Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Baby Two ~ 29 Weeks

How Far Along:  29 Weeks - Baby is as big as an acorn squash, whatever that is. I feel enormous. 
Boy or Girl: I think I'm the only person who says boy, everyone else says girl.
Maternity Clothes: broke down a bought a couple new tank tops for around the house and a pair of light weight pants that will hopefully get my through the rest of summer. I need something to hide the cankles that I just know are coming.
Sleep: Toss and turn, toss and turn. I'm up every hour on the hour, at least.
Best Moment: I had a pretty relaxing weekend. Zach's mom was in town and did a lot of entertaining David. Saturday night they all went to the hotel to swim in the pool and I got an entire evening to myself. I got a Sonic Blast and watched a lot of HGTV. I do not remember the last time I had the house to myself for an evening! It was nice.  
Worst Moment: Had a few this week unfortunately.  
      Last Thursday I started to not feel so well at work. I freaked myself out enough to go to the doctor to get checked out. Everything came back normal so I figured I was just being a baby and went about my business. Then I got a call Monday that the culture they sent out was positive for infection so apparently I wasn't just being whiney and there was a reason I felt miserable off and on all weekend. I think the antibiotics are finally kicking in though, thank goodness.
      Yesterday I found out that I don't get to keep my position at work when I get back from maternity leave. Just like when I was out with David I get to spend my maternity leave wondering what I will be doing when I get back. I'm not very happy about it, but oh well... "business reasons" and all... 
      Today I found out Zach will be out of town for 10 whole days a mere 3 weeks after I'm due. I can't even think about that one yet.... 
Miss Anything: Not being sore 24/7. I would also really like a margarita. 
Movement: A lot! Baby is head down and the doctor says that his/her head feels "kind of big" for this stage of the game. Oh, yay!
Cravings: Dessert. But  nothing really tastes good when I eat it. Lost a few pounds this week actually.
Aversions: Like I said, nothing really sounds good. Been eating more plain foods.
Oh, I remember this: My hands are getting super numb again. I drop EVERYTHING.
Well this is new: Last time by now my feet were swelling pretty badly. This time they are not puffing up too bad at all but my hands... OMG, my hands are crazy swollen, it's embarrassing. I can hardly fit in my "fake" ring that is like 2 sizes bigger than my wedding band. These man hands are not cool.
Looking forward to: Can I say late September?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Baby Two ~ 28 Weeks

How Far Along:  28 Weeks - Baby is the size of an eggplant!  
Boy or Girl: Oh, I don't know!
Maternity Clothes: Loving me some lounge shorts and tank tops. My shoes are starting to get tight :(
Sleep: Really can't complain this week! Shhh, don't jinx it.
Best Moment: Been a pretty good week actually. David and I had a good time at the lake for the 4th. Zach got the nursery painted (and I love the color!!). I scored a great deal on a couple baby things on sale at Target. Then tonight I had my first prenatal massage and it was pretty relaxing!
Worst Moment: Ted got a case of the crazies while Zach was painting and knocked over a (large) cup of paint and ruined the carpet. Not looking forward to the stress (and added expense) of finding an area rug. It would figure that it was the one room in the whole house that still had completely stain-free carpet... no longer. 
Miss Anything:Would love to be able to lie on my back or even just recline more than 90 degrees, just for a minute!
Movement: Got my first kicks to the ribs today. Lots of jabs and pokes right in the same area have left me with a bit of a sore spot, so that's interesting. Baby  moves All. Day. Long. and all night too. I'm wondering if he ever sleeps....? 
Cravings: Meh. Nothing really.
Aversions: Lots of things again. Nausea is starting to come back in the morning and lasts until after lunch. Nothing really sounds good. I did try to eat McDonalds and ground beef this week. Both were no-goes.
Oh, I remember this: I have a hard time focusing. On anything. I just feel really distracted all the time. I remember feeling this way with David too. I would love to just snap out of it. 
Well this is new: My hair and nails are not growing near as fast as they did with David. My skin is also a hot mess and I'm dealing with breakouts like I haven't had since high school. All the classic old wives tales for girls, so we'll see I guess..... 
Looking forward to: Getting all the furniture back in the baby's room and starting to go through all the tubs of clothes. In my mind I have a "ton" of gender neutral sleepers and onesies... we'll see if that's really true soon enough....

