Wednesday, July 18, 2012

28 weeks {diabetes, kick counts & epidurals}

So, this little baby is officially large and in charge!  When she moves I can feel her all of the way down by my pelvis and up by my ribs at the same time..all sprawled out and comfy in there, I suppose.  I have been feeling great, just a little pressure the past few days or so.  Some stretching is taking place, but I am so hoping to avoid more stretch marks this go round.  Rhett didn't give me any, but I got two good size souvenirs from Jude. 

My appointment this morning went well.  NO gestational diabetes, no weight gain, it's officially time to start counting kicks, sign up for my epidural, and visit the doc every 2 weeks.  It's all winding down from here!  

This week I have enjoyed passing Hattie's room and peeking in every time I go upstairs.  The boys like for me to read to them in the chair in there {guess how much I love you is their favorite right now}, so we've been doing that from time to time.  It feels like a peaceful space to me.  I love it.  

I FINALLY got Rhett's baby album done.  I do one for the firsts until they are one.  Jude's I made by hand {totally old-school, and no, nobody can see it because I might be embarrassed by my lack of craftiness}, but Rhett's was all done on Shutterfly.  Thanks to Aja for gifting me the album online.  It seriously took me forever to locate all of the pics from day one and upload everything, but thankfully Dallas had a system on a thumb-drive and I found everything I needed.  I really wanted this done before baby makes the scene, so this was a huge weight off of my shoulders.  I'm so thankful for coupon expiration dates, how would I get things completed without them?!

Our friends from Austin will be in town this week, and we are so excited to spend some time with them.  Shout out to my friend Sarah, who gifted Hattie with a gift card to Lifetime from Whitney.  Apparently they both have a love for a good Mocha Madness protein shake:). She's the sweetest!  Hattie also got her first jammies from Aja this past week.  Yay, she'll have something to sleep in.  Thanks girls for being so thoughtful!  Love you! 

We are preparing for cousins this week!  Cohl and Micah are coming from IL for a week, and then we will take them to my other sister in Dallas for 10 days.  We are all so excited to spend a lot of time together.  Nobody on my side of the family has ever seen me this preggo before, so I'm excited for them to know this side of me:).  We will see everyone again in August, so they will get the real picture then!  

28 Weeks with Hattie 

Um, yea, so this is a pic of me heading into delivery with Rhett at 38 weeks (I literally delivered him like 20 minutes after this pic was taken).  Does my stomach not look about the same size (maybe bigger!) as this 28 weeks...10 weeks difference?!  I might be in for some stretch marks yet:).  

Rhett was bitty though, so maybe our Hattie girl will be the chunky babe I was.  

I hope everyone is having a lovely week!  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

27 weeks!

Que the hallelujah chorus for the last trimester!  Wait, does that start this week or next...either way, it's close and I'm excitedaboutit!

This little baby is growing!  My tummy is feeling very heavy, as is the rest of me.  I've gained about 15lbs., and am right on target with my pregnancy with Rhett.  I'm starting to feel chubby in my face, arms, and shoulders (is that weird to be fat in your shoulders? :)).  I can feel the fluid in different places in my body.  It's so strange, but it's very cool too.  What a miracle this all is.  I'm sort of taking it all in this one last time.  It's surreal to be pregnant with the last babe, you just want to soak it all in.  It's hard to believe that I won't do this again.  It's the end of a stage of my life...a little sad, but also exciting for the next stage to begin.

I've still been trying to exercise as much as possible, but frankly, I want no part of the heat or the sun.  I'm lathered up in 50 sunscreen anytime we go to the pool, and I still just get too much sun.  Laps indoors make me gag, and so this leaves the treadmill.  I tried to go on them at the gym today only to realize that I forgot my earbuds.  Everyone knows you can't workout on the treadmill if you can't watch t.v., so that was that.  I joined in on a barbell class instead and OH.MY.WORD.  First, I was totally embarrassed, and second, I had to straddle a step-board, maneuver a barbell and lay flat on my back.  It was awkward. It was  dually awkward when my neighbor was there and informed me that the girl I was consulting with about if it was okay for preggo chics to take the class was just a random participant, and not in fact the instructor, as I thought.  Oh well, she was very helpful in giving me tips on how to make it a comfortable workout for me:).  Funny.

