks it up for me on her way over for Bible study. For dinner, I've been most enjoying the Publix baby kale salad kit. I have a hard time eating meat at night. If I'm going to eat meat at night, I prefer it to be steak. Also, if it's spicy, then it's even better. Of course, that doesn't really work that great with heartburn but I make do. We went out for Chipotle the other night and I almost devoured my entire bowl of brown rice, black beans, and steak (with a huge dollop of guacamole on top). It was so good. Hmm... Might need to do that again soon. Also, I should note that a cup of hot chocolate is a daily afternoon occurrence. Nothing too fancy- just good ole Swiss Miss.

Best moment of the week:
Hmm... This is hard. We had a lot of fun this week. I'd say Owen's birthday party. I busted out the chocolate fountain that we've had since we got married but never used. It was a hit even though I don't think I quite nailed down the consistency of the chocolate. It was a little on the clumpy side.

Looking forward to:
Thanksgiving. We had originally planned to travel to see my family, but a lot of their plans got shifted around. Plus, I have to work Friday and Saturday night after Thanksgiving. Now we are just going to stay here in town. I'm sure we'll be spending time with Patrick's family now. While I'm sad that I won't be seeing my family until after Christmas, I'm thankful that we get more of a down week coming after this week.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

21 weeks

November 15, 2014


Photo thoughts:
I don't really have any thoughts on this one. I'm looking a little pregnant and pretty much always rocking the maternity clothes.

Pregnancy symptoms:
Heartburn is back every night. Zantac helps. No other symptoms besides lots of movement, a bigger belly, and the typical weight gain (5-6lbs at this point).

Boy or girl:
I still think girl most days.

Food aversions/cravings:
My main frustration is that I never know what I'm going to want to eat. I'll plan a menu for the week that sounds good at the time, spend the money on groceries, and then the night that I'm supposed to make the food comes and it just sounds terrible. It's frustrating. I eat plenty and there really isn't anything that I won't eat at this point. I just never know what is going to sound good.

Best moment of the week:
Sleeping almost the entire day on Thursday. Haha. It was amazing. I'm not really sure what had me so exhausted but I was thankful that Patrick allowed me some extra sleep by getting up with Owen.

Looking forward to:
Next week is a busy week. I have put a lot on my plate, but it's all good things that I'm excited about. Tuesday is Owen's birthday, Wednesday I have a Thanksgiving feast with my dgroup girls (I'm making the Turkey and dressing), and Thursday is Owen's actual birthday party that we're hosting here at the house.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2 years

Dear Owen,

Your Daddy and I burst into your room this morning singing "Happy birthday" and then we showered you with balloons while you sat in your crib. You weren't sure what to think at first. I think we actually might have scared you. You are much more accustomed to gentle morning snuggles in our bed while we read you a couple of books. This morning was different. After a couple of startled seconds out of you, you began to dive into the balloons in your crib. You loved them.

I made you pancakes this morning. You simply call them, "cakes". You devoured three and a half plus an entire banana before you requested to be let down from your high chair.


After a morning shower we headed out to run errands. You wore your "birthday boy" pin that your Daddy and I bought for you last night at Target. Everywhere we went you proudly exclaimed that you were, "Two!" Well, except for the one lady that you told you were three.


You amaze me. Watching you grow has been a joy. Sometimes I still can't believe that I'm your mommy. Two years feels fast and yet the day that I welcomed you into my arms seems like light years ago. I'm not sure who cried harder, me or you. I do know that I'll never forget that moment as long as I live. That moment was magical.

You are napping now but I wanted to take a moment to write down these thoughts as well as these snippets of your second birthday. When you wake up we'll wait for Daddy to get home and shower. Then we will eat dinner and give you a birthday present that your Daddy and I worked hard on. We can't wait to see how you react.

I realize that you won't remember this day, but it doesn't matter. I just want you to feel that you are loved. Always. Forever. Happy birthday sweet boy!