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Baby Two ~ 27 Weeks

How Far Along:  27 Weeks - Baby is the size of a rutabaga but I have no idea what that is.  
Boy or Girl: David is apparently telling daycare that he's going to have a sister. So, I guess that's his vote.
Maternity Clothes: My under-belly shorts are getting really uncomfortable.... already. Gonna be a long summer.
Sleep: Not my favorite thing right now. I end up sleeping sitting up for at least a couple hours every night because my hips hurt so bad and I'm really having quite a time with reflux. I guess I should just be thankful that I'm able to sleep sitting up because last time it was a total no-go.
Best Moment: Zach and I took the day off together today. We took David to daycare, lounged around for a while then went out to The Legends for some shopping and lunch, came home and took a nap then picked David up early to go get ice cream. It was a pretty nice day and probably my last vacation day before baby comes.
Worst Moment: I was horribly sore and uncomfortable on Tuesday. To the point where it really hurt to walk. Plus my nausea is starting to come back in the mornings. Boo!
Miss Anything: Being able to carry David. He's being extra clingy now and having a bit of an emotional week. All he wants me to do is hold him but it's so hard to lug him around right now but he just doesn't understand and it breaks my heart.
Movement: Lots of pokes and pushes right next to my belly button. I'm guessing it's a knee because I can see the outline as it moves across my belly. It is so crazy to see and really obvious. I'm always thinking people are staring in meetings because my whole stomach shakes! haha!
Cravings: No real must-haves this week. Had a few strawberry lemonades though.
Aversions: We went to Granite City for lunch today and it pained me not to order the Bedda Chedda Bacon Burger. I almost tried it, but I knew I just couldn't do the hamburger... Sigh.
Oh, I remember this: I go from feeling totally stuffed to crazy hungry in the matter of seconds it seems.
Well this is new: This baby is sitting a lot lower than David did and it feels a lot heavier! 
Looking forward to: The long weekend! I'm taking David to the lake for the day and Zach's staying home to paint the nursery. I am so excited to see it! We ordered a dresser today so by next week I will be able to start really putting things together and I can't wait!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Baby Two ~ Week 26

How Far Along:  26 Weeks - Baby is the size of a head of lettuce.
Boy or Girl: Going with boy this week. Although I'm kind of afraid the nursery I'm planning out is a little too girlie...
Maternity Clothes: Broke in my new maternity swimsuit with all of David's swim lessons. First time wearing a tankini! I liked it.
Sleep: Lots and lots of tossing and turning. My hips get sore every couple hours so I have to flip over. You'd think it would be a lot easier than it really is. Ha!
Best Moment: We had a nice trip to Sioux Falls last weekend. On Saturday Zach's mom took all the girls out for lunch and pedicures. The pedicure was great, it was in a recliner! Lunch at Spezia was yummy too! Plus, David had a great time playing with his cousins and was really good for the long car rides. Oh, and I passed my glucose test!
Worst Moment: It's been a frustrating couple of days. Nothing terrible has happened and nothing pregnancy-wise has gone wrong, but just a series of little things has pretty much sent me over the edge for the week. I had a total breakdown after putting David to bed tonight and feel a little better after getting it all out.  My bad leg has also been hurting really, really bad. It is the most frustrating thing of all.
Miss Anything: Aleve
Movement: Big, huge movements!! I cannot figure out what that baby is doing in there but it is crazy! No kicks to the ribs yet but sometimes it takes my breath away. Although you will never hear me complain about movement. Ever.
Cravings: Currently having quite the love affair with ice cream. 
Aversions: Beginning to wonder if I'll ever be able to eat a cheeseburger again.
Oh, I remember this: Nesting is kicking in. Like last time, it seems to be starting at work. We are getting in all our Holiday '14 samples right now and I cannot get them out of my office and organized in a conference room fast enough. I feel like I am constantly organizing my desk. Unfortunately I'm so beat by the time I get home the poor, sad nursery is still very poor and sad, but I am gradually stocking up on things. I bought a pack of newborn diapers today and am practically giddy about it!
Well this is new: I feel like I'm much more emotional this time than I was last time. Maybe I just don't remember? That's possible too...
Looking forward to: the 3rd Trimester! Here we come!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Baby Two ~ 25 Weeks

