Thursday, July 13, 2017

35: Birthday and Biking

Along: 35 weeks

Size of baby:  Honeydew Melon- nervous system and immune system are still maturing this week. Baby is putting on the fat and getting ready for the big delivery.   

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 30 pounds – a little more than I was with the boys, but I’m not going to sweat it.

Here is a good pregnancy story-

At dinner, Boys are talking about food and Matt mentions how Noah’s stomach is bigger than Deacon’s when it comes to eating and how much fits. Deacon doesn’t like to hear this because he’s all things BIG right now, so Matt then proceeds to explain in more detail about height and weight. Matt mentions that because he is taller than mommy his stomach is bigger than Mommy’s too. Noah looks at me and pats my belly- “NO DAD, look at this- Mom’s is WAY BIGGER”.


Maternity Clothes: We have had a mild summer here in Texas, but it’s still tough being 8 months pregnant- August baby and the heat are no joke. I’ve learned to appreciate all things loose and flowy.  I have a couple favorite dresses and tops I mostly cycle through.

Gender: Matt is 100% positive boy. I’m about 85% positive boy. Brothers think it will be a sister but are really excited for the surprise.

Movement: Baby’s limbs are on one side of my belly.  There is a lot of movement on my right side all day and night.

Sleep: With all that we have going on, insomnia is a frequent symptom for both Matt and me right now. Some is pregnancy related, and I think some now is just trying to get our minds to slow down when they are going 100 miles per hour with all that needs to happen over the next five weeks. We are thankful for God’s grace. Through this whole process, even the miracle of pregnancy- we have trusted that this is His call on our lives and seen Him move mountains to make all things fall into place.

What I miss: I miss the ability to reach my feet. I have thought multiple times, I wonder if Noah could help me paint my toes and tie my shoes for the next couple weeks. I am so not graceful getting into the position where it’s easy to reach anything below my waist.   

Cravings: Ice cold juice and water, ice cream, all things salad and chicken

Symptoms: I have still been running around 4miles two/three times a week. As of this morning, I’ve decided to put away the running shoes and stick to walking/weights. I feel fine while I run, but the pressure from the pavement and movement haunts me the rest of the day when I try to get out of a chair/couch/bed. Thankful I could do it to almost 36 weeks, but I’m totally OK to step back at this point.

Other symptoms- Braxton hicks, hands and feet swelling, pregnancy brain, fatigue, and long/strong finger nails

Best Moment This Week:  Matt turned 29 on Sunday, and let me just say- this guy is my FAVORITE. He juggles a full plate and still manages to be the best dad/husband ever. We all adore him and are so thankful for his life and the gift of joy he brings every day.

For his birthday-we had a great day- truly one for the books. Matt taught Noah how to ride his bike without training wheels. It was epic, and I’m so proud of them both. (Let’s be honest, nothing is easy in the high 90’s in the middle of the day, but they both loved it). We had bacon wrapped pork for dinner and chocolate cake for dessert. 29 will be a big year for my dude, and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store. 

July 4th parade- being a cool dad as always

A sword that's also a firework- win

Birthday Cakes. Thanks CM. (Birthday candle on steroids wasn't trusted to be on top of the chocolate mousse).

Saturday, July 8, 2017

34: Baby Outfits & Landscaping

Along: 34 weeks

Size of baby:  Savoy Cabbage- baby is around 18 inches and 5 lbs. Baby’s lungs are reaching their final stage of development. His/her eyes are open when awake and closed when sleep- baby could be dreaming.  

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 29 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yep. I am very thankful for all things maternity at this point.

Gender: Surprise! Baby’s heartbeat was at 153 today. One of the attending doctors has four kids. He has three girls and a boy. He told me if the Lord was doing me a favor, I’d get a girl because boys are crazy and more expensive. I was shocked to hear him say more expensive (crazy- yes totally believable). I always figured with weddings, clothes- girls would play this role. It is funny all the different input you get about gender and what’s better. For us, healthy is best!

