Monday, February 22, 2016

33 Weeks

It's been too long since I have done a bump update. Here's my belly at 30 weeks when we were visiting my sis in NY.

Here's the Maggie bump at 33 weeks. 

Growth: My Baby Bump App is Comparing Maggie to a Durian fruit which I can't say I have ever seen in my life. She's around 17-19 inches and around 4 and a 1/2 lbs. While she's awake she's keeping her eyes open, coordinating her breathings with sucking and swallowing, her bones are hardening, and of course she's going through major brain development. 

My Symptoms: Hello Third Trimester exhaustion. It's partly pregnancy, but a big part allergies that have wiped me out. Last Monday night I started this little cough and by Thursday I was in bed. Vann was a trooper letting me relax, if only I was easier on myself. Mommy guilt kept creeping in and I felt like I needed to be more active which was making me worse. My daddy came over on Thursday after work and Friday afternoon to entertain Vann and let me rest. Ryan was awesome to come home each night from already working hard, made dinner for us, and did all of Vann's nightly routine. Saturday I stayed in bed all day and finally was feeling better on Sunday. So, I am hoping to fully kick the nasty cough and get rid of this crud this week! 

Gender: Sweet girl! 

Maternity Clothes: Oh yes, and some awesome sweatpants I bought in a medium on sale at the Gap. Ryan calls me Missy Elliott and even started singing all of her songs one night. Thank God for his humor that keeps me laughing. 

Movement: Most definitely! I am not sure if she's ever still. Dr. Ward reminded me at this point babies are pretty much going to act like they do in the womb when they arrive in our arms. Oh boy, we may be in for another active baby! I am obsessed with feeling her kick, but my boys don't get as excited. This is probably because as soon as I tell them to check out the kicks she stops! I sat down at our small group meeting and my belly looked like it was bouncing all around. 

Sleep: With the sinus stuff, sleep was really non-existent. I took a Tylenol PM last night and the night before and got the best sleep in a long time. The serving says 2, but I tried 1 and it did the trick. Thanks to my dr for reminding me it's ok to take that to get rest and fight the crud. 

Cravings/Aversions: I am not a huge fan of recipes that have onions in them, so even if they call for it I don't add it in. I can say that I am in love with Vanilla shakes and a scoop of peanut butter every morning. And I am getting to the point that I can't eat a lot or I am beyond full, uncomfortable, and can't breathe! 

Appointment: I had my 32 week appt last week and all was well. She's measuring great, heart rate was 135 and strong, and all of my stats checked out good. 

Accomplishments: Hmmm. I haven't accomplished as much as I would like, but Ryan's mama ordered our glider for the nursery, I got an awesome deal on a Mamaroo ($90) and it's in great condition, Erin has gotten several cute things for Maggie including a pillow for her glider in the same pattern as her sheets. There is still lots to do, but it will get done. If not, Ryan reminds me that we have essentials: milk, clothes, diapers (well, not yet but we could if necessary), and a place to let Maggie sleep. 

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: I'd say I love seeing how excited Vann is to meet his sister. He has big plans to get her a baby doll and has requested that she get him a dump truck he can show her how to play with. 

Work Outs: Besides my daily mom workout: lifting a 30 lb 2 year old, cleaning the house on the regular, and moving things around getting ready for a new baby... I am adding in more squats and leg workouts. 

Thoughts: We are so excited to meet you Miss Maggie Katherine! I am so ready to see your big brother's face when he meets you for the first time. I am pretty sure you already have Daddy wrapped around your finger, go easy on him. 

Fun Facts: 
  • weight gain: 27ish lbs and going strong! I am glad to see this is what I had packed on with Vann as well. 
  • stretch marks: None yet!
  • mood: happy and smiley! It's hard not to smile when people around you are being so sweet and complimenting a lot.
  • belly button: It is completely flat today but any day now I expect for it to pop out! 
  • wedding rings: yep!

Goals for next week: 
*Pack hospital bag (mine, Ryan's, and Vann's overnight bag)
*Clean baby car seat
*Put nursery together
*Make freezer meals with 40 lbs of chicken I am picking up next week

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Vann is 2 and a HALF!

Vann, you turned 2 and a half about a week ago! WOW! I say this a lot, but time is truly flying by. Your daddy and I see a picture of you from what feels like yesterday, and it's amazing to see how much you've changed, learned, and grown!

*You weigh a little more than 28 lbs and are 3 feet tall!
*You wear a 2T in most clothes and a 3T in a couple of shirts.
*You wear a size 8 shoe and have some great taste in your kicks: right now you are rocking some grey Nikes, Blue Converse, camo boots, or your fireman rain boots that you've loved since Halloween.

*You are potty trained except for naptime and bedtime. That's not your fault, that's Mommy being afraid to take the step. I really think you could do it!
*You are an excellent napper and nap at least 5 times a week for 2 or 2 and a 1/2 hours.
*You have a great bedtime routine. Your daddy is the coolest. He plays with you after dinner and give  you a bath, gets you in your pjs, helps you brush your teeth, and styles your hair. Then, I tuck you in and read you three, four, and sometimes five books.
*You fall asleep at 8:30 each night and wake up around 7 am. You are a great sleeper.

*You moved to your big boy room in January and have a new big boy bed. From the first nap you took you fell right to sleep and acted like it wasn't a huge change. We love that you wake up and tell us from your bed so we can tell you that you can come out. In the mornings I hear you on the monitor and you say, "I wake up!" It's the best thing I could hear to start the day. You come find us and give us big hugs and are ready for a milk cup, "snack", and want to watch surprise eggs on my phone. I am not super proud of the fact that being pregnant has made me a bit more tired, so our morning routine for the past few months has included watching YouTube for Kids. I am working on stopping this routine and saving it for necessary times. :)

*You love school and your teacher Miss Jessica. She does an awesome job with you and helping you learn so many things. We are so grateful for your school, your teacher, and your classmates.
*You help us pray before dinner and do a fantastic job reminding Mommy and Daddy if we forget. Sometimes you sneak a bite during prayer and crunch a bit loudly which gives you away!

*You are a healthy eater for the most part. We love seeing you try new foods and the faces you make if they might not taste as good as we think they do!

*You love trains, cars, anything with wheels, playing outside, drawing tracks on the driveway, blocks, tools, and playdoh. You make anything you can hook together: cars, trains, pillows, blankets, etc. It's the cutest until you get frustrated if something doesn't stay connected!
*Library time is always fun for you. You gravitate towards the train track and cars. Surprise surprise!
*Church is such a great experience for you. You know that Jesus loves you and you remind us lots. We are so happy that we have found a church home that invests so much time and energy into your life and relationship with Jesus. Your teachers are phenomenal and you look forward to walking in the classroom every Sunday.
*One of the most common questions you ask is, "what I do when I wake up from nap". Nap can mean your afternoon nap or when you wake up from bedtime. You are a planner and you get that from your mama for sure.

*Lyla is so patient with you. You went through a long phase where all you wanted to do was grab her tail and pull it wherever you wanted her to go, but recently you've realized that isn't the best idea. When she chases you, you squeal with excitement and love to hide from her. You say, "Nyna come get me!"

*You're very excited to become a big brother and make sure every knows. Maggie is very lucky to have such a smart, caring, and loving brother.

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