Thursday, April 27, 2017

24 Weeks: Age of Viability

Along: 24 weeks

Size of baby: Baby is size of garden eggplant. Our baby is starting to develop taste buds. His/her lungs are developing significantly from all the breathing practice. The ears and fingernails are completely grown now. All just crazy miraculous things- so amazing!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 14 pounds

Maternity Clothes:  Texas has had a wave of cooler weather this week, so I’ve tried to wear certain items I know will be weeded out come summer. I’ve done a mixture of maternity/non-maternity. Most tops have to be large and flowy to still fit if not maternity.

I also bought two new pairs of maternity shorts that will get lots of use come summer. I didn’t really need with Noah/Deacon, so this was a fun new first for me.  

Gender: Your guess is as good as mine! I think most days I would say boy, but I still have some symptoms that I didn’t experience with our older boys that makes me think there is a SLIGHT chance for girl.

Movement: This baby is definitely a mover and shaker that gets hiccups often. None of the boys have felt the kicks/jabs yet. It’s always really early in the morning or while I’m at the office that I feel the most action going on in the belly.  I love it- one of those things I always miss after I have my babies. There is nothing sweeter than feeling the baby move and grow.

Sleep: I fall asleep easy which I’m thankful for – the fatigue is a real struggle. I still have the insomnia around 3-5 am, but that’s old news. I try to switch sides during the night, so that I don’t wake up with one hip super sore. It’s a challenge.

What I miss: I’m in the "always hungry stage", so I miss feeling full. The appetite has kicked up a notch this week and I feel like I’m constantly thinking about my next snack or meal!

Cravings: chocolate, chicken salad sandwiches, salad in general, breakfast tacos and yogurt parfaits

Symptoms: tailbone pain, exhaustion, itchy skin, crazy emotions

Best Moment This Week:  On Wednesday, I was over everything. I didn’t feel well and just had no energy to take care of anyone (myself included). Matt came home and stepped in. He made dinner, did all the dishes, and helped with our night time routine. I’m very thankful for him and all the support during this pregnancy. I would say my thought process is not always logical or rational. He’s quick to offer grace and loves our family well. I can’t wait to see what little personality our new baby brings to our family and all the joy that will be shared between us all!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

23 weeks: Night of Knights

Along: 23 weeks

Size of baby: Baby is size of mango. This sweet buddy is 11 inches long and weighs about 1 pound.  

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 14/15 pounds

Maternity Clothes:  I can still fit in my sport shorts, but normal pants/shorts have to have belly band. I love my maternity jeans and do a mixture of non-maternity/maternity with the dresses. This week I’ve had two people stop me and comment on the belly.

Gender: It will be a surprise until August. When we had the heartbeat done on Wednesday, it was at 147. Noah asked one of the doctors “Can you please tell me if it’s a boy or a girl?” I think he’d hoped that wand could do more than just provide the heartbeat. Both of the boys are very excited for our new addition this fall. They love to tell people I’m PREGAAAA NANT (it’s very emphasized when they say this word).    

Movement: Like his/her brothers, this baby is active and wild. I love it! I’ve felt the hiccups on and off with this one too. I feel like early in the morning we are in the routine of some kind of jazzercise routine around 3 am that lasts until about 5 am. It’s a sweet reminder of the miracle growing inside of me.  I have two hearts right now J

Sleep: Ha! I fall asleep easily but the 3 am insomnia strikes most nights. I do sometimes fall back asleep around 5 am, but it’s a very restless sleep.

What I miss: I miss getting in and out of bed easily. As the belly has grown, this has become harder. I also find I’m winded faster in walking, workouts, or just everyday activities.  I also miss sleeping on my back.

Cravings: Milkshakes, bell peppers, and pizza (random- YES)

Symptoms: Fatigue, insomnia, light headed- dizzy, pregnancy  brain, irritability, and wild emotions (I cry really easy and about nothing sometimes)  

Best Moment This Week:  We had a really fun Friday night at a local restaurant that has air hockey and ping pong. The boys LOVED air hockey. It has been so fun to do big kid things with them lately. They are both really competitive and enjoy trying out anything that involves a ball/winning or losing.  

Saturday my parents came in town for the kids’ school festival. It was an International Festival full of songs and dances. The boys were so cute on stage. They both knew all the words and took it quite seriously. I’ll have to say I’m a little happy it’s over- I could only handle the CD for so long. It’s all they want to listen to.