Anyways, Matt and I both guess boy. Brother bears’ want a girl. I would say between friends and family we get a 50/50 response. My mom thinks I’m carrying more like a girl. Is it a girl or just too many bowls of ice cream? Ha!

Movement: I still have lots of movement. Baby hasn’t slowed down in this area of development. I feel it a lot at night.  

Sleep: Hit or miss. Deacon has decided he isn’t “cozy” enough to sleep in his bed right now. We have had a visitor two of the nights this week making sound sleep even more difficult.

I think he senses the change that’s coming his way. He’s holding on to being the baby for a couple more weeks and enjoying all the snuggles he can get. If I’m not working, he’s by my side- needing lot of attention. It’s been sweet to really recognize this and try to make the effort to help ease the transition coming here soon.
What I miss: Sound sleep, being able to shave my legs with ease 

Cravings: Sweets, Salad, Ice cold water, all the fruit

Symptoms: Braxton hicks, dizziness, fatigue, pregnancy brain, insomnia, swelling of hands and feet

Best Moment This Week:  My parents came up to help us with landscaping. We are still in the process of getting our house ready for sale. It was nice to have all the helping hands. While my mom was here, we went and picked out the coming home outfit for baby. It was such a fun time to celebrate baby and dream of what we might be bringing home here in the next 4-6 weeks. I will say this…why are the baby girl clothes SO much cuter? I love what we picked for the boy, but I ADORE what we got for the girl.

Friday, June 30, 2017

First Trimester Recap with Baby Clem 2017

Y’all- I started to scroll back and see some old pictures of this sweet bump o' mine. I have realized a couple things:

1) I’ve rocked the messy hair look most of this pregnancy (fatigue or style? Y’all decide)

2) I am having a hard time believing my face was actually oval shaped at some point in the past 8 months. When I see pictures now, all I see is full moon. #hellopregnancycheeks

3) I love baby bumps. You know you are desperate for one when you’re trying to find something at five weeks and baby is size of an apple seed.

4) Bathroom selfies really aren’t that cute. This is mainly just for my own sake so I can look back 5 years down the road and take a trip down memory lane when I have a 10 year old, 8 year old, and 5 year old (maybe more?). HA! I also didn't realize at this point that I could recruit Noah for my weekly bump pictures outside. He's been super helpful and likes to do it. 

(5 weeks- hence cute caption I only did once. life got in the way)

(10 weeks- pretty sure last time I've straighten my hair)
(12 weeks)

(14 weeks)

(16 weeks- looks like I decided this was happening right after boys brushed their teeth)

The ten week bump looks the biggest to me. Weird. Maybe the dress?

Anyways, so thankful for these little pictures and the reminder of the miracle that's growing inside. 

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

33: Five Friends & Family Fun

Along: 33 weeks

Size of baby:  Pineapple- baby weighs around 4 pounds and measures around 17 inches. Little love bug couple potentially grow a full inch this week. Baby is keeping eyes open while awake and starting to coordinate breathing with sucking/swallowing.  

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 26 pounds.

Maternity Clothes: Yep. I did wear a pair of normal jeans this week with maternity band. I was quite surprised they would still fit. This time around I feel like my weight gain has really been in my hips. I’ll be interested to see if that means GIRL come August!

Gender: Matt and I both guess boy. Brother bears guess girl (or say they want a sister when asked).  

Movement: There is lots of movement. It can be startling and painful, yet I LOVE IT! It’s such a sweet reminder of this healthy, thriving baby that continues to grow.  

Sleep: Hit or miss. My doctor recommended taking a Bendadryl every third or fourth night to help the sleep. It makes a big difference, and I will continue to do it to allow for some sound sleep until August. Another thing that I realized is a lot of the restlessness comes from the inability to get comfortable. I keep trying different pillow combinations to see if I can find something that works. It’s probably a lost cause, but I’m on a mission.

What I miss: Flexibility. Boys wanted to play card game on the floor. I opted for kitchen table. I am at the point where I can’t sit down comfortably and then really struggle to get up.

