Tuesday, August 23, 2016

37 Weeks:

We had another ultrasound this week because my fluid levels were looking a little low. Thankfully, again, all looks just fine and we got another sweet look at little one. The ultrasound tech was so excited because she got a good look at baby's ear and she said that is not very common.

I am feeling all the feelings still of being super pregnant. Both physically and emotionally. Physically, I have lots of contractions throughout the day and I feel this baby in my hips much more than I remember feeling with the boys. Walking is much more of a task this time around. Lots of leg, back, and feet aches. And my rib is still so tender and sore.  Emotionally, feelings of "this baby will never be here" to "oh my goodness baby will be here before we know it!" in a matter of seconds. And the constant thought of "what is my action plan if I go into labor now." or "what will I do if my water breaks here" etc.

Doug made the comment that this is the "move-iest" baby we have had. He was sitting across the room and he could see the ripples of my stomach as baby moved all around.

I had a super vivid dream this week that it is a girl. Doug is still thinking boy. And I am thinking girl but I always have thought girl and we have boys so then I come back around to thinking it is a boy. My mental processes are real fun these days.

Speaking of mental processes, Henry got a black eye from wrestling around with Jack this week and my first thought was "this baby can't come until his eye is healed! I don't want pictures of him meeting the baby with a black eye". My mind is a real treat I tell you.

Had a good pregnant cry this week and Henry walked in the room and noticed. As he left the room he asked Doug "What is Mom fussing about?" Doug and I both immediately started laughing and it immediately made me feel so much better.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

36 Weeks:

We had the growth check this week to see how little one is growing. Everything is looking great! And baby already weighs over 6 pounds. It is always such a treat getting to see precious baby. This time we got a really good look at the face and could even see the eyes blinking. It is always so amazing. I think baby looks like Jack! But we will see, in only a few short weeks.

Doug got to feel some really good baby movements the other night. Baby had his/her foot sticking straight out and you could see it through my belly. Again, so amazing. And it never gets old.

I am at the point where I get asked about a million times how I am feeling. I am thankful that I can still say that I still generally feel pretty good. Sure it hurts to walk, my rib is still painful, and I can't get up and down with ease. But really, overall not too bad and I know so many other ladies have it so much worse at this point in pregnancy.

I do have to do a three point turn to turn over in bed at night. I am sure Doug is looking forward to a sharing a bed with someone that does not cause quite as much bed movement in the night.

I am feeling like this baby will come early, but I also think literally every single pregnant lady thinks that. So I am not giving those thoughts too much weight. But I have packed bags just in case.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Belly Pictures:

Doug is a champ and agreed to snap some pictures of the boys with "the bump". Forced photos are not really our strength in our family but I was so pleased to have one where both boys are looking and have smiles on their faces. It really is crazy to think that this is my last pregnancy and last big belly. I have loved walking through this pregnancy with these two sweet boys by my side and their faithful father.

35 Weeks:

We went to the doctor this week and he said I am measuring small so we will do a growth check next week. I am not quite sure how this large belly of mine could be considered "small" in any way. We are hoping and praying that all is just fine. I have also already to start progressing a little! So crazy.

Doug and I went up to the hospital to preregister this week. We parked super far away by accident and got lost trying to leave the hospital to find our car. If for no other reason than knowing where we are parking and going, I am so glad we had a chance to go up to the hospital pre-labor. But it is also nice to have papers signed and questions answered.

The boys are just the very sweetest. I hope I have communicated that well. Henry is constantly checking on me, giving me foot rubs, and asking how big the baby is now. Jack pats my belly throughout the day, asks when the baby will be here to ride in the car with him, and talks to the baby. It is so sweet and exciting for everyone.

Nesting is one of my top three favorite things about being pregnant. It is in full swing around here but I am realizing I have to take more breaks and rest more than I remember with the boys. Every closet, cabinet, drawer, and shelf has been touched. Doug was even a champ this weekend and helped organize our entire garage.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

34 Weeks:

- I find myself thinking, dreaming, and praying for this new little one all throughout the day. I am getting so excited and ready to meet this baby and to see how he/she fits into our family and our lives. The boys are getting equally excited and possibly confused as to if and when this baby will actually be born.