Afterwards, we headed to Medieval times for a night at the castle. We sat front row with my parents and brother. The boys were open mouthed the entire show- watching all of the sword fights, horse riding, and eating with their hands. It was a really fun Saturday. We were all wiped come Sunday- when I turned 24 weeks! 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

22 weeks: We are chugging along here!

(taken by Noah)
Along: 22 weeks

Size of baby: Baby is size of spaghetti squash. Baby is fine tuning sense of touch. Love bug can hear my heartbeat, voice, and stomach growls.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 13 pounds

Maternity Clothes:  Mixture as far as tops/dresses. Maternity pants are a must. I am going to have to get a pair of shorts with the summer heat coming this way.

Gender: Boy is our guess, but I had two girl dreams this week! They were very distinct and with one of them, I called the baby by a specific name. It’s not a name Matt and I are really considering, but fun to think about.   

Movement: Baby is really starting to move. I have felt outside my stomach but we have radio silence anytime the boys put their hand to feel.

Sleep: I have a cold, so I’ve had to use some Benadryl at nights. This has definitely helped in this area, but I still wake up multiple times. I find with Benadryl I am in a much deeper sleep when I do sleep.

What I miss: Ease of movement would probably be the only thing. I did a crossfit workout with Matt and that was NOT easy. I’m much slower, but I think that’s expected. HA!

Cravings: I have had a hamburger craving lately. I could have one for breakfast, lunch or dinner (maybe a combo of all three). I haven’t but it’s a newer desire.

Symptoms: tailbone pain- WOW. I feel like I feel like by the end of the night I should just sit on some ice packs for a while. I have dry skin, pimples, and nose bleeds as well. Nausea is mostly better- if I’m going to feel it, it happens from like 7am- noon.

Best Moment This Week:  We did a clean out of closets around the house. This has been on going, but we really have made some waves in getting it closer to our move. I’m thankful for a husband who will work all week and then tackle jobs around the house. I also went through the baby clothes and sorted through what we will keep with the move. There were a lot of sweet memories- it was a joy to look back and think how far these two boys we have now have come. They are miracles that I do not take for granted. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

21 weeks- Here comes April!

Along: 21 weeks

Size of baby: Baby is length of a banana. Little buddy sleeps 12-24 hours every day. The arms and legs are now proportionate and eyebrows are forming. There is rapid brain growth this week while the skeleton continues to harder.   

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 12 pounds I would guess

Maternity Clothes:  Pants are mostly all maternity at this point. The tops/dresses are a mixture.

Gender: This week we still think boy.  

Movement: Baby’s favorite time to jiggle and wiggle is around 5am-8am and then again at night around 9pm-midnight. I LOVE IT!  

Sleep: This is real hit or miss. It’s mostly a miss, but it happens every pregnancy so I’m not too surprised.  

What I miss: I miss having a lot of energy and moving around quicker. I’m usually the energizer bunny but lately I’ll go hard and then need to rest a little bit to recover from my power stint of maxing out work, cleaning, or play time with boys.

Cravings: any dessert, ice water, any type of salad (pasta, chicken, egg, lettuce)

Symptoms: exhaustion, dry dry dry skin, pimples, and the need to pee all the time

Best Moment This Week:  We had the auction for Noah/Deacon’s school on Saturday night. The boys spent the night with the Baker’s and we were able to have a fun night on the town. The atmosphere, good, and company were all on point. They had bundt cakes and cake pops galore so this girl was HAPPY. Matt and I also loved just getting to socialize and see all the neat donated artwork. We are so thankful for the boys' school and will miss it with our big move. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

20 weeks- half way there!

Along: 20 weeks

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a small cantaloupe. Love bug is 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom.  Baby should weigh around 10.2 ounces.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 10-12 I would guess- depending on the day.   

Maternity Clothes: - Mix of non and maternity. I have phased out a lot of my normal pants- even with belly band.

Gender: I’d guess boy. We will keep name and gender secret until the end. We don’t have set names yet, so I couldn’t divulge even if I wanted. 

Movement: On 3.28 I felt him/her kick on outside of my stomach. Now I just need to plan for boys to be around so they can both feel it. Deacon has become much more aware of baby now after the sonogram- it’s sweet to see him ask/talk about baby. He put his sticker from the doctor’s on my belly because he wanted baby to have it. Big brother will be a great title for this kid- he’s a lover.

Sleep: 3-5am I’m awake with huge revelations/realizations. It’s the weirdest thing, but I’ll survive.  

