How Far Along: 32 weeks. Umm….holy cow!

Size of Baby: Baby weighs in around 4 pounds or so, and is about 19 inches long.

Gender: Girl – sugar and spice, probably a lot of spice!

Weight Gain: 18 pounds. 7 more pounds till I hit my “target” weight. 8 weeks of pregnancy left…I can do it!

Symptoms: Some hip pain, but I’ve been seeing a chiropractor, so on the whole my usual pregnancy-pain complaints are really few and far between. 

Exercise: Slowed down a little this week due to life-craziness, mostly walking with the kids. I think I’m going to hang up my running hat and stick with walking until this baby comes. My last run/walk left me feeling pretty gross and tired for two days, so I’m thinking walking is in order, and perfectly okay. 

Clothes: All maternity.

Cravings/Aversions: Ice cream. And fruit. I am eating peaches and blueberries like I’ll never eat them again. 

Movement: Still pretty consistent. Getting into bigger movements, like rolls or pushing various appendages out. 

Worries: Baby was head down at my last appointment, so I’m not worried about that. But, I am starting to stress about not knowing anyone to watch my other kids while I have this baby. Sure, we have some people who could drive and take care of the kids, but that’s looking at an hour and a half. So, we need to at least find someone who will watch them for a few hours until someone else can come…

Milestones: Baby is almost at her birth length, and is continuing to gain weight and work on practice breathing and swallowing. Also, less than two months left until we have a baby!

Best Moment This Week: We are finally starting on some preparations for this baby. We ordered a crib, mattress, and dresser (for Nathan’s clothes in the closet), and the crib has come! Its not put together, its sitting right in our entry area, but we have it. 

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How Far Along: 30 weeks.

Size of Baby: Baby girl probably weighs somewhere around 3 pounds or more!

Gender: Girl – sugar and spice, probably a lot of spice!

Weight Gain: 16 pounds. I’m still about 4 pounds behind where I was with Nathan, and considering I started this pregnancy 4ish pounds heavier than I did with Nathan, that’s pretty good. I’d like to have a weight gain of 20 pounds, in an ideal world, but I don’t think that will happen now. I’d be super pleased with 25, which I think will be doable if I stay on top of diet and exercise. 

Symptoms: More hip and lower back pain. Nothing unusual, but still not too much fun. 

Exercise: I hit up the gym twice for some interval runs, which were tough going. I also did some morning walking with the boys and dog, and an evening walk with the whole family. The morning walks aren’t great exercise per se, but are better than nothing! 

Clothes: All maternity.

Cravings/Aversions: Anything sweet. As usual. And I kind of want to eat all the time, so I’m trying to remember not to eat unless I am truly hungry

Movement: Still pretty consistent. Getting into bigger movements, like rolls or pushing various appendages out. 

Worries: That baby isn’t head down. I still think she’s sideways a lot of the time based on movements, but I’m pretty awful at knowing how baby is positioned, so there’s a very good chance I’m wrong. Plus, there is still time for her to move. 

Milestones: I always feel like 30 weeks is getting super close to having a baby. There’s still over two months left, but for some reason this always feels like things are coming super quickly. Also, with my due date, we now only have one FULL month left until baby comes. Wowzer! 

Best Moment This Week: I ordered two new shirts from Ingrid and Isabel, what I would consider “high end” and way out of my budget usually. But they had a $15 shirt sale, 10% off if you liked their Facebook page, and they have free shipping both ways. They came this week, and they are SO comfy. I love that I have two things that should fit me through the end of my pregnancy and that I don’t feel like I weigh 60 pounds more than I actually do.

While I’ve talked a good bit about this pregnancy here on the blog, I don’t think I’ve every explicitly said that this pregnancy was a huge, gigantic surprise (I mean, I figure that goes without saying when you get pregnant while your baby is seven months old, but still, surprise). So, I thought I would share how we found out about our super surprise baby, since it was a pretty crazy few days in our lives.