Love,
Mommy

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

20 weeks

November 8, 2014

We ended this week with a trip to Auburn (without Owen). It was a pretty bad game, but Patrick and I had a lot of fun visiting friends, family, and catching up after a busy couple of weeks.


Photo thoughts:
War Eagle! haha.. Didn't get a bump picture. We were just too busy. However, I've got some pictures of us with family that show my whole body. I wasn't wearing a tight shirt though so the bump is still a little hidden.



Pregnancy symptoms:
There has been lot of movement in there lately. Patrick can feel it now which is always fun. I think he actually felt it right around 19 weeks, but he was sort of unsure about it. However, I caught some crazy moving on video and showed it to him later. It seems like every time I grab his hand and put it on my belly, the movement stops. Apparently, Daddy has a calming touch. However, this baby got to dancing pretty good this past weekend and he felt it for sure this time.

Boy or girl:
Feeling boy vibes now, but I think it's just because the tech called the baby a "he" at one point during the ultrasound. It could've been a total fluke. I mean, Patrick will refer to the baby as "he" as well and he definitely doesn't have a clue.

Food aversions/cravings:
I ate pork this week and I loved it! Big moment for sure. Highly recommend the pork and greens plate from Saw's BBQ Soul Kitchen. Yummy.

Best moment of the week:
Getting to peek at our little one! I did good and looked away when the tech went to measure the bones in the legs. I didn't want to risk catching a glimpse. We get to have another ultrasound at our next visit since the baby had some isolated choroid plexus cysts. I'm not complaining. If they want to make sure they disappear, then I'll just enjoy getting to see my baby again.

Looking forward to:
We are in the midst of party planning (not that we're doing anything fancy). Owen turns two in a week! I'm excited. We're just planning a low key night with friends and family here at the house. I'm probably going to serve up chili like I did for his birthday last year. I love having people over, especially the people that know us, love us, and have been with us the most during the past two years of parenting Owen. We have some amazingly loving friends who we really just couldn't do life without. Okay...we could, but we don't want to!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

19 Weeks

November 1, 2014

Can't believe it's November or that Owen will turn 2 this month. Also, 19 weeks? This is happening fast!
 

Photo thoughts:
We moved back to the dining room for the photo. The bump is definitely growing! I feel like it is almost non existent in the morning and then it's really poking by the end of the day. Strange disappearing belly baby. Also, I'm wearing the shirt that I wore to the hospital before I had Owen. Yep, it's maternity as are the jeans.

Pregnancy symptoms:
I have had a little bit of it all... Lately, I just feel frustrated with being in the "in between" state. It's hard feeling fat but not pregnant. I'm not really needing maternity clothes or necessarily looking pregnant enough for them but, oh my goodness, elastic waistbands feel soooo amazing! I busted out the maternity jeans for my retreat last weekend and I've decided that there's no looking back. Don't care.

Boy or girl:
I'm still feeling girl vibes. I think the nausea (only thrown up twice though!), the lack of zits on my face, and sweet food cravings have me thinking that something is different this time. I had zero nausea with Owen. My face broke out around 10 or 11 weeks with him and I spent the rest of my pregnancy combating the problem. Also, I ate my normal foods for the most part (with the addition of a glass of chocolate milk towards the end of my pregnancy). This time the nausea got pretty bad at times. I can still start gagging from bad smells and I usually have a strong stomach (nurse remember?). Also, SWEETS. I need them every day. Gestational diabetes might be in my future... just sayin.

Food aversions/cravings:
My aversions are slowly disappearing and my cravings are increasing. Hello crazy appetite! This baby must be experiencing a growth spurt. I've indulged way to much I'm afraid. Weight gain may look a little different with this pregnancy.

Best moment of the week:
There were some great moments this week. I guess taking Owen trick or treating was the highlight. It was so much fun and I was so thankful to be off work to experience it with him. He picked out his pirate costume for the occasion and we went with friends. Owen was confused at first and wanted nothing to do with carrying around a bag until after the first house. Once he realized that people were going to put candy in that bag, he held it with a death grip.

