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. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

32: Home Run

Along: 32 weeks

Size of baby:  Napa Cabbage- all five of baby’s senses are developed and his/her dream-cycle sleep has begun. Baby sucks his/her thumb in the womb and swims like crazy. According to an article I read, 90% of babies born in the 32nd week survive. Sweet comfort I don’t take for granted with the miracle growing inside of me.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 24 pounds? I find out tomorrow

Maternity Clothes: For the most part, everything is maternity minus my workout clothes. It’s just more comfortable at this point to have loose fitting or stretchable clothing.  

Gender: I feel like all the families I know that have had two of the same gender- keep having a third of the same gender. There definitely are some exceptions, but lately- that’s been the noticeable trend amongt our friends.

We also don’t have a boy name, so I’m fairly certain it has to be boy. Things are always complicated right? Our issue is finding a name we a) like as much as the boys’ names b) goes with the boys’ names c) doesn’t sound too similar to boys’ names

Yep. Complicated.

Movement: There is so much movement. Baby had hiccups yesterday and Matt felt it going every couple seconds. It was super sweet.

Sleep: The 3am-5am insomnia stretch gets me most nights. I’ve decided to read, pray, and just let my body fall back asleep when it’s ready. I don’t get up, but I also just don’t lay there. I find I’m a much happier person the next morning if I don’t stress for two hours about being awake.     

What I miss: Ease of movement- hard for me to sit for long periods and also stand for long periods. I miss cold weather. I think this summer heat will be a challenge 8 months pregnant.  

Cravings: Salad, Mangos/Citrus fruit, Gatorade, Chocolate, Bananas

Symptoms: swollen hands and feet, feeling full fast, sun spots, tailbone and backaches, small bladder

I mentioned to my doctor all the cramping I was getting in my legs/feet in the middle of the night (Charlie horses). She recommended taking a magnesium supplement. Since I started taking that last week, I have not had any incidents at night with my legs or feet. I’m so thankful because those are SO painful.

Best Moment This Week:  Noah had what he calls a “home run” in his baseball game. The joy of watching him run those baseballs and the pride of scoring a run was priceless. We also had a garage sale this weekend. It was great to lessen our load for the big move. It also provided a lot of different questions from the boys and allowed us to teach them the value of a dollar. Matt worked really hard in the heat to get it all set up and stayed out there from 8-4pm. Thankful he serves are family so well when this pregnant mama has to take breaks. 

my favorites.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

31: Summa Time

Oh hey bug bag on the tree. With all the rain, mosquitoes and flies are horrible for us. Please judge.  

Along: 31 weeks

Size of baby:  Bunch of leeks- sweet baby should gain as much as half a pound per week from here on out. Baby is getting more flexible each week in neck and joints. Baby can rhythmically breathe.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 22-24 pounds (my guess)

Maternity Clothes: I love maternity dresses and Matt’s big t-shirts. Anything that lets me breathe and feels airy I’m most happy with! With this heat, I feel hot and sweaty most of the day and while sleeping at night. August baby is a whole new ball game for this mama. 

Gender: Matt and I both think boy. We met a couple who did gender surprise for #3. She thought boy the whole time and ended up with a girl. It’s so hard to know. I think we now tell people “we feel like it’s a boy, but we would be so pleasantly surprised and happy if girl”. We win either way!

Movement: All the time- it wakes me up in the middle of the night. The ribs are getting kicked so much right now- it’s startling and painful. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. Baby is just getting bigger and running out of room, so the movements feel more exaggerated.

Sleep: This week has been not so good. I dream I’m pregnant, so I think that as stomach grows- I’m just more uncomfortable. I have a hard time getting cozy while sleeping. This week I’ve been up for an hour or two in the middle of the night hoping to fall back asleep.    

What I miss: Energy. I also have really bad pregnancy brain, so I miss feeling as sharp as I usually do.

Cravings: chocolate. If I haven’t had any all day, I start to get irritable about it.   

Symptoms: tailbone is always sore, back aches, sun spots on my cheeks, hip socket cramps, poor circulation, insomnia, fatigue. Interestingly enough- I don’t have to get up for the bathroom multiple times a night right now. 

Best Moment This Week:  We were able to see some friends and family this weekend which was super special for me. I’m very sentimental about “lasts” since we are moving here in August. Summer is a beautiful time- to be able to enjoy friends and family was the perfect recipe for success as we continue to get ready for our next adventure.

We also had new floors and new door installed in our house. It’s all coming together for the sale and I couldn’t be more thrilled to watch our little home start to look ready for sale. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

30: Test Driving

Along: 30 weeks

Size of baby:  SUMMER cantaloupe. Confession- my least favorite fruit is cantaloupe. I do, however, love that baby will be born in summer and at thirty weeks is the size of one. Maybe there is some redemption in this melon I've never cared for?