To start with, I never had a cycle while pumping; my cycle started again right at the beginning of January (one day into my first Whole30, which I do not recommend). So, when February 1st rolled around with no cycle, I wasn’t terribly worried. “It takes awhile for these things to get back to normal,” I told myself, “I feel like it will start any day now,” I thought, and I continued with my life, never suspecting a thing. I bought some new, tight, skinny jeans for my post-Whole30 body.

Fast-forward to Feb. 6th – still nothing. Meanwhile, I’ve been sick for a week, so I go to the doctor who prescribes an antibiotic (and eye drops because I also managed to magically get PINK EYE when neither of my children, who I took with me to the doctor, had pink eye). While at the pharmacy picking up my prescription I figure I might as well buy a pregnancy test just to confirm I’m not pregnant so I can happily take my antibiotics with peace of mind. Because, surely, I am not pregnant.So, we can all imagine my surprise when my supposed to be negative pregnancy test turns out to be very, very darkly positive.

So I did what any rational woman would do when faced with a positive pregnancy test, a sleeping eight-month old, and a three year old watching TV. I freaked out. I called my husband and said, “WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO!?” “We aren’t doing anything,” he said. “That’s not what I meant! I meant, what am I doing to DO?” And we both freaked out a lot; I needed to talk to someone who wouldn’t freak out, so I asked him if I could call my mom.  Blessedly, she did not freak out.

And, the next day, my husband lost his job.

Of course, we know that this story has a happy ending. My husband received several job offers, selected one, and started before February was even over. And our baby is healthy, growing well, and is a girl, which was statistically unlikely. And we are excited for her arrival!

I never would have planned this. And, while I know plenty of people have unexpected pregnancies, I declared a few months before this that I would never experience one because my husband was “too cautious and terrified of that happening.” I’m pretty sure I was on God’s Comedy Channel with that one. Its been an interesting time to be sure, but its been one that’s brought me a new life verse (at least for this season of my life): Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but the Lord’s purpose that prevails. -Proverbs 19:21

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I’m late to the party…but Nathan is 14 months old! He continue to be the sweetest little boy in the world, and is developing a silly, fun little personality and has his own opinions (particularly about what he wants to eat). While I’m writing this he’s laying on his stomach, pushing himself backwards along the floor. 

He loves to be like everyone else. If everyone else is eating with a fork, you better give him one too. He’s actually quite good a self-feeding with a utensil! He also loves to climb anything and everything he can (and somethings he can’t); if he falls, he always manages to fall on his head. 

His favorite foods include yogurt, crackers, and any and all desserts. He also loves apple juice; if he sees a juice box he will shake with excitement until he gets to drink some. And he can take the little straw out and put it back in with ease; my future engineer has great fine motor skills!

Nathan drinks one bottle a day still, in the morning. We’re planning on cutting that soon, but I’m not sure what we’ll feed him, as he frequently has a 6-ounce bottle, yogurt, and some waffle. Or more! He also has two teeth and is walking more and more each day. He says several words: graham cracker (NOT to be confused with a regular cracker), down, outside, Mama, Dada, CoCo (for his brother — be still my heart), and uh-oh.

How Far Along: 28 weeks…a whole month has gone by…I’m an awesome blogger!

Size of Baby: Baby girl is about 2.5 pounds and 16 inches long. Both boys were 19.5 inches long at birth – not much more to grow! 

Gender: Baby Girl!

Weight Gain: 15 pounds. I think. Not too shabby. But will be up next week I know. 

Symptoms: I have been struggling with headaches, but my new midwife suggested I try to practice more “self-care,” which I have been trying to do, and that is seeming to help. Moving was hard on me, but trying to get in more rest and not worrying about unpacking at this point also seems to be helping me recover from that. Otherwise, just the general back pain and tiredness. 

Exercise: None leading up to or post move. However, we are trying to get set up at the local Y here, so hopefully I’ll be able to go later in the week. They don’t have a track, and I hate running on a treadmill, so I might just be walking, but that will be good. 

Clothes: All maternity.

Cravings/Aversions: Craving anything I didn’t cook. 