Looking forward to:
Anatomy scan is next week. Even though we aren't finding out what this baby is, I'm pretty excited to peek in on our little one. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Life through my lens

I managed to get a few good pictures last week just as the sun was setting. It was fun to play around with my camera again. I need to do it more often.

Tiny fingers holding tiny flowers.


Look at those teeth!


Flowers and rocks.
My little snuggle bug.
Soaking it in.
Love this one...
Talking with daddy.
Going up "high"
What are you thinking?
The bear hasn't been completely forgotten:)
Enjoy your weekend! Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

18 Weeks

October 25, 2014

This week included a great dgroup Wednesday, another visit to check on baby Thursday, and no work for the weekend! I wish I could say that I'm completely over my cold, but I'm just not quite there yet. Patrick has been joking that I need a lung transplant. I was able to make it to my retreat and I was so thankful for the downtime and the sleep!

Photo thoughts:
No photo...oops.

Pregnancy symptoms:
I had to take some zantac again this week for heartburn. Guess this little one is growing more hair:) I also noticed a disheartening symptom... varicose veins. I had some develop with Owen but it was much later in pregnancy and I'm pretty sure was due to the procardia I was taking. However, this time, it has caused some actual leg pain from time to time. I guess all I can really hope for is that they shrink once I deliver. Or I could just get them zapped later. Pretty sure that isn't cheap though.

Boy or girl:
I've been thinking lately about how easy it would be to just have another boy and be done. Patrick informed me that he thinks we may be finished after this one depending on what it is. I immediately assumed he meant that if it's a girl, then we are done. I was wrong! Apparently, he doesn't want to stop until Owen has a brother. His plan could backfire and I pointed out that maybe we should just trust God on this one;)

Food aversions/cravings:
I made more pumpkin bread again this week. Someone stop me!

Best moment of the week:
There were a lot of good moments this week. First, my dgroup was awesome. The girls were just really engaged. My Dr. appointment went great. My labs look good, the fetal heartrate was 145, and they scheduled me for my anatomy scan November 6th (around 20weeks). The weekend was really great. I love my "battle" women. I feel like we all understand each other and love each other well. All of these things would have been enough to make for a great week and then I got an e-mail from my boss. I'm coming off night shift!!!! The change won't be official until January 2nd, but my boss is going to go ahead and pull me off of 6 shifts between now and Christmas to help me out. To say a burden has been lifted is an understatement.

Looking forward to:
Getting healthy and off night shift!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

17 weeks

October 18, 2014

I didn't avoid illness this week. By the time Wednesday hit, I was feeling it. Sore throat, cough, congestion... By Thursday morning, it was in full swing. I survived the weekend by staying on lots of drugs. Thankfully, I'm far enough along that I can take pretty much anything and I don't have to worry about baby.

Even though I didn't feel good this week, I busted out my real camera to snap some pictures of Owen. I can't believe how big he's getting. I handed the camera over to Patrick and he took some pictures of Owen and I walking around. When I went back to look at them I said, "Wow, I look pregnant!" Patrick laughed and said, "Well, you are ya know." Obviously, I didn't forget, but I didn't realize how big my belly is actually getting.

Walking back from getting the mail.
Photo thoughts:
I am getting a belly but once again, it's camouflaged by boob growth. Haha... Apparently, this is just how I do pregnancy. Boobs first, belly later. I will say that my stomach has started to grow more noticeably this week. I feel like I "popped" a little faster this time, but then stayed the same until about week 14 or 15. Then this week I've noticed more growth.

Pregnancy symptoms:
I think any symptoms I could be experiencing have been masked my general crummy cold symptoms. I just don't feel good at all right now. I'm tired of being sick.