- We converted Jack's bed back to a crib, cleaned out the van and moved car seats all around, picked out outfits and unpacked the baby toy box. The next morning Jack came out of his room and asked "Where is the baby, Mom?" It is getting more and more real for all of us.

- I think being super pregnant and hot is making for some more symptoms that I never had with the boys. By the end of each day my feet are achy and swollen. And I have been more nauseated at night and just not very hungry in general. Except for sugar after my afternoon naps. Darn my sister for leaving us a huge box of oatmeal cream pies. I hate every single one of those things over the past month.

- Speaking of sleep. I take a nap nearly everyday. I always lay down and think that I will just rest for a bit but always end up sleeping hard for about an hour. I am still getting good sleep at night! Praise Jesus for that.

- Doug commented this week that he thinks this baby moves more than H and J did. I think I agree. It is truthfully hard to remember, but this sweet one really does kick and squirm and move all around. There are times I really think the baby is stretching allllll the way out and it literally changes the entire shape of my stomach. Such a fun thing!

Friday, July 29, 2016

33 Weeks:

- So I spilled some water at Braum's and had to ask about five employees to help get a mop to clean it up.  It took me way to long to realize that those poor people probably thought MY water broke. No wonder I had all the blank stares.

- Doug has been getting lots of good kicks and punches in his back when we are sleeping at night and my belly is resting up against his back.

- I have been feeling much more uncomfortable thanks to my sore spot on my stomach that hurts if I am sitting but if I lay down I have heart burn. And then just the general trouble of getting up and down. But that is bound to happen when you have to share your body with an almost five pound baby.

- All the emotions are still in full force most days. Times my eyes have welled with tears this week: Jack pooped two times in about 10 minutes, a lady asked me how I was feeling, and I was just talking to Doug about the lady asking me how I was feeling.

- I tend to have more and more people tell me they think we are having a girl this time. Doug is thinking boy again. And I have no clue. No mother's intuition over here. I am preparing for a boy. But really, just getting to the point where I am really really ready to meet this sweet new member of our family.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

32 Weeks:

- I walked into my girls dinner group and found a surprise diaper shower waiting for me. Well, actually they had to point it out to me because my brain is not firing on all cylinders. But still, I got tears in my eyes and was so surprised and grateful for their thoughtfulness.

- We ordered bunk beds for the boys. Since this is baby number three the purchases that are made are actually for the older kids, not the baby. So now everyone will have a bed to sleep on and possibly all in the same room. We shall see how that all goes. We also need to order a new car seat for Henry. Again...poor baby just getting leftovers and the oldest getting the fancy new things.

- I am still feeling generally well. Which I am so thankful for. Sleepy for sure, but I would take that over in pain any day.

- 50 more days until the due date!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Weeks 29, 30, 31:

Well here we are in the final 10 week countdown. Oh baby we are so ready to meet you but are happy and thankful that you are still safely growing inside!

- I have been having a lot more pain these past few weeks on my rib. The doctor said that it could possibly "be out". I am not even sure exactly what that means. But I do know that it is painful and that when it is hurting there is really nothing I can do to make it feel better.

- And so many more moments of feeling rather large and in charge. I sat down in a booth the other night and nearly crushed Jack and had to take some good deep breaths to recover. Doug also looooves it when I push myself off his body to get out the bed at night. Which I am doing regularly thanks to all the bathroom trips.

- We have been going to the doctor every two weeks and just loving every single time we get to see the tiny heart beat and sweet head. Which for the record is down. Way to go, baby!

- Jack has just started telling everyone he is having a sister. And rather convincingly at that. Toddler intuition is what that is. Until we have a boy!

- Worst comment: This past weekend a stranger said "I don't want to stand too close to her. It looks like she might pop at any moment" As if I have some terrible contagious disease.

Best comment: I walked into a meeting and an older man just looked at me and said "You are beautiful. Just glowing" Thank you kind, sir.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Henry 4.5:

Henry, you are such a joy. Things about you we love:

- You are still nature obsessed and tell everyone you want to be a herpotologist when you grow up. And half the time you have to go on and explain what that is because most people have no clue what that is. You love nature books, nature documentaries, and Wild Kratt's. You constantly teach us new things about animals.