How Far Along:  25 weeks – baby is the size of a cauliflower  
Boy or Girl: Have been having more girl thoughts this week, but in the end, I still think I will have a boy.
Maternity Clothes: My favorite things right now are my comfy cotton shorts and basic maternity tank tops. I would do many things to be able to wear them to work…  
Sleep: I took half a Tylenol PM the other night and slept like I was dead. It was glorious! Then the next night I was up all night long with leg pain. So, it’s hit or miss still. I definitely wake up at least 3-4 times a night to use the bathroom though. Poor Missy, she must be so annoyed with me. She gets up every time I do. Loyal, that one. (Zach sleeps through everything…)
Best Moment: Had a good appointment today. Everything is chugging along, right on track (I still can’t believe I measured right on track, I feel so huge!). Fingers crossed I passed the glucose test! I celebrated taking it and getting my TDAP vaccine with a giant Chipotle burrito. It was delish!  We also had a good weekend with GREAT weather and lots of outside time.
Worst Moment: The night with no sleep was pretty brutal. So was the following day.
Miss Anything: As usual, energy. I miss energy so much.
Movement: Lots of visible movement from the outside! I was waiting for my glucose blood draw and the kid was going wild! My belly was wiggling all over the place!
Cravings: Ice cream. Cheese. Cold drinks. I would seriously LOVE a sangria right now…
Aversions: Same ol, same ol…. Ground Beef. Fast food. I also haven’t been into fruit much lately, which is strange.
Oh, I remember this: I hate being outside in the heat when I’m pregnant. It is an instant sweat-fest of misery. Unfortunately David insists on going outside, all the time. I think it’s good for kids to be outside as much as possible so I suffer through, but I am not necessarily pleasant about it. I’m about to take our big floor fan out there with me. Not even kidding.
Well this is new: With David I was On. Top. Of. It. I knew every date coming up, I had lists, I had all my paperwork ready to go. I was prepared! This time things keep sneaking up on me!! I just realized that my FMLA paperwork is due in a week and I hadn’t even thought about it, let alone told HR that I was pregnant. Oops. I frequently have to look at my baby app to remember what week I’m on and I haven’t even really thought of the logistics of our hospital stay. Eh. I’ll figure it all out at some point I guess. My laid-backness is kind of alarming me.
Looking forward to: David has swim lessons this week. He pretty much hated it last night but being in the water with him felt SO good. Hoping he warms up to it soon… I need to find someone with a pool, stat! 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Baby Two ~ 24 Weeks

How Far Along:  24 weeks - baby is the size of a cantaloupe
Boy or Girl: I still feel like it's a boy, but I've allowed myself to entertain the thought that it might be a girl. We should probably think of some names....
Maternity Clothes: Already getting bored of wearing the same things over and over, but I refuse to buy more.
Sleep: I have been sleeping pretty well but I wake up a thousand times a night which makes it feel like I'm not sleeping very much. I've been having some really vivid dreams though!
Best Moment: I had a great 33rd birthday! David has been on quite the sleeping kick and slept in until 9 both days this weekend!! Friday night we went to Downtown Days in Lee's Summit and had a great time! David rode lots of rides (including his first roller coaster, which was held together with duct tape and he took his seat belt off halfway through the ride and the operator didn't notice! Zach had to run and tell him. Yeah. No more traveling fair roller coasters!) Saturday I got my hair done, did some shopping and went to the Royals game with Zach. The weather was amazing! So, great birthday, that's for sure! 
Worst Moment: Nothing too bad this week! Can't complain.
Miss Anything: Not getting winded doing normal everyday things.
Movement: YES, a lot! The biggest movements seem to happen at night after I get up for a bathroom break. If I lie on my back he goes crazy with the kicking. Last night I swear to you I felt a leg moving around in there from the outside! I never felt anything like that with David, ever!
Cravings: All the bad things :( Especially pizza and ice cream. 
Aversions: ground beef, greasy food.
Oh, I remember this: Let the stroller obsession begin. I can't even tell you how long I spent looking at strollers and watching stroller videos on YouTube when I was pregnant with David. I thought for sure the second time around would be different, but no. Double strollers are going to end me. It wouldn't be so bad if David wasn't so big! I think I'm just going to have to take him to the store to test drive them with me. Hoping the Joovy Caboose is the winner though. Affordable and good reviews!
Well this is new: I can wear perfume again! With David I could never use any scented body wash, lotion or perfume, it all smelled so bad to me. I've noticed in the past few weeks I'm totally fine using my fruity body wash and wearing my perfume. Yay! Also with David I couldn't take hot showers. It's been no problem with this one. Thank goodness!
Looking forward to: A weekend with no plans! We've been go-go-go for a while it seems. I might make a trip to the baby store and plan on working on clearing out the nursery closet. I need to find a place to stash my wedding dress! Poor thing is still dirty in the bag from the night we got married. Oops. Also looking forward to my next appointment. I'm anxious to see what I'm measuring at and am kind of afraid the answer is "huge".  Ha!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

David. Two and a half.

David is two and a half years old now. It’s a great age! He amazes us every day. He’s getting so smart, so funny, so opinionated, so sensitive and so so fun.