Little bug weighs around 3.5 pounds and can recognize my voice. His/her brain continues to develop. Baby’s eyes can track light.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 22 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yes- my “go-to” items are maternity dresses.  

Gender: Heartbeat was at 152. This is higher than both brothers were, so doctor said there is a chance it could be a girl! Boys both say sister these days, but Matt and I are almost positive it’s a boy.

Movement: Kicks, punches, hiccups, you name it- I’ve felt it. This baby is WILD!     

Sleep: I’ve been doing better is this part. I still wake up multiple times in the night, but I can usually fall back asleep. This morning was a 5 am and wide awake type day, but that hasn’t been very typical over past two weeks. I am very thankful for this.   

What I miss: Not waddling. I feel like between my tailbone aches, my hip soreness, my Charlie horses, and all these little things that involve walking- I look like a duck moving around.

Cravings: anything cold- ice water, ice cream. I love a good salad. We have been doing a lot of eggs (maybe it’s because we have chickens), but I think that would also fit in the craving category as well. They always taste good. Random- I’ve made four batches of Rice Krispy treats this pregnancy- that’s four more than I’ve made over past probably three years. Matt even commented on how I’m kind of obsessed.  

Symptoms: back aches, sun spots on my cheeks, tailbone pain, hip socket soreness (brought out some yoga moves to hopefully help with this), LONG and STRONG fingernails, poor circulation, heightened emotions, and fatigue

Best Moment This Week:  With baby bug on the way, we have decided to purchase a car that will safely fit three car seats and a 90 pound German shepherd. We aren’t anywhere near buying it (later this fall- August), but we had a really nice time test driving them this weekend. We got a sitter and Matt and I hit the road. You know you are parents when a date is fist bumping after driving around some minivans. We made a list of pros/cons with point systems, did more research, and will continue to pray about it. There are a lot of changes coming this family’s way! As of now, we think we will go with a suburban or minivan. Win-win in my book!

The original nuggets- big brothers to be!

Waiting for the first test car- he's stoked.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

29: Dates with Our Dudes

Along: 29 weeks

Size of baby:  Pineapple- baby weighs around 3 pounds and continues to put on more baby fat each week. His/her eyes are completely in place and vision will continue to improve over next 10 weeks.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 20-23 pounds- weigh in on Friday!

Maternity Clothes: Thankful for all shirts that stretch, pants that have elastic waist, and dresses with a little extra belly room.

Gender: We think boy but would be over the moon with either! Matt is pretty sure if it’s a girl, he will never be able to say no. He even found this article talking about how fathers’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons.   

Movement: This baby moves and moves- so thankful for it!    

Sleep: This week has been better- not sure why but praise Jesus. I definitely have to move around a lot to get comfortable. I think baby is running out of room because we both seem to toss and turn. I’ve been able to fall back asleep when I wake up, so really- that’s a huge improvement. 

What I miss: Ability to bend over easily, being able to sit for long periods of time, having high energy levels. I am wiped come dinner time. 

Cravings: PB&J sandwiches- weird right?  

Symptoms: back pain, sore hips, swollen hands and feet by the end of the night

Best Moment This Week:  Three day weekends are always my favorite- we each took the boys on separate dates. Matt took Noah for a legit haircut and dinner at Jason’s deli. Deacon requested Chick-fil-a which I happily obliged. We met up for popsicles to finish off the night. Both boys were smiling ear to ear, loving that special one on one time. It was a sweet memory- very thankful to be a mama to two VERY special boys who provide so much fun and joy. Can’t wait to see what our little nugget brings to the table in August. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

28: CA Adventures!

Along: 28 weeks- it looks like I'm smuggling a basketball under my shirt 

Size of baby:  Coconut- he/she weighs about 2.5 pounds. Baby’s bones are almost fully developed but still soft. The brain will increase 400% to 500% in weight from now until delivery- such a miracle. (PS- love bug’s head was measuring two weeks ahead at the sonogram- pretty typical of my babies- big brains!!!)

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 20ish

Maternity Clothes: Yes- purchased a maternity swim suit top to wear while at the beach and love my new maternity shorts. I still wear a mixture of both, but I don’t know how much longer that will last.

Gender: The consensus is boy with most people we talk to or meet. Matt and I both guess boy, but we will find out come early August.   

Movement: Baby moves all the time. It's one of my top three favorite things about pregnancy. It’s such a sweet special bond that cannot be replicated, and I’m so very thankful for it. The movements are not painful yet, but it can be uncomfortable while sleeping.   

Sleep: Nothing new here- I fall into the insomnia category while pregnant and rock it like a champion.

What I miss: I couldn’t some rides at Disneyland last week. I don’t necessarily miss roller coasters- my answer is kind of misleading. I knew that I would be benched for some rides- but sitting out was a change for me. I am used to riding anything that doesn’t involve a spin motion (I have horrible motion sickness). Matt and I both like heights as far as rides, so not pregnant, we would have both done them together. I missed getting to experience it with Noah and Matt, but it will be that much sweeter when Deacon is tall enough and we can all go together! 

