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The Time Has Come! Are We Ready?

Monday is the big day!! 

Delivery Day!! 

For 9 months now, I imagined this weekend as pure chaos. 

Running around trying to make my toddler happy while throwing bags together. 
Cleaning until my hands fell off. 
Finishing all the last minute decor in the baby’s room.

Instead I’m sitting on the couch eating a bowl of ice cream watching The Joe Schmo Show. 

For once, I actually feel in control of a crazy situation. 

The Little Man dancing at breakfast this morning. 
I’m trying so hard to do a better job of releasing control and not stressing over situations I don’t have any control over. So as Baby Date was approaching, I realized I had no control over the outcome of the delivery or recovery time, so there’s not really any point in worrying or stressing about all the things I think “might” happen. 

Instead, I put my focus on what I could change and do to help make our hospital stay on everyone. 

My bag and the diaper bag has been packed for awhile. All of the batteries that need to be charged are on the charging station. The house was thoroughly cleaned a few weeks ago, and each day I’ve been working on just maintaining. 

We’ve overly communicated with the grandparents who will be taking care of the Little Man and what that might look like. 

So, now that we’re less than 48 hours away from our scheduled delivery, there’s nothing in my control to worry about! 

I’ve finished up all the little decor projects I wanted to do to make Baby #2’s nursery special. I even had time to make him a hospital door hanger

I’ve prepared some fun things to do for my soon-to-be big brother of a son, like an emergency bag of new toys for when he’s visiting us at the hospital and a fun big brother gift when he meets his little brother for the first time. 

Now don’t get me wrong! I’m still very nervous for my surgery. With the exception of wisdom teeth, I’ve never had any procedures done before. All I keep thinking is that a C-Section will be different, but it can’t be any worse than my delivery with the Little Man. It can only be equally as uncomfortable or better, and if I can survive that once, I can survive it again! 

Sono taken at 38 weeks, 5 days.
And as a friend recently told me, I just need to keep my “Eye on the Prize!” 

Any fear or nervousness I have about the surgery is nothing compared to overwhelming excitement I have to meet this little guy. . . 

So, instead of running around with my head cut off, I’m going to use the next day and half to spend time with my current family of 3 and enjoy the quiet before the storm. 

Although it might be awhile before I hop in the blog again, feel free to follow along with our progress and new baby adventures on my Twitter feed or on my Facebook page

I’m sure I’ll be too excited to not share photos! 

38 Weeks, But 9 Days To Go!

It’s coming to an end! 

We have our C-Section scheduled for a week from Monday on January 14th which means there’s only 9 days left (unless this baby decides to come sooner!)

I’ve been seeing my doctor each week for the last 2 weeks, and both times no progress has been made, so the odds of him coming sooner is probably very low. 

His head is in the down position, and although he’s technically dropped lower, his head is still sitting pretty high. No dilation, no softening. . .he’s happy and content just like his brother was. 

There have been no signs of labor at home either. Over the last few nights I’ve experienced what WebMD calls an irritable uterus that wakes me up out of my sleep; however, water and a little walking helps the pain go away. Some back pain has also started, but based on his position and size it’s expected! 

I’m honestly starting to wonder if my body knows how to be really awesome at getting pregnant, but has no idea what to do with the baby when he’s done cooking! 

We’ll go in on Thursday for one last exam and a final sonogram. I’m measuring a little small for his last recorded size, so just to make sure there’s not a low fluid level, we’ll take a peek 1 more time at this little guy before his birth! 

I have a feeling this is going to be the SLOWEST week I’ve ever had. I’ve been making booking myself up to try and help the time fly. 

Sunday I’m attending a meeting with the Children’s Ministry Leadership Team to help kick off the 2013 year, then we’ll be headed to our Lifegroup that evening. 

Monday marks D-Day for the Little Man’s cast, and I’ll probably take him out to celebrate afterwards (and avoid separation anxiety as we’re a little nervous he’s grown to love it!)

Tuesday I made one last hair appointment since it’ll be some time before I can easily get out for a cut & color again. 