Boy or girl?
Still feeling the girl vibes but I think it's because that's what everybody wants us to have. There are some people that always refer to the baby as "she". 

Food aversions/cravings:
Pork is still off the menu. I just can't do it.

Size of baby:
This baby is apparently the size of the palm of my hand. Pretty crazy!
 

Best moment of the week:
I had breakfast with my dgroup girls before school on Thursday. It was completely their idea. I was extremely tired since I slept about 3.5 hours the night before, but I'm so thrilled to see my current group of freshman girls so excited about being together. They are a joy to be around.

Looking forward to:
I don't work next weekend since I'll be going on a retreat. I'm praying that I start feeling better and that the break from being up all night on the weekend will help my body recover and fight this cold. I know that my funky sleep schedule has contributed to me getting sick more frequently than usual. I've really managed to come down with a lot more junk this year than is usual for me.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

16 weeks

Okay, my plan is to catch up to real time this week. Get ready!

October 11, 2014

I forgot to mention last week that I started doing some zumba instead of running. Running was getting uncomfortable and I usually ended up just walking. I did zumba while I was pregnant with Owen (until the preterm contractions got bad) and really enjoyed it. So far I haven't gotten sick. Patrick and Owen have it bad though. I feel bad for them both.


Photo thoughts:
Maybe I'll just show off the size of Owen's belly instead of my own?

Pregnancy symptoms:
I've been relatively symptom free this week. However, I think baby had a growth spurt. It makes me sad that I don't have a picture. I'm feeling more movement which always makes me happy.

Boy or girl?
I had a patient tell me that I'm having a girl. I'm going to find this all really funny if it turns out to be a boy. Also, I know people say this all the time, but I really don't care what we have! I'm just thrilled to be having another child.

Food aversions/cravings:
I think I have a problem... I made pumpkin gooey squares this week.



Makes for a great breakfast in bed with coffee.

Best moment of the week:
Just a nice chill week. Sometimes it's really good to have these kinds of weeks where nothing is crazy.

Looking forward to:
Hmm... I really have no clue this week. Maybe the weekend being over? I still dread weekends.


Monday, October 20, 2014

15 weeks

October 4, 2014

This was a frustrating week because Owen came down with another cold this week. I'm so tired of this crud! By the end of the week Patrick was sick too. I'm hoping I can dodge this one, but I know my chances are slim. I'm very close to keeping Owen out of the church nursery for a while. We just really need a break and time to get better.


Photo thoughts:
Sorry for the blurry, non-bump photo. This was Owen and I going out for a drive because he was so dang cranky. I needed a break and a trip to the Starbucks drive through sounded like just the ticket. Owen fell asleep before I made it five minutes down the road. This was a good two hours before his normal nap time. So I bought my coffee and drove around for about 45 minutes to enjoy the blissful silence.

Pregnancy symptoms:
Sore boobs. That's my #1 right now.

Boy or Girl:
I have no idea. Most people that I talk to tell me they think it's a girl.

Food aversions/cravings:
I'm still enjoying all things pumpkin flavored. I made pumpkin spice cookies this week.


Best moment of the week:
Cookies:)

Looking forward to:
Everyone in this house feeling better!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Christ in me

"Christ in me is better than Christ with me."

I came across this in my journal the other day and thought I'd share. 

Have any of you ever lost a loved one? It's sad. I've found that sometimes (like when the person has lived a long life and knows Christ) it is bitter sweet, but there are still tears. We still mourn. At our core, we know that death isn't the way it was meant to be. 

Do you ever sit in awe of the fact that Christ not only suffered, but died for us? If you read about it in the Bible, you will see that everyone was sad. They didn't know how to go on with life. They thought it was over. 

It wasn't over. Christ knew that he had to leave us in order to redeem us and give us something much greater. Because the sinless Savior died and was resurrected, we were left with something absolutely incredible. If you know Christ, you have it. It lives within you. I'm talking about the Holy Spirit. I'm talking about an incredible power- part of the Trinity. How amazing to be a part of that. It makes me so thankful that Christ followed through with God's plan for redemption. Christ knew that he needed to leave us in order to live in us.