- I have noticed more lately that when I am in a conversation with another adult you are generally close by giving your input and telling your stories. It is sweet to see you talk with adults and feel comfortable to share your thoughts.

- You (finally) have started to sleep in your own bed all night long. You made a chart and are diligent to mark the boxes off each morning that you have made it to 6 am without coming to our room at night.

- You tell everyone you are 4 1/2 and we have the same conversation nearly every single day where you go through all your cousins and ask who is the oldest. You also love to tell people you wear size 5T now.

- You don't nap during the day anymore but you do have rest time where you watch your shows. You love all kinds of shows and rotate through them regularly.

- You love to draw animals and color pictures. You sit and work on your artwork for a long time if you are really focused on it. Most of your art is very colorful.

- Our rough moments with you mainly come in the later afternoon when you kinda tired and kinda hungry. We push through to dinner and then you are generally good to go.

- You love puzzles, building houses and forts, and playing memory. You beat me nearly every time we play but have yet gotten to the level of beating Dad consistently. The first few times you lost to Dad we had melt down city because you lost, but overall you have become a much better sport and say "good game" after he wins.

- You are a logical thinker and soak everything up. The other night you were laughing and asked me what in the world we are going to do when we have three kids and only two adults in our family once the baby is born. I told you that we had no idea but that we would figure it out. I also overheard you rattling off intersections around town the other day and they were ones that we don't even talk about all that often. You are always listening and always learning.

- You start every prayer by saying "Good morning, dear Jesus" and it makes me smile every single time.

- You like me to sing you "church songs" at night when I am putting you to bed. So every night we sing Amazing Grace, Great is Thy Faithfulness, and the Doxology. You come to 'big church' with us every Sunday and sit so well. Of course you eat snacks, color, and ask to look at animal pictures on Dad's phone through the whole service. But you are quiet, respectful, and learning things.

- You are a great helper around the house about the half the time. The other half I have to remind you or ask you several times. But when you are in the right mood you will make your bed, empty the dishwasher, start laundry, set the table, and pick up all your toys. I love watching you grow in your independence and learn new things.

- You completed your first year of preschool and had such a great year. Your best friend is Hudson and you love your science class best. It is so fun to see how much you have learned already and you are counting down the days until school starts again.

Jack 2.5 Years:

Oh Jack, you are such a delight! Some things to remember about you at this stage in your life:

- You love to fill up buckets and bags with all your toys and carry them around the house. You also love to line things up. Blocks, plastic animals, the rubber ducks at the library, etc.

- You love diggers and dozers. And playing with your hammer and tools throughout the day. You are a worker and can be found moving around from thing to thing "fixing things" and "building buildings".

- You call downtown "daddy's downtown", you call diaper cream "sour cream",  you love to say "No" every time Dad tells you he loves you.

- You have a lot of emotions and have a hard time when you get in trouble. You push the limits (like all two year olds) but don't handle correction well. The go-to emotions are embarrassment and anger. So we are working through all those fun things with you currently. You also show so many wonderful emotions as well. You give love very easily and love to make us laugh.

- Your teachers at school tell me you are a leader and that the other kids follow you around and play what you are doing. You are also very good at greeting your friends and help keep them in line by telling them where they need to be.

- You eat just about everything. Including olives and mushrooms which neither Henry or Dad do. So thanks for being on my team. You also ask me to make you noodles at least once throughout the day. But really I can't even think of your favorite foods because you eat everything.

- You take one nap in the afternoon for about 1-2 hours. You are going to bed around 7:30 or 8:00. You climbed out of your crib about a month ago so we bit the bullet and moved you to your toddler bed. You have been doing so well! Most nights you sleep in your bed until about 7 am and bedtime we only have to go in a few times generally before you fall asleep. You still sleep with your paci and your beloved blankie.

- You love Weezer and always ask for me to turn it up even when it is already soo loud. Future rock star maybe?

- You love to sing songs and have us sing songs with you. Your go-to songs are ABC's, Jesus Loves Me, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle Star, and My God is so Big.

- You know all your colors, shapes, and can count to 13 or 14. You love the letter "R" and like to point it out to us when you see it around.

- You love to be chased and jump and run. You are a good climber and are a bit reckless when it comes to how you approach life. You are pretty daring and love to just run into things and roll around.