What I miss: sushi, margaritas, bike rides (which I will be able to enjoy all in less than 4 months, so really- it’s not a big deal)

Cravings: apples, bagels, mocha frapps, salad, cheese

Symptoms: exhaustion, swollen feet at the end of the day, pimples, headaches/nausea depending on the day

Best Moment This Week:  Noah and Matt are in VA looking at our new stomping grounds. It’s just me and Deacon holding up the house for the next couple of days. When Matt is gone, I let the boys sleep with me. It’s Deacon’s favorite thing. Last night after we finished watching a movie, he asked to go lay in my bed and talk about school/work. He’s really into snuggling and discussing life- my kind of kid! J

Sunday, March 19, 2017

19 weeks - Life is sweet!

Along: 19 weeks

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a zesty zucchini. Love bug is growing hair and has fully developed lips. The areas of the brain that control each of the senses are currently developing.  

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Ten pounds. I really thought it might be fifteen, so I’m totally OK with ten.  

Maternity Clothes: Summer is coming which means HOT in Texas.  It was 86 degrees on Saturday and I was really struggling. I can tell this August baby will really test my ability to stand the heat. That being said- I’ve loved dresses to help keep me cool.

Gender: We had checkup on Tuesday- heart beat was 158. I had the sonogram on Wednesday- heartbeat was at 144. I thought girl Tuesday and boy Wednesday. This will be a back/forth type thing- I guarantee. Matt is 95% sure it’s a boy.

Movement: Yes! This was affirmed watching our little one kick and punch on the sonogram machine. The boys kept saying baby was a ninja.

Sleep: I find myself usually awake from 3-5 am. If I fallback asleep, it’s a good night. If I’m up for the day starting at oh you know- 3 AM-pregnancy brain is a real issue. I found I left cream cheese on the dryer after using it for our bagels. I can never remember where I put my phone, keys, purse, shoes, credit card, etc.

What I miss: Brushing my teeth without gagging, enjoying smoothies (huge texture issues)

Cravings: chocolate, Greek salad, salt/vinegar potato chips, oranges, bananas, apples, and CARBS

Symptoms: Tailbone pain- I know why some people get out of chairs funny while pregnant. I feel like I broke my tailbone after sitting at work all day. I have dry skin that causes need for lotion twice a day. I have more pimples than usual (oh puberty symptoms, nice to see you again).

Best Moment This Week: On Wednesday, we had our 19/20 week sonogram. I’m due August 13th and baby was measuring right on schedule. We have experienced loss and just a lot of sadness lately with friends. To hear that baby is healthy and everything looks good- it was just such a joy/relief. I do not take it for granted and realize this little life is our sweet miracle.

More to come on timing of this baby and all the good things God has done through our miracle....

Sunday, March 12, 2017

18 Weeks- that's right I'm back

Along: 18 weeks

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a sweet potato.  Love bug’s facial features are developing. He/she is kicking around and can hiccup, yawn, and swallow.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I would guess 10-12 pounds. I have an appointment next week. I’m still having the nausea but it hasn’t necessarily inhibited the appetite. Ooops- really loving those empty empty carbs.

Maternity Clothes: - I have LOVED maternity pants and belly band these past two weeks. The pressure on my stomach of a normal pant is too much.  I think the need for stretchy pants is a lot sooner than it was with Deacon and Noah. I guess my stomach knows pregnancy well now, so it does it more quickly.

Gender: I would think boy. I also have had extended morning sickness so maybe girl. It is hard to know, but we will do surprise gender like Deacon. We LOVE the surprise.

We really don’t have a preference and struggle when people comment on how we need a girl. Of course we would love it, but I also love being a boy mom. It’s all I know, so the thought of three little boys running around really makes me just as excited and pink and lace.

Movement: Yes! This happened around 15 weeks. It is so fun, and I can’t wait for the boys to feel it. They are so excited to meet baby in August.

Sleep: I have midnight insomnia. I usually do this for a couple nights in a row and then sleep like a rock come day three of it.

What I miss: I miss enjoying coffee. I still have some in the morning, but I do not enjoy it like I used to pre-pregnancy. I also miss not feeling nauseous. I have a hard time wanting to cook or meal planning. I don’t really have cravings- more aversions and it makes the joy of eating and cooking harder.

Cravings: Bagels & cream cheese, peanut m&ms, fruit (bananas)

Symptoms: I have strong food aversions. I also have issues with texture- like I can’t do smoothies. I have headaches at night and extreme exhaustion most nights. I need about twelve hours of sleep I feel like.

Best Moment This Week: Matt’s mom came to help with boys during spring break. She made meat loaf and a homemade cake. Let me say- after working a long day, there is nothing better. It’s been such a joy to have her around. We are very thankful.