I should say- I did love living vicariously through Noah and Matt as they rode anything that was open. They loved it and got to share some special moments conquering rides together.   

Cravings: any type of cold crisp salad, fruit, and dessert  

Symptoms: insomnia, joint aches, poor circulation in my feet, and fatigue  

Best Moment This Week:  All things California- what a great vacation. God provides! With the boys being 3.5 & 5.5, this vacation was such a delight. We had no tears, no temper tantrums, and so much fun. We cherished our time with Matt’s mom and grandparents. The boys loved Matt’s cousins and all things Disney, beach, and pool related. They didn’t want to leave ( and neither did we). Despite lack of sleep and going 100 miles an hour each day, these boys could not get enough of the family and fun.

I’m going to do a post on our Disney experience later. It was “YES” day and one of my favorite memories to date as a parent. The boys participated in Jedi Training and it was so awesome. There is nothing like watching your boys soak up every moment of fighting Darth Vader and practicing “the force”. We spent 14 hours (that’s right, 14 hours) in that park and soaked it all up. Disneyland really is one of the happiest places on earth. What a trip!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

27: Bundle of Joy

Along: 27 weeks

Size of baby:  Bunch of bananas- the cochleae have developed in baby’s ears contributing to his/her sense of hearing. Baby can control lungs and regulate body temperature.   

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 20 pounds- going strong.

Maternity Clothes: I do a mixture. I really love my two new pairs of maternity shorts. They are a game changer as we are approaching the 90 degree days.   

Gender: SURPRISE! Matt and I still think boy. Noah wants boy and Deacon now wants girl.

Movement: We had our sonogram yesterday, and all of baby’s limbs are on the right side of my body. I feel so much movement there, so it’s awesome to actually see why. Baby had his/her legs crossed just like brothers did still- talk about melting our hearts. We are already SO in love.  

Sleep: not the best. Matt bought me the sweetest box of chocolate for Mother’s day. I had a couple last night, and I’m about 100% one of them had coffee in it. I tossed and tossed and tossed and turned last night.  

What I miss: Sound sleep and high energy levels. I also have such a weak bladder this time around. It’s comical but horrible that peeing in my pants at work from sneezing/coughing has become a real fear of mine.  

Cravings: ice water, chocolate, and anything with peanut butter

Symptoms: fatigue, roller coaster emotions, insomnia, swollen feet, my limbs fall asleep way more easy (sitting Indian style, certain sleep positions).  

Best Moment This Week:  We did a girl’s camping trip on Saturday night for Ashley’s birthday. We headed out to a camp site right on the lake and enjoyed chili, s’mores, walking trails and card games. This was then followed by a spectacular Mother’s day. I told Matt I didn’t want any gifts- just not to have to cook any meals. He granted my wish and also cleaned my house! The boys were very kind and sweet. It was just a great day. I had a hard wakeup call Monday when I was back to real life. Luckily, vacation starts Wednesday! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Deacon Update: 3.5

This sweetie of mine is 3 ½ and seriously pure joy.  I mostly write this blog as a scrapbook for me/us to look back and remember on. Here are some things that we love about our Deacon Matthew at this super FUN age.

Sense of Style- this kid loves fashion. Today, he picked out a polo, bow tie, long socks, Baylor slime hat, and basketball shoes to wear to school. He likes pants that are cozy (fleece) and loves to match Noah.  

Art abilities- He will color with me for hours. He paints daily at school and comes home with elaborate explanations as to what each illustration is about. Almost all of the paintings have the color orange because it’s his favorite.  (He’ll include yellow a lot as well, since it’s MY favorite).

Tender spirit- This kid is tough as nails (split lip with a couple tears, four stitches later and really no complaining). BUT if you look at him the wrong way or raise your voice- he gets very sad.  He does not like to get in trouble.

Clean- HE LOVES TO CLEAN! Making his bed all nice is his love language. He will ask to wash windows and wipe down tables. Thank you Montessori because his big brother surely doesn’t have these desires. Deacon is very neat and tidy.

Soccer Stud- homeboy loves to play soccer. He loves practice and games as much as his brother even though he’s on the sidelines with Matt. He is very coordinated and has a quick first step. Can’t wait when he’s four and can join in!

Flexible Eater- Deacon is at the stage where he will pretty much try everything. At a craw fish boil, he did politely decline eating what he just had held and raced outside earlier that afternoon but as far as vegetables, fruits, meats, etc.- he’s all in. At his class tea party today, he ate the herbs (mint, sage) and liked it! He requested cucumber in his lunch for school as well. Both boys also really enjoy eating seaweed much to Matt and my dismay. I buy it at Costco in bulk and they’ll snack on it like chips. YIKES!

Nervous about Darth Vader.....

That’s all for now! I’ll give Noah a six point shout out next week. Happy Weekend!