Movement: Very consistent. Sometimes I’ll think its been awhile since I’ve felt anything, but I always seem to feel some movement shortly after that.

Worries: C has a cough and has developed breathing issues to go along with that. We managed to get a refill on his inhaler yesterday, which has helped, but I’m still worried because we don’t have a doctor here yet to take him to should the situation worsen. I’m also slightly worried that the new hospital where I will deliver only has a rooming-in policy. I am a fan of sending my babies to the nursery SOME. Particularly at night. With Nathan, I sent him, asked them to bring him to me to eat in two hours, set an alarm, and if they didn’t bring him, we went and got him. I don’t think it affected breastfeeding because I was adamant about feeding him that frequently, it just helped us get better sleep. 

Milestones: Third trimester! Holy. Cow. Baby is now blinking, hiccuping, and practice breathing. 

Best Moment This Week: My parents came to help us move in and my mom brought a box of my old baby clothes with her. It also included some things my parents wore. It was so fun to go through them and pull out a few things for baby girl to wear too. 

Nathan is 13 months old! I really do feel like he is a tiny baby, but toddler-hood is fast approaching!

Like his father, Nathan is not a man of many words. He says: dada, mama, bye-bye, and uh-oh. He sometimes just uses mama for all people he likes (who give him food), which includes his dada. He signs eat and can also sign more, but usually just uses eat.

I’m shocked that Nathan isn’t walking yet. He has taken has many as three steps at a time on multiple occasions over the past month, but it just too uncertain to take more, and isn’t interested enough or confident enough to try walking consistently. He will walk holding onto someone’s hand, so I’m trying to be more conscious about walking with him. He does cruise quite a bit, so I feel like we’re on the right track for walking and that it will happen soon. 

While he doesn’t walk, he loves to climb! He has climbed our stairs, climbed into the train table drawer, climbs onto Colton’s bed, climbs in and out of his rocking chair, and can climb onto the bottom rung of our dining chairs and stand there. He also loves to jump on the sofa or in his bed, and will “jump” from sitting to my arms in the pool. He is our family’s little daredevil!

Nathan is down to two bottles a day: one in the morning and one at night. He’s only really interested in his morning bottle, so we will probably drop the night time bottle soon. Dropping his two day-time bottles was super easy. Finding solids for him to eat is not as easy. With only two teeth, there’s not much he can eat, and he already has some opinions about what he’d like to eat. Generally he eats any bread item, cheese – but only if its melted onto a bread item, banana, any crackers, one to two peanut butter crackers, yogurt, thinly sliced apple, and occasionally strawberries. He’s not a fan of pieces of cheese, any meat, or raw veggies. I end up giving him lots of baby food pouches, though I do try to only give them after I’ve offered at least some table foods. He does also love cake and ice cream! 

He is still so sweet and loves to be with people. And he loves to play! He has such a good time in our church nursery that he frequently has little interest in eating while there, and a nap is out of the question. When we get him home he’s exhausted and starving and is a mess! 

How Far Along: 24 weeks

Size of Baby: Baby weighs about a pound and a half and is the size of an ear of corn. Baby is also now growing at a rate of 6 ounces a week!

Gender: Completely confirmed girl!

Weight Gain: 11 pounds. 

Symptoms: Still feeling pretty good, but it is getting HOT and that is not agreeing with me too much (mostly because I have to drink sooooo much water).

Exercise: None this week. I’m getting ready for a freezer cooking session this weekend, and that combined with a trip to our soon-to-be new town to check out preschools has pretty much consumed my life this week.

Clothes: All maternity.

Cravings/Aversions: Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream, frequently indulged.

Movement: Very consistent. Sometimes I’ll think its been awhile since I’ve felt anything, but I always seem to feel some movement shortly after that.

Worries: Moving. Which isn’t really pregnancy related, but the move is imminent, and I’m starting to freak out a little.

Milestones: Viability!!! I love this milestone; while I know so much can happen between now and delivery and that nothing is a guarantee, this milestone always makes me feel like we’re really having a baby, one that will come home and live with us and need stuff (like a crib!).