Thursday is our final doctor appointment and my January Book Club meeting. 

Friday I’m starting back at MOPS for the Spring, and it will likely be my last meeting for a month or so. 

We’re in the process of trying to decide how we’ll spend our last weekend as a family of 3. Since we go in bright and early Monday morning for the delivery, I’ve decided the Little Man will be spending the night with my parents on Sunday evening. 

I’m not sure how I’m feeling about this. . . 

Although I know it makes the most sense, part of me doesn’t want to let him go since it’ll be the last time he’ll be my “only little boy.” I also won’t be able to be with him for long periods of time until we’ve come home, and it makes it that much harder to not already start missing him! 

I have a feeling next weekend is going to be a very emotional weekend for me! 

Any advice for me my last week as a mom of 1? 

On Into Christmas Afternoon

Having both families within 15 minutes of each other is such a blessing, and I don’t ever take it for granted, but it makes for interesting holidays at times! 

I’m always so grateful that diving our holidays don’t involve airplane rides or car trips, 
and we don’t even have to pack a bag unless we just want to. 

On Christmas Day, we have the easy job of dividing up our day into two parts. 

Christmas morning was spent with my family, 
and Christmas afternoon was spent with Tim’s. 

Christmas #2
We joined the whole crew including the “new additions” for an amazing Christmas lunch before diving into the stockings and gifts. 
Papaw & NaNa with the Little Man.

Awesome Uncle Brian!

This was a new face from the Little Man I’d never seen before!
He was soo thrilled to be holding his cousin Davis.

And when he was able to hold both Davis & Adelyn, he was in Heaven!  
(I can’t wait to see what he does when the baby is actually his own brother!)

While we were enjoying our meal, we had a very welcomed and pleasant Christmas surprise. . . 
SNOW!
This was right as the snow was starting to fall, and I was so afraid we’d miss pictures of it, I grabbed the camera and headed outside. I wish I’d captured some photos once the snow had really covered the ground, but in Texas, you take what you can get! 

Our Christmas Family Photo!
Presents. . .Round 2!

Brian’s role as Santa has slowly been replaced (which I think he’s thrilled about).
The Little Man knew who each stocking belonged to! 
The day was long, but this was by far one of the best Christmas’s I’ve had in a LONG time! 
Although I loved it last year, turning Christmas around and having it be about the kids made it that much more enjoyable. 

I can’t wait to see how the next few Christmas’s unfold 
as we add more and more children to the mix!

How has Christmas changed for you as kids have come along? 

Twas the Morning of Christmas

My husband and I have a little bit of a different opinion of when Christmas decorations should come down.

I personally feel like decorations should come down the weekend immediately after so that I can begin the process of cleaning. It’s difficult to want to do a big cleanup after Christmas when you know the tree’s going to make more of a mess and boxes will still have to be put away. In our house, we even have to rearrange some furniture once the tree comes down. Besides, how are Christmas decorations related to New Year’s? Do we really need the decorations up to ring in 2013? 

Tim, on the other hand, thinks it’s important to wait until after the New Year. He’d prefer to take everything down sometime around January 6th or 7th once the holidays are long past. 

We decided my doctor’s appointment would settle the argument. If I was in any way dilated or showing progress of this baby coming before January 14th, we’d take it down this weekend. . . 

I lost. 
To stop my itchy fingers from running in there and tearing the tree down, I thought I’d recap our Christmas for you. That’ll keep me occupied for a little bit at least, and let you sneak a peek into someone else’s home on Christmas day!

Christmas Morning
Although we welcome anyone to come over and join us, we made the decision to always have Christmas morning in our home. Not only does this help create memories, but it helps us as parents introduce Santa and other traditions to our kids. 

So, on Christmas morning, we woke up and start the first morning ritual of popping the homemade cinnamon rolls into the oven and opening our stockings. 
Tim and I both shopped for each other, 
and I had been slowly shopping for Mark throughout the last few months.  
Christmas #1
My family arrived around 8:30am, 
and we spent some time enjoying breakfast and each other’s company. 