He seems to learn a hundred new things a day. Often times he’ll just start spouting things off leaving Zach and I to look at each other and ask “where did he learn that?!” Much like the time I was getting his room ready for bed two months ago only to come out and find him using drumsticks to drum on the couch while saying his entire ABC’s with no help whatsoever. Just started saying the ABC’s like it was no big thing.  He can also count to ten and tries to go higher. He knows most of his colors but is stubborn about telling you what they are. Everything is usually green when you ask him, but if he’s just talking on his own he can usually get them right.  He identifies different shapes including triangles, rectangles and even diamonds.   He makes up songs, but gets embarrassed when I catch him singing. His favorite little kid songs are “Old MacDonald” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.  He doesn’t watch a whole lot of TV but his favorite shows are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Super Why. He’s starting to follow along during the episodes and will try to “figure it out” along with the characters.

He has two most favorite things in life. They are tractors and weed-eaters. Mowers are pretty up there as well. Everything he touches (EVERYTHING) is a weed-eater. He will spend hours upon hours blowing raspberries and weed-eating everything in sight. He’s sure to follow right along the edge of whatever he’s weed-eating too, just like the pros. His favorite tractor is the excavator and he can spot one a mile away. Often times we are driving along and he’ll suddenly exclaim “look at that excavator mom!!” and sure enough, there’s a little speck of an excavator way over in the distance. A few months ago there was one parked behind my parents house so he’s pretty convinced Papa has an excavator. It’s just parked in the barn right now.  His and Zach’s favorite thing to do is ride on the tractor (riding lawn mower). They usually head out for a short ride every night when Zach gets home from work. He’s going to remember those rides for the rest of his life and I kind of love that.

His vocabulary is enormous. It doesn’t take him any time to learn new words and he properly says almost everything. He is definitely a chatter box and loves to have conversations about everything. “whats this mom” is likely his most common phrase. Speaking of mom, he almost always calls me “Mom” and Zach is usually “Daddy”. Mommy only comes out when he’s upset or trying to be funny. Mama is long gone.  He loves helping around the house and especially likes to cook. Using the mixer is always exciting and he is an excellent stirrer. We make pancakes frequently and he knows most of the ingredients and makes sure I don’t forget anything! He also loves to pretend to make “hot coffee” all the time.

He’s very sensitive and has started to show concern for me when he thinks I’m hurt or sick. Once I had a little scrape on my foot and he stopped dead in his tracks when he saw it to check on it and ask me if I needed a bandaid, very, very worried that I was truly hurt. He knows that my “bad leg” bothers me a lot right now and once when I was sitting in the chair he came over and said “I’m gonna take off the hurt part” and pretended to pick it off and gently patted my leg before asking “feel better mom?” I almost died.  He’s extremely friendly but shy at the same time. He loves saying “hi” to everyone we walk past but if someone else says hello to him first he totally clams up. He loves being around other kids, but tends to hang back and observe very carefully before jumping in to play.

Along with all the adorableness and cute comes the tantrums. They’ve really picked up in the past couple weeks, but like everything, I know it’s just a phase.  Mostly he wants to do the opposite of everything, all the time. If I ask him what he wants to eat, you can be guaranteed that I will make it and he will immediately cry for the other option.  He’s a picky eater and I literally never know what he will choose to eat on any given day. I’ve stopped making him special meals though. He either eats or doesn’t.  The one thing he will always want is fruit snacks. And apple juice.

He’s still a big sleeper. He goes to bed at 8 and sleeps until 7:30 most days. He will usually still take a 2 hour nap as well. Daycare says he sometimes doesn’t sleep, but will still lie down and rest. We’ve experimented with no naps a couple of times and it always ends in disaster. He needs his sleep. He’s in a big boy bed now and we’ve had exactly zero issues with it. I know it’s only a matter of time before he realizes he can get out at will, but so far he’s perfectly content to stay in there.

As far as the baby goes, I’m just not sure he gets it. I always tell him that the baby is in there and if I’m wearing a tighter shirt he will ask if that’s the baby. The crib is set up in the other room and I frequently tell him the baby will sleep in there. He seems OK with it so far. Whenever I ask him if I’m having a boy or a girl he always says girl but when I ask if he wants a brother or sister he will say “I want a Sam!” (my nephew). Whenever we talk about babies he says “it probably cries”.  Daycare says he is very, very good with the baby there and will frequently bring him toys to play with and will show him how they work and play with him. So, I’ll take that as good sign…

I really love this age though. It is so much fun to see what he does or says next. I can't help but feel a little sad knowing that we only have just a few short months left with him being my only baby. I am trying to soak up every single little second with him this summer, dubbing it "the summer of David". Even though I'd love to park it on the couch and stay there I am doing my best to get up and out with him as much as I can. I was so happy when I got pregnant that I was due at the end of the summer so I can really just enjoy this time with David. I know it's going to be a huge adjustment for all of us when the baby comes, especially David, but as they say - a sibling is the best gift you can give your child, so here goes nothing.

Love that muffin.

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