Best Moment This Week: Nothing particular comes to mind from this week. I’m just enjoying browsing girls’ clothes (so many choices, so overwhelming!) and looking at what we already have. We also ordered bedding a little while ago (we agreed on something and it was on super sale at Pottery Barn Kids, so we got a bumper, pillow insert, monogramed pillow case, and crib skirt shipped to us for what a bedding set from Target would cost. I do need two crib sheets, but I plan on picking those up from Target, which will be pretty inexpensive.), which came maybe two weeks ago, and I love it! It makes me wish we had a place to live and a bed for this child so I could set it up. But I know I have plenty of time for that.

 

 

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22 Weeks – after my cousin’s wedding.

How Far Along: 23 weeks

Size of Baby: Baby is the size of a papaya and weighs over a pound! 

Gender: Completely confirmed girl!

Weight Gain: Just under 10 pounds. 

Symptoms: I feel pretty good in general, but over the weekend had some pain/discomfort I think we Braxton-Hicks. I think they were caused by a lot of walking with no sitting in the hot sun, so they should be reasonably avoidable. Since this past week has been VBS at church, I’ve had some back and hip pain, just from doing a lot of standing.

Exercise: Last week I got in two runs, plus a bunch of walking at the zoo. With VBS this week, I haven’t been able to get in any run. Lot and lots of running around, but no actual working-out type running.

Clothes: All maternity.

Cravings/Aversions: I really, really want some coconut-rolled dates. Our local co-op sells them, but I haven’t wanted them enough to drag the kids out on yet another errand this week. Also craving fruit; so glad its summer!

Movement: Getting more and more frequent, with a few movements I could feel from the outside!

Worries: Feeling good these last two weeks.

Milestones: Baby is beginning to fill-out a little, adding fat deposits. This also means her skin is becoming less translucent.

Best Moment This Week: We had a great family weekend at my cousin’s wedding. We went swimming twice, went to the zoo, ate my mom’s famous birthday cake, and just generally had a good time, all together.

 

 

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How Far Along: 21 weeks

Size of Baby: Baby is the size of a banana. Baby weighed in at 13 ounces at my ultrasound Monday.

Gender: Completely confirmed girl!

Weight Gain: 8 pounds.

Symptoms: Still feeling really good! I feel the best I’ve felt since I was pregnant with Nathan.

Exercise: I’ve gotten in a 2 mile run/walk at a 3/1 interval and a couple of walks, but with errands for the boys’ party, my gym time has been slim this week.

Clothes: All maternity.

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing in particular comes to mind.

Movement: Getting more and more frequent, with a few movements I could feel from the outside!

Worries: I measured at 22 weeks at my appointment, which my doctor said was no big deal, and that really I was only 1.5 weeks ahead. I know nothing is really a concern unless you consistently measure three or more weeks ahead for three weeks, but in all of my pregnancies I’ve only measured a bit small or right on track. We shall see!

Milestones: Baby is starting to taste amniotic fluid, practicing swallowing and digesting, which means she is tasting some of the food I eat.

Best Moment This Week: After our anatomy scan, all four of us went to the mall to shop for clothes for baby girl. Everyone, except Nathan, was very into selecting outfits and had their own opinions about what we should get. And Colton is so, so excited. He has loved telling people about his baby sister and has been making tons of pictures for her room. And he insists we frame and hang them all. My sweet boy!

 

FavoriteBooks

I grew up surrounded by books. It was not unusual for me to receive several books for Christmas and to spend the rest of the day curled somewhere, reading. So it should really be no surprise that I ended up falling hard for books and majoring in English in college.

Reading is magical to me, and I want my children to feel the same way. To that end, we have a good number of books, but still not as many as I’d like! Here are some of our favorites:

Books for Babies:

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We received our first Indestructibles books when I was expecting Nathan. They are like regular paper books, but do not rip, are safe to chew on, washable, and are composed of beautiful pictures (no words). We love all touch and feel books, but particularly Usborn’s “That’s Not My…” books. These are some of the earliest books my kids have really engaged with and kept their interest.