GrandDad & Grammy with the Little Man. 

Uncle Andrew & Aunt Helen enjoying our first Christmas together in 3 years

Then. we let the presents begin!

Our Christmas tree! 

A rare photo of me. 
(Inside was my much-wanted new GE Slow Cooker!)

One of his favorite toys from the morning. . .so classic & simple! 
After Christmas #1, we jumped in our car for a 

35 Weeks: The Bump’s Coming To An End

At 30 weeks, we shared that we were finally comfortable with how this pregnancy would end, and I don’t think I revealed to you our choice. After serious prayers and discussions with our doctor, we decided to go with a c-section delivery to prevent any long term health complications.

This past week, we were able to see the baby again for the first time since 20 weeks. We wanted one last peek to see his size before the waiting began, and more than ever, I’m sure we made the right decision. He’s currently at or around 6 pounds, and with 4 weeks to go until our scheduled date, his weight could range anywhere from 7 1/2 to 9 pounds. 
If this baby comes early, we won’t have to worry about his size, but I think we made the right choice as far as choosing to deliver early. I feel confident that if we’d waited until his due date on January 19 (or later), we’d be facing the same complications as before. A BIG Baby!

What the baby’s doing at 35 weeks
  • He’s now about 6 lbs according to our sonogram taken on Thursday, and growing at the average rate of about 1/2 a pound a week. 
  • The kicks and punches continue late into the night, although he’s quickly running out of room.
  • He’s also now head down, and my doctor believes he’s dropped! 
In our sonogram, although it wasn’t a fancy 3-D one, we were able to catch a glimpse of his facial features, and in my opinion, he looks like the Little Man! His eyes were so similar and his mouth had some of the same features. He was even hiding from the camera like the Little Man did at 20 weeks with his close up. 

First it was the umbilical cord in front of his face. Then he moved his hand to cover half of his feet. Finally, he brought his foot up to rest on his face. 

The sono made it very real. 

How I’m feeling at 35 weeks:
  • Very Tired! With the pains and struggles of having a toddler with a broken leg, and the recent physical struggles, it’s getting more and more difficult to begin.   
  • The ligament pain has gone away, but I’ve had brief periods of restless leg syndrome. 
  • The leg cramping STILL hasn’t returned; thank goodness!  
  • The back pain started this weekend. The wrong chair or position is extremely uncomfortable, and can cause my back to start hurting within seconds. 
  • Every physical task is difficult. Walking around doing some Christmas shopping this morning practically destroyed my feet, and within 30 minutes, I was having to sit down and rest. 
  • Bending over is almost impossible. 
  • I’m constantly starving! I’m eating almost 2 breakfasts, a lunch, then a snack, and breakfast. And most of the time, there’s dessert. 
  • My maternity clothes no longer fitting correctly because my belly has gotten so large. :)
My bags are packed, and we’re prepared for this baby to come whenever he’s ready! I’m so excited and ready to meet this little munchkin and celebrate 2013 with our newest family member! 
Come on January 14!! 

From Baby to Big Boy

The time has come . . .

I’m 31 weeks and reality is setting in that there’s about 8 weeks left in this pregnancy. And oddly, I spend more time worrying about the child I currently have than the one that’s on the way!

With 2 months until baby #2 arrives, we’ve decided we’d better get moving on transitioning the Little Man from the nursery into his “Big Boy Room.”

He just turned 20 months last week, and although I don’t think I’m ready for him to be in his own bed, I think it’s probably smart to go ahead and rip that band-aid off.

For months now, we’ve been working on his room, and watched as it transformed from a guest room to an empty play room to the room it is now. 

 

There are fun sports sheets on the bed. We’ve moved the TV out (and most of the toys) so he won’t get distracted. There’s nothing left to happen except put move him in.

But how?!

I keep procrastinating because I keep thinking we’ll do it later, but I know if I wait too long he’s going to get kicked out so the baby can move in. I’ve been told this is the last thing I want him to feel or realize… (because it’s true!).