Cravings: Salad, PB&J (for breakfast), chocolate, apples, cherries, bananas, hamburgers

Symptoms: hip/join pain, sun spots, feet/hand swelling, insomnia, clumsiness, hot flashes, midnight bathroom runs, round ligament pain

Best Moment This Week:  We had my best friend’s three boys spend the night Friday night and it was so much fun. The boys were up until 11 (YIKES) and then rise and shine at 6 am (more YIKES), but we all loved it. There was lots of sword fights, lego battles, dance parties, hot/cold, and Matt even recruited them to pull some weeds. Matt had a “friendly” competition between the four older boys to see who could pull the most weeds and earn a special treat. It turned into quite the competition. The oldest boy went home and asked his mom if they could have weed pulling contests at their new house.  #success 

Their fifteen month old loved our dog Bruiser. It was so much fun to watch. Bruiser hasn't really done little kids for a while, so it was good for us to see glimpses of what it will be like with Baby Clem. We loved having all five boys under one roof. 

I didn't take any pictures from that night, but here was a fun family night we had to celebrate crushing some house updates. I wore a nice dress, so Noah decided he wanted to look fancy with a bow-tie. Deacon followed suit, and they looked so handsome. I'm so thankful for this sweet family of mine. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Noah Update: 5.5

Noah is 5 ½ and forever my first baby. That doesn’t mean he looks like my baby anymore. Guys, the little toddler chub is gone and he’s got muscle. There is calf definition- no more cankles. His face has matured so much over the past six months; we get comments on it all the time.

1)  Adult- this kid is an adult stuck in a kid’s body. At lunch on Sunday, Noah told his that he finds the most peace when he’s in the office building with his Legos and nobody is around to ask him questions. Who talks about their peaceful place? I don’t even know that I could identify mine!

2)  Social Butterfly- Noah walks out of most places having made a new friend. Whether it’s the attendant at Costco or the stylist at Floyd 49, Noah will talk to anyone and has no problem carrying on a conversation. At school or summer camps, he always comes home telling us about his new friends and what they did. He really hasn’t met a stranger.

3)  Competitor- Noah hates to lose. From board games to swimming, Noah loves to win and may cheat a little if it means the outcome will be more in his favor. Deacon often tells him “it’s not a race Noah”. Noah will turn every day activities into all out competitions where medals should be awarded. He loves sports!

4)  Jesus- Noah’s faith and understanding of who God is continues to deepen. He asks very thought provoking questions that leave me “googling” or saying “I’m not sure buddy” more often than not. Last week he asked me how Noah and Moses went to heaven because Jesus hadn’t died and rose again yet. It was a great opportunity to talk about sacrifices and Jesus being the ultimate sacrifice for our bad choices, but I still was left so shocked trying to explain such a deep concept to a 5 ½ year old.

5)  Mama’s boy- I don’t know if this will ever change. He’s always been a mama’s boy and still is. Don’t get me wrong, he loves Matt and will forever seek to earn his approval. He wants to speak/walk/be Matt. Noah just LOVES his mama. It might be that our personalities are VERY similar, but it’s hard to know.  He has a tender way with me that really softens my soul. He already tries to protect and comfort me. He encourages me and can’t get enough of my snuggles. There are no complaints here.

6)  Spelling Bee- Noah loves to spell. He calls Matt “D A D”- like spells it out. Even in the grocery store yelling down an aisle, he was calling out “D A D”. HA! Quite a few heads turned trying to figure out why the word Dad was being spelled out.  He is constantly grabbing a notepad and trying to write us notes or copy down a page from a book. Montessori way encourages phonetic spelling, so a lot of times it takes him to guide us on what he wrote out. It’s a start though, and I’m proud! Deacon has been trying to mimic this, so it’s funny to see what he comes up with while trying to be like Noah.

Come August, he will bet the BIGGEST brother and is eager to step into this role. I’m so thankful for him and his heart.