Lift-the-Flap Books:

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Karen Katz’s lift-the-flap books are hands-down my favorite in this category. They have nice, big flaps that can be glued back on if they fall off due to use or overzealous pulling. We also really like Little People lift-the-flaps, but the flaps don’t old up quite as well.

Vehicle Books:

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Colton is nuts for all things vehicle, so we have tons of books about trains, cars, machines, and anything else you can think of. Our favorite among them is probably, “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site.” The words are lyrical, rhyming, and soothing, and the illustrations are beautiful and full of construction equipment. “Little Blue Truck” is similar, and also covers animal noises, while “Tractors” and “My First 100 Machines” are mostly pictures, so they can be enjoyed independently.

“Jesus” Books:

photo 3Our lift-the-flap Bible still gets a lot of traction with Colton. He likes that he can read through the whole thing with us, he knows a lot of the stories, and flaps are always fun! I was surprised by how much he enjoys the 5-Minute Devotions; they are short stories with a prayer and a few questions for your child. We sometimes read one a night or we sit and read half of the book! The baby bible is also great; short stories with instructions for fun motions to keep your toddler engaged, and a short prayer. I used this for “Bible Time” with Colton when he was a new two-year old and it was perfect for us. The “Alice in Bibleland” books I think are out of print, but you can still find them via ebay and Amazon. There are tons, and the rhyming words really do keep kids engaged; my favorite part is the airmail bird who says in every book, “reading is the magic key to take you where you want to be.”

Animal Books:

photo 2Colton also loves animals. We check out lots of books about various animals from the library, but these are three we own that are perennial favorites. “Animal Encyclopedia” was a gift from my brother a few years ago. I really enjoy having a reference book to read more about certain animals or look up the answer to a question like, “how many eyes does an octopus have?” (two). We do consult Google a ton, but I want my kids to learn that answers can be found in books, not just on the internet.

“Classic” Favorites:

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These are books that were around when I was a kid, or earlier. Not pictured are “Pat the Bunny” (our copy is torn to shreds and missing a few pages), and “Tootle,” which is a train book that annoys me, but C loves (no idea where it is, and I don’t mind!). We love all Bernstein Bear books, but these are C’s particular favorites.

Current, Semi-Random Favorites:

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Cat in the Hat currently reigns supreme in our house because “The Cat is funny and I am funny, Mommy.” Colton is also all about butterflies these days, so “My, Oh My, A Butterfly” is a double win. The rhyming nature of the Cat in the Hat’s “about” books holds my boy’s interest and we’ve both learned something new from them!

Books I’d Like to Own:

The Polar Express, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Blueberries for Sal, Jamberry, Pride and Prejudice Counting Primer, The Very Busy Spider, and any Bernstein Bears books. I’d also like to start reading more chapter books with Colton, but I need to look more into which book would be a good place to start.

 

Just a 20-something girl living on the East Coast, trying to figure out life. I'm a wife and mom to two. I'm trying to rediscover my love for long walks, yoga and pilates. But not hiking. I still don't like hills. I was raised at the beach, but I don't like the beach. I like to look at it, but I don't like to swim in it, I'd prefer a pool, thanks. I'm just trying to become the best person I can be -- the woman God wants me to be. That's easier said than done!

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Hubby is my all-time favorite guy. A perfect mix of serious, sarcastic, laid-back, handy and nerdy, he is the perfect complement to me. I love his strong work-ethic and the way he always loves and supports me through everything. Some of Hubby's favorite things include: hiking, Virginia Tech football, woodworking, and his family. When I married him in July 2007, I had no idea what an amazing journey we were headed on, and how I could come to love him so much more each day.

Our oldest, Colton, is three years old. He is equal parts sassy and hysterical. He loves all things train, car, bus, truck, and machine related. He has a penchant for made-up words and loves to be the clown of his pre-school class. Our younger son, Nathan, was born this May. He is pure joy and full of smiles! He is such a blessing and a perfect fit for our family.
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