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.