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

14 weeks

September 27, 2014

Last week was pretty uneventful and it made for a nice slow week. I had a doctors appointment Monday that went well. The doctor was able to find baby's heartbeat easily. I made pumpkin bread Tuesday that was delicious and I'm considering making more this week. Patrick and I went to Lowes Thursday to look at plants for the front yard and purchase mums. It's feeling like fall around here and I love it!


Photo thoughts: We tried a new location. I'm still not feeling it. Maybe it's just because I'm not into having pictures of just me. Lower abdomen is still poking out more than normal, but not enough that other people can tell. Patrick said he noticed this week at one point.

Pregnancy symptoms: Heartburn how I hate you. I don't remember heartburn showing up this early with Owen. Maybe I should go back and check. I've started taking zantac. Otherwise I'm feeling pretty normal. My energy is returning which is really nice. Not only did I bake up a storm Tuesday and take a meal to my friend that just had a baby, I actually cleaned the screened in porch last week. It feels good to have energy for this stuff again and not be constantly wishing I could crawl back in bed.

Boy or girl: The early heartburn has me thinking girl.

Food aversions/cravings: Does pumpkin bread count as a craving? I think it had more to do with it officially being fall. Can't think of anything besides pork that I'm unwilling to eat at the moment.


Best moment of the week: I'm already feeling this baby move! Completely shocked since I'm pretty sure I was between 16 and 17 weeks with Owen, but even then it wasn't this distinct. However, I had an anterior placenta during that pregnancy and I've been told that makes it more difficult for moms to feel baby move.

Looking forward to: Taking advantage of this new found energy to deep clean this house. It needs it bad. My lack of energy the past two months has taken a toll on things. I started cleaning under the bed today. Then I pulled out all my maternity clothes so I can wash them. Hoping to get everything organized and ready for when I need it in a few weeks. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

13 Weeks

September 20, 2014

First of all, happy birthday to my brother Carter! haha... He won't read this and I won't post this until after his birthday, but whatever! This week was better than the last couple. Owen and I turned the corner and started feeling better. Although I did take him to the pediatrician on Monday to make sure he didn't have an ear infection (he didn't). Also, Patrick and I were able to share the news with our remaining family and some friends.

"Go? Go? Go?" He must have asked a million times.
Photo thoughts: Should I just delete this now? haha... I really am going to do better. Maybe I'll just document the way Owen changes throughout this pregnancy. The picture above is from our doctor visit. He doesn't like the doctor at all. He screamed the minute we walked back to the scale. I had to stand on the scale with him in my arms to be weighed and then put him down so that they could determine the difference for his weight.

Pregnancy symptoms: The girls have started acting up. They feel huge and sore sometimes. I was hoping I could avoid this symptom this time, but no. I know they are just gearing up for another round of feeding a baby, but it hurts!

Boy or girl: I started thinking girl this week.

Food aversions/cravings: Steak and some types of chicken are in! Pork is a no no. This is progress though! No real cravings to note right now.

Size of baby: I performed an ultrasound on myself Friday night. I had trouble with the printer on the ultrasound though. I guess I should have snapped a picture with my phone. I was shocked at how big this little one looked. It reminded me of what Owen looked like between 14 and 15 weeks. Seriously, I was surprised.

Best moment of the week: I got my hair cut (yay for shorter hair again!). Also, my friend had a baby and I got to snuggle her (the baby) before work on Friday. It was a good start to my shift.