I’ve also heard that once the baby arrives, he’ll regress in his behavior and sleep habits, so I feel that moving him now and getting him adjusted will only help if there is regression. 

But at the same time. . .

He LOVES his crib!

As you can see, his new bed is kind of like a crib. 


He’s got walls on 3 sides and a railing on the 4th. We’ve put pillows and blankets in. But, he already knows how to climb in, out, and over the railing. What stops him from just getting out of bed whenever he wants?

Do I let him just get out of bed? Do I just put him in there one night and leave him? Do I start with nap time?

I’d love any advice you have because I clearly have no idea what I’m doing and we’re starting TONIGHT!!  

30 Weeks: The Bump

Yesterday was officially 30 weeks into the pregnancy, and now instead of feeling like I’m 30 weeks in…I feel like there’s only 10 weeks to go. It’s officially now a countdown! 
What the baby’s doing at 30 weeks
  • He’s now about 3 lbs, and averaging about 16″ (according toBabyCenter.com).
  • The kicks and punches are much stronger than before. Last night, I was actually awoken to what felt like a dance off in my stomach. Hands and feet going in all directions. 
How I’m feeling at 30 weeks:
  • Tired! I’m having trouble falling asleep at night. I wake up at least 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom and then struggle falling back asleep. And of course, I’m back up between 6-7am with my other little one.  
  • Ligament pain has begun, but it’s not near as frequent or as painful as the first pregnancy. 
  • I feel really blessed that my leg cramping STILL hasn’t returned
  • Getting grumpier. I can tell my moods are swinging, and I feel really bad for my husband. Lately I just feel like I can’t do anything (play with my son, clean the house, make dinner) and it’s taking a toll on me. I want to be able to do all the projects and plans I have in my head, but it takes me so much longer to do anything than before; and twice as much energy. 
I’m also feeling more at ease. We spoke with our doctor last check up, and we’ve made some important decisions about the delivery of Baby #2. For the first time in 20 months, I feel comfortable and calm about how this pregnancy will end! 

Have a Candy Overload?

It’s November 1. Halloween is over
Our pumpkins survived and weren’t smashed in the street.

Amen.  

I don’t know about you, but this week leading up to Halloween has been more exhausting than I would have expected Thanksgiving or Christmas to be! 

One . . . activity . . . after . . .another! 

Trunk or Treat – Mother’s Day Out – neighborhood get-togethers. 
(And 2 year old molars making an appearance!)

But that’s now all in the past!

Now the only thing reminding me of this week of chaos is the candy that sits way up on the shelf out of eye shot of my toddler; who can apparently sniff it out like a dog. 

My doctor gently reminded me on my appointment Tuesday that this is the season of “weight gain” and being in my third trimester I need to really watch what I stick in my mouth, so once the lights went out on the front porch, I was instantly Googling what to do with my leftover candy. 

It honestly made me a little excited at what I found, so just in case you’re like me and desperate to find another use for the candy besides eating several pieces a day for the next month, 
here’s some options.

Reuse:
Rather than begin that slow march to see the bottom of your candy bowl, use it all at once for family events or upcoming holiday parties. Here are a few recipes I intend to try with my leftovers: 

Butterfinger Delight
by Taste of Home
Milky Way Cake
featured on Pioneer Woman

Making it Fun:
Not only do I have leftover candy, but I have leftover mason jars from last Thanksgiving that would make this activity super easy and inexpensive! Who isn’t always looking for easy gifts?  

Owl Candy Jars
by Club Chicacircle
When In Doubt, Donate:
Soldiers’ Angels is an organization that sends care packages to soldiers overseas. Simply mail your candy to the following address, and they’ll take care if from there! 

Soldiers’ Angels

Halloween Care

1792 E Washington Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91104


Or, you can take your left over candy to one of these dental offices and donate it to Operation Gratitude; a program that sends care packages to troops overseas. Here’s a few Dallas locations you can call and check in with, or click on the link above with your zip code and find a location near you! 