I get full really easily.  Like the room is gone in my stomach even when I want to eat more.  I guess that's good, but sometimes I want dessert!  I eat it anyway, and then I am miserable.  I'm trying to eat healthy, and mostly only healthy things sound good.  It's hard for me to get all of my protein, so lately I've taken to smoothies from Lifetime.  One smoothie has 38 grams of protein!!  My doctor wants me to have 80 grams a day, so that's nearly half in one drink.  Katie, I'll have to bring you one for breakfast one day:). 

Hattie's room is done!  We put up the finishing touches this weekend, so I'll post some pics soon!  I'm sure I'll add some things here and there as I find them, but for now it's donezo!  Now, if only I could get the finishing touches on Rhett's big boy room.  I'm taking full advantage of the nesting stage to whip this house into shape.  By the time she is born, everything should be done around here:).  I'm working on getting an office put together as well, and it's no easy task.  I just want it done.

Can we talk for a minute about how ridiculously expensive girl's clothes are?  I mean, goodness...I could easily spend $100 for 3 things at the gap...for a baby..who will outgrow it in three weeks.  I just refuse to get caught up in it.  Thankfully Target has so many cute options and they are like $8 bucks.  Old Navy and Crazy 8 seem to be much more reasonable as well.  I just have to remember to watch for sales and buy in the off seasons.  I'm a little overwhelmed by the clothes situation this go round.  We had SO so many hand-me-downs with the boys that I literally had to buy nothing!  I also had showers for them, so you always get scads of clothes at those as well.  We are all on our own this time, and it's so strange to start from scratch.  I'm sure this is what every other parent feels like when they have a different gender baby, but it's weird to be feeling it with the third.  With Rhett I just whipped out the tubs and washed all of Jude's old stuff.

Well, here's a pic of my every-growing belly at 27 weeks (let me just say that my stomach seem half this size today.)...
Don't I look thrilled to be out in the heat in a SWEATER!  Seriously, you can't win here.  Blistery outside, frigid inside.  Don't even get me started on what it's doing to my hair.  

Here's one from today..just for comparison sake.  Okay, so maybe not half the size:). 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

darndest things.

This week I've been reflecting on the cute little things that I don't want to forget.  Little things that are said day to day, but I may pass over because they get said so often.  Or maybe it's just the way they are said that captures my smile.

Rhett always asks me to "buckle him out" of his carseat.  When we stop the car somewhere he instantly says, "Momma, buckle me out." instead of unbuckle me.

Rhett fell again last week, this time straight off of the back of a stool onto his head on the tile.  It was scary. I took him to the pool after dinner and asked him how his head was feeling and he shrugged his little shoulders, threw his hands up and said, "Um, I fink is wooks great!"

Sometimes when I lay with Rhett at night it is right after a snack for me.  I climb into his bed and he will start chattering away.  He'll stop mid sentence, put both of his hands on my cheeks, look straight in my eyes and say, "What you have, momma?  Peanut butter?"  Yup, usually I do:).

In the morning Rhett climbs into bed with me around 7:00.  9 times out of 10 while I'm welcoming him into my bed, he says, "your stink, momma...brush your teeth!"  Followed by, "I want milky."  Yes, both of my boys still LOVE milk. 

Tonight Jude and Rhett were playing and Jude said, "Come on Marty."  Rhett whipped around and shouted, "I'm not Marty, I'm Doc!"  Then they jumped in their DeLorean and gunned it to 88.

Jude has been using big words lately.  The other day he told me that a situation we were in seemed mysterious.  He said he learned it on Martha Speaks.  I love that he uses these words in the right context.

Jude asked me the other day when the baby was going to come out of my groin?!  This took me by surprise, so I just quickly answered that she'd be here in a few months.  I didn't even go into how he knew about the groin region.

We were at the pool the other day and the whistle blew for adult swim.  Jude looked right at me and said, "shits".  I quickly asked him where he heard that.  He admitted that he saw it on Sandlot (I promise I don't let him watch a lot of movies).  I don't love it when he uses these words in the right context, or at all.  I still did have to hide my face in a towel to laugh where he couldn't see me, though.  That's how mature I am.