Looking forward to: Announcing on the blog. I'm getting tired of storing up all these posts especially when I'm struggling to find time to post any other content. It looks like I'm doing nothing over here:)

Monday, October 6, 2014

12 Weeks

September 13, 2014

It's been a busy week. Patrick was out of town at the beginning for breakaway planning. I got to work painting the basement while he was gone. I'm still recovering from a cold that I forgot to mention last week. First dgroup meeting was Wednesday, carpet was installed Thursday, and we really didn't start sharing the news like we thought we would. I'm hoping that I'll get in touch with my brother next week. We're also planning on having dinner with Patrick's family Monday night so we'll get to tell Patrick's brother then.


Photo thoughts: Another Owen picture. I'm doing terrible at documenting... I promise nothing really looks different though. I've got the same muscle pooch. I haven't gained any weight yet.

Pregnancy symptoms: The nausea is gone, but my fatigue is still hanging around. I've skipped out on running a lot lately. I have managed to get out in the neighborhood and at least walk a few times. Perhaps this will be my new normal for a while. Running just sounds super exhausting. Also, Owen and I still have a stupid cold sticking around. I'm sure that's sucking energy from me too. And can I just complain for a second about how Tylenol does nothing? Okay, thanks. It probably doesn't help either that I pushed myself big time to finish painting the basement bedroom before the carpet went in Thursday.
Sad face that I was painting without my partner in crime (aka: Caroline)
So we have cramping, nausea, fatigue, and a few midnight runs to the potty for the symptom list so far. What fun!

Boy or girl: Um... I seriously have no clue... Boy?

Food aversions/cravings: Meat is nasty. All of it. Don't even want to cook it because then I'd have to touch it. Gross.

Size of baby: The size of a plum. A little over 2 inches long.

Best moment of the week: There were lots of good moments this week. I'll go with getting carpet. ha... I'm so old.

Looking forward to: Getting the news out next week will be a good thing. It's time. Also, I'm getting my hair cut next week. It's the small things sometimes.


Friday, October 3, 2014

11 Weeks

September 6, 2014

We got a lot of work done this week. We removed carpet, cleaned the floors, painted shelves, and got estimates on new flooring. I haven't yet nailed down what we are going to do with the remaining bedroom upstairs that still needs hardwoods, but we are moving forward with carpet in the basement bedroom/playroom next week. Unfortunately, I have no picture of my growing tummy for you. It's okay though because it really isn't looking any different. Instead, I'll post a picture of Owen and I.

Sweet baby is getting so big!
Photo thoughts: I love my little man. I can't believe he's going to be 2 in a couple months or that he'll be a big brother in a few short months. It's overwhelming if I sit and think about it too long.

Pregnancy symptoms: I've started getting up in the middle of the night to answer natures call. It's not every night, but it's happened a few times now. I made it longer this time before this annoying symptom arrived.

Food aversions/cravings: I actually wanted meat towards the end of this week! This is big news. I had Patrick cook beef short ribs in the crock pot to be served up with creamy parmesan grits. It was delicious!

Boy or Girl: I'm thinking boy since I've been feeling so good lately. The nausea has gone away. I guess I'm nearing the end of the first trimester anyway.

Size of baby: No picture this week and I probably won't be posting many more because I don't plan on scanning this baby quite so much. I was obsessed when I was pregnant with Owen. I couldn't wait to find out what we were expecting. This time, I'm willing to wait. I'm always shocked to hear that The Bump says baby is the size of a lime this week. Really? It just doesn't seem possible that I'm carrying around a lime sized baby.

Best moment from the week: Getting some work accomplished on the house!

Looking forward to: Getting my new 9th grade dgroup going on Wednesday, new carpet going in the basement, painting, and I'm actually starting to prepare myself to share the news with everyone.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

10 Weeks

Forgive the long line of pregnancy posts. I'm trying to catch up to real time! 

August 30, 2014

I had my first OB appointment at the beginning of this week. Everything is looking great! I also got sick this week too though. It was a nasty little stomach bug that's taken me a few days to bounce back from. I'm feeling really drained because of it.


Photo thoughts: I think I need to get Patrick to back up and get a better side angle. These just aren't turning out that great. However, yay for makeup! I really don't have any other thoughts on this.