*And the best part about donating. . .it’s tax-deductible!*

Family Dentistry of Plano

6300 Stonewood Drive Suite 210

Plano, TX, 75024

Phone: (972) 596-3555

Frisco Dental Associates

8715 Lebanon Road Suite 300

Frisco, tx, 75034

Phone: (972) 335-2201

Primadental
4043 Trinity Mills rd ste 101

Dallas, Tx, 75287

Phone: (972) 306-2121

iSmile Dental Care-Richard Ragnell, D.D.S.

1320 Village Creek Suite 100

Plano, TX, 75093

Phone: 972-732-1818
What do you normally do with your leftover candy? 


26 Weeks: The Bump

This week officially marks the beginning of the end. I know that technically a lot of websites don’t count the beginning of the third trimester until week 27, but since I know I won’t reach week 41, this is it for me! 

I have a little more than 13 more weeks to go, and I’m getting really excited! 

This pregnancy already feels so different in a lot of ways. With my first, I felt as if the first 25 weeks went by really fast, and then, it took forever to reach our due date once Christmas past. 

Now, I feel like the first 20 weeks went by so slowly, and the due date is approaching quickly! I still sometimes have to remind myself it’s October and not September. Before I know it we’ll be celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. And once we hit New Years, it’s only a matter of days before Littler Man arrives! I keep laughing with Tim’s work schedule for December and January. Out of the 10 weeks in these months, he’ll only be at work for 6! Too bad the baby couldn’t have timed it a little better to come around Christmas or New Years, then he wouldn’t have to worry about going back to work for a week or so before taking Paternity Leave. 

What the baby’s doing at 26 weeks

  • He’s now about 1 2/3 lbs, and averaging about 14″ (according to BabyCenter.com).
  • Kicking and Summersauts are happening frequently; mostly as I lay down at night but through out the day too. At our last check up, he even kicked the heartbeat monitor as she went to put it on my belly. 

How I’m feeling at 26 weeks:

  • Tired! I’m having trouble falling asleep at night. I wake up at least 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom and then struggle falling back asleep. And of course, I’m back up between 6-7am with my other little one.  
  • Indigestion is a common problem. I’m often very uncomfortable after I eat; no matter what I eat.  
  • Ligament pain has begun, but it’s not near as frequent or as painful as the first pregnancy. 
  • I feel really blessed that my leg cramping hasn’t returned (yet). 
  • Overwhelmed. Knowing now how difficult it is to manage a household with a newborn, I’m desperately trying to get onto some kind of schedule or organization routine that I can establish before the baby. Unlike with the first, life can’t stop this time! We also have to figure out timing on how to transition the Little Man into his Big Boy Room before the baby comes. 
There’s just too much to do! 

My Last Doctor’s Appointment

We’ve reached the end of our 9 month adventure; except there’s no end! Tim and I went in to speak with the doctor about what’s going to happen now that we’ve (basically) reached 40 weeks. The report this morning wasn’t good-for me at least. I’m still only 50% effaced and at a 1. He’s not dropped, and is actually sitting pretty high. He has a strong heartbeat and is very healthy, but just doesn’t want to come out!  

At this point, we knew she didn’t want us to go past March 18th, so we discussed our options. Since he hasn’t dropped, there’s a higher chance of longer labor and a C-section ending if she induces now. This doesn’t scare me, but I’d like to avoid it if possible. Unfortunately, our doctor is also going to be out of town towards the end of next week, so our options are fairly limited. Based on her recommendation, we’ve scheduled an induction for Monday, March 14th. This gives me a week to work on getting labor started or at least another week for him to drop into position.  

I plan on walking and staying active, and eating all the spicy food I can. :) If anyone else has any tips for getting labor going, please let me know!

Tim and I would also love to hear your induction stories. We’re fairly nervous about this since we don’t want to spend 12-24 hours in the hospital during the labor part. We’d hoped to get the process started at home, and end up at the hospital for the end, but realistically, I don’t think this is going to happen at this point. Mark’s just already so darn stubborn! :) We’re both very logical people, and feel it’s always best to be prepared going into any situation, so let us hear your stories! Hopefully, they’re all good or somewhat uneventful!