Pregnancy symptoms: I'm tired. That's really about it. Also, I feel really chubby some days. It's just that my stomach muscles stick out all the time now. It's weird. I don't really feel like my boobs are growing like they did with Owen, but I've noticed weird sensations every now and then. It's like I'm experiencing a let down. It freaked me out the first time it happened because I thought milk was going to start pouring out. Thankfully, it didn't.

Food aversions/cravings: I'm still having a hard time with meat. I've forced it down a few times but I can feel queasy just thinking about it sometimes. I'm ready to start eating my normal healthy diet again. I've definitely given in to my cravings a lot more this time. I'm sure the weight gain is going to be a different story this time around. I'm okay with it though.

Boy or Girl: I'm thinking it might be a girl. However, I still have a hard time picturing it. I can picture having two little boys. I think Owen would have fun with a little brother.

Size of baby:

Ultrasound at 9 weeks, 2 days
Best moment from the week: My first OB visit. The doctor was great. She sent me to ultrasound first to get a due date which is March 28th. It just so happens to by the day after Patrick's birthday. We timed that quite nicely I'd say. After ultrasound the nurse took a history from me. Then the doctor came in and took some time to get to know us. She also got more information about my past pregnancies. She then did a quick exam. I'll be honest, it felt so weird to be in a new doctors office. I felt like I was cheating. I don't feel great about my decision. I miss my other doctor, but I know that when it comes time to deliver, I'll be in good hands. I don't know... I have mixed emotions about it all. At this point, I've made this decision and I'm going to ride it out.

Looking forward to: Patrick and I have plans to get to work on the house this coming weekend since he's got some time off for labor day. I'm ready to get things moving a little earlier this time around. I procrastinated badly when I was pregnant with Owen and I don't want to do that again.
 


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

9 Weeks

August 23, 2014

Can't believe I'm posting these again! We just got back from the beach where we shared the news with Patrick's parents. We told my parents, my younger brother, and sister the week before. It's a little earlier than what we thought we'd share, but we felt good about it. I got an ultrasound while in Dalton that showed a heartbeat. It was technically my second ultrasound since I took a peek at work and saw a heartbeat a few days before our trip to Dalton. I'll post the picture at the end. I've also shared the news with a few close friends. I think the miscarriage has us willing to share sooner for some reason. We understand that it can be good if a few people know regardless of how it turns out.


Photo Thoughts: Probably not the best angle, didn't take a shower, no makeup, and so I feel beautiful! haha. However, there is a bump forming down there already! It's crazy but true. Apparently my body is already producing hormones to relax my tummy muscles and since they've done this before, it won't take nearly as much work to convince them to pop out. Also, lots of fried shrimp = extra bulge.

Pregnancy symptoms: I've definitely been experiencing more nausea this time around. It started around week 6 and has gotten a lot better this week. I haven't thrown up, but I haven't felt that great. I've also been tired. I had some cramping like I had with Owen early on, but it went away after a couple of weeks.

Boy or Girl: The nausea had me thinking girl for a little while there, but I've been thinking boy lately. It may just be because it's easier for me to picture since that's what we have.

Food aversions/cravings: Meat has been gross to me once again. I've found myself craving carbs and Gatorade. I think my cravings have been all about how nauseated I've felt.
  
Size of baby: We were able to get a good picture of our baby while we were in Dalton. I was 7 weeks, 2 days at the time. We saw a good heartbeat. Everything is looking good with this little one and we are so thankful.
Ultrasound at 7 weeks, 2 days
Obviously, our little bean is bigger now but I wanted to document the blurry ultrasound picture anyway:)

Best moment from the week: Can I just say being at the beach? It wasn't really a moment, but it was really nice to chill out. 

Looking forward to: I'm looking forward to my first OB visit with my new doctor. I'm a little anxious. It feels weird to go somewhere else, but I've heard great things about this doctor.